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A TRAGI-COMEDY.

The Commendatory Verses by Ilills assign this Play wholly to Fletcher. It was first printed

in the folio of 1617. We do not know of any alteration that has been made to it, nor has it been acted these many years.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

AGENOR, Prince of Argos.

Onos or LAMPRIAS, a very fuolish Traveller. THEANOR, Son of the Queen of Corinth, a vicious Prince.

UNCLE; } to Onos, two foolish Knaves. LEONIDAS, the Corinthiun General, Brother Gentlemen, Servants to Agenor, to Verione.

A Page to Lord Euphanes. EUPHANES, & noble young Gentleman, Fa

Marshal, Vintner, and Drawers. vourite to the Queen. Cratis, elder Brother to Euphanes, a mulicious beuutefeu'.

QUEEN OF CORINTH, a wise and virtuous Coxon, Euphunes's Confidant, and Fellow

Widow. NEANTHES,

[traveller. MERIONE, a virtuous Lady, honourably sca SOSICLES, Courtiers.

licited by Prince Agenor. ERATON,

BELIZA, a noble Lady, Mistress to Euphuncs. SCENE, Corinth.

ACT I.
SCENE I.

That liking, love succeeded that, which was

Followed by a desire to be a friend, Enter Neanthes, Sosicles, and Eraton.

Upon what terms soever, to such yoodness. Eraton. The genera! is return'd then? They had an interview; and, that their friendNeun With much honour.

ship

cluded, Sos. And peace concluded with the prince Might with our peace be ratified, it was conof Aryos?

Agenor, yielding up all such strony places Nean. To the Queen's wishes : The con As he held in our territories, should receive ditions sign'd

(With a sufficient dower paid by the Queen) So far beyond her hopes, to the advantage The fair Merione for his wife. Of Corinth, and the good of all her subjects, Era. But how

[know, That tho' Leonidas, our brave general, Approres the Queen of this ? since we well Ever came home a fair and great example, Nor was her highness ignorant, that her son He never yet return'd or with less loss The prince Theanor made love to this lady, Or more deserved honour.

And in the noblest way. Era. Have you not heard

Nean. Which she allow'd of, The motives to this general good?

And I have heard from some familiar with Neun. The main one

Her nearest secrets, she so deeply priz'd her, Was admiration first in young Agenor Being froin an infant train'd up in ber service, (For by that name we know the prince of (Or, to speak better, rather her own creature) Argos)

She once did say, that if the prince should Of our Leonidas' wisdom and his valour;

steal Which, tho'an eneiny, first in himn bred won A marriage without her leave, or knowledge, der,

With this Merione, with a little suiç

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She should grant both their pardons; whereas Fit to rule others, and, in shaking off now,

The bonds in which your mother fetters you, To shew herself forsooth a Spartan lady, Discharge your debt to Nature : She's your And that 'tis in her power, now it concerns Follow her boldly, sir.

[guide; The common good, not alone to subdue

The. I am confirm'd,
Her own affections, but command ber son's, Fall what may fall.
She has not only torc'd him with rough threats Cra. Yet still disguise your malice
To leave his mistress, butcompellid him,when In your humility.
Agenor made his entrance into Corinth, The. I am instructed.
To wait upon his rival.

Cra. Tho' in your heart there rage a thouSoc. Can it be

sand tempests, The prince should sit down with this wrong? All calmness in your looks. Nean. I know pot;

The. I shall remember. I am sure I should not.

Cra. And at no hand, tho' these are us'd Era. Trust me, nor I :

as agents,

[instant A mother is a name; but, put in balance Acquaint them with your purpose, 'till the With a young wench, 'tis nothing. Where That we einploy thein; 'tis not fit they have did you leave him?

Time to consider: When 'tis done, reward Nean. Near Vesta's temple (for there be Or fear will keep them silent. Yet you may dismiss'd me)

Grace them as you pass by; 'twill make them And full of troubled thoughts, calling for And greedier to deserve you”. surer, Crates:

(purpose, The. I'll move only He went with him, but whither, or to what As you would have me. Good day gentlemen! I am a stranger,

Nay, spare this ceremonious from of duty

To him that brings love to you, equal love, Enter Theanor and Crutes.

And is in nothing happier than in knowing Era. They're come back, Neanthes. It is return'd by you; we are as one. The. I like the place well.

Sos. I am o'erjoyed! I know not
Cra. Well, sirit is built

How to reply; but
As if the architect had been a prophet, Era. Hang all buts !-My lord,
And fashion'd it alone for this night's action; For this your bounteous favour
The vaults so hollow, and the walls so strong, Nean. Let me speak.
As Dian there might suffer violence,

If to feed vultures here, after the halter And with loud shrieks in vain call Jove to Has done his part, or if there be a hell help her;

To take a swinge or two there, may deserve Or should he hear, his thunder could not find Sos. We're ready.

[this An entrance to it.

Era. Try us any way. The. I give up myself

Nean. Put us to it. Wholly to thy direction, worthiest Crates : The. What jewels I have in you! And yet the desp'rate cure that we must prac Cra. Jlave these souls, Is in itself so foul, and full of danger, [tise That for a good look, and a few kind words, That I stand doubtful whether 'twere more Part with their essence? manly

The. Since you will compel me To die not seeking help, or, that help being To put that to the trial which I doubt not, So deadly, to pursue it.

Crates, may be suddenly, will instruct you Cra. To those reasons

How, and in what, to shew your loves: Obey
I have already urg'd, I will add these : As you would bind me to you. [him
For, but consider, sir [They talk apart. Cra. 'Tis well grounded;
Era. It is of weight

[tion Leave me to rear the building.
Whate'er it be, that with such vchement ac Neun. We will do-
Of eye, hand, foot, nay, all his body's motion, Cra. I know it.
Crates incites the price to.

Era. Any thing you'll put us to. [Excunt.
Nean. Then observe,
With what variety of passions he [shakes

SCENE II.
Receives his reasons: Now he's pale, and
For fear or anger; now his natural red

Enter Leonidas, Merione, und Beliza. Comes back again, and with a pleasing smile Leo. Sister, I reap the harvest of my laHe seenis to entertain it. 'Tis resolv'd on,

bours Be it what'twill: To his ends may it

prosper, In your preferment; be you worthy of it, Tho' the state sink fort!

And with an open bosom entertain [for! Cra. Now you are a prince

A greater fortune than my love durst hope 2 To deserve you.] Sympson and Seward chuse to read, serve instead of deserve : We think the latter word genuine, if not preferable. “ To deserve you’ signifies 'to merit your farouri

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Be wise, and welcome it: Play not the coy

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me, and daily, on your knees, And foolish wanton, with the offer'd bounties Conclude I have no judgment. Of him that is a prince. I was woo'd for you, Mer. May it prore so! And won, Merione; then, if you dare Friend, shall we have your company? Believe the object that took me was worthy, Bel. Two hours hence Or trust my judgment, in me think you were

I will not fail you. Courted, sued to, and conquer’d.

Leo. At your pleasure, madam. Mer. Noble brother,

Ereunt Leo, and Mer. I have and still esteem you as a father, And will as far obey you; my heart speaks it:

Enter Euphunes. And yet, without your anger, give me leave

Bel. Could I in one word speak a thouTo say, that in the choice of that on which

sand welcomes,

fhand? All my life's joys or sorrows have dependance, And hearty ones, you have 'em. Fy! my It had been fit, ere you had made a full

We stand at nu such distance: By my life, And absolute grant of me to any other, The parting kiss you took before your travel I should have us'd mie own eyes, or at least Is yet a virgin on my lips, preserv'd Made you to understand, whether it were

With as much care as I would do my fame, Within

my power to make a second gift To entertain your wish'd return. Of ny poor self.

Euph. Best lady,

[reason Leo. I know what 'tis you point at,

That I do honour you, and with as much The prince Theanor's love; let not that cheat As ever man did Virtne ; that I love you, you;

(service Yet look upon you, with that reverence His vows were but mere courtship; all his As holy men behold the

stars, But practice how to entrap a credulous lady. The temples, and their gods, they all can Or, grant it serious, yet you must remember,

witness;

(me, He's not to love, but where the Queen his And that you have deseri'd this duty from mother

fup; The lite, and means of life, for which I owe Must give allowance, which to you is barr'd you,

stune And therefore study to torget that ever

Commands me to profess it, since my forYou cherish'd such a bope.

Affords no orber payment. Mer. I would I could!

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Bel. I had thought, Leo. But brave Agenor, who is come in That for the trifling courtesies, as I call them, To celebrate this marriage, for your love

(Tho' you give them another name) you had Forgives the forfeit of ten thousand lives, Made anuple satisfaction in th' acceptance; That must have tallen under the sword of war And therefore did presume you liad brought Had not this peace been made; which genc

Some other language.

[home ral good

Euph. No one I have learn'd Both countries owe to his affection to you.

Yields words sufficient to express your goodOh, happy sister, ask this noble lady, Nor can I ever chuse another theme, [ness; Your bosoin friend (since I fail in my credit) And not be thought unthankful. What palm Ayenor's name, above all princes Bel. 'Pray you no more, That Greece is proud of, carries, and with As you respect ine. lustre.

(cellent;

' uph. That charn is too powerful Bel. Indeed, fame gives him out for ex For me to disobey it. 'Tis your pleasure, And, friend, I doubt uot but when

you

shall And not my boiduess, madam. see him,

Bel. Good Euphanes,

Believe I am not ove of those weak ladies, Enter a Servant, who whispers Beliza 3. That (barren of all inward worth) are proud He'll so appear to you.--Art sure 'tis he? Of what they cannot truly call their own, Ser. As I live, madam

Their birtb or fortune, which are things withBel. Virtue evable me to contain my joy! out them : 'Tis my Euphanes ?

Nor in this will I imitate the world, Ser. Yes.

W bose greater part of men think when they Bel. And he's in health?

give

[triennis: Ser. Most certainly, madam.

They purchase bondmen, not make worthy Bel. I'll see him instantly.

By all that's good I swear, I never thought So, 'prithee, tell him. [Erit Sercant. My great estate was an addition to me, Mer. I yield myself too weak

Or that your wants took from you.
In argument to oppose you; you may lead me Euph. There are few
Whither you please.

So truly understanding or themselves or what Leo. 'T'is answer'd like my sister;

They do possess. And if in hin you find not ample cause Bel. Good Euphanes, where benefits

3 Enter a Servant.] Without the addition I have made to this direction, every render perhaps would not take the abrupt question, ' Art sure 'tis he?' in a proper light. Sympson.

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Are ill conferr'd, as on unworthy men", Which I will do this evening, you shall find That turu them to bad uses, the bestower,

That she intends good to you. For wanting judgment how and on whomu to Euph. Worthiest lasty, place them,

Since all you labour for is the advancement
Is partly guilty: But when we do favours Of him that will live ever your poor servant,
Toʻsuch as make them grounds on which they He must not contradict it.
build

[fortunes Bel. Here's your brother;
Their noble actions, there we improve our 'Tis strange to see hiin here.
To the most fair advantage. If I speak
Too much, tho' I confess I speak not wells,

Enter Crates.
'Prithee remember 'tis a woman's weakness, Cru. You're welcome home, sir!
And then thou wilt forgive it.

(Your pardon, madam,) I had thought my Euph. You speak nothing

house,

(worthy But what would well become the wisest man: Considering who I am, miglit have been And that by you deliver'd is so pleasing Of your first visit. That I could hear you ever.

Euph. 'Twas not open to me Bel. Fly not from

When last I saw you; and to me 'tis wonder Your word, for I arrest it; and will now That absence, which still renders men forExpress myself a little more, and prove

gotten, That whereas you profess yourself my debtor, Should make my presence wish'd for. That I am yours.

Bel. That's not it; Euph. Your la:lyship then must use Your tvo-kind brother, understanding that Some sophistry I never beard of.

You stand in no need of him, is bold to offer Bel. By plain reasons;

llis entertaininent. For, look you, had you never sunk beneath Cra. He bad never wanted Your wants, or if those wants had found Or yours, or your assistance, had he practis'd supply

[ther,

The

way he might have took, to have coinFrom Crates, your unkind and covetous bro Whatever I call mine.

(manded Or any other man, I then had miss'd

Euph. I studied many, A subject upon which I worthily

But could find none. Might exercise my bounty: Whereas now, Cru. You would not find yourself, sir, By having happy opportunity

Or in yourself, what was due to me from you; To furnish you before, and in your travels, The privilege my birth bestow'd upon me With all conveniencies that you thought use Might challenge some regard. ful,

(coffers, Euph. You had all the land, sir; That gold which would have rusted in my What else did you expect? And I am certain Being thus employ'd, has render’d me a part You kept such strony guards to preserve it

I could force nothing from you.

(yours, In all your glorious actions. And whereas,

Cru. Did you ever
Had you not been, I should have died a thing Demand help from me?
Scarce known, or soon forgotten; there's no Euph. My wants have, and often,
trophy

With open mouths, but you nor heard nor
In which Luphanes for his worth is meution'd, saw them.
But there you have been careful to remember, May-be, you look'd I should petition to you,
That all the good you did came froin Bcliza. As you went to your horse; tlatter your ser-
Euph. That was but thavkfulness.

vants, Bei. 'Twas such an honour,

To play the brokers for my furtherance; And such a large return for the poor

trash Sooth your worst humours, act the parasite I ventur'd with you, that, if I should part On all occasions; write my name with their's With all that I possess, and myself too, That are but one degree remov'd from slaves; In satisfaction for it, 'twere still short Be drunk when you would have me, then Of your deservings.

wench with you, Euph. You o'er-prize them, madam. Or play the paudar; enter into quarrels, Bei. The Queen herself hath given me gra Althounjustly grounded, and defend them, cioas thanks

ques, 'Cause they were yours: These are the tyIn your behalf; for she hath hear l, Eupha rannies, How gallantly you have inaintain'd her ho Most younger brothers groan beneath; yet

bear them In all the courts of Greece: And rest assurd From the insulting heir, selling their freedoms (Tho' yet unknown) when I present you to

At a less rate than what the state allows
The salary of base and common strumpets:

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4 As to unworthy men.) Amended by Sympson. 5 I speak well.] The insertion of the word not is recommended by Sympson. The answer of Euphanes, and all that follows, proves it to be the original reading.

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