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Tis said, the Guise will come in spite of me;
Mar. I will; but, on your royal word, no more.
King. I will be easy,
Why do you wave your hand, and warn me hence?
[Exit with Alphonso.
Gril. O rare, rare creature! By the power that
Mar. Ah father, uncle, brother, all the kin,
Gril. Why, I will carve thee out a throne myself;
Enter Abbot Delbene.
Abb. Colonel, your ear.
Mar. By these whispering councils,
I'd sacrifice him in the city's sight.—
0 heavens! what was't I said? Were I a man,
1 know not that; but, as I am a virgin,
It should be kneeling to the throne of mercy.—
Abb. The king dispatches order upon order,
Gril. The axe, the axe:
Abb. Hark, what a shout was there!
Manet Grillon: Enter Guise, Cardinal, MaYenne, Malicorn, Attendants, &c Shouts again.
Gril. Death, and thou devil Malicorn, is that Thy master? Gut. Yes, Grillon, 'tis the Guise;
One, that would court you for a friend.
GriL A friend!Traitor thou mean'st, and so I bid thee welcome; But since thou art so insolent, thy blood Be on thy head, and fall by me unpitied. [Exit.
Gui. The bruises of his loyalty have crazed him.
[Shou ts louder.
Spirit within sings.
Malicorn, Malicorn, Malicorn, ho!
Gui. Why, Malicorn.
Mai. [Starting.] Sir, do not see the king.
Gui. I will.
Mai. Tis dangerous.
Gui. Therefore I will see him, And so repoit my danger to the people. Halt—to your judgment.—[malicorn makes signs
of Assassination.] Let him, if he dare.— But more, more, more;—why, Malicorn !—again? I thought a look, with us, had been a language; I'll talk my mind on any point but this By glances;—ha! not yet? thou mak'st me blush At thy delay; why, man, 'tis more than life, Ambition, or a crown*.
* This speech depends on the gesticulation of the sorcerer: Guise first desires him report the danger to the people,—then bids him halt, and express his judgment more fully. Malicorn makes signs of assassination.—Guise goes on—
Let him if lie dare.
But more, more, more; ——
t. e. I have a further reason than state policy for my visit.—Malicorn makes repeated signs of ignorance and discontent; and Guise urges him to speak out on a subject, which he himself wa« unwilling to open.
Mal. What, Marmoutiere?Gui. Ay, there a general's heart beat like a drum! Quick, quick! my reins, my back, and head and breast Ache, as I'd been a horse-back forty hours. Mal. She has seen the king. Gui. I thought she might. A trick upon me; well.
Mai. Passion o' both sides. Gui. His, thou meanest. Mal. On hers. Down on her knees. Gui. And up again; no matter. Mal. Now all in tears, now smiling, sad at parting.
Gui. Dissembled, for she told me this before; Twas all put on, that I might hear and rave.
Mal. And so, to make sure work on't, by consent Of Grillon, who is made their bawd,
Gui. Away! *
Mal. She's lodged at court. Gui. Tis false, they do belie her.
Mal. But, sir, I saw the apartment. Gui. What, at court?
Mal. At court, and near the king; 'tis true, by heaven:
I never play'd you foul, why should you doubt me?
Gui. By heaven, I took thee for my soul's physician, And dost thou vomit me with this loathed peace?
Tis contradiction: no, my peaceful brother,
Gut. Pray, sir, give me leave.
[Shouts within. But hark, they shout again: I'll on and meet them;Nay, head them to his palace, as my guards. Yet more, on such exalted causes borne, I'll wait him in his cabinet alone, And look him pale; while in his courts without, The people shout him dead with their alarms, And make his mistress tremble in his arms. [Exeunt.
Enter King and Council.
King. What mean these shouts?
Abb. I told your majesty,
King. Hark! there rung a peal
Gril. My lord, the Guise is come.