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Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not
here; And hold their manhoods cheap, while any speaks, That fought with us upon St. Crispian's day.
SHAKESPEARE. C H A P. X 5 X. Henry VI. Warwick , and Cardinal
Beaufort. X. Henry. How fares my lord ? Speak, Beau
fort, to thy sovereiga. Car. If thou be'st Death , I'll give thee England's
treasure, Enough to purchase such another island, So thou wilt let me live and feel no pain.
K. Henry. Ah, what a sign it is of evil life, Whore death's approach is seen so terrible ! War, Beaufort, it is thy sovereign speaks to
thee. Car. Bring me unto my trial when you
will: Dy'd he not in his bed? Where should he die? Can I make men live whether they will or no? Oh, torture me no more! I will confessAlive again? Then show me where he is : I'll give a thousand pound to look upon him He hath no eyes, the dust hath blinded them : Comb down his hair : look! look!it stands upright, Like lime twigs set to catch my winged soul. Give me some drink; and bid the apothecary Bring the strong poison that I bought of him.
R. Henry. O thou eternal Mover of the heav'ns, Look with a gentle eye upon this wretch ! Oh, beat away the busy meddling fiend , That lays strong siege unto this wretch's soul, And from his bosom purge this black despair. Peace to his soul, if God's good pleasure be! Lord Cardinal, if thou think'st on Heaven's bliss, Hold up thine hand, make signal of thy hope. He dies, apd makes no sign! O God, forgive him.
War. So bad a death argnes a monstrous life.
all. Close up his eyes, and draw the curtain close, And let us all to meditation,
SHAKESPEARE C H A P. X X.
Wolsey and Cromwell. w.l.Farewel, a long farewel to all my great
ness! This is the state of man: To-day he puts forth The tender leaves of hope; to-morrow blossoms, And bears his blushing honours thick upon him; The third day comes a frost, a killing frost, And when he thinks, good easy man, full surely His greatness is a-ripening, nips his shoot; And then he falls, as I do. I have ventur'd, Like little wanton boys, that swim on bladders, These
inany summers in a sea of glory; But far beyond my depth; my high-blown pride At length broke under me; and now has left me Weary and old with service, to the mercy Of a rude stream, that must for ever hide me. Vain pomp and glory of the world, I hate ye ! I feel my hearth new open'd. Oh how wretched Is that poor man that hangs on princes' favours ! There is, betwixt that smile he would aspire to , That sweet aspect of princes, and his ruin, More pangs
and fears than war or women have; And when he falls , he falls like Lucifer, Never to hope again. Why , how now, Cromwell?
Crom. I bave no power to speak, Sir,
Wol. What amaz'd At my misfortunes ? Can thy spirit wonder A great man should decline? Nay, if you weep, I'm fall'n indeed.
Crom. How does your grace?
Wol. Why well; Never so truly happy, my good Cromwell. I know myself now, and I feel within me A peace above all earthly dignities; A still and qniet conscience. The king has cur'd me, I humbly thank his grace; and, froni these shoul
ders; These ruin'd pillars, out of pity taken A load would sink a navy, too much honour. 0, 'tis a burthen, Cromwell, 'tis a burthen, Too heavy for a man that hopes for heav'n! Crom. I'm glad your grace has made that figlic
use of it. Wol. I hope I have : I'm able now, methinks, Out of a fortitude of soul I feel, T' indure more miseries, and greater far, Than iny weak hearted enemies dare offer.What news abroad?
Crom. The heaviest and the worst,
Wol. God bless him.
Wol. That's somewhat sudden But he's a learned man.
May he continue Long in his Highness' favour, and do justice For truth's sake and his conscience; that his bones, When he has run his course, and sleeps in blessings, May have a tomb of orphan's tears wept on him! What more?
Crom. That Cranmer is return'd with welcome; Install’d Lord Archbishop of Canterbury.
'Wol. That's news indeed.
Crom. Last, that the Lady Anne, Whom the King hath in secrery long married, This day was view'd in open as his Queen, Going to chapel; and the voice is now Only about her coronation. Wol. There was the weight that pulld me down:0 Cromwell,
The King has gone beyond me: all my glories
thee : Some little memory of me will stir him, (I know his noble nature ) not to let Thy hopeful service perish too. Good Cromwell, Neglect him not; make use now, and provide For thine own future safety.
Crom. O my lord, Must I then leave you? Must I needs forego So good , so noble, and so true a master ? Bear witness, all that have not hearts of iron, With what a sorrow Cromwell leaves his lord. The king skall have my service; but my prayers For ever, and for erer , shall be yours.
Wol. Cromwell, I did not think to shed a tear In all my miseries, but thou hast forc'd me, Out of thy honest truth, to play the woman Let's dry our eyes; and thus får hear Crom
weli, And when I am forgotten , as I shall be , And sleep in dull cold marble, where no mention Of me must more be heard, say then I taught thee; Say, Wolsey, that once rode the waves of glory, And sounded all the depths and shoals of honour, Found thee a way, out of his wreck, to rise in : A sure and safe one, though thy master miss'd it. Mark but my fall, and that which ruin'd me: Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambition ; By that sin fell the angels; how can man then (Tho' th' image of his Maker) hope to win by't? Love thyself last; cherish those hearts that wait
thee; Corruption wins not more than honesty.
Still in thy right hand carry gentle Peace,
Crom. Good Sir, have patience.
Wol. So I have. Farewell The hopes of court! my hopes in Heaven do dwell.
C H A P. X X I.
Lear. Blow winds, and crack your cheeks;rage, blow! You, cataracts, and hurricanoes, spout Till you have drench'd our steeples, drown'd the
cocks! You sulph'rous and thought-executing fires, Singe my white head. And thou, all shaking thun
der, Strike flat the thick rotundity o'th' world! Crack Nature's mould, all germins spill at once That make ungrateful man!
Rumble ihy belly full, spit fire-, spout rain Nor rain, wind, thunder , fire, are my daughters. I tax not you , ye elements, with unkindness; I never gave you kingdoms, call'd you children; You owe me no subscription. Then let fall Your horrible pleasure. Here I stand your brave, A poor, infirm , weak , and despis'd old man; But
yet I call you servile ministers,