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Now, I pray God, amen!
Cham. You bear a gentle mind, and heavenly blessings Follow such creatures. That you may, fair lady, Perceive I speak sincerely, and high note's Ta'en of your many virtues, the king's majesty Commends his good opinion to you, and Does purpose honour to you no less flowing Than marchioness of Pembroke; to which title A thousand pound a year, annual support, Out of his grace he adds.
Anne. I do not know, What kind of my obedience I should tender; More than my all is nothing; nor my prayers Are not words duly hallow'd, nor my wishes More worth than empty vanities; yet prayers, and wishes, Are all I can return. 'Beseech your lordship, Vouchsafe to speak my thanks, and my obedience, As from a blushing handmaid, to his highness; Whose health, and royalty, I pray for.
Beauty and honour in her are so mingled,
That they have caught the king: and who knows yet, But from this lady may proceed a gem,
To lighten all this isle? I'll to the king,
And say, I spoke with you.
My honour'd lord.
[Exit Lord Chamberlain.
Old L. Why, this it is; see, see!
I have been begging sixteen years in court
This compell'd fortune!) have your mouth fill'd up,
This is strange to me.
Old L. How tastes it? is it bitter? forty pence, no..
There was a lady once ('tis an old story),
With your theme, I could
That promises more thousands: Honour's train
The queen is comfortless, and we forgetful
What do you think me?
SCENE IV. A Hall in BLACKFRIARS. Trumpets, Sennet, and Cornets. Enter two Vergers, with short Silver Wands; next them, two Scribes, in the Habits of Doctors; after them, the ARCHBISHOP of CANTERBURY alone; after him, the Bishops of LINCOLN, ELY, ROCHESTER, and ST. ASAPH; next them, with some small distance, follows a Gentleman bearing the Purse, with the Great Seal, and a Cardinal's Hat; then two Priests, bearing each a Silver Cross; then a Gentleman Usher bare-headed, accompanied with a Sergeant at Arms, bearing a Silver Mace; then two Gentlemen, bearing two great Silver Pillars; after them, side by side, the two Cardinals WOLSEY and CAMPEIUS; two Noblemen with the Sword and Mace. Then enter the KING and QUEEN, and their Trains. The KING takes Place under the Cloth of State; the two Cardinals sit under him as
Judges. The QUEEN takes Place, at some distance from the KING. The Bishops place themselves on each side the Court, in manner of a Consistory; between them, the Scribes. The Lords sit next the Bishops. The Crier and the rest of the Attendants stand in convenient order about the Stage.
Wol. Whilst our commission from Rome is read, Let silence be commanded.
What's the need?
It hath already publicly been read,
K. Hen. Here.
Scribe. Say, Katharine, queen of England, come into Crier. Katharine, queen of England, &c. [court. [The Queen makes no answer, rises out of her Chair, goes about the Court, comes to the King, and kneels at his Feet; then speaks.]
Q. Kath. Sir, I desire you, do me right and justice; And to bestow your pity on me: for
I am a most poor woman, and a stranger,
And take your good grace from me? Heaven witness,
Ever in fear to kindle your dislike,
Yea, subject to your countenance; glad, or sorry,
I ever contradicted your desire,
Or made it not mine too? Or which of your friends
He were mine enemy? what friend of mine,
A prince most prudent, of an excellent
That they had gather'd a wise council to them
Who deem'd our marriage lawful: Wherefore I humbly
Be by my friends in Spain advis'd; whose council
Your pleasure be fulfill'd!
You have here, lady
(And of your choice), these reverend fathers; men Of singular integrity and learning,
Yea, the elect of the land, who are assembled
To plead your cause: It shall be therefore bootless, That longer you desire the court; as well
For your own quiet, as to rectify
What is unsettled in the king.
Hath spoken well, and justly: Therefore, madam,
And that, without delay, their arguments
Be now produc'd, and heard.
To you I speak.
Your pleasure, madam?
I am about to weep; but, thinking that
We are a queen (or long have dream'd so), certain,
I'll turn to sparks of fire.
Be patient yet.
Q. Kath. I will, when you are humble; nay, before, Or God will punish me. I do believe,
Induc'd by potent circumstances, that
You are nine enemy; and make my challenge,
Refuse you for my judge; whom, yet once more,
O'ertopping woman's power. Madam, you do me wrong:
For you, or any: how far I have proceeded,
Or how far further shall, is warranted
Yea, the whole consistory of Rome. You charge me,
Remove these thoughts from you: The which before