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Somer. (R. C.). He speaks
Kil. I would rather see him angry
Usher. [To Kilmaurs.) Sir,
Kil. What man ?-the king is busy. Tell the man
Somer. Who is it, Usher ?
Kil. Tell him to go
Usher. He insists on coming in!
Kıl. Why, 'tis some clownish clodpole tries to force
James. Ope the doors !
[Exit Usher, c. Maxwell. (To Somerville.] I hate this constant courting
of the commons, It bodes no good to the nobility.
Somer. I trust this expedition to the borders Will teach him better.
Max. He'll be a luckier man Than
any of his fathers, if he lives To boast that he can trample on his peers. Enter Usher und Buckie, with a wolf's jaws on his head, c.
James. How now ? Who are you in such masquerade ? Good Usher, who is this?
Mun. (Coming forward.] It's Buckie, Sire,
James. Guard the door!
To beard us on our throne! Let him not stir.
Buc. My liege, the palace gate shall open wide
James. It shall be opened when I say the word,
Buc. I shall be free as air !
James. What warrant, knave, Have you
for boast so idle ?
James. What's your quest ?
James. Dog! is’t to mock us you are come
Somer. I like not this beginning. Who is this?
Somer. He'll be in a string,
Kil. That's where he means we all should be.
James. A bold knave, Seton! he braves it well. (To Buckie.] What are you, cai
tiff? Buc. Some six years since, I would have said a man, But now I know not what to call myself. An outcast ! a poor Scottish Ishmaelite, My hand against all men, and all men's hands 'Gainst me.
James. And now you make a claim on us
Buc. Against a man
James. And his name?
James. How ļ now be careful! He's a man esteemed,
Why bear you not your
[To Seton, aside. See how their conscience keeps them silent, Seton !
Sir A. My liege, I know not what this ruffian means,
James. No! Go on, Sir Knave.
Sir A. It is false! the boy is dead.
James. What say you to these plaints, Sir Adam Weir ?
Sir A. That they are false ; fit for the felon's heart
My liege, 'tis no light thing to load with sham
Buc. But he does live-to meet you front to frontHere! (Throws back the wolf's head.] I am he. What !
not a word to me, Kind uncle ?
James. [Aside.] O ho! is it so, my friend ?
Laird. The king has sent for us : for
Mun. Father, when we arrive at Holyrood,
Laird. No ? Does the King not like it ? few folks do, To be reminded of discomfitures. I knew a captain of—but never mind, He ran away from Flodden. Gadso, Sir! If you said anything that began with F,Physic, philosophy, no matter whatGadso, he flew in such a passion, Sir.
Sir A. I'll not to court: I'm old ; I am not well.
Offi. I must require you to make no delay; We must reach Holyrood ere vesper
chime. Sir A. [Aside.] Is it, then, true, this fool is loved by
Widow. What, I? Sir Adam !
Mun. Father, you'll not speak any nonsense, now, About my breaking in King James's horse ?
Laird. Why not? It was a goodly piece of service;
Mun. I wish the King
Ofi. I must remind you
Sir A. You had best make haste
Laird. The King is very kind-exceeding good.
(Exeunt omnes, Ro
END OF ACT IV.
Scene I.--The Audience Chamber in Holyrood; folding
doors at the back; a side-door, R.; throne, L. C. " James seated apart. The Courtiers in groups. The
* LORDS observing him. " Somer. (To Kil.] His grace is heavier than his wont.
• Kil. He looks “ All round, first upon one, then on another, " As he would dive into their hearts.
“ Somer. See, now!
“ James. Seton !
“ James. Come near me, Seton !
“ Seton. I'll seek his grace.
(Exit Seton, R. (To Hume.] A word— “ The escort is returned from Laichmont ?
“ Hume. Yes. • James. With the whole household of Sir Adam Weir ? “ Hume. They wait your summons in the ante-chamber. James. Well, let them wait awhile; we've other mat
“ ters " That need our ordering first. I'll call them soon. “ Kil. (To Somerville.] A smile—the first I've seen on
him to-day. “ Somer. I trust he has no doubt.
“ Kil. His looks are sad, “ Not doubtful. He is of a trusting nature. “Somer. When comes the messenger from Dacre's
camp ? “ Max. I trust, ere long; I like quick settlements. “ And, by the Lord ! if Dacre plays us false, “ And sends not the instalment due this week, I'll join the King! " Kil. Oh! he will send the coin.