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K. Hen. Bring him to us.

[Erit Denny.

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.
Come, you and I must walk a turn together;
I have news to tell you: Come, come, give me your

hand.

Ah, my good lord, I grieve at what I speak,
And am right sorry to repeat what follows:
I have, and most unwillingly, of late
Heard many grievous, I do say, my lord,
Grievous complaints of you; which, being con-

sider'd,

Have mov'd us and our council, that you shall
This morning come before us; where, I know,

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
Most throughly to be winnow'd, where my chaff
And corn shall fly asunder: for, I know,
There's none stands under more calumnious tongues,
Than I myself, poor man S7.

K. Hen. Stand up, good Canterbury;

Thy truth, and thy integrity, is rooted
In us, thy friend: Give me thy hand, stand up;
Pr'ythee, let's walk. Now, by my holy-dame,
What manner of man are you? My lord, I look'd
You would have given me your petition, that
I should have ta'en some pains to bring together
Yourself and your accusers; and to have heard you
Without indurance, further.

Cran. Most dread liege,

The good I stand on is my truth, and honesty;
If they shall fail, I, with mine enemies,
Will triumph o'er my person; which I weigh not,
Being of those virtues vacant. I fear nothing
What can be said against me.

K. Hen. Know you not how

Your state stands i'the world, with the whole world?

Your enemies

Are many, and not small; their practices
Must bear the same proportion: and not ever
The justice and the truth o'the question carries
The due o'the verdict with it: At what ease
Might corrupt minds procure knaves as corrupt
To swear against you? such things have been done.
You are potently oppos'd; and with a malice
Of as great size. Ween you of better luck,
I mean, in perjur'd witness, than your master,
Whose minister you are, whiles here he liv'd
Upon this naughty earth? Go to, go to;
You take a precipice for no leap of danger,
And woo your own destruction.

Criai. God, and your majesty,

Protect mine innocence, or I fall into
The trap is laid for me!

K. Hen. Be of good cheer;

They shall no more prevail, than we give way to.
Keep comfort to you; and this morning see
You do appear before them: if they shall chance,
In charging you with matters, to commit you.
The best persuasions to the contrary
Fail not to use, and with what vehemency
The occasion shall instruct you: if entreaties
Will render you no remedy, this ring
Deliver them, and your appeal to us
There make before them.—Look, the good man

weeps! He's honest, on mine honour. God's blest mother! I swear, he is true-hearted; and a soul

vOL. IX. X

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?
Say, ay; and of a boy.

Lady. Ay, ay, my liege;

And of a lovely boy: The God of heaven
Both now and ever bless her !—'tis a girl,
Promises boys hereafter. Sir, your queen
Desires your visitation, and to be
Acquainted with this stranger; 'tis as like you,
As cherry is to cherry.

K. Hen. Lovell,—

Enter Lovell.

Lov. Sir.

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

more.

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.

SCENE II.

Lobby before the Council-Chamber.

Enter Cranmer; Servants, Door-keeper, SfC.
attending.

Cran. I hope, I am not too late; and yet the gen

tleman,

That was sent to me from the council, pray'd me
To make great haste. All fast? what means this ?—

Hoa!
Who waits there ?— Sure, you know me?

D. Keep. Yes, my lord;

But yet I cannot help you.

Cran. Why?

D. Keep. Your grace must wait, till you be call'd for.

Enter Doctor Butts.

Cran. So.

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,

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