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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 what ease
Might corrupt minds procure knaves as corrupt
To swear against you? such things have 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, whiles 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
is laid for me!
King. Be of good cheer;
They shall no more prevail, than we give way toon. 'I
Keep comfort to you; and this morning see 171
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 lionour. God's blest mother! I swear, he is true-hearted; and a soul
181 None better in my kingdom. Get you gone,
And do as I have bid you..He has strangled
His language in his tears.
Enter an old Lady
Gen. [within.] Come back; What mean you?
Lady. I'll not come back; the tidings that I bring Will make my boldness manners.--Now, good an
Fly o'er thy royal head, and shade thy person
Under their blessed wings!
King. 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!
'tis a girl,
Promises boys hereafter. Sir, your queen
Desires your visitation, and to be
Acquainted with this stranger; 'tis as like you,
As cherry is to cherry.
Lov. Sir. King. 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 was 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.
Before the Council-Chamber. CRANMER, Servants,
Door-Keeper, &c. attending. Cran. I hope, I am not too late ; and yet the gentleman,
209 That was sent to me from the council, pray'd me To make great hasté. All fast? what means this?
Who waits there :-Sure, you know me?
D. Keep. Yes, my lord ;
But yet I cannot help you.
D. Keep. Your grace must wait, 'till you be callid
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 mei
Pray heaven he sound not 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
Wait else at door; a fellow counsellor,
Among boys, grooms, and lackeys. But their plea-
Must be fulfill'd, and I attend with patience. 230
Enter the King, and Butts, at a Window above.
Butts. I'll shew your grace the strangest sight-
King. What's that, Butts ?
Butts. I think, your highness saw this many a day.
King. Body o'me, where is it?
Butts. There, ny
The high promotion of his grace of Canterbury;
Who holds his state at door, 'mongst pursuivants,
Pages, and foot-boys.
King. Ha! 'Tis he, indeed :
Is this the honour they do one another?
'Tis well, there's one above 'em yet. I had thought,
They had parted so much honesty among 'em
(At least, good manners) as not thus to suffer
A man of his place, and so near our favour,
To dance attendance on their lordships' pleasures,
And at the door too, like a post with packets.
By holy Mary, Butts, there's knavery:
Let 'em alone, and draw the curtain close ;
We shall hear more anon.-
Enter the Lord Chancellor, places himself at the upper End
of the Table on the Left-Hand; a Seat being left void above him, as for the Archbishop of CANTERBURY. Duke of SUFFOLK, Duke of NorFOLK, Surrey, Lord Chamberlain, and GARDINER, seat themselves in Order on each side. CROMWell at the lower End, as Secretary.
Chan. Speak to the business, master secretary :
Why are we met in council ?
Crom. Please your honours,
The chief cause concerns his grace of Canterbury.
Gard. Has he had knowledge of it?
Nor. Who waits there?
D. Keep. Without, my noble lords ?
D. Keep. My lord archbishop ;
And has done half an hour, to know your pleasures.
Chan. Let him come in.
261 D. Keep. Your grace may enter now.
[CRANMER approaches the Councils Table. Chan. My good lord archbishop, I am very sorry To sit here at this present, and behold That chair stand empty: But we all are men, In our own natures frail ; and capable Of our flesh, few are angels: out of which frailty, And want of wisdom, you, that best should teach us, Have misdemean'd yourself, and not a little, Toward the king first, then his laws, in filling 270 Liij