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Enter King James, DURHAM, and HIALAS. Hial. France, Spain, and Germany combine a
league Of amity with England; nothing wants For settling peace through Christendom, but love Between the British monarchs, James, and Henry. Dur. The English merchants, sir, have been re
ceived With general procession into Antwerp; The emperor confirms the combination.
Hial. The king of Spain resolves a marriage For Katherine his daughter, with prince Arthur.
Dur. France courts this holy contract.
Hial. What can hinder
Dur. But your suffrage
Hial. To this union
Dur. To this unity, a mystery
For both these nations, than our human reason
sir, ratify the peace proposed,
K. Ja. Dar’st thou, lord bishop?
Dur. Put it to trial, royal James, by sending Some noble personage to the English court By way of embassy.
Hial. Part of the business Shall suit
mediation. K. Ja. Well; what Heaven Hath pointed out to be, must be; you two Are ministers, I hope, of blessed fate. But herein only I will stand acquitted, No blood of innocents shall buy my peace. For Warbeck, as you nick him, came to me, Commended by the states of Christendom, A prince, tho' in distress; his fair demeanour, Lovely behaviour, unappalled spirit, Spoke him not base in blood, however clouded. The brute beasts have their rocks and caves to
fly to, And men the altars of the church; to us He came for refuge: “ Kings come near in na
ture Unto the gods, in being touch'd with pity.”
Yet, noble friends, his mixture with our blood,
dominions, In safety; but not ever to return.
Hial. You are a just king.
K. Ja. Nor will we dally in affairs of weight:
[Exeunt DURHAM and Hialas. K. Ja. A league with Ferdinand! a marriage With English Margaret! a free release From restitution for the late affronts ! Cessation from hostility, and all For Warbeck, not deliver'd, but dismiss'd! We could not wish it better.—Dalyell !
Enter DALYELL. Dal. Here, sir. K. Ja. Are Huntley and his daughter sent for?
Dal. Sent for, And come, my lord.
K. Ja. Say to the English prince, We want his company.
Dal. He is at hand, sir.
Enter WARBECK, KATHERINE, JANE, Frion, HERON,
SKETON, JOHN A-WATER, ASTLEY, K. Ja. Cousin, our bounty, favours, gentleness, Our benefits, the hazard of our person, Our people's lives, our land, hath evidenced How much we have engag’d on your behalf: How trivial, and how dangerous our hopes Appear, how fruitless our attempts in war, How windy, rather smoky, your assurance Of party, shews, we might in vain repeat: But now, obedience to the mother church, A father's care upon his country's weal, The dignity of state directs our wisdom, To seal an oath of peace through Christendom; To which we are sworn already: it is you Must only seek new fortunes in the world, And find an harbour elsewhere. As I promis’d On your arrival, you
have met no usage Deserves repentance in your being here; But yet I must live master of mine own: However, what is necessary
War. It shall not,
favours Boundless and singular; am only wretched
In words as well as means, to thank the grace
you have given, this chaste lady, Resolved on all extremes.
Kath. I am your wife,
War. Such another treasure
K. Ja. I gave her, cousin, And must avow the gift; will add withall A furniture becoming her high birth, And unsuspected constancy; provide For your attendance: we will part good friends.
[Exit with DALYELL. War. The Tudor hath been cunning in his plots; His Fox of Durham would not fail at last. But what? our cause and courage are our own: Be men, my friends, and let our cousin king See how we follow fate as willingly As malice follows us. You are all resolved For the west parts of England ?
All. Cornwall, Cornwall !