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K. Hen. Bring him to us.
Lov. This is about that which the bishop spake; I am happily come hither. [Aside.
Re-enter Denny with Cranmcr.
K. Hen. Avoid the gallery.
[Lovell seems to stay. Ha !—I have said.—Be gone. What !— [Exeunt Lmett and Denny.
Cran. I am fearful:—Wherefore frowns he thus? 'Tis hii aspect of terror. All's not well.
K. Hen. How now, my lord? You do desire to
know Wherefore I sent for you.
Cran. It is my duty,
To attend your highness' pleasure.
K. Hen. 'Pray you, arise.
My good and gracious lord of Canterbury.
Ah, my good lord, I grieve at what I speak,
Have mov'd us and our council, that you shall
You cannot with such freedom purge yourself,
But that, till further trial, in those charges
Which will require your answer, you must take
Your patience to you, and be well contented
To make your house our Tower : You a brother of us.
It fits we thus proceed, or else no witness
Would come against you.
Cran. I humbly thank your highness;
And am right glad to catch this good occasion
K. Hen. Stand up, good Canterbury;
Thy truth, and thy integrity, is rooted
Cran. Most dread liege,
The good I stand on is my truth, and honesty;
K. Hen. Know you not how
Your state stands i'the world, with the whole world?
Are many, and not small; their practices
Criai. God, and your majesty,
Protect mine innocence, or I fall into
K. Hen. Be of good cheer;
They shall no more prevail, than we give way to.
weeps! He's honest, on mine honour. God's blest mother! I swear, he is true-hearted; and a soul
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None better in my kingdom.—Get you gone,
And do as I have bid you.—[Exit Cranmer.] He has
strangled His language in his tears.
Enter an old Lady.
Gent. [Within.] Come back; What mean you?
Lady. I'll not come back; the tidings that I bring Will make my boldness manners.—Now, good angels Fly o'er thy royal head, and shade thy person Under their blessed wings!
K. Hen. Now, by thy looks
I guess thy message. Is the queen deliver'd?
Lady. Ay, ay, my liege;
And of a lovely boy: The God of heaven
K. Hen. Lovell,—
K. Hen. Give her an hundred marks. I'll to the
queen. [Exit king.
I.ady. An hundred marks! By this light, I'll have
An ordinary groom is for such payment.
I will have more, or scold it out of him.
Said I for this, the girl is like to him?
I will have more, or else unsay't; and now
While it is hot, I'll put it to the issue. [Exeunt.
Lobby before the Council-Chamber.
Enter Cranmer; Servants, Door-keeper, SfC.
Cran. I hope, I am not too late; and yet the gen
That was sent to me from the council, pray'd me
D. Keep. Yes, my lord;
But yet I cannot help you.
D. Keep. Your grace must wait, till you be call'd for.
Enter Doctor Butts.
Buttt. This is a piece of malice. I am glad, I came this way so happily: The king Shall understand it presently. [Exit Butts.
dan. [Aside.] Tis Butts,