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ACT I.

Buck. The devil speed him ! no man's pie is

free'd SCENE 1.-London.-An Ante-chamber in From his ambitions finger. What had he the Palace.

To do in these fierce vanities? I wonder,

That such a keech can with
Enter the Duke of NORFOLK, at one door ; at Take up the rays o' the beneficial sun,

bis very bulk the other, the Duke of BucKINGHAM, and And keep it from the earth. the Lord ABERGAVENNY.

Nor. Surely, Sir, Buck. Good morrow, and well met. How There's in him stuff that puts him to these bave you done,

ends : Since last we saw in France ?

For being not propp'd by ancestry, (whose Nor. I thank your grace :

grace Healthful; and ever since a fresh admirer Chalks successors their way,) nor call'd upon of what I saw there.

For high feats done to the crown ; neither Buck. An untimely ague

allied Stay'd me a prisoner in my chamber, when To eminent assistance, but, spider-like, Tbose suns of glory, those two lights of men, 'oat of bis self drawing web, be gives us note, Met in the vale of Arde.

The force of his own merit makes his way ; Nor. "Twixt Guynes and Arde :

A gist that heaven gives for him, which buys I was then present, saw them salute on horse. A place next to the king. (clung Aber. I cannot tell

[eye Bebeld them, wben they lighted, how they What heaven hath given bim, let some graver Jo their embracement, as they grew together; Pierce into that ; but I can see his pride Which had they, what four throu'd ones could Peep through each part of him : Whence has be have weigh'd

that? Such a compounded one?

If not from hell, the devil is a niggard ; Buck. All the whole time

Or bas given all before, and he begins I was my chamber's prisoner.

A new bell in himself. Nor. Then you lost

Buck. Why the devil, The view of earthly glory : Men might say, Upon this French going-out, took he upon him, Till this time, pomp was single ; but now mar. Without the privity o' the king, to appoint ried

Who should attend on bim? He makes up the To one above itself. Each following day of all the gentry for the most part such (filet Became the next day's master, till the last Too, whom as great a charge as liule honour Made former wonders it's : Today, the French, He meant to lay upon : and his own letler, All clinquant, + all in gold, like heathen gods, The honourable board of council out, Shone down the English : and, to-morrow, Must fetch him in the papers. they

Aber. I do know Made Britain, India : every man tbat stood Kinsmen of mine, three at the least, that have Show'd like a mine. Their dwarfish pages By this so sicken's their estates, that never were

They shall abound as formerly. As cherubiins, all gilt ; the madams too,

Buck. O many Not us'd to toil, did almost sweat to bear Have broke their backs with laying manors on The pride upon them, that their very labour

them Was to them as a painting : now this mask

For this great journey. What did this vanity Was cried incoinparable; and the ensuing But minister communication of night

A most poor issue ?
Made it a fool and beggar. The two kings, Nor. Grievingly I think,

[values Equal ip lustre, were now best, mow worst, The peace between the French and Dut As presence did present them ; him in eye, The cost that did conclude it. Stili bim in praise : aud, being present boih, Buck. Every man, 'Twas said, they saw but one ; and no discerner After the hideous storm that follow'd, was Durst wag his tongue in censure. 1 When A thing inspir'd : and, not consulting, broke these suns

(challeng'a into a general prophecy.-That this tempest (For so they phrase them,) by their beralds Dashing the garment of this peace, avoded The noble spirits to armas, they did perform The sudden breach on't. Beyond thought's compass; that former fabu- Nor. Which is budded out; lous story,

For France hath naw'd the league, and hath atBeing now seen possible enough, got credit,

tach'd That Bevis $ was believ'd.

Our m chants goods at Bourdeaux. Buck. Oh! you go far.

Aber. Is it therefore Nor. As I belong to worship, and affect The ambassador is silenc'd ? In honour honesty, the tract of every thing Nor. Marry, is't. Would by a good discourser lose some life, Aber. A proper title of a peace; and pur. Which action's self was tongue to. All was

chas'd royal ;

It a superfluous rate ! To the disposing of it nought rebellid,

Buck. Why all this business Order gave each sbivg view; the office did Our reverend cardinal carried. I Distinctly bis full function.

Nor. 'Like it your grace, Buck. Who did guide,

The state takes notice of the private difference I mean, wbo set the body and the limbs

Betwixt you and the cardinal. I advise you, of this great sport together, as you guess ? (And take it from a heart that wislie's towards Nor. One, certes, ll that promises uo element !

you In such a business.

Honour and plen teous safety,) that you read Buck. I pray you, who, my lord ?

The cardinal's malice and bis potency Nor. All ibis was order'd by the good dis. Together : to consider further, that cretion

What his bigh hatred would effect, wants not or the right reverend cardinal of York.

A minister in his power : You know bis nature,

That he's revengeful ; and I know, his sword Henry VIII. and Francis I. king of Francs.

Hath a sbarp edge : il's long, and it may be

said + Glittering, shuning. i la opinion, which was most noble. Sir Bevis, created for his promess Earl of South

• Proud. + Lump of fat. empton by William the Conqueror.

Sets down in his letter without consulting the council. I certainly. l'ractice,

1 Couducted.

us

sey,

It reaches far; and where 'twill not extend, As here at bome, suggests the king on Thither he darts it. Bosoin ap my counsel,

master You'll And it wholesome. Lo, where comes to this last costly treaty, the interview, ibat rock,

That swaliow'd so much treasure, and like That I advise your shupping.

glass

Did break i'the rinsing. Entor Cardinal Wolsey, (the purse borne

Nor. 'Faith, and so it did. before him,) certain of the guard, and two

Buck. Pray, give me favour, Sir. This conSECRETARIES with papers. The Cardinal

ning cardinal in his passage fireth his eye on BUCKING: The articles o’the combination drew, HAN, und BUCKINGHAM on him, both full As hinself pleas'd; and they were ratified, of disdain.

As he cried, thus let it he: to as inuch end, Wol. The duke of Buckinghain's surveyor ? As give a crutch to the dead : But our countba?

cardinal Where's his examination !

Has done this, and 'lis well; for worthy Wol. 1 Secr. Here, so please yon. Wol. Is he in person ready?

Who cannot err, he did it. Now this follows, 1 Secr. Ay, please your grace.

(Wbich, as I take it, is a kind of puppy Wol. Well, we shall then know more ; and to the old dain, ireason,)-Charles the emBuckinghain

peror, Shall lessen this big look.

Under pretence to see the queen his annt, (Exeunt WOLSEY, and train. (For 'twas, indeed, bis colour ; but he came Buck. This butcher's cur is venom-mouth'd, To whisper Wolsey,) bere makes visitation : and 1

His fears were, that the interview betwist Have not the power to muzzle bim ; therefore, England and France might through their anity, beet

Breed him some prejudice : for froin this Not wake him in his slumber. A beggar's

league look

Peep'd barms that menac'd him : be privily Out-wortbs a noble's blood.

Deals with our cardinal; and as I trow,Nor. Wbat, are you chal'd

Which I do weil ; for I am sure, tbe emperor Ask God for temperance ; that's the appliance Paid ere he pronuis'd: whereby his suit was only,

granted, Which your disease requires.

Ere it was ask'd ;--but when the way was Buck. I read in his looks

Inade, Matter against me : and bis eye revil'd

And pav'd with gold, the emperor thus deMe, as his abject object : at this instant

sir'd ;He bores + me with some trick: He's gone to That he would please to alter the king's course, the king ;

And break the aforesaid peace. Let the king I'll follow, and out-stare him.

know, Nor. Stay, my lord,

(As soon he shall by me,) that thus the car. And let your reason with yonr choler question

dinal What 'tis you go about : To clime steep hills,

Does buy and sell his honour as be pleases, Requires slow pace at first : Alper is like And for his own advantage. A full-hot horse ; who being allow'd his way,

Nor. I am sorry Self-inettle tires him. Not a man in England To hear this of him; and could wish be vere Can advise me like you : be to yourself

Something mistaken ii't. As you would to your friend.

Buck. No, not a syilable ;
Buck. I'll to the king ;

I do pronounce him in that very shape,
And from a mouth of honour quite cry down He shall appear iu proof.
This Ipswich fellow's insolence; or proclaim,
There's difference in no persons.

Enter BRANDON ; a SERGEANT al Arms be Nor. Be advis'd ;

forc him, and two or three of the guard. Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot

Bran. Your office, sergeant; execute it. That it do singe yourself: We may outrun,

Serg. Sir.
By vivlent swiftness, that which we run at, My lord the duke of Buckingham, and earl
And lose by over running. know you vot,

of Hereford, Stafford, and Northampton, 1 The tire, that inouuts the liquor till it run Arrest thee of high treason, in the maine o'er,

Of our most sovereign king. In seeming to augment it, wastes it ? Be ad- Buck. Lo you, my lord, vis'd:

The net has fallen upon me; perish I say again, there is no English soul

Under device and practice. t
More stronger to direct you than yourself;

Bran. I am sorry
If with the sap of reason you would quench, To see you ta'en from liberty to look on
Or but allay, the fire of passion.

The business present : 'Tis bis highness' pleaBuck. Sir,

sure I am thankful to you ; and I'll go along

You shall to the Tower. By your prescription :--but this top-proud Buck. It will help me nothing, fellow,

To plead mine innocence ; for that dies on (Whom from the flow of gall name not, but

me, From sincere motions,) by intelligence,

Which makes my whitest part black. The will And proofs as clear as founts in July, when

of heaveu We see each grain of gravel, I do know

Be done in this and all things ! I obey. To be corrupt and treasonous.

O my lord Aberg'any, fare you well. Nor. Say not, treasonous.

Bran. Nay he must bear you company : Buck. To the king, I'll say't; and make my

The king

(TO A BERGAVENNY. vouch as strong

Is pleas'd you shall to the Tower, will you As shore of rock. Attend. This holy fox,

know Or wolf, or both, (for he is equal ravenous,

How be determines further. As he is subtle ; and as prone to mischief,

Aber. As the duke said, As able to perforin it : bis mind and place The will of heaven be done, and the king's Infecting one another, yea, reciprocally,)

pleasure
Ouly lo show his pomp as well in France By me obey'd.
• Wolsey was the son of a buecher.

Excites.
Stabs.

Unfair stratagem..

Bran. Here is a warrant from

Uufit for other lire, compellid by hunger The king, to attach lord Montacute; and the And lack of other meaus, in desperate manner, bodies

Daring the event to the teeth, are all in upof the duke's confessor, John de la Court,

roar, One Gilbert Peck, bis chance!lor,

And danger serves among them. Buck. So, so;

K. Hen. Taxation ! These are the limbs of the plot : no more, Wherein ? and what taxation ?- My lord car. I hope.

dinal, Bran. A monk o'the Chartreux.

You that are blam'd for it alike with us, Buck. 0 Nicholas Hopkins 1

Know you of this taxation ? Bran. He.

Wol. Please you, Sir, Buck. My surveyor is false ; the o'er-great I know but of a single part, in aught cardinal

Pertains to the state ; and front but in what Hath show'd bin gold; my life is spann'd • al

file ready;

Where others tell steps with me. I am the shadow of poor Buckingham ;

Q. Kuth. No, my lord, Whose figure even this instant clouds put on,

You know no more than others : but you fraise By dark’ning my clear sun.-My lord, farewell. Things, that are known alike ; which are not

(Ercunt.

wholesome

To those which would not know them, and yet SCENE II.-The Council Chamber.

must

Perforce be their acquaintance. These exacCornets. Enter Ki«g HENRY, Cardinal WOL

tious, SEY, the Lords of the Council, Sir THOMAS Whereof my sovereign would have note, they LUVELL, Officers, und Attendants. The

are KING enters, leaning on the CARDINAL's Most pestilent to the hearing; and, to bear shoulder.

them, K. Hen. My life itsell, and the best beart of the back is sacrifice to the load. They say, it,

They are devis'd by you ; or else you suffer Thanks you for this great care : I stood i'the Too bard an exclamation. level

K. Hen. Still exaction ! or a full-charg'd confederacy, and give thanks

The nature of it? In what kind, let's know To you that chok'd it.-Let be call'd before us

Is this exaction ? That gentleman of Buckinghain's : in person

Q. Kath. I am much too venturous I'll hear him his confessions justify;

In tempting of your patience ; but a bolden'd And point by point the treasons of his master

Under your promis'd pardon. The subject's He shall again relate.

grief

Comes through commissions, which compel The King lakes his state. + The Lords of the

from each Council take their sereral places. The The sixth part of his substance, to be levied CARDINAL places himselj under the King's Without delay; and the pretence for this, feet on his right side.

Is nain'd your wars iu France : This makes bold

piouths : A noise within, crying, Room for the Queen, Tongues spit their duties out, and cold bcarts Enter the QUEEN, ushered by the Dukes of

freeze NORFOLK and SUFFOLK : she kneels. The Allegiance in them; their enrses uow, Kisg riseth from his state, takes her up, Live wbere their prayers did ; and it's come to kisses and places her by him.

pass, Q. Kuth Nay, we must longer kneel ; I am a

That tractable obedience is a slave suitor,

To each iucensed will. I would, your higbness K. Hen. Arise, and take place by us :-Hall Would give it quick consideration, for

There is no priiner business. Never name to us; you have half our power :

K. Hen. By my lite, The other moiety, ere you ask is given ;

This is against our pleasure. Repeat your will, and take it.

Wol. And for me, Q. kath. Thank your majesty.

I have no farther gone in this, than by That you would love yourself; and, in that love, A single voice ; and that not pass'd me, but Not inconsider'd leave your honour, nor

By learned approbation of the judges. The dignity of your office, is the point

i i ain traduc'd by tongues, which neither of my petition.

know K. Hen. Lady mine!-proceed.

My faculties nor person, yet will be K. Kath. I am solicited, not by a few,

The chronicles of my doing,–let me say, And those of true condition, that your sub- 'Tis but the fate of place, and the rough

brake + jects Are in great grievance : there hath been com- That virtue must go through. We must not missions

stinti Sent down ainong them which have flaw'd the Our necessary actions, in the fear h-art

To cope Ś malicious censures; which ever, Of all their loyalties :-wherein, although,

As ravenous fishes, do a vessel follow My good lord cardinal, they vent reproaches

That is new trimm'd; but benefit no further Most bitterly on youl, as putter-on

Than vainly longing. What we oft do best, of these exactious, yet the king our master,

By sick interpreters, once || weak ones, is (Whose honour heaven shield from soil I even

Not our's, or not allow'd ; ! what worst, as on, he escapes not

Hitting a grosser quality, is cried up Language unmannerly, yea, such which breaks

For our best act. If we shall stand still, The sides of loyalty, and almost appears

lu fear our motion will be mock'd or carp'd In loud rebellion, Nor. Not almost appears.

We should take root here where we sit, or It doth appear ; for, upon these taxations,

sit The clothiers all, not able to maintain

State statues only. The many to them 'longing, have put off The spinsters, carders, fullers, weavers, who, • I am only one among the other counsellors.

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K. Hen, Things done well,

K. Hen. Speak on : And with a care, exempt themselves from fear; How grounded he his title to the crown, Things done without example, in their issue Upon our fail : to this point bast thou beard Are to be fear'd. Have you a precedent

hiin of this commission ? I believe not any.

At any time speak aught?
We must not rend our subjects from our laws, Surv. He was brought to this
And stick them in our will. Sixth part of By a vain prophecy of Nicholas Hopkius.
each?

K. Hen. What was that Hopkins ?
A trembling contribution! Why, we take

Surv. Sir, a Chartreux friar, From every tree, lop, bark, and part o'the tim. His confessor ; who fed him every minute ber;

With words of sovereignty. And, though we leave it with a root, thus K. Hen. How know'st thou this ? hack'd,

Surv. Not long before your highbess sped to The air will drink the sap. To every county,

France, Where this is question'd, send our letters, The duke being at the Rose, within the pe with

rish Free pardon to each man that has denied Saint Lawrence Poultney, did of me demand The force of this commission : Pray, look to't ; Wbat was the speech amongst the Londouers I put it to your care.

Concerning the French journey : I replied, Wol. A word with you.

Men fear'd the French would prove perfidious,

[To the SECRETARY. To the king's danger. Presently the duke Let there be letters writ to every shire,

Said, 'Twas the fear, indeed; and that he of the king's grace and pardon. The griev'd

doubted, commons

'Twould prove the verity of certain words Hardly conceived of me ; let it be nois'd, Spoke by a holy monk ; That oft, says he, That through our intercession, this revokément Hath sent to me, wishing me lo permit And pardon comes : I shall anon advise you John de la Court, my chaplain, a choice heur Further in the proceeding.

To hear from him a matter of some noment ; [Erit SECRETARY. Whom after under the conjession's seal

He solemnly had sworn, that, what he spoke, Enter SURVEYOR.

My chaplain to no creature liting, but Q. Kath. I am sorry that the duke of Buck. To me, should utter, with demure confidence ingham

This pausingly ensu'd,-Neither the king. Is run in your displeasure.

nor his heirs, K. Hen. It grieves many :

(Tell you the duke) shall prosper : bid him The gentleman is learn'd, and a mostrare

strive speaker,

To gain the love of the commonalty; the duke To nature none more bound ; his training such, shall govern England. That he may furnish and instruct great

Q. Kath. If I know you well, teachers,

You were the duke's surveyor, and lost your

oflice And never seek for aid out of himself. Yet see,

On the complaint o'the tenants : Take good When these so noble henefits shall prove

heed, Not well dispos'd, the mind growing once

Yon charge not in your spleen a poble person, corrupt,

And spoil your nobler soul! I say, take heed; They turn to vicious forms, ten times more Yes, beartily beseech you. ugly

K. Hen. Let him on :Thau ever they were fair. This man so cóm-Go forward. plete,

Surv. On my soul, I'll speak but truth. Who was enrolld 'mongst wonders, and when I told my lord the duke, "By the devil's illuwe,

sions Almost with ravish'd list'ning, could not find The monk might be deceiv'd; and that 'twas His hour of speech a minute ; be, my lady,

daug'rous for him, Hath into monstrous habits put the graces

To ruminate on this so far, until That once were bis, and is become as black It forg'd him some design, which, being beAs if besmear'd in hell. Sit by us ; you shall

liev'd, hear

It was much like to do: He answer'd, Tush! (This was his gentleman in trust,) of him It can do me no damage : adding further, Things to strike honour sad.-Bid him recount That, had the king in bis last sickuess fail'd, The fore-recited practices : whereof

The cardinal's and Sir Thomas Lovell's beads We cannot feel too little, hear too much.

Should have gone off. Wol. Stand forth ; and with bold spirit relate

K. Hen. Hal what, so rank? Ah, ba!

There's mischief in this man Canst thou Most like a careful subject, have collected

say further ? Out of the duke of Buckinghamn.

Surv. I can, my liege. K. Hen. Speak freely.

K. Hen. Proceed. Surv. First, it was usual with him, every

Surv. Being at Greenwich, day

After your highness bad reprov'd the duke It would infect his speech, That if the king

About Sir William Blomer,--
Should without issue die, he'd carry + it 50

K. Hen. I remember,
To make the sceptre bis : These very words Of such a time :-Being my servant sworn,
I have heard him utter to his son-in-law,

The duke retain'd him his. But on; What Lord Aberga'ny ; to whom by oath he nienac'd

hence ? Revenge upon the cardinal.

Surv, I, quoth he, I for this had been Wol. Please your highness, note

committed, This dangerous conception in this point, As to the Tower, I thought, I would have Not friended by his wish, to your high persen

play'd His will is most malignant; and it stretches The part my father meant to act upon Beyond you, to your friends.

The usurper Richard : who, being at Salis. Q. Kuth. My learn'd lord cardival,

bury, Deliver all with charity.

Made suit to come in his presence, which i

granted
Beyond.
+ Conduri, bianaçe.

• Now Merchant Taylors' Scbool,

what you,

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