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And the late marriage made of none effect:
Since which, she was removed to Kimbolton,
Where she remains now, sick.

2 Gent.

Alas, good lady!


The trumpets sound: stand close, the queen is coming.


A lively flourish of Trumpets; then, enter

1. Two Judges.

2. Lord Chancellor, with the purse and mace before him. 3. Choristers singing.

[Musick. 4. Mayor of London bearing the mace. Then Garter, in his coat of arms, and on his head, a gilt copper


5. Marquis Dorset, bearing a sceptre of gold, on his head

a demi-coronal of gold. With him, the Earl of Eurrey, bearing the rod of silver with the dove, crowned with an earl's coronet. Collars of SS.

6. Duke of Suffolk, in his robe of estate, his coronet on his head, bearing a long white wand, as high-steward. With him, the Duke of Norfolk, with the rod of marshalship, a coronet on his head. Collars of SS. 7. A canopy borne by four of the Cinque-ports; under it, the Queen in her robe; in her hair richly adorned with pearl, crowned. On each side of her, the Bishops of London and Winchester.

8. The old Duchess of Norfolk, in a coronal of gold, wrought with flowers, bearing the Queen's train. 9. Certain Ladies or Countesses, with plain circlets of gold without flowers.

2 Gent. A royal train, believe me.-These I know ;Who's that, that bears the sceptre?


the late marriage-] i. e. the marriage lately considered as a valid one. Steevens.


in his coat of arms,] i. e. in his coat of office, emblazoned with the royal arms. Steevens

8 — coronal · circlets-] I do not recollect that these two words occur in any other of our author's works; a circumstance that may serve to strengthen Dr. Farmer's opinion-that the directions for the court pageantry throughout the present drama, were drawn up by another hand. Steevens.

1 Gent.

Marquis Dorset:

And that the earl of Surrey, with the rod.

2 Gent. A bold brave gentleman: And that should be The duke of Suffolk.

1 Gent.

'Tis the same; high-steward.

2 Gent. And that my lord of Norfolk?

1 Gent.

2 Gent.


Heaven bless thee! [Looking on the Queen.

Thou hast the sweetest face I ever look'd on.—

Sir, as I have a soul, she is an angel;

Our king has all the Indies in his arms,

And more, and richer, when he strains that lady :9
I cannot blame his conscience.

1 Gent.

They, that bear

The cloth of honour over her, are four barons

Of the Cinque-ports.

2. Gent. Those men are happy; and so are all, are near her.

I take it, she that carries up the train,

Is that old noble lady, duchess of Norfolk.

1 Gent. It is; and all the rest are countesses.

2 Gent. Their coronets say so. These are stars, indeed; And, sometimes, falling ones.

1 Gent.

No more of that. [Exit Procession, with a great flourish of Trumpets. Enter a third Gentleman. God save you, sir! Where have you been broiling? 3 Gent. Among the croud i' the abbey; where a finger Could not be wedg'd in more; and I am stifled1

9 when he strains that lady:] I do not recollect that our author, in any other of his works, has used the verb-strain in its present sense, which is that of the Latin comprimere. Thus Livy, I 4: "Compressa vestalis, quum geminum partum edidisset," &c. Again, in Chapman's version of the 21st Iliad:

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Bright Peribæa, whom the flood, &c.

I have pointed out this circumstance, because Ben Jonson is suspected of having made some additions to the play before us, and, perhaps, in this very scene which is descriptive of the personages who compose the antecedent procession. See Dr. Farmer's note on the Epilogue to this play. Steevens.


and I am stifled-] And was introduced by Sir T. Han mer, to complete the measure. Steevens.

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3 Gent. As well as I am able. The rich stream2
Of lords, and ladies, having brought the queen
To a prepar'd place in the choir, fell off

A distance from her; while her grace sat down
To rest a while, some half an hour, or so,
In a rich chair of state, opposing freely
The beauty of her person to the people.
Believe me, sir, she is the goodliest woman
That ever lay by man: which when the people
Had the full view of, such a noise arose
As the shrouds make at sea in a stiff tempest,
As loud, and to as many tunes: hats, cloaks,
(Doublets, I think,) flew up; and had their faces
Been loose, this day they had been lost. Such joy
I never saw before. Great-bellied women,
That had not half a week to go,3 like rams*
In the old time of war, would shake the press,
And make them reel before them. No man living
Could say, This is my wife, there; all were woven



The rich stream &c.]

ingentem foribus domus alta superbis
"Mane salutantum totis vomit ædibus undam.”

Virg. Georg. II, 461. Malone.

Again, in the second Thebaid of Statius, v. 223: foribus cum immissa superbis


"Unda fremit vulgi."

So, in Timon of Athens, Act I, sc. i:

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this confluence, this great flood of visitors."

See Dr. Johnson's note on this passage. Steevens.




to go,] i. e. to continue in their pregnancy. So, after

the fruit she goes with

"I pray for heartily" Steevens.

like rams-] That is, like battering rams. Johnson. So, in Virgil, Eneid II:

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labat ariete crebro Janua -," Steevens.

So strangely in one piece.

2 Gent.

But, 'pray, what follow'd?"

3 Gent. At length her grace rose, and with modest


Came to the altar; where she kneel'd, and, saint like,
Cast her fair eyes to heaven, and pray'd devoutly.
Then rose again, and bow'd her to the people:
When by the archbishop of Canterbury

She had all the royal makings of a queen;

As holy oil, Edward Confessor's crown,

The rod, and bird of peace, and all such emblems
Laid nobly on her: which perform'd, the choir,
With all the choicest musick of the kingdom,
Together sung Te Deum. So she parted,
And with the same full state pac'd back again
To York-place, where the feast is held.

1 Gent.

Sir, you

Must no more call it York-place, that is past:
For, since the cardinal fell, that title 's lost;
'Tis now the king's, and call'd-Whitehall.

3 Gent.

But 'tis so lately alter'd, that the old name
Is fresh about me.

2 Gent.

I know it;

What two reverend bishops

Were those that went on each side of the queen?

3 Gent. Stokesly and Gardiner; the one, of Winches


(Newly preferr'd from the king's secretary)

The other, London.

2 Gent.

He of Winchester

Is held no great lover of the archbishop's,
The virtuous Cranmer.

3 Gent.

All the land knows that:

However, yet there's no great breach; when it comes, Cranmer will find a friend will not shrink from him. 2 Gent. Who may that be, I pray you?

3 Gent.

Thomas Cromwell;

A man in much esteem with the king, and truly

A worthy friend.-The king

Has made him master o' the jewel-house,

5 But, 'pray, what follow'd?] The word-'pray was added, for he sake of the measure, by Sir Thomas Hanmer. Steevens.

And one, already, of the privy-council.

2 Gent. He will deserve more.
3 Gent.

Yes, without all doubt.
Come, gentlemen, ye shall go my way, which
Is to the court, and there ye shall be my guests;
Something I can command. As I walk thither,
I'll tell ye more.

You may command us, sir. [Exeunt.



Enter KATHARINE, Dowager, sick; led between

Grif. How does your grace?

O, Griffith, sick to death:

My legs, like loaden branches, bow to the earth,
Willing to leave their burden: Reach a chair;-
So, now, methinks, I feel a little ease.

Didst thou not tell me, Griffith, as thou led'st me,
That the great child of honour, cardinal Wolsey,
Was dead?


Yes, madam; but, I think, your grace, Out of the pain you suffer'd, gave no ear to 't. Kath. Pr'ythee, good Griffith, tell me how he died: If well, he stepp'd before me, happily,

For my example.9

6 Scene II.] This scene is above any other part of Shakspeare's tragedies, and perhaps above any scene of any other poet, tender and pathetick, without gods, or furies, or poisons, or precipices, without the help of romantick circumstances, without improbable sallies of poetical lamentation, and without any throes of tumultuous misery. Johnson.



child of honour,] So, in King Henry IV, Part I: “That this same child of honour and renown —.

" Steevens.

I think,] Old copy-I thank. Corrected in the second folio. Malone.


•he stepp'd before me, happily,

For my example.] Happily seems to mean on this occasion peradventure, haply. I have been more than once of this opinion, when I have met with the same word thus spelt in other pas sages. Steevens.

Mr. M. Mason is of opinion that happily here means fortunately.

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