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Stood here observing him: Some strange commotion
It may well be;
It's heaven's will ;
If we did think
[He takes his seat, and whispers Lovell,
who goes to Wolser. Wol.
Heaven forgive me!
Good my lord, You are full of heavenly stuff, and bear the inventory Of
your best graces mind; the which You were now running o'er; you have scarce time To steal from spiritual leisure a brief span, To keep your earthly audit: Sure, in that
I deem you an ill husband; and am glad
You have said well.
'Tis well said again; And 'tis a kind of good deed, to say well: And yet words are no deeds. My father lov'd
you: He said, he did; and with his deed did crown His word upon you. Since I had my office, I have kept you next my heart; have not alone Employ'd you where high profits might come home, But par'd my present havings, to bestow My bounties upon you. Wol.
What should this mean? Sur. The Lord increase this business! [-Aside. K. Hen.
Have I not made you The prime man of the state? I pray you, tell me, If what I now pronounce, you have found true: And, if you may confess it, say withal, If you are bound to us, or no. What say you?
Wol. My sovereign, I confess, your royal graces, Shower'd on me daily, have been more, than could My studied purposes requite; which went Beyond all man's endeavours:--my endeavours Have ever come too short of my desires, Yet, fil'd with my abilities:8 Mine own ends
• Yet, fil'd with my abilities :) My endeavours, though less
Have been mine so, that evermore they pointed
I do profess, That for your highness' good I ever labour'd More than mine own; that am, have, and will be.' Though all the world should crack their duty to you, And throw it from their soul; though perils did Abound, as thick as thought could make them, and Appear in forms more horrid ; yet my duty, As doth a rock against the chiding flood, Should the approach of this wild river break,
than my desires, have fil'd, that is, have gone an equal pace with my abilities.
- notwithstanding that your bond of duty,) Besides the general bond of duty, by which you are obliged to be a loyal and obedient subject, you owe a particular devotion of yourself to me, as your particular benefactor.
that am, have, and will be.] Perhaps the meaning is, that, or, such a man, I am, have been, and will ever be.
against the chiding food,] i. e, the resounding flood.
And stand unshaken yours.
"Tis nobly spoken:
[Giving him Papers. And, after, this: and then to breakfast, with What appetite you have.
[Exit King, frowning upon Cardinal WOLSEY:
the Nobles throng after him, smiling, and whis
What should this mean? What sudden anger's this? how have I reap'd it? He parted frowning from me, as if ruin Leap'd from his eyes: So looks the chafed lion Upon the daring huntsman that has gall’d him; Then makes him nothing. I must read this paper; I fear, the story of his anger.—'Tis so; This paper has undone me: 'Tis the account Of all that world of wealth I have drawn together For mine own ends; indeed, to gain the popedom, And fee my friends in Rome. O negligence, Fit for a fool to fall by! What cross devil Made me put this main secret in the packet I sent the king? Is there no way to cure this ? No new device to beat this from his brains? I know, 'twill stir him strongly; Yet I know A way, if it take right, in spite of fortune Will bring me off again. What's this—To the Pope? The letter, as I live, with all the business I writ to his holiness. Nay then, farewell! I have touch'd the highest point of all my greatness; And, from that full meridian of my glory, I haste now to my setting: I shall fall Like a bright exhalation in the evening, And no man see me more.
Re-enter the Dukes of NORFOLK and SUFFOLK, the
Earl of SURREY, and the Lord Chamberlain.
Who dare cross them? Bearing the king's will from his mouth expressly?
Wol. Till I find more than will, or words, to do it, (I mean, your malice,) know, officious lords, I dare, and must deny it. Now I feel Of what coarse metal ye are moulded,,envy. How eagerly ye
Sur. The king, that gave it.
It must be himself then.
3 To Asher-house,] Asher was the ancient name of Esher.
my lord of Winchester's,] Shakspeare forgot that Wolsey was himself bishop of Winchester, unless he meant to say, you must confine yourself to that house which you possess as Bishop of Winchester. Asher, near Hampton-court, was one of the houses belonging to that bishoprick.