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Henry VIII

Act III, Scene 1

London. QUEEN KATHARINE's apartments.
 
[Enter QUEEN KATHARINE and her Women, as at work]
 
QUEEN KATHARINE
        T   T    T      ,
      Take thy lute | wench,    ????
      <-       ,          ,           ,
        My | soul grows^|sad with | troubles,  ????
        ,      2      ,          ,          ,            ,
      Sing, and dis|perse 'em | if thou | canst: leave^|working.
 
SONG
       ,  2       ,          ,         ___
      Orpheus | with his | lute made^|trees,
       ,          ,          ,           __
      And the | mountain | tops that | freeze,
       ,          ,           ,        __
      Bow them|selves when | he did | sing:
       ,        ,         ,          ,
      To his | music | plants and | flowers
      ,         ,          ,         ,
      Ever | sprung; as | sun and | showers,
        ,           ,       ,          __
      There had | made a | lasting | spring.
       ,        ,            ,          __
      Every | thing that | heard him | play,
      ,   2       ,         ,       ___
      Even the | billows | of the | sea,
        ,            ,            T   T   T
      Hung their | heads, and | then lay by.
       T   T    T      ,         ,
      In sweet mu|sic is | such^art,
       ,          ,          ,         ___
      Killing | care and | grief of | heart,
        ,      ,          ,        ___
      Fall a|sleep, or | hearing | die.
 
[Enter a Gentleman]
 
QUEEN KATHARINE
How now?
 
GENTLEMAN
         2      ,            ,          ,      ,    ,
      And it please | your grace,| the two | great car/dinals
        ,            ,
      Wait in | the pre|sence.
 
QUEEN KATHARINE
                                ,            ,           ,
                              Would | they speak | with me?
 
GENTLEMAN
              ,         ,         ,
      They willed | me say | so, ma|dam.
 
QUEEN KATHARINE
                                          ,           ,      ->
                                        Pray | their gra||ces
             ,    ,      ,         ,          ,
      To / come near:| what can | be their | business
            ,   .   T    T   T         x           ,      ->
      With me,| a poor weak wo|man, fallen | from fa||vor?
      ,     2      ,           ,        ,        ,        2   ->
      I | do not like | their co|ming. Now | I think || on it,
        ,          2     ,     ,        2     ,          ,
      They | should be good | men; their af|fairs as | righteous:
           ,      ,           T    T
      But all | hoods, make^|not monks.
 
[Enter CARDINAL WOLSEY and CARDINAL CAMPEIUS]
 
CARDINAL WOLSEY
                                         T       2       ,       2->
                                       Peace | to your high||ness.
 
QUEEN KATHARINE
            ,        ,         ,      ,    2      ,    ,
      Your gra|ces find | me here | part of a | housewife,  ????
       ,      2      ,       ,            ,          ,
      (I would be | all) a|gainst the | worst may | happen.
        ,     2         ,               ,    ,          ,
      What are your | pleasures | with me,| reve|rend lords?
 
CARDINAL WOLSEY
         2      ,          ,      ,       ,         ,
      May it please | you no|ble ma|dam, to | withdraw
       ,           ,         ,        ,           ,        ->
      Into | your pri|vate cham|ber, we | shall give || you
              ,    ,       2     ,
      The / full cause | of our co|ming.
 
QUEEN KATHARINE
                                          ,          ,
                                        Speak | it here.
               ,       ,          ,     ,    2      ,
      There's no|thing I | have done | yet of my | conscience
           ,        ,                ,  ,       ,     2->
      Deserves | a cor|ner: would / all o|ther wo||men
              ,       ,      2       ,        ,       ,
      Could speak | this with as | free a | soul as | I do.
           ,         ,     ,          ,   2      ,
      My lords,| I care | not (so | much I am | happy
         ,       ,        ,       ,      2
      Above | a num|ber) if | my ac|tions
      <-       ,          ,        ,     ,       ,     ,
        Were tried || by ev|ery tongue,| eve|ry eye | saw 'em,
       ,  2        ,     ,        ,       ,
      Envy and | base o|pinion | set a|gainst 'em,
          ,         ,       ,       ,         ,        ->
      I know | my life | so e|ven. If | your bus||iness
        ,        ,          ,     ,   2       ,
      Seek | me out,| and that | way I am | wife in;
       ,      2       ,        ,          ,       ,
      Out with it | boldly:| truth loves^|open | dealing.
 
CARDINAL WOLSEY
Tanta est erga te mentis integritas, regina serenissima.
 
QUEEN KATHARINE
      T   T   T     T    T  T     o
      O good my | lord, no La|tin;
       2    ,      ,       ,         ,         ,
      I am not | such a | truant | since my | coming,
          ,         ,          ,        x         ,
      As not | to know | the lang|uage I have | lived in:
      .    T       T     T          ,             ,          ,        ->
      A strange tongue makes | my cause | more strange,| suspi||cious;
        ,         2    ,          ,          ,           ,
      Pray | speak^in Eng|lish: here | are some | will thank you,  ????
                 ,     ,                   ,   ,           ,
      If you / speak truth,| for their / poor mis|tress' sake;
          ,      ,     2            ,      ,           ,   2
      Believe | me, she has | had much | wrong. Lord^|cardinal,
            ,         ,    ,  2      ,       ,
      The will|ingst sin | I ever | yet com|mitted,
       ,    2      ,         ,
      May be ab|solved in | English.
 
CARDINAL WOLSEY
                                      ,       ,
                                     Noble | lady,
       2    ,      ,      ,     ,            ,
      I am sor|ry my | inte|grity | should breed,
            ,        ,        ,     ,        ,
      (And ser|vice to | his ma|jesty | and you)
           ,        ,                ,    ,           ,
      So deep | suspi|cion, where / all faith | was meant;
           ,     ,    2       ,        ,    ,
      We come | not by the | way of | accu|sation,
           ,           ,      ,    2        ,       ,
      To taint | that ho|nor ev|ery good^tongue | blesses,
       ,    2     ,        ,      ,        ,
      Nor to be|tray you | any | way to | sorrow;
         2      ,      T    T   T      ,         ,
      You have too | much good la|dy; but | to know
       ,          ,    ,        2       ,       ,
      How you | stand min/ded in the | weighty difference
          ,           ,         ,     ,    2    ,
      Between | the king | and you,| and to de|liver
         T    T   .   T       ,          ,      ,       2->
      (Like free and hon|est men,| our just | opin||ions
           ,         ,          ,
      And com|forts to | your cause.
 
CARDINAL CAMPEIUS
            ,        ,      o
      Most^ho|nored ma|dam,    (tri with prev)
           ,         ,     ,    2       ,       ,
      My Lord | of York,| out of his | noble | nature,
        ,          ,   2           ,     ,           ,
      Zeal and | obe|dience he / still bore | your grace.
          ,          ,     2       ,           ,     ,
      Forget|ting (like | a good* man)| your late | censure
        ,             ,          ,                 ,   ,
      Both of | his truth | and him,| which was / too far,
       ,          ,    ,           ,         ,
      Offers,| as I | do, in | a sign | of peace,
           ,        ,          ,
      His ser|vice and | his coun|sel.
 
QUEEN KATHARINE [Aside]
                                         2     ,   ,
                                       To be/tray me.
           ,         ,           ,                 ,    ,
      My lords,| I thank | you both | for your / good wills,
           ,           ,       ,          ,         ,        2->
      Ye speak | like ho|nest men |(pray God | ye prove || so)
           ,         ,        ,      ,       ,      2->
      But how | to make | ye sud|denly | an an||swer
           ,        ,          ,           ,          ,     2->
      In such | a point | of weight,| so near | mine ho||nor
              ,         ,        ,                ,   ,
      (More near | my life | I fear)| with my / weak wit;
         2     ,     ,        ,     ,         ,
      And to such | men of | gravi|ty and | learning,
           ,         ,     ,            ,         ,
      In truth | I know | not. I | was set | at work,
         ,         ,           ,     2       ,       ,
      Among | my maids,| full^lit|tle (God^knows)| looking
       ,             ,     ,          T   T   T
      Either | for such | men, or | such business;
           ,      ,         ,          ,             ,
      For her | sake that | I have | been, for | I feel
            ,     ,    2       ,           ,          ,
      The last | fit of my | greatness;| good your | graces
       ,              ,          ,       ,         ,
      Let me | have time | and coun|sel for | my cause:
        ,    ,   2     ,         ,           ,
      Alas,| I am a | woman | friendless,| hopeless.
 
CARDINAL WOLSEY
       ,            ,            ,       ,                 ,
      Madam,| you wrong | the king's | love with | these^fears:
             ,            ,           ,     ,
      Your hopes | and friends | are in|finite.
 
QUEEN KATHARINE
                                                   ,       2->
                                               In Eng||land
           ,       ,        ,         2        ,     ,
      But lit|tle for | my pro|fit can you / think lords,
           ,     ,      2     ,      ,         ,
      That a|ny Eng|lishman dare | give me | counsel?
       ,   2      T      T        T           ,          ,       ->
      Or be a | known friend, 'gainst | his high|ness' plea||sure
          ,       2     ,         ,     x     2      ,
      (Though | he be grown | so des|perate to be | honest)
            ,       ,          ,         ,           ,
      And live | a sub|ject*? Nay | forsooth,| my friends,
        ,           T    T    T     ,      ,
      They that | must weigh out | my af|flictions,
        ,              ,            ,          ,          ,
      They that | my trust | must grow | to, live | not here,
            ,     ,    2     ,        ,               ,
      They are |(as all my | other | comforts)| far^hence
                 ,    ,        ,
      In mine / own coun|try lords.
 
CARDINAL CAMPEIUS
                                       ,            ,
                                   I would | your grace
              ,             ,           ,         ,      ->
      Would leave | your griefs,| and take | my coun||sel.
 
QUEEN KATHARINE
       ,         o
      How | sir?    \\
 
CARDINAL CAMPEIUS
       ,           ,    ,       2           ,        ,
      Put your | main cause / into the | king's pro|tection;
            ,              ,   ,            ,          ,
      He's lo|ving and / most gra|cious: 'twill | be much
        ,              ,      ,        ,           ,
      Both for | your ho|nor bet|ter, and | your cause:
           ,         ,       2     ,     T   T   T
      For if | the trial | of the law | oretake ye,
               ,      ,          ,
      You'll part | away | disgraced.
 
CARDINAL WOLSEY
                                           ,           ,      2->
                                      He tells | you right||ly.
 
QUEEN KATHARINE
           ,     ,     2       T   T    T         x
      Ye tell | me what ye | wish for both,| my ruin:
           ,           ,          ,        ,      ,
      Is this | your Chris|tian coun|sel? Out | upon || ye.
         x       2   ,         ,             ,        ,
      Heaven | is above | all^yet;| there* sits | a judge
            ,     ,             ,
      That no | king can | corrupt.
 
CARDINAL CAMPEIUS
                                          ,            x
                                   Your rage | mistakes us.
 
QUEEN KATHARINE
            ,      ,      2      ,      ,         ,
      The more | shame for ye:| holy | men I | thought ye,
       x          ,         ,  2       ,   2      ,
      Upon my | soul two*| reverend | cardinal | virtues:
           ,    2     ,         ,         ,         ,        ->
      But car|dinal sins | and hol|low hearts | I fear || ye:
        ,      2      ,          ,          ,          ,        2->
      Mend |'em for shame | my lords:| Is this | your com||fort?
           ,         ,         ,         ,        ,     2->
      The cor|dial that | ye bring | a wret|ched la||dy?
         ,       ,       ,           ,             ,
      A wo|man lost | among | ye, laughed | at, scorned?
          ,          ,         ,        ,     ,
      I will | not wish | ye half | my mi|series,
       2       ,     ,     ,         ,         ,
      I have more | chari|ty. But | say I | warned ye;
             ,           x        ,           T     T   .   T
      Take^heed,| for heaven's^|sake, take^|heed, lest at once
           ,       ,       ,         ,      ,        ->
      The bur|den of | my sor|rows fall | upon || ye.
 
CARDINAL WOLSEY
       ,        ,      2    ,         ,
      Ma|dam, this | is a mere | distrac|tion,
      <- ,       ,          ,        ,       ,      ,
        You || turn the | good we | offer | into | envy.
 
QUEEN KATHARINE
           ,        ,     ,         ,      ,        o
      Ye turn | me in|to no|thing. Woe | upon | ye,
           ,           ,         ,          ,           ,       o
      And all | such^false | profes|sors. Would | you have | me   (hex with prev?)
        ,    2       ,      ,        ,      ,
      (If you have | any | justice,| any | pity,
       ,   2     ,       ,            ,           ,
      If ye be | any | thing but | churchmen's | habits)
       ,         T    T    T   2      ,            ,         o
      Put my | sick cause in|to his hands | that hates | me?
        ,         ,         ,        ,       ,     o
      Alas,| has ba|nished me | his bed | alrea|dy,   (hex with prev?)
            ,           ,      ,    2    ,         ,
      His love,| too* long | ago.| I am old | my lords,
           ,         ,       ,        ,     ,      2
      And all | the fel|lowship | I hold | now with him
          ,     ,     ,   2       ,         ,      2->
      Is on|ly my | obe|dience. What | can hap||pen
          ,      ,           ,      2      ,          ,       ->
      To me,| above | this wret|chedness? All | your stu||dies
        ,      2    ,            ,
      Make | me a curse | like this.
 
CARDINAL CAMPEIUS
                                           ,           ,
                                    Your fears | are worse.
 
QUEEN KATHARINE
        ,        T     T    T       2     ,         ,
      Have I | lived thus long |(let me speak | myself,
             ,        ,            ,      .   T   .   T   T
      Since^vir|tue finds | no* friends)| a wife, a true one?  ????
         ,    2     ,     ,        T    T   T      ->
      A wo|man (I dare | say with|out vain-glo||ry)
       ,    2      ,        ,       ,
      Ne|ver yet bran|ded with | suspi|cion?
      <-  ,     ,          ,         ,      ,
        Have || I, with | all my | full af|fections
      <-        ,           ,      ,                 x        ,
        Still* met || the king?| Loved him | next^heaven?| Obeyed | him?
      <-  ,        2     ,         ,     ,         ,
        Been ||(out of fond|ness) su|persti|tious to | him?
      <- ,      2    ,          ,        2    ,
        Al||most forgot | my prayers | to content | him?
      <- ,       2    ,       ,               ,    ,     ___
        And || am I thus | rewar|ded? 'tis / not well,| lords.
         ,    2     ,          ,       ,        ,
      Bring me a | constant | woman | to her | husband,
       ,      2          ,         ,        ,          ,
      One that nere | dreamed a | joy, be|yond his | pleasure;
           ,         ,        ,                ,    ,
      And to | that wo|man (when | she has / done most)
       ,      2     ,        ,          ,      ,
      Yet will I | add an | honor,| a great | patience.
 
CARDINAL WOLSEY
       ,    2       ,         ,          ,        ,
      Madam, you | wander | from the | good we | aim at.
 
QUEEN KATHARINE
           ,        ,          ,        ,         ,     ->
      My lord,| I dare | not make | myself | so guil||ty,
             ,   ,     ,   2           ,      ,     2->
      To / give up | willingly | that no|ble ti||tle
            ,       ,        ,    ,              ,
      Your mas|ter wed | me to:| nothing | but death
             ,        ,         ,      ,
      Shall^ere | divorce | my dig|nities.
 
CARDINAL WOLSEY
                                                  ,        ->
                                          Pray* hear || me.
 
QUEEN KATHARINE
        ,      2     ,       ,          ,         ,
      Would | I had ne|ver trod | this Eng|lish earth,
           ,          ,      ,           ,        x
      Or felt | the flat|teries | that grow | upon it:
        2      ,        ,               x     ,            ,
      Ye have an|gels' fa|ces, but / heaven knows | your hearts.
        ,             ,      2    ,      ,         ,
      What will | become | of me now,| wretched | lady?
      ,   2        ,      ,       ,       ,
      I am the | most un|happy | woman | living.
      . T      T   T          ,          ,          ,         ->
      Alas |(poor wen|ches) where | are now | your for||tunes?
        ,     ,     3  3      ,              ,    ,
      Ship|wrecked upon a | kingdom,| where no | pity,
            ,          ,         ,        ,         ,
      No friend,| no hope,| no kind|red weep | for me?
       ,            ,         ,           ,         ,    2->
      Almost | no grave | allowed | me? like | the li||ly
             ,         ,    ,     2        ,           ,
      That once | was mis|tress of the | field and | flourished,
             ,         ,         ,
      I'll hang | my head | and pe|rish.
 
CARDINAL WOLSEY
                                         ,          ,
                                        If | your grace
             ,          ,           ,          ,         ,      o
      Could but | be brought | to know,| our ends | are ho|nest,
              ,           ,         ,            ,         ,     o
      You'd feel | more* com|fort: why | should we |(good la|dy)    (hex with prev?)
        ,           ,       ,           ,         ,       o
      Upon | what cause | wrong you?| Alas,| our pla|ces,
           ,        ,        ,        ,       ,         o
      The way | of our | profes|sion is | against | it;    (hex with prev?)
       ,    2       ,         ,         ,        ,
      We are to | cure such^|sorrows,| not to | sow 'em.
            ,          ,        ,       ,         ,
      For good|ness' sake,| consi|der what | you do,
       ,              ,          ,     ,    ,
      How you | may hurt | yourself:| aye, ut/terly
        ,      2         ,        ,           ,         ,
      Grow from the | king's ac|quaintance,| by this | carriage.
             ,          ,        ,      ,     ,
      The hearts | of prin|ces kiss | obe|dience,
           ,             x      ,         ,         ,
      So much | they love it.| But to | stubborn | spirits,
             ,           ,        ,     ,          ,
      They swell | and grow,| as ter|rible | as storms.
          ,     ,      2     ,        ,       ,
      I know | you have a | gentle,| noble | temper,
          ,       ,      ,       ,              x
      A soul | as e|ven as | a calm;| pray think us,
        ,     2      T     T    T          ,           ,        ->
      Those we pro|fess, peace-ma|kers, friends,| and ser||vants.
 
CARDINAL CAMPEIUS
       ,    2           x      ,          ,           ,
      Ma|dam you'll find it | so: you | wrong your | virtues
                     ,   ,         ,        ,        x
      With these / weak wo|men's fears:| a no|ble spirit
           ,      ,          ,          ,       ,
      As yours | was, put | into | you, e|ver casts
              ,      .   T     T     Tx           ,      ,
      Such doubts | as false coin from it.| The king | loves you,
          ,          ,        ,         ,     2       ,
      Beware | you lose | it not:| for us |(if you please
           ,      ,   2        ,          ,        ,
      To trust | us in your | business)| we are | ready
          ,         ,       ,        ,         ,        ->
      To use | our ut|most^stu|dies in | your ser||vice.
 
QUEEN KATHARINE
       ,       2     ,         ,           ,         ,       ->
      Do | what ye will,| my lords:| and pray | forgive || me;
       ,    2       ,        ,       ,      ,
      If | I have used | myself | unman|nerly,
            ,       ,      ,        ,       ,
      You know | I am | a wo|man, lack|ing wit
           ,        ,      ,     2     ,     ,
      To make | a seem|ly an|swer to such | persons.
        T   T  .  T        ,        ,    ,
      Pray do my ser|vice to | his ma|jesty:
          ,         ,      ,                 ,          ,
      He has | my heart | yet, and | shall have | my prayers
        ,    2          ,         T     T   T   2     ,
      While I shall | have my | life. Come re|verend fa||thers,
       ,   ,           ,         ,         2       ,
      Be|stow your | counsels | on me.| She now* begs   ??
            ,         ,            ,         ,         ,
      That lit|tle thought,| when she | set foo|ting here,
             ,             ,          ,      ,         ,
      She should | have bought | her dig|nities | so dear.
 
[Exeunt]

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