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Henry VIII

Act II, Scene 3

An ante-chamber of the QUEEN'S apartments.
 
[Enter ANNE and an Old Lady]
 
ANNE
                  ,   ,           ,           ,          ,       o
      Not for / that nei|ther: here's | the pang | that pin|ches.
            ,         ,        ,          ,          ,
      His high|ness, ha|ving lived | so long | with her, and she  (hex with prev)
           ,       ,             ,    ,           ,     2->
      So good | a la|dy, that / no tongue | could e||ver
            ,         ,      ,          ,        ,
      Pronounce | disho|nor of | her; by | my life,
           ,       ,      T    Tx    T        ,     ->
      She ne|ver knew | harm-doing: Oh,| now^af||ter
       ,    ,       ,         2     ,         ,
      So | many | courses | of the sun | enthroned,
               ,     3  3   ,    ,          ,          ,
      Still* grow|ing in a ma|jesty | and pomp,| the which
           ,         ,         ,      ,   ,
      To leave | a thou|sand-fold | more bit/ter, than
             ,          ,       2    ,      ,   2        ,
      'Tis sweet | at first | to acquire.| After this | process,
           ,     ,           ,      ,   2     ,
      To give | her the | avaunt,| it is a | pity
              ,       ,
      Would move | a mon|ster.
 
OLD LADY
                                 ,       2       ,     ,
                              Hearts | of most^hard | temper
        ,            ,         ,
      Melt and | lament | for her.
 
ANNE
           ,       T     T    Tx
      Oh God's | will, much better   (tri with prev)
            ,          ,       ,       ,     2      ,   2
      She nere | had known | pomp;| though it be | temporal,
       ,              ,        ,         ,       ,
      Yet if | that quar|rel, for|tune, do | divorce
           ,          ,        ,       ,    2        ,      2->
      It from | the bear|er, 'tis | a suf|ferance, pang||ing
           ,         ,       ,   2
      As soul | and bo|dy's se|vering.
 
OLD LADY
                                          ,    ,      ,   ->
                                       A/las poor || lady,
        ,         ,         ,     __
      She's a | stranger | now a|gain.
 
ANNE
           ,        ,
      So much the more   ????
            ,      ,      ,          ,    ,
      Must pi|ty drop | upon | her; ve|rily
          ,           ,       ,       ,       ,
      I swear,| 'tis bet|ter to | be low|ly born,
            ,           ,       ,       ,        ,
      And range | with hum|ble li|vers in | content,
        ,             ,      ,          ,     2     ,
      Than to | be perked | up in | a glis|tering grief,
            ,       ,       ,
      And wear | a gol|den sor|row.
 
OLD LADY
                                    ,         ,
                                   Our | content
        2      ,     ,
      Is our best | having.
 
ANNE
                             2     ,          ,       ,
                           By my troth | and mai|denhead,
       2       ,      2    ,
      I would not | be a queen.
 
OLD LADY
                                   ,         ,     ,
                               Beshrew | me, I | would,
      <-        ,         ,       ,     2          ,          ,
        And || venture | maiden|head for it,| and so | would you
           ,           ,          ,       ,     ,
      For all | this spice | of your | hypo|crisy:
       ,      2        T   T    T         ,      ,       ->
      You that have | so fair parts | of wo|man on || you,
        ,        2   ,         ,           ,      ,
      Have |(too) a wo|man's heart,| which e|ver yet
         ,       ,             ,     ,   2    ,
      Affec|ted em|inence,/ wealth, so|vereignty;
        T     .  T    T           ,                 ,     ,
      Which, to say sooth,| are bles|sings; and / which gifts
        ,             ,    ,            ,    ,
      (Saving | your min|cing) the | capa|city
                  ,   ,    2    ,            ,         ,
      Of your / soft che|veril con|science would | receive,
          ,             ,           ,
      If you | might please | to stretch | it.
 
ANNE
                                                ,            ,
                                               Nay,| good* troth.
 
OLD LADY
            ,           ,           ,          ,       ,
      Yes troth,| and troth;| you would | not be | a queen?
 
ANNE
       ,             ,          ,      ,        x
      No, not*| for all | the rich|es un|der heaven.
 
OLD LADY
              ,          ,             ,             ,
      'Tis strange;| a three-pence*| bowed would | hire me
       ,          ,           x      ,        ,
      Old as | I am,| to queen it:| but I | pray you,
             ,      ,           ,         ,          ,
      What think | you of | a duch|ess? Have | you limbs
           ,           ,        ,
      To bear | that load | of ti|tle?
 
ANNE
                                        ,        ,
                                       No | in truth.
 
OLD LADY
            ,          ,       ,           ,         x
      Then you | are weak|ly made:| pluck^off | a little,
      ,          ,           ,       ,              ,
      I would | not be | a young | count in | your way,
            ,           ,         ,      ,              ,
      For more | than blush|ing comes | to: if | your back
          ,          ,           ,        ,          ,
      Cannot | vouchsafe | this bur|den,'tis | too^weak
      ,   2      ,       ,
      Ever to | get a | boy.
 
ANNE
                                   T   T   T
                            How | you do talk;
          ,        ,        ,          ,       ,
      I swear | again,| I would | not be | a queen
           ,          ,
      For all | the world.
 
OLD LADY
                                ,            x      ,
                           In faith,| for little | England
             ,        ,      ,        ,       ,
      You'd ven|ture an | embal|ling: I | myself
        ,             ,       ,          ,              ,
      Would for | Carnar|vonshire,| although | there longed
           ,      2      ,           ,     ,          ,
      No more | to the crown | but that.| Lo, who | comes here*?
 
[Enter Chamberlain]
 
CHAMBERLAIN
            ,       ,         ,        2     ,          ,
      Good mor|row la|dies; What | were it worth | to know
           ,       ,         ,
      The se|cret of | your con|ference?
 
ANNE
                                                ,    ,
                                         My / good lord,
       ,      2     ,         ,        ,          ,
      Not your de|mand; it | values | not your | asking:
           ,          ,        ,         ,    ,
      Our mis|tress' sor|rows we | were pi|tying.
 
CHAMBERLAIN
       ,    2     ,        ,          ,      ,
      It was a | gentle | business,| and be|coming
           ,             ,   ,        ,          ,
      The ac|tion of / good wo|men, there | is hope
       ,            ,
      All will be well.
 
ANNE
                        ,             ,      ,
                       Now I | pray* God,| amen.
 
CHAMBERLAIN
            ,       ,        ,         ,    2     ,        ->
      You bear | a gen|tle mind,| and hea|venly bles||sings
       ,     2       ,           ,         ,           ,    2->
      Fol|low such crea|tures. That | you may,| fair* la||dy
           ,         ,          ,              ,    ,
      Perceive | I speak | sincere|ly, and / high notes
        ,             ,     ,                 ,    ,    , 
      Tane of | your ma|ny vir|tues, the / king's ma|jesty
           ,           ,      ,       ,         ,         ,
      Commends | his good | opin|ion of | you, to | you, and  (hex with prev)
            ,        ,    2    ,         ,      ,
      Does pur|pose ho|nor to you | no less | flowing
            ,     2  ,        ,                 ,     x
      Than Mar|chioness | of Pem|broke*: to / which title, ??
          ,         ,         ,     ,  2         ,
      A thou|sand pound | a year,| annual | support,
       ,             ,          ,
      Out of | his grace | he adds.
 
ANNE
                                      ,         ,
                                   I do | not know
             ,        ,     ,   2    ,           ,       ->
      What kind | of my | obe|dience I | should ten||der;
        ,        2    ,        ,         ,          x
      More | than my all | is no|thing: nor | my prayers
         2      ,      ,      ,          ,         ,
      Are not words | duly | hallowed,| nor my | wishes
              ,           ,      ,     ,           ,            ,     ->
      More* worth,| than emp|ty va|nities:| yet prayers | and wish||es
           ,       ,        ,        ,            ,       o
      Are all | I can | return.| Beseech | your lord|ship,  (hex with prev)
             ,         ,           ,      ,    2   ,  2
      Vouchsafe | to speak | my thanks,| and my o|bedience,
       ,     2      ,         ,    ,               ,
      As from a | blushing | handmaid,/ to his | highness;
               ,          ,     ,       ,
      Whose health | and roy|alty | I pray | for.
 
CHAMBERLAIN
                                                   ,     ->
                                                  La||dy;
      ,        2      ,      2    ,           ,         ,
      I | shall not fail | to approve | the fair | conceit
            ,      ,            ,       2    ,           ,
      The king | hath of | you. I | have perused | her well,
        ,           ,    2    ,         ,     ,
      Beauty | and ho|nor in her | are so | mingled
        ,      2          ,           ,          T    T    T
      That they have | caught the | king: and | who knows yet
            ,          ,      ,         ,       ,
      But from | this la|dy, may | proceed | a gem,
           ,       ,           ,      ,             ,
      To light|en all | this isle?| I'll to | the king,
           ,        ,           ,
      And say | I spoke | with you.
 
[Exit Chamberlain]
 
ANNE
          ,         ,
      My ho|nored lord.
 
OLD LADY
                             ,        ,          ,
                       Why this | it is:| see*, see,
      ,     2        ,         T   T    T          ,
      I have been | begging | sixteen years | in court
        ,           ,    2   ,      ,         ,
      (Am yet | a cour|tier beg|garly)| nor could
            ,        ,          ,            ,    ,
      Come^pat | betwixt | too^ear|ly and / too late
          ,      ,          ,          ,          ,
      For a|ny suit | of pounds:| and you,| (oh fate)
         ,      ,      T    T    T     T    T  . T
      A ve|ry fresh-|fish here; fie,| fie, fie upon
        ,       ,        ,          ,           T      T    T
      This com|pelled | fortune:| have your | mouth filled up, (hex with prev)
          ,        ,    2
      Before | you o|pen it.
 
ANNE
                              ,          ,          ,
                            This | is strange | to me.
 
OLD LADY
                x       2    ,        ,       ,     __
      How tastes it?| Is it bit|ter? For|ty pence,| no:
        ,            ,      ,        2    ,     ,
      There was | a la|dy once |('tis an old | story)
        ,           ,           ,            ,          ,
      That would | not be | a queen,| that would | she not,
           ,         ,       ,         ,          ,         ->
      For all | the mud | in E|gypt; have | you heard || it?
 
ANNE
        ,       2      ,
      Come | you are plea|sant.
 
OLD LADY
                                         ,    ,     ,
                                With / your theme,| I could
           ,           ,         ,    2   ,        ,
      Oremount | the lark.| The Mar|chioness | of Pembroke:  ????
          ,          ,         ,          ,        ,
      A thou|sand pounds | a year,| for pure | respect?
         ,       ,    ,        ,        ,
      No o|ther ob|liga|tion? By | my life,
            ,            ,    ,          ,         ,
      That pro|mises / more thou|sands: ho|nor's train
          ,                    ,   ,     ,          ,
      Is lon|ger than his // foreskirt; by | this time
          ,           ,           ,       ,         ,
      I know | your back | will bear | a du|chess. say,
       ,     2        ,          ,          ,
      Are you not | stronger | than you | were?
 
ANNE
                                                        ,
                                                Good*| lady,
        ,      2        ,            ,       ,  2      ,
      Make yourself | mirth with | your par|ticular | fancy,
            ,         ,      2      ,      2     ,    ,
      And leave | me^out | on it. Would | I had no | being,
           ,        ,         ,        ,          ,        2->
      If this | salute | my blood | a jot;| it faints || me
           ,           ,
      To think | what fol|lows.  \\
            ,         ,        ,         ,       ,      ->
      The queen | is com|fortless,| and we | forget||ful
        2        ,   ,          ,        ,       ,     2->
      In our / long ab|sence: pray | do not | deli||ver
             ,             ,         ,
      What here | you've heard | to her.
 
OLD LADY
                                          ,    2        ,
                                        What do you | think me?
 
[Exeunt]

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