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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, it 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 fizeth 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 Seer.

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

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

Buckingham Shall lessen this big look. (Exe. Wolsey, and train. Buck. This butcher's curl 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-worths a noble's blood. Nor.

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

I read in his 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 to the


(1) Wolsey was the son of a butcher.. (2) Stabs.

I'll follow, and out-stare him.

Stay, my lord,
And let your reason with your choler question
What 'tis you go about: To climb steep hills,
Requires slow pace at first : Anger is like
A full-hot horse; who being allow'd his way,
Self-mettle tires him. Not a man in England
Can advise me like

you :

be to yourself As you would to your friend. Buck.

I'll to the king; And from a mouth of honour quite cry down This Ipswich fellow's insolence; or proclaim, There's difference in no persons. Nor.

Be advis'd; Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot That it do singe yourself: We may outrun, By violent swiftness, that which we run at, And lose by over-running. Know you not, The fire, that mounts the liquor till it run o'er, In seeming to augment it, wastes it? Be advis'd : I say again, there is no English soul More stronger to direct you than yourself; If with the sap of reason you would quench, Or but allay, the fire of passion. Buck.

Sir, I am thankful to you ; and I'll By your prescription :—but this top-proud fellow, (Whom from the flow of gall I name not, but From sincere motions,) by intelligence, And proofs as clear as founts in Júly, when We see each grain of gravel, I do know To be corrupt and treasonous. Nor.

Say not, treasonous, Buck. To the king I'll say't; and make my

as strong
As shore of rock. Attend. This holy fox,
Or wolf, or both (for he is equal ravenous,
As he is subtle; and as prone to mischief,
As able to perform it: his mind and place
Infecting one another, yea, reciprocally,)

go along


Only to show his pomp as well in France
As here at home, suggests the king our master
To this last costly treaty, the interview,
That swallow'd so much treasure, and like a glass
Did break i'the rinsing.

'Faith, and so it did. Buck. Pray, give me favour, sir. This cunning

The articles o'the combination drew,
As himself pleas'd; and they were ratified,
As he cried, Thus let be: to as much end,
Asgive a crutch to the dead: But our count-cardinal
Has done this, and 'tis well; for worthy Wolsey,
Who cannot err, he did it. Now this follows
(Which, as I take it, is a kind of puppy
To the old dam, treason,)-Charles the emperor,
Under pretence to see the queen his aunt
(For 'twas, indeed, his colour; but he came
To whisper Wolsey,) here makes visitation :
His fears were, that the interview, betwixt
England and France, might, through their amity,
Breed him some prejudice ; for from this league
Peep'd harms that menac'd him : He privily
Deals with our cardinal; and, as I trow,-
Which I do well; for, I am sure, the emperor
Paid ere he promis'd; whereby his suit was granted,
Ere it was ask'd ;- but when the way was made,
And pav'd with gold, the emperor thus desir'd ;-
That he would please to alter the king's course,
And break the foresaid peace. Let the king know,
(As soon he shall by me, that thus the cardinal
Does buy and sell his honour as he pleases,
And for his own advantage.

I am sorry
To hear this of him; and could wish, he were
Something mistaken in't.

No, not a syllable ;
I do pronounce him in that very shape,

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I am sorry

He shall appear in proof.
Enter Brandon ; a Serjeant at Arms before him,

and two or three of the guards.
Bran. Your office, serjeant; execute it.

Sir, My lord the duke of Buckingham, and earl Of Hereford, Stafford, and Northampton, I Arrest thee of high treason, in the name Of our most sovereign king: Buck.

Lo you, my lord, The net has fall'n upon me; I shall perish Under device and practice.l

Bran. To see you ta'en from liberty, to look on The business present: 'Tis his highness' pleasure You shall to the Tower. Buck.

It will help me nothing, To plead mine innocence; for that die is on me, Which makes my whitest part black. The will

of Heaven Be done in this and all things I obey.--O my lord Aberga'ny, fare you well. Bran. Nay, he must bear you company : :-The king

[To Abergavenny. Is pleas'd, you shall to the Tower, till you know How he determines further. Aber.

As the duke said, The will of heaven be done, and the king's pleasure By me obey'd.

Bran. Here is a warrant from The king, to attach lord Montacute; and the bodies Of the duke's confessor, John de la Court, One Gilbert Peck, his chancellor,

These are the limbs of the plot : no more, I hope.

Bran. A monk o'the Chartreux.

O, Nicholas Hopkins ?

So, so;

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(1) Unfair stratagem.


He. Buck. My surveyor is false; the o'er-great car

dinal Hath show'd him gold: my life is spann'di already: I am the shadow of poor Buckingham; Whose figure even this instant cloud puts on, By dark’ning my clear sun.--My lord, farewell.

[Exeunt. SCENE II.-The council-chamber. Cornets.

Enter King Henry, Cardinal Wolsey, the Lords of the Council, Sir Thomas Lovell, Officers, and Assistants. The King enters, leaning on the Cardinal's shoulder.

K. Hen. My life itself, and the best heart of it, Thanks you for this great care : I stood i'the level Of a full-charg'd confederacy, and give thanks To you that chok'd it.-Let be call'd before us That gentleman of Buckingham's : in person I'll hear him his confessions justify; And point by point the treasons of his master He shall again relate. The King takes his state. The Lords of the

Council take their several places. The Cardinal places himself under the King's feet, on his

right side. A noise within, crying Room for the Queen. En

ter the Queen, ushered by the Dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk : she kneels. The King riseth from his state, takes her up, kisses, and placeth her by him. Q. Kath. Nay, we must longer kneel; I am &

suitor. K. Hen. Arise, and take place by us : Never name to us; you have half our power :


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