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Cate. Withdraw, my lord, I'll help you to a horse.
K. Rich. Slave, I have set my life upon a And I will stand the hazard of the die: [cast, I think, there be six Richmonds in the field; Five have I slain to day, instead of him :A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse! [Exeunt. Alarums. Enter King RICHARD and RICHMOND; and exeunt fighting. Retreat, and flourish. Then enter RICHMOND, STANLEY, bearing the crown, with divers other Lords, and Forces. Richm. God, and your arms, be prais'd, victorious friends;
The day is ours, the bloody dog is dead.
Lo, here, this long-usurped royalty,
Whither, if it please you, we may now withdraw us.
Richm. What men of name are slain on either side?
Stan. John duke of Norfolk, Walter lord Ferrers, [don. Sir Robert Brakenbury, and Sir William Bran
Richm. Inter their bodies as becomes their births.
Proclaim a pardon to the soldiers fled,
The brother blindly shed the brother's blood,
Let them not live to taste this land's increase, That would with treason wound this fair land's peace!
Now civil wounds are stopp'd, peace lives again;
That she may long live here, God say—Amen. [Exeunt.
KING HENRY VIII.
KING HENRY THE Eighth.
CARDINAL WOLSEY.-CARDINAL CAMPEIUS.
CRANMER, Archbishop of Canterbury.
BISHOP OF LINCOLN.-LORD ABERGAVENNY.
SIR HENRY Guildford.-SIR THOMAS LOVELL.
CROMWELL, Servant to Wolsey.
THREE OTHER GENTLEMEN.
DOCTOR BUTTS, Physician to the King. GARTER, King at Arms.
SURVEYOR to the Duke of Buckingham. BRANDON, and a Sergeant at Arms. DOOR-KEEPER of the Council-Chamber. PORTER, and his Man.
PAGE to Gardiner.-A CRIER.
QUEEN KATHARINE, Wife to King Henry; afterwards divorced.
ANNE BULLEN, her Maid of Honour; afterwards Queen.
AN OLD LADY, Friend to Anne Bullen.
Several Lords and Ladies in the Dumb Shows;
SCENE, chiefly in London and Westminster; once, at Kimbolton.
I COME no more to make you laugh; things | SCENE 1.-London.-An Ante-chamber in the
That bear a weighty and a serious brow,
The first and happiest hearers of the town,
As they were living; think, you see them great, And follow'd with the general throng, and sweat,
Of thousand friends; then, in a moment, see
Enter the Duke of NORFOLK, at one door; at the other, the Duke of BUCKINGHAM, and the Lord ABERGAVENNY.
Buck. Good morrow, and well met. How have you done,
Since last we saw in France?
Buck. An untimely ague
Stay'd me a prisoner in my chamber, when Those suns of glory, those two lights of men,* Met in the vale of Árde.
Nor. "Twixt Guynes and Arde:
I was then present, saw them salute on horse-
Buck. All the whole time
The view of earthly glory: Men might say, Till this time, pomp was single; but now married
To one above itself. Each following day
Shone down the English: and, to-morrow,
Made Britain, India: every man, that stood,
As cherubims, all gilt; the madams too,
Made it a fool, and beggar. The two kings,
Being now seen possible enough, got credit,
Buck. O, you go far.
Nor. As I belong to worship, and affect In honour honesty, the tract of every thing Would by a good discourser lose some life, Which action's self was tongue to.
To the disposing of it nought rebell'd,
Buck. Who did guide,
I mean, who set the body and the limbs
Buck. I pray you, who, my lord?
Aber. Is it therefore
The ambassador is silenc'd?
Nor. Marry, is't.
Aber. A proper title of a peace; and purchas'd
At a superfluous rate!
Buck. Why, all this business
Nor. 'Like it your grace,
The state takes notice of the private difference Betwixt you and the cardinal. I advise you, (And take it from a heart that wishes towards you
Nor. All this was order'd by the good dis- Honour and plenteous safety,) that you read The cardinal's malice and his potency Together: to consider further, that
Of the right reverend cardinal of York.
Buck. The devil speed him! no man's pie is What his high hatred would effect, wants not
A minister in his power: You know his na
That he's revengeful; and I know, his sword
It reaches far; and where 'twill not extend,
Enter Cardinal WOLSEY, (the purse borne before
Wol. The duke of Buckingham's surveyor?
Where's his examination?
1 Secr. Ay, please your grace.
Shall lessen this big look.
[Exeunt WOLSEY, and train. Buck. This butcher's cur‡ is venom-mouth'd, and I [best Have not the power to muzzle him; therefore, Not wake him in his slumber. A beggar's Out-worths a noble's blood. [look
*Sets down in his letter without consulting the council. + Conducted. Wolsey was the son of a butcher.
Nor. What, are you chaf'd?
His fears were, that the interview, betwixt Ask God for temperance; that's the appliance England and France, might, through their
Which your disease requires.
Buck. I read in his looks
Matter against me; and his eye revil'd
He bores me with some trick: He's gone to the king;
I'll follow, and out-stare him.
Nor. Stay, my lord,
And let your reason with your choler question
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,
In seeming to augment it, wastes it? Be advis'd:
I say again, there is no English soul
I am thankful to you; and I'll go along
(Whom from the flow of gall I name not, but
Nor. Say not, treasonous.
Buck. To the king I'll say't; and make my vouch as strong
As shore of rock. Attend. This holy fox,
To this last costly treaty, the interview,
Buck. Pray, give me favour, Sir. This cunning cardinal
The articles o' the combination drew,
[sey, Has done this, and 'tis well; for worthy WolWho 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 em
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 aforesaid peace. Let the king know, [nal
(As soon he shall by me,) that thus the cardiDoes buy and sell his honour as he pleases, And for his own advantage.
Nor. I am sorry
To hear this of him; and could wish, he were Something mistaken in't.
Buck. No, not a syllable;
I do pronounce him in that very shape,
Enter BRANDON; a SERGEANT at Arms before him, and two or three of the guard.
Bran. Your office, sergeant; execute it.
My lord the duke of Buckingham, and earl
Buck. Lo you, my lord,
The net has fallen upon me; I shall perish
Bran. I am sorry
To see you ta'en from liberty, to look on The business present: 'Tis his highness' plea[sure
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.—
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,
These are the limbs of the plot: no more, I hope.
Bran. A monk o' the Chartreux.
Buck. My surveyor is false; the o'er great cardinal
[ready; Hath show'd him gold: my life is spann'd alI am the shadow of poor Buckingham; Whose figure even this instant clouds put 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 Attendants. The KING enters, leaning on the CARDINAL's shoulder.
K. Hen. My life itself, and the best heart of it, [level Thanks you for this great care: I stood i'the 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. Enter 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 a suitor.
K. Hen. Arise, and take place by us:-Half
Never name to us; you have half our power:
Q. Kath. Thank your majesty.
That you would love yourself; and, in that love,
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 hath been commissions [heart Sent down among them, which have flaw'd the 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,
Language unmannerly, yea, such which breaks
Nor. Not almost appears,
It doth appear; for, upon these taxations,
K. Hen. Taxation!
[nal, Wherein? and what taxation?-My lord cardiYou 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
Q. Kath. No, my lord,
You know no more than others: but you frame
* Chair. I am only one among the other counsellors.
The back is sacrifice to the load. They say,
K. Hen. Still exaction!
The nature of it? In what kind, let's know
Q. Kath. I am much too venturous
Comes through commissions, which compel
That tractable obedience is a slave
K. Hen. By my life,
I have no farther gone in this, than by
K. Hen. Things done well,
And with a care, exempt themselves from fear;
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