Fair Em eBook

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Lubeck
Mariana, do not misconster of me: 
I not mistrust thee, nor thy secrecy;
Nor let my love misconster my intent,
Nor think thereof but well and honorable. 
Thus stands the case: 
Thou knowest from England hether came with me
Robert of Windsor, a noble man at Arms,
Lusty and valiant, in spring time of his years: 
No marvell then though he prove amorous.

Mariana
True, my Lord, he came to see fair Blanch.

Lubeck
No, Mariana, that is not it.  His love to Blanch
Was then extinct, when first he saw thy face. 
’Tis thee he loves; yea, thou art only she
That is maistres and commander of his thoughts.

Mariana
Well, well, my Lord, I like you, for such drifts
Put silly Ladies often to their shifts. 
Oft have I heard you say you loved me well,
Yea, sworn the same, and I believed you too. 
Can this be found an action of good faith
Thus to dissemble where you found true love?

Lubeck
Mariana, I not dissemble, on mine honour,
Nor fails my faith to thee.  But for my friend,
For princely William, by whom thou shalt possess
The title of estate and Majesty,
Fitting thy love, and vertues of thy mind—­
For him I speak, for him do I intreat,
And with thy favour fully do resign
To him the claim and interest of my love. 
Sweet Mariana, then, deny me not: 
Love William, love my friend, and honour me,
Who else is clean dishonored by thy means.

Mariana
Borne to mishap, my self am only she
On whom the Sun of Fortune never shined: 
But Planets ruled by retrogard aspect
Foretold mine ill in my nativity.

Lubeck
Sweet Lady, cease, let my intreaty serve
To pacify the passion of thy grief,
Which, well I know, proceeds of ardent love.

Mariana
But Lubeck now regards not Mariana.

Lubeck
Even as my life, so love I Mariana.

Mariana
Why do you post me to another then?

Lubeck
He is my friend, and I do love the man.

Mariana
Then will Duke William rob me of my Love?

Lubeck
No, as his life Mariana he doth love.

Mariana
Speak for your self, my Lord, let him alone.

Lubeck
So do I, Madam, for he and I am one.

Mariana
Then loving you I do content you both.

Lubeck
In loveing him, you shall content us both: 
Me, for I crave that favour at your hands,
He, for he hopes that comfort at your hands.

Mariana
Leave off, my Lord, here comes the Lady Blaunch.

[Enter Blaunch to them.]

Lubeck
Hard hap to break us of our talk so soon! 
Sweet Mariana, do remember me.

[Exit Lubeck.]

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