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Betwixt your majesty and me? 'Twas wrong When I have used you thus a month, I hope. To hearken to him; but to credit him,
(Apart. As much, at least, as I have power to bear. Cal. Now, now, 'tis plain, sir; he does move But pardon me--whilst I speak only truth, I may commend myself-I have bestow'd He says he knows I'll give him up the fort, My careless blood with you, and should be loth When he has used me thus a month. I am mad, To think an action, that would make me lose Am I not, still? That, and my thanks too. When I was a boy, Omnes. Ha, ha, ha! I thrust myself into my country's cause,
Cal. I shall be mad indeed, if you do thus ! And did a deed, that pluck'd five years from time, Why should you trust a sturdy fellow there And styled me man then. And for you, my king, (That has no virtue in him; all's in his sword) Your subjects all have fed by virtue of
Before me? Do but take his weapons from him, My arm. This sword of mine hath plow'd the And he's an ass; and I'm a very fool, ground,
Both with him, and without him, as you use me. And reap'd the fruit in peace;
Omnes. Ha, ha, ha! And you yourself have liv'd at home in ease. King. 'Tis well, Calianax. But if you use
terrible I grew, that, without swords, This once again, I shall entreat some other My name hath fetch'd you conquest : And my To see your offices be well discharg’d. heart
Be merry, gentlemen; it grows somewhat late. And limbs are still the same; my will as great Amintor, thou wouldst be a-bed again. To do you service. Let me not be paid
Amin. Yes, sir. With such a strange distrust.
King. And you, Evadne. Let me take king. Melantius,
Thee in my arms, Melantius, and believe I beld it great injustice to believe
Thou art, as thou deserv'st to be, my friend Thine enemy, and did not; if I did,
Still, and for ever. Good Calianax, I do not ; let that satisfy. What, struck Sleep soundly; it will bring thee to thyself. With sadness all? More wine !
[Ereunt. Cal. A few fine words Have overthrown my truth. Ah, th’art a vil
Manent MELANTIUS and CALIANAX. lain !
Cal. Sleep soundly! I sleep soundly now, I Mel. Why, thou wert better let me have the
hope ; fort;
I could not be thus else. How dar’st thou stay Dotard! I will disgrace thee thus for ever : Alone with me, knowing how thou hast used me? There shall no credit lie upon thy words.
Mel. You cannot blast me with your tongue, Think better, and deliver it.
and that's Cal. My liege,
The strongest part you have about you. He's at me now again to do it. Speak;
Cal. Ay, Deny it, if thou canst. Examine him,
Do look for some great punishment for this : While he is hot; for, if he cool again,
For I begin to forget all my hate, He will forswear it.
And take't unkindly, that mine enemy King. This is lunacy,
Should use me so extr'ordinarily scurvily. I hope, Melantius.
Mel. I shall melt too, if you begin to take Jel. He hath lost himself
Unkindnesses : I never meant you hurt. Much, since his daughter miss'd the happiness, Cal. Thou’lt anger me again. Thou wretched My sister gain’d; and, though he call me foe,
rogue, I pity him.
Meant me no hurt! Disgrace me with the king; Cál. Pity ? a pox upon you !
Lose all my offices ! This is no hurt, Jlel. Mark his disordered words ! And at the Is it? I prithee, what dost thou call hurt? masque,
Mel. To poison men, because they love me Diagoras knows, he rag'd, and rail'd at me,
not ; And called a lady whore, so innocent,
To call the credit of men's wives in question ; She understood him not. But it becomes To murder children betwixt me and land; Both you and me too to forgive distraction : This is all hurt. Pardon him, as I do.
Cal. All this thou think'st is sport; Cal. I'll not speak for thee,
For mine is worse : But use thy will with me; For all thy cunning. If you will be safe, For, betwixt grief and anger, I could cry. Chop off his head; for there was never known Mel. Be wise then, and be safe; thou may'st So impudent a rascal.
revenge. King. Some, that love him,
Cal. Ay, o'the king; I would revenge o’thee. Get him to bed. Why, pity should not let Mel. That you must plot yourself, Age make itself contemptible; we must be
Cal. I'm a fine plotter. All old; have him away.
Mel. The short is, I will hold thee with the Mel. Calianax,
king The king believes you ; come, you shall go home, In this perplexity, till peevishness And rest ; you have done well.--You'll give it up, | And thy disgrace have laid thee in thy grave.
But, if thou wilt deliver up the fort,
That rests upon our house, off with his blood. I'll take thy trembling body in my arms,
Amin. Melantius, now assist me: If thou be'st Cal, If I should tell the king,
That, which thou say'st, assist me. I have lost Canst thou deny it again?
All my distempers, and have found a rage Mel. Try, and believe.
So pleasing ! Help me. Cal. Nay, then thou canst bring any thing Mel. Who can see him thus, about.
And not swear vengeance ?-What's the matter, Thou shalt have the fort.
friend? Mel. Why, well :
Amin. Out with thy sword ! and, hand in hand Here let our hate be buried; and this hand Shall right us both. Give me thy aged breast Rush to the chamber of this hated king, To compass.
And sink him, with the weight of all his sins, Cal. Nay, I do not love thee yet ;
To hell for ever. I cannot well endure to look on thee:
Mel. 'Twere a rash attempt, And if I thought it were a courtesy,
Not to be done with safety. "Let your reason Thou should'st not have it. But I am disgrac'd; Plot your revenge, and not your passion. My offices are to be ta'en away;
Amin. If thou refusest me in these extremes, And, if I did but hold this fort a day,
Thou art no friend: He sent for her to me;
And she repents. I'll do't myself alone,
Mel. He'll overthrow
My whole design with madness.---Amintor, That knowledge very dearly. Diphilus,
Think what thou dost: I dare as much as Valour;
But 'tis the king, the king, the king, Amintor, Enter DIPHILUS.
With whom thou fightest !- I know he's honest, What news with thee?
And this will work with him.
(Aside. Diph. This were a night indeed
Amin. I cannot tell To do it in: The king hată sent for her. What thou hast said ; but thou hast charm'd my Mel. She shall perform it then. Go, Diphilus,
sword And take from this good man, my worthy friend, Out of my hand, and left me shaking here, The fort ; he'll give it thee.
Defenceless. Diph. Have you got that?
Mel. I will take it up for thee. Cal. Art thou of the same breed! Canst thou Amin. What a wild beast is uncollected man! deny
The thing, that we call honour, bears us all This to the king too?
Headlong to sin, and yet itself is nothing. Diph. With a confidence
Mel. Ålas, how variable are thy thoughts ! As great as his.
Amin. Just like my fortunes;- I was run to that Cal. Faith, like enough.
I purpos’d to have chid thee for. Some plot, Mel. Away, and use him kindly.
I did distrust, thou hadst against the king, Cal. Touch not me;
By that old fellow's carriage. But take heed; I hate the whole strain. If thou follow me, There's not the least limb growing to a king, A great way off, I'll give thee up the fort; But carries thunder in it. And hang yourselves.
Mel. I have none Mel. Be gone.
Against him. Diph. He's finely wrought.
Amin. Why, come then; and still remember, (Ereunt CAL. and DIPH. We may not think revenge. Mel. This is a night, 'spite of astronomers, Mel. I will remember.
[Ereunt. To do the deed in. I will wash the stain,
Enter EVADNE and a Gentleman.
I must not wish good rest unto your ladyship.
Evad. You talk, you talk.
Gent. "Tis all I dare do, madam; but the king Will wake, and then
Evad. Saving your imagination, pray, good night, sir.
Gent. A good night be it then, and a long one, madam. I am gone.
Erit. [King a-bed.
Eoad. The night grows horrible; and all a Evad. I am not she; nor bear I in this breast bout me
So much cold spirit to be called a woman. Like my black purpose. Oh, the conscience I am a tyger; I am any thing Of a lost virgin! whither wilt thou pull me? That knows not pity. Stir not! If thou dost, To what things, dismal as the depth of hell, I'll take thee unprepared; thy fears upon thee, Wilt thou provoke me? Let no woman dare That make thy sins look double; and so send thee From this hour be disloyal, if her heart be flesh, (By my revenge, I will) to look those torments, If she have blood, and can fear: 'Tis a daring Prepared for suck black souls. Above that desperate fool's, that left his peace, King. Thou dost not mean this; 'tis impossiAnd went to sea to fight. 'Tis so many sins,
ble: An age cannot repent 'em; and so great,
Thou art too sweet and gentle.
I am as foul as thou art, and can number And I must end it there.--He sleeps. Good As many such hells here. I was once fair, Heav'ns!
Once I was lovely; not a blowing rose Why give you peace to this untemperate beast, More chastely sweet, till thou, thou, thou foul That hath so long transgress’d you? I must kill
(Stir not) didst poison me. I was a world of virAnd I will do it bravely: The mere joy
tue, Tells me, I merit in it. Yet, I must not
Till your curst court and you (hell bless you for't!) Thus tamely do it, as he sleeps ; that were With your temptations on temptations, To rock him to another world : My vengeance Made me give up mine honour; for which, king, Shall take him waking, and then lay before him I'm come to kill thee. The number of his wrongs and punishments. King. No! l'ul shake his sins like furies, till I waken
Edad. I am. His evil angel, his sick conscience,
King. Thou art not! And then i'll strike him dead. King, by your prithee speak not these things: Thou are gentle,
leave, (Ties his arms to the Bed. And wert not meant thus rugged. I dare not trust your strength. Your grace and I Evad. Peace, and hear me. Must grapple upon even terms no more. Stir nothing but your tongue, and that for mercy So: If he rail me not from my resolution,
To those above us; by whose lights I vow, I shall be strong enough.-My lord the king ! Those blessed fires, that shot to see our sin, My lord !-He sleeps, as if he meant to wake If thy hot soul had substance with thy blood, No more.-My lord !-Is he not dead already? I would kill that too; which, being past my steel, Sir! My lord!
My tongue shall reach. Thou art a shameless King. Who's that?
villain! Evad. Oh, you sleep soundly, sir !
A thing out of the overcharge of nature; King. My dear Evadne,
Sent, like a thick cloud, to disperse a plague I have been dreaming of thee. Come to bed. Upon weak catching women ! such a tyrant, Erad. I am come at length, sir; but how wel. That for his lust would sell away his subjects; come?
Ay, all his heav'n hereafter! King. What pretty new device is this, Evadne? King. Hear, Evadne, What,
do you tie me to you? By my love, Thou soul of sweetness, hear! I am thy king.; This is a quaint one. Come, my dear, and kiss me; Evad. Thou art my shame! Lie still, there's Pll be thy Mars; to bed, my queen of love;
none about you, Let us be caught together, that the gods Within your cries: All promises of safety May see, and envy our embraces.
Are but deluding dreams. Thus, thus, thou foul Évad. Stay, sir, stay;
man, You are too hot, and I have brought you physic Thus I begin my vengeance ! (Stabs him. To temper your high veins.
King. Hold, Evadne! King. Prithee, to bed then; let me take it I do command thee hold. warm;
Evad. I do not mean, sir, There thou shalt know the state of my body better. To part so fairly with you; we must change
Evad. I know you have a surfeited foul body; More of these love-tricks yet. And you must bleed.
King. What bloody villain King. Bleed!
Provok'd thee to this murder? Evad. Ay, you shall bleed! Lie still; and, if Evad. Thou, thou monster. the devil,
King. Oh! Your lust, will give you leave, repent. This Evad. Thou kept'st me brave at court, and steel
whor'dst me, king;. Comes to redeem the honour, that you stole, Then married me to a young noble gentleman, King, my fair name; which nothing but thy And whor'dst me still. death
King. Evadne, pity me. Can answer to the world.
Evad. Hell take me then! This for my lord King. How is this, Evadne?
This for my noble brother! and this stroke Cal. 'Tisa fine eloquence to come to the gallows ! For the most wrong'd of women! [Kills him. You were born to be my end. The devil take king. Oh! I die.
you ! Erad. Die all our faults together! I forgive Now must I hang for company. 'Tis strange, thee,
[Erit. I should be old, and neither wise nor valiant. Enter two of the Bedchamber.
Ente" LYSIPPUS, DIAGORAS, CLEON, STRATO, 1. Come, now she's gone, let's enter; the king
and Guard. Expects it, and will be angry.
Lys. See where he stands, as boldly confident, 2. 'Tis a fine wench! we'll have a snap at her As if he had his full command about him. One of these nights as she goes from him.
Stra. He looks as if he had the better cause, sir; 1. Content! How quickly he had done with her. Under your gracious pardon, let me speak it! I see kings can do no more that way than other Though he be mighty spirited, and forward mortal people:
To all great things; to all things of that danger 2. How fast he is! I cannot hear him breathe. Worse men shake at the telling of; yet, cer1. Either the tapers give a feeble light,
tainly, Or he looks very pale.
I do believe him noble; and this action 2. And so he does;
Rather pullid on, than sought: His mind was Pray heaven he be well; let's look. Alas! He's stiff, wounded and dead ! reason, treason! As worthy as his hand. 1. Run forth and call.
Lys. "I'is my fear, too. 2. Treason, treason !
[Erit. Heaven forgive all ! Summon him, lord Cleon. 1. This will be laid on us :
Cleon. Ho, from the walls there. Who can believe a woman could do this ? ,
Mel. Worthy Cleon, welcome.
We could have wish'd you here, lord: You are Enter CLEON and LYSIPPUS.
honest. Cleon. How now! Where's the traitor ? Cal. Well, thou art as flattering a knave, tho' 1. Fled, fled away; but there her woeful act lies I dare not tell thee so--
Lys. Melantius! Cleon. Her act! a woman!
Mel. Sir. Lys. Where's the body?
Lys. I am sorry, that we meet thus; our old 1. There.
love Lys. Farewell, thou worthy man! There were Never requir'd such distance. Pray Heaven, two bonds,
You have not left yourself, and sought this safety That ticd our loves, a brother and a king; More out of fear than honour! You have lost The least of which might fetch a flood of tears : A noble master; which your faith, Melantius, But such the inisery of greatness is,
Some think, might have preserv'd: Yet you They have no time to mourn; then pardon me!
know best. Sirs, which way went she?
Cal. When time was, I was mad; some, that
dares fight, Enter STRATO.
I hope will pay this rascal. Stra. Never follow her;
Mel. Royal young man, whose tears look loveFor she, alas ! was but the instrument,
ly on thee, News is now brought that Melantius
Had they been shed for a descrving one, Has got the fort, and stands upon the wall ; They had been lasting monuments! Thy brother, And with a loud voice calls those few, that pass While he was good, I call’d him king; and serv'd At this dead time of night, delivering
him The innocence of this act.
With that strong faith, that most unwearied vaLys. Gentlemen, I am your king.
lour, sira. We do acknowledge it.
Pull’d people from the farthest sun to seek him, Lys. I would I were not! Follow, all; for this And beg his friendship. I was then his soldier. Must have a sudden stop.
(Ereunt. But since his hot pride drew him to disgrace me,
And brand my noble actions with his lust Enter MELANTIUS, DIPhilus, and CALIANAX, (That never-cur’d dishonour of my sister, on the walls.
Base stain of whore! and, which is worse, Mel. If the dull people can believe I am The joy to make it still so), like myself, armed,
Thus I have flung him off with my allegiance; (Be constant, Diphilus !) now we have time, And stand here mine own justice, to revenge Either to bring our banish'd honours home, What I have suffer'd in him; and this old man, Or create new ones in our ends.
Wronged almost to lunacy. Diph. I fear not.
Cal. Who I?
Mel. The short is this:
Urgeth me thus; I do desire again
That men and women should be matched together. To be a subject, so I may be free.
Enter AMINTOR and his Man.
Ser. There, my lord.
Amin. What would you, sir? All up again: What's done is past recall,
Asp. Please it your lordship to command your And past you to revenge; and there are thousands,
Out of the room, I shall deliver things
Amin. Leave us.
[Erit Servant. Lys. Melantius, write in that
Asp. Oh, that that shape Thy choice: My seal is at it.
Should bury falsehood in it!
[Aside. Mel. It was our honours drew us to this act, Amin. Now your will, sir. Not gain; and we will only work our pardons. Asp. When you know me, my lord, you needs Cal. Put my name in too.
must guess Diph. You disclaim'd us all
My business; and I am not hard to know; But now, Calianax.
For till the chance of war mark'd this smooth Cal. That is all one;
face I'll not be hang'd hereafter by a trick :
With these few blemishes, people would call me I'll have it in.
My sister's picture, and her mine. In short, Mel. You shall, you shall.
I am the brother to the wrong'd Aspatia. Come to the back gate, and we'll call you king, Amin. The wrong'd Aspatia? 'Would thou wert And give you up the fort. Lys. Away, away.
[Exeunt omnes. Unto the wrong'd Amintor ! Let me kiss
That hand of thine, in honour that I bear
Unto the wrong’d Aspatia. Here I stand,
Without thy help For she, that can endure the misery,
Asp. I would I could with credit.
Since I was twelve years old, I had not seen
She sent for me to see her marriage;
A woeful one! But they, that are above,
Have ends in every thing. She us’d few words ;
The baseness of the injuries you did her. To help me to your
That little training I have had, is war: Ser. What, would you serve him?
I may behave myself rudely in peace; Asp. I'll do him any service; but, to haste, I would not, though. I shall not need to tell you, For my affairs are earnest, I desire
I am but young, and would be loth to lose To speak with him.
Honour, that is not easily gain'd again. Str. Sir, because you're in such haste, I would Fairly I mean to deal: The age is strict be loth delay you any longer : You cannot. For single combats; and we shall be stopp’d, Asp. It shall become you, though, to tell your If it be published. If you like your sword, lord.
Use it: if mine appear a better to you, Ser. Sir, he will speak with nobody; but, in Change; for the ground is this, and this the time particular, I have in charge, about no weighty To end our difference. matters.
Amin. Charitable youth,
So strange a wrong: And, for thy sister's sake, Ser. Pray be not angry, sir. I'll do my best. Know, that I could not think that desperate thing
[Erit. I durst not do; yet, to enjoy this world Asp. How stubbornly this fellow answer'd me! I would not see her; for, beholding thee, There is a vile dishonest trick in man,
I am I know not what. If I have aught, More than in women: All the men I meet That may content thee, take it, and be gone; Appear thus to me, are all harsh and rude ; For death is not so terrible as thou. And have a subtilty in every thing,
Thine eyes shoot guilt into me. Which love could never know. But we fond wo Asp. Thus, she swore, men
Thou wouldst behave thyself; and give me words, Harbour the easiest and the smoothest thoughts, That would fetch tears into my eyes; and so And think, all shall go so! It is unjust, Thou dost, indeed. But yet she bade me watch,