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Your highness to consider of the thing,
And rather choose to seek your country's good
Cath. I hope these reasons may serve my princely son To have some care for fear of enemies.
Char. Well, madam, I refer it to your majesty, And to my nephew here, the Duke of Guise: What you determine, I will ratify.
Cath. Thanks to my princely son.-Then tell me,
What order will you set down for the massacre?
Guise. Thus, madam. They
That shall be actors in this massacre,
Shall wear white crosses on their burgonets,
The watch-word being given, a bell shall ring,
Enter the ADMIRAL'S Serving-Man.
Char. How now, fellow! what news?
1 So Dyce.-Old ed. "suspected."
Serv.-M. An it please your grace, the Lord High
Riding the streets, was traitorously shot;
Char. Messenger, tell him I will see him straight.
What shall we do now with the Admiral?
Cath. Your majesty were best go visit him, And make a show as if all were well.
Char. Content; I will go visit the Admiral.
I vow and swear, as I am king of France,
The3 ADMIRAL discovered in bed. Enter KING CHARLES.
Char. How fares it with my Lord High Admiral ? Hath he been hurt with villains in the street?
1 Old ed. "humble."
2 Not marked in old ed.
3 Old ed. "Enter the Admirall in his bed," a stage-direction meaning that a bed containing the Admiral should be thrust upon the stage. Cf. a stage-direction in Heywood's Golden Age :-" Enter the foure old Beldams, drawing out Danae's bed, she in it.' 4 Dyce reads "his."
Adm. Ah, my good lord, these are the Guisians,
Char. Assure yourself, my good Lord Admiral,
Adm. I humbly thank your royal majesty.
Enter1 GUISE, ANJOU, DUMAINE, GONZAGO, RETES,
Guise. Anjou, Dumaine, Gonzago, Retes, swear,
Dum. I swear by this, to be unmerciful.
Anj. I am disguis'd, and none knows who I am, And therefore mean to murder all I meet.
Gon. And so will I.
1 Scene: a street.
The bed is drawn in.
Retes. And I.
Guise. Away, then! break into the Admiral's house. Retes. I, let the Admiral be first despatch'd.
Guise. The Admiral,
Chief standard-bearer to the Lutherans,
Gonzago, conduct them thither; and then
Anj. That charge is mine.-Switzers, keep you the
And at each corner shall the king's guard stand.
[Exit GONZAGO with others. Anj. Cousin, the captain of the Admiral's guard, Plac'd by my brother, will betray his lord. Now, Guise, shall Catholics flourish once again; The head being off, the members cannot stand.
Retes. But look, my lord, there's some in the Admiral's house.
GONZAGO and others enter the ADMIRAL'S house; the ADMIRAL discovered in bed.
Anj. In lucky time: come, let us keep this lane, And slay his servants that shall issue out,
Gon. Where is the Admiral?
Adm. O let me pray before I die!
"Take them to guard: this entrance to our warres
1 Commencement. Dyce quotes from Heywood's Four Prentises of London:
Gon. Then pray unto our Lady; kiss this cross.
Adm. O God, forgive my sins!
Gon. I, my lord.
Guise. Then throw him down.1
[The body of the ADMIRAL is thrown down. Anj. Now, cousin, view him well:
It maybe 'tis some other, and he escap'd.
Guise. Cousin, 'tis he; I know him by his look: See where my soldier shot him through the arm; He miss'd him near, but we have struck him now.—
Ah, base Chatillon and degenerate,
Chief Standard-bearer to the Lutherans,
And send them for a present to the Pope; 2
Thus, in despite of thy religion,
The Duke of Guise stamps on thy lifeless bulk!
'O, may they once as high as Haman mount,
And from Mount Faulcon give a sad account,' &c. Sylvester's Du Bartas's."-Dyce.
1 From the upper stage.
"Then a certain Italian of Gonzague's band cut off the Admiral's head, and sent it, preserved with spices, to Rome to the Pope and the Cardinal of Lorraine. Others cut off his hands."-Three Parts of Commentaries, &c., Book x. p. 14.
3 "So the old ed.; and so indeed our early authors usually wrote the