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King. But thou hast let Amintor lie with thee. King. Draw not thy sword; thou know'st I canEvad. I have not.
not fear King. Impudence ! he
A subjects hand; but thou shalt feel the weight Evad. He lies.
Of this, if thou dost rage. King. He does not.
Amin. The weight of that! Evad. By this light he does, strangely and If you have any worth, for heaven's sake, think basely!
I fear not swords; for as you are mere man, And I'll prove it so. I did not shun him I dare as easily kill you for this deed, For a night; but told him, I would never close As you dare think to do it. But there is With him.
Divinity about you, that strikes dead King. Speak lower; 'tis false.
My rising passions: As you are my king, Evad. I am no man
I fall before you, and present my sword To answer with a blow; or, if I were,
To cut mine own flesh, if it be your will. You are the king! But urge me not; it is most true. Alas! I am nothing but a multitude
King. Do not I know the uncontrouled thoughts, of walking griefs ! Yet, should I murder you, That youth brings with him, when his blood is high I might before the world take the excuse With expectation, and desire of that
Of madness : For, compare my injuries, He long hath waited for? Is not his spirit, And they will well appear too sad a weight Though he be temperate, of a valiant strain For reason to endure! But, fall I first As this our age hath known? What could he do, Amongst my sorrows, ere my treacherous hand If such a sudden speech had met his blood, Touch holy tlrings ! But why (I know not what But ruin thee for ever? If he had not killed thee, I have to say) why did you chuse out me He could not bear it thus. He is as we, To make thus wretched? There were thousand Or any other wronged man.
fools Evad. It is dissembling.
Easy to work on, and of state enough,
Erad. I would not have a fool;
Thou, that darest talk unto thy husband thus, Amin. What, my love?
Profess thyself a whore, and, more than so, Evad. Amintor, thou hast an ingenuous look, Resolve to be so still- -It is my fate And should'st be virtuous : It amazeth me, To bear and bow beneath a thousand griefs, That thou canst make such base malicious lies! To keep that little credit with the world! Amin. What, my dear wife?
But there were wise ones too; you might have ta’en Evad. Dear wife! I do despise thee.
Another. Why, nothing can be baser than to sow
King. No; for I believed thee honest, Dissention ainongst lovers.
As thou wert valiant. Amin. Lovers! who?
Amin. All the happiness Evad. The king and me,
Bestowed upon me, turns into disgrace. Amin. 0, Heaven !
Gods, take your honesty again, for I Evad. Who should live long, and love without Am loaden with it! Good my lord the king, distaste,
Be private in it.
And be a means, that we may meet in secret. Amin. The faithless sin I made
Amin. A bawd! Hold, hold, my breast! A bitTo fair Aspatia, is not yet revenged; It follows ine. I will not lose a word
Seize me, if I forget not all respects, To this vile woman : But to you, my king, That are religious, on another word The anguish of my soul thrusts out this truth, Sounded like that; and, through a sea of sins, You are a tyrant !
Will wade to my revenge, though I should call And not so much to wrong an honest man thus, Pains here, and after life, upon my soul ! As to take a pride in talking with him of it. King. Well, I am resolute you lie not with her; Evad. Now, sir, see how loud this fellow lied. And so I leave you.
[Erit King. Amin. You, that can know to wrong, should Evad. You must needs be prating; know how men
And see what follows.
Will pull a murder on me.
Evad. I am gone; To show how riobly I have freed myself.
I love my life well.
Amin. I hate mine as much.
Enter AMINTOR. This 'tis to break a troth! I should be glad, It all this tide of grief would make me mad. (Exit. Amin. Men's eyes are not so subtle to perceive Enter MELANTIUS.
My inward misery: I bear my grief,
Hid from the world. How art thou wretched, Mel. I'll know the cause of all Amintor's griefs,
then? Or friendship shall be idle.
For aught I know, all husbands are like me; Enter CALIANAX.
And every one, I talk with of his wife, Cal. O Melantius, my daughter will die. Is but a well dissembler of his woes, Mel. Trust me, I am sorry.
As I am. 'Would I knew it; for the rareness 'Would thou hadst ta'en her room !
Afflicts me now. Cal. Thou art a slave,
Mel. Amintor, we have not enjoyed our friendA cut-throat slave, a bloody treacherous slave! ship of late, for we were wont to change our souls in Bel. Take heed, old man! thou wilt be heard talk. to rave,
Amin. Melantius, I can tell thee a good jest And lose thine offices.
of Strato and a lady the last day. Cal. I am valiant grown,
Mel. How was it? At all these years, and thou art but a slave! Amin. Why, such an odd one! Mel. Leave! Some company will come, and I Mel. I have longed to speak with you; not of an respect
idle jest, that's forced, but of matter you are bound Thy years, not thee, so much, that I could wish to utter to me. To laugh at theç alone.
Amin. What is that, my friend? Cal. I'll spoil your mirth! I mean to fight with Mel. I have observed your words thee.
Fall from your tongue wildly; and all your carriage There lie, my cloak! This was my father's sword, Like one, that strove to shew his merry mood, And he durst fight. Are you prepared ? When he were ill disposed; You were not wont
Mel. Why wilt thou doat thyself out of thy life? To put such scorn into your speech, or wear Hence, get thee to bed! have careful looking to, Upon your face ridiculous jollity. And eat warm things, and trouble not me: Some sadness sits here, which your cunning would My head is full of thoughts, more weighty Cover o'er with smiles, and 'twill not be. Than thy life or death can be.
What is it? Cal. You have a name in war, where you stand Amin. A sadness here! what cause sate
Can fate provide for me, to make me so ? Amongst a multitude; but I will try
Am I not loved through all this isle? The king What you dare do unto a weak old man,
Rains greatness on me.
Have I not received In single fight. You will give ground, I fear. A lady to my bed, that in her eye Come, draw.
Keeps mounting fire, and on her tender cheeks Mel. I will not draw, unless thou pull'st thy Immutable colour, in her heart death
A prison for all virtue? Are not you, Upon thee with a stroke. There's no one blow, Which is above all joys, my constant friend? That thou canst give, hath strength enough to kill What sadness can I have No; I am light,
And feel the courses of my blood more warm Tempt me not so far then : The power of carth And stirring than they were. Faith, marry too; Shall not redeem thee.
And you will feel so unexpressed a jov
In chaste embraces, that you will indeed
Niel. You may shape, Amintor,
Causes to cozen the whole world withal,
To hide your soul from me. 'Tis not your nature Mel. I will not promise to preserve your life,
To be thus idle: I have seen you stand, If you do stay.
As you were blasted, 'midst of all your mirth; Cal. I would give half my land,
Call thrice aloud, and then start, feigning joy That I durst fight with that proud man a little. So coldly !-World, what do I here? a friend If I had men to hold him, I would beat him, Is nothing ! Heaven, I would have told that man Till he asked me mercy.
My secret sins ! I'll search an unknown land, Mel. Sir, will you be gone?
And there plant friendship; all is withered here. Cal. I dare not stay; but I'll go home and beat Come with a compliment! I would have fought, My servants all over for this. [Erit Calianar. Or told my friend" he lied,' ere soothed him so. Mel. This old fellow haunts me!
Out of my bosom! But the distracted carriage of my Amintor
Amin. But there is nothingTakes deeply on me! I will find the cause. Mel. Worse and worse! farewell! I fear his conscience cries, he wronged Aspatia. From this time have acquaintance, but no friend.
Amin. Melantius, stay: You shall know what it is. | Provide not blows, but words, to qualify
Amin. Thou pleasest me; for so much more like You have lost a friend.
this Amin. Forgive what I have done;
Will raise my anger up above my griefs, For I am so o'ergone with injuries
(Which is a passion easier to be borne) Unheard of, that I lose consideration
And I shall then be happy. Of what I ought to do. Oh, oh!
Mel. Take then more Mel. Do not weep.
To raise thine anger : 'Tis mere cowardice What is it? May I once but know the man Makes thee not draw; and I will leave thee dead, Hath turned my friend thus !
However. But, if thou art so much pressed Amin. I had spoke at first,
With guilt and fear, as not to dare to fight, But that
I'll make thy memory loathed, and fix a scandal Mel. But what?
Upon thy name for ever. Amin. I held it most unfit
Amin. Then I draw, For you
to know. Faith, do not know it yet. As justly as our magistrates their swords Mel. Thou seest my love, that will keep company to cut offenders off. I knew before, With thee in tears ; hide nothing then from me; / 'Twould grate your ears; but it was base in you For, when I know the cause of thy distemper, To urge a weighty secret from your friend, With mine old arınour I'll adorn myself,
And then rage at it. I shall be at ease, My resolution, and cut through thy foes, If I be killed ; and, if you fall by me, Unto thy quiet; till I place thy heart
I shall not long outlive you. As peaceable as 'spotless innocence.
Mel. Stay awhile.What is it?
The name of friend is more than family, Amin. Why, 'tis this- It is too big Or all the world besides : I was a fool! To get out- -Let iny tears make way awhile. Thou searching human nature, that didst wake
Mel. Punish me strangely, Heaven, if he escape To do me wrong, thou art inquisitive, Of life or fame, that brought this youth to this! And thrust'st me upon questions, that will take Amin. Your sister
My sleep away ! 'Would I had died, ere known Mel. Well said.
This sad dishonour! Pardon me, my friend! Amin. You will wish it unknown,
If thou wilt strike, here is a faithful heart; have heard it,
Pierce it, for I will never heave my hand Mel. No.
To thine. Behold the power thou hast in me! Amin. Is much to blame,
I do believe my sister is a whore, And to the king has given her honour up, A leprous one! Put up thy sword, young inan. And lives in whoredom with him.
Amin. How should I bear it then, she being so? Mel. How is this?
I fear, my friend, that you will lose me shortly; Thou art run mad with injury, indced;
And I shall do a foul act on myself,
Mei. Better half the land
Thou shalt have ease. Oh, this adulterous king, Mel. Speak yet again, before mine anger grow That drew her to it! Where got he the spirit Up, beyond throwing down: What are thy griefs? | To wrong me so? Amin. By all our friendship, these.
Amin. What is it then to me,
If it be wrong to you?
The credit of our house is thrown away.
But from his iron den I'll waken Death,
Of this proud man, and be too glittering
For nothing is so wild as I, thy friend,
Till I have freed thee. Still this swelling breast! Mel. This is base
I go thus from thee, and will never cease And fearful. They, that use to utter lies, My vengeance, till I find thy heart at peace.
Amin. 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 loth I am to this ; but, love and tears, Mel. Come, take again your mirth about you. Leave me awhile; for I have hazarded
Amin. I shall never do't.
Mel. Be merry then.
[Ereunt. 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. Amin. 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. Amin. I will not hear! but draw, or I
Mel, Betwixt whom? Jel. Amintor!
Diph. Why, our sister and the king; I thought Amin. 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. - Mel. I do. But is not
Diph. Must they? My share of credit equal with thine,
Mel. They must. It'í do stir?
Thou art my brother; and if I did believe Amin. No; for it will be called
Thou hadst a base thought, I would rip it out, Honour in thee to spill thy sister's blood,
Lie where it durst. If she her birth abuse; and, on the king,
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. Be speedy.
Diph. You do wrong us both : Mel. 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 him : 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 inust.
Diph. But I will tell you now, we'll right ourMel. I will be killed first. Though my passions
selves. Offered 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.
Were idle; and to escape impossible,
Without I had the fort, which (misery!) Mel: Why thinks my friend
Remaining in the hands of my old enemy Iwill forget his honour? or, to save
Calianax -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, And suffer with me.
But would have peace with every man. 3Iel. I'll do what worth shall bid me, and no Cal. 'Tis well; more.
If I durst fight, your tongue would lic 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
Writ in his looks; and should I say I will,
Is weighty; give me but an hour to think.
Mlel. Take it. I know this goes unto the king; Cal. I am in hope thou art mad,
But I am armed.
(Exit 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 er 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.
This is saucy :
Enter MELANTIUS, Evadne, and a lady. Mel Tis base; Mel. 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. Mcl. In
Evad. I understand you not.
Mel. You dare not, fool!
I care not,
commend me; I am If they were written here, here in my forehead.
Look you intrude no more! There lies your way,
(Exeunt 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
Do it without enforcement, and take heed
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 mire 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. Ecad. Me?
Evad. Unhand me, and learn manners : Such Mel. Ay, Evadne; thou art young and handsome,
another A lady of a sweet complexion,
life. And such a flowing carriage, that it cannot
Mel. Quench me this mighty humour, and then
Whose whore you are; for you are one, I know it.
Though he lie locked up in thy blood! Be sudden;
There is no facing it, and be not flattered !