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I would he might; I know myself am clear
As is the new-born infant. Madam, stand forth !
Be bold to speak; shame in the grave wants sense,
Heaven with sin's greatest forfeits can dispense.
Q. Mo. Would I were cover'd with the veil of
night,
You might not see red shame sit on my cheeks!
But being Spain's common safety stands for truth,
Hiding my weeping eyes, I blush and say,
Philippo's father sits here.
Rod Here ! name him.
Q. Mo. The Lord Mendoza did beget that son;
Oh let not this dishonour further run
A Lv. What, Cardinal Mendoza 2
Q. Mo. Yes, yes, even he.
Eleaz. Spaniard or Moor, the saucy slave shall
die :
CARD. I Philip's father
[Comes down ; the rest talk.
Q. Mo. Nay, deny me not;
Now may a kingdom and my love be got.
Ca Rd. Those eyes and tongue bewitch me—shame
lie here !
That love has sweetest taste that is bought dear.
CH Risto. What answers Lord Mendoza to the
queen 7
CARD. I confess guilty, Philip is my son;
Her majesty hath nam'd the time and place.
Alv. To you, but not to us; go forward, madam.
Q. Mo. Within the circle of twice ten years since,
WOL. II. 19

Your deceas'd king made war in Barbary,
Won Tunis, conquer'd Fez, and hand to hand
Slew great Abdela, king of Fez, and father
To that Barbarian prince.
Eleaz. I was but young, but now methinks
I see my father's wounds: poor Barbaria!
No more 1
Q. Mo. In absence of my lord, mourning his
want,
To me alone being in my private walk,
I think at Salamanca:—yes, ’twas there;
Enters Mendoza, under shew of shrift,
Threatens my death if I deny'd his lust,
In fine, by force he won me to his will:
I wept and cry'd for help, but all in vain,
Mendoza there abus’d the bed of Spain.
Eleaz. Spaniard or Moor, that saucy slave shall
die. [Aside.
Alv. Why did not you complain of this vile act?
Q. Mo. Alas! I was alone, young, full of fear,
Bashful and doubtful of my own defame;
Knowing King Philip rash and jealous,
I hid his sins thinking to hide my shame.
HoRTEN. What says the cardinal 2
CARD. Such a time there was;
'Tis past: I’ll make amends with marriage,
And satisfy with trentals", dirges, prayers,
The offended spirit of the wronged king.
[Queen and they talk

* “Trentals,” thirty masses.

Eleaz. Spaniard or Moor, the saucy slave shall die. Oh I 'twould seem best it should be thus, Mendoza; She to accuse, I urge, and both conclude Your marriage, like a comic interlude. Lords, will you hear this hateful sin confess'd, And not impose upon the ravisher death The due punishment 2 Oh! it must be so. Alv. What does the queen desire? Q. Mo. Justice, revenge, On vile Mendoza for my ravishment. I kiss the cold earth with my humble knees, From whence I will not rise till some just hand Cast to the ground the traitor cardinal ALL. Stand forth, Mendoza. Eleaz. Swells your heart so high 2 Down, letcher; if you will not stand, then lie. CARd. You have betray'd me, by my too much trust; I never did this deed of rape and lust. Rod. Your tongue confess'd it. CARD. True, I was entic'd. Eleaz. Entic'd I do you believe that ? Q. Mo. Justice, lords! Sentence the cardinal for his hateful sin. ALv. We will assemble all the states of Spain, And as they judge so justice shall be done. Eleaz. A guard —to prison with the cardinal.

Enter ZARAck, BALTAzAR, and others. CARD. Damn'd slave, my tongue shall go at liberty To curse thee, ban that strumpet! dogs keep off! ELEAz. Hist! hist! on 1 on 1 Q. Mo. I cannot brook his “ght AL v. You must to prison, .d be patient. CARD. Weep'st thou, Alvero 2 all struck dumb 2 My fears Are that those drops will change to bloody tears. This woman, and this serpent Q. Mo. Drag him hence. CARD. Who dares lay hands upon me? Lords of Spain, Let your swords bail me: this false queen did lie. ELEAz. Spaniard or Moor, the saucy slave shall die. CARD. I'll fight thee, damned hell-hound, for my life. Eleaz. Spaniard or Moor, the saucy-slave shall die. CA Rd. I'll prove upon thy head— Eleaz. The slave shall die. CARD. Lords, stop this villain's throat ELEAz. Shall die, shall die. CARD. Hear me but speak! ELEaz. Away! Alv. Words are ill spent, Where wrong sits judge; you're arm'd if innocent.

CA R D. Well then, I must to plison: Moor' no In Ote. Heavens thou art just Prince Philip I betray'd, And now myself fall; guile with guile is paid. [Erit. Q. Mo. Philip being prov'd a bastard, who shall sit Upon this empty th 2 Eleaz. Strumpet! not you. Q. Mo. Strumpet! and I not sit there! who then 2 ELEAz. Down! Back! if she touch it she'll bewitch the chair; This throne belongs to Isabel the fair. Bring forth the princess dress'd in royal robes, The true affecter of Alvero's son, Virtuous Hortenzo. Lords, behold your queen. Enter Is A BELLA, in royal robes. HoRTEN zo. Q. Mo. Thou villain, what intend'st thou? savage slave Eleaz. To advance virtue thus, and thus to tread On lust, on murder, on adultery's head. Look lords upon your sovereign Isabel ! Though all may doubt the fruits of such a womb, Is she not like King Philip ! Let her rule. Q. Mo. She rule ! Eleaz. She rule: aye she. Q. Mo. A child to sway an empire? I am her protectress; I'll pour black curses on thy damned head, If thou wrong'st me. Lords! lords! Eleaz. Princes of Spain,

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