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Could not be wedg'd in more; and I am stifled Both.
You may command us, sir. With the mere rankness of their joy.
(Exeunt. 2 Gent.
SCENE II. Kimbolton.
Enter KATHARINE, Dowager, sick; led between 1 Gent. How was it?
GRIFFITH and PATIENCE. 3 Gent. Well worth the seeing.
Grif, How does your grace? 2 Gent. Good sir, speak it to us. Kath.
0, Griffith, sick to death : 3 Gent. As well as I am able. The rich stream My legs, like loaden branches, bow to the earth, Of lords, and ladies, having brought the queen Willing to leave their burden: Reach a chair;To a prepard place in the choir, fell off So,-now, methinks, I feel a little ease. A distance from her; while her grace sat down Didst thou not tell me, Griffith,as thou led'st me, To rest a while, some half an hour, or so, That the great child of honour, cardinal Wolsey, In a rich chair of state, opposing freely Was dead? The beauty of her person to the people.
Grif. Yes, madam; but, I think, your grace, Believe me, sir, she is the goodliest woman Out of the pain you suffer'd, gave po ear to't. That ever lay by man: which when the people Kath. Prythee good Griffith, tell me how he Had the full view of, such a noise arose If well, he stepp'd before me, happily, [died : As the shrouds make at sea in a stiff tempest, For my example. As loud, and to as many tunes: hats, cloaks
Well, the voice goes, madam: (Doublets, I think) flew up; and had their faces For after the stout Earl Northumberland Been loose, this day they had been lost. Such joy Arrested him at York, and brought him forward I never saw before. Great-bellied women, (As a man sorely tainted) to his answer, That had not half a week to go, like rams He fell sick suddenly, and grew so ill, In the old time of war, would shake the press, He could not sit his mule. And make them reel before them. No man living Kath.
Alas! poor man! Could say, This is my voife, there; all were woven Grif. At last, with easy roads, he came to So strangely in one piece.
Leicester, 2 Gent.
But, pray, what follow'd? Lodg'd in the Abbey; where the reverend abbot, 3 Gent. At length her grace rose, and with With all his convent, honourably receiv'd him: modest paces
(like, To whom he gave these words, -0 father abbing Came to the altar; where she kneeld, and, saint- An old man, broken with the storms of state, Cast her faireyes to heaven, and pray'd devoutly. Is come to lay his weary bones among ye ; Then rose again, and bow'd her to the people : Give him a little earth for charity; When by the archbishop of Canterbury So went to bed: where eagerly his sickness She had all the royal makings of a queen; Pursu'd him still; and, three nights atter this, As holy oil, Edward Confessor's crown, About the hour of eight (which he himself The rod, and bird of peace, and all such emblems Foretold, should be his last), full of repentance, Laid nobly on her: which perform'd, the choir, Continual meditations, tears, and sorrows, With all the choicest musick of the kingdom, He gave his honours to the world again, Together sung Te Deum. So she parted, His blessed part to heaven, and slept in peace. And with the same full state pac'd back again, Kath. So may he rest; his faults lie gently To York Place, where the feast is held.
on him! 1 Gen.
Sir, you Yet thus far, Griffith,give me leave to speak him, Must no more call it York Place, that is past : And yet with charity,–He was a man For, since the cardinal fell, that title's lost; Of an unbounded stomach, every ranking 'Tis now the king's, calld-Whitehall. Himself with princes; one, that by suggestion 3 Gent.
I know it; Ty'd all the kingdom : simony was fair play; But 'tis so lately altered, that the old name His own opinion was his law: l' the presence Is fresh about me.
He would say untruths; and be ever double 2 Gent.
What two reverend bishops Both in his words and meaning: He was never Were those that went on each side of the queen? But where he meant to ruin, pitiful : 3 Gent. Stokesly and Gardiner; the one, of His promises were, as he then was, mighty; Winchester
But his performance, as he is now, nothing. (Newly preferr'd from the king's secretary), Of his own body he was ill, and gave The other, London.
The clergy ill example. 2 Gent. He of Winchester
Noble madam, Is held no great good lover of the archbishop's, Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues The virtuous Cranmer.
We write in water. May it please your highness 3 Gent.
All the land knows that: To hear me speak his good now? However, yet there's no great breach; when it Kath.
Yes, good Griffith ; comes,
[him. I were malicious else. Cranmer will find a friend will not shrink from Grif:
This cardinal, 2 Gent. Who may that be, I pray you? Though from an humble stock, undoubtedly 3 Gent.
Thomas Cromwell; Was fashion'd to much honour from his cradle. A man in much esteem with the king, and truly He was a scholar, and a ripe, and good one; A worthy friend.-The king
Exceeding wise, fair spoken, and persuading: Has made him master o' the jewel-house, Lofty, and sour, to them that lov'd him not; And one, already, of the privy council. But, to those men that sought him, sweet as 2 Gent. He will deserve more.
summer. 3 Gent.
Yes, without all doubt. And though he were unsatisfied in getting Come, gentlemen, ye shall go my way, which (Which was a siu), yet, in bestowing, madam, Is to the court, and there ye shall be my guests; He was most princely; Ever witness for him Something I can command. As I walk thither, Those twins of learning, that he rais'd in you, I'll tell ye more.
Ipswich, and Oxford ! oue of which fell with him.
Unwilling to outlive the good that did it; Myhaste made mennmannerly: There is staying The other, though unfinish'd, yet so famous, A gentleman, sent from the king, to see you. So excellent in art, and still so rising,
Kath. Admit him entrance, Griffith: But his That Christendom'shall ever speak his virtue. Let me ne'er see again.
(fellow His overthrow heap'd happiness upon him;
(Exeunt GRIFFITII and Messenger. For then, and not till then, he felt himself,
Roenter GRIFFITH with CAPUCICS. And found the blessedness of being little :
If my sight fail not, And, to add greater honours to his age
You should be lord ambassador from the emThan man could give him, he died, fearing God. peror,
Kath. After my death I wish no other herald, My royal nephew, and your name Capucius. No other speaker of my living actions,
Cap. Madam, the same, your servant. To keep mine honour from corruption,
O my lord, But such an honest chronicler as Griffith. The times, and titles, now are altered strangely Whom I most hated living, thou hast made me, With me, since first you knew me. But, I pray With thy religious truth, and modesty, What is your pleasure with me? (vou, Now in his ashes honour: l'eace be with him! Cap,
Noble lady, Patience, be near me still; and set me lower: First, mine own service to your grace; the next, I have not long to trouble thee.--Good Griffith, The king's request that I would visit yon; Cause the musicians play me that sad note Whogrieves much for your weakness, and by me I nam'd my knell, whilst I sit meditating Sends you his princely commendations, On that celestial harmony I go to.
And heartily entreats you take good comfort. Sad and solemn musick.
Kath. O my good lord, that comfort comes Grif. She is asleep: Good wench, let's sit too late ; down quiet, 'Tis like a pardon after execution:
[me; For fear we wake her ;-Softly, gentle Patience. That gentle physick, given in time, had cured The vision. Enter, solemnly tripping one after ano- But now I am past all comforts here, but prayers.
ther, six Personages, clad in white robes, wearing How does his highness? on their heads garlands of hays,and gollen vizards Cap.
Madam, in good health. on their faces ; branches of bays, or palm, in their Kath. So may he ever do! and ever flourish, hands. They first congee unto her, then dance; When I shall dwell with worms, and my poor and at certain changes, the first two hout a spare garland over her head; at which, the other four Banish'd the kingdom !--Patience, is that letter, make reverend court'sics ; then the two that held I caus'd you write. yet sent away? the garland, deliver the same to the other next two,
No, madam. who observe the same order in their changes, and
[Giving it to KATHARINE. hoiding the garland over her head: which done, Kath. Sir, I most humbly pray you to deliver they deliver the same garland to the last two, whó This to my lord the king: likewise observe the same order : at which (as it Cap. Most willing, madam. were by inspiration) she makes in her sleep signs Kath. In which I have commended to his oj rejoicing, and holcth up her hands to heaven: goodness
ster: and so in their dancing they vanish, carrying the The model of our chaste loves, his young daughgarland with them. The musick continues. The dews of heaven fall thick in blessings on Kath. Spirits of peace, where are ye? Are ye her! all gone?
Beseeching him, to give her virtuous breeding And leave me here in wretchedness behind ye? (She is young, and of a noble modest nature; Grif. Madam, we are here.
I hope, she will deserve well); and a little Kath.
It is not you I call for; To love her for her mother's sake, that lov'd Saw ye none enter, since I slept?
None, madam. Heaven knows how dearly. My next poor peKath. No ? Saw you not, even now, a blessed Is that his noble grace would have some pity troop
Upon my wretched women, that so long Invite me to a banqnet; whose bright faces Have follow'd both my fortunes faithfully; Cast thousand beams upon me, like the sun ? Of which there is not one, I dare avow They promis'd me eternal happiness; (And now I should not lie), but will deserve, And brought me garlands, Griffith, which I feel For virtue, and true beauty of the soul, I am not worthy yet to wear: I shall,
For honesty, and decent carriage, Assuredly.
[dreams A right good husband, let him be a noble; Grif. I am most joyful, madam, such good And, sure, those men are happy that shall have Possess your fancy.
Bid the musick leare, The last is, for my men: they are the poorest. They are harsh and heavy to me. (Musick ceases. But poverty could never draw them from me;Pat.
Do you note, That they may have their wages duly paid them, How much her grace is alter'd on the sudden ? And something over to remember me by; How long her face is drawn? How pale she looks, If heaven had pleas'd to have given me longer And of an earthly cold ? Mark you her eyes? And able means, we had not parted thus. [life, Grif. She is going, wench; pray, pray.
These are the whole contents ;-And, good my Pat.
Heaven comfort her! lord,
By that you love the dearest in this world, Mess. An't like your grace,
As you wish christian peace to souls departed, Kath.
You are a saucy fellow: Stand these poor people's friend, and urge the Deserve we no more reverence ?
To do me this last right.
king You are to blame, Cap.
By heaven, I wil; Knowing,she will not lose her wonted greatness, Or let me lose the fashion of a man! To use so rade behaviour : go to, kneel. [don; Kath. I thank you, honest lord. Rememberne
Mess. I humbly do entreat your highness' par- In all humility unto his highuess;
Say, his long tronble now is passing shim, Gar.
Yes, yes, Sir Thomas, Out of this world : tell him, in death I bless d There are that dare ; and I myself have ventur'd For so I will.- Mine eyes grow dim.-Farewell, To speak my mind of him: and, indeed, this day, My lord.-Griffith, farewell.- Nay, Patience, Sir (I may tell it you), I think, I have You must not leave me yet. I must to bed : Incens'd the lords o'the council, that he is Call in more women.- When I am dead, good (For so I know he is, they know he is) wench,
A most arch heretick, a pestilence (moved, Let me be usd with honour; strew me over That does infect the land: with which they With maiden flowers, that all the world may Have broken with the king; who hath so far know
Given ear to our complaint (of his great grace I was a chaste wife to my grave: embalm me, And princelycare; foreseeing those fell mischiefs Then lay me forth: although unqueen'd, yet like Our reasons laid before him), he hath comA queen, and daughter to a king, inter me.
lle be convented. Ile's a rank weed, Sir Thomas,
[Exeuni Gardiner and Page.
As LOVELL is going out, enter the King, and the Enter GARDINER, Bishop of Winchester, a Page
DUKE OF SUFFOLK. with a Torch before him, met by Sir THOMAS K. Hen Charles, I will play no more to night; LOVELL.
My mind's not on't, you are too hard for me. Gar, It's one o'clock, boy, is 't not?
Suff. Sir, I did never win of you before. Boy.
It hath struck. K. Hen. But little, Charles ; Gar. These should be hours for necessities, Nor shall not, when my fancy's on my play.--Not for delights: times to repair our nature Now, Lovell, from the queen what is the news With comforting repose, and not for us
Lov. I could not personally deliver to her To waste these hours.-Good hour of night, Sir What you commanded me, but by her woman Whither so late?
[Thomas ! I sent your message; who return'd her thanks Lov. Came you from the king, my lord ? In the greatest humbleness, and desir'd your Gar. I did, Sir Thomas; and left him at primero Most heartily to pray for her. [highness With the duke of Suffolk.
What say'st thou ? ha ! Lov.
I must to him too, To pray for her? what, is she crying out? Before he go to bed. I'll take my leave. Lov. So said her woman; and that her sufferGar. Not yet, Sir Thomas Lovell. What's Almost each pang a death. (ance made the matter?
Alas, good lady! It seems, you are in haste : an if there be Suf. God safely quit her of her burden, and No great offence belongs to't, give your friend With gentle travail, to the gladding of Some touch of your late business : Affairs, that Your highness with an heir! walk
'Tis midnight, Charles, (As they say, spirits do) at midnight, have Prythee, to bed; and in thy prayers remember In them a wilder nature, than the business The estate of my poor queen. Leave me alone; That seeks despatch by day.
For I must think of that, which company Lov.
My lord, I love you; Would not be friendly to. And durst commend a secret to your ear
I wish your highness Much weightier than the work. The queen's A quiet night, and my good mistress will in labour,
Remember in my prayers. They say, in great extremity; and feard, K. Hen.
Charles, good night.She'll with the labour end.
[Exit SUFFOLK. Gar. The fruit, she goes with,
Enter SIR ANTONY DENNY. I pray for heartily; that it may find
Well, Sir, what follows?
[bishop, Good time, and live; but for the stock, Sir Den. Sir, I have brought my lord the archI wish it grubb'd up now.
[Thomas, As you commanded me. Lov.
Methinks, I could
Ha! Canterbury ?
Den. He attends your highness' pleasure. Gar.
But, sir, sir,
Bring him to us. Hear me, Sir Thomas : You are a gentleman
[Erit DEXXY, Of mine own way; I know you wise, religious, Lov. This is about that which the bishop spake: And, let me tell you, it will ne'er be well, I am happily come hither.
[Aside. 'Twill not, Sir Thomas Lovell, take't of me,
Re-enter DENNY, with CRANMER. Till Cranmer,,Cromwell, her two hands, and she, K. Hen.
Avoid the gallery. Sleep in their graves.
[LOVELL seems to stay. Lov.
Now, sir, you speak of two, Ha!-I have said.-Be gone. The most remark'd i' the Kingdom. As for What!-- [Eccunt LOVELL and Dexxy. Cromwell,
Cran. I am fearful :-Wberefore frowns he Beside thatof the jewel-house, he's made master thus? O'the rolls, and the king's secretary: further, sir, 'Tis his aspect of terror. All's not well. Stands in the gap and trade of more preferments, K. Hen. "How now, my lord? You do desire With which the time will load him: The arch- Wherefore I sent for you.
It is my duty
'Pray you, arise,
My good and gracious lord of Canterbury, None better in my kingdom.-Get you gone,
He has strangled
His language in his tears. Ah, my good lord, I grieve at what I speak,
Enter an old Lady. And am right sorry to repeat what follows:
Gent. (Within.] Come back; What mean you ? I have, and most unwillingly, of late
Lady. I'll not come back : the tidings that I Heard many grievous, I do say, my lord,
angels Grievous complaints of you : which, being con- Will make my boldness, manners.- Now, good sider'd,
Fly o’er thy royal head, and shade thy person Have mov'd us and our council, that you shall Under their blessed wings ! This morning come before us; where I know,
Now, by thy looks You cannot with such freedom purge yourself, I guess thy message. Is the queen deliver'd ? But that, till further trial, in those charges
Say, ay; and of a boy. Which will require your answer, you must take
Ay, ay, my liege; Your patience to you, and be well contented
And of a lovely boy: The God of heaven To make your house our Tower: You a brother Both now and ever bless her!-'tis a girl,
Promises boys hereafter. Sir, your queen It fits we thus proceed, or else no witness
Desires your visitation, and to be Would come against you.
Acquainted with this stranger; 'tis as like you Oran. i humbly thank your highness: As cherry is to cherry. And am right glad to catch this good occasion
Lovell, Most thoroughly to be winnow'd, where my chaff
Enter LOVELL. And corn shall fly asunder: for, I know,
Sir, There's none stands under more calumnious
K. Hen. Give her an hundred marks. I'll to Than I myself, poor man.
(Exit King. K. Hen. Stand up, good Canterbury;
Lady. An hundred marks! By this light I'll Thy truth, and thy integrity, is rooted
have more. In us, thy friend : Give me thy hand, stand up;
An ordinary groom is for such payment. Prythee, let's walk. Now, by my holy dame,
I will have more, or scold it out of him. What manner of man are you? My lord, I look'd Said I for this, the girl is like to him? You would have given me your petition, that I will have more, or else unsay't: and now, I should have ta'en some pains to bring together while it is hot, I'll put it to the issue. (Exeunt. Yourself and your accusers; and to have heard Without indurance, further.
[you SCENE II. Lobby before the Council Chamber. Cran.
Most dread liege,
Enter CRANMER; Servants, Doorkeeper, dc. The good I stand on is my truth, and honesty;
atlending. If they shall fail, I, with mine enemies,
Cran. I hope, I am not too late ; and yet the Will triumph o'er my person; which I weigh not,
gentleman, Being of those virtues vacant. I fear nothing That was sent to me from the council, pray'd me What can be said against me.
To make great haste. All fast? what means K. Hen. Know you not how
this ?-Hoa! Your state stands i' the world, with the whole who waits there ?-Sure, you know me? world? [practices D. Keep.
Yes, my lord; Your enemi are many, and not small; their But yet I cannot help you. Must bear the same proportion: and not ever
Why? [call'd for. The justice and the truth o'the question carries
D. Keep. Your grace must wait till you be The due o' the verdict with it: At what ease
Enter Doctor BUTTS. Might corrupt minds procure knaves as corrupt
So. To swear against you such things have been done.
Butts. This is a piece of malice. I am glad, You are potently opposed ; and with a malice
I came this way so happily. The king
Shall understand it presently. (Exit BUTTS.
'Tis Butts, I mean, in prejur'd witness, than your master, Whose minister you are, whiles here he liv'd
The kings physician; As he past along Upon this naughty earth? Go to, go to;
How earnestly he cast his eyes upon me! You take a precipice for no leap of danger,
Pray heaven, he sound not my disgrace! For And woo your own destruction.
God, and your majesty, This is of purpose lay'd by some that hate me Protect mine innocence, or I fall into
(God turn their hearts; I never sought their The trap is laid for me!
malice), K. Hen. Be of good cheer;
To quench mine honour: they would shame to
make me They shall no more prevail,than we give way to. Keep comfort to you; and this morning see
Wait else at door; a fellow counsellor, You do appear before them; if they shall chance, Among boys, grooms, and lackeys. But their In charging you with matters, to commit you, Must be fulfilled, and I attend with patience.
pleasures The best persuasions to the contrary Fail not to use, and with what vehemency Enter, at a Window above, the King and BUTTS. The occasion shall instruct you : if entreaties Bulls. I'll show your grace the strangest Will render you no remedy, this ring
sight, Deliver them, and your appeal to us (weeps! K. Hon.
What's that, Butts ? There make before them.--Look, the good man Butts. I think, your highness saw this many a He's honest, on mine honour. God's blest mo K. Hen. Body o'me, where is it? [day. ther!
There, my lord : I swear, he is true hearted; and a soul The high promotion of his grace of Canterbury;
Who holds his state at door,'mongst pursuivants, Both in his private conscience, and his place, Pages, and footboys.
Defacers of a public peace, than I do. K. Hen.
Ha! 'Tis he, indeed; 'Pray heaven, the king may never find a heart Is this the honour they do one another? With less allegiance in it! Men, that make 'Tis well, there's one above them yet. I had Envy and crooked malice, nourishment, thought
Dare bite the best. I do beseech your lordships, They had parted so much honesty among them That in this case of justice, my accusers, (At least, good manners) as not thus to suffer Be what they will, may stand forth face to face, A man of his place, and so near our favour, And freely urge against me. To dance attendance on their lordships' plea Suff.
Nay, my lord, sures,
That cannot be; you are a counsellor, And at the door too, like a post with packets. And, by that virtue, no man dare accuse you. By holy Mary, Putts, there's knavery :
Gar. My lord, because we have business of Let them alone, and draw the curtain close;
(pleasure, We shall hear more anon.
[Exeunt. We will be short with you. 'Tis his highness'
And our consent, for better trial of you,
From hence you be committed to the Tower; Enter the Lord Chancellor, the DUKE OF SUFFOLK, Where, being but a private man again,
EARL OF SURREY, Lord Chamberlain, GARDI- You shall know many dare accuse you boldly, NER, and CROMWELL. The Chancellor places More than, I fear, you are provided for. [you, himself at the upper end of the table on the left
Cran. Ah, my good lord of Winchester, I thank hand ; a seat being left void above him, as for the You are always my good friend; if you will pass; ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY. The rest seat I shall both find your lordship judge and juror, themselves in order on each side. CROMWELL at You are so merciful: I see your end, the lower end, as Secretary.
'Tis my undoing: Love, and meekness, lord, Chan. Speak to the business, master secretary: Become a churchman better than ambition; Why are we met in council ?'
Win straying souls with modesty again, Crom.
Please your honours, Cast none away. That I shall clear myself, Thechiefcause concerns his graceof Canterbury. Lay all the weight ye can upon my patience, Gar. Has he had knowledge of it?
I niake as little doubt, as you do conscience, Crom. Yes.
In doing daily wrongs. I could say more, Nor.
Who waits there? But reverence to your calling makes me modest. D. Keep. Without, my noble lords?
Gar. My lord, my lord, you are a sectary, Gar.
That's the plain truth; your painted gloss disD. Keep: My lord archbishop; covers,
(ness. And has done half an hour, to know your plea- To men that understand you, words and weakChan. Let him come in.
(sures. Crom. My lord of Winchester, you are a little, Your grace may enter now. By your good favour, too sharp; men so noble, (CRANMER opproaches the Council-table. However faulty, yet should find respect Chan. My good lord archbishop, I am very For what they have been: 'tis a cruelty, To sit here at this present, and behold (sorry To load a falling man. That chair stand empty : But we all are men, Gar.
Good master secretary, In our own natures frail, and capable
I cry your honour mercy; you may, worst Ofour flesh, few are angels: out of which frailty, Of all this table, say so. And want of wisdom, you, that best should Crom.
Why, my lord ? teach us,
Gar. Do not I know you for a favourer Have misdemean'd yourself, and not a little, Of this new sect? ye are not sound. Toward the king first, then his laws, in filling Crom.
Not sound ? The whole realm, by your teaching, and your Gar. Not sound, I say. chaplains
Crom. 'Would you were half so honest; (For so we are inform’d), with new opinions, Men's prayers then would seek you, not their Divers, and dangerous; which are heresies,
fears. And, not reform'd, may prove pernicious. Gar. I shall remember this bold language Gar. Which reformation must be sudden too, Crom.
Do. My noble lords: for those that tame wild horses, Remember your bold life too. Pace them not in their hands to make them Chan,
This is too much; gentle;
[spur them, Forbear, for shame, my lords. But stop their mouths with stubborn bits, and Gar.
I have done. Till they obey the manage. If we suffer
And I. (Out of our easiness, and childish pity
Chan. Then thus for you, my lord-It stands To one man's honour) this contagious sickness, agreed, Farewell, all physick : And what follows then? I take it, by all voices, that forthwith Commotions, uproars, with a general taint You be convey'd to the Tower a prisoner; Of the whole state: as of late days our neigh- There to remain, till the king's further pleasure bours,
Be known unto us: are you all agreed, lords ? The upper Germany, can dearly witness,
AU, We are, Yet freshly pitied in our memories. Igress Cran. Is there no other way of mercy,
Cran. My good lords, hitherto, in all the pro- But I must needs to the Tower, my lords? Both of my life and office, I have labourd, Gar.
What other And with no little study, that my teaching, Would you expect? You are strangely troubleAnd the strong course of my authority, Let some of the guard be ready there. (some! Might go one way, and safely; and the end
Enter Guard Was ever, to do well: nor is there living Cran,
For me? (I speak it with a single heart, my lords) Must I go like a traitor thither? A man, that more detests more stirs against, Gar.