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Aye; and in spite of thee, proud Scot! Let Scotland, France, and Spain blow up the storm, l'll weather it, if no finifter wind, No inland guí, o'erfet me suddenly: Mary's secure; and Norfolk's shallow brains Are wrapt in dreams of vanity and love; His plots I find baye yet no farther scope.
SCENE III. Elizabeth entering her Chan
ber with the Lieutenant of the Tower.
Eliz. Lieutenant, now you have had your orders
haste! Lieut. The Duke is still below I'll guard him well.
Enter Cecil, throwing himself at Elizabeth's Peet.
Cecil. Most gracious Queen! thus at your royal
feet I crave a boon. E'en as I enter'd now, The Duke was feiz'd; oh, yet fufpend your wrath!
Eliz, Can Cecil plead for Norfolk? Kise! and fay, What means this double aspect? this quick change? This anguish heat and cold? Your tteadymind, Which us'd 10 point the safest road, now veers, Turns, like the shifting vane, at every blatt.
Cecil. When have these eyes e'er view'd your ene"
mies But with an even, stedfaft look of hate?
Eliz. Why, Cecil! are not all the Catholics United in this cause? th' ambassadors Of France and Spain haunt me from morn to night With their petitions for this captive Queen.
Cecil. Yet Norfolk's neither Catholic nor foe; Vouchsafe to hear him!
Eliz. Since you are prompt In his defence ;-who waits ? [Enter Attendant.] Call in the Duke.
[Exit Attendant. Cecil. Had he designs against your government I ne'er had sued for him ; but he, poor dupe ! Intent on his vairs-glorious enterprise, Aim'd at no farther harm; and to be plain, He is so popular, that 'tis not safe To keep his person long in custodyBut here he comes.
Enter Norfolk throwing himself at Elizabeth's Feet. Nor. My Mistress! Oh, my Queen
! Here let me, proftrate on this ground, assert My faith and loyalty!
Eliz. You may arise ;
Nor. Tho' justice is of right, yet he who feels
Eliz. Norfolk, attend ! this caution now remains ;
Nor. This act of justice claims my solemn vow.
Fly not at game so high; the faulcon's safe
So! this wise man
SCENE I. Before Tutbury Castle.
Enter the Earl of Shrewsbury and Beton.
I AM charg'd with royal thanks to Shrewsbury
Shrews. Alas, good Beton ! 'tis a grievous task
The neighbourhood abounds with Catholics.
Beton. I learn from him
SCENE II. Tutbury Castle, Mary's Chem.
ber---Mary and Lady Douglas discovered:
Mary. No, nor another tear! our fate's decreçd; Our lot is calt; here in this fad abode, E'en here we may enjoy a dread reposeBetter by far than the tumultuous throbbs Of my poor aching heart, while yet it dreamt Of liberty and visionary crowns, Whene'er I Number'd, mock'd my troubled fight, Here then, at last, in these dark, filent dens, We shall be proof against anxiety, and feverous expectations agonies. L. Doug. My royal miltress, fill there is hope,
though this May feem the manfion of despair ; so cold, So comfortless, and fit for scenes of woe ; Such deep, low, winding vaults; such towers aloft Įmpending o'er their base, like broken cliffs Whose Taapeless, weather beaten fummits hang in rude excrescence, threat'ning instant fall : Perhaps in each of them fome wretch pent up, Lives here, suspended between heaven and earth
Mary. I like thele dismal cells; this awful gloom Congenial to my foul-each yawning cave
Looks like the entrance to the shades of death,
L. Doug. Lose not a fight on me! while i behold
ness ! No! This must not be ; you must depart, my girl; Fly quickly, shun this seat of wretchedness; For else, who knows but you may be involv'd In that fad fate which hourly threatens me? Ob! 'tis a a forry sight to see thee fit At meals with me, who dever can ensure One morsel at our scancy board, from fear Th' affaflius wary Iten, fix'd on bis point, Yet trembling till with horror and remor fe, And faultering in the deed--Al! who comes here,
Enter SHLÉNS BURY.
Shrews. Madam! it grieves me that my presence
here Shou'd give you fuch, alarm; I hoped, that if In any point I variere from my trust, 'Twas not in cruelty
Mary. Far ocheruile; 'twas foincwhat else, indee." Perhaps an idle fear; at least while you Continue in your charge-