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Have broken with the king; who hath so far
Given ear to our complaint (of bis great grace
And princely care; foreseeing those fell mischiefs
Our reasons laid before him), he hath commanded,
To-morrow morning to the council-board
He be convented. He's a rank weed, sir Thomas,
And we must root him out. From your affairs
I hinder you too long : good night, sir Thomas.
Lov. Many good nights, my lord; I rest your ser.
vant.

[Exeunt Gardiner and Page. As LOVELL is going out, enter the King and the

DUKE of SUFFOLK.
K. Hen. Charles, I will play no more to-night;
My mind's not on't, you are too hard for me.

Suf. Sir, I did never win of you before.

K. Hen. But little, Charles;
Nor shall not, wheu my fancy's on my play.-
Now, Lovell, from the queen what is the news?

Lov. I could not personally deliver to her
What you commanded me, but by her woman,
I sent your message; who return'd her thanks
In the greatest humbleness, and desir'd your highness
Most heartily to pray for her.
K. Hen.

What say'st thou? ha? To pray for her? what, is she crying out?

Lov. So said her woman; and that her sufferance made
Almost each pang a death.
K. Hen.

Alas, good lady!
Suf. God safely quit her of her burden, and
With gentle travail, to the gladding of
Your highness with an heir!
K. Hen.

'Tis midnight, Charles,
Pr’ythee, to bed ; and in thy prayers remember
The estate of my poor queen. Leave me alone;
For I must think of that, which company
Will not be friendly to.
Suf:

I wish your highness A quiet night, and my good mistress will Remember in my prayers.

K. Hen.

Charles, good night.

[Exit Suffolk. Enter SIR ANTHONY Denny. Well, sir, what follows ?

Den. Sir, I have brought my lord the archbishop,
As you commanded me.
K. Hen.

Ha! Canterbury?
Den. Ay, my good lord.
K, Hen.

"Tis true: Where is he, Denny? Den. He attends your highness' pleasure. K. Hen.

Bring him

to us.

[Exit Denny. Lov. This is about that which the bishop spake; I am happily come hitber

[Aside. Re-enter Denny, with CRANMER. R. Hen.

Avoid the gallery.

[Lovell seems to stay. Ha!--I have said.-Be gone. What!

[Exeunt Lovell and Denny. Crun. I am fearful :- Wherefore frowns he thus? 'Tis his aspect of terror. All's not well.

K. Hen. How now, my lord? You do desire to know
Wherefore I sent for you.
Cran.

It is my duty,
To attend your highness' pleasure.
K. Hen.

'Pray you, arise,
My good and gracious lord of Canterbury.
Come, you and I must walk a turn together;
I have news to tell you: Come, come, give me your hand.
Ah, my good lord, I grieve at what I speak,
And am right sorry to repeat what follows:
I have, and most unwillingly, of late
Heard many grievous, I do say, my lord,
Grievous complaints of you; which, being consider'd,
Have mov'd us and our council, that you shall
This morning come before us; where, I know,
You cannot with such freedom purge yourself,
But that, till farther trial, in those charges

F

Which will require your answer, you must take
Your patience to you, and be well contented
To make your house our Tower: You a brother of us,
It fits we thus proceed, or else no witness
Would come against you.
Cran.

I humbly thank your highness;
And am right glad to catch this good occasion
Most throughly to be winnow'd, where my chaff
And corn shall fly asunder: for, I know,
There's none stands under more calumnious tongues,
Than I myself, poor man.
K. Hen.

Stand up, good Canterbury;
Thy truth, and thy integrity, is rooted
In is, thy friend: Give me thy hand, stand up;
Pr’ythee, let's walk. Now, by my holy-dame,
What manner of man are you? My lord, I look'd
You would have given me your petilion, that
I should have ta’en some pains to bring together
Yourself and your accusers; and to have heard you
Without indurance, further.
Cran.

Most dread liege,
The good I stand on is my truth, and bonesty;
If they shall fail, I, with mine enemies,
Will triumph o'er iny person; which I weigh not,
Being of those virtues vacant. I fear nothing
What can be said against me.
K. Hen.

Know you not how
Your state stands i'the world, with the whole world?
Your enemies
Are many, and not small; their practices
Must bear the same proportion : and not ever
The justice and the truth o'the question carries
The due o'the verdict with it: At wbat ease
Might corrupt minds procure knaves as corrupt
To swear against you? such things bave been done.
You are potently oppos’d; and with a malice
Of as great size. Ween you of better luck,
I mean, in perjur’d witness, than your master,
Whose minister you are, wbiles here he liv'd
Upon this naughty earth? Go to, go to;

You take a precipice for no leap of danger,
And woo your own destruction.
Cran.

God, and your majesty,
Protect mine innocence, or I fall into
The trap is laid for me!
K. Hen.

Be of good cheer; They shall no more prevail, than we give way to. Keep comfort to you; and this morning see You do appear before them; if they shall chance, In charging you with matters, to commit you, The best persuasions to the contrary Fail not to use, and with what vehemency The occasion shall instruct you: if entreaties Will render you no remedy, this ring Deliver them, and your appeal to us There make before them.-Look, the good man weeps! He's honest, on mine honour. God's blest mother! I swear, he is true-hearted; and a soul None better in my kingdom. Get you gone, And do as I have bid you.

[Exit Cranmer.

He has strangled
His language in his tears.

Enter an old Lady.
Gent. (Within] Come back; What mean you?

Lady. I'll not come back: the tidings that I bring
Will make my boldness manners.—Now, good angels
Fly o'er thy royal head, and shade thy person
Under their blessed wings!
K. Hen.

Now, by thy looks
I guess thy message. Is the queen deliver'd?
Say, ay; and of a boy.
Lady

Ay, ay, my liege;
And of a lovely boy: The God of heaven
Both now and ever bless her!—'lis a girl,
Promises boys hereafter. Sir, your queen
Desires your visitation, and to be
Acquainted with this stranger; 'lis as like you,
As cherry is to cherry.
K. Hen.

Lovell,

Enter LOVELL. Lov.

Sir. K. Hen. Give her an hundred marks. I'll to the queen.

[Exit King. Lady. An hundred marks! By this light, I'll have more. An ordinary groom is for such payment. I will have more, or scold it out of him. Said I for this, the girl is like to him? I will have more, or else unsay't; and now While it is hot, I'll put it to the issue. [Exeunt.

SCENE II. Lobby before the Council-chamber. Enter CRANMER; Servants, Door-keeper, &c. attending.

Cran. I hope, I am not too late; and yet the gentleman, That was sent to me from the council, pray'd me To make great haste. All fast? what means this?-Hoa ! Who waits there?-Sure, you know me? D. Kеер.

Yes, my lord; But yet I cannot help you. Cran.

Why? D. Keep. Your grace must wait till you be call’d for.

Enter Doctor Butts. Cran.

So. Butts. This is a piece of malice. I am glad, I came this way so happily: The king Shall understand it presently.

[Exit Butts. Cran. [Aside]

"Tis Butts, The king's physician; As he past along, How earnestly he cast his eyes upon me! Pray heaven, he sound pot my disgrace! For certain, This is of purpose lay'd, by some that hate me (God turn their hearts! I never sought their malice), To quench mine honour: they would shame to make me Wait else at door: a fellow-counsellor, Among boys, grooms, and lackeys. But their pleasures Must be fulfill'd, and I attend with patience.

Enter, at a Window above, the King and Butts. Butts. I'll show your grace the strangest sighl,

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