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It must be thus ; and yet, cocksbody !
how strange That Gardiner, once so one with all of us Against this foreign marriage, should
have yielded So utterly !-strange! but stranger still
that he, So fierce against the Headship of the
Pope, Should play the second actor in this
pageant That brings him in ; such a cameleon he ! Second Member. This Gardiner turn'd
his coat in Henry's time; The serpent that hath slough'd will
slough again. Third Member. Tut, then we all are
serpents. Second Member. Speak for yourself. Third Member. Ay, and for Gardiner !
being English citizen, How should he bear a bridegroom out of
Spain? The Queen would have him! being
English churchman, How should he bear the headship of the
Pope ? The Queen would have it ! Statesmen
that are wise Shape a necessity, as a sculptor clay, To their own model. Second Member. Statesmen that are
wise Take truth herself for model. What say
you? [To Sir Ralph Bagenhall. Bagenhall. We talk and talk. First Member. Ay, and what use to
talk ? Philip's no sudden alien—the Queen's
husband, He's here, and king, or will be-yet
cocksbody! So hated here ! I watch'd a hive of late ;
My seven-years' friend was with me, my
young boy; Out crept a wasp, with half the swarm
behind. · Philip !' says he. I had to cuff the rogue For infant treason.
Third Member. But they say that bees, If any creeping life invade their hive Too gross to be thrust out, will build him
round, And bind him in from harming of their
combs. And Philip by these articles is bound From stirring hand or foot to wrong the
realm. Second Member. By bonds of beeswax,
like your creeping thing ; But your wise bees had stung him first
to death. Third Member. Hush, hush ! You wrong the Chancellor: the clauses
added To that same treaty which the emperor
sent us Were mainly Gardiner's: that no foreigner Hold office in the household, fleet, forts,
army ; That if the Queen should die without a
child, The bond between the kingdoms be
dissolved ; That Philip should not mix us any way With his French warsSecond Member. Ay, ay, but what
security, Good sir, for this, if Fhilip
Third Member Peace—the Queen, Philip, and Pole. (All rise, and stand.
Enter Mary, Philip, and POLE.
[Gardiner conducts them to the three chairs of state. Philip sits on the Queen's left, Pole on her right.
Gardiner. Our short-lived sun, before
his winter plunge, Laughs at the last red leaf, and Andrew's
Madam, my wish Echoes your Majesty's. Pole.
It shall be so. Gardiner. Mine echoes both your
Graces”; (aside) but the PopeCan we not have the Catholic church as well Without as with the Italian ? if we cannot, Why then the Pope.
My lords of the upper house, And ye, my masters, of the lower house, Do ye stand fast by that which ye
Voices. We do.
supplicate The Legate here for pardon, and acknow
ledge The primacy of the Pope ?
Voices. We are all one mind. Gardiner. Then must I play the vassal to this Pole.
[Aside. (He draws a paper from under his
robes and presents it to the King and Queen, who look through it and return it to him ; then ascends
a tribune, and reads. We, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, And Commons here in Parliament
• assembled, Presenting the whole body of this realm of England, and dominions of the same, Do make most humble suit unto your
Majesties, In our own name and that of all the state, That by your gracious means and inter
Our supplication be exhibited
same; By this our supplication promising, As well for our own selves as all the
realm, That now we be and ever shall be quick, Under and with your Majesties' autho
rities, To do to the utmost all that in us lies Towards the abrogation and repeal Of all such laws and ordinances made ; Whereon we humbly pray your Majesties, As persons undefiled with our offence, So to set forth this humble suit of ours That we the rather by your intercession May from the apostolic see obtain, Thro' this most reverend Father, absolu
tion, And full release from danger of all
Amen. (All sit. [He again presents the petition to the
King and Queen, who hand it reverentially to Pole.
Pole (sitting). This is the loveliest day
that ever smiled On England. All her breath should,
incenselike, Rise to the heavens in grateful praise of
Him Who now recalls her to His ancient fold. Lo ! once again God to this realm hath
given A token of His more especial Grace ; For as this people were the first of all The islands call'd into the dawning church Out ofthe dead, deep night of heathendom, So now are these the first whom God
hath given Grace to repent and sorrow for their
thrown Into the blind sea of forgetfulness. [A pause. Ye have reversed the attainder laid on us By him who sack'd the house of God;
and we, Amplier than any field on our poor earth Can render thanks in fruit for being sown, Do here and now repay you sixty-fold, A hundred, yea, a thousand thousand-fold, With heaven for earth.
[Rising and stretching forth his hands.
AU kneel but Sir Ralph Bagenhall, who rises and remains standing.
The Lord who hath redeem d us With His own blood, and wash'd us from
our sins, To purchase for Himself a stainless bride ; He, whom the Father hath appointed
Head of all his church, He by His mercy absolve you !
(A pause. And we by that authority Apostolic Given unto us, his Legate, by the
Pope, Our Lord and Holy Father, Julius, God's Vicar and Vicegerent upon earth, Do here absolve you and deliver you And every one of you, and all the
realm And its dominions from all heresy, All schism, and from all and every
censure, Judgment, and pain accruing thereupon ; And also we restore you to the bosom And unity of Universal Church.
[Turning to Gardiner. Our letters of commission will declare
this plainlier. [Queen heard sobbing. Cries of
Amen! Amen! Some of the Members embrace one another, An but Sir Ralph Bagenhall pass out into the neighbouring chapel, whence
is heard the Te Deum. Bagenhall. We strove against the
papacy from the first, In William's time, in our first Edward's
time, And in my master Henry's time; but
now, The unity of Universal Church, Mary would have it ; and this Gardiner
follows; The unity of Universal Hell, Philip would have it ; and this Gardiner Bagenhall. What ! will she have my
head ? Officer. A round fine likelier. Your pardon. [Calling to Attendant.
By the river to the Tower. [Exeunt.
A Parliament of imitative apes !
who not Believes the Pope, nor any of them
believeThese spaniel-Spaniard English of the
time, Who rub their fawning noses in the dust, For that is Philip's gold-dust, and adore This Vicar of their Vicar. Would I had
been Born Spaniard ! I had held my head up
What of that ?
either house Who stood upright when both the houses
Officer. I mean the houses knelt
phrase, But stretch it wider ; say when England
SCENE IV.-WHITEHALL. A ROOM
IN THE PALACE.
now that all traitors Against our royal state have lost the heads Wherewith they plotted in their treason
ous malice, Have talk'd together, and are well agreed That those old statutes touching Lollard
ism To bring the heretic to the stake, should be No longer a dead letter, but requicken'd. One of the Council. Why, what hath
fluster'd Gardiner? how he rubs His forelock ! Paget. I have changed a word with
him In coming, and may change a word again. Gardiner. Madam, your Highness is
our sun, the King And you together our two suns in one ; And so the beams of both may shine upon
us, The faith that seem'd to droop will feel
your light, Lift head, and flourish ; yet not light
alone, There must be heat-there must be heat
enough To scorch and wither heresy to the root. For what saith Christ ? •Compel them
to come in.' And what saith Paul ? 'I would they were cut off
Officer. I say you were the one sole
man who stood. Bagenhall. I am the one sole man in
either house, Perchance in England, loves her like a son. Officer. Well, you one man, because
you stood upright, Her Grace the Queen commands you to
the Tower. Bagenhall. As traitor, or as heretic,
or for what? Officer. If any man in any way would
be The one man, he shall be so to his cost.
That trouble you.' Let the dead letter live ! Trace it in fire, that all the louts to whom Their A B C is darkness, clowns and
grooms May read it ! so you quash rebellion too, For heretic and traitor are all one : Two vipers of one breed—an amphisbæna, Each end a sting: Let the dead letter burn! Paget. Yet there be some disloyal
Catholics, And many heretics loyal; heretic throats Cried no God-bless-her to the Lady Jane, But shouted in Queen Mary. So there be Some traitor-heretic, there is axe and cord. To take the lives of others that are loyal, And by the churchman's pitiless doom of
fire, Were but a thankless policy in the crown, Ay, and against itself; for there are many. Mary. If we could burn out heresy,
my Lord Paget, We reck not tho’ we lost this crown of
Gardiner. Right, your Grace. Paget, you are all for this poor life of ours, And care but little for the life to be. Paget. I have some time, for curious
ness, my Lord, Watch'd children playing at their life to
Gardiner. A spice of Satan, ha ! Why, good ! what then? granted !-we
are fallen creatures ;
children, Love one another.'
Gardiner. Did you find a scripture, 'I come not to bring peace but a sword?'
Paget. The faultless Gardiner !
tion ; speak, Lord Legate !
your Grace : Rather would say—the shepherd doth
not kill The sheep that wander from his flock, but
sends His careful dog to bring them to the fold. Look to the Netherlands, wherein have
been Such holocausts of heresy ! to what end? For yet the faith is not established there.
Gardiner. The end's not come.
No-nor this way
And cruel at it, killing helpless flies ; Such is our time—all times for aught I
know. Gardiner. We kill the heretics that
sting the soulThey, with right reason, flies that prick
the flesh. Paget. They had not reach'd right
reason ; little children ! They kill'd but for their pleasure and the
power They felt in killing