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Is he found guilty ? | The law I bear no malice for my death, 1 Gent. Yes, truly is be, and condemn'd upon it. It has done, upon the premises, but justice: 2 Gent. I am sorry for 't.
But those that sought it I could wish more christians : 1 Gent.
So are a number more, Be what they will, I heartily forgive them : 2 Gent. But, pray, how pass'd it?
Yet let them look they glory not in mischief, 1 Gent. I'll tell you in a little. The great duke Nor build their evils on the graves of great men; Came to the bar ; where to his accusations
For then my guiltless blood must cry against them. He pleaded still, not guilty, and allegʻd
For further life in this world I ne'er hope, Many sharp reasons to defeat the law.
Nor will I sue, although the king have mercies The king's attorney, on the contrary,
More than I dare make faults. You few that lord 10€ Urg'd on the examinations, proofs, confessions
And dare be bold to weep for Buckingham, Of divers witnesses ; which the duke desir'd
His noble friends, and fellows, whom to leave To have brought, virâ voce, to his face:
Is only bitter to him, only dying, At which appear'd against him, his surveyor;
Go with me, like good angels, to my end ; Sir Gilbert Peck his chancellor ; and John Car, And, as the long divorce of steel falls on me, Contessor to him; with that devil-monk,
Make of your prayers ove sweet sacrifice, Hopkins, that made this mischief.
And lift my soul to heaven.—Lead on, o God's name 2 Gent.
That was he Lov. I do beseech your grace, for charity, That fed him with his prophecies?
If ever any malice in your heart 1 Gent.
Were hid against me, now to forgive me frankly. All these accus'd him strongly; which he fain
Buck. Sir Thomas Lovell, I as free forgive you Would have fung from him, but, indeed, he could not : As I would be forgiven: I forgive all : And so his peers, upon this evidence,
There cannot be those numberless offences Have found him guilty of high treason. Much 'Gainst me that I cannot take peace with: He spoke, and learnedly, for lite; but all
No black envy shall make my grave. Was either pitied in him, or forgotten.
Commend me to his grace; 2 Gent. After all this, how did he bear himself? And if be speak of Buckingham, pray tell him,
1 Gent. When he was brought again to the bar, to hear You met him half in beaven: my vows and prayers His knell rung out, his judgment, he was stirr'd Yet are the king's; and, till my soul forsake, With such an agony, he sweat extremely,
Shall cry for blessings on him : May be live And something spoke in choler, ill, and hasty :
Longer than I have time to tell his years! But he fell to himself again, and sweetly
Ever belov'd, and loving, may his rule be! In all the rest show'd a most noble patience.
And, when old time shall lead him to his erd, 2 Gent. I do not think he fears death.
Goodness and be fill up one monument ! 1 Gent.
Sure, he does not, Lov. To the water side I must conduct your grace; He never was so womanish; the cause
Then give my charge up to Sir Nicholas Vaux, He may a little grieve at.
Who undertakes you to your end. 2 Gent. Certainly
Prepare there, The cardinal is the end of this.
The duke is coming; see the barge be ready;
And fit it with such furniture as suits
Nay, sir Nicholas, Earl Surrey was sent thither, and in haste too,
Let it alone; my state now will but mock me. Lest he should hei, his father.
When I came hither I was lord high constable, 2 Gent.
That trick of state And duke of Buckingham ; now, poor Edward Bohun Was a deep envious one.
Yet I am richer than my base accusers,
That never knew what truth meant : I now seal it; No doubt he will requite it. This is noted,
And with that blood will make them one day gta And generally, whoever the king favours,
for 't. The cardinal instantly will find employment,
My noble father, Henry of Buckingham, And far enough from court too.
Who first rais'd head against usurping Richard, 2 Gent.
All the commons Flying for succour to his servant Banister, Hate him perniciously, and, o' my conscience,
Being distress d, was by that wretch betray'd, Wish him ten fathom deep : this duke as much And without trial fell; God's peace be with him! They love and dole on ; call him bounteous Bucking- Henry the seventh succeeding, truly pitying ham,
My father's loss, like a must royal prince, The mirror of all courtesy.
Restor'd me to my honours, and, out of ruins, Enter Buckingham from his arraignment ; Tipstaves Henry the eighth, life, honour, name, and all
Made my name once more noble. Now his son, before him; the axe with the edge towards him; That maile me happy, at one stroke has taken halberds on each side ; accompanied with Sır T10- For ever from the world. I had my trial, mas Lovell, Sir Nicholas Vaux, Sir William And, must needs say, a noble one ; which makes me Sands, and common peopie.
A little bappier than my wretched father : I Gent,
Stay there, sir,
Yet thus far we are one in fortunes,-Both And see the noble ruin'd man you speak of.
Fell by our servants, by those men we lov'd most; 2 Gent. Let 's stand close, and behold him.
A most unnatural and faithless service! Buck.
All good people. Heaven has an end in all: Yet, you that hear me, You that thus far have come to pity me,
This from a dying man receive as certain: Hear what I say, and then yo bome and lose me. Where you are liberal of your loves and counsels, I have this day receiv‘d a traitor's judgment,
Be sure you be not loose; for those you make friends, And by that name must die: Yet, beaven bear witness, | And give your hearts to, when they once perceive And if I have a conscience let it sink me,
The least rub in your fortunes, fall away
Like water from ye, never found again
But where they mean to sink ye. All gooi peple.
That blind priest, like the eldest son of fortune,
Turns what he list. The king will know him one day.
Suf. Pray God he do! he 'll never know himsell
Between us and the emperor, the queen’s great nephew :
He dives into the king's soul; and there scatters
Dangers, doubts, wringing of the conscience,
Fears, and despairs, and all these for bis marriage:
And out of all these to restore the king,
He counsels a divorce: a loss of her
Good angels keep it from us! That, like a jewel, has hung twenty years
2 Gent. This secret is so weighty, 't will require Of her that loves him with that excellence
That angels love good men with; even of her
That when the greatest stroke of fortune falls
Will bless the king : And is not this course pious ?
Cham. Heaven keep me from such counsel! "T is
These news are everywhere; every tongue speaks them,
And every true heart weeps for 't: All that Jare
Yes, but it held not : Look into these affairs see this main end,-
The French king's sister. Heaven will one day cpen
The king's eyes, that so long have slept upon
This bold bad man.
And free us from his slavery.
Nor. We had need pray,
And heartily, for our deliverance;
Or this imperious man will work us all
Lie like one lump before him, to be fashion d
Into what pitch he please.
For me, my lords,
I love him not, nor fear him; there 's my creed :
As I am made without bim, so I !i stand,
'T is the cardinal; If the king please; his curses and his blessings
Touch me alike, they are breath I not believe in
I knew him, and I know him; so I leave him
To him that made him proud, the pope.
Let 's in;
And, with some other business, put the king
My lord, you 'll bear us company?
T is woful.
The king hath sent me other-where : besides,
(Exeunt. You 'll find a most unfit time to disturb him :
Health to your lordships.
[Exit Lord Chamberlain,
Norfolk opens a folding-docr. The King is dis.
covered sitting, and reading pensively. " My Lord, -The horses your lordship sent for, with all the care I had I saw well chosen, ridden, and furnished. They Suf. How sad he looks ! sure, be is much alllicted. were young and handsome ; and of the best breer in the north. When they were ready to set out for London, a man of my lord
K. Hen. Who is there? ha ? cardinal's, hy commission, and main power, took 'em from me:
'Pray God, he be not angry. with this reason,-His master would be serv'd before a subject, K. Hen. Who's there, I say? How dare you thrusi if not before the king; which stopped our months, sir.”
Who am I ? ha?
Nor. A gracious king, that pardons all offences
Malice ne'er meant : our breach of duty, this way
Is business of estate; in which, we come
To know your royal pleasure.
You are too bold;
I left him private,
Go to; I 'll make ye know your times of business :
Is this an hour for temporal affairs ? ha?
What's the canse ?
Enter Wolsey and Caupeius.
Who's there ? my good lord cardinal ?-O my Wolsey
No, his conscience The quiet of my wounded conscience,
Thon art a cure fit for a king.–You 're welcome, 'T is so :
I To CAMPEILD
Most learned reverend sir, into our kingdom;
Heaven's peace be with hina! Use us, and it:-My good lord, have great care
That is christian care enough: for living murinutes I be not found a talker.
[To Wolsey. There's places of rebuke. He was a fool; Wol. Sir, you cannot.
For he would needs he virtuous: That good fellow, I would your grace would give us but an hour
If I command him, follows my appointment; Of private conference.
I will have none so near else. Learn this, brother K. Hen. We are busy; go.
We live not to be grip'd by meaner persons. [To Norfolk and SUFFOLK. K. Hen. Deliver this with modesty to the queen. Nor. This priest has no pride in him ?
[Erit GARDINER Suf. Not to speak of;
The most convenient place that I can think of, I would not be so sick though, for his place:
For such receipt of learning, is Blackfriars ; But this cannot continue.
Aside. There ye shall meet about this weighty business : Nor. If it do,
My Wolsey, see it furnish d. O my lord, I'll venture one ;-have at him.
Would it not grieve an able man, to leave Suf.
So sweet a bedfellow? But, conscience, conscience, [Exeunt Norfolk and SuppoLK. O, 't is a tender place, and I must leave her. (Ereuta Wol. Your grace has given a precedent of wisdom
SCENE III.-An Antechamber in the Queen's Above all princes, in committing freely Your scruple to the voice of Christendom:
Apartments. Who can be angry now? what envy reach you ?
Enter ANNE BULLEN and an old Lady. The Spaniard, tied by blood and favour to her,
Anne. Not for that neither :- Here's the peng that Must now confess, if they have any goodness,
pinches : The trial just and noble. All the clerks,
His highness having liv'd so long with her : and she I mean the learned ones, in christian kingdoms, So good a lady, that no tongue could ever Have their free voices—Rome, the nurse of judgment, Pronounce dishonour of ber,-by my life, Invited by your noble selt, hath sent
She never knew harm-doing ;-0 now, after One general tongue unto us, this good man,
So many courses of the sun enthron'd, This just and learned priest, cardinal Campeius ; Still growing in a majesty and pomp.--the which Whom, once more, I present unto your highness. To leave a thousand-fold more bitter than K. Hen. And, once more, in mine arms I bid him | T is sweet at first to acquire,
-after this process, welcome,
To give her the avaunt! it is a pity And thank the holy conclave for their loves;
Would move a monster. They have sent me such a man I would have wish'd Old L.
Hearts of most hard temper for.
Melt and lament for her. Cam. Your grace must needs deserve all strangers' Anne.
0, God's will! inuch better loves,
She ne'er bad known pomp: though it be temporal, You are so noble: To your highness' hand
Yet, if that quarrel," fortuve, do divorce I tender my commission; by whose virtue,
It from the bearer, 't is a sufferance, panging (The court of Rome commanding,) you, my lord As soul and body's severing. Cardinal of York, are joiu'd with me their servant,
Alas, poor lady! In the unpartial judging of this business.
She 's a stranger now again. K. Hen. Two equal men. The queen shall be ac- Anne.
So much the more quainted,
Must pity drop upon her. Verily, Forthwith, for what you come :-Where 's Gardiner ? I swear, 't is better to be lowly born,
Wol. I know your majesty has always lov'd her And range with humble livers in content, So dear in heart, not to deny her that
Than to be perk`d up in a glistering griei, A woman of less place might ask by law,
And wear a golden sorrow. Schulars allow'd freely to argue for her.
Our content K. Hen. Ay, and the best she shall have; and my Is our best having. favour
By my troth and maidenhead, To him that does best ; God forbid else. Cardinal, I would not be a queen. Prithee call Gardiner to me, my new secretary ;
Beshrew me, I would, I find him a fit fellow.
[Exit Wolser. And venture maidenhead for t; and so would you, Re-enter WOLSEY, with GARDINER.
For all this spice of your hypocrisy :
You, that have so fair parts of woman on you, Wol. Give me your hand : niuch joy and favour to Have too a woman's heart : which ever get you;
Affected eminence, wealth, sovereignty ; You are the king's now.
Which, to say sooth, are blessings : and which gifts Gard. But to be commanded
(Saving your mincing) the capacity For ever by your grace, whose hand bas rais d me. (Aside. of your soft cheveril conscience would receive, K. Hen. Come hither, Gardiner.
If you might please to stretch it. [They converse apart. Anne.
Nay, good troth, Cam. My lord of York, was not one doctor Pace Old L. Yes, troth, and troth, You would not be s In this man's place tefore him ?
queen ? Wol. Yes, he was.
Anne. No, not for all the riches under herren. Cam. Was he not held a learned man?
Old L. T is strange : a three-pence bowed would Wol.
What think you of a duchess I have you limbs
How! of me?
To bear that load of title?
a Quirrel is an arrow. Kept him a foreign man still; which se griev'd him,
Cheveril- kid-skin. So in Romeo and Juliet.' "O, here'! That he ran mad, and died.
a wit or cheveril, that stretches from an inch parrow to as el broad."
! A thousand pounds a-year! for pure respect ;
That promises more thousands : Honour's train
Is longer than his foreskirt. By this time,
Are you not stronger than you were ?
Make yourself mirth with your particular fancy,
And leave me out on it. Would I had no being
If this salute my blood a jot; it faints me
To think what follows.
The queen is comfortless, and we forgetful
What do think me? (Exeunt
SCENE IV.-A Hall in Blackfriars.
Enter trco Vergers,
Trumpets, sennet, and cornets.
with short silver wands; next them, Two Scribes,
in the habits of doctors; after them, the Arch-
BISHOP OF CANTERBURY alone; after him, the
Bishops op LINCOLN, ELY, ROCHESTER, and Saint
Asaph; next them, with some small distance, fol
lows a Gentleman bearing the purse, with the great
seal, and a cardinal's hat; then Two Priests, bear.
ing each a silver cross; then a Gentleman-Usher
bare-headed, accompanied with a Sergeant at Arms, Follow such creatures. That you may, fair lady,
bearing a silver mace; then Two Gentlemen, bear. Perceive I speak sincerely, and high note 's
ing two great silver pillars ; after them, side by Ta'en of your many virtues, the king's majesty
side, the 'Troo Cardinals Wolsey and CAMPEIUS;
Two Noblemen with the sword and mace. [Then
enter the King and Queen, and their Trains.
The King takes place under the cloth of state ; the
Two CARDINALS sit under him as judges. The
Queen takes place at some distance from the King.
The Bishops place themselves on each side the court,
in manner of a consistory; below them, the Scribes.
The Lords sit next the Bishops. The Crier and the
rest of the Attendants stand in convenient order
about the stage.
Wol. Whilst our commission from Rome is read,
Let silence be commanded.
What is the need?
It hath already publicly been read,
And on all sides the authority allow'd;
You may then spare that time.
Be 't so :-Proceed.
K. Hen. Here.
Scribe. Say, Katharine queen of England, come into
Crier. Katharine queen of England, &c.
chair, goes about the court, comes to the KING, I have been begging sixteen years in court,
and kneels at his feet; then speaks. (Am yet a courtier beggarly,) nor could
Q. Kath. Sir, I desire you, do me right and justice ;
And to bestow your pity on me: for
I am a most poor woman, and a stranger,
Born out of your dominions; having here
Of equal friendship and proceeding. Alas, sir,
In what have I offended you ? what cause
That thus you should proceed to put me off,
At all times to your will conformable:
With your theme; I could Ever in fear to kindle your dislike,
As I saw it inclin d. When was the hour,
I ever contradicted your desire,
Or made it not mine too? Or which of your friends For you, or any : how far I have proceeded,
Or how far further shall, is warranted
By a commission from the consistory, That had to him deriv'd your anger, did I
Yea, the whole consistory of Rorne. You charge me Co:tinue in my liking? nay, gave notice
That I have blown this coal: I do deny it: He was from thence discharg'd! Sir, call to mind The king is present : if it be known to him That I have been your wife, in this obedience,
That I gainsay my deed, how may he wound, Upward of twenty years, and have been blest
And worthily, my falsehood ? yea, as much With many chiliren by you: If, in the course
As you have done my truth. If he know Anil process of this time, you can report,
That I am free of your report, he knows And prove it too, against mine honour aught,
I am not of your wrong. Therefore in him My bond to wedlock, or my love and duty,
It lies to cure me: and the cure is, to Against your sacred person, in God's name,
Remove these thoughts from you : The which before Turn me away; and let the foul'st contempt
His highness slıall speak in, I do beseech Shut door upon me, and so give me up
You, gracious madam, to unthink your speaking, To the sharpest kind of justice. Please you, sir, And to say so no more. The king, your father, was reputed for
My lord, my lord, A prince most prudent, of an excellent
I am a simple woman, much too weak And unmatch'd wit and judgment: Ferdinand, To oppose your cunning. You are meek, and humble My father, king of Spain, was reckond one
mouth'd ; The wisest prince, that there had reign’d by many You sign your place and calling, in full seeming А year before : It is not to be question 'd
With meekness and humility : but your beart That they bad gather'd a wise council to them
Is cramm d with arrogancy, spleen, and pride. Of every realm, that did debate this business,
You have, by fortune, and his highness favours, Who deemd our marriage lawful: Wherefore I humbly Gone slightly o’er low steps : and now are mounted Beseech you, sir, to spare me, till I may
Where powers are your retainers : and your words, Be by my friends in Spain advis'd; whose counsel Domestics to you, serve your will, as 't please I will implore; if not, i’ the name of God,
Yourselt pronounce their office. I must tell you, Your pleasure be fulfill'd!
You tender more your person's honour than Wol.
You have here, lady, Your bigh profession spiritual : That again (And of your choice,) these reverend fathers; men I do refuse you for my judge ; and here, Of singular integrity and learning,
Before you all, appeal unto the pope,
To bring my whole cause 'fore his holiness,
(She curtsies to the King, and offers to depart. For your own quiet, as to rectify
The queen is obstinate, What is unsettled in the king.
Stubborn to justice, apt to accuse it, and Cam.
Disdainful to be tried by it; 't is not well. Hath spoken well, and justly: Therefore, madam,
She's going away. It 's fit this royal session do proceed ;
K. Hen. Call her again. And that, without delay, their arguments
Crier. Katharine queen of England, come into the Be now produc'd, and heard.
court. Q. Kath. Lord cardinal,
Grif. Madam, you are call d back. To you I speak.
Q. Kath. What need you note it! pray you, kep Wol. Your pleasure, madam?
your way : Q. Kath.
When you are callid, return. -Now the Lord help, I am about to weep; but, thinking that
They vex me past my patience!--pray you, pass a: We
e are a queen, (or long have dream'd so,) certain I will not tarry : no, nor ever more, The daughter of a king, my drops of tears
Upon this business, my appearance make
In any of their courts.
[Exeunt QUEEN, GRIFFITH, and her othe? Q. Kath. I will, when you are humble; nay, before,
Attendants. Or God will punish me. I do believe,
Go thy ways, Kate : Induc'd by potent circumstances, that
That man i' the world who shall report he has You are mine enemy; and make my challenge A better wife, let him in nought be trusted, You shall not be my judge: for it is you
For speaking false in that: Thou art, alone, Have blown this coal betwixt my lord and me, (If thy rare qualities, sweet gentleness, Which God's dew quench!—Therefore, I say again, Thy meekness saint-like, wife-like government, — I utterly abhor, yea, from my soul
Obeying in commanding, -and thy parts Refuse you a for my judge: whom, yet once more, Sovereign and pious else, could speak thee out,) I hold my most malicious foe, and think not
The queen of earthly queens :-She is noble born At all a friend to truth.
And, like her true nobility, she has
Carried herself towards me.
Most gracious sir, Have stood to charity, and display'd the effects In humblest manner I require your highness, Of disposition gentle, and of wisdom
That it shall please you to declare, in hearing ()'ertopping woman's power. Malaya, you do me Of all these ears, (for where I am robb’d and bound, wrong:
There must I he unloos d ; although not there I have no spleen against you; nor injustice
At once and fully satisfied,) whether ever I
Did broach this business to your highness; or I Sir W. Blackstone, who contributed a few notes to Shak- Laid any scruple in your way, which migot spere, says that abh and refuse are, in such case, technical
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