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Henry VIII

Henry VIII Translation Act 1, Scene 4

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Hautboys. A small table under a state for CARDINAL WOLSEY, a longer table for the guests. Then enter ANNE and divers other Ladies and Gentlemen as guests, at one door; at another door, enter GUILDFORD

GUILDFORD

Ladies, a general welcome from his grace Salutes ye all; this night he dedicates To fair content and you: none here, he hopes, In all this noble bevy, has brought with her One care abroad; he would have all as merry As, first, good company, good wine, good welcome, Can make good people. O, my lord, you're tardy:

GUILDFORD

Ladies, the cardinal welcomes all of you. He dedicates tonight to happiness and you. No one here, he hopes, in this troop of nobles, has brought a single sorrow with her. He wants everyone to be as happy as good company, good wine, and a good welcome can make good people. Oh, my lord, you're late.

Enter Chamberlain, SANDS, and LOVELL

GUILDFORD

The very thought of this fair companyClapp'd wings to me.

GUILDFORD

The thought of this beautiful company made me hurry.

CHAMBERLAIN

You are young, Sir Harry Guildford.

CHAMBERLAIN

You are young, Sir Harry Guildford.

SANDS

Sir Thomas Lovell, had the cardinal But half my lay thoughts in him, some of these Should find a running banquet ere they rested, I think would better please 'em: by my life, They are a sweet society of fair ones.

SANDS

Sir Thomas Lovell, if the cardinal had even half my unreligious thoughts in him, some of these women would have a quick refreshment before they rested that I think would please them more than this one. I swear by my life, they're a sweet band of beauties.

LOVELL

O, that your lordship were but now confessorTo one or two of these!

LOVELL

Oh, if only you were the confessor of one or two of them!

SANDS

I would I were;They should find easy penance.

SANDS

I wish I were. I would give them an easy penance.

LOVELL

Faith, how easy?

LOVELL

Really? How easy?

SANDS

As easy as a down-bed would afford it.

SANDS

As easy as a feather-bed would make it.

CHAMBERLAIN

Sweet ladies, will it please you sit? Sir Harry, Place you that side; I'll take the charge of this: 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; Pray, sit between these ladies.

CHAMBERLAIN

Sweet ladies, would you sit? Sir Harry, you seat this half of them. I'll be in charge of the other half. The cardinal is entering. No, don't freeze us: two women placed together makes cold weather. My Lord Sands, you'll keep them awake. Please, 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.

SANDS

Certainly, and thank you, your lordship. Please, sweet ladies, if I talk a little wildly, forgive me. I inherited it from my father.

ANNE

Was he mad, sir?

ANNE

Was he crazy, 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.

SANDS

Oh, very crazy, extremely crazy, including in love. But he wouldn't bite anyone. Like I do now, he would give you twenty kisses in one breath.

Kisses her

CHAMBERLAIN

Well said, my lord. So, now you're fairly seated. Gentlemen, The penance lies on you, if these fair ladies Pass away frowning.

CHAMBERLAIN

Well said my lord. So, now you're beautifully seated between two beauties. Gentleman, you'll be punished if these beautiful ladies leave looking unhappy.

SANDS

For my little cure,Let me alone.

SANDS

As for me, don't worry.

Hautboys. Enter CARDINAL WOLSEY, and takes his state

CARDINAL 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.

CARDINAL WOLSEY

You're welcome, my beautiful guests. Whatever noble lady or gentleman is not happy is not my friend. I drink to confirm my welcome. Good health to you all.

Drinks

SANDS

Your grace is noble:Let me have such a bowl may hold my thanks,And save me so much talking.

SANDS

You're noble, your grace. Let me have a cup like that to hold my thanks and I'll drink it to save so much talking.

CARDINAL WOLSEY

My Lord Sands, I am beholding to you: cheer your neighbours. Ladies, you are not merry: gentlemen, Whose fault is this?

CARDINAL WOLSEY

My Lord Sands, thank you. Entertain your neighbors. Ladies, you are not happy. Gentlemen, whose fault is this?

SANDS

The red wine first must riseIn their fair cheeks, my lord; then we shall have 'emTalk us to silence.

SANDS

The red wine must first flush their beautiful faces, my lord. Then they'll talk so much we'll have to be silent.

ANNE

You are a merry gamester,My Lord Sands.

ANNE

You're a cheerful player, my lord Sands.

SANDS

Yes, if I make my play.Here's to your ladyship: and pledge it, madam,For 'tis to such a thing,—

SANDS

Yes, if I have something to play. Here's to you, your ladyship. Drink to it, ma'am, because it's a toast to a thing

ANNE

You cannot show me.

ANNE

You can't show me.

SANDS

I told your grace they would talk anon.

SANDS

I told you they would talk soon, your grace.

Drum and trumpet, chambers discharged

CARDINAL WOLSEY

What's that?

CARDINAL WOLSEY

What's that?

CHAMBERLAIN

Look out there, some of ye.

CHAMBERLAIN

Some of you go look outside.

Exit Servant

CARDINAL WOLSEY

What warlike voice,And to what end is this? Nay, ladies, fear not;By all the laws of war you're privileged.

CARDINAL WOLSEY

What warlike noise was that, and what was it for? No, don't be afraid, ladies. The laws of war will protect you.

Re-enter Servant

CHAMBERLAIN

How now! what is't?

CHAMBERLAIN

Well? What is it?

SERVANT

A noble troop of strangers; For so they seem: they've left their barge and landed; And hither make, as great ambassadors From foreign princes.

SERVANT

It seems like a noble band of strangers. They've left their barge and come to land. They're heading here as great ambassadors from foreign princes.

CARDINAL 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.

CARDINAL WOLSEY

Good lord chamberlain, go welcome them. You can speak French. And please treat them well and bring them to us, where beauty as plentiful as in heaven will shine on them. Go with him, some of you.

Exit Chamberlain, attended. All rise, and tables removed

CARDINAL WOLSEY

You have now a broken banquet; but we'll mend it.A good digestion to you all: and once moreI shower a welcome on ye; welcome all.

CARDINAL WOLSEY

Your feast has been broken up, but we'll fix that. I wish all of you good digestion. I welcome you once more: welcome, all.

Hautboys. Enter KING HENRY VIII and others, as masquers, habited like shepherds, ushered by the Chamberlain. They pass directly before CARDINAL WOLSEY, and gracefully salute him

CARDINAL WOLSEY

A noble company! what are their pleasures?

CARDINAL WOLSEY

This is a noble band! What do they want?

CHAMBERLAIN

Because they speak no English, thus they pray'd To tell your grace, that, having heard by fame 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 An hour of revels with 'em.

CHAMBERLAIN

Because they don't speak English, they asked me to tell you that, having heard rumors of this noble and beautiful crowd meeting here tonight, they had to leave their flocks because of the great respect they have for beauty. They beg you to allow them to see these ladies and they ask for an hour of dancing with them.

CARDINAL WOLSEY

Say, lord chamberlain,They have done my poor house grace; for which I pay 'emA thousand thanks, and pray 'em take their pleasures.

CARDINAL WOLSEY

Tell them, lord chamberlain, they have done an honor to my house. I give them a thousand thanks in return and ask them to do as they like.

They choose Ladies for the dance. KING HENRY VIII chooses ANNE

KING HENRY VIII

The fairest hand I ever touch'd! O beauty,Till now I never knew thee!

KING HENRY VIII

The most beautiful hand I ever touched! Oh, I never knew what beauty was until now!

Music. Dance

CARDINAL WOLSEY

My lord!

CARDINAL WOLSEY

My lord!

CHAMBERLAIN

Your grace?

CHAMBERLAIN

Yes, your grace?

CARDINAL 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.

CARDINAL WOLSEY

Please, tell them this from me: one of them should be more worthy of sitting here than me. If I could only recognize him, I would give up this seat to him out of my love and duty.

CHAMBERLAIN

I will, my lord.

CHAMBERLAIN

I will, my lord.

Whispers the Masquers

CARDINAL WOLSEY

What say they?

CARDINAL WOLSEY

What do they say?

CHAMBERLAIN

Such a one, they all confess,There is indeed; which they would have your graceFind out, and he will take it.

CHAMBERLAIN

They all confess that there is one like that. If you can find him he will take the seat.

CARDINAL WOLSEY

Let me see, then.By all your good leaves, gentlemen; here I'll makeMy royal choice.

CARDINAL WOLSEY

Let me see, then. Allow me, gentlemen. I choose the king here.

KING HENRY VIII

Ye have found him, cardinal:

KING HENRY VIII

You found him, cardinal.

Unmasking

KING HENRY VIII

You hold a fair assembly; you do well, lord:You are a churchman, or, I'll tell you, cardinal,I should judge now unhappily.

KING HENRY VIII

You throw a beautiful party. That's a good thing, lord. If you weren't a churchman, cardinal, I can tell you I would judge you badly.

CARDINAL WOLSEY

I am gladYour grace is grown so pleasant.

CARDINAL WOLSEY

I am glad you're making so many jokes, your grace.

KING HENRY VIII

My lord chamberlain,Prithee, come hither: what fair lady's that?

KING HENRY VIII

Please, come here, my lord chamberlain. Who's that beautiful lady?

CHAMBERLAIN

An't please your grace, Sir Thomas Bullen's daughter—The Viscount Rochford,—one of her highness' women.

CHAMBERLAIN

Your grace, that's Sir Thomas Bullen's daughter. He's the Viscount Rochford. She's one of the queen's ladies in waiting.

KING HENRY VIII

By heaven, she is a dainty one. Sweetheart, I were unmannerly, to take you out, And not to kiss you. A health, gentlemen! Let it go round.

KING HENRY VIII

By God, she's a pretty one. Sweetheart, I would be rude to dance with you and not kiss you. Drink to her health, gentlemen! Everyone drink.

CARDINAL WOLSEY

Sir Thomas Lovell, is the banquet readyI' the privy chamber?

CARDINAL WOLSEY

Sir Thomas Lovell, is the banquet in the private room ready?

LOVELL

Yes, my lord.

LOVELL

Yes, my lord.

CARDINAL WOLSEY

Your grace,I fear, with dancing is a little heated.

CARDINAL WOLSEY

I'm worried you feel a little hot from dancing, your grace.

KING HENRY VIII

I fear, too much.

KING HENRY VIII

Yes, I'm afraid I feel very hot.

CARDINAL WOLSEY

There's fresher air, my lord,In the next chamber.

CARDINAL WOLSEY

There's fresher air in the next room, my lord.

KING HENRY VIII

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 To lead 'em once again; and then let's dream Who's best in favour. Let the music knock it.

KING HENRY VIII

Everyone, lead in your ladies. Dear partner, I won't abandon you yet. Let's be cheerful. My good lord cardinal, I have half a dozen toasts to drink to these beautiful ladies, and I have to dance with them again. And then let's think about whom I like best. Let the music play.

Exeunt with trumpets

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