fire yet.

Safely forget there are such things as tears : For I must leave you : And it troubles me, And you may all, whose good thoughts I have That my occasions, for the good of you, gain'd,

Are such as call me from you: Else, my joy Hold me unworthy, when I think my life Would be to spend my days among you all. A sacrifice too great to keep you thus

You shew your loves in these large multitudes In such a calm estate!

That come to meet me. I will


you. All. God bless your majesty!

Heaven prosper you, that you may know old Arb. See, all good people; I have brought the

years, man,

And live to see your childrens children Whose very name you fear'd, a captive home. Sit at your boards with plenty! When there is Behold him ; 'tis Tigranes! In your hearts A want of any thing, let it be known Sing songs of gladness and deliverance,

To me, and I will be a father to you. i Cit. Out upon him !

God keep you all ! 2 Cit. How he looks.

(Flourish. Ereunt Kings and their Train. 3 Wom. Hang him, hang him !

All. God bless your majesty, God bless your Mur. These are sweet people.

majesty! Tigr. Sir, you do me wrong,

1 Man. Come, shall we go ? all's done. To render me a scorned spectacle

Wom. Ay, for God's sake: I have not made a To common people. Arb. It was far from me

2 Man. Away, away! all's done. To mean it so. If I have aught deserv’d,

3 Man. Content. Farewell, Philip. My loving subjects, let me beg of you

i Cit. Away, you halter-sack, you ! Not to revile this prince, in whom there dwells 2 Man. Philip will not fight; he's afraid on's All worth, of which the nature of a man

face. Is capable; valour beyond compare :

Phil. Ay, marry; am I afraid of my face? The terror of his name has stretch'd itself

3 Man. Thou wouldst be, Philip, if thou Where-ever there is sun: And yet


you saw'st it in a glass; it looks so like a visor. I fought with him single, and won him too.

(Ereunt the three men and woman. I made his valour stoop, and brought that name, i Cit. You'll be hang’d, sirrah. Come, Philip, Soar'd to so unbeliev'd a height, to fall

walk before us homewards. Did not his majesty Beneath mine. This, inspir’d with all your

loves, say he had brought us home peas for all our I did perform ; and will, for your content, money? Be ever ready for a greater work.

2 Cit. Yes, marry, did he. All. The Lord bless your majesty!

i Cit. They're the first I heard of this year, Tigr. So, he has made me amends now with a by my troth. I long'd for some of 'em. Did he speech in commendation of himself: I would not not say, we should have some ? be so vain-glorious.

2 Cit. Yes, and so we shall anon, I warrant Arb. If there be any thing in which I may you, have every one a peck brought home to our Do good to any creature here, speak out; houses.





Arb. Pish! Will she have him?

Gob. I do hope she will not. [dside. Arb. My sister take it ill ?

I think she will, sir. Gob. Not very ill :

Arb. Were she my father, and my mother too, Something unkindly she does take it, sir, And all the names for which we think folks friends, To have her husband chosen to her hands. She should be forced to have him, when I know Arb. Why, Gobrias, let her : I must have her 'Tis fit. I will not hear her say, she's loth. know,

Gob. Heaven, bring my purpose luckily to
My will, and not her own, must govern her.
What, will she marry with some slave at home? You know'tis just.-She will not need constraint,
Gob. Oh, she is far from any stubbornness;

She loves you so.
You much mistake her; and, no doubt, will like Arb. How does she love me? Speak.
Where you will have her. But, when you

behold Gob. She loves you more than people love her,

their health, You will be loth to part with such a jewel. That live by labour; more than I could love Arb. To part with her ? Why, Gobrias, art A man that died for me, if he could live thou mad?

Again. She is my sister.

Arb. She is not like her mother, then. Gob Sir, I know she is :

Gob. Oh, no! When you were in Armenia, But it were pity to make poor our land,

I durst not let her know when you were hurt : With such a beauty to enrich another.

For at the first, on every little scratch,

cess wait

She kept her chamber, wept, and could not eat, Tigr. Will you speak, sir?
Till you were well; and many times the news Arb. Speak ! am I what I was ?
Was so long coming, that, before we heard, What art thou, that dost creep into my breast,
She was as near her death,

as you your health. And dar’st not see my face? Shew forth thyself. Arb. Alas, poor soul! But yet she must be I feel a pair of fiery wings display'd rul'd.

Hither, from thence. You shall not tarry there! I know not how I shall requite her well. Up, and be gone; if thou be'st love, be gone! I long to see her : Have you sent for her, Or I will tear thee from my wounded breast, To tell her I am ready?

Pull thy loved down away, and with a quill Gob. Sir, I have.

By this right arm drawn from thy wanton wing,
Enter 1 Gentleman and TIGRANES.

Write to thy laughing mother i? thy blood,
That you are powers bely'd, and all your

darts i Gent. Sir, here is the Armenian king. Are to be blown away,

by men resolved, Arb. He's welcome.

Like dust. I know thou fear'st my words; away ! i Gent. And the queen-mother and the prin- Tigr. Oh, misery! why should he be so slow !

There can no falsehood come of loving her. Without.

Though I have given my faith, she is a thing Arb. Good Gobrias, bring 'em in.

Both to be lov'd and serv'd beyond my faith.

[Exit GOBRIAS. I would, he would present me to her quickly. Tigranes, you will think you are arrived

Pan. Will you not speak at all ? Are you so In a strange land, where mothers cast to poison

far Their only sons: Think you, you shall be safe? From kind words? Yet, to save my modesty, Tigr. Too safe I am, sir.

That must talk till you answer, do not stand

As you were dumb; say something, though it be
Poison’d with



may strike me dead. two Gentlemen.

Mar. Have you no life at all? For manhood

sake, Ara. As low as this I bow to you; and would Let her not kneel, and talk neglected thus. As low as is my grave, to shew a mind

A tree would find a tongue to answer her, Thankful for all your mercies.

Did she but give it such a lov'd respect. Arb. Oh, stand up,

Arb. You mean this lady. Lift her from the And let me kneel ! the light will be ashamed

earth : To see observance done to me by you.

Why do you let her kneel so long? Alas ! Ara. You are my king.

Madam, your beauty uses to command, Arb. You are my mother. Rise !

And not to beg. What is your suit to me? As far be all your faults from your own soul, It shall be granted; yet the time is short, As from my memory; then you shall be

And my affairs are great. But where's my sister? As white as Innocence herself.

I bade, she should be brought. Ara. I came

Mar. What, is he mad ? Only to shew my duty, and acknowledge

Arb. Gobrias, where is she? My sorrows for my sins : Longer to stay,

Gob. Sir!
Were but to draw eyes more attentively

Arb. Where is she, man?
Upon my shame. That power, that kept you safe Gob. Who, sir ?
From me, preserve you still !

Arb. Who? hast thou forgot my sister?
Arb. Your own desires shall be your guide. Gob. Your sister, sir ?

[Erit ARANE. Arb. Your sister, sir? Some one that hath & Pan. Now let me die!

wit, Since I have seen my lord the king return Answer, where is she? In safety, I have seen all good that life

Gob. Do you not see her there? Can shew me. I have ne'er another wish

Arb. Where? For Heaven to grant; nor were it fit I should; Gob. There. For I am bound to spend my age to come,

Arb. There? where? In giving thanks that this was granted me.

Mar. 'Slight there ! are you blind? Gob. Why does not your majesty speak? Arb. Which do you mean? That little one? Arb. To whom?

Gob. No, sir. Gob. To the princess.

Arb. No, sir? Why, do you mock me? I can Pan. Alas, sir, I am fearful! You do look On me, as if I were some loathed thing,

No other here, but that petitioning lady. That you were finding out a way to shun.

Gob. That's she. Gob. Sir, you should speak to her.

Arb. Away! Arb, Ha?

Gob. Sir, it is she. Pan. I know I am unworthy, yet not ill:

Arb. 'Tis false. Arm’d with which innocence, here I will kneel Gob. Is it? "Till I am one with earth, but I will gain

Arb. As Hell! By Heaven, as false as Hell! Some words and kindness from you.

My sister !-Is h2 dead? If it be so,



Speak boldly to me; for I am a man,

Arb. I will hear no more. And dare not quarrel with Divinity;

Why should there be such music in a voice, And do not think to cozen me with this.

And sin for me to hear it? All the world I see, you are all mute and stand amazed, May take delight in this; and 'tis damnation Fearful to answer me. It is too true ;

For me to do so. You are fair, and wise,
A decreed instant cuts off every life,

And virtuous, I think; and he is bless'd
For which to mourn, is to repine. She died That is so near you as a brother is;
A virgin though, more innocent than sleep, But you are nought to me but a disease;
As clear as her own eyes; and blessedness Continual torment without hope of ease.
Eternal waits upon her where she is.

Such an ungodly sickness I have got,
I know, she could not make a wish to change That he, that undertakes my cure, must first
Her state for new; and you shall see me bear O'erthrow divinity, all moral laws,
My crosses like a man. We all must die, And leave mankind as unconfin'd as beasts;
And she hath taught us how.

Allowing 'em to do all actions, Gob. Do not mistake,

As freely as they drink when they desire. And vex yourself for nothing; for her death Let me not hear you speak again ; yet so Is a long life off yet, I hope. 'Tis she;

I shall but languish for the want of that, And if my speech deserve not faith, lay death The having which would kill me. No man here Upon me, and my latest words shall force Offer to speak for her; for I consider A credit from you.

As much as you can say; I will not toil drb. Which, good Gobrias ?

My body and my mind too; rest thou there; That lady, dost thou mean?

Here's one within will labour for you both, Gob. That lady, sir :

Pan. I would I were past speaking ! She is your sister; and she is your sister

Gob. Fear not, madam;
That loves you so; 'tis she for whom I weep, The king will alter: "Tis some sudden rage,
To see you use her thus.


shall see it end some other way. Arb. It cannot be.

Pan. Pray Heaven it do! Tigr. Pish! this is tedious :

Tigr. Though she to whom I swore be here, I I cannot hold; I must present myself. And yet the sight of my Spaconia

Stifle my passion longer ; if my father Touches me, as a sudden thunder-clap

Should rise again, disquieted with this, Does one that is about to sin.

And charge me to forbear, yet it would out. Arb. Away!

Madam, a stranger, and a prisoner, begs
No more of this ! Here I pronounce him traitor, To be bid welcome.
The direct plotter of my death, that names Pan. You are welcome, sir,
Or thinks her for my sister: 'Tis a lye,

I think; but if you be not, 'tis past me
The most malicious of the world, invented To make you so; for I am here a stranger
To mad your king. He that will say so next, Greater than yoụ: We know from whence you
Let him draw out his sword and sheath it here;

come; It is a sin fully as pardonable.

But I appear a lost thing, and by whom She is no kin to me, nor shall she be:

Is yet uncertain; found here i' the court,
If she were ever, I create her none.

And only suffer'd to walk up and down,
And which of you can question this ? My power As one not worth the owning.
Is like the sea, that is to be obey'd,

Spa. Oh, I fear
And not disputed with. I have decreed her Tigranes will be caught; he looks, methinks,
As far from having part of blood with me, As he would change his eyes with her. Some
As the naked Indians. Come and answer me,

help He that is boldest now! Is that my sister? There is above for me, I hope ! War. Oh, this is fine !

Tigr. Why do you turn away, and weep so fast, Bes. No, marry, she is not, an't please your And utter things that mis-become your looks? majesty.

Can you want owning?
I never thought she was; she's nothing like you. Spu. Oh, 'tis certain so.
Arb. No; 'tis true, she is not.

Tigr. Acknowledge yourself mine.
Mar. Thou should'st be hang'd.

Arb. How now? Pan. Sir, I will speak but once : By the same Tigr. And then see if you want an owner. power

Arb. They are talking ! You make my blood a stranger unto yours, Tigr. Nations shall own you for their queen. You may command me dead; and so much love Arb. Tigranes! art not thou my prisoner?, A stranger may importune; pray you, do.

Tigr, I am. If this request appear too much to grant,

Arb. And who is this?
Adopt me of some other family,

Tigr. She is your sister,
By your unquestion'd word; else I shall live Arb. She is so.
Like sinful issues, that are left in streets

Mar. Is she so again? that's well.
By their regardless mothers, and no name

Arb. And how, then, dare you offer to change Will be found for me.

words with hier?

in me

Tigr. Dare do it! Why, you brought me hither, Pan. Oh, you wrong me more in this sir,

Than in your rage you did: You mock me now. To that intent.

Arb. Never forgive me then; which is the Arb. Perhaps, I told you so:

worst If I had sworn it, had you so much folly

Can happen to me.
To credit it? The least word that she speaks Pan. If you be in earnest,
Is worth a life. Rule your disorder'd tongue, Stand up, and give me but a gentle look,
Or I will temper it!

And two kind words, and I shall be in Heaven.
Spa. Blest be that breath !

Arb. Rise you then too : Here I acknowledge
Tigr. Temper my tongue! Such incivilities

As these no barbarous people ever knew: My hope, the only jewel of my life,
You break the laws of nature, and of nations; The best of sisters, dearer than my breath,
You talk to me as if I were a prisoner

A happiness as high as I could think;
For theft. My tongue be temper'd? I inust speak, And when my actions call thee otherwise,
If thunder check me, and I will,

Perdition light upon me!
Arb. You will ?

Pan. This is better Spa. Alas, my fortune!

Than if you had not frown'd; it comes to me Tigr. Do not fear his frown.

Like mercy at the block: And when I leave Dear madam, hear me.

To serve you with my life, your curse be with me! Arb. Fear not my frown ? But that 'twere base Arb. Then thus I do salute thee; and again,

To make this knot the stronger. Paradise To fight with one I know I can o'ercome, Is there ! It may be, you are yet in doubt ; Again thou shouldst be conquered by me. This third kiss blots it out.— I wade in sin,

Mar. He has one ransom with him already; | And foolishly entice myself along! methinks, 'twere good to fight double or quit. Take her away ; see her a prisoner

Arb. Away with him to prison! Now, sir, see In her own chamber closely, Gobrias !
If my frown be regardless. Why delay you? Pan. Alas! sir, why?
Seize him, Bacurius! You shall know my word Arb. I must not stay the answer. Do it!
Sweeps like a wind; and all it grapples with Gob, Good Sir!
Are as the chaff before it.

Arb. No more! Do it, I say !
Tigr. Touch me not.

Mar. This is better and better. Arb. Help there!

Pan. Yet, hear me speak. Tigr. Away!

Arb. I will not hear you speak. i Gent. It is in vain to struggle.

Away with her! Let no man think to speak 2 Gent. You must be forced.

For such a creature; for she is a witch, Bar. Sir, you must pardon us;

A poisoner, and a traitor! We must obey.

Gob. Madam, this office grieves me. Arb. Why do you dally there?

Pan. Nay, 'tis well; the king is pleased with it.
Drag him away by any thing.

Arb. Bessus, go you along too with her. I
Buc. Come, sir.
Tigr. Justice, thou ought'st to give me strength | All this that I have said, if I may live

So long. But I am desperately sick;
To shake all these off. This is tyranny,

For she has given me poison in a kiss : Arbaces, subtler than the burning bull's,

She had it 'twixt her lips; and with her eyes
Or that famed tyrant's bed. Thou mightst as well She witches people. Go, without a word!
Search i’ the deep of winter through the snow

[Ereunt GoB. PAN. BEs. and SPAC.
For half-starved people, to bring home with thee, Why should You, that have made me stand in
To shew 'em fire and send 'em back again,
As use me thus.

Like Fate itself, cutting what threads I pleased,
Arb. Let him be close, Bacurius.

Decree such an unworthy end of me,
[Ereunt TIGRANES and BACURIUS. And all my glories? What am I, alas,
Spa. I ne'er rejoic'd at any ill to him, That you oppose me? If my secret thoughts
But this imprisonment: What shall become Have ever harbour'd swellings against you,
Of me forsaken?

They could not hurt you; and it is in you
Gob. You will not let your sister

To give me sorrow, that will render me Depart thus discontented from you, sir ?

Apt to receive your mercy: Rather so, Arb. By no means, Gobrias: I have done her Let it be rather so, than punish me wrong

With such unmanly sins. Incest is in me
And made myself believe much of myself, Dwelling already; and it must be holy,
That is not in me. You did kneel to me, That pulls it thence. Where art, Mardonius ?
Whilst I stood stubborn and regardless by,

Mar. Here, sir.
And. like a god incensed, gave no ear

Arb. I pray thee, bear me, if thou canst.
To all your prayers. Behold, I kneel to you: Am I not grown a strange weight?
Shew a contempt as large as was my own,

Mur. As you were.
And I will suffer it; yet, at the last, forgive me. Arb, No heavier ?

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Mar. No, sir.
Arb. Why, my legs

Enter a Gentleman.
Refuse to bear my body! Oh, Mardonius,
Thou hast in field beheld me, when thou know'st Gent. Good-morrow, captain Bessus.
I could have gone, tho' I could never run.

Bes. Good-morrow, sir,
Mar. And so I shall again.

Gent. I come to speak with youArb. Oh, no, 'tis past.

Bes. You're very welcome. Mar. Pray you, go rest yourself.

Gent. From one that holds himself wrong'd Arb. Wilt thou, hereafter, when they talk of by you some three years since. Your worth, he me,

says, is fam’d, and he doth nothing doubt but As thou shalt hear nothing but infamy,

you will do him right, as beseems a soldier. Remember some of those things?

Bes. A pox on 'em, so they cry all ! Mar. Yes, I will.

Gent. And a slight note I have about me for Arb. I pray thee do; for thou shalt never see you, for the delivery of which you must excuse me so again.

(Exeunt. me: It is an office that friendship calls upon me

to do, and no way offensive to you; since I deEnter BESSUS, alone.

sire but right on both sides.

Bes. Tis a challenge, sir, is it not? Bes. They talk of Fame; I have gotten it in Gent. 'Tis an inviting to the field. the wars, and will afford any man a reasonable Bes. An inviting? Oh, cry you mercy! what pennyworth. Some will say, they could be con- a compliment he delivers it with ! he might, as tent to have it, but that it is to be atchieved with agreeably to my nature, present me poison with danger; but my opinion is otherwise: For if I such a speech. Um, um, um - Repulation-um, might stand still in cann

nnon-proof, and have Fame um, um-call you to account-um, um, umfall upon me, I would refuse it. My reputation forced to this -um, um, um—with my sworidcame principally by thinking to run away, which um, um, um-like a gentleman-um, um, umnobody knows but Mardonius; and, I think, he dear to me-um, um, um-satisfaction. 'Tis conceals it to anger me. Before I went to the very well, sir; I do accept it; but he must await wars, I came to the town a young fellow, without an answer this thirteen weeks. means or parts to deserve friends; and my empty Gent. Why, sir, he would be glad to wipe off guts persuaded me to lie, and abuse people, for his stain as soon as he could. my meat; which I did, and they beat me. Then Bes. Sir, upon my credit, I am already engaged would I fast two days, till my hunger cried out to two hundred and twelve; all which must have on me, “ Rail still.' Then, methought, I had a their stains wip'd off, if that be the word, before monstrous stomach to abuse 'em again, and did him. it. In this state I continued, till they hung me Gent. Sir, if you be truly engag'd but to one, up by th' heels, and beat me wi' hasle-sticks, as he shall stay a competent time. if they would have baked me, and have cozen'd Bes. Upon my faith, sir, to two hundred and some body wi' me for venison. After this I twelve: And I have a spent body, too much rail'd, and eat quietly: For the whole kingdom bruis’d in battle; so that I cannot fight, I must took notice of me for a baffled whip’d fellow, and be plain, above three combats a-day. All the what I said was remembered in mirth, but never kindness I can shew him, is to set him resolvedly in anger, of which I was glad. I would it were in my roll, the two hundred and thirteenth man, at that pass again ! After this, Heaven call?d an which is something : for, I tell you, I think there aunt of mine, that left two hundred pounds in a will be more after him than before him ; I think cousin's hand for me; who, taking me to be a so. Pray you commend me to him, and tell him gallant young spirit, raised a company for me this. with the money, and sent me into Armenia with Gent. I will, sir. Good-morrow to you. ’em. Away I would have run from them, but

[Erit Gentleman. that I could get no company; and alone I durst Bes. Good-morrow, good sir. Certainly, my not rụn. I was never at battle but once, and safest way were to print myself a coward, with a there I was running, but Mardonius cudgeld me: discovery how I came by my credit, and clap it Yet I got loose at last, but was so afraid that I upon every post. I have received above thirty saw no more than my shoulders do; but fled challenges within this two hours : Marry, all but with my whole company amongst mine enemies, the first I put off with engagement; and, by good and overthrew 'em: Now the report of my va- fortune, the first is no madder of fighting than lour is come over before me, and they say I was I; so that that's referred. The place where it a raw young fellow, but now I am improv'd: A must be ended is four days journey off, and our plague on their eloquence ! 'twill cost me many arbitrators are these; he has chosen a gentleman a beating ; and Mardonius might help this too, in travel, and I have a special friend with a quarif he would; for now they think to get honour tain ague, like to hold him this five years, for on me, and all the men i have abused call me mine; and when his man comes home, we are to freshly to account, (worthily, as they call it) by expect my friend's health. If they would send the way of challenge.

me challenges thus thick, as long as I livd, I

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