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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, ROCHESTER, 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 read,
What 's the need ?
Be 't so :-Proceed. Scribe. Say, Henry 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, Bom 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 grace 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 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, Upward 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 tvo, 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,
You have here, lady,
Your pleasure, madam?
Be patient yet.
Or God will punish me. I do believe,
I do profess
& 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-Detestor and Recuso. The very words occur in Holinshed. Challenge has been previously used by the queen technically.
My lord, my lord,
[She curtsies to the King, and offers to depart. Cam.
The queen is obstinate,
K. Hen. Call her again.
court. Grif. Madam, you are calld back. Q. Kath. What need you note it? pray you, keer
your way : When you are call’d, return.—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 :