Speeches (Lines) for First Gentleman in "History of Henry VIII"

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# Act / Scene Speech text
1 II / 1
  • Whither away so fast?
  • Whither away so fast?
  • Henry VIII. Lead in your ladies, every one: sweet partner,
    I must not yet forsake you: let's be merry:
    Good my lord cardinal, I have half a dozen healths
    To drink to these fair ladies, and a measure
    To lead 'em once again; and then let's dream
    Who's best in favour. Let the music knock it.

    First Gentleman. Whither away so fast?

2 II / 1
  • I'll save you
    That labour, sir. All's now done, but the ceremony
    Of brin...
  • I'll save you
    That labour, sir. All's now done, but the ceremony
    Of bringing back the prisoner.
  • Second Gentleman. O, God save ye!
    Even to the hall, to hear what shall become
    Of the great Duke of Buckingham.

    First Gentleman. I'll save you
    That labour, sir. All's now done, but the ceremony
    Of bringing back the prisoner.

3 II / 1
  • Yes, indeed, was I.
  • Yes, indeed, was I.
  • Second Gentleman. Were you there?

    First Gentleman. Yes, indeed, was I.

4 II / 1
  • You may guess quickly what.
  • You may guess quickly what.
  • Second Gentleman. Pray, speak what has happen'd.

    First Gentleman. You may guess quickly what.

5 II / 1
  • Yes, truly is he, and condemn'd upon't.
  • Yes, truly is he, and condemn'd upon't.
  • Second Gentleman. Is he found guilty?

    First Gentleman. Yes, truly is he, and condemn'd upon't.

6 II / 1
  • So are a number more.
  • So are a number more.
  • Second Gentleman. I am sorry for't.

    First Gentleman. So are a number more.

7 II / 1
  • I'll tell you in a little. The great duke
    Came to the bar; where to his accu...
  • I'll tell you in a little. The great duke
    Came to the bar; where to his accusations
    He pleaded still not guilty and alleged
    Many sharp reasons to defeat the law.
    The king's attorney on the contrary
    Urged on the examinations, proofs, confessions
    Of divers witnesses; which the duke desired
    To have brought viva voce to his face:
    At which appear'd against him his surveyor;
    Sir Gilbert Peck his chancellor; and John Car,
    Confessor to him; with that devil-monk,
    Hopkins, that made this mischief.
  • Second Gentleman. But, pray, how pass'd it?

    First Gentleman. I'll tell you in a little. The great duke
    Came to the bar; where to his accusations
    He pleaded still not guilty and alleged
    Many sharp reasons to defeat the law.
    The king's attorney on the contrary
    Urged on the examinations, proofs, confessions
    Of divers witnesses; which the duke desired
    To have brought viva voce to his face:
    At which appear'd against him his surveyor;
    Sir Gilbert Peck his chancellor; and John Car,
    Confessor to him; with that devil-monk,
    Hopkins, that made this mischief.

8 II / 1
  • The same.
    All these accused him strongly; which he fain
    Would have flung...
  • The same.
    All these accused him strongly; which he fain
    Would have flung from him, but, indeed, he could not:
    And so his peers, upon this evidence,
    Have found him guilty of high treason. Much
    He spoke, and learnedly, for life; but all
    Was either pitied in him or forgotten.
  • Second Gentleman. That was he
    That fed him with his prophecies?

    First Gentleman. The same.
    All these accused him strongly; which he fain
    Would have flung from him, but, indeed, he could not:
    And so his peers, upon this evidence,
    Have found him guilty of high treason. Much
    He spoke, and learnedly, for life; but all
    Was either pitied in him or forgotten.

9 II / 1
  • When he was brought again to the bar, to hear
    His knell rung out, his judgme...
  • When he was brought again to the bar, to hear
    His knell rung out, his judgment, he was stirr'd
    With such an agony, he sweat extremely,
    And something spoke in choler, ill, and hasty:
    But he fell to himself again, and sweetly
    In all the rest show'd a most noble patience.
  • Second Gentleman. After all this, how did he bear himself?

    First Gentleman. When he was brought again to the bar, to hear
    His knell rung out, his judgment, he was stirr'd
    With such an agony, he sweat extremely,
    And something spoke in choler, ill, and hasty:
    But he fell to himself again, and sweetly
    In all the rest show'd a most noble patience.

10 II / 1
  • Sure, he does not:
    He never was so womanish; the cause
    He may a little g...
  • Sure, he does not:
    He never was so womanish; the cause
    He may a little grieve at.
  • Second Gentleman. I do not think he fears death.

    First Gentleman. Sure, he does not:
    He never was so womanish; the cause
    He may a little grieve at.

11 II / 1
  • 'Tis likely,
    By all conjectures: first, Kildare's attainder,
    Then deputy...
  • 'Tis likely,
    By all conjectures: first, Kildare's attainder,
    Then deputy of Ireland; who removed,
    Earl Surrey was sent thither, and in haste too,
    Lest he should help his father.
  • Second Gentleman. Certainly
    The cardinal is the end of this.

    First Gentleman. 'Tis likely,
    By all conjectures: first, Kildare's attainder,
    Then deputy of Ireland; who removed,
    Earl Surrey was sent thither, and in haste too,
    Lest he should help his father.

12 II / 1
  • At his return
    No doubt he will requite it. This is noted,
    And generally,...
  • At his return
    No doubt he will requite it. This is noted,
    And generally, whoever the king favours,
    The cardinal instantly will find employment,
    And far enough from court too.
  • Second Gentleman. That trick of state
    Was a deep envious one.

    First Gentleman. At his return
    No doubt he will requite it. This is noted,
    And generally, whoever the king favours,
    The cardinal instantly will find employment,
    And far enough from court too.

13 II / 1
  • Stay there, sir,
    And see the noble ruin'd man you speak of.
    [Enter BUCKI...
  • Stay there, sir,
    And see the noble ruin'd man you speak of.
    [Enter BUCKINGHAM from his arraignment; tip-staves]
    before him; the axe with the edge towards him;
    halberds on each side: accompanied with LOVELL,
    VAUX, SANDS, and common people]
  • Second Gentleman. All the commons
    Hate him perniciously, and, o' my conscience,
    Wish him ten fathom deep: this duke as much
    They love and dote on; call him bounteous Buckingham,
    The mirror of all courtesy;--

    First Gentleman. Stay there, sir,
    And see the noble ruin'd man you speak of.
    [Enter BUCKINGHAM from his arraignment; tip-staves]
    before him; the axe with the edge towards him;
    halberds on each side: accompanied with LOVELL,
    VAUX, SANDS, and common people]

14 II / 1
  • O, this is full of pity! Sir, it calls,
    I fear, too many curses on their bea...
  • O, this is full of pity! Sir, it calls,
    I fear, too many curses on their beads
    That were the authors.
  • Duke of Buckingham. Nay, Sir Nicholas,
    Let it alone; my state now will but mock me.
    When I came hither, I was lord high constable
    And Duke of Buckingham; now, poor Edward Bohun:
    Yet I am richer than my base accusers,
    That never knew what truth meant: I now seal it;
    And with that blood will make 'em one day groan for't.
    My noble father, Henry of Buckingham,
    Who first raised head against usurping Richard,
    Flying for succor to his servant Banister,
    Being distress'd, was by that wretch betray'd,
    And without trial fell; God's peace be with him!
    Henry the Seventh succeeding, truly pitying
    My father's loss, like a most royal prince,
    Restored me to my honours, and, out of ruins,
    Made my name once more noble. Now his son,
    Henry the Eighth, life, honour, name and all
    That made me happy at one stroke has taken
    For ever from the world. I had my trial,
    And, must needs say, a noble one; which makes me,
    A little happier than my wretched father:
    Yet thus far we are one in fortunes: both
    Fell by our servants, by those men we loved most;
    A most unnatural and faithless service!
    Heaven has an end in all: yet, you that hear me,
    This from a dying man receive as certain:
    Where you are liberal of your loves and counsels
    Be sure you be not loose; for those you make friends
    And give your hearts to, when they once perceive
    The least rub in your fortunes, fall away
    Like water from ye, never found again
    But where they mean to sink ye. All good people,
    Pray for me! I must now forsake ye: the last hour
    Of my long weary life is come upon me. Farewell:
    And when you would say something that is sad,
    Speak how I fell. I have done; and God forgive me!

    First Gentleman. O, this is full of pity! Sir, it calls,
    I fear, too many curses on their beads
    That were the authors.

15 II / 1
  • Good angels keep it from us!
    What may it be? You do not doubt my faith, sir?...
  • Good angels keep it from us!
    What may it be? You do not doubt my faith, sir?
  • Second Gentleman. If the duke be guiltless,
    'Tis full of woe: yet I can give you inkling
    Of an ensuing evil, if it fall,
    Greater than this.

    First Gentleman. Good angels keep it from us!
    What may it be? You do not doubt my faith, sir?

16 II / 1
  • Let me have it;
    I do not talk much.
  • Let me have it;
    I do not talk much.
  • Second Gentleman. This secret is so weighty, 'twill require
    A strong faith to conceal it.

    First Gentleman. Let me have it;
    I do not talk much.

17 II / 1
  • Yes, but it held not:
    For when the king once heard it, out of anger
    He s...
  • Yes, but it held not:
    For when the king once heard it, out of anger
    He sent command to the lord mayor straight
    To stop the rumor, and allay those tongues
    That durst disperse it.
  • Second Gentleman. I am confident,
    You shall, sir: did you not of late days hear
    A buzzing of a separation
    Between the king and Katharine?

    First Gentleman. Yes, but it held not:
    For when the king once heard it, out of anger
    He sent command to the lord mayor straight
    To stop the rumor, and allay those tongues
    That durst disperse it.

18 II / 1
  • 'Tis the cardinal;
    And merely to revenge him on the emperor
    For not best...
  • 'Tis the cardinal;
    And merely to revenge him on the emperor
    For not bestowing on him, at his asking,
    The archbishopric of Toledo, this is purposed.
  • Second Gentleman. But that slander, sir,
    Is found a truth now: for it grows again
    Fresher than e'er it was; and held for certain
    The king will venture at it. Either the cardinal,
    Or some about him near, have, out of malice
    To the good queen, possess'd him with a scruple
    That will undo her: to confirm this too,
    Cardinal Campeius is arrived, and lately;
    As all think, for this business.

    First Gentleman. 'Tis the cardinal;
    And merely to revenge him on the emperor
    For not bestowing on him, at his asking,
    The archbishopric of Toledo, this is purposed.

19 II / 1
  • 'Tis woful.
    We are too open here to argue this;
    Let's think in private m...
  • 'Tis woful.
    We are too open here to argue this;
    Let's think in private more.
  • Second Gentleman. I think you have hit the mark: but is't not cruel
    That she should feel the smart of this? The cardinal
    Will have his will, and she must fall.

    First Gentleman. 'Tis woful.
    We are too open here to argue this;
    Let's think in private more.

20 IV / 1
  • You're well met once again.
  • You're well met once again.
  • Cardinal Wolsey. So I have. Farewell
    The hopes of court! my hopes in heaven do dwell.

    First Gentleman. You're well met once again.

21 IV / 1
  • You come to take your stand here, and behold
    The Lady Anne pass from her cor...
  • You come to take your stand here, and behold
    The Lady Anne pass from her coronation?
  • Second Gentleman. So are you.

    First Gentleman. You come to take your stand here, and behold
    The Lady Anne pass from her coronation?

22 IV / 1
  • 'Tis very true: but that time offer'd sorrow;
    This, general joy.
  • 'Tis very true: but that time offer'd sorrow;
    This, general joy.
  • Second Gentleman. 'Tis all my business. At our last encounter,
    The Duke of Buckingham came from his trial.

    First Gentleman. 'Tis very true: but that time offer'd sorrow;
    This, general joy.

23 IV / 1
  • Never greater,
    Nor, I'll assure you, better taken, sir.
  • Never greater,
    Nor, I'll assure you, better taken, sir.
  • Second Gentleman. 'Tis well: the citizens,
    I am sure, have shown at full their royal minds--
    As, let 'em have their rights, they are ever forward--
    In celebration of this day with shows,
    Pageants and sights of honour.

    First Gentleman. Never greater,
    Nor, I'll assure you, better taken, sir.

24 IV / 1
  • Yes; 'tis the list
    Of those that claim their offices this day
    By custom...
  • Yes; 'tis the list
    Of those that claim their offices this day
    By custom of the coronation.
    The Duke of Suffolk is the first, and claims
    To be high-steward; next, the Duke of Norfolk,
    He to be earl marshal: you may read the rest.
  • Second Gentleman. May I be bold to ask at what that contains,
    That paper in your hand?

    First Gentleman. Yes; 'tis the list
    Of those that claim their offices this day
    By custom of the coronation.
    The Duke of Suffolk is the first, and claims
    To be high-steward; next, the Duke of Norfolk,
    He to be earl marshal: you may read the rest.

25 IV / 1
  • That I can tell you too. The Archbishop
    Of Canterbury, accompanied with othe...
  • That I can tell you too. The Archbishop
    Of Canterbury, accompanied with other
    Learned and reverend fathers of his order,
    Held a late court at Dunstable, six miles off
    From Ampthill where the princess lay; to which
    She was often cited by them, but appear'd not:
    And, to be short, for not appearance and
    The king's late scruple, by the main assent
    Of all these learned men she was divorced,
    And the late marriage made of none effect
    Since which she was removed to Kimbolton,
    Where she remains now sick.
  • Second Gentleman. I thank you, sir: had I not known those customs,
    I should have been beholding to your paper.
    But, I beseech you, what's become of Katharine,
    The princess dowager? how goes her business?

    First Gentleman. That I can tell you too. The Archbishop
    Of Canterbury, accompanied with other
    Learned and reverend fathers of his order,
    Held a late court at Dunstable, six miles off
    From Ampthill where the princess lay; to which
    She was often cited by them, but appear'd not:
    And, to be short, for not appearance and
    The king's late scruple, by the main assent
    Of all these learned men she was divorced,
    And the late marriage made of none effect
    Since which she was removed to Kimbolton,
    Where she remains now sick.

26 IV / 1
  • Marquess Dorset:
    And that the Earl of Surrey, with the rod.
  • Marquess Dorset:
    And that the Earl of Surrey, with the rod.
  • Second Gentleman. A royal train, believe me. These I know:
    Who's that that bears the sceptre?

    First Gentleman. Marquess Dorset:
    And that the Earl of Surrey, with the rod.

27 IV / 1
  • 'Tis the same: high-steward.
  • 'Tis the same: high-steward.
  • Second Gentleman. A bold brave gentleman. That should be
    The Duke of Suffolk?

    First Gentleman. 'Tis the same: high-steward.

28 IV / 1
  • Yes;
  • Yes;
  • Second Gentleman. And that my Lord of Norfolk?

    First Gentleman. Yes;

29 IV / 1
  • They that bear
    The cloth of honour over her, are four barons
    Of the Cinq...
  • They that bear
    The cloth of honour over her, are four barons
    Of the Cinque-ports.
  • Second Gentleman. Heaven bless thee!
    [Looking on QUEEN ANNE]
    Thou hast the sweetest face I ever look'd on.
    Sir, as I have a soul, she is an angel;
    Our king has all the Indies in his arms,
    And more and richer, when he strains that lady:
    I cannot blame his conscience.

    First Gentleman. They that bear
    The cloth of honour over her, are four barons
    Of the Cinque-ports.

30 IV / 1
  • It is; and all the rest are countesses.
  • It is; and all the rest are countesses.
  • Second Gentleman. Those men are happy; and so are all are near her.
    I take it, she that carries up the train
    Is that old noble lady, Duchess of Norfolk.

    First Gentleman. It is; and all the rest are countesses.

31 IV / 1
  • No more of that.
  • No more of that.
  • Second Gentleman. Their coronets say so. These are stars indeed;
    And sometimes falling ones.

    First Gentleman. No more of that.

32 IV / 1
  • God save you, sir! where have you been broiling?
  • God save you, sir! where have you been broiling?
  • First Gentleman. No more of that.

    First Gentleman. God save you, sir! where have you been broiling?

33 IV / 1
  • How was it?
  • How was it?
  • Third Gentleman. That I did.

    First Gentleman. How was it?

34 IV / 1
  • Sir,
    You must no more call it York-place, that's past;
    For, since the ca...
  • Sir,
    You must no more call it York-place, that's past;
    For, since the cardinal fell, that title's lost:
    'Tis now the king's, and call'd Whitehall.
  • Third Gentleman. At length her grace rose, and with modest paces
    Came to the altar; where she kneel'd, and saint-like
    Cast her fair eyes to heaven and pray'd devoutly.
    Then rose again and bow'd her to the people:
    When by the Archbishop of Canterbury
    She had all the royal makings of a queen;
    As holy oil, Edward Confessor's crown,
    The rod, and bird of peace, and all such emblems
    Laid nobly on her: which perform'd, the choir,
    With all the choicest music of the kingdom,
    Together sung 'Te Deum.' So she parted,
    And with the same full state paced back again
    To York-place, where the feast is held.

    First Gentleman. Sir,
    You must no more call it York-place, that's past;
    For, since the cardinal fell, that title's lost:
    'Tis now the king's, and call'd Whitehall.

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