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~ How K~_. Henry the ViII. uJrcd to vifit tbe.lft,tcbel :~;rt ·

· t be City., Bl1 d buJP be came a(,'quai'lted· with a llJCJ·'1

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~ T was the Cuflom . of King He',zry the Ejgh~n,. ~o··· _ .

. i · walk late in the N ign r 111to rhe Eiry ~ifgnifed~'

·;i to take Notice how the Conllables and Wart ' .. -.

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/t ing the City Gates, but alfa diligent ly watchingthe .

~} inwardl'arts ot' theCiry, that (I) they Ini?ht prevent ' ·

.. ] thofe Di flur bances and ~ .afu:l1 ties w iiich often .

'U happpen 10 great and 'populous Cities in the Night -. <

:.~ This he did oftentimes without ehe leaft Dilcoverv . "

,~i, who he was, return ng horne to 11"bitebaU' early, in

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_ the Strand, he took Notice of a certain Coblcr,'ffl

who was conllantly up at'Work, whiUJil1g and:~'

· and to be acquainted with bim , in order to wh,ich'§

, hi immediately knockt off the Heel of his Shce,']

_ · I -by hitting it againtt a)~!one"; having fa done, he,,_~

bounc'd at the Cobler s Stall. _ J

IYho'$ there? Cries t he (" obler, '.;~

Here's one laid) f(!id the King. . i1

With that the Cobler opened the Sfall Door~andd the .King asked him, if he could f~t on h!s Heel. ); , Tes that 1 cau. fays th» Cobler, C0111e 1'1 honejlt

· Pellow, tl)ld J~·t t bee DlJ'P7t by 11Je, cUld 1 will do~it {or '~

JOlljlTai~bt. The Cobler fcrap'd his A\vls and old] Shoes to one Side, ro make Room tor the King to <~

· fit by bim. r.

The King being Ilardly able to forbear Iaughing( at the' Kindnef of f he Co bler, asked hi m, if there'i was not an Houfe hard by which fold a Cup of}!

Ale,3nd the People were up. i~ .. · Yea, (aid the Cobler, there is an Inn over the ~ Way ,where I believe the Folks are l?P, for the Car." tieis go from thence veryearly in the Morning.] · With that the King borrowed an Old Shoe of

, Cobler to bring his Shoe to him thither fa. Coon as he had put the Heel ?o again ; the Cobler promif ed he would, fornaking what Hafte he could to

put the Heel on, he carried it' over to the King;

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~ .' b"'onep' BlaJ~, here is thy Shoe axain; I'Q warra,z

. t7J~~_ it will ~zot come off agaz7z i" '~jle~ yery

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for your Pains? ' .

.J. Coupl~ of Pence, anfwered the Cobler. .' '

Well, .faid rhe King, ,feeing thou art an honefl merry F -llow.here's a Tealter for thee ; come ,fit

, thee down by me, I "Till drink a full Pot with thee.

Corne here is a good, Heal th to the King. '

.,itb a1l1ny HerUt, faid the · 'obler, I will pletlge tbee. were it in lIf"ater.

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~ very lnerry,and d !;a nk off his l .. iquor very freely.

whereat the I{ i ng laughed hea rtil y sand. was very plelfiJnt and j~cllnd_ with the Cobler, telli~g him withal, that hIS Name was Hary Tvdor, andthat

he belonged to the Court; and if he would come

: and fee him there, he would make him very wel ..

COH]e, hecaule he was fuch merry Company; and ' . , ·cQ3rged him to be there, and not to forget his Name, and to ask anyone for hinr about the Court.and they would bring him to him ~ For; faid

~h ~ K 1 n~ .. [ an very well known there.'

" Now the Cobls' little dreamed that he was the ,I

l{ing which fpnke to him, much lefs that the Iring's' Name \~'IS 8.21') 1itdor; therefore, with a great deal

of Con tid ence, he {lands up, and pulls ~ff his Hat, and makes t\VO or three Scrapes with his Leg and / gives the King many Thanks; alfo' relling. hi ·

that he was one of the honefiefl Fellows he ev ,~.A

· met with in all his Life-time, and though he had

I never been at Court, yet it fhould not, be long

'before he would' make -a Holy-day to come .and

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· Hut. the Cobler not 'being willing to part with ,r\~

the King, ro6k hinl by the Hand, and faid, " By :1

· ~ InJ' fairh,' you muft not 'go yet: Yon thall firfl r·.

: go and 'fee my poor Habitation: I have t here a '~i:

Tub of good braun Ale, that was never tapp'd Ol' : yet; youmuf needs go and tafte 'Of it, fo.r you :~ are the honeAeft Blade that I ever met withal , :}j

: and 1 ~?ve an honefl merry Companion with all ~i:

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o the Cobler took the Kj~g with him over j the ~Vay, where he had a Cellar adjoining to :1

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Cellar he had the l{ing: 'There, ( Iaid he, fit down, 40U are '~ery welcorne , but I mnft clcfire you to fpeak foftly, for Fear of wakril.og 111y Wife Joa'l, who lies .here hard bv, (Ihewing the King a r lof~. Bed'

'~JIladc .eatl;1 up at one COIner of the Cellar; much ,I

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make your Ears ding' ~gaiD.' ,

At which Speech of the Cobler's, the King Iaughed, and told him he would be mindlul to obferve

his DireCtions. I

. Whereupon the Cobler 'kindled tbe Fire, ana fetch'd out a brown Loaf, from which he cut a Illfty T Jafi:. Which he ret' a baking at the Fire; then he brought out his~Cbe/hire Cheefe, Come faid

: he, will you eat Iome Cheshire Cheefe. There is las goed Fellowfhip in eating as there is in drinking~ ~ Which made the King admire the honeft Free-

dom of the Cobler: SQ having eaten a Bit, the Cobler began a Health to all true Hearts and"

I merry Cornpanions , at which the ICing flniled, I faying, God a 1JZercy Ffie't~, 1'11 pleage YOU,I. 9\~"

In this Manner they eat together, untilit wall, almof] break of Day. The Cobler being very free of his Liquor, and delighting the King with fever~~ of his old Stories, infomuch that the I(ing w-as very highly pleated with the Manner of the

~ Cobler's IntertainDlent; when on a fudden the

, Colilers Wife JOQlt began to awake : !' faith (fars the Cobler) you 11111/1. be gone, 1J1Y TPife Joan begz,u to ~r[{1n;1p" jOe will awake PJ°eJe,1tly, «1zd I wOlllJ' not.for bill] the Shoes i11 1ny /hoJJ she shoz,zd find JOU here. So t a l{ing the King by the Hand, he led him up 'Stairs, fa ying, Fafcn'cl bo7te}l Blade; it sbalZ 1lOt be I01fg before Lmel» a Holy-day) a1z4 c011!e to flfJ

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You lhall be kindly welcome replied the Ring , So they parted, the I{ing'on his \Vav to WhitebaIt) and the Cobler ·tQ his Cellar, and there put-

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,ting "alt· 'I'hings to Rigbt~ bero.Ie ~is Wife"1 1~.iK> - got up; ~e~t to Work again _ whl~11ng and fin.&lng.

. as merrily as he us d to do ; being 1nnel1 fa I isfied dtat be happenedon Co good and jovial a Com-

Panton frill careflln2 himielf in his 'fhou"hts, h"w (oJ.

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Orders out about the <.ourr, thar if anyone;

-~ enquired for him OJ'. the Name of' Har] ~

tudor, they i110111d immediately bring the Perron be-1 fore hi{&n, wln rever he was, without any further] EI~linination of him. Now t he Cobler thong' /' every Day a Month, till he had. been at Court to

.fee his .new } .. cquaintance, and was lunch troubled

110W he Ihould get Leave of his Wife Jo."'J, for

· lie could not go wirhou t ~)er Knowledge, by~Reafon he did refolve to Inak\' hiolfelr as fine as he could for his \\1'iPe cd ways kept the I(e)'s of his Holy: .dayClorhes, vVhereupoll one Evening as they far :.t Supper.finding her in a v,cry good Humour he began to 13 y open ~is l\ilin~ to her, telling her the who} ~ S~ory of their ... Acquaintance, repeating it.over an

OVer again, tlll[ he was [he honeflef] Fellow tha

· ever he mer urirhaL Husband, quoth {he beca»

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'Irnth, I will' give you Lea'V~ to .make a ~oly- .. day for this once; you {hall go to the Court, and I .

will make }'OU a' fine as I can. ..

· So it was agreed that he Ihould go the next Day;· whereupon Joan rofe betimes the next Morning.ro brufh up her Husband's Holy-day Cloarhs, and fo make him as fnug as Ihe could'; {he wafh'd and ironed the Lace Band,' and made his Shoes

Ihine, that IJe might fee nis Face ill them. Having done this, {he made her Husband to rife an4-'

'pull off his Shirt, then {he walh'd him with

warm Warer from Head to Foot, putting on him a clean Shirt, afrerwards she drefs'd him in hi.

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t!~rough the 'Streets like a Crow. ill a' Gutter,

!h inking himlelf 2S fine as the. beft ef .tlJelD all. 1~1 this Manner he came to Court, Haring on this 110j y and · on that Bod if, as he' walked up and down, and not ]eoowing who . to' ask tor HJJ1 Tndor, at lafl he efpied one, as l,.e thoug'it .

in the Hahit of a ferving Man; to him he,nlide

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Hary Tudor, which belo11gs to the Court?

Yes, raid the Man, follow me, and I- will bring . you to him. '_' _ ,I

, With that he -had him prefently lUI' into the'~'

Guard-Chamber, telling one of · the Yeomen of the ,(; Guard, there was one that enquired for Bar] TIJ~ ~

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if you will pleafe to go along with IDe, I will bring l' you to 'him immediately, .' ; So the Cobler followed the Yeoman, much ad- , miring the Finery of the Rooms he went through;

· . be thought within himfelf, that the Yeoman was ~ millakeu in the Perfon whom he enquir'd after. 1 For,' raid he, bim wbo I look j(;r, is a ,lam, merr] P~.l1efl F'elloJV, hu Name. is H ary Tudor, we draJlk two ~[lots together not I0l1gJi7zce, I JlIPpOJe be 'lila] belo7tg to [om» L01·d orotbcJ· about the Court,

I tell YO\l Friend, replied the Yeoman, 1 know

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~ bring him to you ftraighr.

So going forward, he carne to the Room where

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;. ft)ake aloud raying, May it plea Ie yonr .lJ:J.:jeIly, bere

t . is 071e tbat enqui: es JOT Hary Tudor. ·

. i; TLe Cobler bearing this, thought be had com ..

-~ mitred no Iefs than Trealbn ; therefore he up with

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hefore -the Kin?:, whom the Cobler little t hougho'

to be the Perfon 11~ enquired after. Therefore in a trembling Condition, he fell down upon nis

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.f/1', I am« poor Cobler, 011d e11quired Jor one H ary - Tudor, who jl ave,'] bO'lejl Fellow: I 1ne1taea the Heel oibis Shoe 1l0t long jz·'lce,for which· be payed me "Iobly, aud galJe me two Pot» to Boot, bllt I bad bim over

afierwJrds to Iny Cellar, TJ!bere we dra'lk part of a Clip.

of l1JPPY Ale, t!lld tl1~ts ~Jf!rJ 1neJ'yy,tl11tiI1 my lY;ft! J 0 .. an began to grllJlIble, 'I.vbich put sn End to our Mer)·i· men: .for that 11 me, but I toJd him, I would come to

tbe COllrt al1J fee hiln; as Joon as conveniently I cOl,]a.

Well faid the King, be. not troubled; do you knot\r this honeft Fellow again if yon fee him>

· The :-'abJer replied, Yes, that I do from a Thollfa1ul. · Then {aid the King, ftand up, and be not afraid but look well about }'t1U, peradventure you may find the F ellow in this Company.

'. Where upon the Cobler arofe, and looked \vifh':

tnIly upon the l(ing, and the relt of his Nohles, but to little or no Purpofe , for though he fa~.va fomething in t he King's Face, which be thought ,he had Ieen before, yet he could net imagine him

to be Hilry Tlldor, whole Heel of his Shoe he had mended, and who had been fa merry with him, both at the Inn, and at his own Cellar,

He therefore told the ~in!, ' he did not expeS: ' C to find' HLlry Tuday among fitch fine Folks as

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" At which Speech of the Cobler's, the Kin~ had

_ much ado to forbear laughing o~t right; but keep .. ing his 'Counrenence as fleadv as he could; he

{poke [0 the, Yeomen of the GU2rd. ·

Here, faith he, Take tbis b(}nep Cobler down into "1] eel,,,,, and lit bil~ 'Jri,zk. 'my Health; 1 will give , OrdifYS that H ary. tudor Jball come. to him pre{e7ttlj.

So away they wenr, the Cobler ready to leap .out of his. Skin for Jo)" not only that he had come fo well off, but ~l[o that he should find his r riend Hay} TZlllo~~

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Th~ Cobler' J E1~tertaiume71t in the KiJlg's Cellar: HlJTP be . met witb his ',ew FriC11tl.Harl' Tudor , and bo» be came to k,Z0W him to be the King.

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. Cellars. before the-King came to him in the

fame Habit be bad on. when the Cobler 'tnended

~is Shte, w l)erenpon' the Cobler knew hiln, and

raft and kilfed him, fayil1g, '.

I. Honelt H;uJ', I have made an Holy~~ay, on

'I putl?o!e to ice you ) but I had uluch ado to ge~ -, , · Leave

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, , should lore fo much Time from my Work, but , I was refslved to fee you : I therefore made my , felf 3S fin; as'! could. But 111l tell you H:.iry,

, when 1 came to th~ Court, I was in a Peck ot

., Troubles how to find you out; hut at Jaft: I

C met with a M~D, who told me he knew you very C well, and that he could bring me to you, but , inflead of doing fo, hi brought llle before the

, King, which had almofi frighted me out of my, ,

, feven Senfes ; but in good Faith, .added tbe CoblCl', "

C I am refolved to be merry with you, fince I have' t

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· 4y, that 'vo'~ shall replied the King, we'll be

a& merry as Princes. .

With that he called fo~ a large Glafs of Wine, and drank to ihe Cobler, rhe l{iJlg:Js good g~~alth.

Goa a mercy, {aid the Cobler, h(;'I1ejJ Hary, I _ , will pledge thee I'itb all l1JY Ht!r:l1"t.

Now after the Coblet drank about four or five good Healths, he began to be merry, and fell .:1 1inging his old Songs and Catches, which pleafed 'the Kiug very much.and made him laugh heartily.

When on a fuddell, feveral of the Nobles came into the Cellar, extraordinary lith in Apparel, who flood bale at Ht1ry Tl:rlr.,. Which put the. .

Cobler into a great AlnaZelnent arfirft , but re-. coverin~ !!~lnfelf, be looked more wishfully upon Huyy Tl!Jor~ when prefentlv he knew him to bo the Ki'lg, whom he faw in + the Prclence-Ehamber, t~ough .in another Habi~.; he ilnlnediat~ly. fell,

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'May it ple'fi yewr Grlzce, ,OIlY Higb1re{1, I aUI ta'll

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here.: He commanded him therefore to rife up, I and be as merry as he was before, and though he l, knew him to be the King; yet he should ufe the j fame Freedom with him as he did before, when i

he mended the Heell of his Shoe. . · · I

. This kind Speech of the King's, and three or i four Glafles of the Wine more, made the Cobler to I

be in as good Humour as he was before, "telling the 1 J{ing fevir~l of his pretty Stories, and finging

fome of hI' bell Songs, very much to the SettisfaClion of the Xing and all hi.ables.

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· To the Tune of Je""y Gin, · OME 'let us drink the other Pot,

· Our Sorrows to confound;

We'111angh and hng before the Kll~g

So le't his Health go round: 2,

ForI am as bold as bold can be,

No Cobler e're was ruder ';

Then hsri goed Fellow, here's to thea,

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, V{hen I'm ~t 'VOi k within my Stall, ·

· Upon hun I Ihall think, ·

His kindnefs 1 to Mind will cal],

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The like was never known; iis kindQefs I will nm repeat, And fo sballAlY Wjf~ JOtJ11, 'UJlaugb when I 1i~ in Illy Srall,

And merrily will fing, ..

That I with my poor- LaR: and Awl, Am Fellow with a King: \

But it is more I mull confefs, .

Tban I at firft did know,

3ut Har] T"lOr ne'er the lefs, · Refolevs it shall be fo.

and now farewel ~DtQ Wbitebal, J homeward mull retire,

Io fing and whittle in my Stall,

M}' 10an will me de tire: - ·

l do but think how she will laugh, When she bears of this Tbing :

rIow he that drunk ber Nut brown Ale, W as England S Royal King.

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O\V the Ki!lg confideriJl§ the plearant Humour of the Cobler, how innocently merry 1 e was, and free from any DeIign9: ~ rrhat; he

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pleafed out .Qfhis Princely Glace and Favour, to allow him a liberal Annuity of Forry - Metks a Year, for the better fupporr of his jolly Humour, and the Maint enance of his U,'i~e Joa?J; and tha he should be admitted one of his Courtiers, .an might' have F:re~dom of his Cellar· wheneve he pleafed :Wh~cb being fo much beyond Expefla

tlon, did higbly exalt. the Cobler's Humour.muc

to the Satisladionof the l{ing. - .

~ So after a great many Legs and Scrapes h returned Home to his Wife Joan, with t·Ile jo ful News of -his Receprion at the Court, which fI wellpleafed her, that she did not think much a

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'between them : And how the Cobler returning t , Court, rhe Queen gl1t Notice of the Diverfion h , gave to, King and the Courtjers,~vas relolved t be a Itartilker of his Atterrirnent., and how he w ~~:keep[ the Re~ain~er of his .Davs about the ~ot1r

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