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The second son to the late English Edward,
Craw. My service, noble lady.
London.—An Apartment in the Tower.
FORD, and Urswick.—Lights.
person to your loyalty; you taste
So labour to deserve it, by laying open
Clif. I am miserable, If Henry be not merciful.
Urs. The king comes.
Enter King Henry. K. Hen. Clifford ! Clif. (Kneels.) Let my weak knees rot on the
earth, If I appear as lep'rous in my treacheries, Before your royal eyes, as to my own I seem a monster, by my breach of truth. K. Hen. Clifford, stand up; for instance of thy
safety, I offer thee my hand.
Clif. A sovereign balm For my bruis'd soul, I kiss it with a greediness.
[Kisses the King's hand, and rises. Sir, you are a just master, but I
K. Hen. Tell me,
With thine own hand, within this paper, true?
Clif. True, as I wish heaven;
meteor, This airy apparition first discradled From Tournay into Portugal; and thence Advanced his fiery blaze for adoration To th’ superstitious Irish; since the beard Of this wild comet, conjured into France, Sparkled in antick flames in Charles his court; But shrunk again from thence, and, hid in dark
ness, Stole into Flanders
flourishing the rags? Of painted power on the shore of Kent, Whence he was beaten back with shame and
Contempt, and slaughter of some naked outlaws: But tell me, what new course now shapes duke
7 Stole into Flanders, flourishing the rugs, &c.] Something is apparently lost here, perhaps the end of this line and the beginning of the next, as I have marked them in the text. The import is clear enough,
there embarked his followers, And made for England-Aourishing the rags, &c. In this expedition Perkin did not land, and those of his followers whom he sent on shore at Sandwich, were defeated by the Kentish men. The prisoners, to the amount of 150 (mostly foreigners), were executed—“Hanged,” as Lord Bacon says,
upon the seacoast of Kent, Sussex, and Norfolk, for sea-marks, or light-houses, to warn Perkin's people to avoid the coast.”
K. Hen. A subtle villain
Dur. French, both in heart and actions.
treason; Speak them.
Clif. Not any of the best; your fortune
K. Hen. Still more Frion !
Stephen Frion.] Frion had been seduced from Henry's service by the Duchess of Burgundy; and was a very active agent in the great drama which she was now preparing to bring forward. “He followed Perkin's fortunes for a long while,” Bacon says, “and was indeed his principal counsellor and instrument in all his proceedings."
As dangerous as infectious-we must match 'em.
Clif. Oh, sir, here I must break
K. Hen. Well, well, be brief, be brief.
Clif. The first in rank Shall be John Ratcliffe, Lord Fitzwater, then Sir Simon Mountford, and Sir Thomas Thwaites, With William Dawbeney, Chessoner, Astwood, Worsley, the dean of Paul's, two other friars, And Robert Ratcliffe.'
K. Hen. Churchmen are turn'd devils.
Clif. One more remains
K. Hen. Ha, Clifford! one more?
Clif. Great sir, do not hear him;
K. Hen. Urswick, the light !
. All these were seized, tried, and condemned for high-treason : most of them perished upon the scaffold. Worsley and the two dominicans were spared.