SCENE v PART FIRST
The treaty's signed!
Whereby the parties mutually agree To knit in union and in general league All outraged Europe.
So to knit sounds well; But how ensure its not unravelling ?
Well; by the terms. There are among them these : Five hundred thousand active men in arms Shall strike (supported by Britannic aid In vessels, men, and money subsidies) To free North Germany and Hanover From trampling foes ; deliver Switzerland, Unbind the galled republic of the Dutch, Rethrone in Piedmont the Sardinian King, Make Naples sword-proof, un-French Italy From shore to shore; and thoroughly guarantee A settled order to the divers states ; Thus rearing breachless barriers in each realm Against the thrust of his usurping hand.
SPIRIT OF THE YEARS
They trow not what is shaping otherwhere The while they talk thus stoutly I
SPIRIT OF RUMOUR
Bid me go
And join them, and all blandly kindle them By bringing, ere material transit can, A new surprise /