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Henry VIII

Act II, Scene 2

An ante-chamber in the palace.
 
[Enter Chamberlain, reading a letter]
 
CHAMBERLAIN
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 London, a man of my lord cardinal's, 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, to Chamberlain, NORFOLK and SUFFOLK]
 
NORFOLK
        T   T   .   T      ,      __
      Well met my lord | chamber|lain.
 
CHAMBERLAIN
            ,         ,          ,      o
      Good day | to both | your gra|ces.   (tetra with prev)
 
SUFFOLK
       ,    2        ,        ,
      How is the | king em|ployed?
 
CHAMBERLAIN
                                        ,         ,
                                  I | left him | private,
        T   .  T      T            ,
      Full of sad thoughts | and trou|bles.
 
NORFOLK
                                               ,           ,
                                            What's | the cause?
 
CHAMBERLAIN
           ,          ,          ,         ,           ,
      It seems | the mar|riage with | his bro|ther's wife
       .    T    T    T         ,
      Has crept too near | his con|science.
 
SUFFOLK
                                             ,        ,          2->
                                            No,| his con||science
            ,            ,      ,       ,   2
      Has crept | too* near | ano|ther la|dy.
 
NORFOLK
                                                   ,
                                             'Tis so;
        ,    2       ,   2        ,            ,    ,   2
      This is the | cardinal's | doing,| the king-|cardinal:
             ,        T      T   .   T       ,        ,        ->
      That blind | priest, like the el|dest son | of for||tune,
        ,         2     ,          ,           ,       2     ,
      Turns | what he list.| The king | will know | him one^day.
 
SUFFOLK
        T   T   .  T          ,       ,         ,     __
      Pray God he do,| he'll ne|ver know | himself | else.
 
NORFOLK
       T   T . T        ,         ,         ,        o
      How holily | he works | in all | his bus|iness,    (hex with prev)
       .    T    T    T         ,      2       ,             ,
      And with what zeal?| For now | he has cracked | the league
          ,      ,    2       ,  2              ,             ,
      Between | us and the | emperor |(the | queen's great*| nephew)
           ,      ,  2         T     T    .    T       ,
      He dives | into the | king's soul, and there | scatters
       ,           ,      ,                 ,    ___
      Dangers,| doubts, wring/ing of | the con|science,
        ,               ,          ,      ,      2       ,
      Fears, and | despairs;| and all | these for his | marriage:
           ,        ,      ,            ,           ,
      And out | of all | these to | restore | the king,
           ,       ,       ,         ,        ,
      He coun|sels a | divorce,| a loss | of her
             ,        x           ,      ,        ,
      That like | a jewel,| has hung | twenty | years
          ,          ,          ,        ,         ,
      A|bout his | neck, yet | never | lost her | luster;
          ,           ,      ,               ,      ,
      Of her | that loves | him with | that ex|cellence
            ,        ,           ,          ,    2    ,
      That an|gels love | good* men | with; e|ven of her
             ,          ,          ,         ,         ,
      That when | the grea|test stroke | of for|tune falls
             ,           ,       2    ,            ,      ,
      Will bless | the king:| and is not | this course | pious?
 
CHAMBERLAIN
         x     ,                     ,                ,    ,
      Heaven keep / me from | such^coun|sel: 'Tis / most true
              ,         ,      ,       2      ,        ,
      These news | are ev|erywhere,|*every tongue | speaks 'em,  ??
           ,       ,      T     T     Tx         2       ,
      And ev|ery true | heart weeps for it.| All* that dare
            ,      ,         ,       ,              ,
      Look^in|to these | affairs,| see this | main^end,
       .     T      T    T          x           ,        ,     2->
      The French king's sis|ter. Heaven | will one | day^o||pen
             ,       ,                ,           ,       ,
      The king's | eyes, that | so* long | have slept | upon
        .    T   T   T
      This^bold bad man.
 
SUFFOLK
                               ,     ,     2       ,   2
                         And free | us from his | slavery.
 
NORFOLK
        2      ,      ,           ,   2         ,       ,     2    ->
      We had need | pray, and | heartily,| for our | deli||verance;
       ,       2   ,   2    ,           ,        ,
      Or | this impe|rious man | will work | us all
             ,       ,     ,       ,           ,      ->
      From prin|ces in|to pa|ges: all | men's^ho||nors
       ,      T   T    T        ,          ,        ,        ->
      Lie | like one lump | before | him, to | be fash||ioned
       ,   2       ,           ,
      In|to what pitch | he please.
 
SUFFOLK
                                        ,        ,
                                   For me,| my lords,
          ,         ,          ,            ,           ,
      I love | him not,| nor fear | him, there's | my creed:
         ,        ,         ,          ,          ,
      As I | am made | without | him, so | I'll stand,
        2      ,       ,           ,        ,          ,
      If the king | please: his | curses | and his | blessings
        ,     2    ,                ,        ,       ,
      Touch me a|like, they're | breath I | not be|lieve in.
          ,     ,      2      ,         ,       ,
      I knew | him, and I | know him:| so I | leave him
          ,           ,          ,           ,
      To him | that made | him proud;| the pope.
 
NORFOLK
                                                       ,
                                                Let's^in;
            ,         ,       ,         ,          ,
      And with | some^o|ther bus|iness put | the king
          2       ,        ,              ,          ,     ,
      From these^sad | thoughts, that | work too | much u|pon him:
           ,               x      ,     ,
      My lord,| you'll bear us | compa|ny?
 
CHAMBERLAIN
                                                ,
                                           Ex|cuse me,
            ,          ,       ,       ,         ,
      The king | has sent | me o|therwhere:| besides
               ,        ,       ,      ,    2      ,
      You'll find | a most | unfit | time to dis|turb him:
         ,     2         ,
      Health to your | lordships.
 
NORFOLK
                                    ,          ,           ,    2
                                 Thanks my | good lord*| chamberlain.
 
[Exit Chamberlain; and KING HENRY VIII draws the curtain, and sits reading]
 
SUFFOLK
           ,         ,       ,    2       ,       ,
      How sad | he looks;| sure he is | much af|flicted.
 
KING HENRY VIII
              ,      T
      Who's there?| Ha?
 
NORFOLK
                         T   T        ,        ,     2->
                       Pray God | he be | not^an||gry.
 
KING HENRY VIII
              ,        ,           ,           ,            ,
      Who's^there | I say?| How* dare | you thrust | yourselves
       ,  2      ,         ,    ,
      Into my | private | medi|tations?
      <-     ,        , ->
        Who am || I? Ha?
 
NORFOLK
         ,          ,          ,        ,       ,      ->
      A gra|cious king,| that par|dons all | offen||ses
       ,     2        ,            ,         ,   2      ,
      Ma|lice nere* meant:| our breach | of du|ty this^way  ??
          ,         ,      ,          ,          ,
      Is bus|iness of | estate;| in which,| we come
           ,          ,       ,
      To know | your roy|al plea|sure.
 
KING HENRY VIII
                                        2       ,    ,
                                      Ye are / too bold:
          ,          ,         ,           ,         ,         ->
      Go to;| I'll make | ye know | your times | of bus||iness:
       ,       2     ,         ,    2        ,     ,
      Is | this an hour | for tem|poral af/fairs? Ha?
              ,          ,          ,     ,    ,        ,     ->
      Who's^there?| My good | lord^car|dinal?| O my || Wolsey,
           ,      ,        ,       ,           ->
      The qui|et of | my woun|ded con||science;
        ,       2    ,     ,     2      ,             ,
      Thou | art a cure | fit for a | king: you're | welcome
             ,       ,   2     ,     ,  2        ,
      Most^lear|ned re|verend sir,| into our | kingdom,
       T   T   .   T        ,      T     .     T     T
      Use us, and it:| my good | lord, have* great care,
       2    ,      ,         ,
      I be not | found a | talker.
 
[Enter CARDINAL WOLSEY and CARDINAL CAMPEIUS, with a commission]
 
CARDINAL WOLSEY
                                   ,             ,
                                  Sir, you | cannot;
          ,            ,             ,        ,         ,
      I would | your grace | would give | us but | an hour
          ,        ,     2
      Of pri|vate con|ference.
 
KING HENRY VIII
                                ,        ,      ,
                               We | are bu|sy; go.
 
NORFOLK [Aside to SUFFOLK]
              ,          ,     ,     2
      This priest | has no | pride in him?
 
SUFFOLK [Aside to NORFOLK]
                                              ,         ,
                                             Not to | speak of:
                 ,   ,        ,       ,               ,
      I would / not be | so sick | though for | his place:
            ,     ,    2     ,
      But this | cannot con|tinue.
 
NORFOLK[Aside to SUFFOLK]
                                      ,       ,
                                     If it | do,
      <-         ,         ,          ,
        I'll || venture | one; have^|at him.
 
SUFFOLK [Aside to NORFOLK]
                                             ,    ,
                                             I a|nother.
 
[Exeunt NORFOLK and SUFFOLK]
 
CARDINAL WOLSEY
             ,           x        ,      ,        ,      2->
      Your grace | has given | a pre|cedent | of wis||dom
         ,     ,    ,         2     ,          ,
      Above | all prin/ces, in com|mitting | freely
             ,       ,         ,          ,       ,
      Your scru|ple to | the voice | of Chris|tendom:
       ,     2      ,       ,          ,       ,
      Who can be | angry | now? What^|envy | reach you?
            ,         ,         ,          ,       x
      The Span|iard tied | by blood | and fa|vor to her,
            ,         ,     ,     2       ,       ,
      Must^now | confess,| if they have | any | goodness,
           ,       ,         ,       ,           ,
      The tri|al just | and no|ble. All | the clerks,
           ,            ,       ,         ,           ,
      (I mean | the learned | ones in | Christian | kingdoms)
                     ,   ,         ,          ,          ,       2->
      Have^their / free voi|ces. Rome |(the nurse | of judg||ment)
         ,      ,         ,       ,           ,
      Invi|ted by | your no|ble self,| hath sent
           ,    2     ,      ,                  ,   ,
      One^gen|eral tongue | unto | us. This / good man,
             ,          ,         ,      ,   2      ,    2
      This just | and lear|ned priest,| Cardinal | Campeius;
             ,      ,          ,      ,  2         ,
      Whom once | more I | present | unto your | highness.
 
KING HENRY VIII
            ,      ,              ,    ,    2       ,
      And once | more in | mine^arms | I bid him | welcome,
            ,          ,     ,    ,                 ,
      And thank | the ho|ly con|clave for | their loves:
          2       ,         ,       ,    ,      2          ,
      They have sent | me such | a man | I would have | wished for.
 
CARDINAL CAMPEIUS
             ,            ,         ,            ,           ,
      Your grace | must needs | deserve | all* stran|gers' loves,
         2     ,    ,        2       ,          ,
      You are so | noble.| To your high|ness' hand
      <-   ,        ,       ,         ,     T    T  T
        I ten||der my | commis|sion; by | whose virtue,
            ,          ,        ,         ,         ,
      The court | of Rome | comman|ding. You | my lord
       ,   2          ,           ,           ,          ,       ->
      Cardinal | of York,| are joined | with me | their ser||vant,
       ,      2   ,         ,     2     ,     ,
      In | the unpar|tial judg|ing of this | business.
 
KING HENRY VIII
       T   Tx    T          ,       ,     2     ,
      Two equal men:| The queen | shall be ac|quainted
             ,          ,          ,       ,     ,
      Forthwith | for what | you come.| Where's Gar/diner?
 
CARDINAL WOLSEY
          ,          ,     ,        ,        ,         2->
      I know | your ma|jesty | has al|ways loved || her
           ,         ,      ,          ,         ,
      So dear | in heart,| not to | deny | her that
         ,            ,    ,            ,        ,
      A wo|man of / less place | might^ask | by law:
        ,            ,       ,   2      ,       ,
      Scholars | allowed | freely to | argue | for her.
 
KING HENRY VIII
       ,      2        ,          ,     ,              ,
      Aye, and the | best she | shall have;/ and my | favor
          ,                 ,    ,       2     ,     ,   2
      To him | that does^/best, God | forbid^else:| Cardinal,  ??
       ,          ,    ,          ,          ,      ,     ,   ->
      Prithee | call Gar/diner | to me,| my new || secre|tary.
          ,       2   ,     ,
      I find | him a fit | fellow.
 
[Exit CARDINAL WOLSEY. Re-enter CARDINAL WOLSEY, with GARDINER]
 
CARDINAL WOLSEY [Aside to GARDINER]
        ,    2         T     T   T         ,      ,        ->
      Give me your | hand: much joy | and fa|vor to || you;
       ,       2      ,       ,
      You | are the king's | now.
 
GARDINER [Aside to CARDINAL WOLSEY]
                                         ,   2     ,
                                  But | to be com|manded
          ,      ,          ,             ,           ,         ->
      For e|ver by | your grace,| whose^hand | has raised || me.
 
KING HENRY VIII
        ,     ,        ,    ___   oo
      Come | hither | Gardi|ner.|
 
[Walks and whispers]
 
CARDINAL CAMPEIUS
           ,         ,         ,         ,        ,
      My Lord | of York,| was^not | one^Doc|tor Pace
       .   T    T     T         ,
      In this man's place | before | him?
 
CARDINAL WOLSEY
                                           ,        ,
                                          Yes,| he was.
 
CARDINAL CAMPEIUS
       ,    2        ,         T     T
      Was he not | held a | learned man?
 
CARDINAL WOLSEY
                                          T      ,
                                         Yes | surely.
 
CARDINAL CAMPEIUS
          ,      ,         2      ,     ,          ,
      Believe | me, there's an | ill o|pinion | spread then*,
      ,   3  3       T    T   T    2
      Even of your|self lord car|dinal.
 
CARDINAL WOLSEY
                                        ,        ,
                                       How?| Of me?
 
CARDINAL CAMPEIUS
                   ,    ,         ,         ,       ,
      They will / not stick | to say,| you en|vied him;
           ,        ,           ,     ,    2      ,   2
      And fea|ring he | would rise |(he was so | virtuous)
        ,           ,        ,      T      T    T      ,
      Kept him | a for|eign man | still; which so | grieved him,
                 ,   ,          ,
      That he / ran mad,| and died.
 
CARDINAL WOLSEY
                                       x        ,          ,
                                   Heaven's | peace be | with him:  (hex with prev)
               ,          ,       ,          ,       ,     2   ->
      That's Chris|tian care | enough:| for liv|ing mur||murers
         ,       ,         2    ,     ,           ,
      There's | places | of rebuke.| He was | a fool;
       ,    2          ,         ,   2            ,     ,
      For he would | needs be | virtuous.| That good | fellow,
       ,  2      ,         ,         ,      ,
      If I com|mand him | follows | my ap|pointment,
      ,     2         ,              ,      ,           ,
      I will have | none so | near^else.| Learn this | brother,
           ,     ,    2        ,         ,        ,
      We live | not to be | griped by | meaner | persons.
 
KING HENRY VIII
         ,       ,          ,    ,      2      ,
      Deli|ver this | with mo|desty | to the queen.
 
[Exit GARDINER]
            ,        ,         ,          ,         ,        2->
      The most | conven|ient place,| that I | can think || of
            ,        ,          ,              ,      x
      For such | receipt | of lear|ning is / Black-Friars:
        ,     2          ,      ,           ,        ,
      There ye shall | meet a|bout this | weighty | business.
          ,        ,        ,          ,        ,
      My Wol|sey, see | it fur|nished, O | my lord,
        ,               ,        ,      ,         ,
      Would it | not grieve | an a|ble man | to leave
            ,        ,   ,            ,            ,           ->
      So* sweet | a bed|fellow?| But con|science, con||science;
      ,      2   ,        ,      ,   2         ,
      O |'tis a ten|der place,| and I must | leave her.
 
[Exeunt]

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