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Sir Thomas More: Act I, Scene 3

Sir Thomas More
Act I, Scene 3

London. A state apartment.

  1. Enter the Earls of Shrewsbury and Surrey, Sir Thomas Palmer,
  2. and Sir Roger Cholmley.

Shrewsbury

1 - 8
  1. My lord of Surrey, and Sir Thomas Palmer
  2. Might I with patience tempt your grave advice,
  3. I tell ye true, that in these dangerous times
  4. I do not like this frowning vulgar brow:
  5. My searching eye did never entertain
  6. A more distracted countenance of grief
  7. Than I have late observed
  8. In the displeased commons of the city.

Surrey

9 - 15
  1. ’Tis strange that from his princely clemency,
  2. So well a tempered mercy and a grace,
  3. To all the aliens in this fruitful land,
  4. That this high-crested insolence should spring
  5. From them that breathe from his majestic bounty,
  6. That, fattened with the traffic of our country,
  7. Already leaps into his subjects’ face.

Palmer

16 - 24
  1. Yet Sherwin, hindered to commence his suit
  2. Against de Barde by the ambassador,
  3. By supplication made unto the king,
  4. Who, having first enticed away his wife
  5. And got his plate, near worth four hundred pound,
  6. To grieve some wronged citizens that found
  7. This vile disgrace oft cast into their teeth,
  8. Of late sues Sherwin, and arrested him
  9. For money for the boarding of his wife.

Surrey

25 - 29
  1. The more knave Barde, that, using Sherwin’s goods,
  2. Doth ask him interest for the occupation.
  3. I like not that, my lord of Shrewsbury:
  4. He’s ill bested that lends a well-paced horse
  5. Unto a man that will not find him meet.

Cholmley

30
  1. My lord of Surrey will be pleasant still.

Palmer

31 - 37
  1. Aye, being then employed by your honors
  2. To stay the broil that fell about the same,
  3. Where by persuasion I enforced the wrongs,
  4. And urged the grief of the displeased city,
  5. He answered me, and with a solemn oath,
  6. That, if he had the Mayor of London’s wife,
  7. He would keep her in despite of any English.

Surrey

38 - 41
  1. ’Tis good, Sir Thomas, then, for you and me;
  2. Your wife is dead, and I a bachelor:
  3. If no man can possess his wife alone,
  4. I am glad, Sir Thomas Palmer, I have none.

Cholmley

42
  1. If a take a wife, ’a shall find her meet.

Surrey

43 - 47
  1. And reason good, Sir Roger Cholmley, too.
  2. If these hot Frenchmen needsly will have sport,
  3. They should in kindness yet defray the charge:
  4. ’Tis hard when men possess our wives in quiet,
  5. And yet leave us in, to discharge their diet.

Shrewsbury

48 - 56
  1. My lord, our caters shall not use the market
  2. For our provision, but some stranger now
  3. Will take the vittailes from him he hath bought:
  4. A carpenter, as I was late informed,
  5. Who having bought a pair of doves in Cheap,
  6. Immediately a Frenchman took them from him,
  7. And beat the poor man for resisting him;
  8. And when the fellow did complain his wrongs,
  9. He was severely punished for his labor.

Surrey

57 - 63
  1. But if the English blood be once but up,
  2. As I perceive their hearts already full,
  3. I fear me much, before their spleens be cold,
  4. Some of these saucy aliens for their pride
  5. Will pay for ’t soundly, wheresoe’er it lights:
  6. This tide of rage that with the eddy strives,
  7. I fear me much, will drown too many lives.

Cholmley

64 - 70
  1. Now, afore God, your honors, pardon me:
  2. Men of your place and greatness are to blame.
  3. I tell ye true, my lords, in that his majesty
  4. Is not informed of this base abuse
  5. And daily wrongs are offered to his subjects;
  6. For, if he were, I know his gracious wisdom
  7. Would soon redress it.
  1. Enter First Messenger.

Shrewsbury

71
  1. Sirrah, what news?

Cholmley

72
  1.                    None good, I fear.

First Messenger

73 - 78
  1. My lord, ill news; and worse, I fear, will follow,
  2. If speedily it be not looked unto:
  3. The city is in an uproar, and the Mayor
  4. Is threatened, if he come out of his house.
  5. A number poor artificers are up
  6. In arms and threaten to avenge their wrongs.

Cholmley

79 - 81
  1. We feared what this would come unto:
  2. This follows on the doctor’s publishing
  3. The bill of wrongs in public at the Spittle.

Shrewsbury

82 - 83
  1. That Doctor Beale may chance beshrew himself
  2. For reading of the bill.

Palmer

84 - 85
  1. Let us go gather forces to the Mayor,
  2. For quick suppressing this rebellious route.

Surrey

86 - 91
  1. Now I bethink myself of Master More,
  2. One of the sheriffs, a wise and learned gentleman,
  3. And in especial favor with the people:
  4. He, backed with other grave and sober men,
  5. May by his gentle and persuasive speech
  6. Perhaps prevail more than we can with power.

Shrewsbury

92 - 94
  1. Believe me, but your honor well advises:
  2. Let us make haste; for I do greatly fear
  3. Some of their graves this morning’s work will bear.
  1. Exeunt.
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