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He never fail'd me; what have I deserv'd
K. Hen. Let it be so. Urswick, command straight Stanley to his chamber. 'Tis well we are i’ th' Tower: set a guard on him. Clifford, to bed; you must lodge here to-night ; We'll talk with you to-morrow. My sad soul Divines strange troubles.
Daw. [within.) Ho! the king, the king ! I must have entrance.
K. Hen. Dawbeney's voice; admit him.
K. Hen. Rascals !-talk no more ;
ACT II. SCENE L
Edinburgh.-The Presence-Chamber in the Palace.' Enter above, the Countess of CRAWFORD, Lady KATHE
RINE, JANE, and other Ladies. Countess. Come, ladies, here's a solemn prepara
tion For entertainment of this English prince; The king intends grace more than ordinary ; ’T were pity now, if he should prove a counterfeit. Kath. Bless the young man, our nation would be
laugh'd at For honest souls through Christendom! my father Hath a weak stomach to the business, madam, But that the king must not be cross'd.
Countess. He brings A goodly troop, they say, of gallants with him : But very modest people, for they strive not To fame their names too much; their godfathers May be beholding to them, but their fathers Scarce owe them thanks: they are disguised princes," Brought up, it seems, to honest trades; no matter, They will break forth in season.
Jane. Or break out: For most of them are broken by report. [Music. The king!
Kath. Let us observe them and be silent. A Flourish.—Enter King James, HUNTLEY, CRAWFORD,
DALYELL, and other Noblemen. K. Ja. The right of kings, my lords, extends not
-they are disguised princes, &c.] The Countess is pleased to be facetious. It appears, however, from better authorities than those before us, that Perkin was very respectably, not to say honourably, attended on this occasion.-GIFFORD.
To the safe conservation of their own,
Re-enter DALYELL, with PERKIN WARBECK, followed at a distance by FR1ON, HERON, SKEToN, AstLEY, and John A-WATER. CRAwford advances, and salutes PERKIN at the door, and afterward HUNTLEy, who presents him to the King ; they embrace; the Noblemen slightly salute his followers.
War. Most high, most mighty king !' that now there stands
lwar. Most high, most mighty king, &c.] This speech is skilfully abridged from the historian. When it could be done with proper effect, the words are taken with no greater change than was necessary for the metrical arrangement; in other places the poet is content with clothing the sentiments in his own language; but always with the original in view.—Gifford. .
Before your eyes, in presence of your peers,
it! Return'd the tyrant, my unnatural uncle, A truth of my despatch; I was convey'd With secrecy and speed to Tournay; fosterd By obscure means, taught to unlearn myself: But as I grew in years, I grew in sense Of fear and of disdain; fear of the tyrant Whose power sway'd the throne then: when disdain Of living so unknown, in such a servile And abject lowness, prompted me to thoughts of recollecting who I was, I shook off My bondage, and made haste to let my aunt of Burgundy acknowledge me her kinsman;
Heir to the crown of England, snatch'd by Henry From Richard's head; a thing scarce known i'th'
world. K. Ja. My lord, it stands not with your counsel
To fly upon invectives; if you can
War. You are a wise and just king, by the powers
utter The language of a king, and such is thine. Take this for answer; be whate'er thou art, Thou never shalt repent that thou hast put Thy cause and person into my protection. Cousin of York, thus once more we embrace thee; Welcome to James of Scotland! for thy safety, Know, such as love thee not shall never wrong thee. Come, we will taste a while our court-delights, Dream hence afflictions past, and then proceed To high attempts of honour. On, lead on!