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Sir Thomas More: Act V, Scene 2

Sir Thomas More
Act V, Scene 2

More’s house.

  1. Enter Butler, Porter, Brewer, and Horsekeeper several ways.

Ned

1
  1. Robin brewer, how now, man! What cheer, what cheer?

Robin

2 - 4
  1. Faith, Ned Butler, sick of thy disease; and these our other
  2. fellows here, Rafe Horsekeeper and Giles Porter, sad, sad;
  3. they say my lord goes to his trial today.

Ralph

5 - 6
  1. To it, man! Why, he is now at it, God send him well to
  2. speed!

Giles

7 - 8
  1. Amen; even as I wish to mine own soul, so speed it with my
  2. honorable lord and master, Sir Thomas More.

Ned

9 - 12
  1. I cannot tell, I have nothing to do with matters above my
  2. capacity; but, as God judge me, if I might speak my mind, I
  3. think there lives not a more harmless gentleman in the
  4. universal world.

Robin

13 - 14
  1. Nor a wiser, nor a merrier, nor an honester; go to, I’ll put
  2. that in upon mine own knowledge.

Giles

15 - 17
  1. Nay, and ye bait him his due of his housekeeping, hang ye
  2. all! Ye have many Lord Chancellor’s comes in debt at the
  3. year’s end, and for very housekeeping.

Ralph

18 - 20
  1. Well, he was too good a lord for us, and therefore, I fear,
  2. God himself will take him. But I’ll be hanged, if ever I
  3. have such an other service.

Robin

21 - 22
  1. Soft, man, we are not discharged yet. My lord may come home
  2. again, and all will be well.

Ned

23 - 26
  1. I much mistrust it; when they go to raigning once, there’s
  2. ever foul weather for a great while after. But soft; here
  3. comes Master Gough and Master Catesby. Now we shall hear
  4. more.
  1. Enter Gough and Catesby with a paper.

Ralph

27
  1. Before God, they are very sad; I doubt my lord is condemned.

Giles

28 - 29
  1. God bless his soul! And a fig then for all wordly
  2. condemnation.

Gough

30 - 32
  1. Well said, Giles Porter, I commend thee for it;
  2. ’Twas spoken like a well affected servant
  3. Of him that was a kind lord to us all.

Catesby

33 - 37
  1. Which now no more he shall be; for, dear fellows,
  2. Now we are masterless, though he may live
  3. So long as please the king. But law hath made him
  4. A dead man to the world, and given the axe his head,
  5. But his sweet soul to live among the saints.

Gough

38 - 49
  1. Let us entreat ye to go call together
  2. The rest of your sad fellows (by the rule
  3. Y’are just seven score), and tell them what we hear
  4. A virtuous honorable lord hath done
  5. Even for the meanest follower that he had.
  6. This writing found my lady in his study,
  7. This instant morning, wherein is set down
  8. Each servant’s name, according to his place
  9. And office in the house. On every man
  10. He frankly hath bestown twenty nobles,
  11. The best and worst together, all alike,
  12. Which Master Catesby here forth will pay ye.

Catesby

50 - 57
  1. Take it as it is meant, a kind remembrance
  2. Of a fair kinder lord, with whose sad fall
  3. He gives up house and farewell to us all:
  4. Thus the fair spreading oak falls not alone,
  5. But all the neighbor plants and under-trees
  6. Are crushed down with his weight. No more of this:
  7. Come, and receive your due, and after go
  8. Fellow-like hence, copartners of one woe.
  1. Exeunt.
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