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Dreading the curse that money may buy out,
And by the merit of vile gold, dross, dust,
Purchase corrupted pardon of a man,
Who, in that sale, sells pardon from himself-
Though you and all the rest so grossly led,
This juggling witchcraft, with reverence cherish ;
Yet I alone, alone do me oppose
Against the Pope ; and count his friends my foes.

KING John, iii. 1.

DENUNCIATION. We think it indispensable to give Cardinal Pandulph's excommunication of the King, in reply to the above speech of King John, denouncing the Pope.

Then, by the lawful power that I have,
Thou shalt stand cursed and excommunicate ;
And blessed shall he be that doth revolt,
From his allegiance to an heretic;
And meritorious shall that hand be called,
Canonized, and worshipped as a saint,
That takes away, by any secret course,
Thy hateful life.

KING JOHN, iii. 1.

The original of the above denunciation led to the establishment of Magna Charta ; for the barons, fearful that the King would be intimidated by the threat, forced him to sign the great charter of the land, the first words of which are :-The Church of England shall be free, and shall have her whole rights and liberties inviolable.

CHARACTER OF CARDINAL BEAUFORT, BISHOP OF

WINCHESTER.

What! is my lord of Winchester installed
And called unto a Cardinals degree !
Then, I perceive, that will be verified,
Henry the Fifth did sometimes prophesy :
“ If once he come to be a Cardinal
He 'll make his cap co-equal with the crown.”

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This Cardinal is more haughty than the devil.

I HENRY VI. i. 3.

Oh, how this discord doth afflict my soul !
Can you, my lord of Winchester, behold
My sighs and tears, and will not once relent?
Who should be pitiful if you are not ?
Or who should study to prefer a peace,
If holy churchmen take delight in broils ?

1 HENRY VI. iii. I.

Arrogant Winchester, that haughty prelate,
Whom Henry, our late sovereign, ne'er could brook ;
Thou art no friend to God, or to the King.

1 HENRY VI, i. 3.

Name not religion, for thou lov'st the flesh,
And ne'er, throughout the year, to church thou go'st,
Except it be to pray against thy foes.

1 HENRY VI. i. 1.

Fie, Uncle Beaufort ! I have heard you preach,
That malice was a great and grievous sin ;
And will you not maintain the thing you teach,
But prove a chief offender in the same ?

1 HENRY VI. iii. 1.

There's Beaufort, that regards nor God nor King, Hath here distrained the Tower to his use.

1 HENRY VI. i. 3.

Under my feet I 'll stamp the Cardinals hat,
In spite of Pope, or dignities of Church.

1 HENRY VI. i. 3.

Presumptuous priest ! this place commands my

patience, Or thou should'st find thou hast dishonoured me. Think not, although in writing I preferred The manner of thy vile outrageous crimes, That therefore I have forged, or am not able, Verbatim, to rehearse the method of my pen : No, prelate ; such is thy audacious wickedness, Thy lewd, pestiferous, and dissentious pranks, As very infants prattle of thy pride. Thou art a most pernicious usurer, Froward by nature, enemy to peace ; Lascivious, wanton, more than well beseems A man of thy profession and degree ; And for thy treachery, what's more manifest ?

I HENRY VI. iij. 1.

Let us watch the haughty Cardinal,
His insolence is more intolerable
Than all the princes in the land beside.

2 HENRY VI. i. 1.

Oft have I seen the haughty Cardinal,
More like a soldier than a man o' the church,
As stout and proud as he were lord of all,
Swear like a ruffian.

2 HENRY VI. i. 1.

Now, by God's Mother, priest, I'll shave your

crown for this.

2 HENRY VI. ii. l.

What, Cardinal, is your priesthood grown peremp

tory?
Churchmen so hot? good uncle, hide such malice.

2 Henry VI. ii. 1.

Ambitious churchman ! leave to afflict my heart;
Sorrow and grief have vanquished all my powers.

2 HENRY VI. ii. 1.

Gloster, thou ’lt answer this before the Pope.

Winchester goose ! I cry—a rope ! a rope !
Now beat them hence; why do you let them stay?
Thee I'll chase hence, thou wolf in sheep's array:
Out, tawney coats ! out, scarlet hypocrite !

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Now, Winchester will not submit, I trow,
Or be inferior to the proudest peer.
Humphrey of Gloster, thou shalt well perceive
That nor in birth, nor for authority,
The Bishop will be overborne by thee ;
Either I'll make thee stoop, and bend thy knee,
Or sack this country with a mutiny.

1 HENRY VI. v. 1.

— York, and impious Beaufort, that false priest, Have all limed bushes to betray thy wings.

2 HENRY VI. ii. 4.

Cardinal Beaufort is at point of death,

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Blaspheming God, and cursing men on earth,
And whispers to his pillow
The secrets of his over-charged soul.

2 HENRY VI. iii. 2.

Lord Cardinal, if thou think'st on heavens bliss,
Hold up thy hand, make signal of thy hope :-
He dies, and makes no sign!

2 HENRY VI. iii. 3.

WOLSEY. My surveyor is false—the o'er great Cardinal Hath shewed him gold :-my life is spanned already.

HENRY VIII. i. 1.

The Cardinal is the end of this,

- The Commons .

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