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And make no man worthy for her to take,

Mar. What country fence-school didst thou
But me, that am too near ber; and as strangely learn that at ?
She did for me.

But
you
will think I brag.

Arb. Puff! Did not I take him nobly? Mar. I do, I'll be sworn. Thy valour and thy Mar. Why, you did, and you have talk'd passions severed, would have made iwo excellent enough on't. fellows in their kinds. I know not, whether I Arb. Talk enough! should be sorry thou art so valiant, or so passion-Will you confine my words? By heav'n and ate. 'Would one of 'em were away! [Aside. earth,

Tigr. Do I refuse her, that I doubt her worth? I were much better be a king of beasts Were she as virtuous as she would be thought; Than such a people! If I had not patience So perfect, that no one of her own sex

Above a god, I should be call'd a tyrant Could find a want; had she to tempting fair, Throughout the world! They will offend to That she could wish it off, for damning souls;

death I would pay any ransom, twenty lives,

Each minute. Let me hear thee speak again, Rather than meet her married in my bed.

And thou art earth again. Why, this is like Perhaps, I have a love, where I have fix'd Tigranes' speech, that needs would say I Mine eyes, not to be moved, and she on me;

bragg'd. I am not fickle.

Bessus, he said I bragg'd.
Arb. Is that all the cause?

Bes. Ha, ha, ha!
Think you, you can so knit yourself in love Arb. Why dost thou laugh?
To any other, that her searching sight

By all the world, I'm grown ridiculous
Cannot dissolve it? So, before you tried,

To my own subjects. Tie me to a chair, You thought yourself a match for me in fight. And jest at me! But I shall make a start, Trust me, Tigranes, she can do as much

And punish some, that others may take heed In peace, as I in war; she'll conquer too. How they are haughty. Who will answer me ? You shall see, if you have the power to stand He said I boasted: speak, Mardonius, The force of her swift looks. If you dislike,

Did I ?-He will not answer. Oh, my temper! I'll send you, home with love, and name your I give you thanks above, that taught my heart

Patience; I can endure his silence. What, will Some other way; but if she be your choice, She frees you. To Iberia you must.

Vouchsafe to give me answer? Am I grown Tigr. Sir, I have learn'd a prisoner's sufferance, To such a poor respect? or do you mean And will obey. But give me leave to talk To break my wind? Speak, speak, some one of In private with some friends before I go.

you, Ārb. Some two await him forth, and see him or else, by heavensafe;

1 Gent. So please your But let him freely send for whom he please,

Arb. Monstrous !
And none dare to disturb his conference ; I cannot be heard out; they cut me off,
I will not have him know what bondage is, As if I were too saucy. I will live
Till he be free from me.

In woods, and talk to trees; they will allow me

To end what I begin. The meanest subject [Exit TIGRANES with Attendants.

Can find a freedom to discharge his soul,
This prince, Mardonius,

And not I. Now it is a time to speak;
Is full of wisdom, valour, all the graces

I hearken. Man can receive.

1 Gent. May it pleaseMar. And yet you conquer'd him.

Arb. I mean not you; Arb. And yet I conquer'd him, and could have Did not I stop you once? But I am grown done,

To talk but idly: let another speak. Hadst thou joined with him, though thy name in

2 Gent. I hope your majesty

Arb. Thou drawl'st thy words, Be great. Must all men, that are virtuous, That I must wait an hour, where other men Think suddenly to match themselves with me? Can hear in instants. Throw your words away, I conquer'd him, and bravely ; did I not? Quick, and to purpose; I have told you this. Bes. An' please your majesty, I was afraid at

Bes. An't please your majestyfirst

Arb. Wilt thou devour me? This is such a Mar. When wert thou other?

rudeness Arb. Of what?

As yet you never show'd me. And I want Bes. That you would not have spied your best Power to command too; else, Mardonius advantages; for your majesty, in my opinion, lay Would speak at my request. 'Were you my king, too high; methinks, under favour, you should I would have answer'd at your word, Mardonius. have lain thus.

I pray you speak, and truly, did I boast ? Mar. Like a tailor at a wake.

Mar. Truth will offend you. Bes. And then, if't please your majesty to re Arb. You take all great care what will offend member, at one time—by my troth, I wish'd me, myself wi' you.

When you dare to utter such things as these. Mar. By my troth, thou wouldst ha' stunk Mar. You told Tigranes, you had won his 'em both out of th' lists.

land Arb. What to do?

With that sole arm, propp'd by divinity: Bes. To put your majesty in mind of an occa

Was not that bragging, and a wrong to us sion: you lay thus, and Tigranes falsified a blow That daily ventured lives? at your leg, which you, by doing thus, avoided ;

Arb. Oh that thy name but, if you had whipped up your leg thus, and Were great as mine! 'would I had paid my reach'd him on the ear, you had made the blood wealth royal run about his head.

It were as great, as I might combat thee!
I would, through all the regions habitable,

Search thee, and, having found thee, with my fair-beauty.

sword

arms

Drive thee about the world, 'till I had met I speak your faults, you make a start, and fly the Some place that yet man's curiosity

hearing. ButHath miss'd of. There, there would I strike theo Arb. When you commend me! Oh that dead:

should live Forgotten of mankind, such funeral rites

To need such commendations! If my deeds As beasts would give thee, thou shouldst have. Blew not my praise themselves about the earth, Bes. The king rages extremely: shall we I were most wretched! Spare your idle praise : slink away?

If thou didst mean to flatter, and shouldst utter He'll strike us.

Words in my praise, that thou thought'st impu2 Gent. Content.

dence, Arb. There I would make you know, 'twas My deeds should make 'em modest. When you this sole arm.

praise, I grant, you were my instruments, and did I hug you! 'Tis so false, that, wert thou As I commanded you; but 'twas this arm

worthy, Moved you like wheels; it moved you as it Thou shouldst receive a death, a glorious death pleased.

From me! But thou shalt understand thy lies, Whither slip you now? What are you too For shouldst thou praise me into heaven, and good

there To wait on me? Puff! I had need have temper, Leave me enthroned, I would despise thee That rule such people : I have nothing left

though At my own choice! I would I might be private : As much as now, which is as much as dust, Mean men enjoy themselves; but 'tis our curse

Because I see thy envy. To have a tumult, that, out of their loves,

Mar. However you will use me after, yet, for Will wait on us, whether we will or no.

your own promise sake, hear me the rest. Go, get you gone! Why, here they stand like Arb. I will, and after call unto the winds; death:

For they shall lend as large an ear as I My words move nothing.

To what you utter. Speak! í Gent. Must we go?

Mar. Would you but leave these hasty temBes. I know not.

pers, which I do not say take from you all your Arb. I pray you, leave me, sirs. I'm proud worth, but darken 'em, then you would shine of this.

indeed. That you will be entreated from my sight.

Arb. Well,

Mar. Yet I would have you keep some pas[Exeunt all but ARBACES and MARDONIUS.

sions, lest men should take you for a god, your Why, now they leave me all. Mardonius! virtues are such. Mar. Sir,

Arb. Why, now you flatter. Arb. Will you leave me quite alone ? Me Mar. never understood the word. Were thinks

you no king, and free from these wild moods, Civility should teach you more than this, should I chuse a companion for wit and pleasure, If I were but your friend. Stay here, and wait. it should be you; or for honesty to interchange Mar. Sir, shall I speak?

my bosom with, it should be you; or wisdom to Arb. Why, you would now think much give me counsel, I would pick out you; or To be denied; but I can scarce entreat

valour to defend my reputation, still I would What I would have. Do, speak.

find you out; for you are fit to fight for all the Mar. But will you hear me out ?

world, if it could come in question. Now I have Arb. With me you article, to talk thus. Well, spoke. Consider to yourself; find out a use; if I will hear you out.

so, then what shall fall to me is not material. Mar. [kneels.] Sir, that I have ever loved Arb. Is not material! more than ten such you, my sword hath spoken for me; that I do, if lives it be doubted, I dare call an oath, a great one, to As mine, Mardonius. It was nobly said; my witness; and were you not my king, from Thou hast spoke truth, and boldly such a truth amongst men I should have chose you out, to As might offend another. I have been love above the rest. Nor can this challenge | Too passionate and idle; thou shalt see thanks; for my own sake I should have done it, A swift amendment. But I want those parts because I would have loved the most deserving You praise me for: I fight for all the world! man; for so you are.

Give thee a sword, and thou wilt go as far Arb. Alas, Mardonius, rise! you shall not Beyond me, as thou art beyond in years ; kneel :

I know thou dar'st and wilt. It troubles me
We all are soldiers, and all venture lives; That I should use so rough a phrase to theo:
And where there is no difference in men's Impute it to my folly, what thou wilt,
worths,

So thou wilt pardon me. That thou and I
Titles are jests. Who can outvalue thee? Should differ thus !
Mardonius, thou hast loved me, and hast wrong; Mar. Why, 'tis no matter, sir.
Thy love is not rewarded; but, believe,

Arb. 'Faith, but it is. But thou dost evez, It shall be better. More than friend in arms,

take My father, and my tutor, good Mardonius! All things I do thus patiently; for which Mar. Sir, you did promiso you would hear me I never can requite thee, but with love; out.

And that thou shalt be sure of. Thou and I Arb. And so I will: speak freely, for from Have not been merry lately. Prythee tell me, thee

Where hadst thou that same jewel in thine ear? Nothing can come, but worthy things and true. Mar. Why, at the taking of a town.

Mar. Though you have all this worth, you Arb. A wench, upon my life, a wench, Marhold some qualities that do eclipse your virtues. donius, Arb. Eclipse iny virtues ?

Gave thee that jewel. Mar. Yes, your passions, which are so mani Mar. Weuch! They respect not me; I'm old fold, that they appear even in this. When I and rough, and every limb about me, but that commend you, you hug me for that truth; when which should, grows stiffer. I'those businesses,

sure of.

I may swear I am truly honest; for I pay justly Mar. This is strange !-Sir, how do you ? for what I take, and would be glad to be at a Arb. Mardonius! my mothercertainty.

Mar. Is she dead? Arb. Why, do the wenches encroach upon Arb. Alas! she's not so happy. Thou dost thee?

know Mar. Ay, by this light, do they.

How she hath labour'd, since my father died, Arb. Didst ihou sit at an old rent with 'em? To take by treason hence this loathed life, Mar. Yes, 'iaith.

That would but be to serve her. I have pardon'd, Arb. And do they improve themselves ? And pardon'd, and by that have made her fit

Mar. Ay, ten shillings to me, every new To practise new sins, not repent the old. young fellow they come acquainted with. She now had hired a slave to come from thence, Arb. How canst live on't?

And strike me here; whom Gobrias, sisting out,
Mar. Why, I think, I must petition to you. Took, and condemn'd, and executed there.
Arb. Thou shalt take 'm up at my price. The careful'st servant! Heaven, let me but live

To pay that man! Nature is poor to me,
Enter two Gentlemen and BESSUS.

That will not let me bave as many deaths
Mar. Your price?

As are the times that he hath saved my life, Arb. Ay, at the king's price.

That I might die 'em over all for him. Mar. That may be more than I'm worth. Mar. Sir, let her bear her sins on her own 2 Gent. Is he not merry now?

head; 1 Gent. I think not.

Vex not yourself. Bes. He is, he is. We'll show ourselves.

Arb. What will the world Arb. Bessus! I thought you had been in Iberia Conceive of me? with what unnatural sins by this; I bade you haste. Gobrias will want Will they suppose me laden, when my life entertainment for me.

Is sought by her that gave it to the world? Bes. An't please your majesty, I have a suit. But yet he writes me comfort here. My sister, Arb. Is't not lousy, Bessus? what is't? He says is grown in beauty and in grace; Bes. I am to carry a lady with me.

In all the innocent virtues that become Arb. Then thou hast two suits.

A tender, spotless maid. She stains her cheeks Bes. And if I can prefer her to the lady Pan- With mourning tears, to purge her mother's ill; thea, your majesty's sister, to learn fashions, as And 'mongst that sacred dew she mingles prayers her friends term it, it will be worth something Her pure oblations, for my safe return. to me.

If I have lost the duty of a son; Arb. So many nights' lodgings as 'tis thither; If any pomp or vanity of state will't not?

Made me forget my natural offices; Bes. I know not that, sir; but gold I shall be Nay, further, if I have not every night

Expostulated with my wand'ring thoughts, Arb. Why, thou shalt bid her entertain her If aught unto my parent they have errod, from me, so thou wilt resolve me one thing. And call'd 'em back; do youl direct her arm Bes. If I can.

Unto this foul dissembling heart of mine. Arb. 'Faith, 'tis a very disputable question; But if I have been just to her, send out and yet, I think, thou canst decide it.

Your power to compass me, and hold me safe Bes. Your majesty has a good opinion of my From searching treason; I will use no means understanding.

But prayer. For, rather suffer me to see Arb. I have so good an opinion of it; 'tis From mine own veins issue a deadly flood, whether thou be valiant.

Than wash my dangers off with mother's blood. Bes. Somebody has traduced me to you. Do Mar. I ne'er saw such sudden extremities. you see this sword, sir ? [Draws.

(Exeunt. Arb. Yes. Bes. If I do not make my backbiters eat it to a knife within this week, say I am not valiant.

ACT I.-SCENE II.
Enter a Messenger.

Another part of the same.
Mes. Health to your majesty!

[Delivers a letter.

Enter TIGRANES and SPACONIA. Arb. From Gobrias ?

Tigr. Why, wilt thou have me fly, Spaconia ? Mes. Yes, sir.

What should I do? Arb. How does he? is lie well ?

Spa. Nay, let me stay alope; Mes. In perfect health.

And when you see Armenia again, Arb. Take that for thy good news.

You shall behold a tomb more worth than I.

[Gives money. Some friend, that either loves me or my cause, A trustier servant to his prince there lives not, Will build me something to distinguish me Than is good Gobrias.

[Reads. From other women ; many a weeping verse 1 Gent. The king starts back.

He will lay on, and much lament those maids Mar. His blood goes back as fast.

That place their loves unfortunately high, 2 Gent. And now it comes again.

As I have done, where they can never reach. Mar. He alters strangely.

But why should you go to Iberia ? Arb. The band of Heaven is on me. Be it far

Tigri. Alas, that thou wilt ask me! Ask the From me to struggle! If my secret sins Have pull'd this curse upon me, lend me tears

That rages in a fever, why he lies Enow to wash me white, that I may feel

Distemper'd there, when all the other youths A child-like innocence within my breast; Are coursing o'er the meadows with their loves? Which, once perform'd, oh! give me leave to

Can I resist it ? am I not a slave stand

To him that conquer'd me?
As fix'd as constancy herself; my eyes
Set here unmoved, regardless of the world,
Though thousand miseries encompass me!

'you-i.e. you gods.

man

1

Spa, That conquer'd thee,

Gob. So do I, my lord. Tigranes! He has won but half of thee,

I sorrow for her, that so little grace Thy body; but thy mind may be as free

Doth govern her, that she should stretch her arm As his. His will did never combat thine,

Against her king; so little womanhood And take it prisoner.

And natural goodness, as to think the death Tigr. But if he by force

Of her own son. Convey my body hence, what helps it me,

Ara. Thou know'st the reason why, Or thee, to be unwilling?

Dissembling as thou art, and wilt not speak. Spa. Ob, Tigranes !

Gob. There is a lady takes not after you; I know you are to see a lady there ;

Her father is within her; that good man, To see and like, I fear. Perhaps the hope Whose tears paid down his sins. Mark how she Of her makes you forget me, ere we part.

weeps; Be happier than you know to wish ! farewell! How well it does become her! And if you

Tigr. Spaconia, stay, and hear me what I say. Can find no disposition in yourself
In short, destruction meet me, that I may To sorrow, yet, by gracefulness in her,
See it, and not avoid it, when I leave

Find out the way, and by your reason weep; To be thy faithful lover! Part with me

All this she does for you, and more she needs, Thou shalt not; there are nope that know our When for yourself you will not lose a tear. love;

Think how this want of grief discredits you, And I have given gold unto a captain,

And you will weep, because you cannot weep. That goes unto Iberia from the king,

Ara. You talk to me, as having got a time That he would place a lady of our land

Fit for your purpose; but you know, I know With the king's sister that is offered me.

You speak not what you think. Thither shall you, and, being once got in,

Pan. I would my heart Persuade her, by what subtle means you can, Were stone, before my softness should be urged To be as backward in her love as I.

Against my mother! A more troubled thought Spa. Can you imagine that a longing maid, No virgin bears about her. Should I excuse When she beholds you, can be pull'd away My mother's fault, I should set light a life, With words from loving you ?

In losing which a brother and a king Tigr. Dispraise my health,

Were taken from me. If I seek to save My honesty, and tell her I am jealous.

That life so loved, I lose another life, Spa. Why, I had rather lose you. Can my That gave me being; I should lose a mother; heart

A word of such a sound in a child's ear, Consent to let my tongue throw out such words ? That it strikes reverence through it. May the And I, that ever yet spoke what I thought,

will Sball find it such a thing at first to lie !

Of Heaven be done, and if one needs must fall, Tigr. Yet, do thy best.

Take a poor virgin's life to answer all !

Ara. But, Gobrias, let us talk. You know Enter BESSUS.

this fault Bes. What, is your majesty ready?

Is not in me as in another woman. Tigr. There is the lady, captain.

[They walk apart. Bes. Sweet lady, by your leave. I could wish Gob. I know it is not. myself more full of courtship' for your fair sake. Ara. Yet you make it so. Spa. Sir, I shall feel no want of that.

Gob. Why, is not all that's past beyond your Bes. Lady, you must haste; I have received help? new letters from the king, that require more

Ara. I know it is. haste than I expected. He will follow me sud Gob. Nay, should you publish it denly himself; and begins to call for your majesty Before the world, think you 'twould be believed ? already.

Ara. I know it would not. Tigr. He shall not do so long.

Gob. Nay, should I join with you, Bes. Sweet lady, shall I call you my charge Should we not both be torn, and yet both die hereafter ?

Uncredited ? Spa. I will not take upon mo to govern your

Ara. I think we should. tongue, sir ; you shall call me what you please.

Gob. Why, then,
[Exeunt. Take you such violent courses ?

I do but right in saving of the king
From all your plots.

Ara. The king!
AOT II.-SCENE I.

Gob. I bade you rest

With patience, and a time would come for me The Capital of Iberia. An Apartment in the

To reconcile all to your own content:
Palace,

But, by this way, you take away my power. Enter GOBRIAS, BACURIUS, ARANE, PANTHEA, And what was done, unknown, was not by me,

and MANDANE, Waiting-women and Attend But you; your urging. Being done, ants.

I must preserve mine own;' but time may bring Gob. My lord Bacurius, you must have regard

All this to light, and happily for all. Unto the queen; she is your prisoner;

Ara. Accursed be this over-curious brain, 'Tis at your peril if she make escape.

That gave that plot a birth! Accurs'd this womb, Bac. My lord, I know't; she is my prisoner,

That after did conceive, to my disgrace! From you committed. Yet she is a woman;

Bac. My lord-protector, they say there are
And, so I keep her safe, you will not urge me
To keep her close. I shall not shame to say,
I sorrow for her.

I think_intend.
2 paid down his sins-i.e. paid the forfeit of his sins,

were sufficient to balance them.-WEBER. I courtship-courtly breeding, the behaviour of a 3 torn-ie. torn to death, racked. courtier.-WEBER.

4 mine orn-ie. Arbaces.

As for me,

divers letters come from Armenia, that Bessus Gob. Captain, without the manner of your hurt, has done good service, and brought again a day Be much material to this business, by his particular valour. Received you any to We'll hear't some other time. that effect?

Pan. I prythee, leave it, and go on with my Gob. Yes; 'tis most certain.

brother. Bac. I am sorry fort; not that the day was Bes. I will; but 'twould be worth your hearing. won, but that 'twas won by him. We held him To the lists they came, and single sword and here a coward. He did me wrong once, at which gauntlet was their fight. I laughed, and so did all the world ; for nor I, Pan. Alas! nor any other, held him worth my sword.

Bes. Without the lists there stood some dozen

captains of either side mingled, all which were Enter Bessus and SPACONIA.

sworn, and one of those was I: and 'twas my Bes. Health to my lord-protector! From the chance to stand next a captain of the enemies' king these letters; and to your grace, madam, side, callid Tiribasus; valiant, they said, he was. these.

Whilst these two kings were stretching themGob. How does his majesty ?

selves, this Tiribasus cast something a scornful Bes. As well as conquest, by his own means look on me, and ask'd me, whom I thought would and his valiant commanders, can make him. overcome? I smiled, and told him, if he would Your letters will tell you all.

fight with me, he should perceive by the event of Pan. I will not open mine, till I do know that whose king would win. Something he anMy brother's health. Good captain, is he well?swer'd, and a scuffle was like to grow, when one Bes. As the rest of us that fought are.

Zipetus offered to help him: IPan. But how's that? is he hurt?

Pan. All this is of thyself; I pr’ythee, Bessus, Bes. He's a strange soldier that gets not a Tell something of my brother ; did he nothing ? knock.

Bes. Why, yes; I'll tell your grace. They were Pan. I do not ask how strange that soldier is not to fight till the word given; which, for my That gets no hurt, but whether he have one. own part, by my troth, I confess, I was not to Bes. He had divers.

give. Pan. And is he well again?

Pan. See, for his own part! Bes. Well again, an't please your grace ? Bac. I fear, yet, this fellow's abused with a Why, I was run twice through the body, and good report. shot i' th' head with a cross arrow, and yet am Bes. Ay, but Iwell again.

Pan. Still of himself ! Pan. I do not care how thou do'st: is he well? Bes. Cried, "Give the word;' when, as some

Bes. Not care how I do? Let a man, out of of them say, Tigranes was stooping : but the the mightiness of his spirit, fructify foreign word was not given then; yet ono Cosroes, of countries with his blood, for the good of his the enemies' part, held up his finger to me, which own, and thus he shall be answered. Why, I is as much with us martialists, as, 'I will fight may live to relieve, with spear and shield, such with you. I said not a word, nor made sign a lady as you distressed.

during the combat; bat that once donePan. Why, I will care; I'm glad that thou art Pan. He slips over all the fight. I pr‘ythee is he so ?

[well ; Bes. I call’d him to me: "Cosroes,' said IGob. The king is well, and will be here to

Pan. I will hear no more. morrow

Bes. No, no, I lie. Pan. My prayer is heard. Now will I open Bac. I dare be sworn thou dost. mine.

[Reads. Bes. 'Captain,' said I; so 'twas. Gob. Bacurius, I must ease you of your charge. Pan. I tell thee, I will hear no further. Madam, the wonted mercy of the king,

Bes. No? Your grace will wish you had. That overtakes your faults, bas met with this, Pan. I will not wish it. What is this the lady And struck it out; he has forgiven you freely. My brother writes to me to take?' Your own will is your law; be where you please. Bes. An't please your grace, this is she.Ara. I thank him.

Charge, will you come nearer the princess ? Gob. You will be ready

Pan. You are welcome from your country ; To wait upon his majesty to-morrow ?

and this land Ara. I will.

Shall show unto you all the kindnesses Bac. Madam, be wise hereafter. I am glad That I can make it. What's your name? I have lost this office.

[Exit ARANE. Spa. Thalestris. Gob. Good Captain Bessus, tell us the discoursel Pan. You're very welcome. You have got a Betwixt Tigranes and our king, and how

letter We got the victory.

To put you to me, that has power enough Pan. I prythee do;

To place mine enemy here; then much more you, And if my brother were in any danger,

That are so far from being so to me, Let not thy tale make him abide there long, That you ne'er saw me. Before thou bring him off ; for all that while Bes: Madam, I dare pass my word for her truth. My heart will beat.

Spa. My truth? Bes. Madam, let what will beat, I must tell Pan. Wby, captain, do you think I am afraid truth, and thus it was: they fought single in she'll steal. lists, but one to one. As for my own part, I was

Bes. I cannot tell; servants are slippery; but dangerously hurt but three days before; else, I dare give my word for her, and for her honesty. perhaps, we had been two to two; I cannot tell, She came along with me, and many favours she some thought we had. And the occasion of my did me by the way; but, by this light, none but hurt was this: the enemy had made treuches what she might do with modesty, to a man of

Pan. Why, captain, here's nobody thinks other1 discourse was formerly used with great latitude.

wise. Weber says it here means transaction; but Dyce thinks Bes. Nay, if you should, your grace may think it is equal to story, full particulars of what took place. your pleasure; but I am sure I brought her from

my rank.

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