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But from this lady may proceed a gem,
Anne. My honour'd lord. [Exit CHAMBERLAIN.
Lady D. The Marchioness of Pembroke!
Anne. Good lady,
Lady D. What do you think me? [Exeunt.
A Hall in Black Friars.
Flourish of Trumpets and Drums.
The Court sitting for the Trial of Queen KATILARINE
--The KING, WOLSEY, CAMPEIUS, NORFOLK, SUFFOLK, CHAMBERLAIN, Lovel, CROMWELL, BISHOPS, JUDGES, GENTLEMEN and LADIES, Clerk of the Court, OFFICERS and GUARDS, discovered.
Wol. Whilst our commission from Rome is read, Let silence be commanded.
King. What's the need ?
the court. Clerk. Henry, King of England, &c. King. Here. Crom. Say, Katharine, Queen of England, come
into the court. Clerk. Katharine, Queen of England, &c. Enter the Queen, preceded by GUILDFORD, with a
Cushion, which he places; then the Queen kneels.
Queen. 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.--[She rises.]
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. Sir, call to mind, That I have been your wife, in this obedience, Upward of twenty years, and have been bless'd With many children by you: If, 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,
before: It is not to be question'd
Wol. You have here, lady,
Cam. His grace
Hath spoken well, and justly: therefore, madam,
[CAMPeius rises. To
you I speak. Wol. Your pleasure, madam? [Wolsey advances.
Queen. Sir, I
am about to weep; but, thinking that
Wol. Be patient yet.
Or Heaven will punish me. I do believe,
for my judge ; whom, yet once more, I hold my most malicious foe, and ihink not At all a friend to truth.
Wol. Madam, 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. 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.
Queen. My lord, my lord,
To bring my whole cause 'fore his holiness,
[She courtesies to the King, and offers to depart. Cam. The queen
King. Call her again.
court. Guild. Madam, you are callid back. Queen. What need you note it? 'Pray you, keep
your way: When you are calld, 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 GUILDFORD, and the Queen. King. Go thy ways, Kate : That man i’the world, who shall report he has A better wife, let him in naught be trusted, For speaking false in that: Thou art, alone, The
queen of earthly queens :-She's noble born; And, like her true nobility, she has Carry'd herself towards me.
Wol. Most gracious sir, In humblest 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,) 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.
King. My lord cardinal, I do excuse you; yea, upon mine honour, you
from't. You are not to be taught, That
you have many enemies, that know not