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A hundred alms-houses, right well supplied;
Ely. This would drink deep.
'Twould drink the cup and all.
Cant. The courses of his youth promis'd it not. The breath no sooner left his father's body, But that his wildness, mortified in him, Seem'd to die too: yea, at that very moment, Consideration like an angel came, And whipp'd the offending Adam out of him; Leaving his body as a paradise, To envelop and contain celestial spirits. Never was such a sudden scholar made: Never came reformation in a flood, With such a heady current, scouring faults; Nor never Hydra-headed wilfulness So soon did lose his seat, and all at once, As in this king
Ely. We are blessed in the change.
Cant. Hear him but reason in divinity, And, all-admiring, with an inward wish You would desire, the king were made a prelate: Hear him debate of commonwealth affairs, You would say,—it hath been all-in-all his study: List his discourse of war, and you shall hear A fearful battle render'd you in musick: Turn him to any cause of policy, The Gordian knot of it he will unloose, Familiar as his garter; that, when he speaks,
9 Never came reformation in a flood,] Alluding to the method by which Hercules cleansed the famous stables, when he turned a river through them. Hercules still is in our author's head, when he mentions the Hydra. Johnson.
The air, a charter'd libertine, is still,
Ely. The strawberry grows underneath the nettle;
Cant. It must be so: for miracles are ceas'd;
But, my good lord,
The air, &c.) This line is exquisitely beautiful. 2 So that the art and practick part of lifé -] He discourses with so much skill on all subjects, that the art and practice of life must be the mistress or teacher of his theorick; that is, that his theory must have been taught by art and practice; which, says he, is strange, since he could see little of the true art or practice among his loose companions, nor ever retired to digest his practice into theory. Art is used by the author for practice, as distinguished from science or theory. Johnson.
companies —] is here used for companions. It is used by other authors of Shakspeare's age in the same sense.
- popularity.] i. e. plebeian intercourse; an unusual sense of the word
crescive in his faculty.] Increasing in its proper power.
Incline to it, or no?
He seems indifferent;
Ely. How did this offer seem receiv’d, my lord?
Cant. With good acceptance of his majesty;
• The severals, and unhidden passages,] This line I suspect of corruption, though it may be fairly enough explained: the passages of his titles are the lines of succession by which his claims descend. Unhidden is open, clear. Johnson.
A Room of State in the same.
Enter King HENRY, GLOSTER, BEDFORD, EXE
TER, WARWICK, WESTMORELAND, and Attendants. K. Hen. Where is my gracious lord of Canter
bury? Exe. Not here in presence. K. Hen. Send for him, good uncle. West. Shall we call in the ambassador, my liege? K. Hen. Not yet, my cousin; we would be re
solv'd, Before we hear him, of some things of weight, That task' our thoughts concerning us and France. Enter the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Bishop of
Ely. Çant. God, and his angels, guard your sacred
And make you long become it!
Sure, we thank
you, My learned lord, we pray you to proceed; And justly and religiously unfold, Why the law Salique, that they have in France, Or should, or should not, bar us in our claim. And God forbid, my dear and faithful lord, That you should fashion, wrest, or bow your reading, Or nicely charge your understanding soul ®
- task --] Keep busied with scruples and laborious disquisitions.
8 Or nicely charge your understanding soul —] Take heed, lest by nice and subtle sophistry you burthen your knowing soul, or
With opening titles miscreate, whose right
you peers, That owe your lives, your faith, and services, To this imperial throne ;-There is no bar To make against your highness' claim to France, But this, which they produce from Pharamond, In terram Salicam mulieres nè succedant, No woman shall succeed in Salique land: Which Salique land the French unjustly gloze, To be the realın of France, and Pharamond The founder of this law and female bar. Yet their own authors faithfully affirm,
knowingly burthen your soul, with the guilt of advancing a false title, or of maintaining, by specious fallacies, a claim which, if shown in its native and true colours, would appear to be false. - miscreate,] Ill-begotten, illegitimate, spurious.
in approbation -- ] i. e. in proving and supporting that title which shall be now set up.
? — gloze,] Expound, explain, and sometimes comment upon,