Enter the Archbishop of CANTERBURY and the Bishop of ELY
My lord, I’ll tell you that self bill is urged
Which in th' eleventh year of the last king’s reign
Was like, and had indeed against us passed
But that the scambling and unquiet time
5Did push it out of farther question.
But how, my lord, shall we resist it now?
It must be thought on. If it pass against us,
We lose the better half of our possession,
For all the temporal lands which men devout
10By testament have given to the Church
Would they strip from us, being valued thus:
“As much as would maintain, to the King’s honor,
Full fifteen earls and fifteen hundred knights,
Six thousand and two hundred good esquires;
15And, to relief of lazars and weak age
Of indigent faint souls past corporal toil,
A hundred almshouses right well supplied;
And to the coffers of the King besides,
A thousand pounds by th' year.” Thus runs the bill.
20This would drink deep.
'Twould drink the cup and all.
The king is full of grace and fair regard.
And a true lover of the holy Church.