Imágenes de páginas
[ocr errors]


Ha! Canterbury? DEN. Ay, my good lord. K. HEN. 'Tis true: Where is he, Denny? Den. He attends your highness' pleasure.

his high

what amazed, the earle of Bedford with a loud voice confirming his words with a solemn othe, said, when you first began the matter, my lordes, I told you what would come of it. Do you thinke that the king would suffer this man's finger to ake? Much more (I warrant you) will he defend his life against brabling varlets. You doe but cumber yourselves to hear tales and fables against him. And incontinently upon the receipt of the king's token, they all rose, and carried to the king his ring, surrendring that matter as the order and use was, into his own hands.

“ When they were all come to the king's presence, ness, with a severe countenance, said unto them; ah, my lordes, I thought I had wiser men of my

counsaile than now I find you. What discretion was this in you thus to make the primate of the realme, and one of you in office, to wait at the counsaillechamber doore amongst serving men? You might have considered that he was a counsailer as wel as you, and you had no such commission of me so to handle him. I was content that you should trie him as a counsellor, and not as a meane subject. But now I well perceive that things be done against him maliciouslie, and if some of you might have had your mindes, you would have tried him to the uttermost. But I doe

you wit, and protest, that if a prince may bee beholding unto his subject (and so solemnlie laying his hand upon his brest, said,) by the faith I owe to God' I take this man here, my lord of Canterburie, to be of all other a most faithful subject unto’us, and one to whome we are much beholding, giving him great commendations otherwise. And, with that, one or two of the chiefest of the counsaile, making their excuse, declared, that in requesting his indurance, it was rather ment for his triall and his purgation against the common fame and slander of the worlde, than for any malice conceived against him. Well, well, my lords, (quoth the king,) take him, and well use him, as hee is worthy to bee, and make no more ado. And with that, every man caught him by the hand, and made faire weather of altogethers, which might easilie be done with that man.”


all to

[blocks in formation]


Bring him to us.

[Exit DENNY. Lor. This is about that which the bishop spake; I am happily' come hither.


Re-enter DENNY, with CRANMER. K. HEN.

Avoid the gallery.

[LOVELL seems to stay, Ha! I have said. Be gone. What »

[Exeunt LoVELL and DENNY. CRAN. I am fearful :Wherefore frowns he thus? 'Tis his aspect of terror. All's not well. K. HEN. How now, my lord? You do desire to

know Wherefore I sent for you. CRAN.

It is my duty,
To attend your highness' pleasure.

'Pray you, arise,
My good and gracious lord of Canterbury,
Come, you and I must walk a turn together;
I have news to tell you: Come, come, give me your

Ah, my good lord, I grieve at what I speak,
And am right sorry to repeat what follows:
I have, and most unwillingly, of late
Heard many grievous, I do say, my lord,
Grievous complaints of

of you ; which, being con

sider'd, Have mov'd us and our council, that you shall


happilyą] The present instance, and another in p. 183, seem to militate against my former explanation ofhappily, and to countenance that of Mr. M. Mason. See p. 154, n. 2. STEEVENS.

This morning come before us; where, I know,
You cannot with such freedom purge yourself,
But that, till further trial, in those charges
Which will require your answer, you must take
Your patience to you, and be well contented
To make your house our Tower: You a brother

of us,


It fits we thus proceed, or else no witness
Would come against you.

I humbly thank your highness;
And am right glad to catch this good occasion
Most throughly to be winnowd, where my chaff
And corn shall fly asunder : for, I know,
There's none stands under more calumnious

tongues, Than I myself, poor man.: K. HEN.

Stand up, good Canterbury; Thy truth, and thy integrity, is rooted In us, thy friend: Give me thy hand, stand up ; Pr’ythee, let's walk. Now, by my holy-dame, What manner of man are you? My lord, I look'd You would have given me your petition, that I should have ta'en some pains to bring together Yourself and your accusers; and to have heard you Without indurance, further. CRAN.

Most dread liege,


You a brother of us, &c.] You being one of the council, it is necessary to imprison you, that the witnesses against you may not be deterred. JOHNSON.

3 Than I myself, poor man.] Poor man probably belongs to the King's reply. GREY.

indurance,] i. e. confinement. Dr. Johnson, however, in his Dictionary, says that this word (which Shakspeare borrowed from Fox's narrative already quoted) means_delay, procrastination. STEEVENS.

The good I stand on” is my truth, and honesty ;
If they shall fail, I, with mine enemies,“
Will triumph o'er my person ; which I weigh not,
Being of those virtues vacant. I fear nothing
What can be said against me.

Know you not how
Your state stands i'the world, with the whole world?
Your enemies
Are many, and not small; their practices
Must bear the same proportion : and not ever8
The justice and the truth o’the question carries
The due o'the verdict with it: At what ease
Might corrupt minds procure knaves as corrupt
To swear against you? such things have been done.
You are potently oppos’d; and with a malice
Of as great size. Ween you of better luck,


$ The good I stand on-] Though good may be taken for advantage or superiority, or any thing which may help or support, yet it would, I think, be more natural to say:

The ground I stand on- Johnson.
The old copy is certainly right. So, in Coriolanus :

“ Your franchises, whereon you stand, confin'd

“ Into an augre's bore.” Malone. Again, in The Merry Wives of Windsor : “ Though Page be a secure fool, and stands so firmly on his wife's frailty

STEEVENS. - I, with mine enemies,] Cranmer, I suppose, means, that whenever his honesty fails, he shall rejoice as heartily as his enemies at his destruction. MALONE.

? I weigh not,] i. e. have no value for. So, in Love's Labour's Lost :

“ You weigh me not, that's, you care not for me.” See King Richard 111. Act III. sc. i. ŠTEEVENS.

and not ever-] Not ever is an uncommon expression, and does not mean never, but not always. M. Mason.

Ween you of better luck,] To ween is to think, to imagine. Though now obsolete, the word was common to all our ancient writers. STEEVENS.


[ocr errors]


I mean, in perjur'd witness, than your master,
Whose minister you are, whiles here he liv'd
Upon this naughty earth ? Go to, go to;
You take a precipice for no leap of danger,
And woo your own destruction.

God, and your majesty,
Protect mine innocence, or I fall into
The trap is laid for me !

Be of good cheer; They shall no more prevail, than we give way to. Keep comfort to you; and this morning see You do appear before them : if they shall chance, In charging you with matters, to commit you, The best persuasions to the contrary Fail not to use, and with what vehemency The occasion shall instruct you: if entreaties Will render you no remedy, this ring Deliver them, and your appeal to us There make before them.--Look, the good man

weeps! He's honest, on mine honour. God's blest mother! I swear,

he is true-hearted; and a soul None better in my kingdom.-Get you gone, And do as I have bid you.—[Exit CRANMER.]

He has strangled His language in his tears.

Enter an old Lady.'

Gent. [Within.] Come back; What mean you ? LADY. I'll not come back; the tidings that I


1 an old Lady.] This, I suppose, is the same old cat that appears with Anne Bullen, p. 77. STEEVENS.

« AnteriorContinuar »