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Or but allay, the fire of passion.
Say not, treasonous. Buck. To the king I'll say't; and make my
vouch as strong As shore of rock. Attend. This holy fox, Or wolf, or both, (for he is equal ravenous, As he is subtle; and as prone to mischief, As able to perform it; his mind and place Infecting one another, yea, reciprocally,) Only to show his pomp as well in France As here at home, suggests the king our master
If with the sap of reason you would quench,
the heat and flame of thy distemper
sincere motions,)] Honest indignation, warmth of integrity. Perhaps name not, should be blame not.
Whom from the flow of gall I blame not. Johnson,
for he is equal ravenous,] Equal for equally. Shak. speare frequently uses adjectives adverbially. See King John, Vol. X. p. 523, n. 4. MALONE,
his mind and place Infecting one another,] This is very satirical. His mind he represents as highly corrupt; and yet he supposes the contagion of the place of first minister as adding an infection to it,
WARBURTON, suggests the king our master-) Suggests, for excites.
WARBURTON. So, in King Richard II:
“ Suggest his soon-believing adversaries." STEEVENS.
To this last costly treaty, the interview,
'Faith, and so it did. Buçk. Pray, give me favour, sir. This cunning
cardinal The articles o’the combination drew, As himself pleas’d; and they were ratified, As he cried, Thus let be: to as much end, As give a crutch to the dead: But our count-car.
dinal Has done this, and 'tis well; for worthy Wolsey, Who cannot err, he did it. Now this follows, (Which, as I take it, is a kind of puppy To the old dam, treason,)-Charles the emperor, Under pretence to see the queen his aunt, (For 'twas, indeed, his colour ; but he came To whisper Wolsey,) here makes visitation: His fears were, that the interview, betwixt England and France, might, through their amity, Breed him some prejudice; for from this league Peep'd harms that menac'd him: He privily Deals with our cardinal; and, as I trow,Which I do well; for, I am sure, the emperor Paid ere he promis'd; whereby his suit was granted, Ere it was ask'd ;- but when the way was made, And pav'd with gold, the emperor thus desir'd ;That he would please to alter the king's course, And break the foresaid peace. Let the king know, (As soon he shall by me,) that thus the cardinal
our count-cardinal—] Wolsey is afterwards called king cardinal. : Mr. Pope and the subsequent editors readcourt-cardinal. MALONE.
—He privily] He, which is not in the original copy, was added by the editor of the second folio. Malone.
I am sorry
Does buy and sell his honour as he pleases,
No, not a syllable;
and two or three of the Guard. BRAN. Your office, sergeant; execute it. SERG.
Sir, My lord the duke of Buckingham, and earl Of Hereford, Stafford, and Northampton, I Arrest thee of high treason, in the name Of our most sovereign king. Buck.
Lo you, my lord, The net has fall’n upon me; I shall perish Under device and practice.*
thus the cardinal Does buy and sell his honour as he pleases,] This was a proverbial expression. See King Richard III. Act V. sc. iii.
MALONE, The same phrase occurs also in King Henry VI. Part I:
from bought and sold lord Talbot.” Again, in The Comedy of Errors : “ It would make a man as mad as a buck, to be so bought and sold.” STEEVENS.
Something mistaken in't.] That is, that he were something different from what he is taken or supposed by you to be.
MALONE. practice.] i. e. unfair stratagem. So, in Othello, Act V:
“ Fallen in the practice of a cursed slave.” And in this play, Surrey, speaking of Wolsey, says:
“ How came his practices to light ?" REED.
I am sorry To see you ta’en from liberty, to look on The business present:5 'Tis his highness' pleasure, You shall to the Tower. Buck.
It will help me nothing, To plead mine innocence; for that die is on me, Which makes my whitest part black. The will of
heaven Be done in this and all things -I obey.O my lord Aberga'ny, fare you well. BRAN. Nay, he must bear you company:—The king
[To ABERGAVENNY. Is pleas’d, you shall to the Tower, till
know How he determines further. ABER.
As the duke said The will of heaven be done, and the king's pleasure By me obey'd.
BRAN. Here is a warrant from The king, to attach lord Montacute;o and the bodies Of the duke's confessor, John de la Court, One Gilbert Peck, his chancellor, —
5 I am sorry
To see you ta’en from liberty, to look on
The business present :] I am sorry that I am obliged to be present and an eye-witness of your loss of liberty. Johnson.
-lord Montacute ;] This was Henry Pole, grandson to George Duke of Clarence, and eldest brother to Cardinal Pole. He had married the Lord Abergavenny's daughter. He was restored to favour at this juncture, but was afterwards executed for another treason in this reign. Reed.
John de la Court,] The name of this monk of the Chartreux was John de la Car, alias de la Court. See Holinshed, p. 863. STEEVENS.
* One Gilbert Peck, his chancellor,] The old copies have it-his counsellor ; but I, from the authorities of Hall and Holinshed, changed it to chancellor. And our poet himself, in the beginning of the second Act, vouches for this correction :
BRAN. A monk o' the Chartreux.
0, Nicholas Hopkins ? 9 BRAN.
He. Buck. My surveyor is false; the o'er-great car
dinal Hath show'd him gold: my life is spann'd already: I am the shadow of poor Buckingham ;? Whose figure even this instant cloud puts on, By dark’ning my clear sun.3-My lord, farewell.
“ At which, appear'd against him his surveyor,
“ Sir Gilbert Peck, his chancellor.” THEOBALD. I believe [in the former instance] the author wrote-And Gilbert &c. MALONE.
9 Nicholas Hopkins?] The old copy has-Michael Hopkins. Mr. Theobald made the emendation, conformably to the Chronicle : “ Nicholas Hopkins, a monk of an house of the Chartreux order, beside Bristow, called Henton.” In the MS. Nich. only was probably set down, and mistaken for Mich.
MALONE. my life is spann'd already :) To span is to gripe, or inclose in the hand; to span is also to measure by the palm and fingers. The meaning, therefore, may either be, that hold is taken of my life, my life is in the gripe of my enemies; or, that my time is measured, the length of my life is now determined.
JOHNSON. Man's life, in scripture, is said to be but a span long. Probably, therefore, it means, when 'tis spann'd 'tis ended.
REED. . I am the shadow of poor Buckingham;] So, in the old play of King Leir, 1605: “ And think me but the shadow of myself.”
By dark’ning my clear sun.] These lines have passed all the editors. Does the reader understand them? By me they