Speeches (Lines) for Surveyor
in "Henry VIII"

Total: 9

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1

I,2,469

Henry VIII. Speak freely.

Surveyor. First, it was usual with him, every day
It would infect his speech, that if the king
Should without issue die, he'll carry it so
To make the sceptre his: these very words
I've heard him utter to his son-in-law,
Lord Abergavenny; to whom by oath he menaced
Revenge upon the cardinal.


2

I,2,487

Henry VIII. Speak on:
How grounded he his title to the crown,
Upon our fail? to this point hast thou heard him
At any time speak aught?

Surveyor. He was brought to this
By a vain prophecy of Nicholas Hopkins.


3

I,2,490

Henry VIII. What was that Hopkins?

Surveyor. Sir, a Chartreux friar,
His confessor, who fed him every minute
With words of sovereignty.


4

I,2,494

Henry VIII. How know'st thou this?

Surveyor. Not long before your highness sped to France,
The duke being at the Rose, within the parish
Saint Lawrence Poultney, did of me demand
What was the speech among the Londoners
Concerning the French journey: I replied,
Men fear'd the French would prove perfidious,
To the king's danger. Presently the duke
Said, 'twas the fear, indeed; and that he doubted
'Twould prove the verity of certain words
Spoke by a holy monk; 'that oft,' says he,
'Hath sent to me, wishing me to permit
John de la Car, my chaplain, a choice hour
To hear from him a matter of some moment:
Whom after under the confession's seal
He solemnly had sworn, that what he spoke
My chaplain to no creature living, but
To me, should utter, with demure confidence
This pausingly ensued: neither the king nor's heirs,
Tell you the duke, shall prosper: bid him strive
To gain the love o' the commonalty: the duke
Shall govern England.'


5

I,2,523

Henry VIII. Let him on.
Go forward.

Surveyor. On my soul, I'll speak but truth.
I told my lord the duke, by the devil's illusions
The monk might be deceived; and that 'twas dangerous for him
To ruminate on this so far, until
It forged him some design, which, being believed,
It was much like to do: he answer'd, 'Tush,
It can do me no damage;' adding further,
That, had the king in his last sickness fail'd,
The cardinal's and Sir Thomas Lovell's heads
Should have gone off.


6

I,2,535

Henry VIII. Ha! what, so rank? Ah ha!
There's mischief in this man: canst thou say further?

Surveyor. I can, my liege.


7

I,2,537

Henry VIII. Proceed.

Surveyor. Being at Greenwich,
After your highness had reproved the duke
About Sir William Blomer,—


8

I,2,543

Henry VIII. I remember
Of such a time: being my sworn servant,
The duke retain'd him his. But on; what hence?

Surveyor. 'If,' quoth he, 'I for this had been committed,
As, to the Tower, I thought, I would have play'd
The part my father meant to act upon
The usurper Richard; who, being at Salisbury,
Made suit to come in's presence; which if granted,
As he made semblance of his duty, would
Have put his knife to him.'


9

I,2,555

Henry VIII. There's something more would out of thee; what say'st?

Surveyor. After 'the duke his father,' with 'the knife,'
He stretch'd him, and, with one hand on his dagger,
Another spread on's breast, mounting his eyes
He did discharge a horrible oath; whose tenor
Was,—were he evil used, he would outgo
His father by as much as a performance
Does an irresolute purpose.


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