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SCENE IV. - 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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EnterKingCharles, Catherinethe Queen-MotherGuise, Anjou, andDumaine.
- My noble son, and princely Duke of Guise,
- Now have we got the fatal, straggling deer
- Within the compass of a deadly toil,
- Madam, it will be noted through the world
- An action bloody and tyrannical;
- Chiefly, since under safety of our word
- They justly challenge their protection:
- Besides, my heart relents that noblemen,
- Only corrupted in religion,
- Ladies of honour, knights, and gentlemen,
- Should, for their conscience, taste such ruthless ends.
- Though gentle minds should pity others' pam,
- Yet will the wisest note their proper griefs,
- And rather seek to scourge their enemies
- Than be themselves base subjects to the whip.
- Methinks my Lord Anjou hath well advised
- Your highness to consider of the thing,
- And rather choose to seek your country's good.
- Than pity or relieve these upstart heretics.
- I hope these reasons may serve my princely son
- To have some care for fear of enemies.
- Well, madam, I refer it to your majesty,
- And to my nephew here, the Duke of Guise:
- What you determine, I will ratify.
- Thanks to my princely son.—Then tell me, Guise,
- What order will you set down for the massacre?
- Thus, madam. They
- That shall be actors in this massacre,
- Shall wear white crosses on their burgonets,
- And tie white linen scarfs about their arms:
- He that wants these, and is suspect of heresy,
- Shall die, be he king or emperor. Then I'll have
- A peal of ordnance shot from the tower, at which
- They all shall issue out, and set the streets;
- And then,
- The watch-word being given, a bell shall ring,
- Which when they hear, they shall begin to kill,
- And never cease until that bell shall cease;
- Then breathe a while.
- Enter theAdmiral'S Serving-Man.
- How now, fellow! what news?
- An it please your grace, the Lord High Admiral,
- Riding the streets, was traitorously shot;
- And most humbly entreats your majesty
- To visit him, sick in his bed.
- Messenger, tell him I will see him straight.
- [Exit Serv -M
- What shall we do now with the Admiral?
- Your majesty were best go visit him,
- And make a show as if all were well.
- Content; I will go visit the Admiral.
- And I will go take order for his death.