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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
He were mine enemy? what friend of nine,
That had to him deriv'd your anger, did I
Continue in my liking? nay, gave notice
He was from thence discharg'd? Sir, call to mind
That I have been your wife, in this obedience,
Upward of twenty years, and have been blest

children by you: If, in the course
And process of this time, you can report,
And prove it too, against mine honour aught,
My bond to wedlock, or my love and duty,
Against your sacred person, in God's naine,
Turn me away; and let the foul'st contempt
Shut door upon me, and so give me up
To the sharpest kind of justice. Please you, sir,
The king, your father, was reputed for
A prince most prudent, of an excellent
And unmatch'd wit and judgement: Ferdinand,
My father, king of Spain, was reckond one
The wisest prince, that there had reign'd by many
A year before: It is not to be question'd
That they had gather'd a wise council to them
Of every realm, that did debate this business,
Who deem'd our marriage lawful : Wherefore I

humbly Beseech you, sir, to spare me, till I may Be by my friends in Spain advis'd; whose counsel

His grace

I will implore: if not; i'the name of God,
Your pleasure be fulfilla!
Wol.

You have here, lady,
(And of your choice,) these reverend fathers; men
Of singular integrity and learning,
Yea, the elect of the land, who are assembled
To plead your cause: It shall be therefore bootless,
That longer you

desire the court; as well For your own quiet, as to rectify What is unsettled in the king.

Cam.
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.
Q. Kath.

Lord cardinal,
To you I speak.
Wol.

Your pleasure, madam?
Q. Kath.

Sir, J am about to weep; but, thinking that We are a queen, (or long have dream'd so,) certain, The daughter of a king, my drops of tears I'll turn to sparks of fire. Wol.

Be patient yet. Q Kath. I will, when you are humble; nay,

before,
Or God will punish me.

I do believe,
Induc'd by potent circumstances, that
You are mine enemy; and make my challenge,
You shall not be my judge: for it is you

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Have blown this coal betwixt my lord and me,-
Which God's dew quench !--Therefore, I say again,
I utterly abhor, yea, from my soul
Refuse you for my judge; whom, yet once more,
I hold my most malicious foe, and think not
At all a friend to truth.
Wol.

I do profess,
You speak not like yourself; who ever yet
Have stood to charity, and display'd the effects
Of disposition gentle, and of wisdom
O'ertopping woman's power. Madam, you do me

wrong: I have no spleen against you; nor injustice For you, or any: how far I have proceeded, Or how far further shall, is warranted By a commission from the consistory, Yea, the whole consistory of Rome. You charge me, That I have blown this coal : I do deny it: The king is present: If it be known to him, That I gainsay my deed, how may he wound, And worthily, my falsehood ? yea, as much As you have done my truth. But if he know That I am free of your report, he knows, I am not of your wrong. Therefore in him It lies, to cure me: and the cure is, to Remove these thoughts from you: The which before His highness shall speak in, I do beseech You, gracious madam, to unthink your speaking, And to say so no more.

Q. Kath.

My lord, my lord, I am a simple woman, much too weak To oppose your cunning. You are meek, and humble.

mouth'd; You sign your place and calling, in full seeming, With meekness and humility: but your heart Is cramm'd with arrogancy, spleen, and pride. You have, by fortune, and his highness' favours, Gone slightly o'er low steps; and now are mounted, Where powers are your retainers : and your words, Domesticks to you, serve your will, as't please Yourself pronounce their office. I niust tell you, You tender more your person's honour, than Your high profession spiritual: That again I do refuse you for my judge; and here, Before you all, appeal unto the pope, To bring my whole cause 'fore his holiness, And to be judg'd by him.

She curt'sies to the King, and offers to depart. Cam.

The is obstinate,
Stubborn to justice, apt to accuse it, and
Disdainful to be try'd by it; 'tis not well.
She's going away.

K. Hen. Call her again.
Crier. Katharine queen of England, come into the

court.
Grif. Madam, you are call'd back.
Q. Kath. What necd you note it? pray you, keep

your way :

queen

When you are call’d, return.—Now the Lord help,
They vex me past my patience!-pray you, pass on:
I will not tarry; no, nor ever inore,
Upon this business, my appearance make
In any of their courts.

[Exeunt Queen, Griffith, and her other Attendants. K. Hen.

Go they ways, Kate:
That man i'the world, who shall report he has
A better wife, let him in nought be trusted,
For speaking false in that: Thou art, alone,
(If thy rare qualities, sweet gentleness,
Thy meekness saint-like, wife-like government,-
Obeying in commanding,--and thy parts
Sovereign and pious else, could speak thee out,)
The queen of earthly queens:-She is noble born;
And, like her true nobility, she has
Carried herself towards me.
Wol.

Most gracious sir,
In humblest manner I require your highness,
That it shall please you to declare, in hearing
Of all these ears, (for where I am robb’d and bound,
There must I be unloos'd ; although not there
At once and fully satisfied,) whether ever I
Did broach this business to your highness; or
Laid any scruple in your way, which might
Induce you to the question on't? or ever
Have to you,-but with thanks to God for such
A royal lady,- spake one the least word, might
Be to the prejudice of her present state,
Or touch of her good person?

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