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And to what end is this? nay, ladies, fear not;
Enter a Servant.
Ser. A noble troop of strangers,
Wol. Good Lord Chamberlain,
[All arise, and tables removed.
like Shepherds, usher'd by the Lord Chamberlain. They
Chat. Because they speak no English, thus they pray'd
Wol. Say, Lord Chamberlain,
(Chuse ladies, King and Anne Bullen. King. The faireft hand I ever touch'd! O beauty, Till now I never knew thee. [Mufick. Dance.
Wol. My lord.
Wol. Let me see then:
King. You've found him, Cardinal :
Wol. I am glad
King. My lord Chamberlain,
daughter, (The Viscount Rochford,) one of her Highness' women.
King. By heaven she's a dainty one: sweet heart, I were unmannerly to take you out, [TO Anne Bullen. And not to kiss you. A health, gentlemen, Let it
round. Wol. Sir Thomas Lovell, is the banquet ready l'th' privy chamber?
Lov. Yes, my lord.
Wol. Your Grace,
King. I fear too much.
Wol. There's fresher air, my lord, In the next chamber.
King. Lead in your ladies every one: (weet partner, I must not yet forsake you; let's be merry,
Good my lord Cardinal: I have a dozen healths
[Exeunt with Trumpets.
ACT II. SCENE I
Enter two Gentlemen at several Doors.
HITHER away so faft:.
Ey'n to the hall, to hear what shall be
i Gen. I'll save you
the ceremony Of, bringing back the pris’ner.
2. Gen. Were you there?
i Gen. I'll tell you in a little. The great Duke.
of divers witnesses, which the Duke defird
2 Gen. That was he
r Gen. The same. All these accus'd him strongly, which he fain Would have flung from him; but indeed he could not: And so his peers upon this evidence Have found him guilty of high treason. Much He spoke, and learnedly for life; but all Was either pitied in him, or forgotten.
2. Gen. After all this, how did he bear himself? 1 Gen. When he was brought again to thi bar,
2 Gen. I do not think he fears death.
1 Gen, Sure he does not, He never was so womanife; the cause He may a little grieve at..
2 Gen. Certainly
1 Gen. 'Tis likely,
2 Gen. That trick of ftate Was a decp envious one.
I Gen. At his return;
And far enough from court too.
2 Gen. All the commons
him bounteous Buckingham, The Mirror of all courte sie
SCENE II. Enter Buckingham from his Arraignment. Tipftaves be
fore him, the Axe with the edge towards him. Halberds on each side, accompanied with Sir Thomas Lovel, Sir Nicholas Vaux, Walter Sands, and common People, &c.
I. Gen. Stay there, Sir, And see the noble ruin'd Man you speak of. 2 Gen. Let's stand close and behold him.
Buck. All good People, You that thus far have come to pity me, Hear what I say, and then go home and lose me: I have this day receiv'd a traitor's judgment, And by that name must die; yet heay'n bear witness, And if I have a conscience let it sink me Even as the axe falls, if I be not faithful. To th’ law I bear no malice for my death, 'T has done, upon the Premises, but Juftice : But those that sought it, I could wish more christians; Be what they will, I heartily forgive 'em; Yet let 'em look they glory not in mischief, Nor build their evils on the graves of great men; For then, my guiltless blood must cry against 'em. For further life in this world I ne'er hope, Nor will I sue, although the King have mercies More than I dare make faults. You few that loy'd me,' And dare be bold to weep for Buckingham, His noble friends and fellows, whom to leave Is only bitter to him, only dying; Go with me like good Angels to my end, And as the long divorce of steel falls on me, Make of your prayers one sweet sacrifice,