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

To me, should utter, with demure confidence

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

heirs, s 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 Che 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,



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 beseech 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, Suru. On my soul, l'll speak but truth. Who was enroll’d ʼmongst 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 [lier'd. That once were his, and is become as black It forg'd him some design, which, being be. As if besmeard 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 thog late what you,

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

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

Surv. Being at Greenwich, Surv. 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 com Wol. Please your highness, note

mitted, This dangerous conception in this point. As to the Tower, I thought, - 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; whicki Q. Kath. 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. A giant traitor! Upon our fail; to this point hast thou heard

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


in freedom, Surv. 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. Her. There's something more would out Suro. 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.


[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 bis France,


(tenour The duke being at the Rose, 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 Concerning 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 bis 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.

[Ercent. 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: Whom after under the confession's seal

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

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Men into such 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

mind indeed, Sport

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

Cham. No doubt, he's noble; ** T For when they hold them, you would swear He had a black mouth, that said other of him, directiy,

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 doc

Sands. They have all new legs, and lame Men of his way should be most liberal, "S4 ใน 3 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 1 spsr Their clothes are after such a pagan cut too,

Thomas, a. Bi De 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.
Lor. 'Faith, my lord,

SCENE IV.-The Presence-Chamber in York2007 I hear of none but the new proclamation

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

Hautboys. A small table under a state for the Lor. The reformation of our travellid gal

CARDINAL, a longer table for the guests. Enlants,


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

Lords, Ladies, und Gentlewomen, as 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 en And never see the Louvre.

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

[nants To fair content, and you: none here, 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 wel- Pertaining thereunto, (as fights, and fireworks; Abusing better men than they can be,

Can make good people.- -0, my lord, you Die is 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 to use short blister'd breeches, and those types of

Sir THOMAS LOVELL. Few And understand again like honest men; w Or pack to their old playfellows: there I take / The very thought of this fair company

They may, cum privilegio, § wear away [it, Clapp'd wings to me. ribis but The lag end of their lewdness, and be laugh’d

Cham. You are young, Sir Harry Guildford. at.

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


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.
Lov. Ay, marry,


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

[confessor Have got a speeding trick to lay down ladies;

Sands. I would, I were;

They should find easy penance. * A French song, and a fiddle, has no fellow. Sands. The devil fiddle them! I am glad

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

Sunds. As easy as a down-bed would afford

Por, sure, there's no converting of them;) now
An honest country

Cham. Sweet ladies, will it please you sit?
Sir Harry,

[this: Boots (A long time out of play, may bring his plain | Place you that side, I'll take the charge of

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


[ther: Cham. 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: Loo. To the cardinal's;

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

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

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

A noble company! what are their pleasures Sands. (), very mad, exceeding mad, in love

Cham. Because they speak no English, thus too:

they pray'd

(fame 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.

(ut 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 hour of revels with them. Let me alone.

Wol. Say, lord chamberlain,

They have done my poor house grace; for Hautboys.-Enter Carrlinal Wolsey, attended;

which I pay them and takes his state."

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

(Ladies chosen for the dance. The King Or gentleman, that is not freely merry,

chooses ANNE BULLEN. Is not my friend : This, to confirm nay wel- K. Hen. The l'airest hand I ever touch'd! 0, 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?

IC 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 returu. Talk us to silence.

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

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

There is, indced; which they would have your Sunds. Yes, if:l make ny play.t

grace Here's to your ladyship; and pledge it, madam, l'ind 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 told your grace, they would talk By all your good leaves, gentlemen ;-Here

I'll make [Drum and trumpets within: Chamberst My royal choice. discharged.

K. Hen. 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.rii u Servant. You are a churchman, or, I'll tell you, cardiWol. What warlike voice?

I should judge pow unhappily.t

(bal, 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 hither: 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 unmannerly, to take you out, Go, give them welcome, you can speak the And not to kiss you.-A health, gentlemen, French tongue;


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

l'the privy chamber?

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

Lor. Yes, my lord.

Wol. Your grace,
[Exit CHAMBERLAIN, allended. All arise,

I fear, with dancing is a little heated.
and Tables remorcd.

ki 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 oneI shower a welcome on you;- Welcome all.

Sweet partner,

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

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

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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,

Wish him ten fathom deep: this duke as much
SCENE 1.-A Street.

They love and dote on; call him, bounteous

Enter two 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 BUCKINGHAM from his urraignment; TipOf the great duke of Buckingham.

stures 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. 1 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. i Gent. You may guess quickly what. Hear what I say, and then go home and lose 2 Gent. Is he found guilty ?

I have this day receiv'd a traitor's judgement, I Gent. Yes, truly is he, and condemn'dAnd 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, 1 Gent. I'll tell you in a little. The great It has done, npon 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 then:
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,


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

lov'd me,
Confessor to him; with that devil-monk, And dare be bold to weep for Buckingham,
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, 5. All these accus’d him 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
1 Gent. When he was brought again to the 'Gainst I can't take peace with: no black
bar,-to hear


His knell wrung out, his judgement,-he was Shall make 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 poble patience. Yetare 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 shall 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; by 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 noted, Let it alone; my state pow will but mock 1.2.




groan for't.

When I came hither, I was lord high constable, To the good queen, possess'd him with a And duke of Buckingham; now, poor Ed

scruple ward Bohun:

That will undo her: To confirm this too, Yet I am richer than my base accusers, Cardinal Campeius is arriv'd, and lately; That never knew what truth meant: I now As all think, for this business. seal it;

1 Gent. 'Tis the cardinal; And with that blood will make them one day And merely to revenge him on the emperor,

For not bestowing on him, at his asking, Bly noble father, Henry of Buckingham, The archbishoprick of Toledo, this is purpos d Who first rais'd head against usurping Richard, 2 Gent. I think you have hit the mark: Bot Flying for succour to his servant Banister,

is't not cruel, Being distress'd, was by that wretch betray’d, That she should feel the smart of this? The And without trial fell; God's peace be with

cardinal him!

Will have his will, and she must fall. Henry the seventh succeeding, truly pitying 1 Gent. 'Tis woful. My father's loss, like a most royal prince, We are too open here to argue this; Restor'd me to niy honours, and, out of ruins, Let's think in private more. [Eremat. Made my name once more noble. Now his son,

SCENE II.-An Ante-chumber in the Palace. Henry the eighth, life, honour, name, and all That made me happy, at one stroke has taken Enter the Lord CHAMBERLAIN, reading a Letter. For ever from the world. I had my trial,

Cham. My lord,—The horses your lordship And must needs say, a noble one; which

sent for, with all the care I had, I saw well che makes me

sen, ridden, and furnished. They were young, A little happier than my wretched father: Yet thus far we are one in fortunes,-Both

and handsome; and of the best breed in the north.

When they were ready to set out for London, & Fell by our servants, by those men we lov'd

man of my lord cardinal's, by commission, and most; Heaven has an end in all: yet you that hear not before the king : which stopped our months, A most unnatural and faithless service! [me, main power, took 'em from me'; with this reases.

-His master would be served before u subject, i This from a dying man receive as certain:

Sir. Where you are liberal of your loves, and counsels,

[friends, I fear, he will, indeed: Well, let him bare Be sure, you be not loose; for those you make He will have all, I think.

[them. And give your hearts to, when they once perceive

Enter the Dukes of NORFOLK and SUFFOLK. The least rub in your fortunes, fall away Like water from ye, never found again

Nor. Well met, my good But where they mean to sink ye. All good Lord Chamberlain. people,

[nour Cham. Good day to both your graces. Pray for me! I must now forsake ye; the last Suf. How is the king employ'd? Of my long weary life is come upon me.

Cham. I left him private, Farewell :

[sad, Full of sad thoughts and troubles. And when you would say something that is Nor. What's the cause? Speak how I fell.--I have done; and God for- Cham. It seems, the marriage with his brom give me!

ther's wife [Exeunt BUCKINGHAM and Train. Has crept too near his conscience. 1 Gent. O, this is full of pity !--Sir, it calls, Suf. No, his conscience I fear, too many curses on their heads, Has crept too near another lady. That were the authors.

Nor. "Tis so; 2 Gent. If the duke be guiltless,

This is the cardinal's doing, the king-cardinal: 'Tis full of woe: yet I can give you inkling That blind priest, like the eldest son of for Of an ensuing evil, if it fall,

tune, Greater than this.

Turns what he lists. The king will know him 1 Gent. Good angels keep it from us! [Sir ? one day. Wbere may it be? You do not doubt my faith, Suf. Pray God, he do! he'll never koor 2 Gent. This secret is so weighty, 'twill re

himselt else. A strong faith* to conceal it.

[quire Nor. How holily he works in all his busi1 Gent. Let me have it;

ness! I do not talk much.

And with what zeal! For now he has crack'd 2 Gent. I am confident;

the league You shall, Sir: did you not of late days hear Between us and the emperor, the queen's A buzzing, of a separation

great nephew, Between the king and Katharine?

He dives into the king's soul, and there 1 Gent. Yes, but it held not:

scatters Fors.en the king once heard it, out of anger Dangers, doubts, wringing of the conscience, He sent command to the lord mayor, straight Fears, and despairs, and all these for his mar To stop the rumour, and allay those tongues

riage: That dirst disperse it.

And, out of all these to restore the king, 2 Cist. But that slander, Sir,

He counsels a divorce: a loss of her Is found a truth now: for it grows again

That, like a jewel, has hung twenty years Fresher than e'er it was; and held for certain, About his neck, yet never lost her lustre; The kiag will venture at it. Either the car- Of her that loves him with that excellence dinal,

That angels love good men with; even of her Or sonte about him near, have, out of malice That, when the greatest stroke of fortune falls

Will' bless the king: and is not this course * Great fidelity

pious ?

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