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Ania. It must not be so. Stay! Mine eyes would Amin. 'Faith, I am sick, and desperately, I hope; tell
Yet, leaning thus, I feel a kind of ease. How loh I am to this ; but, love and tears, Mel. Come, take again your mirth about you. Leare me awhile; for I have hazarded
Amin. I shall never do't.
Mel. Be merry then.
[E.reunt. Hid in the mortal'st part ! Invent a way
Enter MELANTIUS again. To give it back.
Mel. This worthy young man may do violence Mel. Why would you have it back?
Upon himself; but I have cherish'd him I will to death pursue him with revenge. Anir. Therefore I call it back from thee; for To counterfeit again. Sword, hold thine edge;
To my best power, and sent him smiling from me,
My heart will never fail me. Diphilus !
Diph. Yonder has been such laughing. dain. I will not hear! but draw, or I
Mel. Betwixt whom? Jlel. Amintor!
Diph. Why, our sister and the king; I thought dmin. Draw then; for I am full as resolute their spleens would break; they laughed us all
out of the room. As fame and honour can enforce me be! I cannot linger. Draw !
Mel. They must weep, Diphilus. Jel. I do. But is not
Diph. Must they? My share of credit equal with thine,
Mel. They must. If I do stir?
Thou art my brother; and if I did believe Amin. Xo; for it will be called
Thou hadst a base thought, I would rip it out,
Lie where it durst.
Diph. You should not; I would first mangle A brave revenge : But on me, that have walked
myself, and find it. With patience in it, it will fix the name
Mel. That was spoke according to our strain. Of fearful cuckold, Oh, that word! Be quick.
Come, join thy hands to mine, Mel. Then join with me.
And swear a firmness to what project I Amin. I dare not do a sin, or else I would.
Shall lay before thee. Pe speedy.
Diph. You do wrong us both: Jiel. Then dare not fight with me; for that's a
People hereafter shall not say, there passed sin.
A bond, more than our loves, to tie our lives His grief distracts híın : Call thy thoughts again,
And deaths together. And to thyself pronounce the name of friend,
Mel. It is as nobly said as I would wish. And see what that will work. I will not fight.
Anon I'll tell you wonders. We are wronged. Amin. You must.
Diph. But I will tell you now, we'll right ourMel. I will be killed first. Though my passions
selves. Ofered the like to you, 'tis not this earth
Mel. Stay not: Prepare the armour in my house; Shall buy my reason to it. Think awhile,
And what friends you can draw unto our side, For you are (I must weep, when I speak that)
Not knowing of the cause, make ready too. Almost besides yourself.
Haste, Diphilus, the time requires it; haste! Amin. Oh, my soft temper !
Erit Diphilus. So many sweet words from thy sister's mouth,
I hope my cause is just ; I know my blood I am afraid, would make me take her
Tells me it is; and I will credit it. To embrace, and pardon her. I am mad, indeed,
To take revenge, and lose myself withal, And know not what I do. Yet, have a care
Were idle; and to escape impossible, Of me in what thou dost.
Without I had the fort, which (misery!) Blel. Why thinks my friend
Remaining in the hands of my old enemy
CalianaxI will forget his honour? or, to save
-But I must have it. See, The bravery of our house, will lose his fame,
Enter CALIANAX. And fear to touch the throne of majesty? Where he comes, shaking by me. Good my lord,
Amin. A curse will follow that; but rather live, Forget your spleen to me; I never wronged you, Add suffer with me.
But would have peace with every man. 3lel. I'll do what worth shall bid me, and no Cal. 'Tis well; more.
If I durst fight, your tongue would lie at quiet.
Mel. You're touchy without all cause. Without I have this fort.
Cul. And should I help thee?
Now thy treacherous mind betrays itself. Cal. Honour? where is it?
Mel. Come, delay me not; Mel. See, what starts you make into your Give me a sudden answer, or already hatred, to my love and freedom to you. I come Thy last is spoke! refuse not offered love, with resolution to obtain a suit of you.
When it comes clad in secrets. Cal. A suit of me! 'Tis very like it should be
Cal. If I say granted, sir.
I will not, he will kill me; I do see it Mel. Nay, go not hence :
Writ in his looks; and should I say I will, Tis this; you have the keeping of the fort, He'll run and tell the king. I do not shun And I would wish you, by the love you ought Your friendship, dear Melantius, but this cause To bear unto me, to deliver it
Is weighty; give me but an hour to think. Into my hands.
Mel. Take it. I know this goes unto the king; Cal. I am in hope thou art mad,
But I am armed.
[Erit Melantius To talk to me thus.
Cal. Methinks I feel myself Mel. But there is a reason
But twenty now again! this fighting fool To move you to it: I would kill the king, Wants policy! I shall revenge my girl, That wronged you and your daughter.
And make her red again. I pray, my legs Cal. Out, traitor!
Will last that pace, that I will carry them : Mel. Nay, but stay! I cannot escape, the deed I shall want breath, before I find the king.
Enter MELANTIUS, Evadne, and a lady. Mel Tis base; Alel. Save you!
And I could blush, at these years, through all Erad. Save you, sweet brother!
My honoured scars, to come to such a parley. Mel. In my blunt eye,
Evad. I understand you not. Methinks, you look, Evadne
Mel. You dare not, fool! Evad. Come, you would make me blush. They, that commit thy faults, fly the remembrance. Mel. I would, Evadne : I shall displease my Erad. My faults, sir! I would have you know, ends else.
I care not, Evad. You shall, if you commend me; I am If they were written here, here in my forehead. bashful.
This is saucy: Come, sir, how do I look?
Look you intrude no more! There lies your way, Mel
. I would not have your women hear me Mel. Thou art my way, and I will tread upon thee, Break into commendation of you; 'tis not seemly. | Till I find truth out. Evad. Go, wait ine in the gallery. Now speak. Erad. What truth is that, you look for?
(Ereunt ladies. Mel. Thy long-lost honour. Would the gods Mel. I'll lock the door first.
had set me Evad. Why?
Rather to grapple with the plague, or stand Mel. I will not have your gilded things, that dance One of their loudest bolts! Come, tell me quickly, In visitation with their Milan skins,
Do it without enforcement, and take heed Choke up my business.
You swell me not above my temper. Evad. You are strangely disposed, sir.
Evad. How, sir! where got you this report? Mel. Good madam, not to make you merry. Mel. Where there were people, in every place. Evad. No; if you praise me, it will make me sad. Evad. They and the seconds of it are base people: Mel. Such a sad commendation I have for you. Believe them not, they lied.
Evad. Brother, the court hath made you witty, Mel. Do not play with mine anger, do not, And learn to riddle.
wretch ! Mel. I praise the court for it: Has it learnt I come to know that desperate fool, that drew thee you nothing?
From thy fair life: Be wise, and lay him open. Evad. Me?
Evad. Unhand me, and learn manners : Such Mel. Ay, Evadne; thou art young and handsome, another A lady of a sweet complexion,
Forgetfulness forfeits your life. And such a flowing carriage, that it cannot Mel. Quench me this mighty humour, and then Chuse but inflame a kingdom.
tell me Eoad. Gentle brother!
Whose whore you are; for you are one, I know it. Mel. 'Tis yet in thy repentance, foolish woman, Let all mine honours perish, but I'll find him, To make me gentle.
Though he lie locked up in thy blood! Be sudden; Erad. How is this?
There is no facing it, and be not flattered !
The burnt air, when the Dog reigns, is not fouler | Vowed to do, if thou confess not, naked, Than the contagious name, 'till thy repentance As thou hast lest thine honour, will I leave thee; (If the gods grant thee any) purge thy sickness. That on thy branded flesh the world may read Ezed. Be gone! You are my brother; that's Thy black shame, and my justice. Wilt thou bend pour safety.
yet? Mel. Il be a wolf first! 'Tis, to be thy brother, Evad. Yes. An infamy below the sin of coward.
Mel. Up, and begin your story. I am as far from being part of thee,
Evad. Oh, I am miserable ! As thou art from thy virtue : Seek a kindred Mel. 'Tis true, thou art. Speak truth still. *Jongst sensual beasts, and make a goat thy Evad. I have offended : brother;
Noble sir, forgive me. A goat is cooler. Will you tell me yet?
Mel. With what secure slave?
Mine own remembrance is a misery
Mel. Be true, and make your fault less.
Evad. Will you forgive me then?
Ered. The fellow's mad: Sleep, and speak sense.
Evad. Is there none else here? Your great maintainers are not here, they dare not: Níel. None but a fearful conscience; that's too "ould they were all, and armed! I would speak many: loud ;
Who is it? Here's one should thunder to them! will you Evad. Oh, hear me gently. It was the king. tell me?
Mel. No more. My worthy father's and my Thou hast no hope to escape: He, that dares most, services And damns away his soul to do thee service, Are liberally rewarded. King, I thank thee! WHO sooner fetch meat from a hungry lion, For all my dangers and my wounds, thou hast Than come to rescue thee; thou'st death about thee. paid me Who has undone thine honour, poisoned thy virtue, In my own metal : These are soldiers' thanks! And, of a lovely rose, left thee a canker? How long have you lived thus, Evadne? Evad. Let me consider.
Eoad. Too long. Mel. Do, whose child thou wert,
Mel. Too late you find it. Can you be sorry? Whose honour thou hast murdered, whose grave Evud. 'Would I were half as blaineless! opened,
Mel. Evadne, thou wilt to thy trade again! And so pulled on the gods, that in their justice Evad. First to my grave, They must restore him flesh again, and life, Mel. 'Would gods thou hadst been so blest! And raise his dry bones to revenge this scandal. Dost thou not hate this king now? prithee hate Erad. The gods are not of my mind; they had him. better
Couldst thou not curse him? I command thee, Let thern lie sweet still in the earth; they'll stink
Curse, till the gods hear, and deliver him
Too many sad confusions here, to let in
That breaks out nobly, and directs thine arın Mel. No? 'tis a justice, and a noble one, To kill this base king? To pat the light out of such base offenders. Evad. All the gods forbid it! Esad. Help!
Mel. No; all the gods require it; they are disJd. By thy foul self, no human help shall honoured in him. help thee,
Evad. 'Tis too fearful. If thou criest! When I hare killed thee, as I have Mel. You're valiant in his bed, and bold enough Voil
To be a stale hour, and have your madam's name | That slight contrition, that's no sacrifice
Amin. Sure I dazzle :
There cannot be a faith in that foul woman, For meat and coarser cloaths: Thus far you know That knows no god more mighty than her miso no fear.
chiefs. Come, you shall kill him.
Thou dost still worse, still number on thy faults, Evad. Good sir!
To press my poor heart thus. Can I believe Mel. An 'twere to kiss him dead, thou’dst There's any seed of virtne in that woman, smother him.
Left to shoot up, that dares go on in sin, Be wise, and kill him. Canst thou live, and know Known, and so known as thine is? Oh, Evadne ! What noble minds shall make thee, see thyself 'Would there were any safety in thy sex, Found out with every finger, made the shame That I might put a thousand sorrows off, Of all successions, and in this great ruin And credit thy repentance ! But I must not : Thy brother and thy noble husband broken? Thou hast brought me to that dull calamity, Thou shalt not live thus. Kneel, and swear to To that strange misbelief of all the world, help me,
And all things that are in it, that I fear
I shall fall like a tree, and find my grave,
Perish your noble youth. I do not fall here This lustful thief stole from thee, when I say it, To shadow, by dissembling with my tears, To let his foul soul out.
(As, all say, women can) or to make less, Evad. Here I swear it;
What my hot will hath done, which heaven and you And, all you spirits of abused ladies,
Know to be tougher than the hand of time Help me in this performance !
Can cut from inan's remembrance. No, I do not: Mel. Enough. This must be known to none I do appear the same, the same Evadne, But you and I, Evadne; not to your lord, Drest in the shames I lived in; the saine monster! Though he be wise and noble, and a fellow But these are names of honour, to what I am : Dares step as far into a worthy action
I do present myself the foulest creature, As the most daring; ay, as far as justice. Most pois’nous, dang’rous, and despised of men, Ask me not why. Farewell. [Erit Mel. Lerna e're bred, or Nilus ! I am hell
, Evad. 'Would I could say so to my black dis- Till you, my dear lord, shoot your light into me, grace!
The beams of your forgiveness. I am soul-sick, Oh, where have I been all this time? how 'friended, and wither with the fear of one condemned, That I should lose myself thus desperately,
'Till I have got your pardon. And none for pity shew me how I wandered? Amin. Rise, Évadne. There is not in the compass of the light Those heavenly powers, that put this good into thee, A more unhappy creature: Sure, I am monstrous! Grant a continuance of it! 'I forgive thee: For I have done those follies, those mad mischiefs, Make thyself worthy of it; and take heed, Would dare a woman. Oh, my loaden soul, Take heed, Evadne, this be serious. Be not so cruel to me; choke not up
Mock not the powers above, that can and dare
Give thee a great example of their justice
To all ensuing eyes, if thou playest
Evad. I have done nothing good to win belief, Evad. My much abused lord ! [Kneels. My life hath been so faithless
. All the creatures, Amin. This cannot be !
Made for heaven's honours, have their ends, and Erad. I do not kneel to live; I dare not hope it; good ones, The wrongs I did are greater. Look upon me, All but the cozening crocodiles, false women! Though I appear with all my faults.
They reign here like those plagues, those killing Amin. Stand up.
sores, This is a new way to beget more sorrow : Men pray against ; and, when they die, like tales Heaven knows I have too many! Do not mock me:
Ill told and unbelieved, they pass away, Though I am tame, and bred up with my wrongs, And go to dust forgotten ! But, my lord, Which are my foster-brothers, I may leap, Those short days I shall number to my rest Like a hand-wolf, into my natural wildness, (As many must not see me) shall, though too late, And do an outrage. Prithee, do not mock me. Though in my evening, yet perceive a will;
Evad. My whole life is so leprous, it infects Since I can do no good, because a woman, All my repentance. I would buy your pardon, Reach constantly at something, that is near it : Though at the highest set; even with my life. I will redeem one minute of my age,
Or, like another Niobe, I'll weep
King. And will still, Till I am water.
Where I may do with justice to the world : Axin. I am now dissolved :
You have no witness.
King. No more,
Cal. How ! no more?
'Tis like I will do so : There are a hundred Though my einbraces inust be far from thee. Will swear it for a need too, if I say itI should have killed thee, but this sweet repent- King. Such witnesses we need not. ance
Cal. And 'tis hard Locks up my vengeance; for which thus I kiss If my word cannot hang a boisterous knave. thee
King. Enough. Where's Strato.
Amintor in; Ered. All the dear joys here, and, above, Evadne. Where's any brother, and Melantius ? hereafter,
Bid him come too; and Dipluilus. Call all, Crown thy fair soul! Thus I take leave, my lord;
[Erit Strato. And never shall you see the foul Evadne, That are without there.- If he should desire Till she have tried all honoured means, that | The combat of you, 'tis not in the power may
Of all our laws to binder it, unless Set her in rest, and wash her stains away. We mean to quit them.
Ereunt. Cal. Why, if you do think
'Tis fit an old man, and a counsellor, BANQUET. Enter King and CALIANAS.
Do fight for what he says, then you may grant it. [Hautboys play within. King. I cannot tell how I should credit this Enter Amintor, Evadyi, MELANTIUS, DiFrom you, that are his enemy.
PHILUS, LYSIPPUS, CLEON, STRATO. Cal. I'm sure
King: Come, sirs ! Amintor, thou art yet a He said it to me; and I'll justify it
bridegroom, What way he dares oppose-but with my sword. And I will use thee so : Thou shalt sit down. hing. But did he break, without all circum- Evadne, sit; and you, Amintor, too : stance,
This banquet is for you, sir. Who has brought To you, his foe, that he would have the fort, A merry tale about hin, to raise laughter To kill me, and then escape?
Amongst our wine? Why, Strato, where art Cal. If he deny it,
thou? I'll make him blush.
Thou wilt chop out with them unseasonably, King. It sounds incredibly.
When I desire them not. Cal Ay, so does every thing I say of late. Stra. 'Tis my ill luck, sir, so to spend them King. Not so, Calianax.
then. Cal. Yes, I should sit
King. Reach me a bowl of wine. Melantius, Mate, whilst a rogue with strong arms cuts your
Melantius, I am now considering
How easy 'twere, for any man we trust, Mine ears are false ; for, I'll be sworn, I heard it. To poison one of us in such a bowl. Old men are good for nothing : You were best jel. I think it were not hard, sir, for a knave. Put me to death for hearing, and free him
Cal. Such as you are. For meaning it. You would have trusted ine King. I'faith, 'twere easy : It becomes us wel! Once, but the time is altered.
To get plain-dealing men about ourselves;