Scene 3: The Star Chamber 
Laud, Juxon, Strafford, and others, as judges. Prynne as a prisoner, and then Bastwick.
LAUD: Bring forth the prisoner Bastwick: let the clerk Recite his sentence.
CLERK: 'That he pay five thousand Pounds to the king, lose both his ears, be branded With red-hot iron on the cheek and forehead, And be imprisoned within Lancaster Castle During the pleasure of the Court.'
LAUD: Prisoner, If you have aught to say wherefore this sentence Should not be put into effect, now speak.
JUXON: If you have aught to plead in mitigation, Speak.
BASTWICK: Thus, my lords. If, like the prelates, I Were an invader of the royal power A public scorner of the word of God, Profane, idolatrous, popish, superstitious, Impious in heart and in tyrannic act, Void of wit, honesty, and temperance; If Satan were my lord, as theirs,—our God Pattern of all I should avoid to do; Were I an enemy of my God and King And of good men, as ye are;—I should merit Your fearful state and gilt prosperity, Which, when ye wake from the last sleep, shall turn To cowls and robes of everlasting fire. But, as I am, I bid ye grudge me not The only earthly favour ye can yield, Or I think worth acceptance at your hands,— Scorn, mutilation, and imprisonment. even as my Master did, Until Heaven's kingdom shall descend on earth, Or earth be like a shadow in the light Of Heaven absorbed—some few tumultuous years Will pass, and leave no wreck of what opposes His will whose will is power.
LAUD: Officer, take the prisoner from the bar, And be his tongue slit for his insolence.
BASTWICK: While this hand holds a pen—
LAUD: Be his hands—
JUXON: Stop! Forbear, my lord! The tongue, which now can speak No terror, would interpret, being dumb, Heaven's thunder to our harm;... And hands, which now write only their own shame, With bleeding stumps might sign our blood away.
LAUD: Much more such 'mercy' among men would be, Did all the ministers of Heaven's revenge Flinch thus from earthly retribution. I Could suffer what I would inflict. [EXIT BASTWICK GUARDED.] Bring up The Lord Bishop of Lincoln.— [TO STRATFORD.] Know you not That, in distraining for ten thousand pounds Upon his books and furniture at Lincoln, Were found these scandalous and seditious letters Sent from one Osbaldistone, who is fled? I speak it not as touching this poor person; But of the office which should make it holy, Were it as vile as it was ever spotless. Mark too, my lord, that this expression strikes His Majesty, if I misinterpret not.
[ENTER BISHOP WILLIAMS GUARDED.]
STRAFFORD: 'Twere politic and just that Williams taste The bitter fruit of his connection with The schismatics. But you, my Lord Archbishop, Who owed your first promotion to his favour, Who grew beneath his smile—
LAUD: Would therefore beg The office of his judge from this High Court,— That it shall seem, even as it is, that I, In my assumption of this sacred robe, Have put aside all worldly preference, All sense of all distinction of all persons, All thoughts but of the service of the Church.— Bishop of Lincoln!
WILLIAMS: Peace, proud hierarch! I know my sentence, and I own it just. Thou wilt repay me less than I deserve, In stretching to the utmost