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I come no more to make you laugh; things

now,
That bear a weighty and a serious brow,
Sad, high, and working, full of state and wo, w
Such noble scenes as draw the eye to flow,
We now present. Those that can pity, here
May, if they think it well, let fall a tear;
The subject will deserve it. Such, as give
Their money out of hope they may believe,
May here find truth too. Those, that come to see
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 hours. Only they,
That come to hear a merry, o play,
A noise of targets; or to see a fellow
In a long motley coat, guarded with yellow,
Will be deceiv'd: for, gentle hearers, know,
To rank our chosen truth with such a show
As fool and fight is, beside forfeiting
Our own brains, and the opinion that we bring
(To make that only true we now intend,”)
Will leave us never an understanding friend.
Therefore, for goodness' sake, and as you are

known
The first and happiest hearers of the town,
Be sad, as we would make ye: Think, ye see
The very persons of our oi. story,
As they were living; think, you see them great,
And follow'd with the general throng, and sweat,

Of thousand friends; then, in a moment, see
How soon this mightiness meets misery'
And, if you can be merry then, I'll say,
A man may weep upon his wedding-day.

(1) Laced. (2) Pretend.

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SCE.WE I–London. An antechamber in the
Palace. Enter the Duke of Norfolk, at one door;
at the other, the Duke of Buckingham, and the
Lord Abergavenny.

Buckingham.

GOOD morrow, and well met. How have you
done,
Since last we saw in France?
or. I thank your grace:

Healthful; and ever since a fresh admirer
Of what I saw there.

Buck. An untimely ague
Stay'd me a prisoner in my chamber, when
Those suns of glory, those two lights of men,”
Met in the vale of Arde.

JNoor. "Twixt Guynes and Arde: I was then present, saw them salute on horseback; Beheld them, when they lighted, how they clung In their embracement, as they grew together; Which had they, what fourthron'd ones could have

weigh'd

Such a compounded one?

Buck. All the whole time
I was my chamber's prisoner.

.Wor. Then you lost
The view of earthly glory: Men might say,
Till this time, pomp was single; but now married
To one above itself. Each following day
Became the next day's master, till the last
Made former wonders it's: To-day, the French,
All clinquant," all in gold, like heathen gods,
Shone down the English: and, to-morrow, they

(3) Henry VIII, and Francis I. king of France. (4) Glittering, shining.

Made Britain, India: every man, that stood,
Show'd like a mine. Their dwarfish pages were
As cherubims, all gilt: the madams too,
Not us'd to toil, did almost sweat to bear
The pride upon them, that their very labour
Was to them as a painting: now this mask
Was cry'd incomparable; and the ensuing night
Made it a fool, and The two kings,
Equal in lustre, were now best, now worst,
As presence did present them; him in eye,
Still him in praise; and, being present both,
'Twas said, they saw but one; and no discerner
Durst wag his tongue in censure. When these suns
(For so o * them,) by their heralds chal-
en

The noble i. to arms, they did perform Beyond thought's compass; that former fabulous story, ing now seen ible enough, got credit, That Bevisa ... , go O, you go far.

Buck.

.Nor. As I belong to worship, and affect In honour honesty, the tract of every thi Would by a discourser lose some life, Which action's self was e to. All was royal; To the disposing of it nought rebell'd; Order gave each thing view; the office did

Distinctly his full function.

Buck. Who did guide,
I mean, who set the body and the limbs
Of this great sport together, as you guess?

JNor. One, certes, that promises no element" In such a business.

Buck. I pray you, who, my lord?

.Wor. All this was order'd by the discretion Of the right reverend cardinal of York.

Buck. devils him! noman's pie is freed From his ambitious r. What had he To do in these fierces vanities? I wonder, That such a keecho can with his very bulk Take up the rays o'the beneficial sun, And keep it from the earth.

JW Surely, sir,

or. There's in him stuff that puts him to these ends: For, being not propp'd by ancestry... grace Chalks successors their way,) nor call'd upon For high seats done to the crown; neither allied To eminent assistants, but, spider-like, Out of his self-drawing web, he gives us note, The force of his own merit makes his way; A gift that heaven gives for him, which buys A place next to the king.

ber. I cannot tell What heaven hath given him, let some graver eye Pierce into that; but I can see his pride

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.Aber. I do know Kinsmen of mine, three at the least, that have By this so sicken'd their estates, that never

hey shall abound as formerly.

Buck. O, many Have broke their backs with laying manors on them For this great journey. What did this vanity, But minister communication of A most poor issue?

.Noor. Grievingly I think,
The peace between the French and us not values
The cost that did conclude it.

Buck. Everyman,
After the hideous storm that follow'd, was
A thing inspir'd : and, not consulting, broke
Into a general prophecy, That this tempest,
Dashing the garment of this peace, aboded

The sudden breach on't. sor. Which is budded out;

For Francehath flaw'd the league, and hathattach'd Our merchants' goods at Bourdeaux.

...Aber. Is it therefore The ambassador is silenc'd?

JWor. Marry, is't.

.Aber. A proper title of a peace; and purchas'd At a superfluous rate'

Buck. Why, all this business Our reverend cardinal carried.9

.Noor. "Like it your grace, The state takes notice of the private difference Betwixt you and the cardinal. I advise you, (And take it from a heart that wishes towards you Honour and plenteous safety,) that you read The cardinal's malice and his potency Together: to consider further, that What his high hatred would effect, wants not A minister in his power: You know his nature, That he's revengeful; and I know, his sword Hath a sharp : it's long, and, it may be said, It reaches far; and where 'twill not extend, Thither he darts it. Bosom up my counsel, You'll find it wholesome. Lo, where comes that

rock, That I advise your shunning. Enter Cardinal Wolsey (the purse borne before him,) certain of the guard, and two Secretaries with papers. The Cardinal in his passage Jireth his eye on Buckingham, and Buckingham on him, both full of disdain. Wol. The duke of Buckingham's surveyor, ha! Where's his examination? 1 Secr. Here, so please you. Wol. Is he in person

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Buckingham Shall lessen this big look. [Exe. Wolsey, and train. Buck. o butcher's curlo is venom-mouth'd, an Have not the power to muzzle him; therefore, best Not wake him in his slumber. A beggar's book Out-worths a noble's blood. JNor. What, are you chaf'd? Ask God for temperance; that's the appliance only, Which your disease requires. Buck. I read in his looks Matter against me; and his eye revil'd Me, as his abject object: at this instant

(8) Sets down in his letter without consulting the council.

(9) Conducted.

(10) Wolsey was the son of a butcher.

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And from a mouth of honour quite cry down This Ipswich fellow's insolence; or proclaim, There's difference in no persons.

Be advis'd;

or. Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot That it do singe yourself: We may outrun, By violent swiftness, that which we run at, And lose by over-running. Know you not, The fire, that mounts the liquor till it run o'er, In seeming to augment it, wastes it? Be advis'd: I say again, there is no English soul More stronger to direct you than yourself; If with the sap of reason you would quench, Or but allay, the fire of passion. Buck. Sir, I am thankful to you; and I'll go along By your prescription —but this top-proud fellow, W. lo. the flow of gall I name not, but rom sinceremotions,) by intelligence, , And proofs as clear as founts in Júly, when We see each grain of gravel, I do know To be corrupt and treasonous.

or. Buck. To the king I'll say't; as strong As shore of rock. Attend. This holy fox, Or wolf, or both (for he is equal ravenous, As he is subtle; and as prone to mischief, As able to perform it: his mind and place Insecting one another, yea, reciprocally,) o. show his pomp as well in France As here at home, suggests” the king our master To this last costly treaty, the interview, That swallow'd so much treasure, and like a glass Did break i'the rinsing. JWor. "Faith, and so it did. Buck. Pray, give me favour, sir. This cunning carciana The articles o'the combination drew, As himself pleas'd; and they were ratified, As he cried, Thus let be: to as much end, Asgive a crutch to the dead: But our count-cardinal Has done this, and 'tis well; for worthy Wolsey, Who cannot err, he did it. Now this follows (Which, as I take it, is a kind of puppy To the old dam, treason,)—Charles the emperor, Under pretence to see the queen his aunt For 'twas, indeed, his colour; but he came o whisper Wolsey,) here makes visitation: His fears were, that the interview, betwixt England and France, might, through their amity, Breed him some prejudice; for from this league Peep'd harms that menac'd him: He privily Deals with our cardinal; and, as I trow, Which I do well; for, I am sure, the emperor Paidere he promis'd; whereby his suit was granted, Ere it was ask'd;—but when the way was made, And pav'd with gold, the emperor thus desir'd;— That he would please to alter the king's course, And break the £o peace. Let the king know,

Say not, treasonous. and make my vouch

(As soon he shall by me,) that thus the cardinal
Poes buy and sell his honour as he pleases,
And for his own advantage.

.Wor. I am sorry , To hear this of him; and could wish, he were Something mistaken in't

Buck. No, not a syllable, I do pronounce him in that very shape, He shall appear in proof.

Enter Brandon; a Serjeant at Arms before him, and two or three of the guards.

Bran. Your office, serjeant; execute it. Serj. Sir, My lord the duke of Buckingham, and earl Of Hereford, Stafford, and Northampton, I Arrest thee of high treason, in the name Of our most sovereign king. Buck. Loyou, my lord, The net has fall'n upon me; I shall perish Under device and practice.” Bran. I am so To see you ta'en from liberty, to look on The business present: "Tis his highness' pleasure You shall to the Tower. Buck. It will help me nothing, To plead mine innocence; for that die is on me, Which makes my whitest part black. The will of Heaven Be done in this and all things!—I obey.— O my lord Aberga'ny, fare you well. Bran. Nay, he must bear you company:-The king [To Abergavenny. Is pleas'd, you shall to the Tower, till you know How he determines further. er". As the duke said, The will of heaven be done, and the king's pleasure By me obey'd. Bran. Here is a warrant from The king, to attach lord Montacute; and the bodies Of the duke's confessor, John de la Court, One Gilbert Peck, his chancellor,

Buck. So, so; These are the limbs of the plot: no more, I hope. Bran. A monk o'the Chartreux. Buck. O, Nicholas Hopkins? Bran. He. Buck. . from is false; the o'er-great carina Hath show'd him gold: my life is 'd already: I am the shadow of poor #. am; Whose figure even this instant cloud puts on, By dark'ning my clear sun.—My ... farewell. [Exeunt. SCENTE II.-The council-chamber. Cornets. Enter King Henry, Cardinal Wolsey, the Lords of the Council, Sir Thomas Lovell, Officers, and JAssistants. The King enters, leaning on the Cardinal's shoulder. K. Hen. My life itself, and the best heart of it, Thanks you for this great care: I stood i'the level Of a full-charg’d confederacy, and give thanks To you that §§ it.—Let be call'd before us That gentleman of Buckingham's : in person I'll hear him his confessions justify; And point by point the treasons of his master He shall again relate. The King takes his state. The Lords of the Council take their several places. The Cardinal places himself under the King's feet, on his right side.

(1) Stabs. (2) Excites. (3) Unfair stratagem.

(4) Measured. (5) Chair.

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Never name to us; you have half our power:
The other moiety, ere you ask, is given;
Repeat your j. and take it. -
. Kath. Thank your majesty.
That you would love yourself; and, in that love,
Not unconsider'd leave your honour, nor
The dignity of your office, is the point

Of my petition.
K. 'H. Lady mine, proceed.
Q. Kath. I am solicited, not by a few,
And those of true condition, that your subjects
Are in great grievance: there have been com-
missions
Sent down among them, which hath flaw'd the heart
Of all their loyalties:–wherein, although,
My good lord cardinal, they vent reproaches
Most bitterly on you, as putter-on
Of these exactions, yet the king our master
(Whose honour Heaven shield from soil') even he
escapes not
age unmannerly, yea, such which breaks
The sides of loyalty, and almost appears
In loud rebellion.
JNoor. Not almost appears,
It doth a ; for, upon these taxations,
The clothiers all, not able to maintain
The many to them 'longing, have put off
The spinsters, carders, fullers, weavers, who,
Unfit o other life, compell'd by hunger
And lack of other means, in desperate manner
Daring the event to the teeth, are all in uproar,
And Danger serves among them.
K. Hen. - Taxation!
Wherein? and what taxation?—My lord cardinal,
You that are blam'd for it alike with us,
Know you of this taxation?
ol. Please you, sir,
I know but of a single part, in aught
Pertains to the state; and front but in that filel
Where others tell steps with me.
Kath. No, my lord,
You know no more than others: but you frame
Things, that are known alike; which are not whole-

sonne To those which would not know them, and yet must Perforce be their acquaintance. These exactions, Whereof my sovereign would have note, they are Most pestilent to ... ; and, to bear them, The back is sacrifice to the i. They say, They are devis'd by you; or else you suffer Too hard an exclamation.

K. Hen. Still exaction' The nature of it? In what kind, let's know, Is this exaction?

Q. Kath. I am much too venturous In tempting of your patience; but am bolden'd Under your promis'd pardon The subjects' grief Comes through commissions, which compel from

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each The sixth part of his substance, to be levied Without delay; and the pretence for this

(1) I am only one among the other counsellors. (2) Thicket of thorns. (3) Retard.

Is nam'd, your wars in France: This makes bold
mouths:
Tongues spit their duties out, and cold hearts freeze
Allegiance in them; their curses now,
Live where their prayers did; and it's come to pass,
That tractable obedience is a slave
To each incensed will. I would, your highness
Would give it quick consideration, for
There is no primer business.
K. Hen. By my life,
This is against our pleasure.
JWol. And for me,
I have no farther gone in this, than by
A single voice; and that not pass'd me, but
By learned approbation of the judges.
If I am traduc’d by tongues, which neither know
My faculties, nor person, yet will
The chronicles of my doing, let me say,
'Tis but the fate of place, and the rough brake?
That virtue must go through. We must not stinto
Our necessary actions, in the fear
To cope" malicious censurers; which ever,
As ravenous fishes, do a vessel follow
That is new trimm'd; but benefit no further
Than vainly longing. What we oft do best,
By sick interpreters, onces weak ones, is
Not ours, or not allow'd;6 what worst, as oft,
Hitting a grosser quality, is cried u
For our best act. If we shall o still,
In fear our motion will be mock'd or carp'd at,
We should take root here where we sit, or sit
State statues only.
K. Hen. Things done well,
And with a care, exempt themselves from fear;
Things done without example, in their issue
Are to be fear'd. Have you a precedent
Of this commission? I believe, not any.
We must not rend our subjects from our laws,
And stick them in our will. Sixth part of each?
A trembling contribution! Why, we take,
From every tree, lop, bark, and part o'the timber;
And, though we leave it with a root, thus hack'd,
The air will drink the sap. To every county,
Where this is question'd, send our letters, with
Free pardon to each man that has denied
The force of this commission: Pray, look to"t;
I put it to your care.
Wol. A word with you.
[To the Secretary.
Let there be letters writ to every shire,
Of the king's grace and pardon. The griev'd
connnnons
Hardly conceive of me; let it be nois'd,
That, through our intercession, this revokement
And pardon comes: I shall anon advise you
Further in the proceeding. [Erit Secretary,

Enter Surveyor. Q. Kat. I am sorry, that the duke of Buckingann

Is run in your displeasure.
K. Hen. It grieves many:
The gentleman is learn'd, and a most rare speaker,
To nature none more bound; his training such,
That he may furnish and instruct great teachers,
And never seek for aid outs of himself.
Yet see
When these so noble benefits shall prove
Not well-dispos'd, the mind growing once corrupt,
They turn to vicious forms, ten times more ugly
Than ever they were fair. This man so complete,

(4) Encounter. (5) Sometime. (6) A ed. §:" (5) me. (6) Approv

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