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Such as you all are here. Amintor, to thee; I will not touch thee, so much as with shame
And to thy fair Evadne.

Of telling it. Let it be so no more.
Mel. Have you thought of this, Calianax ? Cal. Why, this is very fine.

[Apart. Mel. I cannot tell Cal. Yes, marry, have I.

What 'tis you mean; but I am apt enough Mel. And what's your resolution ?

Rudely to thrust into an ignorant fault. Cal. You shall have it, soundly, I warrant you. But let me know it: Happily, 'tis nought King. Reach to Amintor, Strato.

But misconstruction; and, where I am clear, Amin. Here, my love,

I will not take forgiveness of the gods,
This wine will do thee wrong, for it will set

Much less of you.
Blushes upon thy cheeks; and, 'till thou dost King. Nay, if you stand so stiff,
A fault, 'twere pity.

I shall call back iny mercy.
King. Yet, I wonder much

Mel. I want smoothness
At the strange desperation of these men, To thank a man for pardoning of a crime,
That dare attempt such acts here in our state : I never knew.
He could not 'scape, that did it.

King. Not to instruct your knowledge, but to Mel. Were he known,

shew you Impossible.

My ears are every where, you meant to kill me, King. It would be known, Melantius. And get the fort to escape. Mel. It ought to be: If he got then away,

Mel. Pardon me, sir; He must wear all our lives upon his sword. My bluntness will be pardoned : You preserve He need not fly the island; he must leave A race of idle people here about you, No one alive.

Facers and talkers, to defame the worth King. No; I should think no man

Of those, that do things worthy. The man, that Could kill me, and 'scape clear, but that old man. uttered this, Cal. But I heaven bless me! I! should I, Had perished without food, be it who it will, my liege?

But for this arm, that fenced him from the foe. King. I do not think thou would'st; but yet And, if I thought you gave a faith to this, thou might'st;

The plainness of my nature would speak more. for thou hast in thy hands the means to escape, Give me a pardon (for you ought to do it) By keeping of the fort. He has, Melantius, To kill him, that spake this. And he has kept it well.

Cal. Ay, that will be Mel. From cobwebs, sir,

The end of all : Then I am fairly paid 'Tis clean swept: I can find no other art For all my care and service. In keeping of it now: 'Twas ne'er besieged,

Mel. That old man, Since he commanded it.

Who calls me enemy, and of whom I Cal. I shall be sure

(Though I will never match my hate so low) Of your good word : But I have kept it safe Ilave no good thought, would yet, I think, erFrom such as you.

cuse me, Mel. Keep your ill temper in :

And swear he thought me wronged in this.
I speak no malice. Had my brother kept it, Cal. Who, I?
I should have said as much.

Thou shameless fellow! Didst thou not speak to me King. You are not merry.

Of it thyself. Brother, drink wine. Sit you all still !--Calianax, Mel. Oh, then it came from him? I cannot trust this: I have thrown out words, Cal. From me! who should it come from, but That would have fetched warm blood upon the from me? cheeks

Mel. Nay, I believe your malice is enough: Of guilty men, and he is never moved : But I have lost my anger. Sir, I hope He knows no such thing.

[Apart. You are well satisfied. Cal. Impudence may 'scape,

King. Lysippus, chear When feeble virtue is accused.

Amintor and his lady; there's no sound King. He must,

Comes from you; I will come and do it myself, If he were guilty, feel an alteration

Amin. You have done already, sir, for me, I At this our whisper, whilst we point at him: You see he does not.

King. Melantius, I do credit this from him, Cal. Let him hang himself :

How slight soe'er you make it. What care I what he does ? This he did say. Mel. 'Tis strange you should.

King. Melantius, you can easily conceive Cal. 'Tis strange he should believe an old man's What I have meant; for men, that are in fault, word, Can subtly apprehend, when others aim That never lied in his life? At what they do amiss : But I forgive

Mel. I talk not to thee! Freely, before this man. Heaven do so too! Shall the wild words of this distempered man,

thank you.

me still.

you use

Frantic with age and sorrow, make a breach Mel. Calianax,
Betwist your majesty and me? 'Twas wrong The king believes you; come, you shall go home,
To bearken to him, but to credit him,

And rest; you have done well.—You'll give it up,
As much, at least, as I have power to bear. When I have used you thus a month, I hope.
But pardon me—whilst I speak only truth,

[Apart. I snay commend myself-I have bestowed Cal. Now, now, 'tis plain, sir; he does noie Vy careless blood with you, and should be loth To think an action, that would make me lose He


he knows I'll give him up the fort, That, and my thanks too. When I was a boy, When he has used me thus a month. I am mad, I thrust myselt into my country's cause,

Am I not, still? And did a deed, that plucked five years from time, Omnes. Ha, ha, ha! And styled me man then. And for you, my king, Cal. I shall be mad indeed, if you do thus ! Tour subjects all have fed by virtue of

Why should you trust a sturdy fellow there My arın. This sword of mine hath plowed the (That has no virtue in him; all's in his sword) ground,

Before me? Do but take his weapons from him, And reaped the fruit in peace;

And he's an ass; and I'm a very foal, Aod you yourself have lived at home in ease. Both with him, and without him, as you use me. terrible I grew, that, without swords,

Omnes. Ha, ha, ha! My name hath fetched you conquest: And my King. 'Tis well, Calianax. But if heart

This once again, I shall entreat some other And limbs are still the same; my will as great To see your offices be well discharged. To do you service. Let me not be paid Be merry, gentlemen; it grows somewhat late. With such a strange distrust.

Amintor, thou wouldst be a-bed again, King. Melantius,

Amin. Yes, sir, I held it great injustice to believe

King. And you, Evadne. Let me take Thuine eneiny, and did not; if I did,

Thee in my arms, Melantius, and believe I do not ; let that satisfy. What, struck Thou art, as thou deservest

to be, my friend With sadness all? More wine!

Still, and for ever. Good Calianax, Cal. A few fine words

Sleep soundly; it will bring thee to thyself, Hare overthrown my truth. Ah, thou art a villain!

[Ereunt. Mel. Why, thou wert better let me have the fort;

Manent MELANTIUS and CALIANAX. Dotard! I will disgrace thee thus for ever : Cal. Sleep soundly! I sleep soundly now, I hope; There shall no credit lie upon thy words.

I could not be thus else. How dar'st thou stay Think better, and deliver it.

[.1part. Alone with me, knowing how thou hast used me?

Mel. You cannot blast me with your tongue, He's at me now again to do it. Speak;

and that's Deny it, if thou canst. Examine hin,

The strongest part you have about you.
While he is hot; for, if he cool again,
He will forswear it.

Do look for some great punishment for this : King. This is lunacy,

For I begin to forget all my hate, I hope, Melantius.

And take it unkindly, that mine enemy Biel. He hath lost himself

Should use me so extraordinarily scurvily. Much, since his daughter missed the happiness,

Mel. I shall melt too, if you begin to take My sister gained; and, though he call me foe, Unkindnesses : I never meant you hurt. I pity him.

Cal. Thou'lt anger me again. Thou wretched Cal . Pity? a pox upon you !

rogue, Mel. Mark his disordered words! And, at the Meant me no hurt! Disgrace me with the king ; masque,

Lose all my offices ! This is no hurt, Diagoras knows, he raged, and railed at me, Is it? I prithee, what dost thou call hurt? And called a lady whore, so innocent,

Mel. I'o poison men, because they love me not; the understood him not. But it becomes To call the credit of men's wives in question; Both you and me too to forgive distraction : To murder children betwixt me and land; Pardon him, as I do.

This is all hurt. Cal. I'll not speak for thee,

Cal. All this thou think'st, is sport; For all thị cunning. If you will he safe, For mine is worse : But use thy will with me; Chop off his head; for there was never known For, betwixt grief and anger, I could cry. So inpudent a rascal.

Mel. Be wise then, and be safe; thou may'st King. Some, that love him,

revenge. pet hiin to bed. Why, pity should not let Cal. Ay, o' the king? I would revenge o' thee, Age make itself contemptible; we must be Mel. That you must plot yourself.

Cal. I'm a fine plotter.

Cal. My liege,

Cal. Ay,

All old; have him away.

Mel. The short is, I will hold thee with the king ( To do the deed in. I will wash the stain, In this perplexity, till peevishness

That rests upon our house, off with his blood. And thy disgrace have laid thee in thy grave. But, if thou wilt deliver up the fort,

Enter AMINTOR. I'll take thy trembling body in my arms,

Amin. Melantius, now assist me: If thou be'st And bear thee over dangers : Thou shalt hold That, which thou sayest, assist me. I have lost Thy wonted state.

All my distempers, and have found a rage Cal. If I should tell the king,

So pleasing ! Help me. Canst thou deny it again?

Mel. Who can see him thus, Mel. Try, and believe.

And not swear vengeance? What's the matter, Cal. Nay, then thou canst bring any thing about. friend? Thou shalt have the fort.

Amin. Out with thy sword ! and, hand in hand Mel. Why, well :

with me, Here let our hate be buried; and this hand Rush to the chamber of this hated king, Shall right us both. Give me thy aged breast And sink him, with the weight of all his sins, To compass.

To hell for ever. Cal. Nay, I do not love thee yet;

Mel. 'Twere a rash attempt, I cannot well endure to look on thee :

Not to be done with safety. Let your reason And, if I thought it were a courtesy,

Plot your revenge, and not your passion. Thou should'st not have it. But I am disgraced; Amin. If thou refusest me in these extremes, My offices are to be ta'en away;

Thou art no friend: He sent for her to me; And, if I did but hold this fort a day,

By Heaver, to me, myself! And, I must tell you, I do believe, the king would take it from me, I love her, as a stranger; there is worth And give it thee, things are so strangely carried. In that vile woman, worthy things, Melantius; Ne'er thank me for it; but yet the king shall know And she repents. I'll do it myself alone, There was some such thing in it I told him of; Though I be slain. Farewell. And that I was an honest man.

Mel. He'll overthrow Mel. He'll buy

My whole design with madness. Amintor, That knowledge very dearly. Diphilus, Think what thou dost : I dare as much as Valour; Enter Diphilus.

But 'tis the king, the king, the king, Amintor,

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 toll
To do it in: The king hath sent for her. What thou hast said ; but thou hast charmed 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.

Diph. Have you got that?

Mel. I will take it up for thee. Cal. Art thoů 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. Alas, how variable are thy thoughts ! As great as his.

Amin. Just like my fortunes: I was run to that Cal. Faith, like enough.

I purposed 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 remeinber.


Enter Evadne, and a Gentleman.

Gent. I understand you, madan; 'would 'twere Evad. Sir, is the king a-bed ?

mine. Gent. Madam, an hour ago.

I must not wish good rest unto your ladyship. Evad. Give me the key then, and let none be Evad. You talk, you talk. near;

Gent. 'Tis all I dare do, madam; but the king 'Tis the king's pleasure.

Will wake, and then


Ered. Saring your imagination, pray, good Evad. Av, you shall bleed! Lie still; and, it night, sir.

the devil, Gat. A good night be it then, and a long one, Your lust, will give you leave, repent. This steel mnadain. I am gone.

(Erit. Comes to redeem the honour, that you stole,

(King a-bed. King, my fair name; which nothing but thy death Exod. The night grows horrible; and all about Can answer to the world.

King. Ilow is this, Evadne? Like my black purpose. Oh, the conscience Erud. I am not she; nor bear I in this breas: Of a lost virgin! whither wilt thou pull me? So much cold spirit to be called a woman. To what things, dismal as the depth of hell, I am a tyger; I am any thing Wilt thou provoke me? Let no woman dare That knows not pity. Stir not! If thou dost, From this hour be disloyal, if her heart be flesh, I'll take thee unprepared; thy fears upon thee, It she have blood, and can fear: 'Tis a daring That make thy sins look double; and so send thee Above that desperate fouls, that left his peace, (By my revenge, I will) to look those torments, And went to sea to fight: 'Tis so many sins, Prepared for such black souls. An age cannot repent them; and so great, King. Thou dost not mean this; 'tis impossible The gods want mercy for! Yet, I must thro' | Thou art too sweet and gentle, them,

Evad. No, I am not. I have begun a slaughter on my honour,

I am as foul as thou art, and can number And I must end it there. He sleeps. Good Hea- As many such hells here. I was once fair, vens!

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 transgressed you? I must kill canker, him,

(Stir not) didst poison me. I was a world of virtue, And I will do it bravely: The mere joy

Till your curst court and you (hell bless you for it!) Tells me, I merit in it. Yet I must not With your temptations on temptations, Thus tamely do it, as he sleeps; that were Made me give up inine honour; for which, king, To rock him to another world: My vengeance I'm come to kill thee. Sall take him waking, and then lav before hiin King. No! The number of his wrongs and punishments.

Evad. I am. I'll shake his sins like furies, till I waken

King. Thou art not! His evil angel, his sick conscience,

I prithee speak not these things : Thou art gentle, And then I'll strike him dead. King, by your And wert not meant thus rugged. leare,

[Ties his arm to the bed. Evad. Peace, and hear me. I dare not trust your strength. Your grace and I Stir nothing but your tongue, and that for mercy Nust grapple upon even terms no more. To those above us; by whose lights I vow, So: If he rail me not from my resolution, Those blessed fires, that shot to see our sin, I shall be strong enough. My lord the king ! If thy hot soul had substance with thy blood, My lord! He sleeps, as if he meant to wake I would kill that too; which, being past my steel, No My lord ! Is he not dead already? My tongue shall reach. Thou art a shameless vilSir! My lord!

lain! Liag. Who's that?

A thing out of the overcharge of nature; Erad. Oh, you sleep soundly, sir !

Sent, like a thick cloud, to disperse a plague King. My dear Evadne,

Upon weak catching women! such a tyrant, I have been dreaming of thee. Come to bed. That for his lust would sell away his subjects; Ecad. I am come at length, sir; but how wel- Ay, all his heaven hereafter! come?

King. Hear, Evadne, Kiag: What pretty new device is this, Evadne? Thou soul of sweetness, hear! I am thy king. What, do you tie me to you? By my love, Evad. Thou art my shame! Lie still, there's This is a quaint one. Come, my dear, and kiss me;

none about

you, I'll be thy Mars; to bed, my queen of love: Within

your cries : : All promises of safety Let us be caught together, that the gods Are but deluding dreams. Thus, thus, thou foul May see, and envy our embraces.

man, Étad. Stay, sir, stay;

Thus I begin my vengeance ! [Stabs him, You are too hot, and I have brought you physic King. Hold, Evadne! To temper your high veins.

I do command thee hold. King. Prithee, to bed then; let me take it warm; Evad. I do not mean, sir, There thou shalt know the state of my body bet- To part so fairly with you; we must change ter.

More of these love-tricks yet. Evad. I know you have a surfeited foul body; King. What bloody villain And you must bleed.

Provoked thee to this murder? King. Bleed!

Evad. Thou, thou monster.


King. Oh! Evadne, pity me.

Enter LYSIPPUS, DIAGORAS, CLEON, STRATO, Evud. Hell take me then! This for my lord

and guard. Ainintor!

Lys. See where he stands, as boldly confident, This for my noble brother and this stroke As if he had his full command about him. For the most wronged of women!

[Kills him.

Stra. He looks as if he had the better cause, Sir; King. Oh! I die.

Under your gracious pardon, let me speak it ! Evad. Die all our faults together! I forgive Though he be mighty spirited, and forward thee.

Erit. To all great things; to all things of that danger Enter two of the bedchamber,

Worse men shake at the telling of; yet, certainly,

I do believe him noble; and this action 1. Come, now she's gone, let's enter; the king Rather pulled on, than sought: His mind was ever Expects it, and will be angry.

As worthy as his hand. 2. How fast he is! I cannot hear him breathe.

Lys. 'I'is my fear, too. 1. Either the tapers give a feeble light, Heaven forgive all ! Summon him, lord Cleon. Or he looks very pale.

Cleon. Ilo, from the walls there. 2. And so he does :

Mel. Worthy Cleon, welcome. Pray heaven he be well; let's look. Alas! We could have wished you here, lord : You are He's stiff, wounded and dead! Treason, treason! honest. 1. Run forth and call.

Cal. Well, thou art as flattering a knave, though 2. Treason, treason! [Exit. I dare not tell thee so

[Aside 1. This will be laid on us :

Lys. Melantius!
Who can believe a woman could do this!

Mel. Sir.
Enter Cleox and Lysippus.

Lys. I am sorry, that we meet thus; our old love Cleon. How now! Where's the traitor? Never required such distance. Pray Heaven, 1. Fled, fled away; but there her woeful act You have not left yourself, and sought this safety lies still

More out of fear than honour ! You have lost Cleon. Her act! a woman!

A noble master; which your faith, Melantius, Lys. Where's the body?

Some think, might have preserved: Yet you 1. There.

know best. Lys. Farewell, thou worthy man! There were Cal. When time was, I was mad; some, that two bonds,

dares fight, That tied our loves, a brother and a king; I hope will pay this rascal. The least of which might fetch a flood of tears : Mel. Royal young inan, whose tears look lovely But such the misery of greatness is,

on thee, They have no time to mourn; then pardon me: Had they been shed for a deserving one, Sirs, which way went she?

They had been lasting monuments ! Thy brother, Enter STRATO.

While he was good, I call’d him king; and serv'd him Sira. Nerer follow her;

With that strong faith, that most unwearied va

lour, For she, alas! was but the instrument. News is now brought in that Melantius

Pulled people from the farthest sun to seek him, Has got the fort, and stands upon the wall;

And beg his friendship. I was then his soldier. And with a loud voice calls those few, that pass And brand my noble actions with his lust

But since his hot pride drew him to disgrace me, At this dead time of night, delivering The innocence of this act.

(That never cured dishonour of my sister,

Base stain of whore! and, which is worse, Lys, Gentlemen, I am your king.

The joy to inake it still so), like myself, Sira, We do acknowledge it. Lys. I would I were not! Follow, all; for this And stand here mine own justice, to revenge

Thus I have Aung him off with my allegiance; Must have a sudden stop.


What I have suffered in him; and this old man, Enter Melantics, Dipuilus, and Calianax, Wronged almost to lunacy. on the wall.

Cal. Who I? Mel. If the dull people can believe I am armed, You would draw me in. I have had no wrong, (Be constant, Diphilus !) now we have time, 'I do disclaim ye all. Either to bring our banished honours home,

Mel. The short is this : Or create new ones in our ends.

Tis no ambition to lift up myself Diph. I fear not.

Urgeth me thus; I do desire again My spirit lies not that way. Courage, Calianax. To be a subject, so I may be free. Cal'Would I had any! you should quickly knowit. If not, I know my strength, and will unbuild Níel. Speak to the people: Thou art eloquent. This goodly town. Be speedy, and be wise,

Cal.'Tis a fine eloquence to come to the gallows! In a reply. You were born to be my end. The devil take you! Stra. Be sudden, sir, to tie Now must I hang for company. 'Tis strange, All up again : What's done is past recall, I should be old, and neither wise nor valiant. And past you to revenge; and there are thousands,

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