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Henry VIII

Act V, Scene 3

The Council-Chamber.
 
[Enter Chancellor; places himself at the upper end of the table on the left hand; a seat being left void above him, as for CRANMER's seat. SUFFOLK, NORFOLK, SURREY, Chamberlain, GARDINER, seat themselves in order on each side. CROMWELL at lower end, as secretary. Keeper at the door]
 
CHANCELLOR
        ,             ,          ,       ,      x
      Speak to | the bus|iness, mas|ter-sec|retary:
       ,     2      ,         ,
      Why are we | met in | council?
 
CROMWELL
                                        ,           ,
                                     Please your | honors,
            ,       ,         ,           ,         ,        x  ->
      The chief | cause con|cerns his | grace of | Canter||bury.
 
GARDINER
             ,         ,          ,
      Has | he had | knowledge | of it?
 
CROMWELL
                                         ___
                                         Yes.
 
NORFOLK
            ,       ,
      Who waits | there?
 
KEEPER
                              ,         Tx     T
                         Wi|thout my | noble lords?
 
GARDINER
                                                     T
                                                    Yes.
 
KEEPER
           ,      ,  ,      .
      My lord | archbi/shop;
      <-  T   T    T       ,         ,          ,           ,         oo
         And has done || half an | hour, to | know your | pleasures.|
 
CHANCELLOR
       ,              ,
      Let him | come^in.
 
KEEPER
                               ,          ,      ,
                        Your grace | may en|ter now.
 
[CRANMER enters and approaches the council-table]
 
CHANCELLOR
           ,           ,    ,           ,     ,     2->
      My good | lord^arch|bishop,| I'm ve|ry sor||ry
          ,      ,             ,         ,        ,
      To sit | here at | this pre|sent, and | behold
             ,       ,    ,                ,         ,
      That chair | stand emp/ty: but | we all | are men
                ,   ,         ,          ,    ,
      In our / own na|tures frail,| and ca|pable
        2      ,      ,         ,        ,    2         ,
      Of our flesh,| few are | angels;| out of which^|frailty
            ,        ,        ,           ,                x
      And want | of wis|dom, you | that best | should teach us,
            ,       ,           ,         ,         x
      Have mis|demeaned | yourself,| and not | a little:
         T    .    T    T       ,          ,         ,
      Toward the king first,| then his | laws, in | filling
            ,       ,      2        ,          ,           ,
      The whole | realm, by your | teaching | and your | chaplains
            ,       ,         ,           ,      ,       ->
      (For so | we are | informed,| with new | opin||ions,
       ,     2     ,    2       ,          ,     ,
      Di|vers and dan|gerous; which | are he|resies;
           ,         ,           ,         ,       o
      And not | reformed,| may prove | perni|cious.
 
GARDINER
             ,     ,        ,        ,       ,
      Which^re|forma|tion must | be sud|den too
           x      ,            ,            T    T   T      ->
      My noble^|lords; for | those that | tame wild hor||ses
        ,        ,      2        ,          ,           x
      Pace |'em not | in their hands | to make | 'em gentle,
            ,             ,            ,         ,          ,       ->
      But stop | their mouths | with stub|born bits | and spur ||'em,
        ,        2  ,         ,        ,         x
      Till | they obey | the ma|nage. If | we suffer,
       ,    2       ,     ,          ,         ,
      Out of our | easi|ness and | childish | pity
          ,      ,    ,          2     ,          ,
      To one | man's ho/nor, this con|tagious | sickness;
            ,     ,   ,                   ,         ,
      Farewell | all phy/sic: and | what fol|lows then?
          ,         ,   ,              ,   2     ,
      Commo|tions, up|roars, with | a ge|neral taint
        2      ,       ,              ,      ,          ,
      Of the whole | state: as | of late | days our | neighbors,
           ,      ,     ,         ,      ,       ->
      The up|per Ger|many,| can dear|ly wit||ness,
       ,      ,        ,        ,        ,  2
      Yet | freshly | pitied | in our | memories.
 
CRANMER
           ,      ,      2     ,        ,         ,
      My good | lords; hither|to, in | all the | progress
        ,    2       ,         ,       ,         ,
      Both of my | life and | office,| I have | labored,
         2      ,    ,        ,        ,        ,
      And with no | little | study,| that my | teaching
                   ,      ,         ,       ,    ,
      And the / strong course | of my | autho|rity,
        T    T  T     ,           ,       ,         ,
      Might go one | way, and | safe|ly; and | the end
          ,    2    ,     ,    ,                ,
      Was e|ver to do | well: nor / is there | living,
           ,          ,       ,        ,          ,
      (I speak | it with | a sin|gle heart,| my lords)
         ,           ,        ,            ,         ,
      A man | that more | detests,| more stirs | against,
        ,            ,        ,            ,          ,
      Both in | his pri|vate con|science, and | his place,
         ,   ,    2     ,         ,          ,
      Defa|cers of a | public | peace than | I do:
               x           ,         ,       ,        ,
      Pray* heaven | the king | may ne|ver find | a heart
             ,       ,         ,        ,           ,
      With less | alle|giance in | it. Men | that make
       ,           ,       ,       ,        ,
      Envy | and croo|ked ma|lice nou|rishment
        T    T   .    T    ,   2     ,            ,
      Dare bite the best.| I do be|seech your | lordships,
          2     ,      ,        ,         ,     ,
      That in this | case of | justice,| my ac|cusers,
       ,     2         ,           T     T     T         ,
      Be what they | will, may | stand forth face | to face,
            ,       ,        ,
      And free|ly urge | against | me.
 
SUFFOLK
                                        ,         ,
                                       Nay,| my lord,
            ,       ,    ,            ,      ,
      That can|not be;| you are | a coun|sellor,
           ,         ,       ,         ,        ,         2->
      And by | that vir|tue no | man dare | accuse || you.
 
GARDINER
           ,        ,       2      ,       2     ,     ,
      My lord,| because | we have bus|iness of more | moment,
       ,     2       ,       2        ,          ,          ,
      We will be | short with you.| 'Tis his | highness'| pleasure
           ,         ,         ,        x         ,
      And our | consent,| for bet|ter trial | of you,
             ,          ,       ,       ,         x
      From hence | you be | commit|ted to | the Tower,
             ,      ,       ,        ,       ,
      Where be|ing but | a pri|vate man | again,
         2        ,     ,       ,       ,          ,
      You shall know | many | dare ac|cuse you | boldly,
              ,        ,         ,        ,      ,
      More* than |(I fear)| you are | provi|ded for.
 
CRANMER
       ,   2         ,        ,       ,         ,
      Ah my good*| Lord of | Winche|ster: I | thank you,
         2     ,             ,     ,                 ,    ,
      You are al|ways my / good friend,| if your / will pass,
       2        ,      ,           ,          ,          ,
      I shall both | find your | lordship | judge and | juror,
                 ,  ,     ,       ,          ,
      You are / so mer|ciful:| I see | your end,
            ,      ,        ,          ,          ,
      'Tis my | undo|ing. Love | and meek|ness, lord
          ,        ,          ,     2      ,  ,
      Become | a church|man, bet|ter than am|bition:
            ,         ,           ,    ,       ,
      Win stray|ing souls | with mo|desty | again,
        T    T  . T         ,           ,         ,
      Cast none away.| That I | shall clear | myself,
       ,      2         ,         ,     ,        ,
      Lay all* the | weight ye | can u|pon my | patience,
          ,        ,        ,         ,        ,          2->
      I make | as lit|tle doubt | as you | do con||science
          ,      ,        ,                ,    ,
      In do|ing dai|ly wrongs.| I could / say more,
           ,    x      2        ,          ,         ,
      But re|verence to your | calling | makes me | modest.
 
GARDINER
           ,         ,     ,           ,     ,
      My lord,| my lord,| you are | a sec|tary,
         T    .    T     T            ,        ,        ,       2->
      That's the plain truth:| your pain|ted gloss | disco||vers
          ,          ,      ,            ,           ,        2->
      To men | that un|derstand | you, words | and weak||ness.
 
CROMWELL
           ,        ,       ,     ,     2     ,
      My Lord | of Win|chester,| you are a | little,
        2       ,     ,       T    T     T         x
      By your good | favor,| too sharp; men | so noble,
         ,       ,       ,             ,        ,
      Howe|ver faul|ty, yet | should find | respect
            ,                  ,     ,       ,     ,
      For what | they have / been: 'tis | a cru|elty
           ,       ,        ,
      To load | a fal|ling man.
 
GARDINER
            ,       ,      x
      Good mas|ter sec|retary,  (tri with prev)
         ,          ,      ,       ,          ,
      I cry | your ho|nor mer|cy; you | may worst
          ,          ,      ,
      Of all | this ta|ble say | so.
 
CROMWELL
                                      ,         ,
                                     Why | my lord?
 
GARDINER
          ,        ,     ,           ,    ,
      Do not | I know | you for | a fa|vorer
                 ,    ,     ,    2        T
      Of this / new sect?| Ye are not | sound.
 
CROMWELL
                                               T    T
                                              Not sound?
 
GARDINER
            ,        ,
      Not sound | I say.
 
CROMWELL
                           ,      2         ,        ,
                         Would you were | half so | honest:
         T    Tx      T            ,          ,            ,
      Men's prayers then | would seek | you, not | their fears.
 
GARDINER
      ,            ,               ,    ,
      I shall | remem|ber this / bold lang|uage.
 
CROMWELL
                                                  ,
                                                 Do.
         ,     2       ,      T   T
      Remem|ber your bold | life too.
 
CHANCELLOR
                                        T      2      ,
                                      This | is too much;
           ,          ,          ,
      Forbear | for shame | my lords.
 
GARDINER
                                      2       ,
                                     I have done.
 
CROMWELL
                                                      ,
                                                  And I.
 
CHANCELLOR
             ,         ,         ,          ,        ,
      Then thus | for you | my lord,| it stands | agreed
          ,              ,   ,                ,    ,
      I take | it, by / all voi|ces: that / forthwith
       ,    2      ,              x        ,     ,
      You be con|veyed to | the Tower | a pri|soner;
        ,     2     ,                ,      ,          ,
      There to re|main till | the king's | further | pleasure
           ,         x      ,                ,     ,
      Be known | unto us:| are you | all^a/greed lords?
 
ALL
          ,
      We are.
 
CRANMER
              ,      2     ,        ,        ,
             Is there no | other | way of | mercy,
       ,   2         ,     2        x           ,
      But I must | needs to the | Tower, my | lords?
 
GARDINER
                                                            ,
                                                     What | other
        ,             ,     ,           ,          ,    2
      Would you | expect?| You are | strangely | troublesome.
            ,      2      ,         ,       ,
      Let some | of the guard | be rea|dy there.
 
[Enter Guard]
 
CRANMER
                                                      ,
                                                 For me?
        ,       ,           ,       ,       2
      Must I | go like^|a trai|tor thi|ther?
 
GARDINER
                                                     x
                                              Receive him,
           ,          ,      2      x
      And see | him safe | in the Tower.
 
CRANMER
                                           ,              ,
                                         Stay good*| my lords,
      ,     2       x            ,           ,          ,
      I have a | little yet^|to say.| Look^there | my lords,
          ,             ,    ,        ,         ,
      By vi|rtue of / that ring,| I take | my cause
       ,              ,          x      ,           ,
      Out of | the gripes | of cruel | men, and | give it
        2    ,     ,        ,            ,        ,
      To a most | noble | judge, the | king my | master.
 
CHAMBERLAIN
        ,              ,       ,
      This is | the king's | ring.
 
SURREY
                                          ,   ,
                                  'Tis | no coun/terfeit.
 
SUFFOLK
                   ,     ,          x         ,        ,
      'Tis the / right ring,| by heaven:| I told | ye all,
          2     ,      ,          ,   2        ,       ,
      When ye first | put this | dangerous | stone a-|rolling,
                ,      ,          ,
      'Twould fall | upon | ourselves.
 
NORFOLK
                                         2      ,          ,
                                       Do you think | my lords
            ,          ,       ,         ,       ,      2->
      The king | will suf|fer but | the lit|tle fin||ger
           ,     ,    2       ,
      Of this | man to be | vexed?
 
CHANCELLOR
                                          ,         ,
                                  'Tis | now too*| certain;
       ,          ,    2        ,        ,        ,
      How much^|more is his | life in | value | with him?
        ,              ,      ,     ,
      Would I | were fair|ly out | on it.
 
CROMWELL
                                              ,        ,     ->
                                          My mind || gave me,
          ,         ,          ,     ,      2->
      In see|king tales | and in|forma|tions
          ,           ,           ,    ,         ,     ->
      Against | this man,| whose ho|nesty | the de||vil
       ,       2   ,        ,     ,     ,
      And | his disci|ples on|ly en|vy at,
           ,          ,              x      ,          ,
      Ye blew | the fire | that burns ye:| now have | at ye.
 
[Enter KING, frowning on them; takes his seat]
 
GARDINER
        ,    ,                 ,       2     ,           x
      Dread so/vereign,| how much | are we bound | to heaven
          ,        ,            ,         ,         ,
      In dai|ly thanks;| that gave | us such | a prince;
       ,    2      ,          ,           ,      ,
      Not only | good and | wise, but | most re|ligious:
       ,             ,      ,   2       ,            ,
      One that | in all | obe|dience, makes | the church
            ,      ,    2       ,       ,          ,
      The chief | aim of his | honor,| and to | strengthen
            ,     ,     ,         ,        ,
      That ho|ly du|ty out | of dear | respect,
           ,       ,         ,         ,          ,
      His roy|al self | in judg|ment comes | to hear
            ,         ,      ,     2         ,       ,
      The cause | betwixt | her and this | great of|fender.
 
KING HENRY VIII
         2     ,       ,        ,       ,      ,        ->
      You were e|ver good | at sud|den com|menda||tions,
        ,    2    ,       ,          ,     2      ,
      Bish|op of Win|chester.| But know | I come^not
           ,           ,    2   ,     ,    2      ,
      To hear | such^flat|tery now,| and in my | presence
          2     ,      ,          ,         ,      ,
      They are too | thin and | bare to | hide of|fenses.
          ,        ,        ,           ,          ,      o
      To me | you can|not reach.| You play | the span|iel,
            ,           ,        ,           ,         ,        o
      And think | with wag|ging of | your tongue | to win | me:   (hex with prev)
            ,     ,           ,         ,          ,
      But what|soere | thou takst | me for;| I'm sure
             ,        x      ,        ,        ,
      Thou hast | a cruel | nature | and a | bloody.
             ,          ,     ,     2      ,          ,
      Good* man | sit^down:| Now let me | see the | proudest
       ,           T     T    .   T          ,    2     ,
      He, that | dares most, but wag | his fing|er at thee.
          ,            ,      ,        ,         ,
      By all | that's ho|ly, he | had bet|ter starve
                   ,    ,            ,         ,           ,
      Than but / once think | this place | becomes | thee not.
 
SURREY
         2      ,            ,
      May it please | your grace--
 
KING HENRY VIII
                                    ,         2      ,       ,
                                   No sir,| it does not | please me,
       2       ,      2     ,     ,    2       ,      ,
      I had thought, I had had | men of some^|under|standing
           ,       ,        ,          2      ,    ,
      And wis|dom of | my coun|cil; but I / find none:
       ,           ,         ,         ,          ,
      Was it | discre|tion lords,| to let | this man,
             ,     ,            ,        ,            x
      This good | man (few^|of you | deserve | that title)
            ,       ,      ,      2     ,        ,
      This ho|nest man,| wait like a | lousy | footboy^
           ,        ,         ,         ,         ,         ->
      At cham|ber door?| And one,| as great | as you || are?
        ,       2    ,           ,     ,    2     ,
      Why,| what a shame | was this?| Did my com|mission
       ,    2      ,       ,          ,          ,
      Bid ye so | far for|get your|selves? I | gave ye
        x          ,    2      ,      ,        ,
      Power, as | he was a | counsel|lor to | try him,
       ,           ,               ,        ,      ,
      Not as | a groom:| there's some | of ye,| I see,
        ,            ,        ,       ,     ,
      More out | of ma|lice than | inte|grity,
             ,                  ,  ,    ,         ,
      Would try | him to the / utmost, had | ye mean;
        ,     2         ,        ,              ,
      Which ye shall | never | have while | I live.
 
CHANCELLOR
                                                         ,
                                                   Thus^far
                 ,    ,   2       ,         ,           ,
      My most^/dread so|vereign, may | it like | your grace,
          ,          ,         ,     ,       2       ,
      To let | my tongue | excuse | all. What was | purposed
          ,        ,       ,       ,         ,      ->
      Concer|ning his | impri|sonment,| was ra||ther
        ,        2     ,         ,      ,               x
      (If | there be faith | in men)| meant for | his trial,
            ,        ,   ,    2        ,           ,
      And fair | purga|tion to the | world than | malice,
            ,        ,
      I'm sure | in me.
 
KING HENRY VIII
                         ,       2       ,         ,
                       Well, well my | lords, re|spect him;
        ,             ,          ,          ,        x
      Take him,| and use | him well;| he's wor|thy of it.
          ,          ,      ,              ,        ,
      I will | say thus | much for | him, if | a prince
       ,          ,        ,      ,    ,
      May be | behol|ding to | a sub|ject; I
       ,             ,         ,         ,       ,
      Am for | his love | and ser|vice, so | to him.
        ,    2       ,     ,         ,       ,
      Make me no | more a|do, but | all em|brace him;
            ,            ,          ,          ,        ,      3 3 ->
      Be friends | for shame | my lords:| My Lord | of Can||terbury
      ,       2    ,           ,          ,       ,       o
      I | have a suit | which you | must not | deny | me.
            ,   .   T    T     T          ,      T    T  Tx
      That is,| a fair young maid | that yet | wants baptism, (hex with prev)
       ,      2      ,  ,              ,        ,
      You must be | godfa/ther, and | answer | for her.
 
CRANMER
            ,        ,        ,       ,         ,     2->
      The grea|test mo|narch now | alive | may glo||ry
           ,        ,       ,        ,          x
      In such | an ho|nor: how | may I | deserve it
            ,       ,         ,       ,    ,    2
      That am | a poor | and hum|ble sub|ject to you?
 
KING HENRY VIII
               ,         ,            ,             ,
      Come*, come | my lord,| you'd spare | your spoons:
You shall have two noble partners with you: the old Duchess of Norfolk, and Lady Marquess Dorset? Will these please you?
             ,         ,        ,       ,         ,         2->
      Once^more,| my Lord | of Win|chester,| I charge || you
          ,           ,          ,
      Embrace,| and love | this man.
 
GARDINER
                                               ,    ,
                                    With a / true heart
           ,         ,        x
      And bro|ther-love | I do it.
 
CRANMER
                                       ,     ,
                                  And let | heaven
       ,     2        ,         ,          ,      ,
      Witness how | dear, I | hold this | confir|mation.
 
KING HENRY VIII
             ,           ,        ,                   ,    ,
      Good* man,| those^joy|ful tears | show* thy / true heart,
           ,        ,        ,        ,     ,
      The com|mon voice | I see | is ve|rified
           ,            ,      ,     2       ,        ,    3 3
      Of thee,| which says | thus: do my | Lord of | Canterbury  ??
           ,       ,           ,            ,         ,
      A shrewd | turn, and | he's your | friend for | ever:
              ,         ,        ,      ,        ,
      Come* lords,| we tri|fle time | away:| I long
           ,           ,           ,        ,
      To have | this young | one made | a Chris|tian.
      <-  ,    ,          ,        T    T     T        ,
         As || I have | made ye | one lords, one | remain:
         ,          ,         ,          ,       ,
      So I | grow stron|ger, you | more ho|nor gain.
 
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