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And save me so much talking.
Wol. My lord Sands,
Sands. The red wine first must rise
.Anne. You are a merry gamester,
Here’s to your lordship: and pledge it, madam,
Wol. What’s that?
And to what end is this?—Nay, ladies, fear not;
s — if I make my play.] i.e. if I make my party. Steevens. Rather—if I may choose my game. Ritson. As the measure, in this place, requires an additional syllable, we may, commodiously enough, read, with Sir T. Hanmer: Tes, if I may make my play. Steevens.
6 chambers discharged.] A chamber is a gun which stands erect on its breech. Such are used only on occasions of rejoicing, and are so contrived as to carry great charges, and thereby to make a noise more than proportioned to their bulk. They are called chambers because they are mere chambers to lodge powder; a chamber being the technical term for that cavity in a piece of ordnance which contains the combustibles. Some of them are still fired in the Park, and at the places opposite to the parliament-house when the king goes thither. Camden enumerates them among other guns, as follows: “ — cannons, demi-cannons, chambers, arquebuse, musquet.” Again, in A new Trick to cheat the Devil, 1636: “— I still think o’ the Tower ordinance, “Or of the peal of chambers, that’s still fir’d “When my lord-mayor takes his barge.” Steevens.
For so they seem : they have left their barge,” and
Hautboys. Enter the King, and twelve Others, as Maskers,” habited like Shef herds, with sixteen Torch-bearers; ushered by the Lord Chamberlain. They fiass directly before the Cardinal, and gracefully salute him.
A noble company' what are their pleasures?
7 — they have left their barge, See p. 230, n. 1. Malone.
8 Enter the King, and twelve others, as Maskers, For an account of this masquerade, see Holinshed, Vol. II, p. 921. Steevens. The account of this masquerade was first given by Cavendish, in his Life of Wolsey, which was written in the time of Queen Mary; from which Stowe and Holinshed copied it. Cavendish was himself present. Before the King, &c. began to dance, they requested leave (says o to accompany the ladies at mumchance. Leave being granted, “then went the masquers, and first saluted all the dames, and then returned to the most worthiest, and then opened the great cup of gold filled with crownes, and other pieces to cast at.—Thus perusing all the gentlewomen, of some they wonne, and to some they lost. And having viewed all the ladies they returned to the Cardinal with great reverence, pouring downe all their gold, which was above two hundred crownes. At all, quoth the Cardinal, and casting the die, he wonne it; whereat was made great joy.” Life of Wolsey, p. 22, edit. 1641. Malone.
Crave leave to view these ladies, and entreat
Till now I never knew thee." [Music. Dance.
There should be one amongst them, by his person,
I would surrender it.
Cham. I will, my lord. [Cham. goes to the Company, and returns. Wol. What say they? Cham. Such a one, they all confess, There is, indeed; which they would have your grace Find out, and he will take it.” Wol. Let me see then.— [Comes from his State. By all your good leaves, gentlemen;–Here I’ll make My royal choice. K. Hen. You have found him, cardinal: 1 Unmasking. You hold a fair assembly; you do well, lord: You are a churchman, or, I’ll tell you, cardinal, I should judge now unhappily.” IVol. I am glad,
take it..] That is, take the chief place. johnson. * You have found him, cardinal.) Holinshed says the Cardinal mistook, and pitched upon Sir Edward Neville; upon which the King laughed, and pulled off both his own mask and Sir Edward's. Edwards's MSS. Steevens. 2 unhappily.] That is, unluckily, mischievously. johnson. So, in Amerye jeste of a man called Hooleglas, bl. 1. no date: — in such manner colde he cloke and hyde his unhappinesse and falsnesse.” Steevens,
Your grace is grown so pleasant.
K. Hen. My lord chamberlain. Pr'ythee, come hither: What fair lady’s that?
Cham. An't please your grace, sir Thomas Bullen’s
The viscount Rochford, one of her highness’ women.
K. Hen. By heaven, she is a dainty one.—Sweetheart, I were unmannerly, to take you out, And not to kiss you. —A health, gentlemen, Let it go round.
Wol. Sir Thomas Lovell, is the banquet ready I” the privy chamber?
Lov. Yes, my lord.
Wol. Your grace, I fear, with dancing is a little heated.*
R. Hen. I fear, too much.
In the next chamber.
3 I were unmannerly, to take you out, And not to kiss you..] A kiss was anciently the established fee of a lady’s partner. So, in A Dialogue between Custom and Veritie, concerning the Use and Abuse of Dauncing and Minstrelsie, bl. l. no no date, “Imprinted at London, at the long shop adjoining unto saint Mildred’s church in the Pultrie, by John Allde:” “But some reply, what foole would daunce, “If that when daunce is doon, “He may not have at ladyes lips “That which in daunce he woon?” Steevens. See Vol. II, p. 38, n. 2. Malone. This custom is still prevalent, among the country people, in many, perhaps all parts, of the kingdom. When the fiddler thinks his young couple have had music enough, he makes his instrument squeak out two notes which all understand to say— kiss her / Ritson. * — a little heated.] The King, on being discovered and desired by Wolsey to take his place, said that he would “first go and shift him; and thereupon went into the Cardinal's bedchamber, where was a great fire prepared for him, and there he new appareled himselfe with rich and princely garments. And in the king’s absence the dishes of the banquet were cleane taken away, and the tables covered with new and perfumed clothes.— Then the king took his seat under the chloath of estate, commanding every person to sit still as before; and then came in a new banquet before his majestie of two hundred dishes, and so they passed the night in banqueting and dancing untill morning” Ca. vendish's Life of Wolsey. Malone.
R. Hen. Lead in your ladies, every one.—Sweet partner, I must not yet forsake you:—Let’s be merry;Good my lord cardinal, I have half a dozen healths To drink to these fair ladies, and a measure To lead them once again; and then let’s dream Who’s best in favour.—Let the musick knock it.* [Ereunt, with Trumpets.
ACT II.....SCENE I. .A Street.
Enter Two Gentlemen, meeting.
1 Gent. Whither away so fast?
2 Gent. O,-God save you!" Even to the hall, to hear what shall become Of the great duke of Buckingham.
1 Gent. I'll save you That labour, sir. All's now done, but the ceremony Of bringing back the prisoner.
2 Gent. Were you there?
1 Gent. Yes, indeed, was I.
2 Gent. Pray, speak, what has happen'd?
1 Gent. You may guess quickly what.
2 Gent. Is he found guilty?
1 Gent. Yes, truly, is he, and condemn’d upon it.
2 Gent. I am sorry for 't.
1 Gent. So are a number more.
2 Gent. But, pray, how pass'd it?
1 Gent. I'll tell you in a little. The great duke Came to the bar; where, to his accusations,
5 — Let the musick knock it..] So, in Antonio and Mellida, Part I, 1602: “Fla. Faith, the song will seem to come off hardly. “Catz. Troth, not a whit, if you seem to come off quickly. “Fla. Pert Catzo, knock it then.” Steevens. 6 o,-God save you!] Surely, (with Sir Thomas Hanmer) we should complete the measure by reading: O, sir, Go! save you / Steevens.