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And then, as we bave U'eu (be sacrament,
We will unite tbe wbite roue with tbe red :—
The brother blindly shed the brother'* blood,
And let tbelr heirs, (God, If thy will be so,)' Enrich tbe time to come with srooolh-fac'd peace.
With smiling plenty, and fair prosperous
Abate tbe edge of traitors, gracious Lord,
Let them not live to taste Ibis land's Increase, That would with treason wound this fair land's peace t
Now civil wounds are stopp'd, peace lives afc-ain; That she may long live here, God say—Amen.
KING HENRY VXXZ.
LITERARY AND HISTORICAL NOTICE. THIS historical play was probably written la the yew 1901. It comprises a period of twelve yean, con mencisg in the 12tb of" Henry's reign, (1521) and terminating with the baptism of Elizabeth, 15S3. It hat always been au easy medium Tor tba display of pageantry and splendour | consequently a great favourite with the generality of audiences. Its most powerfully drawn characters are the Queen and the Cardinal. Th« dying; moments of the former (Act IV. Sc. 2.) are pourtrayad with a mingled majesty and paihoi, sc arcely ever equalled by any other poet (Dr. Johnson numbers it, indeed, amongst '* the greatest efforts of tragedy i") and the exquisite soliloquy of the latter, at the time of his degradation, would ctinea the superiority of Shakspeare'i genius, had be never written auotber line. It is a fine philosophical picture of fallen ambition, brought to reflection by a merited reverts of fortune t the assimilation of human great* Mm to the vegetation of a fruit tree, wi*h the puerility of venturing upon " a sea of troubles," for burden* torn* and pent liable acquisitions! affords a charming specimen of imaginative colouring and didactic moralityVet tb:a U one of the parti which, according to the Doctor, " may be easily couccived, and easily wttfcMt**" Perhaps Shakspeare found it otherwise.
Kino Henry The Eighth.
Cardinal Wolset.—Cardinal Camfeius.
Capucics, Ambassador from the Emperor,
Sir Henry Guildford.—Sir Thomas Lo
Sir Anyhony Denny.—Sir Nicholas Vaux.
Doctor Butts, Physician to the King
Garter, King at Arms.
Surveyor to the Dake of Buckingham.
Brandon, and a Sergeant at Arrtt.
Door-keeper of the Council-Chamber.
Porter, and ffls Man.
Page to Gardiner.—A Crier.
Queen Katharine, Wife to King Henry; afterwards divorced.
Anne Bullen, her Maid of Honour ; afterwards' Queen.
An Old Lady, Friend to Anne Bullen.
Patience, Woman to Queen Katharine.
Several Lords and Ladles in the Dumb Shows;
Scene—chiefly in London aud Westminster; once, at Kimbolton.
I Come no more to make you laugh; things
That bear a weighty and a serious brow,
Only a show or two, and so agree,
The play may pass ; if they be still, and willing,
I'll undertake, may see away their shilling
Richly in two short honrs. Only they.
That come to hear a merry, bawdy play,
A noUe of targets; or to see a fellow
In a long motley coat, guarded * with yellow,
Will be deceiv'd : for, gentle hearers, know,
(To make that only true we now intend, *)
The first and happiest hearers of the town,
The very persons of our noble story,
Of tliousand friends ; then, In a moment sec
SCENE I,—London.—An Ante-chamber in the Palace.
Enter the Duke of Norfolk, atone door; at
the other, the buke of Buckingham, and
the Lord Abiroavinnt
Buck. Good morrow, and well met. How have you done. Since last we raw In France 1
Nor. I thank your grace:
Buck. An untimely ague
Nor. 'Twixt Guynes and Arde: I was then present, saw them salute on horseback; [clung Beheld them, when lbey lighted, how they In their embracement, as they grew together; Which had they, what four throu'd ones could
have weigh'd Such a compounded one t
Buck. All the whole time
Nor. Then you lost
To one above itself. Each following day
Made Britain, India: every man that stood SbowM like a mine. Their dwarfish pages were
As cherubim*, all tfilt; the madams too,
Made it a fool and beggar. The two kings,
Being now seen possible enough, got credit,
Buck. Ob I you go far.
Nor. As I belong to worship, and aflVct
To the disposing of It nought rebell'd.
Buck. Who did guide,
Nor. One, certes, Q that promises uo element V In such a business.
Buck. I pray you, who, my lord f
A'or. All this was order'd by the good discretion
Of the right reverend cardinal of York.
• Hem- VIII. and Francii 1. king of Fnac*. t Glittering, ihinmj. ] In opinion, which Wm molt noble, \ Sir B«*i», created for hit prowcti E*rl of South
Buck. The devil speed him 1 uo man's pic is free'd
From bis ambitious finger. What bad he
Nor. Surely, Sir, There's in him stuff that pnts him to these ends:
For being not propp'd »>▼ aucestry, (whose
Chalks successors their way,) nor call'd upon For high feats done to the crown; ueitb«r ailied
To eminent assistance, but, spider-like.
Alter. I cannot tell [eye What heaven hath given blm, let some graver
Fierce into that ; but I cau see bis pride hence
Peep through each part of blm: Wh
If not from hell, the devil Is a niggard;
Buck. Why the devil.
Aber. I do know Kinsmen of mine, three at the least, that have By this so sickeu'd their estates, that never They shall abound as formerly.
Buck. O many Have broke their backs with laying manors on them
For this great journey. What did tbU vanity
Nor. Grieviugly I think, [values The peace between the French aud us not The cost that did conclude It.
Buck. Every man,
Nor. Which is budded out; For France hath flaw'd the league, and truth attached
Our merchants' goods at Dourdeaux.
Aber. Is it therefore
Nor. Marry, is't.
Aber. A proper title of a peace, and purchas'd At a superfluous rate I
Buck. Why all this business Our reverend cardinal carried. |
Nor. 'Like It your grace. The state takes notice of the private dlffeience lietwixt you and the cardinal. I advise you, (And take It from a heart that wishes towards you
Honour and plenteous safety,) that yon read
• Proud, t Lump of fit. t Lite,
f Set* down Mi hit Icttrr without conaultinf tht rwa»elt | Couiliictad.