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With all their honourable points of ignorance
Pertaining thereunto, (as fights, and fireworks;?
Abusing better men than they can be,
Out of a foreign wisdom,) renouncing clean

The faith they have in tennis, and tall stockings,
Short blister'd breeches, 8 and those types of travel,
And understand again like honest men;
Or pack to their old playfellows: there, I take it,
They may, cum privilegio, wear away!
The lag end of their lewdness, and be laugh’

Sands. 'Tis to give them physick, their diseases
Are grown so catching. .
| Cham..

What a loss our ladies Will have of these trim vanities!

Ay, marry, There will be woe indeed, lords; the sly whoresons Have got a speeding trick to lay down ladies; A French song, and a fiddle, has no fellow. Sands. The devil fiddle them! I am glad, they 're go

(For, sure, there's no converting of them ;) now
An honest country lord, as I am, beaten
A long time out of play, may bring his plain-song,
And have an hour of hearing; and, by'r-lady,
Held current musick too.
| Cham.

Well said, lord Sands;
Your colt's tooth is not cast yet.

No, my lord;
Nor shall not, while I have a stump.

Sir Thomas,
Whither were you a going ?


fireworks;] We learn from a French writer quoted in Montfaucon's Monuments de la Monarchie Françoise, Vol. IV, that some very extraordinary fireworks were played off on the evening of the last day of the royal interview between Guynes and Ardres. Hence, our “ travelled gallants," who were present at this exhibition, might have imbibed their fondness for the pyrotechnic art. Steevens. . 8 blister'd breeches, 1 Thus the old copy; i. e. breeches puff'd, swellid out like blisters. The modern editors read-bobster'd breeches, which has the same meaning. Steevens. .

9 wear away-] Old copy--wee away. Corrected in the second folio. Malone.


To the cardinal's;
Your lordship is a guest too.

O, 'tis true:
This night he makes a supper, and a great one,
To many lords and ladies; there will be
The beauty of this kingdom, I'll assure you.

Lov. That churchman bears a bounteous mind indeed;
A hand as fruitful as the land that feeds us;
His dews fall every where.
| Cham.

No doubt, he's noble; He had a black mouth, that said other of him.

Sands. He may, my lord, he has wherewithal ; in him,
Sparing would show a worse sin than ill doctrine:
Men of his way should be most liberal,
They are set here for examples.
| Cham.

True, they are so;
But few now give so great ones. My barge stays;1
Your lordship shall along :-Come, good sir Thomas,
We shall be late else: which I would not be,
For I was spoke to, with sir Henry Guildford,
This night to be comptrollers.

I am your lordship’s.

[Exeunt. SCENE IV. The Presence-Chamber in York-Place. Hautboys. A small Table under a State for the Cardinal,

a longer Table for the Guests. Enter at one Door, ANNE BULLEN, and divers Lords, Ladies, and Gentlewomen, as Guests; at another Door, enter Sir HENRY GUILDFORD. Guild. Ladies, a general welcome from his grace Salutes ye all: This night he dedicates To fair content, and you: none here, he hopes, In all this noble bevy, 2 has brought with her

1_ My barge stays ;] The speaker is now in the King's pa. lace at Brideweil, from which he is proceeding by water to Yorkplace, (Cardinal Wolsey's house) now Whitehall. Malone. 2- noble bevy,] Milton has copied this word:

« A bevy of fair dames." Johnson. Spenser had, before Shakspeare, employed this word in the same manner :

One care abroad; he would have all as merry
As first-good company, good wine, good welcome
Can make good people.3—40, my lord, you are tardy;
Enter Lord Chamberlain, Lord Sands, and Sir

The very thought of this fair company
Clapp'd wings to me.

You are young, sir Harry Guildford.
Sands. Sir Thomas Lovell, had the cardinal
But half my lay-thoughts in him, some of these
Should find a running banquet* ere they rested,

- And whither runs this bevy of ladies bright?

Shepheard's Calender. April. Again, in his Faery Queene :

“ And in the midst thereof, upon the flowre,

“ A lovely bevy of faire ladies sate.” The word bevy was originally applied to larks. See the Glossary to the Shepheard's Calender. Malone.

3 As first-good company, &c.] As this passage has been all along pointed, [As first, good company,] Sir Harry Guildford is made to include all these under the first article; and then gives us the drop as to what should follow. The poet, I am persuaded, wrote:

As first-good company good wine, good welcome, &c. . e. he would have you as inerry as these three things can make you, the best company in the land, of the best rank, good wine, &c. Theobald.

Sir T. Hanmer has mended it more elegantly, but with greater violence:

As first, good company, then good wine, &c. Johnson. 4- a running banquet -] A running banquet, literally speaking, is a hasty refreshment, as set in opposition to a regular and protracted meal. The former is the object of this rakish peer; the latter, perhaps, he would have relinquished to those of more permanent desires. Steevens..

A running banquet seems to have meant a hasty banquet. “ Queen Margaret and Prince Edward, (says Habingdon, in his History of King Exlward IV,) though by the Earle recalled, found their fate and the winds so adverse, that they could not land in England, to taste this running banquet to which fortune had invited them.” The hasty banquet, that was in Lord Sands's thoughts, is too ob. vious to require explanation.

It should seem from the following lines in the prologile to a comedy called The Walks of Islington, 1657, that some double meaning was couched under the phrase, a running banquet :


I think, would better please them: By my life,
They are a sweet society of fair ones.

Lov. O, that your lordship were but now confessor
To one or two of these!

I would, I were;
They should find easy penance.

'Faith, how easy? Sands. As easy as a down-bed would afford it.

Cham. Sweet ladies, will it please you sit? Sir Harry, Place you that side, I'll take the charge of this: His grace is ent'ring.Nay, you must not freeze; Two women plac'd together makes cold weather:My lord Sands, you are one will keep them waking; Pray, sit between these ladies. Sands.

By my faith, And thank your lordship.-By your leave, sweet ladies : rSeats himself between ANNE BULLEN and

another Lady.
If I chance to talk a little wild, forgive me;
I had it from my father.

Was he mad, sir?
Sands. 0, very mad, exceeding mad, in love too:
But he would bite none; just as I do now,
He would kiss you twenty with a breath. [Kisses her.

Well said, my lord.
So, now you are fairly seated:-Gentlemen,
The penance lies on you, if these fair ladies
Pass away frowning.

For my little cure,
Let me alone.
Hautboys. Enter Cardinal Wolsey, attended ;

and takes his State. Wol. You are welcome, my fair guests; that noble

Or gentleman, that is not freely merry,
Is not my friend: This, to confirm my welcome;
And to you all good health.

[Drinks. Sands.

Your grace is noble: Let me have such a bowl may hold my thanks,

“ The gate unto his walks, through which you may
“ Behold a pretty prospect of the play;
“ A play of walks, or you may please to rank it
With that which ladies love, a running banquet." Malone

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And save me so much talking

My lord Sands,
I am beholden to you: cheer your neighbours.--
Ladies, you are not merry ;-Gentlemen,
Whose fault is this?

The red wine first must rise
In their fair cheeks, my lord; then we shall have them
Talk us to silence.

You are a merry gamester,
My lord Sands.

Sands. Yes, if I make my play.5
Here's to your lordship: and pledge it, madam,
For 'tis to such a thing,

You cannot show me.
Sands. I told your grace, they would talk anon.

[Drum and trumpets within: chambers discharged.6 Wol.

What's that?
Cham. Look out there, some of you. [Erit a Servant.

What warlike voice?
And to what end is this ?-Nay, ladies, fear not;
By all the laws of war you are privileg'd.

Re-enter Servant.
Cham. How now? what is ’t?

A noble troop of strangers;


5 if I make my play.7 i. e. if I make my party. Steevens. Rather-if I may choose my game. Ritson.

As the measure, in this place, requires an additional syllable, we may, cominodiously enough, read, with Sir T. Hanmer:

Yes, if I may make my play. Steevens:
6- chambers discharged.) A chamber is a gun which stands
erect on its breech. Such are used only on occasions of rejoicing,
and are so contrived as to carry great charges, and thereby to
make a noise more than proportioned to their bulk. They are
called chambers because they are mere chambers to lodge powder;
a chamber being the technical term for that cavity in a piece of
ordnance which contains the combustibles. Some of them are
still fired in the Park, and at the places opposite to the parlia-
ment-house when the king goes thither. Camden enumerates
them among other guns, as follows: “ — cannons, demi-cannons,
chambers, arquebuse, musquet.”
Again, in A new Trick to cheat the Devil, 1636:

“ I still think o' the Tower ordinance,
“Or of the peal of chambers, that's still fir'd
" When my lord-mayor takes his barge.” Steedens.

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