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Leost. Might! O do not shew mė
And as a god adore hím. A beam of comfort, and straight take it from me. Cleora. If that goodness The means by which she was freed ?—Speak; And noble temperance, the queen of virtues, O speak quickly!
Bridling rebellious passions (to whose sway Each minute of delay's an age of torment: Such as have conquered nations have lived slaves) 0! speak, Timandra!
Did ever wing great minds to fly to heaven, Timan. Free her from her oath;
He, that preserved mine honour, may hope boldly Herself can best deliver it. (Takes off the scarf. To fill a seat among the gods, and shake off Leost. O blest office!
Our frail corruption. Never did galley-slave shake off his chains, Leost. Forward. Or look on his redemption from the oar,
Cleora. Or if ever With such true feeling of delight as now The powers above did mask in human shapes, I find myself possessed of.- Now I behold To teach mortality, not by cold precepts True light indeed: For since these fairest stars Forgot as soon as told, but by examples, (Cover'd with clouds of your determinate will) To imitate their pureness, and draw near Denied their influence to my optic sense, To their celestial natures, I believe The splendour of the sun appeared to me He's more than man. But as some little glimpse of his bright beams Leost. You do describe a wonder. Conveyed into a dungeon, to remember
Cleora. Which will increase, when you shall The dark inhabitants there how much they
He was a lover. Open these long-shut lips, and strike mine ears Leost. Not yours, lady ? With music more harmonious than the spheres Cleora. Yes; Yield in their heavenly motions : And, if ever Loved me, Leosthenes; nay more,' so doted, A true submission for a crime acknowledged (If e'er affections scorning gross desires May find a gracious hearing, teach your tongue, May without wrong be styled so) that he durst In the first sweet articulate sounds it utters,
not To sign my wished-for pardon.
With an immodest syllable or look, Cleora. I forgive you.
In fear it might take from me, whom he made Leost. How greedily I receive this ! Stay, The object of his better part, discover best lady,
I was the saint he sued to. And let me by degrees ascend the height
Leost. A rare temper! Of human happiness ! All at once delivered, Cleora. I cannot speak it to the worth: All The torrent of my joys will overwhelm me;
praise So, now a little more; and pray excuse me, I can bestow upon it, will appear If, like a wanton epicure, I desire
Envious detraction. Not to rack you further, The pleasant taste these cakes of comfort yield Yet make the miracle full, though, of all men, me,
He hated you, Leosthenes, as his rival; Should not too soon be swallowed. Have you not so high yet he prized my content, that, knowing (By your unspotted truth I do conjure you You were a man I favoured, he disdained not To answer truly) suffered in your honour, Against bimself to serve you. (By force, I mean, for in your will I free you) Leost. You conceal still Since i left Syracusa ?
The owner of these excellencies. Cleora. I restore
Cleord. 'Tis Marullo, This kiss, (so help me, goodness!) which I bor. My father's bondman. rowed
Leost. Ha, ha, ha! When I last saw you.
Cleora. Why do you laugh? Leost. Miracle of virtue !
Leost. To hear the labouring mountain of your One pause more, I beseech you :-I am like
praise A man, whose vital spirit consumed and wasted Delivered of a mouse. With a long and tedious fever, unto whom Cleora. The man deserves not Too much of a strong cordial at once taken, This scorn, I can assure yolu Brings death, and not restores him. Yet I can- Leost. Do you call not
What was his duty, merit? Fix here; but must enquire the man to whom Cleora. Yes, and place it I stand indebted for a benefit,
As high in my esteem, as all the honours Which to requite at full
, though in this hand Descended from your ancestors, or the glory, I grasped all sceptres the world's empire bows to, Which you may call your own, got in this action, Would leave me a poor' bankrupt. "Name him, In which, I must confess, you have done nobly, lady;
And, I could add, as I desired ;—but that
Should dare to love you?
Cleora. The immortal gods
The thing I was born, my lord ? Accept the meanest altars that are raised
Timag. The same wise thing. By pure devotions; and sometimes prefer 'Slight, what a beast they have made thee! An ounce of frankincense, honey or milk,
Africk never Before whole hecatombs, or Sabæan gums,
Produced the like. Offered in ostentation. Are you sick (Aside. Asot. I think so: nor the land of your old disease? I'll fit
Where apes and monkeys grow, like crabs and Leost. You seem moved.
walnuts Cleora. Zealous, I grant, in the defence of On the same tree. Not all the catalogue virtue.
Of conjurers or wise women, bound together, Why, good Leosthenes, though I endured Could have so soon transformed me, as my rasA penance for your sake above example,
cal I have not so far sold myself, I take it,
Did with his whip; For not in outside only, To be at your devotion, but I may
But in my own belief, I thought myself
Asot. And would have given one leg, with all
After three lives, or one and twenty years, Cleora. I vouchsafe it;
Though I had died on crutches. Yet, I must tell you 'tis a favour that
Cleon. Never varlets
Lard all he eats with marrow, or his doctors Or urged the dispensation of an oath,
Pour in his mouth restoratives as he sleeps,
Timag. But your ladyship looks
Your ten-crown amber possets, good to smooth Solicited my favours.
The cutis, as you call it, and prepare you Leost. Pray you, end;
Active, and high, for an afternoon's encounter The story does not please me.
With a rough gamester, on your couch, Fie Cleora. Well, take heed
on't! Of doubts and fears ;-for know, Leosthenes, You are grown thrifty, smell like other women ; A greater injury cannot be offered
The college of physicians have not sat, To innocent chastity than unjust suspicion. As they were used, in council, how to fill I love Marullo's fair mind, not his person; The crannies in your cheeks, or raise a rampire Let that secure you. And I here command you, With mummy, ceruses, or infants' fat, If I have any power in you, to stand
To keep off age and time. Between him and all punishment, and oppose Coris. Pray you, forbear; His temperance to his folly; if you fail
I am an alter d woman. No more; I will not threaten.
Erit. Timag. So it seems; Leost. What a bridge
A part of your honour's ruff stands out of rank Of glass I walk upon, over a river
too. Of certain ruin! Mine own weighty fears
Coris. No matter, I have other thoughts. Cracking what should support me! and those Timag. O strange! helps,
Not ten days since it would have vex'd you more Which confidence yields to others, are from me Than the loss of your good name: pity, this Ravished by doubts and wilful jealousy. [Erit.
For your proud itch came no sooner! Marry, SCENE IV-Another Room in the same.
Seems to bear up still. Enter TIMAGORAS, CLEON, Asotus, CORISCA,
Olymp. I complain not, sir ; and OLYMPIA.
I have born my fortune patiently. Cleon. But are you sure we're safe ?
Timag. Thou wert ever
An excellent bearer; so is all your tribe,
Enter LEOSTHENES, and DIPHILUS, with a With the balm of your revenge.
guard. Asot. And shall I be
Timog. How now, friend?
Looks our Cleora lovely ?
Leost. In my thoughts, sir.
Leost. Ha! I more than fear.
Enter DỊPHILUS with PISANDER.
Diph. Close hid in your sister's chamber.
Leost. This confirms
Timag. But that I scorn
Phi. He's more a slave than fortune
Upon unweaponed innocence.
Timag. Prate you, dog !
Pis. Curs snap at lions in the toil, whose looks
Timag. As a wild beast,
Pis. O divine Cleora!
Pis. Yes, and love her ;
Timag. Stop his mouth;
[Erit Guard with PISAND.
Asot. If he get loose, I know it,
You are no more your own, nor mine, but must SCENE I.-A Room in ARCHIDAMUS's House. Resolve to serve and suffer his commands,
And not dispute them; ere it be too late,
Consider it duly. I must to the senate.
(Erit ARCH. honours
Cleora. I am much distracted; in Leosthenes And glories centupled, (as I must confess, I can find nothing justly to accuse, Leosthenes is most worthy) yet I will not, But this excess of love, which I have studied However I may counsel, force affection. To cure with more than common means; yet still Cleora. It needs not, sir; I prize him to his It grows upon him. And, if I may call worth,
My sufferings merit, I stand bound to think on Nay, love him truly; yet would not live slaved Marullo's dangers; though I save his life, To his jealous humours ; since, by the hopes of His love is unrewarded. I confess, heaven,
Both have deserved me; yet of force must be As I am free from violence, in a thought Unjust to one-such is my destiny. I am not guilty. Arch. "Tis believed, Cleora ;
Enter TIMANDRA. And much the rather (our great gods be praised How now? whence flow these tears ? for't,)
Timan. I have met, madam,
Cleora. Speak! What is it?
Timan. Men pity beasts of rapine, if o'erTo pity poor Marullo !
matched, Arch." 'Tis my purpose
Though baited for their pleasure: but these monTo do him all the good I can, Cleora:
sters, But this offence, being against the state, Upon a man that can make no resistance, Must have a public trial. In the mean time, Are senseless in their tyranny. Let it be granted, Be careful of yourself, and stand engaged Marullo is a slave, he's still a man; No further to Leosthenes, than you may A capital offender, yet in justice Come off with honour: fór, being once his wife, 1 Not to be tortured, till the judge pronounce
By fair or foul play, what he ventured for, Cleora. Where is he?
To me is a riddle. Timan. Dragged to prison
Leost. Pray you, no more; already With more than barbarous violence; spurned and I have answered that objection, in my strong spit on
Assurance of her virtue.
Timag. 'Tis unfit, then,
Make in, or all is lost.
[Rushes forward distractedly. By whose command ?
Timag. What would Timandra ? Timan. It seems, my lord your brother's, Leost. How wild she looks! How is it with thy For he is a looker on : and it takes from
lady? Honoured Leosthenes to suffer it,
Timag. Collect thyself, and speak.
Have pity, or love piety.-Oh!
Leost. Take breath. 'Tis base in both, and to their teeth I'll tell Timag. Out with it boldly. them
Timan. Oh! the best of ladies, That I am wronged in it.
I fear, is gone for ever. Timan. What will you do? [As going forth. Leost. Who, Cleora? Clevra. In person
Timag. Deliver, how. 'Sdeath, be a man, sir! Visit and comfort him.
speak. Timan. That will bring fuel
Timan. Take it, then, in as many sighs as words. To the jealous fires, which burn too hot already My lady In lord Leosthenes.
Timug. What of her ?
Timan. No sooner heard
Timug. But she recovered ?
This is unmanly.
Timan. Brought again to life, Enter LEOSTHENES and TIMAGORAS. But with much labour, she awhile stood silent, I study mine own ends. They come ;-assist me Yet in that interim vented sighs, as if In these my undertakings, Love's great patron, They laboured, from the prison of her flesh, As my intents are honest!
To give her grieved soul freedom. On the sudden, Leost. "Tis my fault :
Transported on the wings of rage and sorrow, Distrust of others springs, Timagoras,
She flew out of the house, and, unattended, From diffidence in ourselves. But I will strive,
Entered the common prison. With the assurance of my worth and merits,
Leost. This confirms To kill this monster, jealousy.
What but before I feared. Timag. 'Tis a guest,
Timan. There you may find her; In wisdom, never to be entertained
And, if you love her as a sisterOn trivial probabilities ; but when
Timag. Damn her! He does appear in pregnant proofs, not fashioned Timun. Or you respect her safety, as a lover, By idle doubts and fears, to be receiverl. Procure Marullo's liberty. They make their own horns that are too secure, Temag. Impudence As well as such as give them growth and being
Beyond expression! From mere imagination. Though I prize
Leost. Shall I be a bawd Cleora's honour equal with mine own,
To her lust, and my dishonour ? And know what large additions of power
Timan. She'll run mad, else, This match brings to our family, I prefer
Or do some violent act upon herself. Our friendship, and your peace of mind, so far My lord, her father, sensible of her sufferings, Above my own respects, or hers, that if Labours to gain his freedom, She hold not her true value in the test,
Leost. 0, the devil! 'Tis far from my ambition for her cure,
Has she bewitched him too? That you should wound yourself.
Timag. I'll hear no more. Timan. This argues for me.
[Aside. Come, sir, we'll follow her; and if no persuaTimag. Why she should be so passionate for a
Can make her take again her natural form, Falls not in compass of my understanding, Which by lust's powerful spell she has cast off, But for some nearer interest: or he raise This sword shall disenchano her. This inutiny, if he loved her (as, you say,
Lcost. O my heart-strings ! She does confess he did,) but to enjoy,
(Ereunt LEOSTHENES and TIMAGORAS. VOL. I.
Timan. I knew it would take. Pardon me, Have I encountered !
Timag. I am blasted too :
Pis. Could I expire now,
'Twere not to die, but in a heavenly dream SCENE II.-A Prison.
To be transported, without the help of Charon,
To the Elysian shades. You make me bold; Enter CLEORA, Jailor, and PISANDER.
And, but to wish such happiness, I fear, Cleora. There's for your privacy. Stay, un- May give offence. bind his hands.
Cleora. No; for believe it, Marullo, Jailor. I dare not, madam.
You've won so much upon me, that I know not Cleor. I will buy thy danger:
That happiness in my gift but you may challenge. Take more gold;-do not trouble me with thanks, Leost. Are you yet satisfied? I do suppose it done.
Cleora. Nor can you wish Pis. My better angel
But what my vows will second, though it were Assumes this shape to comfort me, and wisely; Your freedom first, and then in me full power Since, from the choice of all celestial figures, To make a second tender of myself, He could not take a visible form, so full
And you receive the present. By this kiss Of glorious sweetness.
(Kneels. (From me a virgin bounty) I will practise Cleora. Rise-I am flesh and blood,
All arts for your deliverance; and, that purchaAnd do partake thy tortures.
sed, Pis. Can it be,
In what concerns your further aims, I speak it, That charity should persuade you to descend Do not despair, but hope. So far from your own height as to vouchsafe Timag. To have the hangman, To look upon my sufferings ! How I bless When he is married to the cross, in scorn My fetters now, and stand engaged to fortune To say, Gods give you joy! For my captivity-no, my freedom rather!
Leost. But look on me,
Thy malice cannot reach me.
Timag. How? With which you have made evident proofs that Cleora. No, brother, you
Though you join in the dialogue to accuse me, Are strongly fortified, cannot fall, though shaken What I have done, I'll justify; and these faWith the shock of fierce temptations; but still
Which you presume will taint me in my honour, In spite of opposition. For myself,
Though jealousy use all her eyes to spy out I may endeavour
confirm your goodness, One stain in my behaviour, or envy (A sure retreat which never will deceive you) As many tongues to wound it, shall appear And with unfeigned tears express my sorrow My best perfections. For, to the world, For what I cannot help.
[Weeps. I can, in my defence, alledge such reasons, Pis. Do you weep for me?
As my accusers shall stand dumb to hear them; 0! save that precious balm for nobler uses ! When, in his fetters, this man's worth and virtues, I am unworthy of the smallest drop,
But truly told, shall shame your boasted glories, Which, in your prodigality of pity,
Which fortune claims a share in.
Cleora. Murder! help!
Enter ARCHIDAMUS, DIPHILUS, and Officers.
judge ? Cleora. Which is ended
Or else ambitious of the hangman's office In this your free confession.
Before it be designed you? You are bold too;
Unhand my daughter. Enter LEOSTHENES and TIMAGORAS unseen.
Leost. She's my valour's prize. Leost. What an object