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Eleaz. Nearer; so, silence 1 Hang both your greedy ears upon my lips; Let them devour my speech, suck in my breath, And in, who lets it break prison, here's his death: This night the card'nal shall be murder'd. Both. Where 2 ELEAz. And to fill up a grave, Philip dies. BoTH. Where? ELEAz. Here. Both. By whom ? Eleaz. By thee; and, slave, by thee. Have you hearts and hands to execute 2 Both. Here's both. 1 MooR. He dies, were he my father. Eleaz. Ho, away ! Stay; go, go; stay; see me no more till night, Your cheeks are black, let not your souls look white. Both. Till night? Eleaz. Till night: a word; the Mother Queen Is trying if she can, with fire of gold, Warp the green consciences of two covetous friars, To preach abroad Philip's bastardy. 1 MooR. His bastardy! who was his father? ELEAz. Who 2 Search for these friars, hire them to work with you; Their holy callings will approve the fact, Most good and meritorious: sin shines clear, When her black face religion's mask doth wear. Here comes the queen, good;—and the friars.
Enter two FRIARs, CRAB and Cole, and the QUEEN Mor HER. Cole. Your son a bastard say we do; But how then shall we deal with you? I tell you, as I said before, His being a bastard, you're so poor In honour and in name, that time Can never take away the crime. Q. Mo. I grant that, friar; yet rather I'll endure The wound of infamy to kill my name, Than to see Spain bleeding with civil swords. The boy is proud, ambitious, he woos greatness; He takes up Spanish hearts on trust, to pay them When he shall finger Castile's crown. Oh! then, Were it not better my disgrace were known, Than such a base aspirer fill the throne? Cole. Ha! brother Crab, what think you ? CRAB. As you, dear brother Cole. Cole. Then we agree; Cole's judgment is as Crab's you see. Lady, we swear to speak and write What you please, so all go right. Q. Mo. Then, as we gave directions, spread abroad . In Cadiz, Madrid, Granada, and Medina, And all the royal cities of the realm, Th’ ambitious hopes of that proud bastard Philip : And sometimes, as you see occasion, Tickle the ears of the rude multitude
With Eleazar's praise; gild his virtues,
ELEAz. Away you know. Now, madam, none shall throw Their leaden envy in an opposite scale, To weigh down our true golden happiness. Q. Mo. Yes, there is one. ELEAz. One who? give me his name, and I will Turn it to a magic spell, To bind him here, here; who 7 Q. Mo. Your wife, Maria. Eleaz. Hah! my Maria! Q. Mo. She's the Hellespont divides my love and me : She, being cut off— Eleaz. Stay, stay; cut off! let's think upon't; my wife l Humph 1 kill her too ! Q. Mo. Does her love make thee cold 2 Eleaz. Had I a thousand wives, down go they all. She dies; I'll cut her off: now-Baltazar ! Enter BALTAzA R. Balt. Madam, the king entreats your company. Q. Mo. His pleasure be obey'd. Dear love, farewell ; Remember your Maria. [Erit. Eleaz. Here, [pointing to his dagger] adieu ; With this I'll guard her, whilst it stabs at you. B.Alt. My lord, the friars are won to join with us. Eleaz. Be prosperous ! about it Baltazar. BALT. The watch-word 2
ELEAz. Oh, the word; let it be Treason; When we cry Treason, break ope chamber doors, Kill Philip and the cardinal. Hence
BALt. I fly. [Erit. ELEAz. Murder, now ride in triumph! darkness! horror!
Thus I invoke your aid; your act begin;
Enter Cole and CRA B in trousers; the CARDIN A L