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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- Seeing that our lord the Earl of Gloucester's dead,
- Which of the nobles dost thou mean to serve?
- Not Mortimer, nor any of his side;
- Because the king and he are enemies.
- Baldock, learn this of me, a factious lord
- Shall hardly do himself good, much less us;
- But he that hath the favour of a king,
- May with one word advance us while we live:
- The liberal Earl of Cornwall is the man
- On whose good fortune Spencer's hope depends.
- What, mean you then to be his follower?
- No, his companion; for he loves me well,
- And would have once preferred me to the king.
- But he is banished; there's small hope of him.
- Ay, for a while; but, Baldock, mark the end.
- A friend of mine told me in secrecy
- That he's repealed, and sent for back again;
- And even now a post came from the court
- With letters to our lady from the king;
- And as she read she smiled, which makes me think
- It is about her lover Gaveston.
- 'Tis like enough; for since he was exiled
- She neither walks abroad, nor comes in sight.
- But I had thought the match had been broke off,
- And that his banishment had changed her mind.
- Our lady's first love is not wavering;
- My life for thine she will have Gaveston.
- Then hope I by her means to be preferred,
- Having read unto her since she was a child.
- Then, Baldock, you must cast the scholar off,
- And learn to court it like a gentleman.
- 'Tis not a black coat and a little band,
- A velvet-caped coat, faced before with serge,
- And smelling to a nosegay all the day,
- Or holding of a napkin in your hand,
- Or saying a long grace at a table's end,
- Or making low legs to a nobleman,
- Or looking downward with your eyelids close,
- And saying, “Truly, an't may please your honour,”
- Can get you any favour with great men;
- You must be proud, bold, pleasant, resolute,
- And now and then stab, as occasion serves.
- Spencer, thou know'st I hate such formal toys,
- And use them but of mere hypocrisy.
- Mine old lord whiles he lived was so precise,
- That he would take exceptions at my buttons,
- And being like pins' heads, blame me for the bigness;
- Which made me curate-like in mine attire,
- Though inwardly licentious enough,
- And apt for any kind of villainy.
- I am none of these common pedants, I,
- That cannot speak without propterea quod.
- But one of those that saith, quandoquidem,
- And hath a special gift to form a verb.
- Leave off this jesting, here my lady comes.
- Enter the Lady.
- The grief for his exile was not so much,
- As is the joy of his returning home.
- This letter came from my sweet Gaveston:
- What need'st thou, love, thus to excuse thyself?
- I know thou could'st not come and visit me:
- I will not long be from thee, though I die.
- This argues the entire love of my lord;
- When I forsake thee, death seize on my heart:
- But stay thee here where Gaveston shall sleep.
- Now to the letter of my lord the king.—
- He wills me to repair unto the court,
- And meet my Gaveston? why do I stay,
- Seeing that he talks thus of my marriage-day?
- Who's there? Baldock!
- See that my coach be ready, I must hence.
- It shall be done, madam.
- And meet me at the park-pale presently.
- Spencer, stay you and bear me company,
- For I have joyful news to tell thee of;
- My lord of Cornwall is a coming over,
- I knew the king would have him home again.
- If all things sort out, as I hope they will,
- Thy service, Spencer, shall be thought upon.
- I humbly thank your ladyship.
- Come, lead the way; I long till I am there.