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To nature none more bound; his training such,
Wol. Stand forth; and with bold spirit relate Most like a careful subject, have collected Out of the duke of Buckingham.
of the Swanne, of whom linially is descended my said lord.” The duke was executed on Friday the 17th of May, 1521. The book has no date. STEEVENS.
7 And never seek for aid out of himself.] Beyond the treasures of his own mind. Johnson. Read : And ne'er seek aid out of himself. Yet see,--,
Ritson. noble benefits Not well dispos’d,] Great gifts of nature and education, not joined with good dispositions. Johnson.
is become as black
Her name, that was as fresh
Speak freely. Sury. First, it was usual with him, every day It would infect his speech, That if the king Should without issue die, he'd carry it so To make the scepter bis : These very words I have heard him utter to his son-in-law, Lord Aberga'ny; to whom by oath he menac'd Revenge upon the cardinal. WOL.
Please your highness, note This dangerous conception in this point.< Not friended by his wish, to your high person His will is most malignant; and it stretches Beyond you, to your
friends. Q. KATH.
My learn'd lord cardinal, Deliver all with charity. K. HEN.
Speak on : How grounded he his title to the crown, Upon our fail ? to this point hast thou heard him At any
time speak aught? SURV.
He was brought to this By a vain prophecy, of Nicholas Hopkins.
he'd carry it-] Old copy-he'li Corrected by Mr. Rowe. MALONE.
* This dangerous conception in this point.] Note this particular part of this dangerous design. JOHNSON.
By a vain prophecy of Nicholas Hopkins.] In former editions :
By a vain prophecy of Nicholas Henton. We heard before from Brandon, of one Nicholas Hopkins; and now his name is changed into Henton ; so that Brandon and the surveyor seem to be in two stories. There is, however, but one and the same person meant, Hopkins, as I have restored it in the text, for perspicuity's sake ; yet it will not be any difficulty to account for the other name, when we come to consider that he was a monk of the conventz. called Henton, near Bristol. So both Hall and Holinshed acquaint us, And he might, according
K. HEN. What was that Hopkins ?
Sir, a Chartreux friar,
How know'st thou this? SURV. Not long before your highness sped to
The duke being at the Rose, within the parish
to the custom of these times, be called Nicholas of Henton, from the place; as Hopkins from his family. THEOBALD.
This mistake, as it was undoubtedly made by Shakspeare, is worth a note. It would be doing too great an honour to the players to suppose them capable of being the authors of it.
STEEVENS. Shakspeare was perhaps led into the mistake by inadvertently referring the words, “ called Henton," in the passage already quoted from Holinshed, (p. 26, n. 9,) not to the monastery, but to the monk. MALONE.
* The duke being at the Rose, &c.] This house was purchased about the year 1561, by Richard Hill, sometime master of the Merchant Tailors company, and is now the Merchant Tailors school, in Suffolk-lane. WHALLEY.
under the confession's seal-] All the editions, down from the beginning, have commission's. But what commission's
He solemnly had sworn, that, what he spoke,
If I know you well,
Let him on :-
SURV. On my soul, I'll speak but truth. I told my lord the duke, By the devil's illusions
seal? That is a question, I dare say, none of our diligent editors
STEEVENS. For the insertion of the word gain I am answerable. From the corresponding passage in Holinshed, it appears evidently to have been omitted through the carelessness of the compositor: “ The said monke told to De la Court, neither the king nor his heirs should prosper, and that I should endeavour to purchase the good wills of the commonalty of England.”
Since I wrote the above, I find this correction had been made by the editor of the fourth folio. MALONE. : It had been adopted by Mr. Rowe, and all subsequent editors.
The monk might be deceiv'd; and that 'twas
dang'rous for him, To ruminate on this so far, until It forg'd him some design, which, being believ'd, It was much like to do: He answer'd, Tush! It can do me no damage: adding further, That, had the king in his last sickness fail'd, The cardinal's and sir Thomas Lovell's heads Should have gone off.
K. HEN. Ha! what, so rank ? Ah, ha! There's mischief in this man :Canst thou say
further? Sury. I can, my liege. K. HEN.
Being at Greenwich, After your highness had reprov'd the duke About sir William Blomer,K. HEN.
I remember, Of such a time :—Being my servant sworn, The duke retain'd him his.- -But on; What
hence ? SURV. If, quoth he, I for this had been com
mitted, As, to the Tower, I thought,- I would have play'd The part my father meant to act upon
--for him,] Old copy-for this. Corrected by Mr. Rowe. MALONE.
so rank?] Rank weeds, are weeds grown up to great height and strength. What, says the King, was he advanced to this pitch? Johnson.
Being my servant sworn, &c.] Sir William Blomer, (Holinshed calls him Bulmer,) was reprimanded by the King in the star-chamber, for that, being his sworn servant, he had left the King's service for the duke of Buckingham's.
Edwards's MSS. STEEVENS