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And shew you her sitting in her fourm ; I'll lay
John. Crafty croan,
famous, As any other blast of venery.
30 Geo. If we should come to see her, cry so haw onceAlk. That I do promise, or I'm no good hag-finder.
BUSSY D'AMBOIS: A TRAGEDY.
BY GEORGE CHAPMAN.
A Nuntius (or Messenger) in the presence of KING HENRY
THE THIRD of France and his Court tells the manner of a combat to which he was witness, of three to three; in which D’AMBOIS remained sole survivor : begun upon an affront passed upon D'AMBOIS by some Courtiers.
HENRY, GUISE, BEAUPRE, NUNTIUS, &c. Nuntius. I saw fierce D'Ambois and his two brave
friends Enter the field, and at their heels their foes, Which were the famous soldiers, Barrisor, L'Anou, and Pyrrhot, great in deeds of arms : All which arriv'd at the evenest piece of earth The field afforded, the three challengers Turn'd head, drew all their rapiers, and stood rank'd ; When face to face the three defendants met them, 20 Alike prepar'd, and resolute alike. Like bonfires of contributory wood Every man's look shew'd, fed with either's spirit; As one had been a mirror to another, Like forms of life and death each took from other : And so were life and death mix'd at their heights,
That you could see no fear of death (for life);
encounter ? Nuntius. As Hector 'twixt the hosts of Greece and
Troy, When Paris and the Spartan king should end The nine years' war, held up his brazen lance For signal that both hosts should cease from arms, And hear him speak : so Barrisor (advis'd) 10 Advanc'd his naked rapier 'twixt both sides, Ript up the quarrel, and compar'd six lives; Then laid in balance with six idle words ; Offer'd remission and contrition too : Or else that he and D'Ambois might conclude The others' dangers. D'Ambois lik'd the last: But Barrisor's friends (being equally engaged In the main quarrel,) never would expose His life alone to that they all deserv'd. And (for the other offer of remission)
20 D'Ambois (that like a laurel put in fire Sparkled and spit) did much much more than scorn, That his wrong should incense him so like chaff, To go so soon out, and, like lighted paper, Approve his spirit at once both fire and ashes : So drew they lots, and in them fates appointed That Barrisor should fight with fiery D'Ambois ; Pyrhot with Melynell ; with Brisac L'Anou : And then like flame and powder they commixt, So sprightly, that I wish'd they had been Spirits ; 30 That the ne'er-shutting wounds, they needs must
open, Might as they open'd shut, and never kill.* But D'Ambois' sword (that light'ned as it flew) Shot like a pointed comet at the face Of manly Barrisor ; and there it stuck: Thrice pluck'd he at it, and thrice drew on thrusts From him, that of himself was free as fire ; Who thrust still, as he pluck'd, yet (past belief)
• One can hardly believe bat that these lines were written after Milton bad described his warring angels.
Ho with his subtle eye, hand, body, 'scap'd ;
Guise. O piteous and horrid murder !
20 Methinks had metal in it to survive An age of men.
Henry. Such often soonest end.
Nuntius. Sorrow and fury, like two opposite fumes
40 Who eyeing th' eager point borne in his face, And giving back, fell back, and in his fall His foe's uncurb'd sword stopped in his heart :
By which time all the life-strings of the tw'other
Henry. All slain outright but he ?
Nuntius. All slain outright but he : Who kneeling in the warm life of his friends, (All freckled with the blood his rapier rain'd) He kissed their pale lips, and bade both farewell. 10
False Greatness. As cedars beaten with continual storms, So great men flourish ; and do imitate Unskilful statuaries, who suppose, In forming a Colossus, if they make him Straddle enough, strut, and look big, and gape, Their work is goodly : 80 men merely great, In their affected gravity of voice, Sourness of countenance, manners' cruelty, Authority, wealth, and all the spawn of fortune, 19 Think they bear all the kingdom's worth before them; Yet differ not from those colossic statues, Which, with heroic forms without o'erspread, Within are nought but mortar, flint, and lead.
Virtue.--Policy. as great seamen using all their wealth And skills in Neptune's deep invisible paths, In tall ships richly built and ribb’d with brass, To put a girdle round about the world ; When they have done it, coming near the haven, Are fain to give a warning piece, and call A poor staid fisherman that never passed
Nick of Time.
As Rhetoric yet works not persuasion,
HENRY. GUISE. MONTSURRY,
crestfall’n In all observance, making demigods Of their great Nobles, and of their old Queen + An ever young and most immortal Goddess. Mont. No question she's the rarest Queen in
Europe. Guise. But what's that to her immortality? 10 Henry. Assure you, cousin Guise ; so great a
19 Than in her Court her Kingdom. Our French Court Is a mere mirror of confusion to it. The King and Subject, Lord and every Slavo, Dance a continual hay. Our rooms of state Kept like our stables: no place more observ'd Than a rude market-place; and though our custom Keep this assur'd confusion from our eyes, 'Tis ne'er the less essentially unsightly. * The English.
† Q. Elizabeth.