Vortigern Studies

What's New I Sitemap I Bibliography I Vortigern I Vortigern Studies l Wansdyke I POLLS I LINKS l Sitemaster I FAQs
about Vortigern Studies l Messageboard I Games I Arthurian Collection I View Guestbook I Sign Guestbook l Webrings

  Vortigern Studies > Vortigern > Art & Literature > Play 3 > Act 1, scene 1

Vortigern Studies Index

VORTIGERNSTUDIES HOMEPAGE
VORTIGERNSTUDIES SITEMAP
VORTIGERN INDEX
VORTIGERNSTUDIES INFOPAGES
WHAT IS NEW IN VORTIGERN STUDIES
ABOUT VORTIGERN STUDIES
VORTIGERN STUDIES BIBLIOGRAPHY
VORTIGERN STUDIES LINKS
SEARCH VORTIGERN STUDIES
CONTACT US!

 

home l prologues l personae l act 1 l act 2 l act 3 l act 4 l act 5 l epilogue
scene 1 l
scene 2 l scene 3 l scene 4 l scene 5 l scene 6 l scene 7 l scene 8

V O R T I G E R N.

========

ACT I.

SCENE I. - A LARGE HALL.

Discovers CONSTANTIUS, VORTIGERN, WORTIMERUS, CATAGRINUS, PASCENTIUS, and Attendants.

Con. Good Vortigern! as peace doth bless our isle,
And the loud din of war no more affrights us,
And as my soul hath plac'd thee next herself,
"Tis our desire that thou deny'st us not
That, which anon we crave thee to accept;
For though most weighty be the proffer'd task,
We trust thy goodness will the toil accept,
Since we have always found thee kind by nature;
And, as the pelican, e'en with thy blood,
Ready to succour and relieve.

Vor. Most gracious sov'reign! to command is thine;
And, as a subject, mine is to obey.

Con. Such was the answer we did here expect,
And farther now we shall explain our meaning :--
As frozen age we find doth fast approach,
And state affairs lie heavy with ourself,
To thee one half our pow'r we here resign,
That due reward may pace with thy great labour.
To this our proposition, what reply?

Vor. Oh! my most noble, good, and bounteous lord,
These honours are indeed so great, so weighty,
I fear, least, like a garment too confin'd,
They awkwardly should press upon the wearer;
Therefore, my gracious lord, let one more worthy,
I do beseech thee, bear them.

Con. Nay, nay ! this thy excuse will not suffice
E'en now we do await thy full consent;
And, that more speedily we may conclude,
We do require of thee, thou here shouldst sign
This deed prepar'd, by which thou wilt become--ourself conjoin'd
Sov'reign of this our realm.

Vor. I shall, my lord, obey your high command.
[Signs the paper.

Con. Anon, we shall await thee at our palace.
[Exit Constantius.

Vor. Fortune, I thank thee!
Now is the cup of my ambition full!
And, by the rising tempest in my blood,
I feel the fast approach of greatness, which,
E'en like a peasant, stoops for my acceptance.
Yet hold: 0! conscience, how is't with thee ?
Why dost thou whisper? should I heed thee now,
My fabric crumbles, and must fall to nought ?
Come, then, thou soft, thou double-fac'd deceit!
Come, fawning flattery! silence-sealing murder!
Attend me quick, and prompt me to the deed!
What! jointly wear the crown? No! I will all!
And that my purpose soon may find its end,
This, my good king, must I, unmannerly,
Push from his seat, and fill myself the chair.
Welcome thou glittering mark of royalty!
And with thy pleasing, yet oppressive weight,
Encircle fast this my determin'd brow.
Yet soft: ere I proceed, let caution guide me;
For though the trunk and body of the tree
Be thus within my gripe, still do I fear
Those boughs which stand so near and close allied,
That will, ere long, yield seeds for dire revenge.
Then since my soul e'en murder must commit,
To gratify my thirst for royalty,
Why ahoold I play the child; or, like a niggard,
By sparing, mar and damn my cause for ever?
No! as the blow strikes one, all three must fall!
Then shall I, giant-like, and void of dread,
Uprear my royal and encircled brow,
And, in the face of the Omnipotent,
Bid bold defiance.--
This my determination, then, shall be,
So firm as adamant the end I'll see.

home l prologues l personae l act 1 l act 2 l act 3 l act 4 l act 5 l epilogue
scene 1 l
scene 2 l scene 3 l scene 4 l scene 5 l scene 6 l scene 7 l scene 8

Previous Page l Next Page


VortigernStudies is copyright Robert Vermaat 1999-2002. All rights reserved