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Of my long weary life is come upon me.

Farewell:

Speak how I fell.

me!

And when you would say something that is sad,
I have done; and God forgive
[Exeunt Duke and Train.
First Gent. O, this is full of pity! Sir, it calls,

I fear, too many curses

That were the authors.

Sec. Gent.

on their heads

If the duke be guiltless,

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'Tis full of woe: yet I can give you inkling

Of an ensuing evil, if it fall,

Greater than this.

First Gent.

What may it be? sir ?

Good angels keep it from us!

You do not doubt my faith,

Sec. Gent. This secret is so weighty, 'twill require A strong faith to conceal it.

First Gent.

I do not talk much.

Sec. Gent.

Let me have it;

I am confident;

You shall, sir: did you not of late days hear

A buzzing of a separation

Between the king and Katharine ?

First Gent.

Yes, but it held not:

For when the king once heard it, out of anger
He sent command to the lord mayor straight
To stop the rumour, and allay those tongues
That durst disperse it.

Sec. Gent.

Is found a truth now:

But that slander, sir, for it grows again

Fresher than e'er it was; and held for certain

The king will venture at it. Either the cardinal,
Or some about him near, have, out of malice

143. faith, good faith, secrecy. 146. am confident, put my confidence in you.

148. buzzing, whisper.

152. allay, restrain.

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To the good queen, possess'd him with a scruple
That will undo her: to confirm this too,
Cardinal Campeius is arrived, and lately;
As all think, for this business.

First Gent.

'Tis the cardinal;

And merely to revenge him on the emperor
For not bestowing on him, at his asking,
The archbishopric of Toledo, this is purposed.
Sec. Gent. I think you have hit the mark: but
is 't not cruel

That she should feel the smart of this? The

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SCENE II. An ante-chamber in the palace.

Enter the LORD CHAMBERLAIN, reading
a letter.

Cham. 'My lord, the horses your lordship sent for, with all the care I had, I saw well chosen, ridden, and furnished. They were young and handsome, and of the best breed in the north. When they were ready to set out for London, a man of my lord cardinal's, by commission and main power, took 'em from me; with this reason: His master would be served before a subject, if not before the king; which stopped our mouths, sir.'

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168. argue, discuss.

Sc. 2. By FLETCHER (Sp.).

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6. by commission and main power, in virtue of a warrant and by means of main force.

I fear he will indeed: well, let him have them:
He will have all, I think.

Enter, to the LORD CHAMBERLAIN, the DUKES
OF NORFOLK and SUFFOLK.

Nor. Well met, my lord chamberlain.
Cham. Good day to both your graces.
Suf. How is the king employ'd?

Cham.

I left him private,

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This is the cardinal's doing, the king-cardinal:
That blind priest, like the eldest son of fortune,
Turns what he list. The king will know him one

day.

Suf. Pray God he do! he'll never know himself else.

Nor. How holily he works in all his business ! And with what zeal! for, now he has crack'd the

league

Between us and the emperor, the queen's great nephew,

He dives into the king's soul, and there scatters
Dangers, doubts, wringing of the conscience,
Fears, and despairs; and all these for his marriage :
And out of all these to restore the king,
He counsels a divorce; a loss of her
That, like a jewel, has hung twenty years

21. That blind priest, etc. Wolsey is Fortune's favourite,

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and like Fortune herself disposes blindly of human affairs.

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About his neck, yet never lost her lustre ;
Of her that loves him with that excellence
That angels love good men with; even of her
That, when the greatest stroke of fortune falls,
Will bless the king: and is not this course pious?
Cham. Heaven keep me from such counsel !

'Tis most true

These news are every where; every tongue speaks

'em,

And every true heart weeps for 't all that dare
Look into these affairs see this main end,
The French king's sister. Heaven will one day

open

The king's eyes, that so long have slept upon
This bold bad man.

Suf.

And free us from his slavery.

Nor. We had need pray,

And heartily, for our deliverance;

Or this imperious man will work us all
From princes into pages: all men's honours
Lie like one lump before him, to be fashion'd
Into what pitch he please.

Suf.
For me, my lords,
I love him not, nor fear him; there's my creed:
As I am made without him, so I'll stand,
If the king please; his curses and his blessings
Touch me alike, they 're breath I not believe in.
I knew him, and I know him; so I leave him
To him that made him proud the pope.

Nor.

42. The French king's sister, Margaret, Duchess of Alençon, more celebrated as Queen of Navarre. Holinshed reports the tradition that Wolsey had planned this marriage. At the time of Campeggio's visit, how

And with some other business put the king

From these sad thoughts, that work too much upon

him :

My lord, you'll bear us company?

Cham.

Excuse me ;

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The king has sent me otherwhere: besides,
You'll find a most unfit time to disturb him:
Health to your lordships.

Nor.

Thanks, my good lord chamberlain. [Exit Lord Chamberlain; and the King draws the curtain, and sits reading pensively.

Suf. How sad he looks! sure, he is much afflicted.

King. Who's there, ha?

Nor.

Pray God he be not angry.

King. Who's there, I say? How dare you thrust yourselves

Into my private meditations?

Who am I? ha?

Nor. A gracious king that pardons all offences Malice ne'er meant: our breach of duty this way Is business of estate; in which we come

To know your royal pleasure.

King.

Ye are too bold:

Go to; I'll make ye know your times of business :
Is this an hour for temporal affairs, ha?

Enter WOLSEY and CAMPEIUS, with a com

mission.

Who's there? my good lord cardinal?

Wolsey,

The quiet of my wounded conscience;

O my

Thou art a cure fit for a king. [To Camp.]

You're welcome,

Most learned reverend sir, into our kingdom:

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