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The king's late scruple, by the main assent
Of all these learned men she was divorc'd,
And the late marriage made of none effect :
Since which, she was removed to Kimbolton,
Where she remains now, sick.
2 GENT.

Alas, good lady!

[Trumpets. The trumpets sound: stand close, the queen is

coming

THE ORDER OF THE PROCESSION.

A lively flourish of Trumpets; then, enter

1. Two Judges. 2. Lord Chancellor, with the purse and mace be

fore him.

3. Choristers singing.

[Musick. 4. Mayor of London bearing the mace. Then

Garter, in his coat of arms, and on his

head, a gilt copper crown. 5. Marquis Dorset, bearing a scepter of gold, on

his head a demi-coronal of gold. With him, the Earl of Surrey, bearing the rod of silver with the dove, crowned with an earl's coronet.

Collars of SS. 6. Duke of Suffolk, in his robe of estate, his coronet

on his head, bearing a long white-wand, as high-steward. With him, the Duke of Nor

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the late marriage-] i. e. the marriage lately considered as a valid one. STEEVENS.

in his coat of arms,] i. e. in his coat of office, emblazoned with the royal arms.

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folk, with the rod of marshalship, a coronet

on his head. Collars of SS. 7. A canopy borne by four of the Cinque-ports ;

under it, the Queen in her robe; in her hair richly adorned with pearl, crowned. On each side of her, the Bishops of London and

Winchester. 8. The old Duchess of Norfolk, in a coronal of gold,

wrought with flowers, bearing the Queen's

train. 9. Certain Ladies or Countesses, with plain circlets?

of gold without flowers.

2 GENT. A royal train, believe me. These I

know : Who's that, that bears the scepter ? 1 GENT.

Marquis Dorset : And that the earl of Surrey, with the rod. 2 GENT. A bold brave gentleman : And that

should be The duke of Suffolk. 1 GENT.

?Tis the same; high-steward. 2 GENT. And that my lord of Norfolk ? 1 GENT.

Yes. 2 GENT.

Heaven bless thee!

[Looking on the Queer Thou hast the sweetest face I ever look'd on.Sir, as I have a soul, she is an angel ;

-coronal circlets-] I do not recollect that these two words occur in any other of our author's works; a circumstance that may serve to strengthen Dr. Farmer's opinion—that the directions for the court pageantry throughout the present drama, were drawn up by another hand. STEEVENS.

Our king has all the Indies in his arms,
And more, and richer, when he strains that lady:2
I cannot blame his conscience.
1 GENT.

They, that bear
The cloth of honour over her, are four barons
Of the Cinque-ports.
2 GENT. Those men are happy; and so are all,

are near her. I take it, she that carries up the train, Is that old noble lady, duchess of Norfolk.

1 GENT. It is; and all the rest are countesses. 2 GENT. Their coronets say so. These are stars,

indeed

1; And, sometimes, falling ones. 1 GENT.

No more of that. [Exit Procession, with a great flourish of

Trumpets.

Enter a third Gentleman.

God save you, sir! Where have

you

been broiling? 3 GENT. Among the croud i'the abbey; where a

finger

when he strains that lady:] I do not recollect that our author, in any other of his works, has used the verbstrain in its present sense, which is that of the Latin comprimere. Thus Livy, I. 4: “ Compressa vestalis, quum geminum partum edidisset, &c. Again, in Chapman's version of the 21st Iliad:

“ Bright Peribæa, whom the flood, &c.

" Compress'd." I have pointed out this circumstance, because Ben Jonson is suspected of having made some additions to the play before us, and, perhaps, in this very scene which is descriptive of the personages who compose the antecedent procession. See Dr. Farmer's note on the Epilogue to this play. STEEVENS.

You saw

Could not be wedg'd in more; and I am stifled3 With the mere rankness of their joy.

2 GENT. The ceremony

? 3 GENT. That I did. 1 GENT.

How was it? 3 GENT. Well worth the seeing. 2 GENT.

Good sir, speak it to us. 3 GENT. As well as I am able. The rich stream 4 Of lords, and ladies, having brought the queen To a prepar'd place in the choir, fell off A distance from her; while her grace sat down To rest a while, some half an hour, or so, In a rich chair of state, opposing freely The beauty of her person to the people. Believe me, sir, she is the goodliest woman That ever lay by man: which when the people Had the full view of, such a noise arose As the shrouds make at sea in a stiff tempest, As loud, and to as many tunes : hats, cloaks, (Doublets, I think,) flew up; and had their faces Been loose, this day they had been lost. Such joy I never saw before. Great-bellied women,

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and I am stifled-]

stifled-] And was introduced by Sir T. Hanmer, to complete the measure. STEEVENS.

The rich stream &c.]
“ ingentem foribus domus alta superbis
“ Mane salutantum totis vomit ædibus undam.

Virg. Georg. II. 461. MALONE. Again, in the second Thebaid of Statius, v. 223 :

foribus cum immissa superbis Unda fremit vulgi.” So, in Timon of Athens, Act I. sc. i:

this confluence, this great flood of visitors.” See Dr. Johnson's note on this passage. STEEVENS.

That had not half a week to go, like rams6
In the old time of war, would shake the press,
And make them reel before them. No man living
Could This is my wife, there; all were woven
So strangely in one piece.
2 GENT.

But, 'pray, what follow'd?? 3 GENT. At length her grace rose, and with mo

say, This is

dest paces

Came to the altar ; where she kneel'd, and, saint

like, Cast her fair eyes to heaven, and pray'd devoutly. Then rose again, and bow'd her to the people: When by the archbishop of Canterbury She had all the royal makings of a queen; As holy oil, Edward Confessor's crown, The rod, and bird of peace, and all such emblems Laid nobly on her : which perform’d, the choir, With all the choicest musick of the kingdom, Together sung Te Deum. So she parted, And with the

same full state pac'd back again To York-place, where the feast is held.

:1 GENT. Must no more call it York-place, that is past : For, since the cardinal fell, that title's lost; 'Tis now the king's, and call’d-Whitehall.

Sir, you

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to go,] i. e. to continue in their pregnancy. So, afterwards :

the fruit she

goes

with
“I pray for heartily. '

STEEVENS.
like rams-] That is, like battering rams.

JOHNSON. So, in Virgil, Æneid II :

labat ariete crebro « Janua

STEEVENS. ? But, 'pray, what follow'd ?] The word 'pray was added, for the sake of the measure, by Sir Thomas Hanmer.

STEEVENS.

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