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As for my native country, since it once
Serv. Pardon, lady;
Kath. Oh, dear souls,
speak it, The worst, the worst I look for.
Dal. All the Cornish At Exeter were by the citizens Repulsed, encounter'd by the earl of Devonshire, And other worthy gentlemen of the country. Your husband march'd to Taunton, and was there Affronted by king Henry's chamberlain ;'
1 Affronted by king Henry's chamberlain,] i. e. met directly in front by Dawbeney. It is sufficiently clear from the exulting language of this wily monarch in the scene with Urswick, p. 301, that he had made himself sure of the overthrow of Warbeck, whom he had, by this time, environed with his agents; hence the disgraceful flight of the pretender, the recourse to the sanctuary of Bewley, and subsequent surrender. Bacon shrewdly observes, on this occasion, that the king was grown to be such a partner with Fortune, as nobody could tell what actions the
The king himself in person, with his army
Dal. Fled, but follow'd
Kath. Oh, my sorrows!
Dal. Impute it not to faintness or to weakness
Kath. No, no, it cannot.
Dal. I fear you are betray'd: the earl of Oxford Runs hot in your pursuit.? one, and what the other owned. It was generally believed, he adds, that Perkin“ was betrayed, and that the king led him, at the time of his flight, in a line;" a fact to which he does not seem disposed to give credit.-GIFFORD). 1 i. e. partisans.
the earl of Oxford Runs hot in your pursuit. “There were also sent,” Lord Bacon says, “ with all speed, some horse to St. Michael's Mount, in Cornwall, where the Lady Catharine Gordon was left by her husband, whom in ali fortunes she entirely loved, adding the virtues of a wife to the virtues of her sex."
The reader, in whose breast the extraordinary merits of this high-born lady can scarcely fail to have created some degree of interest, will not be displeasrd, perhaps, with the brief recital or her subsequent fortunes, as given by Sir R. Gordon, whom Douglas calls the historian of the family. After quoting the preceding passage from Bacon, Sir Robert adds," "shoe wes brought from St. Michael's Mount in Cornuall, and delyvered to King Henrie the Seaventh, who intertayned her honorablie, and for her better mantenance, according to her birth and vertue, did assigne vnto her good lands and rents for all the dayes of her lyff. After
Kath. He shall not need;
Jane. Madam, madam, "They come, they come!
Enter OXFORD, with his followers.
Kath. Most noble sir, forbear!
Oxf. All stand off. With favour, lady,
Oxf. My commission
the death of her husband Richard, shoe maried Sir Mathie Cradock (a man of great power at that tyme in Clamorganshyre, in Wales), of the which mariage is descended this William, Earle of Pembroke, by his grandmother, and had some lands by inheritance from the Cradockes. Lady
Katheren Gordon died in Wales, and was buried in a chappell at one of the Earle of Pembrok bis dwelling-places in that cuntrey. The Eaglesh histories doe much commend her for her beauty, comliness, and chastetie.”—GIFFORD,
Kath. By what title, sir,
Oxf. Your servant, lady,
Kath. Your king is herein royal,
Oxf. Invites you, princess, not commands.
Kath. Pray use
Oxf. There's in your number
Dal. My name is Dalyell.
Oxf. 'T is a name hath won
Dal. I must wait on
Oxf. Will you please,
Kath. Being driven
Salisbury. Enter King HENRY, SURREY, URSWICK, and a Guard
of Soldiers. K. Hon. The counterfeit king Perkin is escaped: Escape! so let him: he is hedged too fast Within the circuit of our English pale, To steal out of our ports, or leap the walls Which guard our land; the seas are rough, and wider Than his weak arms can tug with. Surrey, henceforth Your king may reign in quiet; turmoils past, Like some unquiet dream, have rather busied Our fancy, than affrighted rest of state.But, Surrey,' why, in articling a peace With James of Scotland, was not restitution Of losses, which our subjects did sustain By the Scotch inroads, question’d ?
Sur. Both demanded And urged, my lord; to which the king replied, In modest merriment, but smiling earnest, How that our master, Henry, was much abler To bear the detriments, than he repay them. K. Hen. The young man, I believe, spake honest
truth: He studies to be wise betimes. Have, Urswick, Sir Rice ap Thomas, and Lord Brook, our steward, Return'd the western gentlemen full thanks, From us, for their tried loyalties?
1 But, Surrey, why, &c.] Henry seems to have taken an odd time to question Surrey on this point. Perhaps the poet here, as in a former scene, intended to characterize the eager cupidity of the king, always alive to his pecuniary interests. The passage stands thus in Bacon. “ The bishop (Fox) demanded restitution of the spoils taken by the Scotish, as damages for the same. But the Scotish commissioners answered, that that was but as water spilt upon the ground, which could not be gotten up again
; and that the king's people were better able to bear the loss, than their master to repair it.”—Gifford.