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Nor. One, certes, that promises no element In such a business..
Buck. Pray you, who, my Lord?
Nir. All this was order'd by the goad discretion
Of the right rev'rend Cardinal of York.
Buck. The devil speed him! no man's pye is..
From his ambitious.fingerWhat had he
To do in these fierce vanities? I wonder
That such a keech + can with his very bulk
Take up the rays o'th' beneficial fun,
And keep it from the earth..
Nor. Yet, surely, Sir,
There's in him stuff that puts him to those ends,
For being not propt by ancestry, whose grace
Chalks fucceffors their way ; nor call’d upon
For high feats done to th' crown; neither ally'd
To eminent alliftants; but. spider-like
Out of his self-drawing web;-this gives us notes
The force of his own merit makes his way;
A gift that Heaven gives for him, which buys
A place next to the King.
Aber. I cannot tell
What Heav'n hath giv'n him; let some graver eye
Pierce into that : but I can see his pride
Peep through each part of himn; whence has he
If not from hell, the devil is a niggard,
Or has giv'n all before ; and he begins
A new hell in himself.
Buck. Why the devil,
Upon this French going out, took he upon him,
Without the privity o' th’ King, t appoint
Who should attend him ? He makes up the file
Of all the gentry; for the most part such,
To whom as great a charge as little honour
He meant to lay upon ; 'and-his own letter,
• No initiation, no previous practice Johnson.
+ A keech is a folid lump or mais. A cake of wax or tallow, formed in a mould, is called yet in fome places a keecban Johnson.
The honourable board of council out,
Must fetch in him he
Aber. I do know
Kinsmen of mine, three at the least, that have
By this so ficken'd' their estates, that never
They Mall abound as formerly.
Buck. O, many
Have broke their backs with laying manors on 'err
For this great journey. What did this vanity
But minister communication of
A most poor issue ?
Nor. Grievingly, I think,
The peace between the French and us not values
The cost that did conclude it.
Buck. Every man, -
After the hideous storm that follow'd, was
A thing inspir’d; and not consulting, broke
Into a general prophecy, that this tempest,
Dashing the garment of this peace, aboded :
The sudden breach on't.
Nor. Which is budded out;
For France hath flaw'd the league, and hath attach'd
Our merchants' goods at Bourdeaux.
Aber. Is it therefore
Th' ambassador is filenc'd.?.
Narı Marry is't.
Aber. A proper title of a peace, and purchas'd : At a superfluous rate!
Buck. Why, all this business. Our rev'rend Cardinal carried.
Nor. Like it your Grace, The state takes notice of the private difference Betwixt you and the Cardinali I advile you, And take it from a heart that withes tow'rds you a Honour and plenteous safety, that you read The Cardinal's malice and his potency Together : to consider further, that What his high hatred would effect, wants not
• He papers, a verb; his own letter, by his own single authority, and without the concurrence of the council, mult feich in him whom he papers down. : Pope.
A minister in his pow'r. You know his nature,
That lie's revengeful; and I know his fivord
Hath a sharp edge; it's long, and 't may be faid
It reaches far; and wliere 'will not exiend,
Thither be darts it. Bosom up my countel,
You'll find it wholesome. Lo, where comes that rock
That I advise your thunning.
S CE N E II. Enter Cardinal Wolsey, the purse borne before him,
certain of the guard, and two Secretaries with papers; the Cardinal in his palsage fixetr his eve on Buckingham, and Buckingham on him, both full of disdain.
Wol. The Duke of Buckingham's Surveyor ? ha! Where's his exajnination ?
Sec. Here, so please you.
Wirl. Is he in person ready?
Sec. Ay, an't please your Grace.
Wol. Well, we hall then know more ;
And Buckingham shall lessen this big look.
[Exeunt Cardiu.il and his trnin. Buck. This butcheriscur is venom-mouth'di, and I Have not the power to muzzle hiin; therefore beft Not wake him in his fluunber. A beggar's book Out-worths a noble's blood.
Nor. What, are you chaf'd ? Ak God for temp?rance; that's th’appliance only Which your diseale requires.
Buck: I read in's look
Matter againít me, and his eve revil'd
Me as his abject object; at this instant
He' bores * me with lome trick. He's gone to the
l'll follow and out-frare him.
Nor. Stay, my Lord;
And let your reason with your choler question
What'tis you go about. To climb steep hills
Requires flow pace at first. Anger is like
• He stabs or bounds me by some artificc .cr f&one.
A full-hot horle, who being allo r'd his way,
Self-mettle tires hiin Nut a man in England
Can advise me like you; be to yourself
As you would to your friend.
Buck. I'll to the King,
And from a mouth of honour quite cry down
This Ipswich fellow's inlolence; or proclaim
There's diff'rence in no persons.
Nor. Be advis'd;:
Heat not a furnace for your foe.so hot,
That it do finge yourfelf. We may out-rung-
By violent swifiness, that which we run at,
And lose by over-running ; know you not
The fire that mounts the liquor 'tilli run o'er,
Seeming t'augment it, wastes it? be advis'd;
I lay again, there is no English foul.
More stronger to direct you ihan yourself,
If with the sap of reason you would quench,
Or but allay the fire of pallion.
: Buck. Sir,
I'ın thankful to you, and I'll go along
By your prescription ; but this top-proud fellow,
(Whom from the flow of gall I name not, but
From sincere motions) by intelligence
And proofs as clear as founts in July, when
We see each grain of gravel, I do know
To be corrupt and treasonous.
Nor. Say not trealonous.
Buck. To th'King I'll say't, and make my vouch
As shore of rock.- Attend. This holy fox,
Or wolf, or boih, for he is equal rav'nous
As he is fubtle, and as prone to mischief
As able to perforin't ; his mind and place
Infecting one another, yea reciprocally,
Only to thew his pomp, as well in France
As here at home, suggests the King our master;
To this last costly treaty, th' interview
That swallow'd so much treasure, and like a glass
Did break i'th'rinsing.
Nor. "Faith, and so it did...
Buck. Pray, give me favour, Sir.
The articles oth'combination drew,
As himself: pleas’d, and they were ratify'd,
As he cry'd, let it be-to as much end,
As give a crutch to th’dead. But our Court-Cardinal
Has done this, and'ris well; for worthy Wolsey,
Who cannot err, he did it Now this follows,
Which, as I take it, is a kind of puppy
To th' old dam, Treason ; Charles the Emperor,
Under pretence to see the Queen his aunt,
(For 'twas indeed his colour, but he came
To whisper Wolsey), here makes a visitation :
His fears were, that the interview betwixt
England and France might, through their amity,
Breed him some prejudice ; for from this league
Peep'd, harms that menac'd him. He privily
Deals with our Cardinal, and, as I trow,
Which I do well, for I am sure the Emperor
Paid ere he promis'd, whereby his suit was granted
Ere it was ask'd. But when the way was made,
Apd pav'd with gold, the Emp'ror thus defird,
That he would please to alter the King's course,
And break the foresaid peace Let the King know,
As soon he fhall by me, i hat thus the Cardinal
Does buy and sell his honour as he pleases,
And for his own advantage.
Nor. I am sorry
To hear this of him; and could wish you were
Something mistaken in't.
Buck No, not a syllable:
I do pronounce him in that very shape
He fall appear in proof.
S CE N E HI. Enter Brandon, a Serjeant at Arms before him, and
two or three of the Guard.
2. Bran. Your office, Serjeant; execute it.
My Lord the Duke of Buckingham, and Earl
Of Hertford, Stafford and Northampton, I