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Not ours, or not allow'd ; 4 what worst, as oft,
King, Things done well,
. Sixth part of each? A trembling contribution! Why, we take, s From every tree, lop, bark, and part o’ the timber i And, though we leave it with a root, thus hack’d, The air will drink the fap. To every county, Where this is question’d, send our letters, with Free pardon to each man that has deny'd The force of this commission : Pray, look to't ; I put it to your care. Wol. A word with you.
[To the Secretary Let there be letters writto ever fhire, Of the king's grace and pardon. 'The griev'd com.
Hardly conceive of me; let it be nois?d,
what worst, as oft, Hitting a grofjer quality, -] The worst actions of great men are commended by the vulgar, as more accommodated to the grofinets of their notions. Jounson.
5. From every tree, lop, bark, and part o’the timber ;] Lop is a substantive, and signifies the branches. WARBURTON.
6 That through our intercoljion, &c.] So, in Holinshed, p. 892: 5. The cardinali, to deliver himself from the evill will of the commons, purchased by procuring and advancing of this demand, affirmed, and caused it to be bruted abrode that through his intera cespon the king had pardoned and released all things.” STEEVENS.
And pardon comes : I shall anon advise you
King. It grieves many :
7 The gentleman is learn'd, &c.] It appears from “ The Pro-
This man, so compleat,
His hour of speech, a minute; he, my lady, &c.]
- and when
Who was enrolld ’mongst wonders, and when we,
you, Most like a careful subject, have collected Out of the duke of Buckingham.
King. Speak freely.
Sury. First, it was usual with him, every day
Wol. Please your highness, note
I know not whether we may not read;
Who was enrolld with wonder, and whom we
His hour of speech a minute. To listen a man, for, to hearken to him, is commonly used by our authour. So, by Milton :
" I listen'd them a while." I do not rate my conjecture at much; but as the common read, ing is without authority, something may be tried. Perhaps the passage is best as it was originally published, Johnson.
is become as black As if besmear'd in bell.] So, in Othello :
Her name, that was as fresh
3 This dangerous conception in this point.
Queen. My learn'd lord cardinal,
King, Speak on :
Surv. He was brought to this
King. What was that Hopkins ?
Surv. Sir, a Chartreux friar,
King. How know'st thou this?
Surv. Not long before your highness sped to France,
3 This dangerous conception in this point.] Note this particular part of this dangerous defign, Johnson. 4 By a vain prophecy of Nicholas Hopkins.] In former editions :
a vain prophecy of Nicholas Herton. We heard before, from Brandon, of one Nicholas Hopkins; and now his name is changed into Henton; so that Brandon and the surveyor seem to be in two stories. There is, however, but one and the fame person meant, Hopkins; as I have restored it in the text, for perspicuity's fake : yet will it not be any difficulty to account for the other name, when we come to consider, that he was a monk of the convent, call'd Henton, near Bristol. So both Hall and Holinshed acquaint us. And he might, according to the custom of these times, be called Nicholas of Henton, from the place; as Hopkins from his family. THEOBALD.
This mistake, as it was undoubtedly made by Shakespeare, is worth a note. It would be doing too great an honour to the players to suppose them capable of being the authors of it. STEEVENS,
Men fear'd, the French would prove perfidious,
Queen, If I know you well,
King. Let him on :
Surv. On my soul, I'll speak but truth.
under the commission's seal He folemnly bad worn, -] So, all the editions down from the very beginning. But what commision's seal? That is a question, I dare say, none of our diligent editors ever asked themselves. The text must be restored, as I have corrected it; and honest Holinshed, from whom our author took the substance of this passage, may be called in as a teflimony.-" The duke in talk told the monk, that he had done very well to bind his chaplain, John de la Court, under the seal of confeffion, to keep secret such matter.”. Vid. Life of Hen. VIII. p. 863. 'THEOBALD.
. For the love] The old copy reads - To the love. STEEVENS,