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More stronger to direct you than yourself;

Bran. Here is a warrant from If with the sap of reason you would quench, The king, to attach lord Montacute; and the bodies Or but allay, the fire of passion.

Of the duke's confessor, John de la Court, Buck.


One Gilbert Peck, his chancellor,I am thankful to you: and I'll go alon


So, so; By your prescription :--but this top-proud fellow, These are the limbs of the plot: no more, I hope. (Whom from the flow of gall I name not, but Bran. A monk o' the Chartreux. From sincere motions,) by intelligence,


0, Nicholas Hopkins ? And proots as clear as founts in July, when


He. We see each grain of gravel, I do know

Buck. My surveyor is false; the o'er-great carTo be corrupt and treasonous.

dinal Nor.

Say not, treasonous. Hath show'd him gold: my life is spann'd already; Buck. To the king I'll say't; and make my vouch I am the shadow of poor Buckingham; as strong

Whose figure even this instant cloud puts on, As shore of rock. Attend. This holy fox,

By dark’ning my clear sun. My lord, farewell.. Or wolf, or both, (for he is equal ravenous,

(Exeunt As he is subtle; and as prone to mischief, As able to perform it: his mind and place

SCENE II.-The Council-chamber. Infecting one another, yea, reciprocally,)

Cornets. Enter KING HENRY, CARDINAL WOLOnly to show his pomp as well in France

BEY, the Lords of the Council, Sir THOMAS As here at home, suggests the king our master LOVELL, Officers and Attendants. The KING To this last costly treaty, the interview,

enters, leaning on the Cardinal's shoulder. That swallow'd so much treasure, and, like a glass,

K. Hen. My life itself and the best heart of it, Did break i' the rinsing..

Thanks you for this great care: I stood i' the level Nor. 'Faith, and so it did.

Of a full-charged confederacy, and give thanks Buck. Pray, give me favor, sir.. This cunning To you that chok'd it.-Let be cali'd before us cardinal

That gentleman of Buckingham's: in person The articles of the combination drew,

I'll hear him his confessions justify; As himself pleas'd; and they were ratified,

And point by point the treasons of his master As he cried, Thus let be: to as much end,

He shall again relate. As give a crutch to the dead: But our count-cardinal

The King takes his State. The Lords of the Council Has done this, and 'tis well; for worthy Wolsey, take their several Places. The Cardinal places Who cannot err, he did it. Now this follows, himself under the King's Feet, on his right Side. Which, as I take it, is a kind of puppy To the old dam, treason,)-Charles the emperor,

A Noise within, crying, Room for the Queen. Enter

the QUEEN, usher'd by the DUKES OF NORUnder pretence to see the queen his aunt,

FOLK and SUFFOLK: she kneels. The King (For 'twas indeed, his color; but he came

riseth from his State, takes her up, kisses, and To whisper Wolsey,) here makes visitation:

placeth her by him. His fears were, that the interview, betwixt England and France, might, through their amity,

Q. Kath. Nay, we must longer kneel; I am a

suitor. Breed him some prejudice; for from this league

K. Hen. Arise, and take place by us: Half your Peep'd arms that menaced him: He privily

suit Deals with our cardinal; and, as I trow,-Which I do well; for, I am sure, the emperor

Never name to us; you have half our power; Paid ere he promis'd; whereby hissuit was granted, The other moiety, cre you ask, is given; Ere it was ask'd;—but when the way was made,

Repeat your will, and take it. And pav’d with gold, the emperor thus desir'd;

Q. Kath.

Thank your majosty. That he would please to alter the king's course

That you would love yourself'; and, in that love, And break the aforesaid peace. Let the king know, the dignity of your office, is the point

Not unconsider'd leave your honor, nor (As soon he shall by me,) that thus the cardinal Does buy and sell his honor as he pleases,

of my petition. And for his own advantage.

K. Hen. Lady mine, proceed.
I am sorry

Q. Kath. I am solicited, not by a few,
To hear this of him; and could wish, he were

And those of true condition, that your subjects Something mistaken in't.

Are in great grievance: there hath been commisBuck.

sions No, not a syllable; I do pronounce him in that very shape,

Sent down among them, which hath flaw'd the heart He shall appear in proof.

Of all their loyalties :-wherein, although,

My good lord cardinal, they vent reproaches Enter BRANDON ; a Sergeant-at-Arms before him, Most bitterly on you, as putter-on and two or three of the Guard.

of these exactions, yet the king our master Bran. Your office, sergeant; execute it.

(Whose honor Heaven shield from soil!) even he Serg.


esca pes not My lord the duke of Buckingham, and earl Language unmannerly, yea, such which breaks Of Hereford, Stafford, and Northampton, I

The sides of loyalty, and almost appears, Arrest thee of high treason, in the name

In loud rebellion. Of our most sovereign king.


Not almost appears Buck.

Lo you, my lord, It doth appear; for, upon these taxations, The net has fallen upon me; I shall perish

The clothiers all, not able maintain Under device and practice.6

The many to them 'longing, have put off Bran.

I am sorry

The spinsters, carders, fullers, weavers, who, To see you ta'en from liberty, to look on

Unfit for other life, compellid by hunger The business present: 'Tis his highness' pleasure And lack of other means, in desperate manner You shall to the Tower.

Daring the event to the teeth, are all in uproar, Buck.

It will help me nothing, And danger serves among them. To plead mine innocence; for that dye is on me, K. Hen.

Taxation! Which makes my whitest part black. The will of Wherein ? and what taxation ?-My lord cardinal, heaven

You that are blamed for it alike with us, Be done in this and all things!-I obey.

Know you of this taxation ? O my lord Aberga'ny, fare you well.


Please you, sir, Bran. Nay, he must bear you company:-The I know but of a single part, in aught king

(TO ABERGAVENNY. Pertains to the state ; and front but in that file Is pleas'd, you shall to the Tower, till you know Where others tell steps with me.7. How he determines further.

Q. Kath.

No, my lord, Aber.

As the duke said, You know no more than others: but you frame The will of heaven be done, and the king's plea- Things that are known alike; which are not wholeBy me obey'd.

To those which would not know them, and yet must. Excites. • Unfair stratagem.

* I am only one among the other counsellors.



what you,

Perforce be their acquaintance. These exactions, | Hath into monstrous habits put the graces
Whereof my sovereign would have note, they are That once were his, and is become as black
Most pestilent to the hearing; and to bear them, As if besinear'd in heli. Sit by us: you shall hear
The back is sacrifice to the load. They say, (This was his gentleman in trust) of him
They are devis'd by you; or else you suffer Things to strike honor sad.- Bid him recount
Too hard an exclamation.

The fore-recited practices; whereof
K. Hen.
Still exaction !

We cannot feel too little, hear too much.
The nature of it? In what kind, let's know,

Wol. Stand forth; and with bold spirit relato
Is this exaction?
Q. Kath. I am much too venturous

Most like a careful subject, have collected,
In tempting of your patience; but am bolden'd Out of the duke of Buckingham.
Under your promis'd pardon. The subject's grief K. Hen.

Speak freely. Comes through commissions, which compel troin Surv. First, it was usual with him, every day each

It would infect his speech, That if the king The sixth part of his substance, to be levied Should without issue die, he'd carry it so Without delay; and the pretence for this

To make the sceptre his : These very words Is named, your wars in France: This makes bold I have heard him utter to his son-in-law, mouths:

Lord Aberga'ny; to whom by oath he inenaced Tonguesspit their duties out, and cold hearts freeze

Revenge upon the cardinal. Allegiance in them; their curses now


Please your highness, note
Live where their prayers did; and it's come to pass, This dangerous conception in this point.
That tractable obedience is a slave

Not friended by his wish, to your high person
To each incensed will. I would, your highness His will is most malignant; and it stretches
Would give it quick consideration, for

Beyond, you, to your friends. There is no primers business.

Q. Kath.

My learn'a lord cardinal, K. Hen.

By my life,

Deliver all with charity. This is against our pleasure.

K. Hen.

Speak on: Wol.

And for me,

How grounded he his title to the crown,
I have no farther gone in this, than by

Upon our fail ? to this point hast thou heard him
A single voice; and that not pass'd me, but At any time speak aught?
By learned approbation of the judges.


He was brought to this if I am traduced by tongues, which neither know By a vain prophecy of Nicholas Hopkins. My faculties, nor person, yet will be

K. Hen. What was that Hopkins ? The chronicles of my doing,-let me say,


Sir, a Chartreux friar,
"Tis but the fate of place, and the rough brake His confessor, who fed him every minute
That virtue must go through. We must not stint With words of sovereignty:
Our necessary actions, in the fear

K. Hen.

How know'st thou this? To cope! malicious censurers; which ever,

Surr. Not long beforeyour highness sped to France, As ravenous fishes, do a vessel follow

The duke being at the Rose, within the parish
That is new trimm'd; but benefit no further Saint Lawrence Poultney, did of me demand
Than vainly longing. What we oft do best, What was the speech amongst the Londoners
By sick interpreters, once weak ones, is

Concerning the f'rench journey: I replied,
Not ours, or not allow'd ;3 what worst, as oft, Men fear'd, the French would prove pertidious,
Hitting a grosser quality, is cried up

To the king's danger. Presently the duke
For our best act. If we shall stand still,

Said, 'Twas the fear, indeed; and that he doubted,
in fear our motion will be muck'd or carp'd at, 'Twould prove the verity of certain words
We should take root here where we sit, or sit Spoke by a holy monk; That oft, says he,
State statues only.

Hath sent to me, wishing me to permit
K. Hen. Things done well,

John de la Court, my chaplain, a choice hour
And with a care, exempt themselves from fear; To hear from him a matter of some moment :
Things done without example, in their issue Whom after under the confessioni's seal
Are to be fear'd. Have you a precedent

He solemnly had sworn, that what he spoke,
Of this commission? I believe, not any.

My chaplain to no creature living, but
We must not rend our subjects from our laws, To me, should utler, with demure cmfidence
And stick them in our will. Sixth part of each? Thus pausingly ensu'd, -Neither the king, nor his
A trembling contribution! Why, we take,

From every tree, lop, bark, and part o' the timber; (Tell you the duke,) shall prosper : bid him strive
And though we leave it with a root, thus hack'd, To gain the love of the commonalty; the duke
The air will drink the sap. To every county, Shall govern Englanul.
Where this is question'd, send our letters, with Q. Kath.

If I know you well,
Free pardon to each man that has denied

You were the duke's surveyor, and lost your office The force of this commission: Pray, look to't; On the complaint o' the tenants: Take good heed, I put it to your care.

You charge not in your spleen a noble person, Wol. A word with you. (To the Secretary. And spoil your nobler soul! I say, take heed; Let there be letters writ to every shire,

Yes, heartily beseech you. Of the king's grace and pardon. The griev'd com- K. Hen.

Let him on :

Go forward. Hardly conceive of me; let it be nois'd,

Surv. On my soul, I'll speak but truth. That, through our intercession, this revokement I told my lord the duke, By the devil's illusions And pardon comes: I shall anon advise you The monk might be deceiv'd; and that 'twas dan. Further in the proceeding. (Exit Secretary.

gerous for him,

To ruminate on this so far, until
Enter Surveyor.

It forged him some design, which, being believ'd,
Q. Kath. I am sorry that the duke of Buckingham It was much like to do: He answer'd, Tush!
Is run in your displeasure.

It can do me no damage: adding further,
K. Hen.

It grieves many : That, had the king in his last sickness fail'd,
The gentleman is learn'd, and a most rare speaker, The cardinal's and sir Thomas Lovell's heads
To nature none more bound; his training such, Should have gone off.
That he may furnish and instruct great tcachers, K. Hen.

Ha! what, so rank? Ah, ha !
And never seek for aid out of himself.

There's mischief in this man:

-Canst thou say Yet see

further? When these so noble benefits shall prove

Surv. I can, my liege. Not well dispos'd, the mind growing once corrupt, K. Hen.

They turn to vicious forms, ten times more ugly Surv.

Being at Greenwich,
Than ever they were fair. This man so cimplete, After your highness had reprov'd the duke
Who was enroll'd 'mongst wonders, and when we, About sir William Blomer, -
Almost with ravish'd listening, could not find

K. Hen.

I remember, His hour of speech a minute; he, my lady, Of such a time :-being my servant sworn, • More important. • Thicket of thorgs. Encounter.

The duke retain'd him his.-But on; What henco? » Semutimo.

* Approved.

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Surv. It, quoth he, I for this had been committed, (For, sure, there's no converting of them ;) now As to the Tower. I thought,- I would have play'd An honest country lord, as I am, beaten The part my father meant to act upon

A long time out of play, may bring his plainThe usurper Richard: who, being at Salisbury,

song, Made sui to come in his presence ; which is granted, And have an hour of hearing; and, by'r-lady, As he made semblance of his duty, would

Held current music too. Have put his knife into hin


Well said, lord Sands, K. ften.

A giant traitor! Your colt's tooth is not cast yet. Wol. Now, madam, may his highness live in Sands,

No, my lord; freedom,

Nor shall not, while I have a stump. And this man ont of prison !


Sir Thomas, Q. Kath.

God mend all! Whither were you a going ? K. Hen. There's something more would out of Lov.

To the cardinal's, thee; What say'st ?

Your lordship is a guest too. Surv. After-the duke his father,-with the Chim.

0, 'tis true : knife,-

This night he makes a supper, and a great one, He stretch'd him, and, with one hand on his dagger, To many lords and ladies; there will be Another spread on his breast, mounting his eyes, The beauty of this kingdom, I'll assure you. He did discharge a horrible oath whose tenor

Lov. That churchman bears a bounteous mind Was,-Were he evil used, he would out-go

indeed, His father, by as much as a performance

A hand as fruitful as the land that feeds us;
Does an irresolute purpose.

His dews fall everywhere.
K. Hen.
There's his period, Cham.

No doubt, he's noble; To sheath his knife in us. He is attach'd ;

He had a black mouth, that said other of him. Call him to present trial: if he may

Sands. He may, my lord, he has wherewithal; Find mercy in the law, 'tis his; if none,

in him Let him not seek't of us: By day and night, Sparing would show a worse sin than ill doctrine; He's traitor to the height.

(Exeunt. Men of his way should be most liberal,
SCENE III.- A Room in the Palace.

They are set here for examples.

True, they are so; Enter the Lord Chamberlain, and LORD SANDS.

But few now give so great ones. My barge stays; Cham. Is it possible, the spells of France should

Your lordship shall along :-Come, good sir Thomas juggle

We shall be late else: which I would not be, Men into such strange mysteries?

For I was spoke to, with sir Henry Guildford, Sands.

New customs, This night to be comptrollers. Though they be never so ridiculous,


I am your lordship's. Nay, let them be unmanly, yet are follow'd.

(Exeunt. Cham. As far as I see, all the good our English Have got by the late voyage, is but merely

SCENE IV.-The Presence-Chamber in YorkA fit) or two o'the face; but they are shrewd ones;

Place. for when they hold them, you would swear directly Hautboys. A small Table under a State for the Their very noses had been counsellors To Pepin, or Clotharius, they keep state so

Cardinal, a longer Table for the Guests. Enter Stands. They have all new legs, and lame ones ;

at one door ANNE BULLEN, and divers Lords, one would take it,

Ladies, and Gentlewomen, aus Guests; at another That never saw them pace before, the spavin,

Door, enter Sir HENRY GUILDFORD. A springhalte reign'd among them.

Guild. Ladies, a general welcome from his grace Chim.

Death! my lord, Salutes ye all : This night he dedicates Their clothes are after such a pagan cut too, To fair content, and you: none here, he hopes, That, sure, they have worn out christendom. How In all this noble bevy,9 has brought with her now?

One care abroad; he would have all as merry What news, sir Thomas Lovell ?

As first-good company. good wine, good welcome, Enter SIR THOMAS LOVELL.

Can make good people---0, my lord, you are Lov.

Faith, my lord,

tardy; I hear of none but the new proclamation

Enter Lord Chamberlain, LORD SANDS, and SIR That's clapp'd upon the court-gate. Cham. What is't for?

THOMAS LOVELL. Lov. The reformation of our travell’d gallants, The very thought of this fair company That fill the court with quarrels, talk, and tailors. Clapp'd wings to me. Cham. I am glad, 'tis there; now I would pray Cham. You are young, sir Harry Guildford. our monsieurs

Sands. Sir Thomas Lovell, had the cardinal To think an English courtier may be wise, But half my lay-thoughts in him, some of these And never see the Louvre.?

Should find a running banquet ere they rested, Luo.

They must either think, would better please them: By my life, (For so run the conditions) leave these remnants They are a sweet society of fair ones. Of fool, and feather, that they got in France,

Lov. O, that your lordship were but now conWith all their honorable points of ignorance,

fessor Pertaining thereunto, (as fights, and fireworks ; To one or two of these! Abusing better men than they can be,


I would I were;
Out of a foreign wisdom,) renouncing clean They should find easy penance.
The faith they have in tennis, and tall stockings, Lov.

'Faith, how easy? Short blister'd breeches, and those types of travel, Sands. As easy as a down-bed would afford it. And understand again like honest men;

Cham. Sweet ladies, will it please you sit? Sir Or pack to their old playfellows: there, I take it,

Harry, They may, cum privilegio,s wear away,

Place you that side, I'll take the charge of this: The lag end of their lewdness, and be laugh'd at. His grace is entring.--Nay, you must not freeze; Sunds. 'Tis time to give them physic, their dis- Two women placed together makes cold weather:

My lord Sands, you are one will keep them waking; Are grown so catching.

Pray, sit between these ladies.
What a loss our ladies Sands.

By my faith,
Will have of these trim vanities !

And thank your lordship.-By your leave, sweet Luv.

Ay, marry,

ladies ; There will be woe indeed, lords; the sly whoresons Have got a eedy trick to lay down ladies;

(Seats himself between AnNE BULLEN and A French song, and a fiddle, has no fellow.

another Lady. Sunds. The devil fiddle them! I am glad, they're if I chance to talk a little wild, forgive me; going;

I had it from my father. • Grimace.

Was he mad, sir? • Disease incident to horses.

Anne. TA palace at Paris. • With authority.

• Company.

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Sands. 0, very mad, exceeding mad, in love too: Cham. Because they speak no English, thus they But he would bite none; just as I do now,

pray'd He would kiss you twenty with a breath. (Kisses her. To tell your grace:-That, having heard by fame Cham.

Well said, my lord.- or this so noble and so fair assembly So, now you are fairly seated.-Gentlemen, This night to meet here, they could do no less, The penance lies on you, if these fair ladies Out of the great respect they bear to beauty, Pass away frowning.

But leave their flocks; and, under your fair conduct, Sands. For my little cure,

Crava leave to view these ladies, and entreat
Let me alone.

An hour of revels with them.

Say, lord chamberlain, Hautboys. Enter CARDINAL WOLSEY, attended;

They have done my poor house grace; for which i and takes his State.

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

sures. Or gentleman, that is not freely merry,

(Ladies chosen for the Dance. The KING Is not my friend : This, to confirm my welcome;

chooses ANNE BULLEN. And to you all good health.


K. Hen. The fairest hand I ever touched ! O Sands. Your grace is noble ;

beauty, Let me have such a bowl may hold my thanks,

Till now I never knew thee. (Music. Dance. And save me so much talking.

Wol. My lord, Wol.

My lord Sands,


Your grace? I am beholden to you: cheer your neighbors.

Wol. Pray tell them thus much from me: Ladies, you are not merry ;-Gentlemen,

There should be one amongst them, by his person, Whose fault is this?

More worthy this place than myself; to whom, Sands. The red wine first must rise

If I but knew him, with my love and duty In their fair cheeks, my lord; then we shall have

I would surrender it. them


I will, my lord. Talk us to silence.

(Cham. goes to the Company, cand Anne. You are a merry gamester,

returns. My lord Sands.

Wol What say they ? Sunds. Yes, if I make my play.'


Such a one, they all confess, Here's to your ladyship; and pledge it, madam,

There is indeed; which they would have your grace For 'tis to such a thing,

Find out, and he will take it. Anne.

You cannot show me. Wol. Let me see, then.-(Comes from his State. Sands. I told your grace, they would talk anon.

your good leave, gentlemen;Here I'll make [Drum and Trumpets within : Chamber82 | My royal choice. discharged.

K. Hen.

You have found him, cardinal: Wol. What's that?

[Unmasking Cham. Look out there, some of you.

You hold a fair assembly; you do well, lord :

Erit a Servant. You are a churchman, or, i'll tell you, cardinal, Wol.

Whai warlike voice?

I should judge now unhappily.3 And to what end this ?-Nay, ladies, fear not;


I am glad
By all the laws of war you are privileged.

Your grace is grown so pleasant.
K. Hen.

My lord chamberlain,
Re-enter Servant.

Prythee, come hither: What fair lady's that? Cham. How now ? what is't ?

Cham. An't please your grace, sir Thomas BulServ. A noble troop of strangers ;

len's daughter, For so they seem : they have left their barge, and The viscount Rochfort, one of her highness' women. landed;

K. Hen. By heaven, she is a dainty one.And hither make, as great ambassadors

From foreign princes.

I were unmannerly to take you out,
Good lord chamberlain,

And not to kiss you.-A health, gentlemen,
Go, give them welcome, you can speak the French Let it go round.

Wol. Sir Thomas Lovell, is the banquet ready And, pray, receive them nobly, and conduct them I'the privy chamber? Into our presence, where this heaven of beauty Lov.

Yes, my lord, Shall shine at full upon them:-Some attend him.- Wol.

Your grace, (Exit Chamberlain, attended. All arise, I fear with dancing is a little heated. and Tables removed.

K. Hen. I fear too much. You have now a broken banquet: but we'll mend it. Wol.

There's fresher air, my lord, A good digestion to you all: and, once more,

In the next chamber. I shower a welcome on you ;-Welcome all.

K. Hen. Lead in your ladies, every one.-Sweet

partner, Hautboys. Enter the King, and twelve others, as

I must not yet forsake you : Let's be merry :Maskers, habited like Shepherds, with sixteen Good my lord cardinal, I have half a dozen healths Torch-bearers; ushered by the Lord Chamberlain. To drink to these fair ladies, and a measure! They pass directly before the Cardinal, and

To lead them once again; and then let's dream gracefully salute him.

Who's best in favor. Let the music knock it. A noble company! what are their pleasures ?

(Exeunt, with Trumpets.

By all


SCENEI.- A Street.

1 Gent. You may guess quickly what.
2 Gent.

Is he found guilty?
Enter two Gentlemen, meeting.

1 Gent. Yes, truly is he, and condeinn'd upon it. 1 Gent. Whither away so fast?

2 Gent. I am sorry for't. 2 Gent. 0,--God save you! 1 Gent.

So are a number more. Even to the hall, to hear what shall become

2 Gent. But, pray, how pass'd it?. Of the great duke of Buckingham.

1 Gent. I'll tell you in a little. The great duke 1 Gent.

I'll save you

Came to the bar; where, to his accusations,
That labor, sir. All's now done, but the ceremony He pleaded still not guilty, and alleged
Of bringing back the prisoner.

Many sharp reasons to defeat the law. 2 Gent.

Were you there? The king's attorney, on the contrary, 1 Gent. Yes, indeed, was I.

Urged on the examinations, proofs, confessions, 2 Gent. Pray speak, what has happen'd? or divers witnesses; which the duke desired Choose my game.

, Small cannon.
: Mischievously.

• Dance

To him brought, viva voce, to his face:

'Gainst me, I can't take peace with: no black envy At which appear'd against him, his surveyor; Shall make my grave.-Commend me to his grace; Sir Gilbert Peck, his chancellor; and John Court, And, if he speak of Buckingham, pray, tell him, Confessor to him: with that devil-monk,

You met him half in heaven: my vows and prayers Hopkins, that made this mischief.

Yet are the kin's; and, till my soul forsake me, 2 Gent.

That was he Shall cry for blessings on him: May he live That fed him with his prophecies?

Longer than I have time to tell his years! 1 Gent.

The same.

Ever belov'd, and loving, may his rule be! All these accused him strongly; which he fain And, when old time shall lead him to his end, Would have tlung from him, but, indeed, he could Goodness and he fill up one monument! not:

Lov. To the water side I must conduct your grace; And so his peers, upon this evidence,

Then give my charge up to sir Nicholas Vaux, Have found him guilty of high treason. Much Who undertakes you to your end. He spoke, and learnediy, for life: but all


Prepare there, Was either pitied in him, or forgotten.

The duke is coming : see, the barge be ready ; 2 Gent. After all this, how did he bear himself? And fit it with such furniture, as suits 1 Gent. When he was brought again to the bar,- | The greatness of his person. to hear


Nay, sir Nicholas, His knell rung out, his judgment,-he was stirr'd Let it alone; my state now will but mock me. With such an agony, he sweat extremely,

When I came hither, I was lord high constable, And something spoke in choler, ill and hasty: And duke of Buckingham; now, poor Edward But he fell to himself again, and, sweetly,

Bohun: In all the rest show'd a most noble patience. Yet I am richer than my base accusers, 2 Gent. I do not think he fears death.

That never knew what truth meant: I now seal it; 1 Gent.

Sure, he does not, And with that blood will make them one day He never was so womanish; the cause

groan for't. He may a little grieve al.

My noble father, Henry of Buckingham, 2 Gent. Certainly,

Who first rais'd head against usurping Richard, The cardinal is the end of this.

Flying for succor to his servant Banister, I Gent.

'Tis likely,

Being distress'd, was by that wretch betray'd, By all conjectures: First, Kildare's attainder, And without trial fell; God's peace be with him! Then Deputy of Ireland; who remov'd,

Henry the Seventh succeeding, truly pitying Earl Surrey was sent thither, and in haste too, My father's loss, like a most royal prince, Lest he should help his father.

Restor'd me to my honors, and, out of ruins, 2 Gent.

That trick of state Made my name once more noble. Now his son, Was a deep envious one.

Henry the Eighth, life, honor, name, and all 1 Gent. At his return,

That made me happy, at one stroke has taken No doubt, he will requite it. This is noted, For ever from the world. I had my trial, And generally; whoever the king favors,

And, must needs say, a noble one; which makes me The cardinal'instantly will find employment, A little happier than my wretched father; And far enough from court too.

Yet thus far we are one in fortunes :-Both 2 Gent.

All the commons Fell by our servants, by those men we lov'd most; Hate him perniciously, and o' my conscience, A most unnatural and faithless service! Wish him ten fathom deep: this duke as much Heaven has an end in all: Yet, you that hear me, They love, and dole on; call him, bounteous Buck- This from a dying man receive as certain; ingham,

Where you are liberal of your loves, and counsels, The mirror of all courtesy ;

Besure, you be not loose; for those you make friends, 1 Gent.

Stay there, sir, And give your hearts to, when they once perceive And see the noble ruin'd man you speak of. The least rub in your fortunes, fall away Enter Buckingham from his Arraignment ; Tip- But where they mean to sink ye. All good people,

Like water from ye, never found again staves before him, the Are with the Edge 10- Pray for me! I must now forsake ye; the last hour wards him; Halberds on each Side ; with him of my long weary life is come upon me. Sir Thomas LOVELL, SIR NICHOLAS VAUX, Sir Farewell: WILLIAM SANDS, and common People.

And when you would say something that is sad, 2 Gent. Let's stand close, and behold him. Speak how I fell. I have done; and God forgive Buck.

All good people,


(Exeunt BUCKINGHAM and Train. You that thus far have come to pity me,

1 Gent. O, this is full of pity !--Sir, it calls, Hear what I say, and then go home and lose me. I fear, too many curses on their heads, I have this day receiv'd a traitor's judgment, That were the authors. And by that name must die; yet, heaven bear wit- 2 Gent.

If the duke be guiltless, ness,

'Tis full of woe: yet I can give you inkling And, if I have a conscience, let it sink me,

Ofan ensuing evil, if it fall, Even as the axe falls, it I be not faithful!

Greater than this. The law I bear no malice for my death,

1 Gent.

Good angels keep it from us! It has done, upon the premises, but justice: Where may it be? you do not doubt my faith, sir? But those that sought it, I could wish more Chris- 2 Gent. This secret is so weighty, 'twill require tians:

A strong faith to conceal it. Be what they will, I heartily forgive them:

1 Gent.

Let me have it; Yet let them look they glory not in mischiet, I do not talk much. Nor build their evils on the graves of great men; 2 Gent.

I am confident;
For then my guiltless blood must cry against them. You shall, sir: Did you not of late days hear
For further life in this world I ne'er hope,

A buzzing, of a separation
Nor will I sue, although the king have mercies Between the king and Katharine ?
More than I dare make faults. You few that lov'd 1 Gent.

Yes, but it held not; me,

For when the king once heard it, out of anger And dare be bold to weep for Buckingham, He sent command to the lord mayor straight His noble friends, and fellows, whom to leave To stop the rumor, and allay those tongues Is only bitter to him, only dying,

That durst disperse it. Go, with me, like good angels, to my end;

2 Gent.

But that slander, sir, And, as the long divorce of steel falls on me, Is found a truth now: for it grows again Make of your prayers one sweet sacrifice,

Fresher than e'er it was; and held for certain, And lift my soul to heaven.-Lead on, o' God's The king will venture at it. Either the cardinal, name.

Or some about him near, have, out of malice Lov. I do beseech your grace, for charity, To the good queen, possess'd him with a scruple If ever any malice in your heart

That will undo her: To confirm this too, Were hid

against me, now to forgive me frankly. Cardinal Campeius is arriv'd, and lately: Buck. Şir Thomas Lovell, I as free forgive you, As all think, for this business. As I would be forgiven: I forgive all;

1 Gent.

'Tis the cardinal; There cannot be those numberless offences And merely to revenge him on the emperor,

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