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́Never fo truly happy, my good Cromwell.
I know myself now, and I feel within me
A peace above all earthly dignities;
A ftill and quiet confcience. The King has cur'd me,
I humbly thank his Grace; and, from these shoulders,
These ruin'd pillars, out of pity taken
A load would fink a navy, too much honour.
O, '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 right use of
WOL. I hope I have: I'm able now,
Out of a fortitude of foul I feel,
T' indure more miferies, and greater far,
Than my weak-hearted enemies dare offer.
What news abroad?
CROм. The heaviest and the worst,
Is your displeasure with the King.
WOL. God bless him!
CROM. The next is, that Sir Thomas More is chofen
Lord Chancellor in your place.
WOL. That's fomewhat fudden
But he's a learned man. May he continue
Long in his Highness' favour, and do justice
For truth's fake and his confcience; that his bones,
When he run his courfe, and fleeps in bleffings,
May have a tomb of orphans' tears wept on him!
CROM. That Cranmer is return'd with welcome;
Inftall'd Lord Archbishop of Canterbury.
WOL. That's news indeed.
CROM. Laft, that the Lady Anne,
Whom the King hath in fecrecy 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 pull'd me down:
The King has gone beyond me: all my glories
In that one woman I have loft for ever.
No fun fhall ever ufher forth my honours,
Or gild again the noble troops that waited.
Upon my fmiles. Go, get thee from me, Cromwell;
I am a poor fall'n man, unworthy now
To be thy lord and mafter. Seek the King,
(That fun I pray may never fet) I've told him
What and how true thou art; he will advance thee:
Some little memory of me will ftir him,
(I know his noble nature) not to let
Thy hopeful fervice perish too. Good Cromwell,
Neglect him not; make ufe now, and provide
For thine own future fafety.
Muft I then leave you? Muft I needs forego
So good, fo noble, and so true a master?
Bear witnefs, all that have not hearts of iron,
With what a forrow Cromwell leaves his Lord.
The King fhall have my service; but my prayers
For ever, and for ever, shall be your's.
WOL. Cromwell, I did not think to shed a tear
In all my miferies, but thou haft forc'd me,
Out of thy honeft truth, to play the woman-
Let's dry our eyes; and thus far hear me, Cromwell,
And when I am forgotten, as I fhall be,
And fleep in dull cold marble, where no mention
Of me muft more be heard, say then I taught thee;
Say, Wolfey, that once rode the waves of glory,
And founded all the depths and fhoals of honour,
Found thee a way, out of his wreck, to rife in;
A fure and fafe one, though thy mafter miss'd it.
Mark but my fall, and that which ruin'd me:
Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambition;
By that fin fell the angels; how can man then
(Tho' th' image of his Maker) hope to win by't?
Love thyself laft; cherish thofe hearts that wait thee!
Corruption wins not more than honesty.
Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace,
To filence envious tongues. Be juft, and fear not.
Let all the ends thou aim'ft at, be thy Country's,
Thy God's, and Truth's; then if thou fall'ft, O Cromwell,
Thou fall'st a bleffed martyr. Serve the King-
And pr'ythee lead me in
There take an inventory of all I have,
To the last penny, 'tis the King's. My robe,
And my integrity to Heav'n, is all
I dare now call my own. O Cromwell, Cromwell,
Had I but ferv'd my God with half the zeal
I ferv'd my King, he would not in mine age
Have left me naked to mine enemies.
CROM. Good Sir, have patience.
The hopes of court! My hopes in heaven do dwell.
BLOW winds, and crack your cheeks; rage, blow!
You cataracts, and hurricanes, fpout
Till you have drench'd our steeples, drown'd the cocks! You fulph'rous and thought-executing fires,
Singe my white head. And thou, all-fhaking thunder,
Strike flat the thick rotundity o' th' world;
Crack nature's mould, all germins fpill at once
That make ungrateful man!
Rumble thy belly full, fpit fire, fpout rain!
Nor rain, wind, thunder, fire, are my daughters.
I tax not you, ye elements, with unkindness;
I never gave you kingdom, call'd you children;
You owe me no fubfcription. Then let fall
Your horrible pleasure.-Here I stand your brave,
A poor, infirm, weak, and defpis'd old man ;
But yet I call you fervile minifters,
That have with two pernicious daughters join'd
Your high engender'd battles, 'gainst a head,
So old and white as this. Oh! oh! 'tis foul.
Let the great gods,
That keep this dreadful pudder o'er our heads,
Find out their enemies now. Tremble thou wretch,
That haft within thee undivulged crimes,
Unwhip'd of justice! Hide thee, thou bloody hand;
Thou perjure, and thou fimular of virtue,
That art incestuous! caitiff, shake to pieces,
That, under cover of convivial seeming,
Has practis'd on man's life-Clofe-pent-up guilts,
Rive your concealing continents, and afk
Those dreadful fummoners grace !--
More finn'd againft, than finning.
S this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle tow'rd my hand? come, let me clutch thee.—
I have thee not, and yet I fee thee still.
Art thou not, fatal vifion, fenfible
To feeling, as to fight? or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a falfe creation
Proceeding from the heat-oppreffed brain?
I see thee yet, in form as palpable
As this which now I draw..
Thou marshal'st me the way that I was going;
And fuch an inftrument I was to use.
Mine eyes are made the fools o' th' other fenfes,
Or else worth all the reft-I fee thee ftill;
And on the blade of th' dudgeon, gouts of blood,
Which was not fo before.-There's no fuch thing.-
It is the bloody bufinefs, which informs
Thus to mine eyes.-Now o'er one half the world
Nature feems dead, and wicked dreams abufe
The curtain'd fleep; now witchcraft celebrates
Pale Hecate's offerings: and wither'd Murther,
(Alarum'd by his centinel, the wolf,
Whofe howl's his watch) thus with his ftealthy pace,
With Tarquin's ravishing ftrides, tow'rds his defign
Moves like a ghoft.-Thou found and firm-fet earth,