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Servant; but then, Love prevailed over all Confiderations ; and who can withstand it?

Matters being in this Situation Part of the Evening was spent by Anna Bulleyn, in contriving with the Cardinals Foes, how to divert the King the next Morning, from having any Coversation with him ; though his Majesty had then commanded his Attendance, and said, he would talk further with him. This she thoroughly accomplished; for, when the

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King. It may well be,
There is a Mutiny in's Mind. This Morning
Papers of State he sent me to peruse,
As I requir'd ; and wot you what I found
There, on my Conscience, but unwittingly,
Forsooth, an Inventory, thus importing
The several Parcels of his Plate, his Treasure,
Rich Stuffs and Ornaments of Houshold, which
I find at such a proud Rate, it out-speaks
Possession of a Subject.

Nor. It's Heaven's Will,
Some Spirit put this Paper in the Packet,
To bless your Eye withal.

King. If we did think
His Contemplations were above the Earth,
And fix'd on spiritual Objects, he should still
Dwell in his Musings ; but I'm afraid
His Thinkings are below the Moon, nor worth
His serious confidering.

He takes his Seat, whispers Lovel, who goes to Wolsey.
Wolf. Heav'n forgive me
Ever God bless your Highness.

King. Good my Lord,
You are full of heavenly Stuff, and bear the Inventory
Of your best Grace's in your Mind; the which
You were now running o'er ; you have scarce Time
To steal from spiritual Leisure a brief Span
To Keep your earthly Audit ; sure in that
I deem you an ill Husband, and am glad
To have you therein my Companion.

Wolf. Sir,
For holy Offices I have a Time ;
A Time to think upon the Part of Business
I bear i'th' State ; and Nature does require

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Cardinal came in Obedience to that Command, the King was just ready to mount his Horse, and, without taking further notice of The King neg

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2d Meeting fult with the Lords of the Council : Anna Bulleyn also passed Wolfey with an insulting Mein, and rode to take the Air with the King; and, to prevent his Return before the Cardinals Departure, had taken care to provide an Entertainment for his Majesty in Hanwell-park.

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I, her frail Son, amongst my Brethren mortal,
Must give my 'Tendance to.

King. You have said well.

Woit. And ever may your Highness yoke together,
As I will lend you Cause, my doing well
With my Well-faying.

King. 'Tis well faid again,
And 'tis a kind of good Deed to say well.
And yet Words are no Deeds. My Father lov'd you;
He said he did, and with this Deed did crown
His Word upon you. Since I had my Office
I'vę kept you next my Heart ; have not alone
Imploy'd you where high Profits might come Home,
But par'd my present Havings to beltow
My Bounties upon you,

Wolf. What Tould this mean?
Sur. The Lord increase this Businefs !
King. Have I not made you
The prime Man of the State ? I pray you tell me,
If what I now pronounce you have found true :
And, if you may confefs it, fay withal,
If you are bound to us or no? What say you ?

Woll. My Sovereign, I confefs. your Royal Graces,
Showr'd on me daily, have been more than could
My studied Purposes require, which went
Beyond all Man's Endeavours. My Endeavours
Have ever come too short of

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Defires ;
Yet, filld with my Abilities, mine own
Ends have been such, that evermore they pointed
To th’ Good of your moft Sacred Perion, and
The Profit of the State : For your great Graces
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The King's leaving the Cardinal in fo abrupt a Manner proved in the Event the decisive Stroak

3 but he was too wise to expose himself to the Raillery of the Court, by waiting for his Majesty's Return, which Anna Bulleyn had taken so effectual a Precaution to retard, judging rightly, that there was no contending for him against the Power of this

Lady
Heap'd upon me, poor Undeferver, I
Can nothing render but allegiant Thanks,
My Prayers to Heav'n for you; my Loyalty,
Which ever has, and ever shall be growing,
Till Death, that Winter, kill it.

King. Fairly answer'd :
A loyal and obedient Subject is
Therein illustrated : The Honour of it
Does pay the Act of it, i'th' contrary,
The Foulness is the Punishment. I presume,
That as my Hand has open'd Bounty to you,
My Heart dropp'd Love, my Pow'r rain'd Honour, more
On you, than any ; so your Hand and Heart,
Your Brain, and every Function of your Power,
Should, notwithitanding that your Bond of Duty,
As 'twere in Love's Particular, be more
To me your Friend than any.

Wolf. I profess
That for your Highness' Good I ever labour'd
More than my own; that am I, have been, will be :
Tho? all the World should crack their Duty to you,
And throw it from their Soul; tho' Perils did
Abound, as thick as Thought could make 'em, and
Appear in Forms more horrid; yet my Duty,
As doth a Rock against the chiding Flood,
Should the Approach of this wild River break,
And Itand unthaken yours

King. 'Tis nebly spoken ;
Take notice, Lords, he has a loyal Breaft,
For you have seen him open't. Read o'er this, [Giving him Paperse
And after this; and then to Breakfast with
What Appetite you may.

[Exit King, frozuning upon Cardinal Wolsey, the Nobles throng after him, whispering and smiling.

Wols. * The last Time of his seeing the King.

Lady over the Person in whose Breast she had already, in so triumphant a Manner, established her Empire ; and therefore immediately after Dinner he departed with his colleague, Campeius, for London, in their way to which they had much serious Difcourse on this Presage of the great Calamities which shortly after fell heavy on Wolsey

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. What should this mean!
What sudden Anger's this? How have I reap'd it?
He parted frowning from me, as if Ruin
Leap'd from his Eyes. —- So looks the chafed Lion
Upon the daring Huntsman that has gali'd him;
Then makes him nothing. I must read this Paper :
I fear the Story of his Anger- -'Tis so
This Paper has undone me 'Tis tl Account
Of all that World of Wealth I've drawn together
For mine own Ends, indeed, to gain the Popedom,
And see my Friends in Rome. O Negligence !
Fit for a Fool to fall by. What cross Devil
Made me put this main Secret in the Packet
I sent the King? Is there no Way to cure this?
No new Device to beat this from his Brains ?
I know 'twill ftir him strongly; yet I know
A Way, if I take right, in ipight of Fortune,
Will bring me off again. What's this.

To the Pope ?
The Letter, as I live, with all the Business
I writ to's Holiness. Nay, then farewel ;
I've touch'd the highest Point of all my Greatness,
And, from that fulī Meridian of my Glory,
I hafte now to my Setting. I fall fall
Like a bright Exhalation in the Evening,
And no Man fee me more.

Tho' Shakespear aseribes, as one their Hearsay without any Eviof the Causes of the Cardinal's dence whatsoever, all his great Disgrace, to his designing to fend Wealth, as it afterwards ap- : to Rome the great Wealth he had peared, confitted only in rich got together, which Account he Goods, and fome Jewels, not in has taken from some of our old Money ; and, whatever it was, Chronicle Writers, who relate the King had all at latt.

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The Cardinal was no fooner got to returns to Lon- London, but his Enemies set the Lawyers

to work in drawing up Indietments, Apa ticles, and other Charges for male Administration, NATURAL TREATMENT TO FALLEN MINISTÉRS; but they did not think proper to exhibit them till after Campeius was departed the Kingdom; and that he might the sooner be gone, in order to give him his Audience of Leave, the King hastened to London, where Compeius was soon introduced to his Majesty. The King had such a Command of himself

as to take no notice of Campeius's Pros Campeius has his Audience of

ceedings, but looked pleasantly on him, and wished him a good Journey. Being

returned from his Audience, he took an affectionate Leave of his Brother Cardinal, and then prepared to embark.

His Baggage was sent before him to be put on Board the Ship, where the Czystom-house Officers throughly searched it, under Pretence of looking for contrabard Goods; but Bishop Burnet afsigns us two Reafons for this Search ; 1/1, in hopes of catching Wolley's Ircafure among it ; 2dly, of finding the King's Love-letters to Anna Bulleyn, which were privacely conveyed out of his Cabinet and sent to Rome, where he saw them in the Vatican Library; for, he knowing the King's Hand, he was convinced they were writ by him, though so ill wrote, they were scarce legible, and the French faulty ; which he got Dr. Fell to copy out for him. But the Bishop's Difciple; Rapin, gives us a 3d Reason ;

“ It is probable, says " he, the King hoped to find the Decretal Bull,

which he had seen in his Hands, not knowing it was burnt."

Campeius made loud Complaints of this Infult, and writ to the King to demand Satisfaction, as an Affront of the highest Nature done to the Legate of

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