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ACT I - SCENE I. London. An ante-chamber in the KING'S palace.
Enter the ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY, and the BISHOP OF ELY

CANTERBURY
1    My lord, I'll tell you; that self bill is urged,
2    Which in the eleventh year of the last king's reign
3    Was like, and had indeed against us pass'd,
4    But that the scambling and unquiet time
5    Did push it out of farther question.
ELY
6    But how, my lord, shall we resist it now?
CANTERBURY
7    It must be thought on. If it pass against us,
8    We lose the better half of our possession:
9    For all the temporal lands which men devout
10   By testament have given to the church
11   Would they strip from us; being valued thus:
12   As much as would maintain, to the king's honour,
13   Full fifteen earls and fifteen hundred knights,
14   Six thousand and two hundred good esquires;
15   And, to relief of lazars and weak age,
16   Of indigent faint souls past corporal toil.
17   A hundred almshouses right well supplied;
18   And to the coffers of the king beside,
19   A thousand pounds by the year: thus runs the bill.
ELY
20   This would drink deep.
CANTERBURY
21   'Twould drink the cup and all.
ELY
22   But what prevention?
CANTERBURY
23   The king is full of grace and fair regard.
ELY
24   And a true lover of the holy church.
CANTERBURY
25   The courses of his youth promised it not.
26   The breath no sooner left his father's body,
27   But that his wildness, mortified in him,
28   Seem'd to die too; yea, at that very moment
29   Consideration, like an angel, came
30   And whipp'd the offending Adam out of him,
31   Leaving his body as a paradise,
32   To envelop and contain celestial spirits.
33   Never was such a sudden scholar made;
34   Never came reformation in a flood,
35   With such a heady currance, scouring faults
36   Nor never Hydra-headed wilfulness
37   So soon did lose his seat and all at once
38   As in this king.
ELY
39   We are blessed in the change.
CANTERBURY
40   Hear him but reason in divinity,
41   And all-admiring with an inward wish
42   You would desire the king were made a prelate:
43   Hear him debate of commonwealth affairs,
44   You would say it hath been all in all his study:
45   List his discourse of war, and you shall hear
46   A fearful battle render'd you in music:
47   Turn him to any cause of policy,
48   The Gordian knot of it he will unloose,
49   Familiar as his garter: that, when he speaks,
50   The air, a charter'd libertine, is still,
51   And the mute wonder lurketh in men's ears,
52   To steal his sweet and honey'd sentences;
53   So that the art and practic part of life
54   Must be the mistress to this theoric:
55   Which is a wonder how his grace should glean it,
56   Since his addiction was to courses vain,
57   His companies unletter'd, rude and shallow,
58   His hours fill'd up with riots, banquets, sports,
59   And never noted in him any study,
60   Any retirement, any sequestration
61   From open haunts and popularity.
ELY
62   The strawberry grows underneath the nettle
63   And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best
64   Neighbour'd by fruit of baser quality:
65   And so the prince obscured his contemplation
66   Under the veil of wildness; which, no doubt,
67   Grew like the summer grass, fastest by night,
68   Unseen, yet crescive in his faculty.
CANTERBURY
69   It must be so; for miracles are ceased;
70   And therefore we must needs admit the means
71   How things are perfected.
ELY
72   But, my good lord,
73   How now for mitigation of this bill
74   Urged by the commons? Doth his majesty
75   Incline to it, or no?
CANTERBURY
76   He seems indifferent,
77   Or rather swaying more upon our part
78   Than cherishing the exhibiters against us;
79   For I have made an offer to his majesty,
80   Upon our spiritual convocation
81   And in regard of causes now in hand,
82   Which I have open'd to his grace at large,
83   As touching France, to give a greater sum
84   Than ever at one time the clergy yet
85   Did to his predecessors part withal.
ELY
86   How did this offer seem received, my lord?
CANTERBURY
87   With good acceptance of his majesty;
88   Save that there was not time enough to hear,
89   As I perceived his grace would fain have done,
90   The severals and unhidden passages
91   Of his true titles to some certain dukedoms
92   And generally to the crown and seat of France
93   Derived from Edward, his great-grandfather.
ELY
94   What was the impediment that broke this off?
CANTERBURY
95   The French ambassador upon that instant
96   Craved audience; and the hour, I think, is come
97   To give him hearing: is it four o'clock?
ELY
98   It is.
CANTERBURY
99   Then go we in, to know his embassy;
100  Which I could with a ready guess declare,
101  Before the Frenchman speak a word of it.
ELY
102  I'll wait upon you, and I long to hear it.
Exeunt

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • PROLOGUE
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II


  • ACT II
  • PROLOGUE
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT III
  • PROLOGUE
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII


  • ACT IV
  • PROLOGUE
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII
  • SCENE VIII


  • ACT V
  • PROLOGUE
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • EPILOGUE

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