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“From a private gentlewoman you have made me first a marchioness, then a queen; and, as you can raise me no higher in the world, you are now sending me to be a saint in Heaven.”
“The king has been very good to me. He promoted me from a simple maid to be a marchioness. Then he raised me to be a queen. Now he will raise me to be a martyr.”
“Oh, Death, rock me asleep, / Bring on my quiet rest, / Let pass my guiltless ghost / Out of my careful breast.”
“The executioner is, I believe, very expert; and my neck is very slender.”
“ Defiled is my name full sore, / Through cruel spyte and false report, / ... / For wrongfully ye judge of me, / ... / O death! rocke me on slepe, / Bring me on quiet reste; / Let passe my verye guiltless goste / Out of my careful brest: / Toll on the passinge bell, / Ring out the dolefull knell, / Let the sounde my dethe tell, / For I must dye, / There is no remedy, / For now I dye.”
Anne Boleyn, English queen
(1507 - 1536)