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Enter GUISE and Attendants.
Guise (Giving a purse). Hold thee, tall soldier, take thee this, and fly.
[Exit Soldier. Lie there, the king's delight, and Guise's scorn! Revenge it, Henry, as thou list or dare; I did it only in despite of thee.
[Attendants bear off MUGEROUN's body.
Enter KING HENRY and EPERNOUN.
Henry. My Lord of Guise, we understand
Guise. Why, I am no traitor to the crown of France ; What I have done, 'tis for the Gospel's sake.
Eper. Nay, for the Pope's sake, and thine own benefit. What peer in France but thou, aspiring Guise, Durst be in arms without the king's consent ? I challenge thee for treason in the cause.
Guise. Ah, base Epernoun ! were not his highness here, Thou shouldst perceive the Duke of Guise is mov'd.
Henry. Be patient, Guise, and threat not Epernoun, Lest thou perceive the king of France be mov’d.
30 Guise. Why, I'm a prince of the Valois line, Therefore an enemy to the Bourbonites; I am a juror in the holy league, And therefore hated of the Protestants : What should I do but stand upon my guard ? And, being able, I'll keep an host in pay.
Eper. Thou able to maintain an host in pay, That liv'st by foreign exhibition !) The Pope and King of Spain are thy good friends; Else all France knows how poor a duke thou art. 40 Henry. I, those are they that feed him with their
Guise. My lord, to speak more plainly, thus it is.
50 Navarre, that cloaks them underneath his wings, Shall feel the house of Lorraine is his foe. Your highness needs not fear mine army's force; 'Tis for your safety, and your enemies' wreck. Henry. Guise, wear our crown, and be thou king of
France, And, as dictator, make or war or peace, Whilst I cry placet, like a senator ! I cannot brook thy haughty insolence : Dismiss thy camp, or else by our edict Be thou proclaim'd a traitor throughout France. 60 Guise. The choice is hard ; I must dissemble.
1 Pension, maintenance. 2 Collier's correction for the old copy's “sexious,"
(Aside. My lord, in token of my true humility, And simple meaning to your majesty, I kiss your grace's hand, and take my leave, Intending to dislodge my camp with speed. Henry. Then farewell, Guise; the king and thou are friends.
[Exit GUISE. Eper. But trust him not, my lord; for, had your high
Seen with what a pomp he enter'd Paris,
Henry. Did they of Paris entertain him so ?
Enter an Attendant, with pen and ink.
[Attendant writes. My head shall be my council; they are false;
80 And, Epernoun, I will be rul'd by thee.
Eper. My lord,
It would be good the Guise were made away,
Henry. First let us set our hand and seal to this,
[Exit Attendant And, Epernoun, though I seem mild and calm, Think not but I am tragical within.
90 I'll secretly convey me unto Blois ; For, now that Paris takes the Guise's part, Here is no staying for the king of France, Unless he mean to be betray'd and die : But, as I live, so sure the Guise shall die. (Exeunt.
Enter 2 the KING OF NAVARRE, reading a letter, and
Bar. Then hath your grace fit opportunity
Nav. Bartus, it shall be so: post, then, to France,
i Quit, free. 2 It cannot be determined where this scene takes place.
And there salute his highness in our name ;
Bar. I will, my lord.
Pleshè. My lord ?
Nav. Pleshè, go muster up our men with speed,
30 That basely seeks the ruin of his realm.
i Dyce reads "'A takes” (i.e. “He takes '') ; but the omission of a personal pronoun, where the sense is plain, occurs not unfrequently.