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As shore of rock. Attend. This holy fox,
That swallow'd so much treasure, and like a glass
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 to the dead: But our count-cardinal
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
Buck. No, not a syllable;
I do pronounce him in that very shape,
Enter BRANDON; a Sergeant at Arms before him, and two or three of the Guard.
Bran. Your office, sergeant; execute it.
My lord the duke of Buckingham, and earl
Buck. Lo you, my lord,
The net has fall'n upon me; I shall perish
Bran. I am sorry
To see you ta'en from liberty, to look on
Buck. It will help me nothing,
To plead mine innocence; for that die is on me, Which makes my whitest part black. The will of heaven Be done in this and all things!-I obey.
O my lord Aberga'ny, 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 further.
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, to attach lord Montacute; and the bodies Of the duke's confessor, John de la Court,
One Gilbert Peck, his chancellor,—
Buck. So, so;
These are the limbs of the plot: No more, I hope.
Buck. O, Nicholas Hopkins?
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 dark'ning my clear sun.-My lord, farewell.
SCENE II.-The Council-Chamber.
Cornets. Enter King HENRY, Cardinal WOLSEY, the Lords of the Council, Sir THOMAS LOVELL, Officers, and Attendants. The King enters leaning on the Cardinal's shoulder.
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
The King takes his State. The Lords of the Council take their several Places. The Cardinal places himself under the King's Feet, on his right Side.
A Noise within, crying, Room for the Queen. Enter the Queen, ushered by the Dukes of NORFOLK and SUFFOLK she kneels. The King riseth from his State, takes her up, kisses, and placeth her by him.
Q. Kath. Nay, we must longer kneel; I am a suitor. K. Hen. Arise, and take place by us :-Half Never name to us; you have half our power: The other moiety, ere you ask, is giv’n; Repeat your will, and take it.
Q. Kath. Thank your majesty.
That you would love yourself; and, in that love,
K. Hen. Lady mine, proceed.
And those of true condition, that y subjects
My good lord cardinal, they vent reproaches
Most bitterly on you, as putter-on
Of these exactions, yet the king our master,
(Whose honour heaven shield from soil!) even he es
Language unmannerly, yea, such which breaks
Nor. Not almost appears,
It doth appear: for, upon these taxations,
K. Hen. Taxation!
Wherein? and what taxation?-My lord cardinal,
Wol. Please you, sir,
I know but of a single part, in aught
Pertains to the state; and front but in that file,
Q. Kath. No, my lord,
You know no more than others: but you frame Things, that are known alike; which are not whole
To those which would not know them, and yet must Perforce be their acquaintance. These exactions, Whereof my sovereign would have note, they are Most pestilent to the hearing; and, to bear them,