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THE FALL OF CARDINAL WOLSEY.
[CARDINAL WOLSEY has just learned from King Henry VIII.'s lips that he has fallen under the King's displeasure.]
Wol. I have touch'd the highest point of all my greatness;
And, from that full meridian of my glory,
Enter the DUKES OF NORFOLK and SUFFOLK, the EARL OF SURREY, and the LORD CHAMBERLAIN.
Nor. Hear the king's pleasure, cardinal: who commands you
To render up the great seal presently
Where's your commission, lords? Words cannot carry
Authority so weighty.
Who dare cross them,
Bearing the king's will from his mouth expressly? Wol. Till I find more than will or words to do it
(I mean your malice), know, officious lords,