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Bat those, that soughtit, I could wish more christians. And when you wonld say something, that is sad, This Be what they will, I heartily forgive them: Speak, how I fell! - I have done; and God forgive me! Tha! Yet let them look, they glory not in mischief,
(Exeunt Buckingham and Train, Turi Nor build their evils on the graves of great men! 1 Gent. O, this is full of pity! --Sir, it calls, Sa For then my guiltless blood must cry against them. I fear, too many carses on their heads,
No For further life in this world I ne'er hope, That were the authors.
And Nor will I sue, although the king have mercies 2 Gent. If the duke be guiltless, More, than I dare make faults. You few, that lov'd me, 'Tis full of woe: yet I can give you inkling
Bety And dare be bold to weep for Buckingham, Of an ensuing evil, if it fall,
Hed His noble friends, and fellows, whom to leave Greater than this.
Dane Is only bitter to him, only dying,
1 Gent. Good angels keep it from ns! Go with me, like good angels, to my end; Where may it be? You do not doubt my faith, sir? And, And, as the long divorce of steel falls on me, 2 Gent. This secret is so weighty, 'twill require Не с Make of your prayers one sweet sacrifice, A strong faith to conceal it,
That And lift my soul to heaven! - Leadon, o'God's name! 1 Cent. Let me have it!
Abo Lov. I do beseech your grace, for charity, I do not talk much.
0f1 If ever any malice in your heart
2 Gent. I am confident,
Tha Were hid against me, now to forgive me frankly. You shall, sir. Did you not of late days hear Buck. Sir Thomas Lovell, I as free forgive you, A burcing of a separation
wa As I would be forgiven : I forgive all ; Between the king and Catharine ?
Ch There cannot be those numberless ofl'ences
1 Gent. Yes, but it held not: 'Gainst me, I can't take peace with: no black envy For when the king once heard it, out of anger Shall make my grave.
Commend me to his grace He sent command to the lord mayor, straight And, if he speak of Buckingham, pray, tell him, To stop the rumour, and allay those tongues,
La You met him half in heaven: my vows and prayers That durst disperse it.
T! Yet are the king's; and, till my soul forsake me, 2 Gent. But that slander, sir,
T Shall cry for blessings on him. May he live Is found a truth now: for it grows again
T Longer, than I have time to tell his years ! Fresher, than e'er it was, and held for certain,
Į Erer belor'd, and loving, may his rule be! The king will venture at it. Either the cardinal, 2 And, when old time shall lead him to his end, Or some about him uear, have, out of malice
AU Goodness and he fill up one inonument!
To the good queen, possess'd him with a scruple, Or Lov. To the water side I must conduct your grace; That will undo her: to confirm this too,
Fri Then give my charge up to sir Nicholas Vaux, Cardinal Campeius is arriv'd, and lately;
Li Who undertakes
As all think, for his business.
1 Gent. 'Tis the cardinal; The duke is coming: see, the barge be ready, And merely to revenge him on the emperor,
11 And fit it with such furniture, as suits For not bestowing on him, at his asking,
AS The greatness of his person!
The archbishoprick of Toledo, this is purpos'd. : If Buck. Nay, sir Nicholas,
2 Gent. I think, you have hit the mark: but ist T Let it alone! my state now will but mock me.
1 Gent. 'Tis woful.
Enter the Lord Chamberlain, reading a letter, Deing distress'd, was by that wretch betray'd, Cham. My lord, — The horses your lordship sene And without trial fell ; God's peace be with him ! for, with all the care I hud, I saw well chosen, ridTienry the seventh succeeding, truly pitying den, and furnish'd. They were young, and handsome, My father's loss, like a most royal prince, and of the best breed in the north, When they were Piestor’d me to my honours, and, ont of ruins, ready to set out for London, a man of my lord cardiMade my name once more noble. Now his son, nal's, by commission, and muin power, cook 'en from Keury the eighth, life, honour, name, and all me, with this reason, his master would be served That made me happy, at one stroke has taken before a subject, if not before the king: which stopped For ever from the world. I had my trial,
our mouths, sir. And, must 'needs say, a noble one; which makes me I fear, he will, indeed !--Well, let him have them! A little happier, than my wretched father:
He will have all, I think. Yet thus far we are one in fortunes, - Both
Enter the Dukes of Norfolk and SUFFOLK.
Suf. How is the king employ'd ?
Cham. It seems, the marriage with his brother Like water from ye, never found again
Has crept too near another lady.
Nor. 'Tis so;
This is the cardinal's doing, the king-cardinal : Most learned reverend sir! into our kingdom; That blind priest, like the eldest son of fortune, Use ns, and it. — My good lord, have great care Turns what he lists. The king will know him one day.'I be not found a talker.
K. Hen. We are busy; go![To Norfolk and Suffolk.
Nor. If it do,
I'll venture one heave at him.
Suf. I another.
(Exeunt Norfolk and Suffolk. Of her, that loves him with that excellence,
Wol. Your grace has given a precedent of wisdom
Your scruple to the voice of Christendom :
Must now confess, if they have any goodness,
I mean, the learned ones, in christian kingdoms,
This just and learned priest, cardinal Campeius;
Whom, once more, I present unto your highness. Nor. We had need pray,
K. Hen. And, once more, in mine arms I bid him And heartily, for our deliverance;
And thank the holy conclave for their loves;
They have sent me such a man I would have wish'd
Cam. Your grace must needs deserve all strangers'
You are so noble. To your highness' hand
(The court of Rome commanding,) — you, my lord I knew him, and I know him ; so I leave him
Cardinal of York, are join'd with me their servant,
In the unpartial judging of this business.
K. Hen Two equal men. The queen shall be ac-
quainted From these sad thoughts, that work too much upon Forthwith, for what you come. - · Where's Gardiner? him:
Wol. I know, your majesty has always lov'd her
So dear in heart, not to deny her that
A woman of less place might ask by law,
To him that does best; God forbid else. Cardinal, [Exit Lord Chamberlain. Pr’ythee, call Gardiner to me, my new secretary; Norfolk opens a folding-door. The King is dis- I find him a fit fellow.
Re-enter Wolsey, with GARDINER.
Wol. Give me your hand: much joy and favour
Gard. But to be commanded
For ever by your grace, whose hand has rais'd me.
[Aside. Nor. A gracious king, that pardons all offences, K. Hen. Come hither, Gardiner! Malice ne'er meant : our breach of duty, this way,
(They converse apart. Is business of estate; in which we come
Cam. My lord of York! was not one doctor Pace
In this man's place before him?
Wol. Yes, he was.
Wol. Yes, surely.
Cam. Believe me, there's an ill opinion spread then
Wol. How! of me?
Kept him a foreign man still; which so griev'd him, I would not be a young count in your way,
For more than blushing comes to : if your back
Old [Exit Gardiner. No more to the crown but that. Lo! who comes here? The most convenient place, that I can think of,
Enter the Lord Chamberlain.
of C So sweet a bedfellow? But,conscience, conscience,– Not your demand; it valoes not yonr asking: 0, 'tis a tender place, and I must leave her! (Exeunt. Our mistress' sorrows we were pitying: S ENE II.
bear An antechamber in the Queen's Cham. It was a gentle business, and becoming apurtinents.
All will be well.
sul His highness having lived so long with her; and she .sings
sila So good a lady, that no tongue could ever
Follow such creatures. That you may, fair lady,
de So many courses of the sun enthron'd, Commends his good opinion to you, and
hu Still growing in a majesty and pomp, - the which Does purpose honour to you no less flowing To leave is a thousand-fold more bitter, than Than marchioness of Pembroke; to which tide "Tis sweet at first to acquire, - after this process, A thousand pound a-year, annual support,
bei To give her the avaunt! it is a pity
Out of his grace he adds.
Anne. I do not know,
What kind of my obedience I should tender;
More than my all is nothing: nor my prayers
Vouchsafe to speak my thanks, and my obedience, old L. Alas, poor lady!
As from a blushing handmaid, to his highness;
Whose health, and royalty, I pray for.
I shall not fail to approve the fair conceit
The king hath of you.— I have perus’d her well.
That they have caught the king: and who knows yet,
But from this lady may proceed a gem,
To lighten all this isle? --I'll to the king,
And say, I spoke with you.
Anne. My honour'd lord! (Exit Lord Chamberlain.
Old L. Why, this it is; see, see!
(Am yet a courtier beggarly,) nor could
For any suit of pounds : and you, (O fate!)
A very fresh fish here, (fye, fye upon
Before you open it.
Old L. How tastes it? is it bitter? forty pence, no.
There was a lady once, ('tis an old story,
For a'l the mud in Egypt:- have you heard it?
O'ermount the lark. The marchioness of Pembroke!
That promises more thousands.' Honours train
Is longer than his foreskirt. By this time,
Are you not stronger, than
That I have been your wife, in this obedience,
Upward of twenty years, and have been blest
And prove it too, against mine honour aught,
My bond to wedlock, or my love and duty,
Turn me away; and let the foul'st contempt
Shut door upon me, and so give me up
The king, your father, was reputed for
Wol. Whilst our commission from Rome is read, It's fit this royal session do proceed;
And that, without delay, their arguments
Be now produc'd, and heard.
Q. Cath. Lord cardinal, -
To you I speak.
Wol. Your pleasure, madam ?
Q. Cath. Sir!
We are a queen, (or long have dream'd so,) certain,
The daughter of a king, my drops of tears
I'll turn to sparks of fire.
Q. Cath. I will, when you are humble; nay, before,
You shall not be my judge ; for it is you
Which God's dew quench! — Therefore, I say again,
I utterly abhor, yea, from my soul,
Refuse you for my judge; whom, yet once more,
Wol. I do profess,
I have no spleen against you ; por injustice
Or how far farther shall, is warranted
By a commission from the consistory,
And worthily, my falsehood ? yea, as much
That I am free of your report, he knows, The queen is put in anger. You are excus'd:
Cath I am not of your wroug. Therefore in him But will you be more justified ? you ever
That It lies, to cure me; and the cure is, to
Have wish'd the sleeping of this business; never Can Remove these thoughts from you: the which before Desir'd it to be stirrd; but oft have hinder'd; oft
The His highness shall speak in, I do beseech The passages made toward it: – on my houour,
That You, gracious madam! to unthink your speaking, I speak my good lord cardinal to this point,
Mean And to say so no more, And thus far clear him. Now, what mov'd me to't,
Made Q. Cath. My lord, my lord!
I will be bold with time, and your attention: -- She : I am a simple woman, much too weak Then mark the inducement. Thus it came; – gire
K. To oppose your cunning. You are meek, and humble- heed to't: moath'd;
Thes My conscience first receiv'd a tenderness,
This You sign your place and calling, in full seeming, Scruple, an prick, on certain speeches utter'd
Who had been hither sent on the debating
Sometimes our brother's wife. This respite shook
The bosom of my conscience, enter'd me,
The region of my breast; which forc'd such way, (She court'sies to the King, and offers to depart. That many maz'd considerings did throng, Cam. The queen is obstinate,
And press'd in with this caution. First, methought, Stubborn to jnstice, apt to accuse it, and
I stood not in the smile of heaven ; who had Disdainful to be try'd by't ; 'tis not well.
Commanded nature, that my lady's womb, She's going away.
It not conceiv'd a male child by me, should K. Tlen. Call her again.
Do no more offices of life to't, than Crier. Catharine queen of England, come into the The grave does to the dead: for her male issue court!
Or died where they were made, or shortly after Grif. Mudam, you are call'd back!
This world had air’d them. Hence I took a thought, Q. Cath. What need you note it? pray you, keep This was a judgment on me: that my kingdom, your way:
Well worthy the best heir o'the world, should not When you are call’d, return. – Now the Lord help, Be gladded in’t by me: then follows, that They vex me past my patience! - pray you, pass on: I weigh'd the danger, which my realms stood in I will not tarry; no, nor ever more,
By this my issue's fail; and that gave to me
The wild sea of my conscience, I did steer (Exeunt Queen, Griffith, and her other At- Toward this remedy, whereupon we are tendunts.
Now present here together; that's to say, K. Hen. Go thy ways, Kate !
I meant to rectify my conscience, which That man i'the world, who shall report he has I then did feel full sick, and yet not well, A better wife, let him in nonght be trusted, By all the reverend fathers of the land, For speaking false in that. Thou art, alone, And doctors learn’d. — First, I began in private (If thy rare qualities, sweet gentleness,
With you, my lord of Lincoln; you remember Thy meekness saint-like, wife-like government, -- How under my oppression 1 did reek, Obeying in commanding, - and thy parts
When I first mov'd you. Sovereign and pious else, could speak thee out,) Lin. Very well, my liege! The queen of earthly queens:- she is noble born; K. Hen. I have spoke long; be pleas'd yourself And, like her true nobility, she has Carried herself towards me.
How far you satisfied me. Wol. Most gracious sir !
Lin. So please your highness, In humblest manner I require your highness, The question did at first so stagger me, That it shall please you to declare, in hearing Bearing a state of mighty moment in't, Of all these ears, (for where I am robb’d and bound, and consequence of dread, – that I committed There must I be unloos’d; although not there The daring'st counsel, which I had, to doubt; At once and fully satisfied,) whether ever I And did entreat your highness to this course, Did broach this business to your highness; or Which you are running here. Laid any scruple in your way, which might
K. llen. I then mov'd you, Induce you to the question on’t? or ever
My lord of Canterbury; and got your leave Have to you,
but with thanks to God for such To make this present summons. A royal lady, — spake one the least word, might I left no reverend person in this court; Be to the prejudice of her present state,
But by particular consent proceeded, Or touch of her good person?
Under your hands and seals. Therefore, go on! K. Hen. My lord cardinal,
For no dislike i'the world against the person I do excuse you; yca, upon mine honour,
of the good queen, but the sharp thorny points I free you from't! You are not to be taught of my alleged reasons, drive this forward That you have many enemies, that know not Prove but our marriage lawful, by my life, Why they are so, but, like to village curs, And kingly dignity, we are contented Bark when their fellows do: by some of these To'wear our mortal state to come, with her