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The Palace at Westminster.
Enter King HENRY, HIALAS, and Urswick.
K. Hen. Your name is Pedro Hialas,' a Span
iard ? Hial. Sir, a Castillian born.
K. Hen. King Ferdinand, With wise queen Isabel his royal consort, , Write you a man of worthy trust and candour. Princes are dear to heaven, who meet with sub
jects Sincere in their employments; such I find Your commendation, sir. Let me deliver How joyful I repute the amity, With your most fortunate master, who almost Comes near a miracle in his success Against the Moors, who had devour'd his country, Entire now to his sceptre. We, for our part, Will imitate his providence, in hope Of partage in the use on't ; we repute The privacy of his advisement to us By you, intended an ambassador
s Your name is Pedro Hialas, &c.] “ Amidst these troubles," Lord Bacon says,
came into England from Spain, Peter Hialas, some call him Elias, surely he was the fore-runner of the good hap that we enjoy at this day: for his embassy set the truce between England and Scotland; the truce drew on the peace, the peace the marriage, the union of the kingdoms : a man of great wisdom, and, as those times went, not unlearned."
To Scotland, for a peace between our kingdoms,
Hial. Your majesty
K. Hen. Else
your concealment in our conference, As any council shall advise. .
Hial. Then, sir,
K. Hen, I shall do it,
K. Hen. Be not your own herald:
Hial. Good days
K. Hen. Urswick, no further
Hial. Your vow'd beadsman.“
[Ereunt URs. and HIAL. K. Hen. King Ferdinand is not so much a fox, But that a cunning huntsman may in time Fall on the scent; in honourable actions Safe imitation best deserves a praise.
Urs. He is,
K. Hen. What was't
K. Hen. Nay, nay; something About my son prince Arthur's match.
Urs. Right, right sir : He humm'd it out, how that king Ferdinand Swore, that the marriage 'twixt the lady Kathe
rine, His daughter, and the prince of Wales your son,
6 Your vow'd beadsman.] One bound to pray for you; from bede, the old English word for prayer: at this time, however, the expression was sufficiently familiar, and meant little more than the common language of civility-your vowed or devoted servant.
Should never be consummated, as long
K. Hen. I remember, 'Twas so indeed: the king his master swore it?
Urs. Directly, as he said.
K. Hen. An earl of Warwick ! Provide a messenger for letters instantly To bishop Fox. Our news from Scotland creeps; It comes too slow; we must have airy spirits, Our time requires dispatch.—The earl of War
wick! Let him be son to Clarence, younger brother To Edward ! Edward's daughter is, I think, Mother to our prince Arthur-[Aside.]-Get à messenger
Before the Castle of Norham. Enter King James, WARBECK, CRAWFORD, Dal
YELL, HERON, ASTLEY, JOHN A-WATER, SKETON, and Soldiers.
K.Ja. We trifle time against these castle-walls, The English prelate will not yield : once more Give him a summons ! [A parley is sounded.
? Let him be son to Clarence, &c.] These are ominous musings of the king, who eagerly caught at the words of Ferdinand, as given above, and sought'" to export the odium of this innocent prince's execution out of the land, and lay it upon his new ally."
Enter on the walls the Bishop of DURHAM, armed,
a truncheon in his hand, with Soldiers. War. See the jolly clerk Appears, trimm'd like a ruffian.
K. Ja. Bishop, yet Set ope the ports, and to your lawful sovereign, Richard of York, surrender up this castle, And he will take thee to his grace; else Tweed Shall overflow his banks with English blood, And wash the sand that cements those hard stones, From their foundation.
Dur. Warlike king of Scotland,
& And clap on arms.] So the old copy: it is not improbable, however, that the poet's word was clasp.