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To leave you with less reason than the beasts,
And loves not quaffing.
Will ye suffer this?
If rated thus for nothing, what 's your fate
When, standing for your liberties, ye check him?
If thus affronted at the festive board,
What in the Witenagemót awaits you?
He loves not quaffing !
Rolling on the floor !
Sirs, for His Majesty's too hasty message,
Hath youth a privilege to maltreat the old ?
He loves not quaffing!
But what else loves he?
Ah, my good Lord Athulf,
There are sins beside.
Say he had left us for a lady's bower
There is a revelling he impugns not.
What lady she may be, my good Lord Athulf,
Concerns not us.
Ho! some of you go forth,
And seek the King, and say to him from me,
That he, or willingly or not, perforce
Must instantly return; and see ye bring him.
Whoso shall take that errand from this hall,
Let him take that therewith.
(Throws his glove on the floor. Three or four Earls start up in their seats. In the meantime GURMO has entered, and spoken apart to DUNSTAN.)
My Lords, sit still.
I'll bring the boy myself.
Here, varlets, sweep
this litter from the floor.
(Spurns the glove with his foot as he passes, and Exit.)
ATHULF (his hand on his sword).
Which of you here, that wears not frock nor hood,
Will this vile Abbot's vilest act avouch?
(Several Earls of the Monachal party lay their hands on their swords, and spring upon the floor. The company rises in disorder.)
Peace, ho! My Lords, bethink ye where ye are ;
He that within the palace draws his sword
Doth forfeit an Earl's were.
Keep the King's peace!
Peace, peace, be still!
Let him withdraw, and not pollute with blood
The precincts of the palace.
Keep the King's peace? If longer than three minutes I keep it, may I die in my bed like a cow!
[Exeunt omnes with tumult and confusion.
AN APARTMENT LEADING TO AN ORATORY IN THE ROYAL RESIDENCE AT SHEEN.
As the Scene opens, EDWIN and ELGÍVA are discovered before the Altar in the Oratory, and RICOLA, the King's Chaplain, is joining their hands. They all three then advance out of
the Oratory to the front.
So be ye one from this time forth for ever,
In love and peace to live! A hasty rite
Hath solemnized your nuptials; not the less
ye observant of the sacred bonds
Wherein ye stand contracted for all time.
Helpful, and fullest of comfort, next to God.
My honoured friend,
We thank you for this service, one of
But of the many greatest. For awhile
Our secret kept, the Queen abides with you.
Once more you'll see me here. Farewell till then.
Oh, past expression beautiful and dear,
And now my own for ever! Let my soul
Be satisfied, for 'tis a joy so great