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But leave their flocks, and under your fair conduct
Crave leave to view these ladies and entreat
An hour of revels with 'em.
Wol.

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.

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CHAM. I will, my lord. [Whispers the Masquers.
Wol. What say they ?
CHAM.

Such a one, they all confess,
There is indeed; which they would have your grace
Find out, and he will take it.
Wol.

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:
You hold a fair assembly; you do well, lord:
You are a churchman, or, I'll tell you, cardinal,
I should judge now unhappily.
Wol.

I am glad
Your grace is grown so pleasant.
KING.

My lord chamberlain, 90
Prithee, come hither: what fair lady's that ?
Cham. An 't please your grace, Sir Thomas Bullen's

daughter, The Viscount Rochford, one of her highness' women.

KING. By heaven, she is a dainty one. Sweetheart,
I were unmannerly, to take you out,
And not to kiss you. A health, gentlemen!
Let it go round.

Wol. Sir Thomas Lovell, is the banquet ready
I’ the privy chamber?
Lov.

Yes, my lord.
WOL.

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
To lead 'em once again; and then let's dream
Who's best in favour. Let the music knock it.

(Exeunt with trumpets.

108 knock it) strike up.

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ACT SECOND — SCENE I – WESTMINSTER

A STREET

Enter two Gentlemen, meeting FIRST GENTLEMAN

S HITHER AWAY SO FAST?

Sec. GENT. O, God save ye!
Even to the hall, to hear what
shall become
Of the great Duke of Bucking-
ham.

FIRST GENT. I'll save you
That labour, sir. All's now
done, but the ceremony
Of bringing back the prisoner.
SEC. GENT. Were you there?
FIRST GENT. Yes, indeed was

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SEC. GENT. Pray, speak what has happen'd.
FIRST GENT. You may guess quickly what.
SEC. GENT.

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.
SEC. GENT. I am sorry for 't.
FIRST GENT.

So are a number more. SEC. GENT. But, pray, how pass'd it?

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FIRST GENT. I'll tell you in a little. The great duke
Came to the bar; where to his accusations
He pleaded still not guilty, and alleged
Many sharp reasons to defeat the law.
The king's attorney on the contrary
Urged on the examinations, proofs, confessions
Of divers witnesses; which the duke desired
To have brought viva voce to his face:
At which appear'd against him his surveyor;
Sir Gilbert Peck his chancellor; and John Car,
Confessor to him; with that devil monk,
Hopkins, that made this mischief.
SEC. GENT.

That was he
That fed him with his prophecies ?
FIRST GENT.

The same.
All these accused him strongly; which he fain
Would have flung from him, but indeed he could not:
And so his peers upon this evidence
Have found him guilty of high treason. Much
He spoke, and learnedly, for life, but all
Was either pitied in him or forgotten.

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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

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