Match Me in London – Act Four, Scene Five

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Enter MARTINES with two poniards.

MARTINES
Would this day’s work were done.  I do not like
To see a bull to a wild fig tree tied
To make him tame; beasts licking ‘gainst the hair
Forshow some storm, and I foresee some snare.
His sword is dipp’d in oil, yet does it wound
Deadly; yet stand it, innocence wrong’d is crown’d.

Enter KING, ALPHONSO, and GAZETTO as LUPO, and others.

OMNES
Treason!

KING
Where?

OMNES
Kill the villain!                                                                                 [All draw.

KING
Stay!  None touch him
On you lives!  On king’s shoulders stand
The heads of the colossi of the gods,
Above the reach of traitors, were the beds
Of twenty thousand snakes laid in this bosom,
There’s thunder in our looks to break them all.
Leave us.

OMNES
You are too venturous.                  [Exeunt.  Manent KING and MARTINES.

KING
Jove cannot fall;
Both person, place and business were quite lost
Out of our memory.  Lay aside these poniards.
We have alter’d now our business; you shall bear, sir,
Our salutation to the Queen.  Not seal’d!
‘Sfoot, nor endors’d!  Some ink; come let thy forehead
Have no more wrinkles in’t.  But this, to the Queen,
Write it.

MARTINES
To the Queen, no more!

KING
No, no, ‘tis well.
Hast thou no seal about thee?  If my wife
Exceptions take missing our royal signet.
Say that not having that, I borrowed yours.

MARTINES
I shall, sir.                                                                                                   [Exit.

KING
Hide it, go.  Without there!

Enter All.

OMNES
Sir.

KING
You met him, did you not?  How look’d the slave?

OMNES
Most strangely.

KING
Unparelled villain!  Devils could not set
To hatch such spiteful mischief.  Guard me closely;
When you see him at the stake than worry him.
Are all weapon’d?

OMNES
All, all.

KING
When darts invisible fly,
A slave may kill a lion in the eye.                                                       [Exeunt.

Proceed to the next scene

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