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The view of earthly glory: Men might say,
Till this time, pomp was single; but now married
To one above itself. Each following day
Became the next day's master, till the last
Made former wonders it's: To-day, the French,
All clinquant, all in gold, like heathen gods,
Shone down the English; and, to-morrow, they
Made Britain, India: every man, that stood,
Show'd like a mine. Their dwarfish pages were
As cherubins, all gilt: the madams too,
Not us'd to toil, did almost sweat to bear
The pride upon them, that their very labour
Was to them as a painting: Now this mask
Was cry'd incomparable; and the ensuing night
Made it a fool, and beggar. The two kings,
Equal in lustre, were now best, now worst,
As presence did present them; him in eye
Still him in praise: and, being present both,
'Twas said, they saw but one; and no discerner
Durst wag his tongue in censure. When these suns
(For so they phrase them,) by their heralds chal-
The noble spirits to arms, they did perform
Beyond thought'scompass; that former fabulous story,
Being now seen possible enough, got credit,
That Bevis was believ'd.6

O, you go far.
Nor. As I belong to worship, and affect
In honour honesty, the tract of every thing?


* All clinquant,] All glittering, all shining. Clarendon uses this word in his description of the Spanish Juego de Toros. 5 Durst


his tongue in censure.] Censure for determination, of which had the noblest appearance.

That Bevis was believ'd.] The old romantick legend of Bevis of Southampton.

the tract of every thing, &c.] The course of these tri



Would by a good discourser lose some life,
Which action's self was tongue to. All was royal;
To the disposing of it nought rebellid,
Order gave each thing view; the office did
Distinctly his full function.

Who did guide,

who set the body and the limbs
Of this great sport together, as you guess ?

Nor. One, certes, that promises no elemento
In such a business.


pray you, who, my lord? Nor. All this was order'd by the good discretion Of the right reverend cardinal of York.

Buck. The devil speed him! no man's pie is free'd From his ambitious finger. What had he To do in these fierce vanities?' I wonder, That such a keech, can with his very bulk

the rays o' the beneficial sun,
And keep it from the earth.

Surely, sir,
There's in him stuff that puts him to these ends:
For, being not propp'd by ancestry, (whose grace

Take up

umphs and pleasures, however well related, must lose in the description part of that spirit and energy which were expressed in the real action.

the office did Distinctly his full function.) The commission for regulating this festivity was well executed, and gave exactly to every particular person and action the proper place. Johnson.

element - ] No initiation, no previous practices. Elements are the first principles of things, or rudiments of knowledge. The word is here applied, not without a catachresis, to a person. 1

fierce vanities?] Fierce is here, I think, used like the French fier for proud, unless we suppose an allusion to the mimical ferocity of the combatants in the tilt. Johnson.

? That such a keech -] A keech is a solid lump or mass. A cake of wax or tallow formed in a mould, is called yet in some places, a keech. There may, perhaps, be a singular propriety in this term of contempt. Wolsey was the son of a butcher, and in The Second Part of King Henry IV. a butcher's wife is called Goody Keech.

Chalks successors their way,) nor call d upon
For high feats done to the crown; neither allied
To eminent assistants, but, spider-like,
Out of his self-drawing web, he gives us note,
The force of his own merit makes his way;
A gift that heaven gives for him, which buys
A place next to the king.

I cannot tell
What heaven hath given him, let some graver eye
Pierce into that; but I can see his pride
Peep through each part of him: Whence has he

If not from hell, the devil is a niggard;
Or has given all before, and he begins
A new hell in himself.

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 files
Of all the gentry; for the most part such
Too, whom as great a charge as little honour
He meant to lay upon: and his own letter,
The honourable board of council out,
Must fetch him in he papers.

I do know
Kinsmen of mine, three at the least, that have
By this so sicken'd their estates, that never
They shall abound as formerly.

O, many
Have broke their backs with laying manors on them
For this great journey. What did this vanity,
But minister communication of
A most poor issue?'


- the file -) That is, the list. * Must fetch him in he papers.) He papers, a verb; his own letter, by his own single authority, and without the concurrence of the council, must fetch him in whom he papers down.


Grievingly I think,
The peace between the French and us not values
The cost that did conclude it.

Every man,
After the hideous storm that follow'd, was
A thing inspir’d; and, not consulting, broke
Into a general prophecy,- That this tempest,
Dashing the garment of this peace, aboded
The sudden breach on't.

Which is budded out;
For France hath flaw'd the league, and hath attach'd
Our merchants' goods at Bourdeaux.

Is it therefore The ambassador is silenc'do Nor.

Marry, is't.
Aber. A proper title of a peace;' and purchas'd
At a superfluous rate!

Why, all this business
Our reverend cardinal carried.

'Like it your grace, The state takes notice of the private difference Betwixt


and the cardinal. I advise you, (And take it from a heart that wishes towards you Honour 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,

5 What did this vanity,

But minister, &c.] What effect had this pompous show, but the production of a wretched conclusion. Johnson.

"The ambassador is silenc'd?] I understand this of the French ambassador residing in England, who, by being refused an audience, may be said to be silenc'd. Johnson.

I À proper title of a peace;] A fine name of a peace. Ironically. *JOHNSON.

8 Our reverend cardinal carried.] To carry a business was at this time a current phrase for to conduct or manage it.

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



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?
| Secr.

Ay, please your grace,
Wol. Well, we shall then know more; and

Buckingham Shall lessen this big look.

[Exeunt WOLSEY, and Train. Buck. This butcher's curo is venom-mouth'd, and I Have 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 chaf'd? Ask God for temperance; that's the appliance only, Which


disease requires.


butcher's cur-) Wolsey is said to have been the son of a butcher.

A beggar's book Out-worths a noble's blood.] That is, the literary qualifications of a bookish beggar are more prized than the high descent of hereditary greatness. This is a contemptuous exclamation very naturally put into the mouth of one of the ancient, unlettered, martial nobility. Johnson.

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