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SCENE 11.-The Council-Chamber. Perforce be their acquaintance. These exacCornets. Enter King Henry, Cardinal WOLSEY, Whereof my sovereign would have note, they

tions,

[are the Lords of the Council, Sir THOMAS LOVELL, Most pestilent to the hearing; and, to bear Officers, and Attendants. The King enters, leuning on the CARDINAL's shoulder.

them,

The back is sacrifice to the load. They say, K. Hen. My life itself, and the best heart of They are devis'd by you; or else you suffer it,

(level Too hard an exclamation. Thanks you for this great care: I stood i'the K. Hen. Still exaction! Of a full-charg'd confederacy, and give thanks The nature of it? In what kind, let's know To you that chok'd it.-Let be call'd before us Is this exaction? That gentleman of Buckingham's: in person

Q. Kath. I am much too venturous I'll hear him his confessions justify;.

In tempting of your patience; but am bolden'd And point by point the treasons of his master Under your promis'd pardon. The subject's He shall again relate.

grief

Comes through commissions, which compel The King takes his state." The Lords of the

from each Council take their several pluces. The Cardi- The sixth part of his substance, to be levied NAL places himself under the King's feet on his Without delay; and the pretence for this right side.

Is nam’d, your wars in France : This makes A noise within, crying, Room for the Queen.

bold mouths :

(freeze Enter the Queen, ushered by the Dukes of Tongues spit their duties out, and cold hearts NORFOLK and SUFFOLK: she kneels. The Allegiance in them; their curses now, King riseth from his state, takes luer up, kiss- Live where their prayers did ; and it's come es, and placeth her by him.

That tractable obedience is a slave Q. Kath. Nay, we must longer kneel; I am To each incensed will. I would, your higlines a suitor

Would give it quick consideration, for K. Hen. Arise, and take place by us:–Halt There is no primer business.

K. Hen. By my life, Never name to us; you have half our power: This is against our pleasure. The other moiety, ere you ask, is given;

Wol. And for me, Repeat your will, and take it.

I have no farther gone in this, than by Q. Kath. Thank your majesty.

A single voice; and that not pass'd me, but That you would love yourself; and, in that love, By learned approbation of the judges. Not unconsider'd leave your honour, nor If I am traduc'd by tongues, which neither The dignity of your office, is the point My faculties, nor person, yet will be [know Of my petition.

The chronicles of my doing;- let me say, K. Hen. Lady, mine!-proceed.

'Tis but the fate of place, and the rough brake" Q. Kath. I am solicited, not by a few, That virtue must go through. We must not And those of true condition, that your subjects Our necessary actions, in the fear (stintt Are in great grievance: there hath been com- To cope: malicious censurers; which ever, missions

(heart As ravenous fishes, do a vessel follow Sent down among them, which have flaw'd the That is new trimm'd; but benefit no further Of all their loyalties:-wherein, although, Than vainly longing. What we oft do best, My good lord cardinal, they vent reproaches By sick interpreters, onces weak ones, is Most bitterly on you, as putter-on

Not ours, or not allow'd ;ll what worst, as ost Of these exactions, yet the king our master, Hitting a grosser quality, is cried up (Whose honour heaven shield from soil!) even For our best act. If we shall stand still, he escapes not

In sear our motion will be mock'd or carp'd at, Language unmannerly, yea, such which breaks We should take root here where we sit, or sit The sides of loyalty, and almost appears State statues only. In loud rebellion.

K. Hen. Things done well, Nor. Not almost appears,

And with a care, exempt themselves from fear; It doth appear; for, upon these taxations, Things done without example, in their issue The clothiers all, not able to maintain

Are to be fear'd. Have you a precedent The many to them ’longing, have put off Of this commission? I believe, not any. The spinsters, carders, fullers, weavers, who, We must not rend our subjects from our laws, Unfit for other life, compellid by hunger And stick them in our will. Sixth part of each? And lack of other means, in desperate manner A trembling contribution! Why, we take, Daring the event to the teeth, are all in uproar, From every tree, lop, bark, and part o the timAnd danger serves among them.

ber;

[hack'd, K. Hen. Taxation !

[nal, And, though we leave it with a root, thus Wherein? and what taxation ?-My lord cardi- The air will drink the sap. To every county, You that are blam'd for it alike with us, Where this is question'd, send our letters, witla Know you of this taxation?

Free pardon to each man that has denied Wol. Please you, Sir,

The force of this commission: Pray, look to't I know but of a single part, in aught

I put it to your care. Pertains to the state; and front but in that filet 'Wol. A word with you. Where others tell steps with me.

[To the SECRETARY Q. Kath. No, my lord,

Let there be letters writ to every shire, You know no more than others: but you frame of the king's grace and pardon. The griev'd Things, that are known alike; which are not wholesome

(must Hardly conceive of me; let it be nois'd, To those which would not know them, and yet That, ihrough our intercession, this revokement

* Thicket of inurns.

| Retard.

* Encounter * Chair. t I am only one among the otier counsellors. Sometime.

i Approved.

commons

Yet see,

And pardon comes: I shall anon advise you He solemnly had sworn, that, what he spoke,
Further in the proceeding. [Exit SECRETARY. My chapluin to no creature living, but
Enter SURVEYOR.

To me, should utter, with demure confidence

This pausingly ensu'd,-Neither the king, nor his Q. Kath. I am sorry, that the duke of Buck.

heirs, is run in your displeasure. [ingham Tell you the duke), shall prosper : bid him strite

K. Hen. It grieves many: [speaker, To gain the love of the commonalty; the duke The gentleman is learn'd, and a most rare Shall govern England. To nature none more bound; his training such, Q. Kath. If I know you well, That he may furnish and instruct great teach-You were the duke's surveyor, and lost your And never seek for aid out* of himself. [ers,

office

[heed,

On the complaint o' the tenants: Take good When these so noble benefits shall prove You charge not in your spleen a noble person, Not well dispos’d, the mind growing once And spoil your nobler soul! I say, take heed; corrupt,

[ugly Yes, heartily beseecb you. They turn to vicious forms, ten times more K. Hen. Let him on : Than ever they were fair. This man so cóm- Go forward. plete,

[we, Surv. On my soul, I'll speak but truth. Who was enrolla 'mongst wonders, and when I told my lord the duke, By the devil's illusions Almost with ravish'd list’ning, could not find The monk might be deceiv'd; and that 'twas His hour of speech a minute; he, my lady,

dang'rous for him, Hath into monstrous habits put the graces To ruminate on this so far, until [liev'd, That once were his, and is become as black

It forg'd him some design, which, being be. As if besmear'd in hell. Sit by us; you shall | It was much like to do: He answer'd, Tush! hear

It cun do me no damuge: adding further, (This was his gentleman in trust,) of him That, had the king in his last sickness fail'd, Things to strike honour sad.-Bid him recount The cardinal's and Sir Thomas Lovell's heads The fore-recited practices; whereof

Should have gone off. We cannot feel too little, hear too much.

K. Hen. Ha! what, so rank? Ah, ha! Wol Stand forth; and with bold spirit re- There's mischief in this man :- -Canst thou late what you,

say further? Most like a careful subject, have collected Surv. I can, my liege. Out of the Duke of Buckingham.

K. Hen. Proceed. K. Hen. Speak freely.

Surv. Being at Greenwich, Suro. First, it was usual with him, every day After your highness had reprov'd the duke It would infect his speech, That if the king About Sir William Blomer, Should without issue die, he'd carryt it so K. Hen. I remember, To make the sceptre his: These very words Of such a time:-Being my servant sworn, I have heard him utter to bis son-in-law, The duke retain'd him his.- -But on; What Lord Aberga'ny; to whom by oath he menac'd

hence? Revenge upon the cardinal.

Sury. If, quoth he, I for this had been comhWol. Please your highness, note

mitted, This dangerous conception in this point. As to the Tower, I thought,-I would have play'd Not friended by his wish, to your high person The part my father meant to act upon His will is most malignant; and it stretches The usurper Richurd: who, being at Salisbury, Beyond you, to your friends.

Made suit to come in his presence; which Q. Kaih. My learn'd lord cardinal,

granted, Deliver all with charity.

As he mude semblance of his duty, would K. Hen. Speak on:

Have put his knife into him. How grounded he his title to the crown, K. Hen.

giant traitor! Upon our fail; to this point hast thou heard

Wol. Now, madam, may his highness live At any time speak aught?

[him

in freedom, Suro. He was brought to this

And this man out of prison? By a vain prophecy of Nicholas Hopkins. Q. Kath. God mend all! K. Hen. What was that Hopkins?

K. Hen. There's something more would out Surv. Sir, a Chartreux friar,

of thee; What say'st? His confessor; who fed him every minute Surv. After--the duke his father, -with the With words of sovereignty:

knife,

[dagger, K. Hen. How know'st thou this?

He stretch'd him, and, with one hand on his Surv. Not long before your highness sped to Another spread on his breast, mounting his France,

eyes,

(tenour The duke being at the Rose, I within the parish He did discharge a horrible oath; whose Saint Lawrence Poultney, did of me demand Was,–Were he evil us’d, he would outgo What was the speech amongst the Londoners

His father, by as much as a performance
Concerring the French journey: I replied, Does an irresolute purpose.
Men fear’d, the French would prove perfidious, K, Hen. There's his period,
To the king's danger. Presently the duke To sheath his knife in us. He is attach'd ,
Said, 'Twas the fear, indeed; and that he call him to present trial: if he may
doubted,

Find mercy in the law, 'tis his; if none, "Twould prove the verity of certain words

Let him not seek’t of us: By day and night, Spoke by a holy monk; That oft, says he, He's traitor to the height.

[Exeunt. Hath sent to me, wishing me to permit John de la Court, my chaplain, a choice hour

SCENE III.-A Room in the Palace.
To hear from him a matter of some moment:
Whon after under the confession's seal

Enter the Lord CHAMBERLAIN, and Lord SANDS
Beyond,
+ Conduct, manage.

Cham. Is it possible, he spells of France Now Merchant Taylors' School.

shoud juggle

Men into sach strange mysteries?

Cham, 0, 'tis true: Sands. New customs,

This night he makes a supper, and a great one Though they be never so ridiculous,

To many lords and ladies; there will be Nay, let them be unmanly, yet are follow'd. The beauty of this kingdom, I'll assure you. Cham. As far as I see, all the good our Lov. That churchman bears a bounteous English

mind indeed, Have got by the late voyage, is but merely A hand as fruitful as the land that feeds us: A tit* or two o' the face; but they are shrewd His dews fall every where. ones;

Clum. No doubt, he's noble; For when they hold them, you would swear He had a black mouth, that said other of him. directly,

Sands. He may, my lord, he has whereTheir very noses had been counsellors

withal; in him,

(trine: To Pepin, or Clotharius, they keep state so. Sparing would show a worse sin than ill docSands. They have all new legs, and lame Men of his way should be most liberal, ones; one would take it,

They are set here for examples. That never saw them pace before, the spavin, Cham. True, they are so;

[stays ;* A springhaltt reign'd among them.

But few now give so great ones. My barge Cham. Death! my lord,

Your lordship shall along :-Come, good Sir Their clothes are after such a pagan cut too,

Thomas, That, sure, they have worn out Christendom. We shall be late else: which I would not be, How now?

For I was spoke to, with Sir Henry Guildford, What news, Sir Thomas Lovell ?

This night to be comptrollers.

Sands. I am your lordship’s. [Exeunt. Enter Sir THOMAS LOVELL. Lor. 'Faith, my lord,

SCENE IV.-The Presence-Chamber in YorkI hear of none but the new proclamation

Place.
That's clapp'd upon the court-gate.
Cham. What is't for?

Hautboys. A small table under a stute for the Lor. The reformation of our travell’d gal

CARDINAL, a longer table for the guests. Enlants,

(tailors.

ter at one door ANNE BULLEN, und divers That fill the court with quarrels, talk, and

Lords, Ladies, und Gentleriomen, us guests; Cham. I am glad, 'tis there; now I would

at unother door, enter Sir Henry GUILDFORD. pray our monsieurs

Guild. Ladies, a general welcome from his To think an English courtier may be wise,

grace And never see the Louvre.

Salutes ye all: This night he dedicates Lvo. They must either

[nants To fair content, and you: none bere, he hopes, (For so run the conditions,) leave these rem- In all this noble bevy,t has brought with her Of fool, and feather, that they got in France, One care abroad; he would have all as merry With all their honourable points of ignorance, As first-good company, good wine, good welPertaining thereunto, (as fights, and tireworks; Abusing better men than they can be,

Can make good people.-0, my lord, you Out of a foreign wisdom,) renouncing clean

are tardy; The faith they have in tennis, and tall stock. ings,

(travel, Enter Lord CHAMBERLAIN, Lord Sands, and Short blister'd breeches, and those types of

Sir Thomas LOVELL.
And understand again like honest men;
Or pack to their old playfellows: there'I take The very thought of this fair company
They may, cum privilegio,g wear away

fit, Clapp'd wings to me, The lag end of their lewdness, and be laugh'd

Cham. You are young, Sir Harry Guildford.

Sunds. Sir Thomas Lovell, had the cardinal at. Sands. 'Tis time to give them physic, their But half my lay-thoughts in him, some of these Are grown so catching.

[diseases

Should find a running banquet ere they rested, Chum. What a loss our ladies

I think, would better please them: By my life, Will have of these trim vanities !

They are a sweet society of fair ones. [whoresons

Lov. O, that your lordship were but now There will be woe indeed, lords; the sly To one or two of these!

[confessor

Sands. I would, I were;
Have got a speeding trick to lay down ladies;
A French song, and a fiddle, has no fellow.

They should find easy penance.
Sands. The devil fiddle them! I am glad

Lov. 'Faith, how easy? they're going;

Sunds. As easy as a down-bed would afford

it. For

, sure, there's no converting of them;) now An honest country lord, as I am, beaten

Cham. Sweet ladies, will it please you sit? A long time out of play, may bring his plain Place you that side, I'll take the charge of

Sir Harry,

(this: song, And have an hour of hearing; and, by'r-lady, His grace is ent’ring -Nay, you must not Held carrent music too.

freeze;

(ther: Chem. Well said, lord Sands;

Two women plac'd together makes cold wea. Your colt's tooth is not cast yet.

My lord Sands, you are one will keep them Sands. No, my lord;

Pray, sit between these ladies. [waking; Nor shall not, while I have a stump.

Sands. By my faith, Cham. Sir Thomas,

And thank your lordship.--By your leave, Whither were you a-going?

sweet ladies : Lon. To the cardinal's;

(Seats himself between ANNE BULLEx and Your lordship is a guest too.

another Lady. • Grimace.

* The speaker is at Bridewell, and the Cardinal's house + Disease incident to horses,

was at Whitehall.

+ Company A palace at Paris.

With authority.

come

Lov. Ay, marry,

If I chance to talk a little wild, forgive me; BERLAIN. They pass directly before the Cam I had it from my father.

dinal, and gracefully salute him. Anne. Was he mad, Sir?

A noble company! what are their pleasures

Cham. Because they speak no English, thus too:

they pray'd

(fanie But he would bite none; just as I do now,

To tell your grace;–That, having heard by He would kiss you twenty with a breath.

Of this so noble and so fair assembly

[Kisses her. This night to meet here, they could do no less, Cham. Well said, my lord.

Out of the great respect they bear to beauty, So, now you are fairly seated:-Gentlemen,

But leave their flocks; and, under your fair The penance lies on you, if these sair ladies

conduct, Pass away frowning.

Crave Icave to view these ladies, and entreat Sands. For my little cure,

An bour of revels with them. Let me alone.

Wol. Say, lord chamberlain, Hautboys.-Enter Cardinal Wolsey, attended; They have done my poor house grace; for und lakes his state.

which I pay them

A thousand thanks, and pray them take their Wol. You are welcome, my fair guests; that pleasures. noble lady,

[Liulies chosen for the dance. The King Or gentleman, that is not freely merry,

chooses ANNE BULLEN. Is not my friend : This, to contirm my wel- K. Hen. The sairest hand I ever touch'd! O, come;

beauty, And to you all good health. (Drinks. Till now I never knew thee. (Music. Dance. Sunds. Your grace is noble;

Wol. My lord,
Let me have such a bowl may hold my thanks, Cham. Your grace?
And save me so much talking.

Wol. Pray, tell them thus much from me: Wol. My lord Sands,

There should be one amongst them, by his lam beholden to you: cheer your neighbours.

person, Ladies, you are not merry;--Gentlemen, More worthy this place than myself; to whom, Whose fault is this?

If I but knew him, with my love and duty Sunds. The red wine first must rise

I would surrender it. In their fair cheeks, my lord; then we shall Chum. I will, my lord. have them

,[Chan. goes to the company, and returns. Talk as to silence.

Wol. What say they? Ame. You are a merry gamester,

Cham. Such a one, ihey all confess, My lord Sands.

There is, indeed; which they would have your Sunds. Yes, if I make my play.t

grace Here's to your ladyship; and pledge it, madan, Find out, and he will take it." For 'tis to such a thing,

Wol. Let me see then.Anne. You cannot show me.

[Comes from his state. Sunds. I tol your grace, they would talk By all yonr good leaves, gentlemen ;-Here anon.

T'll make [Drum and trumpets within: Chambers: My royal choice. discharged.

K. Hlen. You have found him, cardinal: Wol. What's that?

{Unmasking Chum. Look out there, some of you.

You hold a fair assembly; you do well, lord :

(E.tii u SERVANT. You are a churchman, or, I'll tell you, cardi. Wol. What warlike voice?

I should judge now unhappily.t (nal,
And to what end is this?-Nay,ladies, fear not; Wol. I'am glad,
By all the laws of war you are privileg'd. Your grace is grown so pleasant.

K. Hen. My lord chamberlain,
Re-enter SERVANT.

Pr'ythec, come bither: What fair lady's that? Cham. How now? what is't?

Cham. An't please your grace, Sir Thomas Serr. A noble troop of strangers;

Bullen's daughter, For so they seem: they have left their barge, The viscount Rochford, one of her highness'

and landed; And hither make, as great ambassadors

K. Hen. By heaven, she is a dainty one.-. From foreign princes.

Sweet-heart, Wol. Good lord chamberlain,

I were upmannerly, to take you out, Go, give them welcome, you can speak the And not to kiss you.-A health, gentlemen, French tongue;

(them,

Let it go round. And, pray, receive them nobly, and conduct

Wol. Sir Thomas Lovell, is the banquet Into our presence, where this heaven of beauty I'the privy chamber?

(ready Shall shine at full upoa them :-Some attend

Lor. Yes, my lord.

Wol. Your grace,
him.-
[Exit CHAMBERLAIN, attended. All urise, 1 fear, with dancing is a little heated.
and Tubles remorcd.

K. Hen. I fear, too much.
You have now a broken banquet; but we'll

Wol. There's fresher air, my lord, mend it.

In the next chamber. A good digestion to you all: and, once more,

K. Hen. Lead in your ladies, every one. I shower a welcome on you;- Welcome all.

Sweet partner,

I must not yet forsake you :-Let's be mer. Hunthoys.-Enter the King, and Iwere others,

ry; as Muskers, hubited like Shepherds, with six- Good my lord cardinal, I have half a dozen leen Torch-bearers; ushered by the Lord CHAM

healths • Chrir. + Chicosc my gimc. Small cannon.

• The chief place. + Niichievouşu.

women.

a

upon it.

To drink to these fair ladies, and a measure* And generally; whoever the king farours,
To lead them once again ; and then let's dream The cardinal instantly will find employment,
Who's best in favour.-Let the music knock it. And far enough from court too.
[Exeunt, with trumpets. 2 Gent. All the commons

Hate him perniciously, and, o' my conscience,
ACT II.

Wish him ien fathom deep: this duke as much

They love and dote on; call him, bounteous
SCENE I.-A Street.

Buckingham,
Enter tuo GENTLEMEN, meeting.

The mirror of all courtesy ;-1 Gent. Whither away so fast?

1 Gent. Stay there, Sir, 2 Gent. 0,-God save you!

And see the noble ruin'd man you speak of. Even to the hall to hear what shall become

Enter BuckINGIAM from his arraignment; TipOf the great duke of Buckingham.

stares before him, the axe with the edge towards 1 Gent. I'll save you

him ; halberts on each side: with him, Sir That labour, Sir. All's now done, but the

Thomas LOVELL, Sir NICHOLAS Vaux, Sir ceremony

WILLIAM SANDS, and common people. Of bringing back the prisoner. 2 Gent. Were you there?

2 Gent. Let's stand close, and behold him. I Gent. Yes, indeed, was I.

Buck. All good people, 2 Gent. Pray, speak, what has happen'd? You that thus far have come to pity me, (me. 1 Gent. You may guess quickly what. Hear what I say, and then go home and lose 2 Gent: Is he found guilty?

I bave this day receiv'd a traitor's judgement, I Gent. Yes, truly is he, and condemn'a And by that name must die ; Yet, heaven bear

witness, 2 Gent. I am sorry for't.

And if I have a conscience, let it sink me, ; Gent. So are a number more.

Even as the axe falls, if I be not faithful! 2 Gent. But, pray, how pass'd it?

The law I bear no malice for my death, i Gent. I'll tell you in a little. The great It has done, ipon the premises, but justice. duke

But those, that sought it, I could wish more Came to the bar; where, to his accusations,

Christians: He pleaded still, not guilty, and alleg'd Be what they will, I heartily forgive thein: Many sharp reasons to defeat the law. Yet let them look they glory not in mischief, The king's attorney, on the contrary,

Nor build their evils on the graves of great Uig'd on the examinations, proofs, confessions,

men;

[them. Of divers witnesses; wbich the duke desir'd For then my guiltless blood must cry against To him brought, viva voce, to his face: For further life in this world I ne'er hope, At which appear'd against him, his surveyor; Nor will I sve, although the king have mercies Sir Gilbert Peck, his chancellor; and John More than I dare make faults. "You few that Court,

lov'd me, Confessor to him; with that devil-monk, And dare be bold to weep for Buckingh m, Hopkins, that made this mischief.

His noble friends, and fellows, whom to leave 2 Gent. That was he,

Is only bitter to him, only dying, That fed him with his prophecies?

Go with me, like good angels, to my end; 1 Gent. The same.

And, as the long divorce of steel falls on me, All these accus'd bim strongly; which he fain Make of your prayers one sweet sacrifice, Would have fung from him, but, indeed, he And lift my soul to heaven.-Lead on, o'God's

could not: And so his peers, upon this evidence,

Lov. I do beseech your grace, for charity, Have found him guilty of high treason. Much If ever any malice in your heart

(ly. He spoke, and learnedly, for life: but all Were hid against me, now to forgive me frankWas either pitied in him, or forgotten.

Buck. Sir Thomas Lovell, I as free forgive 2 Gent. After all this, how did he bear him- As I would be forgiven : I forgive all; (you, self?

There cannot be those numberless offences ' i Gent. When he was brought again to the 'Gainst me, I can't take peace with: no black bar,-to hear

(stirr'd
envy

(grace; His knell wrung out, his judgement,-he was Shall makes my grave.-Commend me to his With such an agony, he sweat extremely, And, if he speak of Buckingham, pray, tell And something spoke in choler, ill, and hasty: him,

(prayers But he fell to himself again, and, sweetly, You met him half in heaven: my vows and In all the rest show'd a most noble patience. Yet are the king's; and, till my soul forsake me,

2 Gent. I do not think, he fears death. Shall cry for blessings on him: May he live 1 Gent. Sure, he does not,

Longer than I have time to tell his years! He never was so womanish; the cause Ever belov’d, and loving, may his rule be! He may a little grieve at.

And, when old time sball lead him to his end 2 Gent. Certainly,

Goodness and he fill up one monument! The cardinal is the end of this.

Lov. To the water side I must conduct your 1 Gent. "Tis likely,

grace; Py all conjectures: First, Kildare's attainder, Then give my charge up to Sir Nicholas Vaux, Then deputy of Ireland; who remov'd, Who undertakes you to your end. Earl Surrey was sent thither, and in haste too, Vaux. Prepare there, Lest he should help his father.

The duke is coming: see, the barge be ready; 2 Gent. That trick of state

And fit it with such furniture, as suits Was a deep envious one.

The greatness of his person. 1 Gent. At his return,

Buck. Nay, Sir Nicholas, No doubt he will requite it. This is ooted, Let it alone; my state now will but mock me,

name.

• Dance.

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