The Noble Spanish Soldier – Act 5, Scene 1

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Enter KING, CARDINAL with letters, VALASCO and LOPEZ.

 KING
Commend us to Medina; say his letters
Right pleasing are, and that, except himself,
Nothing could be more welcome; counsel him,
To blot the opinion out of factious numbers,
Only to have his ordinary train
Waiting upon him; for, to quit all fears
Upon his side of us, our very court
Shall even but dimly shine with some few dons,
Freely to prove our longings great to peace.

CARDINAL
The Constable expects some pawn from you,
That in this fairy circle shall rise up
No fury to confound his niece nor him.

KING
A king’s word is engag’d.

CARDINAL
It shall be taken.                                                                                          [Exit.

KING
Valasco, call the captain of our guard.
Bid him attend us instantly.

VALASCO
I shall.                                                                                                            [Exit.

KING
Lopez, come hither.  See,
Letters from Duke Medina, both in the name
Of him and all his faction, offering peace,
And out old love, his niece, Onælia
In marriage with her free and fair consent
To Cockadillio, a don of Spain.

LOPEZ
Will you refuse this?

KING
My crown as soon; they feel their sinewy plots
Belike to shrink i’th joints; and fearing ruin,
Have found this cement out to piece up all,
Which more endangers all.

LOPEZ
How, sir!  Endangers!

KING
Lions may hunted be into the snare,
But if they once break loose, woe be to him
That first seiz’d on ‘em.  A poor prisoner scorns
To kiss his gaoler; and shall a king be chok’d
With sweetmeats by false traitors?  No, I will fawn
On them, as they stroke me, till they are fast
But in this paw; and then—

LOPEZ
A brave revenge!
The captain of your guard.

Enter VALASCO and ALANZO.

 KING
Upon thy life,
Double our guard this day; let every man
Bear a charg’d pistol, hid; and at a watch-word
Given by a musket, when our self sees time,
Rush in; and if Medina’s faction wrestle
Against your forces, kill; but if yield, save.
Be secret.

ALANZO
I am charm’d, sir.                                                                                  [Exit.

KING
Watch, Valasxo;
If any wear a cross, feather, or glove,
Or such prodigious signs of a knit faction,
Table their names up; at our court-gate, plant
Good strength to bar themout, if once they swarm;
Do this upon thy life.

VALASCO
Not death shall fright me.                     [Exeunt VALASCO and LOPEZ.

Enter BALTAZAR.

 BALTAZAR
‘Tis done, sir.

KING
Death!  What’s done?

BALTAZAR
Young cub’s flay’d, but the she-fox shifting her hole is fled; this little jackanapes the boy’s brain’d

KING
Sebastian?

BALTAZAR
He shall ne’er speak more Spanish.

KING
Thou teachest me to curse thee!

BALTAZAR
For a bargain you set your hand to.

KING
Half my crown I’d lose were it undone.

BALTAZAR
But half a crown!  That’s nothing;
His brains stick in my conscience more than yours.

KING
How lost I the French doctor?

BALTAZAR
As Frenchmen lose their hair:  here was too hot staying for him.

KING
Get thou too from my sight.  The Queen would see thee.

BALTAZAR
Your gold, sir.

KING
Go with Judas and repent.

BALTAZAR
So men hate whores after lust’s heat is spent.
I’m gone, sir.

KING
Tell me true, is he dead?

BALTAZAR
Dead.

KING
No matter; ‘tis but morning of revenge,
The sunset shall be red and tragical.                                                                     [Exit.

BALTAZAR
Sin is a raven croaking her own fall.                                                                      [Exit.

Proceed to the next scene

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