Front Page Titles (by Subject) SCENE VI. - The Works of Christopher Marlowe, vol. 2
SCENE VI. - 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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Enter the Abbot, Monks, Edward,YoungSpencer, and Baldock.
- Have you no doubt, my lord; have you no fear;
- As silent and as careful we will be,
- To keep your royal person safe with us,
- Free from suspect, and fell invasion
- Of such as have your majesty in chase,
- Yourself, and those your chosen company,
- As danger of this stormy time requires.
- Father, thy face should harbour no deceit.
- O! hadst thou ever been a king, thy heart,
- Pierced deeply with [a] sense of my distress,
- Could not but take compassion of my state.
- Stately and proud, in riches and in train,
- Whilom I was, powerful, and full of pomp:
- But what is he whom rule and empery
- Have not in life or death made miserable?
- Come, Spencer; come, Baldock, come, sit down by me;
- Make trial now of that philosophy,
- That in our famous nurseries of arts
- Thou suck'dst from Plato and from Aristotle.
- Father, this life contemplative is heaven.
- O that I might this life in quiet lead!
- But we, alas! are chased; and you, my friends,
- Your lives and my dishonour they pursue.
- Yet, gentle monks, for treasure, gold nor fee,
- Do you betray us and our company.
- Your grace may sit secure, if none but we
- Do wot of your abode.
- Not one alive, but shrewdly I suspect
- A gloomy fellow in a mead below.
- 'A gave a long look after us, my lord;
- And all the land I know is up in arms,
- Arms that pursue our lives with deadly hate.
- We were embarked for Ireland, wretched we!
- With awkward winds and sore tempests driven
- To fall on shore, and here to pine in fear
- Of Mortimer and his confederates.
- Mortimer! who talks of Mortimer?
- Who wounds me with the name of Mortimer,
- That bloody man? Good father, on thy lap
- Lay I this head, laden with mickle care.
- O might I never ope these eyes again!
- Never again lift up this drooping head!
- O never more lift up this dying heart!
- Look up, my lord—Baldock. this drowsiness
- Betides no good; here even we are betrayed.
- Enter, with Welsh hooks, RiceapHowell, a Mower, and the EarlofLeicester.
- Upon my life, these be the men ye seek.
- Fellow, enough.—My lord, I pray be short,
- A fair commission warrants what we do.
- The queen's commission, urged by Mortimer;
- What cannot gallant Mortimer with the queen?
- Alas! see where he sits, and hopes unseen
- To escape their hands that seek to reave his life.
- Too true it is, Quem dies vidit veniens superbum,
- Hunc dies vidit fugiens jacentem.
- But, Leicester, leave to grow so passionate.
- Spencer and Baldock, by no other names,
- I [do] arrest you of high treason here.
- Stand not on titles, but obey th' arrest;
- 'Tis in the name of Isabel the queen.
- My lord, why droop you thus?
- O day the last of all my bliss on earth!
- Centre of all misfortune! O my stars,
- Why do you lour unkindly on a king?
- Come[s] Leicester, then, in Isabella's name
- To take my life, my company from me?
- Here, man, rip up this panting breast of mine,
- And take my heart in rescue of my friends!
- It may become thee yet
- To let us take our farewell of his grace.
- My heart with pity earns to see this sight,
- A king to bear these words and proud commands.
- Spencer, ah, sweet Spencer, thus then must we part?
- We must, my lord, so will the angry heavens.
- Nay, so will hell and cruel Mortimer;
- The gentle heavens have not to do in this.
- My lord, it is in vain to grieve or storm.
- Here humbly of your grace we take our leaves;
- Our lots are cast; I fear me, so is thine.
- In heaven we may, in earth ne'er shall we meet:
- And, Leicester, say, what shall become of us?
- Your majesty must go to Killingworth.
- Must! it is somewhat hard, when kings must go.
- Here is a litter ready for your grace,
- That waits your pleasure, and the day grows old.
- As good be gone, as stay and be benighted.
- A litter hast thou? lay me in a hearse,
- And to the gates of hell convey me hence;
- Let Pluto's bells ring out my fatal knell,
- And hags howl for my death at Charon's shore,
- For friends hath Edward none, but these and these:
- And these must die under a tyrant's sword.
- My lord, be going; care not for these,
- For we shall see them shorter by the heads.
- Well, that shall be, shall be; part we must!
- Sweet Spencer, gentle Baldock, part we must!
- Hence feignèd weeds! unfeignèd are my woes;
- [Casts off his disguise.
- Father, farewell! Leicester, thou stay'st for me,
- And go I must. Life, farewell, with my friends.
- [Exeunt Edward and Leicester.
- O! is he gone? is noble Edward gone?
- Parted from hence? never to see us more?
- Rent, sphere of heaven! and, fire, forsake thy orb!
- Earth, melt to air! gone is my sovereign,
- Gone, gone, alas! never to make return.
- Spencer, I see our souls are fleeting hence;
- We are deprived the sunshine of our life:
- Make for a new life, man; throw up thy eyes,
- And heart and hands to heaven's immortal throne;
- Pay nature's debt with cheerful countenance;
- Reduce we all our lessons unto this,
- To die, sweet Spencer, therefore live we all;
- Spencer, all live to die, and rise to fall.
- Come, come, keep these preachments till you come to the place appointed. You, and such as you are, have made wise work in England; will your lordships away?
- Your Lordship, I trust, will remember me?
- Remember thee? Fellow, what else? Follow
- me to the town.
ACT THE FIFTH.
- “For friends hath hapless Edward none but these,
- And these must die,” &c.
- Mr. Fleay's suggestion that “these and these” are “the ‘hags’ and ‘Spencer and Baldock,’” seems very questionable.
- “Come, come, keep these preachments till you come
- To th' place appointed. You, and such as you are. Have made wise work in England, will you away.”
- The lines hobble badly.