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A CHAMBER IN THE PALACE,
Enter EMMA and ERNWAY.
Take this to Sheen. Seek Father Ricola out ;
ANOTHER CHAMBER IN THE PALACE.
SIGERIC (the Archbishop's Secretary), and BRIDFERTH
He's sure then she hath fallen ?
He thinks he 's sure.
He says he hath an insight and an art
Which tells it him.
My Lord of Canterbury
Is not so well assured; though still the Abbot
Doth overrule him with his certainties.
But this his Grace desires, that not the less
You watch her every step.
His Grace is right.
It is the languid, not the lively warmth
That most endangers women. He is right.
THE BANQUETING HALL.
Are seated at the board, all the Male Guests who passed through in the Third Scene. But the King's place is vacant. Goblets are passed from hand to hand. GRIMBALD the Jester stands behind the chair of state.
Comes not the King again?
Surely he will.
He will! Nay, nay, he must.
It cannot be but he will come again.
He cannot mean us such disparagement
As thus, and at this high and solemn feast,
Without a God be with you,' or a word
To sheathe the sharp directness and the sting
"Twere good, my Lords,
We sent our humble duty to the King,
Craving his expedite return.
Go seek the King ; and his noble guests
[Exeunt GRITH and OFFA.
Betwixt the new ship and the headland old
I say, my Lords, if I,
Not being sick nor drunk, jump from my seat,
And turn on this illustrious company
My back, that is not comelier, nor more pleasant,
Nor acceptabler than another man's,
Why then, my Lords, let me be who I may,
I I offer to this company,
Not being drunk, a strange discourtesy,
And quite the obverse of a salutation.
Bear this, and we shall....
Tut he'll come again.
Pass round the goblet. Eadric, take the harp,
And sweeten our carouse with minstrelsy.
[Music. After which, re-enter GRIth and Offa.
THE GREAT CHAMBERLAIN.
My Lords, His Gracious Majesty
Bids us to say that he has calls elsewhere,
And loves not too much quaffing, which is wont