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Enter the Lord Chamberlain, Cham. Good morrow, ladies. What wer't worth to
know The secret of your conference ? Anne.
My good lord,
Cham. It was a gentle business, and becoming
Anne. Now I pray God, amen!
you to you, and
I do not know
· Anne. 1
To lighten all this isle!-! 'll to the king,
My honour'd lord.
[Exit Lord Chamberlain. Old L. Why, this it is ; see, see ! I have been begging sixteen years in court, (Am yet à courtier beggarly,) nor could Come pat betwixt too early and too late, For any suit of pounds : and you, (O fate!) A very fresh-fish here, (fie, fie, fie upon This compelld fortune !) have your mouth filld up Before you open it.
This is strange to me.
Anne. Come, you are pleasant.
With your theme, I could
What do you think me? (Exeunt. 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 OP LINCOLN, ELY, ReCHESTER, and SAINT 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; below 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 reall,
What is the need ?
that time. Wol.
Be 't so :-Proceed. Scribe. Say, ilenry king of England, come into the
court. Crier. Henry king of England, &c. K. Hen. Here.
Scribe. Say, Katharine queen of England, come into
the court. Crier. Katharine 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. 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, Born out of your dominions; having here No judge indifferent, nor no more assurance Of equal friendship and proceeding. Alas, sir, In what have I offended you? what cause Hath my behaviour given to your displeasure, That thus
you should proceed to put me off, And take your good giace from me? Heaven witness, I have 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 countenance; glad, or sorry, As I saw it inclin'd. When was the hour, I ever contradicted your desire, Or made it not mine too? Or which of 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, Upward of twenty years, and have been blest With many children by you: Is, in the course And process of this time, you can report, And prove it too, against mine honour aught, My bond to 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 so give me up
To the sharpest kind of justice. Please you, sir, inns
The wisest prince, that there had reigu'd by many
You have here, lady,
Your pleasure, madam?
Be patient yet.