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KING HENRY VIII.

Capucius Charles V.

PERSONS REPRESENTED. King Henry the Eighth.

| Surveyor to the duke of Buckingham. Cardinal Wolsey. Cardinal Campeius.

Brandon, and a Serjeant at arms. Capucius, ambassador from the emperor Door-keeper of the council-chamber. Porter, and

his Man. Cranmer, archbishop of Canterbury.

Page to Gardiner. A Crier.
Duke of Norfolk. Duke of Buckingham.
Duke of Suffolk. Earl of Surrey.

Queen Katharine, wife to king Henry, afterwards Lord Chamberlain. Lord Chancellor.

divorced. Gardiner, bishop of Winchester.

Anne Bullen, her maid of honour; afterwards Bishop of Lincoln Lord Abergavenny.

queen, Sands.

An old lady, friend to Anne Bullen. Sir Henry Guildford. Sir Thomas Lovell. Patience, woman to queen Katharine. Sir Anthony Denny, Sir Nicholas Vaux.

Several Lords and Ladies in the dumb shows; Secretaries to Wolsey.

Women attending upon the queen ; Spirits, Cromwell, servant to Wolsey.

which appear to her; Scribes, Officers, Guards, Griffith, gentleman-usher lo queen Katharine, Three other Gentlemen.

and olher Attendants. Doctor Butts, physician to the king.

Scene, chiefly in London and Westminster; once, Garter, king al arms.

at Kimbolton.

PROLOGUE.

ACT 1. I COME no more to make you laugh; things SCENE J.-London. An ate-chamber in the now,

Palace, Enter the Duke of Norfolk, at one door; That bear a weighty and a serious brow,

at the other, the Duke of Buckingham, and the Sad, high, and working, full of state and wo, Lord Abergavenny. Such noble scenes as draw the eve to flow, We now present. Those that can pity, here

Buckingham. Mar, if they think it well, let fall a tear;

GOOD morrow, and well met. How hare you The subject will deserve it. Such, as give

done, Their money out of hope they may believe, Since last we saw in France ? May here find truth too. Those, that come to see Nor.

I thank your grace: Only a show or two, and so agree,

Healthful; and ever since a fresh admirer
The play may pass; if they be still, and willing, or what I saw there.
I'll undertake, may see away their shilling

Buck.

An untimely ague Richly in two short hours. Only they,

Stay'd me a prisoner in my chamber, when That come to hear a merry, bawdy play,

Those suns of glory, those two lights of men,' A noise of targets; or to see a fellow

Met in the vale of Arde. In a long motley coat, guarded with vellow,

Nor.

'Twixt Guynes and Arde: Will be deceiv'd : for, gentle hearers, know, I was then present, saw them salute on horseback; To rank our chosen truth with such a show

Beheld them, when they lighted, how they clung As fool and fight is, beside forfeiting

In their embracement, as they grew together;. Our own brains, and the opinion that we bring Which had they, what four thron'd ones could bare (To make that only true we now intend,)

weigh'd Will leave us never an understanding friend. Such a compounded one? Therefore, for goodness' sake, and as you are Buck.

An the whole time known

I was my chamber's prisoner. The first and happiest hearers of the town,

Then you lost Be sad, as we would make ve; Think, ye see The view of earthly glory : Men might say, The very persons of our noble story,

Till this time, pomp was single ; but now married As thev were living; think, you see them great, To one ahove itselé. Each following day And follow'd with the general throng, and sweat, Became the next dar's master, till the last Or thousand friends; then, in a moment, see Made former wonders it's : To-dar, the French, How soon this mightiness meets misery!

All clinguant, all in gold, like heathen gods, And, if you can be merry then, I'll say,

Shone down the English : and, to-marrow, they A man may weep upon his wedding-day.

(3) Henry VIII. and Francis I. king of France (4 Laceda (3) Pretende

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story,

Made Britain, India : every man, that stood,

I do know Show'd like a mine. Their dwarfish pages were Kinsmen of mine, three at the least, that have As cherubims, all gilt: the madams too,

By this so sicken'd their estates, that never Not us'd to toul, did almosi sweat to bear

They shall abound as forinerly. The pride upon them, that their very labour

Buck.

0, many Was to thein as a painting : now this mask Have broke their backs with laying manors on them Was cry'd incomparable; and the ensuing night For this great journey. What did this vanily, Made it a fool, and beggar. The two kings, But minister communication of Equal in lustre, were now best, now worst, A most poor issue? As presence did present them ; him in eye,

Nor.

Grievingly I think, Still him in praise ; and, being present both, The peace between the French and us not values 'Twas said, they saw but one; and no discerner The cost that did conclude it. Durst wag his tongue in censure.' When these suns! Buck.

Every man, (For so they phrase them,) by their heralds chal- After the hideous storm that follow'd, was lengd,

JA thing inspir'd: and, not consulting, broke The noble spirits to arms, they did perform Into a general prophecy,-That this tempest Beyond thought's compass; that former fabulous Dashing the garment of this peace, aboded

The sudden breach on't. Being now seen possible enough, got credit, Nor.

Which is budded out; That Berisa was believ'd.

For France hath flaw'd the league, and hath attach'd Buck.

O, you go far. Our merchants' goods at Bourdeaux. Nor. As I belong to worship, and affect

Aber.

Is it therefore In honour honesty, the tract of every thing The ambassador is silenc'd ? (Vould by a good discourser lose some life,

Nor.

Marry, is't. Which action's self was tongue to. All was royal; Aber, A proper title of a peace; and purchas'd To the disposing of it nought rebell'd;

At a superfluous rate! Order gave each thing view ; the office did

Buck.

Why, all this business Distinctly his full function.

Our reverend cardinal carried.
Buck."
Who did guide, Nor.

'Like it your grace, I mean, who set the body and the limbs

The state takes notice of the private difference of this great sport together, as you guess ? Betwixt you and the cardinal. I advise you,

Nor. One, certes, that promises no element (And take it from a heart that wishes towards you In such a business.

Honour and plenteous safety,) that you read Buck.

I pray vou, who, my lord ? The cardinal's malice and his potency Nor. All this was order by the good discretion Together: to consider further, that of the right reverend cardinal of York.

What his high hatred would effect, wants not Buck. The devil speed him! no man's pie is freed A minister in his power : You know his nature, From his ambitious finger. What had he

That he's revengeful; and I know, his sword To do in these fierce vanities? I wonder, Hath a sharp edge: it's long, and, it may be said, That such a keech® can with his very bulk

It reaches far; and where 'twill not extend, Take up the rays o'the beneficial sun,

Thither he darts it. Bosom up my counsel, And keep it from the earth.

You'll find it wholesome. Lo, where comes that Surely, sir,

rock, There's in him stuff that puts him to these ends: That I advise your shunning. Por, being not propp' by ancestry (whose grace

Enter Cardinal Wolsey (the purse borne before Chalks successors their way,) nor call'd upon For high feats done to the crown; neither allied

him,) certain of the guard, and two Secretaries

with papers. The Cardinal in his passage To eminent assistants, but, spider-like, Out of his self-drawint web, he gives us note,

fizeth his eye on Buckingham, and Buckinghain The force of his own merit makes his way ;

on him, both full of disain. A gift that heaven gives for him, which buys

Wol. The duke of Buckingham's surveyor, ha ? A place next to the king.

Where's his examination ?
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I cannot tell

i Secr.

Here, so please you. What heaven hath given him, let some graver eye Wol. Is he in person ready? Pierce into that; but I can see his pride

1 Secr.

Ay, please your grace. Peep through each part of him: Whence has hel Wol. Well, we shall then 'know more; and that?

Buckingham If not from hell, the devil is a niggard ;

Shall lessen this big look. (Exe. Wolsey and train. Or has given all before, and he begins

Buck. This butcher's curto is venom-mouth'd, A new hell in himself.

and I Buck Why the devil,

Have not the power to muzzle him ; therefore, best Upon this French going-out, look he upon him, Not wake him in his slumber. A beggar's book Without the privity o' the king, to appoint

Out-worths a noble's blood. Who should attend on him? He makes up the file! Nor.

What, are you chard ? Of all the gentry; for the most part such

Ask God for temperance ; that's the appliance only, T:00, whom as great a charge as little honour Which your disease requires. He meant to lay upon: and his own letter,

Buck.

I read in his looks The honourable board of council out,

Matter against me ; and his eye revil'd Must fetch him in the papers.

Me, as his abject object : at this instant (1) In opinion, which was most noble.

(8) Sets down in his letter without consulting the (2) Sir Bevis, an old romance. (3) Certainly. (4) Practice. (5) Proud. (9) Conducted. (6) Lump of fat." (1) List.

(10) Wolsey was the son of a butcher.

Nor.

council.

He bores' me with, some trick: He's gone to the (As soon he shall by me,) that thus the cardinal • king

Does buy and sell his honour as he pleases,
I'll follow, and out-stare him.

And for his own advantage.
Nor.
Stay, my lord, Wor.

I am sorry
And let your reason with your choler question To hear this of him; and could wish, he were
What 'tis you go about: To climb steep hills, Something mistaken in't.
Requires slow pace at first : Anger is like
A full-hot horse; who being allow'd his way, I do pronounce him in that very shape,
Self-mettle tires him. Not a man in England He shall appear in proof.
Can advise me like you: be to yourself

Enter Brandon ; a Sergeant at Arms before him, As you would to your friend. Buck. I'll to the king;

and two or three of the guards. And from a mouth of honour quite cry down

Bran. Your office, serjeant; execute it. This Ipswich fellow's insolence; or proclaim,

Serj.

Sir, There's difference in no persons.

My lord the duke of Buckingham, and earl Nor.

Be advis'd;

of Hereford, Stafford, and Northampton, I Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot

Arrest thee of high treason, in the name That it do singe yourself: We may outrun,

or our most sovereign king. By violent swiftness, that which we run at,

Buck.

Lo you, my lord, And lose by over-running. Know you not,

The net has fallin upon me; I shall perish The fire, that mounts the liquor till it run o'er,

Under device and practice. In seeming to augment it, wastes it? Be advis'd :

Bran.

I am sorry I say again, there is no English soul

To see you ta'en from liberty, to look on More stronger to direct you than yourself;

The business present: 'Tis his highness' pleasure If with the sap of reason you would quench,

You shall to the Tower. Or but allay, the fire of passion,

Buck.

It will help me nothing, Buck.

To plead mine innocence ; for that die is on me, I am thankful to you; and I'll go along

Which makes my whitest part black. The will By your prescription :--but this top-proud fellow,

of Heaven (Whom from the flow of gall name not, but

Be done in this and all things !-I obey.From sincere motions,) by intelligence,

O my lord Aberga'ny, sare you well. And proofs as clear as founts in Júly, when

Bran. Nay, he must bear you company: The . We see each grain of gravel, I do know

king

[To Abergavenny. To be corrupt and treasonous.

Is pleas'd, you shall to the Tower, till you know Nor.

Say not, treasonous. How he determines further. Buck. To the king I'll say't; and make my vouch

Aber.

As the duke said, as strong

The will of heaven be done, and the king's pleasure As shore of rock. Attend. This holy fox, By me obey'd. Or wolf, or both (for he is equal ravenous,

"Bran. Here is a warrant from As he is subtle ; and as prone to mischief,

The king, to attach lord Montacute; and the bodies As able to perform it: his mind and place

of the duke's confessor, John de la Court, Insecting one another, yea, reciprocally,)

One Gilbert Peck, his chancellor,Only to show his pomp as well in France

Buck.

So, so; As here at home, suggests the king our master

These are the limbs of the plot : no more, I hope. To this last costly treaty, the interview,

Bran. A monk o'the Chartreux. That swallow'd so much treasure, and like a glass

Buck.

0, Nicholas Hopkins ? Did break i'lhe rinsing.

Bran.

He. Nor.

'Faith, and so it did. Buck. My surveyor is false; the o'er-great carBuck. Prav, give me favour, sir. This cunning... dinal cardinal

5 Hath show'd him gold: my life is spann'd' already: The articles o'the combination drew,

I am the shadow of poor Buckingham ; As himself pleas'd; and they were ratified, Whose figure even this instant cloud puts on, As he cried, Thus let be: to as much end,

By dark’ning my clear sun.-My lord, farewell. As give a crutch to the dead : But our count-cardinal

(Exeunt. Has done this, and 'tis well; for worthy Wolsey, SCENE II.-The council-chamber. Cornets. Who cannot err, he did it. Now this follows Enter King Henry, Cardina! Wolsey, the Lords (Which as I take it is a kind of puppy

of the Council, Sir Thomas Lovell, Officers, and To the old dam, treason,) Charles the Emperor, Assistants. The King enters, leaning on the Under pretence to see the queen his aunt

Cardinal's shoulder. (For 'twas, indeed, his colour; but he came To whisper Wolsey,) here makes visitation :

K. Hen. My life itself, and the best heart of it, His leurs were, that the interview, betrvixt

Thanks you for this great care : I stood i'the level England and France, might, through their amity,

or a full-chary'd confederacy, and give thanks Breed him some prejudice; for from this league

To you that chok'd it.-Let be call'd before us Peep'd harms that menac'd him: He privily

That gentleman of Buckingham's: in person Deals with our cardinal; and, as I trow,

I'll hear him his confessions justify; Which I do well: for, I am sure, the emperor

And point by point the treasons of his master Paid ere he promis'd; whereby his suit vas granted. He shall again relate. Ere it was askd ;-but when the way was made, "The King takes his state. The Lords of the And pay'd with gold, the emperor thus des rd; Council take their several places. The Carolina That he would please to alter the king's course, places himself under the King's feet, on hw And break the foresaid peace. Let the king know, right side.

(1) Stabs. (2) Excites. (3) Unfair stratagem. 1 (4) Measured. (5) Chair.

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