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Enter DAWBENEY. Daw. Ten thousand Cornish, Grudging to pay your subsidies, have gather'd A head; led by a blacksmith and a lawyer, They make for London, and to them is join'd Lord Audley: as they march, their number daily Increases; they are
K. Hen. Rascals!-talk no more; Such are not worthy of my thoughts to-night. To bed—and if I cannot sleep,-I'll wake.When counsels fail, and there's in man no trust, Even then, an arm from heaven fights for the just.
Edinburgh.—The Presence-Chamber in the Palace. Enter above, the Countess of CRAWFORD, Lady KA
THERINE, JANE, and other ladies. Countess. Come, ladies, here's a solemn prepa
ration For entertainment of this English prince; The king intends grace more than ordinary; 'Twere pity now, if he should prove a counterfeit. Kath. Bless the young man, our nation would
be laugh'd at For honest souls through Christendom! my
father Hath a weak stomach to the business, madam, But that the king must not be cross'd.
Countess. He brings A goodly troop, they say, of gallants with him ; But very modest people, for they strive not To fame their names too much; their godfathers May be beholding to them, but their fathers Scarce owe them thanks: they are disguised
princes, Brought up it seems to honest trades; no matter, They will break forth in season.
Jane. Or break out; For most of them are broken by report.- [Music. The king!
Kath. Let us observe them and be silent.
A Flourish.—Enter King James, HUNTLEY, Craw
FORD, DALYELL, and other Noblemen. K. Ja. The right of kings, my lords, extends
not only To the safe conservation of their own, But also to the aid of such allies, As change of time and state hath oftentimes Hurld down from careful crowns, to undergo An exercise of sufferance in both fortunes : So English Richard, surnam'd Cour-de-Lion, So Robert Bruce, our royal ancestor, · Forced by the trial of the wrongs they felt, Both sought, and found supplies from foreign kings, To repossess their own; then grudge not, lords,
they are disguised princes, &c.] The Countess is pleased to be facetious. It appears, however, from better authorities than those before us, that Perkin was very respectably, not to say honourably, attended, on this occasion. VOL. II.
A much distressed prince: king Charles of France,
Hunt. Do your will, sir.
from us First greet him, and conduct him on; then Craw
ford Shall meet him next, and Huntley, last of all, Present him to our arms.-(Exit Dal.)-Sound
sprightly music, Whilst majesty encounters majesty. [Flourish.
Re-enter DALYELL, with PERKIN WARBECK, fol
lowed at a distance by Frion, HERON, SKETON, ASTLEY, and JOHN A-WATER. CRAWFORD advances, and salutes PERkin at the door, and afterwards HUNTLEY, who presents him to the King: they embrace; the Noblemen slightly salute his followers. War. Most high, most mighty king! that now
there stands Before your eyes, in presence of your peers,
3 War. Most high, most mighty king! &c.] This speech is skilfully abridged from the historian. When it could be done with proper effect, the words are taken with no greater change than was necessary for the metrical arrangement; in other places the poet is content with clothing the sentiments in his own language ; but, ther Of hearts to dare, or hands to execute.
A subject of the rarest kind of pity
upon The roughness of their task, and robb’d them fargrew in
always with the original in view. The speech before us opens thus in Bacon :
High and mighty king! your grace, and then your nobles here present, may be pleased to hear the tragedy of a young mantossed from misery to misery. You see before you the spectacle of a Plantagenet, who hath been carried from the nursery to the sanctuary, from the sanctuary to the dismal prison ; from the prison to the hands of the cruel tormentor, &c.
Great king, they spared my life, the butchers
years, I grew in sense Of fear and of disdain; fear of the tyrant Whose power sway'd the throne then: when dis
dain Of living so unknown, in such a servile And abject lowness, prompted me to thoughts Of recollecting who I was, I shook off My bondage, and made haste to let my aunt Of Burgundy acknowledge me her kinsman; Heir to the crown of England, snatch'd by Henry From Richard's head; a thing scarce known i'th'
world. K. Ja. My lord, it stands not with your coun
To fly upon invectives; if
you can Make this apparent what you
have discours’d, In every circumstance, we will not study An answer, but are ready in your cause.