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Cam. I would your Grace Would leave your griefs, and take

my counsel. Queen. How, Sir? Cam. Put your main cause into the King's pro

tection ;
He's loving and most gracious. 'Twill be much
Both for your honour better, and your cause ;
For if the trial of the law o'er-take you,

part away disgrac'd. Wal. He tells you rightly.

Queen. Ye tell me what ye wish for both, my ruin.
Is this your christian counsel ? Out upon you !
Heav'n is above all yet; there fits a judge,
That no King can corrupt.

Cam. Your rage mistakes us.
Queen. • The more shame for you ; holy men I

thought you,
Upon my foul, two rev’rend Cardinal virtues,
But Cardinal fins, and hollow hearts, I fear you ;
Mend 'em for shame, my Lords. Is this your com-

fort? The Cordial that you bring a wretched lady? A woman loft among you, laugh'd at, scorn'd ? I will not wish you half my miteries, I have more charity. But say, I warn'd ye; Take heed, take heed, for heav'ns fake, left at once The burden of my forrows fall upon you.

Wol. Madam; this is a meer distraction
Yę turn the good we offer into envy.

Queen. Ye turn me into nothing. Wo upon you
And all such false profeffors! would ye have me,
If ye have any justice, any pity,

be any thing but churchmens' habits,

The more fame for you.) If rine might bave kept her from I mistake you, it is by your fault, the quibble to which she is irrenot mine; for I thought you fiitibly tempted by the word Cargood. The distress of Cuiha- dinai.

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Put my sick cause into his hands that hates me?
Alas! h'as banish'd me his bed already ;
His love, too long ago. I'nı old, my Lords;
And all the fellowship I hold now with him
Is only my obedience. What can happen
To me, above this wretchedness ? all your studies
Make me a curfe, like this !

Cam. Your fears are worse

Queen. Have I liv'd thus long - let me speak myself,
Since virtue finds no friends-a wife, a true one?
A woman, I dare say, without vain-glory,
Never yet branded with suspicion ?
Have I, with all my full affections
Still met the King? lov’d him next heav'n? obey'd

Been, out of fondness, ? superstitious to him?
Almost forgot my prayers to content him?
And am I thus rewarded ? 'Tis not well, Lords.
Bring me a constant woman to her husband,
One, that ne'er dream'd a joy beyond his pleasure ;
And to that woman, when she has done moft,
Yet will I add an honour; a great patience.

Wol. Madam, you wander from the good we aim at.

Queen. My Lord, I dare not make myself so guilty, To give up willingly that noble title Your master wed me to; nothing but death Shall e'er divorce my dignities.

Wol. Prav, hear me

Queen. 'Would I had never trod this English earth, Or felt the Hatteries that grow upon it! * Ye've angels' faces, but heav'n knows your hearts. What shall become of me now! wretched lady! I am the most unhappy woman living.

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--Alas! poor wenches, where are now your fortunes ?

[To ber women. Ship-wreck'd upon a kingdom, where no pity, No friends, no hope, no kindred weep for me, Almoft, no grave allowd me. Like the lilly, That once was mistress of the field and Aourish'd, I'll hang my head, and perish.

Wol. If your Grace Could but be brought to know, our ends are honeft; You'd feel more comfort. Why should we good lady, Upon what cause, wrong you ? alas ! our places, The way of our profession is against it, We are to cure such sorrows, not to low 'em. For goodness' sake, consider what you do ; How you may hurt yourself, nay, utterly Grow from the King's acquaintance by this carriage. The hearts of Princes kiss obedience, So much they love it; but to stubborn spirits, They swell and grow as terrible as storms. I know, you have a gentle, noble temper, A foul as even as a calm; pray, think us Those wę profess, peace-makers, friends and servants, Cam. Madam, you'll find it so. You wrong your

virtues With these weak womens' fears. A noble fpirit, As yours was put into you, ever casts Such doubts, as false coin, from it. The King loves

you ;
Beware, you lose it not; for us, if you please
To trust us in your business, we are ready
To use our utmost studies in your service.
Queen. Do what you will, my Lords; and, pray,

forgive me,
If I have us'd myself unmannerly.
You know, I am a woman, lacking wit
To make a seemly answer to such persons.
Pray, do my service to his Majesty,
He has my heart yet; and shall have my pray'rs,


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While I shall have my life. Come, rev'rend fathers;
Bestow your counsels on me. She now begs,
That little thought, when she set footing here,
She should have bought her dignities fo dear. [Exeunt,



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Enter Duke of Norfolk, Duke of Suffolk, Lord Surrey,

and Lord Chamberlain. Nor. F you will now unite in your complaints,

And force them with a constancy, the Car,

dinal Cannot stand under them. If


The offer of this time, I cannot promise,
But that you shall sustain more new disgraces,
With these you bear already.

Sur. I am joyful
To meet the least occasion that may give me
Remembrance of my father-in-law, the Duke,
To be reveng'd on him.

Suf. Which of the peers
Have uncontemn'd gone by him, ' or at least
Strangely neglected ? when did he regard




9 Force is enforci, urge.

when did be regard
-or at least

Tbe ftamp of nobleness in any
STRANGELY neglected ?--] perfon
The plain sense requires us to Oat of himself ?] The ex-
read, STOOD NOT neglected. preffion is bad, and the thought

WARBURTON. false. For it supposes Wolfoy to
Dr. Warburton's alteration be noble, which was not for we
makes a more correct sentence, should read and point,
but in our authour's licentioas

wben did be regard English, the passage, as it stands, The ftamp of nobleness in any means the same as, which of the perfon ; peers has not gone by him con Out or't himself? tomned or neglected.

i... when did he regard noble


The stamp of nobleness in any person
Out of himself?

Cham. My Lords, you speak your pleasures.
What he deserves of you and me, I know ;
What we can do to him, though now the time
Give way to us, I much fear. If you cannot
Bar his access to the King, never attempt
Any thing on him ; for he hath a witchcraft
Over the King in's tongue,

Nor. O, fear him not,
His spell in that is out ; the King hath found
Matter against him, that for ever mars
The honey of his language. No, he's settled,
Not to come off, in his most high displeasure.

Sur. I should be glad to hear such news as this
Once every hour.

Nor. Believe it, this is true.
In the Divorce, his : contrary proceedings
Are all unfolded; wherein he appears,
As I would wish mine enemy.

Sur. How came
His practices to light?

Suf. Moit strangely.
Sur. How?

Suf. The Cardinal's letters to the Pope miscarried,
And came to th'eye o’th’King; wherein was read,
How that the Cardinal did entreat his Holiness
To stay the Judgment o’th' Divorce ; for if
It did take place, I do, quoth he, perceive
My King is 'tangled in affection to
A creature of the Queen's, lady Anne Bullen.

ress of blood in another ; hav- his own dignity to its utmost ing none of his own to value height, regard any dignity of anohimself upon. WARBURTON, ther.

I do not think this correction 3 Contrary proceedings.] Priproper. The meaning of the vate practices opposite to his pubpresent reading is ealy. When lick procedure. did be, however careful to carry



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