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To the cardinal's;
O, 'tis true:
No doubt, he's noble; He had a black mouth, that said other of him. Sands. He may, my lord, he has wherewithal; in
True, they are so;
I am your lordship’s.
My barge stays;] The speaker is now in the King's palace at Bridewell, from which he is proceeding by water to York. place, (Cardinal Wolsey's house) now Whitehall.
The Presence-Chamber in York-Place.
Hautboys. A small Table under a State for the Car
dinal, a longer Table for the Guests. Enter at one
Guild. Ladies, a general welcome from his grace
Enter Lord Chamberlain, Lord SANDS, and Sir
Cham. You are young, sir Harry Guildford.
Sands. Sir Thomas Lovell, had the cardinal
Lov. O, that your lordship were but now confessor
I would, I were;
'Faith, how easy? Sands. As easy as a down-bed would afford it. Cham. Sweet ladies, will it please you sit? Sir Harry,
Place you that side, l'll take the charge of this:
By my faith,
Was he mad, sir? Sands. O, very mad, exceeding mad, in love too: But he would bite none; just as I do now, He would kiss you twenty with a breath.
[Kisses her. Cham.
Well said, iny lord.So, now you are fairly seated :-Gentlemen, The penance lies on you, if these fair ladies Pass away frowning Sand.
For my little cure, Let me alone.
Hautboys. Enter Cardinal Wolsey,
and takes his state.
Wol. You are welcome, my fair guests; that
noble lady, Or gentleman, that is not freely merry, Is not my friend: This, to confirm my welcome; And to you all good health.
Your grace is noble:Let me have such a bowl
My lord Sands, I am beholden to you; cheer your neighbours.
Ladies, you are not merry;—Gentlemen,
The red wine first must rise
them Talk us to silence. Anne.
You are a merry gamester,
Sands. Yes, if I make my play.
You cannot show me.
What's that? Cham. Look out there, some of you.
[Exit a Servant. Wol.
What warlike voice? And to what end is this?-Nay, ladies, fear not; By all the laws of war you are privileg’d.
Re-enter Servant. Cham. How now? what is't? Serv.
A noble troop of strangers; For so they seem: they have left their barge, and
And hither make, as great ambassadors
chambers discharged.] A chamber is a gun which stands erect on its breech. Such are used only on occasions of rejoicing, and are so contrived as to carry great charges, and thereby to make a noise more than proportioned to their bulk. They are called chambers because they are mere chambers to lodge powder; a chamber being the technical term for that cavity in a piece of ordnance which contains the combustibles. Some of them are still fired in the Park, and at the places opposite to the parliament-house when the king goes thither.
From foreign princes.
Good lord chamberlain,
tongue; And, pray, receive them nobly, and conduct them, Into our presence, where this heaven of beauty Shall shine at full upon them:-Some attend him.
[Exit Chamberlain, attended. All arise,
and Tables removed. You have now a broken banquet; but we'll mend it. A good digestion to you all: and, once more, I shower a welcome on you;-Welcome all.
Hautboys. Enter the King, and twelve Others, as
Maskers, habited like Shepherds, with sixteen Torch-bearers; ushered by the Lord Chamberlain. They pass directly before the Cardinal, and gracefully salute him. A noble company! what are their pleasures? Cham. Because they speak no English, thus they
pray'd To tell your grace;—That, having heard by fame Of this so noble and so fair assembly This night to meet here, they could do no less, Out of the great respect they bear to beauty, But leave their flocks; and, under your fair conduct, Crave leave to view these ladies, and entreat An hour of revels with them. Wol.
Say, lord chamberlain, They have done my poor house grace; for which Í
A thousand thanks, and pray them take their plea.
Ladies chosen for the Dance. The King
chooses ANNE BULLEN. K. Hen. The fairest hand I ever touch’d! O, beauty,