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At all times to your will conformable.
That I have been your wife, in this obedience,
To the sharpest kind of justice. Please you, sir,
That they had gather'd a wise council to them
Beseech you, sir, to spare me, till I may
Be by my friends in Spain advis'd; whose counsel
Wol. You have here, lady,
And of your choice, these reverend fathers; men
Yea, the elect of the land, who are assembled
For your own quiet, as to rectify
What is unsettled in the king.
Cam. His grace
Hath spoken well, and justly: Therefore, madam, It's fit this royal session do proceed;
And that, without delay, their arguments
Be now produc'd, and heard.
Queen. Lord cardinal,
To you I speak.
Wol. Your pleasure, madam? [WOLSEY advances. Queen. Sir,
I am about to weep; but, thinking thạt
We are a queen, (or long have dream'd so,) certain,
Wol. Be patient yet.
Queen. I will, when you are humble; nay, before,
You are mine enemy; and make my challenge,
Have blown this coal betwixt my lord and me,-
Refuse you for my judge; whom, yet once more,
Wol. Madam, you do me wrong:
I have no spleen against you; nor injustice
By a commission from the consistory,
Yea, the whole consistory of Rome. You charge me,
It lies, to cure me: and the cure is, to
Remove these thoughts from you: The which before
You, gracious madam, to unthink your speaking,
Queen. My lord, my lord,
I am a simple woman, much too weak
To oppose your cunning. You're meek, and humble-mouth'd;
You sign your place and calling, in full seeming,
I do refuse you for my judge;-and here,
To bring my whole cause 'fore his holiness,
She curtsies to the King, and offers to depart.
Cam. The queen is obstinate,
Stubborn to justice, apt to accuse it, and
She's going away.
King. Call her again.
Clerk. Katharine, queen of England, come into the court.
Guil. Madam, you are call'd back.
Queen. What need you note it? Pray you, keep
When you are call'd, return:-Now the Lord help,
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
Carry'd herself towards me.
Wol. Most gracious sir,
In humblest manner I require your highness,
Of all these ears, (for where I'm robb'd and bound,
Laid any scruple in your way, which might
I do excuse you; yea, upon mine honour,
The passages made toward it:-on my honour,
And thus far clear him. Now, what mov'd me to 't,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 embassador; For no dislike i' the world against the person
Qf our good queen:
Prove but our marriage lawful, by my life,
To wear our mortal state to come, with her,
Cam. So please your highness,
The queen being absent, 't is a needful fitness
Made to the queen, to call back her appeal
King. Break up the court.
[The King rises.
These cardinals trifle with me: I abhor
END OF ACT II.
An Antechamber to the King's Apartments.
Enter NORFOLK, SUFFOLK, the Earl of SURREY,
Nor. IF you will now unite in your complaints,
Sur. I am joyful
To meet the least occasion, that may give me
Suf. Which of the peers
Have uncontemn'd gone by him, or at least
Cham. My lords, if
Bar his access to the king, never attempt
Nor. O, fear him not;
His spell in that is out: the king hath found
In the divorce, his contrary proceedings
Sur. How came
Suf. Most strangely.
Sur. O, how, how?
Suf. The cardinal's letters to the pope miscarry'd, And came to the eye o' the king: wherein was read,