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Cate. Withdraw, my lord, I'll help you to a Richm. Inter their bodies as becomes their horse.

births. K. Rich. Slave, I have set my life upon a Proclaim a pardon to the soldiers fled, And I will stand the hazard of the die : (cast, That in subinission will return to us; I think, there be six Richmonds in the field; And then, as we have ta'en the sacrament, Five have I slain to day, instead of him :- We will unite the white rose with the red:A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse! Smile heaven upon this fair conjunction,

[Exeunt. That long hath frown'd upon their enmity!

What traitor hears me, and says not,-Amen? Alarums. Enter King RICHARD and RICHMOND; England hath long been mad, and scarr'd herand exeunt fighting. Retreat, and flourish.

self; Then enter RICHMOND, STANLEY, bearing the The brother blindly shed the brother's blood, crown, with divers other Lords, and Forces.

The father rashly slaughter'd his own son, Richm. God, and your arms, be prais’d, vic- The son, compelld, been butcher to the sire: torious friends;

All this divided York and Lancaster, The day is ours, the bloody dog is dead.

Divided, in their dire division.Stun. Courageous Richmond, well hast thou O, now, let Richmond and Elizabeth, acquit thee!

The true succeeders of each royal house, Lo, here, this long-usurped royalty,

By God's fair ordinance conjoin together! From the dead temples of this bloody wretch

And let their heirs, (God, it thy will be so,) Have I pluck'd off, to grace thy brows withal; Enrich the time to come with smooth-faca Wear it, enjoy it, and make much of it.

peace, Richm. Great God of heaven, say, Amen, to With smiling plenty, and fair prosperous days all :

(ing? Abate the edge of traitors, gracious Lord, But tell me first, is young George Stanley liv- That would reduce these bloody days again, Stan. He is, my lord, and safe in Leicester And make poor England weep in streams of town;

blood! Whither, if it' please you, we may now with Let them not live to taste this land's increase, draw us.

That would with treason wound this fair land's Richm. What men of name are slain on

peace! either side ?

Now civil wounds are stopp'd, peace lives Sian. John duke of Norfolk, Walter lord

again; Ferrers,

don. That sbe may long live here, God 8.17–Amen. Bir Robert Brakenbury, and Sir William Brane


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KING HENRY The Eighth.

SURVEYOR to the Duke of Buckingham. CARDINAL WOLSEY.CARDINAL CAMPEIUS. BRANDON, and a Sergeant at Arms. Capucius, Ambassador from the Emperor, | DOOR-Keeper of the Council-Chamber. Charles V.

Porter, and his Man. CRANMER, Archbishop of Canterbury.


terwards divorced. GARDINER, Bishop of Winchester.



Several Lords and Ladies in the Dumb Shows; Cromwell, Servant to Wolsey,

Women attending upon the Queen; Spirits, GRIFFITH, Gentleman-Usher to Queen Katha- which appear to her; Scribes, C ficers, rine.

Guards, and other Attendants. I'AREE OTHER GENTLEMEN. Doctor Butts, Physician to the King. SCENE, chiefly in London and Westminste GARTER, King at Arms.

once, at Kimbolton.


ACT I. I COME no more to make you laugh; things SCENE 1.- London.--An Ante-chumber in now,

Palace. That bear a weighty and a serious brow,

Enter the Duke of NORFOLK, at one door ; at the bad, high, and working, full of state and woe,

other, the Duke of BUCKINGHAM, and the 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;

Buck. Good morrow, and well met. How The subject will deserve it. Such, as give

have you done, Their money out of hope they may believe,

Since last we saw in France ? May here find truth too. 'l hose, that come to

Nor. I thank your grace: Only a show or two, and so agree, (see

Healthful; and ever since a fresh admirer The play may pass; if they be still, and willing, of what I saw there. I'll undertake, may see away their shilling

Buck. An untimely ague Richly in two short hours. Only they, Stay'd me a prisoner in my chamber, when That come to hear a merry, bawdy play, Those suns of glory, those two ligbts of men,* A noise of targets; or to see a fellow

Met in the vale of Arde. In a long motley coat, guarded* with yellow, Nor. 'Twixt Guynes and Arde: Will be deceiv'd : for, gentle hearers, know,' 1 was then preseni, saw them salute on horseTo rank our chosen truth with such a show

[cludg As foot and fight is, beside forfeiting

Beheld them, when they lighted, how they Our own brains, and the opinion that we bring, In their embracement, as they grew together; To make that only true we now intend,t) Which had they, what four thron’d ones could Will leave us never an understanding friend.

have weigh'd Therefore, for goodness' sake, and as you are Such a compounded one? known

Buck. All the whole time
The first and happiest hearers of the town, I was my chamber's prisoner.
Be sad, as we would make ye: Think, ye see Nor. Then you lost
The very persons of our noble story,

The view of earthly glory: Men might say, As they were living; think, you see them great, Till this time, pomp was single; but now mar And follow'd with the general throng, and

ried sweat,

To one above itself. Each following day Of thousand friends; then, in a moment, see Became the next day's master, till the last How soon this mightiness meets misery! Made former wonders it's: To-day, the French And, if you can be merry then, I'll say, All clinquant,t all in gold, like heathen gods, A man may weep upon his wedding day,

* Henry Vill. and Francis I. king Fu oce • Lv.23.

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Shone down the English: and, to-morrow, Of all the gentry; for the most part such they

Too, whom as great a charge as little honour Made Britain, India: every man, that stood, He meant to lay upon: and his own letter, * Show'd like a mine. Their dwarish pages The honourable board of council out,

Must fetch him in the papers. As cherubims, all gilt; the madams too,

Aber. I do know Not us’d to toil, did almost sweat to bear Kinsmen of mine, three at the least, that have The pride upon them, that their very labour By this so sicken'd their estates, that never Was to them as a painting: now this mask They shall abound as formerly. Was cried incomparable; and the ensuing

Buck. O, many.

[them night

Have broke their backs with laying manors on Made it a fool, and beggar. The two kings, For this great journey. What did this vanity, Equal in lustre, were now best, now worst, But minister communication of As presence did present them ; bim in eye, A most poor issue? Sull him in praise: and, being present both, Nor. Grievingly I think,

[values "Twas said, they saw but one; and no discerner The peace between the French and us not Durst wag his tongue in censure.* When The cost that did conclude it. these suns

[challeng'd Buck. Every man, (For so they phrase them,) by their heralds After the hideous storm that follow'd, was The noble spirits to arms, they did perform A thing inspir'd: and, not consulting, broke Beyond thought's compass; that former fabu- Into a general prophecy,—That this tempest, lous story,

Dashing the garment of this peace, aboded Being

now seen possible enough, got credit, The sudden breach on't. That Bevist was believ'd.

Nor. Which is budded out; [tach'd Buck. O, you go far.

For France hath flaw'd the league, and hath atNor. As I belong to worship, and affect Our merchants' goods at Bourdeaux In honour honesty, the tract of every thing Aber. Is it therefore Would by a good discourser lose some life, The ambassador is silenc'd ? Which action's self was tongue to. All was Nor. Marry, is't. royal ;

Aber. A proper title of a peace; and pur: To the disposing of it nought rcbell’d,

chas'do Order gave each thing view; the office did At a superfluous rate! Distinctly his full function.

Buck. Why, all this business Buck. Who did guide,

Our reverend cardinal carried.t 1 mean, who set the body and the limbs

Nor. 'Like it your grace, Of this great sport together, as you guess? The state takes notice of the private difference

Nor. Öne, certes,t ihat promises no elemento Betwixt you and the cardinal. I advise you, In such a business.

(And take it from a heart that wishes towards Buck. I pray you, who, my lord ?

you Nor. All this was order’d by the good dis- Honour and plenteous safety,) that you read cretion

The cardinal's malice and his potency Ol' the right reverend cardinal of York. Together: to consider further, that Buck. The devil speed him! no man's pie is What bis high hatred would effect, wants not free'd

A minister in his power: You know his naFrom his ambitious finger. What had he

ture, To do in these fiercell vanities? I wonder, That he's revengeful; and I know, his sword That such a keech can with his very bulk Hath a sharp edge: it's long, and, it may be Take up the rays o' the beneficial sun,

said, And keep it from the earth.

It reaches far; and where 'twill not extend, Nor. Surely, Sir,

Thither he darts it. Bosom up my counsel, There's in him stuff that puts him to these You'll find it wholesome. Lo, where comes ends :


that rock, For, being not propp'd by ancestry, (whose That I advise your shunning. Chalks successors their way,) nor call'd upon For high feats done to the crown; neither Enter Curdinal Wolsey, (the purse borne before allied

him,) certain of the guard, and two SecreTo eminent assistants, but, spider-like,

TARIES with papers. The Cardinal in his pusOut of his self-drawing web, he gives us note, sage fireth his eye on BUCKINGHAM, and BuckThe force of his own merit makes his way; INGHAM on him, both full of disdain. A gist that heaven gives for him, which buys A place next to the king.

Wol. The duke of Buckingham's surveyor? Aber. I cannot tell


ha? What heaven hath given him, let some graver

Where's his examination? Pierce into that; but I can see his pride

1 Secr. Here, so please you. Peep through each part of him: Whence has

Wol. Is he in person ready? he that?

1 Secr. Ay, please your grace. If not from hell, the devil is a niggard;

Wol. Well, we shall then know more; and Or has given all before, and he begins

Buckingham A new hell in himself.

Shall lessen this big look. Buck. Why the devil,

Exeunt WOLSEY, and train. Upon this French going-out took he upon him,

Buck. This butcher's curt is venom-mouth'd, Without the privity o’the king, to appoint

and I

[best Who should attend on bim? He makes up the Have not the power to muzzle bim; therefore, file**

Not wake him in his slumber. A beggar's
Out-worths a noble's blood.

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# Conducted. 1 Wolsey was the son of a butcher.

** List.

Nor. What, are you chaf'd?

His sears were, that the interview, betwixt Ask God for temperance; that's the appliance England and France, might, through their only,

amity, Which your disease requires.

Breed him some prejudice; for from this Buck. I read in his looks

league Matter against me; and his eye reviia Peep'd harms that menac'd him: He privil Me, as his abject object: at this instant Deals with our cardinal; and, as I truw,He bores* nie with some trick: He's gone to Which I do well; for, I an sure, the emperor the king;

Paid ere he promis’d; whereby his suit was I'll follow, and out-stare him.

granted, Nor. Stay, my lord,

Ere it was ask'd;-but when the way was And let your reason with your choler question

made, What 'tis you go about: To climb steep hills, And pav'd with gold, the emperor thus de Requires slow pace at first: Anger is like

sir'd ;A full-hot horse; who being allow'd his way,, That he would please to alter the king's course, Self-mettle tires him. Not a man in England And break the aforesaid peace. Lei the king Can advise me like you: be to yourself


[nal As you would to your friend.

(As soon he shall by me,) that thus the cardiBuck. I'll to the king;

Does buy and sell his lionour as he pleasts, And from a mouth of honour quite cry down And for his own advantage. This Ipswich fellow's insolence; or proclaim,

Nor. I am sorry There's difference in no persons.

To hear this of him; and could wish, he were Nor. Be advis'd;

Something mistaken in'i. Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot

Buck. No, not a syllable; That it do singe yourself: We may outrun, I do pronounce him in that very shape, By violent swiftness, that which we run at, He shall appear in proof. And lose by over-running. Know you not, The fire, that mounts the liquor till it run Enter BRANDON; a SERGEANT at Arms before o'er,

him, and tico or three of the guard. In seeming to augment it, wastes it? Be ad. vis'd:

Bran. Your office, sergeant; execute it. I say again, there is no English soul

Serg. Sir, More stronger to direct you than yourself;.

My lord the duke of Buckingham, and earl If with the sap of reason you would quench,

Of Hereford, Stafford, and Northampton, I Or but allay, the fire of passion.

Arrest thee of high treason, in the name Buck. Sir,

Of our most sovereign king. I am thankful to you; and I'll go along

Buck. Lo you, my lord, By your prescription :--but this top-proud The net lias fallen upon me; I shall perish fellow,

Under device and practice.* (Whom from the flow of gall I name not, but

Bran. I am sorry From sincere motions,) by intelligence,

To see you ta'en from liberty, to look on And proofs as clear as founts in Júly, when

The business present: "Tis his highness' pleaWe see each grain of gravel, I do know

You shall to the Tower.

(sare To be corrupt and treasonous.

Buck. It will belp me nothing, Nor. Say not, treasonous.

To plead mine innocence; for that die is on me, Buck. To the king I'll say't; and make ny

Which makes my whitest part black. The will vouch as strong

of hcaven As shore of rock. Attend. This holy fox,

Be done in this and all things! I obey.Or wolf, or both, (for he is equal ravenous,

O my lord Aberg'any, fare you well. As he is subtle ; and as prone to mischief,

Bran. Nay, he must bear you company: As able to perform it: his mind and place

The king,

ITO ABERGAVENNY. Infecting one another, yea, reciprocally,) Is pleas'd you shall to the Tower, till you Only to show his pomp as well in France

How he determines further.

(kuox As bere at home, suggestst the king our

Aber. As the duke said, master

The will of heaven be done, and the king's To this last costly treaty, the interview,

pleasure That swallow'd so much treasure, and like a By me obey’d. Did break i’ the rinsing.


Bran. Here is a warrant from Nor. ’Faith, and so it did.

The king, to attach lord Montacute; and the

bodies Buck. Pray, give me favour, Sir. This cunning cardinal

Of the duke's confessor, John de la Court, The articles o' the combination drew,

One Gilbert Peck, his chancellor,As himself pleas'd; and they were ratified,

Buck. So, so; As he cried, Thus let it be: to as much end,

These are the limbs of the plot : no more, I As give a crutch to the dead : But our count.

hope. cardinal


Bran. Amonk o' the Chartreux. Has done this, and 'tis well; for worthy Wol

Buck. (), Nicholas Hopkins? Who cannot err, he did it. Now this follows,

Brun. He. Which, as I take it, is a kind of puppy

Buck. My surveyor is false; the o'er great to the old dam, treason,)--Charles the em



Hath show'd him gold: my life is spann'dt al peror, Under pretenre to see the queen his aunt

I am the shadow of poor Buckingham ; (For 'twas, indeed, his colour; but he came Whose figure even this instant clouds put on, To whisper Wolsey,) here makes visitation : By dark'ning my clear sun.-My lord, fare

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SCENE II.-The Conincil-Chamber. Perforce be their acquaintance. These exac. Cornets. Enter King Henry, Cardinal WOLSEY, Whereof my sovereign would have note, they


sare 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.


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

[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.


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 her 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 highnes*
a suitor.

Would give it quick consideration, for
K. Hen. Arise, and take place by us:-

-Half 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, Ånd 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 pot And those of true condition, that your subjects Our necessary actions, in the fear [stint? Are in great grievance: there hath been com. To copet malicious censurers; which ever, missions

Sheart 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
Mosi bitterly on you, as putter-on

Not ours, or not allow'd ;ll what worst, as oft
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 fear 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, compell’d 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 tim-
And danger serves among them.


[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, with
Know you of this taxation?

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

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

[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 inurras. retard. Escounte • Chair. t I am only one among the other counsellors. $ Sometime.

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