Lust’s Dominion, Act Two, Scene One

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Enter two Lords, PHILIP, CARDINAL MENDOZA, ELEAZAR; KING FERNANDO crown’d, QUEEN MOTHER, ALVERO, ZARACK, BALTAZAR and Attendants.

CARDINAL
Why stares this devil thus, as if pale death
Had made his eyes the dreadful messengers
To carry black destruction to the world.
Was he not banish’d Spain?

PHILIP
Your sacred mouth,
Pronounc’d the sentence of his banishment.
Then spurn the villain forth.

ELEAZAR
Who spurns the Moor
Were better set his foot upon the devil.
Do; spurn me! And this confounding arm of wrath
Shall like a thunderbolt breaking the clouds
Divide his body from his soul. Stand back.
Spurn Eleazar?

RODERIGO
Shall we bear his pride?

ALVERO
Why not? He underwent much injury.

CARDINAL
What injury have we perform’d, proud lord?

ELEAZAR
Proud Cardinal, my unjust banishment.

CARDINAL
‘Twas we that did it, and our words are laws.

FERNANDO
‘Twas we repeal’d him, and out words are laws.

ZARACK & BALTAZAR
If not, these are.                                                                    [All the Moors draw.

PHILIP
How! Threatened and out-dared?

FERNANDO
Shall we give arm to hostile violence?
Sheath your swords, sheath them; it’s we command.

ELEAZAR
Grant Eleazar justice, my dread liege.

CARDINAL
Eleazar hath had justice from our hands,
And he stands banish’d from the court of Spain.

FERNANDO
Have you done justice? Why, Lord Cardinal,
From whom do you derive authority
To banish him the court without our leave?

CARDINAL
From this, the staff of our protectorship;
From this, which the last will of your dear father
Committed to our trust; from this high palce
Which lifts Mendoza’s spirits beyond the pitch
Of ordinary honour, and from this.

FERNANDO
Which too much over-weening insolence
Hath quite ta’en from you Eleazar up
And from us sway this staff of regency.

[Takes the staff from the CARDINAL and gives it to ELEAZAR.

ALL
How’s this?

PHILIP
Dare sons presume to break their father’s will?

FERNANDO
Dare subjects counter-check their sovereign’s will?
‘Tis done, and who gainsays it is a traitor.

PHILIP
I do, Fernando, yet I am no traitor.

CARDINAL
Fernando, I am wrong’d; by Peter’s chair
Mendoza vows revenge. I’ll lay aside
My cardinal’s hat, and in a wall of steel,
The glorious livery of a soldier,
Fight for m late lost honour.

FERNANDO
Cardinal—

CARDINAL
King, thou shalt be no king for wronging me.
The Pope shall send his bulls through all thy realm
And pull obedience from thy subjects’ hearts,
To put on armour of the mother church.
Curses shall fall like lightnings on your heads;
Bell, book and candle, holy water, prayers,
Shall all chime vengeance to the court of Spain
Till they have power to conjure down that fiend,
That damned Moor, that devil, that Lucifer,
That dares aspire the staff, the Card’nal sway’d.

ELEAZAR
Ha, ha, ha, I laugh yet that the Cardinal’s vex’d.

PHILIP
Laugh’st thou, base slave.  The wrinkles of that scorn
Thine own heart blood shall fill.  Brother, farewell,
Since you disprove the will our father left,
For base lust of a loathed concubine.

ELEAZAR
Ha, concubine.  Who does Prince Philip mean?

PHILIP
Thy wife, thy daughter, base aspiring lords,
Who to buy honour are content to sell
Your names to infamy, your souls to hell.
And stamp you now?  Do, do, for you shall see
I go for vengeance, and she’ll come with me.

ELEAZAR
Stay, for she’s here already, see, proud boy.                               [They both draw.

QUEEN MOTHER
Hold, stay this fury.  If you long for blood,
Murder me first. Dear son, you are a king.
Then stay the violent tempest of their wrath.

FERNANDO
Shall kings be overswayed in their desires?

RODERIGO
Shall subjects be oppress’d by tyranny?

QUEEN MOTHER
No state shall suffer wrong, then hear me speak.
Mendoza, you have sworn you love the queen;
Then, by that love, I charge you leave these arms.
Eleazar, for those favours I have given you,
Embrace the Cardinal, and be friends with him.

ELEAZAR
And have my wife call’d strumpet to my face!

QUEEN MOTHER
‘Twas rage made his tongue err.  [Aside.] Do you not know,
The violent love Mendoza bears the queen?
Then speak him fair, for in that honeyed breath
I’ll lay a bait shall train him to his death.
[Aloud.] Come, come, I see your looks give way to peace.
Lord Cardinal, begin, and for reward,
Ere this fair setting sun behold his bride,
Be bold to challenge love, yet be denied.

CARDINAL
That promise makes me yield.  My gracious lord,
Although my disgrace hath graven its memory,
On every Spaniard’s eye, yet shall the duty
I owe your sacred highness, and the love
My country challengeth, make me lay by
Hostile intendments, and return again
To the fair circle of obedience.

FERNANDO
Both pardon and our favour bids you welcome,
And for some satisfaction for your wrongs,
We here create you Salamanka’s duke.
But first as a true sign all grudges die,
Shake hands with Eleazar and be friends.
This union pleaseth us.  Now, brother Philip,
You are included in this league of love;
So is Roderigo to forget all wrongs.
Your castle for a while shall bid us welcome,
Eleazar, shall it not?  It is enough.
Lords lead the way. [Aside.] That whilst you feast yourselves,
Fernando may find time all means to prove,
To compass fair Maria for our love.                                                  [Exeunt.

Proceed to the next scene

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