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My head shall be my council; they are false;
ACT THE THIRD.
Enter NAv AR RE, reading a letter, and BARTUs.
Nav. My lord, I am advertised from France, That Guise hath taken arms against the king, And that Paris is revolted from his grace.
BAR. Then hath your grace fit opportunity,
NAv. Bartus, it shall be so; post then to France, And there salute his highness in our name; Assure him all the aid we can provide, Against the Guisians and their complices. Bartus, begone; commend me to his grace, And tell him, ere’t be long, I’ll visit him.
BAR. I will, my lord. [Erit.
Enter PLEs HE.
NA v. Pleshe,
PLEsh E. My lord.
Nav. Pleshe, go muster up our men with speed, And let them march away to France amain, For we must aid the king against the Guise. Begone, I say, 'tis time that we were there.
Plesh E. I go, my lord. [Exit.
NAv. That wicked Guise, I fear me much, will be The ruin of that famous realm of France; For his aspiring thoughts aim at the crown, He takes his vantage on religion, To plant the Pope and popelings in the realm, And bind it wholly to the see of Rome: But if that God do prosper mine attempts, And send us safely to arrive in France, We'll beat him back, and drive him to his death,
That basely seeks the ruin of his realm. [Exit.
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? 1 Mu Rd. Fear him, said you? tush were he here, we would kill him presently. 2 Mu Rd. Oh, that his heart were leaping in my hand 1 MURD. But when will he come, that we may murther him 2 CAP. Well then, I see you are resolute. 1 Mu Rd. Let us alone, I warrant you. CAP. Then, sirs, take your standings within this chamber; for anon the Guise will come. All three MURDERE Rs. You'll give us our money? CAP. Aye, aye, fear not; stand close; be resolute. [Ereunt Murderers. Now falls the star whose influence governs France, Whose light was deadly to the protestants. Now must he fall, and perish in his height. Enter the KING and EP E R Nou NE. KING. Now, captain of my guard, are these murderers ready ? CAP. They be, my good lord. KING. But are they resolute, and arm'd to kill, Hating the life and honour of the Guise?
CAP. I warrant you, my lord. [Erit. KING.Then come, proud Guise, and here disgorge thy breast,
Surcharg'd with surfeit of ambitious thoughts;
Guise knocks without. Guise. Holloa, varlet, hey! Epernoune, where's the king ! EPER. Mounted his royal cabinet. Guise. I pr’ythee tell him that the Guise is here. EPER. An't please your grace, the duke of Guise doth crave Access unto your highness. KING. Let him come in.— Come Guise, and see thy trait'rous guile outreach'd, And perish in the pit thou mad'st for me. [Aside. Enter GUIs E. Guise. Good morrow to your majesty. KING. Good morrow to my loving cousin of Guise: How fares it this morning with your excellence? Guise. I heard your majesty was scarcely pleas'd, That in the court I bear so great a train. KING. They were to blame, that said I was displeas'd; And you, good cousin, to imagine it. Twere hard with me, if I should doubt my kin, Or be suspicious of my dearest friends. Cousin, assure you I am resolute, Whatever any whisper in mine ears, Not to suspect disloyalty in thee; And so, sweet coz, farewell.
[Ereunt King and Epernoune. , Guise. So
Now sues the king for favour to the Guise,