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Wol.

Yes, he was. Which, to say sooth 8, are blessings: and which gilt, Cam. Was he not held a learned man?

(Saving your mincing) the capacity Wol.

Yes, surely. Of your soft cheveril 9 conscience would receive, Cam. Believe me, there's an ill opinion spread then If you might please to stretch it. Even of yourself, lord cardinal.

Anne.

Nay, good troth, Wol.

How! of me! Old L. Yes, troth, and troth, - You would not Cam. They will not stick to say you envied him;

be a queen? And, fearing he would rise, he was so virtuous, Anne. No, not for all the riches under heaven. Kept him a foreign man still ; which so griev'd him, Old L. 'Tis strange, a three-pence bow'd I would That he ran mad, and died. Wol.

Heaven's peace be with him! Old as I am, to queen it: But, I pray you, That's Christian care enough: for living murmurers, What think you of a duchess ? have you limbs There's places of rebuke. He was a fool ;

To bear that load of title? For he would needs be virtuous: That good fellow, Anne.

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

a little ; We live not to be grip'd by meaner persons.

I would not be a young count in your way. K. Hen. Deliver this with modesty to the queen. Anne. How you do talk !

[Erit GARDINER. I swear again, I would not be a queen The most convenient place that I can think of, For all the world. For such receipt of learning, is Black-Friars;

Old L.

In faith, for little England There ye shall meet about this weighty business : You'd venture an emballing: I myself My Wolsey, see it furnish'd. — O my lord, Would for Carnarvonshire,

although there 'long'd Would it not grieve an able man, to leave

No more to the crown but that. Lo, who comes So sweet a bedfellow? But, conscience, conscience,

here? O, 'tis a tender place, and I must leave her.

Enter the Lord Chamberlain.

(Exeunt. SCENE III. An Ante-chamber in the Queen's

Cham. Good

morrow, ladies. What wer't worth

to know Apartments.

The secret of your conference ? Enter ANNE BULLEN, and an old Lady.

Anne.

My good lord, Anne. Not for that neither ; - Here's the pang Our mistress' sorrows we were pitying;

Not your demand; it values not your asking : that pinches : His highness having liv'd so long with her: and she

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

The action of good women: there is hope, Pronounce dishonour of her, - by my life,

All will be well.
She never knew harm-doing ; -

Anne.
O now, after

Now I pray heaven, amen! So many courses of the sun enthron'd,

Cham. You bear a gentle mind, and heavenly Still growing in a majesty and pomp, the which

blessings To leave is a thousand-fold more bitter, than

Follow such creatures. That you may, fair lady, 'Tis sweet at first to acquire, - after this process,

Perceive I speak sincerely, and high note's To give her the avaunt! it is a pity

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 Than marchioness of Pembroke; to which title

Does purpose honour to you no less flowing
Melt and lament for her.
Anne.
0! much better,

A thousand pound a year, annual support,
She ne'er had known pomp: though it be temporal, Out of his grace he adds.
Yet, if that quarrel ®, 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 severing.

More than my all is nothing: nor my prayers Old L. Alas, poor lady!

Are not words duly hallow'd, nor my wishes She's a stranger now again.

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

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 obedience, And range with humble livers in content,

As from a blushing handmaid, to his highness; Than to be perk'd up in a glistering grief,

Whose health, and royalty, I pray for. And wear a golden sorrow.

Cham.

Lady, Old L. Our content

I shall not fail to approve the fair conceit 2 Is our best having. 7

The king hath of you. – I have perus’d her well ;

[Aside. Anne.

By my troth, I vow I would not be a queen.

Beauty and honour in her are so mingled, Old L.

Beshrew me, but I would, That they have caught the king: and who knows yet, And so would you,

But from this lady may proceed a gem, For all this spice of your hypocrisy:

To lighten all this isle ? — I'll to the king, You, that have so fair parts of woman on you,

And say, I spoke with you. Have too a woman's heart; which ever yet

Anne.

My honour'd lord. Affected eminence, wealth, sovereignty;

(Erit Lord Chamberlain. s Out of the king's presence.

Old L. Why, this it is; see, see !
6 Quarreller.
1 Possession,

i Crook'd ? Opinion

8 Truth.

9 Kid-skin

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With many

And prove

I have been begging sixteen years in court,

Scribe. Say, Katharine queen of England, come (Am yet a courtier beggarly,) nor could

into court, Come pat betwixt too early and too late,

Crier. Katharine queen of England, &c. For any suit of pounds: and you, (O fate !)

[The Queen makes no answer, rises out of her Chair, A very fresh-fish here, (fye, fye upon

goes about the Court, comes to the Kixg, and knees This compellid fortune !) have your mouth fillid up, Before you open it.

at his feet; then speaks. Anne. This is strange to me.

Q. Kath. Sir, I desire you do me right and justice ; Old L. How tastes it? is it bitter? forty pence, no.

And to bestow your pity on me; for There was a lady once, ('tis an old story,)

I am a most poor woman, and a stranger, That would not be a queen, that would she not,

Born out of your dominions; having here For all the mud in Egypt : · Have you heard it? No judge indifferent, nor no more assurance Anne. Come, you are pleasant.

Of equal friendship and proceeding. Alas, sir, Old L.

With your theme, I could In what have I offended you? what cause O'ermount the lark. The marchioness of Pembroke! Hath my behaviour given to your displeasure, A thousand pounds a year! for pure respect;

That thus you should proceed to put me off, No other obligation: By my life,

And take your good gracefrom me? Heaven witness That promises more thousands: Honour's train I have been to you a true and humble wise, Is longer than his foreskirt. By this time, At all times to your will conformable : I know, your back will bear a duchess; — Say,

Ever in fear to kindle your dislike, Are you not stronger than you were ?

Yea, subject to your countenance; glad, or sorry, Anne.

Good lady,

As I saw it inclin'd. When was the hour, Make yourself mirth with your particular fancy,

I ever contradicted your desire, And leave me out on't. 'Would I had no being,

Or made it not mine too? Or which of your friends If this salute my blood a jot; it faints me, Have I not strove to love, although I knew To think what follows.

He were mine enemy? what friend of mine The queen is comfortless, and we forgetful

That had to him deriv'd your anger, did I In our long absence: Pray, do not deliver

Continue in my liking ? nay, gave notice What here you have heard, to her.

He was from thence discharg'd? Sir, call to midt Old L.

What do you think me? That I have been your wife, in this obedience, (Ereunt. Upward of twenty years, and have been blest

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

And process of this time, you can report, Trumpets, Sennets , and Cornets. Enter two Vergers,

it too, against mine honour aught, with short silver Wands; next them, two Scribes in My bond to wedlock, or my love and duty, the habits of Doctors ; after them the ARCHBISHOP Turn me away; and let the foul'st contempt

Against your sacred person, in God's name, of CANTERBURY, alone ; after him, the Bishops of

Shut door upon me, and so give me up Lincoln, Ely, ROCHESTER, and Saint Asaph; next them, with some small distance, follows a Gen-To the sharpest kind of justice. Please you, sir, tleman bearing the Purse, with the great Seal, and The king, your father, was reputed for a Cardinals Hat; then two Priests, bearing each a

A prince most prudent, of an excellent silver Cross ; then a Gentleman-Usher bare-headed,

And unmatch'd wit and judgment: Ferdinand, accompanied with a Sergeant at Arms bearing a

My father, king of Spain, was reckon'd one silver Mace; then two Gentlemen, bearing two great A year before : It is not to be question d

The wisest prince, that there had reign'd by mas silver Pillars * ; after them, side by side, the two Cardinals, Wolsey and CAMPEIUS; two Noblemen That they had gather'd a wise council to them with the Sword and Mace. Then enter the King Of every realm, that did debate this business, and Queen, and their Trains. The King takes

Who deem'd our marriage lawful : Wherthur place under the Cloth of State ; the two Cardinals Beseech you, sir

, to spare me, till I may

humbly sit under him as Judges. The Queen takes place at some distance from the King. The Bishops place I will implore : If not, i’ the name of Heaven,

Be by my friends in Spain advis'd; whose cos themselves on each side the Court, in manner of a Consistory; between them, the Scribes. The Lords Your pleasure be fulfilld! sit next the Bishops . The Crier and the rest of (And of your choice,) these reverend faihers; <<

Wol.

You have here, isto the Attendants stand in convenient order about the Of singular integrity and learning, Stage.

Yea, the elect of the land, who are assembled Wol. Whilst our commission from Rome is read | To plead your cause: It shall be therefore bei Let silence be commanded,

That longer you desire the court; as well K. Hen.

What's the need ? For your own quiet, as to rectify It hath already publickly been read,

What is unsettled in the king. And on all sides the authority allow'd ;

Cam. You may then spare that time.

Hath spoken well and justly: Therefore, ma
Wol.

Be't so: - - Proceed. It's fit this royal session do proceed;
Scribe. Say, Henry king of England, come into | And that, without delay, their arguments
the court.

Be now produc'd and heard.
Crier. Henry king of England, &c.

Q. Kath.

Lord cardinal, K. Hen. Here.

To you I speak.

Your pleasure, madam? * Ensigns of dignity carried before cardinals.

His grace

Wol. 3 Flourish on cornets.

5 Uscless.

.

Q. Kath.

Sir, When you are callid, return. - Now the Lord lielp, I am about to weep; but, thinking that

They vex me past my patience !-- Pray you, pass on : We are a queen, (or long have dream'd so,) certain I will not tarry : no, nor ever more, The daughter of a king, my drops of tears

Upon this business, my appearance make
I'll turn to sparks of fire.

In any of their courts.
Wol.
Be patient yet.

[Exeunt QUEEN, GRIFFITH, and her other Q. Kath. I will, when you are humble; nay, before,

Attendants.
Or God will punish me.
I do believe,

K. Hen.

Go thy ways, Kate : Induc'd by potent circumstances, that

That man i' the world who shall report he has You are mine enemy; and make my challenge, A better wife, let him not be trusted, You shall not be my judge: for it is you

For speaking false in that : Thou art, alone, Have blown this coal betwixt my lord and me, (If thy rare qualities, sweet gentleness, Which heaven's dew quench! – Therefore, I say Thy meekness saint-like, wife-like government, again,

Obeying in commanding, - and thy parts I utterly abhor, yea, from my soul,

Sovereign and pious else, could speak thee out,)
Refuse you for my judge; whom, yet once more, The queen of earthly queens: - She is noble born ;
I hold my most malicious foe, and think not And, like her true nobility, she has
At all a friend to truth.

Carried herself towards me.
Wol.
I do profess

Wol.

Most gracious sir, You speak not like yourself ; who ever yet In humblest manner I require your highness, Have stood to charity, and display'd the effects That it shall please you to declare in hearing Of disposition gentle, and of wisdom

Of all these ears, (for where I'm robb’d and bound, O'ertopping woman's power. Madam, you do me There must I be unloos’d; although not there wrong:

At once and fully satisfied,) whether ever I I have no spleen against you ; nor injustice Did broach this business to your highness; or For you or any : how far I have proceeded, Laid any scruple in your way, which might Or how far further shall, is warranted

Induce you to the question on't? or ever By a commission from the consistory,

Have to you, - but with thanks to Heaven for such Yea, the whole consistory of Rome. You charge me, A royal lady, - spake one the least word, might That I have blown this coal: I do deny it: Be to the prejudice of her present state, The king is present: if it be known to him, Or touch of her good person ? That I gainsay my deed, how may he wound,

K. Hen.

My lord cardinal, And worthily, my falsehood ? yea, as much I do excuse you, yea, upon mine honour, As

you have done my truth. But if he know I free you from't. You are not to be taught That I am free of your report, he knows,

That you have many enemies, that know not
I am not of your wrong. Therefore in him Why they are so, but, like to village curs,
It lies, to cure me; and the cure is, to

Bark when their fellows do: by some of these Remove these thoughts from you : The which before The queen is put in anger. You are excus'd : His highness shall speak in, I do beseech

But will you be more justified ? you ever You, gracious madam, to unthink your speaking, Have wish'd the sleeping of this business ; never And to say so no more.

Desir'd it to be stirr'd; but oft have hinderd; oft Q. Kath.

My lord, my lord, The passages made 6 toward it:- on my honour, I am a simple woman, much too weak

I speak my good lord cardinal to this point, To oppose your cunning. You are meek, and And thus far clear him. Now, what mov'd me to't,humble-mouth'd ;

I will be bold with time and your attention : You sign your place and calling, in full seeming,

Then mark the inducement. Thus it came; -give With meekness and humility : but your heart

heed to't. Is cramm'd with arrogancy, spleen, and pride. My conscience first receiv'd a tenderness, You have by fortune, and his highness' favours, Scruple, and pain, on certain speeches utter'd Gone slightly o'er low steps; and now are mounted By the bishop of Bayonne, then French ambassador; Where powers are your retainers : and your words, who had been hither sent on the debating Domesticks to you, serve your will, as't please A marriage, 'twixt the duke of Orleans and Yourself pronounce their office. I must tell you, Our daughter Mary: I'the progress of this busines. You tender more your person's honour, than Ere a determinate resolution, he Your high profession spiritual: That again (I mean the bishop) did require a respite ; I do refuse you for my judge ; and here,

Wherein he might the king his lord advertise Before you all, appeal unto the pope,

Whether our daughter were legitimate, To bring my whole cause 'fore his holiness, Respecting this our marriage with the dowager, And to be judg'd by him.

Sometime our brother's wife. This respite shook (She curt'sies to the King, and offers to depart. The bosom of my conscience, enter'd me, Cam.

The queen is obstinate, Yea, with a splitting power, and made to tremble Stubborn to justice, apt to accuse it, and

The region of my breast ; which forc'd such way, Disdainful to be try'd by it; 'tis not well. That many maz'd considerings did throng, She's going away.

And press'd in with this caution. First, methought, K. Hen. Call her again.

I stood not in the smile of heaven; who had Crier. Katharine, queen of England, come into Commanded nature, that my lady's womb, the court.

If it conceiv'd a male child by me, should Grif. Madam, you are call'd back.

Do no more offices of life to't than Q. Kath. What need you note it? pray you, keep The grave does to the dead: for her male issue your way :

6 Closed, or fastener.

Or died where they were made, or shortly after K. Hen.

I then mov'd you, This world had air’d them: Hence I took a thought My lord of Canterbury; and got your leave This was a judgment on me; that my kingdoin, To make this present summons: - Unsolicited Well worthy the best heir o' the world, should not I left no reverend person in this court; Be gladded in't by me: Then follows, that But by particular consent proceeded, I weigh'd the danger which my realms stood in Under your hands and seals. Therefore, go on : By this my issue's fail; and that gave to me For no dislike i' the world against the person Many a groaning throe. Thus hulling 7 in Of the good queen, but the sharp thorny points The wild sea of my conscience, I did steer

Of my alleged reasons, drive this forward : Toward this remedy, whereupon we are

Prove but our marriage lawful, by my life, Now present here together ; that's to say,

And kingly dignity, we are contented I meant to rectify my conscience, which

To wear our mortal state to come, with her, I then did feel full sick, and yet not well,

Katharine our queen, before the primest creature By all the reverend fathers of the land,

That's paragond 1 o'the world. And doctors learn'd. — First, I began in private Cam.

So please your highness, With you, my lord of Lincoln ; you remember The queen being absent, 'tis a needful fitness How under my oppression I did reek ,

That we adjourn this court till further day : When I first mov'd you.

Mean while must be an earnest motion Lin.

Very well, my liege. Made to the queen, to call back her appeal K. Hen. I have spoke long; be pleas'd yourself She intends unto his holiness. [They rise to depert.

K. Hen.

I may perceive, (do How far you satisfied me.

These cardinals trifle with me: I abhor Lin.

So please your highness, This dilatory sloth, and tricks of Rome. The question did at first so stagger me, —

My learn'd and well-beloved servant, Cranmer, Bearing a state of mighty moment in't,

Pr'ythee return! with thy approach, I know, And consequence of dread, — that I committed My comfort comes along. Break up the court : The daring'st counsel which I had, to doubt ; I say, set on. (Exeunt, in manner as they entered. And did entreat your highness to this course, Which you are running here.

to say

ACT III.

SCENE I. - Palace at Bridewell. A Room in With me, a poor weak woman, fall'n from favour? the Queen's Apartment.

I do not like their coming, now I think on't.

They should be good men; their affairs as righteous: The Queen, and some of her Women at Work. But all hoods make not monks. Q. Kath. Take thy lute, wench: my soul grows sad with troubles ;

Enter Wolsey and CAMPEIUS. Sing, and disperse them, if thou canst : leave Wol.

Peace to your highness! working.

Q. Kath. Your graces find me here part of a SONG.

housewife ;

I would be all, against the worst may happen.
Orpheus with his lute made trees,
And the mountain-tops, that freeze,

What are your pleasures with me, reverend lords?

Wol. May it please you, noble madam, to with Bow themselves, when he did sing :

draw To his musick, plants, and flowers,

Into your private chamber, we shall give you
Ever sprung; as sun, and showers,

The full cause of our coming.
There had been a lasting spring.

Q. Kath.

Speak it here; Every thing that heard him play,

There's nothing I have done yet, o'my conscience, Even the billows of the sea,

Deserves a corner: 'Would, all other women
Hung their heads, and then lay by.

Could speak this with as free a soul as I do!
In sweet musick is such art;

My lords, I care not, (so much I am happy
Killing care, and grief of heart,

Above a number,) if my actions
Fall asleep, or, hearing, die.

Were tried by every tongue, every eye saw them,
Enter a Gentleman.

Envy and base opinion set against them, Q. Kath. How now?

I know my life so even : If your business Genl. An't please your grace, the two great car

Seek me out, and that way I am wife in, dinals

Out with it boldly; Truth loves open dealing. Wait in the presence. 9

Wol. Tanta est ergà te mentis integritas, regina Q. Kath. Would they speak with me?

serenissima, – Gent. They willd me say so, madam.

Q. Kath. O, good my lord, no Latin ; Q. Kath.

Pray their graces

I am not such a truant since my coming, To come near. [Exit Gent.) What can be their As not to know the language I have liv'd in: business

A strange tongue makes my cause more strange, Pray, speak in English : here are some will thank | Upon my soul, two reverend cardinal virtues : you,

suspicious; 7 Floating without guidance. 8 Waste, or wear away. 9 Presence chamber.

I Without compare.

But cardinal sins, and hollow hearts, I fear ye : If you speak truth, for their poor mistress' sake ; Mend them for shame, my lords. Is this your comBelieve me, she has had much wrong: Lord cardinal,

fort? The willing'st sin I ever yet committed,

The cordial that ye bring a wretched lady? May be absolv'd in English.

A woman lost among ye, laugh'd at, scorn'd? Wol.

Noble lady,

I will not wish ye half my miseries, I am sorry, my integrity should breed,

I have more charity : But say, I warn'd ye; (And service to his majesty and you,)

Take heed, for heaven's sake, take heed, lest at once So deep suspicion, where all faith was meant.

The burden of my sorrows fall upon ye.
We come not by the way of accusation,

Wol. Madam, this is a mere distraction;
To taint that honour every good tongue blesses; You turn the good we offer into envy.
Nor to betray you any way to sorrow;

Q. Kath. Ye turn me into nothing: Woe upon ye,
You have too much, good lady: but to know And all such false professors ! Would ye have me
How you stand minded in the weighty difference (If you have any justice, any pity;
Between the king and you ; and to deliver, If ye be any thing but churchmen's habits,)
Like free and honest men, our just opinions, Put my sick cause into his hands that hates me?
And comforts to your cause.

Alas! he has banish'd me his bed already ; Cam.

Most honour'd madam, His love, too, long ago : I am old, my lords, My lord of York, - out of his noble nature, And all the fellowship I hold now with him Zeal and obedience he still bore your grace ;

Is only my obedience. What can happen Forgetting, like a good man, your late censure To me, above this wretchedness ? all your studies Both of his truth and him, (which was too far,)

Make me a curse like this. Offers, as I do, in a sign of peace,

Cam.

Your fears are worse. His service and his counsel.

Q. Kath. Have I liv'd thus long — (let me speak Q. Kath. To betray me. (Aside.

myself, My lords, I thank you both for your good wills,

Since virtue finds no friends,) — a wife, a true one ? Ye speak like honest men, (pray heaven ye prove so!) A woman (I dare say, without vain-glory,) But how to make you suddenly an answer,

Never yet branded with suspicion ? In such a point of weight, so near mine honour, Have I with all my full affections (More near my life, I fear,) with my weak wit, Still met the king? lov'd him next heaven? obey'd And to such men of gravity and learning,

him ? In truth, I know not. I was set at work

Been, out of fondness, superstitious to him? Among my maids ; full little, Heaven knows, looking Almost forgot my prayers to content him? Either for such men, or such business.

And am I thus rewarded ? 'tis not well, lords. For her sake that I have been, (for I feel

Bring me a constant woman to her husband, The last fit of my greatness,) good your graces,

One that ne'er dream'd a joy beyond his pleasure ; Let me have time, and counsel, for my cause;

And to that woman, when she has done most, Alas! I am a woman, friendless, hopeless.

Yet will I add an honour, - a great patience. Wol. Madam, you wrong the king's love with these Wol. Madam, you wander from the good we aim at. fears;

Q. Kath. My lord, I dare not make myself so Your hopes and friends are infinite.

guilty, Q. Kath.

In England, To give up willingly that noble title
But little for my profit : Can you think, lords, Your master wed me to; nothing but death
That any Englishman dare give me counsel ? Shall e'er divorce my dignities.
Or be a known friend, 'gainst his highness' pleasure,

Wol.

'Pray, hear me. (Though he be grown so desperate to be honest,)

Q. Kath. 'Would I had never trod this English And live a subject ? Nay, forsooth, my friends,

earth, They that must weigh out? my afflictions,

Or felt the flatteries that grow upon it! They that my trust must grow to, live not here; Ye have angels' faces, but Heaven knows your hearts. They are, as all my other comforts, far hence,

What will become of me now, wretched lady? In mine own country, lords.

I am the most unhappy woman living. Cam.

I would, your grace Alas! poor wenches, where are now your fortunes ? Would leave your griefs, and take my counsel.

[To her Women. Q. Kath.

How, sir? Shipwreck'd upon a kingdom, where no pity, Cam. Put your main cause into the king's pro- No friends, no hope ; no kindred weep for me, tection ;

Almost no grave allow'd me : Like the lily, He's loving, and most gracious; 'twill be much That once was mistress of the field, and flourishd, Both for your honour better, and your cause; I'll hang my head and perish. For, if the trial of the law o'ertake you,

Wol.

If your grace You'll part away disgrac'd.

Could but be brought to know, our ends are honest, Wol.

He tells you rightly. You'd feel more comfort: why should we, good lady, Q. Kath. Ye tell me what ye wish for both, my ruin: Upon what cause, wrong you ? alas ! our places, Is this your christian counsel ? out upon ye ! The way of our profession is against it ; Heaven is above all yet; there sits a Judge,

We are to cure such sorrows, not to sow them. That no king can corrupt.

For goodness' sake, consider what you do ; Cam.

Your rage mistakes us. How you may hurt yourself, ay, utterly Q. Kath. The more shame for ye; holy men I Grow from the king's acquaintance, by this carriage. thought ye,

The hearts of princes kiss obedience, ? Outweigh.

So much they love it ; but, to stubborn spirits,

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