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Be sure, you be not loose ;? for those
make friends, And give your hearts to, when they once perceive The least rub in your fortunes, fall away Like water from ye, never found again But where they mean to sink ye. All good people, Pray for me! I must now forsake ye; the last hour Of my long weary life is come upon me. Farewell : And when you would say something that is sad, Speak how I fell.--I have done; and God forgive
[Exeunt BUCKINGHAM and Train. 1 GENT. O, this is full of pity !-Sir, it calls, I fear, too many curses on their heads, That were the authors. 2 GENT.
If the duke be guiltless, 'Tis full of woe: yet I can give you inkling Of an ensuing evil, if it fall, Greater than this. 1 GENT.
Good angels keep it from us! Where may it be? You do not doubt my faith, sir?
2 GENT. This secret is so weighty, 'twill require A strong faith' to conceal it. 1 GENT.
Let me have it; I do not talk much.
be not loose;] This expression occurs again in Othello : “ There are a kind of men so loose of soul, “ That in their sleeps will mutter their affairs."
STEEVENS. * And when you would say something that is sad, &c.] So, in King Richard II:
" Tell thou the lamentable tale of me,
STEEVENS. strong faith-] Is great fidelity. Johnson.
I am confident;
Yes, but it held not:
But that slander, sir, Is found a truth now: for it grows again Fresher than e'er it was; and held for certa in? The king will venture at it. Either the cardinal, Or some about him near, have, out of malice To the good queen, possess'd him with a scruple That will undo her: To confirm this too, Cardinal Campeius is arriv’d, and lately; As all think, for this business. 1 GENT.
'Tis the cardinal; And merely to revenge him on the emperor, For not bestowing on him, at his asking, The archbishoprick of Toledo, this is purpos’d. 2 GENT. I think, you have hit the mark: But is't
not cruel, That she should feel the smart of this? The cardinal Will have his will, and she must fall. 1 GENT.
'Tis woful, We are too open here to argue this; Let's think in private more.
and held for certain,] To hold, is to believe. So, in Lord Surrey's translation of the fourth Æneid : “ I hold thee not, nor yet gainsay thy words."
An Ante-chamber in the Palace.
Enter the Lord Chamberlain, reading a Letter.
CHAM. My lord,—The horses your lordship sent for, with all the care I had, I saw well chosen, ridden, and furnished. They were young, and handsome ; and of the best breed in the north. When they were ready to set out for London, a man of my lord cardinals, by commission, and main power, took 'em from me ; with this reason,–His master would be served before a subject, if not before the king : which stopped our mouths, sir. I fear, he will, indeed: Well, let him have them: He will have all, I think.
Enter the Dukes of NORFOLK and SUFFOLK. NOR.
Well met, my good® Lord chamberlain. CHAM.
Good day to both your graces. Sur. How is the king employ'd ? CHAM.
I left him private, Full of sad thoughts and troubles. NOR.
What's the cause? CHAM. It seems, the marriage with his brother's
wife Has crept too near his conscience.
* Well met, my good-] The epithet—good, was inserted by Sir Thomas Hanmer, for the sake of measure. STEEVENS.
No, his conscience Has crept too near another lady. Nor.
" This is the cardinal's doing, the king-cardinal : That blind priest, like the eldest son of fortune, Turns what he lists. The king will know him one
day. SUF. Pray God, he do! he'll never know him
self else. Nor. How holily he works in all his business! And with what zeal! For, now he has crack'd the
league Between us and the emperor, the queen's great
nephew, He dives into the king's soul; and there scatters Dangers, doubts, wringing of the conscience, Fears, and despairs, and all these for his marriage: And, out of all these to restore the king, He counsels a divorce: a loss of her, That, like a jewel, has hung twenty years About his neck, yet never lost her lustre ;3 Of her, that loves him with that excellence That angels love good men with ; even of her That, when the greatest stroke of fortune falls, Will bless the king: And is not this course pious? CHAM. Heaven keep me from such counsel !
'Tis most true, These news are every where; every tongue speaks
them, And every true heart weeps for't: All, that dare Look into these affairs, see this main end,
* That, like a jewel, has hung twenty years &c.] See Vol. IX. p. 242, n. 2. MALONE.
see this main end,] Thus the old copy. All, &c.
The French king's sisters. Heaven will one day
And free us from his slavery.
For me, my lords, I love him not, nor fear him; there's my creed: As I am made without him, so I'll stand, If the king please; his curses and his blessings Touch me alike, they are breath I not believe in.
perceive this main end of these counsels, namely, the French king's sister. The editor of the fourth folio and all the subsequent editors read-his; but yo or this were not likely to be confounded with his. Besides, the King, not Wolsey, is the person last mentioned; and it was the main end or object of Wolsey to bring about a marriage between Henry and the French king's sister. End has already been used for and may be so here. See
p. 6 The cardinal is the end of this.” MALONE. * The French king's sister.] i. e. the Duchess of Alençon.
STEEVENS, From princes into pages :] This may allude to the retinue of the Cardinal, who had several of the nobility among his menial servants. JOHNSON.
? Into what pitch he please.] The mass must be fashioned into pitch or height, as well as into particular form. The meaning is, that the Cardinal can, as he pleases, make high or low.
JOHNSON, The allusion seems to be to the 21st verse of the 9th chapter of the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans: “ Hath not the potter power over the clay of the same lump, to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour" COLLINS.