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Nav. It will not countervail his pains, I hope.
Enter MUGEROUN, I would the Guise in his stead might have come !
Henry. How now, Mugeroun ! mett'st thou But he doth lurk within his drowsy couch,
not the Guise at the door? And makes his footstool on security :
Mug. Not I, my lord; what if I had ? So he be safe, he cares not what becomes
Henry. Marry, if thou hadst, thou mightst Of king or country; no, not for them both.
have had the stab, But come, my lords, let us away with speed,
For he hath solemnly sworn thy death. And place ourselves in order for the fight.
Mug. I may be stabb’d, and live till he be (Exeunt.
dead : Enter King HENRY,* GUISE, EPERNOUN, and JOYEUX.
But wherefore bears he me such deadly hate ? Henry. My sweet Joyeux, I make thee general
Henry. Because his wife bears thoe such Of all my army, now in readiness
kindly love. To march 'gainst the rebellious King Navarre ; Mug. If that be all, the next time that I meet At thy request I am content thou go,
her, Although my love to thee can hardly suffer't,t I'll make her shake off love with her heels Regarding still the danger of thy life.
But which way is he gone? I'll go take Joyeux. Thanks to your majesty: and so, I
walk take my leave.
On purpose from the court to meet with him. Farewell to my Lord of Guise, and Epernoun.
(Rrit. Guise. Health and hearty farewell to my Lord Henry. I like not this. Come, Epernoun, Joyeux.
[Exit Joyeux. Let us go seek the duke, and make them friends. Henry. So I kindly, cousin of Guise, you and
Alarums, within, and a cry—“The DUKE JOYEUX v slain."
Enter the KING OF NAVARRE, BARTUS, and train.
Do both salute our lovely minions.
(Makes horns at GUISE. Guise. How now, my lord | faith, this is more
friends, For his oaths are seldom spent in vain.
Nav. The duke is slain, and all his power dis
Bar. The terror of this happy victory,
* Enter King Henry, &c.) Scene, au apartment in the Louvre. + suferit] Old ed. "suffer."
So] The modern editors print "How." I need hardly observe that this speech is mutilated.
$ emperious) i. e, in perial.
* take) Old ed. "make" (the compositor's eye haring caught that word from the preceding line).
Enter the King of Navarre, &c.] Scene, near Coutras. surcease) i. e. cease.
Enter a Soldier.*
he himself should occupy, which is his own Sold. Sir, to you, sir, that dares make the
free land; if it be not too free there's the duke a cuckold, and use a counterfeit key to his question; and though I come not to take posprivy-chamber-door; and although you take out
session (as I would I might !), yet I mean to nothing but your own, yet you put in that which keep you out; which I will, if this gear hold. displeaseth him, and so forestall his market, and
Enter MUGEROUN. set up your standing where you should not; and whereas he is your landlord, you will take What, are ye come so soon ? have at ye, sir !
[Shools at MUGEROUN and kills him. upon you to be his, and till the ground that
Bnter GUISE and Attendants. * Bnter a Soldier) Scene, before the Louvre.—This portion of the play, as preserved in a fragment of what was
Guise. [Giving a purse) Hold thee, tallt soldier, most probably a prompter's copy, is given by Mr. Collier
take thee this, and fly. [Exit Soldier. in his Hist. of Eng. Dram. Poet., iii. 134, from which it is Lie there, the king's delight, and Guise's scorn! now subjoined, affording a remarkable proof (if any
Revenge it, Henry, as thou list or dare ; had been required) that the printed copy of The Massacre at Paris is wretchedly mutilated.
I did it only in despite of thee.
[Attendants bear ojo 1 MUGEROUN's body. "Bnter a Souldier with a muskett. Souldier. Now, sir, to you that dares make a duke a
Bnter KING HENRY and EPERNOUN. cuckolde, and use a counterfeyt key to his privye cham
Henry. My Lord of Guise, we understand ber: though you take out none but your owne treasure, yett you put in that displeases bim, and fill up his rome
That you have gathered a power of men : that he shold occupye. Herein, sir, you forestallo the What your intent is yet we cannot learn, markett, and sett up your standinge where you shold
But we presume it is not for our good. not. But you will saye you leave him rome enoghe besides : that's no answere; he's to have the choyce of
Guise. Why, I am no traitor to the crown of his owne freeland; yf it be not too free, there's the
France; questione. Nowe, for where he is your landlorde, you What I have done, 'tis for the Gospel sake. tike upon you to be his, and will needs enter by defaulte: whatt though you were once in possession,
Eper. Nay, for the Pope's sake, and thine own yett comminge upon you once unawares, he frayde you
benefit. out againe ; therefore your entrye is mere intrusione : What peer in France but thou, aspiring Guise, this is against the law, sir: and though I come not to
Durst be in arms without the king's consent ? keepe possessione (as I wolde I might !), yet I come to keepe you out, sir.
I challenge thee for treason in the cause.
Guise. Ah, base Epernoun ! were not his highYou are wellcome, sir : bave at you ! (Hc kills him.
ness here, Minion. Trayterouse Guise, ah, thou hast morthered
Thou shouldst perceive the Duke of Guise is me ! Erter Guise.
mov'd. Guise. Hold thee), tall soldier : take the[o] this, and
Henry. Be patient, Guise, and threat not Eperflye.
noun, Thus fall, imperfett exhalatione,
Lest thou perceive the king of France be mov'd. Which our great sonn of France cold not effecte; A fyery meteor in the fermament: Lyo there, the kinge's delyght and Guise's scorne!
Shoots at Mugeroun and kills him) Mugeroun Revenge it, Henry, yf thou list or darst:
(Maugiron) fell in a duel : Anquetil, Hist. de France, I did it onely in dispight of theo.
t. v. 344, ed. 1817 : but Saint-Mégrin, the gallant of the Fondlio hast thou incenste the Guise's sowle,
Duchess of Guise (see note $. p. 236), was assassinated. That of it selfe was hote enough to worke
“Is dressèrent une embuscade à la porte du Louvre. Thy just degestione with extreamest shame.
Comme Saint-Mégrin en sortoit la nuit, des assassing The armye I have gatherd pow shall ayme,
apostés se jetèrent sur lui, et l'étendirent sur le pavé, Moro at thie end then exterpntione;
percé de trente-cing coups. Il vécut cependant jusqu'au And when thou thinkst I have forgotten this,
lendemain." Anquetil, ibid. p. 347. And that thou most reposest in my faythe,
| tall] i. e. bold, brave. Than will I wake thee from thy folishe dreamo,
Altendants bear of, &c.] Old ed. "Take him away. And lett thee see thio selfe my prysoner.
Ereunt." Yet Guise has just said “Lie there, the king's delight,"
&c. From the fragment given in the note in the precedMr. Collier (ubi supra) observes that "even the names ing col., we find that this speech was originally much of the characters in the printed copy) were mistaken, longer, and that Guise made his exit at the close of it; and ho who is callod Mugeron in the old edition was, in and we may therefore be sure that Guise's conference fact [rs in the above extract). called Minion, consistently with King Henry and Epernoun, which in the printed with his situatiou and habits." But both names are copy so awkwardly follows the murder of Mugeroun right: Mueroun (Maugiron) is the name of one of the without any change of scone, took place originally in a king's minions.
Guise. Why, I'm a prince of the Valois line, That the Guise durst stand in arms against the Therefore an enemy to the Bourbonites;
king, I am a juror in the holy league,
For not effecting of his holiness' will. And therefore hated of the Protestants :
Henry. Did they of Paris entertain him so ? What should I do but stand upon my guard ? Then means he present treason to our state. And, being able, I'll keep an host in pay.
Well, let me alone.- Who's within there?
Enter an Attendant..
(Attendant writes. their gold,
My head shall be my council; they are false; To countermand our will, and check our friends. And, Epernoun, I will be rul'd by thee. Guise. My lord, to speak more plainly, thus Eper. My lord, it is.
I think, for safety of your royal person, Being animated by religious zeal,
It would be good the Guise were made away, I mean to muster all the power I can,
And so to quitet your grace of all suspect. To overthrow those factious+ Puritans :
Henry. First let us set our hand and seal to And know, my lord, the Pope will sell his triple this, crown,
And then I'll tell thee what I mean to do.Ay, and the Catholic Philip, king of Spain,
(Wratas. Ere I shall want, will cause his Indians
So; convey this to the council presently. To rip the golden bowels of America.
[Exit Attendant. Navarre, that cloaks them underneath his wings, And, Epernoun, though I seem mild and calm, Shall feel the house of Lorraine is his foe. Think not but I am tragical within. Your highness needs not fear mine army's force; I'll secretly convey me unto Blois ; 'Tis for your safety, and your enemies' wreck. For, now that Paris takes the Guise's part, Henry. Guise, wear our crown, and be thou Here is no staying for the king of France, king of France,
Unless he mean to be betray'd and die : And, as dictator, make or war or peace,
But, as I live, so sure the Guise shall die. Whilst I cry placet, like a senator !
(Breat. I cannot brook thy haughty insolence : Dismiss thy camp, or else by our edict
Enter the KING OF NAVARRE, I reading a letter, and
Nav. My lord, I am advertised from France
That the Guise hath taken arms against the king, [Aside.
And that Paris is revolted from his grace.
Bar. Then hath your grace fit opportunity I kiss your grace's hand, and take my leave,
To shew your love unto the king of France, Intending to dislodge my camp with speed.
Offering him aid against his enemies, Henry. Then farewell, Guise; the king and
Which cannot but be thankfully receiv'd. thou are friends.
Nav. Bartus, it shall be so: post, then, to Eper. But trust him not, my lord ; for, had
And there salute his highness in our name; your highness
Assure him all the aid we can provide
Against the Guisians and their complices.
Bartus, be gone: commend me to his grace,
And tell him, ere it be long, I'll visit him. Nay, they fear'd not to speak in the streets,
• Enter an Attendant) Old ed. " Bnter one with a pen
and inke." * exhibition) i. e. allowance, pension.
t quite) i. e. quil, acquit, froe. + factious] Old ed. "sexious." - I adopt the correction Enter the King of Navarre, &c.) Here again (as in proposed by Mr. Collier in his Preface to Coleridge's Seven p 237, soc. col.) I must leave the reader to determino Lectures on Shakespeare and Milton, p. xcviii.
where this socne takes place.
Bar. I will, my lord.
[Exit. Henry. But are they resolute, and arm'd to kill, Nav. Plesbè!
Hating the life and honour of the Guise ?
[E.cit. Enter PLESH.
Henry. Then come, proud Guise, and here Pleshe. My lord ?
disgorge thy breast, Nav. Pleshè, go muster up our men with speed, Surcharg’d with surfeit of ambitious thoughts ; And let them march away to France amain,
Breathe out that life wherein my death was bid, For we must aid the king against the Guise.
And end thy endless treasons with thy death. Be gone, I say; 'tis time that we were there.
(Knocking within. Pleshè. I go, my lord.
Guise. [within] Hold, varlet, hé !--Epernoun, Nav. That wicked Guise, I fear me much,
where is the king ? will be
Eper. Mounted his royal cabinet. The ruin of that famous realm of France;
Guise. [within] I prithee, tell him that the For his aspiring thoughts aim at the crown:
Guise is here. 'A* takes his vantage on religion,
Eper. An please your grace, the Duke of Guise To plant the Pope and Popelings in the realm,
doth crave And bind it wholly to the see of Rome.
Access unto your highness. But, if that God do prosper mine attempts,
Henry. Let him come in.And send us safely to arrive in France,
Come, Guise, and see thy traitorous guile outWe'll beat him back, and drive him to his death,
reach'd, That basely seeks the ruin of his realm. [E.cit. And perish in the pit thou mad’st for me.
Enter the Captain of the Guard, t and three Murderers.
Enter GUISE. Cap. Come on, sirs. What, are you resolutely Guise. Good morrow to your majesty. bent,
Henry. Good morrow to my loving cousin of Hating the life and honour of the Guise ?
Guise : What, will you not fear, when you see him come? How fares it this morning with your excellence ?
Pirst Murd. Fear bim, said you ? tush, were he Guise. I heard your majesty was scarcely pleas'd, here, we would kill him presently.
That in the court I bare so great a train. Sec. Murd. O, that his heart were leaping in Henry. They were to blame that said I was
displeas'd; Third Murd. But when will be come, that we And you, good cousin, to imagine it. may murder him?
'Twere bard with me, if I should doubt my kin, Cap. Well, then, I see you are resolute. Or be suspicious of my dearest friends, First Murd. Let us alone; I warrant you. Cousin, assure you I am resolute, Cap. Then, sire, take your standings within Whatsoever any whisper in mine ears, this chamber;
Not to suspect disloyalty in theo : For anon the Guise will come.
And so, sweet coz, farewell. All three Murderers. You will give us our
(Bxit with EPERNOON.
Now sues the king for favour to the Guise,
And all his minions stoop when I command : Now falls the star whose influence governs France, Why, this 'tis to have an army in the field. Whose light was deadly to the Protestants :
Now, by the holy sacrament, I swear, Now must be fall, and perish in his height.
As ancient Romans o'er their captive lords,
So will I triumph o'er this wanton king;
And he shall follow my proud chariot's wheels.
Now do I but begin to look about, Henry. Now, captain of my guard, are these
And all my former time was spent in vain. murderers ready?
Hold, sword, Cap. They be, my good lord.
For in thee is the Duke of Guise's hope.
I'Aj i. e. He.-Old ed. “And."
+ Enter the Caplain of the Guard, &c.] Scene, an apartment in the residence of King Henry at Blois.
Re-enter Third Murderer.
Third Murd. O, pardon me, my Lord of Guise ! Henry. Ah, this sweet sight is physic to my Guise. Pardon thee ! why, what hast thou done?
soul ! Third Murd. O my lord, I am one of them Go fetch bis son for to behold his deaththat is set to murder you!
(Bzit an Attendant. Guise. To murder me, villain !
Surcharg'd with guilt of thousand massacres, Third Murd. Ay, my lord: the rest have ta'en Monsieur of Lorraine, sink away to hell ! their standings in the next room; therefore, And, in remembrance of those bloody broils, good my lord, go not forth.
To which thou didst allure me, being alive, Guise. Yet Cæsar shall go forth.
And here, in presence of you all, I swear, Let mean conceits and baser men fear death : I ne'er was king of France until this hour. Tut, they are peasants ; I am Duke of Guise ; This is the traitor that hath spent my gold And princes with their looks engender fear. In making foreiga wars and civil broils. First Murd. [within.] Stand close; he is coming; Did he not draw a sort* of English priests I know him by his voice.
From Douay to the seminary at Rheims, Guise. As pale as ashes ! * nay, then, it is time to batch forth treason 'gainst their natural To look about.
Did he not cause the king of Spain's huge fleet Enter First t and Second Murderers.
To threaten England, and to menace me? Pirst and Sec. Murderers. Down with him, Did he not injure Monsieur that's deceas'd ? down with him! [They stab GUISE.
Hath he not made me, in the Pope's defence, Guise. O, I have my death's wound ! give me
To spend the treasure, that should strength my leave to speak.
land, Sec. Murd. Then pray to God, and ask forgive In civil broils between Navarre and me! ness of the king.
Tush, to be short, he meant to make me monk, Guise. Trouble me not; I ne'er offended him, or else to murder me, and so be king. Nor will I ask forgiveness of the king.
Let Christian princes, that shall hear of this, O, that I have not power to stay my life,
(As all the world shall know our Guise is dead,) Nor immortality to be reveng'd!
Rest satisfied with this, that here I swear, To die by peasants, what a grief is this !
Ne'er was there king of France so yok'd as I. Ah, Sixtus, be reveng'd upon the king !
Bper. My lord, here is his son.
Enter Guise's Son.
G.'s Son. My father slain! who hath done this Thus Cæsar did go forth, and thus he died. [Dies. deed?
Henry. Sirrah, 'twas I that slew him; and will Enter the Captain of the Guard.
slay Cap. What, have you done!
Thee too, an thou prove such a traitor. Then stay a while, and I'll go call the king.
Gi's Son. Art thou king, and hast done this But see, where he comes.
I'll be reveng'd. [ Offers to throw his dagger. Enter KING HENRY, EPERNOUN, and Attendants. Henry. Away to prison with him! I'll clip his My lord, see, where the Guise is slain.
Or e'er he pass my hands. Away with him! * As pale as ashes!) A little above, Guise has said to the
(Some of the Attendants bear of GUISE's Son. Third Murderer, “Why dost thou look so ghastly?"
But what availeth that this traitor's dead, but, most probably, he is now speaking of his own When Duke Dumaine, his brother, is alive, appearance, which we may suppose ho sees in a mir. ror. “A peine il (Guise) fut entré, quo, soit indisposition
And that young cardinal that is grown so proud ? naturelle, soit frayeur, fruit de la réflexion, il devint pale,
Go to the governor of Orleans, et se plaignit d'un mal de coeur. Quelques confortatifs And willt him, in my name, to kill the duke le remirent," &c. Anquetil, –Hist. de France, t. v. 463,
(To lhe Captain of the Guard. ed. 1817.
Enter First, &c. ) Here (as is evident from what precedes and follows) the sceno is supposed to be changed
sort] i. 6. set. to the adjoining room.
† will] i. e. desire.