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SCENE VI. - A MAGNIFICENT FEAST.
on a Throne. HENGIST, WORTIMERVS,
To mirth we dedicate this noble feast!
Heng. O ! my most gracious King, I am unworthy.
Thou didst fight manfully, and bravely conquer.
Lords. The King doth drink.
Thou sentest for me, noble sir, to fight;
[Hengist speaks to one of the Lords aside.
Thou, Hengist, at our hands, hast well deserv'd;
powers! what lovely maid is this,
Heng. Rowena, sir; my daughter, and your slave.
Row. (Kneeling.) All hail, great King!
0! thou most lovely maiden!
[Takes the cup and drinks.
is empty; fair Rowena, take it:
Cata. It is Edmunda's place; the queen's, our mother's.
Vor. Peace! she is unworthy of that station.
She, sir, is our queen; and, though not present,
How! do ye murmur? Must I then humble,
Wort. We shall retire, my lord.
Here sit, fair maid! if I presage not vainly,
How can I merit love of such a King?
Thy meekness and sweet looks have won my soul.
Row. Already, sir, have I avow'd you King.
And, therefore, here I do proclaim thee Queen.
Heng. My lord, that honour is too weighty.
Then speak, my lords: what say ye to my choice ?
Lord. The law,
methinks, should, then, proclaim it
Be it, then, void: and here I pledge myself,
2nd Lord. The law allows not this; it is not justice.
Lord. That power
lies in the barons, not the
Vor. What! dare ye, then, dispute it?
All but 1st Lord. We do.
Lord. And while
the power remains that's vested
Vor. Take heed, lest this your rashness ye repent.
SCENE closes. VORTIQERN comes forward.
0! these vile, petty kings, do make more uproar,
to Row. Give me thy hand; let us retire, my
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