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“ Nor trust this Subtle Agent, nor his Oath. “ You know his Faith-You try'd it before-hand. “ His Fault is Death-And now to lose his Truth, “ To save his Life, he will not greatly stand. “ Nor trust your Kinsman's Proffer ; since you both “ Shew, Blood in Princes is no stedfast Band. “ What tho' he hath no Title ?-He hath Might : " That makes a Title, where there is no Right.
Thus he.-When that Good Bishop thus replies, Out of a Mind that Quiet did affect :
My lord, I must confess, as your Case lies, “ You have great Cause your Subjects to suspect, “ And counterplot against their Subtilties, “Who all good Care and Honesty neglect; “ And fear the worst what Insolence may do, “ Or armed Fury may incense them to.
“ But yet, my Lord, Fear may as well transport “ Your Care, beyond the Truth of what is mean ; “ As otherwise Neglect may fall too short, “ In not Examining of their Intent: “ But let us weigh the Thing, which they exhort ; “ 'Tis Peace, Submission, and a Parli’ment : " Which, how expedient 'tis for either Part, “ 'Twere good we judg'd with an impartial Heart.
“ And first, for you my Lord, in Grief we see • The miserable Case wherein you stand ; “ Void here of Succour, Help, or Majesty, “ On this poor Promontory of your Land: “ And where how long a Time your Grace may be
(Expecting what may fall into your Hand) “ We know not; since th’Event of Things do lie “ Clos’d up in Darkness, far from mortal Eye.
" And how unfit it were you should protract “ Long Time, in this so dangerous Disgrace ? “ As tho' that you good Spirt and Courage lack'd, “ To issue out of this opprobrious Place ; “ When ev'n the Face of Kings do oft exact “ Fear and Remorse in faulty Subjects base ; “ And longer Stay a great Presumption draws, “That you were guilty, or did doubt your Cause.
" And therefore, as I think, you safely may “ Accept this Proffer, that determine shall “ All doubtful Courses by a quiet Way; " Needful for you, fit for them, good for all. “ And here, my Sou'reign, to make longer Stay, “ T'attend for wbat you are unsure will fall, “ May slip th' Occasion, and incence their Will : “For Fear, that's wiser than the Truth, doth ill.
Thus he persuades, out of a zealous Mind, Supposing Men had spoken as they meant ; And unto this the King likewise inclin’d, As wholly unto Peace and Quiet bent ; And yields himself to th' Earl ;-Goes, leaves behmd His Safety, Sceptre, Honour, Government: For gone, All's goue-He is no more his own And They rid quite of Fear, He of the Crown
A l'lace there is, where proudly rais'd there stands A huge aspiring Rock, neighbo’ring the Skies, Whose surly Brow imperiously commands The Sea his Bounds, that at his proud Feet lies ; And spurns the Waves, that in rebellious Bands Assault his Empire, and against him rise, Under whose Craggy Government there was A niggard narrow Way, for Men to pass :
And here, in hidden Cliffs, concealed lay
Environ'd thus, the Earl begins to cheer His all-amazed Lord, by him betray'd : Bids him take Courage, there's no Cause of Fear; These Troops but there to guard him safe were laid. To whom the King: What need so many here? This is against your Oath, my Lord, he said. But now he sees in what Distress he stood : To strive was vain ; t'intreat would do no good.
And therefore on with careful Heart He goes ;
To Flint from thence, unto a restless Bed,
His new Misfortune makes deluding Sleep Say 'twas not so ;-False Dreams the Truth deny, Wherev'ith he starts ; feels waking Cares do creep Upon his Soul, and gives his Dream the Lie ; Then sleeps again :--And then again as deep Deceits of Darkness mock his Misery. So hard believ'd was Sorrow in her Youth; That he thinks Truth was Dreams, and Dreams were Trul.a.
The Morning-Light presents unto his View
There he beheld, how humbly diligent
Which whilst he view'd, the Duke he miglit perceive Make t'wards the Castle to an Interview : Wherefore he did his Contemplation leave, And down into some fitter Place withdrew Where now he must admit, without his Leave, Him, who before with all Submission due, Would have been glad t' attend, and to prepare The Grace of Audience with respective Care.
Who now being come in Presence of his King,
“ To whom the Duke began · My Lord, I know, “ That both uncall’d, and unexpected too, “ I have presumed in this Sort to show, “ And seek the Right which I am born unto. “ Yet pardon, I beseech you, and allow “ Of that constraint, which drives me thus to do. “ For since I could not by a fairer Course “ Attain mine own, I must use this of Force.
“ Well; so it seems, Dear Cousin, said the King “ Tho' you might have procur'd it otherwise : " And I am here content in ev'ry Thing “ To right you, as your self shall best devise. “ And God vouchsafe, the Force that here you bring “ Beget not England greater Injuries. And so they part.--The Duke made haste from thence It was no Place to end this Difference.
Strait towards London, in this Heat of Pride, They forward set, as they had fore-decreed ; With whom the Captive King, constrain’d, must ride, Most meanly mounted on a simple Steed : Degraded of all Grace and Ease beside, Thereby Neglect of all Respect to breed. For th' over-spreading Pomp of prouder Migh Must darken Weakness, and debase liis Sight.
Approaching near the City, He was met
And manifold Confusion running, greets, Shouts, cries, claps Hands, thrusts, strives, and presses near : Houses impov'rish'd were t'enrich the Streets, And Streets left naked, that (unhappy) were Plac'd from the Sight where Joy with Wonder meets ; Where all of all Degrees strive to appear ; Where divers-speaking Zeal one Murmur finds, In undistinguish'd Voice to tell their Minds.
He that in Glory of his Fortune sat,
Behind him, all aloof, came pensive on
Now Isabel, the young, afflicted Queen -