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Still exaction ! The nature of it? In what kind, let's know, Is this exaction ?
Q. KATH. I am much too venturous In tempting of your patience ; but am bolden'd Under your promis'd pardon. The subject's grief ! Comes through commissions, which compel from
each The sixth part of his substance, to be levied. Without delay; and the pretence for this Is nam'd, your wars in France: This makes bold
mouths : Tongues spit their duties out, and cold hearts freeze Allegiance in them; their curses now, Live where their prayers did : and it's come to pass, That tractable obedience is a slave To each incensed will ?. I would, your highness Would give it quick consideration, for There is no primer business'.
3 — tractable obedience, &c.] i. e. those who are tractable and obedient, must give way to others who are angry.
MUSGRAVE: The meaning, I think, is- Things are now in such a situation, that resentment and indignation predominate in every man's breast over duty and allegiance. Malone.
The meaning of this is, that the people were so much irritated by oppression, that their resentment got the better of their obedience. M. Mason. 3 There is no primer business.] In the old edition
“ There is no primer baseness.". The queen is here complaining of the suffering of the commons, which, she suspects, arose from the abuse of power in some great men. · But she is very reserved in speaking her thoughts concerning the quality of it. We may be assured then, that she did not, in conclusion, call it the highest baseness; but rather made use of a word that could not offend the Cardinal, and yet would incline the King to give it a speedy hearing. I read therefore :
“ There is no primer business." i. e. no m ter of state that more earnestly presses a dispatch.
By my life,
And for me,
Dr. Warburton (for reasons which he has given in his note) would read :
no primer business : but I think the meaning of the original word is sufficiently clear. No primer baseness is no mischief more ripe or ready for redress, So, in Othello : “ Were they as prime as goats, as hot aş monkies -"
Steevens. 4 If I am traduc'd by tongues, which neither know
My faculties, nor person.] The old copy—by ignorant tongues. But surely this epithet must have been an interpolation, the ignorance of the supposed speakers being sufficiently indicated by their knowing neither the faculties nor person of the Cardinal. I have, therefore, with Sir T. Hanmer, restored the measure, by the present omission. STBEVENS.
s We must not stint -] To stint is to stop, to retard. Many instances of this sense of the word are given in a note on Romeo and Juliet, vol. vi. p. 36, n. 5.
STEEVENS. 6 To cОРЕ
-] To engage with, to encounter. The word is still used in some counties. Johnson. So, in As You Like It, vol. vi, p. 384:
“ I love to cope him in these sullen fits." Steevens.
- Once weak ones,] The modern editors read-or weak ones ; but once is not unfrequently used for sometime, or at one time or other, among our ancient writers.
Not ours, or not allow'd 8 ; what worst, as oft,
Things done well?,
Of this commission ? I believe, not any.
And stick them in our will. Sixth part of each?
So, in the 13th Idea of Drayton :
« This diamond shall once consume to dust." Again, in The Merry Wives of Windsor : “I pray thee, once to-night give my sweet Nan this ring."
Again, in Leicester's Commonwealth : “ if God should take from us her most excellent majesty (as once he will) and so leave us destitute" STEEVENS.
or not allow'd;] Not approved. See vol. viii. p. 33, n. 5; and vol. x. p. 125, n. 6. MALONE.
- what worst, as oft,
Hitting a grosser quality,] The worst actions of great men are commended by the vulgar, as more accommodated to the grossness of their notions. Johnson.
For our best act.] I suppose, for the sake of measure, we should read-action. Perhaps the three last letters of this word were accidentally omitted by the compositor. Steevens.
Things done well,] Sir T. Hanmer, very judiciously in my opinion, completes the measure by reading : Things that are done well.”
STEEVENS. 3 From every tree, Lop, bark, and part o' the timber ;] Lop is a substantive, and signifies the branches. WARBURTON.
A word with you.
[To the Secretary. Let there be letters writ to every shire, Of the king's grace and pardon. The griev'd
It grieves many: The gentleman is learn'do, and a most , rare
speaker; To nature none more bound; his training such, That he may furnish and instruct great teachers, And never seek for aid out of himself?:: Yet see ..
4 That, through our intercession, &c.] So, in Holinshed, p.
892: The cardinall, to deliver himself from the evill will of the commons, purchased by procuring and advancing of this demand, affirmed, and caused it to be bruted abrode that through his intercession the king had pardoned and released all things.”
STEEVENS. s Enter Surveyor.] It appears from Holinshed that his name was Charles Knyvet. Ritson.
6 The gentleman is learn d, &c.] We understand from “ The Prologue of the translatour," that the Knyghte of the Swanne, a French romance, was translated at the request of this unfortunate nobleman. Copland, the printer, adds,
- this present history compyled, named 'Helyas the Knight of the Swanne, of whom linially is descended my said lord.” The duke was executed on Friday the 17th of May, 1521. The book has no date.
STEEVENS. 7 And NEVER seek for aid out of himself.] treasures of his own mind. Johnson. Read : “ And ne'er seek aid out of himself. Yet see-."
When these so noble benefits shall prove
Wou. Stand forth; and with bold spirit relate
Most like a careful subject, have collected
Please your highness, note
Not well dispos’d,] Great gifts of nature and education, not: joined with good dispositions. Johnson.,
is become as black
Her name, that was as fresh
“ As mine own face." STEEVENS. - he'd carry it - ] Old copy--he'l. Corrected by Mr. Rowe. MALONE. VOL. XIX.