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Forbid me all to enter into speech with thee,
Pem. Give me my sword. [Taking his Sword.
geance, And write thy bloody purpose on my bosom. But let death wait to-day. By our past friendship, In honour's name, by ev'ry sacred tie, I beg thậe ask no more, but haste from hence, Pem. What mystic meaning lurks beneath thy
words? What fear is this, which thou wouldst awé my soul
with ? Is there a danger Pembroke dares not meet?
Guil. Oh, spare my tongue a tale of guilt and hor
Trust me this once : believe me when I tell thee,
Thy safety and thy life is all I seek.
Guil. Forgive me filial piety and nature, If thus compell’d, I break your sacred laws, Reveal my father's crime, and blot with infamy The hoary head of him who gave me being, To save the man, whom my soul loves, from death,
[Giving a Paper Read there the fatal purpose of thy foe, A thought which wounds my soul with shame and
horror! Somewhat that darkness should have hid for ever, But that thy life-Say, hast thou seen that character? Pem. I know it well; the hand of proud Northum
berland, Directed to his minions, Gates and Palmer. What's this?
[Reads.] Remember, with your closest care, to observe those whom I named to you at parting ; especially keep, your eye upon the Earl of Pembroke ; as lis power and interest are most considerable, so his opposition will be most fatal to us. Remember the resolution was taken, if you should
find him inclined to our enemies. The forms of justice are tedious, and delays are dangerous. If he falters, lose not the sight of him till your daggers have reached his heart. My heart! Oh, murd'rous villain!
Guil, Since he parted, Thy ways have all been watch'd, thy steps been mark'd; Thy secret treaties with the malecontents That harbour in the city; thy conferring With Gardner here in the Tower; all is known; And, in pursuance of that bloody mandate,
A set of chosen ruffians wait to end thee :
Pem. 'Tis so—'tis truth-- see his honest heart
Guil. I have a friend of well try'd faith and courage,
Pem. And can I leave thee,
[Embracing. It wander'd forth, but found no resting place, Till it came home again to lodge with thee.
Guil. What is there that my soul can more desire, Than these dear marks of thy returning friendship; The danger comes If you stay longer here, You die, my Pembroke.
Pem. Let me stay and die;
Guil. I know 'tis given.
Pem. Yes, I will go--for, see! behold who comes! Oh, Guilford ! hide me, shield me from her sight; Every mad passion kindles up again,
Love, rage, despair—and yet I will be master
[Exeunt GUILFORD and PEMBROKE
Enter LADY JANE, reading.
Guil. Shall thy soul
Guil. Does any danger new
Lady J. G. The faithless counsellors Are fled from hence to join the Princess Mary, The servile herd of courtiers, who so late In low obedience bent the knee before me; They, who with zealous tongues, and hands uplifted, Besought me to defend their laws and faith ; Vent their lewd execrations on my name, Proclạim me trait'ress now, and to the scaffold Doom
devoted head. Guil. The changeling villains ! That pray for slavery, fight for their bonds, And shun the blessing, liberty, like ruin. But wherefore do I loiter tamely here? Give me my arms: I will preserve my country, Ev'n in her own despite. Some friends I have, Who will or die or conquer in thy cause, Tbine and religion's, thine and England's cause. Lady J. G. Art thou not all my treasure, all my
Enter the Duke of SUFFOLK,
Guil. Ha! What of him?