Act 2 - Scene 2
An ante-chamber in the palace.
Enter Chamberlain, reading a letter
'My lord, the horses your lordship sent for, with
all the care I had, I saw well chosen, ridden, and
They were young and handsome, and of the
best breed in the north. When they were ready to
set out for
London, a man of my lord cardinal's, by
commission and main power, took 'em from me; with
this reason: His
master would be served before a
subject, if not before the king; which stopped our
I fear he
will indeed: well, let him have them:
He will have all, I think.
Enter, to Chamberlain, NORFOLK and SUFFOLK
Well met, my lord chamberlain.
Good day to both your graces.
How is the king employ'd?
I left him private,
Full of sad thoughts and troubles.
What's the cause?
It seems the marriage with his brother's wife
Has crept too near his conscience.
No, his conscience
Has crept too near another lady.
This is the cardinal's doing, the king-cardinal:
That blind priest, like the eldest son of fortune,
what he list. The king will know him one day.
Pray God he do! he'll never know himself else.
How holily he works in all his business!
And with what zeal! for, now he has crack'd the league
us and the emperor, the queen's great nephew,
He dives into the king's soul, and there scatters
doubts, wringing of the conscience,
Fears, and despairs; and all these for his marriage:
And out of all
these to restore the king,
He counsels a divorce; a loss of her
That, like a jewel, has hung twenty years
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