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I have been begging fixteen years in court
(Am yet a courtier beggarly) nor could
Come pat betwixt too early and too late,
For any fuit of pounds : And you, oh fate !
(A very fresh fish here ; fie, fre upon
This compellid fortune) have your mouth filled up
Before you open it.

Anne. 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) That would not be a Queen, that would she not, For all the mud in Egypt;

have heard it? Anne. Come, you are pleasant.

Old L. With your theme, I could O'ermount the lark. The marchioness of Pembrook! A thousand pounds a year, for pure refpe& ! No other obligation By my life That promises more thousands : honour's train Is longer than his fore-skirt. By this time I know your back will bear a Dutchess. Say, Are you not stronger than you were ?

Anne. Good lady,
Make
your

felf mirth with your particular fancy,
And leave me out on't. Would I had no beings
If this salute my blood a jot; it faints me
To think what follows.
The Queen is comfortless, and we forgetful
In our long absence; pray do not deliver
Wbat here y'ave heard, to her.

Old L. What do you think me :- [Exeunt

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Trumpets, Sonnet, and Cornets. Enter two Vergers,

with short filver wands next them two Scribes in the habits of Doctors, after them, the Bishop of Canterbury alone ; after him, the Bishops of Lincoln, Ily, Rochefter, and St. Alaph i next them, with

fome Some Small distance, follows a gentleman bearing the purse, with the great seal, and the Cardinal's hat; then two Priests, bearing each a silver cross; then a gentleman-usher bare-headed, accompanied with a ferjeant at arms, bearing a mace; then two gentlemen, bearing two filver pillars; after them, side by side, the two Cardinals, two noblemen with the Sword and mace. The King takes place under the cloth of state ; the two Cardinals fit under him as judges. The Queen takes place fome distance from the King. The bishops place themselves on each side the court in manner of a consistory : below them, the scribes. The lords fit next the bishops. The rest of the attendants

stand in convenient order about the stage.
Wol. W Hilft our commiflion from Rome is read,

King. What's the need?
It bath already publickly been read,
And on all sides th’authority allow'd,
You may then spare that time.

Wol. Be't so, proceed.
Scribe. Say, Henry King of England, come into the
Cryer. Henry King of England, &c.

Seribe. Say, Katherine Queen of England,
Come into the court.

Cryer. Katherine Queen of England, &c. (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 ;]
Sir, I defire you do me right and justice,
And to bestow your pity on me; for
I am a moft poor woman, and a stranger,
Born out of your dominions; having here
No judge indiff'rent, and no more assurance
Ot equal friendship and proceeding. Alas, Sir,
In what have I offended you ? what cause
Hath my behaviour giy'n to your displeasure,

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court.

King. Here.

That thus you should proceed to put me off,
And take your good grace from me? Heaven witnesss
I've been to you a true and humble wife,
At all times to your will conformable:
Ever in fear to kindle

your

dislike, Yea, subject to your count'nance ; glad or sorry, As I saw it inclin'd : when was the hour I ever contradicted your desire ? Or made it not mine too? which of your friends Have I not strove to love, although I knew He were mine enemy? what friend of mine, That had to him deriv'd your anger, did I Continue in my liking? nay, gave notice He was from thence discharg'd! Sir, call to mind, That I have been your wife, in this obedience, Upwards of twenty years, and have been blest With many children by-you. If in the course And process of this time you can report, And prove it too, against mine honour ought, My bond of wedlock, or my love and duty Against your sacred person in God's name Turn me away; and let the foul'st contempt Shut door upon me, and to give me up To the sharpest kind of justice. Please you, Sir, The King your father was reputed for A Prince most prudent, of an excellent And unmatch'd wit and judgment. Ferdinand My father, King of Spain, was reckon'd one The wiseft Prince that there had reign'd, by many A year before. It is not to be question’d, That they had gather'd a wise council to them Of ev'ry realm, that did debate this business, Who deemd our marriage lawful. Wherefore humbly, Sir, I beseech you, spare me, 'till I may Be by my friends in Spain advis'd; whose council I will implore. If not, i'ch' name of God Your pleasure be fulfilled.

Wol. You have here, lady, (And of your choice) there rev'rend fathers, men Of fingular integrity and learning :

Yea,

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Yea, the elect o'ch 'land, who are assembled
To plead your cause. It shall be therefore bootless
That longer you defer the court, as well
For our own quiet, as to rectifie
What is unsettled in the King.

Cam. His Grace
Hath spoken well and judly; therefore, madam,
It's fit this royal sellion do proceed,
And that without

their arguments Be now produc'd, and heard.

Queen. Lord Cardinal, To you I speak.

Wol. Your pleasure, madam.

Queen. Sir,
I am about to weep; but thinking that
We are a Queen, or long have dream'd ro, certain
The daughter of a King, my drops of tears
I'll turn to sparks of fire,

Wol. Be patient yet

Queen, I will, when you are humble; nay before,
Or God will punish me. I do believe,
Induc'd by potent circumstances; that
You are mine enemy; and make my challenge.
You Thall not be my judge. For it is you
Have blown this coal betwixt my lord and me,
Which God's dew quench! therefore I say again,
I utterly abhor, yea from my soul
Refuse you for my judge, whom yet once more
I hold my most malicious foe, and think not
At all a friend to truth.

Wol. I do profess
You speak not like your self, who ever yet
Have ftood to charity, and display'd th'effectis
Of disposition gentle, and of Wisdom
O'er-topping woman's power. Madam, you wrong me.
I have no fpleen against you, nor injustice
For you, or any; how far I've proceeded,
Or how far further shall, is warranted
By a commiffion from the confiftory,
Yea, the whole confift'ry of Rome. You charge me,

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That I have blown this coal; I do deny it.
Toe Kiog is present; if't be known to him
That I gainsay my deed, how may he wound,
And worthily, my falfhood ? yea, as much
As you have done my truth. But if he know
That I am free of your report, he knows
I am not of your wrong.

Therefore in him
It lies to cure me, and the cure is to
Remove these thoughts from you. The which before
His Highness shall (peak in, I do beseech
You, gracious madam, to unthink your speaking,
And say no more:

Queen. My lord, my lord, I am A simple woman, much too weak t'oppose Your cunning. You are meek and humble-mouth'd; You sign your place and calling, in full seeming, With meekness and humility; but your heart Is cramm'd with arrogance, with spleen and pride. You have by fortune and his Highness favours Gone slightly o'er low steps, and now are mounted Where pow'rs are your retainers; and your words, Domesticks to you, ferve your will, as't please Your self pronounce their office. I must tell you You tender more your person's honour, than Your high profession spiritual. That again I do refuse you for my judge, and here Before you all, appeal unto the Pope To bring my whole caule 'fore his holiness And to be judg'd by him.

{she courtefies to the King, and offers to depart Cam. The Queen is obftinate, Stubborn to justice, apt t'accuse it, and Disdainful to be try'd by't; 'tis not well. She's going away.

King. Call her again. Cryer. Katherine, Queen of England, come into the Usher. Madam, you are called back. ueen. What need you note it: pray you keep your way.

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