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King Harry the Eighth.

GRIFFITH, Gentleman-løser lo Queen KızıbaCardina! WOLSEY. Cardinal CAMPEIUS. CAPUCIUS, Ambasador from the Emperor

T bree other Gentlemen. Charles V.

Doftor Butts, Physician to the King.
CRANMER, Archbishop of Canterbury.

GARTER, King at srs.
Duke of NORFOLK, Duke of BUCKINGHAM. Surveyor to the Duke of Buckingham.
Duke of SUFFOLK. Earl of SURREY.

BRANDOX, and a Serjeant at trmsa
Lord Chamberlain.

Door-keeper of the Council Chambers
Sir THOMAS Audley, Lord Keeper.

Porter, and his Man.
GARDINER, Bishop of Winchester.
Bishop of LINCOLN.



zin old Lady, Friend to Anne Bullen. Sir THOMAS LOVEL!.

PATIENCE, IPomun ro Qutein Karbarinc. Sir ANTHONY DENNY.

Several Lords and Ladies in ihe dumb shows. Sir NICHOLAS Vaux.

Women attending upon the Queen. Spirits, Sir WiLLIAM SANDS!

which appear to ber. Scribes, Officers, CROMWELL, Servant

Guards, and orber Attendants.
The SCENE lies nofily in London and Wefiminster ; once, ar Kimbolton.


I GONE no more to make you laugh ; thing's now,

Tha: bear a w.ighty and a serious brow,
Sad, bigh, and working, full of jiate ar I woe,
Such noble scenes as draw the eye lo Horu,
We now present. Thule that can pily, bere
May, if ibey bbink it well, let fall a tear;
The subject will dejerve it. Suh, as give

money out of hope they may believe,
May bere find trutb 299. Those, that come in see
Only a show or tsuo, and jo ugree,
The play may pajs; if iboy be lill and willing,
I'll undertaki, may jee away their shilling
Ricbly in two shore hours. Only shry,
That come to bear a merry, bawdy play,
A noise of targets; or to jee a fellow
In a long motley coat?, guarded with yellow,

Will be deceiv'd: for, gentle hearers, krov,
To rank our chojen truth with such a thow
As fool and fighe is, (beside forfeiting
Our own brains, and the opinion that ive bring
To make that only true we now intend 3)
Will leave us neuer an under

fianding friend.
Therefore, for goodness' juke, and as you are known
Tbe piji and happiefi bearers of the town,
Bejad, as we would make ye : Think, ye jee
The very perfons of our noble ftory,
As they were living; ibink, you see them
sind follow'd cvith ibe general throng, and sweat
Of thousand friends; then, in a moment, see
How soon this mightinefs meets misery!
And, if you can be merry aber, I'll say,
A man may weep upon bis wedding-day.


Nor. I thank your grace :

Healthful; and ever since a fresh 4 admirer
An antichamber in the Palice.

Of what I saw there.
Enter the Duke of Norfolk, at one doors at the crber, Buck. An untimely ague
sbe Duke of Buckingham, and the Lord Abergavenny. Stay'd me a prisoner in my chamber, when
Buck. OOD morrow, and well met. How | Those sons of glory, those two lights of men,

Met in the vale of Arde. Since last we saw in France ?

Nor. 'Twixt Guines and Arde : 1 Mr, Steevens observes, that Sir William Sands was created Lord Sinds about this time, but is here introduced among the persons of the drama, as a distinct character. Sir Hilliam has not a single Ipeech alligned to him; and, to make the blunder the greater, is brought on after Lord Sands has al. ready made his appearance. 2 Alluding to the fools and buffoons, introduced for the gencrality in the plays a little before our author's time; and of whom he has left us a linall taste in his own. 3. 1. c. pretend. 41. $. an untired admirer,

God have you done


I was then present, faw them falute on horse-back; Back. The devil speed him ! no man's pye is Beheld them, when they lighted, how they cung

free'd In their embracement, as they grew together' ; From his ambitious finger. What had he Which had they, włut four throu'd ones could To do in these tierce vanities? I wonder, have weigh'd

That such a keech 7 can with his very bulk Such a companded one ?

Take up the rays o' the beneficial fun, Buck. All the whole time

And keep it from the carth. I was my chinber's prioner,

Nor. Surely, sir, Nor. Then you lost

There's in him ftuif that puts him to these ends;
The view of earthly glory: Men might say, For, being not propt by ancestry, (whose grave
'Till this tiine, pomp was single ; but now marry'à Chalks succellors their way) nor ca!ld upon
To one above itielt. Each following day For high feats done to the crown ; neitier ally'd
Became the next day's master, till the last To eminent atliftants, but, spider-like,
Mide former wonders it's : To-day, the French, Out of luis felf-drawing web, he gives us note,
All clinquant', all in gold, like heathen godis,

The force of his own merit makes his way ;
Shone down the Er ziili; and, to-morrow', they A gift that heaven gives for him, which buys
Made Britain, India: every man, that stood, A place next to the king.
Shew'd like a mine. Their dwarfish pages were

Aber. I cannot tell
As cherubims, all giit : the madams tvo,

What heaven hath given him, let some graver ce
Not usd to toil, did almost sweat to bear Pierce into that ; but I can see his pride
The pride upon them, that their very labour Peep through each part of him; Whence has he
Was to them as a painting : now this mak

Was cry'd incomparable ; and the ensuing night If not from hell, the devil is a niggard;
Made it a fool, and beggar. The two kings, Or has given all before, and he beguns
Equal in lustre, were now beit, now worlt, A new hell in himself.
As presence did prefeat them ; him in eve,

Buck. Why the devil, Stiil bim in praile, and, being present both, Upon this French going-out, took he upon him, 'Twas faid, they saw but one : and no difcerner Without the privity o' the king to appoint Durft wag bis tongue in censure. When thefe Who should attend on him? He makes up the files suns,

Of all the gentry; for the most part such (For so they phrase 'em) by their heralds challengd | Too, whom as great a charge as little honour The noble ipirits to arms, they did perform He meant to lay upon : and his own letter, Beyond thought's compass; that former fabulous! The honour.ble board of council out %, 1tory,

Must fetch in him he papers 10. Being now seen poflible enough, got credit,

ber. I do know That Pevis 3 was belie, d.

kinimen of mine, three at the least, that have Buck. Oh, you go far.

By this fo ticken’d their estates, that never
Nor. As I belong to worship, and afiect They Mall abound as formerly.
In honour honcfty, the tract of every thing

Buck. O many
Vould by a good discourfer lose some life, Have broke their backs with laying manors on them
Which action's sell was tongue to. All was royal ; For this great journey. What did this vanity,
To the disposing of it nought rebell’d,

But minister communication of Order gave each thing view; the office did A most poor ifiue 117 Diirinctiy his full function 4.

Nor. Grievingly I think, Duck. Who did guide,

The peace between the French and us not values 1 meani, who set the body and the limbs

The coit that did conclude it.
Of this great sport together, as you guets ?

Buck. Every man,
Nor. Ons, certes, that promises no elements After the hideous storm that follow'd, vas
In such a business.

thing inspir'd; and, not consulting, broke Buck. I pray you, who, my lord ?

Into a general prophecy,—That this tempeit,
Nor. All this was ordu'd by the good discretion Dashing the garment of this peace, aboaded
Oi the right reverend cardinal of York.

The sudden breach on't.


Tie, all glittering, all shining. 2 (er fure for determination of which had the noblest appear

3 The old romantic legend of Bevis of Southampton. This Bevis (or Beavois) a Jaxon, was for his prouofs creand by William the Conqueror carl of Southampton. 4 i, e. The commillion for regulating this felluvity was well execuiid. 5 No initiation, no previous practices. 61. e. proud.

7 A kecch is a solid lump or mass. A cake of wax or callow formed in a mould is called yet in fome places a keech. There may, perhaps. be a singular propriety in this term of Wolfey was the fon of a buicher, and in the Second Part of King Henry iv. a butcher's Witc is called-Goody Grech. 81. r. the lift. 9 That is, all mention of the board of council being left out of his letter. 10 i. e. His own letter, by bis own Gngle authority, and wiehout the concurrence of the council, must fetch in him whom he papers down. 11.c. What clicct had this pompous low but the production of a wretched conclution ?

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Nr. Which is budded out;

Buck. I'll to the king ;
For France hath flaw'd the league, and liach attach'd And from a mouth of honour quite cry down
Our mcruiants' goods at Bourdeaux.

This Ipswich sellou 's infolence; or proclaim; alla. I it therefore

There's difference in no persons.
The annbulldor is filenc'd!!

Nor. Be adsis'd ;
Nur. Mürry, is't.

Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot
altor. A proper title of a peace 2 ; and purchas'a That it do singe yourself: We may out-run,
At a fuperfluous rate !

By violent swiftness, that which we run at,
Buck. Why, all this businefs

And lose by over-running. Know you not,
Our reverend cardinal carry'J.

The fire, that mounts the liquor 'till it run o'er,
Nor. Like it your grace,

In seeming to augment it, waites it? Be adiis'd;
The itate takes notice of the private difference I lay again, there is no English foul
Betwixt you and the cardinal. I advise you, More Itronger to direct you than yourself;
(And take it from a heart that wishes towards you If with the fap of reason you would qucnchy
Honour and plenteous cafety) that you read Or but allay, the fire of pallion.
The cardinal's malice and his potency

Buik. Sir,
Together : to consider further, inat

I am thankful to you ; and I'll go along
What his high hatred would effect, wants not By your prescription :—but this top-proud fellow,
A minister in his power: You know his nature, (Whom from the flow of gall I name not, but
That he's revengeful ; and I know, his iword From sincere motions) by intelligence,
Hath a Tharp edge : it's long, and, it may be said, And proofs as clear as founts in July, when
It reaches far ; and where 'twill not extend, We see each grain of gravel, I do know
Thither he duts it. Bofum up my counsel, rock, To be corrupt and trealonous.
You'll find it wholesome. Lo, where comes that Nor. Say not, treasonous.

[as trong That I advise your thunning.

Buck. To the king I'll say't ; and make my vouch
Enter Cardinal Volley, ibe purse borne before him, As shore of rock. Attend. This holy fox,

certain of the guard, and two Secretaries with Or wolf, or both, (for he is equal ravenous
papers. The Cardinal in bis paljage fixerb his As he is fubtle; and as prone to mischief
eye on Buckinghum, and Buckingham on him, borb as able to perform’t: his mind and place
full of dijarin.

Infecting one another, yea, reciprocally)
H'oli The Juke of Buckingham's surveyor ? ha? Only to thew his pomp as well in France
Where's his examination ?

As here at home, suggests 7 the king our master
Seor. Here, so please you.

To this last costly treaty, the interview,
Wol. Is he in perfon ready?

That swallow'd so much treasure, and like a glass
Siir. Ay, please your grace. [ingham Did break i' the rinfing.
Wel. Well, we thail then know more; and Buck Nor. 'Faith, and so it did.

{cardinal Shall leilen this big look.

Buck. Pray, give me favour, sir. This cunning
(Exi unt Cardinal, and his train. The articles o' the combination drew,
Buck. This butcher's cur 3 is venom-mouth'd, and I As himself pleas’d ; and they were ratify’d;

e not the power to muzzle him ; therefore, belt As he cry'd, Thus let be: to as much end,
Not wake him in his flumber. A beggar's book As give a crutch to the dead : But our court cardinal
Out-worths a noble's blood 4.

Has done this, and 'tis well ; for worthy Wolsey, Ncr. What, are you chat'd ?

Who cannot err, he did it. Now this follows, Ask God for temperance; that's the appliance only, (Which, as I take it, is a kind of puppy Which your dileale requires.

To the old dam, treason)---Charles the emperor,
Buck. I read in his looks

Under pretence to see the queen his aunty
Matter against me ; and his eye revil'd

(For 'twas, indeed, liis colour ; but he came
Me, as his abicet object : at this itt int [king; To whisper Wolfey) here makes visitation :
He borez s me with some trick : He's gone to the His fears were, that the interview, betwixt
I'll folluli, and out-stare him.

England and France, might, through their amity,
Nr. Siwy, my lord,

Breed hini fome prejudice ; for from this league
And let your reason with your choler question Peep'd harms that menac'd him: He privily
What 'tis you go about : To climb iteep huis, Deals with our cardinal ; and, as I trow,-
Requ.rej tlow pace at first : Anger is like Which I do weli; tor, I am sure, the emperor
A full-hot lione; who being allow'd his way, Pay’dere lie promis'd; where his fuit was granted,
Self-metile tires himn. Not a man in England Ere it was aika-Bat when the way was made,
Can adrite me like you : be to yourtelf,

And par’d with gold, the emperor thus defi'd :-
As you would to your friend.

That he would please to alter the king's course,

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i Silenc'd for recalled. 2 A fine nome of a peace! spoken ironically. 3 Wollev, as has been before oblerved, is said to have hecn the ton of a buicher. 4 Tacis. the literary qualifications of a bookish beggar are inore prized than the high defccnt of hereditary greainers. This is a 'contemptuous exclamauon very naturally put into the mouth of one of the antichi, uniketter'd, mar: cial nobility. sie. he itabs or wounds me by fouie artitics or fiction. 6 j. c. from noncit indignation ; warmth of integrity. 7. e. excites.



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And break the foresaid peace. Let the king know, Of a full-charg'd confederacy ; and give thanks
(As soon he shall by me) that thus the cardinal To you tliat choak'd it.-- Let be call'd before us
Does buy and fell his honour as he pleales, That gentleman of Buckingham's : in person
And for his own advantage.

I'll hear him his confeilions justify;
Nor. I am sorry

And point by point the treasons of his master
To hear this of him ; and could with, he were He ihall again relate.
Something mistaken in 't.

4 noise within, crying, Room for the Queen. Enter Buck. No, not a syllable ;

the Qyten, uffered by the Dukes of Norfolk and I do pronounce him in that very shape,

Sbk : flie kneels. The King riserb from bis He shall appear in proof.

jłatı, takes her up, kifles, and placeth ber by bis. Enter Brandon ; a Serjeant at Arms before bim, and


. Nav, we must longer kneel ; I am a suitor.
two or ebree of the guard.

Kinig. Arise, and take your place by us :-Half
Brau. Your office, serjeant ; execute it.
Serj. Sir,

Never name to us; you have half our power :
My lord the duke of Buckingham, and earl

The other moiety, ere you ask, is given ; Of Hereford, Stafford, and Northampton, I

Repeat your will, and take it. Arrest thee of high treaton, in the name

an. Thank your majesty. Of our most sovereign king.

That you would love yourself ; and, in that lore, Buck. Lo you, my lord,

Not unconsider'd leave your honour, nor The net has fallen upon me; I thall perish

The dignity of your office, is the point Under device and practice.

Of my petition.
Bran. I am sorry

Xing. Ladly mine, proceed.
To see you ta'en from liberty, to look on
The busineis present : 'Tis his highness' pleasure, and those of true condition, that your subjects

Sueen. I am solicited, not by a few,
You shall to the Tower.

Are in great grievance : There have been comBuck. It will help me nothing,

mitions To plead mine innocence ; for that dye is on me, Sent down among them, which have flaw'd the heart Which makes my whitest part black. The will of all their loyalties :—wherein, although, of heaven

(TO Hy. Be done in this and all things!

I obey

My good lord cardinal, they vent reproaches
O my lord Aberga'ny, fare you well.

Most bitterly on you, as putter-on
Bran. Nay, he must bear you company :--The of these exactions, yet the king our master,

king Is pleas’d, you mall to the Tower, 'till you know (Whose honour heaven shield from foil !) even bo

escapes not How he determines further.

Language unmannerly, yea, such which breaks
Aber. As the duke faid,
The will of heaven be done, and the king's pleasure in loud rebellion.

The sides of loyalty, and almost appears
By me obey'd !

Nor. Not almost appears,
Bran. Here is a warrant from
The king, to attach lord Montacute; and the bodies The clothiers all, not able to maintain

It doth appear : for, upon these taxations,
Of the duke's confelior, John de la Court,

The many' to them ’longing, have put off
One Gilbert Peck, his chancellor,

The spintters, carders, fullers, weavers, who,
Buck. So, fo;
These are the limbs of the plot: No more, I hope. And lack of other means, in desperate mammer

l'nfit for other life, compellid by hunger Bran. A monk o' the Chatreux.

Daring the event to the teeth, are all in uproar, Buck. (, Nicholas Hopkins ?

And Danger serves among them.
Bran. He.
Buck. My furveyor is false ; the o'er-great cardinal Wherein ? and what taxation :-My lord cardinal,

King. Taxation !
Hath shew'd him gold : my life is spanu'd already : You that are blam'd for it alike with us,
I am the shadow of poor Buckingham ;
Whose figure even this instant cloud puts on,

Know you of this taxation ?

Wol. Please you, fir, By dark'ning my clear fun.My lord, farewel.

I know but of a single pert, in aught

[Excunt. Pertains to the state'; and front but in that file 2.
S CE N E 11.

Where others tell steps with me.
The Council Cbamber.

Queen. No, my lord,

You know no more than others : but you frame Cornet. Enter King llenry, leaning on the Cardinals Things, that are known alike; which are net Sisoulder ; the Nobles, and Sir Thomas Lovel. Tzu

wholetome Cardinal places bimself under the King's feet, on To those which would not know them,and yet must bis right side.

Perforce be their acquaintance. These exactions, King. My life itself, and the best heart of it, Whereof my sovereign would have note, they are Thanks


for this great care : I stood i' the levell Mott peftilent to the hearing; and, to hear them,

ii. e. the multitude.

2 i. c. I am but first in the row of counsellors,



what you,

The back is sacrifice to the load. They say, Let there be letters writ to every shire,
They are devis d by you ; or else you suffer Of the king's grace and pardon. The griev'd
Too hard an exclamation.

King. Still exaction !

Hardly conceive of me; let it be nois'd,
The nature of it? In what kind, let's know, That, through our intercession, this revokement
Is this exaction ?

And pardon comes : I shall anon advise you
Queen. I am much too venturous

Further in the proceeding. [Exit Secretary
In tempting of your patience; but am bolden'd

Enter Surveyor.
Under your promis'd pardon. The subject's grief Queen. I am sorry, that the duke of Buckingham
Comes through commiffions, which compel from Is run in your displeasure.

King. It grieves many :
The fixth part of his substance, to be levy'd The gentleman is learn'd, a most rare speaker,
Without delay; and the pretence for this To nature none more bound; his training luch,
Is nam’d, your wars in France : This makes bold That he may furnish and instruct great teachers,
mouths :

And never seek for aid out of himself. Yet see,
Tongues spit their duties out, and cold hearts freeze When these so noble benefits fhall prove
Allegiance in them; their curses now,

Not well dispos’d, the mind growing once corrupt, Live where their prayers did; and it's come to pass, They turn to vicious forms, ten times more ugly That tractable obedience is a Nave

Than ever they were kir. This man, so complete, To cach incensed will. I would, your highness Who was enroll’d’mongst wonders, and when we, Would give it quick confideration, for

Almost with ravish'd liftning, could not find
There is no primer business 1.

His hour of speech a minute ; he, my lady,
King. By my life,

Hath into monstrous habits put the graces
This is against our pleasure.

That once were his, and is become as black
Wol. And for me,

As if besmear'd in hell. Sit by us ; you shall hear
I have no further gone in this, than hy

(This was his gentleman in truit) of him
A single voice; and that not paitine, hut

Things to strike honour iad.---Bid him recount
Ey learned approbation of the judges. If I am The fore-recited practices; whereof
Traduc'd by ignorant tongues,-ivhich neitherknow we cannot feel too little, hear ivo much.
Niy faculties, nor person, yet will be

Wol. Stand forth; and with bold spirit relate
The chronicles of my doing,-let me fay',
"Tis but the fate of place, and the rough brake Most like a careful subject, have collected
That virtue muit go through. We mut not itint 2 out of the duke of Buckingham.
Our neceffary actions, in the fear

King. Speak freely.
To cope 3 malicious cenfurers; which ever, Suw. First, it was usual with him, every day
As ravenous fithes, do a vessel follow

It would infect his speech, That if the king
That is new trimm'd; but bencfis no further Should without illue die, he'd carry it to
Than vainly longing. What we oft do bett, To make the scepter his : Thefe very words
By fick interpreters, once 4 weak ones, is

I have heard him utter to his son-in-law,
Not ours, or not allowd; what worst, as oft Lord Aberga'ny ; to whom by oath he menaca
Hitting a groller quality, is cry'd up

Revenge upon the cardinal.
For our best act. If we shall Itand still,

Wol. Please your highness, note
In fear our motion will be mock'd or carp'd at, This dangerous conception in this point.
We should take root here where we fit, or nt Not friended by his wish, to your high perfor
Srate statues only.

His will is most malignant; and it stretches
King. Things done well,

Beyond you, to your friends.
And with a care, exempt themselves from fear : Queen. My learn'd lord cardinal,
Things done without example, in their issue Deli: er all with charity.
Are to be fear'ı. Have you a precedent

King. Speak on :
Of this commitfion? I believe, not any.

How grounded he his title to the crown,
We must not rend our fubjects from our laws, l'pon our fail? to this point haft thou heard him
And stick them in our will. Sixth part of each: At any time speak ought?
A trembling contribution! Why, we take,

Surv. He was brought to this
From every tree, lop,hark, and part o'the timber ; By a vain prophecy of Nicholas Hopkins.
And, though we leave it with a root, thus hack'd, King. What was that Hopkins ?
Tie ir will drink the fap. To every county,

Sorv. Sir, a Chartreux friar,
Where this is question’d, send our letters, with His confeffor ; who fed him every minute
Free pardon to each man that has deny'd

With words of sovereigrity.
The force of this commission : Pray, look to 't ; King. How know'lt thou this:
I put it to your care.

Surv. Not long before your highness spedro France,
Wol. A word with you.

[To :be Seeretary.! The duke being at the Rofe, within the parish Tj.e. no matter of state that more earnestly presses a dispatch.

3 ;. e. :o encounter with. * Once is not unfrequently used for sometime, or at one time or other, o mung wur s Lopngnifies the branches.


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