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KING HENRY VIII. Act 3.
A woman (I dare say, without vain-glory)
Never yet branded with suspicion ?
Have I with all my full affections
Still met the king ? lor'd him next heaven? obey'd

him?
Been, out of fondness, superstitious to him?
Almost forgot my prayers to content him !
And am I thus rewarded ? 'tis not well, lords.
Bring me a constant woman to her husband;
One, that ne'er dream'd a joy beyond his pleasure ;
And to that woman, when she has done most,
Yet will I add an honour,-a great patience.

Wol. Madam, you wander from the good we aim at.

Q.Kath. My lord, I dare not make myself so guilty,
To give up willingly that noble title,
Your master wed me to : nothing but death
Shall e'er divorce my dignities.
Wol.

'Pray, hear me Q. Kath. 'Would I had never trod this English

earth,
Or felt the flatteries that grow upon it!
Ye have angels' faces, but heaven knows your hearts.
What will become of me now, wretched lady?
I am the most unhappy woman living.-
Alas! poor wenches, where are now your fortunes!

[To her women
Shipwreck'd upon a kingdom, where no pity,
No friends, no hope; no kindred weep for me,
Almost, no grave allow'd me :-Like the lily,
That once was mistress of the field,

and flourish'd, I'll

hang my head, and perish.
Wol.

If your grace
Could but be brought to know, our ends are honest,
You'd feel more comfort: why should we, good lady,
Upon what cause, wrong you ? alas ! our places,
The way of our profession is against it;
We are to cure such sorrows, not to sow them,
For goodness' sake, consider what you do ;
How you may hurt yourself, ay, utterly,
Grow from the king's acquaintance, by this carriage.
The hearts of princes kiss obedience,
So much they love it; but, to stubborn spirits,
They swell, and grow as terrible as storms.
I know, you have a gentle, noble temper,
A soul as even as a calm; Pray, think us
Those we profess; peace-makers, friends, and

servants.

KING HENRY VIII. 221
Can. Madam, you'll find it so. You wong

your virtues
With these weak women's fears. A noble spirit,
As yours was put into you, ever casts
Such doubts, as false coin, from it. The king

loves you;
Beware, you lose it not: For us, if you please

To trust us in your business, we are ready
To use our utmost studies in your service.
2. Kath. Do what ye will, my lorda: And, pray,

forgive me
If I have us'd myself unmannerly :
You know, I am a woman, lacking wit
To make a seemly answer to such persons
Pray, do my service to his majesty
He has my heart yet; and shall have may prayers,
While I shall have my life. Come, reverend fathers,
Bestow your counsels on me: she now beys,

That little thought, when she set footing here,
She should have bought her diguities so dear.

(Eseunt.
SCENE II.
Ante-chuaber to the King's apartment.
Enter the Duke of NORFOLK, the Duke of SUF-
FOLK, the Earl of SURREY, and the Lord

Chamberlain
Nor. If you will now unite in your complaints
And force them with a constaney, the cardinal
Cannot stand under them: If you omit
The offer of this time, I cannot promise,
But that you shall sustain more new diagracks,
With these you bear already.
Sur,

I am joyful
To meet the least occasion, that may give me
Remembrance of my father-in-law, the duke,
To be reveng'd on him.
Suf.

Which of the peers
Hase uncontemn'd gone by him, or at least
Strangely neglected! when did he regard
The stamp of nobleness in any person,
Out of himself!
Clam.

My lords, you speak your pleasures :
What he deserves of you and me, I know i
What we can do to him, (though now the time
Gives way to us, much fear. If you cannot

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your virtues
With these weak women's fears. A noble spirit,
As yours was put into you, ever casts
Such donbts, as false coin, from it. The king

loves you;
Beware, you lose it not: For us, if you please
To trust us in your business, we are ready
To use our utmost studies in your service
2. Kath. Do what ye will, my lords : And, pray,

forgive me,
If I have us'd myself iinmannerly ;
You know, I am a woman, lacking wit
To make a seemly answer to such persons.
Pray, do my service to his majesty
He has my heart yet; and shall have my prayers,
While I shall have my life. Come, reverend fathers,
Beslow your counsels on me: she now begs,
That little thought, when she set footing here,
She should have bought her dignities so dear.

[Exeunt.
SCENE II.
Ante-chamber to the King's apartment.
Enter the Duke of NORFOLK, the Duke of SUF.
FOLK, the farl of SURREY, and the Lord
Chamberlain.

Nor. If you will now unite in your complaints
And force them with a constancy, the cardinal
Cannot stand under them: If you omit
The offer of this time, I cannot promise,
But that you shall sustain more new disgraces,
With these you bear already.
Sur.

I am joyful
To meet the least occasion, that may give me
Remembrance of my father-in-law, the duke,
To be reveng'd on him.
Suf.

Which of the peers
Have uncontemn'd gone by him, or at least
Strangely neglected? when did he regard
The stamp of gobleness in any person,
Out of himself!
Cham.

My lords, you speak your pleasures :
What he deserves of you and me, I know;
What we can do to him, (though now the time
Gives way to us,) I much fear. If you cannot

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Sur.

No, no

Bar his access to the king, never attempt
Any thing on him; for he hath a witchcraft
Over the king in his tongue.
Nor.

O, fear him not;
His spell in that is out: the king hath found
Matter against him, that for ever mars
The honey of his language. No, he's settled,
Not to come off, in his displeasure.
I should be glad to hear such news as this
Once every hour.
Nor,

Believe it, this is true.
Is the divorce, his contrary proceedings
Are all unfolded; wherein he appears
As I could wish mine enemy.
Sur.

How came
His practices to light?

Suf.
Sur.

0,
Suf. The cardinal's letter to the pope miscarried,
And came to the eye o'the king: wherein was read,
How that the cardinal did entreat his holiness
To stay the judgment o'the divorce ; For if
It did take place, I do, quoth he, perceive,
My king is tangid in affection to
A creature of the queen's, lady Anne Bullen.

Sur. Has the king this!
Suy.

Believe it.
Sur.

Will this work!
Cham. The king in this perceives him, how he

coasts,
And hedges, his own way. But in this point
All his tricks founder, and brings his physick
After his patient's death ; the king already
Hath married the fair lady.
Sur.

'Would he had !
Suf: May you be happy in your wish, my lord ;
For, I profess, you have it.
Sur.

Now all my joy
Trace the conjunction !
Suf.

My amen to't!

All men's.
Suf. There's order given for her coronation :
Marry, this is yet but young, and may be left
To some ears unrecounted.-But, my lords,
She is a gallant creature, and complete
In mind and feature : I persuade me, from her

KING HENRY VII.
Will some blessing to this land, which shall
In it be memoriz'd.
Sky

But, will the king
Digest this letter of the cardinal's!
The Lord forbid !

Nor. Marry, amen!
Suf.
There be more wasps that buz shout his nose,
Will make this sting the sooner. Cardinal Catapeius
Is stolen away to Rome,

bath talen te lease
Has left the cause the king handle

posted, as the agent of our cardinal,
To second all his plor. I do sure you
The king cry't, ha! at this.
Clom.

Now, God incenze him,
And let him cry ha, louder!
Nor.

But, my lord,
When returns Cranmer!

Suf. He is tetun'd, in his opinions; which
Hare satisfied the king for his divorce,
Together with all famous colleges
Almost in Christendom : shortly, I believe,
His second marriage shall be publish'd, and
Her coronation. Katharine no more
Shall be call'd, queen; bat prineers dowager,
And widow to prince Arthur.
Nor

This same Cranmer's
worthy fellow, and bath ta'en meeb pain
to the king's business.

He bas; and we shall see bim

Most strangely; how, how!

Suf
Pot it an archbishop
Net

So I hear.
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The cardinal
Enter WOLSBY and CROMWELL.

Observe, obserye, he's moody,
Wal. The packet, Cromwell, gave it you the king!
Crona. To his own hand, in his bedchamber.
Wel. Look'a kto

the inside of the paper!
He did unseal them: and the first he view,
He it with a serious mind; beed

in his mountenance : You, le bade

Nor.

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Will fall some blessing to this land, which shall
In it be memoriz'd.
Sur.

But, will the king
Digest this letter of the cardinal's ?
The Lord forbid !
Nor.
Marry, amen!

No, no;
There be more wasps that buz about his nose,
Will make this sting the sooner. Cardinal Campeius
Is stolen away to Rome; hath ta'en no leave
Has left the cause o'the king unbandled; and
Is posted, as the agent of our cardinal,
To second all his plot. I do assure you
The king cry'd, ha! at this.

Now, God incense him,
And let him cry ha, louder!
Nor.

But, my lord,
When returns Cranmer?

Suf. He is return'd, in his opinions; which
Havé satisfied the king for his divorce,
Together with all famous colleges
Almost in Christendom: shortly, I believe,
His second marriage shall be publish'd, and
Her coronation. Katharine no more
Shall be call'a, queen; but princess dowager,
And widow to prince Arthur.
Nor.

This same Cranmer's
A worthy fellow, and hath ta'en much pain
In the king's business.
Suf.

He has; and we shall see him
Por it an archbishop.
Nor.

So I hear.
Suf.
The cardinal-

Enter WOLSEY and CROMWELL.
Nor.

Observe, observe, he's moody.
Wol. The packet, Cromwell, gave it you the king?
Crom. To his own hand, in his bedchamber.
Wol. Look'd he o'the inside of the paper ?

Presently
He did unseal them and the first he view'd,
He did it with a serious mind; a heed
Was in his countenance : You, he bade
Attend him here this moming.

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To come abroad?

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I think, by this he is.
Wol. Leave me a while. [Ez-it Cromwell
It shall be to the duchess of Alençon,
The French king's sister : he shall marry her.-
Anne Bullen ! No; I'll no Anne Bullens for him :
There is more in it than fair visage.-Bullen!
No, we'll no Bullens.-Speedily I wish
To hear from Rome.-The marchioness of Pembroke!
Nur. He's discontented.
Suf.

May be, he hears the king
Does whet his anger to him.
Sur.

Sharp enough,
Lord, for thy justice!
Wol. The late queen's gentlewoman; a knight's

daughter,
To be her mistress'

mistress! the queen's guerrier Then, out it goes - What though I know her vir

tuous,
And well-deserving? yet I know her for
A spleeny Lutheran; and not wholesome to
Our cause, that she should lie i'the bosom of
Our
al's king.

gain, there is ung up
An heretick, an arch one, Cranmer; one
Hath crawl'd into the favour of the king,
And is his oracle.
Nor.

He is vex'd at something:
Suf. I would, 'twere something that would fret

the string,
And master-cord of his heart!
Enter the King, reading a schedule ; and LOVELL.
Suf.

The king, the king;
X. Hen. What piles of wealth hath he accumulated
To his own portion! and what expence by the hour
Seems to flow from him! How, i'the name of thrift,
Does he rake this together |--Now, my lords;
Saw you the cardinal ?
Nor.

My lord, we have
Stood here observing him : Some strange commotion
Is in his brain : he bites his lip, and starts;
Stops on a sudden, looks upon the ground,
Then, lays his finger on his temple; straight,
Springs out into fast gait! then, stops again,
Serikes his breast hard; and anon, he casts
His eye against the moon: in most strange postures
We have seen him set himself.

KING HENRY VUI.
K.Her.

It may well be
There is a muting in his mind. This morning
Papers of state he sent me to yeruse,
As I requir'd; And, wot you, what I found
There; on my conscience, put unwittingly?
Porsooth, an inventory, thus importing -
The several parcels of his plate, his treasure,
Kuch stuffs, and ornaments of household: which

find at such proud me, that it out-speaks
Possession of a subject.
Nor.

It's heaven's will
Some spirit put this paper in the palet,
To bless your eye withal
K. Hen.

If we did thine
His contemplation were above the earth,
And fix'd on spiritual object, he should still
Dwell in his musings; but, I am afraid,
His thinking are below the moon, not worth
His serious considering.

(He takes his sest, and whispers Lonell, who

goes to Wolsey
Wol.

Heaven forgive me!
Ever God bless your highness!
K.Her.

Good, my lord,
You are full of heavenly stuff, and bear the inventory
Of your best graces in your mind; the which
You were now running d'er: you have saree time
To steal from spiritual leisure a brief span,
To keep your earthly audit: Sure, in that
I deem you an ill husband; and ar glad
To have you therein my companion,
Por holy offices I have a time; a time
To think upon the part of business, which
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K.Her.

You have said well,
wa. And ever may your highness yoke together,
As I will lend you cause, my doing well
With my well saying!
K.H.

Tis well said agán;
And is a kind of good deed, to say well:

Hobid, ba did; and with his deed did crown
His word upon you. Since I had my office,

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