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Or God will punish me. I do believe,
Induc'd by potent circumstances, that
You are mine enemy; and make my challenge
You shall 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: wlom, yet once more,
I hold my most malicious foe, and think not
At all a friend to truth.

I do profess
You speak not like yourself; who ever get
Have stood to charity, and display'd the effects
Of disposition gentle, and of wisdom
O’ertopping woman's power. Marlam, you do me wrong:
I have no spleen against you; nor injustice
For you, or any : how far I have proceeded,
Or how far further shall, is warranted
By a commission from the consistory,
Yea, the whole consistory of Rome. You charge me
That I have blown this coal: I do deny it:
The king is present: if it be known to him
That I gainsay my deed, how may he wound,
And worthily, my falsehood ? yea, as much
As you have done my truth. 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 speak in, I do beseech
You, gracious madam, to unthink your speaking,
And to say so no more.

a Sir W. Blackstone, who contributed a few notes to Shak. spere, says that abhor and refuse are, in such a case, technical terms of the canon-law.-Deiestor and Recuso. The very worris occur in Holiushed. Challenge has been previously used by the queeu technically.

Q. Kath.

My lord, my lord,
I am a simple woman, much too weak
To oppose your cunning. You are meek, and humble-

You sign your place and calling, in full seeming
With meekness and humility : but your heart
Is cramm’d with arrogancy, spleen, and pride.
You have, by fortune, and his highness' favours,
Gone slightly o'er low steps : and now are mounted
Where powers are your retainers : and your words,
Domestics to you, serve your will, as 't please
Yourself 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 into the pope,
To bring my whole cause 'fore his holiness,
And to be judg'd by him.

[She curtsies to the King, and offers to depart. Cam.


queen is obstinate,
Stubborn to justice, apt to accuse it, and
Disdainful to be tried by it; 't is not well.
She's going away.

K. Hen. Call her again.
Crier. Katharine queen of England, come into the

court. Grif. Madam, you are call'd back. Q. Kath. What need you note it? pray you, keer

your way : When you are call'd, retum.-Now the Lord help, They vex me past my patience!--pray you, pass on : I will not tarry: no, nor ever more, Upon this business, my appearance make In any of their courts.

[Exeunt QUEEN, GRIFFITH, and her other

Attendants. K. Hen.

Go thy ways, Kate :

That man i' the 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 else, could speak thee out,)
The queen of earthly queens :-She is noble hom;
And, like her true nobility, she has
Carried herself towards me.

Most gracious sir,
In hunblest manner I require your highness,
That it shall please you to declare, in hearing
Of all these ears, (for where I am robb’d and bound,
There must I he unloos’d; although not there
At once and fully satisfied, whether ever I
Did broach this business to your highness ; or
Laid any scruple 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 to the prejudice of her present state,
Or touch of her good person ?
K. Hen.

My lord cardinal,
I do excuse you; yea, upon mine honour,
I free you from 't. You are not to be taught

many enemies, that know not
Why they are so, but, like to village curs,
Bark when their fellows do : by some of these
The queen is put in anger. You are excus'd :
But will you be more justified ? you ever
Have wish'd the sleeping of this business ; never
Desir'd it to be stirr'd: but oft have hinder'd, oft,
The passages made toward it :-

:-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 the inducement. Thus it came ;-give

heed to't: My conscience first receiv'd a tenderness, Scruple, and prick, on certain speeches utter'd By the bishop of Bayonne, then French ambassador; Who had been hither sent on the debating A marriage, 'twixt the duke of Orleans and Our daughter Mary: l' the progress of this business, Ere a determinate resolution, he. (I mean the bishop) did require a respite; ĪVherein he might the king his lord advertise Whether our daughter were legitimate, Respecting this our marriage with the dowager, Sometimes 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 considerings did throng, And pres3'd in with this caution. First, methought, I stood not in the smile of heaven; who 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' the world, should not Be gladded in 't by me: Then follows, that I weigh'd the danger which my realms stood in By this my issne's fail: and that gave to me Many a groaning throe. Thus hulling in 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 then did feel full sick, and yet not well,

By all the reverend 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 reek,
When I first mov d you.

Very well, my liege.
K. Hen. I have spoke long; be pleas'd yourself to

Ilow far you satisfied me.

So 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 'st counsel which I had, to doubt ;
And did entreat your highness to this course,
Which you are running here.
K. Hen.

I then moy'd you,
My lord of Canterbury; and got your leave
To make this present summons :

I left no reverend person in this court;
But by particular consent proceeded,
Under your hands and seals. Therefore, go on;
For no dislike i' the world against the person
Of the good queen, but the sharp thorny points
Of my alleged reasons, drive this forward:
Prove but our marriage lawful, by my life,
And kingly dignity, we are contented
To wear our mortal state to come with her,
Katharine our queen, before the primest creature
That 's paragon'd o' the world.

So please your lighness,
The queen being absent, 't is a needful fitness,
That we adjourn this court till further day:
Meanwhile must be an earnest motion
Made to the queen, to call back her appeal
She intends uinto his holiness. [They rise to depart.

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