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The vision. Enter, soleninly tripping one after
another, six personages, clad in white robes, wearing on their heads garlands of bays, and golden dizards on their faces; branches of bays, or palm, in their hands. They first congee unto her, then dance; and, at certain changes, the first two hold a sparegarland oder her head ; ut which, the other four make reverent court'sies; then the two that held the garland, deliver the same to the other next two, who observe the same order in their changes, and holding the garland over her head: which done, they deliver the same garland to the last two, who likewise ob. serve the same order: at which (as it were by inspiration), she makes in her sleep signs of re. joicing, and holdeth up her hands to heaoen: and so in their dancing they vanish, carrying the garland with them. The musick continues. Kuth. Spirits of peace, where are ye
all gone? And leave me here in wretchedness behind ye?
Grif. Madam, we are here.
It is not you I call for :
None, madam. Kath. No? Saw you not, even now, a blessed
Grif. I am most joyful, madam, such good dreams
Bid the musick leave, They are harsh and heavy to me. [Musick ceases. Pat.
Do you note,
How much her grace is alter'd on the sudden ?
Grif. She is going, wench; pray, pray.
Heaven comfort her!
Enter a Messenger. Mess. An't like your grace, Kath,
You are a saucy fellow :. Deserve we do more reverence? Grif.
You are to blame, Knowing she will not lose her wonted greatness, To use so rude behaviour: go to, kneel.
Mess. I humbly do entreat your highness' pardon; My haste made me unmannerly: There is staying A gentleman, sent from the king, to see you. Kath. Admit him entrance, Griffith : But this
fellow Let me ne'er see again.
(Exeunt Griffith and Messenger.
Re-enter Griffith, with Capucius.
If my sight fail not, You should be lord ambassador from the emperor, My royal nephew, and your name Capucius.
Cap. Madam, the same, your servant.
O my lord,
Kath. O my good lord, that confort comes too
'Tis like a pardon after execution :
Madam, in good health.
(Giving it to Katharine.
Most willing, madam.
The model* of our chaste loves, his young daugh
Image. + Afterwards Queen Mary. | Even if he should be.
And something over to remember me by;
By heaven, I will;
Kath. I thank you, honest lord. Remember me In all humility unto his highness : Say, his long trouble now is passing Out of this world: tell him, in death I bless'd him, For so I will.--Mine eyes grow dim.-Farewell, My lord. Griffith, farewell.-Nay, Patience, You must not leave me yet. I must to bed; Call in more women.-When I am dead, good wench, Let me be us'd with honour; strew me over With maiden flowers, that all the world may know I was a chaste wife to my grave: embalm me, Then lay me forth; although unqueen'd, yet like A queen, and daughter to a king, inter me. I can no more.
(Exeunt, leading Katharine,
SCENE I. A gallery in the palace.
Enter Gardiner bishop of Winchester ; a Page
It hath struck. Gar. These should be hours for necessities,
Not for delights ; times to repair our nature
mas ! Whither so late? Loo.
Came you from the king, my lord ? Gar. I did, sir Thomas; and left him at primero With the duke of Suffolk. Lou.
I must to him, too, Before he go to bed. I'll take my leave. Gar. Not yet, sir Thomas Lovell. What's the
matter? It seems, you are in baste : an if there be No great offence belongs to't, give your friend Some toucht of your late business: Affairs, that walk (As, they say, spirits do), at midnight, have In them a wilder nature, than the business That seeks despatch by day. Lov.
My lord, I love you ;
The fruit, she goes with,
Methinks, I could
But, sir, sir,
* A game at cards.