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have; but the prince, before his own approach, received so many confident messages from the state,
that I think she's resolved to be ruled. Cle. Sir, it is thought, with her he shall enjoy both these kingdoms of Sicily and Calabria.
19 Dion. Sir, it is without controversy so meant. But 'twill
be a troublesome labour for him to enjoy both these kingdoms with safety, the right heir to one of them living, and living so virtuously; especially, the people admiring the bravery of his mind and
lamenting his injuries. Cle. Who, Philaster? Dion. Yes; whose father, we all know, was by our late
King of Calabria unrighteously deposed from his fruitful Sicily. Myself drew some blood in those wars,
which I would give my hand to be washed from. 30 Cle. Sir, my ignorance in state-policy will not let me
know why, Philaster being heir to one of these kingdoms, the King should suffer him to walk
abroad with such free liberty. Dion. Sir, it seems your nature is more constant than
to inquire after state-news. But the King, of late, made a hazard of both the kingdoms, of Sicily and his own, with offering but to imprison Philaster ; at which the city was in arms, not to be charmed down by any state-order or proclamation, till they saw Philaster ride through the streets pleased and without a guard ; at which they threw their hats and
their arms from them ; some to make bonfires, some to drink, all for his deliverance : which wise men say is the cause the King labours to bring in the power of a foreign nation to awe his own with.
Enter Galatea, a Lady, and Megra. Thra. See, the ladies! What's the first? Dion. A wise and modest gentlewoman that attends the princess.
50 Cle. The second ? Dion. She is one that may stand still discreetly enough,
and ill-favouredly dance her measure ; simper when she is courted by her friend, and slight her hus
band. Cle. The last? Dion. Faith, I think she is one whom the state keeps
for the agents of our confederate princes ; she 'll cog and lie with a whole army, before the league shall break. Her name is common through the kingdom, and the trophies of her dishonour advanced beyond Hercules' Pillars. She loves to try the several constitutions of men's bodies; and, indeed, has destroyed the worth of her own body by making experiment upon it for the good of the
commonwealth. Cle. She's a profitable member. Meg. Peace, if you love me: you shall see these gentlemen stand their ground and not court us.
Gal. What if they should ?
if they should, I say they were never abroad: what
Why, if they be, I will justify, they cannot maintain
no stranger; and to me you appear a very strange
fellow. La. Methinks he's not so strange; he would quickly be acquainted.
91 Thra. Peace, the King !
Enter King, Pharamond, Arethusa, and Attendants.
Than sickly promises (which commonly
In one breath) we have drawn you, worthy sir,
To you or me, but all; and to confirm
Within this month at most.
This will be hardly done.
So brave a gentleman is wronged and flung off.
130 Dion. I fear not for myself, and yet I fear too :
Well, we shall see, we shall see. No more.
To thank your royal father; and thus far
140 Manners and virtues, you would wed your king