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Buck.

I read in his looks
Matter against me; and his eye reviled
Me, as his abject object : at this instant
He bores? me with some trick. He's gone to the king;
I'll follow, and outstare him.
Nor.

Stay, my lord,
And let your reason with your choler question
What 'tis you go about. To climb steep hills,
Requires slow pace at first. Anger is like,
A full-hot horse ; who being allowed his way,
Self-mettle tires him. Not a man in England
Can advise me like you ; be to yourself
As you would to your friend.
Buck.

I'll to the king;
And from a mouth of honor quite cry down
This Ipswich fellow's insolence; or proclaim,
There's difference in no persons.
Nor.

Be advised;
Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot

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That it do singe yourself. We may outrun,
By violent swiftness, that which we run at,
And lose by overrunning. Know you not,
The fire, that mounts the liquor till it run o'er,
In seeming to augment it, wastes it ? Be advised ;
I say again, there is no English soul
More stronger to direct you than yourself;
If with the sap of reason you would quench,
Or but allay, the fire of passion.
Buck.

Sir,
I am thankful to you; and I'll go along
By your prescription. But this top-proud fellow,
Whom from the flow of gall I name not, but
From sincere motions,) by intelligence,
And proofs as clear as founts in July, when
We see each grain of gravel, I do know
To be corrupt and treasonous.
Nor.

Say not, treasonous.

1 i. e. he stabs or wounds me by some artifice or fiction.

Buck. To the king I'll say it; and make my vouch

as strong
As shore of rock. Attend. This holy fox,
Or wolf, or both, (for he is equal ravenous,
As he is subtle; and as prone to mischief,
As able to perform it; his mind and place
Infecting one another, yea, reciprocally,)
Only to show his pomp as well in France
As here at home, suggests the king our master
To this last costly treaty, the interview,
That swallowed so much treasure, and like a glass
Did break i’ the rinsing.
Nor.

Faith, and so it did.
Buck. Pray, give me favor, sir.
.

This cunning cardinal The articles o' the combination drew, As himself pleased ; and they were ratified, As he cried, Thus let be ; to as much end, As give a crutch to the dead. But our count cardinal Has done this, and 'tis well ; for worthy Wolsey, Who cannot err, he did it. Now this follows, (Which, as I take it, is a kind of puppy To the old dam, treason,)—Charles the emperor. Under pretence to see the queen, his aunt, (For 'twas, indeed, his color; but he came To whisper Wolsey,) here makes visitation. His fears were, that the interview, betwixt England and France, might, through their amity, Breed him some prejudice ; for from this league Peeped harms that menaced him. He privily Deals with our cardinal; and, as I trow, Which I do well; for, I am sure, the emperor Paid ere he promised; whereby his suit was granted, Ere it was asked ;—but when the way was made, And paved with gold, the emperor thus desired,

That he would please to alter the king's course, And break the foresaid peace Let the king know, (As soon he shall by me, that thus the cardinal

1 i. e. incites, or tempts.

I am sorry

Does buy and sell his honor as he pleases,
And for his own advantage.

Nor.
To hear this of him; and could wish he were
Something mistaken in't.
Buck.

No, not a syllable;
I do pronounce him in that very shape,
He shall appear in proof.

I am sorry

Enter BRANDON; a Sergeant at Arms before him, and

two or three of the Guard. Bran. Your office, sergeant; execute it. Serg.

Sir,
My lord the duke of Buckingham, and earl
of Hereford, Stafford, and Northampton, I
Arrest thee of high treason, in the name
Of our most sovereign king.
Buck.

Lo

you, my lord, The net has fallen upon me; I shall perish Under device and practice.?

Bran. To see you ta'en from liberty, to look on The business present. 'Tis his highness' pleasure, You shall to the Tower. Buck.

It will help me nothing,
To plead mine innocence; for that dye is on me,
Which makes my whitest part black. The will of

Heaven
Be done in this and all things !--I obey.-
O, my lord Aberga'ny, fare you

well. Bran. Nay, he must bear you company:—The king

[T. ABERGAVENNY. Is pleased, you shall to the Tower, till you know How he determines further. Aber.

As the duke said,

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1 i. e. treachery.

2 I am sorry that I am obliged to be present, and an eye-witness of your loss of liberty.

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The will of Heaven be done, and the king's pleasure
By me obeyed.
Bran.

Here is a warrant from
The king, to attach lord Montacute, and the bodies

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Of the duke's confessor, John de la Car,2
One Gilbert Peck, his chancellor,-

Buck.
These are the limbs of the plot; no more, I hope.

Bran. A monk o' the Chartreux.
Buck.

0, Nicholas Hopkins ? 3 Bran.

He.
Buck. My surveyor is false ; the o'er-great cardinal
Hath showed him gold: my life is spanned already.
I am the shadow of poor Buckingham;
Whose figure even this instant cloud puts out,
By darkening my clear sun.—My lord, farewell.

[Exeunt.

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SCENE II. The Council Chamber.

Cornets. Enter King HENRY, CARDINAL Wolsey,

the Lords of the Council, Sir Thomas Lovell, Officers, and Attendants. The King enters, leaning on the Cardinal's shoulder. K. Hen. My life itself, and the best heart of it, Thanks you for this great care; I stood i' the level 5 Of a full-charged confederacy, and give thanks To you

that choked it.—Let be called before us That gentleman of Buckingham's : in person I'll hear him his confessions justify;

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1 This was Henry Pole, grandson to George duke of Clarence, and eldest brother to cardinal Pole. He had married lord Abergavenny's daughter. Though restored to favor at this juncture, he was executed for another alleged treason in this reign.

2 The name of this monk of the Chartreux was John de la Car, alias, de la Court.

3 Nicholas Hopkins, another monk of the same order, belonging to a religious house called Henton-beside-Bristow.

4 The old copy reads, “this instant sun puts on." 5 To stand in the level of a gun, is to stand in a line with its mouth.

And point by point the treasons of his master
He shall again relate.

The King takes his state. The Lords of the Council take their several places. The Cardinal places him

. self under the King's feet, on his right side. A noise within, crying, Room for the Queen. Enter

the Queen, ushered by the Dukes of Norfolk and SUFFOLK: she kneels. The King riseth from his state, takes her up, kisses, and placeth her by him. Q. Kath. Nay, we must longer kneel; I am a suitor.

K. Hen. Arise, and take place by us.—Half your suit Never name to us; you have half our power. The other moiety, ere you ask, is given; Repeat your will, and take it. Q. Kath.

Thank your majesty. That you would love yourself; and, in that love, Not unconsidered leave your honor, nor The dignity of your office, is the point Of my petition.

K. Hen. Lady mine, proceed.

Q. Kath. I am solicited, not by a few,
And those of true condition, that your subjects
Are in great grievance: there have been commissions
Sent down among them, which hath flawed the heart
Of all their loyalties ;-wherein, although,
My good lord cardinal, they vent reproaches
Most bitterly on you, as putter on
Of these exactions, yet the king our master
(Whose honor Heaven shield from soil !) even he es-
Language unmannerly, yea, such which breaks
The sides of loyalty, and almost appears
In loud rebellion.
Nor.

Not almost appears,
It doth appear; for, upon these taxations,
The clothiers all, not able to maintain
The many to them ’longing, have put off

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capes not

VOL. V.

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