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be charmed down by any state order or procla- | And so deserving I dare speak myself) mation, till they saw Philaster ride through the To what a person, of what eminence, streets pleased, and without a guard; at which Ripe expectation, of what faculties, they threw their hats, and their arms from them; Manners and virtues, you would wed your kingsome to make bonfires, some to drink, all for his

doms : deliverance. Which, wise men say, is the cause, You in me have your wishes. Oh, this country! the king labours to bring in the power of a foreign By more than all my hopes I hold it happy; nation, to awe his own with.

Happy, in their dear memories, that have been Enter King, PHARAMOND, ARETHUSA, and train. And from you (as a chronicle to keep

Kings great and good; happy in yours, that is; King. To give a stronger testimony of love Your noble name from eating age) do I Than sickly promises (which commonly

Open myself, most happy. Gentlemen, In princes find both birth and burial

Believe me in a word, a prince's word, In one breath), we have drawn you, worthy sir, There shall be nothing to make up a kingdom To make your fair endearments to our daughter, Mighty, and flourishing, defenced, feared, And worthy services known to our subjects, Equal to be commanded and obeyed, Now loved and wondered at. Next, our intent, But through the travels of my life I'll find it, To plant you deeply, our immediate heir, And tie it to this country. And I vow Both to our blood and kingdoms. For this lady My reign shall be so easy to the subject, (The best part of your life, as you confirm me, That every man shall be his prince himself, And I believe) though her few years and sex And his own law (yet I his prince and law). Yet teach her nothing but her fears and blushes, And, dearest lady, to your dearest self Desires without desire, discourse and knowledge (Dear, in the choice of him whose name and lustre Only of what herself is to herself,

Must make you more and mightier) let me say, Make her feel moderate health; and when she You are the blessedest living; for, sweet princess, sleeps,

You shall make him yours, for whoni
In making no ill day, knows no ill dreams. Great queens must die.
Think not, dear sir, these undivided parts,

Thra. Miraculous !
That must mould up a virgin, are put on

Cle. This speech calls him Spaniard,

Aside. To shew her so, as borrowed ornaments, being nothing but a large inventory To speak her perfect love to you, or add

of his own commendations. An artificial shadow to her nature:

No, Sir; I boldly dare proclaim her, yet
No woman.

But woo her still, and think her Dion. I wonder what's his price? For certainly modesty

He'll sell himself, he has so praised his shape.
A sweeter mistress than the offered language But here comes one, more worthy those large
Of any dame, were she a queen, whose eye

Speaks common loves and comforts to her servants. Than the large speaker of them.
Last, noble son (for so I now must call you), Let me be swallowed quick, if I can find,
What I have done thus public, is not only In all the anatomy of yon man's virtues,
To add a comfort in particular

One sinew sound enough to promise for him,
To you or me, but als; and to confirm

He shall be constable.
The nobles, and the gentry of these kingdoms, By this sun, he'll never make a king
By oath to your succession, which shall be Unless it be for trifles, in my poor judgment.
Within this month at most.

Phi. Right noble sir, as low as my obedience, Thra. This will be hardly done.

And with a heart as loyal as my knee, Cle. It must be ill done, if it be done.

I beg your favour. Dion. When 'tis at best, 'twill be but

King. Rise; you hare it, sir. half done, whilst

Dion. Mark but the king, how pale he looks So brave a gentleman's wronged, and Aung

with fear ! off.

Aside. Oh! this same whorson conscience, how it jades us! Thra. I fear.

King. Speak your intents, sir. ('le. Who does not?

Phi. Shall I speak them freely? Dion. I fear not for myself, and yet I Be still my royal sovereign.fear too.

King. As a subject,, Well, we shall sec; we shall see. No more.

We give you freedom. Pha. Kissing your white hand, mistress, I take Dion. Now it heats. leave

Phi. Then thus I turn To thank your royal father; and thus far My language to you, prince; you, foreign man! To be my own free trumpet. Understand, Ne'er stare, nor put on wonder, for you must Great king, and these your subjects, mine that Endure me, and you shall. This earth you tread must be,

upon (For so deserving you have spoke me, sir,

(A dowty, as you hope, with this fair princess) You deserve our frown. Go to; be better temBy my dead father (oh, I had a father,

pered. Where memory I bow w !) was not left

Phi. It must be, sir, when I am nobler used. To vour inheritance, and I up and living; King. Philaster, tell me Having myself about me, and my sword, The injuries you aim at, in your riddles. The souls of all my name, and memories,

Phi. If you had any eyes, sir, and sutierance, These arms, and some few friends, besides the gods; My griefs upon you, and my broken fortunes, To part so calmly with it, and sit still,

My wants great, and now nought but hopes and And say, “I might have been.' I tell thee, Pha- fears, ramond,

My wrongs would make ill riddles to be laughed at. When thou art king, look I be dead and rotten, Dare you be still my king, and right me not ? And my name ashes : For, hear me, Phiaramond ! King. Give me your wrongs in private. This very ground, thou goest on, this fat earth,

[They whisper. My father's friends made fertile with their faiths, Phi. Take them, Before that day of shame, shall gape and swallow And ease ine of a load would bow strong Atlas. Thee and thy nation, like a hungry grave,

Cle. He dares not stand the shock. Into her hidden bowels. Prince, it shall;

Dion. I cannot blame him : there's danger in't. By Nemesis, it shall !

Every man in this age has not a soul of crystal, Pha. He's mad; beyond cure, mad.

for all men to read their actions through: Men's Dion. Here is a fellow has some fire in his veins: hearts and faces are so far asunder, that they The oudandish prince looks like a tooth-drawer. hold no intelligence. Do but view yon stranger Phi. Sir, prince of poppingjays, I'll make it well, and you shall see a fever through all his well appear

bravery, and feel him shake like a true recreant, To you, I am not mad.

If he give not back his crown again, upon the reKing. You displease us :

port of an elder gun, I have no augury. You are too bold.

King. Go to! Phi. No, sir, I am too tame,

Be more yourself, as you respect our favour; Too much a turtle, a thing, born without passion, You'll stir us else. Sir, I must have you know, A faint shadow, that every drunken cloud sails That you are, and shall be, at our pleasure, what over,

fashion we And makes nothing.

Will put upon you. Smooth your brow, or by the King. I do not fancy this.

godsCall our physicians : Sure he is somewhat tainted. Phi. I am dead, sir; you are my fate. It was There. I do not think 'twill prove so.

not I Dion. He has given him a general purge already, Said, I was wronged : I carry all about me, for all the right he has; and now he means to My weak stars lead me to, all my weak fortunes. let him blood. Be constant, gentlemen : By these who dares in all this presence speak (that is halts, I'll run his hazard, although I run my name But man of flesh, and may be mortal) tell me, cut of the kingdom.

I do not most entirely love this prince, Cle. Peace, we are all one soul.

And honour his full virtues ! Pha. What you have seen in me, to stir offence, King. Sure, he's possessed. I cannot find; unless it be this lady,

Phi. Yes, with any father's spirit: It is here, Offered into mine arms, with the succession;

O king! Much I must keep, though it hath pleased your A dangerous spirit. Now he tells me, king, fury

I was a king's heir, bids me be a king; To mutiny within you; without disputing And whispers to me, these are all my subjects. Your genealogies, or taking knowledge

'Tis strange he will not let me sleep, but dives Wbuse branch you are. The king will leave it into my fancy, and there gives me shapes, me;

That kneel, and do me service, cry me king:” And I dare make it mine. You have your answer. But I'll suppress him; he's a factious spirit,

Phi. If thou wert sole inheritor to him, And will undo me. Noble sir, your hand :
That made the world his, and couldst see no sun I am your servant.
Shine upon any thing but thine; were Pharamond King. Away, I do not like this:
As truly valiant as I feel bim cold,

I'll make vou tamer, or I'll dispossess you
And ringed among the choicest of his friends Both of life and spirit: For this time
(Such as would blush to talk such serious follies, I pardon your wild speech, without so much
Or back such bellied commendations),

As your imprisonment. [Er. King, Pha.and Are. And from this presence, spite of all these bugs, Dion. See, how his fancy labours! Has he not You should hear further from me.

Spoke home, and bravely? What a dangerous King. Sir, you wrong the prince :

train, I gave you not this freedom to brave our best Did he give fire to! Ilow he shook the king, friends.

Made his soul melt within him, and his blood



Run into whey! It stood upon his brow, Come, gentlemen, let's make our friends acLike a cold winter dew.

quainted, Phi. Gentlemen,

Lest the king prove false.

[Ereunt. You have no suit to me? I am no minion : You stand, methinks, like men, that would be

Enter ARETHUSA and a Lady. courtiers,

Are. Comes he not?
If you could well be fattered at a price

Lady. Madam?
Not to undo your children. You are all honest : Are. Will Philaster come?
Go, get you home again, and make your country Lady. Dear madam, you were wont
A virtuous court; to which your great ones may, To credit me at first.
In their diseased age, retire, and live recluse. Are. But didst thou tell me so?
Cle. How do you, worthy sir?

I am forgetful, and my woman's strength
Phi. Well, very well;

Is so o'ercharged with dangers like to grow And so well, that, if the king please, I find About my marriage, that these under things I may live many years.

Dare not abide in such a troubled sea. Dion. The king must please,

How looked he, when he told thee he would come? Whilst we know what you are, and who you are, Lady. Why, well. Your wrongs and injuries. Shrink not, worthy sir, Are. And not a little fearful? But add your father to you: In whose name, Lady. Fear, madam ? sure, he knows not what We'll waken all the gods, and conjure up

it is. The rods of vengeance, the abused people; Are. Ye are all of his faction; the whole court Who, like to raging torrents, shall swell high, Is bold in praise of him; whilst I And so begirt the dens of these male-dragons, May live neglected, and do noble things, That, through the strongest safety, they shall beg As fools in strife throw gold into the sea, For mercy at your sword's point.

Drowned in the doing. But, I know he feass. Phi. Friends, no more;

Lady. Fear? Madam, methought, his looks hid Our ears may be corrupted : 'Tis an age We dare not trust our wills to. Do you love me? Of love than fear. Thra. Do we love Heaven and honour?

Are. Of love? to whom? to you ! Phi. My lord Dion,

Did you deliver those plain words, I sent, You had a virtuous gentlewoman called you fa- With such a winning gesture, and quick look, ther;

That you have caught him? Is she yet alive?

Lady. Madam, I mean to you. Dion. Most honoured sir, she is :

Are. Of love to me? alas! thy ignorance And, for the penance but of an idle dream, Lets thee not see the crosses of our births. Has undertook a tedious pilgrimage.

Nature, that loves not to be questioned

Why she did this, or that, but has her ends,
Enter a Lady.

And knows she does well, never gave the world Phi. Is it to me, or any of these gentlemen, Two things so opposite, so contrary, you come?

As he and I am: If a bowl of blood, Lady. To you, brave lord: The princess would Drawn from this arm of mine, woald poison thee, entreat your present company.

A draught of his would cure thee. Of love to me? Phi. The princess send for me! You are mis- Lady. Madam, I think I hear him. taken.

Are. Bring him in. Lady. If you be called Philaster, 'tis to you. Ye gods, that would not have your dooms with

Phi. Kiss her fair hand, and say I will attend stood, her.

Whose holy wisdoms at this time it is, Dion. Do you know what you do?

To make the passion of a feeble maid
Phi. Yes; go to see a woman.

The way unto your justice, I obey.
Cle. But do you weigh the danger you are in?
Phi. Danger in a sweet face!

By Jupiter, I must not fear a woman.

Lady. Here is my lord Philaster.
Thra. But are you sure it was the princess sent? Are. Oh ! 'tis well.
It may be some foul train to catch
your life. Withdraw yourself.

[Erit Lady Phi. I do not think it, gentlemen; she's noble; Phi. Madam, your messenger Iler eye may shoot me dead, or those true red Made me believe you wished to speak with me. And white friends in her face may steal my soul Are. 'Tis true, Philaster; but the words are such out:

I have to say, and do so ill beseem There's all the danger in it. But, be what may, The mouth of woman, that I wish them said, Her single name hath armed me. [Erit Phi. And yet am loth to speak them. Have you known, Dion. Go on :

That I have ought detracted from your worth? And be as truly happy as thou art fearless. Ilave I in person wronged you? or have set

My baser instruments, to throw disgrace But how this passion should proceed from you Upon your virtues!

So violently, would amaze a man, Phil Never, madam, you.

That would be jealous. Are. Why, then, should you, in such a public Are. Another soul, into my body shot, plare,

Could not have filled me with more strength and Injure a princess, and a scandal lay

spirit, Cpon my fortunes, fained to be so great; Than this thy breath. But spend not hasty time Calling a great part of my dowry in question? In sceking how I came thus : 'Tis the gods, Phi. Madam, this truth, which I shall speak, The gods, that make me so; and, sure, our love will be

Will be the nobler, and the better blest,
Foolish: Bat, for your fair and virtuous self, In that the secret justice of the gods
I could afford myself to have no right

Is mingled with it. Let us leave,
To any thing, you wished.

Lest some unwelcome guest should fall betwixt us. Are. Philaster, know,

Phi. 'T'will be ill I must enjoy these kingdoms.

I should abide here long. Pai. Madam! Both?

Are. 'Tis true; and worse
Are. Both, or I die: By fate, I die, Philaster, You should come often. How shall we devise
If I not calmly may cnjoy them both.

To hold intelligence, that our true loves,
Phi. I would do much to save that noble life: On any new occasion, may agree
Yet would be loth to have posterity

What path is best to tread?
Find in our stories, that Philaster gave

Phi. I have a boy, His right untu a sceptre, and a crown,

Sent by the gods, I hope, to this intent, To save a lady's longing.

Not yet seen in the court. Hunting the buck, Are. Nay then, hear!

I found him sitting by a fountain side, I must and will have them, and more

Of which he borrowed some to quench his thirst, Phi. What more?

And paid the nymph again as much in tears. Are. Or lose that little life the gods prepared, A garland lay hiin by, made by himself, To trouble this poor piece of earth withal. Of many several Powers, bred in the bay, Pai. Madain, what more?

Stuck in that mystic order, that the rareness Are. Turn, then, away thy face.

Delighted me: But ever when he turned Phi. Ng.

His tender eyes upon them, he would weep, Are. Do.

As if he meant to make them grow again. Phi. I can't endure it. Turn away my face? Seeing such pretty helpless innocence 1 never yet saw enemy, that looked

Dwell in his face, I asked him all his story. So dreadfully, but that I thought myself He told me, that his parents gentle died, As great a basilisk as he; or spake

Leaving him to the mercy of the fields, So borribly, but that I thought my tongue

Which gave him roots; and of the crystal springs, Bore thunder underneath, as much as his; Which did not stop their courses; and the sun, Ner beast, that I could turn froun: Shall I then Which still, he thanked him, yielded him his light. Begin to fear sweet sounds ? a lady's voice, Then took he up his garland, and did shew Whom I do love? Say, you would have my life; What every flower, as country people hold, Why, I will give it you; for it is to me

Did signify; and how all, ordered thus, A thing so loathed, and unto you, that ask, Expressed his grief: And, to my thoughts, did Of so poor use, that I will make no price :

read li you entreal, I will unmovedly hear.

The prettiest lecture of his country art, Are. Yet, for my sake, a little bend thy looks. That could be wished; so that, methought, I could Pk, I do.

Have studied it. I gladly entertained him, Are. Then know, I must have them, and thee. Who was as glad to follow; and have got Phi. And me?

The trustiest, lovingest, and gentlest boy,
Are. Thy love; without which, all the land, That ever master kept. Him will I send
Discovered yet, will serve te for no use, To wait on you, and bear our hidden love.
But to be buried in.
Phi. Is't possible?

Enter Lady.
Are. With it, it were too little to bestow Are. 'Tis well; no more.
On thee. Now, though thy breath do strike me Ludy. Madam, the prince is come to do his

service. (Which, know, it may) I have unript my breast. Are. What will you do, Philaster, with yourself? Phi. Madam, you are too full of noble thoughts, Phi. Why, that, which all the gods have

apTo lay a train for this contemned life,

pointed out for me. Which you may have for asking : To suspect

Are. Dear, hide thyself. Bring in the prince. Were base, where I deserve no ill. Love you, Phi. Hide me from Pharamond! By all my hopes, I do above my life :

When thunder speaks, which is the voice of Jove Pol. I.


Though I do reverence, yet I hide me not; Pha. You are gone: By Heaven, I'll fetch you And shall a stranger prince have leave to brag

back. Unto a foreign nation, that he made

Phi. You shall not need. Philaster hide himself?

Pha. What now? Are. He cannot know it.

Phi. Know, Pharamond, Phi. Though it should sleep for ever to the I loath to brawl with such a blast as thou, world,

Who art nought but a valiant voice : But, if It is a simple sin to hide myself,

Thou shalt provoke me further, men shall say Which will for ever on my conscience lie. “ Thou wert," and not lament it. Are. Then, good Philaster, give him scope and Pha. Do you slight way

My greatness so, and in the chamber of the prinIn what he says; for he is apt to speak

cess? What you are loth to hear : For my sake, do. Phi. It is a place, to which, I must confess, Phi. I will.

I owe a reverence : But were it the church,

Ay, at the altar, there's no place so safe,

Where thou dar’st injure me, but I dare kill thee.
Pha. My princely mistress, as true lovers ought, And for your greatness, know, sir, I can grasp
I come to kiss these fair hands; and to shew, You and your greatness thus, thus into nothing.
In outward ceremonies, the dear love,

Give not a word, not a word back! Farewell. Writ in my heart.

Erit Philaster. Phi. If I shall have an answer no directlier, Pha. 'Tis an odd fellow, madam : We must

stop Pha. To what would he have answer? His mouth with some office, when we are married. Are. To his claim unto the kingdom.

Are. You were best make him your controller. Pha. Sirrah, I forbare you before the king. Pha. I think he would discharge it well. But, Phi. Good sir, do so still: I would not talk madam,

I hope our hearts are knit; and yet, so slow Pha. But now the time is fitter: Do but offer the ceremonies of state are, that 'twill be long To make mention of your right to any kingdom, Before our hands be so. If then you please, Though it be scarce habitable

Being agreed in heart, let us not wait Phi. Good sir, let me go.

For dreaming form, but take a little stolen Pha. And by my sword

Delights, and so foretaste our joys to come. Phi. Peace, Pharamond ! If thou

Are. If you dare speak such thoughts, Are. Leave us, Philaster.

I must withdraw in honour. Phi. I have done.

[Exeunt at different sides.

I am gone.

with you.

Enter Philaster and BELLARIO.

Thou wilt remember best those careful friends,
Phi. And thou shalt find her honourable, boy, That placed thee in the noblest way of lite.
Full of regard unto thy tender youth,

She is a princess I prefer thee to. For thine own modesty; and, for my sake,

Bel. In that small time that I have seen the Apter to give than thou wilt be to ask,

world, Ay, or deserve.

I never knew a man basty to part Bel. Sir, you did take me up, when I was no- With a servant, he thought trusty: I remember, thing;

My father would prefer the boys he kept
And only yet am something, by being yours. To greater men than he; but did it not,
You trusted me unknown; and that, which you | Till they were grown too saucy for himself.
were apt

Phi. Why, gentle boy, I find no fault at all To construe a simple innocence in me,

In thy behaviour. Perhaps, might have been craft; the cunning of a Bel. Sir, if I have made boy

A fault of ignorance, instruct my youth: Ilardened in lies and theft : Yet ventured you I shall be willing, if not apt, to learn ; To part my miseries and ine; for which

Age and experience will adorn my mind I never can expect to serve a lady

With larger knowledge: And, if I have done That bears more honour in her breast than you. A wilful fault, think me not past all hope Phi. But, boy, it will prefer thee. Thou art

For once.

What master holds so strict a hand young,

Over his boy, that he will part with him And bear'st a childish overflowing love

Without one warning? Let me be corrected, To them, that clap thy cheeks, and speak thee fair. To break my stubbornness, if it be so, But, when thy judgment comes to rule those pas- Rather than turn me off; and I shall mend. sions,

Phi. Thy love doth plead so prettily to stay,

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