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signedly lost all that remained in the cup to the cardinal; whose sagacity was not easily to be deceived, and who now began, from some circumstances, to suspect one of them to be the king. On finding their plot in danger, they answered, “If your grace “ can point him out, he will readily discover himself.” The cardinal pointed to a masque with a black beard, but he was mistaken, for it was fir Edward Nevil. At this, the king could not forbear laughing aloud; and pulling off his own and fir Edward Nevil's masque, convinced the cardinal, with much arch complaisance, that he had for once guessed wrong. The king and the masquers then retired into another apartment to change their apparel: and in the meantime the banquet was removed, and the table covered afresh with perfumed clothes. Soon afterwards the king, with his company, returned, and took his seat under the cardinal's canopy of state. Immediately two hundred dishes of the most costly cookery and confectionary were served up ; the contrivance and success of the royal joke afforded much pleasant conversation, and the night was spent in dancing, dice-playing, banketting and other triumphs". The old chronicler Edward Hall, a cotemporary and a curious observer, acquaints us, that at Greenwich, in 1512, “on the daie of the “Epiphanie at night, the king with eleven others was disguised “ after the maner of Italie, called a Maske, a thing not seene “ before in England : they were apparalled in garments long “ and broad, wrought all with gold, with visors and caps of “ gold. And after the banket doone, these maskers came in, “ with fix gentlemen disguised in filke, bearing staffe-torches “ and desired the ladies to danse ; some were content, and some “ refused ; and after they had dansed and communed togither, “ as the fashion of the maske is, they tooke their leave and de“ parted, and so did the queene and all the ladies'.” I do not find that it was a part of their diversion in these entertainments to display humour and charaćter. Their chief aim seems to have been, to surprise, by the ridiculous and exaggerated oddity of the visors, and by the fingularity and splendor of the dresses. Every thing was out of nature and propriety. Frequently the Masque was attended with an exhibition of some gorgeous machinery, resembling the wonders of a modern pantomime. For instance, in the great hall of the palace, the usual place of performance, a vast mountain covered with tall trees arose suddenly, from whose opening caverns issued hermits, pilgrims, shepherds, knights, damsels, and gypsies, who being regaled with spices and wine danced a morisco, or morris-dance. They were then again received into the mountain, which with a symphony of rebecs and recorders closed its caverns; and tumbling to pieces, was replaced by a ship in full sail, or a castle besieged. To be more particular. The following device was shewn in the hall of the palace at Greenwich. A castle was reared, with numerous towers, gates, and battlements; and furnished with every military preparation for fustaining a long fiege. On the front was inscribed Le fortresse dangereux. From the windows looked out six ladies, cloathed in the richest russet sattin, “laid all over with leaves of gold, and every one knit “ with laces of blew filk and gold, on their heads coifs and caps “ all of golde.” This castle was moved about the hall; and when the queen had viewed it for a time, the king entered the hall with five knights, in embroidered vestments, spangled and plated with gold, of the most curious and costly workmanship. They assaulted the castle; and the six ladies, finding them to be champions of redoubted prowess, after a parley, yielded their perilous fortress, descended, and danced with their affailants. The ladies then led the knights into the castle, which immediately vanished, and the company retired ". Here we see the representation of an action. But all these magnificent mummeries, which were their evening-amusements on festivals, not “ for which purpose, no great carriage of either vestiments or “ bookes shall require ".” Henry never seems to have been so truly happy, as when he was engaged in one of these progresses: in other words, moving from one seat to another, and enjoying his ease and amusements in a state of royal relaxation. This we may collect from a curious passage in Hollinshead; who had pleased and perhaps informed us less, had he never deserted the dignity of the historian. “ From thence the whole court remooved to “ Windsor, then beginning his progresse, and exercifing himselfe “ dailie in shooting, singing, dansing, wrestling, casting of the “ barre, plaieing at the recorders, flute, virginals, in setting of “ songes, and making of ballades. – And when he came to “ Oking" there were kept both justes turneies ".” I make no apology for these seeming digressions. The manners and the poetry of a country are so nearly conneéted, that they mutually throw light on each other. The same connection subsists between the state of poetry and of the arts; to which we may now, recall the reader's attention with as little violation of our general subjećt. We are taught in the mythology of the antients, that the three Graces were produced at a birth. The meaning of the fable is, that the three most beautiful imitative arts were born and grew up together. Our poetry now, beginning to be divested of its monastic barbarism, and to advance towards elegance, was accompanied by proportionable improvements in Painting and Music. Henry employed many capital painters, and endeavoured to invite Raphael and Titian into England. Instead of allegorical tapestry, many of the royal apartments were adorned with historical pictures. Our familiarity with the manners of Italy, and affectation of Italian accomplishments, influenced the tones and enriched the modulation of our musical composition. Those who could read the sonnets of Petrarch must have relished the airs of Palestrina. At the same time, Archite&ture, like Milton's lion pawing to get free, made frequent efforts to disentangle itself from the massy incumbrances of the Gothic manner; and began to catch the correct graces, and to copy the true magnificence, of the Grecian and Roman models. Henry was himself a great builder; and his numerous edifices, although constructed altogether on the antient system, are sometimes interspersed with chaste ornaments and graceful mouldings, and often marked with a legitimacy of proportion, and a purity of design, before unattempted. It was among the literary plans of Leland, one of the most classical scholars of this age, to write an account of Henry's palaces, in imitation of Procopius, who is said to have described the palaces of the emperor Justinian. Frequent symptoms appeared, that perfeótion in every work of taste was at no great distance. Those clouds of ignorance which yet remained, began now to be illuminated by the approach of the dawn of truth.
* Hollinsh. Chron. iii. 9; 1. seq. * Chron. fol. xv. [See supr. Vol. i. p. 239.]
is here mentioned, were yet in dumb shew', and without dialogue. But towards the latter part of Henry's reign, much of the old cumbersome state began to be laid aside. This I collect from a set of new regulations given to the royal houshold about the year 1526, by cardinal Wolsey. In the Chapter For keeping the Hall and ordering of the Chapel, it is recited, that by the frequent intermission and disuse of the solemnities of dining and supping in the great hall of the palace, the proper officers had almost forgot their duty, and the manner of condućting that very long and intricate ceremonial. It is therefore ordered, that when his majesty is not at Westminster, and with regard to his palaces in the country, the formalities of the Hall, which ought not entirely to fall into desuetude, shall be at least observed, when he is at Windsor, Beaulieu, or Newhall', in Essex, Richmond, Hampton-court, Greenwich, Eltham, and Woodstock. And that at these places only, the whole choir of the chapel shall attend. This attempt to revive that which had began to cease from the nature of things, and from the growth of new manners, perhaps had but little or no lasting effect. And with respect to the Chapel, my record adds, that when the king is on journies or progresses, only six singing boys and six gentlemen of the choir shall make a part of the royal retinue ; who “ daylie in absence “ of the residue of the chapel shall have a Masse of our Ladie
“bifore noon, and on Sondaies and holidaies, masse of the day
* But at a most sumptuous Disguising in 1519, in the hall at Greenwich, the figure of FAME is introduced, who, “in French, “declared the meaning of the trees, the “ rocke, and turneie.” But as this shew was a political compliment, and many foreigners present, an explanation was necessary. See Hall, CH Ron. fol. lxvi. This was in 1512. But in the year 1509, a more rational evening-amusement took place in the Hall of the old Westminster-palace, several foreign embassadors being present.
“After supper, his grace [the king] with
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