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As soon as the News of Campeius's Arrival in England was known at London, great Preparations were
Suff. Pray God he do! he'll never know himself else.
Nor. How holily he works in all his Business,
Cham. Heav'n keep me from such Counsel ! 'tis moít true,
Nor. We had need pray, and heartily, for Deliverance ;
Nor. Let's in ;
Cham. Excuse me,
* Yet he acknowledges in a Letter, that his chief Friend, next the King, was the Cardinal. See our IId Vol. p. 258.
made to receive him ; but, being much afflicted with the Gout, he chose to come to Town privately ; fo
You'll find it a moft unfit Time to disturb him :
[Exit Lord Chamberlain. Nor. Thanks, my good Lord Chamberlain.
The Scene draws, and discovers the King fitting and reading
King. Who's there, I say? how dare you thrust yourselves
Nor. A gracious King, that pardons all Offences
King. Ye are too bold !
Enter Wolsey, and Campeius, the Pope's Legate, with a Como
my wounded Conscience ;
Wol. Sir, you cannot:
King. We are busy ; go.
Suff: Not to speak of:
Nor. If it do,
Exeunt Norfolk and Suffolk.
that, on the oth of O&tober, he took Water at St. Mary Overy's, and landed at Bath-place, where he was visited by Wolsey and divers of the Nobility and Gentry. Af
The Spaniard, ty'd by Blood and Favour to her,
King. And once more, in my Arms, I bid him Welcome,
Cam. Your Grace muit needs deserve all Strangers Loves,
King. Two equal Men! the Queen shall be acquainted
Wol. I know your Majesty has always lov'd her
King. Ay, and the best she shall have ; and my Favour
Gard. But to be commanded
[Walks and whispers. Deliver this with Modefty to the Queen.
ye shall meet about this weighty Business.
ter he was a little recovered, though not able to walk, he was carried in a Chair by four Persons, and introduced to the King's Presence by the Cardinal of York, and both Cardinals being feated on the Right-hand of the King's Throne, Francesco, Campeius's Secretary, addressed himself to the King in Latin, in which he related “ with what Cruelty the Emperor's Soldiers “ had handled the Pope, the Tyranny they had shew" ed to the Cardinals and Priests, the Sacrilege and
Spoil they had committed in St. Peter's Church “ how they had violated Virgins, ravished Men's " Wives, spoiled, robbed, and tormented all the Ro
mans and Inhabitants in the City of Rome ; then re“ cited what Friendship the College of Rome had met “ with at the Royal Hands of the Kings of England “ and France, in the Time of that Tribulation ; that, “ if they had not joined together, the City of Rome “ with all their Governors had been brought to Ruin: “ For which Pope Clement, and all his College of Car“ dinals, the Senators, with all the Citizens, rendered
to the King their hearty Thanks, and promised him 66 their Love, Favour, and Amity perpetual.”
To this Specch Dr. Fox, Provost of Cambridge, made answer, and as to the first Point declared, , " That the King much lamented to hear his Friends,
or any other Christian Men, should be handled with “ Tyranny:” To the second, “ That the King had “ done but the Duty of a Christian Prince, to relieve “ his Friends in Distress, for which he desired that the “ whole City of Rome would give Thanks to God, " and not to him."
Whilft Matters were preparing for the Trial Campeius had an Audience of the Queen, when he took Occasion to acquaint her of the Danger of the present Difpute, and, endeavouring to persuade her to retire to a Monastery, seemed to charge her with some unseasonable Freedoms and Misconduct in her Behaviour ; for that, since the granting of the Legate's Commission, she
was observed to allow Dancing and Court-diversions more than before, and to appear in Publick with an unusual Air of Chearfulness and Spirit ; whereas the Condition of her Circumstances ought to have made her more grave, and recollect, that the Perplexity of the King's Conscience, not to mention other gloomy Appearances, were no Motives for Satisfaction.
The Queen, by no means pleased with this Difcourse, replied positively, That she was resolved to stand by the Marriage allowed by the Apostolick See : So that Campeius, finding there was no good to be done with the Queen, took his Leave, and returned to his Majesty, to acquaint him with what had passed.
Stow says, “ The common People talked largely in respect to Campeius's Arrival in England, by say
ing, the King wanted another Wife, and had fent “ for this Legate in order to get rid of his Queen :
Particularly the Women charged him with Incontenency, and that there was more Passion than Coscience in this Application."
The King, hearing of the daily Grumblings of his People, thought proper to call before him the great Men of his Kingdom, both Spiritual and Temporal, besides others of inferior Degree were adınitted ; to whom he made the following Speech. * The King's Oration, Spoken on the Ides of Novem
ber, 1528. ENERABLE and dear Assembly of Prelates,
Peers and Counsellors, which the common “ Care of Administring well for the Republick and our
Kingdom has brought together. It is no Secret to you, that, by Divine Providence, we have these
twenty Yearst almost governed this our Realm with “ so much Happiness, that in all that Time it was free “ from hostile Incursions ; and we, in those Wars
(6 which * Mr. Parker's Ant. Brit. p. 475. + Eighteen of which the Cardinal had the Conducting of Affairs.