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3 Gen. Stokesly, and Gardiner ; the one, of Win.
chester (Newly preferr'd from the king's secretary), The other, London.
2 Gen. He of Winchester Is held no great good lover of the archbishop's, The virtuous Cranmer.
3 Gen. All the land knows that: However, yet there's no great breach; when it
comes, Cranmer will find a friend will not shrink from him.
2 Gen. Who may that be, I pray you?
3 Gen. Thomas Cromwell ; A man in much esteem with the king, and truly A worthy friend. The king has made him
130 Master o' the jewel-house, And one, already, of the privy-council.
2 Gen. He will deserve more.
3 Gen. Yes, without all doubt.
Both. You may command us, sir. [Exeunt.
Kimbolton. Enter KATHARINE, Dowager, sick, led
between Griffith her Gentleman-Usher, and PATIENCE her Woman.
Grif. How does your grace ?
140 Kath. O, Griffith, sick to death : My legs, like loaded branches, bow to the earth, Willing to leave their burden : Reach a chair ;Sonow, methinks, I feel a little ease. Didst thou not tell me, Griffith, as thou led'st me, That the great child of honour, cardinal Wolsey, Was dead?
Grif. Yes, madam ; but, I think, your grace, Out of the pain you suffer'd, gave no ear to't. Kath. Pr’ythee, good Griffith, tell me how he dyd :
150 If well, he step'd before me, happily, For my example.
Grif. Well, the voice goes, madam :
Kath. Alas, poor man!
Lodg'd in the abbey; where the reverend abbot,
his honours to the world again,
Kath. So may he rest ; his faults lie gently on him!
Grif. Noble madam,
To hear me speak his good now?
191 Kath. Yes, good Griffith ; I were malicious else.
Grif. This cardinal,
Kath. After my death I wish no other herald,
Now in his ashes honour: Peace be with him!
Sad and solemn Musick.
Grif. She is asleep : Good wench, let's sit down
quiet, For fear we wake her :-Softly, gentle Patience.
The Vision. Enter, solemnly tripping one after another,
six Personages, clad in white Robes, wearing on their Heads Garlands of Bays, and golden Vizards on their Faces ; Branches of Bays, or Palm, in their Hands. They first congée unto her, then dance; and, at certain Changes, the first two hold a spare Garland over her Head; at which, the other four make reverend Courtesies; then the two, that held the Garland, deliver the same to the other next two, who observe the same Order in their Changes, and holding the Garland over her Head: which done, they deliver the same Garland to the last two, who likewise observe the same Order : at which (as it were by Inspiration), she makes in her Sleep Signs of Rejoicing, and holdeth up her Hands to Heaven : and. so in their Dancing they vanish, carrying the Garland with them. The Musick continues.