So dear I loved the man, that I must weep.
I took him for the plainest harmless creature
upon this earth a Christian;
Made him my book wherein my soul recorded
The history of all her secret
So smooth he daub'd his vice with show of virtue,
That, his apparent open guilt omitted,
his conversation with Shore's wife,
He lived from all attainder of suspect.
Well, well, he was the covert'st shelter'd traitor
That ever lived.
Would you imagine, or almost believe,
not that, by great preservation,
We live to tell it you, the subtle traitor
This day had plotted, in the council-
To murder me and my good Lord of Gloucester?
What, had he so?
What, think You we are Turks or infidels?
Or that we would, against the form of law,
Proceed thus rashly
to the villain's death,
But that the extreme peril of the case,
The peace of England and our persons' safety,
us to this execution?
Now, fair befall you! he deserved his death;
And you my good lords, both have well proceeded,
false traitors from the like attempts.
I never look'd for better at his hands,
After he once fell in with Mistress
Yet had not we determined he should die,
Until your lordship came to see his death;
Which now the loving
haste of these our friends,
Somewhat against our meaning, have prevented:
Because, my lord, we would
have had you heard
The traitor speak, and timorously confess
The manner and the purpose of his treason;
you might well have signified the same
Unto the citizens, who haply may
Misconstrue us in him and wail
But, my good lord, your grace's word shall serve,
As well as I had seen and heard him speak
you not, right noble princes both,
But I'll acquaint our duteous citizens
With all your just proceedings in
And to that end we wish'd your lord-ship here,
To avoid the carping censures of the world.
But since you come too late of our intents,
Yet witness what you hear we did intend:
And so, my good
lord mayor, we bid farewell.
Exit Lord Mayor
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