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Enter Ragā.

Rag. My friend, I see thou mind'st thy promise well, And art before me here, me thinks, to day,

Mes. I am a poore man, and it like your grace ; But yet I alwayes loue to keepe my word.

Ra. Wel, keepe thy word with me, and thou shalt see, That of a poore man I will make thee rich.

Mes. I long to heare is, it might haue bin dispatcht, If you had told me of it yesternight.

Ra. It is a thing of right strange consequence,
And well I cannot witer it in words.

Mes. It is more strange, that I am not by this
Beside my felfe, with longing for to heare it,
Were it to meet the deuill in his denne,
And try a bout with him for a scratcht face,
Ide vndertake it, if you would but bid me.

Ra. Ah, good my friend, that I should haue thee do,
Is such a thing, as I do shame to speake;
Yet it must needs be done.

Mes. Ile speake it for thee, queene: shall I kill thy father? I know tis that, and if it be so, fay,

Rag. I.
Mes. Why, thats ynough.
Rog. And yet that is not ali.
Mef. What else?
Rag. Thou must kill that old man that came with him.
Mif. Here are two hands, for eche of them is one.
Rag. And for eche hand here is a recompence.

Giue him two purses.
Mief. Oh, that I had ten hands by myracle,
I could teare ten in pieces with my teeth,


So in my mouth yould put a purse of gold.
But in what manner must it be effected ?

Rag. To morrow morning ere the breake of day,
I by a wyle will send them to the thicket,
That is about some two myles from the court,
And promise them to meet them there my felfe,

Because I must haue priuate conference,
· About some newes I haue receyu'd from Cornwall.

This is ynough, I know, they will not fayle,
And then be ready for to play thy part :
Which done, thou mayst right easily escape,
And no man once mistrust thee for the fact :
But yet, before thou prosècute the act,
Shew him the letter, which my sister fent,
There let him read his owne inditement first,
And then proceed to execution :
But see thou faynt not; for they will speake fayre.

Mef. Could he speak words as pleasing as the pipe
Of Mercury, which charm'd the hundred

eyes Of watchfull Argos, and inforc'd him Neepe : Yet here are words so pleasing to my thoughts,

To the purse. As quite shall take away the sound of his.

Exit. Rag. About it then, and when thou hast dispatcht, Ile find a meanes to send thee after him


Enter Cornwall and Gonorill,

Corn. I wonder that the messenger doth stay,
Whom we dispatcht for Cambria so long since :
If that his answere do not please vs well,
And he do shew good reason for delay,
Ile teach him how to dally with his king,
And to detayne vs in such long suspence.

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Gon. My lord, I thinke the reason may be this :
My father meanes to come along with him ;
And therefore tis his pleasure he shall stay,
For to attend vpon him on the way.

Corn. It may be so, and therfore till I know
The truth thereof, I will suspend my iudgement.

Enter Seruant.

Ser. And't like your grace, there is an ambassador Arriued from Gallia, and craues admittance to your maiesty,

Corn. From Gallia ? what should his message
Hither import? is not your father happely
Gone thither? well, whatsoere it be,
Bid him come in, he shall haue audience.

Enter ambassador.

What newes from Gallia ? speake ambassador.

Am. The noble king and queene of Gallia first falutes,
By me, their honourable father, my lord Leir :
Next, they commend them kindly to your graces,
As those whose wellfare they intirely wish.
Letters I haue to deliuer to my lord Leir,
And presents too, if I might speake with him.

Gon. If you might speak with him ? why, do you thinke, We are afrayd that you should speake with him ?

Am. Pardon me, madam ; for I thinke not fo,
But say so only, 'cause he is not here.

Corn. Indeed, my friend, vpon some vrgent cause,
He is at this time absent from the court:
But if a day or two you here repofe,
Tis very likely you shall haue him here,
Or else haue certayne notice where he is.


Gon. Are not we worthy to receiue your message ?
Am. I had in charge to do it to himselfe.
Gon. It may be then 'twill not be done in haste.

To herselfe. How doth my Gfter brooke the ayre of Fraunce ?

Am. Exceeding well, and neuer ficke one houre, Since first she set her foot


the shore. Gon. I am the more sorry. Am. I hope, not so, madam.

Gon. Didst thou not say, that she was euer sicke,
Since the first houre that she arriued there?

Amb. No, madam, I sayd quite contrary.
Gon. Then I mistooke thee.
Corn. Then she is merry, if she haue her health.

Am. Oh no, her griefe exceeds, vntill the time,
That the be reconcil'd unto her father.

Gon. God continue it.
Am. What, madam?
Gon. Why, her health.

Am. Amen to that: but God release her griefe,
And send her father in a better mind,
Then to continue alwayes so vnkind.

Corn. Ile be a mediator in her cause,
And seeke all meanes to expiat his wrath.

Am. Madam, I hope your grace will do the like.,

Gon. Should I be a meane to exasperate his wrath Against my sister, whom I loue fo deare ? no, no.

Am. To expiate or mittigate his wrath :
For he hath misconceyued without a cause.

Gon. O, I, what else?
Am. Tis pity it should be so, would it were otherwise.
Gon. It were great piry it should be otherwise.
Am. Then how, madam?
Gon. Then that they should be reconcilde againe.



Am. It showes you beare an honourable mind.

Gon. It Thewes thy vnderstanding to be blind, And that thou hadít need of an interpreter :

Speakes to her

felfe. Well, I will know thy message ere't be long, And find a meane to crosse it, if I can.

Corn. Come in, my friend, and frolick in our court, Till certayne notice of my father come.


Enter Leir and Perilluz.
Per. My lord, you are vp to day before your houre,
Tis newes to you to be abroad fo rathe.

Leir. Tis newes indeed, I am so extreme heauy,
That I can scarcely keepe my eye-lids open.

Per. And so am I, but I impute the cause To rising sooner then we vse to do,

Leir. Hither my daughter meanes to come disguis'd : Ile sit me downe, and read vntill she come.

Pull out a booke and sit downe, Per. Sheele not be long, I warrant you, my lord : But say, a couple of these they call good fellowes, Should step out of a hedge, and set vpon vs, We were in good cafe for to answere them.

Leir. ’T were not for vs to stand vpon our hands.

Per. I feare, we scant should stand vpon our legs. But how should we do to defend our felues ?

Leir. Euen pray to God, to blesse vş frõ their hands : For feruent prayer much ill hap withstands.

Per. Ile Gt and pray with you for company i Yet was ! ne're so heauy in my life.

?hey fall both asleepe. Enter the messenger of murtherer with two daggers in his hands.

Alef. Were it not a mad iest, if two or three of my pro feffio Inould meet me, od lay me downe in a ditch, and play


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