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Which to the soft confinement guides.
Eleonora, think betimes,
What are thy hated rival's crimes!
Tis her crime to be lov'd,
"Tis her crime to have charms.
She shall die, she shall die.
All hearts must enslave."
Hark, hark! what sound invades my ear?
Send from afar
A sound of war,
And fill with horror ev'ry wind.”
Henry returns, from danger free!
Hid in her mazy, wanton bower,
The traitress shall bleed;
In my rage shall be seen
The Entry of the Bower.
SIR TRUSTY, Knight of the Bower, solus.
"How unhappy is he,
That is ty'd to a she,
And fam'd for his wit and his beauty!
For of us pretty fellows
Our wives are so jealous,
They ne'er have enough of our duty.”
But hah! my limbs begin to quiver,
My fears are true,
GRIDELINE AND SIR TRUSTY.
Faithless varlet, art thou there?
My love, my dove, my charming fair!
Monster, thy wheedling tricks I know,
Why wilt thou call thy turtle so?
Cheat not me with false caresses.
Let me stop thy mouth with kisses.
Those to fair Rosamond are due.
She is not half so fair as you.
She views thee with a lover's eye.
I'll still be thine, and let her die.
No, no, 'tis plain. Thy frauds I see,
"O Grideline! consult thy glass,
Will convince you I am true."
"O how blest were Grideline,
At length the storm begins to cease,
I've sooth'd and flatter'd her to peace. 'Tis now my turn to tyrannise :
I feel, I feel my fury rise!
Tigress, be gone.
"Thou art a rustic to call me so..
I'm not ugly nor old,
Nor a villanous scold,
But thou art a rustic to call me so.
Thou, traitor, adieu!
"Farewell, thou shrew!
SIR TRUSTY, solus.
Who serve in the state,
And should lay out our cares
When conjugal toils
And family broils
Make all our great labours miscarry!
Yet this is the lot
Of him that has got
Fair Rosamond's bower,
With the clew in his power,
Both the great and the small,
As principal pimp to the mighty king Harry. But see, the pensive fair draws near: I'll at a distance stand and hear.
ROSAMOND AND SIR TRUSTY.
From walk to walk, from shade to shade,
Full of grief and full of love.
And break my rest,
A thousand thousand ills combine.