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The queen, and me; and being undermin'd,
Enter ALVERO in his shirt, his sword drawn.
Enter the King in his shirt, his sword drawn.
Enter Queen in her night attire. Q. Mo. Was it a dream, or did the sound Of monster treason call me from my rest?
King. Who rais'd this rumour? Eleazar, you?
Eleaz. I did, my liege, and still continue it, Both for your safety and mine own discharge.
King. Whence comes the ground then?
ELEAZ. From the cardinal, And the young prince; who bearing in his mind The true idea of his late disgrace, In putting him from the protectorship, And envying the advancement of the Moor, Determined this night to murder you; And for your highness lodg'd within my castle, They would have laid the murder on my head. King. The cardinal, and my brother! bring them
forth, Their lives shall answer this ambitious practice.
ELEAZ. Alas! my lord, it is impossible;
King. The cardinal is all ambition,
Q. Mo. Th' ambition of the one infects the other,
Eleaz. My liege, the tongue of true obedience
beauteous wife Shall sail into the naked arms of love. Q. Mo. [Aside.] Why this is as it should be ; he
His wife, that keeps me from his marriage bed,
friend! [Aside.] Whilst thou pursu'st the traitors that are
Fernando means to warm thy marriage bed. (Ereunt. ELEAZ. Many good nights consume and damn your
souls ! I know he means to cuckold me this night, Yet do I know no means to hinder it: Besides, who knows whether the lustful king, Having my wife and castle at com mand, Will ever make surrender back again? But if he do not, with my falchion's point I'll lance those swelling veins, in which hot lust Does keep his revels; and with that warm blood, Where Venus' bastard cool'd his swelt'ring spleen, Wash the disgrace from Eleazar's brow.
ELEAZ. If they lock the gates,
MARIA. Husband! sweet husband !
And make a breach through the flinty sides
MARIA. Hear me, dear heart !
EluAZ. Or undermine the chamber where they lie,
ELEAZ. Succour! zounds ! for what?
ELEAZ. To lie with you ! I know't.
ELEAZ. 'Tis possible !
MARIA. Then this ensuing night shall give an end
Eleaz. Not so, dear soul ! for in extremities Choose out the least: and ere the hand of death Should suck this ivory palace of thy life, Embrace my counsel, and receive this poison; Which, in the instant he attempts thy love, Then give it him: do, do, Do poison him ; (aside.] he gone, thou'rt next. Be sound in resolution, and farewell! (Aside.] By one, and one, I'll ship you all to hell. Spain, I will drown thee with thine own proud blood, Then make an ark of carcases: farewell! Revenge and I will sail in blood to hell. [Erit.
Maria. Poison the king ! alas, my trembling hand Would let the poison fall; and through my cheeks Fear, suited in a bloodless livery, Would make the world acquainted with my guilt. But thanks prevention, I have found a means, Both to preserve my royal sovereign's life, And keep myself a true and loyal wife. [Erit.
ACT THE THIRD.
Enter Queen Mother with a torch. Q. Mo. Fair eldest child of love, thou spotless
night, Empress of silence, and the queen of sleep, Who with thy black cheeks pure complexion,