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becoming. The other head-dress, which was probably the often-talked-of French hood,' is better known, nearly all Henry's wives being represented in it. The gown was cut square at the bosom, as in the preceding reign; but instead of the neck being bare, it was covered almost to the throat by the partlet, a sort of habit-shirt, much like the modern one, embroidered with gold and silk. The sleeves of the gowns were frequently of a different material from that which composed the rest of the dress, and generally of a richer stuff. The gown was open in front to the waist, showing the kirtle or petticoat, and with or without a train, according to the prevailing fashion of France or Holland. Anne of Cleves is described as wearing a gown made round without any train, after the Dutch fashion; while the train of Catherine Parr is stated to have been more than two yards long. Anne Bullen, while Countess of Pembroke, danced at Calais with Francis I. in a masque consisting of seven ladies besides herself, who were attired in masking apparel of strange fashion, made of cloth of gold compassed with crimson tinsel satin, formed with cloth of silver, lying loose and knit with laces of gold. They were brought into the chamber with four damsels in crimson satin, with tabards of fine cypress. Cavendish, in his • Life of Wolsey,' says— I have seen the king suddenly come thither (i. e. to the cardinal's) in a mask, with a dozen other maskers in garments like shepherds, made of fine cloth of gold and crimson satin; their hairs and beards, of fine gold wire, or silver, or some of black silk, with sixteen torchbearers and drums all in satin.' A minute account is given by Hall of the coronation of Anne Bullen ; and also by Cavendish. We must not confound the procession from the Tower to Westminster, on the day previous to the coronation, with that introduced in the play, which is the procession from the palace to the Abbey. On the first occasion she wore a surcoat of white cloth of tissue, and a mantle of the same, furred with ermine, her hair hanging down from under a coif, with a circlet about it full of rich stones. On the second (that in the play) she wore a surcoat and robe of purple velvet, furred with ermine, the coif and circlet as before. The barons of the Cinque Ports, who carried the canopy over her, were all in crimson, with points of blue and red hanging on their sleeves.' The ladies, being lords' wives,' that followed her, had surcoats of scarlet with narrow sleeves, the breast all lettice (fur) with bars of borders (i. e. rows of ermine) according to their degrees, and over that they had mantles of scarlet furred, and every mantle had lettice about the neck, like a neckercher, likewise powdered, (with ermine,) so that by the powderings their degree was known. Then followed ladies, being knights' wives, in gowns of scarlet with narrow sleeves, without trains, only edged with lettice. The queen’s gentlewomen were similarly attired with the last. The lord chancellor wore a robe of scarlet, open before, and bordered with lettice. The dukes were in crimson velvet, furred with ermine, and powdered according to their degrees. The Duke of Suffolk's doublet and jacket were set with orient pearl his gown of crimson velvet, richly embroidered ; and he carried a white rod" in his hand, being that day high steward of England. The knights of the Bath wore violet gowns, with hoods purfled with miniver, like doctors.'" 169*


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CAPUCIUS, Ambassador from the Emperor Charles V.
CRANMER, Archbishop of Canterbury.
GARDINER, Bishop of Winchester
Lord Chamberlain.
Lord Chancellor.
Secretaries to WOLSEY.
Three other Gentlemen.
DOCTOR BUTT8, Physician to the KING
Garter King at Arms.
Surveyor to the Duke OF BOOKINOLAM
BRANDON, and a Sergeant at Arms.
Doorkeeper of the Council Chamber
Porter and his Man,
A Crier.

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SCENE 1.- London. An Ante-Chamber in the Beheld them, when they lighted, how they clung Palace.

In their embracement, as they grew together;

Which had they, what four thron'd ones could Enter the Duke of Norfolk, at one door ; at the

have weigh'd other, the Duke of BuckINGHAM, and the Lord

Such a compounded one ? ABERGAVENNY.


All the whole time Buck. Good morrow, and well met. How have I was my chamber's prisoner.


Then you lost Since last we saw in France ?

The view of earthly glory : men might say, Nor.

I thank your grace,

Till this time, pomp was single; but now married Healthful; and ever since a fresh admirer

To one above itself. Each following day
Of what I saw there.

Became the next day's master, till the last
An untimely ague

Made former wonders it's: to-day the French Stay'd me a prisoner in my chamber, when All clinquant, all in gold, like heathen gods, Those sons of glory, those two lights of men, Shone down the English; and to-morrow they Met in the vale of Andren.

Made Britain, India : every man that stood Nor.

'Twixt Guynes and Arde: Show'd like a mine. Their dwarfish pages were I was then present, saw them salute on horseback; As cherubins, all gilt: the madams, too,

0! many


Not us'd to toil, did almost sweat to bear
The pride upon them, that their very labour
Was to them as a painting : now this mask
Was cried incomparable; and the ensuing night
Made it a fool, and beggar. The two kings,
Equal in lustre, were now best, now worst,
As presence did present them; him in eye,
Still him in praise ; and, being present both,
"Twas said, they saw but one: and no discerner
Durst wag his tongue in censure. When these
(For so they phrase 'em) by their heralds chal-

leng'd The noble spirits to arms, they did perform Beyond thought's compass; that former fabulous

Being now seen possible enough, got credit,
That Bevis was believ'd.

O! you go far.
Nor. As I belong to worship, and affect
In honour honesty, the tract of every thing
Would by a good discourser lose some life,
Which action's self was tongue to.

All was royal :
To the disposing of it pought rebellid;
Order gave each thing view; the office did
Distinctly his full function. Who did guide ?
I mean, who set the body and the limbs
Of this great sport together?

As you guess.
One, certes, that promises no element
In such a business.

I pray you, who, my lord ?
Nor. All this was order'd by the good discretion
Of the right reverend cardinal of York.
Buck. The devil speed him! no man's pie is

From his ambitious finger. What had he
To do in these fierce vanities? I wonder
That such a keech can, with his very bulk,
Take up the rays o' the beneficial sun,
And keep it from the earth.

Surely, sir,
There's in him stuff that puts him to these ends;
For, being not propp'd by ancestry, whose grace
Chalks successors their way, nor call'd upon
For high feats done to the crown; neither allied
To eminent assistants, but, spider-like,
Out of his self-drawing web, -0! give us note ! -
The force of his own merit makes his way;
A gift that heaven gives for him, which buys
A place next to the king.

I cannot tell
What heaven hath given him: Jet some graver eye
Pierce into that; but I can see his pride
Peep through each part of him: whence has he

If not from hell, the devil is a niggard ;
Or has given all before, and he begins
A new hell in himself.

Why the devil,
Upon this French going-out, took he upon him,
(Without the privity o' the king,) t' appoint
Who should attend on 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,
(The honourable board of council out,)
Must fetch him in he papers.

I do know Kinsmen of mine, three at the least, that have

By this so sicken'd their estates, that never
They shall abound as formerly.

Have broke their backs, with laying manors on them
For this great journey. What did this yanity,
But minister communication of
A most poor issue ?

Grievingly I think,
The peace between the French and us not values
The cost that did conclude it.

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.

Which is budded out ; For France hath flaw'd the league, and hath at

tach'd Our merchants' goods at Bourdeaux. Aber.

Is it therefore Th’ ambassador is silenc'd ? Nor.

Marry, is't.
Aber. A proper title of a peace, and purchas'd
At a superfluous rate.

Why, all this business
Our reverend cardinal carried.

Like it your grace,
The state takes notice of the private difference
Betwixt you and the cardinal. I advise you,
(And take it from a heart that wishes towards you
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
A minister in his power. You know his nature,
That he's revengeful ; and, I know, his sword
Hath a sharp edge: it's long, and't may be said,
It reaches far; and where 'twill not extend,
Thither he darts it. Bosom up my counsel;
You'll find it wholesome. Lo! where comes that

rock, That I advise your shunning. Enter Cardinal Wolsey, (the purse borne before him,) certain of the Guard, and two Secretaries

The Cardinal in his passage fixeth his eye on BUCKINGHAM, and BUCKINGHam on him, both full of disdain.

Wol. The duke of Buckingham's surveyor ? ha! Where's his examination ? 1 Secr.

Here, so please you. Wol. Is he in person ready ? 1 Secr.

Ay, please your grace. Wol. Well, we shall then know more; and

Shall lessen this big look.

[Exeunt WOLSEY, and Train. Buck. This butcher's cur is venom-mouth'd,

and I Have not the power to muzzle him; therefore, best Not wake him in his slumber. A beggar's book. Out-worth's a poble's blood. Nor.

What! are you

chaf'd ? Ask God for temperance; that's th' appliance only, Which your disease requires. Buck.

I read in's looks Matter against me; and his eye revil'd Me, as his abject object : at this instant He bores me with some trick. He's gone t' the king: I'll follow, and out-stare him.

with papers.

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