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Kath. Not more, my lord, than I can welcome;
speak it, The worst, the worst I look for.
Dal. All the Cornish, At Exeter were by the citizens Repulsed, encounter'd by the earl of Devonshire, And other worthy gentlemen of the country. Your husband march'd to Taunton, and was there Affronted by king Henry's chamberlain ;' The king himself in person, with his army Advancing nearer, to renew the fight On all occasions : but the night before The battles were to join, your husband privately, Accompanied with some few horse, departed From out the camp, and posted none knows whi
Dal. Fled, but follow'd
Kath. Oh, my sorrows!
9 Affronted by King Henry's chamberlain.] i.e. met directly in front by Dawbeney. It is sufficiently clear from the exulting language of this wily monarch in the scene with Urswick, p. 95. that he had made himself sure of the overthrow of Warbeck, whom be had, by this time, environed with his agents: hence the disgraceful flight of the usurper, the recourse to the sanctuary of Bewley, and subsequent surrender. Bacon shrewdly observes, on this occasion, that the king was grown to be such a partner with Fortune, as no body could tell what actions the one, and what the other owned. It was generally believed, he adds, that Perkin“ was betrayed, and that the king led him, at the time of his flight, in a line;" a fact to which he does not seem disposed to give credit.
To Henry's tyranny, we had fall’n like princes, And robb’d him of the glory of his pride.
Dal. Impute it not to faintness or to weakness
Kath, No, no, it cannot.
Kath. He shall not need ;
the Earl of Oxford Runs hot in your pursuit.] “ There were also sent (Lord Bacon says) with all speed some horse to St. Michael's Mount, in Cornwall, where the Lady Catharine Gordon was left by her husband, whom in all fortunes she intirely loved, adding the virtues of a wife to the virtues of her sex.”
The reader, in whose breast the extraordinary merits of this highborn lady can scarcely fail to have created some degree of interest, will not be displeased, perhaps, with the brief recital of her subsequent fortunes, as given by Sir R. Gordon, whom Douglas calls the Historian of the Family. After quoting the preceding passage from Bacon, Sir Robert adds- .“ shoe wes brought from St. Michael's Mount, in Cornuall, and delyvered to King Henrie the Seaventh, who intertayned her honorablie, and for her better mantenance, according to her birth and vertue, did assigne vnto her good lands and rents for all the dayes of her lyff. After the death of her husband Richard, shoe mareid Sir Mathie Cradock, (a man of great power at that tyme in Clamorganshyre, in Wales,) of the which mariage is descended this William, Earle of Pembroke, by his grandmother, and had some lands by inheritance from the Cradockes. Lady Katheren Gordon died in Wales, and was buried in a chappell at one of the Earle of Pembrok bis dwelling-places in that cuntrey. The Englesh histories doe much commend her for her beauty, comliness, and chastetie.”
It would be a pity to omit the pretty passage with which Bacon winds up her eventful story. “ The name of the WhiteRose, which had been given to her husband's false title, was continued in common speech to her true beauty.”
We'll run as hot in resolution, gladly,
Jane. Madam, madam,
Enter OXFORD, with his followers.
Kath. Most noble sir, forbear!
With favour, lady,
Oxf. My commission
Kath. By what title, sir,
Oxf. Your servant, lady,
Kath. Your king is herein royal,
Oxf. Invites you, princess, not commands.
Kath. Pray use Your own phrase as you list; to your protection, Both I and mine submit.
Oxf. There's in your number A nobleman, whom fame hath bravely spoken. To him the king my master bade me say How willingly he courts his friendship ; far From an enforcement, more than what in terms Of courtesy, so great a prince may hope for.
Dal. My name is Dalyell.
Oxf. 'Tis a name hath won
Dal. I must wait on
Oxf. Will you please,
Kath. Being driven
Guard of Soldiers.
wider Than his weak arms can tug with. Surrey, hence
Sur. Both demanded
• But, Surrey, why, &c.] Henry seems to have taken an odd time to question Surrey on this point. Perhaps the poet here, as in a former scene, intended to characterise the eager cupidity of the king, always alive to his pecuniary interests. The passage stands thus in Bacon. “The bishop (Fox) demanded restitution of the spoils taken by the Scotish, as damages for the same. But the Scotish commissioners answered, that that was but as water spilt upon the ground, which could not be gotten up again ; and that the king's people were better able to bear the loss, than their master, to repair it."