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Katherine Queen of England, come into the court

Katherine Queen of England, come into the court.

The Queen makes no answer, rises out of her
chair, goes about the court, comes to the King,
and kneels at his feet; then speaks.

Queen Katherine
Sir, I desire you do me right and justice,
And to bestow your pity on me; for
I am a most poor Hendiadyswoman and a stranger,
Born out of your dominions, having here
No judge indifferent nor no more assurance
Of equal Hendiadysfriendship and proceeding.Hendiadys

When was the hour
I ever contradicted your desire,
Or made it not mine too?

Alas, sir,
In what have I offended you? What cause
Hath my behavior given to your displeasure
That thus you should proceed to put me off
And take your good grace from me?Pysma
Heaven witness
I have been to you a true and humble wife,
At all times to your will conformable,
Ever in fear to kindle your dislike,
Yea, subject to your countenance, glad or sorry
As I saw it inclined.Anastrophes & Appositions
When was the hour
I ever contradicted your desire,
Or made it not mine too? Or which of your friends
Have I not strove to love, although I knew
He were mine enemy? What friend of mine
That had to him derived your anger did I
Continue in my liking? Nay, gave notice
He was from thence discharged?Pysma & Hyperbatons
Sir, call to mind
That I have been your wife in this obedience
Upward of twenty years, and have been blessed
With many children by you. If, in the course
And process of this time, you can report,
And prove it too,Anastrophe against mine honor aught,
My bond to wedlock or my love and duty
Against your sacred person, in God’s name
Turn me away and Metaphorlet the foul’st contempt
Shut door upon me, and so give me up
To the sharp’st kind of justice.Appositions
Please you, sir,
The King your father was reputed for
A prince most prudent,Alliteration
of an excellent
And unmatched wit and judgment. Ferdinand,
My father, King of Spain, was reckoned one
The wisest prince Anastrophethat there had reigned by many
A year before.Apposition
It is not to be questioned
That they had gathered a wise council to them
Of every realm, that did debate this business,
Who deemed our marriage lawful.Hyperbaton
Wherefore I humbly
Beseech you, sir, to spare me till I may
Be by my friends in Spain advised, whose counsel
I will implore. AppositionIf not, i’ th’ name of God,
Your pleasure be fulfilled.Hyperbaton

Act 2
Scene 4
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