Alexander Meyrick Broadley.

The royal miracle; a collection of rare tracts, broadsides, letters, prints, & ballads concerning the wanderings of Charles II. after th online

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monopoly of making all the ropes required for the Royal Navy, In the old " morality " play
of that period entitled Hycke Scorner an actor named " Imagynacyon " is made to say that the
inhabitants of Newgate have once a year some "taw-halters of Burporte."

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Will Waddon {ivho suspects the identity of the King, aside). A likely story.
{Aloud.) Well, ye're all right welcome to the White Farm, as welcome as
King Charles hizself would be, God save him from his foes, should he ever
chance to come here to Bra'pol ! What can I do for 'ee ? What 'ull yer
Worships teake ? 'Tis a warmish day, an the zeweatens be droppin' off ye
an' off yer bosses. Try a drap ov our zyder. 'Tis a perty tipple, every
whit zo bright an' brisk as what the wold monks did meake a hundred year
an' mwore agoo up yonder at Loders Priory.

Juliana Coningsby. Good Colonel, accept this honest man's offer. I feel some-
what faint and weary. Can we not tarry here a spell .''

Lord Wilmot. Hark, friends, I hear the sound of horsemen.

Colonel Wyndham. Belike {pausing and harking for a moment for any sounds
approachitig). Time presses, and we might have Harry Digby at our heels
before we know where we are.

King Charles. Come now, a tankard of cider would not be amiss after our hot
burst from Bridport. The dust of your Dorset roads has made my drottle
as dry as parchment. So bring out your cider, my good fellow.

Will Waddon. Ay, that I u'll. But won't your worships an' the lady come in
and rest awhile .''

Colonel Wyndham. No, no ! We'll take it here in the saddle. Haste thee,
we must not tarry.

Lord Wilmot. Tarry ! Nay indeed. There be times when a man may stay
too long by his cup.

Will Waddon {retiring with alacrity). Ay, ay, I'll be sprack.

King Charles {turning to his companions). An honest soul, by my crown. Would
God that all my subjects were of his kidney.

Juliana Coningsby. Then would not your Majesty be now so hot and thirsty
as you are. {Laughter.)

King Charles {desiring to retort nuith a courtly compliment). Nor perchance have so
fair a lady riding with me on the same horse.

(Juliana turns her head to hide her blushes, whereupon, to save her confusion,
Waddon reappears bearitig a tray xcith tankards and a flagon of cider. While
pouring out the cider and presenting it to theiyi ivith a profound bow to the youthjul
King, he sings the Royalist Song : — *

* Dramatic licence must be pleaded for the introduction of the song, as well as for the
characters of Waddon and Jenkin. The Waddons of Bradpole, now extinct, are often
mentioned in connection with the history of Dorset during the Civil War. A hill in the
village bears that name.

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Here's a Health unto His Majesty.

Here's a health unto His Majesty

With a fal, lal, lal, la, la, la, la,
Confusion to his enemies

With a fal, lal, lal, la, la, la, la,
And he that will not pledge his health,
I wish him neither wit nor wealth,
Nor yet a rope to hang himself,

With a fal, lal, lal, la, la, la, la,

(and so forth)

King Charles {smilitig ivkh pleasure, doffs his hat). Worthy Waddon, fain would
I make thee meet recompense for thy loyalty in these sorry times. But
when Charles comes to his own again, he will not forget thee, thy cider, or
thy song {setting doiuti his tankard and smacking his lips). No bad stirrup-cup.
And now we must away.

Juliana Coningsby. Let me add my thanks to Will Jackson's. By my troth,
'tis a strange honeymoon. Good-bye, farmer (waving her kerchief). We
hope to meet you again in Somerset.

{The fugitives ride off to the right.)
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