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Cham. How now? what is't?
A noble troop of strangers: For so they seem: they have left their barge, and landed;
And hither make, as great ambassadors
Good lord chamberlain, Go, give them welcome; you can speak the French tongue;
And, pray, receive them nobly, and conduct them Into our presence, where this heaven of beauty Shall shine at full upon them:-Some attend him.[Exit Chamberlain, attended. All arise, and tables removed.
You have now a broken banquet; but we'll mend it.
A noble company! what are their pleasures? Cham. Because they speak no English, thus they pray'd
To tell your grace;-That, having heard by fame
This night to meet here, they could do no less,
K. Hen. The fairest hand I ever touch'd! O,
Till now I never knew thee.
[Ladies chosen for the dance. The King
Wol. Pray, tell them thus much from me :
I were unmannerly, to take you out,
Wol. Sir Thomas Lovell, is the banquet ready
Yes, my lord.
K. Hen. Lead in your ladies, every one.-Sweet
I must not yet forsake you :-Let's be merry ;-
Hautboys. Enter the King, and twelve others, as
Who's best in favour.-Let the music knock it.
(1) Choose my game. (2) Small cannon.
I will, my lord.
[Cham. goes to the company, and returns.
Let me see then.[Comes from his state. By all your good leaves, gentlemen ;-Here I'll
There's fresher air, my lord,
SCENE I-A street. Enter two Gentlemen, meeting.
1 Gent. Whither away so fast? 2 Gent. 0,-God save you! Even to the hall, to hear what shall become Of the great duke of Buckingham. 1 Gent.
I'll save you That labour, sir. All's now done, but the ceremony bringing back the prisoner. 2 Gent.
Were you there?
1 Gent. Yes, indeed, was I.
2 Gent. Pray, speak, what has happen'd? 1 Gent. You may guess quickly what. 2 Gent. Is he found guilty? 1 Gent. Yes, truly is he, and condemn'd upon it. 2 Gent. I am sorry for't. 1 Gent.
So are a number more. 2 Gent. But, pray, how pass'd it? 1 Gent. I'll tell you in a little. The great duke Came to the bar; where, to his accusations, He pleaded still, not guilty, and alleg'd Many sharp reasons to defeat the law. The king's attorney, on the contrary, Urg'd on the examinations, proofs, confessions Of divers witnesses; which the duke desir'd To him brought, vivâ voce, to his face : At which appear'd against him, his surveyor; Sir Gilbert Peck his chancellor; and John Confessor to him; with that devil-monk, Hopkins, that made this mischief.
That was he,
That fed him with his prophecies?
And so his peers, upon this evidence,
2 Gent. After all this, how did he bear himself? 1 Gent. When he was brought again to the bar,to hear
His knell rung out, his judgment, he was stirr'd
The cardinal is the end of this. 1 Gent.
Nor will I sue, although the king have mercies Court,More than I dare make faults. You few that lov'd
That trick of state,
Was a deep envious one.
The mirror of all courtesy ;
2 Gent. All the commons Hate him perniciously, and o'my conscience, Wish him ten fathom deep: this duke as much They love and dote on; call him, bounteous Buck
Stay there, sir, And see the noble ruin'd man you speak of. Enter Buckingham from his arraignment; Tipstaves before him, the axe with the edge towards him; halberds on each side; with him, Sir Thomas Lovell, Sir Nicholas Vaux, Sir William Sands, and common people.
2 Gent. Let's stand close, and behold him. Buck. All good people, You that thus far have come to pity me,
Hear what I say, and then go home and lose me.
And, if I have a conscience, let it sink me,
Be what they will, I heartily forgive them:
And dare be bold to weep for Buckingham,
Go with me, like good angels, to my end;
Lov. To the water-side I must conduct your
Vaux. Prepare there, The duke is coming: see, the barge be ready; And fit it with such furniture, as suits The greatness of his person.
Yet I am richer than my base accusers,
My noble father, Henry of Buckingham,
A most unnatural and faithless service!
He will have all, I think. Heaven has an end in all: Yet, you that hear me,
Enter the Dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk. This from a dying man receive as certain :
Nor. Where you are liberal of your loves, and counsels,
Well met, my good
Lord chamberlain. Be sure, you be not loose; for those you make
Good day to both your graces. And give your hearts to, when they once perceive
Suff. How is the king employ'd ? The least rub in your fortunes, fall away
'I left him private, Like water from ye, never found again
Full of sad thoughts and troubles.
What's the cause ?
Cham. It seems, the marriage with his brother's
wife Of my long weary life is come upon me. Farewell :
Has crept too near his conscience. And when you would say something that is sad,
No, his conscience Speak how I fell.—I have done; and God forgive
Has crept too near another lady.
Nor. [Exeunt Buckingham and train. 1 Gent. O, this is full of pity Sir, it calls,
This is the cardinal's doing, the king-cardinal : I fear, too many curses on their heads,
That blind priest, like the eldest son of fortune, That were the authors.
Turns what he lists. The king will know him one 2 Gent. If the duke be guiltless,
day. 'Tis full of wo: yet I can give you inkling
Suff. Pray God, he do! he'll never know himself
else. Of an ensuing evil, if it fall, Greater than this.
Nor. How holily he works in all his business ! 1 Gent. Good angels keep it from us ! And with what zeal ! For, now he has crack'd the Where
it be? You do not doubt my faith, sir? 2 Gent. This secret is so weighty, 'twill require
Between us and the emperor, the queen's great A strong faith1 to conceal it.
nephew, 1 Gent.
Let me have it;
He dives into the king's soul; and there scatters I do not talk much.
Dangers, doubts, wringing of the conscience, 2 Gent. I am confident;
Fears, and despairs, and all these for bis mar. You shall, sir: Did you not of late days hear
riage: A buzzing, of a separation
And, out of all these to restore the king,
He counsels a divorce; a loss of her, Between the king and Katharine?
That, like a jewel, bas hung twenty years 1 Gent.
Yes, but it held not ;
About his neck, yet never lost her lustre;
Of her, that loves him with that excellence
That angels love good men with ; even of her That durst disperse it.
That, when the greatest stroke of fortune falls,
Will bless the king : And is not this course pious ? 2 Gent.
But that slander, sir, Is found a truth now : for it grows again
Cham. Heaven keep me from such counsel! 'Tis
most true, Fresher than e'er it was; and held for certain,
These news are every where; erery tongue speaks The king will venture at it. Either the cardinal,
them, Or some about him near, have, out of malice To the good queen, possess'd him with a scruple
And every true heart weeps fort: All, that dare That will undo her: To confirm this too,
Look into these affairs, see this main end,
The French king's sister. Heaven will one day open Cardinal Campeius is arriv'd, and lately;
The king's eyes, that so long have slept upon As all think, for this business.
This bold bad man. 1 Gent.
'Tis the cardinal;
And free us from his slavery. And merely to revenge him on the emperor,
Nor. We had need pray,
And heartily, for our deliverance;
From princes into pages : all men's honours That she should feel the smart of this? The cardinal | Lie in one lump before him, to be fashion'd
Into what pitch2 he please.
For me, my lords, We are too open here to argue this;
I love him not, nor fear him; there's my creed : Let's think in private more.
As I am made without him, so I'll stand,
If the king please ; his curses and his blessings SCENE II.-An ante-chamber in the palace. Touch me alike, they are breath I not believe in. Enter the Lord Chamberlain, reading a letter. I knew him, and I know him ; so I leave him
To him, that made him proud, the pope. Cham. My lord,—The horses your lordship sent Nor.
Let's in ; for, with all the care I had, I saw well chosen, rid.||And, with some other business, put the king, dlen, and furnished. They were young, and hand- From these sad thoughts, that work too much upon some; and of the best breed in the north. When
him :they were ready to set out for London, a man of My lord, you'll bear us company ? my lord cardinal's, by commission, and main Cham.
Excuse me; power, took 'em from me; with this reason, -His|The king hath sent me other-where: Besides, master would be served before a subject, if not be- || You'll find a most unfit time to disturb him : fore the king : which stopped our mouths, sir. Health to your lordships.
Nor. I fear, he will, indeed : Well, let him have them :)
Thanks, my good lord chamberlain.
Exit Lord Chamberlain, (1) Great fidelity.
(2) High or low.
Nor. A gracious king, that pardons all offences Malice ne'er meant: our breach of duty, this way, Is business of estate; in which, we come
To know your royal pleasure.
But this cannot continue.
We are busy; go.
[To Norfolk and Suffolk.
dis-So dear in heart, not to deny her that
K. Hen. Come hither, Gardiner.
Enter Wols and Campeius.
The quiet of my wounded conscience,
Who's there? my good lord cardinal?-O my In this man's place before him?
K. Hen. Deliver this with modesty to the queen.
O, 'tis a tender place, and I must leave her. [Exe.
Anne. Not for that neither;-Here's the pang
His highness having liv'd so long with her and she
Invited by your noble self, hath sent
One general tongue unto us, this good man,
And thank the holy conclave for their loves;
Cam. Your grace must needs deserve all strangers' loves,
(1) So sick as he is proud.
You are so noble: to your highness' hand
I find him a fit fellow.
To him that does best; God forbid else. Cardinal,
You are the king's now.
For ever by your grace,
But to be commanded whose hand has rais'd me. [Aside.
Hearts of most hard temper Melt and lament for her.
O, God's will! much better.
Alas, poor lady!
(3) A sentence of ejection.
She's a stranger now again.'
More than my all, is nothing; vor my prayers Anne.
So much the more Are not words duly hallow'd, nor my wishes Must pity drop upon her. Verily,
More worth than empty vanities; yet prayers, and I swear, 'tis better to be lowly born,
wishes, And range with humble livers in content, Are all I can return. 'Beseech your lordship, Than to be perk'd up in a glistering grief, Vouchsafe to speak my thanks, and my obedience, And wear a golden sorrow.
As from a blushing handmaid, to his highness; Old L.
Whose health, and royalty, I pray for. Is our best having 2
By my troth, and maidenhead, I shall not fail to approve the fair conceit,6 I would not be a queen.
The king bath of you.- I have perus'd her well; Old L. Beshrew me, I would,
[.Aside. And venture maidenhead for't; and so would Beauty and honour in her are so mingled, you,
That they have caught the king: and who knows For all this spice of your hypocrisy:
yet, You, that have so fair parts of woman on you,
But from this lady may proceed a gem,
I spoke with you.
My honour'd lord. gifts
[Exit Lord Chamberlain. (Saving your mincing) the capacity
Old L. Why, this it is; see,
see! Of your soft cheveril4 conscience would receive, I have been beyging sixteen years in court, If you might please to stretch it.
(Am yet a courtier beggarly,) nor could Anne.
Nay, good troth,-||Come pat betwixt too early and too late, Old L. Yes, troth, and troth,—You would not be For any suit of pounds : and you, (O fate!) a queen?
A very fresh-fish here, (fie, fie upon Anne. No, not for all the riches under heaven. This compelld fortune.) have your mouth fill'd up, Old L. 'Tis strange; a three-pence bow'ds Before you open it. would hire me,
This is strange to me. Old as I am, to queen it: But, I pray you,
Old L. How tastes it? is it bitter? forty pence, no. What think you of a duchess? have you limbs There was a lady once ('tis an old story) To bear that load of title?
That would not be a queen, that would she not, Anne.
No, in truth. For all the mud in Egypt:-Have you heard it? Old L. Then you are weakly made: Pluck off Anne. Come, you are pleasant. a little;
With your theme, I could I would not be a young count in your way, O'ermount the lark. The marchioness of Pembroke! For more than blushing comes to: if your back A thousand pounds a year! for pure respect; Cannot vouchsafe this burden, 'tis too weak No other obligation : By my life, Ever to get a boy.
That promises more thousands : Honour's train Anne. How you do talk !
Is longer than his foreskirt. By this time, I swear again, I would not be a queen
I know, your back will bear a duchess ;-Say, For all the world.
Are you not stronger than you were?
Good lady, You'd venture an emballing: I myself
Make yourself mirth with your particular fancy, Would for Carnarvonshire, although there 'long'd || And leave me out on't. Would I had no being, No more to the crown but that. Lo, who comes If this salute my blood a jot; it faints me, here?
To think what follows.
is comfortless, and we forgetful
In our long absence : Pray, do not deliver Cham. Good-morrow, ladies. What were't worth || What here you have heard, to her. to know
What do you think me? The secret of your conference ?
My good lord, SCENE IV.-A Hall in Black-Friars. TrumNot your demand; it values not your asking :
pets, sennet, and cornets. Enter two Vergers, Our mistress' sorrows we were pitying:
with short silver wands; next them, two Scribes, Cham. It was a gentle business, and becoming in the habits of doctors ; after them, the ArchThe action of good women: there is hope,
bishop of Canterbury alone; after him, the All will be well.
Bishops of Lincoln, Ely, Rochester, and Saint Anne. Now I pray God, amen!
Asaph; next them, with some small distance, Cham. You bear a gentle mind, and heavenly
follows a gentleman bearing the purse, with the blessings
great seal, and a cardinal'shat; then two Priests, Follow such creatures. That you may, fair lady,
bearing each a silver cross; then a Gentleman Perceive I speak sincerely, and high note's Usher bare-headed, accompanied with a Serjeant Ta'en of your many virtues, the king's majesty
at Arms, bearing a silver mace; then two Gene Commends his good opinion to you, and
tlemen, bearing two great silver pillars, 8 after Does purpose honour to you no less flowing
side by side, the two Cardinals, Wolsey Than marchioness of Pembroke; to which title A thousand pound a year, annual support,
and Campeius; two Noblemen with the sword and mace.
Then enter the King and Queen, Out of his grace he adds.
and their trains. The King takes place under Anne. I do not know,
the cloth of state ; the two Cardinals sit under What kind of my obedience I should tender;
him as judges. The Queen takes place at some (1) No longer an Englishwoman. (2) Possession. (6) Opinion. (7) Flourish on cornets. (3) Truth. (4) Kid-skin. (5) Crook'd. (8) Ensigns of dignity carried before cardinals.