Sir Thomas More
Act IV, Scene 3
- Enter the Bishop of Rochester, Surrey, Shrewsbury,
- Lieutenant of the Tower, and Warders with weapons
Rochester1 - 6
- Your kind persuasions, honorable lords,
- I can but thank ye for; but in this breast
- There lives a soul that aims at higher things
- Than temporary pleasing earthly kings.
- God bless his highness even with all my heart!—
- We shall meet one day, though that now we part.
Surrey7 - 9
- We not misdoubt, your wisdom can discern
- What best befits it; yet in love and zeal
- We could entreat, it might be otherwise.
Shrewsbury10 - 12
- No doubt, your fatherhood will by yourself
- Consider better of the present case,
- And grow as great in favor as before.
Rochester13 - 22
- For that, as pleaseth God. In my restraint
- From wordly causes, I shall better see
- Into myself than at proud liberty:
- The Tower and I will privately confer
- Of things, wherein at freedom I may err.
- But I am troublesome unto your honors,
- And hold ye longer than becomes my duty.
- Master Lieutenant, I am now your charge;
- And though you keep my body, yet my love
- Waits on my king and you, while Fisher lives.
Surrey23 - 24
- Farewell, my Lord of Rochester; we’ll pray
- For your release, and labor’t as we may.
Shrewsbury25 - 26
- Thereof assure yourself; so do we leave ye,
- And to your happy private thoughts bequeath ye.
- Exeunt Lords.
Rochester27 - 29
- Now, Master Lieutenant, on; i’God’s name, go!
- And with as glad a mind go I with you
- As ever truant bade the school adieu.