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I be not found a talker.
[ To Wolsey There's places of rebuke. He was a fool; Wo!. Sir, you cannot
For he would needs be virtuous: That good fellow, I would, your grace would give us but an hour If I command him, follows my appointment; Of private conference.
I will have none so near else. Learn this, brother, K. Hen. We are busy; go.
We live not to be grip'd by meaner persons. (To Norfolk and SUFFOLK. K. Hen. Deliver this with modesty to the queen. Nor. This priest has no pride in him ?
[Exit GARDINER. Suf: Not to speak of;
The most convenient place that I can think of, I would not be so sick though, for his place :
For such receipt of learning, is Black-Friars; But this cannot continue.
Aside. There ye shall meet about this weighty business : Nor. If it do,
My Wolsey, see it furnish’d.-O my lord, I'll venture one heave at him.
Would it not grieve an able man, to leave Suf.
So sweet a bedfellow? But, conscience, conscience, (Ereunt Norfolk and Suffolk. 0, 'tis a tender place, and I must leave her. (Ereunt. Wol. Your grace has given a precedent of wisdom
SCENE III.--Ad Ante-Chamber in the Queen's Above all princes, in committing freely Your scruple to the voice of Christendom :
Enter ANNE BULLEN and an old Lady.
Anne. Not for that neither :-Here's the pang The trial just and noble. All the clerks,
that pinches : I mean, the learned ones, in christian kingdoms,
His highness having liv'd so long with her : and sho Have their free voices; Rome, the nurse of judgment, So good a lady, that no tongue could ever Invited by your noble self, hath sent
Pronounce dishonour of her, -by my life, One general tongue uuto us, this good man,
She never knew harm-doing ;-O now, after This just and learned priest, cardinal Campeius;
So many courses of the sun enthron'd, Whom, once more, I present unto your highness.
Still growing in a majesty and pomp,—the which K. Hen. And, once more, in mine arms I bid To leave is a thousand-fold more bitter, than him welcome,
"Tis sweet at first to acquire, ---after this process, And thank the holy conclave for their loves ; (for. To give her the avaunt! it is a pity They have sent me such a man I would have wish'i Would move a monster, Cam. Your grace must needs deserve all strangers'
Hearts of most hard temper loves,
Melt and lament for her. You are so n.ole : To your highness' hand
0, God's will! much better, I tender my commission ; by whose virtue,
She ne'er had known pomp: though it be temporal, (The court of Rome commanding,)-you, my lord
Yet, if that quarrel, fortune, do divorce
It from the bearer, 'tis a sufferance, panging
Alas, poor lady: Forthwith, for what you come :- Where's Gardiner ? She's a stranger now again.
So much the more Wol. I know, your majesty has always lov'd her So dear in heart, not to deny her that
Must pity drop upon her. Verily, A woman of less place might ask by law,
I swear, 'tis better to be lowly born, Scholars, allow'd ireely to argue for her. (my favour And range with humble livers in content,
K. Hen. Ay, and the best, she shall have ; and Than to be perk'd up in a glistering grief, To him that does best ; God forbid else. Cardinal, And wear a golden sorrow.
Old L. Prythee call Gardiner to me, my new secretary;
[Exit WOLSEY. Is our best having.
Ry my troth, and maidenhead,
Beshrew me I would,
And venture maidenhead for't; and so would you, iou are the king's now.
For all this spice of your hypocrisy: Gard.
But to be commanded You, that have so fair parts of woman on you, For ever by your grace, whose hand has rais'd me. Have too a woman's heart: which ever yet
(Aside. Affected eminence, wealth, sovereignty ; K. Hon. Come hither, Gardiner.
Which, to say sooth, are blessings: and which gifts
[ They converse apart. (Saving your mincing) the capacity Cam. My lord of York, was not one doctor Pace of your soft cheveril conscience would receive, In this man's place before him ?
If you might please to stretch it.
Yes, he was.
Nay, good troth, Cam Was he not held a learned man ?
Old L. Yes, troth, and troth,-You would not be Wol.
a queen ? Cam. Believe me, there's an ill opinion spread then Anne. No, not for all the riches under heaven. ven of yourself, lord cardinal.
Old L. 'Tis strange: a three-pence bowed would Wol.
How ! of me? Cam. They will not stick to say, you envied him; Old as I am, to queen it: But, I pray you, And fearing he would rise, he was so virtuous, What think you of a duchess ? have you limbs Kept him a foreign man still; which so griey'd him, To bear that load of title? That he ran mad, and died.
No, in truth.
[little ; Wol.
Heaven's peace be with him! Old L. Then you are weakly made: Pluck of That's christiau care enough; for living murmurers, I would not be a young count in your way,
For more than blushing comes to : if your back Is longer than his foreskirt. By this time,
Are you not stronger than you were ?
Good lady, I swear again, I would not be a queen
Make yourself mirth with your particular fancy, For all the world.
And leave me out on't. 'Would I had no being, Old L.
In faith, for little England If this salute my blood a jot; it faints me,
To think what follows.
What here you have heard, to her.
What do you think me? Cham. Good morrow, ladies. What wer't worth
[Ereunt. to know The secret of your conference?
SCENE IV.-- A Hall in Black-fryars. Anne.
My good lord, Not your demand; it values not your asking :
Trumpets, senel, and cornets. Enter Two Vergers, Our mistress' sorrows we were pitying.
with short silver wands; next them, Two Scribes, in Cham. It was a gentle business, and becoming
the habits of doctors ; after them, the ARCHBISHOP
of CANTERBURY alone ; after him, the Bishops of The action of good women : there is hope,
Lincoln, Ely, ROCHESTER, and SAINT ASAPH; All will be well. Anne. Now I pray God, amen!
next them, with some small distance, follows a GenCham. You bear a gentle mind, and heavenly
tleman bearing the purse, with the great seal and u Llessings
cardina's hat; then Tuo Priests, bearing each a Follow such creatures. That you may, fair lady,
silver cross; then a Gentleman-Usher bare-headed, Perceive I speak sincerely, and high noto's
accompanied with a Sergeant at Arms, bearing a
silver mace; then Two Gentlemen, bearing two Ta'en of your many virtues, the king's majesty Commends his good opinion to you, and
great silver pillars ; after them, side by side, the
two CARDINALS WOLSEY and CAMPEIUS; Two Does purpose honour to you no less flowing
Noblemen with the sword and mace. Then enter Than marchioness of Pembroke; to wluch title
the King and QUEEN, and their Trains. The King A thousand pound a year, annual support,
takes place under the cloth of state ; the Two CAROut of his grace he adds. Anne. I do not know,
DINALS sit under him as judges. The Queen takes What kind of my obedience I should tender;
place at some distance from the King. The Bishops More than my all is nothing; nor my prayers
place themselves on each side the court, in manner Are not words duly hallow'd, por my wishes
of a consistory ; between them, the Scribes. The
Lords sit next the Bishops. The Crier and the More worth thah empty vanities; yet prayers, and
rest of the Attendants stand in convenient order wishes, Are all I can return. 'Beseech your lordship,
about the stage. Vouchsafe to speak my thanks, and my obedience, Wol. Whilst our commission from Rome is read, As from a blushing handmaid to his highness; Let silence be commanded. Whose health, and royalty, I pray for.
What's tbe need ? Cham.
Lady, It hath already publickly been read, I shall not fail to approve the fair conceit
And on all sides the authority allow'd; The king hath of you.-I have perus’d her well; You may then spare that time.
Be't so :-Proceed. Beauty and honour in her are so mingled,
Scribe. Say, Henry king of England, come into That they have caught he king: and who knows yet,
the court. But from this lady may proceed a gem,
Crier. Henry king of England, &c. To lighten all this isle - I'll to the king,
K. Hen. Here.
[into court. And say, I spoke with you.
Scribe. Say, Katharine queen of England, come Anne.
My honour'd lord. Crier. Katharine queen of England, &c.
(Exit Lord Chamberlain. [The QUEEN makes no answer, rises out of her chair, Old L. Why, this it is; see, see !
goes about the court, comes to the King, and kneels I have been begging sixteen years in court,
at his feet; then speaks. (Am yet a courtier beggarly,) nor could
Q. Kaih. Sir, I desire you, do me right and justice; Come pat betwixt too early and too late,
And to bestow your pity on me: for
Born out of your dominions ; having here
Of equal friendship and proceeding. Alas, sir, Anne. This is strange to me.
In what have I offended you ? what cause Old L. How tastes it? is it better? forty pence, no. Hath my behaviour given to your displeasure, There was a lady once, ('tis an old story,)
That thus you should proceed to put me off, That would not be a queen-that would she not- And take your good grace from me? Heaven witness, For all the mud in Egypt :-Have you heard it? I have been to you a true and humble wife, Anne. Come, you are pleasant.
At all times to your will comformable : Old L.
With your theme, I could Ever in fear to kindle your dislike, O’ermount the lark. The marchioness of Pembroke! Yea, subject to your countenance; glad, or sorry, A thousand pounds a year! for pure respect;
As I saw it inclin'd. When was the hour, No other obligation: By my life,
I ever contradicted your desire, That promises more thousands : Honour's train Or made it not mine too? Or which of your friends
Have I not strove to love, although I knew That I have blown this coal: I do deny it:
That I gainsay my deed, how may he wound,
And worthily, my falsehood ? yea, as much
Remove these thoughts from you; the which before
My lord, my lord, Shut door upon me, and so give me up
I am a simple woman, much too weak To the sharpest kind of justice. Please you, sir, To oppose your cunning. You are meek, and humThe king, your father, was reputed for
bie-mouth'd ; A prince most prudent, of an excellent
You sign your place and calling, in full seeming And unmatch'd wit and judgment: Ferdinand, With meekness and humility: but your heart My father, king of Spain, was reckond one Is cramm'd with arrogancy, spleen, and pride. The wisest prince, that there had reign'd by many You have, by fortune, and his highness' favours, A year before : It is not to be question'd
Gone slightly o'er low steps; and now are mounted That they had gather'd a wise council to them Where powers are your retainers: and your words, Of every realm, that did debate this business, Domesticks to you, serve your will, as't please Who deem'd our marriage lawful: Wherefore I Yourself pronounce their office. I must tell you, humbly
You tender more your person's honour, than
Your high profession spiritual : That again
To bring my whole cause 'fore his holiness,
You have here, lady, And to be judg’d by him. (And of your choice,) these reverend fathers; men (She curt' sies to the KING, and offers to depart Of singular integrity and learning,
The queen is obstinate, Yea, the elect of the land, who are assembled Stubborn to justice, apt to accuse it, and To plead your cause : It shall be therefore bootless, Disdainful to be try'd by it; 'tis not well. That longer you desire the court; as well
She's going away. For your own quiet, as to rectify
K. Hen. Call her again.
[the court. What is unsettled in the king.
Crier. Katharine queen of England, come into Cam,
Grif. Madam, you are callid back. Hath spoken well, and justly: Therefore, madam, Q. Kath. What need you note it? pray you, keep It's fit this royal session do proceed;
your way: And that, without delay, their arguments
When you are call’d, return.—Now the Lord help, Be now produc'd, and heard.
They vex me past my patience !-pray you, pass on Q. Kath.
Lord cardinal, I will not tarry: no, nor ever more,
Upon this business, my appearance make
[Ereunt Queen, Griffith, and her other I am about to weep; but, thinking that
Attendants. We are a queen, (or long have dream'd so,) certain, K. Hen.
Go thy ways, Kate: The daughter of a king, my drops of tears That man i'the world, who shall report he has I'll turn to sparks of fire.
A better wife, let him in nought be trusted,
Be patient yet. For speaking false in that: Thou art, alone,
Thy meekness saint-like, wife-life government, Induc'd by potent circumstances, that
Obeying in commanding ---and thy parts You are mine enemy; and make my challenge, Sovereign and pious else, could speak thee out,) You shall not be my judge: for it is you
The queen of earthly queens : -She is noble born Have blown this coal betwixt my lord and me,- And, like her true nobility, she has Which God's dew quench!—Therefore, I say again, Carried herself towards me. I utterly abhor, yea, from my soul,
Most gracious sir, Refuse you for my judge : whom, yet once more, In humblest manner I require your highness, I hold my most malicious foe, and think not That it shall please you to declare, in bearing At all a friend to truth.
Of all these ears, (for where I am robb'd and boun Wol. I do profess,
There must I be unloos'd ; although not there You speak not like yourself; who ever yet
At once and fully satisfied,) whether ever I Have stood to charity, and display'd the effects Did broach this business to your highness; or Of disposition gentle, and of wisdom wrong: Laid any scruple in your way, which might O'ertopping woman's power. Madam, you do me Induce you to the question on't? or ever I have no spleen against you; nor injustice Have to you, ---but with thanks to God for such For you, or any: how far I have proceeded, A royal lady,--spake one the least word, might Or how far further shall, is warranted
Be to the prejudice of her present state, By a commission from the consistory,
Or touch of her good person? Yea, the whole consistory of Rome. You charge me, K. Hen.
My lord cardinal
I do excuse you; yea, upou mine hononr,
For no dislike i'the world against the person
Prove but our marriage lawful, by my life,
Katharine our queen, before the primest creature
So please your highness, The passages made toward it :-on my honour, The queen being absent, 'tis a needful fitness I speak my good lord cardinal to this point, That we adjourn this court till further day; And thus far clear him. Now, what mov'd me to'ti - Mean while must be an earnest motion I will be bold with time, and your attention :- Made to the queen, to call back her appeal Then mark the inducement. Thus it came;-give She intends unto his holiness. [They rise to depart. heed to't :
I may perceive, (Aside My conscience first receiv'd a tenderness,
These cardinals trifle with me: I abhor Scruple, and prick, on certain speeches utter'd This dilatory sloth, and tricks of Rome. By the bishop of Bayonne, then French ambassador, My learn'd and well-beloved servant, Cranmer, Who had been hither sent on the debating
Pr’ythee, returu! with thy approach, I know, A marriage 'twixt the duke of Orleans and
My comfort comes along. Break up the court:
SCENE I.-Palace at Bridewell, A Room in the The bosom of my conscience, enter'd me,
Queen's Apartment. Yea, with a splitting power, and made to tremble The region of my breast; which forc'd such way, The Queen, and some of her Women, at work. That many maz’d considerings did throng, And press'd in with this caution. First, methought,
Q. Kath. Take thy lute, wench: my soul grows
sad with troubles : I stood not in the smile of heaven ; who had Commanded nature, that my lady's womb,
Sing, and disperse them, if thou canst: leave working. If it conceiv'd a male child by me, should
SONG. Do no more offices of life to't, than
Orpheus with his lute made trees, The grave does to the dead; for her male issue
And the mountain-tops, that freeze, Or died where they were made, or shortly after
Bow themselves, when he did sing : This world had air'd them : Hence I took a thought,
To his musick, plants and flowers This was a judgment on me; that my kingdom,
Ever sprung; as sun, and showers,
There had been u lasting spring.
Every thing that heard him play,
Even the billows of the sea,
Hung their heads, and then lay by
In sweet musick is such art Toward this remedy, whereupon we are
Killing cure and grief of heart Now present here together; that's to say,
Fall asleep, or, hearing, die. I meant to rectify my conscience, --which
Enter a Gentleman. I then did feel full sick, and yet not well,
Q. Kath. How now ?
(dinals By all the reverend fathers of the land,
Gent. An't please your grace, the two great carAnd doctors learn'd.–First, I began in private Wait in the presence. With you, my lord of Lincoln; you remember
Would they speak with me? How under my oppression I did reek,
Gent. They will’d me say so, madam. When I first moved you.
Pray their graces Lin.
Very well, my liege. To come near. K. Hen. I have spoke long; be pleas’d yourself
[Exit Gent.] What can be their business
With me, a poor weak woman, fallen from favours How far you satisfied me.
I do not like their coming, now I think on’t. Lin.
So please your highness, They should be good men ; their affairs as righteous This question did at first so stagger me,
But all hoods make not monks.
Enter WOLSEY and CAMPEIUS
Peace to your highness! And did entreat your highness to this course,
Q. Kath. Your graces find me here part of a Which you are running here.
housewife; K. Hen.
I then mov'd you, I would be all, against the worst may happen. My lord of Canterbury; and got your leave What are your pleasures with me, reverend lords ? To make this present summons:-Unsolicited Wol. May it please you, noble madam, to with I left no reverend person in this court;
draw But by particular consert proceeded,
Into your private chamber, we shall give you Under your hand, and seals. Therefore, go on The full cause of our cominy.
Speak it here;
Cam. Put your main cause into the king's proThere's nothing I have done yet, o' my conscience,
tection; Deserves a corner: 'Would, all other women He's loving, and most gracious; 'twill be much Could speak this with as free a soul as I do! Both for your honour better, and your cause; My lords, I care not, (so much I am happy For, if the trial of the law o'ertake yon, Above a number,) if my actions
You'll part away disgrac'd. Were tried by every tongue, every eye saw them,
He tells you rightly. Envy and base opinion set against them,
Q. Kath. Ye tell me what ye wish for, both, my I know my life so even: If your business
ruin : Seek me out, and that way I am wife in,
Is this your christian counsel? out upon ye!
Your rage mistakes us. Q. Kath. O good, my lord, no Latin;
Q. Kath. The more shame for ye; holy men I I am not such a truant since my coming,
thought ye, As not to know the language I have liv'd in: Upon my soul --iwo reverend cardinal virtues ; A strange tongue makes my cause more strange, But cardinal sins, and hollow hearts, I fear ye : suspicious;
(you, Mend them, for shame, my lords. Is this your comPray, speak in English : here are some will thank
I will not wish ye half my miseries,
I have more charity : But say, I warn’d ye; Wol.
Take heed, for heaven's sake, take heed, lest at once I am sorry, my integrity should breed,
The burden of my sorrows fall upon ye. (And service to his majesty and you,)
Wol. Madam, this is a mere distraction So deep suspicion, where all faith was meant. You turn the good we offer into envy. We cume not by the way of accusation,
Q. Kath. Ye turn me into nothing : Woe upon ye, To taint that honour every good tongue blesses; And all such false professors! Would ye have me Nor to betray you any way to sorrow;
(If you have any justice, any pity; You have too much, good lady: but to know If ye be any thing but churchmen's habits,) How you stand minded in the weighty difference Put my sick cause into his hands that hates me? Between the king and you ; and to deliver,
Alas ! he has banish'd me bis bed already ; Like free and honest men, our just opinions, His love, too long ago : I am old, my lords, And comforts to your cause.
And all the fellowship I hold now with him Cam.
Most honour'd madam, Is only my obedience. What can happen My lord of York-out of his noble nature, To me above this wretchedness ? all your studies Zeal and obedience he still bore your grace;
Make me a curse like this. Forgetting, like a good man, your late censure Cam.
Your fears are worse. Both of his truth and him, (which was too far,) Q. Kath. Have I liv'd thus long-(let me speak Offers, as I do, in a sign of peace,
myself, His service and his counsel."
Since virtue finds no friends,)—a wife, a true one ? Q. Kath.
To betray me. [Aside A woman (I dare say, without vain-glory,)
(him? But how to make ye suddenly an answer,
Still met the king ? loy'd him next heaven? obey'd In such a point of weight, so near mine honour, Been, out of fondness, superstitious to him? (More near my life, I fear,) with my weak wit, Almost forgot my prayers to content him ? And to such men of gravity and learning,
And am I thus rewarded ? 'tis not well, lords. In truth, I know not. I was set at work
Bring me a constant woman to her husband, Among my maids; full little, God knows, looking One that ne'er dream'd a joy beyond his pleasure; Either for such men, or such business.
And to that woman, when she has done most, For her sake that I have been, (for I feel
Yet will I add an honour,-a great patience. The last fit of my greatness,) good your graces, Wol. Madam, you wander from the good we aim Let me have time, and counsel, for my cause;
(guilty, Alas! I am a woman, friendless, hopeless.
Q. Kath. My lord, I dare not make myself so Wol. Madam, you wrong the king's love with To give up willingly that noble title these fears;
Your master wed me to : nothing but death Your hopes and friends are infinite.
Shall e'er divorce my dignities.
'Pray, hear me. But little for my profit: Can you think, lords, Q. Kath. 'Would I had never trod this English Than any Englishman dare give me counsel ?
earth, Or be a known friend, 'gainst his highness' pleasure, Or felt the flatteries that grow upon it! (Though he be grown so desperate to be honest,) Ye have angels' faces, but heaven knows your hearts. And live a subject ? Nay, forsonth, my friends, What will become of me now, wretched lady ? They that must weigh out my afflictions,
I am the most unbappy woman living.They that my trust must grow to, live not here: Alas! poor wenches, where are now your fortunes i They are, as all my other comforts, far bence,
[To her Women In mine own country, lords,
Shipwreck'd upon a kingdom where no pity, Cam.
I would, your grace No friends, no hope ; no kindred weep for me; Would leave your griefs, and take my counsel. Almost, no grave allow'd me:-Like the lily, Q. Kath.
How, sir ? | That once was mistress of the field, and flourishid,