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How came
His practices to light?

Most strangely.

0, how, how?
Suf. The cardinal's letter to the pope miscarried,
And came to the eye o’the king: wherein was read,
How that the cardinal did entreat his holiness
To stay the judgment o’the divorce; For if
It did take place, I do, quoth he, perceive,
My king is tangled in affection to
A creature of the queen's, lady Anne Bullen.

Sur. Has the king this?

Believe it.

Will this work? CHAM. The king in this perceives him, how he

coasts, And hedges, his own way. But in this point All his tricks founder, and he brings his physick After his patient's death; the king already Hath married the fair lady. SUR.

'Would he had! Suf. May you be happy in your wish, my lord! For, I profess, you have it. SUR.

Now all my joy Trace the conjunction !!

9 And hedges, his own way.] To hedge, is to creep along by the hedge: not to take the direct and open path, but to steal Covertly through circumvolutions. Johnson.

Hedging is by land, what coasting is by sea. M. Mason.
· Trace the conjunction!] To trace is to follow. JOHNSON.
So, in Macbeth:

-all unfortunate souls
" That trace him in his line.”


My amen to’t! Nor.

All men's.
Sur. There's order given for her coronation :
Marry, this is yet but young, and may be left
To some ears unrecounted.-But, my lords,
She is a gallant creature, and complete
In mind and feature: I persuade me, from her
Will fall some blessing to this land, which shall
In it be memoriz'd.3

But, will the king
Digest this letter of the cardinal's?
The lord forbid !

Marry, amen!

No, no; There be more wasps that buz about his nose, Will make this sting the sooner. Cardinal Campeius Is stolen away to Rome; hath ta'en no leave; Has left the cause o’the king unhandled; and Is posted, as the agent of our cardinal, To second all his plot. I do assure you The king cry'd, ha! at this. CHAM.

Now, God incense him, And let him cry ha, louder !

The form of Surrey's wish has been anticipated by Richmond in King Richard III. sc. ult: s Smile heaven upon this fair conjunction !"

STEEVENS. --but young,] The same phrase occurs again in Romeo and Juliet, Act I. sc. i: “Good morrow, cousin.

Is the day so young ?See note on this passage. STEEVEŃS.

* In it be memoriz'd.] To memorize is to make memorable. The word has been already used in Macbeth, Act I. sc. ii.


But, my lord, When returns Cranmer?

Sur. He is return’d, in his opinions; which Have satisfied the king for his divorce, Together with all famous colleges Almost in Christendom : 4 shortly, I believe, His second marriage shall be publish’d, and Her coronation. Katharine no more Shall be call'd, queen; but princess dowager, And widow to prince Arthur. NOR.

This same Cranmer's A worthy fellow, and hath ta'en much pain In the king's business. Sur.

He has; and we shall see him
For it, an archbishop.

So I hear.
The cardinal-

'Tis so.

* He is return'd, in kis opinions; which Have satisfied the king for his divorce, Together with all famous colleges

Almost in Christendom:] Thus the old copy. The meaning is this : Cranmer, says Suffolk, is returned in his opinions, i. e. with the same sentiments which he entertained before he went abroad, which (sentiments) have satisfied the king, together with all the famous colleges referred to on the occasion.

Or, perhaps the passage (as Mr. Tyrwhitt observes) may mean-He is return'd in effect, having sent his opinions, i. e. the opinions of divines, &c. collected by him. Mr. Rowe altered these lines as follows, and all succeeding editors have silently adopted his unnecessary change :

He is return'd with his opinions, which
Have satisfied the king for his divorce,
Gathers from all the famous colleges
Almost in Christendom:



you the

Nor. Observe, observe, he's moody.
Wol. The packet, Cromwell, gave

it king ? CROM. To his own hand, in his bedchamber.5 Wol. Look'd he o'the inside of the paper? CROM.

He did unseal them: and the first he view'd,
He did it with a serious mind; a heed
Was in his countenance : You, he bade
Attend him here this morning.

Is he ready
To come abroad?

I think, by this he is.
WOL. Leave me a while.- [Exit CROMWELL.
It shall be to the duchess of Alençon,
The French king's sister : he shall marry her.-
Anne Bullen! No; I'll no Anne Bullens for him:
There is more in it than fair visage.—Bullen!
No, we'll no Bullens.--Speedily I wish
To hear from Rome. The marchioness of Pem-

broke! NOR. He's discontented. SUF.

May be, he hears the king Does whet his anger to him.

To his own hand, in his bedchamber.] Surely, both the syllable wanting in this line, and the respect due from the speaker to Wolsey, should authorize us to read:

To his own hand, sir, in his bedchamber. And again, in Cromwell's next speech :

Was in his countenance : you, sir, he bade, or with Sir Thomas Hanmer :

and you he bade- STEEVENS.


Sharp enough, Lord, for thy justice ! Wol. The late queen’s gentlewoman; a knight's

daughter, To be her mistress' mistress! the queen's queen! This candle burns not clear: 'tis I must snuff it; Then, out it goes. What though I know her vir.

tuous, And well-deserving ? yet I know her for A spleeny Lutheran ; and not wholesome to Our cause, that she should lie i'the bosom of Our hard-rul'd king. Again, there is sprung up An heretick, an arch one, Cranmer; one Hath crawl'd into the favour of the king, And is his oracle. Nor.

He is vex'd at something. Suf. I would, 'twere something that would fret

the string; The master-cord of his heart!

Enter the King, reading a Schedule ; 6 and



The king, the king. K. HEN. What piles of wealth hath he accumu


Enter the King, reading a Schedule ;] That the Cardinal gave the King an inventory of his own private wealth, by mistake, and thereby ruined himself, is a known variation from the truth of history. Shakspeare, however, has not injudiciously represented the fall of that great man as owing to an incident which he had once improved to the destruction of another. See Holinshed, pp. 796 and 797:

“ Thomas Ruthall, bishop of Durham, was, after the death of King Henry VII. one of the privy council to Henry VIII. to

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