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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
English dramatist and poet
(1564 - 1616)
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O my lord,
  Press not a falling man too far! 'Tis virtue
    His faults lie open to the laws; let them,
      Not you, correct him.
      - The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Chamberlain at III, ii) [Law]

O, how wretched
  Is that poor man that hangs on princes' favors!
    There is betwixt that smile we would aspire to,
      That sweet aspect of princes, and their ruin,
        More pangs and fears than wars or women have;
          And when he falls, he falls like Lucifer,
            Never to hope again.
      - The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Wolsey at III, ii) [Royalty]

Read o'er this
  And after, this, and then to breakfast with
    What appetite you have.
      - The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (King Henry at III, ii) [Appetite]

Sir,
  For holy offices I have a time; a time
    To think upon the part of business which
      I bear i' th' state; and nature does require
        Her times of preservation, which perforce
          I, her frail son, amongst my brethren mortal,
            Must give my tendance to.
      - The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Wolsey at III, ii) [Nature]

So farewell to the little good you bear me.
  Farewell? a long farewell to all my greatness!
    This is the state of man: to-day he puts forth
      The tender leaves of hopes; to-morrow blossoms
        And bears his blushing honors thick upon him;
          The third day comes a frost, a killing frost,
            And when he thinks, good easy man, full surely
              His greatness is a-ripening, nips his root,
                And then he falls as I do.
      - The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Wolsey at III, ii) [Greatness]

Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace
  To silence envious tongues.
      - The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Wolsey at III, ii) [Peace]

There is betwixt that smile we would aspire to,
  That sweet aspect of princes, and their ruin,
    More pangs and fears than wars or women have;
      And when he falls, he falls like Lucifer,
        Never to hope again.
      - The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Wolsey at III, ii) [Courtiers]

This is the state of man: to-day he puts forth
  The tender leaves of hope; to-morrow blossoms
    And bears his blushing honours thick upon him;
      The third day comes a frost, a killing frost,
        And, when he thinks, good easy man, fully surely
          His greatness is a-ripening, nips his root,
            And then he falls as I do.
      - The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Wolsey at III, ii) [Man]

'Tis well said again,
  And 'tis a kind of good deed to say well;
    And yet words are no deeds.
      - The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (King Henry at III, ii) [Words]

What sudden anger's this? How have I reaped it?
  He parted frowning from me, as if ruin
    Leaped from his eyes. So looks the chafed lion
      Upon daring huntsman that has galled him;
        Then makes him nothing.
      - The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Wolsey at III, ii) [Anger]

You sent me Deputy for Ireland,
  Far from his succor, from the king, from all
    That might have mercy on the fault thou gav'st him;
      Whilst your great goodness, out of holy pity,
        Absolved him with an axe.
      - The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Surrey at III, ii) [Goodness]

At length her grace rose and with modest paces
  Came to the altar, where she kneeled, and saint-like
    Cast her fair eyes to heaven and prayed devoutly;
      Then rose again and bowed her to the people;
        When by the Archbishop of Canterbury
          She had all the royal makings of a queen,
            As holy oil, Edward Confessor's crown,
              The rod, and bird of peace, and all such emblems
                Laid nobly on her; which performed, the choir
                  With all the choicest music of the kingdom
                    Together sung 'Te Deum.' So she parted
                      And with the same full state packed back again
                        To York Place, where the feast is held.
      - The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Third Gentleman at IV, i) [Music : Royalty]

Heaven bless thee,
  Thou hast the sweetest face I ever looked on.
    Sir, as I have a soul, she is an angel;
      Our king has all the Indies in his arms,
        And more, and richer, when he strains that lady.
          I cannot blame his conscience.
      - The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Gentleman at IV, i) [Beauty]

Mark but my fall and that that ruined me.
  Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambition!
    By that sin fell the angels; how can man then
      (The Image of his Maker) hope to win by it?
      - The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Wolsey at IV, i) [Ambition]

O Cromwell, Cromwell,
  Had I but served my God with half the zeal
    I served my king, he would not in mine age
      Have left me naked to mine enemies.
      - The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Wolsey at IV, i) [Service]

And, to add greater honors to his age
  Than man could give him, he died fearing God.
      - The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Griffith at IV, ii) [God]

From his cradle
  He was a scholar, and a ripe and good one,
    Exceeding wise, fair-spoken, and persuading;
      Lofty and sour to them that loved him not,
        But to those men that sought him, sweet as summer.
      - The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Griffith at IV, ii) [Students]

His overthrow heaped happiness upon him;
  For then, and not till then, he felt himself,
    And found the blessedness of being little.
      - The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Griffith at IV, ii) [Adversity]

His promises were, as he then was, mighty;
  But his performance, as he is now, nothing.
      - The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Katherine Dowager at IV, ii) [Promises]

Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues
  We write in water.
      - The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Griffith at IV, ii) [Proverbs]

Noble madam,
  Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues
    We write in water.
      - The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Griffith at IV, ii) [Manners]

O my good lord, that comfort comes too late,
  'Tis like a pardon after execution.
    That gentle physic, given in time, had cured me;
      But now I am past all comforts here but prayers.
      - The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Katherine at IV, ii) [Comfort]

So may he rest, his faults lie gently on him!
      - The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Katherine at IV, ii) [Faults]

So went to bed, where eagerly his sickness
  Pursued him still; and three nights after this,
    After the hour of eight, which he himself
      Foretold should be his last, full of repentance,
        Continual meditations, tears and sorrows,
          He gave his honors to the world again,
            His blessed part to heaven, and slept in peace.
      - The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Griffith at IV, ii) [Death]

And if you can be merry then, I'll say
  A man may weep upon his wedding day.
      - The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Speaker at prologue) [Merriment]


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