Actus Tertius. Scena Prima.
[Act 3, Scene 1] §
Enter Queene and her Women as at worke.
Take thy Lute wench,
My Soule growes sad with troubles,
Sing, and disperse 'em if thou canst: leaue working:
ORpheus with his Lute made Trees,
1525 And the Mountaine tops that freeze,
Bow themselues when he did sing.
To his Musicke, Plants and Flowers
Euer sprung; as Sunne and Showers,
There had made a lasting Spring.
1530 Euery thing that heard him Play,
Euen the Billowes of the Sea,
Hung their heads, & then lay by.
In sweet Musicke is such Art,
Killing care, & griefe of heart,
1535 Fall asleepe, or hearing dye.
Enter a Gentleman.
And't please your Grace, the two great Cardinals
Wait in the presence.
Would they speake with me?
1540 They wil'd me say so Madam.
Pray their Graces
To come neere: what can be their busines
With me, a poore weake woman, falne from fauour?
I doe not like their comming; now I thinke on't,
1545 They should bee good men, their affaires as righteous:
But all Hoods, make not Monkes.
Enter the two Cardinalls, Wolsey & Campian.
Peace to your Highnesse.
Your Graces find me heere part of a Houswife,
(I would be all) against the worst may happen:
1550 What are your pleasures with me, reuerent Lords?
May it please you Noble Madam, to withdraw
Into your priuate Chamber; we shall giue you
The full cause of our comming.
Speake it heere.
1555 There's nothing I haue done yet o' my Conscience
Deserues a Corner: would all other Women
Could speake this with as free a Soule as I doe.
My Lords, I care not (so much I am happy
Aboue a number) if my actions
1560 Were tri'de by eu'ry tongue, eu'ry eye saw 'em,
Enuy and base opinion set against 'em,
I know my life so euen. If your busines
Seeke me out, and that way I am Wife in;
Out with it boldly: Truth loues open dealing.
1565 Tanta est erga te mentis integritas Regina serenissima.
O good my Lord, no Latin;
I am not such a Truant since my comming,
As not to know the Language I haue liu'd in:
A strange Tongue makes my cause more strange, suspiti
1570 Pray speake in English; heere are some will thanke you,
If you speake truth, for their poore Mistris sake;
Beleeue me she ha's had much wrong. Lord Cardinall,
The willing'st sinne I euer yet committed,
May be absolu'd in English.
1575 Noble Lady,
I am sorry my integrity shoul breed,
(And seruice to his Maiesty and you)
So deepe suspition, where all faith was meant;
We come not by the way of Accusation,
1580 To taint that honour euery good Tongue blesses;
Nor to betray you any way to sorrow;
You haue too much good Lady: But to know
How you stand minded in the waighty difference
Betweene the King and you, and to deliuer
1585 (Like free and honest men) our iust opinions,
And comforts to our cause.
Most honour'd Madam,
My Lord of Yorke, out of his Noble nature,
Zeale and obedience he still bore your Grace,
1590 Forgetting (like a good man) your late Censure
Both of his truth and him (which was too farre)
Offers, as I doe, in a signe of peace,
His Seruice, and his Counsell.
To betray me.
1595 My Lords, I thanke you both for your good wills,
Ye speake like honest men, (pray God ye proue so)
But how to make ye sodainly an Answere
In such a poynt of weight, so neere mine Honour,
(More neere my Life I feare) with my weake wit;
1600 And to such men of grauity and learning;
In truth I know not. I was set at worke,
Among my Maids, full little (God knowes) looking
Either for such men, or such businesse;
For her sake that I haue beene, for I feele
1605 The last fit of my Greatnesse; good your Graces
Let me haue time and Councell for my Cause:
Alas, I am a Woman frendlesse, hopelesse.
You wrong the Kings loue with these feares,
1610 Your hopes and friends are infinite.
But little for my profit can you thinke Lords,
That any English man dare giue me Councell?
Or be a knowne friend 'gainst his Highnes pleasure,
1615 (Though he be growne so desperate to be honest)
And liue a Subiect? Nay forsooth, my Friends,
They that must weigh out my affllictions,
They that my trust must grow to, liue not heere,
They are (as all my other comforts) far hence
1620 In mine owne Countrey Lords.
I would your Grace
Would leaue your greefes, and take my Counsell.
Put your maine cause into the Kings protection,
1625 Hee's louing and most gracious. 'Twill be much,
Both for your Honour better, and your Cause:
For if the tryall of the Law o'retake ye,
You'l part away disgrac'd.
He tels you rightly.
1630 Ye tell me what ye wish for both, my ruine:
Is this your Christian Councell? Out vpon ye.
Heauen is aboue all yet; there sits [.] Iudge.
That no King can corrupt.
Your rage mistakes vs.
1635 The more shame for ye; holy men I thought ye,
Vpon my Soule two reuerend Cardinall Vertues:
But Cardinall Sins, and hollow hearts I feare ye:
Mend 'em for shame my Lords: Is this your comfort?
The Cordiall that ye bring a wretched Lady?
1640 A woman lost among ye, laugh't at, scornd?
I will not wish ye halfe my miseries,
The Life of King Henry the Eight.
I haue more Charity. But say I warn'd ye;
Take heed, for heauens sake take heed, least at once
The burthen of my sorrowes, fall vpon ye.
1645 Madam, this is a meere distraction,
You turne the good we offer, into enuy.
Ye turne me into nothing. Woe vpon ye,
And all such false Professors. Would you haue me
(If you haue any Iustice, any Pitty,
1650 If ye be any thing but Churchmens habits)
Put my sicke cause into his hands, that hates me?
Alas, ha's banish'd me his Bed already,
His Loue, too long ago. I am old my Lords,
And all the Fellowship I hold now with him
1655 Is onely my Obedience. What can happen
To me, aboue this wretchednesse? All your Studies
Make me a Curse, like this.
Your feares are worse.
Haue I liu'd thus long (let me speak my selfe,
1660 Since Vertue findes no friends) a Wife, a true one?
A Woman (I dare say without Vainglory)
Neuer yet branded with Suspition?
Haue I, with all my full Affections
Still met the King? Loud him next Heau'n? Obey'd him?
1665 Bin (out of fondnesse) superstitious to him?
Almost forgot my Prayres to content him?
And am I thus rewarded? 'Tis not well Lords,
Bring me a constant woman to her Husband,
One that ne're dream'd a Ioy, beyond his pleasure;
1670 And to that Woman (when she has done most)
Yet will I adde an Honor; a great Patience.
Madam, you wander from the good
We ayme at.
1675 I dare not make my selfe so guiltie,
To giue vp willingly that Noble Title
Your Master wed me to: nothing but death
Shall e're diuorce my Dignities.
1680 Would I had neuer trod this English Earth,
Or felt the Flatteries that grow vpon it:
Ye haue Angels Faces; but Heauen knowes your hearts.
What will become of me now, wretched Lady?
I am the most vnhappy Woman liuing.
1685 Alas (poore Wenches) where are now your Fortunes?
Shipwrack'd vpon a Kingdome, where no Pitty,
No Friends, no Hope, no Kindred weepe for me?
Almost no Graue allow'd me? Like the Lilly
That once was Mistris of the Field, and flourish'd,
1690 Ile hang my head, and perish.
If your Grace
Could but be brought to know, our Ends are honest,
Youl'd feele more comfort. Why shold we (good Lady)
Vpon what cause wrong you? Alas, our Places,
1695 The way of our Profession is against it;
We are to Cure such sorrowes, not to sowe 'em.
For Goodnesse sake, consider what you do,
How you may hurt your selfe: I, vtterly
Grow from the Kings Acquaintance, by this Carriage.
1700 The hearts of Princes kisse Obedience,
So much they loue it. But to stubborne Spirits,
They swell and grow, as terrible as stormes.
I know you haue a Gentle, Noble temper,
A Soule as euen as a Calme; Pray thinke vs,
1705 Those we professe, Peace‑makers, Friends, and Seruants.
Madam, you'l finde it so:
You wrong your Vertues
With these weake Womens feares. A Noble Spirit
As yours was, put into you, euer casts
1710 Such doubts as false Coine from it. The King loues you,
Beware you loose it not: For vs (if you please
To trust vs in your businesse) we are ready
To vse our vtmost Studies, in your seruice.
Do what ye will, my Lords:
1715 And pray forgiue me;
If I haue vs'd my selfe vnmannerly,
You know I am a Woman, lacking wit
To make a seemely answer to such persons.
Pray do my seruice to his Maiestie,
1720 He ha's my heart yet, and shall haue my Prayers
While I shall haue my life. Come reuerend Fathers,
Bestow your Councels on me. She now begges
That little thought when she set footing heere,
She should haue bought her Dignities so deere.
[Act 3, Scene 2] §
Enter the Duke of Norfolke, Duke of Suffolke, Lord Surrey,
and Lord Chamberlaine.
1725 If you will now vnite in your Complaints,
And force them with a Constancy, the Cardinall
Cannot stand vnder them. If you omit
The offer of this time, I cannot promise,
But that you shall sustaine moe new disgraces,
1730 With these you beare alreadie.
I am ioyfull
To meete the least occasion, that may giue me
Remembrance of my Father‑in‑Law, the Duke,
To be reueng'd on him.
1735 Which of the Peeres
Haue vncontemn'd gone by him, or at least
Strangely neglected? When did he regard
The stampe of Noblenesse in any person
Out of himselfe?
1740 My Lords, you speake your pleasures:
What he deserues of you and me, I know:
What we can do to him (though now the time
Giues way to vs) I much feare. If you cannot
Barre his accesse to'th'King, neuer attempt
1745 Any thing on him: for he hath a Witchcraft
Ouer the King in's Tongue.
O feare him not,
His spell in that is out: the King hath found
Matter against him, that for euer marres
1750 The Hony of his Language. No, he's setled
(Not to come off) in his displeasure.
I should be glad to heare such Newes as this
Once euery houre.
1755 Beleeue it, this is true.
In the Diuorce, his contrarie proceedings
Are all vnfolded: wherein he appeares,
As I would wish mine Enemy.
1760 His practises to light?
The Cardinals Letters to the Pope miscarried,
The Life of King Henry the Eight.
And came to th'eye o'th'King, wherein was read
1765 How that the Cardinall did intreat his Holinesse
To stay the Iudgement o'th'Diuorce; for if
It did take place, I do (quoth he) perceiue
My King is tangled in affection, to
A Creature of the Queenes, Lady Anne Bullen.
1770 Ha's the King this?
The King in this perceiues him, how he coasts
And hedges his owne way. But in this point,
1775 All his trickes founder, and he brings his Physicke
After his Patients death; the King already
Hath married the faire Lady.
May you be happy in your wish my Lord,
1780 For I professe you haue it.
Now all my ioy
Trace the Coniunction.
1785 There's order giuen for her Coronation:
Marry this is yet but yong, and may be left
To some eares vnrecounted. But my Lords
She is a gallant Creature, and compleate
In minde and feature. I perswade me, from her
1790 Will fall some blessing to this Land, which shall
In it be memoriz'd.
But will the King
Digest this Letter of the Cardinals?
The Lord forbid.
There be moe Waspes that buz about his Nose,
Will make this sting the sooner. Cardinall Campeius,
Is stolne away to Rome, hath 'tane no leaue,
1800 Ha's left the cause o'th'King vnhandled, and
Is posted as the Agent of our Cardinall,
To second all his plot. I do assure you,
The King cry'de Ha, at this.
Now God incense him,
1805 And let him cry Ha, lowder.
But my Lord
When returnes Cranmer?
He is return'd in his Opinions, which
Haue satisfied the King for his Diuorce,
1810 Together with all famous Colledges
Almost in Christendome: shortly (I beleeue)
His second Marriage shall be publishd, and
Her Coronation. Katherine no more
Shall be call'd Queene, but Princesse Dowager,
1815 And Widdow to Prince Arthur.
This same Cranmer's
A worthy Fellow, and hath tane much paine
In the Kings businesse.
He has, and we shall see him
1820 For it, an Arch‑byshop.
Enter Wolsey and Cromwell.
Obserue, obserue, hee's moody.
1825 The Packet Cromwell,
Gau't you the King?
To his owne hand, in's Bed‑chamber.
Look'd he o'th'inside of the Paper?
1830 He did vnseale them; and the first he view'd,
He did it with a Serious minde: a heede
Was in his countenance. You he bad
Attend him heere this Morning.
Is he ready to come abroad?
1835 I thinke by this he is.
Leaue me a while.
It shall be to the Dutches of Alanson,
The French Kings Sister; He shall marry her.
Anne Bullen? No: Ile no Anne Bullens for him,
1840 There's more in't then faire Visage. Bullen?
No, wee'l no Bullens: Speedily I wish
To heare from Rome. The Marchionesse of Penbroke?
Maybe he heares the King
1845 Does whet his Anger to him.
Lord for thy Iustice.
The late Queenes Gentlewoman?
A Knights Daughter
1850 To be her Mistris Mistris? The Queenes, Queene?
This Candle burnes not cleere, 'tis I must snuffe it,
Then out it goes. What though I know her vertuous
And well deseruing? yet I know her for
A spleeny Lutheran, and not wholsome to
1855 Our cause, that she should lye i'th'bosome of
Our hard rul'd King. Againe, there is sprung vp
An Heretique, an Arch‑one; Cranmer, one
Hath crawl'd into the fauour of the King,
And is his Oracle.
1860 He is vex'd at something.
Enter King, reading of a Scedule.
I would 'twer somthing that would fret the string,
The Master‑cord on's heart.
What piles of wealth hath he accumulated
1865 To his owne portion? And what expence by'th'houre
Seemes to flow from him? How, i'th'name of Thrift
Does he rake this together? Now my Lords,
Saw you the Cardinall?
My Lord, we haue
1870 Stood heere obseruing him. Some strange Commotion
Is in his braine: He bites his lip, and starts,
Stops on a sodaine, lookes vpon the ground,
Then layes his finger on his Temple: straight
Springs out into fast gate, then stops againe,
1875 Strikes his brest hard, and anon, he casts
His eye against the Moone: in most strange Postures
We haue seene him set himselfe.
It may well be,
There is a mutiny in's minde. This morning,
1880 Papers of State he sent me, to peruse
As I requir'd: and wot you what I found
There (on my Conscience put vnwittingly)
Forsooth an Inuentory, thus importing
The seuerall parcels of his Plate his Treasure,
1885 Rich Stuffes and Ornaments of Houshold, which
I finde at such proud Rate, that it out‑speakes
Posession of a Subiect.
It's Heauens will,
Some Spirit put this paper in the Packet,
1890 To blesse your eye withall.
If we did thinke
The Life of King Henry the Eight.
His Contemplation were aboue the earth,
And fixt on Spirituall obiect, he should still
Dwell in his Musings, but I am affraid
1895 His Thinkings are below the Moone, not worth
His serious considering.
King takes his Seat, whispers Louell, who goes
to the Cardinall.
Heauen forgiue me,
Euer God blesse your Highnesse.
Good my Lord,
1900 You are full of Heauenly stuffe, and beare the Inuentory
Of your best Graces, in your minde; the which
You were now running o're: you haue scarse time
To steale from Spirituall leysure, a briefe span
To keepe your earthly Audit, sure in that
1905 I deeme you an ill Husband, and am gald
To haue you therein my Companion.
For Holy Offices I haue a time; a time
To thinke vpon the part of businesse, which
1910 I beare i'th'State: and Nature does require
Her times of preseruation, which perforce
I her fraile sonne, among'st my Brethren mortall,
Must giue my tendance to.
You haue said well.
1915 And euer may your Highnesse yoake together,
(As I will lend you cause) my doing Well,
With my well saying.
'Tis well said agen,
And 'tis a kinde of good deede to say well,
1920 And yet words are no deeds. My Father lou'd you,
He said he did, and with his deed did Crowne
His word vpon you. Since I had my Office,
I haue kept you next my Heart, haue not alone
Imploy'd you where high Profits might come home,
1925 But par'd my present Hauings, to bestow
My Bounties vpon you.
What should this meane?
The Lord increase this businesse.
Haue I not made you
1930 The prime man of the State? I pray you tell me,
If what I now pronounce, you haue found true:
And if you may confesse it, say withall
If you are bound to vs, or no. What say you?
My Soueraigne, I confesse your Royall graces
1935 Showr'd on me daily, haue bene more then could
My studied purposes requite, which went
Beyond all mans endeauors. My endeauors,
Haue euer come too short of my Desires,
Yet fill'd with my Abilities: Mine owne ends
1940 Haue beene mine so, that euermore they pointed
To'th'good of your most Sacred Person, and
The profit of the State. For your great Graces
Heap'd vpon me (poore Vndeseruer) I
Can nothing render but Allegiant thankes,
1945 My Prayres to heauen for you; my Loyaltie
Which euer ha's, and euer shall be growing,
Till death (that Winter) kill it.
A Loyall, and obedient Subiect is
1950 Therein illustrated, the Honor of it
Does pay the Act of it, as i'th'contrary
The fowlenesse is the punishment. I presume,
That as my hand ha's open'd Bounty to you,
My heart drop'd Loue, my powre rain'd Honor, more
1955 On you, then any: So your Hand, and Heart,
Your Braine, and euery Function of your power,
Should, notwithstanding that your bond of duty,
As 'twer in Loues particular, be more
To me your Friend, then any.
1960 I do professe,
That for your Highnesse good, I euer labour'd
More then mine owne: that am, haue, and will be
(Though all the world should cracke their duty to you,
And throw it from their Soule, though perils did
1965 Abound, as thicke as thought could make 'em, and
Appeare in formes more horrid) yet my Duty,
As doth a Rocke against the chiding Flood,
Should the approach of this wilde Riuer breake,
And stand vnshaken yours.
1970 'Tis Nobly spoken:
Take notice Lords, he ha's a Loyall brest,
For you haue seene him open't. Read o're this,
And after this, and then to Breakfast with
What appetite you haue.
Exit King, frowning vpon the Cardinall, the Nobles
throng after him smiling, and whispering.
1975 What should this meane?
What sodaine Anger's this? How haue I reap'd it?
He parted Frowning from me, as if Ruine
Leap'd from his Eyes. So lookes the chafed Lyon
Vpon the daring Huntsman that has gall'd him:
1980 Then makes him nothing. I must reade this paper:
I feare the Story of his Anger. 'Tis so:
This paper ha's vndone me: 'Tis th'Accompt
Of all that world of Wealth I haue drawne together
For mine owne ends, (Indeed to gaine the Popedome,
1985 And fee my Friends in Rome.) O Negligence!
Fit for a Foole to fall by: What crosse Diuell
Made me put this maine Secret in the Packet
I sent the King? Is there no way to cure this?
No new deuice to beate this from his Braines?
1990 I know't will stirre him strongly; yet I know
A way, if it take right, in spight of Fortune
Will bring me off againe. What's this? To th'Pope?
The Letter (as I liue) with all the Businesse
I writ too's Holinesse. Nay then, farewell:
1995 I haue touch'd the highest point of all my Greatnesse,
And from that full Meridian of my Glory,
I haste now to my Setting. I shall fall
Like a bright exhalation in the Euening,
And no man see me more.
Enter to Woolsey, the Dukes of Norfolke and Suffolke, the
Earle of Surrey, and the Lord Chamberlaine.
2000 Heare the Kings pleasure Cardinall,
Who commands you
To render vp rhe Great Seale presently
Into our hands, and to Confine your selfe
To Asher‑house, my Lord of Winchesters,
2005 Till you heare further from his Highnesse.
Where's your Commission? Lords, words cannot carrie
Authority so weighty.
Who dare crosse 'em,
2010 Bearing the Kings will from his mouth expressely?
Till I finde more then will, or words to do it,
(I meane your malice) know, Officious Lords,
I dare, and must deny it. Now I feele
Of what course Mettle ye are molded, Enuy,
2015 How eagerly ye follow my Disgraces
The Life of King Henry the Eight.
As if it fed ye, and how sleeke and wanton
Ye appeare in euery thing may bring my ruine?
Follow your enuious courses, men of Malice;
You haue Christian warrant for 'em, and no doubt
2020 In time will finde their fit Rewards. That Seale
You aske with such a Violence, the King
(Mine, and your Master) with his owne hand, gaue me:
Bad me enioy it, with the Place, and Honors
During my life; and to confirme his Goodnesse,
2025 Ti'de it by Letters Patents. Now, who'll take it?
The King that gaue it.
It must be himselfe then.
Thou art a proud Traitor, Priest.
Proud Lord, thou lyest:
2030 Within these fortie houres, Surrey durst better
Haue burnt that Tongue, then saide so.
(Thou Scarlet sinne) robb'd this bewailing Land
Of Noble Buckingham, my Father‑in‑Law,
2035 The heads of all thy Brother‑Cardinals,
(With thee, and all thy best parts bound together)
Weigh'd not a haire of his. Plague of your policie,
You sent me Deputie for Ireland,
Farre from his succour; from the King, from all
2040 That might haue mercie on the fault, thou gau'st him:
Whil'st your great Goodnesse, out of holy pitty,
Absolu'd him with an Axe.
This, and all else
This talking Lord can lay vpon my credit,
2045 I answer, is most false. The Duke by Law
Found his deserts. How innocent I was
From any priuate malice in his end,
His Noble Iurie, and foule Cause can witnesse.
If I lou'd many words, Lord, I should tell you,
2050 You haue as little Honestie, as Honor,
That in the way of Loyaltie, and Truth,
Toward the King, my euer Roiall Master,
Dare mate a sounder man then Surrie can be,
And all that loue his follies.
2055 By my Soule,
Your long Coat (Priest) protects you,
Thou should'st feele
My Sword i'th'life blood of thee else. My Lords,
Can ye endure to heare this Arrogance?
2060 And from this Fellow? If we liue thus tamely,
To be thus Iaded by a peece of Scarlet,
Farewell Nobilitie: let his Grace go forward,
And dare vs with his Cap, like Larkes.
2065 Is poyson to thy stomacke.
Yes, that goodnesse
Of gleaning all the Lands wealth into one,
Into your owne hands (Card'nall) by Extortion:
The goodnesse of your intercepted Packets
2070 You writ to'th'Pope, against the King: your goodnesse
Since you prouoke me, shail be most notorious.
My Lord of Norfolke, as you are truly Noble,
As you respect the common good, the State
Of our despis'd Nobilitie, our Issues,
2075 (Whom if he liue, will scarse be Gentlemen)
Produce the grand summe of his sinnes, the Articles
Collected from his life. Ile startle you
Worse then the Sacring Bell, when the browne Wench
Lay kissing in your Armes, Lord Cardinall.
2080 How much me thinkes, I could despise this man,
But that I am bound in Charitie against it.
Those Articles, my Lord, are in the Kings hand:
But thus much, they are foule ones.
So much fairer
2085 And spotlesse, shall mine Innocence arise,
When the King knowes my Truth.
This cannot saue you:
I thanke my Memorie, I yet remember
Some of these Articles, and out they shall.
2090 Now, if you can blush, and crie guiltie Cardinall,
You'l shew a little Honestie.
Speake on Sir,
I dare your worst Obiections: If I blush,
It is to see a Nobleman want manners.
2095 I had rather want those, then my head;
Haue at you.
First, that without the Kings assent or knowledge,
You wrought to be a Legate, by which power
You maim'd the Iurisdiction of all Bishops.
2100 Then, That in all you writ to Rome, or else
To Forraigne Princes, Ego & Rex meus
Was still inscrib'd: in which you brought the King
To be your Seruant.
Then, that without the knowledge
2105 Either of King or Councell, when you went
Ambassador to the Emperor, you made bold
To carry into Flanders, the Great Seale.
Item, You sent a large Commission
To Gregory de Cassado, to conclude
2110 Without the Kings will, or the States allowance,
A League betweene his Highnesse, and Ferrara.
That out of meere Ambition, you haue caus'd
Your holy‑Hat to be stampt on the Kings Coine.
Then, That you haue sent inumerable substance,
2115 (By what meanes got, I leaue to your owne conscience)
To furnish Rome, and to prepare the wayes
You haue for Dignities, to the meere vndooing
Of all the Kingdome. Many more there are,
Which since they are of you, and odious,
2120 I will not taint my mouth with.
O my Lord,
Presse not a falling man too farre: 'tis Vertue:
His faults lye open to the Lawes, let them
(Not you) correct him. My heart weepes to see him
2125 So little, of his great Selfe.
Lord Cardinall, the Kings further pleasure is,
Bccause all those things you haue done of late
By your power Legatiue within this Kingdome,
2130 Fall into'th'compasse of a Premunire;
That therefore such a Writ be sued against you,
To forfeit all your Goods, Lands, Tenements,
Castles, and whatsoeuer, and to be
Out of the Kings protection. This is my Charge.
2135 And so wee'l leaue you to your Meditations
How to liue better. For your stubborne answer
About the giuing backe the Great Seale to vs,
The King shall know it, and (no doubt) shal thanke you.
So fare you well, my little good Lord Cardinall.
Exeunt all but Wolsey.
2140 So farewell, to the little good you beare me.
Farewell? A long farewell to all my Greatnesse.
This is the state of Man; to day he puts forth
The tender Leaues of hopes, to morrow Blossomes,
And beares his blushing Honors thicke vpon him:
2145 The third day, comes a Frost; a killing Frost,
And when he thinkes, good easie man, full surely
The Life of King Henry the Eight.
His Greatnesse is a ripening, nippes his roote,
And then he fals as I do. I haue ventur'd
Like little wanton Boyes that swim on bladders:
2150 This many Summers in a Sea of Glory,
But farre beyond my depth: my high‑blowne Pride
At length broke vnder me, and now ha's left me
Weary, and old with Seruice, to the mercy
Of a rude streame, that must for euer hide me.
2155 Vaine pompe, and glory of this World, I hate ye,
I feele my heart new open'd. Oh how wretched
Is that poore man, that hangs on Princes fauours?
There is betwixt that smile we would aspire too,
That sweet Aspect of Princes, and their ruine,
2160 More pangs, and feares then warres, or women haue;
And when he falles, he falles like Lucifer,
Neuer to hope againe.
Enter Cromwell, standing amazed.
Why how now Cromwell?
I haue no power to speake Sir.
2165 What, amaz'd
At my misfortunes? Can thy Spirit wonder
A great man should decline. Nay, and you weep
I am falne indeed.
How does your Grace.
2170 Why well:
Neuer so truly happy, my good Cromwell,
I know my selfe now, and I feele within me,
A peace aboue all earthly Dignities,
A still, and quiet Conscience. The King ha's cur'd me,
2175 I humbly thanke his Grace: and from these shoulders
These ruin'd Pillers, out of pitty, taken
A loade, would sinke a Nauy, (too much Honor.)
O 'tis a burden Cromwel, 'tis a burden
Too heauy for a man, that hopes for Heauen.
2180 I am glad your Grace,
Ha's made that right vse of it.
I hope I haue:
I am able now (me thinkes)
(Out of a Fortitude of Soule, I feele)
2185 To endure more Miseries, and greater farre
Then my Weake‑hearted Enemies, dare offer.
What Newes abroad?
The heauiest, and the worst,
Is your displeasure with the King.
2190 God blesse him.
The next is, that Sir Thomas Moore is chosen
Lord Chancellor, in your place.
That's somewhat sodain.
But he's a Learned man. May he continue
2195 Long in his Highnesse fauour, and do Iustice
For Truths‑sake, and his Conscience; that his bones,
When he ha's run his course, and sleepes in Blessings,
May haue a Tombe of Orphants teares wept on him.
2200 That Cranmer is return'd with welcome;
Install'd Lord Arch‑byshop of Canterbury.
That's Newes indeed.
Last, that the Lady Anne,
Whom the King hath in secrecie long married,
2205 This day was view'd in open, as his Queene,
Going to Chappell: and the voyce is now
Onely about her Corronation.
There was the waight that pull'd me downe,
2210 The King ha's gone beyond me: All my Glories
In that one woman, I haue lost for euer.
No Sun, shall euer vsher forth mine Honors,
Or gilde againe the Noble Troopes that waighted
Vpon my smiles. Go get thee from me Cromwel,
2215 I am a poore falne man, vnworthy now
To be thy Lord, and Master. Seeke the King
(That Sun, I pray may neuer set) I haue told him,
What, and how true thou art; he will aduance thee:
Some little memory of me, will stirre him
2220 (I know his Noble Nature) not to let
Thy hopefull seruice perish too. Good Cromwell
Neglect him not; make vse now, and prouide
For thine owne future safety.
O my Lord,
2225 Must I then leaue you? Must I needes forgo
So good, so Noble, and so true a Master?
Beare witnesse, all that haue not hearts of Iron,
With what a sorrow Cromwel leaues his Lord.
The King shall haue my seruice; but my prayres
2230 For euer, and for euer shall be yours.
Cromwel, I did not thinke to shed a teare
In all my Miseries: But thou hast forc'd me
(Out of thy honest truth) to play the Woman.
Let's dry our eyes: And thus farre heare me Cromwel,
2235 And when I am forgotten, as I shall be,
And sleepe in dull cold Marble, where no mention
Of me, more must be heard of: Say I taught thee,
Say Wolsey, that once trod the wayes of Glory,
And sounded all the Depths, and Shoales of Honor,
2240 Found thee a way (out of his wracke) to rise in:
A sure, and safe one, though thy Master mist it.
Marke but my Fall, and that that Ruin'd me:
Cromwel, I charge thee, fling away Ambition,
By that sinne fell the Angels: how can man then
2245 (The Image of his Maker) hope to win by it?
Loue thy selfe last, cherish those hearts that hate thee;
Corruption wins not more then Honesty.
Still in thy right hand, carry gentle Peace
To silence enuious Tongues. Be iust, and feare not;
2250 Let all the ends thou aym'st at, be thy Countries,
Thy Gods, and Truths. Then if thou fall'st (O Cromwell)
Thou fall'st a blessed Martyr.
Serue the King: And prythee leade me in:
There take an Inuentory of all I haue,
2255 To the last peny, 'tis the Kings. My Robe,
And my Integrity to Heauen, is all,
I dare now call mine owne. O Cromwel, Cromwel,
Had I but seru'd my God, with halfe the Zeale
I seru'd my King: he would not in mine Age
2260 Haue left me naked to mine Enemies.
Good Sir, haue patience.
So I haue. Farewell
The Hopes of Court, my Hopes in Heauen do dwell.