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The other moiety, ere you ask, is given ;
Repeat your will, and take it.
Kath.

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your majesty. That you would love yourself; and, in that love, Not unconsider'd leave your honour, nor The dignity of your office, is the point Of my petition

K. Hen. Lady mine, proceed.

Q. Kath. I am solicited, not by a few, And those of true condition, that your subjects Are in great grievance : there have been com

missions
Sent down among them, which hath flaw'd the heart
Of all their loyalties :--wherein, although,
My good lord cardinal, they vent reproaches
Most bitterly on you, as putter-on
Of these exactions, yet the king our master
(Whose honour Heaven shield from soil !) even he
Language unmannerly, yea, such which breaks

The sides of loyalty, and almost appears
In loud rebellion.
Nor.

Not almost appears,
It doth appear; for, upon these taxations,
The clothiers all, not able to maintain
The many to them 'longing, have put off
The spinsters, carders, fullers, weavers, who,
Unfit for other life, compellid by hunger
And lack of other means, in desperate manner
Daring the event to the teeth, are all in uproar,
And Danger serves among them.
K. Hen.

Taxation !
Wherein ? and what taxation ?-My lord cardinal,
You that are blam'd for it alike with us,
Know you of this taxation ?
Wol.

Please you, sir,
I know but of a single part, in aught
Pertains to the state; and front but in that file!

(1) I am only one among the other counsellors,

escapes not

Where others tell steps with me.
Q. Kath.

No, my lord, You know no more than others : but you frame Things, that are known alike; which are not whole

some To those which would not know them, and yet must Perforce be their acquaintance. These exactions, Whereof my sovereign would have note, they are Most pestilent to the hearing; and, to bear them, The back is sacrifice to the load. They say, They are devis'd by you; or else you

suffer
Too hard an exclamation.
K. Hen.

Still exaction!
The nature of it? In what kind, let's know,
Is this exaction?
2. Kath.

I am much too venturous
In tempting of your patience; but am bolden'd
Under your promis'd pardon. The subjects' grief
Comes through commissions, which compel from

each The sixth part of his substance, to be levied Without delay; and the pretence for this Is nam'd, your wars in France : This makes bold

mouths :
Tongues spit their duties out, and cold hearts freeze
Allegiance in them; their curses now,
Live where their prayers did; and it's come to pass,
That tractable obedience is a slave
To each incensed will. I would, your highness
Would give it quick consideration, for
There is no primer business.
K. Hen.

By my life,
This is against our pleasure.
Wol.

And for

me, I have no farther gone in this, than by A single voice; and that not pass’d me, but By learned approbation of the judges. If I am traduc'd by tongues, which neither know My faculties, nor person, yet will be The chronicles of my doing, let me say,

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'Tis but the fate of place, and the rough brakel
That virtue must go through. We must not stinta
Our necessary actions, in the fear
To cope: malicious censurers; which ever,
As ravenous fishes, do a vessel follow
That is new trimm'd; but benefit no further
Than vainly longing. What we oft do best,
By sick interpreters, once weak ones, is
Not ours, or not allow'd ;5 what worst, as oft,
Hitting a grosser quality, is cried up
For our best act. If we shall stand still,
In fear our motion will be mock'd or carp'd at,
We should take root here where we sit, or sit
State statues only.

K. Hen. Things done well,
And with a care, exempt themselves from fear;
Things done without example, in their issue
Are to be fear'd. Have you a precedent
Of this commission? I believe, not any.
We must not rend our subjects from our laws,
And stick them in our will. Sixth pait of each?
A trembling contribution! Why, we take,
From every tree, lop, bark, and part o'the timber;
And, though we leave it with a root, thus hack'd,
The air will drink the sap. To every county,
Where this is question'd, send our letters, with
Free pardon to each man that has denied
The force of this commission : Pray, look to't;
I put it to your care.
Wol.

A word with you.

(To the Secretary. Let there be letters writ to every shire, Of the king's grace and pardon. The griev'd Hardly conceive of me; let it be nois'd, That, through our intercession, this revokement And pardon comes : I shall anon advise you

commons

(1) Thicket of thorns. (2) Retard. (3) Encounter. (4) Sometime. (5) Approved

Yet see

Further in the proceeding. [Exit Secretary.

Enter Surveyor. Q. Kath. I am sorry, that the duke of Bucking

ham Is run in your displeasure. K. Hen.

It grieves many : The gentleman is learn'd, and a most rare speaker, To nature none more bound; his training such, That he may furnish and instruct great teachers, And never seek for aid out of himself. When these so noble benefits shall prove Not well-dispos'd, the mind growing once corrupt, They turn to vicious forms, ten times more ugly Than ever they were fair. This man so complete, Who was enroll'd 'mongst wonders, and when we, Almost with ravish'd listning, could not find His hour of speech a minute; he, my lady, Hath into monstrous habits put the graces That once were his, and is become as black As if besmear'd in hell. Sit by us ; you shall hear (This was his gentleman in trust) of him Things to strike honour sad.--Bid him recount The fore-recited practices; whereof We cannot feel too little, hear too much.

Wol. Stand forth; and with bold spirit relate Most like a careful subject, have collected Out of the duke of Buckingham. K. Hen.

Speak freely. Surv. First, it was usual with him, every day It would infect his speech, That if the king Should without issue die, he'd carry2 it so To make the sceptre his: These very words I have beard him utter to his son-in-law, Lord Aberga'ny; to whom by oath he menac'd Revenge upon the cardinal.

(1) Beyond. (2) Conduct, manage.

what you,

Wol.

Please your highness, note This dangerous conception in this point. Not friended by his wish, to your high person His will is most malignant; and it stretches Beyond you, to your friends. Kath.

My learn'd lord cardinal, Deliver all with charity. K. Hen.

Speak on: How grounded he his title to the crown, Upon our fail ? to this point hast thou heard him At any time speak aught? Surv.

He was brought to this By a vain prophecy of Nicholas Hopkins. K. Hen. What was that Hopkins ? Surv.

Sir, a Chartreux friar, His confessor; who fed him every minute With words of sovereignty: K. Hen.

How know'st thou this? Surv. Not long before your highness sped to

France, The duke being at the Rose, within the parish Saint Lawrence Poultney, did of me demand What was the speech amongst the Londoners Concerning the French journey: I replied, Men fear'd, the French would prove perfidious, To the king's danger. Presently the duke Said, 'Twas the fear, indeed; and that he doubted, "Twould prove the verity of certain words Spoke by a holy monk; That oft, says he, Hath sent to me, wishing me to permit John de la Court, my chaplain, a choice hour To hear from him a matter of some moment: Whom after under the confession's seal He solemnly had sworn, that, what he spoke, My chaplain to no creature living, but To me, should utter, with demure confidence This pausingly ensu'd,

-Neither the king, nor his heirs, (1) Now Merchant-Taylor's School.

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