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The air will drink the sap. To every county, Concerning the French journey: I replied, Where this is question'd, send our letters, with Men feard, the French would prove perfidious, Free pardon to each man that has denied To the king's danger. Presently the duke The force of this commission; Pray look to't; Said, 'Twas the fearindeed; and that he doubted, I put it to your care.
'Twould prove the verity of certain words Wol.
A word with you. Spoke by a holy monk : That oft, says he,
[To the Secretary. Hath sent to me, wishing me to permit Let there be letters writ to every shire, John de la Court, my chaplain, a choice hour Of the king's grace and pardon. The griev'd To hear from him a matter of some moment : commons
Whom after under the confession's seal Hardly conceive of me; let it be nois'd, He solemnly had sworn, that
, what he spoke, That, through our intercession, this revokement My chaplain, to no creature living, but And pardon comes: I shall anon advise you To me should utter, with demure confidence sheirs Further in the proceeding. [Exit Secretary. This pausingly ensued. Neither the king, nor his Enter Surveyor.
(Tell you the dukt), shall prosper: bid him strive Q. Kath. I am sorry that the duke of Buck-To gain the love of the commonalty; the duke Is run in your displeasure,
(ingham Shall govern England K. Hen.
It grieves many :
If I know you well, The gentleman is learn'd, and a most rare You were the duke ssurveyor, and lost your office speaker,
On the complainto'the tenants: Take good heed, To nature none more bound; his training such, You charge not in your spleen a noble person, That he mayfurnish and instruct grave teachers, And spoil your nobler soul! I say, take heed; And never seek for aid out of himself.
Yes, heartily beseech you. Yet see
Let him on :When these so noble benefits shall prove Go forward. Not well dispos'd, the mind growing once cor Suru. On my soul, I'll speak but truth. rupt,
I told my lord the duke, By the devil's illusions They turn to vicious forms, ten times more ugly The monk might be deceiv'd; and that 'twas Than ever they were fair. This man so complete, dang'rous for him Who was enrolld 'mongst wonders, and when To ruminate on this so far, until we,
It forg'd him some design, which, being believ'd, Almost with ravish'd listning, could not find It was much like to do: He answer'd, Tush! His hour of speech a minute; he, my lady, It can do me no damage : adding further, Hath into monstrous habits put the graces That, had the king in his last
sickness fail'd, That once were his, and is become as black The cardinal's and Sir Thomas Lovell's heads Asif besinear'd in hell. Sit by us; you shall hear Should have gone off. (This was bis gentleman in trust) of him
K. Hen. Ha! what, so rank? Ah, ha! Things to strike honour sad.-- Bid him recount There's mischief in this man:---Canst thou say The fore-recited practices; whereof
Surv. I can, my liege.
(further? We cannot feel too little, hear too much.
Proceed. Wol. Stand forth; and with bold spirit relate Surv.
Being at Greenwich, what you,
After your highness had reprov'd the duke Most like a careful subject, have collected About Sir William Blomer,Out of the Duke of Buckingham.
I remember, K. Hin.
Speak freely. Of such a time:-Being my servant sworn, Surv. First, it was usual with him, every day The duke retain'd him his.--But on; What It would infect his speech, That if the king
hence ? Should without issue die, he'd carry it so Surv. If, quoth be, I for this had been committed, To make the sceptre his: These very words As, to the Tower, I thought,-- I would have play'd I have heard him utter to his son-in-law, The part my father meant to act upon Lord Aberga'ry; to whom by oath he menac'd The usurper Richard: who, being at Salisbury, Revenge upon the cardinal.
Made suit to come in his presence; which is granted, Wol.
Please your highness, note As he made semblance of his duty, would
A giant traitor! His will is most malignant; and it stretches Wol. Now, madam, may his highness live in Beyond you, to your friends.
And this man out of prisou ? (freedom, 0. Kath. My learn'd lord cardinal, Q. Kath.
God mend all! Deliver all with charity.
K. Hen. There's something more would out of K. Hen. Speak on:
thee; What say'st? How grounded he his title to the crown, Surv. After - the duke his father, - with the Upon our fail? to this point hast thou heard him knife, At any time speak aught?
He stretch'd him, and, with one hand on his Sury.
He was brought to this dagger, By a vain prophecy of Nicholas Hopkins. Another spreadon his breast, mounting his eyes, K. Hen, What was that Hopkins ?
He did discharge a horrible oath; whose tenour Surv.
Sir, a Chartreux friar, Was,-- Were he evil usd, he would outgo His confessor; who fed him every minute His father, by as much as a performance With words of sovereignty.
Does an irresolute purpose.
There's his period, Suru. Not long before your highness sped to To sheath his knife in us. He is attachd; France,
Call him to present trial: if he may The duke being at the Rose, within the parish Find mercy in the law, 'tis his: if none, Saint Lawrence Poultney, did of me demand Let him not seek't of us: By day and night, What was the speech amuongst the Londoners lle's traitor to the height.
SCENE III. A Room in the Palace.
Lov. That churchman bears a bounteous mind Enter the Lord Chamberlain and LORD SANDS.
A hand as fruitful as the land that feeds us; Cham. Is it possible, the spells of France should
His dews fall every where. Men into such strange mysteries ? (juggle
No doubt, he's noble; Sands,
He had a black mouth, that said other of him. Though they be never so ridiculous,
Sands. He may, my lord, he has wherewithal; Nay, let thein be unmanly, yet are follow'd.
in him, Cham. As far as I see, all the good our English Sparing would show a worse sin than ill doctrine: Have got by the late voyage, is but merely A fitor two o'the face; but they are shrewd ones; They are set here for examples.
Men of his way should be most liberal, For when they hold them, you would swear di Cham.
True, they are so: Their very noses had been counsellors (rectly, But few now give so greatones. My barge stays: To Pepin, or Clotharius, they keep state so.
Your lordship shall along:- Come, good Sir Sands. They have all new legs, and lame ones;
Thomas, one would take it,
We shall be late else: which I would not be, That never saw them pace before, the spavin. For I was spoke to, with Sir Henry Guildford, A springhalt reign'd among them.
This night to be comptrollers.
Death! my lord,
I am your lordship's. Their clothes are after such a pagan cut too,
[Ereunt. That, sure, they have worn out christendom.
The Presence Chamber in York Place.
'Faith, my lord, Hautboys. A small table under a state for the CarI hear of none, but the new proclamation dinal, a longer table for the guests.
Enter at one That's clapp'd upon the court gate.
door ANNE BULLEN, and divers Lords, Ladies, Cam.
What is't for? and Gentlewomen, as guests; at another door, Low. The reformation of our travell'd gallants, enter Sir HENRY GUILDFORD. That fill the court with quarrels, talk, and tailors. Cham. I am glad, 'tis there: now I would pray Salutes ye all: This night he dedicates (grace
Guild. Ladies, a general welcome from his our monsieurs To think an English courtier may be wise,
To fair content, and you: none here, he hopes,
In all this noble bevy, has brought with her And never see the Louvre. Loo.
They must either
One care abroad: he would have all as merry
As first-good company, good wine, good wel(For so run the conditions) leave these remnants
(tardy ; Of fool, and feather, that they got in France,
Can make good people.—0, my lord, you are With all their honourable points of ignorance, Pertaining thereunto (as fights, and fireworks; Enter Lord Chamberlain, LORD SANDS, and Sie Abusing better men than they can be,
THOMAS LOVELL. Out of a foreign wisdom), renouncing clean The very thought of this fair company The faith they have in tennis, and tall stockings, Clapp'd wings on me. Short. blisterd breeches, and those types of Cham. You are young, Sir Harry Guildford. travel,
Sands. Sir Thomas Lovell, had the cardinal And understand again like honest men; But half my lay-thoughts in him, some of these Or pack to their old playfellows: there, I take it, Should find a running banquet ere they rested, They may, cum privilegio, wear away
I think, would better please them: By my life, The lag end of theirlewdness, and be laugh'd at. They are a sweet society of fair ones.
Sands, 'Tis time to give them physick, their Lov. O, that your lordship were but now conAre grown so catching. (diseases To one or two of these !
[fessor Cam. What a loss our ladies Sands.
I would, I were; Will have of these trim vanities!
They should find easy penance.
'Faith, how easy? There will be woe indeed, lords; the sly whore Sands. As easy as a down bed would afford it.
Cham. Sweet ladies, will it please you sit? Have got a speeding trick to lay down ladies; Sir Harry. A French song, and a fiddle, has no fellow. Place you that side, I'll take charge of this: Sands. The devil fiddle them! I am glad, His grace isent'ring.–Nay,you must not freeze; they're going
Two women plac'd together makes cold wea(For, gure, there's no converting of them): now ther:
(waking; An honest country lord, as I am, beaten My Lord Sands, you are one will keep them A long time out of play,maybring his plain song, Pray sit between these ladies. And have an hour of hearing; and, by'r lady, Sands.
By my faith, Held current musick too.
And thank your lordship.-By your leave,sweet Cam.
Well said, Lord Sands: ladies: Your colt's tooth is not cast yet.
(Seats himself between ANNE BULLEN and Sands. No, my lord;
another Lady: Nor shall not, while I have a stump. If I chance to talk a little wild, forgive me; Cam.
Sir Thomas, I had it from my father. Whither were you a going?
Was he mad, sir? Lo.
To the cardinal's; Sands. O, very mad, exceeding mad, in love Yonr lordship is a guest too.
O, tis true :
But he would bite none; just as I do now, This night he makes a supper, and a great one, He would kiss you twenty with a breath. To many lords and ladies; there will be
[K’isses her. The beauty of this kingdom, I'll assure you.
Well said, iny lord.
So, now you are fairly seated :-Gentlemen, They have done my poor house grace; for which The penance lies on you, if these fair ladies
I pay them Pass away frowning.
A thousand thanks, and pray them take their Sands. For my little cure,
pleasures. Let me alone.
(Ladies chosen for the dance. The King chooses
ANNE BU'LLEN. Hautboys. Enter CARDINAL Wolsey, attended; and takes his state.
K. Hen. The fairest hand I ever touch'd! 0.
beauty, Wol. You are welcome, my fair guests; that Till now I never knew thee. [Musick. Dance. noble lady,
Wol. My lord, Or gentleman, that is not freely merry,
Your grace? Is not my friend: This, to confirm my welcome; Wol. Pray, tell them thus much from me: And to you all good health.
[Drinks. There should be one amongst them, by his Sands. Your grace is noble ;
person, Let me have such a bowl may hold my thanks, More worthy this place than myself; to whom, And save me so much talking.
If I but knew him, with my love and duty Wol.
My Lord Sands, I would surrender it. I am beholden to you: cheer your neighbours.-
I will, my lord. Ladies, you are not merry ;-Gentlemen,
[Chamberlain goes to the company and returns. Whose fault is this?
Wol. What say they?
Such a one, they all confess, In their fair cheeks, my lord; then we shall have There is, indeed; which they would have your Talk us to silence.
(them Find out, and he will take it. [grace Anne. You are a merry gamester, my Lord Wol.
Let me see then.Sands. Yes, if I make my play. (Sands.
[Comes from his stats. Here's to your ladship: and pledge it, madam, By all your good leaves, gentlemen;-Here I'll For 'tis to such a thing, ..
My royal choice.
You cannot show me. K. Hen. You have found him, cardinal: Sands. I told your grace, they would talk anon.
[Unmasking. [Drums and trumpets within: Chambers You hold a fair assembly; you do well, lord : discharged.
You are a churchman, or, I'll tell you, cardinal, Wol.
I should judge now unbappily. Cham. Look out there, some of you.
I am glad [Erit a Servant. Yonr grace is grown so pleasant. Wol. What warlike voice ?
My lord chamberlain, And to what end is this ?-Nay, ladies, fear not; Prythce, come hither: What fair lady's that? By all the laws of war you are privileg'd. Cham. An't please your grace, Sir Thomas Re-enter Servant.
Bullen's daughter, Cham. How now? what is ’t?
The Viscount Rochford, one of her highness' Serv. A noble troop of strangers,
[Sweetheart, For so they seem : they have left their barge, K. Hen. By heaven, she is a dainty one.-and landed:
I were unmannerly, to take you out, And hither make, as great ambassadors
And not to kiss you.- A health, gentlemen, From foreign princes.
Let it go round.
Wol. Sir Thomas Lovell, is the banquet ready
Yes, my lord.
K. Hen. I fear, too much. him.
There's fresher air, my lord, [Exit Chamberlain, attended. All arise, In the next chamber. and Tables removed.
K. Hen. Lead in your ladies, every one.You have now a broken banquet; but we'll
Sweet partner, mend it.
I must not yet forsake you :- Let's be merry; A good digestion to you all: and, once more,
Good my lord cardinal, I have half a dozen I shower a welcome on you;- Welcome all.
To drink to these fair ladies, and a measure Hautboys. Enter the King, and twelve Others, as To lead them once again; and then let's dream
Maskers, habited like Shepherds, with sirteen Who's best in favour -Let the musick knock it. Torchbeares: ushered by the Lord Chamberlain.
[Exeunt with trumpets. They pass directly before the Cardinal, and gracefully salute him. A noble company! what are their pleasures ? Cham. Because they speak no English, thus they pray'd
SCENE I. A Street.
Enter two Gentlemen, meeting.
0,-God save you ! But leave their flocks; and under your fair con- Even to the hall, to hear what shall become duct,
of the great duke of Buckingham. Crave leave to view these ladies, and entreat 1 Gent.
I'll save you An hour of revels with them.
That labour, sir. All's now done, but the cereWol.
Say, lord chamberlain, Of bringing back the prisoner. [mony
Were you there? And, if I have a conscience, let it sink me, 1 Gent. Yes, indeed, was I.
Even as the axe falls, if I be not faithful ! 2 Gent. Pray, speak, what has happen'd? The law I bear no malice for my death, 1 Gent. You may guess quickly what. It has done, upon the premises, but justice : 2 Gent.
Is he found guilty ? But those, that sought it, I could wish more 1 Gent. Yes, truly is he and condemn'd upon it. christians : 2 Gent. I am sorry for t.
Be what they will, I heartily forgive them: 1 Gent.
So are a mimber more. Yet let them look they glory not in mischief, 2 Gent. But, pray, how pass'd it?
Nor build their evils on the graves of great men; 1 Gent. I'll tell you in a little. The great duke For then my guiltless blood must cry against Came to the bar; where, to his accusations,
them. He pleaded still, not guilty, and alleg'd For further life in this world I ne'er hope, Many sharp reasons to defeat the law.
Nor will I sue, although the king have mercies The king's attorney, on the contrary,
More than I dare make faults. You few that Urg'd on the examinations, proofs, confessions
lov'd me, Of divers witnesses; which the duke desir'd And dare be bold to weep for Buckingham, To have brought, viva voce, to his face: His noble friends, and fellows, whom to leave At which appear'd against him, his surveyor; Is only bitter to him, only dying, Sir Gilbert Peck his chancellor; and John Court, Go with me, like good angels, to my end; Confessor to him; with that devil-monk, And, as the long divorce of steel falls on me, Hopkins, that made this mischief.
Make of your prayers one sweet sacrifice, 2 Gent.
That was he, And lift my soul to heaven.--Lead on, o'God's That fed him with his prophecies?
name. 1 Gent.
The same. Lov. I do beseech yonr grace, for charity, All these accus'd him strongly; which he fain If ever any malice in your heart Would have fung from him, but, indeed, he could Were hid against me,now to forgive me frankly. And so his petrs, upon this evidence, not: Buck. SirThomas Lovell, I as free forgive you, llave found him guilty of high treason. Much As I would be forgiven: I forgive all; He spoke, and nedly, for life: but all There can be those numberless offences Was either pitied in him, or forgotten. 'Gainst me, I can't take peace with : no black 2 Gent. After all this, how did he bear himself? envy
(grace; 1 Gent. When he was brought again to the Shall make my grave.--Commend me to his bar,-to hear
And, if he speak of Buckingham, pray, tell him His knell rung out,his judgment,-hewas stirr'd You met him half in heaven: my vows and With such an agony, he sweat extremely,
prayers And something spoke in choler, ill, and hasty: Yet are the king's; and till my soul forsake me, But he fell to himself again, and, sweetly, Shall cry for blessings on him: May he live In all the rest show'd a most noble patience. Longer than I have time to tell his years!
2 Gent. I do not think, he fears death. Ever belov'd, and loving, may his rule be! 1 Gent.
Sure, he does not, And, when old time shall lead him to his end, He never was so womanish; the cause Goodness and he till up one monument ! He may a little grieve at.
Lov. To the water side I must conduct your 2 Gent. Certainly,
grace; The cardinal is the end of this.
Then give my charge up to Sir Nicholas Vaux, 1 Gent.
'Tis likely, Who undertakes you to your end. By all conjectures: First, Kildare's attainder, Vaur.
Prepare there, Then deputy of Ireland ; who remov'd, The duke is coming: see, the barge be ready; Earl Surrey was sent thither, and in haste too, And fit it with such furniture, as suits Lest he should help his father.
The greatness of his person. 2 Gent. That trick of state Buck.
Nay, Sir Nicholas, Was a deep envious one.
Let it alone; my state now will but mock me. 1 Gent.
at his return, When I came hither, I was lord high constable, No doubt, he will requite it. This is noted, And duke of Buckingham; now, poor Edward And generally: whoever the king favours, Yet I am richer than my base accusers, [Bohun: The cardinal instantly will find employment, That never knewwhat truth meant: I now seal it; And far enough from court too.
And with that blood will make them one day 2 Gent.
All the commons
groan for't. Hate him perniciously, and, o' my conscience, My noble father, Henry of Buckingham, Wish him ten fathom deep: this duke as much Who first rais'd head against surping Richard, They love and dote on; call him bounteous Flying for succour to his servant Banister, The mirror of all courtesy ; [Buckingham, Being distress'd, was by that wretch betray'd, 1 Gent.
Stay there, Sir, And without trial fell; God's peace be with him! And see the noble ruin'd man you speak of. Henry the Seventh, succeeding, truly pitying Enter BUCKINGHAM from his arraignment; Tip- My father's loss, like a most royal prince,
slaves before him, the are with the edge towaris Restor'd me to my honors, and, out of ruins, him ; halberds on each side: with him Sir Tho- Made my name once more noble. Now his son, mas Lovell, Sir Nicholas Vaux, Sir WiL- Henry the Eighth, life, honor, name, and all LIAM SANDS, anul common People.
That made me happy, at one stroke has taken 2 Gent. Let's stand close, and behold him.
Forever from the world I had iny trial, (me Buck.
All good people, And, must needs say, a noble one; which makes You that thus far have come to pity me,
A little happier than my wretched father: Hear what I say, and then go home and lose me. Yet thus far we are one in fortunes,-Both I have this day receiv'd a traitor's judgment,
Fell by our servants, by those men we lov'd And by that name must die ; Yet, heaven bear A most unnatural and faithless service! (must; witness,
Heaven has an end in all: Yet, you that hear me,
This from a dying man receive as certain : Full of sad thoughts and troubles.
What's the cause ? sels,
[friends, Cham. It seems, the marriage with his broBe sure, you be not loose; for those you make Has crept too near his conscience. [ther's wife And give your hearts to, when they once perceive Suff.
No, his conscience The least rub in your fortunes, tall away Has crept too near another lady. Like water from ye, never found again
Nor. But where they meal to sink ye. All good people, This is the cardinal's doing, the king-cardinal; Pray for me: I must now forsake ye; the last That blind priest, like the eldest son of fortune, Of my long weary life is come upon me. [hour Turns what he lists. The king will know him Farewell :
[himself else. And when you would say something that is sad, Suf. Pray God, he do! he'll never know Speak how I feli.--I have done: and God forgive Nor. How holily he works in all his business! me!
(Ecrunt BUCKINGHAM and Train. And with what zeal! For, now he has crack'd 1 Gent. O, this is full of pity !--Sir, it calls, the league
(nephew, I fear, too many curses on their heads, Between us and the emperor, the queen's great That were the authors.
lle dives into the king's soul; and there scatters 2 Gent.
If the duke be guiltless, Dangers, doubts, wringing of the conscience, 'Tis full of woe: yet I can give you inkling Fears, and despairs, and all these for his marOf an ensuing evil, if it fall,
And, out of all these to restore the king, (riage : Greater than this.
He counsels a divorce; a loss of her, 1 Gent. Good angels keep it from us! That, like a jewel, has hung twenty years Where may it be? You do not doubt my faith, sir. About his neck, yet never lost her lustre;
2 Gent. This secret is so weighty,'twill require Of her, that loves him with that excellence A strong faith to conceal it.
That angels loved good men with; even of her 1 Gent.
Let me have it. That, when the greatest stroke of fortune falls, I do not talk much.
Will bless the king: And is not this course pious ? 2 Gent. I am confident:
Cham. Heaven keep me from such counsel, Yon shall, sir: Did you not of late days hear
'Tis most true,
[speaks them, A buzzing, of a separation
These news are every where; every tongue Between the king and Katharine ?
And every true heart weeps fort: All, that dare 1 Gent.
Yes, but it held not : Look into these affairs, see this main end, For when the king once heard it, out of anger The French king's sister: Heaven will one day He sent command to the lord mayor, straight
open To stop the rumour, and allay those tongues The king's eyes, that so long have slept upon That durst disperse it.
This bold bad man. 2 Gent.
But that slander, sir, Suff. And free us from his slavery. Is found a truth now; for it grows again
Nor. We had need pray, Fresher than e'er it was; and held for certain, And heartily, for our deliverance; The king will venture at it. Either the cardinal Or this imperious man will work us all Or some about him near, have, out of malice From princes into pages : all men's honours To the good queen, possess'd him with a scruple Lie in one lump before him, to be fashion'd That will undo her: to confirm this too, Into what pitch he please. Cardinal Campeius is arriv'd, and lately; Suff.
For me, my lords, As all think, for this business.
I love him not, nor fear him, there's my creed : 1 Gent.
'Tis the cardinal; As I am made without him, so I'll stand, And merely to revenge him on the emperor, If the king please; his curses and his blessings For not bestowing on him, at his asking, Touch me alike, they are breath I not believe in. The archbishoprick of Toledo, this is purpos’d. I knew him, and I know him; so I leave him 2 Gent. I think you have hit the mark; But To him, that made him proud, the pope. is't not cruel, (dinal Nor.
Let's in; That she should feel the smart of this? The car- And, with some other business, put the king Will have his will, and she must fall. From these sad thoughts, that work too much 1 Gent.
'Tis woful. My lord, you bear us company? [upon him :-We are too open here to argue this;
Excuse me; Let's think in private more.
[Exeunt. The king hath sent me other-where: besides, SCENE II. An Antechamber in the Palace.
You'll find a most unfit time to disturb him :
Health to your lordships. Enter the Lord Chamberlain, reading a Letter.
Nor. Thanks, my good lord chamberlain. Cham. My lord, -The horses your lordship sent
(Exit Lord Chamberlain. for, with all the care I had, I saw well chosen, rid- NORFOLK opens a folding door. The King is discoden, and furnished. They were young, and hand
vered sitting, and reading pensively. some: and of the best breed in the north. When
Suff. How sad lie looks! sure, he is much afthey were ready to set out for London, a man of my K. Hen. Who is there? ha?
[flicted. lord cardinals, by commission, and main power, took Nor.
'Pray God, he be not angry. 'em from me ; with this reason,--His master would
K. Hen. Who's there, I say? How dare you be served before a subject, if not before the king : thrust yourselves which stopped our mouths, sir.
Into my private meditations ?
Nor. A gracious king, that pardons all offences
To know your royal pleasure. Suff. How is the king employ'd ?
You are too bold; Cam.
I left him private, Go to; I'll make ye know your times of business: