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This Ipswich fellow's insolence; or proclaim,
Nor. Be advis'd;
Nor. Say not, treasonous.
vouch as strong As shore of rock. Attend. This holy fox, Or wolf, or both, (for he is equal ravenous, As he is fubtle; and as prone to mischief, As able to perform't: ' his mind and place
* Heat not a furnace &c.] Might not Shakespeare allude to Dan. iii. 22 ? “ Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of fire few those men that took up Shadrach, Meshac, and Abednego."
STEEVENS. -fincere motions,)- ) Honest indignation ; warmth of in. tegrity. Perhaps name not, should be blame not. Whom from the flow of gall I blame not. JOHNSON.
bis mind and place Infecting one another, ]
Infecting one another, yea, reciprocally)
Nor. 'Faith, and so it did.
This is very satirical. His mind he represents as highly corrupt;
(As soon he shall by me) that thus the cardinal
Nor. I am sorry
Buck. No, not a syllable;
Enter Brandon ; a Serjeant at arms before him, and two
or three of the guard.
Buck. Lo you, my lord,
Bran. 4 I am sorry
Buck. It will help me nothing, To plead mine innocence ; for that dye is on me, Which makes my whitest part black. The will of
heaven Be done in this and all things !-I obeyO my lord Aberga'ny, fare you well.
4 I am sorry
To see you ta'en from liberty, to look on
The business present :-) I am sorry that I am obliged to be present and an eye-witneks of your loss of liberty. Johnson,
Bran. Nay, he must bear you company :- The king
[To Aberg. Is pleas’d, you shall to the Tower, 'till you know How he determine's further.
Aber. As the duke said,
Bran. Here is a warrant from
Buck. So, fo ;
Bran. A monk o'the Chartreux.
$ John de la Court,] The name of this monk of the Chartreux was John de la Car, alias de la Court. See Holinshed, p. 863.
STEEVENS. 6 One Gilbert Peck, his counsellor.] So, the old copies have it, but I, from the authorities of Hall and Holinshed, chang'u it to chancellor. And our poet himself, in the beginning of the second act, vouches for this correction :
At which; appear'd against him hiç surveyor,
Sir Gilbert Peck his chancellor. THEOBALD. Holinfhed calls this person, “Gilbert Perke priest, the duke's chancellor." STEEVENS.
; Michael Hopkins.] So all the old copies had it; and fo Mr. Rowe and Mr. Pope from them. But here again, by the help of the chronicles, I have given the true reading. THEOBALD.
my life is spann'd already :] To span is to gripe, or inclose in the hand; to span is also to measure by the palm and fingers. The meaning, therefore, may either be, that hold is taken of my life, my life is in the gripe of my enemies; or, that my time is meaJured, the length of my life is now determined. Johnson.
I am the shadow of poor Buckingham ;
By dark ning my clear fun.
Whose figure even this instant cloud puts on,
[Exeunt. These lines have passed all the editors. Does the reader understand them? By me they are inexplicable, and must be left, I fear, to some happier fagacity. If the usage of our author's time could allow figure to be taken, as now, for dignity or importance, we might read:
Whose figure even this inftant cloud puts out. But I cannot please myself with any conjecture.
Another explanation may be given, somewhat harsh, but the best that occurs to me:
I am the shadow of poor Buckingham,
Whose figure even this inftant cloud puts on, whose port and dignity is affumed by this cardinal, that overclouds and oppresses me, and who gains my place
By dark’ning my clear fun. JOHNSON.
" Oh, how this spring of love resembeleth
66 And, by and by, a cloud takes all away.” Antony remarking on the various appearances assumed by the flying vapours, adds :
now thy captain is
" But cannot hold this visible shape, my knave." Or yet more appofitely in King John:
-being but the shadow of your son " Becomes a fun, and makes your
fon a shadow." Such another thought appears in the famous Hift. of Tho. Stukely, 1605 :
“ He is the substance of my fhadowed love.". There is likewise a passage similar to the conclusion of this, in the Bloody Brother of Beaumont and Fletcher :
is drawn so high, that, like an ominous comet, “ He darkens all your light," STEEVENS.