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horses,

Crom. Please your honours,

u shall both find your lordship indze und inror. Che chief cause concerns his grace of Canter You are so merciful : I see your end, bury.

'Tis my undoing : Love, and meekness, lord, Gar. Has he had knowledge of it?

Become a churchman better than ambition ; Crom. Yes.

Win straying souls with modesty again, Nor. Who waits tbere ?

Cast pone away. That I sball clear myself, D. Keep. Without, my noble lords ?

Lay all the weight ye can upon my patience, Gar. Yes.

I make as little doubt, as you do conscience, D. Keep. My lord archbishop ;

In doing daily wrongs. I could say more, And bas done half an hour, to know your plea. But reverence to your calling makes me mosures.

dest. Chan. Let him come in.

Gar. My lord, my lord, you are a sectary, D. Keep. Your grace may enter now.

| That's the plain truth; your painted gloss dis(CRANMER approaches the Council-table.

covers, Chan. My good lord archbishop, I am very | To men that understand you, words and weak. sorry

ness. To sit here at this present, and behold

Crom. My lord of Winchester, you are a lit. That chair stand empty : But we all are men,

tle, In our own natures frail : and capable

By your good favour, too sharp ; men so noble of our flesh, few are angels : out of which However faulty, yet should find respect frailty,

For what they have been : 'tis a cruelty,
And want of wisdom, you, that best should To load a falling man.
teach us,

Gar. Good master secretary,
Have misdemean'd yourself, and not a little, I cry your honour mercy; you may, worst
Toward the king first, then his laws, in tilling of all this table, say so.
The whole realm by your teaching, and your Crom. Why, my lord i
chaplains,

Gar. Do not I know you for a favourer
(For so we are inform'd,) with new opinions, of this new sect? ye are not sound.
Divers, and dangerous ; which are heresies, Crom. Not sound?
And, not reform'd, may prove pernicious.

Gur. Not sound, I say.
Gar. Wbicb reformation must be sudden too, 1 Crom. 'Would you were half so bonest !
My noble lords: for those that taine wild Men's prayers then would seek you, not their

fears. Pace them not in their hands to make them Gar. I shall remember this bold language. - gentle ;*

Crom. Do. But stop their mouths with stubborn bits, and Remember your bold life too. spur them,

Chan. This is too much; Till they obey the manage. If we suffer

Forbear, for shame, my lords. (Out of our easiness, and childisb pity

Gar. I have done. To one man's honour) this contagious sick Crom. And I. ness,

Chan. Then thus for you, my lord,- It stands Farewell, all physic: And what follows then ?

agreed, Commotions, uproars, with a general taint I take it, by all voices, that forthwith or the whole state ; as, of late days, our neigh-You be convey'd to the Tower a prisoner ; bours,

Tbere to remain, till the king's further pleasure The upper Germany, can dearly witness,

Be known unto us : Are you all agreed, lords Yet freshly pitied in our meinories.

All. We are. Cran. My good lords, bitherto, in all the Cran. Is there no other way of mercy, progress

But I must needs to the Tower, my lords? Both of my life and office, I have labour'd,

Gar. What other And with no little study, that my teaching, Would you expect? You are strangely trouble. And the strong course of my authority,

some! Might go one way, and safely; and the end Let some o'the guard be ready there. Was ever, to do well : nor is there living (I speak it with a single beart, my lords,)

Enter GUARD. A man, that more detests, more stirs against,

Cran. For me i Both in his private conscience, and his place,

Must I go like a traitor thither : Defacers of a public peace, than I do.

Gar. Receive bim, 'Pray heaven, the king may never fud a heart

And see him safe i'the Tower. With less allegiance in it! Men that toake

Cran. Stay, good my lords, Envy and crooked malice nourisbment,

I bave a litile yet to say. Look there, my Dare bite the best. I do beseecb your lord

lords; ships,

By virtue of that ring, I take my cause That in this case of justice, my accusers, Be what they will, may stand forth face to face, To a most noble judge, the king my master.

Out of the gripes of cruel men, and give it And freely urge against me.

Cham. This is the king's ring.
Suf. Nay, my lord,

Sur. 'Tis no counterfeit.
That cannot be ; you are a counsellor,
And by that virtue, no man dare accuse you.

Suf. 'Tis the right ring, by heaven: I told

ye all, Gur. My lord, because we have business of when we first put this dangerous stone a roll.

more moment, We will be short with you. 'Tis bis highness' 'Twould fall upon ourselves.

ing, pleasure,

Nor. Do you think, my lords, And our consent, for better trial of you.

Tbe king will suffer but the little finger From hence you be committed to the Tower;

of this man to be vex'd ? Where, being but a private man again,

Cham. 'Tis now too certain : You shall know many dare accuse you boldly,

How much more is his life in value with bim? More than, I fear, you are provided for.

'Would I were fairly out on't. Cran. Ah! my good lord of Winchester, 1

Crom. My mind gave me, thank you,

In seeking tales and informations You are always my good friend : if your will

Against this man, (whose bonesty the devil pass,

And his disciples only envy at,)

Ye blew the one that burns ye: Now have of • "lu singieness of heart.” Acts ii. &.

ye.

cals : Do you takeave your gaping. +

belong to

Enter KING, frowning on them; takes his 1 Gar. With a true heart, seat.

And brother love, I do it. Gar. Dread sovereign. bow much are wel Cran. And let heaven bound to heaven

| Witness, how dear I hold this confirmation. In daily thanks, that gave us such a prince ; K. Hea. Good man, those joyful tears show Not only good and wise, but most religious :

thy true heart. One that, in all obedience, makes the church

The common voice, I see, is verified The chier aim of bis bonour: and. toor thee, which says thus, Do my lord of Can. strengthen

terbury Tbat boly duty, out of dear respect,

A shrewd turn, and he is your friend for His royal seli in judgment comes to hear

ever. The cause betwixt her and this great offender.

Come, lords, we trife time away ; I long K. Hen. You were ever good at sudden com

To have this young one made a Christian. mendations,

| As I bave made ye one, lords, one remain; Bishop of Winchester. But know, I come not

So I grow stronger, you more honour gain. To bear such fattery now, and in my pre

(Exeunt. sence;

SCENE III.-The Palace Yard. They are too thin and base to hide offences. To me you cannot reach, you play the spaniel, Noise and tumult within. Enter PORTER And think with wagging of your tongue to win

and his MAN. me ; But, whatsoe'er thou tak'st me for, I am sure,

Port. Yon'll leave your noise anoli, ye rasThou hast a cruel nature and a bloody.

cals : Do you take the court for Paris-garden 7. Good man. ITO CRANMER.) sit down. Now let | ye rude slaves, leave your gaping. t.

(Within.) Good master porter, I belong to me see the proudest Ke, that dares most, but wag his finger at

the larder. thee :

Port. Belong to the gallows, and be hanged, By all that's boly, he had better starve,

you rogue : Is this a place to roar in 3-Fetch Than but once think bis place becomes thee

me a dozen crab-tree staves, and strong ones ; not.

these are but switches to them.-I'll scratch Sur. May it please your grace,

your heads : You must be seeing christenings! K. Hen. No, Sir, it does not please me.

Do you look for ale and cakes here, you rude I thought I had had men of some understand

rascals? ing

Man. Pray, Sir, be patient ; 'tis as much And wisdom of my council; but I find none.

impossible Was it discretion, lords, to let this man,

(Unless we sweep them from the door with This good man, (few of you deserve that title,)

cannons,) This bonest man, wait like a lowsy footboy

To scatter them, as 'tis to make them sleep At chamber dour ? and oue as great as

On May-day morning ; which will never be : are ?

We may as well push against Paul's, as stir Why, what a shame was this? Did my com

them. mission

Port. How got they in, and be bang'd ? Bid ye so forget yourselves ? I gave ye

Man. Alas, i know not; How gets the tide in Power as he was a counsellor to try him,

As much as one sound cudgel of four fost Not as a groom ; There's some of ye, I see,

(You see the poor remainder) could distribute, More out of malice than integrity,

I made no spare, Sir. Would try bim to the utmost, bad ye mean ;

Port. You did nothing, Sir. Which ye sball never have while I live.

Man. I am not Samson, nor Sir Gay, nor Chan. Thus far,

Colbrand, t to mow them down before me : My most dread sovereign, may it like your grace

but if I spared any, that had a head to bit, To let my tongue excuse all. What was pur

either young or old, he or she, cuckold or pos'd

cuckold-maker, let me never hope to see a Concerning his imprisonment, was rather

chine again ; and that I would not for a cow, (If there be faith in men,) meant for bis trial,

God save her. And fair purgation to the world, than malice;

(Within.) Do you hcar, master Porter I am sure, in me.

Port. I shall be with you presently, good K. Hen. Well, well, my lords. respect him: master puppy.-Keep the door close, Sirrah. Take him, and use him well, he's worthy of

Man. What would you bave me do? it.

Port. What should you do, but knock them I will say thus much for bim, If a prince

down by the dozens? Is this Moorfields to musMay be beholden to a subject, I

ter in ? or bave we soine strange Iudian with Am, for his live and service, so to bim.

the great tool come to court, the women so Make me no more ado, but all embrace him ;

besiege us! Bless me, what a fry of forni. Be friends, for shame, my lords.-My lord of cation is at door! On my Christian conscience,

(this one christening will beget a thousand; I have a suit which you must not deny me;

bere will be father, godfather, and all togeThis is, a fair young maid that yet wants bap

ther. tism,

1 Man. The spoons will be the bigger, Sir. You must be godfather, and answer for her.

There is a fellow somewbat near the door, he Cran. The greatest monarcb now alive may

should be a brazier by his face, for o'my conglory

science, twenty of the dog-days now reign in's In such an honour; how may I deserve it, nose ; all that stand about him, are under the That am a poor and humble subject to you?

line, they need no other penance : That fireK. Hen. Come, come, my lord, you'd spare

drake did I bit three times on the head, and your spoons ; you shall have

three times was his nose discharged against Two noble partners wish you the old duchess

me; he stands there like a mortar-piece, to of Norfolk,

blow us. There was a baberdasber's wife or And lady marquis Dorset ; Will these please

small wit near him, that rail'd upon me till you?

ber pink porringer ý fell off her bead, for Once more, my lord of Winchester, I charge

kindling such a combustion in the state. I you,

• The bear garden on the Bank-side. Embrace, atid love this man.

Roaring.

. Gry of Warwick, vanquished Colbrand the Danish • It was an ancient custom for sponsors to present blant

Pink'd cap. spoons to their god-children.

FriendSanterburli you md that

delivered such boys behind them, loose shot. May hourly fall upon to make parents happy,

miss'd the meteor once, and hit that woman, Flourish. Enter King, and Train. who cried out, clubs! when I might see from Cran. [Kneeling.) And to your royal grace, far some forty truncheoneers draw to her suc

and the good queen, cour, which were the hope of the Strand, where

My noble partners and myself thus pray :-she was quartered. They fell on; I made good

All comfort, joy, in this most gracious lady, my place : at length they came to the broom. I Heaven ever said up to make parents happy, start with me. I defied them still; when sud- | May hourly fall upon vel denly a file of boys behind them, loose shot, K. Heni. Thank you, good lord archbishop. delivered such a shower of pebbles, that I was | What is her name? fain to draw ipine honour in, and let them win

Cran. Elizabeth. the work : The devil is amongst them, I think, K. Hen. Stand up, lord. surely.

[The KING kisses the child. port. These are the youths that thunder at a With this kiss take my blessing : God protect play-bonse, and fight for bitten apples; that

tbee! no audience, but the Tribulation of Tower-bill, Into whose hands I give thy life. or the limbs of Limehouse, their dear brothers, Cran. Amen. are able to endure. I have some of them in K. Hen. My poble gossips, ye have been too Limbo Patrum, + and there they are like to

prodigal : dance these three days; besides the running I thank ye heartily ; so shall this lady, banquet of two beadles, I that is to come.

When she has so much English.

Cran. Let me speak, Sir,
Enter the Lord CHAMBERLAIN.

For heaven now bids me ; and the words I Cham. Mercy o'mne, what a multitude are

utter here!

Let none think fattery, for they'll find them They grow still too, from all parts they are

truth. comings

This royal infant, (heaven still move about As if we kept a fair here! Where are these

her!) porters,

Though in her cradle, yet now promises These lazy kuaves ?-Ye have made a fine hand, Upon this land a thousand thousand blessings, fellows.

Which time shall bring to ripeness : She shall There's a trim rabble let in : Are all these

be Your faithful friends o'the suburbs We shall (But few now living can bebold that goodness,) have

A pattern to all princes living with ber, Great store of room, no doubt, left for the | And all that shall succeed : Sheba was never ladies,

More covetous of wisdom, and fair virtue, When they pass back from the christening. Than this pure soul shall be : all princely Port. An't please your honour

graces, We are but men; and what so many may do, That mould up such a mighty piece as this is, Not being tora a pieces, we have doue :

With all the virtues that atteud the good, An army cannot rule them.

Shall still be doubled on her : truth shall nurse Cham. As I live,

her, If the king blame me for't, I'll lay ye all Holy and 'beavenly thoughts still counsel By the beels, and suddenly ; and on your heads

her : Clap round fines, for neglect: You are lazy She sball be lov'd and fear'd: Her own shall knaves ;

bless her: And bere ye lie baiting of bumbards, when Her foes shake like a field of beaten corn, Ye should do service. Hark, the trumpets And bang their heads with sorrow : Good souvd;

grows with her: They are come already from the christening : In her days, every man shall eat in safety Go, break among the press, and find a way out | Under bis own vine, what he plants ; and sing To let the troop pass fairly; or I'll find

The merry songs of peace to all his neighbours : A Marshalsea · shall hold you play these two God shall be truly known; and those about her months.

From her shall read the perfect ways of honPort. Make way there for the princess.

our, Man. You great fellow, stand close up, or And by those claim their greatness, not by I'll make your head ache.

blood. Port. You i'the camblet, get up o'the rail ; (Nor. shall this peace sleep with her: But as I'll pick you o'er the pales else. (Exeunt.

when

The bird of wonder dies, the maiden phanix, SCENE IV.-The Palace. I

Her ashes new create another beir,

As great in admiration as hersell ; Enter Trumpets, sounding: then two Al-So shall she leave her blessedness to ove, dermen, Lord MAYOR, GARTER, CRANMER, (When heaven shall call her from this cloud of Duke of NORFOLK, with his Marshal's

darkness,) Staff Duke of SUFFOLK, two Noblemen who, from the sacred ashes of her honour, bearing great standing-bowls for the christ. Shall star-like rise, as great in fame as she ening gifts; then four Noblemen bearing a

was, canopy, under which the Duchess of Nor. And 60 stand fix'd : Peace, plenty, love, truth, FOLK, godmother, bearing the child richly

terror, habited in a mantle, &c. Train borne by That were the servants to this chosen infant, a Lady; then follows the Marchioness of Shall thon be his, and like a vine grow to him; Dorset, the other god mother, and Ladies. Wherever the bright sun of heaven shall sbine, The Troop pass once about the stage, and His honour and the greatness of his name GARTBR speeks.

Shall be, and make new nations : He shall Gart. Heaven from thy endless goodness,

fourish, kend prosperous life, long, and ever happy, to

And, like a mountain cedar, reach bis branthe high and mighty princess of England,

ches Elizabeth | ••

To all the plains about him :--Our children's

cbildren • The brazier.

Shall see this, and bless heaven.
+ Place of confinement.
A desert of whipping

K. Hen. Thou speakest wonders.] fland,
Black leather vessels to hold beer.

Cran. She shall be, to the happiness of Enge 1 Pitch.

At Greenwich. •• These are the actual words used at Flizabeth'. 7 bese lipes tu the interruption ly the king seem to christening

I have been inserted at a subsequent period

An aged princess : many days sball see her, She will be sick else. This day, no man think And yet no day without a deed to crown it. He has business at his house ; for all shall Would I had known no more! but she must

stay, die,

This little one shall make it holiday. (Exeunt. She must, the saints must have her ; yet a virgin,

EPILOGUE. A most unspotted lily shall she pass To the ground, and all the world shall mourn! Tis ten to one, this play can never please ber.

All that are here : Some come to take their K. Hen. O lord archbishop,

ease, Thou hast made me now a man ; never, before

Aud sleep an act or two; but those, we fear,

We have frighted with our trumpets ; so, 'tis This bappy cbild, did I get any thing : This oracle of comfort has so pleas'd me,

clear That, when I am in heaven, I shall desire

They'll say, 'tis paught : others, to hear the To see what this child does, and praise my

city Maker.

Abus'd extremely, and to cry,-that's witty ! I thank ye all,-To you, my good lord mayor,

Wbich we have not done neither : that, I fear, And your good brethren, I am much beholden ;

All the expected good we are like to hear I have receiy'd much honour by your presence,

For this play at this time, is only in And ye sball find me thankful, Lead ibe way,

The merciful construction of good women ; lords ;

For such a one we show'd them: If they stile, Ye must all see the queen, and she must thank

And say, ' will do, I know, within a while ye,

All the best men are our's ; for 'lis ill hap,

If they bold, when their ladies bid them clap. • as this play was probably written in the time of Queen Elizabeth, it is easily determined where Cran. It is supposed that the enilogue and prolon 10 LO Lier's eulogiuin terinimated

This play were both written by Ben Jonson.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.

LITERARY AND HISTORICAL NOTICE. THE title of this play was probably suggested (like Twelfth Night, and The Winter's Tale,) by the time at

which it was first performed ; viz. at Midsummer :---thus it would be announced as " A Dream for the Entertainment of a Midsummer Night." No other ground can be assigned for the name which our author has given to it ; since the action is distinctly pointed out as occurring on the night preceding May-day. The piece was written in 1992; and, according to Stevens, might have been suggested by the Knight's Tale in Chaucer, or, as Capell supposes, Shakspeare may have taken the idea of his fairies from Dray. ton's fantastical poem, called Nymphidia, or, The Court of Fairy. Mason, however, denies that our poet made use of the materials which Shakspeare had rendered so popular ; and asserts (in opposition to Johnson) that there is no analogy or resemblance between the fairies of the one, and the fairies of the other. The same critics are also at issue upon the general merits of this singular play. Johnson declares that “ all the parts, in their various modes, are well written." Malone, that the principal personages are insignificant--the fable meagre avd uninteresting. Hippolyta, the Amazon, is undistinguished from any other female ; and the solicitudes of Hermia and Demetrius, of Lysander and Helena, are childish and frivolous. Theseus, the companion of Hercules, is not engaged in any adventure worthy his rank and reputation : "he goes out a Maying: meets the lovers in perplexity, and makes no effort to promote their happiness; but when supercatural events have reconciled them, he joins their company, and concludes the entertainment by uttering some miserable puns, at an interlude represented by clowas.” These faults are, however, almost wholly redeemed, by the glowing fervour, and varied imagination, which Shakspeare has displayed in the poetry ; by the rich characteristic humour (free from the taint of grossness) which enlivens the blunt-witted devices of his theatrical tailors and cobblers ; and by the admirable satire which he has passed on those self-conceited actors, who (not unlike some inudern "start") would monopolize the favours of the public, trample upon every competitor, and “bear the palm alone." Bottom was perhaps the leading tragedian of some rival house, and on that account is honoured with an ass's head,

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. 1 HESEUS, Duke of Athens.

| HELENA, in love with Demetrius EGEUS, Father to Hermia.

OBERON, King of the Fairies. LYSANDER, in love with Hermia.

TITANIA, Queen of the Fairies. DEMETRIUS,

PUCK, or Robin-goodfellow, a Fairy. PHILOSTRATE, Master of the Revels to The PeasBLOSSOM, ) seus.

COBWEB,

Fairies. QUINCE, the Carpenter.

MOTH, SNUG, the Joiner.

MUSTARDSEED, BOTTOM, the Weaver.

PYRAMUS, FLOTE, the Bellows-mender.

THISSB,

Characters in the Interlude SNOUT, the Tinker.

WALL,

performed by the Clowns STARVELING, the Tailor.

MOONSHIN

Lion, HIPPOLYTA, Queen of the Amazons, betrothed to Theseus.

Other Fairies attending their King and HERMIA, Daughter to Egeus, in love with

Queen.
Lysander.

Attendants on Theseus and Hippolyta.

SCENB-Athens, and a Wood not far from it.

Аст т.
SCENE I.-Athens.-A Room in the Palace

of THESEUS.
Enter THESEUS, BIPPOLYTA, PHILOSTRATE,

and Attendants.
The. Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour
Draws on apace ; four happy days bring in
Another moon : but, oh! methinks, how slow
This old moon wapes ! she lingers my desires,

Like to a step-dame, or a dowager,
Long withering out a young man's revenue.
Hip. Four days will quickly steep themselves

iu nights ;
Four rights will quickly dream away the time;
And then the moon, like to a silver how
New bent in heaven, shall behold the night
of our solemnities.

The. Go, Philostrate,
Stir up the Athenian youth to merriments;
Awake the pert and nimble spirit of mirtb;

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