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“ Hang it to grace some slavering idiot's neck,
Guil. Oh, Pembroke! but I have not time to talk,
[To the Officer. I take your pris'ner to my proper charge; Draw off your guard, and leave his sword with me.
[The Officer delivers the Sword to Lord Guilford, and goes out with his Guard.
[Lord Guilford offering the Sword to Pembroke. Receive this gift, ev'n from a rival's hand; And if thy rage will suffer thee to hear The counsel of a man once call'd thy friend, Fly from this fatal place, and seek thy safety.
Pem. How now! what shew! what mockery is this? “ Is it in sport you use me thus ? What means • This swift fantastic changing of the scene ?”
Guil. Oh, take thy sword; and let thy valiant hand Be ready arm’d to guard thy noble life: The time, the danger, and the wild impatience,
Forbid me all to enter into speech with thee,
Pem. No, it needs not, traitor!
Pem. Give me my sword. [Taking his sword.
Pem. What mystic meaning lurks beneath thy
words? What fear is this, which thou wou’dst awe my soul
with? Is there a danger Pembroke dares not meet?
Guil. Oh, spare my tongue a tale of guilt and horror; Trust me this once: believe me when I tell thee, Thy safety and thy life is all I seek. Away.
Pem.“ By Heav'n! I wo'not stir a step.” Curse on this shuffling, dark, ambiguous phrase! If thou wou’dst have me think thou mean'st me fairly, Speak with that plainness honesty delights in, And let thy double tongue for once be true.
Guil. Forgive me, filial piety and nature, If thus compellid, I break your sacred laws, Reveal my father's crime, and blot with infamy The hoary head of him who gave me being, To save the man whom my soul loves, from death.
[Giving a paper. Read there the fatal purpose of thy foe, A thought which wounds my soul with shame and
horror! Somewhat that darkness shou'd have hid for ever,
But that thy life--Say, hast thou seen that character? ✓ Pem. I know it well; the hand of proud Northum
berland, Directed to his minions, Gates and Palmer. What's this?
[Reads. “ Remember, with your closest care, to observe
those whom I nam’d to you at parting; especially keep your eye upon the earl of Pembroke; as his power and interest are most considerable, so his opposition will be most fatal to us. Remember the resolution was taken, if you should find him inclined to our enemies. The forms of justice are tedious, and delays are dangerous. If he falters, lose not the sight of him till your daggers have reached his heart." V My heart! Oh, murd'rous villain !
Guil. Since he parted, Thy ways have all been watch'd, thy steps been mark’d; Thy secret treaties with the malecontents That harbour in the city, thy conferring With Gard'ner here in the Tower; all is known : And, in pursuance of that bloody mandate, A set of chosen ruffians wait to end thee : There was but one way left me to preserve thee; I took it; and this morning sent my warrant To seize upon thy personBut begone !
Pem. 'Tis som'tis truth -I see his honest heart
Guil. I have a friend of well-try'd faith and courage, Who, with a fit disguise, and arms conceald, Attends without to guide thee hence with safety. Pem. What is Northumberland ? And what art
Pem. Here let me fix,
They break at once on my astonish'd soul;
" Guil. Think me true;
Pem. And can I leave thee,
Guil. What is there that my soul can more desire,
Pem. Let me stay and die;
I go to work thy ruin.
Guil. I know 'tis given.
* There is a Power " Who sits above the stars; in him I trust :