Front Page Titles (by Subject) SCENE I. - The Works of Christopher Marlowe, vol. 2
SCENE I. - Christopher Marlowe, The Works of Christopher Marlowe, vol. 2 
The Works of Christopher Marlowe, ed. A.H. Bullen (London: John C. Nimmo, 1885). Vol. 2.
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EnterGaveston, reading a letter from the King.
- My father is deceased! Come, Gaveston, And share the kingdom with thy dearest friend.
- Ah! words that make me surfeit with delight!
- What greater bliss can hap to Gaveston
- Than live and be the favourite of a king!
- Sweet prince, I come; these, these thy amorous lines
- Might have enforced me to have swum from France,
- And, like Leander, gasped upon the sand,
- So thou would'st smile, and take me in thine arms.
- The sight of London to my exiled eyes
- Is as Elysium to a new-come soul;
- Not that I love the city, or the men,
- But that it harbours him I hold so dear—
- The king, upon whose bosom let me die,
- And with the world be still at enmity.
- What need the arctic people love starlight,
- To whom the sun shines both by day and night?
- Farewell base stooping to the lordly peers!
- My knee shall bow to none but to the king.
- As for the multitude, that are but sparks,
- Raked up in embers of their poverty;—
- Tanti; I'll fawn first on the wind
- That glanceth at my lips, and flieth away.
- But how now, what are these?
- Enter three poor Men.
- Such as desire your worship's service.
- But I have no horse. What art thou?
- Let me see—thou would'st do well
- To wait at my trencher and tell me lies at dinner-time;
- And as I like your discoursing, I'll have you.
- And what art thou?
- A soldier, that hath served against the Scot.
- Why, there are hospitals for such as you;
- I have no war, and therefore, sir, begone.
- Farewell, and perish by a soldier's hand,
- That would'st reward them with an hospital.
- Ay, ay, these words of his move me as much
- As if a goose would play the porcupine,
- And dart her plumes, thinking to pierce my breast.
- But yet it is no pain to speak men fair;
- I'll flatter these, and make them live in hope.
- You know that I came lately out of France,
- And yet I have not viewed my lord the king;
- If I speed well, I'll entertain you all.
- I have some business. Leave me to myself.
- We will wait here about the court.
- Do; these are not men for me;
- I must have wanton poets, pleasant wits,
- Musicians, that with touching of a string
- May draw the pliant king which way I please.
- Music and poetry is his delight;
- Therefore I'll have Italian masks by night,
- Sweet speeches, comedies, and pleasing shows;
- And in the day, when he shall walk abroad,
- Like silvian nymphs my pages shall be clad;
- My men, like satyrs grazing on the lawns,
- Shall with their goat-feet dance the antic hay.
- Sometime a lovely boy in Dian's shape,
- With hair that gilds the water as it glides,
- Crownets of pearl about his naked arms,
- And in his sportful hands an olive-tree,
- To hide those parts which men delight to see,
- Shall bathe him in a spring; and there hard by,
- One like Actæon peeping though the grove,
- Shall by the angry goddess be transformed,
- And running in the likeness of an hart
- By yelping hounds pulled down, and seem to die;—
- Such things as these best please his majesty.
- Here comes my lord the king, and [here] the nobles
- From the parliament. I'll stand aside.
- Enter theKing, Lancaster, ElderMortimer, YoungMortimer, Edmund, Earl of Kent, Guy, Earl of Warwick, &c
- That Earl of Lancaster do I abhor.
- Will you not grant me this? In spite of them
- I'll have my will; and these two Mortimers,
- If you love us, my lord, hate Gaveston.
- That villain Mortimer, I'll be his death!
- Mine uncle here, this earl, and I myself,
- Were sworn to your father at his death,
- That he should ne'er return into the realm:
- And know, my lord, ere I will break my oath,
- This sword of mine, that should offend your foes,
- Shall sleep within the scabbard at thy need,
- And underneath thy banners march who will,
- For Mortimer will hang his armour up.
- Well, Mortimer, I'll make thee rue these words.
- Beseems it thee to contradict thy king?
- Frown'st thou thereat, aspiring Lancaster?
- The sword shall plane the furrows of thy brows,
- And hew these knees that now are grown so stiff.
- I will have Gaveston; and you shall know
- My lord, why do you thus incense your peers,
- That naturally would love and honour you
- But for that base and obscure Gaveston?
- Four earldoms have I, besides Lancaster—
- Derby, Salisbury, Lincoln, Leicester,
- These will I sell, to give my soldiers pay,
- Ere Gaveston shall stay within the realm;
- Barons and earls, your pride hath made me mute;
- But now I'll speak, and to the proof, I hope.
- I do remember, in my father's days,
- Lord Percy of the north, being highly moved,
- Braved Moubery in presence of the king;
- For which, had not his highness loved him well,
- He should have lost his head; but with his look
- The undaunted spirit of Percy was appeased,
- And Moubery and he were reconciled:
- Yet dare you brave the king unto his face.—
- Brother, revenge it, and let these their heads
- Ay, yours; and therefore I would wish you grant—
- Bridle thy anger, gentle Mortimer.
- I cannot, nor I will not; I must speak.
- Cousin, our hands I hope shall fence our heads,
- And strike off his that makes you threaten us.
- Come, uncle, let us leave the brain-sick king,
- And henceforth parley with our naked swords.
- Wiltshire hath men enough to save our heads.
- All Warwickshire will love him for my sake.
- And northward Gaveston hath many friends.
- Adieu, my lord; and either change your mind,
- Or look to see the throne, where you should sit,
- To float in blood; and at thy wanton head,
- The glozing head of thy base minion thrown.
- [Exeunt Nobles.
- I cannot brook these haughty menaces;
- Am I a king, and must be overruled?
- Brother, display my ensigns in the field;
- I'll bandy with the barons and the earls,
- And either die or live with Gaveston.
- I can no longer keep me from my lord.
- [Comes forward.
- What, Gaveston! welcome.—Kiss not my hand—
- Embrace me, Gaveston, as I do thee.
- Why should'st thou kneel? know'st thou not who I am?
- Thy friend, thyself, another Gaveston!
- Not Hylas was more mourned of Hercules,
- Than thou hast been of me since thy exile.
- And since I went from hence, no soul in hell
- Hath felt more torment than poor Gaveston.
- I know it.—Brother, welcome home my friend.
- Now let the treacherous Mortimers conspire,
- And that high-minded Earl of Lancaster:
- I have my wish, in that I joy thy sight;
- And sooner shall the sea o'erwhelm my land,
- Than bear the ship that shall transport thee hence.
- I here create thee Lord High Chamberlain,
- Chief Secretary to the state and me,
- My lord, these titles far exceed my worth.
- Brother, the least of these may well suffice For one of greater birth than Gaveston.
- Cease, brother: for I cannot brook these words.
- Thy worth, sweet friend, is far above my gifts,
- Therefore, to equal it, receive my heart;
- If for these dignities thou be envied,
- I'll give thee more; for, but to honour thee,
- Is Edward pleased with kingly regiment.
- Fear'st thou thy person? thou shalt have a guard.
- Wantest thou gold? go to my treasury.
- Wouldst thou be loved and feared? receive my seal;
- Save or condemn, and in our name command
- Whatso thy mind affects, or fancy likes.
- It shall suffice me to enjoy your love,
- Which whiles I have, I think myself as great
- As Cæsar riding in the Roman street,
- With captive kings at his triumphant car.
- Enter theBishopofCoventry.
- Whither goes my lord of Coventry so fast?
- To celebrate your father's exequies.
- But is that wicked Gaveston returned?
- Ay, priest, and lives to be revenged on thee,
- That wert the only cause of his exile.
- “Tis true; and but for reverence of these robes,
- Thou should'st not plod one foot beyond this place.
- I did no more than I was bound to do;
- And, Gaveston, unless thou be reclaimed,
- As then I did incense the parliament,
- So will I now, and thou shalt back to France.
- Saving your reverence, you must pardon me.
- Throw off his golden mitre, rend his stole,
- And in the channel christen him anew.
- Ah, brother, lay not violent hands on him,
- For he'll complain unto the see of Rome.
- Let him complain unto the see of hell,
- I'll be revenged on him for my exile.
- No, spare his life, but seize upon his goods:
- Be thou lord bishop and receive his rents,
- And make him serve thee as thy chaplain:
- I give him thee—here, use him as thou wilt.
- He shall to prison, and there die in bolts.
- Ay, to the Tower, the Fleet, or where thou wilt.
- For this offence, be thou accurst of God!
- Who's there? Convey this priest to the Tower.
- But in the meantime, Gaveston, away,
- And take possession of his house and goods.
- Come, follow me, and thou shalt have my guard
- To see it done, and bring thee safe again.
- What should a priest do with so fair a house?
- A prison may best beseem his holiness.
- “Yet if you meet a tart antagonist,
- Or discontented rugged satirist,
- That slights your errant or his art that penned it,
- Cry Tanti!”
- So in the Prologue to Day's Isle of Gulls:—
- “Detraction he scorns, honours the best:
- Tanti for hate, thus low for all the rest.”
- “Here comes my lord
- The king and th' nobles from the parliament.
- I'll stand aside.”
- ”Bol. Go, some of you, convey him to the Tower.
- King. O good! convey! conveyers are you all.”