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“ few him a written Order, signed by the King
į “ further adding, That he held that Place by Patent
for Life. His Refusal being signified to the King,
Woll. Speak on, Sir,
I dare your worst Objections: If I blush,
It is to see a Nobleman want Manners.
Sur. I'd rather want thole than my Head ; have at you.
First, That, without the king's Assent or Knowledge,
You wrought to be a Legate, by which Power
You maim'd the Jurildiction of all bishops.
Nor. Then, That, in all you writ to Rome, or else
To foreign Princcs, Ego & Rex meus
Was still infcrib'd, in which you brought the King
To be your Seryant.
Suff. That, without the knowledge
Either of King or Council, when you went
Ambassador to the Emperor, you made bold
To carry into Flanders the Great Seal.
Sur. Item, You fent a large Commission
To Gregory de Casali, to conclude,
Without the King's Will, or the State's Allowance,
A League between his Highness and Ferrara.
Suf That, out of meer Ambition, you have made
Your holy Hat be stampt on the King's Coin.
Sur. That you have sent innumerable Substance
(By what Means got ļ leave to your own Conscience)
To furnish Rome, and to prepare the Ways
You have for Dignities, to the mere undoing
Of all the Kingdom. Many more there are,
Which, since they are of you, and odious,
I will not taint my Mouth with.
Cham. O, my Lord,
Press not a falling Man too far ; 'tis Virtue :
His Faults lie open to the Laws ; let them,
Not you, correct him. My Heart weeps to see him
So little of his great Self.
Sur. I forgive him.
Suf. Lord Cardinal, the King's further Pleasure is,
(Because all those Things you have done of late,
By your Pow'r Legatine, within this Kingdom,
Fall in the Compass of a Premunire)
That therefore such a Writ be sued against you,
To forfeit all your Goods, Lands, Tenements,
Castles, and whatsoever, and to be
Out of the King's Protection. This is my Charge.
¢ he sent the same Persons the next Day with a
peremptory Command to deliver up the Great Seal " without the least Demurr, which was done accordM m 2
Nor. * And so we'll leave you to your Meditations
How to live better. For your stubborn Answer;
About the giving back the Great Seal to us,
The King Thall know it, and no doubt thall thank you.
So fare you well, my little good Lord Cardinal.
(Exeunt all but Wolsey:
Wolf. So farewel to the little Good you bear me.
Farewel, a long Parewel, to all my Greatness !
This is the State of Man ; To-day he puts forth
The tender Leaves of Hopes, Tomorrow blossoms,
And bears his blushing Honours thick upon him :
The third Day comes a Frost, a killing Frost,
And, when he thinks, good easy Man, full surely,
His Greatness is a ripening, nips his Root,
And then he falls, as I do. I have ventur'd,
Like little wanton Boys, that swim on Bladders,
These many Summers in a Sea of Glory;
But far beyond my Depth : My high blown Pride
At Length broke under me, and now has left me,
Weary, and old with Service, to the Mercy
Of a rude Stream, that must for ever hide me.
Vain Pomp and Glory of the World! I hate ye.
I feel my Heart new open'd. O how wretched
Is that poor Man that hangs on Princes Favours !
• There is, betwixt that Smile we would aspire to;
That sweet Aspect of Princes, an our Ruin,
More Pangs and Fears, than War or Women have.
And, when he falls, he falls like Lucifer,
Never to hope again.
Enter Cromwell, flanding amafed. Why, how now, Cromwell?
Cromv. I have no Power to speak, Sir.
Woil. What, amaz'd
At my Misfortưnes! Can thy Spirit wonder
A great Man should decline ? Nay; If you weep,
I'm fallin indeed.
Cromw. How does your Grace ?
Wolf. Why, well í
Never so truly happy, my good Cromwell.
I know myself now, and I feel within me
. * The Duke introduced in this Scene had been dead five Years, and Surry, Buckingham's Son-in-Law, was then Duke of Norfolk.
ingly by the Cardinal ; yet not without some tart " Reflections on the Messengers, who, not without
" Grounds, A Peace above all earthly Dignities, A fill and quiet Conscience. The King has cur'd me, I humbly than); his Grace; and from these Shoulders, These ruin'd Pillars, out of Pity, taken A Load would sink a Navy, too much Honour. O’is a Burden! Cromwell, 'tis a Burden Too heavy for a Man that hopes for Heav'n.
Cromw. I'm glad your Grace has made that right Use of it.
Wolf. I hope I have: I'm able now, methinks,
Out of a Fortitude of Soul I feel,
T'endure more Miseries, and greater far
Than my weak-hearted Enemies dare offer.
What News abroad?
Cromw. The heaviest, and the worst,
Is your Displeasure with the King.
Wolf God bless him !
Cromw. The next is, that Sir Thomas More is chosen
Lord Chancellor in your Place.
Wolf. That's somewhat sudden.
But he's a learned Man. May he continue
Long in his Highness' Favour, and do Justice,
For Truth's Sake and his Conscience, that his Bones,
Wher, he has run his Course and sleeps in Bleslings,
May have a Tomb of Orphans Tears wept on him.
Cromw. That Cranmer is return’d with Welcome ;
Install'd Lord Archbishop of Canterbury.
Wolf. That's News indeed.
Cromw. Last, that the Lady Anne,
Whom the King hath in Secrecy long married,
This Day was view'd in open, as his. Queen,
Going to Chapel, and the Voice is now
Only about her Coronation.
Wolf. There was the Weight that pull'd me down, O Cromwell!
The King has gone beyond me : All my Glories,
In that one Woman, I have lost for ever.
No Sun shall ever usher forth my Honours,
Or guild again the noble Troops that waited
Upon my Smiles. Go get thee from me, Cromwell,
I am a poor fallin Man, unworthy now
To be thy Lord and Master. Seek the King, (That Sun, I pray may never set) Iv'e told him, What and how true thou art ; he will advance thee; Some
* This did not happen till some Time after the Cardinal's Death. † Nor this.
« Grounds, were suspected to have the chief Hand “ in his Disgrace.”
Some little Memory of me will stir him,
I know his noble Nature, not to let
Thy hopeful Service perish too. Good Cromwell;
Neglect him not; make use now, and provide
For thine own future Safety.
Cromw. O my Lord !
Must then I leave you ? muft I needs forego
So good, so noble, and so true a Mafter?
Bear witness, all that have not Hearts of Iron,
With what a Sorrow Cromwell leaves his Lord:
The King shall have my Service ; but my Prayers
For ever and for ever shall be yours.
Wolf. Cromwell, I did not think to shed a Tear
In all my Miseries ; but thou hast forc'd me,
Out of thy honest Truth, to play the Woman.
Let's dry our Eyes: And thus far hear me, Cromwell,
And when I am forgotten, as I shall be,
And sleep in dull cold Marble, where no mention
Of me muft more be heard, say then I taught thee,
Say, Wolfey, that once trod the Ways of Glory,
And founded all the Depths and Shoals of Honour,
Found thee a Way out of his Wreck to rise in :
A sure and safe one, tho' thy Mafter miss'd it.
Mark but my Fall, and that which ruin'd me.
Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away Ambition,
By that Sin fell the Angels; how can Man then
(The Image of his Maker) hope to win it?
Love thy self last, cherish those Hearts that hate thée :
Corruption wins not more than Honesty.
Still in thy Right-hand carry gentle Peace,
To filence envious 'Tongues. Be just, and fear not.
Let all the Ends thou aim'ft at be thy Country's,
Thy God's, and Truth's ; then if thợu fall'it, Ó Cromwell !
Thou fall'it a blessed Martyr.' Serve the King ;
And pr’ythee lead me in-
There take an Inventory of all I have,
To the last Penny, 'tis the King's. My Robe,
And my Integrity to Heav'n is all
I dare now call mine own, O Cromwell! Cromwell!
Had I but serv'd my God with half the Zeal
I serv'd my King, he would not, in mine Age,
Have left me naked to mine Enemies.
Cromw. Good Sir, have Patience.
Wolf. So I have. Farewel
The Hopes of Court! my Hopes in Heav'n do dwell.
Other Authors say, that the first Day of Michael mas Term was come, before the Cardinals Enemies could settle how to proceed against him; and that he wenc to Westminster-ball in his usual State, and fat there for the last Time ; contrary to what the Record of that Proceeding, to be seen in Rymer's Federa, Vol. XIV. sets forth, which we have here introduced a Translation of.
On the Delivery of the Great Seal. * Emorandum, That on Sunday the 17th Dàý
" the VIIIth's Reign, the said Lord the King's Great “ Seal, in the Custody of the most Rev. Father in
Chrift, * We presume it will not be thought disagreeable to subjoin
fome Memoirs of the Lord High Chancellors, Lord Keepers, and Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal, from the
Time Cardinal Wolsey delivered it up. 1529. U Pom Diligrace the
"Cardinal • Fortune he had for a great sey's
Space, and how at last he had a Great Seal was given to Sir Tho- grievous Fall, I have Caufe emas More, Oet. the 25th, with the nough, by my Predeceffor's Title of Lord Chancellor. Se- Example, to think Honour but veral of the Noblemen, who at- slippery, and this Dignity not tended him the first time to Wefta • fo grateful to me, as it may minser-hall, were very full of "feeni to be to others." their Compliments, but Sir Tho- Sir Thomas was à Gentleman mas was nothing moved thereat; of admirable Attainments in at indeed, it pat him in mind of Sorts of Learning : His Utopia those who had gone before him; is admired throughout Europe ; for, cafting his Eye to the Court, and his History of Richard the where his Predecessor had sat, he IIId has obtained fo much Credit broke out into these Expressions : with Historians, that they have • But when I look upon this Seat, entirely depended on its Autho• and think of what kind of rity. However, during the time
Personages have possessed this he held the Seal, nothing extra• Place before me; when I call ordinary happened in this Court. " to mind who He was that If we believe what fome Authors • fat in it last of all, a Man of relate, he did not leave one Cause • what fingular Wisdom, of to be heard; and it is remarkable, • what notable Experience, what that from his Time the Chuling
a prosperous and favourable Lord Chancellors from the Laies