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As they were living;, think you see them great,
SCENE I. London. An Antechamber in the Palacc.
Enter the Duke of NORFOLK, at one door; at the
other, the Duke of BUCKINGHAM, and the LORD ABERGAVENNY. Buckingham. Good morrow, and well met. How
have you done, Since last we saw in France ? Nor.
I thank your grace ;
An untimely ague
'Twixt Guynes and Arde : 2
weighed Such a compounded one?
i George Nevill, who married Mary, daughter of Edward Stafford, duke of Buckingham.
2 Guynes then belonged to the English, and Arde (Ardres) to the French; they are towns of Picardy. The valley where Henry VIII. and Francis I. met lies between them.
3 As for as if.
All the whole time
Then you lost
When these suns
O, you go far.
Who did guide,
1 i. e. glittering, shining.
2 The old romantic legend of Bevis of Hampton. VOL. V.
I mean, who set the body and the limbs
pray you, who, my lord ? Nor. All this was ordered by the good discretion Of the right reverend cardinal of York.
Buck. The devil speed him! No man's pie is freed From his ambitious finger. What had he To do in these fierce 2 vanities? I wonder That such a keecho can with his
I cannot tell
Why the devil, Upon this French going-out, took he upon him, Without the privity o’ the king, to appoint Who should attend on him ? He makes up the file *
1 No initiation, no previous practice. 2 Fierce is here used, like the French fier, for proud. 3 A round lump of fat. The prince calls Falstaff tallow-keech in the First Part of King Henry IV. It has been thought that there was some allusion here to the cardinal, being reputed the son of a butcher.
Of all the gentry; for the most part such,
I do know
Grievingly I think,
Which is budded out;
Is it therefore
Why, all this business Our reverend cardinal carried.
1 He papers, a verb; i. e. his own letter, by his own single authority, and without the concurrence of the council, must fetch him in whom he papers down.
2 “ Monday the xviii of June was such an hideous storme of winde and weather, that many conjectured it did prognosticate trouble and hatred shortly after to follow between princes."— Holinshed.
3 The French ambassador, being refused an audience, may be said to be silenced.
'Like it your grace, The state takes notice of the private difference Betwixt you and the cardinal. I advise you, (And take it from a heart that wishes towards you Honor and plenteous safety,) that you
read The cardinal's malice and his potency Together; to consider further, that What his high hatred would effect, wants not A minister in his power. You know his nature, That he's revengeful; and I know his sword Hath a sharp edge; it's long, and, it may be said, It reaches far; and where 'twill not extend, Thither he darts it. Bosom up my counsel ; You'll find it wholesome. Lo, where comes that rock, That I advise your shunning.
Enter CARDINAL Wolsey, (the purse borne before him,)
certain of the Guard, and two Secretaries with papers. The Cardinal, in his passage, fixeth his eye on BUCKINGHAM, and BUCKINGHAM on him, both full of disdain.
Wol. The duke of Buckingham's surveyor? ha ? Where's his examination ? 1 Secr.
Here, so please you. Wol. Is he in person ready? 1 Secr.
Ay, please your grace. Wol. Well, we shall then know more ; and Buck
ingham Shall lessen this big look.
[Exeunt Wolsey and Train. Buck. This butcher's cur is venom-mouthed, and I Ilave not the power to muzzle him; therefore, best Not wake him in his slumber. A beggar's book Out-worths a noble's blood. Nor.
What, are you chafed ? Ask God for temperance; that's the appliance only, Which your disease requires.
. 1 That is, the literary qualifications of a bookish beggar are more prized than the high descent of hereditary greatness.