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Wol. I hope, I have: I am able now, methinks, (Out of a fortitude of soul I feel,) To endure more miseries, and greater far, Than my weak-hearted enemies dare offer. What news abroad? Crom.

The heaviest, and the worst, Is your displeasure with the king. Wol.

God bless him! Crom. The next is, that sir Thomas More is

chosen Lord chancellor in your place. Wol.

That's somewhat sudden: But he's a learned man. May he continue Long in his highness' favour, and do justice For truth's sake, and his conscience; that his bones, When he has run his course, and sleeps in blessings, May have a tomb of orphans' tears wept on 'em! What more?

Crom. That Cranmer is return'd with welcome, Install'd lord archbishop of Canterbury.

Wol. That's news indeed.

Last, that the lady Anne,
Whom the king hath in secrecy long married,
This day was view'd in open, as his queen,
Going to chapel; and the voice is now
Only about her coronation.
Wol. There was the weight that pull’d me down.

O Cromwell, The king has gone beyond me, all my glories In that one woman I have lost for ever: No sun shall ever usher forth mine honours, Or gild again the noble troops that waited Upon my smiles. Go, get thee from me, Cromwell; I am a poor fallen man, unworthy now To be thy lord and master: Seek the king;

in open,] i. e. in a place exposed on all sides to view.

That sun, I pray, may never set! I have told him
What, and how true thou art: he will advance thee;
Some little memory of me will stir him,
(I know his noble nature,) not to let
Thy hopeful service perish too: Good Cromwell,
Neglect him not; make use* now, and provide
For thine own future safety.

O my lord,
Must I then leave you? must I needs forego
So good, so noble, and so true a master?
Bear witness, all that have not hearts of iron,
With what a sorrow Cromwell leaves his lord.
The king shall have my service; but my prayers
For ever, and for ever, shall be yours.

Wol. Cromwell, I did not think to shed a tear
In all my miseries; but thou hast forc'd me
Out of thy honest truth to play the woman.
Let's dry our eyes: and thus far hear me, Cromwell;
And, when I am forgotten, as I shall be;
And sleep in dull cold marble, where no mention
Of me more must be heard of,-say, I taught thee,
Say, Wolsey,—that once trod the ways of glory,
And sounded all the depths and shoals of honour,-
Found thee a way, out of his wreck, to rise in;
A sure and safe one, though thy master miss'd it.
Mark but my fall, and that that ruin'd me.
Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambition;
By that sin fell the angels, how can man then,
The image of his Maker, hope to win by't?
Love thyself last: cherish those hearts that hate

thee; Corruption wins not more than honesty. Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace, To silence envious tongues. Be just, and fear not: Let all the ends, thou aim'st at, be thy country's,

make use -] i. e, make interest.

Thy God's, and truth's; then if thou fall’st, O

Thou fall'st a blessed martyr. Serve the king;
And, -Prythee, lead me in:
There take an inventory of all I have,
To the last penny; 'tis the king's: my robe,
And my integrity to heaven, is all
I dare now call mine own. O Cromwell, Cromwell,
Had I but serv'd my God with half the zeal
I serv'd my king, he would not in mine age
Have left me naked to mine enemies.

Crom. Good sir, have patience.

So I have. Farewell The hopes of court! my hopes in heaven do dwell.



SCENE I. A Street in Westminster.

Enter Two Gentlemen, meeting. i Gent. You are well met once again. 2 Gent.

And so are you. i Gent. You come to take your stand here, and

behold The lady Anne pass from her coronation ? 2 Gent. 'Tis all my business. At our last en

counter, The duke of Buckingham came from his trial.

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5 Had I but seru'd my God, &c.] This sentence was really ut. tered by Wolsey. But it was a strange sentence for him to utter, who was disgraced for the basest treachery to his King in the affair of the divorce: but it shows how naturally men endeavour to palliate their crimes even to themselves.

i Gent. 'Tis very true: but that time offer'd

sorrow; This, general joy. 2 Gent.

'Tis well: The citizens, I am sure, have shown at full their royal minds; As, let them have their rights, they are ever forward In celebration of this day with shows, Pageants, and sights of honour. 1 Gent.

Never greater, Nor, I'll assure you, better taken, sir.

2 Gent. May I be bold to ask what that contains, That paper in your hand? 1 Gent.

Yes; 'tis the list Of those, that claim their offices this day, By custom of the coronation. The duke of Suffolk is the first, and claims To be high steward; next, the duke of Norfolk, He to be earl marshal: you may read the rest. 2 Gent. I thank you, sir; had I not known those

customs, I should have been beholden to your paper. But, I beseech you, what's become of Katharine, The princess dowager? how goes her business?

i Gent. That I can tell you too. The archbishop Of Canterbury, accompanied with other Learned and reverend fathers of his order, Held a late court at Dunstable, six miles off From Ampthill, where the princess lay; to which She oft was cited by them, but appear'd not: And, to be short, for not appearance, and The king's late scruple, by the main assent Of all these learned men she was divorc'd, And the late marriage? made of none effect: Since which, she was removed to Kimbolton,

this day ---] i. e. such a day as this, a coronation day. ·

the late marriage -) i. e. the marriage lately considered as a valid one.


Where she remains now, sick. 2 Gent.

Alas, good lady!

[Trumpets. The trumpets sound: stand close, the queen




A lively flourish of Trumpets; then, enter 1. Two Judges. 2. Lord Chancellor, with the purse and mace before

him. 3. Choristers singing.

[Musick. 4. Mayor of London bearing the mace.

Then Garter, in his coat of arms, and on his head,

a gilt copper crown. 5. Marquis Dorset, bearing a sceptre of gold, on

his head a demi-coronal of gold. With him, the Earl of Surrey, bearing the rod of silver with the dove, crowned with an earl's coronet.

Collars of SS. 6. Duke of Suffolk, in his robe of estate, his coronet

on his head, bearing a long white wand, as high-steward. With him, the Duke of Norfolk, with the rod of marshalship, a coronet on his head.

Collars of SS. 7. A canopy borne by four of the Cinque-ports ;

under it, the Queen in her robe; in her hair richly adorned with pearl, crowned. On each side of her, the Bishops of London and

Winchester. 8. The old Duchess of Norfolk, in a coronal of gold,

wrought with flowers, bearing the Queen's

train. 9. Certain Ladies or Countesses, with plain circlcts

of gold without flowers.

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