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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,
Aside. And every true heart weeps for't: All, that But this cannot continue. dare
Nor. If it do,
(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,
(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
[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.
(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.
[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.
Gard. But to be commanded
[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.
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.
Kept him a foreign man* still; which so griev'd Anne. No, not for all the riches under That he ran mad, and died.
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,
[Erit GARDINER. Ever to get a boy.
Old L. In faith, for little England
No more to the crown but that. Lo, who comes O, 'tis a tender place, and I must leave her.
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
(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!
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.
1 Truth. ** Kid-shili * Crooked.
This compellid fortune!) have your mouth Q. Kath. Sir, I desire you, do me right and
And to bestow your pity on me : for
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
[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
I have been to you a true and humble wife,
Ever in fear to kindle your dislike,
I ever contradicted your desire,
[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
Continue in my liking? nay, gave notice
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,
[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
For your own quiet, as to rectify
What is unsettled in the king.
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;
And that, without delay, their argunents
Be now produc'd, and heard.
Q. Kath, Lord cardinal,-
To you I speak.
Wol. Your pleasure, madam!
chair, goes about the court, comes to the KING, I am about to weep; but, thinking that
We are a queen, (or long have dream'd so,
(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
For speaking false in that: Thou art, alone,
Obeying in commanding,-and thy parts
• (born, Wol. I do profess
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
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
(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,
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-
Our daughter Mary: l'the progress of this
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.
(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.
1 Closed or sustened.
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
And the mountain-tops, that freeze,
To his music, plunts, and flowers, This world had air'd them: Hence I took a Ever sprung; as sun, and showers, thought,
There had been a lusting spring.
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.
In sweet music is such art ;
Killing care and grief of heart,
Fall asleep, or, hearing, die. Toward this remedy, whereupon we are
Enter a GENTLEMAN.
Gent. They will'd me say so, madam.
Q. Kath. Pray their graces
To come near. [Exit Gent.) What can be
[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
Wol. Peace to your highness!
Q. Kath. Your graces find me here part of K. Hen. I then mov'd you,
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 :
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
Were tried by every tongue, every eye saw Cam. So please your highness,
Envy and base opinion set against them,
I know my life so even: If your business
Seek me out, and that way I am wife in,
Out with it boldly; Truth loves open dealing.
Wol. Tanta est erga te mentis integritas, regina She intends unto his holiness.
Q. Kath. O, gcod my lord, no Latin;
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.
The willing'st sin I ever yet conimitted,
Wol. Noble lady,
I am sorry, my integrity should breed,
(And service to his majesty and you,)
We come not by the way of accusation,
To taint that honour every good tongue blesses;
1 Without compare.