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Hear what I say, and then go home and lose me.
And lift my soul to heaven. Sir Thomas Lovel here intimates to him that his charge continues only to the water-side ; and that Sir Nicholas
; Vaux lakes him to the Tower : Sir Nicholas gives directions to those in advance, that they see the barge ready, and fitted with furniture suitable to the greatness of the duke: Buckingham continues : [Buckingham.] Let it alone: all state will now but mock
When I came hither, I was lord high constable [me:
A little happier than my wretched father :
Speak how I fell : remember Buckingham ! The attainted duke and those who have charge of him move on : the multitude follow: and the two gentlemen previously conversing about him, are again by themselves in the street : [First Gent.] Oh, this is full of pity! sir, it calls
For curses somewhere.
Yet I can give you inkling
Greater than this.
it be? Nay, do not doubt my secresy : I do not talk much. [Second Gent.] Have you heard of late
A buzzing of a separation
Between the king and Catherine ? [First Gent.] I have;
And deem'd it slander. [Second Gent.) But that slander, sir,
Is found a truth now : and 'tis said the cardinal
Has purpos’d this revenge upon
In private we can further speak : come on. While these two persons, gentlemen in ordinary life, are conversing in the street, two noblemen, the duke of Norfolk and the lord chamberlain, are engaged on the same subject in an ante-chamber of the palace. Thither let us believe ourselves transported: Norfolk speaks : [Norfolk.] Well met, my lord : how is the king employ'd ? [Chamberlain.] I left him private,
Full of sad thoughts and troubles. [Norfolk.] What's the cause ? [Chamberlain.] It seems the marriage with his brother's Has crept too near his conscience.
[wife [Norfolk.] No, his conscience
Has crept too near another lady: sir,
Turns what he lists. The king will know him one day. [Chamberlain.] Pray heaven he do! he'll never know him
[self else. [Norfolk.] How holily he works in all this business,
And with what zeal! For, having crack'd the league
That angels love good men with ; even her
Will bless the king :—and is not this course pious ? [Chamberlain.] Heaven keep me from such piety! But ’tis
The news is everywhere; and all that dare [true;
This bold bad man.
From these sad thoughts, that work too much upon
[him: [Chamberlain.] Excuse me;
The king hath sent me otherwise : besides,
Health to your lordship!
The chamberlain is on his way to another part of the palace, bearing a message to a young lady who is in the train of the queen. We will anticipate his visit by a fer
a minutes. Imagine an ante-chamber in the queen's apartments : Anne Boleyn and an old lady are in conversation : the former is the one whose words you will first catch :
[pinches : [Anne Boleyn.] Not for that neither; here's the pang that
His highness having liv'd so long with her; and she
[Old Lady.] Ay, poor lady; now
She 'll be again a stranger in our land. [Anne Boleyn.] Oh, the uncertainty of greatness ! better,
Far better to be lowly born, and range
I would not be a queen.
And so would you,—ay, that you would, for all
No, not for all the riches under heaven. [Old Lady.) Why, now, a crooked threepence would hire
Old as I am, to queen it. But, I pray you, [me,
To bear that load of title ? [Anne Boleyn.] No, in truth. [Old Lady.] Then you are weakly framed: yet let me tell
I would not be a young count in your way, [you,
For more than blushing comes to. [Anne Boleyn.] How you talk!
I swear again, I would not be a queen
For all the world.
You'd venture an enthroning : I myself
The lord Chamberlain enters : [Chamberlain.] Good morrow, ladies. What were i't worth, The secret of your conférence ?