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Re-enter the Dukes of NORFOLK, and SUFFOLK, the
Earl of SURREY, and the Lord Chamberlain.
To render up the great seal presently
hear further from his highness.
481 Suf. Who dare cross 'em ? Bearing the king's will from his mouth expressly?
Wol. 'Till I find more than will, or words, to do it (I mean, your malice), know, officious lords, I dare, and must deny it. Now I feel Of what coarse metal ye are moulded-envy. How eagerly ye follow my disgrace, As if it fed ye? and how sleek and wanton Ye appear in every thing may bring my ruin?
490 Follow your envious courses, men of malice; You have christian warrant for 'em, and, no doubt, In time will find their fit rewards. That seal, You ask with such a violence, the kin (Mine, and your master), with his own hand gave me : Bade me enjoy it, with the place and honours, During my life; and, to confirm his goodness, Ty'd it by letters patent: Now, who'll take it? Sur. The king, that gave it.
Wol. It must be himself then.
500 Sur. Thou art a proud traitor, priest.
Wol. Proud lord, thou liest ;
Sur. Thy ambition,
Wol. This, and all else
Your long coat, priest, protects you ; thou should'st
feel My sword i' the life-blood of thee else. My lords, Can ye endure to hear this arrogance ?
Wol. All goodness
Sur. Yes, that goodness
ness, Since you provoke me, shall be most notorious. My lord of Norfolk-as you are truly noble, As you respect the common good, the state of our despis'd nobility, our issues, Who, if he live, will scarce be gentlemenProduce the grand sum of his sins, the articles Collected from his life ;-I'll startle you Worse than the sacring bell, when the brown wench Lay kissing in your arms, lord cardinal. 551 Wol. How much, methinks, I could despise this
man, But that I am bound in charity against it!
Nor. Those articles, my lord, are in the king's
But, thus much, they are foul ones.
Wol. So much fairer,
Sur. This cannot save you :
Wol. Speak on, sir ;
First, that, without the king's assent, or knowledge,
Nor. Then, that, in all you writ to Rome, or else
Suf. Then, that, without the knowledge
Sur. Item, you sent a large commission
Suf. That, out of mere ambition, you have caus'd
Cham. O my lord,
Sur. I forgive him.
Suf. Lord cardinal, the king's further pleasure is Because all those things, you have done of late By your power legatine within this kingdom, 600 Fall into the compass of a Præmunire That therefore such a writ be su'd against you; To forfeit all your goods, lands, tenements, Castles, and whatsoever, and to be Out of the king's protection :- This is my charge. Nor. And so we'll leave you to your
meditations How to live better. For your stubborn answer, About the giving back the great seal to us, The king shall know it, and, no doubt, shall thank you.