WRITTEN IN IMITATION OF
BY NICHOLAS ROWE
...Conjux ubi pristinus illi Respondet curis. VIRG.1
Enter the DUKE OF GLOSTER, SIR RICHARD RATCLIFFE, AND CATESBY.
|Ere this lies shorter by the head at Pomfret.||5|
Young Edward and the little York, are lodged
Here, safe within the Tower. How say you, sirs,
|Does not this business wear a lucky face?||10|
RAT. Then take 'em to you
And wear them long and worthily; you are
The last remaining male of princely York:
(For Edward's boys, the state esteems not of
And leans upon your highness' able hand.
CAT. And yet tomorrow does the council meet
|To fix a day for Edward's coronation:||20|
GLOST. That can I.
Those lords are each one my approved, good friends.
Of special trust and nearness to my bosom:
And howsoever busy they may seem,
|And diligent to bustle in the state,||25|
And at our bidding stays.
CAT. Yet there is one,
And he amongst the foremost in his power,
Of whom I wish your highness were assured:
|For me -- perhaps it is my nature's fault --||30|
GLOST. I guess the man at whom your words would point:
CAT. The same.
GLOST. He bears me great good will.
CAT. 'Tis true, to you, as to the Lord Protector
|And Gloster's duke, he bows with lowly service:||35|
Believe me, I have proved the man and found him
I know he bears a most religious reverence
|To his dead master Edward's royal memory,||40|
Who, if they once grow fond of an opinion,
They call it honor, honesty, and faith,
|And sooner part with life than let it go.||45|
GLOST. And yet, this tough, impracticable heart
Is governed by a dainty-fingered girl.
Such flaws are found in the most worthy natures;
A laughing, toying, wheedling, whimpering she
|Shall make him amble on a gossip's message,||50|
RAT. The fair Alicia,5 Of noble birth and exquisite of feature,
Has held him long a vassal to her beauty.
|CAT. I fear he fails in his allegiance there;||55|
The dame has been too lavish of her feast,
And fed him 'till he loathes.
GLOST. NO more; he comes,
Enter LORD HASTING.
L. HAST. Health and the happiness of many days Attend upon your grace.____________________
( Æneid, vi. 473, 474.)
ville by her first marriage.