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Gard. Yes, and I dare avow it: I advis'd her
Pemb. Where shall we seek for truth, when ev'n re-
Gurd. Nay, if you rail, farewel. The Queen must be Better advis'd, than thus to cherish vipers, Whose mortal stings are arm'd against her life. But, while I hold the seal, no pardon passes For heretics and traitors.
[Exit Gardiner. Pemb. 'Twas unlucky To meet and cross upon this froward bigot: But let me lose the thought on't; let me baste, Pour my glad tidings forth in Guilford's bosom, And pay him back the life his friendship say'do' [Exit.
SCENE II. The Lady Jane's Apartment in
The Lady JANE is discover'd kneeling, as at her dedo.
tion ; a light and a book plac'd on a table before her. Enter The LIEUTENANT of the Tower, Lord Guil.
FORD,* and LADY JANE's Wonen. Lieut. Let me not press upon your lordship farther, But wait your leisure in the antichamber. Guil. I will not hold you long.
[Exit Lieut. First Wom. Softly, my Lord! For yet, behold, she kneels.
* The Reader will see from the Editor's Preface, p. 342 that this interview between Lord Guilford Dudley and Lady Jage Geay, is contrary to historical fact.
s Before the night • Had reach'd her middle space, she left her bed, * And with a pleasing, spber cheerfulness,
As for her funeral, array'd herself, "In those sad solemn weeds. Since then, her knee ‘llas known that posture only, and her eye, " Or fix'd
upon the sacred page before her, Or lifted with her rising hopes to heav'n:**
Guil. See with what zeal those holy hands are rearld! Mark her vermilion lip, with fervonr trembling,
Her spotless bosom swells with sacred ardor, • And burns with ecstacy and strong devotion;
Her supplication sweet, her faithful vows,
Like incense from the golden censer, rise;
Spread their ambrosial wings, then mount with joy, • And waft them upwards to the throne of grace.' But she has ended, and comes forward.
[Lady June rises, and comes towards the front
of the stage.
soul? I meant to part without another pang, And lay my weary head down full of peace.
* I cannot forbear, in this place, to recall to the Reader's mind the very fine picture of Lady Jane Gray she evening before her exesution, by Mr. Northcote, and so ably npied in needle-work hy Miss Linwood, and set off to so inucli advantage in her Gallery in Leicester Square. The figure of Lady Jane does justice to the ac. counts delivered to us of the beauties of her tniod displayed in her person. The following are the words from the Catalogue illustrating the Picture:
• Possessing the innocence of childhood, the beauty of youth, the " solidity of maturity, and the gravity of age: the evening before As her execution, slie was assailed by bishops and priests, with argu
ments and persuasions to die in obedience to the Chureh of Rimne. * She endured their importunities with exemplary, patience and
temper, and returned their anathemas with prayers."
Guil. Forgive the fondness of my longing soul,
L. J. Gray. My heart had ended ev'ry earthly care,
Enter PEMBROKE. Pemb. Oh, let me fly, bear me, thou swift impatience, And lodge me in my faithful Guilford's arms,
[Embracing. That I may snatch thee from the greedy grave, That I may warm his gentle heart with joy, And talk to him of life, of life and pardon.
Guil. What means my dearest Penıbroke?
Pemb. Oh, my speech
Guil. Millions of blessings wait her!-- Ilas she
[tell me, Pemb. Both, both are pardon'd. But haste, and do thou lead me to thy saint, That I may cast myself beneath her feet, And beg her to accept this poor
amends For all I've done against her-Thou fair excellence,
[Kneeling. Canst thou forgive the hostile hand that arm'd Against thy, cause, and robb’d thee of a crowa?.
L. J. Gray. Ob, rise, my lord, and let me take your
have reconcil'd me to them both.
Pemb. To me! forbid it goodness! if I live,
Myself have underta’en to be your caution.'
While I resign to them my share of happiness,
Enter LIEUTENANT of the Tow ER.
Enter GARDINERI and attendants.
Gard. The Queen, whose days be many,
**Yea, that thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon " Israel. Psalm cXXVIII. 7.
† “ The righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance.” Psalın cxi. 6.
# It appears from History that Feckenham was the person who attempted to convert Lady Jane to the Church of Rome, and wbo attended her to the scaffold, see Preface, p. 340 and 343.
L.J. Gray. What! turn apostate?
Gurd. This one condition only seals your pardon:
Pemb. 'Tis false, 'tis false.
you, the buyer to a price, And doubly sell what was design'd a gift?'
Gard. My lord, this language ill beseems your nobleNor come I here to bandy words with madmen.
[ness; Behold the royal signet of the Queen, Which amply speaks her meaning. You, the pris'ners, Have heard, at large, its purport, and must instantly Resolve upon the choice of life or death.
Pemb. Must they ?-But wherefore do I loiter here? I'll to the Queen this moment, and there koow What 'tis this mischief-making bigot aims at. [Exit.
Gard. Your wisdom points you out a proper course. A word with you, Lieutenant.
Talks with the Lieutenant aside. Guil. Must we part, then ? What are those hopes that flatter'd us but now; Those joys, that, like the spring, with all its flow'rs, Pour'd out their pleasures every where around us? In one poor minute gone: 'at once they wither'd, • And left their place all-desolate behind them.'
L. J. Gray. Such is this foolish world, and such the
Guil. Yes, I will copy thy most bright example,