2 May 2010

The speech to come

P**rick:

My dear friends, ladies and gentlemen, lend me your ears;
I come to defend Hart, not to praise him;
The CEPEP wuk and free jersey I provide for you,
Is oft forgot with the baying of hounds,
So let it be with Hart... The noble COP
Hath told you Hart was corrupt:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath Hart answered it ...
Here, under leave of COP and the rest,
(For COP is of honourable men;
So are they all; all honourable men)
Come I to speak in Hart's arrest...
He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But COP says he was corrupt;
And COP is of honourable men….
He hath brought many relatives home to roost,
Whose hiring did the general coffers empty:
Did this in Hart seem corrupt?
When all they wanted was to build and earn?
When that the poor have cried of wanton waste, Hart hath wept:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet COP says he was corrupt;
And COP is of honourable men.
You all did see that on the many occasions
I defended and presented him a kingly crown,
Which he did refuse: was this ambition?
Yet COP says he was corrupt;
And, sure, they are all honourable men.
I speak not to disprove what COP spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know.
You all did love him once, not without cause:
What causes you then to chastise him?
O judgement! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason…. Bear with me;
My heart is in the court there with Hart,
And I must pause till it come back to me.

Given the rumours circulating that Hart is returning to be arrested on Monday for perjury (something that may result in a slap-on-the-wrist fine instead of well deserved imprisonment) I undertook the role of speechwriter for P**rick.