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Cham. Heaven keep me from such counsel ! Nor. This priest has no pride in him?') 'tis most true,

Suf. Not to speak of; These news are every where; every tongue I would not be so sick though,t for speaks them,

his place:

Aside. And every true heart weeps for't: All, that But this cannot continue. dare

Nor. If it do,
Look into these affairs, see this main end, - I'll venture one heave at him.
The French king's sister. Heaven will one Suf. I another.
day open

(Exeunt NORFOLK and SUFFOLK. The king's eyes, that so long have slept upon Wol. Your grace has given a precedent of This bold bad man.

wisdom Suf. And free us from his slavery.

Above all princes, in committing freely Nor. We had need pray,

Your scruple to the voice of Christendom: And heartily, for our deliverance;

Who can be angry now? what envy reach you? Or this imperious man will work us all The Spaniard, tied by blood and favour to her, From princes into pages: all men's honours Must now confess, if they have any goodness, Lie in one lump before him, to be fashion'd The trial just and noble. All the clerks, Into what pitch* he please.

I mean, the learned ones, in Christian kingSuf. For me, my lords,

doms,

(judgement, I love him not, nor fear him; there's my creed: Have their free voices; Rome, the nurse of As I am made without him, so I'll stand, Invited by your noble self, hath sent If the king please; his curses and his bless. One general tongue unto us, this good man ings

[in. This just and learned priest, cardinal CamTouch me alike, they are breath I not believe

peius;

[ness. I knew him, and I know him; so I leave him Whom, once more, I present unto your highTo him, that made him proud, the pope.

K. Hen. And, once more, in mine arms I bid Nor. Let's in ;

him welcome, And, with some other business, put the king, And thank the holy conclave for their loves ; From these sad thoughts, that work too much They have sent mé such a man I would have upon him :

wish'd for. My lord, you'll bear us company?

Cum. Your grace must needs deserve all Cham. Excuse me;

stranger's loves, The king hath sent me other-where: besides, You are so noble: To your highness' hand You'll find a most unfit time to disturb him: I tender my commission; by whose virtue, Health to your lordships.

(The court of Rome cominanding,)-you, my Nor. Thanks, my good lord chamberlain.

lord

(vant, (Exit Lord CHAMBERLAIN. Cardinal of York, are join'd with me their ser

In the unpartial judging of this business. NORFOLK opens a folding-door. The King is

K. Hen. Two equal men. The queen shall discovered sitting, and reading pensirely.

be acquainted Suf. How sad he looks ! sure, he is much af

Forthwith, for what you come:- Where's Gar

diner? flicted. K. Hen. Who is there? ba?

Wol. I know, your majesty has always lov'd Nor. 'Pray God, he be not angry.

So dear in heart, not to deny her that

[her K. Hen. Who's there, I say? How dare you

A woman of less place might ask by law,

Scholars, allow'd freely to argue for her. thrust yourselves

K. Hen. Ay, and the best, she shall have; Into my private meditations? Who am I? ha?

and my favour

[nal, Nor. A gracious king, that pardons all offen-To him that does best; God forbid else. Cardi.

Pr'ythee, call Gardiner to me, my new serra. Malice ne'er meant: our breach of duty, this I find him a fit fellow.

tary;

[Exit Wolsey. way, Is business of estate; in which, we come To know your royal pleasure.

Re-enter WOLSEY, with GARDINER. K. Hen. You are too bold;

Wol. Give me your hand : much joy and fa. Go to; I'll make ye know your times of busi

vour to you;

You are the king's now.
Is this an hour for temporal affairs ? ha?-

Gard. But to be commanded
Enter WOLSEY and CAMPEIUS.
For ever by your grace, whose hand has rais'd

[Aside. Who's there? my good lord cardinal?–0 my K. Hen. Come hither, Gardiner. Wolsey,

[They converse apart. The quiet of my wounded conscience,

Cam. My lord of York, was not one doctor Thou art a cure fit for a king:-You're wel. In this man's place before him ? (Pace come,

[To CAMPEIUS. Wol. Yes, he was. Most learned reverend Sir, into our kingdom; Cum. Was he not held a learned man? Use us, and it:-My good lord, have great Wot. Yes, surely.

Cam. Believe me, there's an ill opinion. I be not found a talker. [To Wolsey.

spread then Wol. Sir, you cannot.

Even of yourself, lord cardinal.
I would your grace would give us but an hour Wol. How! of me!
Of private conference.

Cam. They will not stick to say, you envied K. Hen. We are busy; go.

[To NORFOLK and SUFFOLK. And, fearing he would rise, he was so virtuous, * High or low.

* So sick as he is proud.

ces

ness:

me.

care

him;

ness :

Kept him a foreign man* still; which so griev'd Anne. No, not for all the riches under That he ran mad, and died.

[him,

heaven. Wol. Heaven's peace be with him!

Old L. "Tis strange; a three-pepce bow'd* That's Christian care enough : for living mur

would bire me, murers,

Old as I am, to queen it: But, I pray you, There's places of rebuke. He was a fool; What think you of a duchess ?' have you limbs For he would needs be virtuous: That good To bear that load of title? fellow,

Anne. No, in truth. If I command him, follows my appointment; Old L. Then you are weakly made: Pluck I will have none so near else. Learn this,

off a litile; brother,

I would not be a young count in your way,
We live not to be grip'd by meaner persons. For more than blushing comes to : if your back
K. Hen. Deliver this with modesty to the Cannot youchsafe this burden, 'tis too weak
queen.

[Erit GARDINER. Ever to get a boy.
The inost convenient place that I can think of, Anne. How you do talk!
For such receipt of learning, is Black-Friars; I swear again, I would not be a queen
There ye shall meet about this weighty busi- For all the world.

Old L. In faith, for little England
My Wolsey, see it furnish’d. --() my lord, You'd venture an eroballing: I myself
Would it not grieve an able man, to leave Would for Carnarvonshire, although there
So sweet a bedfellow? But, conscience, con-

'long'd

[here? science,

No more to the crown but that. Lo, who comes O, 'tis a tender place, and I must leave her.

[Exeunt.

Enter the Lord CHAMBERLAIN. SCENE INI,-An Ante-chumber in the Queen's Cham. Good morrow,

ladies. What wer't Apartments.

worth to know Enter Anne Bullen, and an old LADY. The secret of your conference?

Anne. My good lord, Anne. Not for that neither ;-Here's the pang Not your demand; it values not your asking: that pinches:

(she Our mistress' sorrows we were pitying: His highness having liv'd so long with her: and

Cham. It was a gentle business, and becomSo good a lady, that no tongue could ever

ing Pronounce dishonour of her,-by my lite, She never knew harm-doing :-O now,

The action of good women : there is hope, aiter

All will be well. So many courses of the sun enthron'd,

Anne. Now I pray God, amen! Still growing in a majesty and pomp,—the

Chum. You bear a gentle mind, and hear. which

enly blessings

(lady, To leave is a thousand-fold more bitter, than

Follow such creatures That you may, fair 'Tis sweet at first to acquire,-atter this pro- Perceive I speak sincerely, and high note's To give her the avaunt! † it is a pity [cess, Ta'en of your many virtues, the king's majesty Would move a monster.

Commends his good opinion to you, and Old L. Hearts of most hard temper

Does purpose honour to you no less flowing Melt and laient for her.

Than marchioness of Pembroke; to which title Anne. 0, God's will! much better, [poral, A thousand pound a year, annual support, She ne'er had known pomp: though it be tem

Out of his grace he adds. Yet, if that quarrelt, fortune, do divorce

Anne. I do not know, It from the bearer, 'tis a sufferance, panging What kind of my obedience I should tender; As soul and body's severing.

More than my all is nothing: nor my prayers Old L. Alas, poor lady! She's a stranger now again.

Are not words duly hallow'd, nor my wishes

More worth than empty vanities; yet prayers, Anne. So much the more

and wishes, Must pity drop upon her. Verily,

Are all I can return. 'Beseech your lordship, I swear, 'tis better to be lowly born,

Vouchsafe to speak my thanks, and my obeAnd range with humble livers in content,

dience, Than to be perk'd up in a glistering grief,

As from a blushing handmaid, to his highness And wear a golden sorrow,

Whose health, and royalty, I pray for. Old L. Our content

Cham. Lady, Is our best having. ||

I shall not fail to approve the fair conceit,t. Anne. By my troth, and maidenhead, I would not be a queen.

The king have of you.--I have perus'd her well;

[Aside. Old L. Beshrew me, I would, (you, And venture maidenhead for't; and so would That they have caught the king: and who

Beauty and honour in her are so mingled, For all this spice of your hypocrisy:

knows yet, You, that have so fair parts of woman on you, But from this lady may proceed a gem, Have too a woman's heart; which ever yet

To lighten all this isle?--I'll to the king, Affected eminence, wealth, sovereignty; [gifts W bich, to say sooth, are blessings: and which And say, I spoke with you. (Saving your mincing) the capacity (ceive,

Anne. My bonour'd lord. Of your soft cheveril ** conscience would re

(Exit Lord CHAMBERLAIN

Old L. Why, this it is; see, see!
If you might please to stretch it.
Anne. Nay, good troth,-

I have been begging sixteen years in court, OW L. Yes, troth, and troth, You would (Am yet a courtier beggarly,) nor could not be a queen?

Come pat betwixt too early and too late,

For any suit of pounds: and you, (O fate!) * Out of the king's presence.

+ A sentence of ejection. A very fresh-fish here, (fie, fie upon t Quarreller.

(No longer an English woman. Posscasion.

+ Opinion

1 Truth. ** Kid-shili * Crooked.

fill'd up,

This compellid fortune!) have your mouth Q. Kath. Sir, I desire you, do me right and

justice;
Before you open it.

And to bestow your pity on me : for
Anne. This is strange to me.

I am a most poor woman, and a stranger, Old L. How tastes it? is it bitter? forty Born out of your dominions ; having here pence, no.

No judge indifferent, nor no more assurance
There was a lady once, ('tis an old story,) or equal friendship and proceeding. Alas,
That would not be a queen, that would she Sir,
not,

[it? In what have I offended you? what tause For all the mud in Egypt:-Have you heard Hath my behaviour given to your displeasure, Anne. Come, you are pleasant.

That thus you should proceed to put me off, Old L. With your theme, I could

And take your good grace from me? Heaven O’ermount the lark. The marchioness of

witness,
Pembroke!

I have been to you a true and humble wife,
A thousand pounds a year! for pure respect; At all times to your will conformable:
No other obligation : By my life,

Ever in fear to kindle your dislike,
That promises more thousands: Honour's train Yea, subject to your countenance ; glad, or
Is longer than his foreskirt. By this time,

sorry,
I know, your back will bear a duchess;-Say, As I saw it inclin'd. When was the hour,
Are you not stronger than you were ?

I ever contradicted your desire,
Anne. Good lady,

[fancy, Or made it not mine too? Or which of your Make yourself mirth with your particular

friends And leave me out on't. 'Would I had no Have I not strove to love, although I knew being,

He were mine enemy? what friend of mine
If this salute my blood a jot; it faints me, That had to him deriv'd your anger, did I
To think what follows.

Continue in my liking? nay, gave notice
The queen is comfortless, and we forgetful He was from thence discharg'd? Sir, call to
In our long absence: Pray, do not deliver

mind
What here you have heard, to her.

That I have been your wife in this obedience, Old L. What do you think me? (Exeunt. Upward of twenty years, and have been bless'd

With many children by you: If, in the course SCENE IV.-A Hall in Black-friars.

And process of this time, you can report, Trumpets, sennet,* and cornets. Enter two And prove it too, against mine honour aught,

VERGERS, with short silver wands ; nert them, My bond to wedlock, or my love and duty, two Scribes, in the habits of doctors ; after Against your sacred person, in God's name, them, the Archbishop of CANTERBURY alone ; Turn me away; and let the foul'st contempt after him, the Bishops of LINCOLN, ELY, Shut door upon me, and so give me up (Sir, Rochester, and Saint ASAPH; next them, To the sharpest kind of justice. Please you, with some small distance, follows a Gentleman The king, your father, was reputed for bearing the purse, with the great seal, und a A prince most prudent, of an excellent cardinal's hat; then two Priests, bearing each And unmatch'd wit and judgement: Fera silver cross; then a Gentleman-Usher bare

dinand, headed, accompanied with a Sergeant at Arms, My father, king of Spain, was reckon'd one bearing u silver mace; then two Gentlemen, The wisest prince, that there had reign'd by bearing two great silver pillars;t after them,

many side by side, the two Cardinals Wolsey and A year before: It is not to be question'd CAMPEIUS ; two Noblemen with the sword and That they had gather'd a wise council to them

Then enter the King and Queen, and Of every realm, that did debate this business, their Trains. The King takes place under the Who deem'd our marriage lawful: Wherefore cloth of state ; the two Cardinals sit under him

I humbly as judges. The Queen takes plave at some dis- Beseech you, Sir, to spare me, till I may tance from the King. The Bishops place them- Be by my friends in Spain advis’d; whose selres on edilo side the court, in manner of a

counsel consistory; "turen them, the Scribes. The I will implore: if not; i'the name of God, Lords sit nu at the Bishops. The Crier and the Your pleasure be fulfill'd! rest of the attendants stand in convenient or

Wol. You have here, lady,

(inen der about the stuge.

(And of your choice,) these reverend fathers ; Wol. Whilst our commission from Rome is Yea, the elect of the land, who are assembled

Of singular integrity and learning,
Let silence be commanded.

[read To plead your cause: it shall be therefore K. Hen. What's the neer?

bootless,* It hath already publicly beer read,

That longer you desire the court; as well
And on all sides the authority allow'd;

For your own quiet, as to rectify
You may then spare that time.

What is unsettled in the king.
Wol. Be't so :-Proceed.

Cam. His grace

(dam, Scribe. Say, Henry king of England, come Hath spoken well and justly: Therefore, mainto the court.

It's fit ihis royal session do proceed;
Crier. Henry king of England, &c.

And that, without delay, their argunents
K. Hen. Here.

Be now produc'd, and heard.
Scribe. Say, Katharine queen of England,

Q. Kath, Lord cardinal,-
come into court.

To you I speak.
Crier. Katharine queen of England, &c.

Wol. Your pleasure, madam!
[The Queen makes no answer, rises out of her Q. Kath. Sir,

chair, goes about the court, comes to the KING, I am about to weep; but, thinking that
and kneels at his feet; then speaks.]

We are a queen, (or long have dream'd so,

certain,
* Flourish on cornets.
+ Ensigns of dignity carried before cardinals.

* Useless

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KING HENRY VIII.

(ACT 11. The daughter of a king, my drops of tears They vex me past my patience !--pray you, 'll turn to sparks of fire.

pass on: Wol. Be patient yet.

I will not tarry: no, nor ever more, Q. Kath. I will, when you are humble; nay, Upon this business, my appearance make before,

In any of their courts. Or God will punish me. I do believe,

[Exeunt Queen, Griffith, and her other Induc'd by potent circumstances, that

Attendants.
You are mine enemy; and make my challenge, K. Hen. Go thy ways, Kate:
You shall noi be my judge: for it is you That man i'the world, who shall report he has
Have blown this coal betwixt my lord and A better wife, let him in nought be trusted,
me,

For speaking false in that: Thou art, alone,
Which God's dew quench !—Therefore, I say (if thy rare qualities, sweet gentleness,
I utterly abhor, yea, from my soul, (again, Thy meekness saint-like, wife-like govern-
Refuse you for my judge; whom, yet once

ment,
more,

Obeying in commanding,-and thy parts
I hold my most malicious foe, and think not Sovereign and pious else, could speak thee
At all a friend to truth.

out,*)

• (born, Wol. I do profess

The
queen

of

earthly queens:She is nobleYou speak not like yourself; who ever yet And, like her true nobility, she has Have stood to charity, and display'd the effects Carried herself towards me. Of disposition gentle, and of wisdom

Wol. Most gracious Sir, O’ertopping woman's power. Madam, you do In humblest manner I require your bighness, me wrong:

That it shall please you to declare, in hearing I have no spleen against you; nor injustice Of all these ears, (for where I am robb’d and For you, or any: how far I have proceeded,

bound, Or how far further shall, is warranted There must I be unloos’d; although not there By a commission from the consistory,

At oncet and fully satisfied,) whether ever I Yea, the whole consistory of Rome. You Did broach this business to your highness; or charge me,

Laid any scruple in your way, which might
That I have blown this coal: I do deny it: Induce you to the question on't? or ever
The king is present: if it be known to him, Have to you,-but with thanks to God for such
That I gainsay* my deed, how may he wound, A royal lady,-spake one the least word,
And worthily, my falsehood? yea, as much

might
As you have done my truth. But if he know Be to the prejudice of her present state,
That I am free of your report, he knows,

Or touch of her good person? I am not of your wrong. Therefore in him K. Hen. My lord cardinal, It lies, to cure me: and the cure is, to

I do excuse you; yea, upon mine honour, Remove these thoughts from you: The which I free you from't. You are not to be taught before

That you have many enemies, that know not His highness shall speak in, I do beseech Why they are so, but, like to village curs, You, gracious madam, to unthink your speak- Bark when their fellows do: by some of these And to say so no more.

[ing, The queen is put in anger. You are excus'd: Q. Kath. My lord, my lord,

But will you be more justified? you ever
I am a simple woman, 'much too weak Have wish'd the sleeping of this business;
To oppose your cunning: You are meek, and

(oft
humble-mouth'd;

(ing, Desir'd it to be stirr'd; but oft have hinder'd; You sign your place and calling, in full seem- The passagest made toward it:-on my hoWith meekness and humility: but your heart

nour, Is cramm’d with arrogancy, spleen, and pride. I speak my good lord cardinal to this point, You have, by fortune, and his highness' fa- Aud thus far clear him. Now, what mor'd vours,

[mounted

me to't, Gone slightly o’er low steps; and now are I will be bold with time, and your attention:Where powers are your retainers: and your Then mark the inducement. Thus it came ;words,

give heed to't:Domestics to you, serve your will, as't please My conscience first receiv'd a tenderness, Yourself pronounce their office. I must tell Scruple, and prick, on certain speeches utter'd you,

By the bishop of Bayonne, then French am-
You tender more your person's honour, than

bassador;
Your high profession spiritual: That again Who had been hither sent on the debating
I do refuse you for my judge: and here, A marriage, 'twixt the duke of Orleans and
Before you all, appeal unto the pope,

Our daughter Mary: l'the progress of this
To bring my whole cause 'fore his holiness,

business, And to be judg'd by him.

Ere a determinate resolution, he [She curt'sies to the King, and offers to depart. (I mean, the bishop) did require a respite; Cam. The queen is obstinate,

Wherein he might the king his lord advertise Stubborn to justice, apt to accuse it, and Whether our daughter were legitimate, Disdainful to be try'd by it; 'tis not well. Respecting this our marriage with the dowager, She's going away.

Sometimes our brother's wife. This respite K. Hen. Call her again.

shook Crier. Katharine queen of England, come The bosom of my conscience, enter'd me, into the court.

Yea, with a splitting power, and made to tremGrif. Madam, you are call'd back.

ble

(way, Q. Kath. What need you note it? pray you, The region of my breast; which forc'd such keep your way:

[help, That many maz’d considerings did throng, When you are call’d, return.-Now the Lord

* Speak out thy merits. + Immediately satisfied.
* Deny.
† Appearance.

1 Closed or sustened.

never

self to say

And press'd in with this caution. First, me- Sing, and disperse them, if thou canst: leave thought,

working. I stood not in the smile of heaven; who had

SONG.
Commanded nature, that my lady's womb,
If pot conceiv'd a male child by me, should Orpheus with his lute made trees,
Do no more offices of life to't, than

And the mountain-tops, that freeze,
The grave does to the dead: for her male issue Bow themselves, when he did sing ;
Or died where they were made, or shortly after

To his music, plunts, and flowers, This world had air'd them: Hence I took a Ever sprung; as sun, and showers, thought,

(dom,

There had been a lusting spring.
This was a judgement on me; that my king-
Well worthy the best heir o'the world, should

Every thing that heard him play,

Eren the billows of the scu, Be gladded 'in't by me: then follows, that (not

Hung their heads, and then lay by.
I weigh’d the danger which my realms stood in

In sweet music is such art ;
By this my issue's fail; and that gave to me
Many a groaning throé. Thus hulling* in

Killing care and grief of heart,
The wild sea of my conscience, I did steer

Fall asleep, or, hearing, die. Toward this remedy, whereupon we are

Enter a GENTLEMAN.
Now present here together; that's to say, Q. Kath. How now?
I meant to rectify my conscience,-which Gent. An't please your grace, the two great
I then did feel full sick, and yet not well,-

cardinals
By all the reverend fathers of the land, Wait in the presence.*
And doctors learn’d,-First, I began in private Q. Kath. Would they speak with me?
With you, my lord of Lincoln; you remember

Gent. They will'd me say so, madam.
How under my oppression I did reek,t

Q. Kath. Pray their graces
When I first mov'd you.
Lin. Very well, my liege.

To come near. [Exit Gent.) What can be
their business

[vour? K. Hen. I have spoke long; be pleas'd your. With me, a poor weak woman, fallen from fa

I do not like their coming, now I think on't. How far you satisfied me.

They should be good men; their affairst as
Lin. So please your highness,

righteous :
The question did at first so stagger me,- But all hoods make not monks.
Bearing a state of mighty moment in't,
And consequence of dread,-that I committed Enter Wolsey and CAMPEIUS.
The daring'st counsel which I had, to doubt;
And did entreat your highness to this course,

Wol. Peace to your highness!
Which you are running here.

Q. Kath. Your graces find me here part of K. Hen. I then mov'd you,

a housewife;

I would be all, against the worst may happen. My lord of Canterbury; and got your leave To make this present summons :-Unsolicited

What are your pleasures with me, reverend

lords? I left no reverend person in this court; But by particular consent proceeded, [on:

Wol. May it please you, noble madam, to

withdraw Under your hands and seals. Therefore, go into your private chamber, we shall give you For no dislike i'the world against the person The full cause of our coming. Or the good queen, but the sharp thorny points

Q. Kath. Speak it here; Of my alleged reasons, drive this forward :

(science,

There's nothing I have done yet, o' my con Prove but our marriage lawful, by my life, Deserves a corner: 'Would, all other women ! And kingly dignity, we are contented

Could speak this with as free a soul as I do! To wear our mortal state to come, with her, Katharine our queen, before the primest crea- Above a number,) if my actions

My lords, I care not, (so much I am happy That's paragon'dt o'the world. (ture

[them,

Were tried by every tongue, every eye saw Cam. So please your highness,

Envy and base opinion set against them,
The queen being absent, 'tis a needful fitness

I know my life so even: If your business
That we adjourn this court till further day:
Meanwhile must be an earnest motion

Seek me out, and that way I am wife in,
Made to the queen, to call back her appeal

Out with it boldly; Truth loves open dealing.

Wol. Tanta est erga te mentis integritas, regina She intends unto his holiness.

serenissima,
[They rise to depart.

Q. Kath. O, gcod my lord, no Latin;
K. Hen. I may perceive,

[Aside.

I am not such a truant since my coming, These cardinals trifle with me: I abhor

As not to know the language I have liv'd in: This dilatory sloth, and tricks of Rome.

A strange tongue makes my cause My learn’d and well-beloved servant, Cranmer, Pr’ythee return ! $ with thy approach, I know: Pray, speak in English: here are some will

strange, suspicious; My comfort comes along. Break up the court:

[sake; I say, set on. [Exeunt in manner as they entered: Believe me, she has had much wrong: Lord

If you speak truth, for tneir poor mistress' ACT III.

cardinal,

The willing'st sin I ever yet conimitted,
SCENE 1.Palace at Bridewell. May be absolv'd in English,
A Room in the Queen's Apartment.

Wol. Noble lady,

I am sorry, my integrity should breed,
The Queen, and some of her Women, at work.

(And service to his majesty and you,)
Q. Kath. Take thy lute, wench: my soul So deep suspicion, where all faith was meant.
grows sad with troubles ;

We come not by the way of accusation,

To taint that honour every good tongue blesses;
Floating without guidance. + Waste, or wear away. Nor to betray you any way to sorrow;

1 Without compare.
An apostrophe to the absent bishop.

Presence chamber.

+ Professions

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