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His knell rung out, his judgment, he was stirr'd
Certainly The cardinal is the end of this. 1 Gent.
'Tis likely, By all conjectures: First, Kildare's attainder, Then deputy of Ireland; who remov❜d, Earl Surrey was sent thither, and in haste too, Lest he should help his father. 2 Gent.
That trick of state
2 Gent. Let's stand close, and behold him. Buck. All good people, You that thus far have come to pity me, Hear what I say, and then go home and lose
I have this day receiv'd a traitor's judgment, And by that name must die: Yet, heaven bear witness,
And if I have a conscience let it sink me,
Be what they will, I heartily forgive them:
For then my guiltless blood must cry against them.
For further life in this world I ne'er hope,
And dare be bold to weep for Buckingham,
Go with me, like good angels, to my end;
Longer than I have time to tell his years!
Lov. To the water side I must conduct your
Vaux. Prepare there, The duke is coming; see the barge be ready; And fit it with such furniture as suits
The greatness of his person.
Nay, sir Nicholas, Let it alone; my state now will but mock me. When I came hither I was lord high constable, And duke of Buckingham; now, poor Edward Bohun:
Yet I am richer than my base accusers, That never knew what truth meant: I now seal it;
And with that blood will make them one day groan for 't.
My noble father, Henry of Buckingham,
1 Gent. Yes, but it held not: For when the king once heard it, out of anger He sent command to the lord mayor, straight To stop the rumour, and allay those tongues That durst disperse it.
But that slander, sir, Is found a truth now: for it grows again Fresher than e'er it was; and held for certain The king will venture at it. Either the car
Or some about him near, have, out of malice
2 Gent. I think you have hit the mark: But is 't not cruel
That she should feel the smart of this? The cardinal Will have his will, and she must fall. 'Tis woeful.
a What may it be. Some modern editors read, "where may it be?"
We are too open here to argue Let's think in private more.
SCENE II.-An Antechamber in the Palace. Enter the Lord Chamberlain, reading a letter.
'My Lord,-The horses your lordship sent for, with all the care I had I saw well chosen, ridden, and furnished. They were young and handsome; and of the best breed in the north. When they were ready to set out for London, a man of my lol cardinal's, by commission and main power, took 'em from me; with this reason,-His master would be served before a subject, if not before the king; which stopped our mouths, sir.'
He dives into the king's soul; and there scatters
And out of all these to restore the king,
a Good-"my good lord chamberlain "- was here thrust into the text.
I knew him, and I know him; so I leave him To him that made him proud, the pope.
Nor. Let's in; And, with some other business, put the king From these sad thoughts, that work too much upon him:
My lord, you'll bear us company ?
Cham. Excuse me ; The king hath sent me other-where: besides, You'll a most unfit to disturb him: Health to your lordships.
Nor. Thanks, my good lord chamberlain. [Exit Lord Chamberlain. NORFOLK opens a folding-door. The KING is discovered sitting, and reading pensively.
Suf. How sad he looks! sure, he is much afflicted.
K. Hen. Who is there ? ha ?
Nor. 'Pray God he be not angry. K. Hen. Who's there, I say? How dare you thrust yourselves Into my private meditations? Who am I? ha ?
Nor. A gracious king, that pardons all offences
a In the same way, like was changed into in-"in one lump.'
b The old stage-direction is, "The king draws the curtain, and sits reading pensively."
Malice ne'er meant: our breach of duty, this
Is business of estate; in which, we come
You are too bold; Go to; I'll make ye know your times of business:
Is this an hour for temporal affairs? ha?
This just and learned priest, cardinal Campeius; Whom, once more, I present unto your high
K. Hen. And, once more, in mine arms I bid him welcome,
a Such is the punctuation of the folio. It is ordinarily printed, "I'll venture one have-at-him. Have at you, as Douce properly says, is a common phrase; and it is used in two other passages of this play. But in following the old punctuation it is not less a common phrase. It appears to us that Norfolk means by "I'll venture one"-I'll risk myself; and that Suffolk is ready to encounter the same danger "I another." Steevens reads, "I'll venture one heare at him "-a metaphor of the wharfs.
b By a great freedom of construction the verb sent applies to this first member of the sentence, as well as to the second. Mr. White prints "Gave their free voices."
And thank the holy conclave for their loves; They have sent me such a man I would have wish'd for.
Cam. Your grace must needs deserve all strangers' loves,
You are so noble: To your highness' hand I tender my commission; by whose virtue, (The court of Rome commanding,) you, my lord
Cardinal of York, are join'd with me their servant,
In the unpartial judging of this business.
K. Hen. Two equal men. The queen shall be acquainted,
Forthwith, for what you come :-Where's Gardiner ?
Wol. I know your majesty has always lov'd her