Dramas Volume 9

Dramas Volume 9

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...it always with me in my hat in a small velvet bag. At all events I may be sure that there no one will take it from me. (He takes from his hat a bag of crimson velvet, draws forth a sealed parchment, and hands it to Lord Ormond, who receives it on his knees, and opens it after kissing it respectfully.) LORD ROCHESTER (aside to Davenant). While he 's reading that, I will repeat some verses that... LORD ORMOND (reading, half aloud, half to him self " James Butler, Earl of Ormond, our loyal, trusty servitor; 't is most essential that Lord Rochester should find a way to Cromwell's presence at Whitehall." LORD ROCHESTER. Delightful! Is it the king's wish that I seduce his daughter? (To Davenant.) My quatrain sings her charms. LORD ORMOND (reading on). " There he must mingle a narcotic with the wine he drinks, --and when he is asleep, he must be seized, and brought to us alive. We will do justice on him. Have all confidence in Davenant. Such is our will. " CHARLES REx." (He returns the letter, after repeating the same ceremonial, to Davenant, who kisses it and replaces it in the velvet bag, which he conceals in his hat.) 'T is vastly easier to say than do, in sooth. How in God's name is Rochester to gain access to Cromwell? We must needs be clever to accomplish that! DAVENANT. I know an old licentiate in Cromwell's service, one John Milton, secretary and interpreter, a tolerable clerk, but wretched poet, and quite blind. LORD ROCHESTER. Who? Milton, friend of the king's murderers, who wrote the Iconoclast, and God knows what beside? The obscure antagonist of the illustrious Saumaise? DAVENANT. I 'm well content to be a friend of his to-day. The protector has no...
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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236967003
  • 9781236967008