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Are you not stronger, than you were ?

That I have been your wife, in this obedience,
Anne. Good lady!

Upward of twenty years, and have been blest
Make yourself mirth with your particular fancy, With many children by you. If, in the course
And leave me out on't. 'Would I had no being, And process of this time, you can report,
If this salute my blood a jot; it faints me, And prove it too, against mine honour aught,
To think what follows.

My bond to 'wedlock, or my love and duty,
The queen is comfortless, and we forgetful Against your sacred person, in God's name,
In our long absence. Pray, do not deliver

Turn me away; and let the foul'st contempt
What here you have heard, to her.

Shut door upon me, and so give me up
Old L. What do you think me? [Exeunt. To the sharpest kind of justice. Please you, sir !

The king, your father, was reputed for
SCENE IV.- A hall in Black-Friars. A prince most prudent, of an excellent
Trumpets, sennet, and cornets. Enter two Vergers, And unmatch'd wit and judgment: Ferdinand,
with short silver wands; next them, two Scribes, in My father, king of Spain, was reckon'd one
the habits of doctors; after them, the Archbishop The wisest prince, that there had reign’d by many
of Canterbury alone; after him, the Bishops of Lir- A year before. It is not to be question'd,
colx, Ely, Rochester, and Saint Asapa; next them, That they had gather'd a wise council to them
with some small distance, follows a Gentleman, of every realm, that did debate this business,
bearing the purse, with the great seal, and a car- Who deem'd 'our marriage lawful. Wherefore I
dinals hat ; then two Priests, bearing each a sil-

ver cross; then a Gentleman-Usher bare-headed, Beseech you, sir, to spare me, till I may
accompanied with a Sergeant at Arms, bearing a Be by my friends in Spain advis'd; whose counsel
silver then two Gentlemen, bearing two great I will implore: if not, i'the name of God,
silver pillars; after them, side by side, the two Your pleasure be fulfill’d!
Cardinals Wolsey and Campeius; two Noblemen Wol. You have here, lady,
with the sword and mace. Then enter the King and (And of your choice,) these reverend fathers; men
Queen, and their Trains. The King takes place un- Of singular integrity and learning,
der the cloth of state ; the two Cardinals sit under Yea, the elect of the land, who are assembled
him as judges. The Queen takes place at some dis- To plead your cause: it shall be therefore bootless,
tance from the King. The Bishops place themselves That longer you desire the court; as well
on each side the court, in manner of a consistory; For your own quiet, as to rectify
between them the Scribes. The Lords sit next the What is unsettled in the king.
Bishops. The Crier and the rest of the Attendants Cam. His grace
stand in convenient order about the stage. Hath spoken well, and justly: 'therefore, madam,

Wol. Whilst our commission from Rome is read, It's fit this royal session do proceed ;
Let silence be commanded,

And that, without delay, their arguments
K. Hen. What's the need ?

Be now produc'd, and heard.
It hath already publicly been read,

Q. Cath, Lord cardinal, -
And on all sides the authority allow'd;

To you I speak.
You may then spare that time.

Wol. Your pleasure, madam ?
Wol. Be't so. —

Q. Cath. Şir!
Scribe. Say, Henry king of England, come into the I am about to weep; but, thinking that

We are a queen, (or long have dream'd so,) certain,
Crier. Henry king of England, etc.

The daughter of a king, my drops of tears
K. Hen. Here.

I'll turn to sparks of fire.
Scribe. Say, Catharine queen of England, come into


Wol. Be patient yet! court.

Q. Cath. I will, when you are humble; nay, before,
Crier. Catharine, queen of England, etc. Or God will punish me. I do believe,
[The Queen makes no answer, rises out of her chair, Induc'd by potent circumstances, that
goes about the court, comes to the King, and kneels You are mine enemy; and make my challenge,
at his feet; then speaks.]

You shall not be my judge ; for it is you
Q. Cath. Sir, I desire you, do me right and justice; Have blown this coal betwixt my lord and me, –
And to bestow your pity on me: for

Which God's dew quench!— Therefore, I say again,
I am a most poor woman, and a stranger,

I utterly abhor, yea, from my soul,
Born out of your dominions; having here



for my judge; whom, yet once more,
No judge indifferent, nor no more assurance I hold my most malicious foe, and think not
of equal friendship and proceeding. Alas, sir ! At all a friend to truth.
In what have I offended you? what cause

Wol. I do profess,
Hath my behaviour given to your displeasure, You speak not like yourself; who ever yet
That thus you should proceed to put me off, Have stood to charity, and display'd the effects
And take your good grace from me? Heaven witness, Of disposition gentle, and of wisdom
I have been to you a true and humble wife, O’ertopping woman's power. Madam, you do me
At all times to your will conformable:

Ever in fear to kindle your dislike,

I have no spleen against you; por injustice
Yea, subject to your countenance; glad, or sorry, For you, or any; how far I have proceeded,
As I saw it inclin'd. When was the hour,

Or how far farther shall, is warranted
I ever contradicted your desire,

By a commission from the consistory,
Or made it not mine too? Or which of your friends Yea, the whole consistory of Rome. You charge me,
Have I not strove to love, although I knew That I have blown this coal: I do deny it:
He were mine enemy? what friend of mine, Tlie king is present: if it be known to him,
That had to him deriv’d your anger, did I That I gainsay my deed, how may he wound,
Continue in my liking? nay, gave notice

And worthily, my falsehood ? yea, as much
He was from thence discharg'd? Sir, call to mind, As you have done my truth. But, if he know

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That I am free of your report, he knows,

The queen is put in anger. You are excns'd: I am not of your wroug. Therefore in him

But will you be more justified ? you ever It lies, to cure me; and the cure is, to

Have wish'd the sleeping of this business; never Remove these thoughts from you: the which before Desir'd it to be stirrd; but oft have hinder'd; oft His highness shall speak in, I do beseech

The passages made toward it:- on my honour, You, gracious madam! to unthink your speaking, I speak my good lord cardinal to this point, And to say so no more.

And thus far clear him. Now, what mov'd me to't,Q. Cath. My lord, my lord !

I will be bold with time, and your attention:I am a simple woman, much too weak

Then mark the inducement. Thus it came; – gire To oppose your cunning. You are meek, and humble- heed to't: mouth'd;

My conscience first receiv'd a tenderness, You sign your place and calling, in full seeming, Scruple, an prick, on certain speeches utter'd With meekness and humility: but your

heart By the bishop of Bayonne, then French ambassador; Is cramm’d with arrogancy, spleen, and pride.

Who had been hither sent on the debating
You have, by fortune, and his highness' favours, A marriage, 'twixt the duke of Orleans and
Gone slightly o’er low steps ; and now are mounted, Our daughter Mary. I'the progress of this business,
Where powers are your retainers: and your words, Ere a determinate resolution, he
Domestics to you, serve your will, as't please (I mean, the bishop) did require a respite:
Yourself pronounce their office. I must tell you, Wherein he might the king his lord advertise
You tender more your person's honour, than Whether our daughter were legitimate,
Your high profession spiritual : that again Respecting this our marriage with the dowager,
I do refuse you for my judge; and here,

Sometimes our brother's wife. This respite shook
Before you all, appeal unto the pope,

The bosom of my conscience, enter'd me,
To bring my whole cause 'fore his holiness, Yea, with a splitting power, and made to tremble
And to be judg'd by him.

The region of my breast; which forc'd such way,
[She court'sies to the King, and offers to depart. That many maz'd considerings did throng,
Cum. The

is obstinate,

And press'd in with this caution. First, methought,
Stubborn to justice, apt to accuse it, and

I stood not in the smile of heaven; who had Disdainful to be try'd by't; 'tis not well.

Commanded nature, that my lady's womb, She's going away.

If not conceiv'd a male child by me, should K. Hen. Call her again.

Do no more offices of life to't, than Crier. Catharine queen of England, come into the The grave does to the dead: for her male issue court!

Or died where they were made, or shortly after Grif. Madam, you are call'd back!

This world had air’d them. Hence I took a thought, Q. Cath. What need you note it? pray you, keep This was a judgment on me: that my kingdom, your way:

Well worthy the best heir o'the world, should not
When you are call’d, return. - Now the Lord help, Be gladded in't by me: then follows, that
They vex me past my patience! – pray you, pass on: I weigh’d the danger, which my realms stood in
I will not tarry; no, nor ever more,

By this my issue's fail; and that gave to me
Upon this business, my appearance make Many a groaning throe. Thus hulling in
of their courts.

The wild sea of my conscience, I did steer Exeunt Queen, GRIFFITH, and her other At- Toward this remedy, whereupon we are tendunts.

Now present here together; that's to say,
K. Hen. Go thy ways, Kate!

I meant to rectify my conscience, which
That man i’the world, who shall report he has I then did feel full sick, and yet not well, –
A better wife, let him in nought be trusted, By all the reverend fathers of the land,
For speaking false in that. Thou art, alone, And doctors learn’d. — First, I began in private
(If thy rare qualities, sweet gentleness,

With you, my lord of Lincoln; you remember
Thy meekness saint-like, wife-like government, - How under my oppression 1 did reek,
Obeying in commanding, — and thy parts

When I first mov'd

you. Sovereign and pious else, could speak thee out,) Lin. Very well, my liege! The queen of earthly queens: -- she is noble born; K. Hen. 'I have spoke long; be pleas'd yourself And, like her true nobility, she has Carried herself towards me.

How far you satisfied me.
Wol. Most gracious sir!

Lin. So please your highness,
In humblest manner I require your highness, The question did at first so stagger me,
That it shall please you to declare, in hearing Bearing a state of mighty moment in't,
Of all these ears, (for where I am robb’d and bound, And consequence of dread, -

that I committed
There must I be unloos’d; although not there The daring'st counsel, which I had, to doubt;
At once and fully satisfied,) whether ever I And did entreat your highness to this course,
Did broach this business to your highness; or Which you are running here.
Laid any scruple in your way, which might

K. Hen. I then mov'd you,
Induce you to the question on't? or ever My lord of Canterbury; and got your leave
Have to you, - but with thanks to God for such To make this present summons.
A royal lady, - spake one the least word, might Uleft no reverend person in this court;
Be to the prejudice of her present state,

But by particular consent proceeded,
Or touch of her good person?

Under your hands and seals. Therefore, go on!
K. Hen. My lord cardinal,

For no dislike i'the world against the person
I do excuse you; yea, upon mine hononr,

of the good queen, but the sharp thorny points I free you from't! You are not to be taught of my alleged reasons, drive this forward: That

you have many enemies, that know not Prove but our marriage lawful, by my lite,
Why they are so, but, like to village curs, And kingly dignity, we are contented
Bark when their fellows do: by some of these To wear our mortal state to come, with her

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Catharine our queen, before the primest creature, Wol. Tanta est erga te mentis integritas, regina
That's paragon'd u'the world.

Cam. So please your highness,

Q. Cath. O, good my lord, no Latin;
The queen being absent, 'tis a needful fitness am not such a truant since my coming,
That we adjourn this court till further day: As not to know the language I have liv'd in:
Mean while must be an earnest motion

A strange tongue makes my cause more strange, su-
Made to the queen, to call back her appeal

spicious :
She intends unto his holiness. (They rise to depart. Pray, speak in English: here are some will thank you,

K. Hen. I may perceive,


you speak truth, for their poor mistress' sake;

Believe me, she has had much wrong. Lord cardinal,
These cardinals trifle with me: I abhor

The willing'st sin I ever yet committed,
This dilatory sloth, and tricks of Rome.
Vy learn’d and well-beloved servant, Cranmer,

May be absolv'd in English.

Wol. Noble lady!
Pr’ythee return! with thy approach, I know,
My comfort comes along. Break up the court;

I am sorry, my integrity should breed
I say, set on! [Exeunt, in manner as they entered. (And service to his majesty and you,)

So deep suspicion, where all faith was meant.

We come not, by the way of accusation,

To taint that honour, every good tongue blesses;
SCENE I. Palace ut Bridewell. A room in the Nor to betray you any way to sorrow;
Queen's apurtment.

You have too much, good lady: but to know

How you stand minded in the weighty difference
The Queen, and some of her Women, at work.
Q. Cath. Take thy lute', wench! my soul grows Like free and honest men, our just opinions,

Between the king and you; and to deliver,
sad with troubles;

And comforts to your cause.
Sing, and disperse them, if thou canst! leave working! Cam. Most honour'd madam!

My lord of York, - out of his noble nature,

Zeal and obedience he still bore your grace;
Orpheus with his lute made trees,

Forgetting, like a good man, your late censure
And the mountain-tops, that freeze,

Both of his truth and him, (which was too far,) -
Bow themselves, when he did sing: Offers, as I do, in a sign of peace,
To his music, plants, and flowers,

His service and his counsel.
Ever sprung; as sun, and showers,

Q. Cath. To betray me.

[Aside. There had been a lasting spring.

My lords, I thank you both for your good wills, Every thing that heard him play,

Ye speak like honest men, (pray God, ye prove so !)
Even the billows of the sea,

But how to make you suddenly an answer,
Hung their heads, and then lay by. In such a point of weight, so near mine honour,
In suveet music is such art;

(More near my life, I fear,) with my weak wit, Killing care, and grief of heart,

And to such men of gravity and learning,
Fall asleep, or, heuring, die.

In truth, I know not. I was set at work

Among my maids; full little, God knows, looking
Enter a Gentleman.

Either for such men, or such business,
Q. Cath. How now?

For her sake that I have been, (for I feel
Gent. An't please your grace, the two great cardinals The last fit of my greatness,) good your graces,
Wait in the presence.

Let me have time, and counsel, for my cause;
Q. Cath. Would they speak with me?

Alas! I am a woman, friendless, hopeless.
Gent. They will'd me say so, madam!

Wol. Madam, you wrong the king's love with these
Q. Cath. Pray their graces
To come near. (Exit Gent.] What can be their bu. Your hopes and friends are infinite.

Q. Cath. In England,
With me, a poor weak woman, fallen from favour? But little for my profit: can you think, lords !
I do not like their coming, now I think on't.

That any Englishman dare give me counsel ?
They should be good men; their affairs as righteous : Or be a known friend, 'gainst his highness' pleasure,
But all hoods make not monks.

(Though he be grown so desperate to be honest,) Enter Wolsey and CADPETUS.

And live a subject? Nay, forsooth, my friends! Wol. Peace to your highness!

They, that must weigh out my afflictions,
Q. Cath. Your graces find me here part of a They, that my trust must grow to, live not here;

They are, as all my other comforts, far hence,
I would be all, against the worst may happen. In mine own country, lords !
What are your pleasures with me, reverend lords ? Cam. I would, your grace
Wol. May it please you, noble madam, to withdraw Would leave your griefs, and take my counsel.
Into your private chamber, we shall give you Q. Cath. How, sir?
The full cause of our coming.

Čam. Put your main cause into the king's pro-
Q. Cath. Speak it here;

tection ;
There's nothing I have done yet, o' my conscience, He's loving, and most gracious ; 'twill be much
Deserves a corper: 'would, all other women Both for your honour better, and your cause;
Could speak this with as free a soul as I do! for, if the trial of the law o’ertake you,
My lords, I care not, (so much I am happy You'll part away disgrac'd.
Above a number,) if my actions

Wol. He tells you rightly.
Were tried by every tongue, every eye saw them, Q. Cath. Ye tell me what ye wish for both, my ruin:
Envy and base opinion set against them,

Is this your christian counsel ? out upon ye!
I know my life so even. If your business

Heaven is above all yet; there sits a Judge,
Seek me out, and that way I am wife in,

That no king can corrupt.
Out with it boldly. Truth loves open dealing. Cam. Your rage mistakes us.


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Q. Cath. The more shame for ye; holy men || Cam. Madam, you'll find it so. You wrong your Chc thought ye, virtues

And Upon my soul, two reverend cardinal virtues; With these weak women's fears. A noble spirit,

All I But cardinal sins, and hollow hearts, I fear ye: As yours was put into you, ever casts

Afte Mend them for shame, my lords ! Is this your comfort? Such doubts, as false coin, from it. The king loves Hath The cordial that ye bring a wretched lady?


Sur A woman lost among ye, laugh'd at, scorn’d? Beware, you lose it not: for us, if you please

Suf I will not wish ye half my miseries,

To trust us in your business, we are ready I have more charity. But say, I warn'd ye ; To use our utmost studies in your service.

Sur Take heed, for heaven's sake, take heed, lest at once Q. Cath. Do what ye will, my lords: and, pray, for

Trac The burden of my sorrows fall upon ye.

give me,

Suf Wol. Madam, this is a mere distraction; If I have used myself unmannerly!

No You turn the good we offer into envy. You know, I am a woman, lacking wit

Su Q. Cath. Ye turn me into nothing: woe up on ye, To make a seemly answer to such persons.

Naru And all such false professors! Would ye have me Pray, do my service to his majesty:

To s. (If you have any justice, any pity; He has my heart yet ; and shall have my prayers,

She If ye be any thing but churchmen's habits,) While I shall have my life. Come, reverend fathers! In me Put my sick cause into his hands, that hates me? Bestow your counsels on me: she now begs, Alas! he has banish'd me his bed already; That little thought, when she set footing here,

In f His love, too long ago : I am old, my lords, She should have bought her dignities so dear.

Su And all the fellowship I hold now with him,

(Exeunt. Is only my obedience. What can happen SCENE II. Antechamber to the King's upart

The To me above this wretchedness? all your studies Make me a curse like this. Enter the Duke of Norfolk, the Duke of SCFFOLE,

SP Cam. Your fears are worse.

the Earl of Surrey, and the Lord Chamberlain. Q. Cath. Have I liv'd thus lovg-(let me speak myself, Nor. If you will now unite in your complaints,

Is Since virtue finds no friends,) - a wife, a true one? And force them with a constancy, the cardinal

HE A woman (I dare say, without vain-glory,)

Cannot stand under them: if you omit
Never yet branded with suspicion ?
The offer of this time, I cannot promise,


То Have I with all my full affections But that you shall sustain more new disgraces,

Th Still met the king? loy'd him next heaven? obey'd With these you bear already. him? Sur. I am joyful

С. Been, out of fondness, superstitious to him? To meet the least occasion, that Almost forgot my prayers to content him? Remembrance of my father-in-law, the duke,

W And am I thus rewarded ? 'tis not well, lords. To be reveng'd on him. Bring me a constant woman to her husband; Suf. Which of the peers

Hla One, that ne'er dream'd a joy beyond his pleasure ; Have uncontemn'd gone by him, or at least

TO And to that woman, when she has done most! Strangely neglected? when did he regard

Al Yet will I add an honour, -a great patience. The stamp of nobleness in any person,

Hi Wol. Madam, you wander from the good we aim at. Out of himself?

He Q. Cath. My lord, I dare not make myself so guilty, Cham. My lords, you speak your pleasures!

Sh To give up willingly that noble title,

What he deserves of you and me, i know;
Your master wed me to : nothing but death What we can do to him, (though now the time
Shall e'er divorce my dignities.
Gives way to us,) I much fear. If you cannot

4 Wol. 'Pray, hear me! Bar his access to the king, vever attempt

In 0, Cath.'Would I had never trod this English earth, Any thing on him; for he hath a witchcraft Or felt the flatteries, that grow upon it!

Over the king in his tongue.
Ye have angel's faces, but heaven knows your hearts. Nor. O, fear him not!
What will become of me now, wretched lady? Flis spell in that is out: the king hath found
I am the most unhappy woman living.--

Matter against him, that for ever mars
Alas! poor wenches, where are now your fortunes ? The honey of his language. No, he's settled.

[To her Women. Not to come off, in his displeasure.
Shipwreck’d upon a kingdom, where no pity, Sur. Sir,
No friends, no hope; no kindred weep for me, I should be glad to hear such news as this
Almost, no grave allow'd me. - Like the lily, Once every hour.
That once was mistress of the field, and flourish'd, Nor. Believe it, this is true.
I'll hang my head, and perish.

In the divorce, his contrary proceedings
Wul. If your grace

Are all unfolded; wherein he appears,
Could but be brought to know, our ends are honest, As I could wish mine enemy,
You'd feel more comfort: why should we, good lady! Sur. How came
Upon what cause, wrong you ? alas! our places, His practices to light?
The way of our profession is against it,

Suf. Most strangely.
We are to cure such sorrows, not to sow them. Sur. O, how, how?'
For goodness' sake, consider what you do;

Suf. The cardinal's letter to the pope miscarried, How you may hurt yourself, ay, utterly,

And came to the eye o’the king: wherein was read, Grow from the king's acquaintance, by this carriage. How that the cardinal did entreat his holiness The hearts of princes kiss obedience,

To stay the judgment o’the divorce: for if
So much they love it; but, to stubborn spirits, It did take place, I do, quoth he, perceive,
They swell, and grow as terrible as storms. My king is tangled in affection to
I know, you have a gentle, nuble temper,

A creature of the queen's, lady Anne Bullen.
A soul as even as a calm. Pray, think us

Sur. Has the king this?
Those we profess; peace-makers, friends, and ser- Suf. Believe it.

Sur, Will this work?

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Cham. The king in this perceives him, how he coasts, Does whet his anger to him.
And hedges, his own way. But in this point Sur. Sharp enough,
All his tricks founder, and he brings his physic Lord, for thy justice!
After his patient's death: the king already Wol. The late queen's gentlewoman, a knight's
Hath married the fair lady.

Sur. 'Would he had !

To be her mistress' mistress! the queen's queen!Suf. May you be happy in your wish, my lord ! This candle burns not clear: 'tis I must snuff it; For, I profess, you have it.

Then, out it goes. — What though I know her virSur. Now all my joy

tuous, Trace the conjunction!

And well-deserving? yet I know her for
Suf. My amen to't!

A spleeny Lutheran; and not wholesome to
Nor. All men's !

Our cause, that she should lie i'the bosom of
Suf. There's order given for her coronation: Our hard-rul'd king. Again, there is sprung up
Marry, this is yet but young, and may be left An heretic, an arch one, Cranmer; one
To some ears unrecounted. But, my lords ! Hath crawl'd into the favour of the king,
She is a gallant creature, and complete

And is his oracle. In mind and feature: 1 persuade me, from her

Nor. He is vex'd at something. Will fall some blessing to this land, which shall Suf. I would, 'twere something that would fret the In it be memoriz'd.

string, Sur. But, will the king

The master-cord of his heart. Digest this letter of the cardinal's?

Enter the King, reading a schedule; and Lovell. The lord forbid !

Suf. The king, the king !
Nor. Marry, amen!

K. Hen. What piles of wealth hath he accumulated Suf. No, no!

To his own portion! and what expence by the hour There be more wasps, that buz about his nose, Seems to flow from him! How, i’ the name of thrift, Will make this sting the sooner. Cardinal Campeius Does he rake this together? — Now, my lords ! Is stolen away to Rome; hath ta'en no leave; Saw you the cardinal ? Has left the cause o’the king unhandled; and Nor. My lord! we have Is posted, as the agent of our cardinal,

Stood here observing him. Some strange commotion To second all his plot. I do assure you

Is in his brain : he bites his lip, and starts;
The king cry'd, ha ! at this.

Stops on a sudden, looks upon the ground,
Cham. Now, God incense him,

Then lays his finger on his temple; straight,
And let him cry ha, louder !

Springs out into fast gait; then, stops again, Nor. But, my lord,

Strikes his breast hard; and anon, he casts When returns Cranmer?

His eye against the moon; in most strange postures Suf. He is return'd, in his opinions ; which We have seen him set himself. Have satisfied the king for his divorce,

K. Hen. It may well be; Together with all famous colleges

There is a mutiny in his mind. This morning Almost in Christendom: shortly, I believe,

Papers of state he sent me to peruise,
His second marriage shall be publish'd, and As I requir’d; and, wot you, what I found
Her coronation. Catharine no more

There; on my conscience, put unwittingly?
Shall be callid queen: but princess dowager, Forsooth, an inventory, thus importing,
And widow to prince Arthur.

The several parcels of his plate, his treasure,
Nor. This same Cranmer's

Rich stuffs, and ornaments of household; which A worthy fellow, and hath ta'en much pain I find at such proud rate, that it out-speaks In the king's business.

Possession of a subject. Suf. He has; and we shall see him

Nor. It's heaven's will;
For it an archbishop.

Some spirit put this paper in the packet,
Nor. So I hear.

To bless your eye withal.
Suf. 'Tis so.

K. Hen. If we did think
The cardinal

His contemplation were above the earth,
Enter Wolsey and Croywell.

And fix'd on spiritual object, he should still
Nor. Observe, observe, he's moody.

Dwell in his musings : but, I am afraid,
Wol. The packet, Cromwell! gave it you the king? His thinkings are below the moon, not worth
Cron. To his own hand, in his bedchamber. His serious considering.
Wol. Look'd he o'the inside of the paper ?

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goes to Wolsey. He did unseal them: and the first he view'd, Wol. Heaven forgive me! He did it with a serions mind; a heed

Ever God bless your highness! Was in his countenance. You , he bade

K. Hen. Good my lord'! Attend him here this morning.

You are full of heavenly stuff, and bear the inventory Wol. Is he ready

of your best graces in your mind; the which To come abroad?

You were now running o’er; you have scarce time
Crom. I think, by this he is.

To steal from spiritual leisure a brief span,
Wol. Leave me a while!- [Exit Cromwell. To keep your earthly audit. Sure, in that
It shall be to the dutchess of Alençon,

I deem you an ill husband; and am glad
The French king's sister: he shall marry her. To have you therein my companion.
Anne Bullen ! No; I'll no Anne Bullens for him: Wol. Sir,
There is more in it, than fair visage.— Bullen! For holy offices I have a time; a tiine
No, we'll no Bullens. — Speedily I wish

To think upon the part of business, which
To hear from Rome.—The marchioness of Pembroke! I bear i'the state; and nature does require
Nor. He's discontented.

Her times of preservation, which, perforce,
Suf. May be, he hears the king

1, her frail son, amongst my brethren mortal,

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