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Within this wooden O the very casques
Suppose within the girdle of these walls
Think, when we talk of horses, that you see them
Carry them here and there; jumping o'er times,
Who prologue-like your humble patience pray,
13. this wooden O; the narrow circular interior of the newly erected Globe Theatre on the Bankside, where the play was first performed. It was 'wooden,' being built of timber taken from the older theater'
on the opposite (city) side of the river.
13. the very (casques), the very same.
17. accompt, account.
25. puissance (three syllables).
SCENE I. London. An ante-chamber in the
Enter the ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY, and the
Cant. My lord, I'll tell you; that self bill is urged,
Which in the eleventh year of the last king's reign Was like, and had indeed against us pass'd,
But that the scambling and unquiet time
Did push it out of farther question.
Ely. But how, my lord, shall we resist it now?
If it pass
We lose the better half of our possession:
Sc. 1. Canterbury. This was Henrie Chichele. Shakespeare follows the chronicles in attributing to him the chief share in the clerical plot for diverting the VOL. VII
king's attention from his confiscation bill.
I. self, same.
4. scambling, turbulent.
A thousand pounds by the year: thus runs the bill.
Ely. This would drink deep.
'Twould drink the cup and all. 20
Ely. But what prevention?
Cant. The king is full of grace and fair regard.
And whipp'd the offending Adam out of him,
To envelope and contain celestial spirits.
With such a heady currance, scouring faults;
So soon did lose his seat and all at once
We are blessed in the change. Cant. Hear him but reason in divinity,
And all-admiring with an inward wish
You would desire the king were made a prelate :
Hear him debate of commonwealth affairs,
The Gordian knot of it he will unloose,
interest therefore at five per cent' (Wright).
28. Consideration, serious reflection.
34. currance, current.
The air, a charter'd libertine, is still,
And the mute wonder lurketh in men's ears,
Which is a wonder how his grace should glean it,
His companies unletter'd, rude and shallow,
Ely. The strawberry grows underneath the
And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best
And so the prince obscured his contemplation
Cant. It must be so; for miracles are ceased;
51. the art and practic part of life, etc. The practical life must with him have been the source of theoretical knowledge, instead of the field for its application; he must have learnt the principles of life by living.
52. theoric, theory.
55. companies, companions. 59. popularity, association with the public.
61, 62. wholesome berries, It has been pointed out
But, my good lord,
that Montaigne expresses this idea more explicitly in a passage (iii. 9) which Shakespeare perhaps knew in the original. Florio's translation (1603) it runs: Roses and Violets are ever the sweeter and more odoriferous, that grow neere under Garlike and Onions, forasmuch as they suck and draw all the ill savours of the ground unto them.'
66. crescive in his faculty, increasing in virtue of its latent capacity.
Doth his majesty
How now for mitigation of this bill
He seems indifferent,
Or rather swaying more upon our part
And in regard of causes now in hand,
Ely. How did this offer seem received, my
Cant. With good acceptance of his majesty ;
Of his true titles to some certain dukedoms
Ely. What was the impediment that broke this.
Cant. The French ambassador upon that instant Craved audience; and the hour, I think, is come To give him hearing: is it four o'clock ?
Ely. It is.
Cant. Then go we in, to know his embassy;
74. exhibiters, introducers of
the bill in Parliament.
86. severals, details.
86. unhidden passages, manifest courses or channels of descent.