[ACT L..
When I came hither, I was lord high constable, | To the good queen, possess'd him with a
And duke of Buckingham; now, poor Ed. scruple
ward Bohun:

That will undo her: To confirm this too,
Yet I am richer than my base accusers, Cardinal Campeius is arriv’d, and lately;
That never knew what truth meant: I now As all think, for this business.
seal it;

1 Gent. 'Tis the cardinal;
And with that blood will make them one day | And merely to revenge him on the emperor,
groan for't.

For not bestowing on him, at his asking,
By noble father, Henry of Buckingham, The archbishoprick of Toledo, this is purpos’d.
Who first rais'd head against usurping Richard, 2 Gent. I think you have hit the marki But
Flying for succour to his servant Banister,

is't not cruel, Being distress’d, was by that wretch betray'd, That she should feel the smart of this? The And without trial fell; God's peace be with

cardinal him!

Will have his will, and she must fall. Henry the seventh succeeding, truly pitying 1 Gent. 'Tis woful. My father's loss, like a most royal prince, We are too open here to argue this ; Restor’d me to niy honours, and, out of ruins, Let's think in private more. [Exeunt. Made my name once more noble. Now his son,

SCENE 11.- An Ante-chumber in the Palace. Henry the eighth, life, honour, name, and all That made me happy, at one stroke has taken Enter the Lord CHAMBERLAIN, reading a Letter. For ever from the world. I had my trial, And must needs say, a noble one; which sent for, with all the care I had, I saw well cho

Cham. My lord, -The horses your lordship makes me A little happier than my wretched father:

sen, ridden, and furnished. They were young, Yet thus far we are one in fortunes,- Both

and handsome; and of the best breed in the north. Fell by our servants, by those men we lov'd

When they were ready to set out for London, a most;

man of my lord cardinals, by commission, and Heaven has an end in all: yet you that hear not before the king : which stopped our mouths, A most unnatural and faithless service! [me, main power, took 'em from me; with this reason,

--His master would be served before u subject, i This from a dying man receive as certain:

Sir. Where you are liberal of your loves, and counsels,

[friends, I fear, he will, indeed: Well, let him bare Be sure, you be not loose ; for those you make He will have all, I think.

[them. And give your hearts to, when they once perceive

Enter the Dukes of NORFOLK and SUFFOLK. The least rub in your fortunes, fall away Like water from ye, never found again.

Nor. Well met, my good But where they mean to sink ye. All good Lord Chamberlain. people,


Cham. Good day to both your graces.
Pray for me! I must now forsake ye; the last Suf. How is the king employ'd?
Of my long weary life is come upon me.

Cham. I left him private,

(sad, Full of sad thoughts and troubles. And when you would say something that is

Nor. What's the cause? Speak how I fell.- I have done; and God for. Cham. It seems, the marriage with his bro give me!

ther's wife [Exeunt BUCKINGHAM and Train. Has crept too near his conscience. I Gent. 0, this is full of pity !-Sir, it calls, Suf. No, his conscience fear, too many curses on their heads, Has crept too near another lady. That were the authors.

Nor. 'Tis so; 2 Gent. If the duke be guiltless,

This is the cardinal's doing, the king-cardina! : 'Tis full of woe: yet I can give you inkling That blind priest, like the eldest son of for Of an ensuing evil, if it fall,

tune, Greater than this.

Turns what he lists. The king will know him 1 Gent. Good angels keep it from us! [Sir?

one day. Where may it be? You do not doubt my faith, Suf. Pray God, he do! he'll never know 2 Gent. This secret is so weighty, 'twill re

himselt else. A strong faith* to conceal it.

[quire Nor. How holily he works in all his busi1 Gent. Let me have it;

ness! I do not talk much.

And with what zeal! For now he has crack'd 2 Gent. I am confident;

the league You shall, Sir: did you not of late days hear Between us and the emperor, the queen's A buzzing, of a separation

great nephew, Between the king and Katharine?

He dives into the king's soul, and there 1 Gent. Yes, but it held not:

scatters Fora..en the king once heard it, out of anger Dangers, doubts, wringing of the conscience, He sent command to the lord mayor, straight Fears, and despairs, and all these for bis mar To stop the rumour, and allay those tongues

riage: That durst disperse it.

And, out of all these to restore the king, 2 Cat. But that slander, Sir,

He counsels a divorce: a loss of her
Is found a truth now: for it grows again That, like a jewel, has hung twenty years
Fresser than e'er it was; and held for certain, About his neck, yet never lost her lustre;
Th; king will venture at it. Either the car- Of her that loves him with that excellence

That angels love good men with; even of ber Or some about him near, have, out of malice That, when the greatest stroke of fortune falls,

Will bless the king: and is not this course * Great fidelity

pious ?


Cham. Heaven keep me from such counsel ! Nor. This priest has no priae in him?? 'tis most true,

Suf. Not to speak of; These news are every where; every tongue I would not be so sick though,t for speaks them,

his place :

Aside. And every true heart weeps for't: All, that But this cannot continue. dare

Nor. If it do,
Look into these affairs, see this main end, - I'll venture one heave at him,
The French king's sister. Heaven will one Suf. I another.
day open

[Exeunt NORFOLK and SUFFOLK. The king's eyes, that so long have slept upon Wol. Your grace has given a precedent of This bold bad man.

wisdom Suf. And free us from his slavery.

Above all princes, in committing freely Nor. We had need pray,

Your scruple to the voice of Christendom: And heartily, for our deliverance;

Who can be angry now? what envy reach you? Or this imperious man will work us all The Spaniard, tied by blood and favour to her, From princes into pages: all men's honours Must now confess, if they have any goodness, Lie in one lump before him, to be fashion'd The trial just and noble. All the clerks, Into what pitch* he please.

I mean, the learned ones, in Christian king. Suf. For me, my lords,


(judgement, I love him not, nor fear him; there's my creed: Have their free voices; Rome, the nurse of As I am made without him, so I'll stand, Invited by your noble self, hath sent If the king please; his curses and his bless- One general tongue unto us, this good man ings

[in. This just and learned priest, cardinal CamTouch me alike, they are breath I not believe


[ness. I knew him, and I know him; so I leave him Whom, once more, I present unto your highTo him, that made him proud, the pope.

K. Hen. And, once more, in mine arms I bid Nor. Let's in;

him welcome, And, with some other business, put the king. And thank the holy conclave for their loves ; From these sad thoughts, that work too much They have sent me such a man I would have upon him :

wish'd for. My lord, you'll bear us company?

Cum. Your grace must needs deserve all Cham. Excuse me;

stranger's loves, The king hath sent me other-where: besides, You are so noble: To your highness' hand You'll find a most unfit time to disturb him: I tender my commission; by whose virtue, Health to your lordships.

(The court of Rome commanding,)—you, my Nor. Thanks, my good lord chamberlain.


(vant, Exit Lord CHAMBERLAIN. Cardinal of York, are join'd with me their ser

In the unpartial judging of this business. NORFOLK opens a folding-door. The King is

K. Hen. Two equal men. The queen shall discovered sitting, and reading pensively.

be acquainted Suf. How sad he looks! sure, he is much af. Forthwith, for what you come :- Where's Gar

diner? flicted. K. Hen. Who is there? ha?

Wol. I know, your majesty has always lov'd Nor. 'Pray God, he be not angry.

So dear in heart, not to deny her that (her K. Hen. Who's there, I say? How dare you Scholars, allow'd freely to argue for her.

A woman of less place might ask by law, thrust yourselves

K. Hen. Ay, and the best, she shall have; Into my private meditations? Who am I? ha?

and my favour

nal, Nor. A gracious king, that pardons all offen. To him that does best; God forbid else. (, di

Pr’ythee, call Gardiner to me, my new secroMalice ne'er meant: our breach of duty, this I find him a fit fellow,


[Exit Woes way, Is business of estate; in which, we come To know your royal pleasure.

Re-enter WOLSEY, with GARDINER. K. Hen. You are too bold;

Wol. Give me your hand: much joy a:18 12Go to; I'll make ye know your times of busi

vour to you;

You are the king's now.
Is this an hour for temporal affairs ? ha?-

Gard. But to be commanded
For ever by your grace, whose hand has rais'd

(Aside. Who's there? my good lord cardinal ?–0 my K. Hen. Come hither, Gardiner. Wolsey,

[They converse apart. The quiet of my wounded conscience,

Cam. My lord of York, was not one doctor Thou art a cure fit for a king:-You're wel- | In this man's place before him? (Pace come,

[To Campeius. Wol. Yes, he was. Most learned reverend Sir, into our kingdom; Cum. Was he not held a learned man? Use us, and it:-My good lord, have great Wol. Yes, surely.

Cam. Believe me, there's an ill opinion I be not found a talker. [To Wolsey.

spread then Wol. Sir, you cannot.

Even of yourself, lord cardinal.
I would your grace would give us but an hour Wol. How! of me!
Of private conference.

Cam. They will not stick to say, you vied K. Hen. We are busy; go.

him; [To NORFOLK and SUFFOLK. And, fearing he would rise, he was so virt.my * High or low.

* So sick as he is proud






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Kept him a foreign man* still; which so griev'd Anne. No, not for all the riches under That he ran mad, and died.


heaven. Wol. Heaven's peace be with him !

Old L. 'Tis strange; a three-pence bow'd* That's Christian care enough: for living mur

would hire me, murers,

Old as I am, to queen it: But, I pray you. There's places of rebuke. He was a fool; What think you of a duchess?' have you imbs For he would needs be virtuous: That good To bear that load of title? fellow,

Anne. No, in truth. If I command him, follows my appointment; Old L. Then you are weakly made: Pluck I will have none so near else. Learn this,

off a little; brother,

I would not be a young count in your way, We live not to be gri;,d by meaner persons. For more than blushing comes to: if your back K. Hen. Deliver this with modesty to the Cannot vouchsafe this burden, 'tis too weak queen

[Erit GARDINER. | Ever to get a boy.
The inost convenient place that I can think of, Anne. How you do talk!
For such receipt of learning, is Black-Friars; I swear again, I would not be a queen
There ye shall meet about this weighty busi: For all the world.

Old L. In faith, for little England
My Wolsey, see it furnish’d.–O my lord, You'd venture an einballing: I myself
Would it not grieve an able man, to leave Would for Carnarvonshire, although there
So sweet a bedfellow? But, conscience, con-


(here? science,

No more to the crown but that. Lo, who comes 0, 'tis a tender place, and I must leave her.


Enter the Lord CHAMBERLAIN. SCENE III.-An Ante-chumber in the Queen's Cham. Good morrow, ladies. What wer't Apartments.

worth to know Enter ANNE BULLEN, and an old LADY. The secret of your conference? Anne. Not for that neither ;-Here's the pang Not your demand; it values not your asking:

Anne. My good lord, that pinches :

[she Our mistress' sorrows we were pitying: His highness having liv'd so long with her: and

Cham. It was a gentle business, and becom So good a lady, that no tongue could ever

ing Pronounce dishonour of her,-by my life,

The action of good women : there is hope, She never knew harm-doing :-O now, after

All will be well. So many courses of the sun enthron’d,

Anne. Now I pray God, amen! Still growing in a majesty and pomp,--the

Cham. You bear a gentle mind, and heavwhich

(lady, To leave is a thousand-fold more bitter, than

enly blessings

Follow such creatures. That you may, fair "Tis sweet at first to acquire,-after this pro- Perceive I speak sincerely, and high note's To give her the avaunt! | it is a pity [cess, Ta'en of your many virtues, the king's majesty Would move a monster. Old L. Hearts of most hard temper

Commends his good opinion to you, and Melt and laient for her.

Does purpose honour to you no less flowing Anne. 0, God's will! much better, [poral, A thousand pound a year, annual support,

Than marchioness of Pembroke; to which title She ne'er had known pomp: though it be tem

Out of his grace he adds.
Yet, if that quarrelt, fortune, do divorce

Anne. I do not know,
It from the bearer, 'tis a sufferance, panging
As soul and body's severing.

What kind of my obedience I should tender; Old L. Alas, poor lady!

More than my all is nothing: nor my prayers She's a stranger now again.§

Are not words duly hallow'd, nor my wishes

More worth than empty vanities; yet prayers, Anne. So much the more

and wishes, Must pity drop upon her. Verily,

Are all I can return. 'Beseech your lor. Iship, I swear, 'tis better to be lowly born,

Vouchsafe to speak my thanks, and ny obeAnd range with humble livers in content, Than to be perk’d up in a glistering grief,

dience, And wear a golden sorrow.

As from a blushing handmaid, to his higliness

Whose health, and royalty, I pray for.
Old L. Our content

Cham. Lady,
Is our best having. ||
Anne. By my troïh, and maidenhead,

I shall not fail to approve the fair conceit, I would not be a queen.

The king have of you.--I have perus'd her (yon,

well; Old L. Beshrew me, I would,

[Aside And venture maidenhead for’t;' and so would Beauty and honour in her are so mingled, Ifor all this spice of your hypocrisy:

That they have caught the king: and who You, that have so fair parts of woman on you, But from this lady may proceed a gem,

knows yet, Have too a woman's heart; which ever yet Affected eminence, wealth, sovereignty; [gifts

To lighten all this isle?--I'll to the king, Which, to say sooth, 1 are blessings: and which And say, I spoke with you. (Saving your mincing) the capacity (ceive,

Anne. My honour'd lord.

[Exit Lord CHAMBERLAIN Of your soft cheveril ** conscience would re

Old L. Why, this it is; see, see!
If you might please to stretch it.
Anne. Nay, good troth,

I have been begging sixteen years in court Old L. Yes, troth, and troth, You would (Am yet a courtier beggarly,) nor could not be a queen?

Come pat betwixt too early and too late,

For any suit of pounds: and you, (O fate!! * Out of the king's presence.

+ A sentence of ejection. A very fresh-fish here, (fie, tie upon Quarreller.

No longer an Englishwoman.
** Kid-skin, * Crcoked

+ Opinio...

! Possession

fill'd up,

This compelld fortune!) have your mouth Q. Kath. Sir, I desire you, do me right and

justice; Before you open it.

And to bestow your pity on me : for Anne. This is strange to me.

I am a most poor woman, and a stranger, Old L. How tastes it? is it bitter? forty Born out of your dominions; having here pence, no.

No judge indifferent, nor no more assurance There was a lady once, ('tis an old story,) Of equal friendship and proceeding. Alas That would not be a queen, that wouid' she Sir, not,

[it? In what have I offended you? what cause or all the mud in Egypt:-Have you heard Hath my behaviour given to your displeasure, Anne. Come, you are pleasant.

That thus you should proceed to put me off, Old L. With your theme, I could

And take your good grace from me? Heaven D'ermount the lark. The marchioness of

witness, Pembroke!

I have been to you a true and humble wife, A thousand pounds a year! for pure respect; At all times to your will conformable : No other obligation : By my life,

Ever in fear to kindle your dislike, That promises more thousands: Honour's train Yea, subject to your countenance ; glad, or is longer than his foreskirt. By this time,

sorry, know, your back will bear a duchess ;-Say, As I saw it inclin'd. When was the hour, Are you not stronger than you were ?

I ever contradicted your desire, Anne. Good lady,

(fancy, Or made it not mine too? Or which of your Make yourself mirth with your particular

friends And leave me out on't. 'Would I had no Have I not strove to love, although I knew being,

He were mine enemy? what friend of mine If this salute my blood a jot; it faints me, That had to him deriv'd your anger, did I To think what follows.

Continue in my liking? nay, gave notice The queen is comfortless, and we forgetful He was from thence discharg'd? Sir, call to In our long absence: Pray, do not deliver

mind What here you have heard, to her.

That I have been your wife in this obedience, Old L. What do you think me? (Exeunt. Upward of twenty years, and have been bless'

With many children by you: If, in the course SCENE IV.-A Hall in Black-friars.

And process of this time, you can report, Trumpets, sennet,* and cornets. Enter two And prove it too, against mine honour aught, VERGERS, with short silver wands ; next them, My bond to wedlock, or my love and duty, tuo Scribes, in the habits of doctors ; after Against your sacred person, in God's name, them, the Archbishop of CANTERBURY'alone; Turn me away; and let the foul'st contempt after' him, the Bishops of LINCOLN, ELY, Shut door upon me, and so give me up [Sir, ŘOCHESTER, and Saint Asaph; next them, To the sharpest kind of justice. Please you, with some small distance, follows a Gentleman The king, your father, was reputed for bearing the purse, with the great seal, unda A prince most prudent, of an excellent cardinals hat; then tuo Priests, bearing each And unmatch'd wit and judgement: Fera silver cross; then a Gentleman-Usher hare

dinand, headed, accompanied with a Sergeant at Arms, My father, king of Spain, was reckond one bearing a silver mace; then two Gentlemen, The wisest prince, that there had reign’d by bearing two great silver pillars ;t after them,

many side by side, the two Cardinals W OLSEY and A year before: It is not to be question'd CAMPEIUS; two Noblemen with the sword and That they had gather'd a wise council to them

Then enter the King and Queen, and Of every realm, that did debate this business, their Trains. The King takes place under the Who deem'd our marriage lawful: Wherefore cloth of state ; the two Cardinals sit under him

I humbly as judges. The Queen takes place at some dis. Beseech you, Sir, to spare me, till I may tance from the King. The Bishops place them- Be by my friends in Spain advis'd; whose selres on each side the court, in manner of a

counsel consistory; between them, the Scribes. The I will implore: if not; i'the name of God, Lords sit next the Bishops. The Crier and the Your pleasure be fulfilld! rest of the attendants stand in convenient or

Wol. You have here, lady,

(inen der about the stuge.

(And of your choice,) these reverend fathers; Wol. Whilst onr commission from Rome is Yea, the elect of the land, who are assembled

Of singular integrity and learning, Let silence be commanded.

[read To plead your cause: it shall be therefore K. Hen. What's the need? It hath already publicly been read,

bootless,* And on all sides the authority allow'd;

That longer you desire the court; as well You may then spare that time.

For your own quiet, as to rectify

What is unsettled in the king. Wol. Be't so :-Proceed.

Cam. His grace Scribe. Say, Henry king of England, come Hath spoken well and justly: Therefore, ma

(dam, into the court.

It's fit this royal session do proceed; Crier. Henry king of England, &c.

And that, without delay, their arguments K. Hen. Here. Scribe. Say, Katharine queen of England,

Be now produc'd, and heard.

Q. Kuth. Lord cardinal,come into court.

To you I speak. Crier. Katharine queen of England, &c.

Wol. Your pleasure, madam! [The Queen makes no answer, rises ont of her Q. Kath. Sir,

chair, goes about the court, comes to the KING, I am about to weep; but, thinking that and kneels at his feet; then speaks. ]

We are a queen, (or long have dream'd so,) Flourish on cornets.

certain, + Ensigns of dignity carried before cardinals.

* Vee!en


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The daughter of a king, my drops of tears They vex me past my patience !--pray you, *]1 turn to sparks of fire.

pass on: Wol. Be patient yet.

I will not tarry: no, nor ever more, Q. Kath. I will, when you are humble; nay, Upon this business, my appearance make before,

In any of their courts. Or God will punish me. I do believe,

[Exeunt QUEEN, GRIFFITH, and her other Induc'd by potent circumstances, that

You are mine enemy; and make my challenge, K. Hen. Go thy ways, Kate:
You shall not be my judge: for it is you

That man i'the world, who shall report he has Have blown this coal betwixt my lord and A better wife, let him in nought be trusted, me,

For speaking false in that: Thou art, alone, Which God's dew quench !-Therefore, I say (If thy rare qualities, sweet gentleness, I utterly abhor, yea, from my soul, (again, Thy meekness saint-like, wife-like governRefuse you for my judge; whom, yet once


Oheying in commanding, -and thy parts I hold my most malicious foe, and think not Sovereign and pious else, could speak thee At all a friend to truth.

out, *2

(born; Wol. I do profess

The queen of earthly queens :-She is noble You speak not like yourself; who ever yet And, like her true nobility, she has Have stood to charity, and display'd the effects Carried herself towards me. Of disposition gentle, and of wisdom

Wol. Most gracious Sir, O’ertopping woman's power. Madam, you do In humblest manner I require your highness, me wrong:

That it shall please you to declare, in hearing, I have no spleen against you; nor injustice Of all these ears, (for where I am robb’d and For you, or any: how far I have proceeded,

bound, Or how far further shall, is warranted There must I be unloos’d; although not there By a commission from the consistory,

At oncet and fully satisfied,) whether ever I Yea, the whole consistory of Rome. You Did broach this business to your highness; or charge me,

Laid any scruple in your way, which might That I have blown this coal: I do deny it: Induce you to the question on't? or ever The king is present: if it be known to him, Have to you,-but with thanks to God for such That I gainsay* my deed, how may he wound, A royal lady,-spake one the least word, And worthily, my falsehood? yea, as much

might As you have done my truth. But if he know Be to the prejudice of her present state, That I am free of your report, he knows,

Or touch of her good person? I am not of your wrong. Therefore in him K. Hen. My lord cardinal, It lies, to cure me: and the cure is, to I do excuse you; yea, upon mine honour, Remove these thoughts from you: The which I free you from't. You are not to be taugbt before

That you have many enemies, that know not His highness shall speak in, I do beseech Why they are so, but, like to village curs, You, gracious madam, to unthink your speak- Bark when their fellows do: by some of these And to say so no more.

[ing, The queen is put in anger. You are excus'd: Q. Kath. My lord, my lord,

But will you be more justified ? you ever I am a simple woman, much too weak Have wish'd the sleeping of this business; To oppose your cunning. You are meek, and

(oft humble-mouth'd;

[ing,t Desir'd it to be stirr’d; but oft have hinder'd. You sign your place and calling, in full seem- The passages: made toward it:--on my boWith meekness and humility: but your heart

nour, 1s cramm’d with arrogancy, spleen, and pride. I speak my good lord cardinal to this point, You have, by fortune, and his highness' fa- And thus far clear him. Now, what mov'd vours,


me to't,Gone slightly o'er low steps; and now are I will be bold with time, and your attention : Where powers are your retainers: and your Then mark the inducement. "Thus it came words,

give heed to't:Domestics to you, serve your will, as't please My conscience first receiv'd a tenderness, Yourself pronounce their office. I must tell Scruple, and prick, on certain speeches utter'd you,

By the bishop of Bayonne, then French amYou tender more your person's honour, than

bassador; Your high profession spiritual: That again Who had been hither sent on the debating I do refuse you for my judge: and here, A marriage, 'twixt the duke of Orleans and Before you all, appeal unto the pope,

Our daughter Mary: I'the progress of this To bring my whole cause 'fore his holiness,

business, And to be judg’d by him.

Ere a determinate resolution, he [She curt'sies to the KING, and offers to depart. (I mean, the bishop) did require a respite; Cam. The queen is obstinate,

Wherein he might the king his lord advertise Stubborn to justice, apt to accuse it, and Whether our daughter were legitimate, Disdainful to be try'd by it; 'tis not well. Respecting this our marriage with the dowager, She's going away.

Sometimes our brother's wife. This respite K. Men. Call her again.

shook Crier. Katharine queen of England, come The bosom of my conscience, enter'd me, into the court.

Yea, with a splitting power, and made to tremGrif. Madain, you are call'd back.


[way Q. Kath. What need you pote it? pray you, The region of my breast; which forc'd such keep your way:

[help, That many maz'd considerings did throng, When you are call’d, return.-Now the Lord

* Speak out thy merits. + Immediately satisfied Deny. + Annearance.

1 Closed or fastened.


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