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Though mine's a little all, yet were it more,
And better far, it should be left for thee,
And all that I would keep should be Horatio.
So, when a merchant sees his vessel lost,
Though richly freighted from a foreign coast,
Gladly, for life, the treasure he would give,
And only wishes to escape, and live:
Gold and his gains no more employ his mind;
But driving o'er the billows with the wind,
Cleaves to one faithful plank, and leaves the)
rest behind.


SCENE I-A Garden.

LOTHARIO and CALISTA discovered. Loth. Weep not, my fair; but let the god of love

Laugh in thy eyes, and revel in thy heart,
Kindle again his torch, and hold it high,
To light us to new joys. Nor let a thought
Of discord, or disquiet past, molest thee;
But to a long oblivion give thy cares,
And let us melt the present hour in bliss.
Cal. Seek not to sooth me with thy false

To charm me with thy softness: 'tis in vain:
Thou canst no more betray, nor I be ruin'd.
The hours of folly and of fond delight,

Are wasted all, and fled; those that remain
Are doom'd to weeping, anguish, and repentance.
I come to charge thee with a long account
Of all the sorrows I have known already,
And all I have to come; thou hast undone me.
Loth. Unjust Calista! dost thou call it ruin
To love as we have done; to melt, to languish,
To wish for somewhat exquisitely happy,
And then be blest ev'n to that wish's height?
To die with joy, and straight to live again;
Speechless to gaze, and with tumultuous trans-

Cal. Oh, let me hear no more; I cannot bear it;

'Tis deadly to remembrance. Let that night, That guilty night, be blotted from the year; For 'twas the night that gave me up to shame, To sorrow, to the false Lothario.

Loth. Hear this, ye pow'rs! mark, how the fair deceiver'

Sadly complains of violated truth;

She calls me false, ev'n she, the faithless she, Whom day and night, whom heav'n and earth, have heard

Sighing to vow, and tenderly protest,
Ten thousand times, she would be only mine;
And yet, behold, she has giv'n herself away,
Fled from my arms, and wedded to another,
Ev'n to the man whom most I hate on earth.-
Cal. Art thou so base to upbraid me with
a crime,

Ev'n now my heart beats high, I languish for thee,
My transports are as fierce, as strong my wishes,
As if thou ne'er hadst bless'd me with thy beauty.
Cal. How didst thou dare to think that I
would live

A slave to base desires and brutal pleasures,
To be a wretched wanton for thy leisure,
To toy and waste an hour of idle time with?
My soul disdains thee for so mean a thought.
Loth. The driving storm of passion will
have way,

And I must yield before it. Wert thou calm,
Love, the poor criminal whom thou hast doom'd,
Has yet a thousand tender things to plead,
To charm thy rage, and mitigate his fate.

Enter ALTAMONT behind.

Alt. Ha! do I live and wake? [Aside.
Cal. Hadst thou been true, how happy had
I been!

Not Altamont, but thou, hadst been my lord.
But wherefore nam'd I happiness with thee?
It is for thee, for thee, that I am curs'd;
For thee my secret soul each hour arraigns me,
Calls me to answer for my virtue stain'd,
My honour lost to thee: for thee it haunts me
With stern Sciolto vowing vengeance on me,
With Altamont complaining for his wrongs-
All. Behold him here- Coming forward.
Cal. Ah!


Alt. The wretch! whom thou hast made. Curses and sorrows hast thou heap'd upon him, And vengeance is the only good that's left. [Drawing. Loth. Thou hast ta'en me somewhat unawares, 'tis true: But love and war take turns, like day and night, And little preparation serves my turn, Equal to both, and arm'd for either field,. We've long been foes; this moment ends our quarrel;

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Earth, heav'n, and fair Calista, judge the combat! [They fight; Lothario fulls. Oh, Altamont! thy genius is the stronger! Thou hast prevail'd!-My fierce, ambitious soul Declining droops, and all her fires grow pale; Yet let not this advantage swell thy pride, conquer'd in my turn, in love I triumph'd. Those joys are lodg'd beyond the reach of fate; That sweet revenge comes smiling to my thoughts,


Adorns my fall, and cheers my heart in dying. [Dies.

Cal. And what remains for me, beset with shame, Encompass'd round with wretchedness? There is But this one way to break the toil, and 'scape.

[She catches up Lothario's Sword,
and offers to kill herself; Alta-
mont runs to her, and wrests i
from her.

Alt. What means thy frantic rage?
Cal. Off! let me go.

Alt. Oh! thou hast more than murder'd me

yet still,

Which nothing but thy cruelty could cause?
If indignation raging in my soul,
For thy unmanly insolence and scorn,
Urg'd me to do a deed of desperation,
And wound myself to be reveng'd on thee,
Think whom I should devote to death and hell,
Whom curse as my undoer, but Lothario;
Hadst thou been just, not all Sciolto's pow'r,
Not all the vows and pray'rs of sighing Altamont,
Could have prevail'd, or won me to forsake thee. Oh, thou hast known but little of Calista!
Loth. How have I fail'd in justice, or in love? If thou hadst never heard my shame, if on
Burns not my flame as brightly as at first? The midnight moon and silent stars had seen

Still art thou here! and my soul starts with horro
At thought of any danger that may reach the
Cal. Think'st thou I mean to live? to b

I would not bear to be reproach'd by them, But dig down deep to find a grave beneath, And hide me from their beams.

Sci. [Within] What, ho! my son!

Cal. Is it the voice of thunder, or my father? Madness! Confusion! let the storm come on, Let the tumultuous roar drive all upon me; Dash my devoted bark, ye surges, break it! Tis for my ruin that the tempest rises. When I am lost, sunk to the bottom low, Peace shall return, and all be calm again.


Sci. Ev'n now Rossano leap'd the garden wall

Ha! death has been among you-Oh, my fears! Last night thou hadst a diff'rence with thy friend, The cause thou gav'st me for it, was a damn'd one. Didst thou not wrong the man who told thee truth?

Answer me quick

Alt. Oh! press me not to speak;
Ev'n now my heart is breaking, and the mention
Will lay me dead before you. See that body,
And guess my shame! my ruin! Oh, Calista!
Sei. It is enough! but I am slow to execute,
And justice lingers in my lazy hand;
Thus let me wipe dishonour from my name,
And cut thee from the earth, thou stain to

[Offers to kill Calista; Altamont holds him.
Alt. Stay thee, Sciolto, thou rash father, stay,
Or turn the point on me, and through my breast
Cut out the bloody passage to Calista;
So shall my love be perfect, while for her
I die, for whom alone I wish'd to live.
Cal No, Altamont; my heart, that scorn'd
thy love,

Shall never be indebted to thy pity.
Thus torn, defac'd, and wretched as I seem,
Still I bave something of Sciolto's virtue.
Yes, yes, my father, I applaud thy justice;
Strike home, and I will bless thee for the blow;
Be merciful, and free me from my pain;
Tis sharp, 'tis terrible, and I could curse
The cheerful day, men, earth, and heav'n, and

Ev'n thee, thou venerable, good, old man,
For being author of a wretch like me.

Sci. Thy pious care has giv'n me time to think,
And sav'd me from a crime; then rest, my sword;
To honour have I kept thee ever sacred,
Nor will I stain thee with a rash revenge.
But, mark me well, I will have justice done;
Hope not to bear away thy crimes unpunish'd:
I will see justice executed on thee,

Evo to a Roman strictness; and thou, nature,
Or whatsoe'er thou art that plead'st within me,
Be still; thy tender strugglings are in vain.
Cal. Then am I doom'd to live, and bear
your triumph?



groan beneath your scorn and fierce braiding, Daily to be reproach'd, and have my misery At morn, at noon, at night, told over to me? Is this, is this the mercy of a father? I only beg to die, and he denies me. Sei. Hence from my sight! thy father cannot

bear thee;

Fly with thy infamy to some dark cell,
Where, on the confines of eternal night,
Mourning, misfortune, cares, and anguish dwell;

Where ugly shame hides her opprobrious head, And death and hell detested rule maintain; There howl out the remainder of thy life, And wish thy name may be no more remember'd.

Cal. Yes, I will fly to some such dismal place, And be more curs'd than you can wish I were; This fatal form, that drew on my undoing, Fasting, and tears, and hardships, shall destroy; Nor light, nor food, nor comfort will I know, Nor aught that may continue hated life. Then when you see me meagre, wan, and chang'd, Stretch'd at my length, and dying in my cave, On that cold earth I mean shall be my grave, Perhaps you may relent, and sighing say, At length her tears have wash'd her stains away; At length 'tis time her punishment should cease; Die, thou poor suff'ring wretch, and be at peace. Exit.

Sci. Who of my servants wait there?

Enter two or three Servants. Raise that body, and bear it in. On your lives Take care my doors be guarded well, that none Pass out, or enter, but by my appointment.

[Exeunt Servants, with Lothario's Body. Alt. There is a fatal fury in your visage, It blazes fierce, and menaces destruction. I tremble at the vengeance which you meditate On the poor, faithless, lovely, dear Calista.

Sci. Hast thou not read what brave Virgi-
nius did?

With his own hand he slew his only daughter,
To save her from the fierce Decemvir's lust.
He slew her yet unspotted, to prevent
The shame which she might know. Then what
should I do?

But thou hast ty'd my hand.-I wo'not kill her;
Yet, by the ruin she has brought upon us,
The common infamy that brands us both,
She sha'not 'scape.

Alt. You mean that she shall die then?
Sci. Ask me not what, nor how I have resolv'd,
For all within is anarchy and uproar.
Oh, Altamont! what a vast scheme of joy
Has this one day destroy'd? Well did I hope
This daughter would have bless'd my latter days;
That I should live to see you the world's wonder,
So happy, great, and good, that none were
like you.

While I, from busy life and care set free,
Had spent the evening of my age at home,
Among a little prattling race of yours:
There, like an old man, talk'd awhile, and then
Laid down and slept in peace. Instead of this,
Sorrow and shame must bring me to my grave-
Oh, damn her! damn her!

Enter a Servant.
Sero. Arm yourself, my lord:
Rossano, who but now escap'd the garden,
Has gather'd in the street a band of rioters,
Who threaten you and all your friends with ruin,
Unless Lothario be return'd in safety. [Exit.

Sci. By heav'n, their fury rises to my wish, Nor shall misfortune know my house alone; But thou, Lothario, and thy race shall pay me For all the sorrows which my age is curs'd with. I think my name as great, my friends as potent, As any in the state; all shall be summon'd; I know that all will join their hands to ours, And vindicate thy vengeance. When our force Is full and arm'd, we shall expect thy sword

Were little for my fondness to bestow;
Why didst thou turn to folly then, and curse me?
Cal. Because my soul was rudely drawn
from yours,

To join with us, and sacrifice to justice. [Exit. By cares on earth, and by my pray'rs to heav'n,
Alt. There is a heavy weight upon my senses;
A dismal, sullen stillness, that succeeds
The storm of rage and grief, like silent death,
After the tumult and the noise of life.
Would it were death, as sure 'tis wondrous like it,
For I am sick of living; my soul's pall'd,
She kindles not with anger or revenge;
Love was th' informing, active fire within:
Now that is quench'd, the mass forgets to move,
And longs to mingle with its kindred earth.

SCENE I-A Room hung with black; on one
Side LOTHARIO's Body on a Bier; on
the other a Table, with a Scull and other
Bones, a Book and a Lamp on it.
CALISTA is discovered on a Couch, in black;
her Hair hanging loose and disordered.
After soft Music she rises and comes

A poor, imperfect copy of my father;
It was because I lov'd, and was a woman.
Sei. Hadst thou been honest, thou hadst
been a cherubim;

But of that joy, as of a gem long lost,
Beyond redemption gone, think we no more.
Hast thou e'er dar'd to meditate on death?
Cal. I have, as on the end of shame and


Sci. Ha! answer me! Say, hast thou coolly
Tis not the stoic's lessons got by rote,
The pomp of words, and pedant dissertations,
That can sustain thee in that hour of terror;
Books have taught cowards to talk nobly of it,
But when the trial comes they stand aghast;
Hast thou consider'd what may happen after it?

Cal. 'Tis well! these solemn sounds, this How thy account may stand, and what to

pomp of horror,


Cal. I've turn'd my eyes inward upon myself, Where foul offence and shame have laid all waste;

Sci. 'Tis justly thought, and worthy of that


That dwelt in ancient Latian breasts, when Rome
Was mistress of the world.
I would go on,
And tell thee all my purpose; but it sticks
Here at my heart, and cannot find a way.

Are fit to feed the frenzy in my soul.
Here's room for meditation ev'n to madness,
Till the mind burst with thinking. This dull flame
Sleeps in the socket. Sure the book was left Therefore my soul abhors the wretched dwelling,
To tell me something;-for instruction then-And longs to find some better place of rest.
He teaches holy sorrow and contrition,
And penitence.-Is it become an art then?
A trick that lazy, dull, luxurious gownmen
Can teach us to do over? I'll no more on't:
[Throwing away the Book.
I have more real anguish in my heart,
Than all their pedant discipline e'er knew.
What charnel has been rifled for these bones?
Fie! this is pageantry;-they look uncouthly.
But what of that, if he or she that own'd 'em
Safe from disquiet sit, and smile to see.
The farce their miserable relics play?
But here's a sight is terrible indeed!
Is this that haughty, gallant, gay Lothario,
That dear, perfidious-Ah!-how pale he looks!
And those dead eyes!

Ascend, ye ghosts, fantastic forms of night,
In all your diff'rent dreadful shapes ascend,
And match the present horror, if you can.


Sci. This dead of night, this silent hour of

Nature for rest ordain'd, and soft repose;
And yet distraction and tumultuous jars,
Keep all our frighted citizens awake:
Amidst the gen'ral wreck, see where she stands,
[Pointing to Calista.
Like Helen, in the night when Troy was sack'd,
Spectatress of the mischief which she made.

Cal. It is Sciolto! Be thyself, my soul,
Be strong to bear his fatal indignation,
That he might see thou art not lost so far,
But somewhat still of his great spirit lives
In the forlorn Calista.

Sci. Thou wert once

My daughter.

Cal. Happy were it I had dy'd,

And never lost that name.

Sci. That's something yet;

Thou wert the very darling of my age:

I thought the day too short to gaze upon thee,

Cal. Then spare the telling, if it be a pain, And write the meaning with your poniard here. Sci. Oh! truly guess'd-seest thou this trembling hand?

[Holding up a Dagger. Thrice justice urg'd-and thrice the slackning sinews

Forgot their office, and confess'd the father.
At length the stubborn virtue has prevail'd;
It must, it must be so-Oh! take it then,
[Giving the Dagger.

And know the rest untaught.
Cal. I understand you.

It is but thus, and both are satisfied.

[She offers to kill herself; Sciolto catches hold of her arm.

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Sci. A moment, give me yet a moment's space.
The stern, the rigid judge has been obey'd;
Now nature, and the father, claim their turns.
I've held the balance with an iron hand,
And put off ev'ry tender human thought,
To doom my child to death; but spare my eyes
The most unnat'ral sight, lest their strings crack,
My old brain split, and I grow mad with horror.

Cal. Ha! is it possible? and is there yet
Some little, dear remain of love and tenderness
For poor, undone Calista, in your heart?
Sci. Oh! when I think what pleasure I took
in thee,

What joys thou gav'st me in thy prattling infancy.
Thy sprightly wit, and early blooming beauty:
How have I stood and fed my eyes upon thee
Then, lifting up my hands and wond'ring

bless'd thee;

By my strong grief, my heart ev'n melts with in me;

That all the blessings I could gather for thee, I could curse nature, and that tyrant, honou

For making me thy father and thy judge;
Thou art my daughter still.

Cal. For that kind word,

Thus let me fall, thus humbly to the earth,
Weep on your feet, and bless you for this

Oh! tis too much for this offending wretch,
This parricide, that murders with her crimes,
Shortens her father's age, and cuts him off,
Ere little more than half his years be number'd,
Sci. Would it were otherwise - but thou
must die.-

Cal. That I must die, it is my only comfort;
Death is the privilege of human nature,
And life without it were not worth our taking:
Come then,

Thou meagre shade; here let me breathe my last,
Charm'd with my father's pity and forgiveness,
More than if angels tun'd their golden viols,
And sung a requiem to my parting soul.

Sci, I'm summon'd hence; ere this my friends
expect me.

There is I know not what of sad presage,
That tells me I shall never see thee more;
If it be so, this is our last farewell,

That, were I not abandon'd to destruction,
With thee I might have liv'd for ages bless'd,
And died in peace within thy faithful arms.


Hor. Now mourn indeed, ye miserable pair! For now the measure of your woes is full. The great, the good Sciolto dies this moment. Cal. My father!

Alt. That's a deadly stroke indeed.

Hor. Not long ago, he privately went forth,
Attended but by few, and those unbidden.
I heard which way he took, and straight pur-
su'd him;

But found him compass'd by Lothario's faction,
Almost alone, amidst a crowd of foes.
Too late we brought him aid, and drove them

Ere that, his frantic valour had provok'd
The death he seem'd to wish for from their swords.
Cal. And dost thou bear me yet, thou pa-

tient earth?

Dost thou not labour with thy murd'rous weight? And you, ye glitt'ring, heav'nly host of stars, Hide your fair heads in clouds, or I shall blast you; And these the parting pangs, which nature feels, For I am all contagion, death, and ruin, When anguish reads the heartstrings — Oh, And nature sickens at me. Rest, thou world, my daughter! [Exit. This parricide shall be thy plague no more; Cal. Now think, thou curs'd Calista, now Thus, thus I set thee free. Stabs herself. be hold

The desolation, horror, blood, and ruin,
Thy crimes and fatal folly spread around,
That loudly cry for vengeance on thy head;
Yet heav'n, who knows our weak imperfect

How blind with passions, and how prone to evil,
Makes not too strict inquiry for offences,
But is alon'd by penitence and pray'r :
Cheap recompense! here 'twould not be receiv'd;
Nothing but blood can make the expiation,
And cleanse the soul from inbred deep pollution.
And see, another injur'd wretch appears,
To call for justice from my tardy hand.


Hor. Oh, fatal rashness!

Enter SCIOLTO, pale and bloody, supported
by Servants.

Cal. Oh, my heart!
Well may'st thou fail; for see, the spring that fed
Thy vital stream is wasted, and runs low.
My father! will you now, at last, forgive me,
If, after all my crimes, and all your suff'rings,
I call you once again by that dear name?
Will you forget my shame, and those wide


Lift up your hand and bless me, ere I go
Down to my dark abode!

Sci. Alas, my daughter!
Thou hast rashly ventur'd in a stormy sea,

All Hail to you, horrors! hail, thou house Where life, fame, virtue, all were wreck'd

of death!

and lost.

And thou, the lovely mistress of these shades, But sure thou hast borne thy part in all the Whose beauty gilds the more than midnight darkness,


And smarted with the pain. Then rest in peace:
Let silence and oblivion hide thy name,
And save thee from the malice of posterity;
And may'st thou find with heav'n the same

And makes it grateful as the dawn of day.
Ob, take me in, a fellow mourner, with thee,
I'll number groan for groan, and tear for tear;
And when the fountain of thy eyes are dry,
Mine shall supply the stream, and weep for both. As with thy father here.-Die, and be happy.
Cal I know thee well, thou art the injur'd Cal. Celestial sounds! Peace dawns upon
my soul,

Thou com'st to urge me with the wrongs I've

done thee;

But know I stand upon the brink of life,
And in a moment mean to set me free
From shame and thy upbraiding.
Alt. Falsely, falsely

Dost thou accuse me! O, forbid me not
To mourn thy loss,

To wish some better fate had rul'd our loves,
And that Calista had been mine, and true.
Cal. Oh, Altamont! 'tis hard for souls like mine,
Haughty and fierce, to yield they've done amiss.
But, oh, behold! my proud, disdainful heart
Bends to thy gentler virtue. Yes, I own,
Such is thy truth, thy tenderness, and love,

And ev'ry pain grows less -Oh, gentle Altamont!
Think not too hardly of me when I'm gone;
But pity me-Had I but early known

Thy wondrous worth, thou excellent young man,
We had been happier both-Now 'tis too late;
And yet my eyes take pleasure to behold thee;
Thou art their last dear object-Mercy, heav'n!


Sci. Oh, turn thee from that fatal object,

Come near, and let me bless thee ere I die.
To thee and brave Horatio I bequeath
My fortunes-Lay me by thy noble father,
And love my memory as thou hast his;
For thou hast been my son-Oh, gracious heav'n!

Thou that hast endless blessings still in store
For virtue and for filial piety,

|And bends him, like a drooping flow'r, to earth. By such examples are we taught to prove Let grief, disgrace, and want be far away; The sorrows that attend unlawful love. But multiply thy mercies on his head. Death, or some worse misfortune, soon divide Let honour, greatness, goodness, still be with him, The injur'd bridegroom from his guilty bride. And peace in all his ways[Dies. If you would have the nuptial union last, Hor. The storm of grief bears hard upon Let virtue be the bond that ties it fast. his youth,



THIS amiable man, and elegant author, was the son of a citizen of London, and was born at Marlborough, in Wiltshire, on the 29th of Jan. 1677, but received the rudiments of his education in private schools at London. Even in the very earliest parts of life his genius seemed to show itself equally inclined to each of the three sister arts, music, poetry, and design, in all which he made a very considerable progress. To his excellence in these qualifications, his contemporary and friend, Sir Richard Steele, bears the following extraordinary testimonial: He may (says that author) be the emulation of more persons of different talents than any one I have ever known. His head, hands, or heart, were always employed in something worthy imitation. His pencil, his bow, or his pen, each of which he used in a masterly manner, were always directed to raise and entertain his own mind, or that of others, to a more cheerful prosecution of what is noble and virtuous." Such is the evidence borne to his talents by a writer of the first rank; yet he seems, for the most part, to have pursued these and other polite studies little further than by the way of agreeable amusements, under frequent confinement, occasioned by indisposition and a valetudinarian state of health. Mr. Hughes had, for some time, an employment in the office of ordnance, and was secretary to two or three commissions under the great seal for the purchase of lands, in order to the better securing the docks and harbours at Portsmouth, Chatham, and Harwich. In the year 1717, the Lord Chancellor Cowper, to whom our author had not long been known, thought proper, without any previous solicitation, to nominate him his secretary for the commissions of the peace, and to distinguish him with singular marks of his favour and affection; and, upon his Lordship's laying down the great seal, he was, at the particular recommendation of this his patron, and with the ready concurrence of his successor the Earl of Macclesfield, continued in the same employment, which he held till the time of his decease, the 17th, of Feb. 1719, being the very night on which his celebrated tragedy of The Siege of Damascus made its first appearance on the stage; when, after a life mosily spent in pain and sickness, he was carried off by a consumption having but barely completed his ad year, and at a period in which he had just arrived at an agreeable competence, and was advancing, with rapid steps, towards the pinnacle of fame and fortune. He was privately buried in the vault under the chancel of St Andrew's church, in Holborn.


ACTED at Drury Lane 1719. It is generally allowed, that the characters in this tragedy are finely varied and distinguished; that the sentiments are just and well adapted to the characters; that it abounds with beautiful descriptions, apt allusions to the manners and opinions of the times wherein the scene is laid, and with noble morals; that the dic tion is pure, unaffected and sublime, without any meteors of style or ambitious ornaments; and that the plot is conducted in a simple and clear mander, When it was offered to the managers of Drury Lane House, in the year 1718, they refused to act it, unless the author made an alteration in the character of Phocyas, who, in the original, had been prevailed upon to profess himself a Mahometan: pretending that he could not be a hero, if he changed his religion, and that the audience would not bear the sight of him after it, in how lively a manner soever his remorse and repentance might be described. The author (being then in a very languishing condition) finding, if he did not comply, his relations would probably loose the benefit of the play, consented, though with reluctance, to new-model the character of Phocyas The story on which this play is founded, is amply detailed in Mr. Gibbon's History, vol. V. p. 510, where we find the real name of Phocyas to have been Jonas. That author says, "Instead of a base renegado, Phocyas serves the Arabs as an honourable ally; instead of prompting their pursuit, he flies to the succour of his countrymen, and. after killing Caled and Daran, is himself mortally wounded, and expires in the presence of Eudocia, who professes her resolution to take the veil at Constantinople.

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SCENE. - The City of DAMASCUS, in SYRIA, and the Saracen Camp before it; and, in the last Act, a Valley adjacent.


SCENE I.-The City.

As brave men should.-Pity your wives and children!

Yes, I do pity them, heav'n knows I do,

Enter EUMENES, followed by a Crowd of E'en more than you; nor will I yield them up


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Or stop your clam'rous mouths, that still are open
To bawl sedition and consume our corn.
If you will follow me, send home your women,

Though at your own request, a prey to ruffians.
Herbis, what news?

Enter HERBIS..

Her. News!-we're betray'd, deserted;

And follow to the walls; there earn your safety, The works are but half mann'd; the Sarace

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