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When she, the king, and grisly d’Alva met.
warn, Still pushing counsels when among your friends; Yet, at the court, cautious, and cold as age,
In the year 1565, an interview took place at Bayonne between Catharine of Medicis, her son Charles IX., and the Queen of Spain, attended by the famous Duke of Alva, and the Count of Benevento. Many political discussions took place; and the opinion of Alva, as expressed in the text, is almost literally versified from Davila's account of the conference. « Il Duca D'Aloa, uomo di veemente natura risolutamente dicera, che per distruggere la novità della fede, e le sollevazioni di stato, bisognava levare le teste de' papaveri, pescare i pesci grossi e non si curare di prendere le ranocchie : erano questi i concetti proferiti da lui ; perchè cessati i venti, l'onde della plebe facilmente si surebbono da se stesse composte e acquietate: aggiugneva, che un prencipe non può far cosa più vituperosa nè più dannosa a se stesso, quanto il permettere al popolo il vivere secondo la loro coscienza, ponendo tanta varietà di religioni in uno stato, quanto sono i capricci degli huomini e le fantasie delle persone inquiete, aprendo la porta alla discordia e alla confusione : e dimostrara con lunga commemorazione di segnalati esempi, che la diversità della fede avera sempre messo l'arme in mano ai sudditi, e sempre sollevate atroci perfidie e funeste rebellioni contra i superiori : onde conchiudeva nel fine, che siccome le controversie della fede avevan sempre servito di pretesto e di argumento alle sollevazioni de' mal contenti, così era necessario rimoTere u primo tratto questa coperta, e poi con severi rimedj, e senza riguardo di ferro, nè di fuoco, purgare le radici di quel male, il quale colla dolcezza e con la sofferenza perniciosamente germoglia ando si dilatava sempre, e si accresceva.--Delle Guerre Civili di Francia, lib. iii.
Your voice, your eyes, your mien so different,
Gui. The reason's plain.
May. Yet this you must allow a failure in you,-You love his niece ; and to a politician All passion's bane, but love directly death. Gui. False, false, my Mayenne; thou'rt but half
Guise again. Were she not such a wondrous composition, A soul, so flushed as mine is with ambition, Sagacious and so nice, must have disdained her : But she was made when nature was in humour, As if a Grillon got her on the queen, Where all the honest atoms fought their way, Took a full tincture of the mother's wit, But left the dregs of wickedness behind.
May. Have you not told her what we have in hand? Gui. My utmost aimn has been to hide it from her, But there I'm short; by the long chain of causes She has scanned it, just as if she were my soul; And though I flew about with circumstances, Denials, oaths, improbabilities;
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Yet, through the histories of our lives, she looked, She saw, she overcame.
May. Why then, we're all undone. Gui. Again you err. Chaste as she is, she would as soon give up Her honour, as betray me to the king: I tell thee, she's the character of heaven; Such an habitual over-womanly goodness, She dazzles, walks mere angel upon earth. But see, she comes; call the cardinal Guise, While Malicorn attends for some dispatches, Before I take my farewell of the court. [Exit May.
Gui. You menace deeply, madam :
Mar. Why do you leave the court?
Mar. Were there no more, but weariness of state,
Gui. Because the king disdains my services, Must I not let him know I dare be gone? What, when I feel his council on my neck, Shall I not cast them backward if I can,
And at his feet make known their villainy?
Mar. No, Guise, not at his feet, but on his head; For there you strike.
Gui. Madam, you wrong me now:
Mar. I cannot think it.
Gui. Can I help this?
Mar. By heaven, I'd earth myself,
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But we will pull them down, down with them, down*.
[Kneels. Gui. Ha, madam! Why this posture ?
Mar. Hear me, sir;
Gui. O rise, thou image of the deity!
Mar. No, no, my lord;
Gui. All the heads of the League
* The popular arts of the Duke of Monmouth are here alluded to, which his fine person and courteous manners rendered so eminently, and for himself so unfortunately, successful. The lady, in whose mouth these remonstrances are placed, may be supposed to be the duchess, by whose prayers and tears he was more than once induced to suspend his career.