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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,
Mes. It is more strange, that I am not by this
Ra. Ah, good my friend, that I should haue thee do,
Mes. Ile speake it for thee, queene: shall I kill thy father? I know tis that, and if it be so, fay,
Giue him two purses.
So in my mouth yould put a purse of gold.
Rag. To morrow morning ere the breake of day,
Because I must haue priuate conference,
This is ynough, I know, they will not fayle,
Mef. Could he speak words as pleasing as the pipe
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,
Gon. My lord, I thinke the reason may be this :
Corn. It may be so, and therfore till I know
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
What newes from Gallia ? speake ambassador.
Am. The noble king and queene of Gallia first falutes,
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,
Corn. Indeed, my friend, vpon some vrgent cause,
Gon. Are not we worthy to receiue your message ?
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,
Amb. No, madam, I sayd quite contrary.
Am. Oh no, her griefe exceeds, vntill the time,
Gon. God continue it.
Am. Amen to that: but God release her griefe,
Corn. Ile be a mediator in her cause,
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 :
Gon. O, I, what else?
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.
Leir. Tis newes indeed, I am so extreme heauy,
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