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Saint Lawrence Poultney, did of me demand King. A giant traitor!

[freedom, What was the speech among the Londoners · Wol. Now, madam, may his highness live in Concerning the French journey? I reply'd, And this man out of prison? Men fear'd, the French would prove perfidious, Queen. God mend all! To the king's danger. Presently the duke 5 King. There's something more would out of Said, 'Twas the fear, indeed; and that he doubted,

thee; What say'st ?

[knife,-Twould prove the verity of certain words Sury. After-the duke his father,--with-the Spoke by a holy monk; that oft, says he, Hestretch'd him and with one hand on his dagger, Hath sent to me, wishing me to permit

Another spread on his breast, mounting his eyes,
John de la Court, my chaplain, a choice hour 10 He did discharge a horrible oath ; whose tenous
To hear from him a matter of some moment : Was-Were he evil-uş'd, he would out-go
Who (after under the confession's seal

His father, by as much as a perforınance
He solemnly had sworn, ihat, that he spoke, Does an irresolute purpose.
My chaplain to no creuture living, but

King. There's his period,
To me,should utter) with demure confidence [heirs, 15 To sheath his knife in us. He is attach'd;
Thus pausingly ensu'd-Neither the king, nor his Call him to present trial: If he may
(Tell

you the duke) shall prosper: bid him strive Find mercy in the law, 'tis his; it none, For the love of the commonalty; the duke Let him not seek 't of us: By day and night, Shall govern England.

He's traitor to the height.

[Excunt. Queen. If I know you well,

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SCENE III. You were the duke's surveyor, and lost your office

An Apartment in the Palace. On the complaint o' the tenants : Take good heed, Enter ihe Lord Chamberlain, and Lord Sands. You charge not in your spleen a noble person, Cham. Is it possible, the spells of France should And spoil your nobler soul; I say, take heed; Men into such strange mysteries ? (juggle Yes, heartily beseech you.

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Sands. New customs, King. Let him on:

Though they be never so ridiculous, Go forward.

Nay, let them be unmanly, yet are follow'd. Surv. On my soul, I'II speak but truth.

Cham. As far as I see, all the good our English I told my lord the duke, By the devil's illusions Have got by the late voyage, is but merely The monk might be deceiv'd; and that 'twas 30 A fitortwoo'the face'; but they are shrewd ones; dang'rous for him

For,when they hold thein, you would swear directTo ruminate on this so far, until

Their very noses had been counsellors [ly, It forg'd him some design, which, being believ'd, To Pepin, or Clotharius, they keep state so. It was much like to do: He answer'd, Tush! Sands. They have all new legs, and lame ones; It can do me no damage: adding further, 35

one would take it, That, had the king in his last sickness fail'd, That never saw them pace before, the sparin The cardinal's and Sir Thomas Lovel's heads And springhalt“ reign'd among 'em. Should have gone off .

Chim. Death! my lord, King. Ha! what, so rank'? Ah, ha! [further? Their clothes are after such a pagan cut too, There's mischief in this man : -Canst thou say 40 That,sure, they have worn out Christendom. How Suro. I can, my liege.

What news, Sir Thomas Lovel?

[nowi King. Proceed.

Enter Sir Thomas Lovel.
Surv. Being at Greenwich,

Lor. Faith, my lord,
After your highness had reprov'd the duke I hear of none, but the new proclamation
About Sir William Blomer,-

45 That's clapp'd upon the court gate. k'ing. I remember

Cham. What is 't for: Of such a time:-Being my sworn servant, L'o. The reformation of our travell’d gallants, The duke retain'd him his.—But on; What hence: T'lsat fill the court with quarrels, talk, and tailors.

Suro. If, quoth he, I for this had been conimitted, Cham. I am glad 'tis thcre; now I would pray
As to the Tower, I thought, I would hare play'd 150 our monsieurs
Tire part my father meant to act upon

To think an English courtier may be wise,
The usurper Richard: who, being at Salisbury, And never see the Louvre.
Made suitto come in his presence; which,ifgranted, Lor. They must either
As he made semblance of his duty, world

(For so run the conditions) leave these remnants Hare put his knife into him.

55 of fool, and feather', that they got in France, • Rank weeds are weeds that are grown up to great height and strength.What, says the king, was he advanced to this pitch ? Mysteries were allegorical shews, which the mummers of those times cxhibited in odd and fantastic habits. Mysteries are used, by an easy figure, for those that exhibited mysteries; and the sense is only, that the travelled Englishmen were metamorphosed, by foreign fashions, into such an uncouth appearance, that they looked like mummers in a mystery. 3 A fit of the face seems to be what we now term a grimace, an artificial cast of the countenance.

* The stringhalt, or springhalt, is a disease incident to horses, which gives them

a convulsive motion in their paces. * This does not allude to the feathers anciently worn in the hats and caps of our countrymen (a circumstance to which no ridicule could justly belong), but to an effeminate fashion of young genticmen carrying funs of feathers in their hande.

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With all their honourable points of ignorance Salutes you all: This night he dedicates
Pertaining thereunto, (as fights, and fireworks ; To fair content, and you: noné here, he hopes,
Abusing better men than they can be,

In all this noble bevy, has brought with her
Out of a foreign wisdom) renouncing clean One care abroad; he would bare all as merry
The faith they have in tennis, and tall stockings, 5 As first-good company, good wine, good welcome,
Short blister’ibreeches', and those types of travel, Can make good people.-0,mylord, youare tardy;
And understand again like honest men; Enter Lord Chamberlain, Lord Sands, and Sir
Orpack to their old play-fellows: there, I take it,

Thomas Lotel.
They may, cum privilegio, wear away

The very thought of this fair company
The lag end of their lewdness, and be laugh'd at. 10 Clapp'd wings to me.

Sa ds. 'Tis time to give them physick, their Cham. You are young, Sir Harry Guilford,
Are
grown so catching

[diseases Sands. Sir Thonias Lovel, had the cardinal Chum. What a loss our ladies

But half my lay-thoughts in him, some of these Will have of these trim vanities!

Should find a running banquet ere they rested,

[sons 15 I think, would better please 'em: By my life,
There will be woe indeed, lords: the sly whore- They are a sweet society of fair ones. [fessor
Have got a speeding trick to lay down ladies ; Lor. O, that your lordship were but now con-
Afrench song, and a fiddle, has no fellow. (going ; To one or two of these!
Sands. The devil fiddle'em! I am glad, they're Sands. I would, I were;
(for, sure, there's no converting of 'em) now 20 They should find easy penance,
An honest country lord, as I am, beaten

Loc. 'Faith, how easy?
A long time out of play, may bring his plain song, Sands. As easy as a down-bed would afford it,
And have an hour of hearing; and, by ’r lady,

Cham. Sweet ladies, will it please you sit? Sir * Held current music too.

Harry,
Chem. Well said, lord Sands;

25 Place you that side, I'll take the charge of this: Your colt's tooth is not cast yet.

His grace is entring.--Nay, you must not freeze; Sunds. No, my lord;

Twowomen plac'd together make cold weather: Nor shall not, while I have a stump.

My lord Sands, you are one will keep'em waking: Cham. Sir Thomas,

Pray, sit between these ladies. de Whitier were you a-going?

30. Sands. By my faith, Lor. To the cardinal's;

And thank your lordship.--By your leave, sweet Your lordship is a guest too.

ladies:

[Sits. Cham. O, 'tis true:

If I chance to talk a little wild, forgive me;
This night he makes a supper, and a great one,

I had it from my father.
To many lords and ladies; there will be |35| Anne. Was he mad, sir?

[too: The beauty of this kingdom, I'll assure you.

Sands. 0, very mad, exceeding mad, in love Lor. That churchman bears a bounteous mind

But he would bite none; just as I do now,
indeed;

He would kiss you twenty with a breath.
A hand as fruitful as the land that fecds us;

[Kisses her. His dews fall every where.

1401 Cham. Well said, my lord. Clam. No doubt, he's noble ;

So, now you are fairly seated:--Gentlemen, He had a black mouth, that said other of him. The penance lies on you, if these fair ladies Sunds. He may, my lord, he has wherewithal; Pass away frowning.

Sands. For iny

little

cure,
Sparing would shew a worse sin than ill doctrine: 45 Let me alone.
Men of his way should be most liberal,

Hautboys. Enter Cardinal Wolsey, and takes his
They are set here for examples.

state. Cham. True, they are so;

Wol. You are welcome, my fair guests; that
But few now give so great ones. My barge stays;

noble lady,
Your lordship shall along: -Come, good Sir 50 Or gentleman, that is not freely merry,
Thomas,

Is not my friend: This, to confirm my welcome;
We shall be late else; which I would not be, And to you all good health,

[Drinks. For I was spoke to, with Sir Henry Guilford,

Sunds. Your grace is noble:
This night to be comptrollers:

Let me have such a bowl

may
hold

my thanks, Sands. I am your lordship’s.

[Exeunt.55 And save me so much talking.
SC EN E IV.

Wol. My lord Sands,
Changes to York-l'lace.

I am beholden to you:-cheer your neighbours:
Hautboys

. A small table under a state for the Car Ladies, you are not merry ;-Gentlemen,
dinal
, a longer table for the guests. Then enter

Whose fault is this?
Anne Bullen, and divers other Ladies and Gen-60 Sands. The red wine first must rise
ilewomen, as guests, at one door; at another In their fair cheeks,my lord; then we shall have'em
door, enter Sir Henry Guilford.

Talk us to silence.
Guil
, Ladies, a general welcome from his grace

Anne. You are a merry gamester,
Pi. c. breeches puff’d, swell'd out like blisters.

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My lord Sands:

'Till now I never knew thee, [Musick. Dance. Sands. Yes, if I make my play!:

Wol. My lord, Here's to your ladyship: and pledge it, madam, Cham. Your Grace? For 'tis to such a thing,

Wol, Pray, tell’em thus much as from me: Anie. You cannot shew me.

5 There should be one amongst them, by his person, Sands. I told your grace, they would talk anon. More worthy this place than myself; to whom,

[Drum and trumpets, chambers ? dișcharg'd. If I but knew him, with my love and duty Wol. What's that?

I would surrender it. Cham. Look out there, some of you,

Cham. I will, my lord,

[Exit Servant. 10 [Cham. goes to the company, and returns, Wol. What warlike voice?

Wol. What say they? And to what end is this ?-- Nay, ladies, fear not; Cham. Such a'one, they all confess, By all the laws of war you are privileg'd. There is indeed; which theywould have your grace Re-enter Serrant.

Find out, and he will take it? Cham, How now? what is't?

15 Wol. Let me see then.

[make Scrt. A noble troop of strangers ;

By all your good leaves, gentlemen ;-Here I'll For so they seem; they have left their barge, and My royal choice. landed;

King. You have found him, cardinal: And hither make, as great anibassadors

You hold a fais assembly; you do well, lord : From foreign princes.

20 You are a churchman, or, P'll tell you, cardinal, Wol. Good lord chamberlain,

I should judge now * unhappily, Go, give'cı welcome, you can speak the French

Wol

. I am glad, tongue ;

Your grace is grown so pleasant, And, pray, receive'em nobly, and conduct’em King. My lord chamberlain, Into our presence, where this heaven of beauty 25 Proythee, come hither : What fair lady's that? Sball shine at full upon them:—Some attendhin.- Cham. An't please your grace, Sir Thomas Bul[All arise, and tables removed.

len's daughter, Youhave now a broken banquet; but we'll mend it.

Theviscount Rochford,oneof herhighness'women, A good digestion to you all : and, once more, Kîng. By heaven, she is a dainty one. -Sweet I shower a welcome on you ;-Welcome all. 30

heart, Huutboys, Enter the King, and others, as Alaskers, I were unmannerly, to take you out, habited like Shepherds, usher'd by the Lord

[TO Anne Bullen. Chamberlain. They pass directly before the And not to kiss you'.-A health, gentlemen, Curdinal, and gracefully salute him.

Let it round, A noble company! What are their pleasures? 35 Wol. Sir Thomas Lovel, is the banquet ready Cham. Because they speak no English, thus l the privy chamber? they pray'd

Lor. Yes, my lord. To tell your grace;- That, having heard by fame

Wol. Your grace,
Qf this so noble and so fair assembly.

I fear, with dancing is a little heated.
This night to meet here, they could do no less, 40 King. I fear, too much,
Out of the great respect they bear to beauty,

Wol. There's fresher air, my lord,
But Icavetheir flocks; and, underyourfair conduct, In the next chamber,

[partner, Crave leave to view these ladies, and entreat King. Lead in your ladies, every one. -Sweet An hour of revels with them.

I must not yet forsake you: - Let's be merry;Wol. Say, lord chamberlain, [I pay them 45 Good my lord cardinal, I have half a dozen healths They have done my poor house grace; for which To drink to these fair ladies, and a measure A thousand thanks, and pray them take their To lead them once again; and then let's dream pleasures.

Who's best in favour --Let the musick knock it. [Chuse ladies for the dance. King,and Anne Bullen.

[Excúnt, with trumpets. King. The tairest hand levertouch'd! O, beauty,[50]

Ti, e. if I make my party, a A chumber is a gun (used only on occasions of rejoicing) which stands erect on its brcech, and so contrived as to carry great charges, and thereby to make a noise niore than proportioned to its þulk. They are called chambers, because they are mere chambers to lodge powder; a chamber being the technical term for that cavity in a piece of ordnance which contains the combustibles. Chambers are still fired in the Park, and at the places opposite to the Parliament-house, when the king goes thither. 3i. e. take the chief place. i. e. unluckily, mischictously. kiss was anciently the established fee of a lady's partner,

ACT

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SCENE I.

Then deputy of Ireland; who remor'd,

Earl Surrey was sent thither, and in haste too,
A Street.

Lest he should help his father.
Enter two Gentlemen at several doors.

2 Gent. That trick of state 1 Gent. WHITHER away so fast?

5 Was a deep envious one.
2 Gent. 0,-God save you !

I Gent. At his return,
Even to the hall, to hear what shall become No doubt, he will requite it. This is noted,
I! Of the great duke of Buckingham.

And generally; whoever the king favours, 1 1 Gent. I'll save you

The cardinal instantly will find employment,
That labour,sir, All's now done, but the ceremony 10 And far enough from court too.
Of bringing back the prisoner.

2 Gent. All the commons
2 Gent. Were you there?

Hate him perniciously, and, o' my conscience, 1 Gent. Yes, indeed, was I.

Wish him ten fathom deep: this duke as much 3:

2 Gent. Pray, speak, what has happen'd? They love and doaton; call him, bounteous Buck-
1 Gent. You niay guess quickly what. 15 The mirrour of all courtesy ; [ingham,
2 Gent. Is he found guilty?

I Gent. Stay there, sir,
1 Gent. Yes,truly, is he, and condemn'd upon it. And see the noble ruin'd man you speak of.
2 Gent. I am sorry for't.

Enter Buckingham from his arraignment, (Tip1 Gent. So are a number more.

staves before him, the are with the edge toward 2 Gent. But, pray, how pass'd it?

20 him; halberds on each side,) accompanied with 1 Gent. I'll tell you in a little. The great duke Sir Thonas Lovel, Sir Nicholas Vaur, Sir Wile Came to the bar ; where, to his accusations, liam Sards, and common people, &c. He pleaded still, not guilty, and alledg'd

2 Gent. Let's stand close, and behold him. Many sharp reasons to defeat the law.

Buck. All good people,
The king's attorney, on the contrary,

125 You that thus far have come to pity me,
Urg'don the examinations, proofs, confessions Hear what I say, and then go home and lose me.
Of divers witnesses; which the duke desir'd I have this day receiy'd a traitor's judgement,
To have brought, rirá roce, to his face: And by that nanie must die ; Yet, Heaven bear
At which appear'd against him, his surveyor;

witness, ready

Sir Gilbert Peck his chancellor; and John Court, 30 And, if I have a conscience, let it sink me,
Confessor to him ; with that devil inonk Even as the axe falls, if I be not faithful !
Hopkins, that made this mischief.

The law I bear no malice for my death,
2 Gent. That was he,

"T has done, upon the premises, but justice; That fed him with his prophecies?

But those, that sought it, I could wish more 35

christians:
All these accus'd him strongly; which he fain Be what they will, I heartily forgive 'em :
Would have flung from him, but indeed, he could Yet let 'em look they glory not in mischief,
And so his peers, upon this evidence, (not: Nor build their evils on the graves of great men;
Have found him guilty of high treason. Much For then my guiltless blood must cry against 'em.
He spoke, and learnedly, for life ; but all 40 For further life in this world I ne'er hope,
Was either pitied in him, or forgotten.

Nor will I sue, although the king have mercies 2 Gent. After all this, how did

he bear himself? More than I dare make faults. You few that I Gent. When he was brought again to the bar,

lov'd me, -to hear

And dare be bold to weep for Buckingham, Hisknell rung out, his judgeinent,-he was stirr'd 45 His noble friends

, and fellows

, whom to leave With such an agony, he sweat extremely',

Is only bitter to him, only dying,
And something spoke in choler, ill, and hasty:
But he fell to himself again, and, sweetly,

Go with me, like good angels, to my end;
In all the rest shew'd a most noble patience.

And, as the long divorce of steel falls on me,
? Gent
. I do not think, he fears death.

Make of your prayers one sweet sacrifice,

50 And lift my soul to heaven.--Lead on, o God's He never was so womanish; the cause He may a little grieve at.

Lov. I do beseech your grace, for charity,

If ever any malice in your heart
The cardinal is the end of this.

Were hid against me, now to forgive me frankly. 55

Buck. Sir Thomas Lovel, I as free forgive you, By all conjectures: First, Kildare's attainder,

As I would be forgiven: I forgive all;

There cannot be those numberless offences ! This circumstance is taken from Holinshed.

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groan fort.

'Gainst me, that I can't take peace with : no 1 Gent. O, this is full of pity !-Sir, it calls,

I fear, too many curses on their heads,
Shall makemygravel.--Commendmetohis grace; That were the authors,
And, if he speak of Buckingham, pray, tell him, 2 Gent. If the duke be guiltless,
You met him half in heaven: my vows and 5'Tis full of woe: yet I can give you inkling
prayers

Of an ensuing evil, if it fall,
Yet are the king's; and, 'till my soul forsake me, Greater than this.
Shall cry for blessings on bim: May he live 1 Gent. Good angels keep it from us!
Longer than I have time to tell his years!

What
may

it be? You do not doubt my faith, sir?
Ever belov'd, and loving, may his rule be! 101 2 Gent. This secret is so weighty, 'twill require
And, when old time shall lead him to his end, A strong faith? to conceal it.
Goodness and he fill up one monument! [grace; 1 Gent. Let me have it;

Loc. To the water-side I must conduct your I do not talk much.
Then give my charge up to Sir Nicholas Vaux, 2 Gent. I am confident;
Who undertakes your

end.

15 You shall, sir : Did you not of late days hear Vuur. Prepare there,

A buzzing, of a separation
The duke is coming; see, the barge be ready; Between the king and Katharine?
And fit it with such furniture, as suits

i Gent. Yes, but it held not: The greatness of his person.

For when the king once heard it, out of anger buck. Nay, Si, Nicholas,

20 He sent conimand to the lord mayor, straight Let it alone; my state now will but mock me, To stop the rumour, and allay those tongues When I came hither, I was lord high constable, That durst disperse it. And duke of Buckingham; now, poor Edward 2 Gent. But that slander, sir, Bohun :

Is found a truth now; for it grows again Yet I am richer than my base accusers, 25 Fresher than e'er it was; and held for certain, That never knew what truth meant: Inow sealit; The king will venture at it. Either the cardinal, And with that blood, will make 'em one day Or some about him near, have, out of malice

To the good queen, possess'd him with a scruple My noble father, Henry of Buckingham, That will undo her: To confirm this too, Who first rais'd head against usurping Richard, 30 Cardinal Campeius is arriv'd, and lately; Flying for succour to his servant Banister, As all think, for this business. Being distress'd, was by that wretch betray'd, I Gent. 'Tis the cardinal; And w thout trial fell; God's peace be with him! And merely to revenge him on the emperor, Henry the seventh succeeding, truly pitying for not bestowing on him, at his asking, My tăther's loss, like a most royal prince, 35 The archbishoprick of Toledo, this is purpos'd. Restor'd me to my honours, and, out of ruins, 2 Gent. I think, you have hit the mark: But is't Made my name once more noble. Now his son,

not cruel, Henry the eighth, life, honour, name, and all That she should feel the smart of this? The car That inade me happy, at one stroke has taken

dinal
For ever from the world. I had my trial, 40 Will have his will, and she must fall.
And, must needs say, a noble one; which makes me i Gent, 'Tis woeful,
A little happier than my wretched father : We are too open here to argue this;
Yet thus far we are one in fortunes,both Let's think in private more.

[Exeunt, Fell by our servants, by those men we loved most;

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SCENE II. A most unnatural and faithless service!

An Antichamber in the Palace, Heaven has an end in all: Yet, you that hear me, Enter the Lord Chamberlain, reading a letter, This from a dying man receive as certain:

My lord, the horses your lordship sent

for, with Where you are liberal of your loves and counsels,

all the care I had, I saw well chosen, ridden, and Be sure, you be not loose; for those you make 50 friends,

furnished. They were young, and handsome; and

of the best breed in the north. When they were ready And give your hearts to, when they once perceive The least rub in your fortunes, fall away

o set out for London, a man of my lord cardinals, Like water from ye, never found again

by commission, and nain power, took 'em from me; But where they mean to sink ye, All good people, 55 a sulnject, if not before the king: zhich stopp'd our !

zith this reason,--His masterwould beseri'd before Pray for me! I must now forsake you; the last

mouihs, sir. hour Of my long weary life is come upon me,

I fear, he will, indeed: Well, let him have them ;

He will have all, I think,
Farewell:
And when ye would say something that is sad, 160

Enter the Dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk, sjeak how I fell.— I have done ; and God forgive Nor. Well met, my lord chamberlain.

me! [Exeunt Buckingham, and Train. Cham. Good day to both your graces.
Meaning, that envy should not procure or advance his death. * i.e. great fidelity

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