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Bes. Not care how I do? Let a man, out of my own part, by my troth, I confess, I was not the mightiness of his spirit, fructify foreign to give. countries with his blood, for the good of his own, Pan. See, for his own part ! and thus he shall be answered. Why, I may Boc. I fear, yet, this fellow's abus’d with a live to relieve, with spear and shield, such a good report. lady as you distressed.

Bes. But IPan. Why, I will care: I'm glad that thou Pan. Still of himself! art well ; prithee, is he so?

Bes. Cry’d, Give the word;' when, as some Gub The king is well, and will be here to of them say, Tigranes was stooping ; but the

word was not given then ; yet one Cosroes, of the Pan. My prayer is heard. Now will I open enemies' part, held up his finger to me, which is mine.

as much, with us martialists, as, ' I will fight Gob. Bacurius, I must ease you of your charge. with you!' I said not a word, nor made sign Madam, the wonted mercy of the king,

during the combat; but that once doneThat overtakes your faults, has met with this, Pan. He slips o'er all the fight. And struck it out; be has forgiven you freely. Bes. I call'd him to me; Cosroes, said IYour own will is your law; be where you please. Pan. I will hear no more. Ara. I thank him.

Bcs. No, no, I lye. Gob. You will be ready to wait upon his ma Bac. I dare be sworn thou dost, jesty to-morrow?

Bes. Captain, said I; so it was. Ara. I will.

[Erit Arane. Pan. I tell thee, I will hear no further. Buc. Madam, be wise hereafter. I am glad I Bes. No? Your grace will wish you had. have lost this office.

Pan. I will not wish it. What, is this the lady Gob. Good captain Bessus, tell us the dis- My brother writes to me to take?

Bes. An't please your_grace, this is she; Betwixt Tigranes and our king, and how

Charge, will

you come near the princess ? We got the victory:

Pan. You're welcome from your country ; Pun. Í prithee do;

and this land And if my brother were in any danger,

Shall shew unto you all the kindnesses
Let not thy tale make him abide there long, That I can make it. What's
Before thou bring him off; for all that while Spa. Thalestris.
My heart will beat.

Pan. You're very welcome: You have got a Bes. Madam, let what will beat, I must tell

letter the truth, and thus it was : They fought single To put you to me, that has power enough in lists, but one to one. As for my own part, I To place mine enemy here ; then much more you, was dangerously hurt but three days before ; else, That are so far from being so to me, perhaps, we had been two to two; I cannot tell, That you ne'er saw me. some thought, we had. And the occasion of my Bes. Madam, I dare pass my word for her hurt was this; the enemy had made trenches

truth, Gob. Captain, without the manner of your

Spa: My truth? hurt be much material to this business, we'll Pun. Why, captain, do you think I am afraid hear't some other time.

she'll steal ? Pun. I prithee, leave it, and go on with my Bes. I cannot tell; servants are slippery ; but brother,

I dare give my word for her. And for honesty, Bes. I will; but ’twould be worth your hearing. she came along with me, and many favours she To the lists they came, and single sword and did me by the way; but, by this light, none but gauntlet was their fight.

what she might do with modesty, to a man of Pan. Alas!

Bes. Without the lists there stood some dozen Pan. Why, captain, here's nobody thinks captains of either side mingled, all which were

otherwise. sworn, and one of those was I: and 'twas my Bes. Nay, if you should, your grace may think chance to stand next a captain o’the enemies' your pleasure ; but I am sure I brought her from side, callid Tiribasus ; valiant, they said, he was. Armenia, and in all that way, if ever I touch'd Whilst these two kings were stretching them any bare of her above her knee, I pray God I selves, this Tiribasus cast something a scornful may sink where I stand. look on me, and ask'd me, whom I thought

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knee? would overcome? I smil'd, and told him, if he Bes. No, you know I did not; and if would fight with me, he should per ceive by the will say I did, this sword shall answer. Nay, event of that whose king would win. Something I'll defend the reputation of my Charge, whilst I he answer'd, and a scuffle was like to grow, live. Your grace shall understand, I am secret when one Zipetus offered to help him : 1 in these businesses, and know how to defend a Pan. All this is of thyself: I pray thee, Bes- lady's honour. sus,

Spa. I hope your grace knows him so well Tell something of my brother ; did he nothing ? already, I shall not need to tell you he's vain and

Bes. Why, yes : I'll tell your grace. They foolish. were not to fight till the word given ; which, for Bes. Ay, you may call me what you please,

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but I'll defend your good name against the world. To leave his sceptre and his throne to him, And so I take my leave of your grace, and of you, And take his rags to wander o'er the world, my lord-protector. I am likewise glad to see Hungry and cold. your lordship well.

Pan. That were a strange request. Bac. Oh, captain Bessus, I thank you 1 Spa. As ill is mine. would speak with you anon.

Pan. Then do not utter it. Bes. When you please, I will attend your Spa. Alas, 'tis of that nature, that it must lordship

[E.rit Bes. Be utter'd, ay, and granted, or 1 die ! Bac. Madam, I'll take my leave too.

I am ashamed to speak it; but where life Pan. Good Bacurius !

[Erit BAC. Lies at the stake, I cannot think her woman, Gob. Madam, what writes his majesty to you? That will not talk something unreasonably Pan. Oh, my lord,

To hazard saving of it. I shall seem The kindest words! I'll keep 'em while I live, A strange petitioner, that wish all ill Here in my bosom; there's no art in 'em; To them I beg of, ere they give me aught; They lie disorder'd in this paper, just

Yet so I must: I would you were not fair, As hearty nature speaks 'em.

Nor wise, for in your ill consists my good : Gob. And to me

If you were foolish, you would hear my prayer; He writes, what tears of joy he shed, to hear If foul, you had not power to hinder me; How you were grown in every virtuous way;

He would not love you. And yields all thanks to me, for that dear care Pan. What's the meaning of it? Which I was bound to have in training you. Spa. Nay, my request is more without the There is no princess living that enjoys

bounds A brother of that worth. Tompared tistemius

Of reason yet; for 'tis not in the power Pan, My lord, no maid

Of you to do, what I would have you grant. Longs more for any thing, and feels more heat Pun. Why, then, 'tis idle. Prithee, speak it And cold within her breast, than I do now,

out. In hope to see him.

Spa. Your brother brings a prince into this . Gob. Yet I wonder much

land. At this : He writes, he brings along with him

Of such a noble shape, so sweet a grace, A husband for you, that same captive prince; So full of worth withal, that every maid And if he love you, as he makes a shew, That looks upon him gives away

herself He will allow you freedom in a choice.

To him for ever; and for you to have Pan. And so he will, my lord, I warrant you ; He brings him: And so mad is my demand, He will but offer, and give me the power That I desire you not to have this man, To take or leave.

This excellent man; for whom you needs must Gob. Trust me, were I a lady,

die, I could not like that man were bargain'd with, If you should miss him. I do now expect Before I chose him.

You should laugh at me. Pan. But I am not built

Pan. Trust me, I could

weep On such wild humours; If I find him worthy, Rather ; for Lhave found in all thy words. He is not less because he's offered.

A strange disjointed sorrow Spa. 'Tis true he is not ; 'would, he would Spa. "Tis by me seem less!

His own desire so that you would not love hi Gob. I think there is no lady can affect

Pan. His own desire! Why, credit me, ThaAnother prince, your brother standing by ;

lestris, He doth eclipse mens' virtues so with his. I am no common wooer : If he shall wooe me,

Spa. I know a lady may, and more, I fear His worth may be such, that I dare not swear Another lady will .

VI will not love him ; but if he will stay Pan. 'Would I might see bim !

To have me wooe him, I will promise thee Gob. Why so you shall. My businesses are He may keep all his graces to himself, great :

And fear no ravishing from me. I will attend you when it is his pleasure to see Spa. 'Tis yet

His own desire ; but when he sees your face, Pan. I thank you, good my lord.

I fear, it will not be ; therefore I charge you, Gob. You will be ready, madam ?

As
you

have pity, stop those tender ears Pan. Yes.

(Erit Gob. Erom his enchanting voice; close-up those eyes, Spa. I do beseech you, madam, send away That you may neither catch a dart from him, Your other women, and receive from me Nor he from you. I charge you, as you hope 4 fev sad words, which, set against your joys, To live in quiet ; for when I'am dead, May make 'em shine the more.

For certain I will walk to visit him,
Pan. Sirs, leave me all. [Ereunt Women. If he break promise with me: For as fast.

Spa. I kneel a stranger here, to beg a thing As oaths, without a formal ceremony,
Unfit for me to ask, and you to grant.

Can make me, I am to him.'Tis such another strange ill-laid request,

Pan. Then be fearless; As if a beggar should intreat a king

For if he were a thing 'twixt God and man,

you.

I could gaze on him, if I knew it sin

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Cit. They are fain to milk themselves i' the To love him, without passion. Dry your eyes ; country. I swear, you shall enjoy him still for me; i Cil. Good lord ! But the people there, I I will not hinder you. But I perceive,

think, will be very dutiful to one of us. You are not what you seem : Rise, rise, Tha 2 Cit. Ay, God knows will they; and yet they lestris,

do not greatly care for our husbands. If your right name be so.

1 Cu. Do they not ? alas ! i' good faith, I Spa. Indeed, it is not :

cannot blame them: For we do not greatly care Spaconia is my name; but I desire

for them ourselves. Philip, I pray, chuse us a. Not to be known to others.

place. Pan. Why, by me

Phil. There's the best, forsooth.
You shall not ; I will never do you wrong;
What good I can, I will : Think not my birth

Cit., By Your leave, good people, a little.

3 . What's the Or education such, that I should injure

Phil. I pray you, my friend, do not thrust my A stranger virgine. You are welcome hither. mistress s0; she's with child. In company you wish to be cominanded;

2 Man. Let her look to herself then; has she But, when we are alone, I shall be ready not had thrusting enough yet! If she stay To be your servant.

(Ereunt. shouldering here, she may, haps, go home with Enter three Men and a Woman.

a cake in her belly.

3 Mun. How now, goodman Squitter-breech! 1 Man. Come, come, run, run, run.

why do you lean on me? 2 Man, We shall out-go her.

Phil. Because I will. 3 Man. One were better be hang'd than carry 3 Man. Will you, Sir Sauce-box? out women fiddling to these shows.

i Cit. Look, if one ha'not struck Philip. Wom. Is the king hard by?

Come hither, Philip ; why did he strike thee? 1 Man. You heard he with the bottles said, Phil. For leaning on him. he thought we should come too late. What i Cit. Why didst thou lean on him? abundance of people here is !

Phil. I did not think he would have struck me. Wom. But what had he in those bottles ?

i Cit. As God save me, la, thou'rt as wild as 3 Man. I know not.

a buck; there's no quarrel, but thou’rt at one 2 Man. Why, ink, goodman fool.

end or other on't. 3 Man. Ink, what to do?

3 Man. It's at the first end then, for he'D] 1 Man. Why, the king, look you, will many ne'er stay the last. times call for those bottles, and break his mind i Cit. Well, Slip-string, I shall meet with you. to his friends.

3 Man. When you will. * Wom. Let's take our places ; we shall have no i Cit. I'll give a crown to meet with you. room else.

3 Man. At a bawdy-house. 2 Man. The man told us, he would walk o' i Cit. Ay, you're full of your roguery; but if foot through the people.

I do meet you, it shall cost me a fall. 3 Man. Ay, marry, did be.

Flourish. Enter one running. 1 Man. Our shops are well look’d-to now. 2 Man. 'Slife, yonder's my master, I think. 4 Man. The king, the king, the king, the king! 1 Man. No, 'tis not he.

Now, now, now, now ! Enter PHILIP, with two Citizens' Wives. Flourish. Enter ARBACES, TIGRANES, and

MARDONIUS. i Cit. Lord, how fine the fields be. What sweet living 'tis in the country!

All. God preserve your majesty! 2 Cit. Ay, poor souls, God help'em, they live Arb. I thank you all. Now are my joys at full, as contentedly as one of us.

When I behold you safe, my loving subjects. i Cit. My husband's cousin would have had By you I grow ; 'tis your united love me gone into the country last year. Wert thou That lifts me to this height. ever there?

All the account that I can render you 2 Cit. Ay, poor souls, I was amongst 'em once. For all the love you have bestow'd on me,

i Cit. And what kind of creatures are they, All your expences to maintain my war, for love of God?

Is but a little word : You will imagine 2 Cit. Very good people, God help 'em. 'Tis slender payment; yet 'tis such a word

i Cit. Wilt thou go down with me this sum As is not to be bought but with your bloods : mer when I am brought to-bed?

'Tis peace! 2 Cit. Alas, it is no place for us.

All

. God preserve your majesty! i Cit. Why, prithee?

Arb. Now you may live securelyi' your towns, 2 Cit. Why, you can have nothing there; Your children roundabout you; you may sit there's nobody cries brooms.

Under your vines, and make the miseries i Cit. No?

Of other kingdoms a discourse for you, 2 Cit. No truly, nor milk.

And lend them sorrows. For yourselves, you 1 Cit. Nor milk ! how do they ?

may

Leason for

war.

fire yet.

Safely forget there are such things as tears: For I must leave you : And it troubles me, And you may all, whose good thoughts I have That my occasions, for the good of you, gain'd,

Are such as call me from you: Else, my joy Hold me unworthy, when I think my life Would be to spend my days among you all. A sacrifice too great to keep you thus

You shew your loves in these large multitudes In such a calm estate!

That come to meet me. I will pray for you. All. God bless your majesty!

Heaven prosper you, that you may know old Arb. See, all good people; I have brought the

years, man,

And live to see your

childrens children Whose very name you fear'd, a captive home. Sit at your boards with plenty! When there is Behold him; 'tis Tigranes! In your hearts A want of any thing, let it be known Sing songs of gladness and deliverance.

To me, and I will be a father to you. i Cit. Out upon him !

God keep you all ! 2 Cit. How he looks.

(Flourish. Ereunt Kings and their Train. 3 Wom. Hang him, hang him!

Al. God bless your majesty, God bless your Mar. These are sweet people.

majesty! Tigr. Sir, you do me wrong,

1 Man. Come, shall we go? all's done. To render me a scorned spectacle

Wom. Ay, for God's sake: I have not made a To common people. Arb. It was far from me

2 Man. Away, away ! all's done. To mean it so. If I have aught deserv'd,

3 Man. Content. Farewell, Philip. My loving subjects, let me beg of you

i Cit. Away, you halter-sack, you ! Not to revile this prince, in whom there dwells 2 Man. Philip will not fight; he's afraid on's All worth, of which the nature of a man

face. Is capable; valour beyond compare :

Phil

. Ay, marry; am I afraid of my face? The terror of his name has stretch'd itself

3 Man. Thou wouldst be, Philip, if thou Where-ever there is sun: And yet for you saw'st it in a glass; it looks so like a visor. I fought with bim single, and won him too.

(Ereunt the three men and woman. I made his valour stoop, and brought that name, i Cit. You'll be hang’d, sirrah. Come, Philip, Soar'd to so unbeliev'd a height, to fall

walk before us homewards. Did not his majesty Beneath mine. This, inspir'd with all your loves, say he had brought us home peas for all our I did perform; and will, for your content,

money? Be ever ready for a greater work.

2 Cit. Yes, marry, did he. All. The Lord bless your majesty!

i Cit. They're the first I heard of this year, Tigr. So, he has made me amends now with a by my troth. I long’d for some of 'em. Did he speech in commendation of himself: I would not not say, we should have some ? be so vain-glorious.

2 Cit. Yes, and so we shall anon, I warrant Arb. If there be any thing in which I may you, have every one a peck brought home to our Do good to any creature bere, speak out ;

houses.

(Ereunt.

ACT III.

Arb. Pish! Will she have him?
Enter ARBACES and GOBRIAS.

Gob. I do hope she will not. (dside. Arb. My sister take it ill?_

I think she will, sir. Gob. Not very ill :

Arb. Were she my father, and my mother too, Something unkindly she does take it, sir, And all the names for which we think folks friends, To have her husband chosen to her hands. She should be forced to have him, when I know Arb. Why, Gobrias, let her: I must have her 'Tis fit. I will not hear her say, she's loth. know,

Gob. Heaven, bring my purpose luckily to My will, and not her own, must govern her.

pass ! What, will she marry with some slave at home! You know 'tis just.—She will not need constraint,

Gob. Oh, she is far from any stubbornness ; She loves you so.
You much mistake her; and, no doubt, will like Arb. How does she love me? Speak.
Where you will have her. But, when you behold Gob. She loves you more than people love
her,

their health, You will be loth to part with such a jewel. That live by labour; more than I could love Arb. To part with her ? Why, Gobrias, art A man that died for me, if he could live thou mad?

Again. She is my sister.

Arb. She is not like her mother, then. Gob Sir, I know she is :

Gob. Oh, no! When you were in Armenia, But it were pity to make poor our land, I durst not let her know when you were hurt : With such a beauty to enrich another. For at the first, on every little scratch,

She kept her chamber, wept, and could not eat, Tigr. Will you speak, sir?
Till you were well; and many times the news Arb. Speak! am I what I was?
Was so long coming, that, before we heard, What art thou, that dost creep into my breast
She was as near her death, as you your health. And dar’st not see my face?. Shew forth thyself.
Arb. Alas, poor soul! But yet she must be I feel a pair of fiery wings display'd
rul'd.

Hither, from thence. You shall not tarry there!
I know not how I shall requite her well. Up, and be gone ; if thou be'st love, be gone!
I long to see her : Have you sent for her, Or I will tear thee from my wounded breast,
To tell her I am ready?

Pull thy loved down away,

and with a quill Gob. Sir, I have.

By this right arm drawn from thy wanton wing, Enter 1 Gentleman and TIGRANES.

Write to thy laughing mother i' thy blood,

That you are powers bely'd, and all your darts i Gent. Sir, here is the Armenian king. Are to be blown away, by men resolved, We Arb. He's welcome.

Like dust. I know thou fear'st my words; away! i Gent. And the queen.mother and the prin.. Tigr. Oh, misery! why should he be so slow! Cess. wait

There can no falsehood come of loving her. Without.

Though I have given my faith, she is a thing Arb. Good Gobrias, bring 'em in.

Both to be lov'd and serv'd beyond my faith.

[Erit GOBRIAS. I would, he would present me to her quickly. Tigranes, you will think you are arrived

Pan. Will you not speak at all ? Are you so In a strange land, where mothers cast to poison

far Their only sons : Think you, you shall be safe ? From kind words? Yet, to save my modesty, Tigr. Too safe I am, sir.

That must talk till you answer, do not stand Enter GOBRIAS, ARANE, PANTHEA, SPACO- As you were dumb; say something, though it be

Poison'd with that

anger NIA, BACURIUS, MARDONIUS, BESSUS, and

strike me dead.

may two Gentlemen.

Mar. Have you no life at all? For manhood

sake, Ara. As low as this I bow to you; and would Let her not kneel, and talk neglected thus. As low as is my grave, to shew a mind

A tree would find a tongue to answer her, Thankful for all your mercies.

Did she but give it such a lov'd respect. Arb. Oh, stand up,

Arb. You mean this lady. Lift her from the And let me kneel ! the light will be ashamed

earth: To see observance done to me by you.

Why do you let her kneel so long? Alas ! Ara. You are my king.

Madam, your beauty uses to command, Arb. You are my mother. Rise !

And not to beg. What is your suit to me? As far be all your faults from your own soul, It shall be granted; yet the time is short, As from my memory; then you shall be And my attairs are great. But where's my sister? As white as Innocence herself.

I bade, she should be brought. Ara. I came

Mar. What, is he mad? Only to shew my duty, and acknowledge

Arb. Gobrias, where is she? My sorrows for my sins : Longer to stay,

Gob. Sir!
Were but to draw eyes more attentively

Arb. Where is she, man?
Upon my shame. That power, that kept you safe Gob. Who, sir ?
From me, preserve you still !

Arb. Who? hast thou forgot my sister ? Arb. Your own desires shall be your guide. Gob. Your sister, sir?

[Erit ARANE. Arb. Your sister, sir? Some one that hath a Pan. Now let me die !

wit, Since I have seen my lord the king return Answer, where is she? In safety, I have seen all good that life

Gob. Do you not see her there? Can shew me. I have ne'er another wish

Arb. Where? For Heaven to grant; nor were it fit I should; Gob. There. For I am bound to spend my age to come,

Arb. There? where? In giving thanks that this was granted me.

Mar. 'Slight there! are you blind ? Gob. Why does not your majesty speak ? Arb. Which do you mean? That little one ? Arb. To whom?

Gob. No, sir. Gob. To the princess.

Arb. No, sir? Why, do you mock me? I can Pan. Alas, sir, I am fearful! You do look On me, as if I were some loathed thing, No other here, but that petitioning lady. That you were finding out a way to shun.

Gob. That's she. Gob. Sir, you should speak to her.

Arb. Away!
Arb. Ha?

Gob. Sir, it is she.
Pan. I know I am unworthy, yet not ill; Arb. 'Tis false.
Arm'd with which innocence, here I will kneel Gub. Is it?
'Till I am one with earth, but I will gain

Arb. As Hell! By Heaven, as false as Hell! Some words and kindness from you.

My sister !-Is she dead? If it be so,

see

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