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Henry VIII

Act I, Scene 2

The same. The council-chamber.
 
[Cornets. Enter KING HENRY VIII, leaning on CARDINAL WOLSEY's shoulder, the Nobles, and LOVELL; CARDINAL WOLSEY places himself under KING HENRY VIII's feet on his right side]
 
KING HENRY VIII
           ,        ,                ,    ,         ,
      My life | itself,| and the / best heart | of it,
         ,            2       ,       ,         ,     2       ,
      Thanks you | for this great | care: I | stood in the | level
        2    ,      ,         ,  2              ,     ,
      Of a full-|charged con|federa|cy, and / give thanks
          ,            ,          ,          ,           x
      To you | that choked | it. Let | be called | before us
            ,      ,         ,     2       ,    ,
      That gen|tleman | of Buck|ingham's, in | person,
             ,         ,        ,         ,     ,
      I'll hear | him his | confes|sions jus|tify;
            ,          ,           ,        ,        ,      ->
      And point | by point | the trea|sons of | his mas||ter,
       ,        2   ,        ,
      He | shall again | relate.
 
VOICE [Within]
                                   ,              ,
                                 Room for | the queen.
 
[Enter QUEEN KATHARINE, ushered by NORFOLK, and SUFFOLK: she kneels. KING HENRY VIII riseth from his state, takes her up, kisses and placeth her by him]
 
QUEEN KATHARINE
       ,     2        ,         ,    ,           ,
      Nay, we must | longer | kneel; I / am a | suitor.
 
KING HENRY VIII
         ,          ,      ,              ,           ,
      Arise,| and take | place by | us: half | your suit
       ,        ,            ,           ,          x
      Never | name to | us; you | have half | our power:
          ,       ,   2   ,         ,         x
      The o|ther moi|ety ere | you ask | is given,
          ,           ,            x
      Repeat | your will | and take it.
 
QUEEN KATHARINE
                                         ,           ,  2
                                       Thank your | majesty*.
        ,                ,          ,         ,          ,
      That you | would love | yourself,| and in | that love
           ,     ,         ,           ,       ,
      Not un|consi|dered leave | your ho|nor, nor
           ,     ,     2      ,        ,         ,
      The dig|nity | of your of|fice, is | the point
          ,      ,
      Of my | peti|tion.
 
KING HENRY VIII
                         ,      ,         ,
                        La|dy mine,| proceed.
 
QUEEN KATHARINE
      ,         ,    ,     ,          ,
      I am | soli|cited | not by | a few,
            ,          ,        ,         ,          ,         ->
      And those | of true | condi|tion, that | your sub||jects*
         2     ,       ,           ,            ,       ,
      Are in great | grievance:| there have | been com|missions
             ,       ,          ,             ,           ,
      Sent down | among |'em, which | hath flawed | the heart
          ,           ,      ,          ,        ,
      Of all | their loy|alties;| wherein,| although
           ,      ,   ,                 ,        ,       ->
      My good | lord car/dinal,| they vent | reproa||ches
        ,     ,    2        ,        ,       ,
      Most | bitterly | on you,| as put|ter-on
           ,        ,         ,          ,         ,
      Of these | exac|tions: yet | the king,| our master
             ,     ,        ,          ,         ,     ,    ,
      Whose honor heaven shield from soil; even he escapes not  ????
       ,            ,            ,     ,             ,
      Language | unman|nerly*;/ yea, such | which breaks
            ,         ,     ,        ,     2    ,
      The sides | of loy|alty,| and al|most appears
           ,       ,
      In loud | rebel|lion.
 
NORFOLK
                            ,     ,           ,
                           Not | almost | appears,
           ,        ,     ,      ,       2    ,
      It doth | appear;| for, u|pon these tax|ations,
           ,     2    ,     ,  ,                ,
      The clo|thiers all,| not a/ble to | maintain
           ,     ,          ,               ,   ,
      The ma|ny to | them long|ing, have / put off
            ,          ,         ,         ,         ,
      The spin|sters, car|ders, ful|lers, wea|vers, who
         ,        ,        ,          ,         ,      ->
      Unfit | for o|ther life,| compelled | by hun||ger
            ,       ,        ,         ,    2     ,      ->
      And lack | of o|ther means,| in des|perate man||ner
       ,     3   3   ,      2      ,          ,        ,    ,  ->
      Da|ring the event | to the teeth,| are all | in up||roar,
             ,          ,       ,      2
      And | danger | serves a|mong them.
 
KING HENRY VIII
                                             ,
                                         Tax|ation?
        ,             ,       ,              ,   ,     2  ->
      Wherein?| And what | taxa|tion? My / lord car||dinal,
       ,        2       ,          ,      ,          ,
      You | that are blamed | for it | alike | with us,
        ,             ,       ,
      Know you | of this | taxa|tion?
 
CARDINAL WOLSEY
                                         ,          ,
                                      Please | you sir,
          ,         ,      ,        ,         ,
      I know | but of | a sin|gle part | in aught
           ,       2      ,           ,          ,          ,
      Pertains | to the state;| and front | but in | that file
            ,         ,      ,         2
      Where o|thers tell | steps | with me.
 
QUEEN KATHARINE
                                            ,        ,
                                           No,| my lord?
            ,         ,         ,         ,          ,
      You know | no more | than o|thers? But | you frame
         ,       2        ,       ,                ,      ,
      Things that are | known a|like; which | are not | wholesome
           ,             ,           ,           ,          ,
      To those | which would | not know | them, and | yet must
           ,      ,      2      ,           ,       ,
      Perforce | be their ac|quaintance.| These ex|actions
             ,       ,                   ,    ,      ,
      (Whereof | my so|vereign would / have note)| they are
        ,   ,             2     ,         ,           x
      Most pes/tilent | to the hea|ring, and | to bear 'em,
            ,        ,      ,      2      ,          ,
      The back | is sac|rifice | to the load;| they say
        ,     2     ,         ,          ,         ,
      They are de|vised by | you, or | else you | suffer
       T    T   .  T     ,
      Too hard an ex|clama|tion.
 
KING HENRY VIII
                                     ,        ,       o ->
                                   Still | exac||tion:
           ,        x       2       ,            ,
      The na|ture of it,| in what kind | let's know,
           ,       ,
      Is this | exac|tion?
 
QUEEN KATHARINE
                            2       ,   ,     ,   2
                           I am / much too | venturous
           ,        ,         ,            2      ,   ,
      In temp|ting of | your pa|tience; but am / boldened
       ,   2        ,          ,            ,           ,
      Under your | promised | pardon.| The sub|jects' grief
        ,                 ,           ,         ,           ,
      Comes through | commis|sions, which | compel | from each
            ,       ,    2       ,           ,       ,
      The sixth | part of his | substance,| to be | levied
           ,       ,       2     ,    ,           ,
      Without | delay;| and the pre|tense for | this
      <-        ,             ,          ,             T     T     T
        Is || named, your | wars in | France: this | makes bold mouths:
         ,                  ,       ,     .    T     T      T
      Tongues spit | their du|ties out,| and cold hearts freeze
         ,         ,           ,      ,       ___
      Alle|giance in | them; their | curses | now
        ,                   ,       ,                ,         ,
      Live where | their prayers | did: and | it's come | to pass,
             ,     ,      ,   2     ,       ,
      This trac|table | obe|dience is | a slave
           ,       ,        ,        ,            ,       2->
      To each | incen|sed will:| I would | your high||ness
              ,         ,         ,    ,        ,
      Would give | it quick | consi|dera|tion; for
             ,       ,       ,
      There is | no pri|mer bus|iness.
 
KING HENRY VIII
                                       ,        ,
                                      By | my life,
        ,            ,          ,
      This is | against | our plea|sure.
 
CARDINAL WOLSEY
                                         ,         ,
                                        And | for me,
      ,            ,         ,         ,          ,
      I have | no fur|ther gone | in this,| than by
         ,        ,           ,           ,          ,
      A sin|gle voice,| and that | not passed | me, but
            ,       ,     ,         2     ,         x       2->
      By learned | appro|bation | of the jud|ges: If^I || am    ??
           ,         ,   2       ,             ,         ,
      Traduced | by ig|norant tongues,| which nei|ther know
          ,      ,         ,        ,          ,
      My fa|culties | nor per|son, yet | will be
            ,      ,      2    ,       ,        ,
      The chro|nicles | of my do|ing: let | me say,
            ,          ,         ,                 ,     ,
      'Tis but | the fate | of place,| and the / rough brake
            ,              ,    ,           ,          ,
      That vir|tue must / go through.| We must | not stint
           ,     ,     ,         ,         ,
      Our ne|cessa|ry ac|tions, in | the fear
           ,       ,        ,      ,            x
      To cope | mali|cious cen|surers,| which ever,
          ,   2      ,      ,      ,       ,      2->
      As ra|venous fish|es do | a ves|sel fol||low
          2      ,     ,           ,    ,        ,       2->
      That is / new-trimmed;| but ben|efit | no fur||ther
             ,       ,         ,        ,         ,
      Than vain|ly long|ing. What | we oft | do best,
           ,       ,       ,           ,      ,
      By sick | inter|preters |(once^weak | ones) is
       T    T    .  T        ,            ,         ,
      Not ours, or not | allowed;| what worst,| as oft
       ,     2      ,        ,               ,    ,
      Hitting a | grosser | quali|ty, is / cried up
                  ,   ,        ,           ,       ,
      For our / best act:| If we | shall stand | still,
      <-        ,         ,         ,          ,            ,
        In || fear our | motion | will be | mocked, or | carped at,
                    ,    ,      ,               ,        ,
      We should / take root | here, where | we sit;| or sit
        T    T   T     ,
      State-statues | only.
 
KING HENRY VIII
                              T     T    T
                           Things done well,
       ,             ,       ,            ,            ,
      And with | a care,| exempt | themselves | from fear:
               ,         ,       ,       ,          ,     ->
      Things^done | without | exam|ple, in | there is||sue
       ,      2      ,       ,           ,      ,
      Are | to be feared.| Have you | a pre|cedent
           ,        ,        ,       ,         ,    ->
      Of this | commis|sion? I | believe,| not a||ny.
       ,       2      ,         ,           ,          ,
      We | must not rend | our sub|jects* from | our laws,
            ,           ,         ,      T     T   .   T
      And stick | them in | our will.| Sixth part of each?
          ,         ,      ,        ,         ,
      A trem|bling con|tribu|tion; why | we take
            ,       ,     T     T    .    T      2     ,       ->
      From ev|ery tree,| lop, bark, and part | of the tim||ber:
       ,          2     ,          ,        ,            ,
      And | though we leave | it with | a root | thus hacked,
           ,           ,          ,        ,       ,     2->
      The air | will drink | the sap.| To ev|ery coun||ty
              ,         ,            ,         ,          ,
      Where this | is ques|tioned, send | our let|ters, with
        ,   ,             ,   ,                   ,
      Free par/don to | each man / that has | denied
            ,          ,        ,          ,      ,    2
      The force | of this | commis|sion: pray | look to it;
         ,        ,          ,
      I put | it to | your care.
 
CARDINAL WOLSEY
                                     ,          ,
                                 A word | with you.
 
To the Secretary
       ,              ,         ,        ,       ,
      Let there | be let|ters writ | to ev|ery shire,
        2       ,       ,          ,              ,       ,
      Of the king's | grace and | pardon:| The grieved | commons
       ,            ,         ,    ,             ,
      Hardly | conceive | of me.| Let it | be noised
              ,           ,     ,         ,        ,       2->
      That through | our in|terces|sion this | revoke||ment
           ,        ,     ,      2   ,       ,
      And par|don comes:| I shall a|non ad|vise you
       ,         ,           ,       o   oo
      Further | in the | procee|ding.  |
 
[Exit Secretary. Enter Surveyor]
 
QUEEN KATHARINE
      ,       ,          2      ,         ,      ,
      I am | sorry,| that the Duke | of Buck|ingham
          ,         ,         ,      2
      Is run | in your | displea|sure.
 
KING HENRY VIII
                                            ,       ,
                                      It grieves | many:
           ,     3  3      ,                ,    ,      ,
      The gen|tleman is learned,| and a / most rare | speaker;
          ,        ,            ,           ,         ,
      To na|ture none | more* bound;| his trai|ning such,
            ,        ,          2      ,     ,      ,
      That he | may fur|nish and in/struct great | teachers,
           ,       ,         ,       3  3     ,         ,
      And ne|ver seek | for aid | out of himself:| yet see,
             ,         ,      ,     ,            ,
      When these | so no|ble be|nefits | shall prove
            ,         ,           ,      ,         ,       __
      Not well | disposed,| the mind | growing | once cor|rupt,
             ,        ,         ,      T    T     T     ,
      They turn | to vi|cious forms,| ten times more | ugly  (hex with prev)
           ,       ,           ,          ,      2     ,
      Than e|ver they | were fair.| This man | so complete,
       ,     2      T   .   T    T         ,          ,
      Who was en|rolled amongst won|ders, and | when we
       ,             ,         ,    2       ,           ,
      Almost | with ra|vished lis|tening, could | not find
            ,          ,        ,        ,       ,     ->
      His hour | of speech | a mi|nute; he |(my la||dy)
        ,      2   ,          ,       ,         ,      2->
      Hath | into mon|strous ha|bits put | the gra||ces
             ,          ,     ,           ,         ,
      That once | were his,| and is | become | as black,
       ,   2      ,           ,    ,                        ,
      As if be|smeared in | hell. Sit / by us,| you shall hear
         ,             ,      ,         ,         ,
      (This was | his gen|tleman | in trust)| of him
         T    .    T    T      ,     ,            ,
      Things to strike ho|nor sad.| Bid him | recount
            ,      ,      ,      ,          ,
      The fore-|reci|ted pra|ctises,| whereof
          ,        ,          ,         ,           ,
      We can|not feel | too* lit|tle, hear | too* much.
 
CARDINAL WOLSEY
              ,        2       ,     ,           ,          ,
      Stand^forth,| and with bold | spirit | relate | what you,
        ,      2      ,        ,          ,       ,
      Most like^a | careful | subject,| have col|lected
       ,             ,         ,     2
      Out of | the Duke | of Buck|ingham.
 
KING HENRY VIII
                                           ,       ,
                                         Speak | freely.
 
SURVEYOR
        ,      2      ,        ,          ,      ,
      First, it was | usu|al with | him; ev|ery day
       ,             ,           ,           ,         ,
      It would | infect | his speech,| that if | the king
         ,             ,      ,           ,    2    ,
      Should with|out^is|sue die,| he'll car|ry it so
           ,          ,       ,           ,      ,
      To make | the scep|ter his:| these ve|ry words
             ,          ,      ,        ,       ,
      I've heard | him ut|ter to | his son-|in-law,
            ,   2  ,       ,       2     ,        ,       2->
      Lord^Ab|ergaven|ny; to | whom^by oath | he me||naced
          ,       ,         ,     2   ->
      Revenge | upon | the car||dinal.
 
CARDINAL WOLSEY
         ,            ,         ,
      Please | your high|ness note   (tri with prev?)
            ,      ,        ,        ,          ,
      This dan|gerous | concep|tion in | this point,
            ,        ,         ,      2       ,     ,
      Not frien|ded by | his wish | to your high | person;
            ,         ,       ,         ,         ,        2->
      His will | is most | malig|nant; and | it stret||ches
          ,          ,           ,
      Beyond | you, to | your friends.
 
QUEEN KATHARINE
            ,        ,   ,
      My learned | lord car/dinal,  (tri with prev)
         ,      ,          ,     ,
      Deli|ver all | with cha|rity.
 
KING HENRY VIII
                                          ,
                                   Speak^on:
            ,        ,        ,      ,         ,
      How groun|ded he | his ti|tle to | the crown
        ,          ,      2       ,       ,           ,
      Upon | our fail,| to this point | hast thou | heard him,
         ,      ,            ,
      At a|ny time | speak^aught?
 
SURVEYOR
                                   2       ,           ,
                                 He was brought | to this,
        2    ,     ,      ,       ,   2      ,
      By a vain | prophe|cy of | Nicholas | Hopkins.
 
KING HENRY VIII
        ,     2        ,
      What was that | Hopkins?
 
SURVEYOR
                               ,         T   T     Tx
                              Sir, a | Chartreux friar,
       ,       ,            ,         ,      ,      2->
      His con|fessor,| who fed | him ev|ery mi||nute
             ,         ,         ,
      With words | of sov|ereignty.
 
KING HENRY VIII
                                          ,            ,
                                   How knowst | thou this?
 
SURVEYOR
            ,        ,           ,         ,          ,
      Not long | before | your high|ness sped | to France,
            ,      2    ,         ,        ,         ,      ->
      The duke | being at | the Rose,| within | the par||ish
        ,      ,          ,            2    ,       ,
      Saint | Lawrence | Poultney,| did of me | demand
        ,               ,        ,         ,      ,
      What was | the speech | among | the Lon|doners,
          ,                ,     ,       ,       ,
      Concer|ning the / French jour|ney. I | replied,
       T     T    .     T             ,         ,    ,
      Men feared the French | would prove | perfi|dious
                  ,    ,        ,       ,         ,
      To the / king's dan|ger. Pre|sently | the duke
        ,                 ,        ,     ,      2       ,
      Said, 'twas | the fear | indeed,| and that he | doubted
                ,          ,    ,       ,         ,
      'Twould prove | the ve|rity | of cer|tain words
        ,           ,      ,          ,          ,
      Spoke by | a ho|ly monk,| that oft,| says he,
             ,        ,     ,        ,          ,
      Hath sent | to me,| wishing | me to | permit
        ,           ,         ,               ,     ,
      John de | la Car,| my chap|lain, a / choice hour
           ,          ,       ,     2     ,     ,
      To hear | from him | a mat|ter of some | moment:
            ,      ,    3   3    ,           ,
      Whom af|ter un|der the confes|sion's seal  (pickup)
          ,      ,         ,            ,         ,
      He so|lemnly | had sworn,| that what | he spoke
           ,             ,   ,        ,        ,
      My chap|lain to / no crea|ture li|ving, but
          ,            x               ,   ,      ,
      To me,| should utter,| with de/mure con|fidence,
            ,       ,       ,     ,              ,       2      ,
      This pau|singly | ensued:| neither | the king,| nor his heirs, (picked up)
         ,              ,           ,         ,           ,
      (Tell you | the duke)| shall pro|sper, bid | him strive
           ,          ,      2     ,      ,    2      ,
      To gain | the love | of the com|monal|ty, the duke  ??
             ,       ,
      Shall go|vern Eng|land.
 
QUEEN KATHARINE
                              ,       ,          ,
                             If | I know | you well,
       ,      2         ,         x            ,          ,
      You were the | duke's sur|veyor, and | lost your | office
       ,     2      ,     2       ,          T    T    T
      On the com|plaint of the | tenants:| take good heed
             ,      ,    2          ,        ,       ,
      You charge | not in your | spleen a | noble | person
            ,           ,        ,       ,           ,
      And spoil | your no|bler soul;| I say,| take^heed;
       ,     ,             ,
      Yes, hear/tily | beseech | you.
 
KING HENRY VIII
                                       ,         ,
                                      Let | him on:
          ,
      Go for|ward.
 
SURVEYOR
                   ,        ,           ,           ,
                  On | my soul,| I'll speak | but truth.
          ,         ,          ,      2     ,      2   ,       2->
      I told | my lord | the duke,| by the de|vil's illu||sions
            ,      ,             ,           ,          ,      ,
      The monk | might be | deceived;| and that |'twas dan|gerous
            ,        ,     ,         ,        ,       ,
      For this | to ru|minate | on this | so far,| until  (hex with prev)
            ,           ,        ,            x          ,
      It forged | him some | design,| which being | believed,
                 ,    ,        ,       ,           ,
      It was / much like | to do:| he an|swered, Tush,
       ,        ,   2      ,        ,        ,
      It can | do me no | damage;| adding | further,
            ,          ,               ,    ,          ,
      That had | the king | in his / last sick|ness failed,
           ,    2      ,         ,       ,          ,
      The car|dinal's and | Sir Tho|mas Lo|vell's heads
            2       ,     T
      Should have gone | off.
 
KING HENRY VIII
                              T    T         ,        ,
                             Ha? What,| so rank?| Ah ha,
               ,    ,     2        ,                 ,     ,
      There's mis|chief in this | man: canst*| thou say | further?
 
SURVEYOR
         ,         ,
      I can,| my liege.
 
KING HENRY VIII
                            ,
                       Proceed.
 
SURVEYOR
                                 x          ,
                               Being at | Greenwich,
       ,             ,        ,         ,           ,
      After | your high|ness had | reproved | the duke
         ,         ,        ,
      About | Sir Wil|liam Blo|mer.
 
KING HENRY VIII
                                   ,      ,      2->
                                   I | remem||ber
           ,        ,     ,           ,      ,
      Of such | a time:| being | my sworn | servant,
            ,         ,          ,         ,          ,
      The duke | retained | him his.| But on:| what hence?
 
SURVEYOR
       ,          ,   ,    2             ,        ,      ->
      If (quoth^|he)| I for this | had been | commit||ted,
       ,      2      x          ,          ,             ,
      As || to the Tower,| I thought;| I would | have played
            ,        ,        ,         ,      ,
      The part | my fa|ther meant | to act | upon
         2  ,       ,         ,      x          x    2
      The usur|per Ri|chard, who | being at | Salisbury,
        T    T   .   T      2     ,           ,          ,      ->
      Made suit to come | in his pre|sence; which | if gran||ted,
        ,     2      ,          ,        ,       ,
      (As | he made sem|blance of | his du|ty) would
            ,          ,      ,  3   3
      Have put | his knife | into him.
 
KING HENRY VIII
                                            ,        ,
                                       A | giant | traitor.
 
CARDINAL WOLSEY
           ,  ,      2        ,          ,         ,
      Now ma|dam, may his | highness | live in | freedom,
            ,     ,     2      ,
      And this | man out of | prison.
 
QUEEN KATHARINE
                                      T    T   T
                                     God mend all.
 
KING HENRY VIII
                ,          ,           ,         ,           ,
      There's some|thing more | would out | of thee;| what sayst?
 
SURVEYOR
       ,            ,         ,         ,          ,
      After | the duke | his fa|ther, with | the knife
             ,             ,          ,      ,    2       ,
      He stretched | him, and | with one | hand on his | dagger,
        ,         ,       2       ,       ,              ,
      Ano|ther spread | on his breast,| mounting | his eyes,
          ,          ,        ,          ,           ,     ->
      He did | discharge | a hor|rible oath,| whose te||nor
       ,      ,       ,        ,             2    ,
      Was,| were he | evil | used, he | would outgo
           ,       ,        ,     ,  2     ,
      His fa|ther by | as much | as a per|formance
        ,    2    ,  2       ,
      Does an ir|resolute*| purpose.
 
KING HENRY VIII
                                       ,           ,  2
                                    There's his | period,
            ,            ,         ,    ,           ,
      To sheathe | his knife | in us.| He is | attached,
        ,            ,         ,      T  T  T
      Call him | to pre|sent trial:| if he may
        ,   ,               ,          ,         ,
      Find mer/cy in | the law,| 'tis his;| if none,
       ,              ,      2    ,       ,          ,
      Let him | not seek | it of us:| by day | and night
             ,       ,          ,
      He's trai|tor to | the height.  \\
 
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