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Which when they hear, they shall begin to kill,
Enter a Messenger.
miral, Riding the streets, was traitorously shot; And most humbly entreats your majesty To visit him, sick in his bed. CHAR. Messenger, tell him I will see him straight.
[Exit Messenger What shall we do now with the Admiral ?
Q. Mo. Your majesty had best go visit him,
CHAR. Content; I will go visit the Admiral.
(Exeunt. SCENE V, The ADMIRAL discovered in bed. To him enter
King CHARLES, und others. CHAR. How fares it with my lord High Admiral? Hath he been hurt with villains in the street?I vow and swear, as I am king of France, To find, and to
Adm. Ab! my good lord, these are the Guisians, That seek to massacre our guiltless lives.
Char. Assure yourself, my good lord Admiral, I deeply sorrow for your treach'rous wrong: And that I am not more secure myself, Than I am careful you should be preserv’d. Cousin, take twenty of our strongest guard, And, under your direction, see they keep All treach'rous violence from our noble friend ; Repaying all attempts with present death, Upon the cursed breakers of our peace. And so be patient, good lord Admiral, And every hour I'll visit you.
Enter GUISE, ANJOU, DUMAINE, GONZAGO, Retes,
MOUNTSORREL, and Soldiers, to the massacre.
Guise. Anjou, Dumaine, Gonzago, Retes, Swear by the argent crosses on your burgonets, To kill all that you suspect of heresy.
Dum. I swear by this, to be unmerciful.
Ans. I am disguis'd, and none knows who I am, And therefore mean to murder all I meet.
Gon. And so will I.
Guise. The Admiral,
And then beset his house, that not a man may live. ANJ. That charge is mine. Switzers, keep you
the streets; And at each corner shall the king's guard stand. Gon. Come, sirs, follow me.
(Exit Gonzago, with others. Ans. Cousin, the captain of the Admiral's guard, Plac'd by my brother, will betray his lord. Now, Guise, shall Catholics flourish once again ; The head being off, the members cannot stand, RETEs. But look, my lord, there's some in the
Admiral's house. [They enter into the house of the Admiral, who is in bed.
SCENE VII. Enter GUISE, ANJOU, DUMAINE, GONZAGO, Retes,
MOUNTSORREL, and others, to the ADMIRAL.
Axj. In lucky time; come, let us keep this lane, And slay his servants that shall issue out.
Gon. Where is the Admiral ?
ANJ. Now, cousin, view him well.
Guise. Cousin, 'tis he, I know him by his look;
See where my soldier shot him through the arm;
bearer to the Lutherans,
Ans. I swear by this cross, we'll not be partial,
off'; That they, which have already 'set the street, May know their watchword; and then toll the bell, And so let's forward to the massacre. Mount. I will, my lord.
(Erit. Guise. And now, my lords, let's closely to our
business. Ans. Anjou will follow thee. DUM. And so will Dumaine.
(The ordnance being shot off, the bell tolls. Guise. Come then, let's away.
swords drawn, chasing the Protestants. Guise. Tue ! tue ! tue ! let none escape, murder
the Hugonots. ANJ. Kill them! kill them! Enter LOREINE, running; Guise and the rest pur
suing him. Guise. Loreine! Loreine! follow Loreine!
Lor. I am a preacher of the word of God;
[Stabs him. Ans. Stay, my lord, let me begin the psalm. Guise. Come, drag him away, and throw him in a ditch,
[Ereunt. Enter MountSORREL, and knocks at SEROUne's
door. SER. WIFE. [Within.) Who is that which knocks
there? Mount. Mountsorrell, from the duke of Guise, Ser. Wife. Husband, come down; here's one
would speak with you. From the duke of Guise.
Enter SeROUNE. Ser. To speak with me, from such a man as he?