Act II, Scene 1
Westminster. A street.
- Enter two Gentlemen at several doors.
- Whither away so fast?
Second Gentleman2 - 4
- O, God save ye!
- Ev’n to the hall, to hear what shall become
- Of the great Duke of Buckingham.
First Gentleman5 - 7
- I’ll save you
- That labor, sir. All’s now done but the ceremony
- Of bringing back the prisoner.
- Were you there?
- Yes indeed was I.
- Pray speak what has happen’d.
- You may guess quickly what.
- Is he found guilty?
- Yes, truly is he, and condemn’d upon’t.
- I am sorry for’t.
- So are a number more.
- But pray how pass’d it?
First Gentleman17 - 28
- 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
- Urg’d on the examinations, proofs, confessions
- Of divers witnesses, which the Duke desir’d
- To him brought vivâ voce to his face;
- At which appear’d against him his surveyor,
- Sir Gilbert Perk his chancellor, and John Car,
- Confessor to him, with that devil monk,
- Hopkins, that made this mischief.
Second Gentleman29 - 30
- That was he
- That fed him with his prophecies?
First Gentleman31 - 37
- The same;
- All these accus’d 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.
- After all this, how did he bear himself?
First Gentleman39 - 44
- When he was brought again to th’ 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.
- I do not think he fears death.
First Gentleman46 - 48
- Sure he does not,
- He never was so womanish. The cause
- He may a little grieve at.
Second Gentleman49 - 50
- The Cardinal is the end of this.
First Gentleman51 - 55
- ’Tis likely,
- By all conjectures: first, Kildare’s attendure,
- Then deputy of Ireland, who remov’d,
- Earl Surrey was sent thither, and in haste too,
- Lest he should help his father.
Second Gentleman56 - 57
- That trick of state
- Was a deep envious one.
First Gentleman58 - 62
- At his return
- No doubt he will requite it. This is noted,
- And generally, whoever the King favors,
- The Card’nal instantly will find employment,
- And far enough from court too.
Second Gentleman63 - 67
- 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—
- Enter Buckingham from his arraignment, Tipstaves before him,
- the axe with the edge towards him, Halberds on each side;
- accompanied with Sir Thomas Lovell, Sir Nicholas Vaux, Sir
- Walter Sands, and common people, etc.
First Gentleman68 - 69
- Stay there, sir,
- And see the noble ruin’d man you speak of.
- Let’s stand close and behold him.
Duke of Buckingham71 - 94
- All good people,
- You that thus far have come to pity me,
- Hear what I say, and then go home and lose me.
- I have this day receiv’d a traitor’s judgment,
- And by that name must die; yet, heaven bear witness,
- And if I have a conscience, let it sink me,
- Even as the axe falls, if I be not faithful!
- The law I bear no malice for my death;
- ’T has done, upon the premises, but justice;
- But those that sought it I could wish more Christians.
- Be what they will, I heartily forgive ’em;
- Yet let ’em look they glory not in mischief,
- Nor build their evils on the graves of great men,
- For then my guiltless blood must cry against ’em.
- For further life in this world I ne’er hope,
- Nor will I sue, although the King have mercies
- More than I dare make faults. You few that lov’d me
- And dare be bold to weep for Buckingham,
- His noble friends and fellows, whom to leave
- Is only bitter to him, only dying,
- Go with me like good angels to my end,
- And as the long divorce of steel falls on me,
- Make of your prayers one sweet sacrifice,
- And lift my soul to heaven. Lead on a’ God’s name.
Sir Thomas Lovell95 - 97
- I do beseech your Grace, for charity,
- If ever any malice in your heart
- Were hid against me, now to forgive me frankly.
Duke of Buckingham98 - 110
- Sir Thomas Lovell, I as free forgive you
- As I would be forgiven. I forgive all.
- There cannot be those numberless offenses
- ’Gainst me, that I cannot take peace with; no black envy
- Shall make my grave. Commend me to his Grace;
- And if he speak of Buckingham, pray tell him
- You met him half in heaven. My vows and prayers
- Yet are the King’s; and, till my soul forsake,
- Shall cry for blessings on him. May he live
- Longer than I have time to tell his years;
- Ever belov’d and loving may his rule be;
- And when old Time shall lead him to his end,
- Goodness and he fill up one monument!
Sir Thomas Lovell111 - 113
- To th’ water side I must conduct your Grace;
- Then give my charge up to Sir Nicholas Vaux,
- Who undertakes you to your end.
Sir Nicholas Vaux114 - 117
- Prepare there,
- The Duke is coming. See the barge be ready;
- And fit it with such furniture as suits
- The greatness of his person.
Duke of Buckingham118 - 154
- 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 rais’d 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
- Restor’d me to my honors; and out of ruins
- Made my name once more noble. Now his son,
- Henry the Eight, life, honor, name, and all
- That made me happy, at one stroke has taken
- Forever 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 lov’d 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.
- And when you would say something that is sad,
- Speak how I fell. I have done; and God forgive me!
- Exeunt Duke and Train.
First Gentleman155 - 157
- O, this is full of pity! Sir, it calls,
- I fear, too many curses on their heads
- That were the authors.
Second Gentleman158 - 161
- 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 Gentleman162 - 163
- Good angels keep it from us!
- What may it be? You do not doubt my faith, sir?
Second Gentleman164 - 165
- This secret is so weighty, ’twill require
- A strong faith to conceal it.
First Gentleman166 - 167
- Let me have it;
- I do not talk much.
Second Gentleman168 - 171
- I am confident;
- You shall, sir. Did you not of late days hear
- A buzzing of a separation
- Between the King and Katherine?
First Gentleman172 - 176
- 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 Gentleman177 - 185
- 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 arriv’d, and lately,
- As all think, for this business.
First Gentleman186 - 189
- ’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 purpos’d.
Second Gentleman190 - 192
- 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 Gentleman193 - 195
- ’Tis woeful.
- We are too open here to argue this;
- Let’s think in private more.