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Gal. I fear, they are so heavy, you'll scarce find | Yet, if it be your wills, forgive the sin The way to your lodging with them to night. I have committed. But how can I
Look to be heard of gods, that must be just, Enter PuARAMOND,
Praying upon the ground I hold by wrong? Thra. The prince! Pha. Not a-bed, ladies? You're good sitters up.
Enter Dron. What think you of a pleasant dream, to last Dion. Sir, I have asked, and her women swear Till morning?
she is within; I told them, I must speak with her;
they laughed, and said, their lady lay speechless. Enter ARETIIUSA and BELLARIO.
I said, my business was important; they said, Are. Tis well, my lord; you're courting of ladies. their lady was about it : I grew hot, and cried, Is't not late, gentlemen?
my business was a matter, that concerned life Cle. Yes, madam.
and death; they answered, so was sleeping, at Are. Wait you there.
[Erit. which their lady was. I urged again, she had Sleg. Slie's jealous, as I live. Look you, my lord, scarce time to be so, since last I saw her; they The princess has a lilas, an Adonis.
smiled again, and seemed to instruct me, that Pha. His form is angel-like.
sleeping was nothing but lying down and winking: Dion. Serves he the princess?
Answers more direct I could not get : In short, Thra. Yes.
sir, I think she is not there. Dion.'Tis a sweet boy; how brave she keeps him. King. 'Tis then no time to dally. You of the Pha. Larlies all, good rest; I mean to kill a guard, buck
Wait at the back door of the prince's lodging, To-morrow morning, cre you've done your dreams. And see, that none pass thence, upon your lives.
[Erit. Knock, gentlemen! Knock loud ! Louder yet! Mleg. All happiness attend your grace !" Gen- What, has their pleasure taken off their hearing? tlemen, good rest.
I'll break your meditations. Knock again! Come, shall we to-bed?
Nor yet? I do not think he sleeps, having this Gal. Yes; all good night. [Er. Gal. and Meg. Larum by hiin. Once more. Pharamond! prince!
Dion. May your dreams be true to you.
Pha. What saucy groom knocks at this dead of With him.
Where be our waiters? By my vexed soul,
Ile meets his death, that meets me, for this boldKing. Look your intelligence be true.
Are. L'pon my life, it is : And I do hope, King. Prince, you wrong your thoughts; we Your highness will not tie me to a man,
are your friends. That, in the heat of wooing, throws me off, Come down. And takes another.
Pha. The king? Dion. What should this mean?
King. The same, sir; come down. King. If it be true,
We have cause of present counsel with you. That lady had much better have embraced
Pha. If your grace please to use me, I'll atCureless diseases : Get you to your rest.
you Ereunt Are. and Bel. To your chamber.
[Pha. below. You shall be righted. Gentlemen, draw near; King. No, 'tis too late, prince; I'll make bold We shall employ you. Is young Pharamond Come to his lodging?
Pha. I have some private reasons to myself, Dion. I saw him enter there.
Make me unmannerly, and say, “ you cannot.' King. Haste, some of you, and cunningly dis- Nay, press not forward, gentlemen; he must
Come through my life, that comes here. [Enters. If Megra be in her lodging.
King. Sir, be resolved.
I must and will come.
King. If she be there, we shall not need to make He, that enters, enters upon his death.
Sir, 'tis a sign you make no stranger of me, Ye gods, I see, that who unrighteously
To bring these renegadoes to my chamber, Holds wealth, or state, from others, shall be curst At these unseasoned hours. In that, which meaner men are blest withal. King. Why do you Ages to come shall know no male of him Chafe yourself so? You are not wronged, nor Left to inherit; and his name shall be
shall be; Blotted from earth. If he have any child, Only I'll search your lodging, for some cause It shall be crossly matched; the gods themselves To ourself known : Enter, I say, Shall sow wild strife betwixt her lord and her.
Pha. I say, no.
I am loth to reveal them. Keep this fault,
[Meg. above. As you would keep your health, from the hot air Meg. Let them enter, prince ; let them enter; Of the corrupted people, or, by heaven, I am up, and ready; I know their business : I will not fall alone. "What I have known, 'Tis the poor breaking of a lady's honour, Shall be as public as a print; all tongues They hunt so hotly after; let them enjoy it. Shall speak it, as they do the language, they Oh, my lord the king, this is not noble in you Are born in, as free and commonly; I'll set it, To make public the weakness of a woman. Like a prodigious star, for all to gaze at;
And so high and glowing, that other kingdoms, Enter MEGRA.
Far and foreign, King. Now, lady of honour, where's your ho- Shall read it there, nay travel with it, 'till they find nour now now?
No tongue to make it more, nor no more people; No man can fit your palate, but the prince. And then behold the fall of your fair princess. Had you none to pull on with your courtesies, King. Has she a boy? But he, that must be mine, and wrong my daughter? Cle.
So please your grace, I have seen a boy wait By all the gods, all these, and all the pages, On her; a fair boy. And all the court, shall hoot thee through the court; King. Go, get you to your quarter : Meg. If you do this, oh, king! nay, if you dare For this time I'll study to forget you. do it,
Meg. Do you study to forget me, and I'll study By all those gods you swore by, and as many
To forget you. [Ex. King, Meg. and guard. More of mine own, I will have fellows, and Cle. Why, here's a male spirit for Hercules. Such fellows in it, as shall make noble mirth. Dion. Sure she has a garrison of devils in her The princess, your dear daughter, shall stand by me tongue, she uttereth such balls of wild-fire. She On walls, and sung in ballads, any thing. has so nettled the king, that all the doctors m the Urge me no more; I know her, know the boy country will scarce cure him. That boy was a She keeps; a handsome boy, about eighteen; strange-found out antidote to cure her infection: Come, sir, you put me to a woman's madness, That boy; that princess' boy; that brave, chaste, The glory of a fury; and, if I do not,
virtuous lady's boy; and a fair boy, a well-spoken Do it to the height
boy! All these considered, can make nothing King. What boy is this she raves at ?
else. But there I leave you, gentlemen. Meg. Alas! good-minded prince, you know not Thra. Nay, we'll go wander with you. (Ereunt.
Ente- CLEREMONT, Drox, and THRASILINE.
Dion. The only cause, that draws Philaster back
From this attempt, is the fair princess' love, Cle. Nay, doubtless, 'tis true.
Which he admires, and we can now confute. Dion, Ay; and 'tis the gods,
Thra. Perhaps, he'll not believe it.
'Tis without question so.
If he be curious, work upon his faith? Philaster, pressed down from his royal right, Thra. We are all satisfied within ourselves. By this regardless king ? and only look
Dion. Since it is true, and tends to his own good, And see the sceptre ready to be cast
I'll make this new report to be my knowledge : Into the hands of that lascivious lady,
say I know it; nay, I'll swear I saw it.
Dion. Here he comes.
Some time in seeking you. That such a creature walks upon the earth. Phil. My worthy friends,
Cle. Philaster is too backward in it himself. You that can keep your memories to know The gentry do await it, and the people,
Your friend in miseries, and cannot frown Against their nature, are all bent for him, On men disgraced for virtue, a good day And like a field of standing corn, that's moved Attend you all! What service may I do With a stiff gale, their heads bow all one way. Worthy your acceptation?
Dion. My good lord,
Can it? Speak, gentlemen; for love of truth, We come to urge that virtue, which we know
speak! Lives in your breast, forth! Rise, and make a head. Is't possible? Can women all be damned? The nobles and the people are all dulled
Dion. Why, no, my lord.
Phi. Why, then, it cannot be.
Phi. What boy?
Dion. A page, a boy, that serves her. To me, that have deserved none? Know, my Phi. Oh, good gods ! friends,
A little boy? (You, that were born to shame your poor Philaster Dion. Ay; know you him, my lord ? With too much courtesy) I could attord
Phi. Hell and sin know him !-Sir, you are To melt myself in thanks: But my designs
Phi. Why, all the world's abused
Phi. Now all the devils, thou didst ! Fly from Phi. Why, what of her? Dion. Is loathed as much as hc.
'Would thou hadst taken devils engendering Phi. By what strange means?
plagues, Dion. She's known a whore.
When thou didst take them ! Hide thee from Phi. Thou liest, Dion. My lord
Would thou badst taken thunder on thy breast, Phi. Thou liest, [Offers to draw and is held. | 'When thou didst take them; or been strucken And thou shalt feel it. i had thought, thy mind dumb Had been of honour. Thus to rob a lady
For ever; that this foul deed might have slept Of her good name, is an infectious sin,
In silence! Not to be pardoned: Be it false as hell,
Thra. Have you known him so ill tempered? 'Twill never be redeemed, if it be sown
Cle. Never before. Amongst the people, fruitful to increase
Phi. The winds, that are let loose All evil they shall hear. Let me alone,
From the four several corners of the earth, That I may cut off falsehood, whilst it springs ! And spread themselves all over sea and land, Set hills on hills betwixt me and the man
Kiss not a chaste one. What friend bears a sword That utters this, and I will scale them all, To run me through? And from the utmost top fall on his neck,
Dion. Why, my lord, are you so moved at this? Like thunder from a cloud.
Phi. When any falls from virtue, I'm distract; Dion. This is most strange :
I have an interest in't. Sure he does love her.
Dion. But, good my lord, recall yourself, Phi. I do love fair truth :
And think what's best to be done.
Phi. I thank you ; I will do it.
Thra. Nay, good my lord, be patient. To-morrow I will find your lodging forth,
Cle. Sir, remember this is your honoured friend, And give you answer. That comes to do his service, and will shew
Dion. All the gods direct you You why he uttered this.
The readiest way! Phi. I ask you pardon, sir;
Thra. Ile was extreme impatient. My zeal to truth made ine unmannerly:
Cle. It was his virtue, and his noble mind. Should I have heard dishonour spoke of you,
[Ercunt Dion, Cle, and Thra. Behind your back untruly, I had been
Phi. Oh, that I had a sea As much distempered and enraged as now. Within my breast, to quench the fire I feel! Dion. But this, my lord, is truth.
More circumstances will but fan this fire. Phi. Oh, say not so! good sir, forbear to say so! It more afflicts me now, to know by whom 'Tis then truth, that all womankind is false! This deed is done, than simply that 'tis done : Urge it no more; it is impossible.
And he, that tells me this, is honourable, Why should you think the princess light? As far from lies as she is far from truth. Þion. Why, she was taken at it.
Oh, that, like beasts, we could not grieve ourselves, Phi. 'Tis false! Oh, Heaven! 'tis false! it can- With that we see not ! Bulls and rams will fight not be:
To keep their females, standing in their sight;
But take them from them, and you take at once
Bel. How, my
Bel. No, by my life.
she does. Enter BELLARIO.
I bad her do it. I charged her, by all charms He walks still; and the face, you let him wear Of love between us, by the hope of peace When he was innocent, is still the same, We should enjoy, to yield thee all delights. Not blasted! Is this justice? Do
Tell me, gentle boy, To intrap mortality, that you allow
Is she not paralleless? Is not her breath Treason so smooth a brow? I cannot now Sweet as Arabian winds, when fruits are ripe? Think he is guilty.
Is she not all a lasting mine of joy? Bel. Health to you, my lord !
Bel. Ay, now I see why my disturbed thoughts The princess doth commend her love, her life, Were so perplexed : When first I went to her, And this, unto you.
My heart held augury. You are abused; Phi. Oh, Bellario!
Some villain has abused you ! I do see Now I perceive she loves me; she does shew it Whereto you tend: Fall rocks upon his head, In loving thee, my boy: She has made thee brave. That put this to you! 'Tis some subtle train, Bel. My lord, she has attired me past my wish, To bring that noble frame of yours to nought.
desert; more fit for her attendant, Phi. Thou think'st I will be angry with thec. Though far unfit for me, who do attend.
Come Phi. Thou art grown courtly, boy.—Oh, let Thou shalt know all my drift: I hate her more all women,
Than I love happiness, and placed thee there, That love black deeds, learn to dissemble here, Το
with narrow eyes into her deeds. Ilere, by this paper! She does write to me, Hast ihou discovered? Is she fallen to lust, As if her heart were mines of adamant
As I would wish her? Speak some comfort to me. To all the world besides; but, unto me,
Bel. My lord, you did mistake the boy you sent:
Bel. Scarce like her servant, but as if I were As servant to her, I would not reveal,
Phi. Oh, my heart !
This is a salve worse than the inain disease. As I'd use one, that's left unto my trust, Tell me thy thoughts ; for I will know the least For whom my life should pay, if he met harm, That dwells within thee, or will rip thy heart So she does use me.
To know it: I will see thy thoughts as plain Phi. Why, this is wondrous well:
As I do now thy face.
As chaste as ice : But were she foul as hell,
Should draw it from me.
For I do hate thee: could curse thee now.
Bel. If you do hate, you could not curse me Bel. Are you not ill, my lord? Phi. Il? No, Bellario.
The gods have not a punishment in store Bel. Methinks, your words
Greater for me, than is your hate. Fall not from off your tongue so evenly,
Phi. Fie, fie, so young and so dissembling! Nor is there in your looks that quietness, Tell me when and where thou didst enjoy her, That I was wont to see.
Or let plagues fall on me, if I destroy thee not ! Phi. Thou art deceived, boy:
Bel. Heaven knows I never did; and when I lic And she strokes thy head?
To save my life, may I live long and loathed. Bel. Yes.
Hlew me asunder, and whilst I can think, Phi. And she does clap thy cheeks?
I'll love those pieces you have cut away, Bel. She does, my lord.
Better than those that grow; and kiss those limbs, Phi, And she does kiss thee, boy? ha! Because you made them so.
Phi. Fearest thou not death?
And ten thousand such; I should be angry at Can boys contemn that? Bel. "Oh, what boy is he
Enter King. Can be content to live to be a man, That sees the best of men thus passionate, King, What, at your meditations? Who atThus without reason?
tends you? Phi. Oh, but thou dost not know
Are. None but my single self. I need no guard. What 'tis to die.
I do no wrong, nor fear none. Bel. Yes, I do know, my lord :
King. Tell me, have you not a boy? 'Tis less than to be born; a lasting sleep,
Are. Yes, sir. A quiet resting from all jealousy;
King. What kind of boy? A thing we all pursue. I know besides,
Are. A page, a waiting-boy.
Are. I think he be not ugly :
Bel. May they fali all upon me whilst I live, King. He speaks, and sings and plays ?
Are. Yes, sir.
Are. I never asked his
age. You speak of; kill me.
King. Is he full of service?
Are. By your pardon, why do you ask?
that Thy protestations are so deep, and thou
good service, Dost look so truly, when thou utterest them, Shames me to speak of. That though I know them false, as were my hopes, Are. Good sir, let me understand
you. I cannot urge thee further. But, thou wert King. If you fear me, To blame to injure me, for I must love
Shew it in duty : Put away that boy. Thy honest looks, and take no revenge upon
Are. Let me have reason for it, sir, and then Thy tender youth: A love from me to thee Your will is my command. Is firm, whate'er thou dost. It troubles me, King. Do not you blush to ask it? Cast him off, That I have called the blood out of thy cheeks, Or I shall do the same to you. You're one That did so well become thee. But, good boy, Shame with me, and so near unto myself, Let me not see thee more: Something is done That, by my life, I dare not tell myself, That will distract me, that will make me mad, What
you, myself, have done. If I behold thee. If thou tenderest me,
Are. What have I done, my lord? Let me not see thee.
King. 'Tis a new language, that all love to learn: Bel. I will fly as far
The common people speak it well already; As there is morning, ere I give distaste
They need no grammar. Understand me well; To that most honoured mind. But through these There be foul whispers stirring. Cast him off, tears,
And suddenly: Do it! Farewell
. [Erit King. Shed at my hopeless parting, I can see
Are. Where may a maiden live securely free, A world of treason practised upon you,
Keeping her honour safe? Not with the living; And her, and me. Farewell, for evermore ! They feed upon opinions, errors, dreams, If you shall hear that sorrow struck me dead, And make them truths; they draw a nourishment And after find me loyal, let there be
Out of defamings, grow upon disgraces; A tear shed from you in any memory,
And, when they see a virtue fortitied And I shall rest at peace.
[Erit. Strongly above the battery of their tongues, Phi. Blessing be with thee,
Oh, how they cast to sink it; and, defeated, Whatever thou deservest! Oh, where shall I (Soul-sick with poison) strike the monuments, Go bathe this body? Nature, too unkind, Where noble names lie sleeping; till they sweat, That made no med’cine for a troubled mind! (Exit. And the cold marble melt. Enter ARETHUSA.
Enter PHILASTER. Are. I marvel my boy comes not back again : Phi. Peace to your fairest thoughts, dearest But that I know my love will question him
mistress. Over and over, how I slept, walked, talked; Are. Oh, my dearest servant, I have a war How I remembered him, when his dear name
within me. Was last spoke, and how, when I sighed, wept, Phi. He must be more than man, that makes sung,