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But leave their flocks, and under your fair conduct
Say, lord chamberlain, They have done my poor house grace; for which I pay
'em A thousand thanks and pray 'em take their pleasures.
[They choose. The King chooses Anne Bullen. KING. The fairest hand I ever touch'd! O beauty, Till now I never knew thee!
(Music. Dance. Wol. My lord ! CHAM.
Your grace? WOL.
Pray, tell 'em thus much from me: There should be one amongst 'em, by his person, More worthy this place than myself; to whom, If I but knew him, with my love and duty I would surrender it.
CHAM. I will, my lord. [Whispers the Masquers.
Such a one, they all confess,
Let me see then. By all your good leaves, gentlemen; here I'll make My royal choice.
75 Till now . . . thee !] The king's first introduction to Anne Boleyn
took place not on the occasion of Wolsey's great banquet, but at an entertainment given by the king himself at Greenwich on May
5, 1527, to meet ambassadors from France. 79 this place this seat of honour. 84 take it] take the seat of honour.
KING. [Unmasking] Ye have found him, cardinal:
I am glad
My lord chamberlain, 90
daughter, The Viscount Rochford, one of her highness' women.
KING. By heaven, she is a dainty one. Sweetheart,
Wol. Sir Thomas Lovell, is the banquet ready
Yes, my lord.
Your grace, I fear, with dancing is a little heated.
100 KING. I fear, too much. Wol.
There's fresher air, my lord, In the next chamber.
KING. Lead in your ladies, every one. Sweet partner, I must not yet forsake you. Let's be merry, Good my lord cardinal: I have half a dozen healths
89 I should . ., unhappily] I should think some (licentious) mischief
were intended. “Unhappily” here means unluckily, evilly,
mischievously. 95 take you out] invite you to dance with me.
To drink to these fair ladies, and a measure
(Exeunt with trumpets.
108 knock it) strike up.
ACT SECOND — SCENE I – WESTMINSTER
Enter two Gentlemen, meeting FIRST GENTLEMAN
S HITHER AWAY SO FAST?
Sec. GENT. O, God save ye!
FIRST GENT. I'll save you
SEC. GENT. Pray, speak what has happen'd.
Is he found guilty ? 2 the hall] Westminster Hall, where the Duke of Buckingham was tried on May 13, 1521.
FIRST GENT. Yes, truly is he, and condemn’d upon 't.
So are a number more. SEC. GENT. But, pray, how pass'd it?
That was he
11 in a little] in brief. Cf. Hen. V, I, ii, 245: “Thus, then, in few
(sc. words).” 22 Hopkins) See I, ii, 147, supra, and note. 28 learnedly] technically. 28–29 all Was either . . . forgotten] All he said either excited mere