SCENE I.A Room in the Palace.
Enter EVADNE and a Gentleman.
Evad. Sir, is the king a-bed?
Gent. Madam, an hour ago.
Evad. Give me the key then, and let none be near;
Tis the kings pleasure.
Gent. I understand you, madam; would twere mine.
I must not wish good rest unto your ladyship.
Evad. You talk, you talk.
Gent. Tis all I dare do, madam; but the king
Will wake, and then
Evad. Saving your imagination, pray, good night, sir.
Gent. A good night be it then, and a long one, madam.
I am gone.
SCENE II.The Bedchamber. The KING discovered in Bed, sleeping.
Evad. The night grows horrible; and all about me
Like my black purpose. Oh, the conscience
Of a lost
virgin! whither wilt thou pull me?
To what things, dismal as the depth of hell,
Wilt thou provoke me? Let
no woman dare
From this hour be disloyal, if her heart be flesh,
If she have blood, and can fear: Tis a
Above that desperate fools that left his peace,
And went to sea to fight. Tis so many sins,
cannot repent em; and so great,
The gods want mercy for! Yet I must through em.
I have begun a slaughter
on my honour,
And I must end it there.He sleeps. Good Heavens!
Why give you peace to this untemperate
That hath so long transgressd you; I must kill him,
And I will do it bravely: The mere joy
I merit in it. Yet I must not
Thus tamely do it, as he sleeps; that were
To rock him to another world: My
Shall take him waking, and then lay before him
The number of his wrongs and punishments.
shake his sins like furies, till I waken
His evil angel, his sick conscience;
And then Ill strike him dead.
King, by your leave:
[Ties his arms to the bed.
I dare not trust your strength. Your grace and I
Must grapple upon even terms no more.
So. If he rail me
not from my resolution,
I shall be strong enough.My lord the king!!
My lord!He sleeps, as if he meant
No more.My lord!Is he not dead already?
Sir! My lord!
King. Whos that?
Evad. Oh, you sleep soundly, sir!
King. My dear Evadne,
I have been dreaming of thee. Come to bed.
Evad. I am come at length, sir; but how welcome?
King. What pretty new device is this, Evadne?
What, do you tie me to you? By my love,
This is a quaint
one. Come, my dear, and kiss me.
Ill be thy Mars; to bed, my queen of love:
Let us be caught together,
that the gods
May see, and envy our embraces.
Evad. Stay, sir, stay;
You are too hot, and I have brought you physic
To temper your high veins.