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When you are callid, return. Now the Lord help, They vex me past my patience pray pass on; I will not tarry, no, nor ever more Upon this business my appearance make any of their courts.

[Exeunt Queen and her Attendants.

SCENE VII. King. Go thy ways, Kate, That man i'ch''world, who shall report he has A better wife, let him in nought be trusted, For speaking false in that. Thou art alone, (If thy rare qualities, sweet gentleness, Thy meekness saint-like, wife-like government, Obeying in commanding, and thy parts Sovereign and pious, could but speak thee out) The Queen of earthly Queens. She's noble born; And like her true nobility, she has Carried her self tow'rds me,

Wol. Most gracious Sir,
In humbleft manner I require your Highness
That it shall please you to declare, in hearing,
Of all these ears (for where I'm robb’d and bound,
There must I be unloos'd, although not there
At once, and fully satisfy'd) if I
Did broach this businefś to your Highness, or
Laid any fcruple in your way, which might
Induce you to the question on't ; or ever
Have to you, but with thanks to God for such
A royal lady, spake one the least word,
That might be prejudice of her prefent state,
Or touch of her good person?

King. My lord Cardinal,
I do excuse you; yea, upon mine honour,
I free

you

from't : you are not to be taught,
That you have many enemies, that know not
Why they are so, but like the village curs,
Bark when their fellows do. By some of these
The Queen is put in anger; y'are excus'd:

Best

But will

you be more juftify'd? you ever Have wish'd the sleeping of this business, never Desir'd it to be stirrd; but oft have hindred The passages made tow'rdsit : on my honour I speak, my good lord Cardinal, to this point ; And thus far clear him. Now, what mov'd me to't. I will be bold with time and your attention: Then mark th'inducement. Thus it came ; give heed to't My conscience first receiv'd a tenderness, Scruple, and prick’d, on certain speeches utter' By th' bishop of Bayon, then French Ambassador, Who had been hicher sent on the debating, A marriage 'wixt the Duke of Orleans and Our daughter Mary: l'th' progress of this business, Ere a determinate resolution, he (I'mean the bishop) did require a respite, Wherein he might the King his lord advertise, Whether our daughter were legitimate ; Refpe&ing this our marriage with the Dowager, Ścmetime our brother's wife. This respite shook The bosom of my conscience, enter'd me, Yea with a splitting power; and made to tremble The region of my breast, which forc'd such way, That many maz'd confiderings did throng And prest'it with this caution. First, methought I stood not in the smile of heav'n, which had Commanded nature, that my lady's womb (If it conceiv'd a male-child by me) should Do no more offices of life to't, than The

grave does to the dead; for her male-issue, Or died where they were made, or shortly after This world had air'd them. Hence I took a thought, This was a judgment on me, that my kingdom (Well worthy the best heir o'th' world) should not Be glad in one by me, Then follows, that I weigh'd the danger which my realms stood in By this my iffiie's fail, and that gave to me Many a groaning throe: thus hulling in The wild sea of my conscience, I did steer Towards this remedy, whereon we are

Now

Now present here together; that's to say;
I meant to re&ifie my conscience, (which
I then did feel full sick, and yet not well)
By all the rev'rend fathers of the land
And doctors learn'd. First, I began in private
With you my lord of Lincoln; you remember
How under my oppression I did reel,
When I first mov'd you.

Lin. Very well, my liege.

King. I have spoke long; be pleased your self to say How far you satisfy'd me.

Lin. Please your Highness,
The question did at first so stagger me,
Bearing a state of mighty moment in't,
And consequence of dread; that I committed
The daring'ft counsel which I had to doubt:
And did intreat your Highness to this course
Which you are running here
King. I then mov'd

you
My lord of Canterbury, and got your leave
To make this present summons unsollicited.
I left no rev'rend person in this court,
But by particular consent proceeded
Under

your

hands and seals. Therefore go on,
For no dislike i'th' world against the person
Of our good Queen, but the sharp thorny points
Of my alledged reasons drive this forward.
Prove but our marriage lawful, by my life
And kingly dignity, we are contented
To wear our mortal ftate to come, with her.
(Katherine our Queen) before the primest creature
That's paragon'di'th' world.

Cam. So please your Highness
The Queen being abfent, 'cis a needful fitness
That we adjourn this court to further day;
Mean while must be an earneft motion
Made to the Queen, to call back her appeal
She intends to his Holiness.

King. I may perceive
These Cardinals trifle with me: I abhor

This
I

This dilatory floth, and tricks of Rome,
My learn’d and well-beloved servant Cranmer,
Pr'ythee return; with thy approach, I know,
My comfort comes along. Break up the court:
I say, fet on. [Exeunt; in-manner as they enter der

A C T II. SCENE I.

Enter Queen and ber Women, as at work.

QUE & N.
A K E thy lute, wench, my soul

grows fad
with troubles :
Sing and disperse: 'em if thou canst: leave

Working

S O N G

O
Rpheus; with his lute, made trees,

And the mountain tops that freeze,
Bow themselves when he did sing.
To bis mufick, plants and flowers
Ever rose, as fun and shower's

There had made a lasting-Spring.
Ev'ry thing that heard him play,
Ev'n the billows of the fea,

Hung their heads, and then lay by.
In fweet mufick is such art,
Killing care and grief of heart,

Fall afteep, or hearing die.

Enter à Gentleman.

Queen. How now?

Gent. And't please your Grace, the two great Cardinals Wait in the presence.

Queen

Queen. Would they speak with me?
Gent. They willid me say so, Madam.

Queen. Pray their Graces
To come near; what can be their business
With me a poor weak woman, fall’n from favour?
I do not like their coming. Now I think on't,
They should be good men, their affairs are righteous,
But all hoods make not monks.

Enter the Cardinals Wolley and Campeius. Wol. Peace to your Highness.

Queen. Your Graces find me here part of a House-wife, (I would be all) against the worst may happen: What are your pleafures with me, rev'rend lords ?

Wol. May't please you, noble Madam, to withdraw Into your private chamber; we shall give you The full cause of our coming.

Queen. Speak it here. There's nothing I have done yet, o'my conscience, Deserves a corner; would all other woinen Could speak this with as free a soul as I do! My lords, I care not (so much I am happy Above a number) if my actions Were try'd by ev'ry tongue, ev'ry eye saw 'em, Envy and base opinion set against 'em : I know my life so even. If your business Do seek me out, and that way I am wise in ; Out with it boldly: truth loves open dealing. Wol. Tanta eft erga te mentis integritas, Regina Sere

niffima. Queen. Good my lord, no Latin ; I am not such a truant fince my coming, As not to know the language I have liv'd in. A range tongue makes my cause more Atrange, sul

picious : Pray speak in English; here are some will thank you If you speak truth for their poor mistress' fake Believe me she has had much wrong. Lord Cardinal, The willing 'it lin I ever yet committed May be abloly'd in English,

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