WOMEN. ARBACES, king of Iberia.

ARANE, the queen-mother.
TIGRANES, king of Armenia.

PANTHEA, her daughter.
GOBRIAS, lord-protector, and father of Arbaces. SPACONIA, a lady, daughter of Ligones.
BACURIUS, another lord.

MANDANE, a waiting-woman ; und other attenMARDONIUS,

dants. {two captains. BESSUS,

Three men and a woman. LIGONES, father of Spaconia,

PHILIP, a servant, and two citizens' wives. Two gentlemen.

A Alessenger, Two Sword-men.

A Servant to BACURIUS.

A Boy.
SCENE.-On the Frontiers of Armenia ; and afterwards in the Metropolis of Iberia.


Mar. Why, didst thou see it?

Bes. You stood wi' me. Mar. Bessus, the king has made a fair hand Mar. I did so; but methought thou wink d'st on't; he has ended the wars at a blow. "Would

every blow they struck. my sword had a clcse basket hilt, to hold wine, Bes. Well, I believe there are better soldiers and the blade would make knives; for we shall than 1, that never saw two princes fight in lists. have nothing but eating and drinking.

Mar. By my troth, I think so too, Bessus; Bes. We that are commanders shall do well

many a thousand : But, certainly, all that are enough.

worse than thou have seen as much. Mar. Faith, Bessus, such commanders as thou Bes. 'Twas bravely done of our king. may: I had as lieve set thee perdue for a pud- Mar. Yes, if he had not ended the wars. I'm ding i'th' dark, as Alexander the Great,

glad thou dar’st talk of such dangerous busiBes. I love these jests exceedingly.

Mar. I think thou lov'st 'em better than quar- Bes. To take a prince prisoner in the heart relling, Bessus ; I'll say so much in thy behalf. of his own country, in single combat. And yet thou'rt valiant enough upon a retreat: I Mar. See, how thy blood curdles at this : I think thou wouldst kill any man that stop'd thee, think thou couldst be contented to be beatey if thou couldst.

i' this passion. Bes. But was not this a brave combat, Mar- Bes. Shall I tell you truly? donius ?

Mar, Ay. VOL. I.





Bes. I could willingly venture for it.

not hear it, Bessus. Here he is, with his prey in Mur. Hum ! no venture neither, Bessus.

his foot. Bes. Let me not live, if I do not think 'tis a braver piece of service than that I'm so fam’d

Enter ARBACES, TIGRANES, and two Gentlefor. Mar. Why, art thou fam'd for any

valour? Arb. Thy sadness, brave Tigranes, takes away Bes. Fam'd? I warrant you.

From my full victory: Am I become Mar. I'm e'en heartily glad on't: I have been Of so small fame, that any man should grieve with thee e'er since thou cam’st to the wars, and when I o'ercome him? They, that plac'd me here, this is the first word that ever I heard on't. Intended it an honour, large enough Prithee, who fames thee?

For the most valiant living, but to dare Bes. The Christian world.

Oppose me single, though he lost the day. Mar. 'Tis heathenishly done of 'em, in my What should allict you? You're as free as I. conscience: Thou deserv'st it not.

To be my prisoner, is to be more free Bes. Yes, I ha' done good service.

Than you were formerly. And never think,
Mar. I do not know how thou may'st wait of The man, I held worthy to combat me,
a man in's chamber, or thy agility in shifting of Shall be us'd servilely. Thy ransom is,
a trencher; but otherwise no service, good Bes- To take my only sister to thy wife:

A heavy one, Tigranes ; for she is
Bes. You saw me do the service yourself. A lady, that the neighbour princes send

Mar. Not so hasty, sweet Bessus! Where Blanks to fetch home. I have been too unkind was it? is the place vanish’d?

To her, Tigranes: She, but nine years old, Bes. At Bessus' Desp’rate Redemption. I left her, and ne'er saw her since: Your wars Mar. At Bessus' Desp’rate Redemption! Have held me long, and taught me, though a where's that?

youth, Bes. There, where I redeem'd the day: the The way to victory. She was a pretty child; place bears my name.

Then, I was little better; but now fame Mar. Prithee, who christen'd it?

Cries loudly on her, and my messengers Bes. The soldiers.

Make me believe she is a miracle. Mar. If I were not a very merrily disposed man, She'll make you shrink, as I did, with a stroke, what would become of thee? One that had but But of her eye, Tigranes. a grain of choler in the whole composition of his Tigr. Is't the course body, would send thee on an errand to the worms, Of Iberia to use her prisoners thus ? for putting thy name upon that field: Did not I Had fortune thrown my name above Arbaces', beat thee there, i'th' head o'th' troops, with I should not thus have talk’d, sir : In Armenia, a truncheon, because thou wouldst needs run We hold it base. You should have kept your away with thy company, when we should charge

temper the enemy?

Till you saw home again, where 'tis the fashion, Bes. True, but I did not run.

Perhaps, to brag.
Mar. Right, Bessus: I beat thee out on't. Arb. Be you my witness, earth,

Bes. But came I not up when the day was Need I to brag ? Both not this captive prince gone, and redeem'd all ?

Speak me sufficiently, and all the acts Dlar. Thou knowest, and so do I, thou meant'st That I have wrought upon his suffering land? to fly, and thy fear making thee mistake, thou Should I then boast? Where lies that foot of ran'st upon the enemy; and a hot charge thou

ground, gav’st; as, I'll do thee right, thou art furious in Within his whole realm, that I have not past, running away; and, I think, we owe thy fear for Fighting and conquering? Far thien from me our victory. If I were the king, and were sure Be ostentation. I could tell the world, thou wouldst mistake always, and run away upon How I have laid his kingdom desolate, the enemy, thou shouldst be general, by this By this sole arm, prop’d by divinity ; light.

Stript him out of his glories ; and have sent Bes. You'll never leave this, till I fall foul. The pride of all his youth to people graves;

Mur. No more such words, dear Bessus; for And made his virgins languish for their loves; though I have ever known thee a coward, and If I would brag. Should I, that have the pow'r therefore durst never strike thee, yet if thou To teach the neighbour world humility, proceed'st, I will allow thee valiant, and beat Mix with vain-glory? thee.

Mar. Indeed, this is none.

[Aside. Bes. Come, our king's a brave fellow.

Arb. Tigranes, nay, did I but take delight Mur. He is so, Bessus; I wonder how thou To stretch my deeds as others do, on words, cam'st to know it. But, if thou wert a man of I could amaze my hearers. understanding, I would tell thee, he is vain-glori- Mar. So you do. ous and humble, and angry and patient, and Arb. But he shall wrong his and my modesty, merry and dull, and joyful and sorrowful, in ex- That thinks nie apt to boast: After an act tremity, in an hour. Do not think me thy friend, Fit for a god to do upon his foe, for this; for if I car’d who knew it, thou shouldst | A little glory in a soldier's inouth


Is well-becoming; be it far from vain.

Tigr. Sir, I have learn’d a prisoner's sufferance, Mar. 'Tis pity, that valour should be thus And will obey : But give me leave to talk drunk.

(Aside. In private with some friends before I go. Arb. I offer you my sister, and you answer,

Arb. Some do await him forth, and see him I do insult: A lady, that no suit,

safe ; Nor treasure, nor thy crown, could purchase But let him freely send for whom he please, thee,

And none dare to disturb his conference; But that thou fought'st with me.

I will not have him know what bondage is, Tigr. Though this be worse

[Erit TIGRANES. Than that you spake before, it strikes me not; 'Till he be free from me. This prince, MarBut, that you think to over-grace me with

The marriage of your sister, troubles me. Is full of wisdom, valour, all the graces
I would give worlds for ransoms, were they mine, Man can receive.
Rather than have her.

Mar. And yet you conquer'd him.
Arb. See, if I insult,

Arb. And yet I conquer'd him; and could have That am the conqueror, and for a ransom

done't, Offer rich treasure to the conquered,

Hadst thou join'd with him, though thy name in Which he refuses, and I bear his scorn ? It cannot be self-flattery to say,

Be great. Must all men, that are virtuous, The daughters of your country, set by her, Think suddenly to match themselves with me? Would see their shame, run home, and blush to I conquer'd him, and bravely, did I not? death

Bes. An please your majesty, I was afraid at At their own foulness. Yet she is not fair,

firstNor beautiful; those words express her not:

Mar. When wert thou other? They say, her looks have something excellent,

Arb. Of what? That wants a name. Yet, were she odious,

Bes. That you would not have spy'd your best, Her birth deserves the empire of the world: advantages; for your majesty, in my opinion, lay Sister to such a brother; that hath ta’en too high; methinks, under favour, you should Victory prisoner, and throughout the earth have lain thus. Carries her bound, and, should he let her loose, Mar. Like a taylor at a wake. She durst not leave him. Nature did her wrong,

Bes. And then, if’t please your majesty to reTo print continual conquest on her cheeks, member, at one time

-by my troth, I wishd And make no man worthy for her to taste,

myself wi' you. But me, that am too near her; and as strangely Mar. By my troth, thou wouldst ha' stunk 'em She did for me: But you will think I brag.

both out o'th' lists. Mur. I do, I'll be sworn. Thy valour and

Arb. What to do? thy passions sever'd, would have made two ex- Bes. To put your majesty in mind of an occellent fellows in their kinds. I know not, casion : You lay thus, and Tigranes falsified a whether I should be sorry thou art so valiant, or blow at your leg, which you, by doing thus, so passionate: 'Would one of 'em were away!

avoided; but, if you had whipp'd up your leg

[Aside. thus, and reach'd him on he ear, you had made Tigr. Do I refuse her, that I doubt her the blood-royal run down his head. worth?

Mar. Wirat country fence-school learn’dst Were she as virtuous as she would be thought;

that at ? So perfect, that no one of her own sex

Arb. Pish! did not I take him nobly? Could find a want she had; so tempting fair,

Mar. Why, you did, and you have talk'd That she could wish it off, for damning souls;

enough on't. I would pay any ransom, twenty lives,

Arb. Talk'd enough? Rather than meet her married in my




words? By Heav'n and earth, Perhaps, I have a love, where I have fix’d I were much better be a king of beasts Mine eyes, not to be mov'd, and she on me: Than such a people! If I had not patience I am not fickle.

Above a god, I should be call'd a tyrant, Arb. Is that all the cause ?

Throughout the world! They will offend to death Think you, you can so knit yourself in love Each minute: Let me hear thee speak again, To any other, that her searching sight

And thou art earth again. Why, this is like Cannot dissolve it? So, before you try'd,

Tigranes' speech, that needs would say I brag'd. You thought yourself a match for me in fight: Bessus, he said, I brag'd. Trust me, Tigranes, she can do as much

Bes. Ha, ha, ha! In peace, as I in war; she'll conquer too.

Arb. Why dost thou laugh? You shall see, if you have the pow'r to stand

By all the world, I'm grown ridiculous The force of her swift looks. If you dislike,

To my own subjects. Tie me in a chair, I'll send you home with love, and name your

And jest at me! But I shall make a start,

And punish some, that others may take heed Some other way; but if she be your choice,

How they are haughty. Who will answer me? She frees you. To Iberia you must.

He said I boasted: Speak, Mardonius,



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Did I ? He will not answer. Oh, my temper! Mov'd you like wheels; it mov'd you as it pleas'd. I give you thanks above, that taught my heart Whither slip you now? What, are you too good Patience; I can endure his silence. What, will To wait on me? (Puffe.) I had need have tem

per, Vouchsafe to give me answer? Am I grown That rule such people: I have nothing left To such a poor respect? or do you mean


my own choice ! I would I might be private: To break my wind? Speak, speak, some one of Mean men enjoy themselves; but 'tis our curse you,

To have a tumult, that, out of their loves, Or else, by Heav'n

Will wait on us, whether we will or no. i Gent. So please your

Go, get you gone! Why, here they stand like drb. Monstrous !

death : I cannot be heard out; they cut me off,

My words move nothing. As if I were too saucy. I will live

1 Gent. Must we go?
In woods, and talk to trees; they will allow me Bes. I know not.
To end what I begin. The meanest subject

Arb. I
pray you,

leave me, sirs. I'm proud of Can find a freedom to discharge his soul,

this, (Ereunt all but ARB. and MAR. And not I. Now it is a time to speak;


will be intreated from my sight. I hearken,

Why, now they leave me all. Mardonius! i Gent. May it please

Mar. Sir. Arb. ímean not you;

Arb. Will you leave me quite alone? Methinks, Did not I stop you once? But I am grown Civility should teach you more than this, To talk ! But I defy-Let another speak. If I were but your friend. Stay here, and wait. 2 Gent. I hope your majesty,

Mar. Sir, shall I speak ? Arb. Thou drawl'st thy words,

Arb. Why, you would now think much That I must wait an hour, where other men To be denied ; but I can scarce intreat Can hear in instants : Throw your words away

What I would have. Do, speak. Quick and to purpose ; I have told you this. Mur. But will you hear me out ? Bes. An please your majesty,

Arb. With me you article, to talk thus: Well, Arb. Wilt thou devour me? This is such a I will hear


out. rudeness

Mar. Sir, that I have cver lov'd you, my As yet you never shew'd me: And I want sword hath spoken for me; that I do, if it be Pow'r to command too; else, Mardonius doubted, I dare call an oath, a great one, to my Would speak at my request. Were you my king, witness; and were you not my king, from amongst I would have answer'd at your word, Mardonius. men, I should have chose you out, to love above I pray you speak, and truly, did I boast ?

the rest: Nor can this challenge thanks ; for my Mar. Truth will offend you.

own sake I should have done it, because I would Arb. You take all great care what will offend have lov'd the most deserving man; for so you

me, When

you dare to utter such things as these. Arb. Alas, Mardonius, rise ! you shall not Alar. You told Tigranes, you had won his

kneel : land

We all are soldiers, and all venture lives; With that sole arm, prop'd by divinity:

And where there is no diff'rence in mens' worths, Was not that bragging, and a wrong to us Titles are jests. Who can outvalue thee? That daily ventur'd lives?

Mardonius, thou hast lov'd me, and hast wrong; Arb. Oh, that thy name

Thy love is not rewarded; but, believe Were great as mine! 'would I had paid my It shall be better. More than friend in arms, wealth

My father, and my tutor, good Mardonius! It were as great, as I might combat thee!

Mar. Sir, you did promise you would hear me I would, through all the regions habitable, Search thee, and having found thee, wi' my Arb. And so I will : Speak freely, for from sword

thee Drive thee about the world, 'till I had met Nothing can come, but worthy things and true. Some place that yet man's curiosity

Mar. Though you have all this worth, you Hath miss'd of: There, there would I strike thee hold some qualities that do eclipse your virtues. dead;

Arb. Eclipse my virtues ? Forgotten of mankind, such funeral rites

Mar. Yes; your passions ; which are so maniAs beasts wouli give thee, thou shouldst have. fold, that they appear even in this: When I comBes. The king rages extremely; shall we slink mend you, you hug me for that truth; but when

I speak your faults, you make a start, and fly the He'll strike us.

hearing : But2 Gent. Content.

Arb. When you commend me? Oh, that I Arb. There I would make you know, 'twas

should live
this sole arm.

To necd such commendations ! If my deeds
I grant, you were my instruments, and did Blew not my praise themselves about the carth,
As I commanded you; but 'twas this arm I were most wretched! Spare your idle praise :



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If thou didst mean to flatter, and shouldst utter I may swear I am truly honest; for I pay justly Words in my praise, that thou thought'st impu- for what I take, and would be glad to be at a dence,

certainty. My deeds should make 'em modest. When you Arb. Why, do the wenches encroach upon praise,

thee? I hug you? 'Tis so false, that, wert thou worthy, Mar. Ay, by this light, do they. Thou shouldst receive a death, a glorious death, Arb. Didst thou sit at an old rent with 'em ? From me! But thou shalt understand thy lyes; Mlar. Yes, faith. For, shouldst thou praise me into Heav'n, and Arb. And do they improve themselves ? there

Mar. Ay, ten shillings to me, every new young Leave me inthron'd, I would despise thee then fellow they come acquainted with. As much as now, which is as much as dust,

Arb. How canst live on't ? Because I see thy envy.

Mar. Why, I think, I must petition to you. Mar. However you will use me after, yet for Arb. Thou shalt take them up at my price. your own promise sake, hear me the rest.

Enter two Gentlemen and BESSUS.
Arb. I will, and after call unto the winds;
For they shall lend as large an ear as I

Mar. Your price?
To what you utter. Speak !

Arb. Ay, at the king's price. Mar. Would you but leave these hasty tem- Mar. That may be more than I'm worth. pers, which I do not say take from you all your

2 Gent. Is he not merry now? worth, but darken it, then you will shine indeed. i Gent. I think not. Arb. Well.

Bes. He is, he is: We'll shew ourselves. Mar. Yet I would have you keep some pas- Arb. Bessus! I thought you had been in sions, lest men should take you for a god, your Iberia by this; I bade you haste; Gobrias will virtues are such.

want entertainment for me. Arb. Why, now you flatter.

Bes. An please your majesty, I have a suite Mar. I never understood the word. Were Arb. Is't not lousy, Bessus ? What is't? you no king, and free from these moods, should Bes. I am to carry a lady with me. I chuse a companion for wit and pleasure, it Arb. Then thou hast two suits. should be you; or for honesty to interchange my Bes. And if I can prefer her to the lady bosom with, it should be you'; or wisdom to give Panthea, your majesty's sister, to learn fashions, me counsel, I would pick out you; or valour to as her friends term it, it will be worth something defend my reputation, still I should find you out;

to me. for you are fit to fight for all the world, if it Arb. So many nights' lodgings as 'tis thither; could come in question. Now I have spoke: will’t not ? Consider to yourself; find out a use; if so, then Bes. I know not that, sir ; but gold I shall be what shall fall to me is not material. Arb. Is not material ? More than ten such Arb. Why, thou shalt bid her entertain her lives

from me, so thou wilt resolve me one thing. As mine, Mardonius ! It was nobly said;

Bes. If I can. Thou hast spoke truth, and boldly such a truth Arb. Faith, 'tis a very disputable question ; As might offend another. I have been

and yet, I think, thou canst decide it. Too passionate and idle; thou shalt see

Bes. Your majesty has a good opinion of my A swift amendment. But I want those parts understanding. You praise me for: I fight for all the world! Arb. I have so good an opinion of it: 'Tis, Give thee a sword, and thou wilt go as far whether thou be valiant. Beyond me, as thou art beyond in years ;

Bes. Somebody has traduced me to you: Do I know thou dar’st and wilt. It troubles me you see this sword, sir ? That I should use so rough a phrase to thee: Arb. Yes. Impute it to my folly, what thou wilt,

Bes. If I do not make my back-biters eat it to So thou wilt pardon me. That thou and I a knife within this week, say I am not valiant. Should differ thus !

Enter a Messenger. Mar. Why, 'tis no matter, sir.

Arb. Faith, but it is : But thou dost ever take Mes. Health to your majesty! All things I do thus patiently; for which

Arb. From Gobrias?
I never can requite thee, but with love;

Mes. Yes, sir.
And that thou shalt be sure of. Thou and I Arb. How does he? is he well ?
Have not been merry lately: Prithee tell me, Mes. In perfect health.
Where hadst thou that same jewel in thine ear? Arb. Take that for thy good news.
Mar. Why, at the taking of a town.

A trustier servant to his prince there lives not, Arb. A wench, upon my life, a wench, Mar- | Than is good Gobrias. donius, gave thee that jewel.

1 Gent. The king starts back. Mar. Wench! They respect not me; I'm old Mar. His blood goes back as fast. and rough, and every limb about me, but that 2 Gent. And now it comes again. which should, grows stiffer, l' those businesses, Mar. He alters strangely.

sure of.

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