Henry Viii Monologue
|Henry Viii Monologue by William Shakespeare|
- BUCKINGHAM: Nay, Sir Nicholas,
- Let it alone; my state now will but mock me.
- When I came hither I was Lord High Constable
- And Duke of Buckingham; now poor Edward Bohun.
- Yet I am richer than my base accusers,
- That never knew what truth meant: I now seal it;
- And with that blood will make 'em one day groan for't.
- My noble father, Henry of Buckingham,
- Who first raised head against usurping Richard,
- Flying for succor to his servant Banister,
- Being distressed, was by that wretch betrayed,
- And without trial fell; God's peace be with him!
- Henry the Seventh succeeding, truly pitying
- My father's loss, like a most royal prince
- Restored me to my honors; and out of ruins
- Made my name once more noble. Now his son,
- Henry the Eighth, life, honor, name, and all
- That made me happy, at one stroke has taken
- For ever from the world. I had my trial,
- And must needs say a noble one; which makes me
- A little happier than my wretched father.
- Yet thus far we are one in fortunes: both
- Fell by our servants, by those men we loved most--
- A most unnatural and faithless service.
- Heaven has an end in all; yet you that hear me,
- This from a dying man receive as certain:
- Where you are liberal of your loves and counsels
- Be sure you be not loose; for those you make friends
- And give your hearts to, when they once perceive
- The least rub in your fortunes, fall away
- Like water from ye, never found again
- But where they mean to sink ye. All good people,
- Pray for me! I must now forsake ye; the last hour
- Of my long weary life is come upon me.