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Sir Thomas More: Act IV, Scene 3

Sir Thomas More
Act IV, Scene 3

The Tower.

  1. Enter the Bishop of Rochester, Surrey, Shrewsbury,
  2. Lieutenant of the Tower, and Warders with weapons

Rochester

1 - 6
  1. Your kind persuasions, honorable lords,
  2. I can but thank ye for; but in this breast
  3. There lives a soul that aims at higher things
  4. Than temporary pleasing earthly kings.
  5. God bless his highness even with all my heart!—
  6. We shall meet one day, though that now we part.

Surrey

7 - 9
  1. We not misdoubt, your wisdom can discern
  2. What best befits it; yet in love and zeal
  3. We could entreat, it might be otherwise.

Shrewsbury

10 - 12
  1. No doubt, your fatherhood will by yourself
  2. Consider better of the present case,
  3. And grow as great in favor as before.

Rochester

13 - 22
  1. For that, as pleaseth God. In my restraint
  2. From wordly causes, I shall better see
  3. Into myself than at proud liberty:
  4. The Tower and I will privately confer
  5. Of things, wherein at freedom I may err.
  6. But I am troublesome unto your honors,
  7. And hold ye longer than becomes my duty.
  8. Master Lieutenant, I am now your charge;
  9. And though you keep my body, yet my love
  10. Waits on my king and you, while Fisher lives.

Surrey

23 - 24
  1. Farewell, my Lord of Rochester; we’ll pray
  2. For your release, and labor’t as we may.

Shrewsbury

25 - 26
  1. Thereof assure yourself; so do we leave ye,
  2. And to your happy private thoughts bequeath ye.
  1. Exeunt Lords.

Rochester

27 - 29
  1. Now, Master Lieutenant, on; i’God’s name, go!
  2. And with as glad a mind go I with you
  3. As ever truant bade the school adieu.
  1. Exeunt.
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