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Conft. What should he say, but as the Cardinal ?
Lewis. Bethink you, father ; for the difference
Blanch. That's the curse of Rome.
Conft. Lewis, stand fast ; the Devil tempts thee here In likeness of a new and trimmed bride. Blanch. The Lady Constance speaks not from her
faith : But from her need.
Conft. Oh, if thou grant my need,
K. John. The King is mov’d, and answers not to this.
s It is a political maxim, that trimmed cannot bear any fignifica kingdoms are never married. Lewis tion to Square with the sense re upon the wedding is for making quired, it must be corrupt; therewar upon his new relations. fore he will cashier it, and read,
the Devil tempts and trimmed; in which he is folthee here
lowed by the Oxford Editor ; but In Likeness of a new untrimmed they are both too hasty. It
Bride.]' Tho' all the Co- squares very well with the sense, pies concur in this Reading, yet and fignifies unsteady. The tern as untrimmed cannot bear any is taken from Navigation. We Signification to square with the fay too, in a fimilar way of speakSense required, I cannot helping, not well marned.
WARB. thinking it a corrupted Reading.
I think Mr. Theobald's corI have ventur'd to throw out the rection more plausible than Dr. Negative, and read;
Warburton's explanation. A comIn Likeness of a new and trimmed mentator should be grave, and Bride.
therefore I can read these notes i. e. of a new Bride, and one with the proper severity of atdeck'd and adorn'd as well by tention, but the idea of trimming Art as Nature. THEOBALD. a lady to keep her fieady, would
- a new untrimmed bride.] be too risible for any common Mr. Theobald says, that as un- power of face.
Faulo. Hang nothing but a calve's-skin, most sweet
K. Philip. I am perplext, and know not what to say. Pand. What can'ít thou say, but will perplex thee
more, If thou stand excommunicate and curst? K. Philip. Good rev'rend father, make my person
peace, Heav'n knows, they were besmeard and over-stain'd With Naughter's pencil ; where revenge did paint The fearful diff'rence of incensed Kings. And shall these hands, so lately purg'd of blood, So newly join’d in love, ?.so strong in both, Unyoke this seizure, and this kind regreer? Play fast and loose with faith? so, jest with heav'n? Make such unconstant children of ourselves, As now again to snatch our palm from palm ? Un-swear faith sworn, and on the marriage-bed Of smiling peace to march a bloody hoft, And make a riot on the gentle brow Of true sincerity ? O holy Sir, My reverend father, let it not be fo; Out of your grace, devise, ordain, impose Some gentle order, and we shall be blest
7 So frong in both.] I believe the meaning is, were so strong in
To do your pleasure, and continue friends.
Pand. All form is forinless, order orderless, Save what is opposite to England's love. Therefore, to arms! be champion of our Church! Or let the Church our mother breathe her-curse, A mother's curse on her revolting son. France, thou may'st hold a serpent by the tongue, A chafed lyon by the mortal paw, A fasting tyger safer by the tooth, Than keep in peace that hand, which thou dost hold. K. Phil
. I may dis-join my hand, but not my faith. Pand. So mak'st thou faith an enemy to faith ; And, like a civil war, fet'st oath to oath, Thy tongue against thy tongue. O, let thy vow First made to heav'n, first be to heav'n performid; That is, to be the champion of our Church. What since thou swor'ft, is sworn against thyself ; And may not be performed by thyself. For that, which thou hast sworn to do amiss, * Is't not amiss, when it is truly done? And being not done, where doing tends to ill, The truth is then most done, not doing it. The better act of purposes miftook Is to mistake again ; tho’ indirect, Yet indirection thereby grows direct, And falfhood falfhood cures ; as fire cools fire, Within the scorched veins of one new-burn'd. It is religion that doth make vows kept, 9 But thou hast sworn againīt religion : By what thou swear'st, against the thing thou swear'st :
And 3 Is Not amiss, when it is I rather read,
truly done :) This is a con Is't not amiss, when it is truly clusion de travers.
We should done? read,
as the alteration is less, and the Is yet amils,
fenfe which Dr. Warburton first The Oxford Editor, according to discovered is preserved. his usual custom, will improve it 9 But thou hast fw.rn against further, and reads, most amiss. religion, &c.] In this long
WARBURTON. speech, the Legate is made to VOL. III.
And mak'st an oath the surety for thy truth, Against an oath. The truth thou art unsure To swear, swear only not to be forsworn; few his fill in casuistry; and wlicb. That is, ibou fear's the strange hcap of quibble and against the thing, by which ress nonsense of which it confifts, wear'A ; that is, against redigier. was intended to ridicule that of The most formidable dit: the schools. For when he ar- culty is in these lines. sumes the politician, at the con And mak's an oath ibe forety clusion of the third act, the au for thy truth, thor makes him talk at another
Against an oath the trwb iksa rate. I mean in that beautiful
art unsure paffage where he fpeaks of the
To swear, &c. mischiefs following the King's This Sir T. Hanmer reforms lofs of his subjects hearts. This thus, conduct is remarkable, and was And mak's an oath the faraty intended, I fuppofe, to thew us for the truth, how much better politicians the Against an sath; this trate Roman courtiers are, than divines.
bou art unfare WARBURTON. To fuear, &c. I am not able to discover here Dr. Warburton writes it thus, any thing inconsequent or ridicu
Against an oath the truté tha lously subtle. The propositions art unsure that the voice of the church is the which leaves the passage to me voice of heaven, and that the as obscure as before. Pope uiters the voice of the church, I know not whether there i neither of which Pandulpb's au- any corruption beyond the omifditors would deny, being once fion of a point. The sense, afgranted, the argument here used ter I had considered it, appeared to is irresistible ; nor is it easy, not me only this : In fwearing birewithstanding the gingle, to en-ligion againf religion, te wins force it with greater brevity or thou has already fruera, tbs propriety.
naket an oath the security for the
fith azainst an oath alread; tatu. But thou haft fworn againt re- 'I will give, says be, a rule for conligion :
frience in there cafes. Thou may By what thou swear'l, against be in doubt about the matter of
she thing thou wear'ť: an oath ; when thou swearef ik And mak’t
an oath the furety for may not be always sure to furat tby truth,
rightly, but let this be thy fettled Against an oath the truth thout principle, frear only not to be art unfure
for fuorr; let not thy latter oaths To fwear, fwear or.ly not to be be at variance with thy former.
firsworx.] By what. Şir Truth, through this wbok 1. Haniner reads,' by tbat. I speech, means ridtitude of Cogthink it should be rather by duct
Else what a mockery should it be to swear ?
Auft. Rebellion, Alat rebellion.
Faulc. Will't not be ?
Lewis. Father, to arms !
Blanch. Upon thy wedding day?
. O, upon my knee,
Blanch. Now shall I see thy love; what motive may Be stronger with thee than the name of wife?
Conft. That which upholdeth him, that thee upholds, His honour. Oh, thine honour, Lewis, thine ho
nour ! Lewis. I muse, your Majesty doth seem so cold, When such profound respects do pull you on?