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Pet. Not yet, sir, for I think they mean to I am persuaded they love me: I never lodge him;

Blasphemed them, uncle, nor transgressed my Take him I know they dare not, 'twill be dan- parents; gerous.

I always said my prayers.
Suet. Then haste, Petillius, haste to Penius : Car. Thou shalt go then,
I fear the strong conceit of what disgrace Indeed thou shalt.
He has pulled upon himself, will be his ruin; Hengo. When they please.
I fear his soldiers' fury too : Haste presently; Car. That's my good boy!
I would not lose him for all Britain. Give him, Art thou weary, Hengo?

Hengo. Weary, uncle ?
Pet. That, that shall choke him. [Aside. I've heard you say you've marched all day in

Suet. All the noble counsel,
Ilis fault forgiven too, his place, his honour- Car. I have, boy.
Pet. For me, I think, as handsome-

Hengo. Am not I


kinsman ?

[Aside. Car. Yes. Suet. All the comfort;

Hengo. And am not I as fully allied unto you And tell the soldier, 'twas on our command In those brave things, as blood ? He drew not to the battle.

Car. Thou art too tender. Pet. I conceive, sir,

Hengo. To go upon my legs ? they were made And will do that shall cure all.

to bear me. Suet. Bring him with you

I can play twenty mile a-day; I see no reason, Before the queen's fort, and his forces with him; But, to preserve my country and myself, There you shall find us following of our conquest. I should march forty. Make haste!

Car. What wouldst thou be, living Pet. The best I may.

[Exit. To wear a man's strength? Suet. And, noble gentlemen,

Hengo. Why, a Caratach, Up to your companies! we'll presently

A Roman-hater, a scourge sent from heaven Upon the queen's pursuit. There's nothing donc To whip these proud thieves from our kingdom. Till she be seized; without her, nothing won.


[Drun. [Ereunt. Short flourish. Hark, uncle, hark! I hear a drum. SCENE II.

Enter Judas and his people to the door. Enter CARATACH and Hengo.

Judas. Beat softly,

Softly, I say; they're here. Who dare charge? Car. How does my boy?

1 Sold. He, Hengo. I would do well; my heart's well; That dares be knocked on the head : I'll not I do not fear.

come near him. Car. My good boy!

Judas. Retire again, and watch then. How Hengo. I know, uncle,

he stares ! We must all die; my little brother died, He has eyes would kill a dragon. Mark the boy I saw him die, and he died smiling; sure

well; There's no great pain in it, uncle. But pray tell If we could take or kill him-A pox on ye, me,

How fierce ye look ! See, how he broods the Whither must we go when we're dead?

boy? Car. Strange questions !

The devil dwells in his scabbard. Back, I say! Why, to the blessedest place, boy-Ever sweet- Apace, apace ! he has found us. [They retire.

Car. Do ye hunt us? And happiness dwell there,

Hengo. Uncle, good uncle, see! the thin starved Hengo. Will you come to me?

rascal, Car. Yes, my sweet boy.

The eating Roman, see where he thrids the Hengo. Mine aunt too, and my


thickets: Car. All, my good child.

Kill him, dear uncle, kill him! one good blow Hengo. No Romans, uncle?

To knock his brains into his breech; strike Car. No, boy.

his head off. Hengo. I should be loth to meet them there. Car. Do ye make us foxes? Car. No ill men,

Here, hold my charging-staff, and keep the place, That live by violence, and strong oppression,

boy! Come thither; 'tis for those the gods love, good I am at bay, and like a bull I'll bear me,

Stand, stand, ye rogues, ye squirrels ! [Erila Hengo. Why, then, I care not when I go, for Hengo. Now he pays them; surely

Oh, that I had a man's strength!



Say so,

Before I starve, my sweet-faced gentleman,
Enter JUDAS, &c.

I'll try your favour.
Judas. Here's the boy;

Car. A right complete soldier ! Mine own, I thank my fortune.

Come, chicken, let's go seek some place of strength Hengo. Uncle, uncle !

(The country's full of scouts) to rest a while in; Famine is fallen upon me, uncle.

Thou wilt not else be able to endure Judas. Come, sir,

The journey to my country. Fruits and water Yield willingly, (your uncle's out of hearing) Must be your food a while, boy. I'll tickle your young tail else.

Hengo. Any thing; Hergo. I defy thee,

I can eat moss, nay, I can live on anger, Thou mock-made man of mat? Charge home, To vex these Romans. Let's be wary, uncle. sirrah !

Car. I warrant thee; come cheerfully. Hang thee, base slave, thou shakest..

Hengo. And boldly!

(Ereunt. Judas. Upon my conscience, The boy will beat me! how it looks, how bravely,

How confident the worm is! a scabbed boy
To handle me thus !-Yield, or I cut thy head off.

Enter Penius, Drusius, and REGULUS. Hengo. Thou darest not cut my finger; here 'tis, touch it.

Reg. The soldier shall not grieve you.
Judas. The boy speaks sword and buckler ! Pen. Pray ye forsake me;
Prithee yield, boy;

Look not upon me, as ye


honours ! Come, here's an apple, yield.

I am so cold a coward, my infection
Hengo. Ry Heaven, he fears me!

Will choke your virtues like a damp else.
I'll give you sharper language: When, ye coward, Drus. Dear captain!
When come ye up?

Reg. Most honoured sir!
Judas. If he should beat me-

Pen. Most hated, most abhorred! Hengo. When, sir?

and then ye know me, nay, ye please me. I long to kill thee ! Come, thou canst not escape Oh, my dear credit, my dear credit? me;

Reg. Sure
I've twenty ways to charge thee, twenty deaths His mind is dangerous.
Attend my bloody staff.

Drus. The good gods cure it!
Judas. Sure, 'tis the devil,

Pen. My honour got through fire, through stubA dwarf devil in a doublet!

born breaches, Hengo. I have killed

Through battles, that have been as hard to win A captain, sirrah, a brave captain, and when I've as heaven, done,

Through Death himself, in all his horrid trims, I've kicked him thus. Look here; see how I charge Is gone for ever, ever, ever, gentlemen! This staff!

And now I'm left to scornful tales and laughters, Judas. Most certain this boy will cut my throat To hootings at, pointing with fingers, ' That's he, yet.

« That's the brave gentleman forsook the battle,

· The most wise Penius, the disputing coward! Enter two Soldiers running.

Oh, my good sword, break from my side, and kill 1 Sold. Flee, flee! he kills us.

me; 2 Sold. He comes, he comes !

Cut out the coward from


heart! Judas. The devil take the hindmost!

Reg. You are none.

[E.reunt Judas, &c. Pen. He lies, that says so; by heaven, he lies, Hengo. Run, run, ye rogues, ye precious rogues,

lies basely, ye rank rogues !

Baser than I have done! Come, soldiers, seek me; A comes, a comes, a comes, a comes ! that's he, I have robbed ye of your virtues! Justice seek me; boys!

I have broke my fair obedience! Last, Shame What a brave cry they make!

Take me, and swallow me, make ballads of me, Enter CARATACH, with a head.

Shame, endless shame! and, pray, you forsake Car. How does my chicken? Hengo. 'Faith, uncle, grown a soldier, a great Drus. What shall we do? soldier;

Pen. Good gentlemen, forsake me; For, by the virtue of your charging-staff, You were not wont to be commanded. Friends, And a strange fighting face I put upon it, I've out-braved Hunger.

And do not fear; for, as I am a coward, Car. That's my boy, my sweet boy!

I will not hurt myself, (when that mind takes

me, Here, here's a Roman's head for thee.

I'll call to you, and ask your help) I dare not. Hengo. Good provision !

Throws himself upon the ground.

take me,



pray do it,

Pen. Never.

Pet. Your leave, sir; Pet. Good-morrow, gentlemen! Where's the And I beseech you note me, for I love you, tribune?

And bring along all comfort: Are we gods, Reg. There.

Allied to no infirmities? are our natures Drus. Whence come you, good Petillius? More than men's natures? When we slip a little Pet. From the general.

Out of the way of virtue, are we lost? Drus. With what, for Heaven's sake?

Is there no medicine called sweet mercy? Pet. With good counsel, Drusius,

Pen. None, Petillius; And love, to comfort him.

There is no mercy in mankind can reach me, Drus. Good Regulus,

Nor is it fit it should; I've sinned beyond it. Step to the soldier and allay his anger;

Pet. Forgiveness meets with all faults.
For he is wild as winter. [Ereunt Drus. and Reg. Pen. 'Tis all faults,
Pet. Oh, are you there? have at you SSure All sins I can commit, to be forgiven;
he's dead,

"Tis loss of whole man in me, my discretion,
It cannot be he dare out-live this fortune; To be so stupid, to arrive at pardon!
He must die, 'tis most necessary; men expect it, Pet. Oh, but the general-
And thought of life in him goes beyond coward. Pen. He is a brave gentleman,
Forsake the field so bas ly? Fy upon it! A valiant, and a loving; and, I dare say,
So poorly to betray his worth, so coldly

He would, as far as honour durst direct him, To cut all credit from the soldier? Sure

Make even with any fault; but 'tis not honest, If this man mean to live, (as I should think it Nor in his power : examples, that may nourish Beyond belief) he must retire, where never Neglect and disobedience in whole bodies, The name of Rome, the voice of arms, or honour, And totter the estates and faiths of armies, Was known or heard of yet. He's certain dead, Must not be played withal; nor out of pity Or strongly means it; he's no soldier else, Make a general forget his duty; No Roman in him; all he has done but outside, Nor dare I hope more from himn than is worthy. Fought either drunk or desperate. Now he rises. Pet. What would you do? How does lord Penius?

Pen. Die. Pen. As you see.

Pet. So would sullen children, Pet. I'm glad on't ;

Women that want their wills, slaves disobedient, Continue so still. The lord general,

That fear the law. Die? Fy, great captain! you The valiant general, great Suetonius,

A man to rule men, to have thousand lives Pen. No more of me is spoken; my name is Under your regiment, and let your passion perished.

Betray your reason? I bring you all forgiveness, Pet. He that commanded fortune and the day, The noblest kind commends, your place, your By his own valour and discretion,

honour(When, as some say, Penius refused to come, Pen. Prithee no more; tis foolish. Didst not But I believe them not) sent me to see you.

thou Pen. Ye are welcome; and pray see me, see (By Heaven, thou didst; I overheard thee, there, me well;

There where thou standest now) deliver me for You shall not see me long.

rascal, Pet. I hope so, Penius.

Poor, dead, cold coward, miserable, wretched, The gods defend, sir !

If I outlive this ruin? Pen. See me and understand me: This is he, Pet. I? Left to fill up your triumph; he, that basely Pen. And thou didst it nobly, Whistled his honour off to the wind, that coldly Like a true man, a soldier; and I thank thee, Shrunk in his politic head, when Rome, like I thank thee, good Petillius, thus I thank thee ! reapers,

Pet. Since you are so justly made up, let me Sweat blood and spirit for a glorious harvest, And bound it up, and brought it off; that fool, 'Tis fit you die indeed. That, having gold and copper offered him,

Pen. Oh, how thou lovest me! Refused the wealth, and took the waste; that sol- Pet. For say he had forgiven you, say the peodier,

ple's whispers That being courted by loud Fame and Fortune, Were tame again, the time run out for wonder, Labour in one hand that propounds us gods, What must your own command think, from whose And, in the other, Glory that creates us,

swords Yet durst doubt and be damned !

You have taken off the edges, from whose valours Pet. It was an error.

The due and recompense of arms; nay, made it Pen. A foul one, and a black one.

doubtful Pet. Yet the blackest

Whether they knew obedience! must not these May be washed white again.

kill you?

tell you,

Say they are won to pardon' you, by mere miracle | The great and honoured Penius !
Brought to forgive you, what old valiant soldier, Pen. That again!
What man that loves to fight, and fight for Rome, Oh, how it heightens me! again, Petillius !
Will ever follow you more! Dare you know these Pet. Most excellent commander !-
ventures ?

Pen. Those were mine,
If so, I bring you comfort; dare you take it? Mine, only mine!
Pen. No, no, Petilliús, no.

Pet. They are still.
Pet. If your mind serve you,

Pen. Then, to keep them You may live still; but how? yet pardon me: From ever falling more, have at ye! Heavens, You may out-wear all too; but when ? and cer- Ye everlasting powers, I'm yours : The work is tain


Kills himself. There is a mercy for each fault, if tamely That neither fire, nor age, nor melting envy, A man will take it upon conditions.

Shall'ever conquer. Carry my last words Pen. No, by no means: I am only thinking To the great general: kiss his hands, and say, now, sir,

My soul I give to Heaven, my fault to justice, (For I am resolved to go) of a most base death, which I have done upon myself; my virtue, Fitting the baseness of any fault. I'll hang.

If ever there was any.


Penius, Pet. You shall not; you are a gentleman I Made more, and happier, light on him!—I fainthonour;

And where there is a foe, I wish him fortune. I would else flatter you, and force you live, I die. Lie lightly on my ashes, gentle earth! [Dies. Which is far baser. Hanging? 'tis a dog's death, Pet. And on my sin! Farewell, great Penius! An end for slaves.

The soldier is in fury; now I'm glad [Noise wiPen. The fitter for my baseness.

thin, Pet. Besides, the man, that is hanged, preaches 'Tis done before he comes. This way


me, his end,

The way of toil; for thee, the way of honour ! And sits a sign for all the world to gape at.

[Erit. Pen. That is true ;, I'll take a fitter : poison. Pet. No,

Enter Drusius and REGULUS, with soldiers. 'Tis equal ill; the death of rats and women, Sold. Kill him, kill him, kill him! Lovers, and lazy boys, that fear correction; Drus. What will ye do? Die like a man.

Reg. Good soldiers, honest soldiersPen. Why, my sword, then.

Sold. Kill him, kill him, kill him! Pet. Ay, if your sword be sharp, sir,

Drus. Kill us first; we command too. There is nothing under heaven that's like your Reg. Valiant soldiers, sword;

Consider but whose life ve seck.-Oh, Drusius, Your sword is a death indeed!

Bid him be gone; he dies else.-Shall Rome say, Pen. It shall be sharp, sir.

Ye most approved soldiers, her dear children Pet. Why, Mithridates was an arrant ass Devoured the fathers of the fight? shall rage To die by poison, if all Bosphorus

And stubborn fury guide those swords to slaughCould lend him swords: Your sword must do the ter, deed;

To slaughter of their own, to civil ruin? Tis shaine to die choaked, fame to die and bleed. Drus. Oh, let them in; all's done, all's ended, Pen. Thou hast confirmed me; and, my good Regulus; Petillius,

Penius has found his last eclipse. Come, soldiers, Tell me no more I may live.

Come, and behold your miseries; come bravely, Pet. 'Twas my commission;

Full of your mutinous and bloody angers, But now I see you in a nobler way,

And here bestow your darts. Oh, only Roman! A way to make all even.

Oh, father of the wars ! Pen. Farewell, captain !

Reg. Why stand ye stupid? Be a good man, and fight well; be obedient; Where be your killing furies? whose sword now Command thyself, and then thy men. Why sha- Shall first be sheathed in Penius? Do ye weep? kest thou ?

Howl out, ye wretches ! ye have cause; howl ever! Pet. I do not, sir.

Who shall now lead ye fortunate? whose valour Pen. I would thou hadst, Petillius !

Preserve ye to the glory of your country? I would find something to forsake the world with, Who shall march out before ye, coyed and courted Worthy the man that dies: a kind of earthquake By all the mistresses of war, Care, Counsel, Through all stern valours but mine own, Quick-eyed Experience, and Victory twined to Pet. I feel now

him? A kind of trembling in me.

Who shall beget ye deeds beyond inheritance Pen. Keep it still;

To speak your names, and keep your honours liAs thou lovest virtue, keep it.

ving, Pet. And, brave captain,


When children fail, and Time, that takes all with | To these fierce men, they will afford ye pity.

him, Build houses for ye to oblivion?

Enter PetillIUS, who whispers SUBTONIUS. Drus. Oh, ye poor desperate fools, no more Bond. Pity? Thou fearful girl, 'tis for those now soldiers,

wretches, Go home, and hang your arms up; let rust rot That misery makes tame. Wouldst thou live less? them;

Wast not thou born a princess? Can my blood, And humble your stern valours to soft prayers ! And thy brave father's spirit, suffer in thee For ye have sunk the frame of all your

virtues ; So base a separation from thyself, The sun, that warmed your bloods, is set for ever. As mercy from these tyrants ? Say they had I'll kiss thy honoured cheek. Farewell, great Pe- mercy, nius,

The devil a relenting conscience,
Thou thunderbolt, farewell !—Take up the body: The lives of kings rest in their diadems,
To-morrow, mourning, to the camp convey it, Which to their bodies lively souls do give,
There to receive due ceremonies. That eye And, ceasing to be kings, they cease to live.
That blinds itself with weeping, gets most glory. Shew such another fear, and, by the gods,
[E.reunt with a dead march. I'll fling thee to their fury.

Suet. He is dead then?
Enter SUETONIS, JUNIUS, Decius, DEMETRIUS, Pet. I think so certainly; yet all my means, sir,

Curius, and Soldiers : Bonduca, two Daugh- Even to the hazard of my life
ters, and NENNIUS above. Drum and colours.

Suet. No more :
Suet. Bring up the catapults, and shake the wall; We must not seem to mourn here.
We will not be outbraved thus.
Nen. Shake the earth,

Ye cannot shake our souls. Bring up your rams, Dec. There is a breach made;
And with their armed heads make the fort totter, Is it your will we charge, sir?
Ye do but rock us into death. [Erit Nen.

Suet. Once more, mercy,
Jun. Sce, sir,

Mercy to all that yield !
See the Icenian queen in all her glory,

Bond. I scorn to answer;
From the strong battlements proudly appearing, Speak to him, girl, and hear thy sister.
As if she meant to give us lashes !

1 Daugh. General, Dec. Yield, queen.

Hear me, and mark me well, and look upon me, Bond. I am unacquainted with that language, Directly in my face, my woman's face, Roman.

Whose only beauty is the hate it bears ye; Suet. Yield, honoured lady, and expect our Sce with thy narrowest eyes, thy sliarpest wishes, mercy;

Into my soul, and see what there inhabits; We love thy nobleness.

[Exit Decius. See if one fear, one shadow of a terror, Bond. I thank ye! ye say well;

One paleness dare appear but from my anger, But mercy and love are sins in Rome and hell. To lay hold on your mercies. No, ye fools, Suet. You cannot escape our strength; you Poor Fortune's fools, we were not born for trimust yield, lady:

umphs, You must adore and fear the power of Rome. To follow your gay sports, and fill your slaves

Bond. If Rome be earthly, why should any knee With hoots and acclamations. With bending adoration worship her?

Pet. Brave behaviour ! She's vicious; and, your partial selves confess, 1 Daugh. The children of as great as Rome, Aspires the height of all impiety;

as noble, Therefore 'tis fitter I should reverence

Our names before her, and our deeds her envy, The thatched houses, where the Britons dwell Must we gild o'er your conquest, make your state, In careless mirth; where the blessed household That is not fairly strong, but fortunate? gods

No, no, ye Romans ! We have ways to escape ye, See nought but chaste and simple purity. To make ye poor again, indeed our prisoners, 'Tis not high power that makes a place divine, And stick our triumphs full. Nor that the men from gods derive their line; Pet. 'Sdeath, I shall love her. But sacred thoughts, in holy bosoms stored, 1 Daugh. To torture ye with suffering, like Make people noble, and the place adored.

our slaves; Suet. Beat the wall deeper!

To make ye curse our patience, wish the world Bond. Beat it to the centre,

Were lost again, to win us only, and esteem We will not sink one thought.

The end of all ambitions. Suet, I'll make ye.

Bond. Do ye wonder? Bond. No.

We'll make our monuments in spite of fortune; 2 Daugh. Oh, mother, these are fearful hours; In spite of all your eagles' wings, we'll work spcak gently

A pitch above ye; and from our heart we'll stoop

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