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SCENE VII. - AN ANTI-CHAMBER.

Enter WORTIMERUS and CATAGRINUS.

Wort. Shall we, in quiet, tamely suffer this?
See our most excellent, most gentle mother,
In bold defiance of all sacred laws,
Thus basely treated ?

Cata. Do they, then, think our substance form'd of flint?
Or that our hearts are adamant itself?
Where is our brother? where our dearest sister?
I fear, indeed, they had just cause for flight.

Wort. Let's to the princes, and our troops will follow.
They like not the rude treatment of these Saxons!

Cata. I do accept thine offer.

Enter Lords.

2nd Lord. Most gentle princes, whither are ye bound ?

Wort. To quit oppression, and to seek for justice.

3rd Lord. Under your banners, then, we do enlist.

Cata. Speak! what hath now been done, that thus ye quit
Your king, your country, and your weighty trust?

2nd Lord. The King, on th' pretext of malady,
Most basely hath divorced your mother from him;
And means to take Rowena to his wife.

Wort. Gods!

2nd Lord. And, her proud father, Hengist, to enrich,
He hath despoil'd me of mine heritage;
And from my sweet, my lovely babes, cut off
Their rights, and ta'en from me my vast estate.

Wort. Then, look you, quick repair towards our camp;
Thither, in secret, we'll convey our mother.

So, fare ye well, good lords. [Exeunt.

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