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Saint Lawrence Poultney, did of me demand
Tome,should utter) with demure confidence [heirs,
Queen. If I know you well,
You were the duke's surveyor, and lost your
King. Let him on:
Sure. On my soul, I'll speak but truth.
I told my lord the duke, By the devil's illusions The monk might be deceiv'd; and that 'twas dang'rous for him
To ruminate on this so far, until
It forg'd him some design, which, being believ'd,
King. Ha! what, so rank1? Ah, ha! [further?
Sure. I can, my liege.
Surt. Being at Greenwich,
King. A giant traitor!
Wol. Now, madam, may his highness live in
King. There's something more would out of
-Canst thou say 40
After your highness had reprov'd the duke
King. I remember
Of such a time:-Being my sworn servant,
Sure. If, quoth he, I for this had been committed,
The usurper Richard: who, being at Salisbury,
hear of none, but the new proclamation
(For so run the conditions) leave these remnants |55|Of fool, and feather', that they got in France,
Rank weeds are weeds that are grown up to great height and strength. What, says the king, was he advanced to this pitch? Mysteries were allegorical shews, which the mummers of those times exhibited in odd and fantastic habits. Mysteries are used, by an easy figure, for those that exhibited mysteries; and the sense is only, that the travelled Englishmen were metamorphosed, by foreign fashions, into such an uncouth appearance, that they looked like mummers in a mystery. 3A fit of the face seems to be what we now term a grimace, an artificial cast of the countenance. • The stringhalt, or springhalt, is a disease incident to horses, which gives them a convulsive motion in their paces. This does not allude to the feathers anciently worn in the hats and caps of our countrymen fa circumstance to which no ridicule could justly belong), but to an effeminate fashion of young genNemen carrying fans of feathers in their hands. With
With all their honourable points of ignorance
Cham. What a loss our ladies
Lov. Ay, marry,
Salutes you all: This night he dedicates
The very thought of this fair company
Cham. You are young, Sir Harry Guilford. Sands. Sir Thomas Lovel, had the cardinal But half my lay-thoughts in him, some of these Should find a running banquet ere they rested, [sons 15 I think, would better please 'em: By my life, They are a sweet society of fair ones.
There will be woe indeed, lords: the sly whore-
A long time out of play, may bring his plain song,
Cham. Well said, lord Sands;
Nor shall not, while I have a stump.
Cham. Sir Thomas,
Whither were you a-going?
Loc. To the cardinal's;
Your lordship is a guest too.
This night he makes a supper, and a great one,
Lov. That churchman bears a bounteous mind
A hand as fruitful as the land that feeds us;
Cham. No doubt, he's noble;
He had a black mouth, that said other of him.
Lov. O, that your lordship were but now con To one or two of these!
Sands. I would, I were;
They should find easy penance.
Lov. 'Faith, how easy?
Sands. As easy as a down-bed would afford it
25 Place you that side, I'll take the charge of this:
Sands. By my faith,
And thank your lordship.-By your leave, swee
If I chance to talk a little wild, forgive me;
Anne. Was he mad, sir?
Sands. O, very mad, exceeding mad, in love
40 Cham. Well said, my lord.
So, now you are fairly seated:--Gentlemen,
Sands. For my little cure,
Sparing would shew a worse sin than ill doctrine: 45 Let me alone.
Men of his way should be most liberal,
They are set here for examples.
Cham. True, they are so;
But few now give so great ones. My barge stays;
Your lordship shall along:
-Come, good Sir50
We shall be late else; which I would not be,
Sands. I am your lordship's.
Hautboys. Enter Cardinal Wolsey, and takes his
Wol. You are welcome, my fair guests; that noble lady,
Or gentleman, that is not freely merry,
Is not my friend: This, to confirm my welcome;
is noble :
[Exeunt. 55 And save me so much talking.
Changes to York-Place. Hautboys. A small table under a state for the Cardinal, a longer table for the guests. Then enter Anne Bullen, and divers other Ladies and Gen-60 tlewomen, as guests, at one door; at another door, enter Sir Henry Guilford
Wol. My lord Sands,
I am beholden to you:-cheer your neighbours:
Sands. The red wine first must rise
Wol. What warlike voice?
Cham. How now? what is't?
Serv. A noble troop of strangers;
For so they seem: they have let their barge, and
And hither make, as great ambassadors
Wol. Good lord chamberlain,
Go, give'em welcome, you can speak the French
And, pray, receive 'em nobly, and conduct 'em
To tell your grace;-That, having heard by fame
This night to meet here, they could do no less,
Cham. I will, my lord.
[Cham, goes to the company, and returns. Wol. What say they?
Cham. Such a one, they all confess,
Wol. I am glad,
Your grace is grown so pleasant.
King. My lord chamberlain,
Pr'ythee, come hither: What fair lady's that? Cham. An't please your grace, Sir Thomas Bullen's daughter,
Theviscount Rochford, oneof herhighness'women. King. By heaven, she is a dainty one.-Sweet heart,
I were unmannerly, to take you out,
[To Anne Bullen. And not to kiss you'.—A health, gentlemen, Let it go round.
Wol. Sir Thomas Lovel, is the banquet ready I' the privy chamber?
Lov. Yes, my lord.
Wol. Your grace,
fear, with dancing is a little heated,
King. I fear, too much.
Wol. There's fresher air, my lord,
In the next chamber.
King. Lead in your ladies, every one.-Sweet
1i. e. if I make my party. A chamber is a gun (used only on occasions of rejoicing) which stands erect on its breech, and so contrived as to carry great charges, and thereby to make a noise more than proportioned to its bulk. They are called chambers, because they are mere chambers to lodge powder; a chamber being the technical term for that cavity in a piece of ordnance which contains the combustibles. Chambers are still fired in the Park, and at the places opposite to the Parliament-house, when the king goes thither. 3 i. e. take the chief place. i. e. unluckily, mischievously. kiss was anciently the established fee of a lady's partner.
Enter two Gentlemen at several doors.
3 Gent. WHITHER away so fast?
2 Gent. O,-God save you !
Even to the hall, to hear what shall become
Of the great duke of Buckingham.
1 Gent. I'll save you
Then deputy of Ireland; who remov'd,
2 Gent. That trick of state
5 Was a deep envious one.
1 Gent. At his return,
No doubt, he will requite it. This is noted,
That labour,sir. All's now done, but the ceremony 10 And far enough from court too,
Of bringing back the prisoner.
2 Gent. Were you there?
1 Gent. Yes, indeed, was I.
2 Gent. Pray, speak, what has happen'd?
1 Gent. You may guess quickly what.
2 Gent. Is he found guilty?
1 Gent. Yes,truly, is he, and condemn'd upon it. 2 Gent. I am sorry for't.
1 Gent. So are a number more.
2 Gent. But, pray, how pass'd it?
1 Gent. I'll tell you in a little. The great duke
2 Gent. All the commons
Hate him perniciously, and, o' my conscience Wish him ten fathom deep: this duke as mu They love and doat on; call him, bounteous Bud 15 The mirrour of all courtesy ;— [ingha
1 Gent. Stay there, sir,
And see the noble ruin'd man you speak of. Enter Buckingham from his arraignment, (T staves before him, the axe with the edge towa him; halberds on each side,) accompanied w Sir Thomas Lovel, Sir Nicholas Vaux, Sir W liam Sands, and common people, &e.
2 Gent. Let's stand close, and behold him.
25 You that thus far have come to pity me,
Sir Gilbert Peck his chancellor; and John Court, 30 And, if I have a conscience, let it sink me,
Hopkins, that made this mischief.
2 Gent. That was he,
That fed him with his prophecies?
1 Gent. The same.
All these accus'd him strongly; which he fain
2 Gent. After all this, how did he bear himself?
His knell rung out, his judgement,—he was stirr'd
1 Gent. Sure, he does not,
He never was so womanish; the cause
He may a little grieve at.
2 Gent. Certainly,
The cardinal is the end of this.
1 Gent. 'Tis likely,
By all conjectures: First, Kildare's attainder,
Even as the axe falls, if I be not faithful!
Be what they will, I heartily forgive 'em:
And dare be bold to weep for Buckingham,
Lov. I do beseech your grace, for charity,
And, if he speak of Buckingham, pray, tell him,
Vaux. Prepare there,
The duke is coming; see, the barge be ready;
Buck. Nay, Si Nicholas,
Let it alone; my state now will but mock me.
Yet I am richer than my base accusers,
My noble father, Henry of Buckingham,
2 Gent. If the duke be guiltle Tis full of woe: yet I can give Of an ensuing evil, if it fall, Greater than this.
1 Gent. Good angels keep it fr What may it be? You do not do 2 Gent. This secret is so weigh A strong faith to conceal it. 1 Gent. Let me have it; I do not talk much.
2 Gent. I am confident; 15 You shall, sir: Did you not of 1 A buzzing, of a separation Between the king and Katharine
A most unnatural and faithless service!
1 Gent. Yes, but it held not: For when the king once heard it, 20 He sent command to the lord m To stop the rumour, and allay th That durst disperse it.
2 Gent. But that slander, sir, Is found a truth now: for it grow 25 Fresher than e'er it was; and hel The king will venture at it. Eith Or some about him near, have, o To the good queen, possess'd hin That will undo her: To confirm 30 Cardinal Campeius is arriv'd, an As all think, for this business.
1 Gent. "Tis the cardinal; And merely to revenge him on th For not bestowing on him, at his 35 The archbishoprick of Toledo, th 2 Gent. I think, you have hit the not cruel,
That she should feel the smart of
40 Will have his will, and she must f
An Antichamber in the P Enter the Lord Chamberlain, rea My lord, the horses your lordshi furnished. They were young, and all the care I had, I saw well chose of the best breed in the north. When to set out for London, a man of my by commission, and main power, too 55a subject, if not before the king: wh with this reason,-His masterwould mouths, sir.
I fear, he will, indeed: Well, let hi
Enter the Dukes of Norfolk an
! Meaning, that envy should not procure or advance his death.
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