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KING Henry the Eight.
Cardinal Wolsey, his first Minister and Favourite.
Cranmer. Archbishop of Canterbury.
Duke of Norfolk.
Duke of Buckingham.
Duke of Suffolk,
Earl of Surrey:
Cardinal Campeius, the Pope's Legat.
Capucius, Ambasador from the Emperor Charles the
Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester,
Sir Henry Guildford.
Sir Thomas Lovell,
Sir Anthony Denny,
Sir Nicholas Vaux,
Cromwell, first servant to Wolsey, afterwards to the
Griffith, Gentleman-Usher to Queen Katharine.,
Dr. Burts, physician to the King.
Surveyor to the Duke of Buckingham.
Porter and his Man.
Queen Katharine, first wife“ to King Henry, afterwards
Anne Bullen, belould by the King, and afterwards mar-
ried to him.
An eld Lady, Friend to Anne Bullen.
Patience, Woman of the Bed-Chamber to Queen Katha-
rine. Several Lords and Ladies in the dumb Shews. Women attending upon the Queen. Spirits which appear to her. Scribes, Officers, Guards, and other
The SCENE lies mostly in LONDON.
Enter the Duke of Norfolk at one door : at the other the
Duke of Buckingham, and the Lord Abergavenny.
OOD morrow, and well met. How
have you done
Since last we saw y’in France ?
Nor. I thank your Grace :
Healthful, and ever since a fresh admirer
Of what I saw there.
Buck. An untimely ague
Stay'd me a pris'ner in my chamber, when
Those * suns of glory, those two lights of men
Met in the yale of Arde.
Nor. 'Twixt Guynes and Arde :
I was then present, saw 'em salute on horse-back,
Beheld 'em when they lighted, how they clung
In their embracement, as they grew together;
Which had they, what four chron'd ones could have
Such a compounded one?
Buck. All the whole time
I was my chamber's prisoner.
The view of earthly glory : men might say
'Till this time pomp was single, but now marry'd
To one above it self. Each following day
Became the next day's master, 'till the last
Made former wonders, its. 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,
Shew'd like a mine. Their dwarfish pages were
As Cherubins, all gilt; the Madams too,
Not us’d to toil, did almost sweat to bear
The pride upon them, that their very labour
Was to them as a painting. Now this mask
Was cry'd incomparable and th'ensuing night
Made it a fool and beggar. The two Kings
Equal in lustre, were now beft, now worst,
As presence did present them ; him in eye,
Still' him in praise; and being present both,
'Twas said they saw but one, and no discerner
tongue in censure. When these suns, (For they phrase 'em) by their heralds, challeng'd The noble spirits to arms, they did perform Beyond thought's compass, that old fabulous story (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.
Buck. All was royal ;
To the disposing of 'it nought rebellid,
Order gave each ching view. The office did
Distin&tly his full function. Who did guide,
I mean, who set the body and the limbs
The old romantic legend of Bevis of Southampton.
Of this great sport together, as you guess ?
Nor. One sure, that promises no
* element In such a business.
Buck. Pray you, who, my lord ?'
Nor. All this was order'd by the good discretion Of the right rev'rend Cardinal of York.
Buck. The devil speed him: no man's pye is freed From his ambitious finger. What had he To do in these fierce vanities? I wonder That such a + ketch can with his very bulk Take
the rays o'th' beneficial fun, And keep it from the earth.
Nor. Yet surely, Sir,
There's in him ftuff that puts him to these ends :
For being not propt by ancestry, whose grace
Chalks successors their way; nor call’d upon
For high feats done to th' crown; neither ally'd
To eminent afliftants ; but spider-like,
Out of his self-drawn web; this gives us note,
The force of his own merit makes his way,
A gift that heaven gives for him, which buys
A place next to the King.
Aber. I cannot tell
What heav'n hath giv'n him'; let some graver eye
Pierce into that: but I can see his pride
Peep through each part of him; whence has he that,
If not from hell, the deyil is a niggard,
Or has giv'n all before, and he begins
A new hell in himself.
Buck. Why the devil,
Upon this French going out, took he upon him,
Without the privity o'th'King, t'appoint
Who should attend him ? he makes up the file
Of all the gentry; for the most part such
To whom as great a charge as little honour
He meant to lay upon : And his own letter
(The honourable board of council out)
Muft no rudiment or beginning.
ketch, from the Italian Caicchio, fignifyng a Tab, Barrel, or Hogshead. Skinner,
Muft fetci in him he *
Aber. I do know
Kinsmen of mine, three at the least, that have
By this so sicken’d their estates, that never
They shall abound as formerly.
Buck. O many
Have broke their backs with laying mannors on 'em
For this great journey. What did this great vanity,
But minister communication of
A most poor issue ?
Nor. Grievingly, I think,
The peace between the French and us, not values
The cost that did conclude it.
Buck. Every Man,
After the hideous storm that follow'd, was
A thing inspir'd; and not consulting, broke
Into a general prophesie; that this tempest,
Dashing the garment of this peace, aboaded
The sudden breach on't.
Nor. Which is budded out :
For France hath flaw'd the league, and hath aftash'd
Our merchants goods at Bourdeaux..
Aber. Is it therefore Th'ambassador is silenc'd ?
Nor. Marry is't.
Aber. A proper title of a peace, and purchas'd, At a superfluous rate!
Buck. Why, all this business
Our rev'rend Cardinal carry'd.
Nor. Like it your Grace,
The state takes notice of the private difference
Betwixt you and the Cardinal. I advise you
(And take it from a heart that wishes you
Honour and plenteous safety) that you read
The Cardinal's malice and his potency
Together : to consider further, that
What * he papers, a verb ; His own letter, By his own single authogity, and without the concurrence of the Council, must fetch in Him whom he papers, dawn, I don't understand it, unless this be the meaning