Strafford: An Historical Tragedy

Strafford: An Historical Tragedy

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Strafford: An Historical Tragedy by Robert Browning

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d the Queen after--that he led their cause Calm to success and kept it spotless through, So that our very eyes could look upon The travail of our soul, and close content That violence, which something mars even Right That sanctions it, had taken off no grace From its serene regard. Only a dream!

HAMPDEN.

Proceed to England's work: who reads the list?

A VOICE.

"Ship-money is refused or fiercely paid In every county, save the northern ones Where Wentworth's influence" . . . (Renewed shouting.)

VANE (passionately striking the table).

I, in England's name Declare her work, this way, at end! till now-- Up to this moment--peaceful strife was well! We English had free leave to think: till now, We had a shadow of a Parliament: 'Twas well; but all is changed: they threaten us: They'll try brute-force for law--here--in our land!

MANY VOICES.

True hearts with Vane! The old true hearts with Vane!

VANE.

Till we crush Wentworth for her,

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