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Without dispute. And now, my sovereign lord,
According to thy pleasure, thine own self
Examine and convict her. For my part.
I have good right to be away and free
From the bad business I am come upon.
Cr. This maiden!
How came she in thy charge? Where didst thou find
Watch. Burying the prince. One word hath told
thee all.
Cr. Hasty thou thy wits, and knowest thou what thou
Watch. I saw her burying him whom you forbade
To bury, Is that, now, clearly spoken, or no?
Cr. And how was she detected. caught, and taken?
Watch. It fell in this wise. We were come to the
Bearing the dreadful burden of thy threats;
And first with care we swept the dust away
From round the corse, and laid the dank limbs bare:
Then sate below the hill-top, out o' the wind,
Where no bad odour from the dead might strike us,
Stirring each other on with interchange
Of loud revilings on the negligent;
In 'tendance on this duty. So we stayed
Till in mid heaven the sun's resplendent orb
Stood high, and the heat strengthened. Suddenly,
The Storm-god raised a whirlwind from the ground,
Vexing heaven’s concave, and filled all the plain,
Rending the locks of all the orchard groves,
Till the great sky was choked withal. We closed
Our lips and eyes, and bore the God-sent evil.
When after a long while this ceased, the maid
Was seen, and wailed in high and bitter key,
Like some despairing bird that hath espied
Her nest all desolate, the nestlings gone.
So, when she saw the body bare, she mourned
Loudly, and cursed the authors of this deed.
Then nimbly with her hands she brought dry dust,
And holding high a shapely brazen cruse,