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Enter GUISE and Attendants.
Guise Giving a purse]. Hold thee, tall soldier, take thee this, and fly.
Lie there, the king's delight, and Guise's scorn!
[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.
Guise. Why, I'm a prince of the Valois line,
And therefore hated of the Protestants :
Eper. Thou able to maintain an host in pay, That liv'st by foreign exhibition !1
The Pope and King of Spain are thy good friends;
Henry. I, those are they that feed him with their gold,
To countermand our will, and check our friends.
Guise. My lord, to speak more plainly, thus it is. Being animated by religious zeal,
I mean to muster all the power I can,
To overthrow those factious 2 Puritans:
And know, my lord, the Pope will sell his triple
I, and the Catholic Philip, king of Spain,
Navarre, that cloaks them underneath his wings,
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,
I cannot brook thy haughty insolence :
1 Pension, maintenance.
2 Collier's correction for the old copy's "sexious."
Guise. The choice is hard; I must dissemble.—
My lord, in token of my true humility,
Henry. Then farewell, Guise; the king and thou are
Seen with what a pomp he enter❜d Paris,
And promised to be at his command—
Nay, they fear'd not to speak it in the streets,
Henry. Did they of Paris entertain him so?
Enter an Attendant, with pen and ink.
My head shall be my council; they are false;
I think, for safety of your royal person,
It would be good the Guise were made away,
Henry. First let us set our hand and seal to this,
And, Epernoun, though I seem mild and calm,
Enter the KING OF NAVARRE, reading a letter, and BARTUS.
Nav. My lord, I am advertised from France That the Guise hath taken arms against the king, And that Paris is revolted from his grace.
Bar. Then hath your grace fit opportunity To show your love unto the king of France, Offering him aid against his enemies,
Which cannot but be thankfully receiv'd.
Nav. Bartus, it shall be so: post, then, to France,
1 Quit, free.
2 It cannot be determined where this scene takes place.
And there salute his highness in our name;
Pleshè. My lord?
Nav. Pleshè, go muster up our men with speed,
The ruin of that famous realm of France;
For his aspiring thoughts aim at the crown,
To plant the Pope and Popelings in the realm,
But, if that God do prosper mine attempts,
Pleshè. I go, my lord.
Nav. That wicked Guise, I fear me much, will be
1 Dyce reads "'A takes" (i.e. "He takes"); but the omission of a personal pronoun, where the sense is plain, occurs not unfrequently.