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Of the whole state: as, of late days, our neighbours,
Cran. My good lords, hitherto, in all the progress
I do beseech your lordships,
Nay, my lord,
moment, We will be short with you.
'Tis his highness' pleasure, And our consent, for better trial of you, From hence you be committed to the Tower; Where, being but a private man again, You shall know many dare accuse you boldly, More than, I fear, you are provided for. Cran. Ah, my good lord of Winchester, I thank You are always my good friend; if your
* The upper Germany, &c.] Alluding to the heresy of Thomas Muntzer, which sprung up in Saxony in the years 1521 and 1522.
a single heart,] A heart void of duplicity or guile.
pass, I shall both find your lordship judge and juror, You are so merciful: I see your end, 'Tis my undoing: Love, and meekness, lord, Become a churchman better than ambition; Win straying souls with modesty again, Cast none away. That I shall clear myself, Lay all the weight ye can upon my patience, I make as little doubt, as you do conscience, In doing daily wrongs. I could say more, But reverence to your calling makes me modest.
Gar. My lord, my lord, you are a sectary, That's the plain truth; your painted gloss discovers,' To men that understand you, words and weakness.
Crom. My lord of Winchester, you are a little,
Good master secretary,
you were half so honest! Men's prayers then would seek you, not their fears.
Gar. I shall remember this bold language.
This is too much; Forbear, for shame, my lords. .
your painted gloss, &c.] Those that understand you, under this painted gloss, this fair outside, discover your empty talk and your false reasoning.
I have done. Crom.
And I. Chan. Then thus for you, my lord,— It stands
All. We are.
mercy, But I must needs to the Tower, my lords? Gar.
What other Would you expect? You are strangely troublesome: Let some o'the guard be ready there.
Stay, good my lords,
Cham. This is the king's ring.
"Tis no counterfeit.
This is the king's ring.] It seems to have been a custom, begun probably in the dark ages, before literature was generally diffused, and before the regal power experienced the restraints of law, for every monarch to have a ring, the temporary possession of which invested the holder with the same authority as the owner himself could exercise. The production of it was sufficient to suspend the execution of the law; it procured indemnity for offences committed, and imposed acquiescence and submission on whatever was done under its authority. Instances abound in the history of almost every nation.
Suf. 'Tis the right ring, by heaven: I told ye all, When we first put this dangerous stone a rolling, 'Twould fall upon ourselves. Nor.
Do you think, my lords, The king will suffer but the little finger Of this man to be vex'd ? Cham.
'Tis now too certain : How much more is his life in value with him? 'Would I were fairly out on't. Crom.
My mind gave me, In seeking tales, and informations, Against this man, (whose honesty the devil And his disciples only envy at,) Ye blew the fire that burns ye: Now have at ye.
Enter King, frowning on them; takes his seat. Gar. Dread sovereign, how much are we bound
to heaven In daily thanks, that gave us such a prince; Not only good and wise, but most religious: One that, in all obedience, makes the church The chief aim of his honour; and, to strengthen That holy duty, out of dear respect, His royal self in judgment comes to hear The cause betwixt her and this great offender. K. Hen. You were ever good at sudden com
mendations, Bishop of Winchester. But know, I come not To hear such flattery now, and in my presence; They are too thin and base to hide offences. To me you cannot reach, you play the spaniel, And think with wagging of your tongue to win me; But, whatsoe'er thou tak'st me for, I am sure, Thou hast a cruel nature, and a bloody.Good man, [To CRANMER.] sit down. Now let
me see the proudest He, that dares most, but wag his finger at thee:
By all that's holy, he had better starve,
Sur. May it please your grace, -
No, sir, it does not please me.
shall never have, while I live. Chan.
Thus far, My most dread sovereign, may it like your grace To let my tongue excuse all. What was purpos'd Concerning his imprisonment, was rather (If there be faith in men,) meant for his trial, And fair purgation to the world, than malice; I am sure, in me.
K. Hen. Well, well, my lords, respect him; Take him, and use him well, he's worthy of it. I will say thus much for him, If a prince May be beholden to a subject, I Am, for his love and service, so to him. Make me no more ado, but all embrace him; Be friends, for shame, my lords.-My lord of Can
terbury, I have a suit which you must not deny me;
Than but once think his place becomes thee not.] Who dares to suppose that the place or situation in which he is, is not suitable to thee also ? who supposes that thou art not as fit for the office of a privy counsellor as he is.