To come and play before them at their feast.
I heard all as I came, the city rings,
And numbers thither flock, I had no will, I450
Lest I should see him forc'd to things unseemly.
But that which mov'd my coming now, was chiefly
To give ye part with me what hope I have
With good success to work his liberty. I455
Chor. That hope would much rejoice us to partake
With thee; say, reverend Sire, we thirst to hear.
Man. I have attempted one by one the lords
Either at home, or through the high street passing,
With supplication prone and father's tears,
To accept of ransome for my son their pris'ner. 1460
Some much averse I found and wondrous harsh,
Contemptuous, proud, set on revenge and spite;
That part most reverenc'd Dagon and his priests:
Others more moderate seeming, but their aim
Private reward, for which both God and State 1465
They easily would set to sale: a third
More generous far and civil, who confess'd
They had enough reveng'd, having reduc’d
Their foe to misery beneath their fears,
The rest was magnanimity to remit, 1470
If some convenient ransome were propos'd.
What noise or shout was that? it tore the sky.
Chor. Doubtless the people shouting to behold :
Their once great dread,captive,and blind before them,
Or at some proofofstrength before them shown. 1475
K 2 Man.