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Most learned reverend sir, into our kingdom;
Heaven's peace be with bira! Use us, and it :-My good lord, have great care That 's christian care enough : for living murmurers I be not found a talker.
[To Wolsey. There's places of rebuke. He was a fool; Wol. 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 SUPPOLK. 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 Blackfriars ; But this cannot continue.
Aside. There ye shall meet about this weighty business : Nor. If it do,
My Wolsey, see it furnish'd. Omy lord, I'll venture one ;-have at him.
Would it not grieve an able man, to leave Suf.
So sweet a bedfellow? But, conscience, conscience, [E.ceunt Norfolk and SUPPOLK. 0, 't is a tender place, and I must leave her. (Egeauto Wol. Your grace has given a precedent of wisdom
SCENE III.-An Antechamber in the Queen's Above all princes, in committing freely
Enter ANNE BULLEN and an old Lady. The Spaniard, tied by blood and favour to her,
Anne. Not for that neither :-Here's the peng that Must now confess, if they have any goodness,
pinches : The trial just and noble. All the clerks,
His highness having liv'd so long with her : and she I mean the learned ones, in christian kingdoms, So good a lady, that no tongue could ever Have their free voices— Rome, the nurse of judgment, Pronounce dishonour of her,—by my life, Invited by your noble self, hath sent
She never knew harm-doing ;-0 now, after One general tongue unto us, this good man,
So many courses of the sun enthrond, This just and learned priest, cardinal Campeius ; Still growing in a majesty and pomp,—the which Whom, once more, I present unto your highness. To leave a thousand-fold more bitter than K. Hen. And, once more, in mine arms I bid him T is sweet at first to acquire,-after this process, welcome,
To give her the avaunt! it is a pity And thank the holy conclave for their loves ;
Would move a monster. They have sent me such a man I would have wish'd Old L.
Hearts of most hard temper for.
Melt and lament for her. Cam. Your grace must needs deserve all strangers' Anne.
0, God's will! unuch better loves,
She ne'er had known pomp: though it be temporal, You are so noble: To your highness' hand
Yet, if that quarrel," fortune, do divorce I tender my commission; by whose virtue,
It from the bearer, 't is a sufferance, panging (The court of Rome commanding,) you, my lord As soul and body's severing. Cardinal of York, are join'd with me their servant, Old L.
Alas, poor lady! In the unpartial judging of this business.
She's a stranger now again. K. Hen. Two equal men. The queen shall be ac- Anne.
So much the more quainted,
Must pity drop upon her. Verily, Forthwith, for what you come :-Where 's Gardiner ? I swear, 't is better to be lowly born,
Wol. I know your majesty has always lov'd her And range with humble livers in content, So dear in heart, not to deny her that
Than to be perk'd up in a glistering grief, A woman of less place might ask by law,
And wear a golden sorrow. Scholars allow'd freely to argue for her.
Our content K. Hen. Ay, and the best she shall have; and my Is our best having. favour
By my troth and maidenhead, To him that does best ; God forbid else. Cardinal, I would not be a queen. Prithee call Gardiner to me, my new secretary;
Beshrew me, I would, I find him a fit fellow.
[Exit Wolsey. And venture maidenhead for 't; and so would you
For all this spice of your hypocrisy :
You, that have so fair parts of woman on you, Wol. Give me your hand : much joy and favour to Have too a woman's heart : which ever get you;
Aflected eminence, wealth, sovereignty; You are the king's now.
Which, to say sooth, are blessings : and which gifts Gard. But to be commanded
(Saving your mincing) the capacity For ever by your grace, whose hand has rais'd me. (Aside. Of your soft cheveril o conscience would receive, K. Hen. Come hither, Gardiner.
If you might please to stretch it. [They converse apart. Anne.
Nay, good troth, Cam. My lord of York, was not one doctor Pace Old L. Yes, troth, and troth,-You would not be a In this man's place tefore him?
queen? Wol. Yes, he was.
Anne. No, not for all the riches under hearen. Cam. Was he not held a learned man?
Old L. T is strange: a three-pence bowed would Wol.
What think you of a duchess ? have you limbs
How! of me?
To bear that load of title?
a Quarrel is an arrow. Kept him a foreign man still; which se griev'd him,
Cheveril--kid-skin. So in “Romeo and Juliet," "O, here"
a wit of cheveril, that stretches from an inch narrow to a That he ran mad, and died.
| A thousand pounds a-year! for pure respect ;
That promises more thousands : Honour's train
Is longer than his foreskirt. By this time,
Are you not stronger than you were ?
Good lady, Anne. How you do talk !
Make yourself mirth with your particular fancy, I swear again, I would not be a queen
And leave me out on 't. 'Would I had no being For all the world.
If this salute my blood a jot; it faints me Old L. In faith, for little England
To think what follows. You 'd venture an emballing: I myself
The queen is comfortless, and we forgetful Tould for Carnarvonshire, although there 'long'd In our long absence : Pray, do not deliver No more to the crown but that. Lo, who comes here? What here you have heard, to her.
What do you think me? (Exeunt Enter the Lord Chamberlain. Cham. Good morrow, ladies. What wer't worth to
SCENE IV.-A Hall in Blackfriars. know
Trumpets, sennet, and cornets. Enter tro Vergers, The secret of your conference ? Anne. My good lord,
with short silver wands; next them, Two Scribes, Not your demand ; it values not your asking:
in the habits of doctors; after them, the ArchOur mistress' sorrows we were pitying.
BISHOP OF CANTERBURY alone; after him, the Cham. It was a gentle business, and becoming
Bishops or LINCOLN, ELY, ROCHESTER, and Saint The action of good women : there is hope
AsAPH; next them, with some small distance, folAll will be well.
lows a Gentleman bearing the purse, with the great Anne.
seal, and a cardinals hat; then Tro Priests, bear. Now I pray God, amen! Cham. You bear a gentle mind, and heavenly bless
ing each a silver cross; then a Gentleman-Usher ings
bare-headed, accompanied with a Sergeant at Arms, Follow such creatures. That you may, fair lady,
bearing a silver mace; then Two Gentlemen, bear. Perceive I speak sincerely, and high note 's
ing two great silver pillars; after them, side by Ta'en of your many virtues, the king's majesty
side, the Two Cardinals Wolsey and CAMPEIUS; Commends his good opinion of you to you, and
Two Noblemen with the sword and mace._[Then Does purpose honour to you no less flowing
enter the King and Queen, and their Trains.] Than marchioness of Pembroke; to which title
The King takes place under the cloth of state; the A thousand pound a-year, annual support,
Two Cardinals sit under him as judges. The Out of his grace he adds.
Queen takes place at some distance from the King. Anne. I do not know
The Bishops place themselves on each side the court, What kind of my obedience I should tender,
in manner of a consistory; below them, the Scribes. More than my all is nothing ; nor my prayers
The Lords sit next the Bishops. The Crier and the Are not words duly hallow'd, nor my wishes
rest of the Attendants stand in convenient order More worth than empty vanities; yet prayers, and
about the stage. wishes,
Wol. Whilst our commission from Rome is read, Are all I can return. 'Beseech your lordship,
Let silence be commanded. Vonchsafe to speak my thanks, and my obedience,
What's the need? As from a blushing handmaid to his highness ;
It hath already publicly been read, Whose bealth and royalty I pray for.
And on all sides the authority allow'd; Cham.
You may then spare that time. I shall not fail to improve the fair conceit
Be 't so :-Proceed. The king hath of you.- I have perus'd her well; [Aside. Scribe. Say, Henry king of England, come into the Beauty and honour in her are so mingled,
court. That they have caught the king : and who knows yet, Crier. Henry king of England, &c. But from this lady may proceed a gem
K. Hen. Here. To lighten all this isle!-I 'll to the king,
Scribe. Say, Katharine queen of England, come into And say, I spoke with you.
the court. My honour'd lord.
Crier. Katharine queen of England, &c. (Exit Lord Chamberlain. [The Queen makes no answer, rises out of her Old L. Why, this it is; see, see!
chair, goes about the court, comes to the King, I have been begging sixteen years in court,
and kneels at his feet; then speaks. (Am yet a courtier beggarly,) nor could
Q. Kath. 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 For any suit of pounds : and you, (O fate!)
I am a most poor woman, and a stranger, very fresh-fish here, (fie, fie, fie upon
Born out of your dominions; having here
Of equal friendship and proceeding. Alas, sir,
In what have I offended you? what cause
That thus you should proceed to put me off,
At all times to your will conformable: 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, Pluck of a little-descend a little: You refuse to be a
As I saw it inclin'd. When was the hour, queu, a duchess, try a count.
I ever contradicted your desire,
Or made it not mine too? Or which of your friends For you, or any : how far I have proceeded,
Or how far further shall, is warranted
By a commission from the consistory, That had to him deriv'd your anger, did I
Yea, the whole consistory of Romne. You charge me Continue in my liking? nay, gave notice
That I have blown this coal : I do deny it: He was from thence discharg‘d ? Sir, call to mind The king is present : if it be known to him That I have been your wife, in this obedience,
That I gainsay my deed, how may he wound, Upward of twenty years, and have been blest
And worthily, my falsehood ! yea, as much With many children by you: If, in the course
As you have done my truth. If he know Anil process of this time, you can report,
That I am free of your report, he knows And prove it too, against mine honour aught,
I am not of your wrong. Therefore in him My bond to wedlock, or my love and duty,
It lies to cure me: and the cure is, to Against your sacred person, in God's name,
Remove these thoughts from you: The which before Turn me away; and let the foul'st contempt
His highness shall speak in, I do beseech Shut door upon me, and so give me up
You, gracious madam, to unthink your speaking, To the sharpest kind of justice. Please you, sir, And to say so no more. The king, your father, was reputed for
My lord, my lord, A prince most prudent, of an excellent
I am a simple woman, much too weak And unmatch'd wit and judgment: Ferdinand, To oppose your cunning. You are meek, and humble My father, king of Spain, was reckond one
mouth'd ; The wisest prince, that there had reign'd by many You sign your place and calling, in full seeming A year before : It is not to be question'd
With meekness and humility : but your heart That they had gather'd a wise council to them
Is cramm'd with arrogancy, spleen, and pride. Of every realm, that did debate this business,
You have, by fortune, and his highness' favours, Who deem'd our marriage lawful: Wherefore I humbly Gone slightly o'er low steps : and now are mounted Beseech you, sir, to spare me, till I may
Where powers are your retainers : and your words, Be by my friends in Spain advis'd; whose counsel Domestics to you, serve your will, as 't please I will implore; if not, i' the name of God,
Yourself pronounce their office. I must tell you, Your pleasure be fulfill'd!
You tender more your person's honour than Wol.
You have here, lady, Your high profession spiritual : That again (And of your choice, these reverend fathers; men I do refuse you for my judge ; and here, Of singular integrity and learning,
Before you all, appeal unto the pope,
To bring my whole cause 'fore his holiness,
[She curtsies to the King, and offers to depart. For your own quiet, as to rectify
The queen is obstinate, What is unsettled in the king.
Stubborn to justice, apt to accuse it, and Cam.
Disdainful to be tried by it; 't is not well. Hath spoken well, and justly: Therefore, madam,
She's going away, It 's fit this royal session do proceed;
K. Hen. Call her again. And that, without delay, their arguments
Crier. Katharine queen of England, come into the Be now produc'd, and heard.
court. Q. Kath. Lord cardinal,
Grif. Madam, you are call'd back. To you I speak.
Q. Kath. What need you note it ! pray you, keep Wol. . Your pleasure, madam?
your way : Q. Kath.
When you are call'd, return.—Now the Lord help I am about to weep; hut, thinking that
They vex me past my patience!-pray you, pass an: 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
In any of their courts.
[Exeunt Queen, Griffith, and her otier Q. Kath. I will, when you are humble; nay, before,
Attendants. Or God will punish me. I do believe,
Go thy ways, Kate : Induc'd by potent circumstances, that
That man i’ the world who shall report he has
For speaking false in that: Thou art, alone,
Obeying in commanding, -and thy parts
The queen of earthly queens :- She is noble born At all a friend to truth.
And, like her true nobility, she has
Carried herself towards me.
Most gracious sir, Have stood to charity, and display'd the effects In humblest manner I require your highness, Of disposition gentle, and of wisdom
That it shall please you to declare, in hearing ()'ertopping woman's power. Ma lart, you do me Of all these ears, (for where I am robb'd and bound, wrong:
There must I be unloosd; although not there I have no spleen against you; nor injustice
At once and fully satisfied,) whether ever I
Did broach this business to your highness ; or s Sir W. Blackstone, who contributed a few notes 10 Shak. Laid any scruple in your way, which might spere, says that ablur and refuse are, in such a case, technical Induce you to the question on't? or ever terms of the canon-law-Detestor and Recuso. The very wores occur in Holinshed. Challenge has been previously used by the Have to you,—but with thanks to God for suco queeu technically.
A royal lady,--spake one the least word that might
Be to the prejudice of ner present state,
The wild sea of my conscience, I did steer
Toward this remedy, whereupon we are
Now present here together; that 's to say,
I meant to rectify my conscience,—which I free you from 't. You are not to be taught
I then did feel full sick, and yet not well,--That you have many enemies, that know not
By all the reverend fathers of the land, Why they are so, but, like to village curs,
And doctors learnd. First, I began in private Bark when their fellows do : by some of these
With you, my lord of Lincoln; you remember The queen is put in anger. You are excus'd :
How under my oppression I did reek, But will you be more justified ? you ever
When I first mov'd you. Have wish'd the sleeping of this business ; never
Very well, my liege. Desir'd it to be stirr'd: but oft have hinder’d, oft, K. Hen. I have spoke long; be pleas'd yourself o The passages made toward it :::-on my honour,
say I speak my good lord cardinal to this point,
How far you satisfied me. Ånd thus far clear him. Now, what mov'd me to 't, Lin.
So please your highness, I will be bold with time, and your attention :
The question did at first so stagger ine, Then mark the inducement. Thus it came ;-give Bearing a state of mighty moment in 't, heed to 't:
And consequence of dread, – that I committed My conscience first receiv'd a tenderness,
The daring 'st counsel which I had, to doubt;
And did entreat your highness to this course,
I then mov'd you, à marriage, 'twixt the duke of Orleans and
My lord of Canterbury; and got your leave Our daughter Mary: l' the progress of this business, To make this present summons :-Unsolicited Ere a determinate resolution, he
I left no reverend person in this court; I mean the bishop) did require a respite;
But by particular consent proceeded, Wherein he might the king his lord advertise
Under your hands and seals. Therefore, go on;
For no dislike i' the world against the person
Prove but our marriage lawful, by my life,
Katharine our queen, before the primest creature And press'd in with this caution. First, methought, That 's paragon'd o' the world. 1 stood not in the smile of heaven; who had
So please your highness, Commanded nature, that my lady's womb,
The queen being absent, 't is a needful fitness, If it conceiv'd a male child by me, should
That we adjourn this court till further day:
Meanwhile must be an earnest motion
She intends unto his holiness. [They rise to depart. This world had air'd them: Hence I took a thought K. Hen.
I may perceive, [Aside.
My learn'd and well-beloved servant, Cranmer,
My comfort comes along. Break up the court :
say, set on, (Exeunt in manner as they entered.
SCENE I.-- Palace at Bridewell. A Room in the
with troubles :
Bow themselves, whien he did sing:
There had made a lasting spring.
Hung their heads, and then lay by
Fall asleep, or, hearing, die.
Enter a Gentleman.
Would they speak with me?
Pray their graces
Enter WOLSEY and Campeius.
Peace to your higliness . Q. Kath. Your graces find me here part of a house wife;
I would be all, against the worst may happen.
They are, as all my other comforts, far hence,
I woulа your grace
Would leave your griefs, and take my counsel. The full cause of our coming.
How, sir! Q. Kath. Speak it here;
Cam. Put your main cause into the king's protection; There 's nothing I have done yet, o' my conscience, He's loving, and most gracious; 't will be much Deserves a corner : 'Would all other women
Both for your honour better, and your cause ; Could speak this with as free a soul as I do!
For, if the trial of the law o'ertake you, My lords, I care not, (so much I am happy
You 'll part away disgrac'd. Above a number,) if my actions
He tells you rightly. Were tried by every tongue, every eye saw them,
Q. Kath. Ye tell me what ye wish for both, my ruin: Envy and base opinion set against them,
Is this your christian counsel ? out upon ye! I know my life so even : If your business
Heaven is above all yet; there sits a Judge Seek me out, and that way I am wife in,
That no king can corrupt. Out with it boldly: Truth loves open dealing.
Your rage mistakes us. Wol. Tanta est ergà te mentis integritas, regina Q. Kath. The more shame for ye; boly men I serenissima,
thought ye, Q. Kath. O good my lord, no Latin;
Upon my soul, two reverend cardinal virtues ; I am not such a truant since my coming,
But cardinal sins, and hollow hearts, I fear ye : As not to know the language I have liv'd in:
Mend them, for shame, my lords. Is this your comfort ! A strange tongue makes my cause more strange, sus The cordial that ye bring a wretched lady! picious;
A woman lost among ye, laugh'd at, scom'd ! Pray speak in English : here are some will thank I will not wish ye half' my miseries, you,
I have more charity : But say, I warn'd ye; If you speak truth, for their poor mistress' sake; Take heed, for heaven's sake, iake heed, lest at orke Believe me she has had much wrong: Lord cardinal, The burden of my sorrows fall upon ye. The willing'st sin I ever yet committed
Wol. Madam, this is a mere distraction;
You turn the good we offer into envy.
Q. Kath. Ye turn me into nothing: Woe upon ye, I am sorry my integrity should breed,
And all such false professors ! Would ye have me And service to his majesty and you,
(If you have any justice, any pity; So deep suspicion where all faith was meant.
If ye be anything but churchmen's habits) We come not by tae way of accusation,
Put my sick cause into his hands that hates me? To taint that honour every good tongue blesses ; Alas ! he has banish'd me his bed already; Nor to betray you any way to sorrow;
His love, too long ago : I am old, my lords, You have too much, good lady: but to know
And all the fellowship I hold now with him How you stand minded in the weighty difference Is only my obedience. What can happen Between the king and you; and to deliver,
To me above this wretchedness ? all your studies Like free and honest men, our just opinions,
Make me a curse like this. And comforts to your cause.
Your fears are worse.
Q. Kath. Have I liv'd thus long-let me speak My lord of York,-out of his noble nature,
myself, Zeal and obedience he still bore your grace ;
Since virtue finds no friends)—a wife, a true one! Forgetting, like a good man, your late censure
A woman (I dare say, without vain-glory)
Have I with all my full affections
Still met the king ? lov'd him next hearen ! abey'd Q. Kath.
To hetray me.
And am I thus rewarded ? 't is not well, lords.
And to that woman, when she has done most, In truth, I konw not. I was set at work
Yet will I add an honour,—a great patience. Among my maids; full little, God knows, looking Wol. Madam, you wander from the good we aim at. Either for such men, or such business.
Q. Kath. My lord, I dare not make myself so guilty, For her sake that I have been, (for I feel
To give up willingly that noble title The last fit of my greatness,) good your graces,
Your master wed me to : nothing but death Let me bave time, and counsel, for my cause ;
Shall e'er divorce my dignities. Alas ! I am a woman, friendless, hopeless.
Pray, hear me. Wol. Madam, you wrong the king's love with these Q. Kath. Would I had never trod this English earth, fears;
Or felt the flatteries that grow upon it! Your hopes and frienıls are infinite.
Ye have angels' faces, but heaven knows your hearts. Q. kath.
What will become of me now, wretched lady !
Alas! poor wenches, where are now your fortunes ! Or be a known friend, 'gainst his highness' pleasure,
[To her Women Though he be grown so desperate to be honest,) Shipwrack'd upon a kingdom, where no pity, And live a subject? Nay, forsooth, my friends, No friends, no hope ; no kindred weep for me; They that must weigh out my afflictions,
Almost no grave allow'd me:-Like the lily, They that my trust must grow to, live not here: That once was mistress of the field and fourish d. & Weigh out--outweigh.
I 'll hang my head and perish.