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Enter Katharine, dowager, sick; led between
Griffith and Patience.
O, Griffith, sick to death:
Grif. Yes, madam; but, I think, your grace,
Well, the voice goes, madam:
• This scene is above any other part of Shakspeare's tragedies, and perhaps above any scene of any other poet; tender and pathetick, without gods, or furies, or poisons, or precipices; without the belp of romantick circumstances, without improbable sallies of poetical lamentation, and without any throes of tumultuous misery.
Alas! poor man! Grif. At last, with easy roads*, he came to Lei..
cester, Lodg'd in the abbey; where the reverend abbot, With all his convent, honourably receiv'a him; To whom he gave these words,- father abbot, An old man, broken with the storms of state, Is come to lay his weary bones among ye ; Give him a little earth for charity! So went to bed : where eagerly his sickness Pursu'd him still; and three nights after this, About the hour of eight (which he himself Foretold, should be his last), full of repentance, Continual meditations, tears, and sorrows, He gave his honours to the world again, His blessed part to heaven, and slept in peace. Kath. So may he rest ; his faults lie gently on
Yes, good Griffith;
* By short stages.
Of the king.
Though from an humble stock, undoubtedly
Kath. After my death I wish no other herald,
Sad and solemn musick.
• Formed for. + Ipswich
The vision. Enter, solemnly tripping one after another, six personages, clad in white robes, wearing on their heads garlands of bays, and golden dizards on their faces; branches of bays, or palm, in their hands. They first congee unto her, then dance; and, at certain changes, the first two hold a spare garland over her head; ut which, the other four make reverent court'sies: then the two that held the garland, deliver the same to the other next two, who observe the same order in their changes, and holding the garland over her head: which done, they deliver the sume garland to the last two, who likewise observe the same order: at which (as it were by inspiration), she makes in her sleep signs of re. joicing, and holdeth up her hands to heaven: and so in their dancing they vanish, carrying the garland with them. The musick continues. Kuth. Spirits of peace, where are ye ? Are ye all
And leave me here in wretchedness behind ye?
Grif. Madam, we are here.
It is not you I call for :
None, madam. Kath. No? Saw you not, even now, a blessed
Grif. I am most joyful, madam, such good dreams
Bid the musick leave, They are harsh and heavy to me. (Musick ceases. Pat.
Do you note,
How much her grace is alter'd on the sudden?
Heaven comfort her!
Enter a Messenger.
You are a saucy fellow :.
You are to blame, Knowing she will not lose her wonted greatness, To use so rude behaviour: go to, kneel.
Mess. I humbly do entreat your highness' pardon; My haste made me unmannerly: There is staying A gentleman, sent from the king, to see you. Kath. Admit him entrance, Griffith: But this
fellow Let me ne'er see again.
(Exeunt Griffith and Messenger.
Re-enter Griffith, with Capucius.
If my sight fail not, You should be lord ambassador froni the emperor, My royal nephew, and your name Capucius.
Cap. Madam, the same, your servant.
O my lord,
Noble lady, First, mine own service to your grace; the next, The king's request that I would visit you; Who grieves much for your weakness, and by me Sends you his princely commendations, And heartily entreats you take good comfort. Kath. O my good lord, that confort comes too