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ANJ. Well, say on. RAM us. Not for my life, do I desire this pause, But in my latter hour to purge myself, In that I know the things that I have wrote, Which as I hear one Shekins takes it ill, Because my places, being but three, contain all his. I knew the Organon to be confus'd, And I reduced it into better form. And this for Aristotle will I say, That he that despiseth him can ne'er Be good in logic or philosophy. And that's because the blockish Sorbonnists Attribute as much unto their works, As to the service of th' eternal God. Guise. Why suffer you that peasant to declaim 2 Stab him, I say, and send him to his friends in hell. ANJ. Ne'er was there collier's son so full of pride. [Stabs him. GUIs E. My lord Anjou, there are a hundred Protestants, Which we have chas'd into the river Seine, That swim about, and so preserve their lives:— How may we do? I fear me they will live. Du M. Go, place some men upon the bridge, With bows and darts, to shoot at them they see, And sink them in the river as they swim. Guise. 'Tis well advis'd, Dumaine; go see it done. And in the meantime, my lord, could we devise To get those pedants from the king Navarre,

That are tutors to him and the prince of Condé. ANJ. For that, let me alone; cousin, stay here, And when you see me in, then follow hard.

He knocketh at the door, and enter the KING of NA v AH RE, the PRINCE of ConDE, with their SchoolMAst ERs.

How now, my lords, how fare you?
NA v. My lord, they say that all the Protestants
are massacred.
ANJ. Aye, so they are, but yet, what remedy ?
I have done all I could to stay the broil.
Nav. But yet, my lord, the report doth run,
That you were one that made the massacre.
ANJ. Who, I? you are deceiv'd; I rose but now.
Guise. Murder the Hugonots! Take those pedants
hence
Nav. Thou traitor, Guise! lay off thy bloody
hands.
Cox D. Come, let us go tell the king.
[Ereunt Nav. and Condé.
Guise. Come, sirs, I'll whip you to death with

my poignard's point. [Stabs them. ANJ. Away with them both. [Exit. Guise. And now, sirs, for this night let our fury stay.

Yet will we not the massacre shall end:
Gonzago post you to Orleans,
Retes to Dieppe, Mountsorrell unto Rouen,
And spare not one that you suspect of heresy.

And now, stay that bell, that to the devil's matins rings.

Now ev'ry man put off his burgonet,

And so convey him closely to his bed. [Ereunt.

ACT THE SECOND.
SCENE I.

Enter ANJou, with two Lo RDs of Pola N D.

ANJ. My lords of Poland, I must needs confess. The offer of your Prince Elector's far Beyond the reach of my deserts; For Poland is, as I have been inform’d, A martial people worthy such a king As hath sufficient council in himself To lighten doubts, and frustrate subtle foes. And such a king, whom practice long hath taught To please himself with manage of the wars, The greatest wars within our Christian bounds, I mean our wars against the Muscovites; And on the other side against the Turk; Rich princes both, and mighty emperors: Yet, by my brother Charles, our king of France, And by his grace's council, it is thought, That if I undertake to wear the crown Of Poland, it may prejudice their hope Of my inheritance to the crown of France. For if th' Almighty take my brother hence,

By due descent the regal seat is mine.
With Poland, therefore, must I cov'nant thus,
That if, by death of Charles, the diadem
Of France be cast on me, then, with your leaves,
I may retire me to my native home.
If your commission serve to warrant this,
I thankfully shall undertake the charge
Of you and yours; and carefully maintain
The wealth and safety of your kingdom's right.
1 Lok D. All this, and more your highness shall
command,
For Poland's crown and kingly diadem.
ANJ. Then, come, my lords, let's go. [Exeunt.

SCENE II.

Enter two MEN, with the ADMIRAL's body. 1 MAN. Now, sirrah, what shall we do with the Admiral 2

2 Max. Why, let us burn him for a heretic.

1 MAN. Oh, no, his body will infect the fire, and the fire the air, and so we shall be poisoned with him.

2 MAN. What shall we do then 7

1 MAN. Let's throw him into the river.

2 MAN. Oh! 'twill corrupt the water, and the water the fish, and the fish ourselves, when we eat them.

1 MAN. Then throw him into the ditch.

2 MAN. No, no; to decide all doubts, be ruled by me. Let's hang him upon this tree.

1 MAN. Agreed. [They hang him up, and ereunt.

Enter Guise, the QUEEN Mot HER, and the CAR-
D1N AL, with ArtEN DANTs.
Guise. Now, madam, how like you our lusty
Admiral 2
Q. Mo. Believe me, Guise, he becomes the place
so well,
That I could long ere this have wished him there.
But come, let's walk aside; th'air's not very sweet.
Guise. No, by my faith, madam.
Sirs, take him away, and throw him in some ditch.
[The Attendants bear off the Admiral's body.
And now, madam, as I understand,
There are an hundred Hugonots and more,
Which in the woods do hold their synagogue,
And daily meet about this time of day;
Thither will I, to put them to the sword.
Q. Mo. Do so, sweet Guise; let us delay no time;
For if these stragglers gather head again,
And disperse themselves throughout the realm of
France,
It will be hard for us to work their deaths.
Guise. Madam, I go, as whirlwinds rage before a

Storm. [Erit. Q. Mo. My lord of Lorraine, have you mark'd of late,

How Charles, our son, begins for to lament
For the late night's-work, which my lord of Guise
Did make in Paris 'mongst the Hugonots?
CARD. Madam, I have heard him solemnly vow,
With the rebellious King of Navarre,
For to revenge their deaths upon us all.

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