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  • Title: The History of King Leir (Modern)
  • Editor: Andrew Griffin

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    The History of King Leir (Modern)

    2475.1[Scene 29] [Video Sc.29]
    Alarum, with men and women half-naked
    Enter two Captains without doublets, with swords
    1 Captain
    Where are these villains -- that were set to watch
    And fire the beacon, if occasion served --
    2480That thus have suffered us to be surprised,
    And never given notice to the town?
    We are betrayed and quite devoid of hope
    By any means to fortify ourselves.
    2 Captain
    'Tis ten to one the peasants are o'ercome
    With drink 2485and sleep, and so neglect their charge.
    1 Captain
    A whirlwind carry them quick to a whirlpool,
    That there the slaves may drink their bellies full.
    2 Captain
    This 'tis to have the beacon so near the ale house.
    Enter the Watchmen drunk, with each a pot.
    24901 Captain
    Out on ye, villains! Whither run you now?
    First Watchman
    To fire the town and call up the beacon.
    Second Watchman
    No, no, sir, to fire the beacon.
    He drinks.
    2 Captain
    What, with a pot of ale, you drunken rogues?
    1 Captain
    You'll fire the beacon when the town is lost!
    2495I'll teach you how to tend your office better.
    Draw[s] to stab them
    Enter Mumford
    Captains run away.
    Yield, yield, yield!
    He kicks down their pots.
    First Watchman
    Reel? No, we do not reel. You may lack a pot of ale ere you die.
    But in meanspace, I answer, you want none. Well, there's no dealing with you, y'are tall men and well weaponed. I would there were no worse than you in the town.
    Exit [Mumford].
    Second Watchman
    'A speaks like an honest man. My choler's passed already. Come, neighbor, let's go.
    2505First Watchman
    Nay, first let's see an we can stand.
    Alarum, excursions, Mumford after them, and some half-naked