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The passages made toward it:6-on my honour,
The passages made toward it:] i. e. closed, or fastened. So, in The Comedy of Errors, Act III. sc. i:
“ Why at this time the doors are made against you.” For the present explanation and pointing, I alone am answerable. A similar phrase occurs in Macbeth : Stop up
the access and passage to remorse." Yet the sense in which these words have hitherto been received may be the true one. STEEVENS.
on my honour, I speak my good lord cardinal to this point,] The King, having first addressed to Wolsey, breaks off; and declares upon his honour to the whole court, that he speaks the Car nal's sentiments upon the point in question; and clears him from any attempt, or wish, to stir that business. THEOBALD.
Scruple, and prick,] Prick of conscience was the term in confession. JOHNSON.
The expression is from Holinshed, where the King says: " The special cause that moved me unto this matter was a certaine scrupulositie that pricked my conscience,” &c. See Holinshed, p. 907. STEEVENS.
A marriage,] Old copy-- And marriage. Corrected by Mr. Pope. MALONE.
Respecting this our marriage with the dowager,
does to the dead : for her male issue
This respite shook The bosom of my conscience,] Though this reading be sense, yet, I verily believe, the poet wrote:
The bottom of my conscience, Shakspeare, in all his historical plays, was a most diligent observer of Holinshed's Chronicle. Now Holinshed, in the speech which he has given to King Henry upon this subject, makes him deliver himself thus: “ Which words, once conceived within the secret bottom of my conscience, ingendred such a scrupulous doubt, that my conscience was incontinently accombred, vexed, and disquieted.” Vid. Life of Henry VIII. p. 907. THEOBALD.
The phrase recommended by Mr. Theobald occurs again in King Henry VI. Part I:
for therein should we read “ The very bottom and soul of hope.” It is repeated also in Measure for Measure, All's well that ends well, King Henry VI. P. II. Coriolanus, &c. STEAVENS.
The wild sea’ of my conscience, I did steer
Very well, my liege. · K. Hen. I have spoke long; be pleas'd your.
self to say
How far you satisfied me.
So please your highness,
I then mov'd you,
hulling in The wild sea-] That is, floating without guidance; tossed here and there. JOHNSON.
The phrase belongs to navigation. A ship is said to hull when she is dismasted, and only her hull, or hulk, is left at the direction and mercy of the waves. So, in The Alarum for London, 1602: “. And they lye hulling up and down the stream."
STEEVENS. s I then mov'd you,]
" I moved it in confession to you, my lord of Lincoln, then my ghostly father. And forasmuch as then you yourself were in some doubt, you moved me to ask the counsel of all these my lords. Whereupon I moved you,
My lord of Canterbury; and got your leave
So please your highness,
my lord of Canterbury, first to have your licence, in as much as you were metropolitan, to put this matter in question; and so I did of all of you, my lords.” Holinshed's Life of Henry VIII, p. 908. THEOBALD.
* That's paragon'd o’the world.] Sir T. Hanmer reads, I think, better :
the primest creature That's paragon o’the world. JOHNSON, So, in The Two Gentlemen of Verona:
: “ No; but she is an earthly paragon.” Again, in Cymbeline :
an angel! or, if not, “ An earthly paragon.” To paragon, however, is a verb used by Shakspeare, both in Antony and Cleopatra and Othello :
“ If thou with Cæsar paragon again
Made to the queen, to call back her appeal
[They rise to depart." K. HEN.
I may perceive, [Aside. These cardinals trifle with me: I abhor This dilatory sloth, and tricks of Rome. My learn'd and well-beloved servant, Cranmer, Pr’ythee return! with thy approach, I know, My comfort comes along. Break up the court: I say, set on. [Exeunt, in manner as they entered.
They rise to depart.] Here the modern editors add : [The King speaks to Cranmer.] This marginal direction is not found in the old folio, and was wrongly introduced by some subsequent editor. Cranmer was now absent from court on an embassy, as appears from the last scene of this Act, where Cromwell informs Wolsey that he is returned and installed archbishop of Canterbury:
“ My learn'd and well-beloved servant, Cranmer,
“ Pr'ythee, return !" is no more than an apo ophe to the absent bishop of that