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Enter CROMWELL, amazedly.
Why, how now,
Cromwell? Crom. I have no power to speak, sir. Wol.
What, amaz'd At my
misfortunes ? can thy spirit wonder, A great man should decline ? Nay, an you weep, I am fallen indeed. CROM.
How does your grace? WOL.
Why, well; Never so truly happy, my good Cromwell. I know myself now; and I feel within me A peace above all earthly dignities, A still and quiet conscience. The king has cur'd
me, I humbly thank his grace; and from these shoulders, These ruind pillars, out of pity, taken A load would sink a navy, too much honour : 0, 'tis a burden, Cromwell, 'tis a burden, Too heavy for a man that hopes for heaven.
Crom. I am glad, your grace has made that right
use of it.
Wol. I hope, I have: I am able now, methinks, (Out of a fortitude of soul I feel) To endure more miseries, and greater far,
In The Life and Death of Thomas Wolsey, &c. a poem, by Tho. Storer, student of Christ-church, in Oxford, 1599, the Cardinal expresses himself in a manner somewhat similar :
“ If once we fall, we fall Colossus-like,
Than my weak-hearted enemies dare offer.2
The heaviest, and the worst,
God bless him! CROM. The next is, that sir Thomas More is
chosen Lord chancellor in your place. WOL.
That's somewhat sudden: But he's a learned man. May he continue Long in his highness' favour, and do justice For truth's sake, and his conscience; that his bones, When he has run his course, and sleeps in blessings, May have a tomb of orphans' tears wept on 'em !* What more?
I am able now, methinks,
Than my weak-hearted enemies dare offer.] So, in King Henry VI. Part II: 6 More can I bear, than you
dare execute." Again, in Othello :
" Thou hast not half the power to do me harm,
a tomb of orphans' tears wept on 'em!] The chancellor is the general guardian of orphans. A tomb of tears is very harsh. JOHNSON.
This idea will appear not altogether indefensible to those who recollect the following epigram of Martial:
“ Flentibus Heliadum ramis dum vipera serpit,
“ Concreto riguit vincta repente gelu.
Vipera si tumulo nobiliore jacet.”
CROM. That Cranmer is return'd with welcome, Install'd lord archbishop of Canterbury.
Wol. That's news indeed.
Last, that the lady Anne,
down. O Cromwell, The king has gone beyond me, all my glories In that one woman I have lost for ever: No sun shall ever usher forth mine honours, Or gild again the noble troops that waited Upon my smiles." Go, get thee from me, Cromwell;
“ The Muses, Phoebus, Love, have raised of their teares “ A crystal tomb to him, through which his worth ap
peares." STEEVENS. A similar conceit occurs in King Richard II. Act III. sc. iii.
HENLEY. The old copy
him. The error, which probably arose. from similitude of sounds, was corrected by Mr. Steevens.
MALONE. - in open,] A Latinism, [in aperto] perhaps introduced by Ben Jonson, who is supposed to have tampered with this play. Et castris in aperto positis : Liv. I. 33. i. e. in a place exposed on all sides to view. STEEVENS.
Or gild again the noble troops that waited
Upon my smiles.] The number of persons who composed Cardinal Wolsey's household, according to the printed account, was eight hundred. “ When (says Cavendish, in his Life of Wolsey,) shall we see any more such subjects, that shall keepe such a noble house ? -Here is an end of his houshold. The number of persons in the cheyne-roll (check-roll] were eight hundred persons."
But Cavendish's work, though written in the time of Queen Mary, was not published till 1641 ; and it was then printed most unfaithfully, some passages being interpolated; near half of
I am a poor fallen man, unworthy now
O my lord,
Wol. Cromwell, I did not think to shed a tear
the MS. being omitted, and the phraseology being modernised throughout, to make it more readable at that time; the covert object of the publication probably having been, to render Laud odious, by shewing how far church-power had been extended by Wolsey, and how dangerous that prelate was, who, in the opinion of many, followed his example. The persons who procured this publication, seem to have been little solicitous about the means they employed, if they could but obtain their end; and therefore, among other unwarrantable sophistications, they took care that the number “ of troops who waited on Wolsey's smiles,” should be sufficiently magnified; and, instead of one hundred and eighty, which was the real number of his household, they printed eight hundred. This appears from two MSS. of this work in the Museum ; MSS. Harl. No. 428, and MSS. Birch, 4233.
In another manuscript copy of Cavendish's Life of Wolsey, in the Publick Library at Cambridge, the number of the Cardinal's household, by the addition of a cypher, is made 1800.
MALONE. make use
-] i. e. make interest. So, in Much Ado about Nothing :