Henry VIII

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Enter two Gentlemen at seuerall Doores.Enter two Gentlemen, at several doorsseveral (adj.)

old form: seuerall
separate, different, distinct
H8 II.i.1
Whether away so fast?Whither away so fast? H8 II.i.1.1
O, God saue ye:O, God save ye! H8 II.i.1.2
Eu'n to the Hall, to heare what shall becomeEven to the Hall, to hear what shall become H8 II.i.2
Of the great Duke of Buckingham.Of the great Duke of Buckingham. H8 II.i.3.1
Ile saue youI'll save you H8 II.i.3.2
That labour Sir. All's now done but the CeremonyThat labour, sir. All's now done but the ceremony H8 II.i.4
Of bringing backe the Prisoner.Of bringing back the prisoner. H8 II.i.5.1
Were you there?Were you there? H8 II.i.5.2
Yes indeed was I.Yes, indeed was I. H8 II.i.6.1
Pray speake what ha's happen'd.Pray speak what has happened. H8 II.i.6.2
You may guesse quickly what.You may guess quickly what. H8 II.i.7.1
Is he found guilty?Is he found guilty? H8 II.i.7.2
Yes truely is he, / And condemn'd vpon't.Yes, truly is he, and condemned upon't. H8 II.i.8
I am sorry fort.I am sorry for't. H8 II.i.9.1
So are a number more.So are a number more. H8 II.i.9.2
But pray how past it?But, pray, how passed it? H8 II.i.10
Ile tell you in a little. The great DukeI'll tell you in a little. The great Dukelittle, in a
in brief, shortly
H8 II.i.11
Came to the Bar; where, to his accusationsCame to the bar, where to his accusations H8 II.i.12
He pleaded still not guilty, and alleadgedHe pleaded still not guilty, and allegedstill (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
H8 II.i.13
allege (v.)

old form: alleadged
advance, produce, bring forward
Many sharpe reasons to defeat the Law.Many sharp reasons to defeat the law.sharp (adj.)

old form: sharpe
subtle, delicate, acute
H8 II.i.14
law (n.)
charge, accusation, case [against]
defeat (v.)
refute, resist
The Kings Atturney on the contrary,The King's attorney, on the contrary,contrary (n.)
opposite side, position as adversary
H8 II.i.15
Vrg'd on the Examinations, proofes, confessionsUrged on the examinations, proofs, confessions,examination (n.)
deposition, testimony, statement
H8 II.i.16
proof (n.)

old form: proofes
evidence, demonstration, testimony
Of diuers witnesses, which the Duke desir'dOf divers witnesses, which the Duke desireddivers (adj.)

old form: diuers
different, various, several
H8 II.i.17
To him brought viua voce to his face;To have brought viva voce to his face;viva voce

old form: viua
by word of mouth
H8 II.i.18
At which appear'd against him, his SurueyorAt which appeared against him his surveyor,surveyor (n.)

old form: Surueyor
superintendent, land agent, estate supervisor
H8 II.i.19
Sir Gilbert Pecke his Chancellour, and Iohn Car,Sir Gilbert Perk his chancellor, and John Car, H8 II.i.20
Confessor to him, with that Diuell Monke,Confessor to him, with that devil-monk, H8 II.i.21
Hopkins, that made this mischiefe.Hopkins, that made this mischief.mischief (n.)

old form: mischiefe
wicked action, evil deed, harmful scheme
H8 II.i.22.1
That was heeThat was he H8 II.i.22.2
That fed him with his Prophecies.That fed him with his prophecies. H8 II.i.23.1
The same,The same. H8 II.i.23.2
All these accus'd him strongly, which he faineAll these accused him strongly, which he fainfain (adv.)

old form: faine
gladly, willingly
H8 II.i.24
Would haue flung from him; but indeed he could not;Would have flung from him; but indeed he could not; H8 II.i.25
And so his Peeres vpon this euidence,And so his peers, upon this evidence, H8 II.i.26
Haue found him guilty of high Treason. MuchHave found him guilty of high treason. Much H8 II.i.27
He spoke, and learnedly for life: But allHe spoke, and learnedly, for life, but all H8 II.i.28
Was either pittied in him, or forgotten.Was either pitied in him or forgotten.forget (v.)
neglect, disregard, give no thought to
H8 II.i.29
After all this, how did he beare himselfe?After all this, how did he bear himself?bear (v.), past forms bore, borne

old form: beare
behave, look, conduct [oneself]
H8 II.i.30
When he was brought agen to th'Bar, to heareWhen he was brought again to th' bar, to hear H8 II.i.31
His Knell rung out, his Iudgement, he was stir'dHis knell rung out, his judgement, he was stirred H8 II.i.32
With such an Agony, he sweat extreamly,With such an agony he sweat extremely, H8 II.i.33
And somthing spoke in choller, ill, and hasty:And something spoke in choler, ill and hasty;choler (n.)

old form: choller
anger, rage, wrath
H8 II.i.34
ill (adv.)
imperfectly, poorly, to ill effect
But he fell to himselfe againe, and sweetly,But he fell to himself again, and sweetly H8 II.i.35
In all the rest shew'd a most Noble patience.In all the rest showed a most noble patience. H8 II.i.36
I doe not thinke he feares death.I do not think he fears death. H8 II.i.37.1
Sure he does not,Sure he does not; H8 II.i.37.2
He neuer was so womanish, the causeHe never was so womanish. The cause H8 II.i.38
He may a little grieue at.He may a little grieve at. H8 II.i.39.1
Certainly,Certainly H8 II.i.39.2
The Cardinall is the end of this.The Cardinal is the end of this.end (n.)
root cause, source
H8 II.i.40.1
Tis likely,'Tis likely, H8 II.i.40.2
By all coniectures: First Kildares Attendure;By all conjectures: first, Kildare's attainder,attainder (n.)

old form: Attendure
accusation, allegation, denunciation
H8 II.i.41
conjecture (n.)

old form: coniectures
surmise, guess, supposition
Then Deputy of Ireland, who remou'dThen deputy of Ireland, who removed,remove (v.)

old form: remou'd
go, move off, depart
H8 II.i.42
Earle Surrey, was sent thither, and in hast too,Earl Surrey was sent thither, and in haste too, H8 II.i.43
Least he should helpe his Father.Lest he should help his father. H8 II.i.44.1
That tricke of StateThat trick of state H8 II.i.44.2
Was a deepe enuious one,Was a deep envious one.envious (adj.)

old form: enuious
malicious, spiteful, vindictive, full of enmity
H8 II.i.45.1
At his returne,At his return H8 II.i.45.2
No doubt he will requite it; this is notedNo doubt he will requite it. This is noted,requite (v.), past forms requit, requited
avenge, pay back, take vengeance on
H8 II.i.46
(And generally) who euer the King fauours,And generally: whoever the King favours,generally (adv.)
universally, without exception, in the eyes of all
H8 II.i.47
The Cardnall instantly will finde imployment,The Cardinal instantly will find employment, H8 II.i.48
And farre enough from Court too.And far enough from court too. H8 II.i.49.1
All the CommonsAll the commonscommons (n.)
common people, ordinary citizens
H8 II.i.49.2
Hate him perniciously, and o' my ConscienceHate him perniciously, and, o' my conscience,perniciously (adv.)
with deep loathing, to the point of destruction
H8 II.i.50
Wish him ten faddom deepe: This Duke as muchWish him ten fathom deep. This Duke as much H8 II.i.51
They loue and doate on: call him bounteous Buckingham,They love and dote on, call him bounteous Buckingham, H8 II.i.52
The Mirror of all courtesie.The mirror of all courtesy –  H8 II.i.53.1
Stay there Sir,Stay there, sir, H8 II.i.53.2
And see the noble ruin'd man you speake of.And see the noble ruined man you speak of. H8 II.i.54
Enter Buckingham from his Arraignment, Tipstaues Enter Buckingham from his arraignment, tipstavestipstaff (n.)

old form: Tipstaues
court officer
H8 II.i.55.1.1
before him, the Axe with the edge towards him, before him, the axe with the edge towards him, H8 II.i.55.2
Halberds on each side, accompanied with Sir Thomas halberds on each side, accompanied with Sir Thomashalberd (n.)
person armed with a halberd
H8 II.i.55.3
Louell, Sir Nicholas Vaux, Sir Walter Sands, and Lovell, Sir Nicholas Vaux, Sir Walter Sands, and H8 II.i.55.4
common people, &c.common people, etc. H8 II.i.55.5
Let's stand close and behold him.Let's stand close, and behold him.close (adv.)
closely, staying near
H8 II.i.55.1
All good people,All good people, H8 II.i.55.2
You that thus farre haue come to pitty me;You that thus far have come to pity me, H8 II.i.56
Heare what I say, and then goe home and lose me.Hear what I say, and then go home and lose me.lose (v.)
lose sight of, forget
H8 II.i.57
I haue this day receiu'd a Traitors iudgement,I have this day received a traitor's judgement, H8 II.i.58
And by that name must dye; yet Heauen beare witnes,And by that name must die. Yet, heaven bear witness, H8 II.i.59
And if I haue a Conscience, let it sincke me,And if I have a conscience let it sink me, H8 II.i.60
Euen as the Axe falls, if I be not faithfull.Even as the axe falls, if I be not faithful! H8 II.i.61
The Law I beare no mallice for my death,The law I bear no malice for my death: H8 II.i.62
T'has done vpon the premises, but Iustice:'T has done, upon the premises, but justice.premise (n.)

old form: premises
(plural) evidence, circumstances admitted in court
H8 II.i.63
But those that sought it, I could wish more Christians:But those that sought it I could wish more Christians. H8 II.i.64
(Be what they will) I heartily forgiue 'em;Be what they will, I heartily forgive 'em. H8 II.i.65
Yet let 'em looke they glory not in mischiefe;Yet let 'em look they glory not in mischief,mischief (n.)

old form: mischiefe
catastrophe, calamity, misfortune
H8 II.i.66
Nor build their euils on the graues of great men;Nor build their evils on the graves of great men, H8 II.i.67
For then, my guiltlesse blood must cry against 'em.For then my guiltless blood must cry against 'em. H8 II.i.68
For further life in this world I ne're hope,For further life in this world I ne'er hope, H8 II.i.69
Nor will I sue, although the King haue merciesNor will I sue, although the King have mercies H8 II.i.70
More then I dare make faults. / You few that lou'd me,More than I dare make faults. You few that loved me, H8 II.i.71
And dare be bold to weepe for Buckingham,And dare be bold to weep for Buckingham, H8 II.i.72
His Noble Friends and Fellowes; whom to leaueHis noble friends and fellows, whom to leave H8 II.i.73
Is only bitter to him, only dying:Is only bitter to him, only dying, H8 II.i.74
Goe with me like good Angels to my end,Go with me like good angels to my end, H8 II.i.75
And as the long diuorce of Steele fals on me,And as the long divorce of steel falls on me,divorce (n.)

old form: diuorce
separating force
H8 II.i.76
steel (n.)

old form: Steele
weapon of steel, sword
Make of your Prayers one sweet Sacrifice,Make of your prayers one sweet sacrifice, H8 II.i.77
And lift my Soule to Heauen. / Lead on a Gods name.And lift my soul to heaven. Lead on, a God's name!a (prep.)
variant form of 'in'
H8 II.i.78
Louell. LOVELL 
I doe beseech your Grace, for charityI do beseech your grace, for charity, H8 II.i.79
If euer any malice in your heartIf ever any malice in your heart H8 II.i.80
Were hid against me, now to forgiue me frankly.Were hid against me, now to forgive me frankly. H8 II.i.81
Sir Thomas Louell, I as free forgiue youSir Thomas Lovell, I as free forgive you H8 II.i.82
As I would be forgiuen: I forgiue all.As I would be forgiven. I forgive all. H8 II.i.83
There cannot be those numberlesse offencesThere cannot be those numberless offences H8 II.i.84
Gainst me, that I cannot take peace with: / No blacke Enuy 'Gainst me that I cannot take peace with. No black envyenvy (n.)

old form: Enuy
malice, ill-will, enmity
H8 II.i.85
take peace
make peace
shall make my Graue. / Commend mee to his Grace:Shall mark my grave. Commend me to his grace,commend (v.)
convey greetings, present kind regards
H8 II.i.86
And if he speake of Buckingham; pray tell him,And if he speak of Buckingham, pray tell him H8 II.i.87
You met him halfe in Heauen: my vowes and prayersYou met him half in heaven. My vows and prayers H8 II.i.88
Yet are the Kings; and till my Soule forsake,Yet are the King's and, till my soul forsake,forsake (v.)
leave, depart [from]
H8 II.i.89
Shall cry for blessings on him. May he liueShall cry for blessings on him. May he live H8 II.i.90
Longer then I haue time to tell his yeares;Longer than I have time to tell his years;tell (v.)
count out, number, itemize
H8 II.i.91
Euer belou'd and louing, may his Rule be;Ever beloved and loving may his rule be; H8 II.i.92
And when old Time shall lead him to his end,And, when old time shall lead him to his end, H8 II.i.93
Goodnesse and he, fill vp one Monument.Goodness and he fill up one monument!monument (n.)
tomb, burial chamber
H8 II.i.94
To th'water side I must conduct your Grace;To th' waterside I must conduct your grace, H8 II.i.95
Then giue my Charge vp to Sir Nicholas Vaux,Then give my charge up to Sir Nicholas Vaux, H8 II.i.96
Who vndertakes you to your end.Who undertakes you to your end.undertake (v.)

old form: vndertakes
take charge of, have responsibility for
H8 II.i.97.1
Vaux. VAUX 
Prepare there,Prepare there; H8 II.i.97.2
The Duke is comming: See the Barge be ready;The Duke is coming. See the barge be ready, H8 II.i.98
And fit it with such furniture as suitesAnd fit it with such furniture as suitsfurniture (n.)
furnishing, fittings, embellishments
H8 II.i.99
The Greatnesse of his Person.The greatness of his person. H8 II.i.100.1
Nay, Sir Nicholas,Nay, Sir Nicholas, H8 II.i.100.2
Let it alone; my State now will but mocke me.Let it alone; my state now will but mock me. H8 II.i.101
When I came hither, I was Lord High Constable,When I came hither, I was Lord High Constableconstable (n.)
chief officer of the royal household [in England and France]
H8 II.i.102
And Duke of Buckingham: now, poore Edward Bohun;And Duke of Buckingham; now, poor Edward Bohun. H8 II.i.103
Yet I am richer then my base Accusers,Yet I am richer than my base accusersbase (adj.)
dishonourable, low, unworthy
H8 II.i.104
That neuer knew what Truth meant: I now seale it;That never knew what truth meant. I now seal it,seal (v.)

old form: seale
confirm, ratify, approve
H8 II.i.105
And with that bloud will make 'em one day groane for't.And with that blood will make 'em one day groan for't. H8 II.i.106
My noble Father Henry of Buckingham,My noble father, Henry of Buckingham, H8 II.i.107
Who first rais'd head against Vsurping Richard,Who first raised head against usurping Richard,head (n.)
fighting force, army, body of troops
H8 II.i.108
Flying for succour to his Seruant Banister,Flying for succour to his servant Banister, H8 II.i.109
Being distrest; was by that wretch betraid,Being distressed, was by that wretch betrayed, H8 II.i.110
And without Tryall, fell; Gods peace be with him.And without trial fell. God's peace be with him! H8 II.i.111
Henry the Seauenth succeeding, truly pittyingHenry the Seventh succeeding, truly pitying H8 II.i.112
My Fathers losse; like a most Royall PrinceMy father's loss, like a most royal prince, H8 II.i.113
Restor'd me to my Honours: and out of ruinesRestored me to my honours, and out of ruins, H8 II.i.114
Made my Name once more Noble. Now his Sonne,Made my name once more noble. Now his son, H8 II.i.115
Henry the Eight, Life, Honour, Name and allHenry the Eighth, life, honour, name, and all H8 II.i.116
That made me happy; at one stroake ha's takenThat made me happy, at one stroke has taken H8 II.i.117
For euer from the World. I had my Tryall,For ever from the world. I had my trial, H8 II.i.118
And must needs say a Noble one; which makes meAnd must needs say a noble one; which makes me H8 II.i.119
A little happier then my wretched Father:A little happier than my wretched father: H8 II.i.120
Yet thus farre we are one in Fortunes; bothYet thus far we are one in fortunes: both H8 II.i.121
Fell by our Seruants, by those Men we lou'd most:Fell by our servants, by those men we loved most –  H8 II.i.122
A most vnnaturall and faithlesse Seruice.A most unnatural and faithless service. H8 II.i.123
Heauen ha's an end in all: yet, you that heare me,Heaven has an end in all. Yet, you that hear me,end (n.)
purpose, aim, design
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This from a dying man receiue as certaine:This from a dying man receive as certain: H8 II.i.125
Where you are liberall of your loues and Councels,Where you are liberal of your loves and counsels H8 II.i.126
Be sure you be not loose; for those you make friends,Be sure you be not loose; for those you make friendsloose (adj.)
casual, lax, careless
H8 II.i.127
And giue your hearts to; when they once perceiueAnd give your hearts to, when they once perceive H8 II.i.128
The least rub in your fortunes, fall awayThe least rub in your fortunes, fall awayrub (n.)
[bowls] obstacle, impediment, hindrance
H8 II.i.129
Like water from ye, neuer found againeLike water from ye, never found again H8 II.i.130
But where they meane to sinke ye: all good peopleBut where they mean to sink ye. All good people, H8 II.i.131
Pray for me, I must now forsake ye; the last hourePray for me! I must now forsake ye; the last hourforsake (v.)
leave, depart [from]
H8 II.i.132
Of my long weary life is come vpon me:Of my long weary life is come upon me. H8 II.i.133
Farewell; Farewell; H8 II.i.134
and when you would say somthing that is sad,And when you would say something that is sad,sad (adj.)
serious, grave, solemn
H8 II.i.135
Speake how I fell. / I haue done; and God forgiue me.Speak how I fell. I have done; and God forgive me! H8 II.i.136
Exeunt Duke and Traine.Exeunt Duke and Train H8 II.i.136
O, this is full of pitty; Sir, it calsO, this is full of pity! Sir, it calls, H8 II.i.137
I feare, too many curses on their headsI fear, too many curses on their heads H8 II.i.138
That were the Authors.That were the authors. H8 II.i.139.1
If the Duke be guiltlesse,If the Duke be guiltless, H8 II.i.139.2
'Tis full of woe: yet I can giue you inckling'Tis full of woe; yet I can give you inkling H8 II.i.140
Of an ensuing euill, if it fall,Of an ensuing evil, if it fall,evil (n.)

old form: euill
affliction, misfortune, hardship
H8 II.i.141
fall (v.)
happen, occur, come to pass
Greater then this.Greater than this. H8 II.i.142.1
Good Angels keepe it from vs:Good angels keep it from us! H8 II.i.142.2
What may it be? you doe not doubt my faith Sir?What may it be? You do not doubt my faith, sir?faith (n.)
reliability, dependability, trustworthiness
H8 II.i.143
This Secret is so weighty, 'twill requireThis secret is so weighty, 'twill require H8 II.i.144
A strong faith to conceale it.A strong faith to conceal it. H8 II.i.145.1
Let me haue it:Let me have it; H8 II.i.145.2
I doe not talke much.I do not talk much. H8 II.i.146.1
I am confident;I am confident;confident (adj.)
trusting, trustful, ready to confide
H8 II.i.146.2
You shall Sir: Did you not of late dayes heareYou shall, sir. Did you not of late days hearlate (adj.)
recent, not long past
H8 II.i.147
A buzzing of a SeparationA buzzing of a separationbuzzing (n.)
rumour, busy murmuring
H8 II.i.148
Betweene the King and Katherine?Between the King and Katherine? H8 II.i.149.1
Yes, but it held not;Yes, but it held not;hold (v.)
stand firm, continue, carry on
H8 II.i.149.2
For when the King once heard it, out of angerFor when the King once heard it, out of anger H8 II.i.150
He sent command to the Lord Mayor straightHe sent command to the Lord Mayor straightstraight (adv.)
straightaway, immediately, at once
H8 II.i.151
To stop the rumor; and allay those tonguesTo stop the rumour and allay those tonguesallay (v.)
subside, abate, diminish, quell
H8 II.i.152
That durst disperse it.That durst disperse it. H8 II.i.153.1
But that slander Sir,But that slander, sir, H8 II.i.153.2
Is found a truth now: for it growes agenIs found a truth now, for it grows again H8 II.i.154
Fresher then e're it was; and held for certaineFresher than e'er it was, and held for certain H8 II.i.155
The King will venture at it. Either the Cardinall,The King will venture at it. Either the Cardinal H8 II.i.156
Or some about him neere, haue out of maliceOr some about him near have, out of malice H8 II.i.157
To the good Queene, possest him with a scrupleTo the good Queen, possessed him with a scruplepossess (v.)

old form: possest
notify, inform, acquaint
H8 II.i.158
scruple (n.)
suspicion, misgiving, doubt
That will vndoe her: To confirme this too,That will undo her. To confirm this too,undo (v.)

old form: vndoe
ruin, destroy, wipe out
H8 II.i.159
Cardinall Campeius is arriu'd, and lately,Cardinal Campeius is arrived, and lately, H8 II.i.160
As all thinke for this busines.As all think, for this business. H8 II.i.161.1
Tis the Cardinall;'Tis the Cardinal; H8 II.i.161.2
And meerely to reuenge him on the Emperour,And merely to revenge him on the Emperormerely (adv.)

old form: meerely
purely, for no other reason than
H8 II.i.162
For not bestowing on him at his asking,For not bestowing on him at his asking H8 II.i.163
The Archbishopricke of Toledo, this is purpos'd.The archbishopric of Toledo, this is purposed.purpose (v.)

old form: purpos'd
intend, plan
H8 II.i.164
I thinke / You haue hit the marke; but is't not cruell,I think you have hit the mark; but is't not cruelmark (n.)

old form: marke
target, goal, aim
H8 II.i.165
That she should feele the smart of this: the CardinallThat she should feel the smart of this? The Cardinalsmart (n.)
suffering, grief, sorrow
H8 II.i.166
Will haue his will, and she must fall.Will have his will, and she must fall. H8 II.i.167.1
'Tis wofull.'Tis woeful. H8 II.i.167.2
Wee are too open heere to argue this:We are too open here to argue this;open (adj.)
public, exposed to general view
H8 II.i.168
argue (v.)
examine, discuss the pros and cons of
Let's thinke in priuate more. Let's think in private more. H8 II.i.169
Exeunt.Exeunt H8 II.i.169
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