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Stand up, lord.—
[The King kisses the child. With this kiss take my blessing : God protect thee! Into whose hands I give thy life. Cran.
Let me speak, sir,
with her :
God shall be truly known; and those about her
dren, Shall see this, and bless heaven. K. Hen.
Thou speakest wonders.] Cran. She shall be, to the happiness of England, An aged princess ; many days shall see her, And yet no day without a deed to crown it. 'Would I had known no more! but she must die, She must, the saints must have her ; yet a virgin, A most unspotted lily shall she pass To the ground, and all the world shall mourn her.
8 This and the following seventeen lines were probably written by B. Jonson, after the accession of K. James.
K. Hen. O lord archbishop, Thou hast made me now a man ; never, before This happy child, did I get any thing : "This oracle of comfort has so pleas'd me, That, when I am in heaven, I shall desire To see what this child does, and praise my Maker.I thank ye all,-To you, my good lord mayor, And your good brethren, I am much beholden; I have receiv'd much honour by your presence, And ye shall find me thankful. Lead the way,
Ye must all see the queen, and she must thank ye,
'Tis ten to one, this play can never please All that are here: Some come to take their ease, And sleep an act or two; but those, we fear, We have frighted with our trumpets; so, 'tis clear, They'll say, 'tis naught: others, to hear the city Abus'd extremely, and to cry,--that's witty! Which we have not done neither : that, I fear, All the expected good we are like to hear
For this play at this time, is only in
The play of HENRY THE EIGHTH, is one of those, which still keeps possession of the stage, by the splendour of its pageantry. The coronation, about forty years ago, drew the people together in multitudes for a great part of the winter. Yet pomp is not the only merit of this play. The meek sorrows and virtuous distress of Katharine have furnished some scenes, which may be justly numbered among the greatest efforts of tragedy. But the genius of Shakspeare comes in and goes out with Katharine. Every other part may be easily conceived and easily written.