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Norfolk opens a folding-door. The King is dis- || So dear in heart, not to deny her that
covered sitting, and reading pensively. A woman of less place might ask by law, Suff. How sad he looks! sure, he is much af-Scholars, allow'd freely to argue for her. flicted.
K. Hen. Ay, and the best, she shall have; and my
favour K. Hen. Who is there? ha?
To him that does best; God forbid else. Cardinal, Nor. K. Hen. Who's there, I say? How dare you thrust I find him a fit fellow.
'Pray God, he be not angry: Pr’ythee, call Gardiner to me, my new secretary; yourselves
[Exit Wolsey. Into my private meditations ?
Re-enter Wolsey, wilh Gardiner.
Wol. Give me your hand : much joy and favour
But to be commanded To know your royal pleasure. K. Hen.
You are too bold :
For ever by your grace, whose hand has rais'd me. Go to; l'll make ye know your times of business :
K. Hen. Come hither, Gardiner. Is this an hour for temporal affairs ? ha ?
(They converse apart. Enter Wolsey and Campeius.
Cam. My lord of York, was not one doctor Pace Who's there? my good lord cardinal ?-O my | In this man's place before him? Wolsey,
Yes, he was. The quiet of my wounded conscience,
Cam. Was he not held a learned man? Thou art a cure fit for a king.--You're welcome,
Yes, surely. (To Cainpeius.
Cam. Believe me, there's an ill opinion spread Most learned reverend sir, into our kingdoin;
then Use us, and it :-My good lord, have great care
Even of yourself, lord cardinal.
How! of me?
Cam. They will not stick to say, you envied him; I would your grace would give us but an hour And fearing he would rise, he was so virtuous, Of private conference.
Kept him a foreign man still; which so griev'd him, K. Hen. We are busy; go.
That he ran mad, and died. (To Norfolk and Suffolk.
Heaven's peace be with him! Nor. This priest has no pride in him?
That's christian care enough: for living murmurers, Suff Not to speak of ;
There's places of rebuke. He was a fool; I would not be so sick though, for his
For he would needs be virtuous : That good fellow, place:
If I command him, follows my appointment;
Aside. I will have none so near else. Learn this, brother, But this cannot continue. Nor. If it do,
We live not to be grip'd by meaner persons. I'll venture one heave at him.
K. Hen. Deliver this with modesty to the queen, Suff I another.
(#rit Gardiner. (Exeunt Norfolk and Suffolk. The most convenient place that I can think of, Wol. Yourgrace has given a precedent of wisdom |For such receipt of learning, is Black-Friars; Above all princes, in committing freely
There ye shall meet about this weighty business :Your scruple to the voice of Christendom : My Wolsey, see it furnishid.-O my lord, Who can be angry now? what envy reach you! Would it not grieve an able man, to leave The Spaniard, tied by blood and favour to her, So sweet a bedfellow? But, conscience, conMust now confess, if they have any goodness,
science, The trial just and noble. All the clerks, O, 'tis a tender place, and I must leave her. (Ere. I mean, the learned ones, in Christian kingdoms,
SCENE III.-An ante-chamber in the Queen's Have their free voices; Rome, the nurse of judg.
apartments. Enter Anne Bullen, and an old ment,
Anne. Not for that neither;-Here's the pang This just and learned priest, cardinal Camprius;
that pinches : Whom, once more, I present unto your highness. His highness having liv'd so long with her: and she K. Hen. And, once more, in mine arms, I bid him So good a lady, that no tongue could ever welcome,
Pronounce dishonour of her, -by my life,
Still growing in a majesty and pomp,--the which Cam. Yourgrace must needs deserve all strangers' To leave is a thousand-fold more bitter, than loves,
'Tis sweet at first to acquire,-after this process, You are so noble: to your highness' hand
To give her the avaunt :3 it is a pity
Would move a monster. I tender my commission ; by whose virtue, (The court of Rome commanding,)-you, my lord
Hearts of most hard temper Cardinal of York, are join'd with me their servant, Melt and lament for her. In the unpartial judging of this business.
0, God's will! much better, K. Hen. Two equal men. The queen shall be She ne'er had known pomp: though it be temporal acquainted
Yet, if that quarrel,4 fortune, do divorce Forthwith, for what you come:- Where's Gardiner? || It from the bearer, 'tis a sufferance, panging Wol. I'know, your majesty has always lov'd her As soul and body's severing.
Alas, poor lady! (1) So sick as he is proud. (2) Out of the king's presence.
(3) A sentence of ejecti in. (4) Quarreller
She's a stranger now again.!
More than my all, is nothing: nor my prayers Anne.
So much the more Are not words duly hallow'd, nor my wishes Must pity drop upon her. Verily,
More worth than empty vanities; yet prayers, and I swear, ''tis better to be lowly born,
wishes, And range with humble livers in content, Are all I can retum. 'Beseech your lordship, Than to be perk'd up in a glistering grief, Vouchsafe to speak my thanks, and my obedience, And wear a golden sorrow.
As from a blushing handmaid, to his highness; Old L.
Whose health, and royalty, I pray for. Is our best having.?
By my troth, and maidenhead, I shall not fail to approve the fair conceit, 6 I would not be a queen.
The king hath of you.—I have perus'd her well; Old L. Beshrew me, I would,
(.Aside. And venture maidenhead fort; and so would | Beauty and honour in her are so mingled, you,
That they have caught the king: and who knon s For all this spice of your hypocrisy:
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;
And say, I spoke with you. Which, to say sooth,3 are blessings: and which Anne.
My honour'd lord. gifts
(Erit Lord Chamberlain. (Saving your mincing) the capacity
Old L. Why, this it is; see, see!
(Am yet a courtier beggarly,) nor could Anne.
Nay, good troth,-|Come pat betwixt too early and too late, Old L. Yes, troth, and troth,—You would not be For any suit of pounds : and you, (O fate!) a queen?
A very fresh-fish here, (fie, fie upon Anne. No, not for all the riches under heaven. This compellid fortune :) have your mouth fill'd up, Old L. 'Tis strange; a three-pence bow'ds Before you open it. would hire me,
This is strange to me. Old as I am, to queen it: But, I pray you,
Old L. How tastes it? is it bitter? forty pence, no. What think you of a duchess? have you limbs There was a lady once ('tis an old story,) To bear that load of title?
That would not be a queen, that would she not, Anne.
No, in truth.
For all the mud in Egypt:-Have you heard it? Old L. Then you are weakly made: Pluck off Anne. Come, you are pleasant. a little;
With your theme, I could I would not be a young count in your way,
O’ermount the lark. The marchioness of Pembroke! For more than blushing comes to: if your back A thousand pounds a year! for pure respect; Cannot vouchsafe this burden, 'tis too weak No other obligation : By my life, Ever to get a boy.
That promises more thousands : Honour's train Anne. How
Is longer than his foreskirt. By this time, I swear again, I would not be a queen
I know, your back will bear a duchess ;-Say, For all the world.
Are you not stronger than you were?
Good lady, You'd venture an emballing: I myself
Make yourself mirth with your particular fancy, Would for Carnarvonshire, although there 'long'd | And leave me out on't. Would I had no being, No more to the crown but that. Lo, who comes If this salute my blood a jot; it faints me, here?
To think what follows.
The queen is comfortless, and we forgetful
In our long absence : Pray, do not deliver
What do you think me? The secret of your conference ?
My good lord,
SCENE IV.-A Hall in Black-Friars. TrumNot your demand; it values not your asking:
pets, sennet,? and cornets. Enter two Vergers, Our mistress sorrows we were pitying:
with short silver wands; next them, two Scribes, Cham. It was a gentle business, and becoming
in the habits of doctors ; after them, the ArchThe action of good women: there is hope,
bishop of Canterbury alone; after him, the All will be well.
Bishops of Lincoln, Ely, Rochester, and Saint Anne. Now I pray God, amen!
Asaph; nert them, with some small distance, Cham. You bear a gentle mind, and heavenly follows a gentleman bearing the purse, with the blessings
great seal, and a cardinal's hat; then two Priests, Follow such creatures. That you may, fair lady,
bearing each a silver cross ; then a Gentleman Perceive I speak sincerely, and high note's
Usher bare-headed, accompanied with a Serjeant Ta'en of your inany virtues, the king's majesty at Arms, bearing a silver mace ; then two GenCommends his good opinion to you, and
tlemen, bearing two great silver pillars 8 after Does purpose honour to you no less flowing
them, side by side, the two Cardinals, Wolsey Than marchioness of Pembroke; to which title
and Campeius; two Noblemen with the sword A thousand pound a year, annual support,
Then enter the King and Queen, Out of his grace he adds.
and their trains. The King takes place under Anne. I do not know,
the cloth of state ; the two Cardinals sit under What kind of my obedience I should tender; him as judges. The Queen takes place at some (1) No longer an Englishwoman. (2) Possession. (6) Opinion. (7) Flourish on cornets. (3) Truth.
(4) Kid-skin. (5) Crook'd. (8) Ensigns of dignity carried before cardinals,
you do talk!
distance from the King. The Bishops place || (And of your choice,) these reverend fathers; men themselves on each side the court, in manner of of singular integrity and learning, a consistory; between them, the Scribes. The Yea, the elect of the land, who are assembled Lords sit next the Bishops. The Crier and the || To plead your cause: It shall be therefore bootless,' rest of the Allendants stand in convenient order| That longer you desire the court; as well about the stage.
For your own quiet, as to rectify
What's the need?
Hath spoken well, and justly: Therefore, madam, It hath already publicly been read,
It's fit this royal session do proceed; And on all sides the authority allow'd :
And that, without delay, their arguments You may then spare that time.
Be now produc'd, and heard.
Be't so :-Proceed.
Lord cardinal, -
To you I speak.
Your pleasure, madamn?
I am about to weep; but thinking that
We are a queen, (or long have dream'd so,) certain, into court.
The daughter of a king, my drops of tears
I'll turn to sparks of fire.
Be patient yet. (The Queen makes no answer, rises out of her Q. Kath. I will, when you are humble; nay, chair, goes about the court, comes to the King,
before, and kneels at his feet; then speaks.)
Or God will punish me. I do believe, Q. Kath. Sir, I desire you, do me right and Induc'd by potent circumstances, that justice;
You are mine enemy; and make my challenge, And to bestow your pity on me: for
You shall not be my judge: for it is you I am a most poor woman, and a stranger,
Have blown this coal betwixt my lord and me, Born out of your dominions; having here
Which God's dew quench!—Therefore, I say again, No judge indifferent, nor no more assurance I utterly abhor, yea, from my soul, Of equal friendship and proceeding. Alas, sir, Refuse you for my judge; whom, yet once more, In what have I offended you? what cause
I hold my most malicious foe, and think not Hath my behaviour given to your displeasure,
At all a friend to truth. That thus you should proceed to put me off,
I do profess And take your good grace from me? Heaven witness, You speak not like yourself; who ever yet I have been to you a true and humble wife, Have stood to charity, and display'd the effects At all times to your will conformable :
Of disposition gentle, and of wisdom Ever in fear to kindle your dislike,
O'er-topping woman's power. Madam, you do me Yea, subject to your countenance ; glad, or sorry, || 1 have no spleen against you ; nor injustice
: As I saw it inclin'd. When was the hour, I ever contradicted your desire,
For you, or any : how far I have proceeded, Or made it not mine too? Or which of your friends | Or how far further shall, is warranted Have I not strove to love, although I knew By a commission from the consistory, He were mine enemy? what friend of mine yea, the whole consistory of Rome. You charge me, That had to him deriv'd your anger, did I
That I have blown this coal: I do deny it: Continue in my liking ? nay, gave notice The king is present: if it be known to him, He was from thence discharg'd ? Sir, call to mind That I gainsay? my deed, how may he wound, That I have been your wife, in this obedience, And worthily, my falsehood? yea, as much Upward of twenty years, and have been blest As you have done my truth. But if he know, With many children by you : If, in the course That I am free of your report, he knows, And process of this time, you can report
I am not of your wrong. Therefore in him And prove it 100, against mine honour aught, It lies, to cure me: and the cure is, to My bond to wedlock, or my love and duty, Remove these thoughts from you: The which before Against your sacred person, in God's name, His highness shall speak in, I do beseech Turn me away; and let the foul'st contempt
You, gracious madam, to unthink your speaking, Shut door upon me, and so give me up
And to say so no more. To the sharpest kind of justice. Please you, sir,
My lord, my lord, The king, your father, was reputed for
I am a simple woman, much too weak A prince most prudent, of an excellent
To oppose your cunning. You are meek, and humAnd unmatch'd wit and judgment: Ferdinand,
bie-mouth'd ; My father, king of Spain, was reckon'd one Yon sign your place and calling, in full seeming, 3 The wisest prince, that there had reign'd by many
With meekness and humility : but your heart A year before : It is not to be question'd
Is cramm'd with arrogancy, spleen, and pride. That they had gather'd a wise council to them You have, by fortune, and bis higliness' favours, Of every realm, that did debate this business, Gone slightly o'er low steps; and now are mounted Who deem'd our marriage lawful: Wherefore I Where powers are your retainers: and your words, humbly
Domestics to you, serve your will, as't please Beseech you, sir, to spare me, till I may
Yourself pronounce their office. I must tell you,
I do refuse you for my judge ; and here,
Before you all, appeal unto the pope,
To bring my whole cause 'fore his holiness, Whether our daughter were legitimate,
Respecting this our marriage with the dowager, (She court'sies to the King, and offers to depart. Sometime our brother's wife. This respite sbook Cam.
The queen is obstinate, The bosom of my conscience, enter'd me, Stubborn to justice, apt to accuse it, and Yea, with a splitting power, and made to tremble Disdainful to be try'd by it; 'tis not well. The region of my breast; which forc'd such way, She's going away.
That many maz'd considerings did throng, K. Hen. Call her again.
And press'd in with this caution. First, methought, Crier. Katharine, queen of England, come into I stood not in the smile of heaven ; who had the court.
Commanded nature, that my lady's womb, Grif. Madam, you are call'd back.
If not conceiv'd a male child by me, should Q. Kath. What need you note it? pray you, keep | Do no more offices of life to't, than your way:
The grave does to the dead: for her male issue When you are call’d, return.-Now the Lord help, Or died where they were made, or shortly after They vex me past my patience !-pray you, pass on: This world had air’d them: Hence I took a I will not tarry ; no, nor ever more,
thought, U pon this business, my appearance make This was a judgment on me; that my kingdom, In any of their courts.
Well worthy the best heir o'the world, should not (Ere. Queen, Grif. and her other attendants. | Be gladded in't by me: Then follows, that K. Hen.
Go thy ways, Kate : I weigh'd the danger which my realms stood in
Toward this remedy, whereupon we are
And doctors learn'd,—First, I began in private Carried herself towards me.
With you, my lord of Lincol, you remember Wol.
Most gracious sir, How under my oppression a did reek,5 In humblest manner I require your highness,
When I first mov'd you. That it shall please you to declare, in hearing Lin.
Very well, my liege. Of all these ears (for where I am robb'd and bound, K. Hen. I have spoke long; be pleas'd yourself There must I be unloos’d; although not there At once and fully satisfied,) whether ever I How far you satisfied me. Did broach this business to your highness; or Lin.
So please your highness, Laid any scruple in your way, which might The question did at first so stagger me, Induce you to the question on't? or ever Bearing a state of mighty moment in't, Have to you,-but with thanks to God for such And consequence of dread,- that I committed A royal lady,--spake one the least word, might The daring'st counsel which I had, to doubt; Be to the prejudice of her present state,
And did entreat your highness to this course, Or touch of her good person?
Which you are running here.
I then mov'd you,
:-Unsolicited That you have many enemies, that know not I left no reverend person in this court; Why they are so, but, like to village curs, But by particular consent proceeded, Bark when their fellows do : by some of these Under your hands and seals. Therefore, go on : The queen is put in anger. You are excus'd: For no dislike i'the world against the person But will you be more justified ? you ever Of the good queen, but the sharp thorny points Have wish'd the sleeping of this business; never Of my alleged reasons, drive this forward : Desir'd it to be stirrid; but oft have hinder'd; oft Prove but our marriage lawful, by my life, The passages made toward it :-on my honour, And kingly dignity, we are contented I speak my good lord cardinal to this point, To wear our mortal state to come, with her, And thus far clear him. Now, what
mov'd me to't, Katharine our queen, before the primest creature I will be bold with time, and your attention :- That's paragon'da o'the world. Then mark the inducement. Thus it came ;-give Cam.
So please your highness, heed to't:
The queen being absent, 'tis a needful fitness My conscience first received a tenderness, That we adjourn this court till further day : Scruple, and prick, on certain speeches utter'd Meanwhile must be an earnest motion Br the bishop of Bayonne, then French ambassador; Made to the queen, to call back her appeal Who had been hither sent on the debating She intends unto his holiness. (They rise to depart. A marriage, 'twixt the duke of Orleans and
I may perceive, (Aside. Our daughter Mary: l'the progress of this busi- | These cardinals trifle with me: I abhor
This dilatory sloth, and tricks of Rome. Ere a determinate resolution, he
My learn'd and wellbeloved servant, Cranmer, (I mean the bishop) did require a respite; Pr’ythee, return !? with thy approach, I know, Wherein he might the king his lord advertise My comfort comes along. Break up
the court : I say,
(Exe. in manner as they entered. (1) Speak out thy merits. (2) Immediately satisfied.
(5) Waste, or wear away. (3) Closed or fastened.
6; Without compare. (4) Floating without guidance.
(7) An apostrophe to the absent bishop.
Believe me, she has had much wrong: Lord car
dinal, SCENE 1.-Palace at Bridewell. A room in The willing'st sin I ever yet committed,
the Queen's apartment. The Queen, and some May be absolv'd in English. of her Women, at work.
Noble lady, Q. Kath. Take thy lute, wench: my soul grows || (And service to his majesty and you,)
I am sorry, my integrity should breed sad with troubles; Sing, and disperse them, if thou canst: leave We come not by the way of accusation,
So deep suspicion, where all faith was meant. working.
To taint that honour every good tongue blesses; SONG,
Nor to betray you any way to sorrow;
You have too much, good lady: but to know Orpheus with his lute made trees,
How you stand minded in the weighty difference And the mountain-tops, that freeze,
Between the king and you; and to deliver,
Like free and honest men, our just opinions,
And comforts to your cause, Ever sprung; as sun, and showers.
Most honour'd madam, There had been a lasting spring.
My lord of York,-out of his noble nature, Every thing that heard him play,
Zeal and obedience he still bore your grace; Even the billons of the sea,
Forgetting, like a good man, your late censure Hung their heads, and then lay by.
Both of his truth and him (which was too far,)In sweet music is such art;
Offers, as I do, in a sign of peace,
His service and his counsel.
To betray me. (.Aside.
My lords, I thank you both for your good wills, Enter a Gentleman.
Ye speak like honest men, (pray God, ye prove so !) Q. Kath. How now?
But how to make you suddenly an answer, Gent. An't please your grace, the two great car-In such a point of weight, so near mine honour dinals
(More near my life, I fear,) with my weak wit, Wait in the presence.
And to such men of gravity and learning, Q. Kath. Would they speak with me? || In truth, I know not. I was set at work Gent. They will'd me say so, madam.
Among my maids; full little, God knows, looking 2. Kath.
Pray their graces Either for such men, or such business. To come near. (Exit Gent.) What can be their For her sake that I have been (for I feel business
The last fit of my greatness,) good your graces, With me, a poor weak woman, fallen from favour? Let me have time, and counsel, for my cause; I do not like their coming, now I think on’t. Alas! I am a woman, friendless, hopeless. They should be good men; their affairsa are right- Wol. Madam, you wrong the king's love with
these fears; But all hoods make not monks.
Your hopes and friends are infinite.
But little for my profit: Can you think, lords, Wol.
Peace to your highness! || That any Englishman dare give me counsel ? Q. Kath. Your graces find me here part of a Or be a known friend, 'gainst his highness' pleasure housewife;
(Though he be grown so desperate to be honest,) I would by all, against the worst may happen. And live a subject ? Nay, forsooth, my friends, What are your pleasures with me, reverend lords? | They that must weigh out my afflictions, Wol. May it please you, noble madam, to with. They that my trust must grow to, live not here; draw
They are, as all my other comforts, far hence, Into your private chamber, we shall give you In mine own country, lords. The full cause of our coming.
I would, your grace R. Kath.
Speak it here; Would leave your griefs, and take my counsel. There's nothing I have done yet, o'my conscience, R Kath.
How, sir? Deserves a corner: 'Would, all other women Cam. Put your main cause into the king's proCould speak this with as free a soul as 1 do!
tection; My lords, I care not so much I am happy He's loving and most gracious; 'twill be much Above a number,) if my actions
Both for your honour better, and your cause; Were tried by every tongue, every eye saw them, For, if the trial of the law o'ertake you, Envy and base opinion set against them,
You'll part away disgrac'd. I know my life so even : If your business
He tells you rightly. Seek me out, and that
2. Kath. Ye tell me what ye wish for both, my Out with it boldly; Truth loves open dealing.
ruin : Wol. Tanta est erga te mentis integritas, regina | Is this your Christian counsel ? out upon ye! serenissima,
Heaven is above all yet; there sits a Judge, Q. Kath. O, good my lord, no Latin;
That no king can corrupt. I am not such a truant since my coming,
Your rage mistakes us. As not to know the language I have liv'd in: R. Kath. The more shame for ye; holy men 1 A strange tongue makes my cause more strange, thought ye, suspicious;
Upon my soul, two reverend cardinal virtues : Pray, speak in English: here are some will thank But cardinal sins, and hollow hearts, I fear ye : you,
Mend them for shame, my lords. Is this your If you speak truth, for their poor mistress' sake;
comfort ? (1) Presence-chamber. (2) Professions.