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Late Queen of Scotland ? the shall answer for it;
Beton. Mean servile wretch !
SCENE IV. The Queen's Chamber.
Queen Mary, Lady Douglas, Two Maids, and Sir
Mary. Are these your orders, Sir, before my face To take my canopy
? Paul. No doubt they are. Mary. And you're instructed thus t insult a Queen.
Paul. I am instructed to consider you
Paul. Henceforth, no more let convicts idly dream Of forfeit titles Farewell, Mary Stuart
Mary. Thinks she that such indignities degrade
life, Mary will die the lawful Queen of Scots.
[Exit Sir A. Paulet. L. Doug. Oh, my dear Mistress! heed not fuck
Mary. They harass me;
(Mary reclines on her Sopha. Methinks soft music wou'd compose my nerves ; • I once had mufic at command, 'mbut, oh!
The lute's unfrung that smooth'd the brow of care ;
[Here Queen Mary's Lamentations foould be
fung by Lady Douglas or one of the Maids.
L. Doug. Aye, as 'twere yesterday I see you still;'
the Galic shore,
beat your breast and wav'd your
L. Doug. What barbarons, fanatic insolence!
Mary. Oh, I was destin'd in my native land To heavier ills; to Darnley's cruelty;
Murray's ambition ; Morton's treachery;
world Shall nobly vindicate your injur'd fame. Mary. Long since, dear Douglas, I've resign'd this
world, With all its vanities, and fix'd
heart On Heav'n alone-Ah, me! who's this?
L. Doug. Who art thou ? Dav. One whose approach forebodes a blacker storm Than e'er struck terror in the human breast,
Mary. Know you this man?
L. Doug. No; but I fear he brings Fresh insults and new rigours.
Mary. Whence come you?
Dav. From the Queen's self; who most reluctantly, Nor without many bitter sighs and tears
L. Doug. Tears of a crocodile.
Dav. I say with tears
[Delivering a Warrant. Mary. Ha !
[reading the Warrant.
Enter Beton A Drum is heard beating a pow
Beton. Oh, mercy! Heavens! alas, my Queen! I
L. Doug. Ah, here they come !
Enter Shrewsbury and Huntingdon, with Guards,
Shrews. The painful office which I now perform Mary. I know your bugnefs. Shrews. Ah! know you, alas ! With what dispatch we're order'd to proceed? L. Doug. Oh, murder! murder! cruel murderers
stay! Mary. Patience, my child! I did not think, I own, My filter Queen wou'd have proceeded thus; But if my body cannot sustain one blow, My foul deserves not those eternal joys In Heav'n my holy faith has promis'd me. Hunt. 'Tis your accursed faith that feals your
doom; While you're on earth, there is no surety For our true faith.
Mary. What do I hear! good Heav'n! Say you that I'm to suffer for my faith? O, happy and glad tidings! glorious news ! • Repeat that word, thou me lenger of joy! • Angels descending from their bleft abodes, • Cou'd not have hail'd me with more welcome
• sounds. : Then it hath pleas'd the gracious Heav'ns at last • To hear my prayers, and recompense my woes.' Now, in one blessed moment, all my pain, All my long sufferings are exchang’d for bliss. These ears have heard me thus proclaim'd a faint; And Mary's, aye, poor Mary's weeping eyes Have liv'd to see her crown of Martyrdom.I'll make Mort preparation; and mean while, Let all my fervants be in readiness; And bid my confeffor to follow me, L. Doug. We will obey
[Exit Lady Douglas, with the Maids. point. This may not be allow'd;
me not here to see our holy faith
of Papal ceremony-Your confessor Must not approach
Mary. Sir, I was born to reign; I am your Mistress' kinswoman; like her, Descended from King Henry --Dowager Of France, and Scotland's lawful Queen; as such, I pray you, treat me
[Exit Mary to her Oratory. Peton. Inhumani tyranny, That wou'd extend its barbarous cruelties Beyond the grave !
Shrews. We may not violate
Beton. Heav'n will remember them :
Hunt, Nay, urge not that; for, lo!
(Huntingdon offers to go towards the Oratory. Beton. If you're not loft to all humanity, Disturb not her lalt meditations thus,
Enter Lady Douglas with four Maids, a Physician, and an Almoner-Beton places himself with them.
Hunt. Why are you all assembled here !
L. Doug. You see
Hunt. You are, at belt, but useless, idle shew;
L. Doug. You cannot mean to hinder us
Hunt. Nav, begone!