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Henry VIII

Act II, Scene 1

Westminster. A street.
 
[Enter two Gentlemen, meeting]
 
FIRST GENTLEMAN
       ,     2   ,         T
      Whither a|way so | fast?
 
SECOND GENTLEMAN
                               T   T      ,
                               O, God | save ye:
      ,        2      ,         ,      ,              ,
      Even | to the hall,| to hear | what shall | become
        2      ,       ,         ,      ,
      Of the great | Duke of | Bucking|ham.
 
FIRST GENTLEMAN
                                                    ,
                                           I'll | save you
            ,    2       ,            ,       2     ,     x
      That la|bor sir. All's | now* done | but the ce|remony
           ,         ,         ,    2
      Of bring|ing back | the pri|soner.
 
SECOND GENTLEMAN
                                          ,          ,
                                        Were | you there?
 
FIRST GENTLEMAN
       ,       ,     2
      Yes in|deed was I.
 
SECOND GENTLEMAN
                           ,     ,                 ,
                         Pray, speak / what has | happened.
 
FIRST GENTLEMAN
                  ,     ,        ,
      You may / guess quick|ly what.
 
SECOND GENTLEMAN
                                       2     ,       ,
                                     Is he found | guilty?
 
FIRST GENTLEMAN
           ,      ,        ,          ,         x
      Yes^tru|ly is | he, and | condemned | upon it.
 
SECOND GENTLEMAN
       2    ,        x
      I am sor|ry for it.
 
FIRST GENTLEMAN
                          ,          ,        ,
                         So are | a num|ber more.
 
SECOND GENTLEMAN
            ,     T     T    T
      But pray | how passed it?   \\
 
FIRST GENTLEMAN
             ,         ,      ,               ,     ,
      I'll tell | you in | a lit|tle. The / great duke
        ,            ,      ,      2       ,    ,
      Came to | the bar;| where, to his | accu|sations
           ,        ,      ,    ,                ,
      He plea|ded still | not guil/ty, and | alleged
       ,       ,    ,                ,         ,
      Many | sharp rea/sons to | defeat | the law.
             ,        ,       ,        ,   ,
      The king's | attor|ney on | the con|trary,
        ,     3   3   ,    ,           ,         ,
      Urged on the e|xami|nations,| proofs, con|fessions
          ,       ,      ,         2      ,        ,
      Of di|vers wit|nesses,| which the duke | desired
       .   T     T     T     ,  ,            ,
      To have brought vi|va vo|ce to | his face:
       ,      2      ,        ,          ,       ,
      At which ap|peared a|gainst him,| his sur|veyor
           ,         ,          ,     2            ,   ,
      Sir Gil|bert Peck | his chan|cellor; and / John Car,
          ,            ,     ,          ,       ,
      Confes|sor to / him, with | that de|vil-monk,
       ,               ,          ,
      Hopkins,| that made | this mis|chief.
 
SECOND GENTLEMAN
                                             ,      `   ,
                                           That | was he
            ,     ,              ,       ,
      That fed | him with | his pro|phecies.
 
FIRST GENTLEMAN
                                                   ,
                                             The same.
            ,         ,            ,         ,          ,
      All^these | accused | him strong|ly, which | he fain
           2       ,       ,         ,       ,              ,
      Would have flung | from him;| but in|deed he | could not;
           ,         ,       ,         ,     ,
      And so | his peers | upon | this e|vidence,
             ,           ,            ,    ,         ,
      Have found | him guil|ty of / high trea|son. Much
           ,           ,      ,         ,         ,
      He spoke,| and lear|nedly | for life:| but all
           ,       ,       ,         ,       ,      ->
      Was ei|ther pi|tied in | him, or | forgot||ten.
 
SECOND GENTLEMAN
       ,    2      ,     ,             ,         ,
      Af|ter all this,| how did | he bear | himself?
 
FIRST GENTLEMAN
        ,              ,         ,      2     ,         ,
      When he | was brought | again | to the bar,| to hear
            ,           ,          ,         ,          ,
      His knell | rung^out,| his judg|ment, he | was stirred
             ,       ,   ,         ,         ,      o
      With such | an a|gony,| he sweat | extreme|ly,
            ,          ,         ,        ,         ,     o
      And some|thing spoke | in cho|ler, ill,| and has|ty:  (hex with prev)
       ,         ,    2      ,      ,           ,
      But he | fell to him|self a|gain, and | sweetly
          ,          ,       ,    2       ,       ,
      In all | the rest | showed a most^|noble | patience.
 
SECOND GENTLEMAN
       2    ,      ,          T     T
      I do not | think he | fears death.
 
FIRST GENTLEMAN
                                           T      2      ,
                                         Sure | he does not,
          ,      ,        ,     ,          ,
      He ne|ver was | so wo|manish,| the cause
          ,       ,         ,
      He may | a lit|tle grieve | at.
 
SECOND GENTLEMAN
                                       ,       ,
                                      Cer|tainly,
           ,    2    ,        ,         ,
      The car|dinal is | the end | of this.
 
FIRST GENTLEMAN
                                                 ,     2->
                                          'Tis like||ly,
          ,        ,           ,           ,         ,      ->
      By all | conjec|tures: first | Kildare's | attain||der,
        ,     ,  2        ,         ,        ,
      Then | deputy | of Ire|land; who | removed
             ,               ,   ,           2       ,    ,
      Earl* Sur|rey, was / sent thi|ther, and in / haste too,
        ,    2           ,         ,
      Lest he should | help his | father.
 
SECOND GENTLEMAN
                                                ,          ,
                                         That trick | of state
                ,   ,   2    ,
      Was a / deep en|vious one.
 
FIRST GENTLEMAN
                                     ,        ,
                                 At his | return
           ,          ,           x       ,        ,
      No doubt | he will | requite it;| this is | noted
            ,   2   ,      ,    2      ,     ,
      (And gen|erally)| whoe|ver the king | favors,
           ,    2    ,      3 3       ,        ,
      The car|dinal in|stantly will find | employ|ment,
      <- ,        2   ,            ,      ,
        And || far enough | from court | too.
 
SECOND GENTLEMAN
                                               ,         ,
                                              All the | commons
        ,     2     ,       ,                 ,    ,
      Hate him per|nicious|ly, and | of my / conscience,
        T   .   T   T        ,           ,         ,
      Wish him ten fa|thom deep:| this duke | as much
             ,          ,     ,       2        ,   2       ,    2
      They love | and dote | on: call* him | bounteous | Buckingham,  ??
           ,     2    ,      ,
      The mir|ror of all | courte|sy.
 
FIRST GENTLEMAN
                                        ,      ,
                                      Stay | there sir,
           ,          x      ,        ,          ,
      And see | the noble | ruined | 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
              ,       ,      2     ,
      Let's stand | close and be|hold him.
 
BUCKINGHAM
                                            ,          ,
                                           All good*| people,
       ,               ,           ,        ,     ,
      You that | thus^far | have come | to pi|ty me,
        ,      2     ,           ,         ,          ,
      Hear what I | say, and | then go | home and | lose me.
      ,     2       ,        ,         ,           ,
      I have this^|day re|ceived a | traitor's | judgment,
           ,          ,          ,         ,        ,     ,
      And by | that name | must die;| yet hea|ven bear | witness,
           ,       ,       ,            ,         ,       o
      And if | I have | a con|science, let | it sink | me,   (hex with prev)
      ,        2     ,      ,      2     ,         ,
      Even | as the axe | falls, if I | be not | faithful.
           ,        ,        ,       ,         ,
      The law | I bear | no ma|lice for | my death,
        2      ,      ,         ,     ,         ,        o
      It has done | upon | the pre|mises,| but jus|tice:
            ,             ,        ,           ,            ,          o
      But those | that sought | it I | could wish | more* Chris|tians:    (hex with prev)
        ,     2         ,         ,     ,       ,
      (Be what they | will) I | hearti|ly for|give 'em:
       ,     2        ,          ,       ,        ,
      Yet let 'em | look they | glory | not in | mischief,
            ,           ,   ,              ,          ,     ___
      Nor build | their e|vils on | the graves | of great | men;
            ,         ,          ,           ,        ,        o
      For then,| my guilt|less blood | must cry | against |'em.  (hex with prev)
           ,         ,         ,      T   .   T    T
      For fur|ther life | in this | world I nere hope,
       ,      2     ,         ,           ,          ,
      Nor will I | sue, al|though the | king have | mercies
        ,      2      T    T     T
      More than I | dare make faults.
           ,           ,         o
      You few | that loved | me,    (tri with prev)
            ,         ,         ,          ,      ,
      And dare | be bold | to weep | for Buck|ingham,
           ,        ,           ,          ,         ,
      His no|ble friends | and fel|lows, whom | to leave
          ,     ,     2    ,     ,      ,
      Is on|ly bit|ter to him,| only | dying:
           ,     ,              ,       ,       ,
      Go with | me like^|good* an|gels to | my end,
       ,    2        ,       ,          T     T    T       ->
      And as the | long di|vorce of | steel falls on || me,
        ,      2        x       T    T    T      ,
      Make | of your prayers | one sweet sa|crifice,
            ,         ,          x
      And lift | my soul | to heaven.
        T   T  .   T      __
      Lead on in God's | name.  (tri with prev)
 
LOVELL
         ,       ,            ,          ,     ,
      I do | beseech | your grace,| for cha|rity
         ,     ,     ,       ,          ,
      If e|ver a|ny ma|lice in | your heart
            ,        ,          ,      2     ,         ,       2->
      Were hid | against | me, now | to forgive | me frank||ly.
 
BUCKINGHAM
           ,       ,       ,        ,         ,        2->
      Sir Tho|mas Lo|vell, I | as free | forgive || you
         ,          ,        x             ,   ,
      As I | would be | forgiven:| I for/give all.
             ,       ,          ,     3   3   ,
      There can|not be | those^num|berless offen|ses
      <-    ,       ,         ,      T    T    T           o
        'Gainst || me, that | I can|not take peace | with:
           ,      ,             ,         ,
      No black | envy | shall make | my grave.
           ,        ,         ,     oo
      Commend | me to | his grace:|     (tetra with prev)
           ,        ,          ,     2      ,      ,
      And if | he speak | of Buck|ingham; pray | tell him
           ,          ,          x          ,           x
      You met | him half | in heaven:| my vows | and prayers
       ,               ,           ,         ,         ,
      Yet are | the king's;| and till | my soul | forsake,
             ,          ,         ,         ,         ,
      Shall cry | for bles|sings on | him. May | he live
       ,            ,          ,         ,          ,
      Longer | than I | have time | to tell | his years;
      ,   2    ,   2       ,        ,          ,
      Ever be|loved and | loving,| may his | rule be*;
       .    T   T    T            ,         ,        ,
      And^when old time | shall lead | him to | his end,
        ,             ,     ,            ,     ,
      Goodness | and he,| fill up | one^mon|ument.
 
LOVELL
        2     ,       ,        ,         ,           ,
      To the wa|ter side | I must | conduct | your grace;
             ,          ,      ,           ,    2     ,
      Then give | my charge | up to | Sir Ni|cholas Vaux,
           ,      ,      ,    2        T
      Who un|dertakes | you to your | end.
 
VAUX
                                            .   T    T
                                           Prepare there,
            ,        ,           2        ,    ,    ,
      The duke | is co|ming: see* the / barge be | ready;
           ,                ,   ,      ,         ,
      And fit | it with / such fur|niture | as suits
            ,         ,        ,
      The great|ness of | his per|son.
 
BUCKINGHAM
                                       ,         ,     2  ->
                                      Nay,| Sir Ni||cholas,
       ,      2   ,         ,      ,      2        ,
      Let | it alone;| my state | now will but | mock me.
        .  T   T   T        2        ,    ,     ,    2
      When I came hi|ther, I was / lord high | constable,
            ,         ,     2     ,          ,        ,
      And Duke | of Buck|ingham: now,| poor^Ed|ward Bohun; (pronounced "Boon")
       ,   2       ,        ,         ,      ,
      Yet I am | richer | than my | base ac|cusers,
            ,       ,           ,       T    T  T      ,
      That ne|ver knew | what truth | meant: I now | seal it;
            ,           ,            ,        ,     T    T     Tx
      And with | that blood | will make |'em one | day groan for it. (hex with prev)
          ,      ,       ,    2     ,      ,
      My no|ble fa|ther Hen|ry of Buck|ingham,
       .    T      T     T        ,       ,         ,      ->
      Who first raised head | against | usur|ping Rich||ard,
       ,     2     ,     3  3     ,        ,     ,
      Fly|ing for suc|cor to his ser|vant Ba|nister,
       ,            ,           ,           ,          ,
      Being | distressed;| was by | that wretch | betrayed,
         2     ,      Tx     T     T       ,          ,
      And without | trial, fell; God's | peace be | with him.
       ,   2         x         ,         ,       ,  2
      Henry the | Seventh suc|ceeding,| truly | pitying
          ,          ,      ,            ,        ,
      My fa|ther's loss;| like a | most roy|al prince
           ,      ,   2      ,            ,         x
      Restored | me to my | honors:| and out | of ruins
        ,         ,          T    Tx    T         ,
      Made my | name once^|more noble. Now | his son,
       ,   2         T      T    T        ,         ,
      Henry the | Eighth, life, ho|nor, name | and all
             ,        ,           ,     ,          ,     2->
      That made | me hap|py at / one stroke | has ta||ken
          ,       ,          ,        ,         x
      For e|ver from | the world.| I had | my trial,
            ,           ,       ,      ,            ,        2->
      And must | needs say | a no|ble one;| which makes || me
         ,       ,    2    ,         ,        ,       ->
      A lit|tle hap|pier than | my wret|ched fa||ther:
       ,          ,      2     ,        ,           ,
      Yet | thus far | we are one | in for|tunes; both
        ,    2       ,          ,          T   .   T     T
      Fell by our | servants,| by those | men we loved most:
          ,       ,    2   ,      ,          ,
      A most | unnat|ural and | faithless | service.
         x      2      ,        ,          ,           ,
      Heaven has an | end in | all: yet,| you that | hear me,
        ,      2     ,       ,       ,         ,
      This from a | dying | man re|ceive as | certain:
        ,      2       ,   2     ,          ,           ,
      Where you are | liberal | of your | loves and | counsels,
           ,         ,         ,           ,        2        ,
      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 for|tunes, fall | away
            ,       ,         ,       ,        ,
      Like^wa|ter from | ye, ne|ver found | again
       ,       2         ,         ,        ,          ,
      But where they | mean to | sink ye.| All good*| people,
        ,     2      2      ,         ,                ,    ,
      Pray for me,| I must now | forsake | ye: the / last hour
        2     ,     ,        ,         ,     ,
      Of my long | weary | life is | come u|pon me.
            ,          ,       2       ,      ,             2    ,
      Farewell;| and when | you would say | something | that is sad,
        T    T  T    __
      Speak how I | fell.   \\
      ,          ,          ,        ,       oo
      I have | done; and | God for|give me.|
 
[Exeunt BUCKINGHAM and Train]
 
FIRST GENTLEMAN
      ,              ,        ,      ,         ,
      O, this | is full | of pi|ty; Sir,| it calls
          ,         ,     ,       ,           ,
      I fear,| too ma|ny cur|ses on | their heads
        ,      2       ,
      That were the | authors.
 
SECOND GENTLEMAN
                                ,         ,         ,
                               If the | duke be | guiltless,
             ,        ,     ,   2        ,         ,
      'Tis full | of woe:| yet I can | give you | inkling
       ,         ,     ,       ,        ,
      Of an | ensu|ing e|vil, if | it fall,
        ,              ,
      Greater | than this.
 
FIRST GENTLEMAN
                                ,        ,           x
                          Good^an|gels keep | it from us:
        ,     2      ,         ,         ,          ,
      What may it | be? You | do not | doubt my | faith, sir?
 
SECOND GENTLEMAN
            ,            ,   ,          ,         ,
      This se|cret is / so weigh|ty, 'twill | require
           ,       ,               x
      A strong | faith to | conceal it.
 
FIRST GENTLEMAN
                                         ,         ,
                                        Let me | have it:
       2    ,      T    T
      I do not | talk much.
 
SECOND GENTLEMAN
                            T       ,      ,
                            I | am con|fident;
            ,           ,         ,     T   T    T       , ->
      You shall | sir: did | you not | of late days || hear
           ,         ,      ,    ,
      A | buzzing | of a | sepa|ration
          ,           ,          ,    2
      Between | the king | and Kath|arine?
 
FIRST GENTLEMAN
                                           ,       2     ,      ,  ->
                                          Yes,| but it held || not;
              ,          ,             x       2      ,
      For | when the | king once^|heard it, out of | anger   ??
           ,         ,               ,   ,         ,
      He sent | command | to the / lord may|or straight
           ,         ,       ,       ,             ,
      To stop | the ru|mor, and | allay | those tongues
             ,          ,
      That durst | disperse | it.
 
SECOND GENTLEMAN
                                   ,           ,       ,
                                  But | that slan|der sir,
           ,         ,      ,              ,        ,
      Is found | a truth | now: for | it grows | again
        ,    2        ,        ,           ,         ,
      Fresher than | ere it | was; and | held for | certain
            ,          ,         x      ,    2       ,   2
      The king | will ven|ture at it.| Either the | cardinal,
           ,       ,          ,          ,        ,      ->
      Or some | about | him near,| have^out | of ma||lice
        2        ,    ,          ,       ,      2      ,
      To the / good queen,| possessed | him with a | scruple
             ,       ,                  ,    ,   ,
      That will | undo | her: to con//firm this too,
       ,  2          ,      ,      ,            ,
      Cardinal | Campei|us is ar|rived, and | lately;
          ,      ,      2        ,
      As all | think for this | business.
 
FIRST GENTLEMAN
                                           ,         ,   2
                                         'Tis the | cardinal;
            ,       2     ,    ,     ,        ,  2
      And mere|ly to re/venge him | on the | emperor,
           ,        ,       ,    ,     2       ,
      For not | bestow|ing on | him, at his | asking,
         2    ,       ,      2   ,       ,        ,        
      The archbi|shopric | of Tole|do, this | is pur||posed.  ????
 
SECOND GENTLEMAN
          ,
      I think
         2      ,          ,     ,           ,      ,
      You have hit | the mark;| but is | it not | cruel,
      <-         ,             ,          ,          ,          ,   2
        That || she should | feel the | smart of | this: The | cardinal
             ,          ,         ,           ,
      Will have | his will,| and she | must fall.
 
FIRST GENTLEMAN
                                                       ,      ->
                                                 'Tis woe||ful.
       ,      2    ,       ,        ,       ,
      We | are too^o|pen here | to ar|gue this:
              ,         ,         ,
      Let's^think | in pri|vate more.  \\
 
[Exeunt]

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