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

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1 II / 1
  • O, God save ye!
    Even to the hall, to hear what shall become
    Of the great...
  • O, God save ye!
    Even to the hall, to hear what shall become
    Of the great Duke of Buckingham.
  • First Gentleman. Whither away so fast?

    Second Gentleman. O, God save ye!
    Even to the hall, to hear what shall become
    Of the great Duke of Buckingham.

2 II / 1
  • Were you there?
  • Were you there?
  • First Gentleman. I'll save you
    That labour, sir. All's now done, but the ceremony
    Of bringing back the prisoner.

    Second Gentleman. Were you there?

3 II / 1
  • Pray, speak what has happen'd.
  • Pray, speak what has happen'd.
  • First Gentleman. Yes, indeed, was I.

    Second Gentleman. Pray, speak what has happen'd.

4 II / 1
  • Is he found guilty?
  • Is he found guilty?
  • First Gentleman. You may guess quickly what.

    Second Gentleman. Is he found guilty?

5 II / 1
  • I am sorry for't.
  • I am sorry for't.
  • First Gentleman. Yes, truly is he, and condemn'd upon't.

    Second Gentleman. I am sorry for't.

6 II / 1
  • But, pray, how pass'd it?
  • But, pray, how pass'd it?
  • First Gentleman. So are a number more.

    Second Gentleman. But, pray, how pass'd it?

7 II / 1
  • That was he
    That fed him with his prophecies?
  • That was he
    That fed him with his prophecies?
  • 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.

    Second Gentleman. That was he
    That fed him with his prophecies?

8 II / 1
  • After all this, how did he bear himself?
  • After all this, how did he bear himself?
  • 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.

    Second Gentleman. After all this, how did he bear himself?

9 II / 1
  • I do not think he fears death.
  • I do not think he fears death.
  • 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.

    Second Gentleman. I do not think he fears death.

10 II / 1
  • Certainly
    The cardinal is the end of this.
  • Certainly
    The cardinal is the end of this.
  • First Gentleman. Sure, he does not:
    He never was so womanish; the cause
    He may a little grieve at.

    Second Gentleman. Certainly
    The cardinal is the end of this.

11 II / 1
  • That trick of state
    Was a deep envious one.
  • That trick of state
    Was a deep envious one.
  • 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.

    Second Gentleman. That trick of state
    Was a deep envious one.

12 II / 1
  • All the commons
    Hate him perniciously, and, o' my conscience,
    Wish him t...
  • 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. 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. 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;--

13 II / 1
  • Let's stand close, and behold him.
  • Let's stand close, and behold him.
  • 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]

    Second Gentleman. Let's stand close, and behold him.

14 II / 1
  • If the duke be guiltless,
    'Tis full of woe: yet I can give you inkling
    O...
  • 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. O, this is full of pity! Sir, it calls,
    I fear, too many curses on their beads
    That were the authors.

    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.

15 II / 1
  • This secret is so weighty, 'twill require
    A strong faith to conceal it.
  • This secret is so weighty, 'twill require
    A strong faith to conceal it.
  • First Gentleman. Good angels keep it from us!
    What may it be? You do not doubt my faith, sir?

    Second Gentleman. This secret is so weighty, 'twill require
    A strong faith to conceal it.

16 II / 1
  • I am confident,
    You shall, sir: did you not of late days hear
    A buzzing...
  • 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. Let me have it;
    I do not talk much.

    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?

17 II / 1
  • But that slander, sir,
    Is found a truth now: for it grows again
    Fresher...
  • 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. 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. 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.

18 II / 1
  • I think you have hit the mark: but is't not cruel
    That she should feel the s...
  • 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 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. 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.

19 IV / 1
  • So are you.
  • So are you.
  • First Gentleman. You're well met once again.

    Second Gentleman. So are you.

20 IV / 1
  • 'Tis all my business. At our last encounter,
    The Duke of Buckingham came fro...
  • 'Tis all my business. At our last encounter,
    The Duke of Buckingham came from his trial.
  • First Gentleman. You come to take your stand here, and behold
    The Lady Anne pass from her coronation?

    Second Gentleman. 'Tis all my business. At our last encounter,
    The Duke of Buckingham came from his trial.

21 IV / 1
  • 'Tis well: the citizens,
    I am sure, have shown at full their royal minds-- <...
  • '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. 'Tis very true: but that time offer'd sorrow;
    This, general joy.

    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.

22 IV / 1
  • May I be bold to ask at what that contains,
    That paper in your hand?
  • May I be bold to ask at what that contains,
    That paper in your hand?
  • First Gentleman. Never greater,
    Nor, I'll assure you, better taken, sir.

    Second Gentleman. May I be bold to ask at what that contains,
    That paper in your hand?

23 IV / 1
  • I thank you, sir: had I not known those customs,
    I should have been beholdin...
  • 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. 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. 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?

24 IV / 1
  • Alas, good lady!
    [Trumpets]
    The trumpets sound: stand close, the queen i...
  • Alas, good lady!
    [Trumpets]
    The trumpets sound: stand close, the queen is coming.
    [Hautboys]
    [THE ORDER OF THE CORONATION]
    1. A lively flourish of Trumpets.
    2. Then, two Judges.
    3. Lord Chancellor, with the purse and mace
    before him.
    4. Choristers, singing.
    [Music]
    5. Mayor of London, bearing the mace. Then
    Garter, in his coat of arms, and on his
    head a gilt copper crown.
    6. Marquess Dorset, bearing a sceptre of gold,
    on his head a demi-coronal of gold. With
    him, SURREY, bearing the rod of silver with
    the dove, crowned with an earl's coronet.
    Collars of SS.
    7. SUFFOLK, in his robe of estate, his coronet
    on his head, bearing a long white wand, as
    high-steward. With him, NORFOLK, with the
    rod of marshalship, a coronet on his head.
    Collars of SS.
    8. A canopy borne by four of the Cinque-ports;
    under it, QUEEN ANNE in her robe; in her hair
    richly adorned with pearl, crowned. On each
    side her, the Bishops of London and
    Winchester.
    9. The old Duchess of Norfolk, in a coronal of
    gold, wrought with flowers, bearing QUEEN
    ANNE's train.
    10. Certain Ladies or Countesses, with plain
    circlets of gold without flowers.
  • 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.

    Second Gentleman. Alas, good lady!
    [Trumpets]
    The trumpets sound: stand close, the queen is coming.
    [Hautboys]
    [THE ORDER OF THE CORONATION]
    1. A lively flourish of Trumpets.
    2. Then, two Judges.
    3. Lord Chancellor, with the purse and mace
    before him.
    4. Choristers, singing.
    [Music]
    5. Mayor of London, bearing the mace. Then
    Garter, in his coat of arms, and on his
    head a gilt copper crown.
    6. Marquess Dorset, bearing a sceptre of gold,
    on his head a demi-coronal of gold. With
    him, SURREY, bearing the rod of silver with
    the dove, crowned with an earl's coronet.
    Collars of SS.
    7. SUFFOLK, in his robe of estate, his coronet
    on his head, bearing a long white wand, as
    high-steward. With him, NORFOLK, with the
    rod of marshalship, a coronet on his head.
    Collars of SS.
    8. A canopy borne by four of the Cinque-ports;
    under it, QUEEN ANNE in her robe; in her hair
    richly adorned with pearl, crowned. On each
    side her, the Bishops of London and
    Winchester.
    9. The old Duchess of Norfolk, in a coronal of
    gold, wrought with flowers, bearing QUEEN
    ANNE's train.
    10. Certain Ladies or Countesses, with plain
    circlets of gold without flowers.

25 IV / 1
  • A royal train, believe me. These I know:
    Who's that that bears the sceptre?
  • A royal train, believe me. These I know:
    Who's that that bears the sceptre?
  • Second Gentleman. Alas, good lady!
    [Trumpets]
    The trumpets sound: stand close, the queen is coming.
    [Hautboys]
    [THE ORDER OF THE CORONATION]
    1. A lively flourish of Trumpets.
    2. Then, two Judges.
    3. Lord Chancellor, with the purse and mace
    before him.
    4. Choristers, singing.
    [Music]
    5. Mayor of London, bearing the mace. Then
    Garter, in his coat of arms, and on his
    head a gilt copper crown.
    6. Marquess Dorset, bearing a sceptre of gold,
    on his head a demi-coronal of gold. With
    him, SURREY, bearing the rod of silver with
    the dove, crowned with an earl's coronet.
    Collars of SS.
    7. SUFFOLK, in his robe of estate, his coronet
    on his head, bearing a long white wand, as
    high-steward. With him, NORFOLK, with the
    rod of marshalship, a coronet on his head.
    Collars of SS.
    8. A canopy borne by four of the Cinque-ports;
    under it, QUEEN ANNE in her robe; in her hair
    richly adorned with pearl, crowned. On each
    side her, the Bishops of London and
    Winchester.
    9. The old Duchess of Norfolk, in a coronal of
    gold, wrought with flowers, bearing QUEEN
    ANNE's train.
    10. Certain Ladies or Countesses, with plain
    circlets of gold without flowers.

    Second Gentleman. A royal train, believe me. These I know:
    Who's that that bears the sceptre?

26 IV / 1
  • A bold brave gentleman. That should be
    The Duke of Suffolk?
  • A bold brave gentleman. That should be
    The Duke of Suffolk?
  • First Gentleman. Marquess Dorset:
    And that the Earl of Surrey, with the rod.

    Second Gentleman. A bold brave gentleman. That should be
    The Duke of Suffolk?

27 IV / 1
  • And that my Lord of Norfolk?
  • And that my Lord of Norfolk?
  • First Gentleman. 'Tis the same: high-steward.

    Second Gentleman. And that my Lord of Norfolk?

28 IV / 1
  • Heaven bless thee!
    [Looking on QUEEN ANNE]
    Thou hast the sweetest face I...
  • 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. Yes;

    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.

29 IV / 1
  • Those men are happy; and so are all are near her.
    I take it, she that carrie...
  • 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. They that bear
    The cloth of honour over her, are four barons
    Of the Cinque-ports.

    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.

30 IV / 1
  • Their coronets say so. These are stars indeed;
    And sometimes falling ones.
  • Their coronets say so. These are stars indeed;
    And sometimes falling ones.
  • First Gentleman. It is; and all the rest are countesses.

    Second Gentleman. Their coronets say so. These are stars indeed;
    And sometimes falling ones.

31 IV / 1
  • You saw
    The ceremony?
  • You saw
    The ceremony?
  • Third Gentleman. Among the crowd i' the Abbey; where a finger
    Could not be wedged in more: I am stifled
    With the mere rankness of their joy.

    Second Gentleman. You saw
    The ceremony?

32 IV / 1
  • Good sir, speak it to us.
  • Good sir, speak it to us.
  • Third Gentleman. Well worth the seeing.

    Second Gentleman. Good sir, speak it to us.

33 IV / 1
  • But, what follow'd?
  • But, what follow'd?
  • Third Gentleman. As well as I am able. The rich stream
    Of lords and ladies, having brought the queen
    To a prepared place in the choir, fell off
    A distance from her; while her grace sat down
    To rest awhile, some half an hour or so,
    In a rich chair of state, opposing freely
    The beauty of her person to the people.
    Believe me, sir, she is the goodliest woman
    That ever lay by man: which when the people
    Had the full view of, such a noise arose
    As the shrouds make at sea in a stiff tempest,
    As loud, and to as many tunes: hats, cloaks--
    Doublets, I think,--flew up; and had their faces
    Been loose, this day they had been lost. Such joy
    I never saw before. Great-bellied women,
    That had not half a week to go, like rams
    In the old time of war, would shake the press,
    And make 'em reel before 'em. No man living
    Could say 'This is my wife' there; all were woven
    So strangely in one piece.

    Second Gentleman. But, what follow'd?

34 IV / 1
  • What two reverend bishops
    Were those that went on each side of the queen?
  • What two reverend bishops
    Were those that went on each side of the queen?
  • Third Gentleman. I know it;
    But 'tis so lately alter'd, that the old name
    Is fresh about me.

    Second Gentleman. What two reverend bishops
    Were those that went on each side of the queen?

35 IV / 1
  • He of Winchester
    Is held no great good lover of the archbishop's,
    The vi...
  • He of Winchester
    Is held no great good lover of the archbishop's,
    The virtuous Cranmer.
  • Third Gentleman. Stokesly and Gardiner; the one of Winchester,
    Newly preferr'd from the king's secretary,
    The other, London.

    Second Gentleman. He of Winchester
    Is held no great good lover of the archbishop's,
    The virtuous Cranmer.

36 IV / 1
  • Who may that be, I pray you?
  • Who may that be, I pray you?
  • Third Gentleman. All the land knows that:
    However, yet there is no great breach; when it comes,
    Cranmer will find a friend will not shrink from him.

    Second Gentleman. Who may that be, I pray you?

37 IV / 1
  • He will deserve more.
  • He will deserve more.
  • Third Gentleman. Thomas Cromwell;
    A man in much esteem with the king, and truly
    A worthy friend. The king has made him master
    O' the jewel house,
    And one, already, of the privy council.

    Second Gentleman. He will deserve more.

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