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Re-enter the Dukes of NORFOLK, and SUFFOLK, the

Earl of SURREY, and the Lord Chamberlain.
Nor. Hear the king's pleasure, cardinal: who com-

mands you

To render up the great seal presently
Into our hands; and to confine yourself
To Esher house, my lord of Winchester's,
Till
you

hear further from his highness.
Wol. Stay,
Where's your commission, lords ? words cannot carry
Authority so mighty.

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.

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Wol. It must be himself then.

500 Sur. Thou art a proud traitor, priest.

Wol. Proud lord, thou liest ;
Within these forty hours Surrey durst better
Have burnt that tongue, than said so.

Sur. Thy ambition,
Thou scarlet sin, robb'd this bewailing land
Of noble Buckingham, my father-in-law :
The heads of all thy brother cardinals
(With thee, and all thy best parts bound together),
Weigh'd not a hair of his. Plague of your policy!
You sent me deputy for Ireland ;

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Far from his succour, from the king, from all
That might have mercy on the fault thou gav’st him ;
Whilst your great goodness, out of holy pity,
Absolv'd him with an axe.

Wol. This, and all else
This talking lord can lay upon my credit,
I answer, is most false. The duke by law
Found his deserts : how innocent I was
From any private malice in his end,

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His noble jury and foul cause can witness.
If I lov'd many words, lord, I should tell you,
You have as little honesty as honour;
That I, in the way of loyalty and truth
Toward the king, my ever royal master,
Dare mate a sounder man than Surrey can be,
And all that love his follies.
Sur. By my soul,

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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 ?

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And from this fellow? If we live thus tamely,
To be thus jaded by a piece of scarlet,
Farewel nobility; let his grace go forward,
And dare us with his cap, like larks.

Wol. All goodness
Is poison to thy stomach.

Sur. Yes, that goodness
Of gleaning all the land's wealth into one,
Into your own hands, cardinal, by extortion; 540
The goodness of your intercepted packets,
You writ to the pope, against the king: your good.

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

hand :

But,

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But, thus much, they are foul ones.

Wol. So much fairer,
And spotless, shall mine innocence arise,
When the king knows my truth.

Sur. This cannot save you :
I thank my memory, I yet

remember

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Some of these articles; and out they shall.
Now, if you can blush, and cry guilty, cardinal,
You'll shew a little honesty.

Wol. Speak on, sir ;
I dare your worst objections: if I blush,
It is, to see a nobleman want manners.
Sur. I'd rather want those, than

my

head. Have

at you.

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First, that, without the king's assent, or knowledge,
You wrought to be a legate; by which power
You maim'd the jurisdiction of all bishops. 570

Nor. Then, that, in all you writ to Rome, or else
To foreign princes, Ego & Rex meus
Was still inscrib'd; in which you brought the king
To be your servant.

Suf. Then, that, without the knowledge
Either of king or council, when you went
Ambassador to the emperor, you made bold
To carry into Flanders the great seai.

Sur. Item, you sent a large commission
To Gregory de Cassalis, to conclude,
Without the king's will, or the state's allowance,
A league between his highness and Ferrara.

Suf.

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Suf. That, out of mere ambition, you have caus'd
Your holy hat to be stampt on the king's coin.
Sur. Then, that you have sent innumerable sub-

stance
(By what means got I leave to your own conscience),
To furnish Rome, and to prepare

the

ways
You have for dignities; to the mere undoing
Of all the kingdom. Many more there are ;
Which, since they are of you, and odious, 590,
I will not taint my mouth with.

Cham. O my lord,
Press not a falling man too far; 'tis virtue:
His faults lie open to the laws; let them,
Not you, correct him. My heart weeps to see him
So little of his great self.

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.

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