I know you have a gentle, noble temper, A soul as even as a calm; pray, think us Those we profess, peacemakers, friends, and servants.
I do profess You speak not like yourself, who ever yet Have stood to charity and display’d the effects Of disposition gentle, and of wisdom O’ertopping woman’s pow’r.
For, I profess, you have it.
I do profess That for your Highness’ good I ever labour’d More than mine own, that am, have, and will be— Though all the world should crack their duty to you, And throw it from their soul; though perils did Abound, as thick as thought could make ’em, and Appear in forms more horrid,—yet my duty, As doth a rock against the chiding flood, Should the approach of this wild river break, And stand unshaken yours.
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She professed innocence but later admitted her guilt.