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Shakespeare Monologues (Male)

Henry 4.1, 1.3 (Hotspur)

HOT.

My liege, I did deny no prisoners,

Henry 4.1, 2.1 (Gadshill)

GADS.

What talkest thou to me of the hangman?

Henry 4.1, 2.2 (Falstaff)

FAL.

I am accurs’d to rob in that thieve’s company.

Henry 4.1, 2.3 (Hotspur)

HOT.

“But, for mine own part, my lord, I could be well contented to be there,

Henry 4.1, 2.4 (Falstaff)

FAL.

Peace, good pint-pot, peace, good ticklebrain.

Henry 4.1, 3.2 (Prince Hal)

PRINCE.

Do not think so, you shall not find it so,

Henry 4.1, 4.2 (Falstaff)

FAL.

If I be not asham’d of my soldiers, I am a sous’d gurnet.

Henry 4.1, 4.3 (Hotspur)

HOT.

The King is kind, and well we know the King

Henry 4.2, 1.1 (Morton)

MOR.

I am sorry I should force you to believe

Henry 4.2, 3.1 (King Henry)

KING.

How many thousand of my poorest subjects

Henry 4.2, 4.3 (Falstaff)

FAL.

I would you had the wit, ’twere better than your dukedom.

Henry 4.2, 4.5 (King Henry)

KING.

I stay too long by thee, I weary thee.

Henry 4.2, 4.5 (Prince Hal)

PRINCE.

O, pardon me, my liege! but for my tears,

Henry 4.2, 4.5 (Prince Hal)

PRINCE.

Why doth the crown lie there upon his pillow,

Henry 4.2, 5.4 (Falstaff)

FAL.

Embowell’d! if thou embowel me today,

Henry 4.2, 5.5 (King Henry)

KING.

I know thee not, old man, fall to thy prayers.

Henry 5, 1.2 (King Henry)

K. HEN.

We are glad the Dolphin is so pleasant with us,

Henry 5, 3.1 (Henry)

K. HEN.

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;

Henry 5, 3.2 (Boy)

BOY.

As young as I am, I have observ’d these three swashers.

Henry 5, 4.1 (Henry)

K. HEN.

Upon the King! let us our lives, our souls,

Henry 5, 4.2 (Constable)

CON.

To horse, you gallant princes! straight to horse!

Henry 5, 4.3 (King Henry)

K. HEN.

What’s he that wishes so?

Henry 5, Prologue (Chorus)

CHORUS.

O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend

Henry 6.1, 1.4 (Talbot)

TAL.

What chance is this that suddenly hath cross’d us?

Henry 6.1, 1.5 (Talbot)

TAL.

My thoughts are whirled like a potter’s wheel,

Henry 6.1, 4.1 (King Henry)

KING.

Come hither, you that would be combatants:

Henry 6.1, 4.1 (Talbot)

TAL.

Shame to the Duke of Burgundy and thee!

Henry 6.1, 4.2 (General)

GEN.

Thou ominous and fearful owl of death,

Henry 6.1, 5.3 (Suffolk)

SUF.

Be what thou wilt, thou art my prisoner.

Henry 6.2, 1.2 (Hume)

HUME.

Hume must make merry with the Duchess’ gold;

Henry 6.2, 3.1 (Duke of Gloucester)

GLOU.

Ah, gracious lord, these days are dangerous:

Henry 6.2, 3.1 (Duke of York)

YORK.

Now, York, or never, steel thy fearful thoughts,

Henry 6.2, 3.1 (King Henry)

KING.

Ay, Margaret; my heart is drown’d with grief,

Henry 6.2, 3.2 (Suffolk)

SUF.

A plague upon them! wherefore should I curse them?

Henry 6.2, 4.1 (Lieutenant)

LIEU.

Poole! Sir Poole! lord!

Henry 6.2, 4.10 (Cade)

CADE.

Fie on ambitions! fie on myself, that have a sword, and yet am ready to famish!

Henry 6.2, 4.7 (Cade)

CADE.

Ah, thou say, thou serge, nay, thou buckram lord!

Henry 6.2, 4.7 (Jack Cade)

CADE.

Ah, thou say, thou serge, nay, thou buckram lord!

Henry 6.2, 5.2 (Young Clifford)

Y. CLIF.

Shame and confusion! all is on the rout,

Henry 6.3, 1.4 (Duke of York)

YORK.

She-wolf of France, but worse than wolves of France,

Henry 6.3, 2.2 (Lord Clifford)

CLIF.

My gracious liege, this too much lenity

Henry 6.3, 2.5 (King Henry)

K. HEN.

This battle fares like to the morning’s war,

Henry 6.3, 3.2 (Richard of Gloucester)

GLOU.

Ay, Edward will use women honorably.

Henry 6.3, 5.6 (Richard of Gloucester)

GLOU.

What? will the aspiring blood of Lancaster

Henry 8, 1.1 (Buckingham)

BUCK.

Pray give me favor, sir: this cunning Cardinal

Henry 8, 2.1 (Buckingham)

BUCK.

When I came hither, I was Lord High Constable

Henry 8, 2.4 (Wolsey)

WOL.

I do profess

You speak not like yourself, who ever yet

Henry 8, 3.2 (Wolsey)

WOL.

Cromwell, I did not think to shed a tear

Henry 8, 4.1 (Third Gentleman)

3. GENT.

The rich stream

Of lords and ladies, having brought the Queen

Henry 8, 4.2 (Griffith)

GRIF.

Noble madam,

 
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