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Whilft Wolsey, leaning on his Throne of State,
Through this unhappy Change foresees his Fate;
Contemplates wisely on worldly Things,
The Cheat of Grandeur, and the Faith of Kings.

rives at Graf

The King was now upon a Tour into

The King arthe Country, accompanied by his most love

ton with Anly She. Being arrived at Grafton in Nor

na Bulleyn, thamptonshire, the two Cardinals foon fol

and the two lowed the Court, when it quickly ap- Cardinals folpeared the Scene was changed; * for here low. they found a very cold Reception, tho' some Marks

, of Distinction were shewn to Campeius as a Stranger,

and

Shakespear has finely touched these Matters.
Enter Duke of Norfolk, Duke of Suffolk, Lord Surry, and Lord

Chamberlain.
Nor. If you will now unite in your Complaints,
And force them with a Constancy, the Cardinal
Cannot stand under them : If you omit
The Offer of this Time, I cannot promise
But that you shall sustain more new Disgraces,
With these you bear already.

Sur. I am joyful
To meet the least Occasion that may give me
Remembrance of my Father-in-law, the Duke,
To be reveng'd on him.

Suf. Which of the Peers
Have uncontemn'd gone by him, or at least
Strangely neglected ? When did he regard
The Stamp of Nobleness in any Person
Out of himself?

Cham. My Lords, you speak your Pleasures :
What he deserves of you and me I know :
What we can do to him (tho' now the Time
Gives way to us) I much fear. If you cannot
Bar his Access to th’ King, never attempt
Any thing on him ; for he hath a Witchcraft
Over the King in's Tongue.

Nor. O fear him not,
His Spell in that is out ; the King hath found
Matter against him that for ever mars
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The

and a Person of publick Character : But the Cardinal of England, after he had waited on his Brother Legate to his Apartment, thinking to go directly to his own, was told by one of the Officers, That no Provision for his Reception had been made in the Court : At which he was much furprized, having never been treated near the King's Person with any such Neglect before. However, as the King's Displeasure against the Cardinal was not then publickly known, but only whispered about, Sir John Norris, in a very obliging Manner, made him an Offer of his own Lodgings, till some other Provision could be made,

which The Honey of his Language. No, he's settled, Not to come off in his most high Displeasure.

Sur. I should be glad to hear such News as this
Once every Hour.

Nor. Believe it, this is true.
In the Divorce, his contrary Proceedings
Are all unfolded; wherein he appears
As I would with mine Enemy.

Sur. Eow came
His Practices to light ?

Suff. Most strangely.
Sur. How ?

Suff. The Cardinal's Letters to the Pope miscarried,
And came to th' Eye o’th' King; wherein was read,
How that the Cardinal did intreat his Holiness
To stay the Judgment o’th’ Divorce; for if
It did take place, I do, quoth he, perceive
Niy King is tangled in Affection to
A Creature of the Queen's, Lady Anna Bulleyn.

Sur. Has the King this?
Suff Believe it.
Sur. Will this work?

Cham. The King in this perceives him, how he coasts
And hedges his own Way, But in this point
All his Tricks founder ; and he brings his Phyfick
After his Patient's Death; the King already
Hath married the fair Lady.

Sur. Would he had !

Suff. May you be happy in your Wish, my Lord, For I profess you have ite

Sur. Now all Joy Trace the Conjunction,

Saff.

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which the Cardinal accepted of. When he Wolsey is

received came afterwards into the King's Presence,

graciously. he received him graciously, to the utmost Mortification of many Lords, who had been foolish enough to lay Wagers, That the King would not. Speak to bim.

Yet these Legates dined not with the King, who could not be spared from spending that Time with Anna Bulleyn in her own Chamber; and our Author says,

They were thought innocent Free“ doms at that Time,” which would be difficult to

recon-
Suf. My Amen to't.
Nor. All Men's.
Suff. There's Order given for her Coronation:
Marry this is but young, and may be left
To fome Ears unrecounted. But, my Lords,
She is a gallant Creature, and compleat
In Mind and Feature. I persuade me from her
Will fall some Blessing to this Land, * which shall.
In it be memoriz'd.

Sur. But will the King
Digest this Letter of the Cardinal's ?
The Lord forbid !

Nor. Marry, Amen.

Suff. No, no :
There be more Wasps that buz about his Nose,
Will make this sting the sooner. Cardinal Campeius
Is ftol'n away to Rome, has ta’en no Leave, and
Hath left th’ Cause t'th' King unhandled,
Is posted as the Agent of our Cardinal,
To second all his Plot. I do assure you,
The King cry'd Ha! at this.
Cham. Now God incense him

; And let him cry, Ha! louder,

Nor. But my Lord,
When returns Cranmer?

Suff. He is return'd with his Opinions,
Which have fatisfied the King for his Divorce,
Gather'd from all the famous Colleges
Almost in Christendom: Soon, I believe,
His second Marriage shall be publish'd, and
Her Coronation. Katherine no more
Shall be call'd Queen, but Princess Dowager,
A Widow to Prince Arthur.

Nor. * This Speech seems to be suited to the Time the Author lived in, Queen Elizabeth's.

reconcile with the strict Maxims of Behaviour, that obtain among young Ladies of the first Distinction at present

Cavendiso relates the Manner of that Lady's Behavicur at Dinner with his Majesty in Terms signiticant enough, to whom we shall refer.

Cardinal Wolsey, after Dinner, waited on the King, who received him with seeming Pleafure, had a long ferious Discourse with him, and then, taking him by the Hand, led him into the Privy Chamber, where

he

Nor. This fame Cranmer's
A worthy Fellow, and hath ta'en much Pain
In the King's Bufinefs.

Suff. He has, and we fhall fee him
For it an Archbishop.

Nor. So I hear.
Suff 'Tis fo.

Enter Wolfey and Cromwell. The Cardinal,

Nor. Observe, observe, he's moody.

Wolf. The Packet, Cromwell!
Gave it you the King ?

Cromw. To his own Hand, in's Będ-chamber,
Wolf. Look'd he o'th' Inside of the Paper ?

Cromw. Presently
He did unseal them, and the first he view'd,
He did it with a serious Mind; a Heed
Was in his Countenance. You he bad
Attend him here this Morning,

Wol. Is he ready to come Abroad :
Cromw, I think by this he is.
Woll. Leave me a while.

[Exit Cromwell.
It shall be to the Dutchess of Alençon,
The French King's Sister ; he thall marry her.
Anne Bulleyn ! ----No, I'll no Anne Bulleyn's for him,
There's more in't than fair Vilage Bulleyn !.
No, we'll no Bulleyn's !speedily I wish
To hear from Rome, -the Marchioneiš of Pembroke ! -

Nor. He's discontented.

Suff. May be he hears the King Does whet his Anger to him.

Sur. Sharp enough, Lord, for thy Jultice!

Wo!

[ Afde,

he was for a considerable Time alone with him upon which his Enemies were under great Uneali ness, left they should miscarry in their Designs of ruining him with his Mafter. What paffed between the King and the Cardinal does not appear : But after all his Majesty was determined to difgrace his Minifter, at the Request of his Favourite, and his other Enemies about the Court; though it is said, the King had Conflicts within himself, before he could be firmly fixed in his Resolution of facrificing an old and faithful

Ser:

Wolf. [ Afide.] The late Queen's Gentlewoman, a Knight's

Daughter !
To be her Mistress's Mistress ! the Queen's Queen!.
This Candle burns not clear, 'tis I muft fnuff it,
Then out it goes.

What tho? I know her virtuous,
And well-deserving ; yet I know her for
A spleeny Lutheran, and not wholefome to
Our Cause!

-that she should lie i'th? Bosom of
Our hard-rul'd King!-Again, there is sprung up
An Heretick, an arch one, Cranmer, one
Hath crawl'd into the Favour of the King,
And is his Oracle.
Nor. He's vex'd at something.

Enter King, reading of a Schedule,
Sur. I would 'twere something that would tret the String:
The Master-cord of's Heart.

Suff. The King ! the King!

King. What Piles of Wealth hath he accumulated t
To his own Portion ! what. Expence by, th' Hour
Seems to flow from him ! how in the Name of Thrift:
Does he rake this together! Now, my Lords,
Saw you the Cardinal?

Nor. My Lord, we have
Stood here observing him. Some Arange Commction
Is in his Brain ; he bites his Lips and starts,
Stops on a sudden, looks upon the Ground,
Then lays his Finger on his Temple ; ftrait
Springs out into faft Gate, then stops again,
Strikes his Breast hard, and then anon he casts,
His Eye against the Moon; in moit ftrange Postures
We've seen him set himself.

King

* This also looks like temporizing.
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