The Whore of Babylon – Act Four, Scene three

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Enter FIRST CARDINAL and THREE KINGS.

 FIRST CARDINAL
Our eyes have lusted for you, and your presence
Comes as the light of day, showers to the spring,
Or health to sick men.

THIRD KING
Thanks, most reverend father.

FIRST KING
Our blood ran all to water, yea, our souls
Strove all at once t’expire when it was blown
Hither from Fairy Land, that all the darts
Which ours here, and your arm delivered there,
Fell either short, or lighted upon ice,
Lest you had lost blood in the enterprise.

THIRD KING
No, I wear stronger armour.  Gamester-like
I saw the dogs brought forth, and set them on
Till the devil parted them; but pluck’d off none.
I kept aloof out of the reach of paws.
Better to fight with lions than with laws.
What drums are these?

SECOND KING
Music of heaven.

FIRST CARDINAL
The dancers
Revel in steel.

FIRST KING
These march to fill our fleet.

THIRD KING
From whence we’ll march with proud victorious feet
And walk on Fairy’s hearts; their beaten ways
With their own heads we’ll pave, whilst ours with bays
And oak, the conquering soldiers wreath, we crown.
These hooks, or none, must pull their cities down;
Invasion is the fire.  See, see, i’th’air
Angels hang beckoning us to make more haste.
Vengeance deferr’d grows weak, and runs to waste.
What this?

Enter a Herald before one; sounds once and stays.

 

 FIRST CARDINAL
Ere we take ship, we must to court.

OMNES
Away.

THIRD KING
In thunder.  ‘Tis the soldiers sport.      [Exeunt CARDINAL and KINGS.

HERALD

[Reads.] “It is the empirical pleasure, decree, peremptory edict, and dreadful command, upon pain of a curse to be denounced upon him that is disobedient, from her who hath power given her to make the back of stubborn kings her footstools and emperors her vassals; the mother of nations, the triple-crowned head of the world; the purple-rider of the glorious beast; the most high, most supreme, and most adored Empress of Babylon; that no captain, generals or armies, generals of squadrons, admirals, colonels, captains, or any other officers or her magnificent, incomparable, formidable, and invincible armada, which is ordained to swallow up the kingdom of Fairy, shall presume to set one foot on shipboard till her sacred hand hath blessed the enterprise by sealing them all on the forehead, and by bowing their knees before the beast.  Sound.  Go on.                                                                                                                  [Exeunt.

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