Speeches (Lines) for Lord Say in "History of Henry VI, Part II"

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# Act / Scene Speech text
1 IV / 4
  • Ay, but I hope your highness shall have his.
  • Ay, but I hope your highness shall have his.
  • Henry VI. Lord Say, Jack Cade hath sworn to have thy head.

    Lord Say. Ay, but I hope your highness shall have his.

2 IV / 4
  • So might your grace's person be in danger.
    The sight of me is odious in thei...
  • So might your grace's person be in danger.
    The sight of me is odious in their eyes;
    And therefore in this city will I stay
    And live alone as secret as I may.
  • Henry VI. Lord Say, the traitors hate thee;
    Therefore away with us to Killingworth.

    Lord Say. So might your grace's person be in danger.
    The sight of me is odious in their eyes;
    And therefore in this city will I stay
    And live alone as secret as I may.

3 IV / 4
  • The trust I have is in mine innocence,
    And therefore am I bold and resolute....
  • The trust I have is in mine innocence,
    And therefore am I bold and resolute.
  • Duke of Buckingham. Trust nobody, for fear you be betray'd.

    Lord Say. The trust I have is in mine innocence,
    And therefore am I bold and resolute.

4 IV / 7
  • What of that?
  • What of that?
  • Jack Cade. Well, he shall be beheaded for it ten times. Ah,
    thou say, thou serge, nay, thou buckram lord! now
    art thou within point-blank of our jurisdiction
    regal. What canst thou answer to my majesty for
    giving up of Normandy unto Mounsieur Basimecu, the
    dauphin of France? Be it known unto thee by these
    presence, even the presence of Lord Mortimer, that I
    am the besom that must sweep the court clean of such
    filth as thou art. Thou hast most traitorously
    corrupted the youth of the realm in erecting a
    grammar school; and whereas, before, our forefathers
    had no other books but the score and the tally, thou
    hast caused printing to be used, and, contrary to
    the king, his crown and dignity, thou hast built a
    paper-mill. It will be proved to thy face that thou
    hast men about thee that usually talk of a noun and
    a verb, and such abominable words as no Christian
    ear can endure to hear. Thou hast appointed
    justices of peace, to call poor men before them
    about matters they were not able to answer.
    Moreover, thou hast put them in prison; and because
    they could not read, thou hast hanged them; when,
    indeed, only for that cause they have been most
    worthy to live. Thou dost ride in a foot-cloth, dost thou not?

    Lord Say. What of that?

5 IV / 7
  • You men of Kent,--
  • You men of Kent,--
  • Dick the Butcher. And work in their shirt too; as myself, for example,
    that am a butcher.

    Lord Say. You men of Kent,--

6 IV / 7
  • Nothing but this; 'tis 'bona terra, mala gens.'
  • Nothing but this; 'tis 'bona terra, mala gens.'
  • Dick the Butcher. What say you of Kent?

    Lord Say. Nothing but this; 'tis 'bona terra, mala gens.'

7 IV / 7
  • Hear me but speak, and bear me where you will.
    Kent, in the Commentaries Cae...
  • Hear me but speak, and bear me where you will.
    Kent, in the Commentaries Caesar writ,
    Is term'd the civil'st place of this isle:
    Sweet is the country, because full of riches;
    The people liberal, valiant, active, wealthy;
    Which makes me hope you are not void of pity.
    I sold not Maine, I lost not Normandy,
    Yet, to recover them, would lose my life.
    Justice with favour have I always done;
    Prayers and tears have moved me, gifts could never.
    When have I aught exacted at your hands,
    But to maintain the king, the realm and you?
    Large gifts have I bestow'd on learned clerks,
    Because my book preferr'd me to the king,
    And seeing ignorance is the curse of God,
    Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven,
    Unless you be possess'd with devilish spirits,
    You cannot but forbear to murder me:
    This tongue hath parley'd unto foreign kings
    For your behoof,--
  • Jack Cade. Away with him, away with him! he speaks Latin.

    Lord Say. Hear me but speak, and bear me where you will.
    Kent, in the Commentaries Caesar writ,
    Is term'd the civil'st place of this isle:
    Sweet is the country, because full of riches;
    The people liberal, valiant, active, wealthy;
    Which makes me hope you are not void of pity.
    I sold not Maine, I lost not Normandy,
    Yet, to recover them, would lose my life.
    Justice with favour have I always done;
    Prayers and tears have moved me, gifts could never.
    When have I aught exacted at your hands,
    But to maintain the king, the realm and you?
    Large gifts have I bestow'd on learned clerks,
    Because my book preferr'd me to the king,
    And seeing ignorance is the curse of God,
    Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven,
    Unless you be possess'd with devilish spirits,
    You cannot but forbear to murder me:
    This tongue hath parley'd unto foreign kings
    For your behoof,--

8 IV / 7
  • Great men have reaching hands: oft have I struck
    Those that I never saw and...
  • Great men have reaching hands: oft have I struck
    Those that I never saw and struck them dead.
  • Jack Cade. Tut, when struck'st thou one blow in the field?

    Lord Say. Great men have reaching hands: oft have I struck
    Those that I never saw and struck them dead.

9 IV / 7
  • These cheeks are pale for watching for your good.
  • These cheeks are pale for watching for your good.
  • George Bevis. O monstrous coward! what, to come behind folks?

    Lord Say. These cheeks are pale for watching for your good.

10 IV / 7
  • Long sitting to determine poor men's causes
    Hath made me full of sickness an...
  • Long sitting to determine poor men's causes
    Hath made me full of sickness and diseases.
  • Jack Cade. Give him a box o' the ear and that will make 'em red again.

    Lord Say. Long sitting to determine poor men's causes
    Hath made me full of sickness and diseases.

11 IV / 7
  • The palsy, and not fear, provokes me.
  • The palsy, and not fear, provokes me.
  • Dick the Butcher. Why dost thou quiver, man?

    Lord Say. The palsy, and not fear, provokes me.

12 IV / 7
  • Tell me wherein have I offended most?
    Have I affected wealth or honour? spea...
  • Tell me wherein have I offended most?
    Have I affected wealth or honour? speak.
    Are my chests fill'd up with extorted gold?
    Is my apparel sumptuous to behold?
    Whom have I injured, that ye seek my death?
    These hands are free from guiltless bloodshedding,
    This breast from harbouring foul deceitful thoughts.
    O, let me live!
  • Jack Cade. Nay, he nods at us, as who should say, I'll be even
    with you: I'll see if his head will stand steadier
    on a pole, or no. Take him away, and behead him.

    Lord Say. Tell me wherein have I offended most?
    Have I affected wealth or honour? speak.
    Are my chests fill'd up with extorted gold?
    Is my apparel sumptuous to behold?
    Whom have I injured, that ye seek my death?
    These hands are free from guiltless bloodshedding,
    This breast from harbouring foul deceitful thoughts.
    O, let me live!

13 IV / 7
  • Ah, countrymen! if when you make your prayers,
    God should be so obdurate as...
  • Ah, countrymen! if when you make your prayers,
    God should be so obdurate as yourselves,
    How would it fare with your departed souls?
    And therefore yet relent, and save my life.
  • All. It shall be done.

    Lord Say. Ah, countrymen! if when you make your prayers,
    God should be so obdurate as yourselves,
    How would it fare with your departed souls?
    And therefore yet relent, and save my life.

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