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Pierce into that; but I can see his pride
Peep through each part of him : whence has he that?
If not from hell, the devil is a niggard ;
Or has given 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’ the king) t appoint
Who should attend on him ? He makes up the file
Of all the gentry; for the most part such
Too, whom as great a charge as little honour
He meant to lay upon : and his own letter,
The honourable board of council out,
Must fetch him in the papers.
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.
Have broke their backs, with laying manors on them
For this great journey. What did this vanity,
But minister the consummation” 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 prophecy,—that this tempest,
Dashing the garment of this peace,

aboded The sudden breach on 't. Nor.

Which is budded out;
For France hath flaw'd the league, and hath attach'd
Our merchants' goods at Bordeaux.
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 reverend cardinal carried.

1 To:in folio ; which Knight retains. ? minister communication :

in f. e.

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 towards you Honour and plenteous safety) that you read The cardinal's malice and his potency Together : to consider farther, that What his high hatred would effect wants not A minister in his power. You know his nature, That he's revengeful; and, I know, his sword Hath a sharp edge : it's long, and ’t may be said, It reaches far; and where 't will not extend, Thither he darts it. Bosom up my counsel; You 'll find it wholesome. Lo ! where comes that rock, That I advise your shunning. Enter Cardinal Wolsey (the Purse borne before him),

certain of the Guard, and two Secretaries with Papers. "The Cardinal in his passage fixeth his eye on BUCKINGHAM, and BUCKINGHAM on him, both full of disdain.

Wol. The duke of Buckingham's surveyor ? ha !
Where's his examination ?
1 Secr.

Here, so please you.
Wol. Is he in person ready ?
1 Secr.

Ay, please your grace.
Wol. Well, we shall then know more ; and Buck-

ingham Shall lessen this big look. [Eceunt Wolsey, and Train.

Buck. This butcher's cur is venom-mouth'd, and I
Have not the power to muzzle him; therefore, best
Not wake him in his slumber. A beggar's brood
Out-worths a noble's blood.
Nor.

What, are you chaf'd ?
Ask God for temperance; that's th' appliance only,
Which your disease requires.
Buck.

I read in 's looks
Matter against me; and his eye revil'd
Me, as his abject object : at this instant
He bores me with some trick. He's gone t'the king:
I'll follow, and out-stare him.
Nor.

Stay, my lord, And let your reason with your choler question What 't is you go about. To climb steep hills,

1 book : in f. e.

Requires slow pace at first : anger is like
A full-hot horse, who being allow'd 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 honour quite cry down
This Ipswich fellow's insolence, or proclaim
There's difference in no persons.
Nor.

Be advis’d;
Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot
That it do singe yourself : we may outrun
By violent swiftness that which we run at,
And lose by over-running. Know you not,
The fire that mounts the liquor till 't run o'er,
In seeming to augment it wastes it? Be advis'd :
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. Buck. To the king I'll say 't, 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 't, 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, th’ interview
That swallow'd so much treasure, and like a glass
Did break i’ the rinsing.
Nor.

Faith, and so it did.
Buck. Pray, give me favour, sir. This cunning

cardinal

The articles o the combination drew,
As himself pleas'd ; and they were ratified,
As he cried, “ Thus let be," to as much end,
As give a crutch t the dead. But our count-cardinal
Has done this, and 't is 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 't was, indeed, his colour, 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,
Peep'd harms that menac'd him. He privily
Deals with our cardinal, and, as I trow,
Which I do well; for, I am sure, the emperor
Paid ere he promis’d, whereby his suit was granted,
Ere it was ask'd: but when the way was made,
And pav'd with gold, the emperor thus desir'd :-
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
Does buy and sell his honour as he pleases,
And for his own advantage.
Nor.

I am sorry
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.
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 fall'n upon me : I shall perish
Under device and practice.
Bran.

I am sorry
To see you ta'en from liberty, to look on

The business present. 'T is his highness' pleasure,
You shall to the Tower.
Buck.

It will help me nothing
To plead mine innocence; for that die is on me,
Which makes my whit'st part black. The will of

heaven Be done in this and all things.- I obey.0! my lord Abergan’y, fare you well. Bran. Nay, he must bear you company.—The king

(TO ABERGAVENNY. Is pleas'd you shall to the Tower, till you know How he determines farther. Aber.

As the duke said,
The will of heaven be done, and the king's pleasure
By me obey'd.

Bran. Here is a warrant from
The king t attach lord Montacute; and the bodies
Of the duke's confessor, John de la Car,
And Gilbert Peck, his chancellor,-
Buck.

So, so;
These are the limbs o' the plot.—No more, I hope.

Bran. A monk o' the Chartreux.
Buck.

0! Nicholas Hopkins ? Bran.

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

[Exeunt.

SCENE II.-The Council-Chamber. Cornets. Enter King HENRY, leaning on the Cardinal's

shoulder ; Wolsey, the Lords of the Council, Sir Thomas Lovell, Officers, Secretary.

K. Hen. My life itself, and the best heart of it,
Thanks you for this great care. I stood i' the level
Of a full charg'd confederacy, and give thanks
To you that chok'd it.-Let be call'd before us
That gentleman of Buckingham's : in person
I'll hear him his confessions justify,
And point by point the treasons of his master
He shall again relate.

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