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Crom. How does your Grace?
. Wol. Why, well;
Never so truly happy, my good Cromwell.
I know myself now, and I feel within me
A peace above all earthly dignities;
A ftill and quiet conscience. The King his cur'd me,
I humbly thank his Grace; and, from these shoulders,
These ruin'd pillars, out of pity taken
A load would fink a navy, too much honour.
O, 'tis a burthen, Cromwell, 'tis a burthen,
Too heavy for a man that hopes for heav'n!
Crom. I'm glad your Grace has made that right use of

Woi. I hope I have : I'm able now, methinks,
Out of a fortitude of foul I feel,
T'endure more miseries, and greater far,
Than my weak-hearted enemies dare offer.
What news abroad?

Crom. The heaviest and the worst,
Is your displeasure with the King.

Wol. God bless him!

CROM. The next is, that Sir Thomas More is chosen Lord Chancellor in your place.

Wow. That's somewhat sudden
But he's a learned man. May he contique
Long in his Highness' favour, and do justice
For truth's fake and his conscience; that his bones,
When he has run' his course, and sleeps in blessings,
May have a tomb of orphans' tears wept on him!
What more?

Crom. That Cranmer is return'd with welcome;
Install'd Lord Archbishop of Canterbury.


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Wow. That's news indeed.

CRO. Last, that the Lady Anne,
Whom the King hath in fecrecy long married,
This day was view'd in open as his Queen,
Going to chapel; and the voice is now
Only about her coronation.
Wol. There was the weight that pulld me down :

O Cromwell,
The King has gone beyond me : all my glories
In that one woman I have lost for ever.
No sun shall ever usher forth my honours,
Or gild again the noble troops that waited
Upon my smiles. Go, get thee from me, Cromwell;


fall'n man, unworthy now
To be thy lord and master. Seek the King,
(That sun I pray may never set). I've told him
What and how true thou art; he will advance thee;
Some little memory of me will ftir him,
(I know his noble nature) not to let
Thy hopeful service perifh too. Good Cromwell,
Neglect him not; make use now, and provide
For thine own future safety.

CROM. O my Lord,
Must I then leave you ? Muft I needs forego
So good, so noble, and so true a mafter?
Bear witness, all that have not hearts of iron,
With what a sorrow Cromwell leaves his Lord.
The King shall have my service; but my prayers
For ever, and for ever, shall be your's.

Wol. Cromwell, I did not think to shed a tear
In all my miscries, but thou hast forc'd me,
Out of thy honest truth, to play the woman


Let's dry our eyes; and thus far hear me, Cromwell,
And when I am forgotten, as I fall be,
And sleep in dull cold marble, where no mention
Of me must more be heard, say then I taught thee;
Say, Wolsey, that once rode the waves of glory,
And founded all the depths and shoals of honour,
Found thee a way, out of his wreck, to rise in ;
A sure and safe one, though thy master miss'd it.
Mark but my fall, and that which ruin'd me:
Cromwell, I charge thee, fing away ambition ;
By that fin fell the angels; how can man then
(Tho' th’image of his Maker) hope to win by't?
Love thyself lait; cherish those hearts that wait thee!
Corruption wins not more than honeity.
Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace,
To silence envious tongues. Be just, and fear not.
Let all the ends thou aim'lt at; be thy Country's,
Thy God's, and Truth's; then if thou fall'A, O Cromwell,
Thou fall’lt a bleffed martyr. Serve the King -
And pr’ythee lead me in
There take an inventory of all I have,
To the last penny, 'tis the King's. My robe,
And my integrity to Heav'n, is all
I dare now call mine own. O Cromwell, Cromwell,
Had I but fery'd my God with half the zeal
I serv'd my King, he would not in mine age
Have left me naked to mine enemies.

Crom. Good Sir, have patience.

Wow. So I have. Farewel
The hopes of court! My hopes in heaven do dwell.


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LOW winds, and crack your cheeks; rage, blow!

You cataracts, and hurricanes, spout Till you

have drench'd our steeples, drown'd the cocks!
You sulph’rous and thought-executing fires,
Singe my white head. And thou, all-shaking thunder,
Strike flat the thick rotundity o'th' world ;
Crack nature's mould, all germins spill at once
That make ungrateful man!

Rumble thy belly full, spit fire, spout rain!
Nor rain, wind, thunder, fire, are my daughters.
I tax not you, ye elements, with unkindness ;
I never gave you kingdom, call'd you children;
You owe me no subscription. Then let fall
Your horrible pleasure. Here I stand your brave,
A poor, infirm, weak, and despis’d old man;
But yet I call you fervile ministers,
That have with two pernicious daughters join'd
Your high-engender'd battles, 'gainst a head
So old and white as this. Oh! oh! 'tis foul.

Let the great gods,
That keep this dreadful pudder o'er our heads,
Find out their enemies now. . Tremble thou wretch,
That haft within thee undivulged crimes,
Unwhip'd of justice! Hide thee, thou bloody hand;
Thou perjure, and thou fimular of virtue,
That art incestuous ! caitiff, shake to pieces,
That, under cover of convivial seeming,
Has practis'd on man's life-Close-pent up guilts,

Rive your concealing conrinents, and alk
Those dreadful summoners grace ! I am a man,
More finn'd against, than finning.


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S this a dagger which I fee before me,

I me clatch thee.

I have thee not, and yet I fee thee ftill.
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling, as to fight? or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation
Proceeding from the heat-oppreffed brain ?
I see thee yet, in form as palpable
As this which now I draw.
Thou marshal'st me the way that I was going;
And such an instrument I was to use.
Mine eyes are made the fools o'th' other senses,
Or else worth all the rest-I see thee still ;
And on the blade of th’ dudgeon, gouts of blood,
Which was not so before.-There's no such thing-
It is the bloody bufiness, which informs
Thus to mine eyes. -Now o'er one half the world
Nature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuse
The curtain'd sleep; now.

witchcraft celebrates
Pale Hecate's offerings : and wither'd Murther,
(Alarum'd by his centinel, the wolf,
Whofe howl's his watch) thus with his fealthy pace,
With Tarquin's ravishing strides, tow'rds his design
Moves like a ghoft. --Thou found and firm-set earth,


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