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As water is into a broken ship.
Enter the messenger that should go to Cambria, with a letter in
Gon. My honest friend, whither away so fast?
She opens them.
Gon. 'Twas I that opened them, it was not thou.
Mef. I, but you need not care, and so must I,
Gon. He that hangs thee, were better hang his father,
Mes. I am o're-ioy'd, I surfet of sweet words:
Gon. I, but thou wouldst keepe one life still, And that's as many as thou art like to haue.
Mel. That one life is 'not too deare for my good queene; this sword, this buckler, this head, this heart, these hands, armes, legs, tripes, bowels, and all the members else what. soeuer, are at your dispose; vse me, trust mé, commaund mei
if I fayle in any thing, tye me to a dung 'cart, and make a scauengers horse of me, and whip me, fo long as I haue any skin on my back. Gon. In token of further imployment, take that.
Flings him a purse. Mes. A strong bond, a firme obligation, good in law, good in law: if I keepe not the condition, let my necke be the forfeyture of my negligence.
Gon. I like thee well, thou haft a good toung.
Mes. And as bad a toung if it be set on it, as any oyster wife at Billinfgate hath: why, I haue made many of my neighbours forsake their houses with rayling vpon them, and go dwell elfe where; and so by my meanes houses have bin good cheape in our parish: my toung being well whetted with choller, is more sharpe then a razer of Palersio.
Gon. Othou art a fit man for my purpose.
so do think of me. Gon. Well fayd, then this is thy tryall : instead of carrying the kings letters to my father, carry thou these letters to my fifter, which contayne matter quite contrary to the other there fhal she be giuen to vnderstand, that my father hath detracted her, given out Naundrous speaches against her; and that hee hath most intollerably abused me, set my lord and me at va, riance, and made mutinyes amongst the commons. These things (although it be not so) Yet thou must affirme them to be true, With othes and protestations as will serue, To driue my sister out of love with him. And cause my will accomplished to be. This do, thou winst my fauour for euer, And makest a hye way of preferment to thee And all thy friends,
Mef. It fufficeth, conceyt it is already done :
Gon. Yet there is a further matter.
Gon. If my sister thinketh.conuenient, as my letters importeth, to make him away, haft thou the heart to effect it?
Mel. Few words are best in so small a matter : These are but trifles. By this booke I will.
Kile the pager. Gon. About it presently, I long till it be done. Mes. I fly, I fiy.
Enter Cordella folus.
I haue bin ouer-negligent to day,
Bare foote I would on pilgrimage set forth
Enter Leir and Perillus fayntly. Per. Rest on me, my lord, and stay your felfe, The way feemes tedious to your aged lymmes.
Leir. Nay, rest on me, kind friend, and stay thy felfe, Thou art as old as I, but more kind.
Per. Ah, good my lord, it ill befits, that I
Leir. But it fits worse, that I fhould bring thee forth,
Per. Ccafe, good my lord, to aggrauate my woes,
Leir. Ceafe, good Perillus, for to call me lord, And think me but the faddow of my felfe.
Per. That honourable title will I giue,
Enter the prince of Cambria, Ragan, and nobles : looke upon
them, and whisper together. Leir. Were I best speak, or fit me downe and dye? I am asham'd to tell this heauy tale.
Per. Then let me tell it, if you please, my lord : Tis shame for them that were the cause thereof.
Cam. What two old men are those that seeme fo fad ? Me thinks, I should remember well their lookes.
Rag. No, I mistake not, sure it is my father : I must dissemblc kindnesle now of force.
She runneth to him, and kneeles downe, saying :
Father, I bid you welcome, full of griefe,
Cam. Come, father, e're we any further talke,
Exeunt, manet Ragan.