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ACT 1.

Buck. The devil speed him I no man's pie 13

free'd SCENE 1.-London.-An Ante-chamber in From his ambitious Inger. Wbat bad he the Palace.

To do in these Berce • vauities ? 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

And keep it from the earth. the Lord ASERGAVENNY.

Nor. Surely, Sir, Buck. Good morrow, and well met. HowThere's in bim stuff that puts hlin to these bave you done,

ends : Since last we saw in France ?

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

grace Healthful ; and ever siuce 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, Those suns of glory, those two lights of men, Out of his self drawing web, he gives us note. Met in the vale of Arde.

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

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

. (eye Beheld them, when they lighted, how they | Wbat heaven hath given hlin, let some graver In their embracement, as they grew together; Pierce into that ; but I can see his pride Which had they, what four thron'd ones could Peep through each part of him: Whence has he have weigh'd

that? Ench 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 hell 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 him ? He makes up the To one above itself. Each following day

of all the gentry for the most part such tile Became the next day's master, till the last Too, whom as great a charge as little honour Made former wonders it's : To-day, the French, He meant to lay upon : and his own letter, All clinquant. + all in gold, like beatben gods, The honourable board of council out, bhone down the English : and, to-morrow, Must fetch him in the papers. they

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

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

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

them Was to them as a painting : Dow this mask

For this great journey. What did this vanity Was cried incomparable; 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,

(salues Equal in Justre, were now best, now worst, The peace between the French and us not As presence did present them; him in eye, The cost that did conclude it. Still him in praise : aud, being present both, Buck. Every man, 'Twas said, they saw but one ; and no discerner After the bideous storm that follow'd, was Durst way his tongue incensure. Wben A thing inspir'd : and, not consulting, iroke these suns

(challeng'd Into a general prophecy, -That this teinpest (For so they phrase them,) by their heralds Dashing the garment of this peace, aboded The noble spirits to arms, they did perform The sudden breach on't. Beyond thought's compass; tbat former fabu- Nor. Which is budded out ; Jous story,

For France liath faw'd the league, and bath at. Being now scen possible enough, got credit,

tach'd That Bevis 5 was believ'd.

Our mercbants 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 purWhich action's self was tongue to. Ali was

cbas'd royal;

At a superfluous rate! To the disposing of it nought rebell’d,

Buck. Why all this business Order gave each ting view ; the office did

Our reverend cardinal carried. 1 Distinctly bis full function.

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

The state takes notice of the private difference I mean, who 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 wishes towards Nor. One, certes, that promises po elements

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 his potency Nor. All this was order'd by the good dis- | Together : to consider further, that cretion

What his high hatred would effect, wants not of the right reverend cardinal of York,

A minister in his power : You know his nature,
That he's revengeful ; and I know, his sword

Kath a sharp edge : it's long, and it may be • Henry VIII. and Francis 1. king of Francı.

said + Glittering, shining. * In opinion, which was most noble. Sir Beris, created for his prowess Earl of South

• Proud. Lump of fat. List. ampton by William the Conqueror.

6 Sets down in his letter without congulting the reuneile I Certainly. Practice.



It reaches far; and where 'will not extend, As here at bome, suggests tbe king our Thither he darts it. Bosom upiny counsel,

master You'll find it wbolesoine. Lo, where comes To this last costly treaty, the interview, tbat rock,

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


Did break i'the rinsing. Enter 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|

ping cardinal in his passage fizeth his eye on BUCKING- The articles o'the combination drew, HAM, and BUCKINGHAM on him, both full As himself pleas'd ; and they were ratified, of disdain.

As he cried, thus let it be: to as much end, Wol. The duke of Buckingham's surveyor ? As give a crutch to the dead : But our countha?

cardinal Where's his examination 1

Has done this, and 'tis well ; for worthy Wol. 1 Secr. Here, so please you.

sey, Wol. Is he in person ready 1

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

(Which, as I take it, is a kind of puppy Wol. Well, we shall then know more ; and To the old dam, treason,)-Charles the emBuckingham

peror, Shall lessen this big look.

Under pretence to see the queen his aunt, [Ereunt WOLSEY, and train. (For 'twas, indeed, bis colour ; but he canne Buck. Tbis butcher's car is venom-mouth'd, To whisper Wolsey,) bere makes visitation : and I

His fears were, that the interview betwixt Have not the power to muzzle bim; therefore, England and France might through their amity, best

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

league look

Peep'd harms that menac'd him : he privily Out-worths a noble's blood.

Deals with our cardinal; and as I trow,-Nor. What, are you char'd ?

Which I do well; for I am sure, the einperor Ask God for temperance ; that's the appliance Paid ere he promis'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

made, Matter against me : and his eye revil'd

And pav'd with gold, the emperor thrs de Me, as his abject object : at this instant

sir'd ;He borest me with some trick : He's gone to That be 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 your choler question

dinal What 'tis you go about: To clime steep hills, Does buy and sell bis hononr as be pleases, Requires slow pace at first : Anger is like

And for his own advantage. A full-hot horse ; who being allow'd his way, Nor. I am sorry Self-mettle tires him. Not a man in England To bear this of him; and could wish be were Can advise me like you : be to yourself

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

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

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

Enter BRANDON ; a SERGEANT at 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 violent swiftness, that which we run at, My lord the duke of Buckingham, and earl And lose by over running. Know you not, of Hereford, Stafford, and Northampton, I The fire, that mounts the liquor till it run Arrest thee of bigh treason, in the name 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; I shall perish I say again, there is no English soul

Under device and practice. + 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 his 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 belp me nothing, fellow,

To plead mine innocence ; for that dies on (Whom from the flow of gall I 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 heaven We see each grain of gravel, I do know

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

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 kmg

(TO ABERGAVENNY. vouch as strong

| 1s pleas'd you shall to the Tower, till you As shore of rock. Attend. This holy fox,

know Or woll, or both, (for he is equal ravelious, 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 aud place The will of heaven be done, and the king's Infecting one another, yea, reciprocally.)

pleasure Ouly to show his pomp as well in France By me obey'd.

• Wolsey was tire son of a butcher.


• Excites.
t Unfair strulagems.


Bran. Here is a warrant from

Unfit for other life, 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 up. or the duke's confessor, John de la Court,

roar, One Gilbert Peck, bis chancellor,

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, O Nicholas Hopkins ?

Kuow you of this taxation ? Bran. He.

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

Pertains to the state ; and front but iu bat Hath show'd bin gold; my life is spann'

d al

Ole • ready ;

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

Q. Kath. No, my lord, Whose figure even this instant clouds put on, You know no more than others : but you frame By dark'ning iny clear sun.-My lord, farewell. Things, that are known alike ; which are not



To those which would not know them, and yet SCENE 11.-The Council Chamber.


Perforce be their acqualntance. These exacCornets. Enter King HENRY, Cardinal WOL

SEY, the Lords of the Council, Sir THOMAS Whereof my sovereign would have note, they LOVELL, Oficers, and Attendants. The

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

them, K. Hen. My life itsell, and the best heart of The back is sacrifice to the load. 'They say,

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 chuk'd it.-Let be call'd before us

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

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

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

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


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

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

Is bai'd your wars in France : This makes beld

mouths: A noise within, crying, Room for the Queen. Tougues spit their duties out, and cold hearts Enter the QUEEN, ushered by the Dukes of

freeze NORFOLK and SUPFOLK : she kneels. The Allegiance in them; their curses now, KING riseth from his state, takes her up, Live where their prayers did ; and it's come to kisses and places her by him.

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

That tractable obedience is a slave suitor,

To each incensed will. I would, your higbness K. Hen. Arise, and take place by us :-Half

Would give it quick consideration, for your suit

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

K. Hen. By my life, 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, thau by That you would love yourself ; and, in that love, I A single voice ; an

A single voice ; and that not pass'd me, but Not inconsider'd leave your honour, nor

By learned approbation of the judges.

If I am traduc'd by tongues, which neither ignity of your ofhice, is the point 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 subl'rís but the fate of place, and the rough jects

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

stinti Sent down among them which have faw'd the

Our necessary actions, in the fear beart

To cope Ø malicious censures; wbich 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 you, as putter-on

Than vainly longing. What we oft do best, of these exactions, 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 he escapes not

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

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

Iu fear our motion will be mock'd or carp'd In loud rebellion.

at, Nor. Not almost appears.

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

sit The clothiers all, not able to inaintain

State statues only.
The many to them longing, have put off
The spiustrrs, carders, fullers, weavers, who,

• I am only one among the other conneellats.
+ Thicket of thorns.


• Measured. + Chair.


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