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That once was mistress of the field, and flourish’d,
your grace Could but be brought to know, our ends are honest, You'd feel more comfort: why should we, good
lady, Upon what cause, wrong you? alas ! our places, The way of our profession is against it; We are to cure such sorrows, not to sow them. For goodness sake, consider what you do; How you may hurt yourself, ay, utterly Grow from the king's acquaintance, by this car
riage. The hearts of princes kiss obedience, So much they love it; but, to stubborn spirits, They swell, and grow as terrible as storms. I know, A soul as even as a calm ; Pray, think us Those we profess, peace-makers, friends, and ser
vants. CAM. Madam, you'll find it so. You wrong your
the lily That once was mistress of the field,] So, in Spenser's Fairy Queen, Book II. c. vi. st. 16:
“ The lily, lady of the flow'ring field.” HOLT WHITE. 3 The hearts of princes kiss obedience, So much they love it ; but, to stubborn spirits,
They swell, and grow as terrible as storms.] It was one of the charges brought against Lord Essex, in the year before this play was probably written, by his ungrateful kinsman, Sir Francis Bacon, when that nobleman, to the disgrace of humanity, was obliged, by a junto of his enemies, to kneel at the end of the council-table for several hours, that in a letter written during his retirement, in 1598, to the Lord Keeper, he had said, “ There is no tempest to the passionate indignation of a prince."
MALONE. VOL. XV.
With these weak women's fears. A noble spirit,
forgive me, If I have 'us'd myself unmannerly ;* You know, I am a woman, lacking wit To make a seemly answer to such persons. Pray, do my service to his majesty : He has my heart yet ; and shall have my prayers, While I shall have my life. Come, reverend
fathers, Bestow your counsels on me: she now begs, That little thought, when she set footing here, She should have bought her dignities so dear.
* If I have us'd myself unmannerly;] That is, if I have behaved myself unmannerly. M. MASON.
Ante-chamber to the King's Apartment.
Enter the Duke of NORFOLK, the Duke of Sur
FOLK, the Earl of SURREY, and the Lord Chamberlain.
Nor. If you will now unite in your complaints
I am joyful
Which of the peers
$ And force them--] Force is en force, urge. JOHNSON.
Has he affections in him
or at least Strangely neglected?] Which of the peers has not gone by him contemned or neglected ? Johnson. Qur author extends to the words, strangely neglected, the
. Uncontemn'd, as I have before observed in a note on As you Like it, must be understood, as if the author had written not contemn'a. See Vol. VIII. p. 34, n. 7. MALONE.
The stamp of nobleness in any person,
CHAM. My lords, you speak your pleasures:
O, fear him not;
Believe it, this is true.
when did he regard
Out of himself?] The expression is bad, and the thought false. For it supposes Wolsey to be noble, which was not so: we should read and point :
- when did he regard
Out of’t himself? i. e. When did he regard nobleness of blood in another, having none of his own to value himself upon ? WARBURTON.
I do not think this correction proper. The meaning of the present reading is easy. When did he, however careful to carry his own dignity to the utmost height, regard any dignity of another? Johnson.
contrary proceedings—] Private practices opposite to his publick procedure. JOHNSON.