Act 4 - Scene 3
The French camp near Dover.
Enter KENT and a Gentleman
Why the King of France is so suddenly gone back
know you the reason?
Something he left imperfect in the
state, which since his coming forth is thought
of; which imports to the
kingdom so much
fear and danger, that his personal return was
most required and necessary.
Who hath he left behind him general?
The Marshal of France, Monsieur La Far.
Did your letters pierce the queen to any
demonstration of grief?
Ay, sir; she took them, read them in my presence;
And now and then an ample tear trill'd down
cheek: it seem'd she was a queen
Over her passion; who, most rebel-like,
Sought to be king o'er her.
O, then it moved her.
Not to a rage: patience and sorrow strove
Who should express her goodliest. You have seen
and rain at once: her smiles and tears
Were like a better way: those happy smilets,
That play'd on her ripe
lip, seem'd not to know
What guests were in her eyes; which parted thence,
As pearls from diamonds
dropp'd. In brief,
Sorrow would be a rarity most beloved,
If all could so become it.
Made she no verbal question?
'Faith, once or twice she heaved the name of 'father'
Pantingly forth, as if it press'd her heart:
sisters! Shame of ladies! sisters!
Kent! father! sisters! What, i' the storm? i' the night?
Let pity not
be believed!' There she shook
The holy water from her heavenly eyes,
And clamour moisten'd: then away
To deal with grief alone.
It is the stars,
The stars above us, govern our conditions;
Else one self mate and mate could not beget
different issues. You spoke not with her since?
Copyright: All texts on Bibliomania are © Bibliomania.com Ltd,
and may not be reproduced in any form without our written permission.
See our FAQ for more details.