Henry VIII wakes up from his disturbing dreams, which promise that he is going to die. He knows he is dying, but he refuses to die before the Duke of Norfolk.
The Lord Chancellor enters and tells him the Duke of Norfolk’s sentence has been declared. It awaits the king’s seal, which he grants use of. He is too ill to go in person, though he wishes to. He wants the Duke’s head brought to him.
The Lord Chancellor asks for the seal, reminding the king he last had it. Lord Hertford reminds the king that he gave it to the young prince. Henry asks for them to fetch it.
Lord Hertford returns and says the prince doesn’t remember having it and proposes that they search the chambers. Henry VIII says they don’t need the seal to put through Norfolk’s execution order. His word is enough.