Henry VIII


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V

Hautboys. A small table under a state for the Cardinal,

a longer table for the guests. Then enter Anne Bullen

and divers other ladies and gentlemen as guests, at one

door; at another door, enter Sir Henry Guilford


GUILFORD

Ladies, a general welcome from his grace
divers (adj.) different, various, several
state (n.) 9 [also: cloth of state] canopy over a chair of state

Salutes ye all. This night he dedicates

To fair content, and you. None here, he hopes,
content (n.) 1 pleasure, satisfaction, happiness

In all this noble bevy, has brought with her
bevy (n.) 2 company [of maidens], gathering

One care abroad. He would have all as merry

As, first, good company, good wine, good welcome

Can make good people.

Enter the Lord Chamberlain, Lord Sands, and Sir

Thomas Lovell

                         O, my lord, you're tardy.

The very thought of this fair company

Clapped wings to me.
clap (v.) 4 put smartly, place promptly, set effectively


LORD CHAMBERLAIN

                         You are young, Sir Harry Guilford.


SANDS

Sir Thomas Lovell, had the Cardinal

But half my lay thoughts in him, some of these
lay (adj.) unclerical, secular, worldly

Should find a running banquet, ere they rested,
banquet, running light meal taken hurriedly, quickly served repast

I think would better please 'em. By my life,

They are a sweet society of fair ones.
society (n.) 4 gathering, company, group


LOVELL

O that your lordship were but now confessor

To one or two of these!


SANDS

                         I would I were;

They should find easy penance.


LOVELL

                         Faith, how easy?


SANDS

As easy as a down bed would afford it.


LORD CHAMBERLAIN

Sweet ladies, will it please you sit? Sir Harry,

Place you that side; I'll take the charge of this.
place (v.) 3 arrange the seating, find places

His grace is entering. – Nay, you must not freeze –

Two women placed together makes cold weather.

My Lord Sands, you are one will keep 'em waking:
waking (adj.) awake, wakeful

Pray sit between these ladies.


SANDS

                         By my faith,

And thank your lordship. By your leave, sweet ladies.

If I chance to talk a little wild, forgive me;

I had it from my father.


ANNE

                         Was he mad, sir?


SANDS

O, very mad, exceeding mad, in love too;

But he would bite none. Just as I do now,

He would kiss you twenty with a breath.

He kisses her
said, well well done


LORD CHAMBERLAIN

                         Well said, my lord.

So, now you're fairly seated. Gentlemen,

The penance lies on you if these fair ladies

Pass away frowning.
cure (n.) 1 charge, care, office


SANDS

                         For my little cure,

Let me alone.

Hautboys. Enter Cardinal Wolsey and takes his state


WOLSEY

You're welcome, my fair guests. That noble lady

Or gentleman that is not freely merry

Is not my friend. This, to confirm my welcome –

And to you all, good health!

He drinks


SANDS

                         Your grace is noble.

Let me have such a bowl may hold my thanks,

And save me so much talking.


WOLSEY

                         My Lord Sands,

I am beholding to you. Cheer your neighbours.
beholding (adj.) beholden, obliged, indebted
cheer (v.) encourage, urge on, galvanize

Ladies, you are not merry! Gentlemen,

Whose fault is this?


SANDS

                         The red wine first must rise

In their fair cheeks, my lord; then we shall have 'em

Talk us to silence.
gamester (n.) 3 fun-lover, frolicsome fellow


ANNE

                         You are a merry gamester,

My Lord Sands.
make (v.) 2 do, perform, carry out


SANDS

                         Yes, if I make my play.

Here's to your ladyship; and pledge it, madam,

For 'tis to such a thing –


ANNE

                         You cannot show me.


SANDS

I told your grace they would talk anon.

Drum and trumpet. Chambers discharged
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count
chamber (n.) 3 piece of ordnance, cannon, gun


WOLSEY

                         What's that?


LORD CHAMBERLAIN

Look out there, some of ye.

Exit a Servant


WOLSEY

                         What warlike voice,

And to what end, is this? Nay, ladies, fear not;

By all the laws of war you're privileged.

Enter Servant
stranger (n.) foreigner, alien, outsider


LORD CHAMBERLAIN

How now, what is't?


SERVANT

                         A noble troop of strangers,

For so they seem. They've left their barge and landed,

And hither make, as great ambassadors
make (v.) 6 come, proceed, approach

From foreign princes.


WOLSEY

                         Good Lord Chamberlain,

Go, give 'em welcome – you can speak the French tongue;

And pray receive 'em nobly, and conduct 'em

Into our presence, where this heaven of beauty

Shall shine at full upon them. Some attend him.
attend (v.) 4 accompany, follow closely, go with

Exit Lord Chamberlain, attended

All rise, and tables removed
broken (adj.) 2 interrupted, disturbed, disrupted
mend (v.) 1 amend, improve, make better, put right

You have now a broken banquet, but we'll mend it.

A good digestion to you all; and once more

I shower a welcome on ye – welcome all!

Hautboys. Enter the King and others as masquers,

habited like shepherds, ushered by the Lord Chamberlain.

They pass directly before the Cardinal, and

gracefully salute him

A noble company! What are their pleasures?
habited (adj.) clothed, dressed, clad


LORD CHAMBERLAIN

Because they speak no English, thus they prayed

To tell your grace, that, having heard by fame
fame (n.) 2 report, account, description

Of this so noble and so fair assembly

This night to meet here, they could do no less,

Out of the great respect they bear to beauty,

But leave their flocks, and, under your fair conduct,

Crave leave to view these ladies, and entreat
crave (v.) 1 beg, entreat, request See Topics: Frequency count

An hour of revels with 'em.


WOLSEY

                         Say, Lord Chamberlain,

They have done my poor house grace; for which I pay 'em

A thousand thanks, and pray 'em take their pleasures.

They choose ladies; the King chooses Anne Bullen


KING HENRY

The fairest hand I ever touched! O beauty,

Till now I never knew thee.

Music. Dance


WOLSEY

My lord!


LORD CHAMBERLAIN

                         Your grace?


WOLSEY

                                                         Pray tell 'em thus much from me:

There should be one amongst 'em, by his person,

More worthy this place than myself, to whom,

If I but knew him, with my love and duty

I would surrender it.


LORD CHAMBERLAIN

                         I will, my lord.

He whispers with the masquers


WOLSEY

What say they?


LORD CHAMBERLAIN

                         Such a one, they all confess,

There is indeed, which they would have your grace

Find out, and he will take it.


WOLSEY

                         Let me see then.

He comes from his state
state (n.) 8 throne, chair of state

By all your good leaves, gentlemen; here I'll make

My royal choice.

The King unmasks


KING HENRY

                         Ye have found him, Cardinal.

You hold a fair assembly; you do well, lord.

You are a churchman, or I'll tell you, Cardinal,

I should judge now unhappily.
unhappily (adv.) 1 unfavourably, censoriously, critically


WOLSEY

                         I am glad

Your grace is grown so pleasant.
pleasant (adj.) 2 merry, festive, jolly


KING HENRY

                         My Lord Chamberlain,

Prithee come hither: what fair lady's that?


LORD CHAMBERLAIN

An't please your grace, Sir Thomas Bullen's daughter,

The Viscount Rochford, one of her highness' women.


KING HENRY

By heaven, she is a dainty one. Sweetheart,
dainty (adj.) 2 delicately pretty, of tender beauty

I were unmannerly to take you out
take out (v.) 3 lead out for a dance

And not to kiss you. A health, gentlemen!

Let it go round.


WOLSEY

Sir Thomas Lovell, is the banquet ready

I'th' privy chamber?
privy chamber (n.) private room, inner room


LOVELL

                         Yes, my lord.


WOLSEY

                                                         Your grace,

I fear, with dancing is a little heated.


KING HENRY

I fear, too much.


WOLSEY

                         There's fresher air, my lord,

In the next chamber.


KING HENRY

Lead in your ladies every one. Sweet partner,

I must not yet forsake you. Let's be merry,

Good my lord Cardinal: I have half a dozen healths

To drink to these fair ladies, and a measure
measure (n.) 8 slow stately dance, graceful movement

To lead 'em once again; and then let's dream

Who's best in favour. Let the music knock it.
favour (n.) 1 [facial] appearance, countenance, features, looks
knock it strike up

Exeunt, with trumpets

 
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