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My wrongs would make ill riddles to be laugh'd at. Made his soul melt within him, and his blood
Dare you be still my king, and right me not? Run into whey! It stood upon his brow,
King. Give me your wrongs in private. Like a cold winter dew.

(They whisper. Phi. Gentlemen, Phi. Take them,

You have no suit to me? I am no minion :
And ease me of a load would bow strong Atlas. You stand, methinks, like men, that would be
Cle. He dares not stand the shock.

Dion. I cannot blame him: there's danger in't. If you could well be flattered at a price
Every man in this age has not a soul of crystal, Not to undo your children. You are all honest :
for all men to read their actions through : Men's Go, get you home again, and make your country
hearts and faces are so far asunder, that they A virtuous court; to which your great ones may,
kold no intelligence. Do but view yon stranger in their diseased age, retire, and live recluse.
well, and you shall see a fever through all his Cle. How do you, worthy sir ?
bravery, and feel him shake like a true recreant. Phi. Well, very well ;
If he give not back his crown again, upon the re- And so well, that, if the king please, I find
port of an elder gun, I have no augury.


live many years. King. Go to !

Dion. The king must please,
Be more yourself, as you respect our favour ; Whilst we know what you are, and who you are,
You'll stir us else. Sir, I must have you know, Your wrongs and injuries. Shrink not, worthy sir,
That you are, and shall be, at our pleasure, what But add your father to you: In whose name,
fashion we

We'll waken all the gods, and conjure up Will put upon you. Smooth your brow, or by the The rods of vengeance, the abused people; gods

Who, like to raging torrents, shall swell high, Phi. I am dead, sir; you are my fate. It was And so begirt the dens of these male

not I

That, through the strongest safety, they shall beg
Said, I was wrong'd: I carry all about me, For mercy at your sword's point.
My weak stars lead me to, all my weak fortunes. Phi. Friends, no more;
Who dares in all this presence speak (that is Our ears may be corrupted: 'Tis an age
But man of flesh, and may be mortal) tell me, We dare not trust our wills to. Do you love me?
I do not most entirely love this prince,

Thra. Do we love Heaven and honour?
And honour his full virtues !

Phi. My lord Dion,
King. Sure, he's possessed,

You had a virtuous gentlewoman called you fa-
Phi. Yes, with my father's spirit: It is here,
O king!

Is she yet alive?
A dangerous spirit. Now he tells me, king, Dion. Most honoured sir, she is :
I was a king's heir, bids me be a king;

And, for the penance but of an idle dream,
And whispers to me, these are all my subjects. Has undertook a tedious pilgrimage.
'Tis strange he will not let me sleep, but dives
Into my fancy, and there gives me shapes,

Enter a Lady.
That kneel, and do me service, cry me “ king :" Phi. Is it to me, or any of these gentlemen,
But I'll suppress him; he's a factious spirit,
And will undo me.-Noble sir, your hand : Lady. To you, brave lord: The princess would
I am your servant.

entreat your present company. King. Away, I do not like this:

Phi. The princess send for me ! You are mis-
I'll make you tamer, or I'll dispossess you taken.
Both of life and spirit. For this time

Lady. If you be called Philaster, 'tis to you.
I pardon your wild speech, without so much Phi. Kiss her fair hand, and say I will attend
As your imprisonment.

[Ex. King, PHA. and ARE. Dion. Do

know what


do ? Dion. I thank you, sir; you dare not for the Phi. Yes; go to see a woman. people,

Cle. But do you weigh the danger you are in? Gal. Ladies, what think you now of this brave Phi. Danger in a sweet face! fellow

By Jupiter, I must not fear a woman. Meg. A pretty talking fellow; hot at hand. Thra. But are you sure it was the princess sent? But eye yon stranger : Is he not a fine complete It may be some foul train to catch your life. gentleman ? Oh, these strangers, I do affect them Phi. I do not think it, gentlemen; she's noble; strangely: They do the rarest home things, and Her eye may shoot me dead, or those true red please the fullest ! As I live, I could love all the And white friends in her face may steal my soul nation over and over for his sake.

out: Gal. Pride comfort your poor head-piece, lady! There's all the danger in it. But, be what may, 'Tis a weak one, and had need of a night-cap. Her single name hath armed me. (Erit Phi

Dion. See, how his fancy labours ! Has he not Dion. Go on : Spcke home, and bravely? What a dangerous And be as truly happy as thou art fearless, train,

Come, gentlemen, let's make our friends acDid he give fire to! How he shook the king,



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you come?

Lest the king prove false.

[Ereunt. Injure a princess, and a scandal lay Enter ARETHUSA and a Lady.

Upon my fortunes, fam’d to be so great ;

Calling a great part of my dowry in question ? Are. Comes he not?

Phi. Madam, this truth, which I shall speak, Lady. Madam?

will be Are. Will Philaster come?

Foolish : But, for your fair and virtuous self, Lady. Dear madam, you are wont

I could afford myself to have no right To credit me at first.

To any thing, you wished.
Are. But didst thou tell me so ?

Are. Philaster, know,
I am forgetful, and my woman's strength I must enjoy these kingdoms.
Is so o'ercharged with dangers like to grow

Phi. Madam! Both?
About my marriage, that these under things Are. Both, or I die: By fate, I die, Philaster,
Dare not abide in such a troubled sea.

If I not calmly may enjoy them both. How looked he, when he told thee he would come? Phi. I would do much to save that noble life ; Lady. Why, well.

Yet would be loth to have posterity Are. And not a little fearful ?

Find in our stories, that Philaster gave Lady. Fear, madam ? sure he knows not what His right unto a sceptre, and a crown, it is.

To save a lady's longing. Are. Ye are all of his faction; the whole court Are. Nay then, hear! Is bold in praise of him; whilst I

I must and will have them, and moreMay live neglected, and do noble things,

Phi. What more? As fools in strife throw gold into the sea,

Are. Or lose that little life the gods prepared, Drowned in the doing. But, I know he fears. To trouble this poor piece of earth withal. Lady. Fear ? Madam, methought, his looks þid Phi, Madam, what more? more

Are. Turn, then, away thy face. Of love than fear.

Phi. No. Are. Of love? to whom ? to you!

Are. Do. Did you deliver those plain words, I sent, Phi. I can't endure it, Turn away my face? With such a winning gesture, and quick look, I never yet saw enemy, that looked That you have caught him?

So dreadfully, but that I thought myself Lady. Madam, I mean to you.

As great a basilisk as he; or spake Are. Of love to me? alas ! thy ignorance So horribly, but that I thought my tongue Lets thee not see the crosses of our births. Bore thunder underneath, as much as his ; Nature, that loves not to be questioned

Nor beast, that I could turn from : Shall I then Why she did this, or that, but has her ends, Begin to fear sweet sounds ? a lady's voice, And knows she does well, never gave the world Whom I do love? Say, you would have my life; Two things so opposite, so contrary,

Why, I will give it you; for it is of me As he and I am : If a bowl of blood,

A thing so loathed, and unto you, that ask, Drawn from this arm of mine, would poison thee, Of so poor use, that I will make no price: A draught of his would cure thee. Of love to me? If you entreat, I will unmovedly hear. Lady. Madam, I think I hear him.

Are, Yet, for my sakę, a little bend thy looks. Are. Bring him in.

Phi. I do. Ye gods that would not have your dooms with- Are. Then know, I must have them, and thee. stood,

Phi. And me? Whose holy wisdoms at this time it is,

Are. Thy love; without which, all the land, To make the passion of a feeble maid

Discovered yet, will serve me for no use, The way unto your justice, I obey.

But to be buried in.

Phi. Is't possible?

Are. With it, it were too little to bestow Lady. Here is my lord Philaster.

On thee. Now, though thy breath do strike me Are. Oh! 'tis well.

dead, Withdraw yourself.

(Exit Lady. (Which, know, it may) I have unript my breast. Phi. Madam, your messenger

Phi. Madam, you are too full of noble thoughts, Made me believe you wished to speak with me. To lay a train for this contemned life, Are

. 'Tis true, Philaster; but the words are such which you may have for asking: To suspect I have to say, and do so ill beseem

Were base, where I deserve no ill. Love you, The mouth of woman, that I wish them said, By all my hopes, I do above my life: And yet am loth to speak them. Have you known But how this passion should proceed from you That I have ought detracted from your worth? So violently, would amaze a man, Have I in person wronged you? or have set That would be jealous. My baser instruments, to throw disgrace

Are. Another soul, into my body shot, Upon your virtues ?

Could not have filled me with more strength and Phi. Never, madam, you.

spirit, Are. Why, then, should you, in such a public Than this thy breath. But spend not hasty time place,

In seeking how I came thus: 'Tis the gods,

with you.

The gods, that make me so; and, sure, our love | Which will for ever on my conscience lie.
Will be the nobler, and the better blest,

Are. Then, good Philaster, give him scope and In that the secret justice of the gods

Is mingled with it. Let us leave, and kiss, In what he says; for he is apt to speak
Lest some unwelcome guest should fall betwixt us, What you are loth to hear : For my sake, do.
And we should part without it.

Phi. I will.
Phi. "Twill be ill
I should abide here long.

Are. 'Tis true; and worse

Pha. My princely mistress, as true lovers ought, You should come often. How shall we devise I come to kiss these fair hands; and to shew, To hold intelligence, that our true loves, In outward ceremonies, the dear love, On any new occasion, may agree

Writ in my heart. What path is best to tread ?

Phi. If I shall have an answer no directlier, Phi. I have a boy,

I am gone.
Sent by the gods, I hope, to this intent,

Pha. To what would he have answer?
Not yet seen in the court. Hunting the buck, Are. To his claim unto the kingdom.
I found him sitting by a fountain side,

Pha. Sirrah, I forbare you before the king.
Of which he borrowed some to quench his thirst, Phi. Good sir, do so still : I would not talk
And paid the nymph again as much in tears.
A garland lay him by, made by himself,

Pha. But now time is fitter : Do but offer
Of many several flowers, bred in the bay, To make mention of your right to any kingdom,
Stuck in that mystic order, that the rareness Though it be scarce habitable
Delighted me: But ever when he turned

Phi. Good sir, let me go.
His tender eyes upon them, he would weep, Pha. And by my sword-
As if he meant to make them grow again. Phi. Peace, Pharamond! If thou-
Seeing such pretty helpless innocence

Are. Leave us, Philaster.
Dwell in his face, I asked him all his story.

Phi. I have done. He told me, that his parents gentle died,

Pha. You are gone: By heav'n, I'll fetch you Leaving him to the mercy of the fields,

back. Which gave him roots; and of the crystal springs, Phi. You shall not need. Which did not stop their courses; and the sun, Pha. What now? Which still, he thanked him, yielded him his light. Phi. Know, Pharamond, Then took he up his garland, and did shew I loath to brawl with such a blast as thou, What every flower, as country people hold, Who art nought but a valiant voice : But, if Did signify; and how all, ordered thus, Thou shalt provoke me further, men shall say Expressed his grief: And, to my thoughts, did “ Thou wert," and not lament it. read

Pha. Do you slight The prettiest lecture of his country art, My greatness so, and in the chamber of the That could be wished; so that, methought, I

princess? could

Phi. It is a place, to which, I must confess, Have studied it

. I gladly entertained him, I owe a reverence: But were it the church, Who was as glad to follow; and have got Ay, at the altar, there's no place so safe, The trustiest, lovingest, and gentlest boy, where thou dar’st injure me, but I dare kill thee. That ever inaster kept. Him will I send And for your greatness, know, şir, I can grasp To wait on you, and bear our hidden love. You and your greatness thus, thus into nothing

Give not a word, not a word back! Farewell. Enter Lady.

[Exit PHILASTER. Are. 'Tis well; no more.

Pha. 'Tis an odd fellow, madam : We must Lady. Madam, the prince is come to do his

stop service.

His mouth with some office, when we are marAre. What will you do, Philaster, with your

ried. self?

Are. You were best make him your controller, Phi. Why, that, which all the gods have ap- Pha. I think he would discharge it well. But, pointed out for me.

madam, Are. Dear, hide thyself

. Bring in the prince. I hope our hearts are knit; and yet, so slow Phi. Hide me from Pharamond !

The ceremonies of state are, that 'twill be long When thunder speaks, which is the voice of Jove, Before our hands be so. If then you please, Though I do reverence, yet I hide me not ; Being agreed in heart, let us not wait And shall a stranger prince have leave to brag For dreaming form, but take a little stolen Unto a foreign nation, that he made

Delights, and so prevent our joys to come. Philaster hide himself?

Are. If you dare speak such thoughts, Are. He cannot know it.

I must withdraw in honour.

[Exit. Phi. Though it should sleep for ever to the Pha. The constitution of my body will never world,

hold out till the wedding ! I must seek elseIt is a simple sin to hide myself,


i [Erit.


Nay, weep not, gentle boy! 'Tis more than time Enter PHILASTER and BELLARIO. Thou didst attend the princess. Phi. And thou shalt find her honourable, boy,

Bel. I am gone. Full of regard unto thy tender youth,

But since I am to part with you, my lord, For thine own modesty; and, for my sake, And none knows, whether I shall live to do Apter to give than thou wilt be to ask,

More service for you, take this little prayer; Ay, or deserve.

Heaven bless your loves, your fights, all your deBel. Sir, you did take me up, when I was no

signs ! thing;

May sick men, if they have your wish, be well ; And only yet am something, by being yours. And Heaven hate those, you curse, though I be You trusted me unknown; and that, which you


(Erit. were apt

Phi. The love of boys unto their lords is strange; To construe a simple innocence in me,

I have read wonders of it: Yet this boy, Perhaps, might have been craft; the cunning of For my sake (if a man may judge by looks a boy

And speech) would out-do story. I may see Hardened in lies and theft: Yet ventured you A day to pay him for his loyalty. [Érit Phr. To part my miseries and me; for which

Enter PHARAMOND. I never can expect to serve a lady That bears more honour in her breast than you. Pha. Why should these ladies stay so long ? Phi. But, boy, it will prefer thee. Thou’rt They must come this way: I know the queen young,

employs them not; for the reverend mother sent And bear'st a childish overflowing love

me word, they would be all for the garden. If To them, that clap thy cheeks, and speak thee they should all prove honest now, I were in a fair yet.

fair taking. I was never so long without sport in But, when thy judgment comes to rule those pas- my life; and, in my conscience, it's not my fault. sions,

Oh, for our country ladies! Here's one bolted;
Thou wilt remember best those careful friends, I'll hound at her.
That plac'd thee in the noblest way of life.

She is a princess I prefer thee to.
Bel. In that small time that I have seen the Gal. Your grace!

Phu. Shall I not be a trouble?
I never knew a man hasty to part

Gal. Not to me, sir. With a servant, he thought trusty: I remember, Pha. Nay, nay, you are too quick. By this My father would prefer the boys he kept

sweet hand To greater men than he; but did it not,

Gal. You'll be forsworn, sir; 'tis but an old Till they were grown too saucy for himself. glove. If you will talk at distance, I am for you:

Phi. Why, gentle boy, I find no fault at all But, good prince, be not bawdy, nor do not brag. thv behaviour.

These two I bar: And then, I think, I shall have Bel. Sir, if I have made

sense enough to answer all the weighty apothegms A fault of ignorance, instruct my youth: your royal blood shall manage. I shall be willing, if not apt, to learn ;

Pha. Dear lady, can you love? Age and experience will adorn my mind

Gal. Dear, prince! how dear? I ne'er cost With larger knowledge: And, if I have done. you a coach yet, nor put you to the dear repenA wilful fault, think me not past all hope tance of a banquet. Here's no scarlet, sir, to For once. What master holds so strict a. hand blush the sin out it was given for. This wire Over his boy, that he will part with him

mine own hair covers; and this face has been so Without one warning? Let me be corrected, far from being dear to any, that it ne'er cost penTo break my stubbornness, if it be so,

ny painting : And, for the rest of my poor wardRather than turn me off; and I shall mend. robe, such as you see, it leaves no hand behind

Phi. Thy love doth plead so prettily to stay, it, to make the jealous mercer's wife curse our That, trust me, I could weep to part with thee. good doings. Alas! I do not turn thee off; thou knowest Pha. You mistake me, lady. It is my business, that doth call thee hence; Gal. Lord, I do so: 'Would you, or 1, could And, when thou art with her, thou dwell'st with help it! me.

Pha. Do ladies of this country use to give no Think so, and 'tis so.' Arid, when time is full, more respect to men of my full being ? That thou hast well discharged this heavy trust, Gal. Full being! I understand you not, unless Laid on so weak a one, I will again

your grace means growing to fatness; and then With joy receive thee; as I live, I will.

your only remedy (upon my knowledge, prince)


is, in a morning, a cup of neat white-wine, brewed | Such pretty begging blanks, I should commend with carduus; then fast till supper; about eight Your forehead, or your cheeks, and kiss you too. you may eat; use exercise, and keep a sparrow- Pha. Do it in prose ; you cannot miss it, mahawk; you can shoot in a tiller: But, of all, your

dam. grace must fly phlebotomy, fresh pork, conger, Meg. I shall, I shall. and clarified whey: They are all dullers of the Pha. By my life, you shall not. vital spirits.

I'll prompt you first: Can you do it now? Pha. Lady, you talk of nothing all this while. Meg. Methinks 'tis easy now; I ha' don't beGal. 'Tis very true, sir; I talk of you.

fore; Pha. This is a crafty wench; I like her wit But yet I should stick at it. well ; 'twill be rare to 'stir up a leaden appetite. Pha. Stick till to-morrow; She's a Danae, and must be courted in a shower I'll ne'er part you, sweetest. But we lose time. of gold. Madam, look here! All these, and more Can you love me? than

Meg. Love you, my lord ! How would you have Gal. What have you there, my lord? Gold ! me love you ? Now, as I live, 'tis fair gold! You would have Pha. I'll teach you in a short sentence, 'cause silver for it, to play with the pages: You could I will not load your memory: This is all, love me, not have taken me in a worse time; but, if you And lie with ine. have present use, my lord, I'll send my man with Meg. Was it lie with you, that you said ? 'tis silver, and keep your gold for you.

impossible ! Pha. Lady, Lady!

Pha. Not to a willing mind, that will endeaGal. She's coming, sir, behind, will take white

vour: money. Yet, for all this I'll match you. If I do not teach you to do it, as easily; in one (Erit GAL. behind the hangings.

night, Pha. If there be but two such more in this As you'll go to bed, I'll lose my royal blood for't. kingdom, and near the court, we may even hang Meg. Why, prince, you have a lady of your own, up our harps. Ten such camphire constitutions That yet wants teaching, as this, would call the golden age again in ques. Pha. I'll sooner teach a mare the old meation, and teach the old way for every ill-faced sures, than teach her any thing belonging to the husband to get his own children; and what a function. She's afraid to lie with herself, if she mischief that will breed, let all consider ! have but any masculine imagination about her;

I know, when we are married, I must ravish her. Enter MEGRA.

Meg. By my honour, that's a foul fault indeed; Here's another: If she be of the same last, the but time, and your good help, will wear it out, sir. devil shall pluck her on.-Many fair mornings, Pha. And for any other see, excepting your lady.

dear self, dearest lady, I had rather be sir Tim Meg. As many mornings bring as many days, the schoolmaster, and leap a dairy-maid. Fair, sweet, and hopeful to your grace.

Meg. Has your grace seen the court-star, GaPha. She gives good words yet; sure this latea? wench is free.

Pha. Out upon her! She's as cold of her faIf your more serious business do not call you, vour as an apoplex : She sailed by but now. Let me hold quarter with you: we'll talk an hour Meg. And how do you hold her wit, sir? Out quickly

Pha. I hold her wit? The strength of all the Meg. What would your grace talk of? guard cannot hold it, if they were tied to it; she

Pha. Of some such pretty subject as yourself. would blow them out of the kingdom. They talk I'll go no further than your eye, or lip; of Jupiter ; he is but a squib-cracker to her: There's theme enough for one man for an age. Look well about you, and you may find a tongueMeg. Sir, they stand right, and my lips are yet bolt. But speak, sweet lady, shall I be freely even,

welcome? Smooth, young enough, ripe enough, red enough, Meg. Whither? Or my glass wrongs me.

Pha. To your bed. If you mistrust my faith, Pha. Oh, they are two twinned cherries dyed you do me the unnoblest wrong. in blushes,

Meg. I dare not, prince, I dare not. Which those fair suns above, with their bright Pha. Make your own conditions, my purse beams,

shall seal them; and what you dare imagine you Reflect upon and ripen. Sweetest beauty, can want, I'll furnish you withal : Give two hours Bow down those branches, that the longing taste to your thoughts every morning about it. Come, Of the faint looker-on may meet those blessings, I know you are bashful; speak in my ear, will And taste and live.

you be mine? Keep this, and with it me: Soon Meg. Oh, delicate sweet prince !

I will visit you. She that hath snow enough about her heart, Meg. My lord, my chamber's most unsafe ; but To take the wanton spring of ten such lines off, when 'tis night, I'll find some means to slip into May be a nun without probation. Sir,

your lodging; till whenYou have, in such neat poetry, gathered a kiss, Pha. Till when, this, and my heart go with That if I had but five lines of that number, thee!

(Ereunt several ways.

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