Speeches (Lines) for Earl of Suffolk
in "Henry VI, Part I"

Total: 41

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1

II,4,922

Within the Temple-hall we were too loud;
The garden here is more convenient.

2

II,4,927

Faith, I have been a truant in the law,
And never yet could frame my will to it;
And therefore frame the law unto my will.

3

II,4,959

I pluck this red rose with young Somerset
And say withal I think he held the right.

4

II,4,1007

Turn not thy scorns this way, Plantagenet.

5

II,4,1010

I'll turn my part thereof into thy throat.

6

II,4,1046

Go forward and be choked with thy ambition!
And so farewell until I meet thee next.

7

V,3,2503

Be what thou wilt, thou art my prisoner.
[Gazes on her]
O fairest beauty, do not fear nor fly!
For I will touch thee but with reverent hands;
I kiss these fingers for eternal peace,
And lay them gently on thy tender side.
Who art thou? say, that I may honour thee.

8

V,3,2512

An earl I am, and Suffolk am I call'd.
Be not offended, nature's miracle,
Thou art allotted to be ta'en by me:
So doth the swan her downy cygnets save,
Keeping them prisoner underneath her wings.
Yet, if this servile usage once offend.
Go, and be free again, as Suffolk's friend.
[She is going]
O, stay! I have no power to let her pass;
My hand would free her, but my heart says no
As plays the sun upon the glassy streams,
Twinkling another counterfeited beam,
So seems this gorgeous beauty to mine eyes.
Fain would I woo her, yet I dare not speak:
I'll call for pen and ink, and write my mind.
Fie, de la Pole! disable not thyself;
Hast not a tongue? is she not here?
Wilt thou be daunted at a woman's sight?
Ay, beauty's princely majesty is such,
Confounds the tongue and makes the senses rough.

9

V,3,2535

How canst thou tell she will deny thy suit,
Before thou make a trial of her love?

10

V,3,2538

She's beautiful, and therefore to be woo'd;
She is a woman, therefore to be won.

11

V,3,2541

Fond man, remember that thou hast a wife;
Then how can Margaret be thy paramour?

12

V,3,2544

There all is marr'd; there lies a cooling card.

13

V,3,2546

And yet a dispensation may be had.

14

V,3,2548

I'll win this Lady Margaret. For whom?
Why, for my king: tush, that's a wooden thing!

15

V,3,2551

Yet so my fancy may be satisfied,
And peace established between these realms
But there remains a scruple in that too;
For though her father be the King of Naples,
Duke of Anjou and Maine, yet is he poor,
And our nobility will scorn the match.

16

V,3,2558

It shall be so, disdain they ne'er so much.
Henry is youthful and will quickly yield.
Madam, I have a secret to reveal.

17

V,3,2563

Lady, vouchsafe to listen what I say.

18

V,3,2566

Sweet madam, give me a hearing in a cause—

19

V,3,2568

Lady, wherefore talk you so?

20

V,3,2570

Say, gentle princess, would you not suppose
Your bondage happy, to be made a queen?

21

V,3,2575

And so shall you,
If happy England's royal king be free.

22

V,3,2578

I'll undertake to make thee Henry's queen,
To put a golden sceptre in thy hand
And set a precious crown upon thy head,
If thou wilt condescend to be my—

23

V,3,2583

His love.

24

V,3,2585

No, gentle madam; I unworthy am
To woo so fair a dame to be his wife,
And have no portion in the choice myself.
How say you, madam, are ye so content?

25

V,3,2590

Then call our captains and our colours forth.
And, madam, at your father's castle walls
We'll crave a parley, to confer with him.
[A parley sounded. Enter REIGNIER on the walls]
See, Reignier, see, thy daughter prisoner!

26

V,3,2596

To me.

27

V,3,2600

Yes, there is remedy enough, my lord:
Consent, and for thy honour give consent,
Thy daughter shall be wedded to my king;
Whom I with pain have woo'd and won thereto;
And this her easy-held imprisonment
Hath gained thy daughter princely liberty.

28

V,3,2607

Fair Margaret knows
That Suffolk doth not flatter, face, or feign.

29

V,3,2612

And here I will expect thy coming.

30

V,3,2616

Thanks, Reignier, happy for so sweet a child,
Fit to be made companion with a king:
What answer makes your grace unto my suit?

31

V,3,2625

That is her ransom; I deliver her;
And those two counties I will undertake
Your grace shall well and quietly enjoy.

32

V,3,2631

Reignier of France, I give thee kingly thanks,
Because this is in traffic of a king.
[Aside]
And yet, methinks, I could be well content
To be mine own attorney in this case.
I'll over then to England with this news,
And make this marriage to be solemnized.
So farewell, Reignier: set this diamond safe
In golden palaces, as it becomes.

33

V,3,2645

Farewell, sweet madam: but hark you, Margaret;
No princely commendations to my king?

34

V,3,2649

Words sweetly placed and modestly directed.
But madam, I must trouble you again;
No loving token to his majesty?

35

V,3,2654

And this withal.

36

V,3,2659

O, wert thou for myself! But, Suffolk, stay;
Thou mayst not wander in that labyrinth;
There Minotaurs and ugly treasons lurk.
Solicit Henry with her wondrous praise:
Bethink thee on her virtues that surmount,
And natural graces that extinguish art;
Repeat their semblance often on the seas,
That, when thou comest to kneel at Henry's feet,
Thou mayst bereave him of his wits with wonder.

37

V,5,2863

Tush, my good lord, this superficial tale
Is but a preface of her worthy praise;
The chief perfections of that lovely dame
Had I sufficient skill to utter them,
Would make a volume of enticing lines,
Able to ravish any dull conceit:
And, which is more, she is not so divine,
So full-replete with choice of all delights,
But with as humble lowliness of mind
She is content to be at your command;
Command, I mean, of virtuous chaste intents,
To love and honour Henry as her lord.

38

V,5,2883

As doth a ruler with unlawful oaths;
Or one that, at a triumph having vow'd
To try his strength, forsaketh yet the lists
By reason of his adversary's odds:
A poor earl's daughter is unequal odds,
And therefore may be broke without offence.

39

V,5,2892

Yes, lord, her father is a king,
The King of Naples and Jerusalem;
And of such great authority in France
As his alliance will confirm our peace
And keep the Frenchmen in allegiance.

40

V,5,2901

A dower, my lords! disgrace not so your king,
That he should be so abject, base and poor,
To choose for wealth and not for perfect love.
Henry is able to enrich his queen
And not seek a queen to make him rich:
So worthless peasants bargain for their wives,
As market-men for oxen, sheep, or horse.
Marriage is a matter of more worth
Than to be dealt in by attorneyship;
Not whom we will, but whom his grace affects,
Must be companion of his nuptial bed:
And therefore, lords, since he affects her most,
It most of all these reasons bindeth us,
In our opinions she should be preferr'd.
For what is wedlock forced but a hell,
An age of discord and continual strife?
Whereas the contrary bringeth bliss,
And is a pattern of celestial peace.
Whom should we match with Henry, being a king,
But Margaret, that is daughter to a king?
Her peerless feature, joined with her birth,
Approves her fit for none but for a king:
Her valiant courage and undaunted spirit,
More than in women commonly is seen,
Will answer our hope in issue of a king;
For Henry, son unto a conqueror,
Is likely to beget more conquerors,
If with a lady of so high resolve
As is fair Margaret he be link'd in love.
Then yield, my lords; and here conclude with me
That Margaret shall be queen, and none but she.

41

V,5,2958

Thus Suffolk hath prevail'd; and thus he goes,
As did the youthful Paris once to Greece,
With hope to find the like event in love,
But prosper better than the Trojan did.
Margaret shall now be queen, and rule the king;
But I will rule both her, the king and realm.

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