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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.

quote. Enter Galatea, a Lady, and Megra.

Thra. See, the ladies! What's the first?

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Dion. A wise and modest gentlewoman that attends the


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 husband.

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?

La. What if they should!


Meg. Nay, let her alone.-What if they should! Why, if they should, I say they were never abroad: what foreigner would do so? it writes them directly untravelled.

Gal. Why, what if they be?

La. What if they be !

Meg. Good madam, let her go on.-What if they be! Why, if they be, I will justify, they cannot maintain discourse with a judicious lady, nor make a leg nor say 'excuse me.'

Gal. Ha, ha, ha!

Meg. Do you laugh, madam?

Dion. Your desires upon you, ladies!

Meg. Then you must sit beside us.

Dion. I shall sit near you then, lady.


Meg. Near me, perhaps : but there's a lady endures no stranger; and to me you appear a very strange fellow.

La. Methinks he's not so strange; he would quickly be acquainted.

Thra. Peace, the King!

Enter King, Pharamond, Arethusa, and Attendants.

King. To give a stronger testimony of love

Than sickly promises (which commonly

In princes find both birth and burial


In one breath) we have drawn you, worthy sir,
To make your fair endearments to our daughter,
And worthy services known to our subjects,
Now loved and wondered at; next, our intent
To plant you deeply our immediate heir
Both to our blood and kingdoms. For this lady
(The best part of your life, as you confirm me,
And I believe), though her few years and sex
Yet teach her nothing but her fears and blushes,
Desires without desire, discourse and knowledge
Only of what herself is to herself,


Make her feel moderate health; and when she sleeps,

In making no ill day, knows no ill dreams :
Think not, dear sir, these undivided parts,
That must mould up a virgin, are put on
To show her so, as borrowed ornaments,
To speak her perfect love to you, or add
An artificial shadow to her nature-
No, sir;

I boldly dare proclaim her yet no woman.
But woo her still, and think her modesty
A sweeter mistress than the offered language
Of any dame, were she a queen, whose eye

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Speaks common loves and comforts to her servants.
Last, noble son (for so I now must call you),
What I have done thus public, is not only
To add a comfort in particular

To you or me, but all; and to confirm
The nobles and the gentry of these kingdoms
By oath to your succession, which shall be
Within this month at most.


This will be hardly done.

Cle. It must be ill done, if it be done.

Dion. When 'tis at best, 'twill be but half done, whilst So brave a gentleman is wronged and flung off. Thra. I fear.

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Dion. I fear not for myself, and yet I fear too :

Well, we shall see, we shall see. No more.

Pha. Kissing your white hand, mistress, I take leave
To thank your royal father; and thus far
To be my own free trumpet. Understand,


Great King, and these your subjects, mine that
must be

(For so deserving you have spoke me, sir,
And so deserving I dare speak myself),
To what a person, of what eminence,
Ripe expectation, of what faculties,


Manners and virtues, you would wed your king


You in me have your wishes. Oh, this country!
By more than all the gods, I hold it happy;
Happy in their dear memories that have been
Kings great and good; happy in yours that is ;
And from you (as a chronicle to keep

Your noble name from eating age) do I
Opine myself most happy. Gentlemen,
Believe me in a word, a prince's word,

There shall be nothing to make up a kingdom 150
Mighty and flourishing, defenced, feared,
Equal to be commanded and obeyed,

But through the travels of my life I'll find it,
And tie it to this country. By all the gods
My reign shall be so easy to the subject,
That every man shall be his prince himself
And his own law-yet I his prince and law.
And, dearest lady, to your dearest self

(Dear in the choice of him whose name and lustre
Must make you more and mightier) let me say, 160
You are the blessed'st living; for, sweet princess,
You shall enjoy a man of men to be

Your servant; you shall make him yours, for whom
Great queens must die..



Cle. This speech calls him Spaniard, being nothing but a large inventory of his own commendations.

Dion. I wonder what's his price; for certainly
He'll sell himself, he has so praised his shape.
But here

comes one more worthy those large


Enter Philaster.

Than the large speaker of them.


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