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K. Ja. His subsidies you mean.-
Fri. Howard, Earl of Surrey, Back'd by twelve earls and barons of the north, A hundred knights and gentlemen of name, And twenty thousand soldiers, is at hand To raise your siege. Brooke, with a goodly navy, Is admiral at sea; and Dawbeney follows With an unbroken army for a second.
War. 'Tis false! they come to side with us.
K. Ja. Retreat;
War. Oh, rather, gracious sir,
K. Ja. I will be the man.
I His person to an earl.) Here earl is used as a dissyllable. It is necessary to notice this, as Ford occasionally varies in the measure of this and similar words in the course of the same speech. For an exainple, see Marchmont the herald's speech, p. 299, where earl occurs both as a monosyllable and a dissyllable.
ACT IV. SCENE I.
The English Camp near Ayton, on the Borders. Enter SURREY, DURHAM, Soldiers with drums and
Ďur. Noble Surrey,
[.A trumpet without. Sur. Rank all in order: 't is a herald's sound; Some message from king James. Keep a fix'd sta
1 -and this, the strongest of their forts,
Old Ayton-Castle.] The castle of Ayton, Bacon' says, was then esteemed one of the strongest places between Berwick and Edinburgh. With the capture of this place the struggle terminated, little to the honour, and less to the advantage, of either side. The noble historian says nothing of the main business of this scene, which must,jI believe, be placed entirely to the account of the poet; though it is in some measure justified by the chivalrous and romantic character of James IV.GIFFORD.
Enter MARCHMONT and another, in heralds' coats.
March. From Scotland's awful majesty we come Unto the English general.
Sur. To me ? Say on.
March. Thus, then; the waste and prodigal Effusion of so much guiltless blood, As in two potent armies, of necessity, Must glut the earth's dry womb, his sweet compassion Hath studied to prevent; for which to thee, Great earl of Surrey, in a single fight, He offers his own royal person : fairly Proposing these conditions only,—that If victory conclude our master's right, The earl shall deliver for his ransom The town of Berwick to him, with the Fishgarths; If Surrey shall prevail, the king will pay A thousand pounds down present for his freedom, And silence further arms: so speaks king James. Sur. So speaks king James! so like a king he
speaks. Heralds, the English general returns A sensible devotion from his heart, His very soul, to this unfellow'd grace: For let the king know, gentle heralds, truly, How his descent from his great throne, to honour A stranger subject with so high a title As his compeer in arms, hath conquer'd more Than any, sword could do; for which (my loyalty Respected) I will serve his virtues ever In all humility: but Berwick, say, Is none of mine to part with. In affairs Of princes, subjects cannot traffic rights Inherent to the crown. My life is mine, That I dare freely hazard; and (with pardon To some unbribed vainglory) if his majesty Shall taste a change of fate, his liberty Shall meet no articles. If í fall, falling
So bravely, I refer me to his pleasure
March. This answer
Dur. With favour,
Sur. To your wisdom,
Dur. Be it so then.
March. Our duty, noble general.
Dur. In part
Sur. You oblige
Sur. Come, friends
No enemies but woods and hills, to fight with;
The Scottish Camp.
Enter WARBECK and FRION.
Fri. Henry's policies
War. Let his mines,
Fri. You grow too wild in passion; if you will
War. What a saucy rudeness