Act 1 - Scene 4
Enter MARGARET JOURDAIN, HUME, SOUTHWELL, and BOLINGBROKE
Come, my masters; the duchess, I tell you, expects
performance of your promises.
Master Hume, we are therefore provided: will her
ladyship behold and hear our exorcisms?
Ay, what else? fear you not her courage.
I have heard her reported to be a woman of an
invincible spirit: but it shall be convenient,
that you be by her aloft, while we be
busy below; and so, I pray you, go, in God's name,
and leave us.
Mother Jourdain, be you
prostrate and grovel on the earth; John Southwell,
read you; and let us to our
Enter the DUCHESS aloft, HUME following
Well said, my masters; and welcome all. To this
gear the sooner the better.
Patience, good lady; wizards know their times:
Deep night, dark night, the silent of the night,
The time of
night when Troy was set on fire;
The time when screech-owls cry and ban-dogs howl,
And spirits walk
and ghosts break up their graves,
That time best fits the work we have in hand.
Madam, sit you and fear
not: whom we raise,
We will make fast within a hallow'd verge.
Here they do the ceremonies belonging, and make the circle; BOLINGBROKE or SOUTHWELL reads,
Conjuro te, &c. It thunders and lightens terribly; then the Spirit riseth
By the eternal God, whose name and power
Thou tremblest at, answer that I shall ask;
thou speak, thou shalt not pass from hence.
Ask what thou wilt. That I had said and done!
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