bushes to betray thy wings,
And, fly thou how thou canst, they'll tangle thee:
But fear not thou, until thy
foot be snared,
Nor never seek prevention of thy foes.
Ah, Nell, forbear! thou aimest all awry;
I must offend before I be attainted;
And had I twenty times so
And each of them had twenty times their power,
All these could not procure me any scathe,
long as I am loyal, true and crimeless.
Wouldst have me rescue thee from this reproach?
Why, yet thy
scandal were not wiped away
But I in danger for the breach of law.
Thy greatest help is quiet, gentle Nell:
pray thee, sort thy heart to patience;
These few days' wonder will be quickly worn.
Enter a Herald
I summon your grace to his majesty's parliament,
Holden at Bury the first of this next month.
And my consent ne'er ask'd herein before!
This is close dealing. Well, I will be there.
My Nell, I take my leave: and, master sheriff,
Let not her penance exceed the king's commission.
An't please your grace, here my commission stays,
And Sir John Stanley is appointed now
To take her
with him to the Isle of Man.
Must you, Sir John, protect my lady here?
So am I given in charge, may't please your grace.
Entreat her not the worse in that I pray
You use her well: the world may laugh again;
And I may live to do
you kindness if
You do it her: and so, Sir John, farewell!
What, gone, my lord, and bid me not farewell!
Witness my tears, I cannot stay to speak.
Exeunt GLOUCESTER and Servingmen
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