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GLENDOWER

Nay, if you melt, then will she run mad.

GLENDOWER

No, if you start to cry, you’ll drive her mad.
THE LADY speaks again in Welsh
THE LADY speaks more Welsh.

MORTIMER

O, I am ignorance itself in this!

MORTIMER

Oh, I have no idea what she’s saying!

GLENDOWER

She bids you on the wanton rushes lay you down
And rest your gentle head upon her lap,
210And she will sing the song that pleaseth you
And on your eyelids crown the god of sleep,
Charming your blood with pleasing heaviness,
Making such difference ’twixt wake and sleep
As is the difference betwixt day and night
215The hour before the heavenly harnessed team
Begins his golden progress in the east.

GLENDOWER

She wants you to lie down on the rush-covered floor and rest your head in her lap. She’ll sing whatever song you like, and she’ll lull you to sleep. She’ll bewitch you into a pleasant heaviness, halfway between waking and sleeping; like the hour just before the sun begins its golden rise in the east.

MORTIMER

With all my heart I’ll sit and hear her sing.
By that time will our book, I think, be drawn

MORTIMER

I’ll gladly sit and hear her sing. By the time she’s done, I think our documents will be prepared.

GLENDOWER

Do so and those musicians that shall play to you
220Hang in the air a thousand leagues from hence,
And straight they shall be here. Sit, and attend.

GLENDOWER

Do so. The musicians who are going to play are now floating in the air a thousand leagues from here. They’ll be here shortly; so sit, and listen.

HOTSPUR

Come, Kate, thou art perfect in lying down.
Come, quick, quick, that I may lay my head in thy lap.

HOTSPUR

LADY PERCY

Go, you giddy goose.

LADY PERCY

Stop it, you silly goose.
The music plays
Music plays.