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Breed, by his sufferance, more of such a kind.
K. Hen. 0, let us yet be merciful.
K. Hen. Alas, your too much love and care of me Are heavy orisons 'gainst this If little faults, proceeding on distemper, Shall not be wink'd at, how shall we stretch our eye, When capital crimes, chew'd, swallow'd, and di
gested, Appear before us ?-We'll yet enlarge that man, Though Cambridge, Scroop, and Grey,–in their And tender preservation of our person, Would have him punish’d. And now to our French
Cam. I one, my lord ;
Scroop. So did you me, my liege.
is yours :There yours, lord Scroop of Masham ;-and, sir
knight, Grey of Northumberland, this same is yours :Read them; and know, I know your worthiness. My lord of Westmoreland,--and uncle Exeter,
proceeding on distemper,] It has been just said by the king, that it was excess of wine that set him on, and distemper may therefore mean intoxication. Distemper'd in liquor is still a common expression.
how shall we stretch our eye,] If we may not wink at small faults, how wide must we open our eyes at great.
+ Who are the late commissioners?] That is, as appears from the sequel, who are the persons lately appointed commissioners ?
We will aboard to-night.—Why, how now, gentle
What see you in those papers,
lose So much complexion ?-look ye, how they change! Their cheeks are paper.-Why, what read you
I do confess my fault;
Grey. Scroop. To which we all appeal.
here,– You know, how apt our love was, to accord To furnish him with all appertinents Belonging to his honour; and this man Hath, for a few light crowns, lightly conspir’d, And sworn unto the practices of France, To kill us here in Hampton: to the which, This knight, no less for bounty bound to us Than Cambridge is,-hath likewise sworn.-But O! What shall I say to thee, lord Scroop; thou cruel, Ingrateful, savage, and inhuman creature ! Thou, that did'st bear the key of all my counsels, That knew'st the very bottom of my soul, That almost might'st have coin'd me into gold, Would'st thou have practis'd on me for thy use? May it be possible, that foreign hire
quick -] That is, living.
Could out of thee extract one spark of evil,
though the truth of it stands off as gross As black from white,] Though the truth be as apparent and visible as black and white contiguous to each other. To stand off is étre relevè, to be prominent to the eye, as the strong parts of a picture.
so grossly --] Palpably; with a plain and visible connection of cause and effect.
8 —he, that temper'd thee,] i.e. rendered thee pliable to his will.
9 vasty Tartar -] i. e. Tartarus, the fabled place of future punishment.
The sweetness of affiance! Show men dutiful ?
Ere. I arrest thee of high treason, by the name of Richard earl of Cambridge.
I arrest thee of high treason, by the name of Henry lord Scroop of Masham.
10, how hast thou with jealousy infected
The sweetness of affiance !] Shakspeare uses this aggravation of the guilt of treachery with great judgment. One of the worst consequences of breach of trust is the diminution of that confi. dence which makes the happiness of life, and the dissemination of suspicion, which is the poison of society. JOHNSON.
Garnish'd and deck'd in modest complement;] Complements, in the age of Shakspeare, meant the same as accomplishments in the present one. 3 Not working with the eye, without the ear,] The king means
of Scroop, that he was a cautious man, who knew that fronti nulla fides, that a specious appearance was deceitful, and therefore did not work with the eye, without the ear, did not trust the air or look of any man till he had tried him by enquiry and conversation.
and so finely bolted,] Bolted is the same with sifted, and has consequently the meaning of refined.
I arrest thee of high treason, by the name of Thomas Grey, knight of Northumberland.
Scroop. Our purposes God justly hath discover'd;
Grey. Never did faithful subject more rejoice
sentence. You have conspir'd against our royal person, Join'd with an enemy proclaim'd, and from his
coffers Receiv'd the golden earnest of our death ; Wherein
you would have sold your king to slaughter, His princes and his peers to servitude, His subjects to oppression and contempt, And his whole kingdom unto desolation. Touching our person, seek we no revenge ; But we our kingdom's safety must so tender, Whose ruin you three sought, that to her laws We do deliver you.
s Which I in sufferance heartily will rejoice,] Cambridge means to say, at which prevention, or, which intended scheme that it was prevented, I shall rejoice. Shakspeare has many such elliptical expressions. The intended scheme that he alludes to, was the taking off Henry, to make room for his brother-in-law.