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with me,

Mel. The short is, I will hold thee with the king To do the deed in, I will wash the stain, In this perplexity, till peevishness

That rests upon our house, off with his blood. And thy disgrace have laid thee in thy grave.

But, if thou wilt deliver up the fort,
I'll take thy trembling body in my arms,

Amin. Melantius, now assist me: If thou be'st And bear thee over dangers : Thou shalt hold That, which thou sayest, assist me. I have lost Thy wonted state.

All my distempers, and have found a rage Cal. If I should tell the king,

So pleasing! Help me. Canst thou deny it again?

Mel. Who can see him thus, Mel. Try, and believe.

And not swear vengeance? What's the matter, Cal. Nay, then thou canst bring any thing about. friend? Thou shalt have the fort.

Amin. Out with thy sword ! and, hand in hand Mel. Why, well : Here let our hate be buried; and this hand Rush to the chamber of this hated king, Shall right us both. Give me thy aged breast And sink him, with the weight of all his sins, To compass.

To hell for ever. Cal. Nay, I do not love thee yet;

Mel. 'Twere a rash attempt, I cannot well endure to look on thee :

Not to be done with safety. Let your reason And, if I thought it were a courtesy,

Plot your revenge, and not your passion. Thou should'st not have it. But I am disgraced; Amin. If thou refusest me in these extremes, My offices are to be ta'en away;

Thou art no friend : He sent for her to ine; And, if I did but hold this fort a day,

By Heaven, to me, inyself! And, I must tell you, I do believe, the king would take it from me, I love her, as a stranger; there is worth And give it thee, things are so strangely carried.

In that vile woman, worthy things, Melantius; Ne'er thank me for it; but yet the king shall know | And she repents. I'll do it myself alone, There was some such thing in it I told him of; Though I be slain. Farewell. And that I was an honest man.

Mel. He'll overthrow Mel. He'll buy

My whole design with madness. Amintor, That knowledge very dearly. Diphilus,

Think what thou dost : I dare as much as Valour;

But 'tis the king, the king, the king, Amintor,
Enter DIPhiLUS,
With whom thou fightest !--I know he's honest

, What news with thee?

And this will work with him,

[Aside. Diph. This were a night indeed

Amin. I cannot tell To do it in: The king bath sent for her. What thou hast said; þut thou hast charmed my

Mel. She shall perform it then. Go, Diphilus, sword And take from this good man, my worthy friend, Out of my hand, and left me shaking here, The fort; he'll give it thee.

Defenceless. Diph. Have you got that?

Mel. I will take it


for thee. Cal. Art thou of the same breed? Canst thou Amin. What a wild beast is uncollected man! deny

The thing, that we call honour, bears us all This to the king too?

Headlong to sin, and yet itself is nothing. Diph. With a confidence

Mel. Alas, how variable are thy thoughts! As great as his.

Amin. Just like my fortunes: Iw

was run to that Cal. Faith, like enough.

I purposed to have chid thee for. Some plot, Mel. Away, and use him kindly.

I did distrust, thou hadst against the king, Cal. Touch not me;

By that old fellow's carriage. But take heed; I hate the whole strain. If thou follow me, There's not the least limb growing to a king, A great way off, I'll give thee up the fort; But carries thunder in it. And hang yourselves.

Mel. I have none Mel. Be gone.

Against him. Diph. He's finely wrought.

Amin. Why, come then; and still remember, [E.reunt Cal. and Diph. We may not think revenge. Mel. This is a night, 'spite of astronomers, Mel. I will remember.


ACT v.
Enter EVADNE, and a Gentleman,

Gent. I understand you, madam; 'would 'twere Evad. Sir, is the king a-bed?

mine. Gent. Madam, an hour ago.

I must not wish good rest unto your ladyship. Erad. Give me the key then, and let none be Evad. You talk, you talk. near;

Gent. 'Tis all I dare do, madam; but the king 'Tis the king's pleasure.

Will wake, and then

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Evad. Saving your imagination, pray, good Evad. Ay, you shall bleed! Lie still; and, it night, sir.

the devil, Gent. A good night be it then, and a long one, Your lust, will give you leave, repent. This steel madam. I am gone.

[Erit. Comes to redeem the honour, that you stole,

[King a-bed. King, my fair name; which nothing but thy death Evad. The night grows horrible; and all about Can answer to the world.

King. How is this, Evadne? Like my black purpose. Oh, the conscience Evad. I am not she; nor bear I in this breas: Of a lost virgin! whither wilt thou pull me? So much cold spirit to be called a woman. To what things, disinal as the depth of hell, I am a tyger; I am any thing Wilt thou provoke me? Let no woman dare That knows not pity. Stir not! If thou dost, From this hour be disloyal, if her heart be flesh, I'll take thee unprepared; thy fears upon thee, If she have blood, and can fear: 'Tis a daring That make thy sins look double; and so send thee Above that desperate fool's, that left his peace, (By my revenge, I will) to look those torments, And went to sea to fight. 'Tis so many sins, Prepared for such black souls. An age cannot repent them; and so great,

King. Thou dost not mean this; 'tis impossible The gods want inercy for! Yet, I must thro' Thou art too sweet and gentle. them.

Evad. No, I am not. I have begun a slaughter on my honour,

I am as foul as thou art, and can number And I must end it there. He sleeps. Good Hea- As many such hells here. I was once fair, vens !

Once I was lovely; not a blowing rose Why give you peace to this untemperate beast, More chastely sweet, till thou, thou, thou foul That hath so long transgressed you? I must kill canker, him,

(Stir not) didst poison me. I was a world of virtue, And I will do it bravely: The mere joy

Till your curst court and you (hell bless you for it!) Tells me, I merit in it. Yet I must not

With your temptations on temptations, Thus tamely do it, as he sleeps; that were Made me give up mine honour; for which, king, To rock him to another world : My vengeance I'm come to kill thee. Shall take him waking, and then lay before him King. No! The number of his wrongs and punishments.

Evad. I am, I'll shake his sins like furies, till I waken

King. Thou art not! His evil angel, his sick conscience,

I prithee speak not these things : Thou art gentle, And then I'll strike him dead. King, by your And wert not meant thus rugged. leave,

[T'ies his arm to the bed. Evad. Peace, and hear me. I dare not trust your strength. Your grace and I Stir nothing but your tongue, and that for inercy Must grapple upon even terms no more. To those above us; by whose lights I vow, Sc: If he rail me not from my resolution, Those blessed fires, that shot to see our sin, I shall be strong enough. My lord the king! If thy hot soul had substance with thy blood, My lord! He sleeps, as if he meant to wake I would kill that too; which, being past my steel, No more.

My lord! Is he not dead already? My tongue shall reach. Thou art a shameless vilSir! My lord!

lain! King. Who's that?

A thing out of the overcharge of nature; Evud. Oh, you sleep soundly, sir !

Sent, like a thick cloud, to disperse a plague King. My dear Evadne,

Upon weak catching women ! such a tyrant, I have been dreaming of thee. Come to bed. That for his lust would sell away his subjects; Evad. I am come at length, sir; but how wel- Ay, all his heaven hereafter! come?

King. Hear, Evadne, King. What pretty new device is this, Evadne? Thou soul of sweetness, hear! I am thy king. What do you tie ine to you? By my love, Evad. Thou art my shame! Lie still, there's This is a quaint one. Come, my dear, and kiss me; none about you, I'll be thy Mars; to bed, my queen of love: Within your cries: All promises of safety Let us be caught together, that the gods Are but deluding drcams. Thus, thus, thou foul May see, and envy our embraces.

man, Étud. Stay, sir, stay;

Thus I begin my vengeance !

[Stabs him, You are too hot, and I have brought you physic King. Hold, Evadne! To temper your high veins.

I do command thee hold. King. Prithee, to bed then; let me take it warm; Evad. I do not mean, sir, There thou shalt know the state of my body bet- To part so fairly with you; we must change ter.

More of these love-tricks yet. Erad. I know you have a surfeited foul body; King. What bloody villain And you must bleed,

Provoked thee to this murder?? King. Bleed!

Evad. Thou, thou monster.

(Kills him.

King. Oh! Evadne, pity me.

Enter LYSIPPUS, Diagoras, Cleon, STRATO, Evad. Hell take me then! This for


and guard.

Lys. See where he stands, as boldly confident, This for my noble brother! and this stroke As it he had his full command about him. For the most wronged of women!

Stra. He looks as if he had the better cause, Sir; King. Oh! I die.

Under your gracious pardon, let me speak it! Erad. Die all our faults together! I forgive Though he be mighty spirited, and forward thee.

Èxit. To all great things; to all things of that danger Enter two of the bedchamber,

Worse men shake at the telling of; yet, certainly,

I do believe him noble; and this action 1. Come, now she's gone, let's enter; the king Rather pulled on, than sought: His mind was ever Expects it, and will be angry.

As worthy as his hand. 2. How fast he is! I cannot hear him breathe.

Lys. 'Tis my fear, too. 1. Either the tapers give a feeble light, Heaven forgive all! Summon him, lord Cleon. Or he looks very pale.

Cleon. Ho, from the walls there. 2. And so he does:

Mel. Worthy Cleon, welcome. Pray heaven he be well; let's look. Alas! We could have wished you here, lord : You are He's stiff, wounded and dead! Treason, trcason! honest. 1. Run forth and call.

Cal. Well, thou art as flattering a knave, though 2. Treason, treason ! (Exit. I dare not tell thee so

[A side. 1. This will be laid on us :

Lys. Melantius!
Who can believe a woman could do this!

Mel. Sir.

Lys. Lam sorry, that we meet thus; our old love Cleon. How now! Where's the traitor? Never required such distance. Pray Ileaven, 1. Fled, fled away; but there her woeful act You have not left yourself, and sought this safety lies still.

More out of fear than honour ! You have lost Cleon. Her act! a woman !

A noble master; which your faith, Melantius, Lys. Where's the body?

Soine think, might have preserved: Yet you 1. There.

know best. Lys. Farewell, thou worthy man! There were

Cal. When time was, I was mad; some, that two bonds,

dares fight, That tied our loves, a brother and a king; I hope will pay this rascal. The least of which might fetch a flood of tears : Mel. Royal young man, whose tears look lovely But such the misery of greatness is,

on thee, They have no time to mourn; then pardon me: Had they been shed for a deserving one, Sirs, which way went she?

They had been lasting monuments ! Thy brother,

While he was good, I call'd him king; and serv'd hinn Enter STRATO.

With that strong faith, that mosi unwearied vaSira. Never follow her;

lour, For she, alas! was but the instrument.

Pulled people from the farthest sun to seek him, News is now brought in that Melantius Ilas got the fort, and stands upon the wall;

And beg his friendship. I was then liis soldier.

But since his hot pride drew him to disgrace me, And with a loud voice calls those few, that pass At this dead time of night, delivering

And brand my noble actions, with his lust The innocence of this act.

(That never cured dishonour of my sister,

Base stain of whore! and, which is worse,
Lys. Gentlemen, I am your king.
Sira. We do acknowledge it.

The joy to make it still so), like myself,
Lys. I would I were not ! Follow, all; for this and stand here mine own justice, to revenge

Thus I have flung him off with my allegiance; Must have a sudden stop.


What I have suffered in him; and this old man, Enter MELANTIUS, Dipuilus, and CALIANAX, Wronged almost to lunacy. on the wall.

Cal. Who I? Mel. If the dull people can believe I am armed, You would draw me in. I have had no wrong,

'I do disclaim (Be constant, Diphilus !) now we have time,


all, Fitlier to bring our banished honours home, Mel. The short is this : Or create new ones in our ends.

Tis no ambition to lift up myself Diph. I fear not.

Urgeth me thus; I do desire again My spirit lies not that way. Courage, Calianax. To be a subject, so I may be free. Cal.'Would I had any! you should quickly know it. If not, I know my strength, and will unbuild Mel. Speak to the people : Thou art eloquent. This goodly town. Be speedy, and be wise,

Cal. 'Tisa fine eloquence to come to the gallows! In a reply. You were born to be my end. The devil take you ! Stra. Be sudden, sir, to tie Now must I hang for company. 'Tis strange, All up again : What's done is past recall, I should be old, and neither wise nor valiant. And past you to revenge; and there are thousands,


So too

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That wait for such a troubled hour as this.

Amin. What would you, sir?
Throw him the blank.

Asp. Please it your lordship to command your
Lys. Melantius, write in that
Thy choice: My seal is at it.

Out of the room, I shall deliver things,
Mel. It was our honours drew us to this act, Worthy your hearing.
Not gain; and we will only work our pardons. Amin. Leave us.

-[Erit servant. Cal. Put my name in too.

Asp. Oh, that that shape
Diph. You disclaim'd us all

Should bury falsehood in it!

[Aside. But now, Calianax.

Amin. Now your will, sir.
Cal. That is all one;

Asp. When you know me, my lord, you needs
I'll not be hanged hereafter by a trick:

must guess
I'll hare it in.

My business; and I am not hard to know;
Mel. You shall, yon shall.

For till the chance of war marked this smooth
Come to the back gate, and we'll call you king,

face And give you up the fort.

With these few blemishes, people would call me Lys. Away, away.

(Ereunt omnes. My sister's picture, and her mine. In short,

I am the brother to the wronged Aspatia.
Enter Aspatia, in man's apparel.

Amin. The wronged Aspatia! 'Would thou wert
Asp. This is my fatal hour. Heaven, may forgive Unto the wronged Amintor! Let me kiss
My rash attempt, that causelessly hath laid
Griefs on me, that will never let me rest;

That hand of thine, in honour that I bear
And put a woman's heart into my breast.

Unto the wronged Aspatia. Here I stand,
It is more honour for you, that I die;

That did it: 'Would he could not! Gentle youth, For she, that can endure the misery,

Leave me; for there is something in thy looks, That I have on me, and be patient too,

That calls my sins, in a most hideous form,
May live and laugh at all that you can do.

Into my mind; and I have grief enough
God save you, sir !

Without thy help

Asp. I would I could with credit.
Enter Scrtant.

Since I was twelve years old, I had not seen

My sister, till this hour; I now arrived:
Ser. And you, sir. What's


She sent for me to see her marriage;
Asp. With you, sir, now; to do me the fair office

A woeful one! But they, that are above,
To help me to your lord.

Have ends in every thing. She used few words;
Ser. What, would you serve him?

But yet enough to make me understand
Asp. I'll do him any service; but, to haste,

The baseness of the injuries you did her.
For my affairs are earnest, I desire

That little training, I have had, is war:
To speak with him.

Ser. Sir, because you're in such hastė, I would I would not, though. I shall not need to tell you,

may behave myself rudely in peace;
be loth delay you any longer : You cannot.

I am but young, and would be loth to lose
Asp. It shall become you, though, to tell your Honour, that is not easily gained again.

Ser. Sir, he will speak with nobody; but, in for single coinbats; and we shall be stopped,

Fairly I mean to deal: The age is strict particular, I have in charge, about no weighty If it be published. If y

your sword, matters.

Use it; if mine appear a better to you,
Asp. This is most strange. Art thou gold proof? Change; for the ground is this, and this the time,
There's for thee; help me to him.

To end our difference.
Ser. Pray be not angry, sir. I'll do my best.

Amin. Charitable youth,

(If thou be'st such) think not I will maintain Asp. How stubbornly this fellow answered me! So strange a wrong: And, for thy sister's sake, There is a vile dishonest trick in man,

Know, that I could not think that desperate thing, More than in women: All the men I meet

I durst not do; yet, to enjoy this world, Appear thus to me, are all harsh and rude;

I would not see her; for, beholding thee, And have a subtilty in every thing,

I am I know not what. If I have aught, Which love could never know. But we fond wo

That may content thee, take it, and be gone ; men

For death is not so terrible as thou.
Harbour the easiest and the smoothest thoughts, Thine eyes shoot guilt into me.
And think, all shall go so! It is unjust,

Asp. 'Thus, she swore,
That men and women should be matched together. Thou wouldst behave thyself; and give me words,
Enter AMINTOR and his man.

That would fetch tears into my eyes; and so

Thou dost, indeed. But yet she bade me watch,
Amin. Where is he?

Lest I were cozened; and be sure to fight,
Ser. There, my lord.

Ere I returned.

you like

to me,

Go this way.

Amin. That must not be with me.

But all thy life is a continued ill. For her I'll die directly; but against her Black is thy colour now, disease thy nature. Will never hazard it.

Joy to Amintor! Thou hast touched a life, Asp. You must be urged.

The very name of which had power to chain I do not deal uncivilly with those,

Up all my rage, and calm my wildest wrongs. That dare to fight; but such a one as you

Evad. 'Tis done; and since I could not find a way Must be used thus.

[She strikes him. To meet thy love so clear as through his life, Amin. I prithee, youth, take heed.

I cannot now repent it. Thy sister is a thing to me so much

Amin. Couldst thou procure the gods to speak Above mine honour, that I can endure All this. Good gods! a blow I can endure ! To bid me love this woman, and forgive, But stay not, lest thou draw a timeless death I think I should fall out with them. Behold, Upon thyself.

Here lies a youth, whose wounds bleed in my Asp. Thou art some prating fellow;

breast, One, that hath studied out a trick to talk, Sent by his violent fate, to fetch his death And move soft-hearted people; to be kick'd From my slow hand : And, to augment my woe,

[She kicks him. You now are present, stained with a king's blood, Thus, to be kick'd !-Why should he be so slow Violently shed. This keeps night here, In giving me my death?

(Aside. And throws an unknown wilderness about me. Amin. A man can bear

Asp. Oh, oh, oh! No more, and keep his flesh. Forgive me, then! Amin. No more; pursue me not. I would endure yet, if I could. Now shew Evad. Forgive me then, and take me to thy bed. The spirit thou pretendst, and understand,


may not part. Thou hast no hour to live.

[They fight. Amin. Forbear! Be wise, and let my rage What dost thou mean? Thou canst not fight: The blows thou mak'st at me Evad. 'Tis you, that I would stay, not it. Are quite besides; and those, I offer at thee, Amin. Take heed; it will return with me. Thou spread'st thine arms, and tak’st upon thy Evad. If it must be, I shall not fear to meet it: breast,

Take me home. Alas, defenceless!

Amin. Thou monster of cruelty, forbear! Asp. I have got enough,

Evad. For heaven's sake, look more calm : And my desire. There is no place so fit Thine eyes are sharper than thou canst inake thy For me to die as here.


Amin. Away, away!
Enter Evadne, her hands bloody, with a knife. Thy knees are more to me than violence.

Evad. Amintor, I am loaden with events, I'm worse than sick to see knees follow me,
That fly to make thee happy. I have joys, For that I must not grant. For heaven's sake, stand.
That in a moment can call back thy wrongs, Evad. Receive me, then.
And settle thee in thy free state again.

Amin. I dare not stay thy language : It is Evadne still, that follows thee,

In midst of all my anger and my grief, But not her mischiefs.

1. Thou dost awake something, that troubles me, Amin. Thou canst not fool me to believe again; And says, “I loved thee once. I dare not stay; But thou hast looks and things so full of news, There is no end of woman's reasaning, That I am stayed.

(Leaves her. Evad. Noble Amintor, put off thy amaze,

Evad. Amintor, thou shalt love me now again: Let thine eyes loose, and speak: Am I not fair! Go; I am calm. Farewell, and peace for ever! Looks not Èvadne beauteous, with these rites now? Evadne, whom thou hat'st, will die for thee. Were those hours half so lovely in thine eyes,

(Kills herself. When our hands met before the holy man? Amin, I have a little human nature yet, I was too foul within to look fair then:

That’s left for thee, that bids me stay thy hand. Since I knew ill, I was not free till now.

[Returns. Amin. There is presage of some important thing Evad. Thy hand was welcome, but it came too About thee, which, it seems, thy tongue hath lost. late. Thy hands are bloody, and thou hast a knife! Oh, I am lost! the heavy sleep makes haste. Evad. In this consists thy happiness and mine.

[She dies. Joy to Amintor ! for the king is dead.

Asp. Oh, oh, oh! Amin. Those have most power to hurt us, that Amin. This earth of mine doth tremble, and I we love;

We lay our sleeping lives within their arms! A stark affrighted motion in my blood :
Why, thou hast raised up Mischief to his height, My soul grows weary of her house, and I
And found one, to out-name thy other faults. AŬ over am a trouble to myself.
Thou hast no intermission of thy sins,

There is some hidden power in these dead things,

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