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Buck. The devil speed him I no man's pie is free'd
SCENE I.-London.-An Ante-chamber in From his ambitious finger. What had he
Enter the Duke of NORFOLK, at one door; at the other, the Duke of BUCKINGHAM, and
the Lord ABERGAVENNY.
Buck. Good morrow, and well met. have you done,
Since last we saw in France ?
Nor. I thank your grace:
Healthful; and ever siuce a fresh admirer
Buck. An untimely ague
Stay'd me a prisoner in my chamber, when Those suns of glory, those two lights of men, Met in the vale of Arde.
Nor. 'Twixt Guynes and Arde:
I was then present, saw them salute on horse. back; [clung Beheld them, when they lighted, how they In their embracement, as they grew together; Which had they, what four thron'd ones could have weigh'd
Such a compounded one?
Buck. All the whole time
The view of earthly glory: Men might say,
To one above itself. Each following day Became the next day's master, till the last Made former wonders it's: To-day, the French, All clinquant, + all in gold, like heathen gods, Shone down the English: and, to-morrow, they
Made Britain, India: every man that stood Show'd like a mine. Their dwarfish pages
As cherubims, all gilt; the madams too,
Made it a fool and beggar. The two kings,
Being now seen possible enough, got credit, That Bevis was believ'd.
Buck. Oh! you go far.
Nor. As I belong to worship, and affect In honour honesty, the tract of every thing Would by a good discourser lose some life, Which action's self was tongue to.
To the disposing of it nought rebell'd, Order gave each thing view; the office did Distinctly his full function.
Buck. Who did guide,
I mean, who set the body and the limbs
Buck. I pray you, who, my lord?
Nor. All this was order'd by the good cretion
Of the right reverend cardinal of York.
Henry VIII. and Francis 1. king of Francs.
+ Glittering, shining.
In opinion, which was most noble.
Nor. Surely, Sir,
There's in him stuff that puts him to these ends:
For being not propp'd by, ancestry, (whose
Chalks successors their way,) nor call'd upon For high feats done to the crown; neither
To eminent assistance, but, spider-like,
[eye What heaven hath given him, let some graver Pierce into that; but I can see his pride Peep through each part of him: Whence has he that ?
If not from hell, the devil is a niggard;
Buck. Why the devil,
Upon this French going-out, took he upon him,
Aber. I do know
Honour and plenteous safety,) that you read The cardinal's malice and his potency dis-Together: to consider further, that
Sir Bevis, created for his prowess Earl of Southampton by William the Conqueror.
What his high hatred would effect, wants not
It reaches far; and where 'twill not extend, Thither he darts it. Bosom up my counsel, You'll find it wholesome. Lo, where comes that rock,
That I advise your shunning.
Enter Cardinal WOLSEY, (the purse borne before him,) certain of the guard, and two SECRETARIES with papers. The Cardinal in his passage fixeth his eye on BUCKINGHAM, and BUCKINGHAM on him, both full of disdain.
Wol. The duke of Buckingham's surveyor ? ha?
Where's his examination ?
1 Secr. Here, so please you. Wol. Is he in person ready?
1 Secr. Ay, please your grace.
As here at home, suggests the king our
To this last costly treaty, the interview,
Did break i'the rinsing.
Nor. 'Faith, and so it did.
Buck. Pray, give me favour, Sir. This can-
The articles o'the combination drew,
As himself pleas'd; and they were ratified,
Has done this, and 'tis well; for worthy Wol
Who cannot err, he did it. Now this follows,
Wol. Well, we shall then know more; and To the old dam, treason,)-Charles the em
Shall lessen this big look.
Have not the power to muzzle him; therefore,
Not wake him in his slumber. A beggar's look
Out-worths a noble's blood.
Nor. What, are you chaf'd?
Under pretence to see the queen his aunt,
Peep'd harms that menac'd him he privily
Ask God for temperance; that's the appliance Paid ere he promis'd: whereby his suit was
Which your disease requires.
Buck. I read in his looks
Matter against me and his eye revil'd
Me, as his abject object: at this instant
Ere it was ask'd;-but when the way was
And pav'd with gold, the emperor thus desir'd ;
He bores + me with some trick: He's gone to That he would please to alter the king's course,
I'll follow, and out-stare him.
Nor. Stay, my lord,
And let your reason with your choler question
A full-hot horse; who being allow'd his way,
Buck. I'll to the king;
And from a mouth of honour quite cry down This Ipswich fellow's insolence; or proclaim, There's difference in no persons.
Nor. Be advis'd;
Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot
o'er, In seeming to augment it, wastes it? Be vis'd:
I say again, there is no English soul
I am thankful to you; and I'll go along
(Whom from the flow of gall I name not, but
Nor. Say not, treasonous.
Buck. To the king, I'll say't; and make my vouch as strong
As shore of rock. Attend. This holy fox,
• Wolsey was the son of a butcher. + Stabs.
To hear this of him; and could wish he were Something mistaken in't.
Buck. No, not a syllable;
I do pronounce him in that very shape,
Enter BRANDON; a SERGEANT at Arms be
My lord the duke of Buckingham, and earl
Buck. Lo you, my lord,
The net has fallen upon me; I shall perish
Bran. Here is a warrant from
Unfit for other life, compell'd by hunger
The king, to attach lord Montacute; and the And lack of other means, in desperate manner, bodies Daring the event to the teeth, are all in up. roar,
Of the duke's confessor, John de la Court,
One Gilbert Peck, his chancellor,
Buck. So, so;
And danger serves among them.
K. Hen. Taxation !
These are the limbs of the plot: no more, Wherein? and what taxation ?-My lord car.
Bran. A monk o'the Chartreux. Buck. O Nicholas Hopkins?
Buck. My surveyor is false; the o'er-great cardinal
Hath show'd him gold; my life is spann'd already;
I am the shadow of poor Buckingham;
SCENE II.-The Council Chamber.
K. Hen. My life itself, and the best heart of
Thanks you for this great care: I stood i'the level
Of a full-charg'd confederacy, and give thanks
The KING takes his state. The Lords of the
A noise within, crying, Room for the Queen. Enter the QUEEN, ushered by the Dukes of NORFOLK and SUFFOLK: she kneels. The KING riseth from his state, takes her up, kisses and places her by him.
Q. Kath Nay, we must longer kneel; I am a
K. Hen. Arise, and take place by us :-Half your suit
Never name to us; you have half our power: The other moiety, ere you ask is given;
Repeat your will, and take it.
Q. Kath. Thank your majesty.
You know no more than others: but you frame Things, that are known alike; which are not wholesome To those which would not know them, and yet must Perforce be their acquaintance. These exactions, Whereof my sovereign would have note, they Most pestilent to the hearing; and, to bear them,
The back is sacrifice to the load. They say,
K. Hen. Still exaction!
The nature of it? In what kind, let's know
Q. Kath. I am much too venturous In tempting of your patience; but am bolden'd Under your promis'd pardon. The subject's grief Comes through commissions, which compel from each
The sixth part of his substance, to be levied Without delay; and the pretence for this, Is nam'd your wars in France: This makes bold mouths: Tougues spit their duties out, and cold hearts freeze
Allegiance in them; their curses now, Live where their prayers did; and it's come to pass,
That tractable obedience is a slave
To each incensed will. I would, your highness
K. Hen. By my life,
I have no farther gone in this, thau by
That you would love yourself; and, in that love, A single voice; and that not pass'd me, but
Are in great grievance: there hath been commissions
Sent down among them which have flaw'd the
Of all their loyalties :-wherein, although,
Of these exactions, yet the king our master,
Language unmannerly, yea, such which breaks
Nor. Not almost appears.
It doth appear; for, upon these taxations,
That virtue must go through. We must not stint
Our necessary actions, in the fear
In fear our motion will be mock'd or carp'd at,
We should take root here where we sit, or sit