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Old. L. Then you are weakly made: Pluck off a
410 Ever to get a boy.
Anne. How you do talk I
Old L. In faith, for little England
Enter the Lord Chamberlain.
Cham. Good morrow, ladies. What were't worth,
Cham. It was a gentle business, and becoming
Anne. Now I pray God, amen!
Ta'en of your many virtues, the king's majesty
Anne. I do not know,
450 But from this lady may proceed a gem, To lighten all this isle ?-l'll to the king, And say, I spoke with you.
Anne. My honour'd lord. [Exit Lord Chamberlain,
Old L. Why, this it is ; see, see!
For any suit of pounds : and you, O fate !
460 This compellid fortune !) have your mouth fill'd up, Before you open it.
Anne. This is strange to me.
Old L. How tastes it? is it bitter? forty pence, no.
Anne. Come, you are pleasant.
Old L. With your theme, I could
Anne. Good lady,
A Hall in Black-Friars. 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 ; afier him, the Bishops of LINCOLN, ELY, ROCHESTER, and St. ASAPH; next them, with some small Distance, follows & 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 Serjeant at Arms, bearing a Silver Mace; then two Gentlemen, bearing two great Silver Pillars ; after them, Side by Side, the two Cardinals ; two Noblemen with the Sword and Mace. The King takes place under the Cloth of State ; the two Cardinals, sit under him, as Judges. The Queen takes place, 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 rest of the Attendants stand in convenient Order about the Stage.
Wol. Whilst our commission from Rome is read, Let silence be commanded.
King. What's the need?
490 You may then spare that time. Fij
Wol. Be't so :-Proceed.
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.
Queen. Sir, I desire you, do me right and justice; And to bestow your pity on me : for
500 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. 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 :
510 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