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Timan. See, she kneels,
Weighed down by your fair merits; and, when And seems to call upon the gods to pay
she views you, The debt she owes your virtue: To perform Like a triumphant conqueror, carried through which
The streets of Syracusa, the glad people As a sure pledge of friendship, she vouchsafes you Pressing to meet you, and the senators Her right-band.
Contending who shall heap most honours on you; Pis. I am paid for all my sufferings.
The oxen, crowned with garlands, led before you, Now, wben you please, pass to your private cham- Appointed for the sacrifice; and the altars ber,
Smoaking with thankful incense to the gods ; My love and duty, faithful guards, shall keep you The soldiers chaunting loud hymns to your praise;
[Makes a low courtesy as she goes off: The windows filled with matrons and with virgins, From all disturbance; and when you are sated Throwing upon your head, as you pass by, With thinking of Leosthenes, as a fee
The choicest fowers, and silently invoking Due to my service, spare one sigh for me. The queen of love, with their particular vows,
[Ereunt. To be thought worthy of you; can Cleora,
(Though in the glass of self-love, she behold SCENE III,
Her best deserts) but with all joys acknowledge,
What she endured was but a noble trial
You made of her affection? and her anger,
Which you with foul injustice ravish from her. Leost. The gods first honoured,
Her beauty in me wrought a miracle, The glory be the generals; 'tis far from me Taught me to aim at things beyond my power, . To be his rival.
Which her perfections purchased, and gave to me Timag. You abuse your fortune,
From her free bounties; she inspired me with To entertain her choice and gracious favours That valour which I dare not call mine own; With a contracted brow; plumed victory And, from the fair reflection of her mind, Is truly painted with a cheerful look,
My soul received the sparkling beams of courage. Equally distant from proud insolence,
She, from the magazine of her proper goodness, And base dejection.
Stocked me with virtuous purposes; sent me forth Leost. O Timagoras !
To trade for honour : and, she being the owner You only are acquainted with the cause, Of the bark of my adventures, I must yield her That loads my sad heart with a hill of lead; A just account of all, as befits a factor : Whose ponderous weight, neither my new-got ho- And, howsoever others think me happy, nour,
And cry aloud, I have made a prosperous voyage, Assisted by the general applause
One frown of her dislike at my return, The soldiers crown it withi, nor all war's glories, (Which, as a punishment for my fault, I look for) Can lessen or remore: and, would you please, Strikes dead all comfort. With fit consideration, to remember,
T'imag. Tush! these fears are needless; llow much I wronged Cleora's innocence She cannot, must not, shall not be so cruel. With my rash doubts; and what a grievous pen- A free confession of a fault wins pardon, ance
But, being seconded by desert, commands it. She did impose upon her tender sweetness, The general is your own, and sure my father To pluck away the vulture jealousy,
Repents his harshness : for myself, I am That fed upon my liver, you cannot blame ine, Ever your creature; one day shall be happy But call it a fit justice on myself,
In your triumph and your marriage. Though I resolve to be a stranger to
Leost. May it prove so, The thought of mirth or pleasure.
With her consent and pardon. Timag. You have redeemed
T'imag. Ever touching The forfeit of your fault with such a ransom
On that harsh string? she is your own, and you Of honourable action, as my sister
Without disturbance seize on what's your due. Must of necessity confess her sufferings
[Exeunt. Vol. I.
To the last man.
Pis. I'll instantly among them :
If we prove constant to ourselves, good fortune Timan. Yes, sir, and, as often
Will not, I hope, forsake us. As I speak of you, lends attentive ear
Pol. 'Tis our best refuge.
(Exeunt. To all that I deliver; nor seems tired, Though I dwell long on the relation of
Enter TIMOLEON, ARCHIDAMUS, Diphilus, LEYou hold o'er your affections.
OSTHENES, TIMAGORAS, and others. Pis. To my wish:
Timol. Thus far we are returned victorious; Have you acquainted her with the defeat
crowned Of the Carthaginians, and with what honours With wreaths triumphant, (famine, blood and Leosthenes comes crowned home?
death Timan. With all care.
Banished your peaceful confines) and bring home Pis. And how does she receive it?
Security and peace. 'Tis therefore fit Timan. As I guess,
That such as boldly stood the shock of war, With a seeming kind of joy: but yet appears pot And with the dear expence of sweat and blood Transported, or proud of his happy fortune. Have purchased honour, should with pleasure reap But when I tell her of the certain ruin
The harvest of their toil; and we stand bound You must encounter with at their arrival Out of the first file of the best deservers, In Syracusa, and that death with torments (Though all must be considered to their merits) Must fall upon you, which you yet repent not, To think of you, Leosthenes, that stand, Esteeming it a glorious martyrdom,
And worthily, most dear in our esteem, And a reward of pure unspotted love,
For your heroic valour.
Arch. When I look on
This well-built city, not long since designed
Diph. Sleep the citizens? Pis. Doth it work compunction?
Or are they overwhelmed with the excess Pities she my misfortune?
Of comfort that flows to them?
Leost. We receive
Expected that the virgins and the matrons,
Are shut against us!
Arch. And upon the walls
Enter above PISANDER, POLIPuron, Cimbrio, Timan. I'll not be wanting; but still strive to
These faces.—They are our slaves.
Timug. The mystery, rascals?
Open the ports, and play not with an anger Pol. The conquering army
That will consume you. Is within ken.
Timol. This is above wonder! Pis. How brook the slaves the object?
Arch. Our bondmen stand against us? Pol. Cheerfully yet; they do refuse no labour, Grac. Some such things And seem to scoff at danger: 'Tis your presence We were in man's remembrance-The slaves are That must confirm them; with a full consent
turned You're chosen to relate the tyranny
Lords of the town, or so.r -Nay, be not angry : Of our proud masters; and what you subscribe to Perhaps, on good terms, giving security
You will be quiet men, we may allow you Brought under their command; who, grown unSome lodgings in our garrets or out-houses :
useful, Your great looks cannot carry it.
Are less esteemed than beasts.—This you have Cimb. The truth is,
practised, We've been bold with your wives, toyed with your Practised on us with rigour; this hath forced us daughters
To shake our heavy yokes off; and, if redress Leost. () my prophetic soul?
Of these just grievances be not granted us, Grac. Rifled your chests,
We'll right ourselves, and by strong hand defend Been busy with your wardrobes.
What we are now possessed of. Timog. Can we endure this !
Grac. And not leave Leost. O! my Cleora?
One house unfired. Grac. A caudle for the gentleman!
Cimb. Or throat uncut of those
We have in our power.
Timag. O'the gods!
Unheard of insolence ? Timol. Hold! you wear men's shapes,
Timol. What are your demands? And it, like men, you've reason, shew a cause Pis. A general pardon, first, for all offences That leads you to this desperate course, which Cominitted in your absence : Liberty must end
To all such as desire to make return In pour destruction.
Into their countries; and to those that stay, Grac. That, as please the fates;
A competence of land freely allotted But we vouchsafe.-Speak, captain.
To each man's proper use; no lord acknowledged; Timag. Hell and furies !
Lastly, with your consent, to chuse them wives Arch. Bayed by our own curs !
Out of your families. Cimb. Take heed you be not worried,
Timug. Let the city sink first. Pol. We are sharp set.
Leost. And ruin seize on all, ere we subscribe Cimb. And sudden.
To such conditions. Pis. Briefly thus then,
Arch. Carthage, though victorious, Since I must speak for all.--Your tyranny
Could not have forced more from us.
Leost. Scale the wall!
Shall wear a mural wreath.
(Ercunt. Their servants almost equal with their sons, Pis. Each to his place. [Flourish and arms. Or one degree beneath them; when their labours Or death or victory.—Charge them home, and Were cherished and rewarded, and a period Set to their sufferings; when they did not press Their duties or their wills beyond the power
Enter TIMOLEON, ArchiDAMUS, and Senators. And strength of their performance; all things Timol. We wrong ourselves, and we are justly ordered
punished, With such decorum, as wise law-makers, To deal with bondmen, as if we encountered From each well-governed private house, derived
An equal enemy. The perfect model of a commonwealth.
Arch. They fight like devils; Humanity then lodged in the hearts of men, And run upon our swords, as it their breasts And thankful masters carefully provided Were proof beyond their armour. For creatures wanting reason. The noble horse,
Enter LEOSTHENES and TIMAGORAS. That in his fiery youth fron his wide nostrils Neigbed courage to his rider, and broke through Timag. Make a firm stand.Groves of opposed pikes, bearing his lord The slaves, not satisfied they've beat us off, Safe to triumphant victory, old or wounded, Prepare to sally forth. Was set at liberty, and freed from service. Trinol. They are wild beasts, The Athenian mules, that from the quarry drew And to be tamed by policy.- Each man take Marble, hewed for the temples of the gods, A tough whip in his land, such as you used The great work ended, were dismissed, and fed To punish then with as masters : In your looks At the public cost; nay, faithful dogs have found Carry severity and awe; 'twill frighten them Their sepulchres; but man, to man more cruel, More than your weapons: Savage lions fly from Appoints no end to the sufferings of his slave; The sight of fire; and these that have forgot Since pride stepped in and riot, and overturned That duty you ne'er taught them with your swords, This goodly frame of concord, teaching masters When, unexpected, they behold those terrors To glory in the abuse of such as are
Advanced aloft, that they were made to shake at,
Twill force them to remember what they are, Drinking the bitter water of afflictions,
Made loathsome too by our continued fears,
Comfort's a stranger to us. Enter CIMBRIO, Gracculo, ond other Slaves.
Leost. Fears? Your sufferings, Arch. Here they come.
For which I am so overgone with grief, Cimb. Leave not a man alive : A wound is but I dare not ask, without compassionate tears, a flea-biting,
The villain's name, that robbed thee of thy ho To what we suffered being slaves.
nour; Grac. O, my heart !
For being trained up in chastity's cold school, Cimbrio, what do we see? the whip! our masters! And taught by such a mistress as Cleora, Timag. Dare you rebel, slaves!
'Twere impious in me to think Timandra (Senators shake their whips, and they throw Fell with her own consent. away their weapons, and run off.
Timan. How mean you? Fell, sir ! Cimb. Mercy! mercy! where
I understand you not. Shall we hide us from their fury !
Leost. I would thou did'st not, Grac. Fly! they follow,
Or that I could not read upon thy face, Oh! we shall be tormented.
In blushing characters, the story of Timol. Enter with them,
Libidinous rape.-Confess it, for you stand not But yet forbear to kill them. Still remember Accountable for a sin, against whose strength They are part of your wealth; and being disarmed, Your overmatched innocence could make no reThere is no danger.
sitance, Arch. Let us first deliver
Under which odds I know Cleora fell too, Such as they have in fetters, and at leisure Heaven's help in vain invoked !-the amazed sun, Deterinine of their punishment.
Hiding his face behind a mask of clouds, Leost. Friend, to you
Not daring to look on it.—In her sufferings I leave the disposition of what's mine :
All sorrow's comprehended.—What Timandra, I cannot think I am safe without your sister. Or the city, has endured, her loss considered, She's only worth iny thought: and till I see Deserves not to be named. What she has suffered I am on the rack,
Timan. Pray you, do not bring, sir, And furies my tormentors.
(Ereunt. In the chimeras of your jealous fears,
New monsters to affright us.
Leost. O Timandra,
That I had faith enough but to believe thee! Enter PISANDER and TIMANDRA.
I should receive it with a joy beyond Pis. I know I am pursued; nor would I fly, Assurance of Elysian shades hereafter, Although the ports were open, and a convoy Or all the blessings in this life a mother Ready to bring me off-- The baseness of Could wish her children crowned with.-But I These villains, from the pride of all my hopes,
must not Jas thrown me to the bottomless abyss Credit impossibilities; yet I strive Of horror and despair. Ilad they stood firm, To find out that, whose knowledge is a curse, I could have bought Cleora's free consent And ignorance a blessing.–Come, discover With the safety of her father's life and brother's; What kind of look he had that forced thy lady, And forced Leosthenes to quit his claim, (Thy ravisher I will enquire at leisure) And kneel a suitor to me.
That when hereafter I behold a stranger Timan. You must not think
But near him in aspect, I may conclude What inight have been, but what must now be (Though men and angels should proclaim him hopractised,
nest) And suddenly resolve.
He is a hell-bred villain. Pis. All my poor fortunes
Timan. You are unworthy Are at the stake, and I must run the hazard. To know she is preserved, preserved untainted. Unseen, convey me to Cleora's chamber; Sorrow (but ill bestowed) hath only made For, in her sight, if it were possible,
A rape upon her comforts in your absence. I would be apprehended.- Do not enquire
[Erit, and returns with Cleora. The reason why, but help me.
Come forth, dear madam. Timan. Make haste-One knocks.
Leost. Ha !
[Kneels. (Erit Pisander. Timan. Nay, she deserves
The bending of your heart, that to content you, Enter LEOSTHENES.
Ilas kept a vow, the breach of which a vestal Jove turn all to the best!- You are welcome, sir. (Though the infringing it had called upon her
Leost. Thou givest it in a heavy tone. A living funeral) must of force have shrunk at. Timan. Alas! sir,
lo danger could compel her to dispense with We have so long ted on the bread of sorrow, ller cruel penance; though hot lust came arined
To seize upon her; when one look or accent My utmost fortunes to him- but if noble,
In thankful duty study how to serve him :
Or, if of higher rank, erect him altars,
And noble temperance, the queen of virtues, Each minute of delay's an age of torment: Bridling rebellious passions (to whose sway 0! speak, Timandra!
Such as have conquered nations have lived slaves) Timan. Free her from the oath;
Did ever wing great minds to fly to heaven; Herself can best deliver it. [Takes of the scarf. He, that preserved mine honour, may hope boldly, Leost. O blest office !
To fill a seat among the gods, and shake off Never did galley-slave shake off his chains, Our frail corruption, Or look on his redernption from the oar,
Cleora. Or if ever
mask in human shapes, True light indeed : For, since these fairest stars To teach mortality, not by cold precepts (Covered with clouds of your determinate will) Forgot as soon as told, but by exainples Denied their influence to my optic sense, To imitate their pureness, and draw near The splendor of the sun appeared to me
To their celestial natures I believe
Leost. You do describe a wonder.
derstand With music more harmonious than the spheres He was a lover. Yield in their heavenly motions: And, if ever Leost. Not yours, lady? A true submission for a crime acknowledged Cleora. Yes; May find a gracious hearing, teach your tongue, Loved me, Leosthenes ; nay more, so doted, In the first sweet articulate sounds it utters, (If e'er affections scorping gross desires To sign my wished-for pardon.
May without wrong be styled so) that he durst not Cleora. I forgive you.
With an immodest syllable or look, Leost. How greedily I receive this ! Stay, best In fear it might take from me, whom he made lady,
The object of his better part, discover And let me by degrees ascend the height
I was the saint he sued to. Of human happiness ! All at once delivered, Leost. A rare temper! The torrent of my joys will overwhelm me;- Cleora. I cannot speak it to the worth : All praise So, now a little inore; and pray excuse me, I can bestow upon it, will appear If, like a wanton epicure, I desire
Envious detraction. Not to rack you further, The pleasant taste these cares of comfort yield Yet make the miracle full; though, of all men, me,
He hated you, Leosthenes, as his rival; Should not too soon be swallowed. Have you not So high yet prized he my content, that, knowing (By your unspotted truth I do conjure you You were a man I favoured, he disdained not To answer truly) suffered in your honour, Against himself to serve you. (By force, I mean, for in your will I free you) Leost. You conceal still Since I left Syracusa ?
To owner of these excellencies. Cleora. I restore
Cleora. 'Tis Marullo, This kiss, (so help me, goodness !) which I bor- My father's bondman. rowed
Leost, Ha, ha, ha! When I last saw you.
Cleora. Why do you laugh? Leost. Miracle of virtue!
Leost. To hear the labouring mountain of your One pause more, I beseech you :-I am like
Cleora. The man deserves not
What was his duty merit?
As high in my esteem, as all the honours Which to requite at full, though in this hand Descended from your ancestors, or the glory, I grasped all scepters the world's empire bows to, which you may call your own, got in this action, Would leave me a poor bankrupt.-Namc him, In which, I must confess, you have done nobly, lady;
And, I would add, as I desired ;-but that If of a mean estate, I'll gladly part with I fear 'twould make you proud.