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Hath crawl'd into the favour of the king,
He is vex'd at something.
the strivg, The master-cord of his heart !
Enter the King, reading a Schedule* ; and Lovell. Suff
The king, the king. K. Hen. What piles of wealth hath he accumu
lated To his own portion! and what expence by the hour Seems to flow from him! How, i'the name of thrift, Does he rake this together ?- Now, my lords; Saw you the cardinal ? Nor,
My lord, we have
It may well be;
It's Heaven's will;
* An inventory.
Some spirit put this paper in the packet,
If he did think
(He takes his seat, and whispers Lovell, who
goes to Wolsey. Wol.
Heaven forgive me! Ever God bless your highness! K. Hen.
Good my lord, You are full of heavenly stuff, and bear the inven
You have said well.
'Tis well said again; And 'tis a kind of good deed, to say well: And yet words are no deeds. My father lov'd you; He said, he did ; and with his deed did crown His word upon you. Since I had my office, I have kept you next my beart; have not alone Employ'd you where high profits might come home,
But par'd my present havings, to bestow
What should this mean? Sur. The lord increase this business! [Aside. K. Hen.
Have I not made you
What say you ?
Fairly answer'd; A loyal and obedient subject is Therein illustrated: The honour of it Does pay the act of it; as, i'the contrary, The foulness is the punishment. I presume, That, as my hand has open'd bounty to you, My heart dropp'd love, my power raiu'd honour,
On you, than any; so your hand, and heart,
I do profess,
Though all the world should crack their duty to you,
'Tis nobly spoken: Take notice, lords, he has a loyal breast, For you have seen him open't.Read o'er this;
(Giving him papers. And, after, this: apd then to break fast, with What appetite you have.
[Exit King, frowning upon Cardinal Wol. sey: the Nobles throng after him, smiling,
and whispering. Wol.
What should this inean? What sudden anger's this? how have I reap'd it? He parted frowning from me, as if ruin Leap'd from his eyes: So looks the chafed lion Upon the daring buntsman that has gall'd him; Then makes him nothing. I must read this paper ; I fear, the story of his anger.-"Tis so; This paper has undone me: Tis the account Of all that world of wealth I have drawn together For mine own ends; indeed, to gain the popedom, And fee iny friends in Rome. - O negligence, Fit for a fool to fall by! What cross devil Made me put this main secret in the packet, I sent the king? Is there no way to cure this? No new device to beat this from his brains? I know, 'twill stir him strongly; Yet I know A way, if it take right, in spite of fortune, Will bring me off again. What's this To the Pope? The letter, as I live, with all the business
I writ to his holiness. Nay then, farewell! h I have tonch'd the highest point of all my greatness;
And, from that full meridian of my glory,
Like a bright exhalation in the evening,
Re-enter the Dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk, the
Earl of Surrey, and the Lord Chamberlain.
Nor. Hear the king's pleasure, cardinal : who
Who dare cross them? Bearing the king's will from his mouth expressly?
Wol. Till I find more than will, or words, to do it (I mean, your malice), know, officious lords, I dare, and must deny it. Now I feel Of what coarse metal ye are moulded-envy. How eagerly ye follow my disgraces, As if it fed ye! and how sleek and wanton Ye appear in every thing may bring my ruin! Follow your envious courses, men of malice; You have Christian warrant for them, and, no doubt, In time will find their fit rewards. That seal, You ask with such a violence, the king (Mine, and your master), with his own hand gave
me: Bade me enjoy it, with the place and honours, During my life; and, to confirm his goodness, Tied it by letters patents : Now, who'll take it? * Sur. The king, that gave it. WVol.
It must be himself then. Sur. Thou art a proud traitor, priest. i Vol.
Proud lord, thou liest ;
* Esher, in Surrey.