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His knell rung out, his judgment, he was stirr'd
With such an agony, he sweat extremely,
And something spoke in choler, ill, and hasty :
But he fell to himself again, and sweetly
In all the rest show'd a most noble patience.
2 Gent. I do not think he fears death.
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, 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

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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,
Even as the axe falls, if I be not faithful!
The law I bear no malice for my death,
It has done, upon the premises, but justice:
But those that sought it I could wish more

Be what they will, I heartily forgive them:
Yet let them look they glory not in mischief,
Nor build their evils on the graves of great


For then my guiltless blood must cry against them.

For further life in this world I ne'er hope,
Nor will I sue, although the king have mercies
More than I dare make faults. You few that
lov'd me,

And dare be bold to weep for Buckingham,
His noble friends, and fellows, whom to leave
Is only bitter to him, only dying,

Go with me, like good angels, to my end;
And, as the long divorce of steel falls on me,
Make of your prayers one sweet sacrifice,
And lift my soul to heaven.-Lead on, o' God's

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Longer than I have time to tell his years!
Ever belov'd, and loving, may his rule be!
And, when old time shall lead him to his end,
Goodness and he fill up one monument!

Lov. To the water side I must conduct your
Then give my charge up to sir Nicholas Vaux,
Who undertakes you to your end.

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,
Who first rais'd head against usurping Richard,
Flying for succour to his servant Banister,
Being distress'd, was by that wretch betray'd,
And without trial fell; God's peace be with

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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.

2 Gent.

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
To the good queen, possess'd him with a scruple
That will undo her: To confirm this too,
Cardinal Campeius is arriv'd, and lately;
As all think, for this business.
1 Gent.
'Tis the cardinal;
And merely to revenge him on the emperor,
For not bestowing on him, at his asking,
The archbishopric of Toledo, this is purpos'd.

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.

1 Gent.

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.'

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He dives into the king's soul; and there scatters
Dangers, doubts, wringing of the conscience,
Fears, and despairs, and all these for his
marriage :

And out of all these to restore the king,
He counsels a divorce: a loss of her
That, like a jewel, has hung twenty years
About his neck, yet never lost her lustre :
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


a Good-"my good lord chamberlain "- was here thrust into the text.

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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
To know your royal pleasure.

K. Hen.

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,

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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

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How! of me?
Cam. They will not stick to say you envied

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