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He pleaded still, not guilty, and alleg'd
2 Gent. That was he, That fed him with his prophecies? 1 Gent. The same.
All these accus’d him strongly; which he fain Would have flung from him, but, indeed, he could not: And so his peers, upon this evidence, Have found him guilty of high treason. Much He spoke, and learnedly, for life; but all Was either pitied in him, or forgotten.” 2 Gent. After all this, how did he bear himself? 1 Gent. When he was brought again to the bar, to hear His knell rung out, his judgment, he was stirr'd With such an agony, he sweat extremely,” And something spoke in choler, ill, and hasty: But he fell to himself again, and, sweetly, In all the rest show’d a most noble patience. 2 Gent. I do not think, he fears death. l Gent. Sure, he does not, He never was so womanish; the cause He may a little grieve at.
2 Gent. Certainly, The cardinal is the end of this. 1 Gent. 'Tis likely,
By all conjectures: First, Kildare's attainder,
7 To him brought vivá voce, to his face :) This is a clear error of the press. We must read—have instead of—him. M. Mason.
* Was either pitied in him, or forgotten.] Either produced no ef. fect, or produced only ineffectual pity. Malone.
* – he sweat extremely, This circumstance is taken from Holinshed: “After he was found guilty, the duke was brought to the bar, sore-chafing, and sweat marvelously.” Steevens,
Then deputy of Ireland; who remov’d,
2 Gent. That trick of state Was a deep envious one. 1 Gent. At his return,
No doubt, he will requite it. This is noted, And generally; whoever the king favours, The cardinal instantly will find employment, And far enough from court too. 2 Gent. All the commons Hate him perniciously, and, o' my conscience, Wish him ten fathom deep: this duke as much They love and dote on; call him, bounteous Buckingham, The mirror of all courtesy;1– 1 Gent. Stay there, sir, And see the noble ruin’d man you speak of. JEnter BuckINGHAM from his Arraignment; Tihstaves before him; the Are with the Edge towards him ; Halberds on each side: with him, Sir THoMA's LovELL, Sir Nichol As VAUx, Sir WILLIAM SANDs,” and common Peofile.
2 Gent. Let’s stand close, and behold him.
Buck. All good people, You that thus far have come to pity me, Hear what I say, and then go home and loose me. I have this day receiv'd a traitor's judgment,
* The mirror of all courtesy;) See the concluding words of n. 6, p. 224. Steevens. 2 Sir William Sands,) The old copy reads—Sir Walter. Steevens. The correction is justified by Holinshed's Chronicle, in which it is said, that Sir Nicholas Vaux, and Sir William Sands, received Buckingham at the Temple, and accompanied him to the Tower. Sir William Sands was, at this time, (May, 1521,) only a baronet, [rather, a knight, as baronetage was unknown till 1611, not being created Lord Sands till April 27, 1527. Shakspeare probably did not know that he was the same person whom he has already introduced with that title. He fell into the error by placing the King's visit to Wolsey, (at which time Sir William was Lord Sands) and Buckingham's condemnation, in the same year; whereas that visit was made some years afterwards. Malone.
And by that name must die; Yet, heaven bear witness,
3 Nor build their evils on the graves of great men;| Evils, in this place, are foricae. So, in Measure for Measure: &g Having waste ground enough, “Shall we desire to raze the sanctuary, “And pitch our evils there?” Steevens. *—rou few that lov'd me, &c.] These lines are remarkably tender and pathetic. johnson. * — the long divorce —l So, in Lord Sterline's Darius, 1603: “Scarce was the lasting last divorcement made “Betwixt the bodie and the soule” &c. Steevens. * And lift my soul to heaven.] So, Milton, Paradise Lost, Book IV: go their songs “Divide the night, and lift our thoughts to heaven.” Malone.
7 - no black envy Shall make my grave..] Shakspeare, by this expression, meant
And, if he speak of Buckingham, pray, tell him,
no more than to make the Duke say, No action expressive of malice shall conclude my life. Envy, by our author, is used formalice and hatred, in other places, and, perhaps, in this. Again, in the ancient metrical romance of Syr Bevys of Hampton, bl. 1. no date: “Traytoure, he sayd with great envy, “Turne thee now, I thee defye.” Again: “They drewe theyr swordes hastely, “And smot together with great envy.” And Barrett, in his Alvearie, or Quadruple Dictionary, 1580, thus interprets it. To make a grave, however, may mean to close it. So, in The Comedy of Errors: “Why at this time the doors are made against you.” i.e. closed, shut. The sense will then be, (whether quaintly or poetically expressed, let the reader determine) no malicious action shall close my grave, i. e. attend the conclusion of my existence or terminate my life; the last action of it shall not be uncharitable. Steevens. Envy is frequently used in this sense by our author and his contemporaries. See Vol. IV, p. 392, n. 9; and p. 441, l. 31. I have therefore no doubt that Mr. Steevens's exposition is right. Dr. Warburton reads—mark my grave; and in support of the emendation it may be observed that the same error has happened in King Henry V, or at least that all the editors have supposed so, having there adopted a similar correction. See Vol. IX, p. 249, n. 7. Dr. Warburton’s emendation also derives some support from the following passage in The Comedy of Errors: “A vulgar comment will be made of it; “And that supposed by the common rout “Against your yet ungalled estimation, “That may with foul intrusion enter in, “And dwell upon your grave, when you are dead.” Malone.
a -–forsake me,) The latter word was added by Mr. Rowe. Malone.
Vaux. Prepare there,
Buck. Nay, sir Nicholas,
9 Nay, sir Nicholas, Let it alone; my state now will but mock me.] The last verse would run more smoothly, by making the monosyllables change places: Let it alone, my state will now but mock me. Whalley.
* —poor Edward Bohun:] The Duke of Buckingham’s name was Stafford. Shakspeare was led into this mistake by Holinshed. Steevens.
This is not an expression thrown out at random, or by mistake but one strongly marked with historical propriety. The name of the Duke of Buckingham, most generally known, was Stafford, but the History of Remarkable Trials, 8vo. 1715, p. 170, says: “it seems he affected that surname [of Bohun], before that of Stafford, he being descended from the Bohuns, earls of Hereford.” His reason for this might be, because he was lord high constable of England by inheritance of tenure from the Bohuns; and as the poet has taken particular notice of this great office, does it not seem probable that he had fully considered of the Duke's foundation for assuming the name of Bohun ? In truth, the Duke’s name was BA Gor; for a gentleman of that very ancient family married the heiress of the barony of Stafford, and their son relinquishing his paternal surname, assumed that of his mother, which continued in his posterity. Tollet.
Of all this probably Shakspeare knew nothing. Malone.
2 I now seal it; &c.] I now seal my truth, my loyalty, with blood, which blood shall one day make them groan. johnson.