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I do not talk much.
2 Gent.

I am confident;
You shall, sir: Did you not of late days hear
A buzzing, of a separation
Between the king and Katharine ?
I 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.
2 Gent.

But that slander, sir,
Is found a truth now: 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
To the good queen, possess'd him with a scruple
That will undo her: To confirm this too,
Cardinal Campeius is arriv'd, and lately;
As all think, for this business.
I Gent.

'Tis the cardinal; And merely to revenge him on the emperor, For not bestowing on him, at his asking, The archbishoprick of Toledo, this is purpos'd. 2 Gent. I think, you have hit the mark: But is 't not

cruel, That she should feel the smart of this? The cardinal Will have his will, and she must fall. 1 Gent.

'Tis woful. We are too open here to argue this; Let's think in private more.

[Exeunt. 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



and held for certain,] To hold, is to believe. So, in Lord Surrey's translation of the fourth Æneid:

I hold thee not, nor yet gainsay thy words.” Steevens.

London, a man of my lord cardinals, 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. I fear, he will, indeed: Well, let him have them: He will have all, I think.

Enter the Dukes of Norfolk and SUFFOLK.

Well met, my good?
Lord chamberlain.

Good day to both your graces.
Suf. How is the king employ’d?

I left him private,
Full of sad thoughts and troubles.

What's the cause? Cham. It seems, the marriage with his brother's wife Has crept too near his conscience. Suf.

No, his conscience Has crept too near another lady.

Nor. 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 húng twenty years About his neck, yet never lost her lustre;8 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 ?

'Tis so;

? Well met, my good – ] The epithet-good, was inserted by Sir Thomas Hanmer for the sake of measure. Steevens.

8 That, like a jewel, has hung twenty years &c.] See Vol. VI, p. 185, n. 2. Malone.

Cham. Heaven keep me from such counsel !''Tis most

These news are every where; every tongue speaks them,
And every true heart weeps for 't: All, that dare
Look into these affairs, see this main end,'-
The French king's sister.1 Heaven will one day open
The king's eyes, that so long have slept upon
This bold bad man.

And free us from his slavery.
Nur. We had need pray,
And heartily, for our deliverance;
Or this imperious man will work us all
From princes into pages.2 all men's honours
Lie in one lump before him, to be fashion'd
Into what pitch he please.3

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

Let 's in;
And, with some other business, put the king

9- see this main end,] Thus the old copy. All, &c. pe eive this main end of these counsels, namely, the French king's sister. The editor of the fourth folio and all the subsequent editors read --his; but yt or this were not likely to be confounded with his. Besides, the King, not Wolsey, is the person last mentioned; and it was the main end or object of Wolsey to bring about a marriage between Henry and the French king's sister. End has already been used for cause, and may be so here. See p. 238:

• The cardinal is the end of this.” Malone. 1 The French king's sister. ] i. e. the Duchess of Alençon.

Steevens. 2 From princes into pagesr] This may allude to the retinue of the Cardinal, who had several of the nobility among his menial servants. Johnson.

3 Into what pitch he please ] The mass must be fashioned into pitch or height, as well as into particular form. The meaning is, that the Cardinal can, as he pleases, make high or low. Fohnson.

The allusion seems to be to the 21st verse of the 9th chapter of the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans : “ Hath not the potter power over the clay of the same lump, to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour ? Collins.

From these sad thoughts, that work too much upon

him: My lord, you ’ll bear us company? Cham.

Excuse me; The king hath sent me other-where: besides, You 'll find a most unfit time to disturb him: Health to your lordships. Nor. Thanks, my good lord chamberlain.

[Exit Ld. Cham. NORFOLK opens a folding-door. The King is discovered

sitting, and reading pensively. Suf. How sad he looks! sure, he is much afflicted. K. Hen. Who is there? ha? Nor.

'Pray God, he be not angry. K. Hen. Who's there, I say? How dare you thrust

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.
K. Hen.

You are too bold :
Go to; I 'll make


your times of business : Is this an hour for temporal affairs? ha?

4 The stage direction, in the old copy, is a singular one. Exit Lord Chamberlain, and the King draws the curtain, and sits reading pensively. Steevens.

This stage direction was calculated for, and ascertains precisely the state of, the theatre in Shakspeare's time. When a person was to be discovered in a different apartment from that in which the original speakers in the scene are exhibited, the artless mode of our author's time was to place such person in the back part of the stage, behind the curtains, which were occasionally suspended across it. These the person, who was to be discovered, (as Henry, in the present case,) drew back just at the proper time. Mr. Rowe, who seems to have looked no further than the modern stage, changed the direction thus: “ The scene opens, and discovers the King,&c. but, besides the impropriety of introducing scenes, when there were none, such an exhibition would not be proper here, for Norfolk has just said "Let 's in,”-and therefore should himself do some act, in order to visit the King. This, indeed, in the simple state of the old stage, was not attended to; the King very civilly discovering himself. Malone.

Enter Wolsey and CAMPEIUS. Who 's there? my good lord Cardinal?- my Wolsey, The quiet of my wounded conscience, Thou art a cure fit for a king.--You ’re welcome,

[T. CAMP. Most learned reverend sir, into our kingdom; Use us, and it:- My good lord, have great care I be not found a talker.5

[T. WOL. Wol.

Sir, you cannot.
I would, your grace would give us but an hour
Of private conference.
K. Hen.

We are busy; go.

[To Nor. and Sur. Nor. This priest has no pride in him? Suf.

Not to speak of; I would not be so sick though,6 for his place: But this cannot continue.

>Aside. Nor.

If it do, I'll venture one heave at him.? Suf

I another.

[Exeunt Nor. and Suf. Wol. Your grace has given a precedent of wisdom Above all princes, in committing freely Your scruple to the voice of Christendom: Who can be angry now? what envy reach you? The Spaniard, tied by blood and favour to her, Must now confess, if they have any goodness, The trial just and noble. All the clerks, I mean, the learned ones, in christian kingdoms, Have their free voices;s Rome, the nurse of judgment,


have great care I be not found a talker.] I take the meaning to be, Let care be taken that my promise be performed, that my professions of welcome be not found empty talk. Johnson. So, in King Richard III:

"we will not stand to prate,
Talkers are no good doers.” Steevens.

so sick though,] That is, so sick as he is proud. Johnson:
one heave at him.] So, in King Henry VI, Part II:

" To heave the traitor Somerset from hence." The first folio gives the passage thus :

Ile venture one; haue at him. The reading in the text is that of the second folio. Steevens.



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