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Good my lord cardinal, I have half a dozen healths
(Ereunt, with trumpets.
SCENE I. A street.
Enter two Gentlemen, meeting.
1 Gent. Whither away so fast?
0,-God save you ! Even to the hall, to hear what shall become Of the great duke of Buckingham. 1 Gent.
I'll save you That labour, sir. All's now done, but the ceremony Of bringing back the prisoner. 2 Gent.
Were you there? 1 Gent. Yes, indeed, was I. 2 Gent. Pray, speak, what has happen'd? 1 Gent. You may guess quickly what. 2 Gent.
Is he found guilty ? 1 Gent. Yes, truly is he, and condemn'd upon it. 2 Gent. I am sorry for't. 1 Gent.
So are a number more. 2 Gent. But, pray, how pass'd it?
1 Gent. I'll tell you in a little. The great duke Came to the bar; where, to his accusations, He pleaded still, not guilty, and alleg'd Many sharp reasons to defeat the law. The king's attorney, on the contrary, Urg'd on the examinations, proofs, confessions Of divers witnesses; which the duke desir'd To him brought, viva voce, to bis face;
At which appear'd against him, his surveyor;
That was he,
2 Gent. After all this, how did he bear himself? 1 Gent. When he was brought again to the bar,
to hear His knell rung out, his judgement,-he was stirr'u With such an agony, he sweat extremely, And something spoke in choler, ill, and hasty: But he fell to himself again, and, sweetly, In all the rest show'd a most noble patience.
2 Gent. I do not think, he fears death. 1 Gent.
Sure, he does not. He never was so womanish: the cause He may a little grieve at. 2 Gent,
Certainly, The cardinal is the end of this. 1 Gent.
'Tis likely, By all conjectures: First, Kildare's attainder, Then deputy of Ireland; who remov'd, Earl Surrey was sent thither, and in haste too, Lest he should help his father. 2 Gent.
That trick of state Was a deep envious one. 1 Gent.
At his return,
All the commons Hate him perniciously, and, o' my conscience, Wish him ten fathom deep: this duke as much They love and dote on; call him, bounteous Buck
ingham, The mirror of all courtesy ;1 Gent.
Stay there, sir, And see the noble ruin'd man you speak of.
Enter Buckingham from his arraignment; Tip.
staves before him, the are with the edge towards him; halberds on each side: with him Sir Tho mas Lovell, Sir Nicholas Vaux, Sir William Sands, and common people.
2 Gent. Let's stand close, and behold him.
All good people,
ness, And, if I have a conscience, let it sink me, Even as the axe falls, if I be not faithful! The law I bear no malice for my death, It has done, upon the premises, but justice: But those, that sought it, I could wish more Chris.
like good angels, to my end;
And, as the long divorce of steel falls on me,
Lov. I do beseech your grace, for charity,
Buck. Sir Thomas Lovell, I as free forgive you,
Loo. To the water-side I must conduct your grace;
Nay, sir Nicholas, Let it alone; my state now will but mock me. When I came hither, I was lord high constable, And duke of Buckingham; now, poor Edward Bo.
Beiug distress'd, was by that wretch betray'd,
me! [Exeunt Buckingham and train. 1 Gent. O, this is full of pity !-Sir, it calls, I fear, too many curses on their heads, That were the authors. 2 Gent.
If the duke be guiltless, 'Tis full of woe: yet I can give you inkling Of an ensuing evil, if it fall, Greater than this. 1 Gent.
Good angels keep it from us! Where may it be? You do not doubl my faith, sir?
2 Gent. This secret is so weighty, 'twill require A strong faith* to conceal it.