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Enter two Gentlemen at several doors.
3 Gent. WHITHER away so fast?
1 Gent. I'll save you
That labour,sir. All's now done, but the ceremony 10 And far enough from court too,
2 Gent. All the cominons
2 Gent. Were you there?
1 Gent. Yes, indeed, was I.
2 Gent. Pray, speak, what has happen'd?
1 Gent. You may guess quickly what.
2 Gent. Is he found guilty?
1 Gent. Yes,truly, is he, and condemn'd upon it. 2 Gent. I am sorry for't.
1 Gent. So are a number more.
Then deputy of Ireland; who remov'd,
2 Gent. hat trick of state
5 Was a deep envious one.
No doubt, he will requite it. This is noted,
Hate him perniciously, and, o' my conscience, Wish him ten fathom deep: this duke as much They love and doat on; call him, bounteous Buck15 The mirrour of all courtesy ;[ingham,
1 Gent. Stay there, sir,
And see the noble ruin'd man you speak of. Enter Buckingham from his arraignment, (Tipstaves before him, the axe with the edge toward him; halberds on each side,) accompanied with Sir Thomas Lovel, Sir Nicholas Vaux, Sir William Sands, and common people, &e.
2 Gent. Let's stand close, and behold him.
25 You that thus far have come to pity me,
All these accus'd him strongly; which he fain
2 Gent. After all this, how did he bear himself?
His knell rung out, his judgement,—he was stirr'd 45
He never was so womanish; the cause
2 Gent. Certainly,
The cardinal is the end of this. 1 Gent. 'Tis likely,
By all conjectures: First, Kildare's attainder,
2 Gent. But, pray, how pass'd it?
1 Gent. I'll tell you in a little. The great duke
Even as the axe falls, if I be not faithful!
2 Gent. That was he,
T has done, upon the premises, but justice;
That fed him with his prophecies?
But those, that sought it, I could wish more christians:
1 Gent. The same.
Be what they will, I heartily forgive 'em:
Nor will I sue, although the king have mercies
Lov. I do beseech your grace, for charity, If ever any malice in your heart
Were hid against me, now to forgive me frankly.
This circumstance is taken from Holinshed.
'Gainst me, that I can't take peace with: no black envy
Shall makemygrave. Commendmetohis grace;
Yet are the king's; and, 'till my soul forsake me,
Loc. To the water-side I must conduct your
Vaux. Prepare there,
The duke is coming; see, the barge be ready;
Buck. Nay, Si Nicholas,
Let it alone; my state now will but mock me.
Of my long weary life is come upon me.
And when ye would say something that is sad, Speak how I fell.-I have done; and God forgive me! [Exeunt Buckingham, und Train.
1 Gent. Good angels keep it from us! What may it be? You do not doubt my faith, sir? 2 Gent. This secret is so weighty, 'twill require A strong faith to conceal it.
1 Gent. Let me have it;
I do not talk much.
Yet I am richer than my base accusers,
My noble father, Henry of Buckingham,
And give your hearts to, when they once perceive
2 Gent. I am confident;
15 You shall, sir: Did you not of late days hear A buzzing, of a separation
Between the king and Katharine?
1 Gent. Yes, but it held not:
For when the king once heard it, out of anger 20 He sent command to the lord mayor, straight To stop the rumour, and allay those tongues That durst disperse it.
2 Gent. But that slander, sir,
Is found a truth now: for it grows again
1 Gent. 'Tis the cardinal;
And merely to revenge him on the emperor, For not bestowing on him, at his asking, 35 The archbishoprick of Toledo, this is purpos'd.
2 Gent. I think, you have hit the mark: But is't
40 Will have his will, and she must fall.
We are too open here to argue this;
SCENE II. An Antichamber in the Palace. Enter the Lord Chamberlain, reading a letter. My lord, the horses your lordship sent for, with all the care I had, I saw well chosen, ridden, and furnished. They were young, and handsome; and
the best breed in the north. When they were ready to set out for London, a man of my lord cardinal's, by commission, and main power, took'em from me; a subject, if not before the king: which stopp'd our with this reason,-His musterwould best rv'd before mouths, sir.
I fear, he will, indeed: Well, let him have them;
Enter the Dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk. Nor. Well met, my lord chamberlain. Cham. Good day to both your graces.
i. e. great fidelity.
! Meaning, that envy should not procure or advance his death.
Nor. Tis so;
This is the cardinal's doing, the king-cardinal: 10||
Suf. And free us from his slavery.
He dives into the king's soul; and there scatters 20
And heartily, for our deliverance;
Or this imperious man will work us all
Suf. For me, my lords,
I love him not, nor fear him; there's my creed:
Nor. Thanks, my good lord chamberlain. [Exit Lord Chamberlain. A door opens, and discovers the King sitting and reading pensively.
Suf. How sad he looks! sure, he is much afflicted.
King. Who's there? ha?
Nor. Pray God, he be not angry!
King. Who's there, I say? How dare you thrust yourselves
Into my private meditations?
Who am I? ha?
The king hath sent me other-where: besides,
1 The duchess of Alençon. Pitch here implies height.
Nor. A gracious king, that pardons all offences,
King. You are too bold:
Goto; I'll make ye know your times of business:
The quiet of my wounded conscience,
Thou art a cure fit for a king,-You're welcome,
Wol. Sir, you cannot. would, your grace would give us but an hour Of private conference.
King. We are busy; go.
[To Norf. and Sug
I would not be so sick though, for his
But this cannot continue.
Nor. If it do,
I'll venture one heave at him.
40 Suf. I another. [Exeunt Norf. and Suf.
Wol. Your grace has given a precedent of wisdom
Above all princes, in committing freely Your scruple to the voice of Christendom: 45 Who can be angry now? what envy reach you! The Spaniard, ty'd by blood and favour to her, Must now confess, if he have any goodness, The trial just and noble. All the clerks, If the king please; his curses and his blessings I mean, the learned ones, in christian kingdoms, Touch me alike, they are breath I not believe in. 50 Have their free voices: Rome, the nurse of judge I knew him, and I know him; so I leave him To him that made him proud,—the popc.
Nor. Let's in;
Invited by your noble self, hath sent
One general tongue unto us, this good man,
This just and learned priest, cardinal Campeius;
And, with some other business, put the king
My lord, you'll bear us company?
King. And, once more, in mine arms I bid him
And thank the holy conclave for their loves; They have sent me such a man I would have 60 wish'd for. [gers' loves, Cam. Your grace must needs deserve all stran
2 Meaning, that the cardinal can, as he pleases, make high or low. 3 i, e. so sick as he is proud.
His highness having liv'd so long with her; and she
Old L. Hearts of most hard temper
You are so noble: To your highness' hand
King. Two equal men. The queen shall be
King. Ay, and the best, she shall have; and my favour
Anne. O, God's will! much better,"
She ne'er had known pomp: though it be temporal,
To him that does best, God forbid else. Cardinal,
She's stranger now again.
Old L. Our content,
King.Comehither, Gardiner. [Walksandwhispers. Cam. My lord of York, was not one doctor Pace 25 In this man's place before him?
Wol. Yes, he was.
Cam. Was he not held a learned man?
Is our best having".
Anne. By my troth, and maidenhead,
Old L. Beshrew ine, I would,
And venture inaidenhead for't; and so would you,
Anne. Nay, good troth.
[be a queen? Old L. Yes, troth and troth,-You would not Anne. No, not for all the riches under heaven. Old L. 'Tis strange; a three-pence bow'd would hire me,
Old, as I am, to queen it: but, I pray you,
Wol. Yes, surely.
Cam. Believe me, there's an ill opinion spread 30 Even of yourself, lord cardinal.
Wol. How! of me?
An Antichamber of the Queen's Apartments.
Wol. Heaven's peace be with him!
King. Deliver this with modesty to the queen.
Anne. No, in truth.
[a little ';
Anne, How you do talk!
55I swear again, I would not be a queen
Old L. In faith, for little England
2 i. e. to send
1i. e. kept him out of the king's presence, by employing him in foreign embassies, her away contemptuously. Dr. Warburton says, "she calls fortune a quarrel or arrow, from her striking so deep and suddenly. Quarrel was a large arrow so called."-Dr, Johnson, however, thinks the poet may be easily supposed to use quarrel for quarreller, as murder for murderer, the act for the agent. í. e. she is again an alien; not only no longer queen, but no longer an Englishwoman. i. e. our best possession. • Cheveril, kid-skin, soft leather, i. e. let us descend still lower, and more upon a level with your own quality.
You'd venture an emballing': I myself
Enter the Lord Chamberlain,
Cham. Good morrow, ladies. What were't worth, to know
The secret of your conference?
Anne. My good lord,
Not your demand; it values not your asking:
Cham. It was a gentle business, and becoming
A very fresh fish here, (fye, fye upon
Anne. This is strange to me.
Old L. How tastes it? is it bitter? forty pence',
Old L. With your theme, I could O'er-mount the lark. The marchioness of Pem broke!
A thousand pounds a year! for pure respect;
That promises more thousands: honour's train
Make yourself mirth with your particular fancy,
Anne. Now I pray God, Amen! [blessings 15
Anne. I do not know,
What kind of my obedience I should tender:
Are all I can return. 'Beseech your lordship,
The queen is comfortless, and we forgetful 25 In our long absence: pray, do not deliver What here you have heard, to her.
Old L. What do you think me?
I shall not fail to approve the fair conceit
But from this lady may proceed a gem,
Anne. My honour'd lord. [Exit Lord Chamber-
A Hall in Black-Fryars. Trumpets, Sennet, and Cornets. Enter two Vergers, with short Silver Wands; next them, two Scribes, in the hahits of Doctors; after them, the Archbishop of Canterbury alme; after him, the Bishops of Lincoln, Ely, Rochester, and Saint Asaph; next them, with some small distance, follows a Gentleman bearing the Purse, with the Great Seal, and a Cardinal's Hat; then two Priests, bearing each a Silver Cross; then a Gentleman-usher bareheaded, accompanied with a Serjeant at Arms, bearing a Silver Mace; then two Gentlemen, bear ing two great Silver Pillars'; after them, side by side, two Cardinals; two Noblemen with the Sword and Mace. The King takes place under the Cloth of State; the two Cardinals sit under him, as Judges. The Queen takes place some distance from the King. The Bishops place themselves on each side the Court, in manner of a Consistory; below them, the Scribes. The Lords sit next the
The meaning, according to Dr. Johnson, is, "You would venture to be distinguished by the ball, the ensign of royalty." Mr. Tollet, however, says, " Dr, Johnson's explanation cannot be right, because a queen-consort, such as Anne Bullen was, is not distinguished by the ball, the ensign 2 From this and many other of royalty, nor has the poet expressed that she was so distinguished.” artful strokes of address, the poet has thrown in upon queen Elizabeth and her mother, it should seem, that this play was written and performed in his royal mistress's time; if so, some lines were added 3 Mr. Steevens on this by him in the last scene, after the accession of her successor, king James. passage remarks," Forty pence was in those days the proverbial expression of a small wager, or a small sum. Money was then reckoned by pounds, marks, and nobles. Forty pence is half a noble, or the sixth part of a pound. Forty pence, or three and four pence, still remains in many offices the legal and established fee." * Dr. Burney in his General History of Music conjectures, that sennet may mean a flourish for the purpose of assembling chiefs, or apprizing the people of their approach. Mr. Steevens › Pillars adds, that he has been informed that seneste is the name of an antiquated French tune. were some of the ensigns of dignity carried before cardinals. Wolsey had two great silver pillars usually borne before him by two of the tallest priests that he could get within the realm. This remarkable piece of pageantry did not escape the notice of Shakspeare,