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« On a time when he was a little recovered, she went to hins, giving him the crucifix which she had taken from about his necke; to whom he said “Good gentley such, keep the same; for now in my misery of ficknes, when the light of that picture Mould be most comfortable, it is to me mott uncomfortable; and breedeth such horrour in my conscience, when I think how wrongfully I got the fame, that so long as I see it I shall never be in reft. Now knew the that he was the man that caufed the separation 'twixt her husband and her felfe; yet said she nothing, uling him as respectively as the had before : onely she caused the man in whose house he lay, to remember the words he had Spoken concerning the crucifix. Not long after, she being alone, attending on the king, heseeched his grace to doe her jura tice on a villain that had bin the cause of all the misery she had faffered. He loving her, above all his other pages, most dearly, said, -" Edmund (for so had the named herselfe) thou thaic have what right thou wilt on thy enemy; cause him to be sent for, and I will be thy judge myselfe." She being glad of this, with the king's authority sent for her husband, whom he heard was one of the prisoners that was taken at the battell of Barnet; she appointing the other, now recovered, to be at the court the same time. They being both come, but not one seeing of the other, the king sent for the wounded man into the presence; be. fore whom the page asked him how he came by the crucifix ? He fearing that his villainy would come forth, denyed the words he had said before his oaft, affirming he bought it. With that, the called in the oast of the house where he lay, bidding him boldly fpeake what he had heard this man say concerning the crucifix. The oast then told the king, that in the presence of this page he heard him intreat that the crucifix might be taken from his light, for it did wound his

conscience, to think how wrongfully he had gotten the fame. These words did the page averre; yet he utterly denyed the same, afirming that he bought it, and if that he did speake such words in his ficknesse, they proceeded from the lightneile of his braine, and were untruthes.

She seeing this villain's impudency, sent for her husband in, to whom the thewed the crucifix, saying, Sir, doe you know,

you know this? Yes, answered hee', but would God I ne're had knowne the owner of it. It was my wife's, a woman virtuous, till this divell (speaking to the other) did corrupt her purity,--who brought me this crucifix as a token of her inconItancic.

With that the king faid" Sirra now are you found to be a knave. Did you not, even now, affirme you bought it :" To whom he answered with fearfull countenance" And it like your grace, I said so, to preserve this gentleman's honour, and bis wife's, which by my telling of the truth would have been


much indamaged; for indeed she, being a fecret friend of mine, gave me this as a testimony of her love.

“ The gentlewoman, not being able longer to cover herselfe in that disguise, said" And it like your majesty, give mee leave to speake, and you shall see me make this villain confesse how he hath abused that good gentleman-The king having given her leave, she said, First, Sir, you confessed before your oast and my selfe, that you had wrongfully got this jewell; then before his majestie you affirmed you bought it; fo denying your former words : Now you have denyed that which you so boldly affirmed before, and said it was this gentleman's wife's gift.With his majestie's leave I say, thou art a villaine, and this is likewise false.” With that the discovered herselfe to be a woman, saying-" Hadst thou, villaine, ever any strumpet's favour at my hands? Did I, for any sinfull pleasure I received from thee, bestow this on thee? Speake, and if thou have any goodness left in thee, speake the truth.”

“ With that he being daunted at her sudden fight, fell on his knees before the king, befeeching his grace to be mercifull unto him, for he had wronged that gentlewoman. Therewith told he the king of the match betweene the gentleman and himselfe, and how he stole the crucifix from her, and by that meanes persuaded her husband that she was a whore. The king wondered how he durst, knowing God to be just, commit so great a villainy; but much more admired he to see his page to turn a gen.tlewoman. But ceasing to admire, he said — Śir, (speaking to her husband) you did the part of an unwise man to lay so foolih a wager, for which offence the remembrance of your folly is punishment inough; but seeing it concernes me not, your wife shall be your judge.” With that Mrs. Dorrill, thanking his majestie, went to her husband, saying " Sir, all my anger to you I lay down with this kiffe. He wond'ring all this while to see this strange and unlooked-for change, wept for joy, defiring her to tell him how she was preserved ; wherein the fatisfied him at full. The king was likewise glad that he had preserved this gentlewoman from wilfull famine, and gave judgment on the other in this manner :—That he should restore the money treble which he had wrongfully got from him; and so was to have a yeere's imprisonment. So this gentleinan and his wife went, with the king's leave, lovingly home, where they were kindely welcomed by George, to whom for recompence he gave the money which he received : so lived they ever after in great content." MALONE,

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A SONG, sung by Guiderius and Arviragus over

Fidele, supposed to be dead.


To fair Fidele's grally tomb,

Soft maids, and village binds shall bring Each op'ning sweet, of earliest bloom,

And rifle all the breathing Spring.


No wailing ghost fall dare appear

To vex with shrieks this quiet grove : But shepherd lads assemble bère,

And melting virgins own their love.

3. No witber'd witch shall here be seen,

No goblins lead their nightly crew : The female feys shall haunt the green,

And dress thy grave with pearly dew.

The red-breast oft at ev’ning hours

Shall kindly lend his little aid,
With hoary mofs, and gather'd flowers,
To deck the ground where thou art leid,

When bowling winds, and beating rain,

In tempests make the sylvan cell;
Or midst the chace on ev'ry plain,
The tender thought on thee shall dwell.

Each lonely Scene Mall thee restore;

For thee the tear be duly med: Belov’d, 'till life could charm no more; And mourn'd till pity's self be dead.

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Persons Represented.

Lear, King of Britain.
King of France.
Duke of Burgundy.
Duke of Cornwall.
Duke of Albany.
Earl of Glofter.
Earl of Kent.
Edgar, Son to Glofter.
Edmund, Bastard Son to Gloster.
Curan, a Courtier.
Oswald, Steward to Goneril.
A Captain, employed by Edmund.
A Herald.
Old Man, Tenant to Glofter.
Servants to Cornwall.

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Knights attending on the King, Officers, Messengers,

Soldiers, and Attendants.

SCENE, Britain.

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