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Enter Sir ANTHONY DENNY.
Well, sir, what follows !

Den. Sir, I have brought my lord the archbishop,
As you commanded me.
K. Hen.

Ha! Canterbury ?
Den. Ay, my good lord.
K. Hen. 'Tis true: Where is he, Denny?
Den. He attends your highness' pleasure.
K. Hen.

Bring him to us.

[Exit Denny.
Lop. This is about that which the bishop spake;
I am happily
come hither.

[ Aside
Re-enter DENNY with CRANMER.
X. Hen.

Avoid the gallery,

(Lovell scerns to stay.
Ha! I have said. Be gone.
What!

[Eacunt Lovell and Denny.
Cran. I am fearful :- Wherefore frowns he thus ?
'Tis his aspect of terror. All's not well.
K. Hen. How now, my lord? You do desire to

know
Wherefore I sent for

you.
Cran.

It is my duty
To attend your highness' pleasure.
K. Her

'Pray you, arise,
My good and gracious lord of Canterbury.
Come, you and I must walk a turn together;
I have news to tell you : Come, come, give me your

hand.
Ah, my good lord, I grieve at what I speak,
And am right sorry to repeat what follows:
I have, and most unwillingly, of late
Heard many grievons, I do say, my lord,
Grievous complaints of you; which,

being consider'd,
Have mor'd us and our council, that you shall
This morning come before us; where, I know,
You cannot with such freedom purge yourself,
But that, till further trial, in those charges
Which will require your answer, you must take
Your patience to you, and be well contented
To make your house our 'Tower: You a brother of us,
It fits we thus proceed, or else no witness
Would come against you.,
Cran.

I humbly thank your highness;
And am right glad to catch this good occasion 1

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Most throughly to be wionow'd, where my chaff
And corn shall fly asunder: for, I know,
There's none stands under more calumnious tongues,
Than I myself, poor man,
K. Hen.

Stand up, good Canterbury;
Thy truth, and thy integrity, is rooted
In us, thy friend: Give me thy hand, stand up;
Pr'ythee, let's walk. Now, by my holy-dame,
What manner of man are you i My lord,

I look'd You would have given me your petition, that I should have ta'en some pains to bring together Yourself and your accusers; and to have heard you Without indurance, further. Cran.

Most dread liege, The good I stand on is my truth, and honesty; If they shall fail, I, with 'mine enemies, Will triumph o'er my person ; which I weigh not, Being of those virtues vacant.' I fear nothing What can be said against me. K. Hen.

Know you not how Your state stands i'the world, with the whole world! Your enemies Are many, and not small; their practices Must bear the same proportion : and not ever The justice and the truth o'the question carries The due o'the verdict with it: At what ease Might corrupt minds procure knaves as corrupt

To swear against you? such things have been done. You are potently oppos'd; and with a malice Of as great size. Ween you of better luck, I mean, in perjur'd witness, than your master, Whose minister you are, whiles here he liv'd Upon this naughty earth! Go to, go to; You take a precipice for no leap of danger, And woo your own destruction Cran.

God, and your majesty, Protect mine innocence, or I fall into The trap is laid for me!

Be of good cheer; They shall no more prevail, than we give way to. Keep. comfort to you; and this morning see You do appear before them : if they shall chance, In charging you with matters, to commit you, The best persuasions to the contrary Fail not to use, and with what vehemency, The occasion shall instruct you: if entreaties Will render you no remedy, this ring

Deliver them, and your appeal to us
There make before them.-Look, the good man

weeps!
He's honest, on mine honour. God's blest mother!
I swear, he is true-hearted; and a soul
None better in my kingdom.-Get you gone,
And do as I have bid you.-{Lail Cranmer.] He

has strangled
His language in his tears.

Enter an old Lady
Gent. (Witkin.] Come back; What mean you!

Lady. I'll not come back; the ridings, that I bring,
Will make my boldness manners.--Now, good angels
Fly d'er thy royal head, and shade thy person
Under theit blessed wings!
K. Hen.

Now, by thy looks
guess thy message. Is the queen deliver'd?
Say, ay; and of a boy.
Lady

Ay, ay, my liege;
And of a lovely boy: The God of heaven
Both now and ever bless ber – Tis a girl,
Promises boys hereafter. Sir, your queen
Desires your visitation, and to be
Acquainted with this stranger ; 'tis as like you,
As cherry is to cherry
K. Hen.

Lovell

Enter LOVELL.
Lm.

Sir.
K. Ha. Give her an hundred marks. 1'11 to the
queen,

Balt King Lady An hundred marks! By this light, 1'11

hare more.
As vedimary groom is for such payment.
I will have more, or scold it out of him.
Said I fer this, the girl is like to him?
I will have more, or else unsay't; and now
While it is bot, ini put it to the issue. (Esennt.

SCENE 11.
Lobby before the council-chamber.
Este CRANMER; Servants, Door-keeper, gc.

attending
Cran. I hope, I am not too lato; and yet the

K. Hen.

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Deliver them, and your appeal to us
There make before them.-- Look, the good man

weeps!
He's honest, on mine honour. God's blest mother!
I swear, he is true-hearted; and a soul
None better in my kingdom-Get you gone,
And do as I have bid you.-[Emil Cranmer.} He

has strangled
His language in his tears.

Enter an old Lady.
Gent. Within] Come back; What mean you!
Lady. I'll not come back; the tidings, that I bring,
Will make my boldness manners.--Now, good angels
Fly o'er thy royal head, and shade thy person
Under their blessed wings !
K. Hen.

Now, by thy looks
I guess thy

message. Is the queen deliver'd?
Say, ay; and of a boy.
Lady

Ay, ay, my liege;
And of a lovely boy: The God of heaven
Both now and ever bless her 'Tis a girl,
Promises boys hereafter. Sir, your queen
Desires your visitation, and to be
Acquainted with this stranger ; 'tis as like you,
As cherry is to cherry.
K. Hen.

Lovell,

Enter LOVELL.
Lov.

Sir.
K. Hen. Give her an hundred marks. I'll to the
queen.

(Exit King. Lady An hundred marks! By this light, I'll

have more.
An ordinasy groom is for such payment.
I will have more, or scold it out of him.
Said 1 for this, the girl is like to him !
I will have more, or else ungay't; and now
While it is hot, i'll put it to the issue. (Exeunt.

SCENE II.
Lobby before the council-chamber.
Enter CRANMER; Servants, Door-keeper, g-c.

attending
Cran. I hope, I am not too laro; and yet the

gentleman,

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(Exit Butts.

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That was sent to me from the council, pray'd me
To make great haste. All fast? what means this!

-Hoa?
Who waits there? Sure, you know me?
D. Keep.

Yes, my lord;
But yet I cannot help you.
Cren.

Why! D. Keep. Your grace must wait, till you be call'd for.

Enter Doctor. BUTTS. Cran.

So. Butts. This is a piece of malice. I am glad, I came this way so happily: The king Shall understand it presently. Cran. (Aside.)

'Tis Butts, The king's physician; As he past along, How earnestly he cast his eyes upon me! Pray heaven, he sound not my disgrace ! For certain, This is of purpose lay'd by some that hate me, (God turn their hearts! I never sought their malice,) To quench mine honour: they would shame to

make me Wait else at door; a fellow counsellor, Among boys, grooms, and lackeys.' But their

pleasures Must be fulfill'd, and I attend with patience. Enter at a window above, the King and BUTTS. Butts. I'll shew your grace the strangest sight,, K. Hen.

What's

that, Butts ! Butts. I think, your highness saw this many

day. K. Hen. Body o'me, where is it?

Butts. The high promotion of his grace of Canterbury Who holds his state at door, 'mongst pursuivants, Pages, and footboys. K. Hen.

Ha! 'Tis he, indeed : Is this the honour they do one another! 'Tis well, there's one above them yet. I had thought, They had parted so much honesty among them, (At least, good manners,) as not thus to suffer A man of his place, and so near our fayour, To dance attendance on their lordships' pleasures, And at the door too, like a post with packets. By holy Mary, Butts, there's knavery:

Let them alone, and draw the curtain close;
We shall bear more anon.-

(Ezeant. The council-chamber. Enter the Lord Chancellor, Duke of SUFFOLK, Duke of NORFOLK, Earl of SURREY, Lord Chamberlain, GARDINER, and CROMWELL. The Chancellor places himself at the upper end of the table on the left hand; a seat being left void were kim, as for the Archbishop of Canterbury. The rest seat themselves in order on each side. CROMWELL at the lower end, secretary,

Clan. Speak to the business, master secretary:
Why are we met in council?

Please your honours,
The chief cause concerns his grace of Canterbury.
Gar. Has he had knowledge of it?
Crom.

Yes.
Nor.

Who waits there?
D. Keep. Without, my noble lords?
Gar.

Yes.
D. Keep:

My lord archbishop;
And has done half an hour, to know your pleasures.

Chan. Let him come in.
D. Keep Your grace may enter now.

Cranmer approaches the council-table.
Chan. My good lord archbishop, I am very sorry
To sit here at this present, and behold
That chair stand empty:

But

we all are men, la our own natures frail; and capable Of uur lesh, few are angels : out of which frailty, And want of wisdom, you, that best should teach us, Hase misdemean'd yourself, and not a little, Toward the king first, then bis laws, in filling The whole realm, by your teaching and your

chaplains,
For so we are inform'd,) with new opinions,
Divers, and dangerous; which are heresies,
And, tot reforma, may prove pernicious.
Gar. Which reformation must be sudden too,
My noble Lords: for those that tame wild horses,
Pace them not in their hands to make them gentle;
But sup their mouths with stubborn bits, and

spur them,
Till they obey the manage. If we suffer
(Out of our easiness, and childish pity
To one man's honour) this contagious sickness,

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Let them alone, and draw the curtain close ;
We shall hear more anon.-

[Excent.
The council-chamber.
Enter the Lord Chancellor, Duke of SUFFOLK,
Duke of NORFOLK, Earl of SURREY, Lord
Chamberlain, GARDINER, and CROMWELL.
T'he Chancellor places himself al the upper end of
the table on the left hand; a seat being left void
above him, as for the Archbishop of Canterbury
The rest seat themselves in order on each side.
CROMWELL at the lower end, n3 secretary.
Chan. Speak to the business, master secretary :
Why are we met in council ?
Crom.

Please your honours,
The chief cause concerns his grace of Canterbury.

Gar, Has he had knowledge of it?
Crom.

Yes.
Nor.

Who waits there?
D. Keep. Without, my noble lords ?
Gar.
D. Keep.

My lord archbishop i
And has done half an hour, to know your pleasures.

Chan. Let him come in.
D. Keep

Your grace may enter now.
[Cranmer appronches the council-table.
Chan. My good lord archbishop, I am very sorry
To sit here at this present, and behold
That chair stand empty: But we all are men,
In our own natures frail; and capable
Of our flesh, few are angels : out of which frailty,
And want of wisdom, you, that best should teach us,
Have misdemean'd yourself, and not a little,
Toward the king first, then bis laws, in filling
The whole realm, by your teaching and your

chaplains,
(For so we are informa'd,) with new opinions,
Divers, and dangerous; which are heresies,
And, not reform'd, may prove pernicious.

Gar. Which reformation must be sudden too,
My noble lords: for those that tame wild horses,
Pace them not in their hands to make them gente;
But stop their mouths with stubborn bits, and

spur them, Till they obey the manage. If we suffer (Out of our easiness, and childish pity To one man's honour) this contagious sickness,

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