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Enter two Gentlemen, meeting.

I'll save you

1 Gent. Whither away so fast ? 2 GENT.

0,—God save you ! E'en to the hall, to hear what shall become Of the great duke of Buckingham.

1 GENT. That labour, sir. All's now done but the ceremony Of bringing back the prisoner. 2 GENT.

Were you there? 1 Gent. Yes, indeed was I. 2 GENT. Pray speak what has happen’d ? 1 Gent. You may guess quickly what. 2 GENT.

Is he found guilty ? 1 Gent. Yes, truly is he, and condemn’d upon't. 2 GENT. I am sorry for 't. 1 GENT.

So are a number more. 2 GENT. But, pray, how pass’d it ? [duke

1 GENT. I'll tell you in a little. The great Came to the bar ; where, to his accusations He pleaded still, not guilty, and alleg'd Many sharp reasons to defeat the law. The king's attorney, on the contrary, Urg'd on the examinations, proofs, confessions Of divers witnesses; which the duke desir'd

To have brought, viva voce, to his face :
At which appeard against him, his surveyor,
Sir Gilbert Peck his chancellor, and John Car,
Confessor to him ; with that devil-monk,
Hopkins, that made this mischief.

That was he, That fed him with his prophecies ? 1 GENT.

The same. All these accus’d him strongly; which he fain Would have flung from him, but, indeed, he could

not: And so his peers, upon this evidence, Have found him guilty of high treason. Much He spoke, and learnedly, for life; but all Was either pitied in him or forgotten. 2 GENT. After all this, how did he bear him

self? 1 GENT. When he was brought again to the

bar,—to hear His knell rung out, his judgment,—he was stirrid With such an agony, he sweat extremely, And something spoke in choler, ill, and hasty :

a To have brought, &c.] The folio 1623, and the two following editions, read, To him brought,” &c.; an errur first corrected in the folio of 1685.

lov'd me,



But he fell to himself again, and sweetly

For then my guiltless blood must cry against 'em. In all the rest show'd a most noble patience.(1) For further life in this world I ne'er hope, 2 GENT. I do not think he fears death.

Nor will I sue, although the king have mercies 1 GENT.

Sure, he does not ; More than I dare make faults. You few that He never was so womanish; the cause He may a little grieve at.

And dare be bold to weep for Buckingham, 2 GENT. Certainly,

His noble friends and fellows, whom to leave The cardinal is the end of this.

Is only bitter to him, only dying, 1 GENT.

'Tis likely, Go with me, like good angels, to my end ; By all conjectures: first, Kildare's attainder, And, as the long divorce of steel falls on me, Then deputy of Ireland ; who remov’d,

Make of your prayers one sweet sacrifice, Earl Surrey was sent thither, and in haste too, And lift my soul to heaven.—Lead on, o' God's Lest he should help his father. 2 GENT.

That trick of state Lov. I do beseech your grace, for charity, Was a deep envious one.

If ever any malice in your

heart 1 GENT. At his return,

Were hid against me, now to forgive me frankly. No doubt, he will requite it. This is noted,

Buck. Sir Thomas Lovell, I as free forgive And generally,—whoever the king favours,

you, The cardinal instantly will find employment, As I would be forgiven : I forgive all ; And far enough from court too.

There cannot be those numberless offences 2 GENT.

All the commons 'Gainst me, that I cannot take peace with: no Hate him perniciously, and, o' my conscience, ,

black envy Wish him ten fathom deep : this duke as much Shall mark *

my grave.—Commend me to his They love and dote on; call him, bounteous

grace ; Buckingham,

And, if he speak of Buckingham, pray, tell him, The mirror of all courtesy,

You met him half in heaven : my vows and 1 GENT. Stay there, sir,

prayers And see the noble ruin'd man you speak of. Yet are the king's ; and, till my

soul forsake,

Shall cry for blessings on him : may he live Enter Buckingham from his arraignment; Tip Longer than I have time to tell his years ! staves before him ; the axe with the edge to

Ever belov’d and loving may his rule be!

And when old time shall lead him to his end, wards him ; Halberds on each side : with him, Sir Thomas LOVELL, Sir NichoLAS

Goodness and he fill up one monument ! Vaux, Sir William* Sands, and common

Lov. To the water side I must conduct your people.

grace ;

Then give my charge up to sir Nicholas Vaux, 2 Gent. Let's stand close, and behold him. Who undertakes you to your end. Всск. All good people, V'aux.

Prepare there, You that thus far have come to pity me,

The duke is coming : see the barge be ready ; Hear what I say, and then go home and lose me. And fit it with such furniture as suits I have this day receiv'd a traitor's judgment, The greatness of his

person. And by that name must die; yet, heaven bear Buck.

Nay, sir Nicholas, witness

Let it alone ; my state now will but mock me. And if I have a conscience let it sink me,

When I came hither, I was lord high constable, Even as the axe falls, if I be not faithful !

And duke of Buckingham; now, poor Edward The law I bear no malice for my death ;

Bohun :
It has done, upon the premises, but justice ; Yet I am richer than


base accusers, But those that sought it I could wish more chris- That never knew what truth meant: I now seal tians :

it; Be what they will, I heartily forgive 'em :

And with that blood will make 'em one day Yet let 'em look they glory not in mischief, Nor build their evils on the graves of great men;a | My noble father, Henry of Buckingham,

groan for't.

(*) Old text, Walter.

(*) Old text, make.

a Nor build their evils, &c.] See note (C), p. 605. b

no black envy Shall mark my grave.-1 Enry very commonly, in our old writers, bears the sense sometimes conveyed by invidia; though the distinction between envy,


in its ordinary signification, and hatred, was perfectly understood." Besides this, beasts have hate, but not enry, and that comes

se, having the iscourse of reason, they cannot judge of the felicitie of other."- Fearful Fancies of the Florentine Cooper, 4to. 1599.

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Who first rais'd head against usurping Richard, Is found a truth now: for it grows again
Flying for succour to his servant Banister,

Fresher than e'er it was; and held for certain Being distress’d, was by that wretch betray'd, The king will venture at it. Either the cardinal, And without trial fell; God's peace be with him ! Or some about him near, have, out of malice Henry the seventh succeeding, truly pitying To the good queen, possess'd him with a scruple My father's loss, like a most royal prince,

That will undo her : to confirm this too,
Restor’d me to my honours, and, out of ruins, Cardinal Campeius is arriv’d, and lately ;
Made my name once more noble. Now his son, As all think, for this business.
Henry the eighth, life, honour, name, and all


'Tis the cardinal; That made me happy, at one stroke has taken And merely to revenge him on the emperor, For ever from the world. I had my trial, For not bestowing on him, at his asking, And, must needs say, a noble one; which makes The archbishopric of Toledo, this is purpos'd.

2 GENT. I think you have hit the mark : but A little happier than my wretched father :

is't not cruel, Yet thus far we are one in fortunes,—both

That she should feel the smart of this? The Fell by our servants, by those men we lov’d most;

cardinal A most unnatural and faithless service!

Will have his will, and she must fall. Heaven has an end in all : yet, you that hear me, 1 GENT.

'Tis woeful. This from a dying man receive as certain :- We are too open here to argue this ; Where you are liberal of your loves and counsels, Let's think in private more.

[Exeunt. Be sure you be not loose ; for those you make

friends, And give your hearts to, when they once perceive

SCENE II.-- The same. The least rub in

An Antechamber in fortunes, fall away your

the Palace. Like water from ye, never found again But where they mean to sink ye.

All good

Enter the Lord Chamberlain, reading a letter. people, Pray for me! I must now forsake ye; the last

MY LORD,—The horses your lordship sent hour

for, with all the care I kad, I saw well chosen, Of my long weary life is come upon me. Farewell: and when you would say something

ridden, and furnished. They were young and

handsome, and of the best breed in the north. that is sad,

When they were ready to set out for London, Speak how I fell. I have done; and God forgive

a man of my lord cardinales, by commission me! [Exeunt BUCKINGHAM and Train.

and main power, took 'em from me; with this 1 Gent. O, this is full of pity !-Sir, it calls,

reason,–His master would be served before a I fear, too many curses on their heads,

subject, if not before the king, which stopped our That were the authors.

mouths, sir. 2 GENT.

If the duke be guiltless, 'Tis full of woe : yet I can give you inkling I fear he will, indeed : well, let him have them ; Of an ensuing evil, if it fall,

He will have all, I think. Greater than this.

1 GENT. Good angels keep it from us ! What may it be?

you do not doubt my faith, sir ? Enter the Dukes of NORFOLK and SUFFOLK. 2 Gent. This secret is so weighty, 't will require

Norf. Well met, my lord chamberlain. A strong faith to conceal it.

Cham. Good day to both your graces. 1 GENT. Let me have it ;

Suf. How is the king employ'd ? I do not talk much.


I left him private, 2 GENT. I am confident;

Full of sad thoughts and troubles. You shall, sir : did you not of late days lear


What's the cause? A buzzing of a separation

CHAM. It seems the marriage with his brother's Between the kiny and Katharine ?

wife 1 GENT.

Yes, but it held not: Has crept too near his conscience. For when the king once heard it, out of anger


No, his conscience He sent command to the lord mayor straight Has crept too near another lady. To stop the rumour, and allay those tongues

Norf. That durst disperse it.

This is the cardinal's doing, the king-cardinal : 2 GENT.

But that slander, sir, That blind priest, like the eldest son of fortune,


'Tis so;

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Turns what he list. The king will know him one NORF. We had need pray, day.

And heartily, for our deliverance ;
Sur. Pray God, he do! he'll never know him- Or this imperious man will work us all
self else.

From princes into pages : all men's honours
NORF. How holily he works in all his business! Lie like one lump before him, to be fashion'd
And with what zeal! for, now he has crack’d the Into what pitch he please.


For me, my lords, Between us and the emperor, the queen's great I love him not, nor fear him ; there's my creed : nephew,

As I am made without him, so I'll stand,
He dives into the king's soul, and there scatters If the king please ; his curses and his blessings
Dangers, doubts, wringing of the conscience, Touch me alike, they're breath I not believe in.
Fears, and despairs,—and all these for his mar- I knew him, and I know him ; so I leave him
riage :

To him that made him proud, the pope.
And out of all these to restore the king,


Let's in ;
He counsels a divorce; a loss of her,

And with some other business put the king
That, like a jewel, has hung twenty years From these sad thoughts, that work too much
About his neek, yet never lost her lustre ;
Of her that loves him with that excellence

My lord, you'll bear us company ?
That angels love good men with ; even of her CHAM.

Excuse me ;
That, when the greatest stroke of fortune falls, The king has sent me otherwhere : besides,
Will bless the king: and is not this course pious ? | You'll find a most unfit time to disturb him :
CHAM. Heaven keep me from such counsel ! Health to your lordships.
'Tis most true,


Thanks, my good lord chamberlain. These news are everywhere; every tongue speaks

[Exit Lord Chamberlain. 'em, And every true heart weeps for’t : all that dare Look into these affairs, see this main end,

NORFOLK opens a folding-door. The KING is

discovered sitting, and reading pensively.
The French king's sister. Heaven will one day open
The king's eyes, that so long have slept upon
This bold bad man.

Sur. How sad he looks ! sure, he is much
And free us from his slavery.


upon him :



K. HEN. Who's there, ha?

K. HEN. And once more in mine arms I bid NORF. Pray God he be not angry.

him welcome, K. HEN. Who's there, I say?

How dare you

And thank the holy conclave for their loves ; thrust yourselves

They have sent me such a man I would have Into my private meditations?

wish'd for. Who am I, ha ?

Cam. Your grace must needs deserve all NORF. A gracious king, that pardons all of

strangers' loves, fences

You are so noble. To your highness' hand Malice ne'er meant: our breach of duty this way, I tender my commission ;-by whose virtue, Is business of estate ; in which we come

(The court of Rome commanding) you, my lord To know your royal pleasure.

Cardinal of York, are join'd with me their servant K. HEN.

Ye are too bold; In the unpartial judging of this business. Go to; I'll make ye know your times of business : K. HEN. Two equal men. The queen shall be Is this an hour for temporal affairs, ha ?

acquainted Forthwith for what you come.- Where's Gardiner?

Wol. I know your majesty has always lov'd her Enter WOLSEY and CAMPEIUS.

So dear in heart, not to deny her that

A woman of less place might ask by law,Who's there ? my good lord cardinal ?—0 my

Scholars allow'd freely to argue for her.

K. HEN. Ay, and the best she shall have ;

favour The quiet of my wounded conscience, Thou art a cure fit for a king.—You're welcome,

To him that does best ; God forbid else. Cardinal,

[To CAMPEIUS. Pry'thee, call Gardiner to me, my new secretary ; Most learned reverend sir, into our kingdom ;

I find him a fit fellow.

[Exit WOLSEY. Use us and it.—My good lord, have great care I be not found a talker.

[To WOLSEY. Wol.

Re-enter WOLSEY with GARDINER.
Sir, you cannot.
I would your grace would give us but an hour
Of private conference.

Wol. (A side to GARD.] Give me your hand:
We are busy; go.

much joy and favour to you ; [To Norfolk and SUFFOLK.

You are the king's now. Norf. This priest has no pride in him?

GARD. [Aside to Wol.] But to be commanded SUF. Not to speak of;

For ever by your grace, whose hand has rais'd me. I would not be so sick though for his

K. HEN. Come hither, Gardiner.

Aside place :

[They converse apart. But this cannot continue.

to each

Cam. My lord of York, was not one doctor Pace

other. NORF. If it do,

In this man's place before him ? I'll venture one have-at-him.


Yes, he was. SUF. I another.

CAM. Was he not held a learned man? [Exeunt Norfolk and SUFFOLK.


Yes, surely. Wol. Your grace has given a precedent of

Cam. Believe me, there's an ill opinion spread, wisdom

then, Above all princes, in committing freely

Even of yourself, lord cardinal. Your scruple to the voice of Christendom:


How ! of me? Who can be angry now ? what envy reach you ?

Cam. They will not stick to say, you envied him; The Spaniard, tied by blood and favour to her, And fearing he would rise, he was so virtuous, Must now confess, if they have any goodness,

Kept him a foreign man still; which so griev'd The trial just and noble. All the clerks,

him, I mean the learned ones, in christian kingdoms,

That he ran mad, and died. Have their free voices—Rome, the nurse of judg


Heaven's peace be with him! ment,

That’s christian care enough: for living murmurers Invited by your noble self, hath sent,

There's places of rebuke. He was a fool ; One general tongue unto us, this good man,

For he would needs be virtuous : that good fellow, This just and learned priest, cardinal Campeius,

If I command him, follows my appointment; Whom once more I present unto your highness.

I will have none so near else. Learn this, brother,
We live not to be grip'd by meaner persons.

K. HEN. Deliver this with modesty to the queen. · I'll venture one have-at-him ] The second folio reads, "one heave at him.”


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