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Lov. O, that yourlordship were but now confessor
I would, I were;
'Faith, how easy? SANDS. As easy as a down-bed would afford it. CHAM. Sweet ladies, will it please you sit ? Sir
Harry, Place you that side, I'll take the charge of this: His grace is ent'ring:-Nay, you must not freeze; Two women plac'd together makes cold weather:My lord Sands, you are one will keep them waking; Pray, sit between these ladies. SANDS.
By my faith, And thank your lordship.-By your leave, sweet
ladies : [Seats himself between ANNE BULLEN and
another Lady. If I chance to talk a little wild, forgive me; I had it from
Was he mad, sir? SANDS. O, very mad, exceeding mad, in love too: But he would bite none; just as I do now, He would kiss you twenty with a breath.
[Kisses her. CHAM.
Well said, my lord. So, now you are fairly seated :—Gentlemen, The penance lies on you, if these fair ladies Pass away frowning.
Hautboys. Enter Cardinal Wolsey,
and takes his state.
Wol. You are welcome, my fair guests; that
noble lady, Or gentleman, that is not freely merry, Is not my friend : This, to confirm my welcome ; And to you all good health.
Your grace is noble :Let me have such a bowl may hold my thanks, And save me so much talking. WoL.
My lord Sands, I am beholden to you : cheer your neighbours.Ladies, you are not merry ;-Gentlemen, Whose fault is this? SANDS.
The red wine first must rise In their fair cheeks, my lord; then we shall have
them Talk us to silence. ANNE.
You are a merry gamester, My lord Sands.
SANDS. Yes, if I make my play.' Here's to your ladyship: and pledge it, madam, For 'tis to such a thing ANNE.
You cannot show me.
if I make my play.) i. e. if I make my party.
STEEVENS. Rather-if I may choose my game. Ritson.
As the measure, in this place, requires an additional syllable, we may, commodiously enough, read, with Sir T. Hanmer :
Yes, if I may make my play. STEEVENS.
SANDS. I told your grace, they would talk anon. [Drum and Trumpets within : Chambers
What's that? CHAM. Look out there, some of you.
[Exit a Servant. Wol.
What warlike voice? And to what end is this ?-Nay, ladies, fear not; By all the laws of war you are privileg'd.
Cham. How now? what is't?
A noble troop of strangers; For so they seem : they have left their barge, and
Good lord chamberlain,
Chambers discharged.] A chamber is a gun which stands erect on its breech. Such are used only on occasions of rejoicing, and are so contrived as to carry great charges, and thereby to make a noise more than proportioned to their bulk, They are called chambers because they are mere chambers tọ lodge powder; a chamber being the technical term for that cavity in a piece of ordnance which contains the combustibles, Some of them are still fired in the Park, and at the places opposite to the parliament-house when the king goes thither. Camden enumerates them among other guns, as follows: “_cannons, demi-cannons, chambers, arquebuse, musquet.” Again, in A new Trick to cheat the Devil, 1636 :
I still think o' the Tower ordinance, “Or of the peal of chambers, that's still fir'd “When my lord-mayor takes his barge." STEEVENS, they have left their barge,] See p. 49, n. 5.
Go, give them welcome, you can speak the French
tongue; And, pray, receive them nobly, and conduct them, Into our presence, where this heaven of beauty Shall shine at full upon them:-Some attend him.
[Exit Chamberlain, attended. All arise,
and Tables removed. You have now a broken banquet; but we'll mend it. A good digestion to you all : and, once more, I shower a welcome on you ;-Welcome all.
Hautboys. Enter the King, and twelve Others, as
Maskers,habited like Shepherds, with sixteen Torch-bearers; ushered by the Lord Chamberlain. They pass directly before the Cardinal, and gracefully salute him.
A noble company! what are their pleasures ? Cham. Because they speak no English, thus they
3 Enter the King, and twelve Others, as Maskers,] For an account of this masquerade, see Holinshed, Vol. II. p. 921.
STEEVENS. The account of this masquerade was first given by Cavendish, in his Life of Wolsey, which was written in the time of Queen Mary ; from which Stowe and Holinshed copied it. Cavendish was himself present. Before the King, &c. began to dance, they requested leave (says Cavendish) to accompany the ladies at mumchance. Leave being granted, “ then went the masquers, and first saluted all the dames, and then returned to the most worthiest, and then opened the great cup of gold filled with crownes, and other pieces to cast at.-Thus perusing all the gentlewomen, of some they wonne, and to some they lost. And having viewed all the ladies they returned to the Cardinal with great reverence, pouring downe all their gold, which was above two hundred crownes. At all, quoth the Cardinal, and casting the die, he wonne it; whereat was made great joy."
Life of Wolsey, p. 22, edit. 1641. MÁLONE.
To tell your grace ;—That, having heard by fame
Say, lord chamberlain,
A thousand thanks, and pray them take their plea
[Ladies chosen for the Dance. The King
chooses ANNE BULLEN.
I will, my lord.
Such a one, they all confess,
Let me see then.
* -take it.] That is, take the chief place. JOHNSON.