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Enter the Captain of the Guard, and three Murderers.
Cap. Come on, sirs. What, are you resolutely bent, Hating the life and honour of the Guise? What, will you not fear, when you see him come?
First Murd. Fear him, said you? tush, were he here, we would kill him presently.
Sec. Murd. O that his heart were leaping in my hand! Third Murd. But when will he come, that we may
murder him? Cap. Well, then, I see you are resolute. First Murd. Let us alone; I warrant you. Cap. Then, sirs, take your standings within this
All three Murderers. You will give us our money?
Enter KING HENRY and EPERNOUN.
Henry. Now, captain of my guard, are these murderers
ready? Cap. They be, my good lord.
1 Scene: a room in the royal palace at Blois,
Henry. But are they resolute, and armed to kill,
[Exit. Henry. Then come, proud Guise, and here disgorge
(Knocking within. Guise (within). Hold, varlet, hé !—Epernoun, where is
the king ? Eper. Mounted 1 his royal cabinet. Guise (within). I prithee, tell him that the Guise is here. Eper. An please your grace, the Duke of Guise doth
Access unto your highness.
Henry. Let him come in. —
Enter GUISE. Guise. Good morrow to your majesty.
Henry. Good morrow to my loving cousin of Guise : How fares it this morning with your excellence ?
Guise. I heard your majesty was scarcely pleased, That in the court I bear so great a train.
Henry. They were to blame that said I was displeased ;
1 Cf. 2 Tamburlaine iv. 3:-"Moun:ed his shining chariot " (for “ mounted in "').
And you, good cousin, to imagine it.
Re-enter Third Murderer.
Third Murd. O, pardon me, my Lord of Guise !
Third Murd. O my lord, I am one of them that is set to murder you!
Guise. To murder me, villain !
Third Murd. I, my lord : the rest have ta’en their standings in the next room; therefore, good my lord, go not forth.
Guise. Yet Cæsar shall go forth.
70 First Murd. [within) Stand close; he is coming ; I
know him by his voice. Guise. As pale as ashes !! nay, then, it is time To look about.
Enter First and Second Murderers.
First and Sec. Murderers. Down with him, down with him !
[They stab GUISE. Guise. O, I have my death's wound ! give me leave to
speak. Sec. Murd. Then pray to God, and ask forgiveness of the king.
Guise. Trouble me not; I ne'er offended him,
1 Dyce conjectures that Guise must have seen himself in a mirror as he uttered these words.
Enter KING HENRY, EPERNOUN, and Attendants. My lord, see, where the Guise is slain.
Henry. Ah, this sweet sight is physic to my soul ! Go fetch his son for to behold his death.
[Exit an Attendant. Surcharg'd with guilt of thousand massacres, Monsieur of Lorraine, sink away to hell! And, in remembrance of those bloody broils, To which thou didst allure me, being alive, And here, in presence of you all, I swear, I ne'er was king of France until this hour. This is the traitor that hath spent my gold In making foreign wars and civil broils. Did he not draw a sort of English priests From Douay to the seminary at Rheims, To hatch forth treason 'gainst their natural queen? Did he not cause the king of Spain's huge fleet To threaten England, and to menace me? Did he not injure Monsieur that's deceas'd ? Hath he not made me, in the Pope's defence, To spend the treasure, that should strength my land, In civil broils between Navarre and me?