Printing their proud hoofs i' the receiving earth;
For 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings, 28
Carry them here and there, ,
Turning the accomplishment of many years
Into an hour-glass: ,
Admit me to this history; 32
Who prologue-like your humble patience pray,
Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play. Exit.
[London. An Antechamber in the King's Palace]
Enter the twoof Canterbury and Ely.
Cant. My lord, I'll tell you; that
Which in th' eleventh year of the last king's reign
Was , and had indeed against us pass'd,
But that the and unquiet time 4
Did push it out of further .
Ely. But how, my lord, shall we resist it now?
Cant. It must be thought on. If it pass against us,
We lose the better half of our possession; 8
For all the temporal lands which men devout
By testament have given to the church
Would they strip from us; being valu'd thus:
As much as would maintain, to the king's honour, 12
Full fifteen earls and fifteen hundred knights,
Six thousand and two hundred good esquires;
Scene One S. d. Bishops; cf. n.
1 self: same
3 like: likely (to pass)
4 scambling: turbulent
5 question: consideration