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Speak boldly to me; for I am a man,
Arb. I will hear no more. And dare not quarrel with Divinity;
Why should there be such music in a voice, And do not think to cozen me with this.
And sin for me to hear it? All the world I see, you are all mute and stand amazed, May take delight in this; and 'tis damnation Fearful to answer me. It is too true;
For me to do so. You are fair, and wise, A decreed instant cuts off every life,
And virtuous, I think; and he is bless'd
is so near you as a brother is;
Such an ungodly sickness I have got,
Allowing 'em to do all actions, Got. Do not mistake,
As freely as they drink when they desire. And vex yourself for nothing; for her death Let me not hear you speak again; yet so Is a long life off yet, I hope.
I shall but languish for the want of that, And if my speech deserve not faith, lay death The having which would kill me. No man here Upon me, and my latest words shall forcę Offer to speak for her; for I consider A credit from you.
As much as you can say; I will not toil drb. Which, good Gobrias ?
My body and my mind too; rest thou there; That lady, dost thou mean?
Here's one within will labour for you both. Gró. That lady, sir :
Pan. I would I were past speaking ! She is your sister; and she is your sister
Gob. Fear not, madam; That loves you so; 'tis she for whom I weep, The king will alter : 'Tis some sudden rage, To see you use her thus.
shall see it end some other way. drb. It cannot be.
Pan. Pray Heaven it do! Tigr. Pish! this is tedious :
Tigr. Though she to whom I swore be here, I I cannot hold; I must present myself.
cannot And yet the sight of my Spaconia
Stifle my passion longer ; if my father Touches me, as a sudden thunder-clap
Should rise again, disquieted with this, Does one that is about to sin.
And charge me to forbear, yet it would out. Arb. Away!
Madam, a stranger, and a prisoner, begs
I think ; but if you be not, ’tis past me
come ; It is a sin fully as pardonable.
But I appear a lost thing, and by whom She is no kin to me, nor shall she be:
Is yet uncertain ; found here i' the court,
And only suffer'd to walk up and down,
Spa. Oh, I fear
Tigranes will be caught; he looks, methinks, As far from having part of blood with me, As he would change his eyes with her Some As the naked Indians. Come and answer me,
help He that is boldest now! Is that my sister? There is above for me, I hope ! Mar. Oh, this is fine !
Tigr. Why do you turn away, and weep so fast, Bes. No, marry, she is not, an't please your And utter things that mis-become your looks ? majesty
Can you want owning?
Tigr. Acknowledge yourself mine.
Arb. How now? Pan. Sir, I will speak but once : By the same Tigr. And then see if you want an owner. power
Arb. They are talking! You make my blood a stranger unto yours, Tigr. Nations shall own you for their queen. You may command me dead; and so much love Arb. Tigranes ! art not thou my prisoner?, A stranger may importune; pray you, do.
Tigr. I am. If this request appear too much to grant,
Arb. And who is this?
Tigr. She is your sister.
Mar. Is she so again? that's well.
Arb. And how, then, dare you offer to change Will be found for me.
words with her?
Tigr. Dare do it! Why, you brought me hither, Pan. Oh, you wrong me more in this sir,
Than in your rage you did: You mock me now. To that intent.
Arb. Never forgive me then ; which is the Arb. Perhaps, I told you so :
And two kind words, and I shall be in Heaven. Spa. Blest be that breath!
Arb. Rise you then too: Here I acknowledge Tigr. Temper my tongue ! Such incivilities
thee As these no barbarous people ever knew : My hope, the only jewel of my life, You break the laws of nature, and of nations; The best of sisters,
dearer than my breath, You talk to me as if I were a prisoner
A happiness as high as I could think;
Perdition light upon me!
Pan. This is better Spa. Alas, my fortune !
Than if you had not frown'd; it comes to me Tigr. Do not fear his frown.
Like mercy at the block: And when I leave Dear madam, hear me.
To serve you with my life, your curse be with me! Arb. Fear not my frown? But that 'twere base Arb. Then thus I do salute thee; and again, in me
To make this knot the stronger. Paradise To fight with one I know I can o'ercome, Is there ! It may be, you are yet in doubt ; Again thou shouldst be conquered by me. This third kiss blots it out. I wade in sin,
Mar. He has one ransom with him already; And foolishly entice myself along ! methinks. 'twere good to fight double or quit. Take her away; see her a prisoner
Arh. Away with him to prison ! Now, sir, see In her own chamber closely, Gobrias! If my frown be regardless. Why delay you? Pan. Alas! sir, why? Seize him. Bacurius! You shall know my word Arb. I must not stay the answer. Do it! Sweeps like a wind; and all it grapples with Gob. Good Şir! Are as the chaff before it.
Arb. No more! Do it, I say! Tigr. Touch me not.
Mar. This is better and better, Arh. Help there!
Pan. Yet, hear me speak. Tigr. Away!
Arb. I will not hear you speak. 1 Gent. It is in vain to struggle.
Away with her! Let no man think to speak 2 Gent. You must be forced.
For such a creature; for she is a witch, Bar. Sir, you must pardon us;
A poisoner, and a traitor! We must obey.
Gob. Madam, this office grieves me. Arb. Why do you dally there?
Pan. Nay, 'tis well; the king is pleased with it. Drag him away by any thing.
Arb. Bessus, go you along too with her. I Bac. Come, sir. Tigr. Justice, thou ought'st to give me strength all this that I have said, if I may live enough
So long. But I am desperately sick; To shake all these off. This is tyranny, For she has given me poison in a kiss : Arbaces, subtler than the burning bull's, She had it ’twixt her lips; and with her eyes Or that famed tyrant's bed. Thou mightst as well She witches people. Go, without a word! Search i' the deep of winter through the snow
(Ereunt GOB. Pan. Bes, and SPAC. For half-starved people, to bring home with thee, Why should You, that have made me stand in To shew 'em fire and send 'em back again, As use me thus.
Like Fate itself, cutting what threads I.pleased, Arb. Let him be close, Bacurius.
Decree such an unworthy end of me, [Ereunt TIGRANES and BACURIUS. And all my glories? What am I, alas, Spa. I ne'er rejoic'd at any ill to him, That you oppose me? If my secret thoughts But this imprisonment: What shall became Have ever harbour'd swellings against you, Of me forsaken?
They could not hurt you; and it is in you Gob. You will not let your sister
To give me sorrow, that will render me Depart thus discontented from you, sir ? Apt to receive your mercy: Rather so, Arb. By no means, Gobrias: I have done her Let it be rather so, than punish me wrong
With such unmanly sins. Incest is in me And made myself believe much of myself, Dwelling already; and it must be holy, That is not in ine. You did kneel to me, That pulls it thence. Where art, Mardonius ? Whilst I stood stubborn and regardless by,
Mar. Here, sir.
Arb. I pray thee, bear me, if thou canst.
Mar. As you were.
Mar. No, sir.
Enter a Gentleman.
Bes. Good-morrow, sir.
Gent. I come to speak with youArb. Oh, no, 'tis past.
Bes. You're very welcome. Mar. Pray you, go rest yourself.
Gent. From one that holds himself wrong'd Arb. Wilt thou, hereafter, when they talk of by you some three years since. Your worth, he me,
says, is fam'd, and he doth nothing doubt but As thou shalt hear nothing but infamy, you will do him right, as beseems a soldier. Remember some of those things ?
Bes. A pox on 'em, so they cry all ! Mar. Yes, I will.
Gent. And a slight note I have about me for Arb. I pray thee do; for thou shalt never see you, for the delivery of which you must excuse me so again.
[Exeunt. me: It is an office that friendship calls upon me
to do, and no way offensive to you; since I deEnter Bessus, alone.
sire but right on both sides.
Bes. 'Tis a challenge, sir, is it not? Bes. They talk of Fame; I have gotten it in Gent. 'Tis an inviting to the field. the wars, and will afford any man a reasonable Bes. An inviting? Oh, cry you mercy! what pennyworth. Some will say, they could be con- a compliment he delivers it with! he might, as tent to have it, but that it is to be atchieved with agreeably to my nature, present me poison with danger; but my opinion is otherwise: For if I such a speech. Um, um, um— -Reputation-um, might stand still in cannon-proof, and have Fame um, um-call you to account-um, um, umfall upon me, I would refuse it. My reputation forced to this -um, um, um—with my sword. came principally by thinking to run away, which um, um, um-like a gentleman-um, um, um nobody knows but Mardonius; and, I think, he dear to me-um, um, um-satisfaction. 'Tis conceals it to anger me. Before I went to the very well, sir; I do accept it; but he must await wars, I came to the town a young fellow, without an answer this thirteen weeks. means or parts to deserve friends; and my empty Gent. Why, sir, he would be glad to wipe off guts persuaded me to lie, and abuse people, for his stain as soon as he could. my meat; which I did, and they beat me. Then Bes. Sir, upon my credit, I am already engaged would I fast two days, till my hunger cried out to two hundred and twelve; all which must have on me, 'Rail still :* Then, methought, I had a their stains wip'd off, if that be the word, before monstrous stomach to abuse 'em again, and did him. it. In this state I continued, till they hung me Gent. Sir, if you be truly engag'd but to one, up by th' heels, and beat me wi' hasle-sticks, as he shall stay a competent time. if they would bave baked me, and have cozen'd Bes. Upon my faith, sir, to two hundred and some body wi' me for venison. After this I twelve: And I have a spent body, too much rail'd, and eat quietly: For the whole kingdom bruis’d in battle; so that I cannot fight, I must took notice of me for a baffled whip'd fellow, and be plain, above three combats a-day. All the what I said was remembered in mirth, but never kindness I can shew him, is to set him resolvedly in anger, of which I was glad. I would it were in my roll, the two hundred and thirteenth man, at that pass again! After this, Heaven call’d an which is something: for, I tell you, I think there aunt of mine, that left two hundred pounds in a will be more after him than before him ; I think cousin's hand for me; who, taking me to be a so. Pray you commend me to him, and tell him gallant young spirit, raised a company for me this. with the money, and sent me into Armenia with Gent. I will, sir. Good-morrow to you. 'em. Away I would have run from them, but
[Erit Gentleman. that I could get no company; and alone I durst Bes. Good-morrow, good sir. Certainly, my not run. I was never at battle but once, and safest way were to print myself a coward, with a there I was running, but Mardonius cudgeld me: discovery how I came by my credit, and clap it Yet I got loose at last, but was so afraid that I upon every post. I have received above thirty saw no more than my shoulders do; but fled challenges within this two hours : Marry, all but with my whole company amongst mine enemies, the first I put off with engagement; and, by good and overthrew 'em: Now the report of my va- fortune, the first is no madder of fighting than lour is come over before me, and they say I was I; so that that's referred. The place where it a raw young fellow, but now I am improv'd: A must be ended is four days journey off, and our plague on their eloquence ! 'twill cost me many arbitrators are these; "he has chosen a gentleman a beating; and Mardonius might help this too, in travel, and I have a special friend with a quarif he would; for now they think to get honour tain ague, like to hold him this five years, for on me, and all the men I have abused call me mine; and when his man comes home, we are to freshly to account, (worthily, as they call it) by expect my friend's health. If they would send the way of challenge.
me challenges thus thick, as long as I liv'd, I
would have no other living: I can make seven Bes. One word more: I beseech your lordshillings a-day o'th' paper to the grocers. Yet ship to render me my knife again. I learn nothing by all these, but a little skill in Bac. Marry, by all means, captain. Cherish comparing of styles: I do find evidently, that yourself with it, and eat hard, good captain! we there is some one scrivener in this town, that cannot tell whether we shall have any more such. has a great band in writing of challenges, for Adieu, dear captain !
[Erıl Bac. they are all of a cut, and six of 'em in a hand; Bes. I will make better use of this, than of my and they all end, ' My reputation is dear to me, sword. A base spirit has this ’vantage of a brave and I must require satisfaction. Who's there? one; it keeps always at a stay, nothing brings it more paper, I hope. No; 'tis my lord Bacurius. down, not beating. I remember I promised the I fear, ail is not well betwixt us.
king, in a great audience, that I would make my Enter BACURIUS.
back-biters eat my sword to a knife: How to get
another sword I know not; nor know any means Bac. Now, captain Bessus ! I come about a left for me to maintain my credit, but impudence : frivolous matter, caused by as idle a report: You Therefore I will out-swear him and all his folknow, you were a coward.
lowers, that this is all that's left uneaten of my Bes. Very right.
[Erit Bessus. Bac. And wrong'd me. Bes. True, my lord.
Enter MARDONIUS. Bac. But now, people will call you valiant; Mar. I'll move the king; he is most strangely desertlessly, I think; yet for their satisfaction, I alter'd: I guess the cause, I fear, too right. will have you fight me.
Heaven · has some secret end in't, and 'tis a Bes. Oh, my good lord, my deep engage- scourge, no question, justly laid upon him. He
has follow'd me through twenty rooms; and Bac. Tell not me of your engagements, cap- ever, when I stay to wait his command, he blushes tain Bessus ! It is not to be put off with an ex- like a girl, and looks upon me as if modesty kept cuse. For my own part, I am none of the in his business ; so turns away from me; but, if multitude that believe your conversion from I go on, he follows me again. coward.
Enter ARBACES. Bes. My lord, I seek not quarrels, and this belongs not to me; I am not to maintain it. See, here he is. I do not use this, yet, I know Buc. Who, then, pray?
not how, I cannot choose but weep to see him : Bes. Bessus the coward wrong'd you.
His very enemies, I think, whose wounds have Buc. Right.
bred his fame, if they should see him now, would Bes. And shall Bessus the valiant maintain find tears i’ their eyes. what Bessus the coward did ?
Arb. I cannot utter it! Why should I keep Buc. I prithee leave these cheating tricks ! I A breast to harbour thoughts I dare not speak ? swear thou shall fight with me, or thou shalt be Darkness is in my bosom; and there lie beaten extremely, and kick’d.
A thousand thoughts that cannot brook the light. bes. Since you provoke me thus far, my lord, How wilt thou vex me, when this deed is done, I will fight with you; and, by my sword, it shall Conscience, that art afraid to let me name it! cost me twenty pounds, but I will have my leg Mar. How do you, sir ? well a week sooner purposely.
Arb. Why, very well, Mardonius : Buc. Your leg? why, what ails your leg? I'll How dost thou do? do a cure on you. Stand up!
Mar. Better than you, I fear. Bes. My lord, this is not noble in you.
Arb. I hope, thou art; for, to be plain with Buc. What dost thou with such a phrase in
thee, thy mouth? I will kick thee out of all good words Thou art in hell else! Secret scorching flames, before I leave thee.
That far transcend earthly material fires, Bes. My lord, I take this as a punishment for re crept into me, and there is no cure. the offence I did when I was a coward.
Is it not strange, Mardonius, there's no cure ? Buc. When thou wert? confess thyself a cow- Mar. Sir, either I mistake, or there is some ard still, or, by this light, I'll beat thee into thing hid, that you would utter to me. sponge.
Arb. So there is; but yet I cannot do it. Bes. Why, I am one.
Mar. Out with it, sir. If it be dangerous, I: Bac. Are you so, sir? and why do you wear will not shrink to do you service: I shall not a sword then? Come, unbuckle ! quick! esteem my life a weightier matter than indeed it Bes. My lord ?
is. I know 'tis subject to more chances than it Buc. Unbuckle, I say, and give it me; or, as has hours; and I were better lose it in my king's I live, thy head will ache extremely.
cause, than with an ague, or a fall, or (sleeping) Bes. It is a pretty hilt; and if your lordship to a thief; as all these are probable enough. Let take an affection to it, with all my heart I pre- me but know what I shall do for you. sent it to you, for a new-year's-gitt.
Arb. It will not out! Were you with Gobrias, Bac. I thank you very heartily, sweet captain! And bade him give my sister all content Farewell.
The place affords, and give her leave to send
And speak to whom she please?
This man, that is my servant, whom my breath Mar. Yes, sir, I was.
Might blow about the world, might beat me here, Arb. And did you to Bacurius say as much Having this cause; whilst I, press'd down with About Tigranes ?
sin, Mar. Yes.
Could not resist him. Hear, Mardonius! Arb. That's all my business.
It was a motion mis-beseeming man, Mar. Oh say not so; you had an answer of And I am sorry for it. this before: Besides, I think this business might Mar. Heav'n grant you may be so! You must be utter'd more carelessly.
understand, nothing that you can utter.can re. Arb. Come, thou shalt have it out. I do be- move my love and service from my prince; but, seech thee,
otherwise, I think, I shall not love you more: By all the love thou hast profess’d to me, For you are sinful, and, if you do this crime, you To see my sister from me.
ought to have no laws; for, after this, it will be Mar. Well; and what?
great injustice in you to punish any offender, for drb. That's all.
any crime. For myself
, I find my heart too big; Mar. That's strange ! Shall I say nothing to I feel, I have not patience to look on, whilst her?
you run these forbidden courses. Means I have Arb, Not a word:
none but your favour; and I am rather glad that But, if thou lov’st me, find some subtle way I shall lose 'em both together, than keep 'em To make her understand by signs.
with such conditions. I shall find a dwelling aMar. But what shall I make her understand ? | mongst some people, where, though our garments Arb. Oh, Mardonius, for that I must be par- perhaps be coarser, we shall be richer far within, don'd.
and harbour no such vices in 'em. The gods Mar. You may; but I can only see her then. preserve and mend you! Arb. 'Tis true!
Arb. Mardonius! Stay, Mardonius ! for, tho' Bear her this ring, then; and, on more advice, My present state requires nothing but knaves Thou shalt speak to her: Tell her I do love To be about me, such as are prepar'd My kindred all; wilt thou ?
For every wicked act, yet who does know, Mar. Is there no more?
But that my loathed fate may turn about, Arb. Oh, yes ! And her the best ;
And I have use for honest men again? Better than any brother loves his sister:
hope, I máy, I prithee leave me not. That is all. Mar. Methinks, this need not have been de
Enter Bessus. liver'd with such a caution. I'll do it.
Bęs. Where is the king? Arb. There is more yet: Wilt thou be faithful Mar. There. to me?
Bes. An't please your majesty, there's tłe knife. Mar. Sir, if I take upon me to deliver it after Arb. What knife ? I hear it, I'll pass thro' fire to do it.
Bes. The sword is eaten. Arb. I love her better than a brother ought. Mar. Away, you fool! the king is serions, Dost thou conceive me?
And cannot now admit your vanities. Mar. I hope you do not, sir.
Bes. Vanities ! I'm no honest man, if my eneArb. No! 'thou art dull. Kneel down before mies have not brought it to this. What, do you her,
think I lie ? And ne'er rise again, 'till she will love me. Arb. No, no; 'tis well, Bessus ; 'tis very well. Mar. Why, I think she does.
I'm glad on't. Arb. But, better than she does; another way; Mar. If your enemies brought it to this, your As wives love husbands.
enemies are cutlers. Come, leave the king. Mar. Why, I think there are few wives that Bes. Why, may not valour approach him? love their husbands better than she does you. Mar. Yes; but he has affairs. Depart, or I
Arb. Thou will not understand me! Is it fit shall be something unmannerly with you!
I have occasion with him very weighty,
Bes. Mardonius, give way to the state-affairs. Dishonestly, in my whole life, name it,
Mar. Indeed, you are fitter for his present That you should put so base a business to me?
purpose. Arb. Didst thou not tell me, thou wouldst do
[Erit MAR. it?
Arb. Bessus, I should employ thee: Wilt thou Mar, Yes, if I undertook it: But if all
do't? My hairs were lives, I would not be engag'd Bes. Do't for you? By this air, I will do any In such a cause to save my last life.
thing, without exception, be it a good, bad, os Arb. Oh, guilt, how poor and weak a thing indifferent thing. art thou !
Arb. Do not swear. VOL. I.