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KATH. Sir, I most humbly pray you to deliver This to my lord the king.S CAP.

Most willing, madam. Kath. In which I have commended to his

goodness The model of our chaste loves, his

young daugh. ter:

3 This to my lord the king.] So, Holinshed, p.939:--perceiving hir selfe to waxe verie weak and feeble, and to feele death approaching at hand, caused one of hir gentlewomen to write a letter to the king, commending to him hir daughter and his, beseeching him to stand good fáther unto hir ; and further desired him to have some consideration of hir gentlewomen that had served hir, and to see them bestowed in marriage. Further that it would please him to appoint that hir servants might have their due wages, and a yeares wages beside.”

STEEVENS. This letter probably fell into the hands of Polydore Virgil, who was then in England, and has preserved it in the twentyseventh book of his history. The following is Lord Herbert's translation of it:

“ My most dear lord, king, and husband, “ The hour of my death now approaching, I cannot choose but, out of the love I bear you, advise you of your soul's health, which you ought to prefer before all considerations of the world or flesh whatsoever : for which yet you have cast me into many calamities, and yourself into many troubles.—But I forgive you all, and

pray God to do so likewise. For the rest, I commend unto you Mary our daughter, beseeching you to be a good father to her, as I have heretofore desired. I must entreat you also to respect my maids, and give them in marriage, (which is not much, they being but three,) and to all my other servants a years pay besides their due, lest otherwise they should be unprovided for. Lastly, I make this vow, that mine eyes desire you above all things. Farewell.” MALONE.

The legal instrument for the divorce of Queen Katharine is still in being; and among the signatures to it is that of Polydore Virgil. STEEVENS.

* The model of our chaste loves,] Model is image or repre. sentative. See Vol. VIII. P. 352, n. 2; and Vol. X. p. 532, n. 2.


The dews of heaven fall thick in blessings on her!—
Beseeching him, to give her virtuous breeding;
(She is young, and of a noble modest nature;
I hope, she will deserve well ;) and a little
To love her for her mother's sake, that lov'd him,
Heaven knows how dearly. My next poor petition
Is, that his noble grace would have some pity
Upon my wretched women, that so long,
Have follow'd both my fortunes faithfully:
Of which there is not one, I dare avow,
(And now I should not lie;) but will deserve,
For virtue, and true beauty of the soul,
For honesty, and decent carriage,
A right good husband, let him be a noble;
And, sure, those men are happy that shall have them,
The last is, for my men;-they are the poorest,
But poverty

could never draw them from me; That they may have their wages duly paid them, And something over to remember me by;

A right good &c.] I would read this line (not with a semicolon, as hitherto printed,) but with only a comma:

A right good husband, let him be a noble; i. e. though he were even of noble extraction. WHALLEY.

Let him be, I suppose, signifies, even though he should be ; or, admit that he be. She means to observe, that nobility superadded to virtue, is not more than each of her women deserves to meet with in a husband. The same phraseology is found in King Richard II:

Setting aside his high blood's royalty,

“ And let him be no kinsman to my liege.” STEEVENS. This is, I think, the true interpretation of the line; but I do not see why the words let him be a noble, may not, consistently with this meaning, be understood in their obvious and ordinary sense. We are not to consider Katharine's women like the attendants on other ladies. One of them had already been married to more than a noble husband; having unfortunately captivated a worthless king. MALONE.

If heaven had pleas'd to have given me longer life,
And able means, we had not parted thus.
These are the whole contents:-And,good mylord,
By that you love the dearest in this world,
As you wish christian peace to souls departed,
Stand these poor people's friend, and urge the king
To do me this last right.

By heaven, I will ;
Or let me lose the fashion of a man!

KATH. I thank you, honest lord. Remember me In all humility unto his highness : Say, his long trouble now is passing, Out of this world: tell him, in death I bless'd him, For so I will.-Mine eyes grow dim.-Farewell, My lord.--Griffith, farewell.—Nay, Patience, You must not leave me yet. I must to bed .; Call in more women.— When I am dead, good

wench, Let me be us’d with honour; strew me over With maiden flowers, that all the world may know I was a chaste wife to my grave: embalm me, Then lay me forth : although unqueen’d, yet like A queen, and daughter to a king, inter me. I can no more.

[Exeunt, leading KATHARINE.


A Gallery in the Palace.

Enter GARDINER Bishop of Winchester, a Page

with a Torch before him, met by Sir THOMAS LOVELL.

GAR. It's one o'clock, boy, is't not?

It hath struck.
GAR. These should be hours for necessities,
Not for delights; 6 times to repair our nature
With comforting repose, and not for us
To waste these times. Good hour of night, sir

Thomas! Whither so late?

Lov. Came you from the king, my lord? GAR. I did, sir Thomas; and left him at primeros With the duke of Suffolk.

Not for delights ;] Gardiner himself is not much delighted. The delight at which he hints, seems to be the King's diversion, which keeps him in attendance. JOHNSON. 7 These should be hours

times to repair our nature With comforting repose,] Hence, perhaps, the following passage in the fifth Act of Rowe's Fair Penitent. Sciolto is the speaker :

“ This dead of night, this silent hour of darkness,
“ Nature for rest ordain’d and soft repose.” STEEVENS.

-at primero-] Primero and Primavista, two games at cards, H. İ. Primera, Primavista. La Primiere, G. Prime, f. Prime veue. Primum, et primum visum, that is, first, and first seen: because he that can show such an order of cards first, wins the game. Minsheu's Guide into Tongues, col. 575. GREY.




I must to him too, Before he go to bed. I'll take my leave. GAR. Not yet, sir Thomas Lovell. What's the

matter? It seems, you are in haste; an if there be No great offence belongs to’t, give your friend Some touch of your late business :: Affairs, that

walk (As, they say, spirits do,) at midnight, have In them a wilder nature, than the business That seeks despatch by day. Lov.

My lord, I love you;
And durst commend a secret to your ear
Much weightier than this work. The queen's in

They say, in great extremity; and fear'd,
She'll with the labour end.

The fruit, she goes with, I pray for heartily; that it


Good time, and live: but for the stock, sir Thomas,
I wish it grubb’d up now.

Methinks, I could
Cry the amen; and yet my conscience says
She's a good creature, and, sweet lady, does
Deserve our better wishes.

But, sir, sir,
Hear me, sir Thomas: You are a gentleman

So, in Woman's a Weathercock, 1612:

“ Come will your worship make one at primero ?” Again, in the Preface to The Rival Friends, 1632: “ — when it may be, some of our butterfly judgments expected a set at maw or primavista from them.” ŠTEEVENS.

9 Some touch of your late business :] Some hint of the busiess that keeps you awake so late. JOHNSON.

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