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The Two Noble Kinsmen (Q1, 1634)


New Playes, and Maydenheads, are neare a kin,

Much follow’d both, for both much mony g’yn,

If they ſtand ſound, and well: And a good Play

(Whoſe modeſt Sceanes bluſh on his marriage day,

And ſhake to looſe his honour) is like hir

That after holy Tye, and firſt nights ſtir

Yet ſtill is Modeſtie, and ſtill retaines

More of the maid to ſight, than Husbands paines;

We pray our Play may be ſo; For I am ſure

It has a noble Breeder, and a pure,

A learned, and a Poet never went

More famous yet twixt Po and ſilver Trent.

Chaucer (of all admir’d) the Story gives,

There conſtant to Eternity it lives;

If we let fall the Nobleneſſe of this,

And the firſt ſound this child heare, be a hiſſe,

How will it ſhake the bones of that good man,

And make him cry from under ground, O fan

From me the witles chaffe of ſuch a wrighter (lighter

That blaſtes my Bayes, and my fam’d workes makes

Then Robin Hood? This is the feare we bring;

For to ſay Truth, it were an endleſſe thing,

And too ambitious to aſpire to him;

Weake as we are, and almoſt breathleſſe ſwim

In this deepe water. Do but you hold out

Your helping hands, and we ſhall take about,

And ſomething doe to ſave us: You ſhall heare

Sceanes though below his Art, may yet appeare

Worth two houres travell. To his bones ſweet ſleepe;

Content to you. If this play doe not keepe,

A little dull time from us, we perceave

Our loſſes fall ſo thicke, we muſt needs leave.


Aƈtus Primus.

Aƈtus Primus.

Enter Hymen with a Torch burning: a Boy, in a white Robe before ſinging, and ſtrewing Flowres: After Hymen, a Nimph, encompaſt in her Treſſes, bearing a wheaten Garland. Then Theſeus betweene two other Nimphs with wheaten Chaplets on their heades. Then Hipolita the Bride, lead by Theſeus, and another holding a Garland over her head (her Treſſes likewiſe hanging.) After her Emilia holding up her Traine.

The Song,


Roſes their ſharpe ſpines being gon,

Not royall in their ſmels alone,

But in their hew.

Maiden Pinckes, of odour faint,

Dazies ſmel-leſſe, yet moſt quaint

And ſweet Time true.

Prim-roſe firſt borne, child of Ver,

Merry Spring times Herbinger,

With her bels dimme.

Oxlips, in their Cradles growing,

Mary-golds, on death beds blowing,

Larkeſ-heeles trymme.

All deere natures children: ſweete-

Ly fore Bride and Bridegroomes feete

Strew Flowers.

Bleſſing their ſence.

Not an angle of the aire,

Bird melodious, or bird faire,

Is abſent hence.

The Crow, the ſlaundrous Cuckoe, nor

The boding Raven, nor Clough hee

Nor chattring Pie,

May on our Bridehouſe pearch or ſing,

Or with them any diſcord bring

But from it fly.

Enter 3. Queenes in Blacke, with vailes ſtaind, with imperiall Crownes. The 1. Queene fals downe at the foote of Hypolita. The 3. before Emilia.

1. Qu.

For pitties ſake and true gentilities,

Heare, and reſpeƈt me.

2. Qu.

For your Mothers ſake,

And as you wiſh your womb may thrive with faire ones,

Heare and respeƈt me.

3. Qu.

Now for the love of him whom Iove hath marked

The honour of your Bed, and for the ſake

Of cleere virginity, be Advocate

For us, and our diſtreſſes: This good deede

Shall raze you out o’th Booke of Treſpaſſes

All you are set downe there.


Sad Lady riſe.


Stand up.


No knees to me.

What woman I may ſteed that is diſtreſt,

Does bind me to her.


What’s your requeſt? Deliver you for all.

1. Qu.

We are 3. Queenes, whoſe Soveraignes fel before

The wrath of cruell Creon; who endured

The Beakes of Ravens, Tallents of the Kights,

And pecks of Crowes, in the fowle feilds of Thebs,

He will not ſuffer us to burne their bones,

To urne their aſhes, nor to take th’ offence

Of mortall loathſomenes from the bleſt eye

Of holy Phæbus, but infeƈts the windes

With ſtench of our ſlaine Lords. O pitty Duke,

Thou purger of the earth, draw thy feard Sword

That does good turnes to’th world; give us the Bones

Of our dead Kings, that we may Chappell them;

And of thy boundles goodnes take ſome note

That for our crowned heades we have no roofe,

Save this which is the Lyons, and the Beares,

And vault to every thing.


Pray you kneele not,

I was tranſported with your Speech, and ſuffer’d

Your knees to wrong themſelves; I have heard the fortunes

Of your dead Lords, which gives me ſuch lamenting

As wakes my vengeance, and revenge for ‘em.

King Capaneus, was your Lord the day

That he ſhould marry you, at ſuch a ſeaſon,

As now it is with me, I met your Groome,

By Marsis Altar, you were that time faire;

Not Iunos Mantle fairer then your Treſſes,

Nor in more bounty ſpread her. Your wheaten wreathe

Was then nor threaſhd, nor blaſted; Fortune at you

Dimpled her Cheeke with ſmiles: Hercules our kineſman

(Then weaker than your eies) laide by his Club

He tumbled downe upon his Nenuan hide

And ſwore his ſinews thawd: O greife, and time,

Fearefull conſumers, you will all devoure.

1, Qu.

O I hope ſome God,

Some God hath put his mercy in your manhood

Whereto heel infuſe powre, and preſſe you forth

Our undertaker.


O no knees, none Widdow,

Vnto the Helmeted-Belona uſe them,

And pray for me your Souldier.

Troubled I am.

turnes away.

2. Qu.

Honoured Hypolita

Moſt dreaded Amazonian, that ha’ſt ſlaine

The Sith-tuskd-Bore; that with thy Arme as ſtrong

As it is white, waſt neere to make the male

To thy Sex captive; but that this thy Lord

Borne to uphold Creation, in that honour

Firſt nature ſtilde it in, ſhrunke thee into

The bownd thou waſt ore-flowing; at once ſubduing

Thy force, and thy affeƈtion: Soldireſſe

That equally canſt poize ſternenes with pitty,

Whom now I know haſt much more power on him

Then ever he had on thee, who ow’ſt his ſtrength,

And his, Love too: who is a Servant for

The Tenour of the Speech. Deere Glaſſe of Ladies

Bid him that we whom flaming war doth ſcortch,

Vnder the ſhaddow of his Sword, may coole us:

Require him he advance it ore our heades;

Speak’t in a womans key: like ſuch a woman

As any of us three; weepe ere you faile; lend us a knee;

But touch the ground for us no longer time

Then a Doves motion, when the head’s pluckt off:

Tell him if he i’th blood cizd field, lay ſwolne

Showing the Sun his Teeth; grinning at the Moone

What you would doe.


Poore Lady, ſay no more:

I had as leife trace this good aƈtion with you

As that whereto I am going, and never yet

Went I ſo willing, way. My Lord is taken

Hart deepe with your diſtreſſe: Let him conſider:

Ile ſpeake anon.

3. Qu.

O my petition was

kneele to Emilia.

Set downe in yce, which by hot greefe uncandied

Melts into drops, ſo ſorrow wanting forme

Is preſt with deeper matter.


Pray ſtand up,

Your greefe is written in your cheeke.

3. Qu.

O woe,

You cannot reade it there; there through my teares,

Like wrinckled peobles in a glaſſe ſtreame

You may behold ‘em (Lady, Lady, alacke)

He that will all the Treaſure know o’th earth

Muſt know the Center too; he that will fiſh

For my leaſt minnow, let him lead his line

To catch one at my heart. O pardon me,

Extremity that ſharpens ſundry wits

Makes me a Foole.


Pray you ſay nothing, pray you,

Who cannot feele, nor ſee the raine being in’t,

Knowes neither wet, nor dry, if that you were

The ground-peece of ſome Painter, I would buy you

T’ instruƈt me gainſt a Capitall greefe indeed

Such heart peirc’d demonſtration; but alas

Being a naturall Siſter of our Sex

Your ſorrow beates ſo ardently upon me,

That it ſhall make a counter refleƈt gainſt

My Brothers heart, and warme it to ſome pitty

Though it were made of ſtone: pray have good comfort.


Forward to’th Temple, leave not out a Iot

O’th ſacred Ceremony.

1. Qu.

O This Celebration

Will long laſt, and be more coſtly then,

Your Suppliants war: Remember that your Fame

Knowles in the eare, o’th world: what you doe quickly,

Is not done raſhly; your firſt thought is more.

Then others laboured meditance: your premeditating

More then their aƈtions: But oh Iove, your aƈtions

Soone as they mooves as Aſprayes doe the fiſh,

Subdue before they touch, thinke, deere Duke thinke

What beds our ſlaine Kings have.

2. Qu.

What greifes our beds

That our deere Lords have none.

3. Qu.

None fit for’th dead:

Thoſe that with Cordes, Knives, drams precipitance,

Weary of this worlds light, have to themſelves

Beene deathes moſt horrid Agents, humaine grace

Affords them duſt and ſhaddow.

1. Qu.

But our Lords

Ly bliſtring fore the viſitating Sunne,

And were good Kings, when living.


It is true, and I will give you comfort,

To give your dead Lords graves:

The which to doe, muſt make ſome worke with Creon;

1. Qu.

And that worke preſents it ſelfe to’th doing:

Now twill take forme, the heates are gone to morrow.

Then, booteles toyle muſt recompence it ſelfe,

With it’s owne ſweat; Now he’s ſecure,

Not dreames, we ſtand before your puiſſance

Wrinching our holy begging in our eyes

To make petition cleere.

2. Qu.

Now you may take him,

Drunke with his viƈtory.

3. Qu.

And his Army full

Of Bread, and ſloth.


Arteſuis that beſt knoweſt

How to draw out fit to this enterpriſe,

The prim’ſt for this proceeding, and the number

To carry ſuch a buſineſſe, forth and levy

Our worthieſt Inſtruments, whilſt we deſpatch

This grand aƈt of our life, this daring deede

Of Fate in wedlocke.

1. Qu.

Dowagers, take hands

Let us be Widdowes to our woes, delay

Commends us to a famiſhing hope.



2. Qu.

We come unſeaſonably: But when could greefe

Cull forth as unpanged judgement can, fit’ſt time

For beſt ſolicitation.


Why good Ladies,

This is a ſervice, whereto I am going,

Greater then any was; it more imports me

Then all the aƈtions that I have foregone,

Or futurely can cope.

1. Qu.

The more proclaiming

Our ſuit ſhall be negleƈted, when her Armes

Able to locke Iove from a Synod, ſhall

By warranting Moone-light corſlet thee, oh when

Her twyning Cherries ſhall their ſweetnes fall

Vpon thy taſtefull lips, what wilt thou thinke

Of rotten Kings or blubberd Queenes, what care

For what thou feelſt not? what thou feelſt being able

To make Mars ſpurne his Drom. O if thou couch

But one night with her, every howre in’t will

Take hoſtage of thee for a hundred, and

Thou ſhalt remember nothing more, then what

That Banket bids thee too.


Though much unlike

You ſhould be ſo tranſported, as much ſorry

I ſhould be ſuch a Suitour; yet I thinke

Did I not by th’ abſtayning of my joy

Which breeds a deeper longing, cure their ſurfeit

That craves a preſent medcine, I ſhould plucke

All Ladies ſcandall on me. Therefore Sir

As I ſhall here make tryall of my prayres,

Either preſuming them to have ſome force,

Or ſentencing for ay their vigour dombe,

Prorogue this buſines, we are going about, and hang

Your Sheild afore your Heart, about that necke

Which is my Fee, and which I freely lend

To doe theſe poore Queenes ſervice.

All Queens.

Oh helpe now

Our Cauſe cries for your knee.


If you grant not

My Siſter her petition in that force,

With that Celerity, and nature which

Shee makes it in: from henceforth ile not dare

To aske you any thing, nor be ſo hardy

Ever to take a Husband.


Pray ſtand up.

I am entreating of my ſelfe to doe

That which you kneele to have me; Pyrithous

Leade on the Bride; get you and pray the Gods

For ſucceſſe, and returne, omit not any thing

In the pretended Celebration: Queenes

Follow your Soldier (as before) hence you

And at the banckes of Anly meete us with

The forces you can raiſe, where we ſhall finde

The moytie of a number, for a buſines,

More bigger look’t; since that our Theame is haſte

I ſtamp this kiſſe upon thy currant lippe,

Sweete keepe it as my Token; Set you forward

For I will ſee you gone.

Exeunt towards the Temple.

Farewell my beauteous Siſter: Pyrithous

Keepe the feaſt full, bate not an howre on’t.



Ile follow you at heeles; The Feaſts ſolempnity

Shall want till your returne.


Coſen I charge you

Boudge not from Athens; We ſhall be returning

Ere you can end this Feaſt; of which I pray you

Make no abatement; once more farewell all.

1. Qu.

Thus do’ſt thou ſtill make good the tongue o’th world.

2. Qu.

And earnſt a Deity equal with Mars,

3. Qu.

If not above him, for

Thou being but mortall makeſt affeƈtions bend

To Godlike honours; they themſelves ſome ſay

Grone under ſuch a Maſtry.


As we are men

Thus ſhould we doe, being ſenſually ſubdude

We looſe our humane tytle; good cheere Ladies.


Now turne we towards your Comforts.


Scæna 2.

Enter Palamon, and Arcite.


Deere Palamon, deerer in love then Blood

And our prime Coſen, yet unhardned in

The Crimes of nature; Let us leave the Citty

Thebs, and the temptings in’t, before we further

Sully our gloſſe of youth,

And here to keepe in abſtinence we ſhame

As in Incontinence; for not to ſwim

I’th aide o’th Current, were almoſt to ſincke,

At leaſt to fruſtrate ſtriving, and to follow

The common Streame, twold bring us to an Edy

Where we ſhould turne or drowne; if labour through,

Our gaine but life, and weakenes.


Your advice

Is cride up with example; what ſtrange ruins

Since firſt we went to Schoole, may we perceive

Walking in Thebs? Skars, and bare weedes

The gaine o’th Martialiſt, who did propound

To his bold ends, honour, and golden Ingots,

Which though he won, he had not, and now flurted

By peace for whom he fought, who then ſhall offer

To Marſis ſo ſcornd Altar? I doe bleede

When ſuch I meete, and wiſh great Iuno would

Reſume her ancient fit of Ielouzie

To get the Soldier worke, that peace might purge

For her repletion, and retaine anew

Her charitable heart now hard, and harſher

Then ſtrife, or war could be.


Are you not out?

Meete you no ruine, but the Soldier in

The Cranckes, and turnes of Thebs? you did begin

As if you met decaies of many kindes:

Perceive you none, that doe arowſe your pitty

But th’ un-conſiderd Soldier?


Yes, I pitty

Decaies where ere I finde them, but ſuch moſt

That ſweating in an honourable Toyle

Are paide with yce to coole ‘em.


Tis not this

I did begin to ſpeake of: This is vertue

Of no reſpeƈt in Thebs, I ſpake of Thebs

How dangerous if we wil keepe our Honours,

It is for our reſyding, where every evill

Hath a good cullor; where eve’ry ſeeming good’s

A certaine evill, where not to be ev’n Iumpe

As they are, here were to be ſtrangers, and

Such things to be meere Monſters.


Tis in our power,

(Vnleſſe we feare that Apes can Tutor’s) to

Be Maſters of our manners: what neede I

Affeƈt anothers gate, which is not catching

Where there is faith, or to be fond upon

Anothers way of ſpeech, when by mine owne

I may be reaſonably conceiv’d; ſav’d too,

Speaking it truly; why am I bound

By any generous bond to follow him

Followes his Taylor, haply ſo long untill

The follow’d, make purſuit? or let me know,

Why mine owne Barber is unbleſt, with him

My poore Chinne too, for tis not Cizard iuſt

To ſuch a Favorites glaſſe: What Cannon is there

That does command my Rapier from my hip

To dangle’t in my hand, or to go tip toe

Before the ſtreete be foule? Either I am

The fore-horſe in the Teame, or I am none

That draw i’th ſequent trace: theſe poore ſleight ſores,

Neede not a plantin; That which rips my boſome

Almoſt to’th heart’s,


Our Vncle Creon.



A moſt unbounded Tyrant, whoſe ſucceſſes

Makes heaven unfeard, and villany aſſured

Beyond its power: there’s nothing, almoſt puts

Faith in a feavour, and deifies alone

Voluble chance, who onely attributes

The faculties of other Inſtruments

To his owne Nerves and aƈt; Commands men ſervice,

And what they winne in’t, boot and glory on;

That feares not to do harm; good, dares not; Let

The blood of mine that’s ſibbe to him, be ſuckt

From me with Leeches, Let them breake and fall

Off me with that corruption.


Cleere ſpirited Cozen

Lets leave his Court, that we may nothing ſhare,

Of his lowd infamy: for our milke,

Will reliſh of the paſture, and we muſt

Be vile, or diſobedient, not his kineſmen

In blood, unleſſe in quality.


Nothing truer:

I thinke the Ecchoes of his ſhames have dea’ſt

The eares of heav’nly Iuſtice: widdows cryes

Deſcend againe into their throates, and have not:

Enter Valerius.

Due audience of the Gods: Valerius


The King cals for you; yet be leaden footed

Till his great rage be off him. Phebus when

He broke his whipſtocke and exclaimd againſt

The Horſes of the Sun, but whiſperd too

The lowdeneſſe of his Fury.


Small windes ſhake him,

But whats the matter?


Theſeus (who where he threates appals,) hath ſent

Deadly defyance to him, and pronounces

Ruine to Thebs, who is at hand to ſeale

The promiſe of his wrath.


Let him approach;

But that we feare the Gods in him, he brings not

A jot of terrour to us; Yet what man

Thirds his owne worth (the caſe is each of ours)

When that his aƈtions dregd, with minde aſſurd

Tis bad he goes about.


Leave that unreaſond.

Our ſervices ſtand now for Thebs, not Creon,

Yet to be neutrall to him, were diſhonour;

Rebellious to oppoſe: therefore we muſt

With him ſtand to the mercy of our Fate,

Who hath bounded our laſt minute.


So we muſt;

Iſt ſed this warres afoote? or it ſhall be

On faile of ſome condition.


Tis in motion

The intelligence of ſtate came in the inſtant

With the defier.


Lets to the king, who, were he

A quarter carrier of that honour, which

His Enemy come in, the blood we venture

Should be as for our health, which were not ſpent,

Rather laide out for purchaſe: but alas

Our hands advanc’d before our hearts, what will

The fall o’th ſtroke doe damage?


Let th’ event,

That never erring Arbitratour, tell us

When we know all our ſelves, and let us follow

The becking of our chance.


Scæna 3.

Enter Pirithous, Hipolita, Emilia.


No further.


Sir farewell; repeat my wiſhes

To our great Lord, of whoſe ſucces I dare not

Make any timerous queſtion, yet I wiſh him

Exces, and overflow of power, and’t might be

To dure ill-dealing fortune; ſpeede to him,

Store never hurtes good Gouernours.


Though I know

His Ocean needes not my poore drops, yet they

Muſt yeild their tribute there: My precious Maide,

Thoſe beſt affeƈtions, that the heavens infuſe

In their beſt temperd peices, keepe enthroand

In your deare heart.


Thanckes Sir; Remember me

To our all royall Brother, for whoſe ſpeede

The great Bellona ile ſollicite; and

Since in our terrene State petitions are not

Without giftes underſtood: Ile offer to her

What I ſhall be adviſed ſhe likes, our hearts

Are in his Army in his Tent.


In’s boſome:

We have bin Soldiers, and wee cannot weepe

When our Friends don their helmes, or put to ſea,

Or tell of Babes broachd on the Launce, or women

That have ſod their Infants in (and after eate them)

The brine, they wept at killing ‘em; Then if

You ſtay to ſee of us ſuch Spincſters, we

Should hold you here for ever.


Peace be to you

As I purſue this war, which ſhall be then

Beyond further requiring.

Exit Pir.


How his longing

Followes his Friend; ſince his depart, his ſportes

Though craving ſeriouſnes, and skill, paſt ſlightly

His careles execution, where nor gaine

Made him regard, or loſſe conſider, but

Playing ore buſines in his hand, another

Direƈting in his head, his minde, nurſe equall

To theſe ſo diffring Twyns; have you obſerv’d him,

Since our great Lord departed?


With much labour:

And I did love him fort, they two have Cabind

In many as dangerous, as poore a Corner,

Perill and want contending, they have skift

Torrents whoſe roring tyranny and power

I’th leaſt of theſe was dreadfull, and they have

Fought out together, where Deaths-ſelfe was lodgd,

Yet fate hath brought them off: Their knot of love

Tide, weau’d, intangled, with ſo true, ſo long,

And with a finger of ſo deepe a cunning

May be outworne, never undone. I thinke

Theſeus cannot be umpire to himſelfe

Cleaving his conſcience into twaine, and doing

Each ſide like Iuſtice, which he loves beſt.



There is a beſt, and reaſon has no manners

To ſay it is not you: I was acquainted

Once with a time, when I enjoyd a Play-fellow;

You were at wars, when ſhe the grave enrichd,

Who made too proud the Bed, tooke leave o’th Moone

(which then lookt pale at parting) when our count

Was each a eleven.


Twas Flauia.



You talke of Pirithous and Theſeus love;

Theirs has more ground, is more maturely ſeaſond,

More buckled with ſtrong Iudgement, and their needes

2. Hearſes ready with Palamon: and Arcite: the 3. Queenes. Theſeus and his Lordes ready.

The one of th’ other may be ſaid to water

Their intertangled rootes of love, but I

And ſhee (I ſigh and ſpoke of) were things innocent,

Lou’d for we did, and like the Elements

That know not what, nor why, yet doe effeƈt

Rare iſſues by their operance; our ſoules

Did ſo to one another; what ſhe lik’d,

Was then of me approov’d, what not condemd

No more arraignement, the flowre that I would plucke

And put betweene my breaſts, oh (then but beginning

To ſwell about the bloſſome) ſhe would long

Till ſhee had ſuch another, and commit it

To the like innocent Cradle, where Phenix like

They dide in perfume: on my head no toy

But was her patterne, her affeƈtions (pretty

Though happely, her careles, were, I followed

For my moſt ſerious decking, had mine eare

Stolne ſome new aire, or at adventure humd on

From miſicall Coynadge; why it was a note

Whereon her ſpirits would ſojourne (rather dwell on)

And ſing it in her ſlumbers; This rehearſall

(Which fury-innocent wots well) comes in

Like old importments baſtard, has this end,

That the true love tweene Mayde, and mayde, may be

More then in ſex individuall.


Y’ are out of breath

And this high ſpeeded-pace, is but to ſay

That you ſhall never (like the Maide Flavina)

Love any that’s calld Man.


I am ſure I ſhall not.


Now alacke weake Siſter,

I muſt no more beleeve thee in this point

(Though, in’t I know thou doſt beleeve thy ſelfe,)

Then I will truſt a ſickely appetite,

That loathes even as it longs, but ſure my Siſter

If I were ripe for your perſwaſion, you

Have ſaide enough to ſhake me from the Arme

Of the all noble Theſeus, for whoſe fortunes,

I will now in, and kneele with great aſſurance,

That we, more then his Pirothous, poſſeſſe

The high throne in his heart.


I am not againſt your faith,

Yet I continew mine.



Scæna 4.

A Battaile ſtrooke within: Then a Retrait: Floriſh. Then Enter Theſeus (viƈtor) the three Queenes meete him, and fall on their faces before him.

1. Qu.

To thee no ſtarre be darke.

2. Qu.

Both heaven and earth

Friend thee for ever.

3. Qu.

All the good that may

Be wiſhd upon thy head, I cry Amen too’t.


Th’ imparciall Gods, who from the mounted heavens,

View us their mortall Heard, behold who erre,

And in their time chaſtice: goe and finde out

The bones of your dead Lords, and honour them

With treble Ceremonie, rather then a gap

Should be in their deere rights, we would ſuppl’it.

But thoſe we will depute, which ſhall inveſt

You in your dignities, and even each thing

Our haſt does leave imperfeƈt; So adiew

And heavens good eyes looke on you. What are thoſe?

Exeunt Queenes.


Men of great quality, as may be judgd

By their appointment; Some of Thebs have told’s

They are Siſters children, Nephewes to the King.


By’th Helme of Mars, I ſaw them in the war,

Like to a paire of Lions, ſmeard with prey,

Make lanes in troopes agaſt. I fixt my note

Conſtantly on them; for they were a marke

Worth a god’s view: what priſoner was’t that told me

When I enquired their names?


We leave, they’r called

Arcite and Palamon,


Tis right, thoſe, thoſe

They are not dead?


Nor in a ſtate of life, had they bin taken

3. Hearſes ready.

When their laſt hurts were given, twas poſſible

They might have bin recovered; Yet they breathe

And haue the name of men.


Then like men uſe ‘em

The very lees of ſuch (millions of rates)

Exceede the wine of others, all our Surgions

Convent in their behoofe, our richeſt balmes

Rather then niggard waſt, their lives concerne us,

Much more then Thebs is worth, rather then have ‘em

Freed of this plight, and in their morning ſtate

(Sound and at liberty) I would ’em dead,

But forty thouſand fold, we had rather have ‘em

Priſoners to us, then death; Beare ’em ſpeedily

From our kinde aire, to them unkinde, and miniſter

What man to man may doe for our ſake more,

Since I have knowne frights, fury, friends, beheaſtes,

Loves, provocations, zeale, a miſtris Taske,

Deſire of liberty, a feavour, madnes,

Hath ſet a marke which nature could not reach too

Without ſome impoſition, ſicknes in will

Or wraſtling ſtrength in reaſon, for our Love

And great Appollos mercy, all our beſt,

Their beſt skill tender. Leade into the Citty,

Where having bound things ſcatterd, we will poſt

To Athens for our Army.




Scæna 5.

Enter the Queenes with the Hearſes of their Knightes, in a Funerall Solempnity, &c.

Vrnes and odours, bring away,

Vapours, ſighes, darken the day;

Our dole more deadly lookes than dying

Balmes, and Gummes, and heavy cheeres,

Sacred vials fill’d with teares,

And clamors through the wild ayre flying.

Come all ſad, and ſolempne Showes,

That are quick-eyd pleaſures foes;

We convent nought elſe but woes. We convent, &c.

3. Qu.

This funeral path, brings to your houſholds grave:

Ioy ceaze on you againe: peace ſleepe with him.

2. Qu.

And this to yours.

1. Qu.

Yours this way: Heavens lend

A thouſand differing waies, to one ſure end.

3. Qu.

This world’s a Citty full of ſtraying Streetes,

And Death’s the market place, where each one meetes.

Exeunt ſeverally.

Aƈtus Secundus.

Scæna I.

Enter Iailor, and Wooer.


I may depart with little, while I live, ſome thing I

May caſt to you, not much: Alas the Priſon I

Keepe, though it be for great ones, yet they ſeldome

Come; Before one Salmon, you ſhall take a number

Of Minnowes: I am given out to be better lyn’d

Then it can appeare, to me report is a true

Speaker: I would I were really, that I am

Deliverd to be: Marry, what I have (be it what

It will) I will aſſure upon my daughter at

The day of my death.


Sir I demaund no more then your owne offer,

And I will eſtate your Daughter in what I

Have promiſed,


Wel, we will talke more of this, when the ſolemnity

Is paſt; But have you a full promiſe of her?

Enter Daughter.

When that ſhall be ſeene, I tender my conſent.


I have Sir; here ſhee comes.


Your Friend and I have chanced to name

You here, upon the old buſines: But no more of that.

Now, ſo ſoone as the Court hurry is over, we will

Have an end of it: I’th meane time looke tenderly

To the two Priſoners. I can tell you they are princes.


Theſe ſtrewings are for their Chamber; tis pitty they

Are in priſon, and twer pitty they ſhould be out: I

Doe thinke they have patience to make any adverſity

Aſham’d; the priſon it ſelfe is proud of ‘em; and

They have all the world in their Chamber.


They are fam’d to be a paire of abſolute men.


By my troth, I think Fame but ſtammers ‘em, they

Stand a greife above the reach of report.


I heard them reported in the Battaile, to be the only doers.


Nay moſt likely, for they are noble ſuffrers; I

Mervaile how they would have lookd had they beene

Viƈtors, that with ſuch a conſtant Nobility, enforce

A freedome out of Bondage, making miſery their

Mirth, and affliƈtion, a toy to jeſt at.


Doe they ſo?


It ſeemes to me they have no more ſence of their

Captivity, then I of ruling Athens: they eate

Well, looke merrily, diſcourſe of many things,

But nothing of their owne reſtraint, and diſaſters:

Yet ſometime a devided ſigh, martyrd as twer

I’th deliverance, will breake from one of them.

When the other preſently gives it ſo ſweete a rebuke,

That I could wiſh my ſelfe a Sigh to be ſo chid,

Or at leaſt a Sigher to be comforted.


I never ſaw ‘em.


The Duke himſelfe came privately in the night,

Enter Palamon, and Arcite, above.

And ſo did they, what the reaſon of it is, I

Know not: Looke yonder they are; that’s

Arcite lookes out.


No Sir, no, that’s Palamon: Arcite is the

Lower of the twaine; you may perceive a part

Of him.


Goe too, leave your pointing; they would not

Make us their objeƈt; out of their ſight.


It is a holliday to looke on them: Lord, the

Diffrence of men.


Scæna 2.

Enter Palamon, and Arcite in priſon.


How doe you Noble Coſen?


How doe you Sir?


Why ſtrong inough to laugh at miſery,

And beare the chance of warre yet, we are priſoners

I feare for ever Coſen.


I beleeve it,

And to that deſtiny have patiently

Laide up my houre to come.


Oh Coſen Arcite,

Where is Thebs now? where is our noble Country?

Where are our friends, and kindreds? never more

Muſt we behold thoſe comforts, never ſee

The hardy youthes ſtrive for the Games of honour

(Hung with the painted favours of their Ladies)

Like tall Ships under ſaile: then ſtart among’ſt ‘em

And as an Eaſtwind leave ‘em all behinde us,

Like lazy Clowdes, whilſt Palamon and Arcite,

Even in the wagging of a wanton leg

Out-ſtript the peoples praiſes, won the Garlands,

Ere they have time to wiſh ‘em ours. O never

Shall we two exerciſe, like Twyns of honour,

Our Armes againe, and feele our fyry horſes

Like proud Seas under us, our good Swords, now

(Better the red-eyd god of war nev’r were)

Braviſhd our ſides, like age muſt run to ruſt,

And decke the Temples of thoſe gods that hate us,

Theſe hands ſhall never draw ‘em out like lightning

To blaſt whole Armies more.


No Palamon,

Thoſe hopes are Priſoners with us, here we are

And here the graces of our youthes muſt wither

Like a too-timely Spring; here age muſt finde us,

And which is heavieſt (Palamon) unmarried,

The ſweete embraces of a loving wife

Loden with kiſſes, armd with thouſand Cupids

Shall never claſpe our neckes, no iſſue know us,

No figures of our ſelves ſhall we ev’r ſee,

To glad our age, and like young Eagles teach ‘em

Boldly to gaze againſt bright armes, and ſay

Remember what your fathers were, and conquer.

The faire-eyd Maides, ſhall weepe our Baniſhments,

And in their Songs, curſe ever-blinded fortune

Till ſhee for ſhame ſee what a wrong ſhe has done

To youth and nature; This is all our world;

We ſhall know nothing here but one another,

Heare nothing but the Clocke that tels our woes.

The Vine ſhall grow, but we ſhall never ſee it:

Sommer ſhall come, and with her all delights;

But dead-cold winter muſt inhabite here ſtill.


Tis too true Arcite. To our Theban houndes,

That ſhooke the aged Forreſt with their ecchoes,

No more now muſt we halloa, no more ſhake

Our pointed Iavelyns, whilſt the angry Swine

Flyes like a parthian quiver from our rages,

Strucke with our well-ſteeld Darts: All valiant uſes,

(The foode, and nouriſhment of noble mindes,)

In us two here ſhall periſh; we ſhall die

(Which is the curſe of honour) laſtly,

Children of greife, and Ignorance.


Yet Coſen,

Even from the bottom of theſe miſeries

From all that fortune can infliƈt upon us,

I ſee two comforts ryſing, two meere bleſſings,

If the gods pleaſe, to hold here a brave patience,

And the enjoying of our greefes together.

Whilſt Palamon is with me, let me periſh

If I thinke this our priſon.



Tis a maine goodnes Coſen, that our fortunes

Were twyn’d together; tis moſt true, two ſoules

Put in two noble Bodies, let ‘em ſuffer

The gaule of hazard, ſo they grow together,

Will never ſincke, they muſt not, ſay they could,

A willing man dies ſleeping, and all’s done.


Shall we make worthy uſes of this place

That all men hate ſo much?


How gentle Coſen?


Let’s thinke this priſon, holy ſanƈtuary,

To keepe us from corruption of worſe men,

We are young and yet deſire the waies of honour,

That liberty and common Converſation

The poyſon of pure ſpirits; might like women

Wooe us to wander from. What worthy bleſſing

Can be but our Imaginations

May make it ours? And heere being thus together,

We are an endles mine to one another;

We are one anothers wife, ever begetting

New birthes of love; we are father, friends, acquaintance,

We are in one another, Families,

I am your heire, and you are mine: This place

Is our Inheritance: no hard Oppreſſour

Dare take this from us; here with a little patience

We ſhall live long, and loving: No ſurfeits ſeeke us:

The hand of war hurts none here, nor the Seas

Swallow their youth: were we at liberty,

A wife might part us lawfully, or buſines,

Quarrels conſume us, Envy of ill men

Crave our acquaintance, I might ſicken Coſen,

Where you ſhould never know it, and ſo periſh

Without your noble hand to cloſe mine eies,

Or praiers to the gods; a thouſand chaunces

Were we from hence, would ſeaver us.


You have made me

(I thanke you Coſen Arcite) almoſt wanton

With my Captivity: what a miſery

It is to live abroade? and every where:

Tis like a Beaſt me thinkes: I finde the Court here,

I am ſure a more content, and all thoſe pleaſures

That wooe the wils of men to vanity,

I ſee through now, and am ſufficient

To tell the world, tis but a gaudy ſhaddow,

That old Time, as he paſſes by takes with him,

What had we bin old in the Court of Creon,

Where ſin is Iuſtice, luſt, and ignorance,

The vertues of the great ones: Coſen Arcite,

Had not the loving gods found this place for us

We had died as they doe, ill old men, unwept,

And had their Epitaphes, the peoples Curſes,

Shall I ſay more?


I would heare you ſtill.


Ye ſhall.

Is there record of any two that lov’d

Better then we doe Arcite?


Sure there cannot.


I doe not thinke it poſſible our friendſhip

Should ever leave us.


Till our deathes it cannot

Enter Emilia and her woman.

And after death our ſpirits ſhall be led

To thoſe that love eternally. Speake on Sir.

This garden has a world of pleaſures in’t.


What Flowre is this?


Tis calld Narciſſus Madam.


That was a faire Boy certaine, but a foole,

To love himſelfe, were there not maides enough?


Pray forward.




Or were they all hard hearted?


They could not be to one ſo faire.


Thou wouldſt not.


I thinke I ſhould not, Madam.


That’s a good wench:

But take heede to your kindnes though.


Why Madam?


Men are mad things.


Will ye goe forward Coſen?


Canſt not thou work ſuch flowers in ſilke wench?




Ile have a gowne full of ‘em and of theſe,

This is pretty colour, wilt not doe

Rarely upon a Skirt wench?


Deinty Madam.


Coſen, Coſen, how doe you Sir? Why Palamon?


Never till now I was in priſon Arcite.


Why whats the matter Man?


Behold, and wonder.

By heaven ſhee is a Goddeſſe.




Doe reverence.

She is a Goddeſſe Arcite.


Of all Flowres,

Me thinkes a Roſe is beſt.


Why gentle Madam?


It is the very Embleme of a Maide.

For when the weſt wind courts her gently

How modeſtly ſhe blowes, and paints the Sun,

With her chaſte bluſhes? When the North comes neere her,

Rude and impatient, then, like Chaſtity

Shee lockes her beauties in her bud againe,

And leaves him to baſe briers.


Yet good Madam,

Sometimes her modeſty will blow ſo far

She fals for’t: a Mayde

If ſhee have any honour, would be loth

To take example by her.


Thou art wanton.


She is wondrous faire.


She is all the beauty extant.


The Sun grows high, lets walk in, keep theſe flowers,

Weele ſee how neere Art can come neere their colours;

I am wondrous merry hearted, I could laugh now.


I could lie downe I am ſure.


And take one with you?


That’s as we bargaine Madam,


Well, agree then.

Exeunt Emilia and woman.


What thinke you of this beauty?


Tis a rare one.


Is’t but a rare one?


Yes a matchles beauty.


Might not a man well loſe himſelfe and love her?


I cannot tell what you have done, I have,

Beſhrew mine eyes for’t, now I feele my Shackles.


You love her then?


Who would not?


And deſire her?


Before my liberty.


I ſaw her firſt.


That’s nothing


But it ſhall be.


I ſaw her too.


Yes, but you muſt not love her.


I will not as you doe; to worſhip her;

As ſhe is heavenly, and a bleſſed Goddes;

(I love her as a woman, to enjoy her)

So both may love.


You ſhall not love at all.


Not love at all.

Who ſhall deny me?


I that firſt saw her; I that tooke poſſeſſion

Firſt with mine eye of all thoſe beauties

In her reveald to mankinde: if thou lou’ſt her,

Or entertain’ſt a hope to blaſt my wiſhes,

Thou art a Traytour Arcite and a fellow

Falſe as thy Title to her: friendſhip, blood

And all the tyes betweene us I diſclaime

If thou once thinke upon her.


Yes I love her,

And if the lives of all my name lay on it,

I muſt doe ſo, I love her with my ſoule,

If that will loſe ye, farewell Palamon,

I ſay againe, I love, and in loving her maintaine

I am as worthy, and as free a lover

And have as juſt a title to her beauty

As any Palamon or any living

That is a mans Sonne.


Have I cald thee friend?


Yes, and have found me ſo; why are you mov’d thus?

Let me deale coldly with you, am not I

Part of your blood, part of your ſoule? you have told me

That I was Palamon, and you were Arcite.




Am not I liable to thoſe affeƈtions,

Thoſe joyes, greifes, angers, feares, my friend ſhall ſuffer?


Ye may be.


Why then would you deale ſo cunningly,

So ſtrangely, ſo vnlike a noble kineſman

To love alone? ſpeake truely, doe you thinke me

Vnworthy of her ſight?


No but unjuſt,

If thou purſue that ſight.


Becauſe an other

Firſt ſees the Enemy, ſhall I ſtand ſtill

And let mine honour downe, and never charge?


Yes, if he be but one.


But ſay that one

Had rather combat me?


Let that one ſay ſo,

And uſe thy freedome; els if thou purſueſt her,

Be as that curſed man that hates his Country,

A branded villaine.


You are mad.


I muſt be.

Till thou art worthy, Arcite, it concernes me,

And in this madnes, if I hazard thee

And take thy life, I deale but truely.


Fie Sir.

You play the Childe extreamely: I will love her,

I muſt, I ought to doe ſo, and I dare,

And all this juſtly.


O that now, that now

Thy falſe-ſelfe and thy friend, had but this fortune

To be one howre at liberty, and graſpe

Our good Swords in our hands, I would quickly teach thee

What tw’er to filch affeƈtion from another:

Thou art baſer in it then a Cutpurſe;

Put but thy head out of this window more,

And as I have a ſoule, Ile naile thy life too’t.


Thou dar’ſt not foole, thou canſt not, thou art feeble.

Put my head out? Ile throw my Body out,

And leape the garden, when I ſee her next

Enter Keeper.

And pitch between her armes to anger thee.


No more; the keeper’s comming; I ſhall live

To knocke thy braines out with my Shackles.




By your leave Gentlemen.


Now honeſt keeper?


Lord Arcite, you muſt preſently to’th Duke;

The cauſe I know not yet.


I am ready keeper.


Prince Palamon, I muſt awhile bereave you

Of your faire Coſens Company.

Exeunt Arcite, and Keeper.


And me too,

Even when you pleaſe of life; why is he ſent for?

It may be he ſhall marry her, he’s goodly,

And like enough the Duke hath taken notice

Both of his blood and body: But his falſehood,

Why ſhould a friend be treacherous? If that

Get him a wife ſo noble, and ſo faire;

Let honeſt men ne’re love againe. Once more

I would but ſee this faire One: Bleſſed Garden,

And fruite, and flowers more bleſſed that ſtill bloſſom

As her bright eies ſhine on ye. would I were

For all the fortune of my life hereafter

Yon little Tree, yon blooming Apricocke;

How I would ſpread, and fling my wanton armes

In at her window; I would bring her fruite

Fit for the Gods to feed on: youth and pleaſure

Still as ſhe taſted ſhould be doubled on her,

And if ſhe be not heavenly I would make her

So neere the Gods in nature, they ſhould feare her.

Enter Keeper.

And then I am ſure ſhe would love me: how now keeper

Wher’s Arcite,


Baniſhd: Prince Pirithous

Obtained his liberty; but never more

Vpon his oth and life muſt he ſet foote

Vpon this Kingdome.


Hees a bleſſed man,

He ſhall ſee Thebs againe, and call to Armes

The bold yong men, that when he bids ‘em charge,

Fall on like fire: Arcite ſhall have a Fortune,

If he dare make himſelfe a worthy Lover,

Yet in the Feild to ſtrike a battle for her;

And if he loſe her then, he’s a cold Coward;

How bravely may he beare himſelfe to win her

If he be noble Arcite; thouſand waies.

Were I at liberty, I would doe things

Of ſuch a vertuous greatnes, that this Lady,

This bluſhing virgine ſhould take manhood to her

And ſeeke to raviſh me.


My Lord for you

I have this charge too.


To diſcharge my life.


No, but from this place to remoove your Lordſhip,

The windowes are too open.


Devils take ‘em

That are ſo envious to me; pre’thee kill me.


And hang for’t afterward.


By this good light

Had I a ſword I would kill thee.


Why my Lord?


Thou bringſt ſuch pelting ſcuruy news continually

Thou art not worthy life, I will not goe.


Indeede you muſt my Lord.


May I ſee the garden?




Then I am reſolud, I will not goe.


I muſt conſtraine you then: and for you are dangerous

Ile clap more yrons on you.


Doe good keeper.

Ile ſhake ‘em ſo, ye ſhall not ſleepe,

Ile make ye a new Morriſſe, muſt I goe?


There is no remedy.


Farewell kinde window.

May rude winde never hurt thee. O my Lady

If ever thou haſt felt what ſorrow was,

Dreame how I ſuffer. Come; now bury me.

Exeunt Palamon, and Keeper.

Scæna 3.

Enter Arcite.


Baniſhd the kingdome? tis a benefit,

A mercy I muſt thanke ‘em for, but baniſhd

The free enjoying of that face I die for,

Oh twas a ſtuddied puniſhment, a death

Beyond Imagination: Such a vengeance

That were I old and wicked, all my ſins

Could never plucke upon me. Palamon;

Thou ha’ſt the Start now, thou ſhalt ſtay and ſee

Her bright eyes breake each morning gainſt thy window,

And let in life to thee; thou ſhalt feede

Vpon the ſweetenes of a noble beauty,

That nature nev’r exceeded, nor nev’r ſhall:

Good gods? what happines has Palamon?

Twenty to one, hee’le come to ſpeake to her,

And if ſhe be as gentle, as ſhe’s faire,

I know ſhe’s his, he has a Tongue will tame

Tempeſts, and make the wild Rockes wanton. Come what can come

The worſt is death; I will not leave the Kingdome,

I know mine owne, is but a heape of ruins,

And no redreſſe there, if I goe, he has her.

I am reſolu’d an other ſhape ſhall make me,

Or end my fortunes. Either way, I am happy:

Ile ſee her, and be neere her, or no more.

Enter. 4 Country people, & one with a Garlon before them.


My Maſters, ile be there that’s certaine.


And Ile be there.


And I.


Why then have with ye Boyes; Tis but a chiding,

Let the plough play to day, ile tick’lt out

Of the Iades tailes to morrow.


I am ſure

To have my wife as jealous as a Turkey:

But that’s all one, ile goe through, let her mumble.


Clap her aboard to morrow night, and ſtoa her,

And all’s made up againe.


I, doe but put a feskue in her fiſt, and you ſhall ſee her

Take a new leſſon out, and be a good wench.

Doe we all hold, againſt the Maying?


Hold? what ſhould aile us?


Arcas will be there.


And Sennois.

And Rycas, and 3. better lads nev’r dancd under the green Tree,

And yet know what wenches: ha?

But will the dainty Domine, the Schoolemaſter keep touch

Doe you thinke: for he do’s all ye know.


Hee’l eate a hornebooke ere he faile: goe too, the mat-

ter’s too farre driven betweene him, and the Tanners daugh-

ter, to let ſlip now, and ſhe muſt ſee the Duke, and ſhe muſt

daunce too.


Shall we be luſty.


All the Boyes in Athens blow wind i’th breech on’s,

and heere ile be and there ile be, for our Towne, and here

againe, and there againe: ha, Boyes, heigh for the wea-



This muſt be done i’th woods.


O pardon me.


By any meanes our thing of learning ſees ſo; where he

himſelfe will edifie the Duke moſt pailouſly in our behalfes:

hees excellent i’th woods, bring him to’th plaines, his lear-

ning makes no cry.


Weele ſee the ſports, then every man to’s Tackle: and

Sweete Companions lets rehearſe by any meanes before

The Ladies ſee us, and doe ſweetly, and God knows what

May come on’t.


Content; the ſports once ended, wee’l performe. Away

Boyes and hold.


By your leaves honeſt friends: pray you whither

goe you.


Whither? why, what a queſtion’s that?


Yes, tis a queſtion, to me that know not.


To the Games my Friend.


Where were you bred you know it not?


Not farre Sir,

Are there such Games to day?


Yes marry are there:

And ſuch as you neuer ſaw; The Duke himſelfe

Will be in perſon there.


What paſtimes are they?


Wraſtling, and Running; Tis a pretty Fellow.


Thou wilt not goe along.


Not yet Sir.


Well Sir

Take your owne time, come Boyes


My minde miſgives me

This fellow has a veng’ance tricke o’th hip,

Marke how his Bodi’s made for’t


Ile be hangd though

If he dare venture, hang him plumb porredge,

He wraſtle? he roſt eggs. Come lets be gone Lads.

Exeunt 4.


This is an offerd oportunity

I durſt not wiſh for. Well, I could have wreſtled,

The beſt men calld it excellent, and run

Swifter, then winde upon a feild of Corne

(Curling the wealthy eares) never flew: Ile venture,

And in ſome poore diſguize be there, who knowes

Whether my browes may not be girt with garlands?

And happines preferre me to a place,

Where I may ever dwell in ſight of her.

Exit Arcite,

Scæna 4.

Enter Iailors Daughter alone.


Why ſhould I love this Gentleman? Tis odds

He never will affeƈt me; I am baſe,

My Father the meane Keeper of his Priſon,

And he a prince; To marry him is hopeleſſe;

To be his whore, is witles; Out upon’t;

What puſhes are we wenches driven to

When fifteene once has found us? Firſt I ſaw him,

I (ſeeing) thought he was a goodly man;

He has as much to pleaſe a woman in him,

(If he pleaſe to beſtow it ſo) as ever

Theſe eyes yet lookt on; Next, I pittied him,

And ſo would any young wench o’ my Conſcience

That ever dream’d, or vow’d her Maydenhead

To a yong hanſom Man; Then I lov’d him,

(Extreamely lov’d him) infinitely lov’d him;

And yet he had a Coſen, faire as he too.

But in my heart was Palamon, and there

Lord, what a coyle he keepes? To heare him

Sing in an evening, what a heaven it is?

And yet his Songs are ſad ones; Fairer ſpoken,

Was never Gentleman. When I come in

To bring him water in a morning, firſt

He bowes his noble body, then ſalutes me, thus:

Faire, gentle Mayde, good morrow, may thy goodnes,

Get thee a happy husband; Once he kiſt me,

I lov’d my lips the better ten daies after,

Would he would doe ſo ev’ry day; He greives much,

And me as much to ſee his miſery.

What ſhould I doe, to make him know I love him,

For I would faine enjoy him? Say I ventur’d

To ſet him free? what ſaies the law then? Thus much

For Law, or kindred: I will doe it,

And this night, or to morrow he ſhall love me.


Scæna 4.

Enter Theſeus, Hipolita, Pirithous, Emilia: Arcite with a Garland, &c.

This ſhort floriſh of Cornets and Showtes within.


You have done worthily; I have not ſeene

Since Hercules, a man of tougher ſynewes;

What ere you are, you run the beſt, and wraſtle,

That theſe times can allow.


I am proud to pleaſe you.


What Countrie bred you?


This; but far off, Prince.


Are you a Gentleman?


My father ſaid ſo;

And to thoſe gentle uſes gave me life.


Are you his heire?


His yongeſt Sir.


Your Father

Sure is a happy Sire then: what prooves you?


A little of all noble Quallities:

I could have kept a Hawke, and well have holloa’d

To a deepe crie of Dogges; I dare not praiſe

My feat in horſemanſhip; yet they that knew me

Would ſay it was my beſt peece: laſt, and greateſt,

I would be thought a Souldier.


You are perfeƈt.


Vpon my ſoule, a proper man.


He is ſo.


How doe you like him Ladie?


I admire him,

I have not ſeene ſo yong a man, ſo noble

(If he ſay true,) of his ſort.



His mother was a wondrous handſome woman,

His face me thinkes, goes that way.


But his Body

And firie minde, illuſtrate a brave Father.


Marke how his vertue, like a hidden Sun

Breakes through his baſer garments.


Hee’s well got ſure.


What made you ſeeke this place Sir?


Noble Theſeus.

To purchaſe name, and doe my ableſt ſervice

To ſuch a well-found wonder, as thy worth,

For onely in thy Court, of all the world

dwells faire-eyd honor.


All his words are worthy.


Sir, we are much endebted to your travell,

Nor ſhall you looſe your wiſh: Perithous

Diſpoſe of this faire Gentleman.


Thankes Theſeus.

What ere you are y’ar mine, and I ſhall give you

To a moſt noble ſervice, to this Lady,

This bright yong Virgin; pray obſerve her goodneſſe;

You have honourd hir faire birth-day, with your vertues,

And as your due y’ar hirs: kiſſe her faire hand Sir.


Sir, y’ar a noble Giver: deareſt Bewtie,

Thus let me ſeale my vowd faith: when your Servant

(Your moſt unworthie Creature) but offends you,

Command him die, he ſhall.


That were too cruell.

If you deſerve well Sir; I ſhall ſoone ſee’t:

Y’ar mine, aud ſomewhat better than your rancke Ile uſe you.


Ile ſee you furniſh’d, and becauſe you ſay

You are a horſeman, I muſt needs intreat you

This after noone to ride, but tis a rough one.


I like him better (Prince) I ſhall not then

Freeze in my Saddle.


Sweet, you muſt be readie,

And you Emilia, and you (Friend) and all

To morrow by the Sun, to doe obſervance

To flowry May, in Dians wood: waite well Sir

Vpon your Miſtris: Emely, I hope

He ſhall not goe a foote.


That were a ſhame Sir,

While I have horſes: take your choice, and what

You want at any time, let me but know it;

If you ſerve faithfully, I dare aſſure you

You’l finde a loving Miſtris.


If I doe not,

Let me finde that my Father ever hated,

Diſgrace, and blowes.


Go leade the way; you have won it:

It ſhall be ſo; you ſhall receave all dues

Fit for the honour you have won; Twer wrong elſe,

Siſter, beſhrew my heart, you have a Servant,

That if I were a woman, would be Maſter,

But you are wiſe.



I hope too wiſe for that Sir.

Exeunt omnes.

Scæna 6.

Enter Iaylors Daughter alone.


Let all the Dukes, and all the divells rore,

He is at liberty: I have venturd for him,

And out I have brought him to a little wood

A mile hence, I have ſent him, where a Cedar

Higher than all the reſt, ſpreads like a plane

Faſt by a Brooke, and there he ſhall keepe cloſe,

Till I provide him Fyles, and foode, for yet

His yron bracelets are not off. O Love

What a ſtout hearted child thou art! My Father

Durſt better have indur’d cold yron, than done it:

I love him, beyond love, and beyond reaſon,

Or wit, or ſafetie: I have made him know it

I care not, I am deſperate, If the law

Finde me, and then condemne me for’t; ſome wenches,

Some honeſt harted Maides, will ſing my Dirge.

And tell to memory, my death was noble,

Dying almoſt a Martyr: That way he takes,

I purpoſe is my way too: Sure he cannot

Be ſo unmanly, as to leave me here,

If he doe, Maides will not ſo eaſily

Truſt men againe: And yet he has not thank’d me

For what I have done: no not ſo much as kiſt me,

And that (me thinkes) is not ſo well; nor ſcarcely

Could I perſwade him to become a Freeman,

He made ſuch ſcruples of the wrong he did

To me, and to my Father. Yet I hope

When he conſiders more, this love of mine

Will take more root within him: Let him doe

What he will with me, ſo he uſe me kindly,

For uſe me ſo he ſhall, or ile proclaime him

And to his face, no-man: Ile preſently

Provide him neceſſaries, and packe my cloathes up,

And where there is a path of ground Ile venture

So hee be with me; By him, like a ſhadow

Ile ever dwell; within this houre the whoobub

Will be all ore the priſon: I am then

Kiſſing the man they looke for: farewell Father;

Get many more ſuch priſoners, and ſuch daughters,

And ſhortly you may keepe your ſelfe. Now to him.

Cornets in ſundry places. Noiſe and hallowing as people a Maying.

Aƈtus Tertius.

Scæna I.

Enter Arcite alone.


The Duke has loſt Hypolita; each tooke

A ſeverall land. This is a ſolemne Right

They owe bloomd May, and the Athenians pay it

To’th heart of Ceremony: O Queene Emilia

Freſher then May, ſweeter

Then hir gold Buttons on the bowes, or all

Th’ enamelld knackes o’th Meade, or garden, yea

(We challenge too) the bancke of any Nymph

That makes the ſtreame ſeeme flowers; thou o Iewell

O’th wood, o’th world, haſt likewiſe bleſt a pace

With thy ſole preſence, in thy rumination

That I poore man might eftſoones come betweene

And chop on ſome cold thought, thrice bleſſed chance

To drop on ſuch a Miſtris, expeƈtation

moſt giltleſſe on’t: tell me O Lady Fortune

(Next after Emely my Soveraigne) how far

I may be prowd. She takes ſtrong note of me,

Hath made me neere her; and this beuteous Morne

(The prim’ſt of all the yeare) preſents me with

A brace of horſes, two ſuch Steeds might well

Be by a paire of Kings backt, in a Field

That their crownes titles tride: Alas, alas

Poore Coſen Palamon, poore priſoner, thou

So little dream’ſt upon my fortune, that

Thou thinkſt thy ſelfe, the happier thing, to be

So neare Emilia, me thou deem’ſt at Thebs,

And therein wretched, although free; But if

Thou knew’ſt my Miſtris breathd on me, and that

I ear’d her language, livde in her eye; O Coz

What paſſion would encloſe thee.

Enter Palamon as out of a Buſh, with his Shackles; bends his fiſt at Arcite.


Traytor kinſeman,

Thou ſhouldſt perceive my paſſion, if theſe ſignes

Of priſonment were off me, and this hand

But owner of a Sword: By all othes in one

I, and the iuſtice of my love would make thee

A confeſt Traytor, o thou moſt perfidious

That ever gently lookd the voydes of honour.

That eu’r bore gentle Token; falſeſt Coſen

That ever blood made kin, call’ſt thou hir thine?

Ile prove it in my Shackles, with theſe hands,

Void of appointment, that thou ly’ſt, and art

A very theefe in love, a Chaffy Lord

Nor worth the name of villaine: had I a Sword

And theſe houſe clogges away.


Deere Coſin Palamon,


Coſoner Arcite, give me language, ſuch

As thou haſt ſhewd me feate.


Not finding in

The circuit of my breaſt, any groſſe ſtuffe

To forme me like your blazon, holds me to

This gentleneſſe of anſwer; tis your paſſion

That thus miſtakes, the which to you being enemy,

Cannot to me be kind: honor, and honeſtie

I cheriſh, and depend on, how ſo ev’r

You skip them in me, and with them faire Coz

Ile maintaine my proceedings; pray be pleaſ’d

To ſhew in generous termes, your griefes, ſince that

Your queſtion’s with your equall, who profeſſes

To cleare his owne way, with the minde and Sword

Of a true Gentleman.


That thou durſt Arcite.


My Coz, my Coz, you have beene well advertiſ’d

How much I dare, y’ave ſeene me uſe my Sword

Againſt th’ advice of feare: ſure of another

You would not heare me doubted, but your ſilence

Should breake out, though i’th Sanƈtuary.



I have ſeene you move in ſuch a place, which well

Might juſtifie your manhood, you were calld

A good knight and a bold; But the whole weeke’s not faire

If any day it rayne: Their valiant temper

Men looſe when they encline to trecherie,

And then they fight like compelld Beares, would fly

Were they not tyde.


Kinſman, you might as well

Speake this, and aƈt it in your Glaſſe, as to

His eare, which now diſdaines you.


Come up to me,

Quit me of theſe cold Gyves, give me a Sword

Though it be ruſtie, and the charity

Of one meale lend me; Come before me then

A good Sword in thy hand, and doe but ſay

That Emily is thine, I will forgive

The treſpaſſe thou haſt done me, yea my life

If then thou carry’t, and brave ſoules in ſhades

That have dyde manly, which will ſeeke of me

Some newes from earth, they ſhall get none but this

That thou art brave, and noble.


Be content,

Againe betake you to your hawthorne houſe,

With counſaile of the night, I will be here

With wholeſome viands; theſe impediments

Will I file off, you ſhall have garments, and

Perfumes to kill the ſmell o’th priſon, after

When you ſhall ſtretch your ſelfe, and ſay but Arcite

I am in plight, there ſhall be at your choyce

Both Sword, and Armour.


Oh you heavens, dares any

So noble beare a guilty buſines! none

But onely Arcite, therefore none but Arcite

In this kinde is ſo bold.


Sweete Palamon.


I doe embrace you, and your offer, for

Your offer doo’t I onely, Sir your perſon

Without hipocriſy I may not wiſh

Winde hornes of Cornets.

More then my Swords edge ont.


You heare the Hornes;

Enter your Muſicke leaſt this match between’s

Be croſt, er met, give me your hand, farewell.

Ile bring you every needfull thing: I pray you

Take comfort and be ſtrong.


Pray hold your promiſe;

And doe the deede with a bent brow, moſt certaine

You love me not, be rough with me, and powre

This oile out of your language; by this ayre

I could for each word, give a Cuffe: my ſtomach

not reconcild by reaſon,


Plainely ſpoken,

Yet pardon me hard language, when I ſpur

Winde hornes.

My horſe, I chide him not; content, and anger

In me have but one face. Harke Sir, they call

The ſcatterd to the Banket; you muſt gueſſe

I have an office there.


Sir your attendance

Cannot pleaſe heaven, and I know your office

Vnjuſtly is atcheev’d.


If a good title,

I am perſwaded this queſtion ſicke between’s,

By bleeding muſt be cur’d. I am a Suitour,

That to your Sword you will bequeath this plea,

And talke of it no more.


But this one word:

You are going now to gaze upon my Miſtris,

For note you, mine ſhe is.


Nay then.


Nay pray you,

You talke of feeding me to breed me ſtrength

You are going now to looke upon a Sun

That ſtrengthens what it lookes on, there

You have a vantage ore me, but enjoy’t till

I may enforce my remedy. Farewell.


Scæna 2.

Enter Iaylors daughter alone.


He has miſtooke; the Beake I meant, is gone

After his fancy, Tis now welnigh morning,

No matter, would it were perpetuall night,

And darkenes Lord o’th world, Harke tis a woolfe:

In me hath greife ſlaine feare, and but for one thing

I care for nothing, and that’s Palamon.

I wreake not if the wolves would jaw me, ſo

He had this File; what if I hallowd for him?

I cannot hallow: if I whoop’d; what then?

If he not anſweard, I ſhould call a wolfe,

And doe him but that ſervice. I have heard

Strange howles this live-long night, why may’t not be

They have made prey of him? he has no weapons,

He cannot run, the Iengling of his Gives

Might call fell things to liſten, who have in them

A ſence to know a man unarmd, and can

Smell where reſiſtance is. Ile ſet it downe

He’s torne to peeces, they howld many together

And then they feed on him: So much for that,

Be bold to ring the Bell; how ſtand I then?

All’s char’d when he is gone, No, no I lye,

My Father’s to be hang’d for his eſcape,

My ſelfe to beg, if I prizd life ſo much

As to deny my aƈt, but that I would not,

Should I try death by duſſons. I am mop’t,

Foode tooke I none theſe two daies.

Sipt ſome water. I have not cloſd mine eyes

Save when my lids ſcowrd off their brine; alas

Diſſolue my life, Let not my ſence unſettle

Leaſt I ſhould drowne, or ſtab, or hang my ſelfe.

O ſtate of Nature, faile together in me,

Since thy beſt props are warpt: So which way now?

The beſt way is, the next way to a grave:

Each errant ſtep beſide is torment. Loe

The Moone is down, the Cryckets chirpe, the Schreichowle

Calls in the dawne; all offices are done

Save what I faile in: But the point is this

An end, and that is all.


Scæna 3.

Enter Arcite, with Meate, Wine, and Files.


I ſhould be neere the place, hoa. Coſen Palamon.

Enter Palamon.




The ſame: I have brought you foode and files,

Come forth and feare not, her’es no Theſeus.


Nor none ſo honeſt Arcite.


That’s no matter,

Wee’l argue that hereafter: Come take courage,

You ſhall not dye thus beaſtly, here Sir drinke

I know you are faint, then ile talke further with you.


Arcite, thou mightſt now poyſon me.


I might.

But I muſt feare you firſt: Sit downe, and good now

No more of theſe vaine parlies; let us not

Having our ancient reputation with us

Make talke for Fooles, and Cowards, To your health, &c.




Pray ſit downe then, and let me entreate you

By all the honeſty and honour in you,

No mention of this woman, t’ will diſturbe us,

We ſhall have time enough.


Well Sir, Ile pledge you.


Drinke a good hearty draught, it breeds good blood man.

Doe not you feele it thaw you?


Stay, Ile tell you after a draught or two more.


Spare it not, the Duke has more Cuz: Eate now.




I am glad you have ſo good a ſtomach.


I am gladder I have ſo good meate too’t.


Is’t not mad loding, here in the wild woods Coſen


Yes, for then that have wilde Conſciences.


How taſts your vittails? your hunger needs no ſawce I ſee,


Not much.

But if it did, yours is too tart: ſweete Coſen: what is this?




Tis a luſty meate:

Giue me more wine; here Arcite to the wenches

We have known in our daies. The Lord Stewards daughter.

Doe you remember her?


After you Cuz.


She lov’d a black-haird man.


She did ſo; well Sir.


And I have heard ſome call him Arcite, and


Out with’t faith.


She met him in an Arbour:

What did ſhe there Cuz? play o’th virginals?


Something ſhe did Sir.


Made her groane a moneth for’t; or 2. or 3. or 10.


The Marſhals Siſter,

Had her ſhare too, as I remember Coſen,

Elſe there be tales abroade, you’l pledge her?




A pretty broune wench t’is. There was a time

When yong men went a hunting, and a wood,

And a broade Beech: and thereby hangs a tale: heigh ho.


For Emily, upon my life; Foole

Away with this ſtraind mirth; I ſay againe

That ſigh was breathd for Emily; baſe Coſen,

Dar’ſt thou breake firſt?


you are wide.


By heaven and earth, ther’s nothing in thee honeſt.


Then Ile leave you: you are a Beaſt now:


As thou makſt me, Traytour.


Ther’s all things needfull, files and ſhirts, and, perfumes

Ile come againe ſome two howres hence, and bring

That that ſhall quiet all,


A Sword and Armour.


Feare me not; you are now too fowle; farewell.

Get off your Trinkets, you ſhall want nought;


Sir ha:


Ile heare no more.



If he keepe touch, he dies for’t.


Scæna 4.

Enter Iaylors daughter.


I am very cold, and all the Stars are out too,

The little Stars, and all, that looke like aglets:

The Sun has ſeene my Folly: Palamon;

Alas no; hees in heaven; where am I now?

Yonder’s the ſea, and ther’s a Ship; how’t tumbles

And ther’s a Rocke lies watching under water;

Now, now, it beates upon it; now, now, now,

Ther’s a leak ſprung, a ſound one, how they cry?

Vpon her before the winde, you’l looſe all els:

Vp with a courſe or two, and take about Boyes.

Good night, good night, y’ar gone; I am very hungry,

Would I could finde a fine Frog; he would tell me

Newes from all parts o’th world, then would I make

A Carecke of a Cockle ſhell, and ſayle

By eaſt and North Eaſt to the King of Pigmes,

For he tels fortunes rarely. Now my Father

Twenty to one is truſt up in a trice

To morrow morning, Ile ſay never a word.

For ile cut my greene coat, a foote above my knee,

And ile clip my yellow lockes; an inch below mine eie.

hey, nonny, nonny, nonny,

He’s buy me a white Cut, forth for to ride

And ile goe ſeeke him, throw the world that is ſo wide

hey, nonny, nonny, nonny.

O for a pricke now like a Nightingale, to put my breaſt

Againſt. I ſhall ſleepe like a Top elſe.


Scæna 6.

Enter a Schoole maſter. 4. Countrymen: and Baum. 2. or 3 wenches, with a Taborer.


Fy, fy, what tedioſity, & diſenſanity is here among ye?

have my Rudiments bin labourd ſo long with ye? milkd unto

ye, and by a figure even the very plumbroth & marrow of

my underſtanding laid upon ye? and do you ſtil cry where,

and how, & wherefore? you moſt courſe freeze capacities, ye

jave Iudgements, have I ſaide thus let be, and there let be,

and then let be, and no man underſtand mee, proh deum,

medius fidius, ye are all dunces: For why here ſtand I.

Here the Duke comes, there are you cloſe in the Thicket; the

Duke appeares, I meete him and unto him I utter learned

things, and many figures, he heares, and nods, and hums, and

then cries rare, and I goe forward, at length I fling my Cap

up; marke there; then do you as once did Meleager, and the

Bore break comly before him: like true lovers, caſt your

ſelves in a Body decently, and ſweetly, by a figure trace, and

turne Boyes.


And ſweetly we will doe it Maſter Gerrold.


Draw up the Company, Where’s the Taborour.


Why Timothy.


Here my mad boyes, have at ye.


But I ſay where’s their women?


Here’s Friz and Maudline.


And little Luce with the white legs, and bouncing Barbery.


And freckeled Nel; that never faild her Maſter.


Wher be your Ribands maids? ſwym with your Bodies

And carry it ſweetly, and deliverly

And now and then a fauour, and a friske.


Let us alone Sir.


Wher’s the reſt o’th Muſicke.


Diſperſd as you commanded.


Couple then

And ſee what’s wanting; wher’s the Bavian?

My friend, carry your taile without offence

Or ſcandall to the Ladies; and be ſure

You tumble with audacity, and manhood,

And when you barke doe it with judgement.


Yes Sir.


Quo usque tandem. Here is a woman wanting


We may goe whiſtle: all the fat’s i’th fire.


We have,

As learned Authours utter, waſhd a Tile,

We have beene fatuus, and laboured vainely.


This is that ſcornefull peece, that ſcurvy hilding

That gave her promiſe faithfully, ſhe would be here,

Cicely the Sempſters daughter:

The next gloves that I give her ſhall be dog skin;

Nay and ſhe faile me once, you can tell Arcas

She ſwore by wine, and bread, ſhe would not breake.


An Eele and woman,

A learned Poet ſayes: unles by’th taile

And with thy teeth thou hold, will either faile,

In manners this was falſe poſition


A fire ill take her; do’s ſhe flinch now?



Shall we determine Sir?



Our buſines is become a nullity

Yea, and a woefull, and a pittious nullity.


Now when the credite of our Towne lay on it,

Now to be frampall, now to piſſe o’th nettle,

Goe thy waies, ile remember thee, ile fit thee,

Enter Iaylors daughter.


The George alow, came from the South, from

The coaſt of Barbary a.

And there he met with brave gallants of war

By one, by two, by three, a

Well haild, well haild, you jolly gallants,

And whither now are you bound a

Chaire and ſtooles out.

O let me have your company till come to the ſound a

There was three fooles, fell out about an howlet

The one ſed it was an owle

The other he ſed nay,

The third he ſed it was a hawke, and her bels wer cut away.


Ther’s a dainty mad woman Mr. comes i’th Nick as

mad as a march hare: if wee can get her daunce, wee are

made againe: I warrant her, ſhee’l doe the rareſt gambols.


A mad woman? we are made Boyes.


And are you mad good woman?


I would be ſorry elſe,

Give me your hand.




I can tell your fortune.

You are a foole: tell ten, I have pozd him: Buz

Friend you muſt eate no white bread, if you doe

Your teeth will bleede extreamely, ſhall we dance ho?

I know you, y’ar a Tinker: Sirha Tinker

Stop no more holes, but what you ſhould.


Dy boni. A Tinker Damzell?


Or a Conjurer: raiſe me a devill now, and let him play

Quipaſſa, o’th bels and bones.


Goe take her, and fluently perſwade her to a peace:

Et opus exegi, quod nec Iouis ira, nec ignis.

Strike up, and leade her in.


Come Laſſe, lets trip it.


Ile leade.

Winde Hornes.


Doe, doe.


Perſwaſively, and cunningly: away boyes,

Ex. all but Schoolemaſter.

I heare the hornes: give me ſome

Meditation, and marke your Cue;

Pallas inſpire me.

Enter Theſ. Pir. Hip. Emil. Arcite: and traine.


This way the Stag tooke.


Stay, and edifie.


What have we here?


Some Countrey ſport, upon my life Sir.


Well Sir, goe forward, we will edifie.

Ladies ſit downe, wee’l ſtay it.


Thou doughtie Duke all haile: all haile ſweet Ladies.


This is a cold beginning.


If you but favour; our Country paſtime made is,

We are a few of thoſe colleƈted here

That ruder Tongues diſtinguiſh villager,

And to ſay veritie, and not to fable;

We are a merry rout, or elſe a rable

Or company, or by a figure, Choris

That fore thy dignitie will dance a Morris.

And I that am the reƈtifier of all

By title Pedagogus, that let fall

The Birch upon the Breeches of the ſmall ones,

And humble with a Ferula the tall ones,

Doe here preſent this Machine, or this frame,

And daintie Duke, whoſe doughtie diſmall fame

From Dis to Dedalus, from poſt to pillar

Is blowne abroad; helpe me thy poore well willer,

And with thy twinckling eyes, looke right and ſtraight

Vpon this mighty Morr―of mickle waight

Is―now comes in, which being glewd together

Makes Morris, and the cauſe that we came hether.

The body of our ſport of no ſmall ſtudy

I firſt appeare, though rude, and raw, and muddy,

To ſpeake before thy noble grace, this tenner:

At whoſe great feete I offer up my penner.

The next the Lord of May, and Lady bright,

The Chambermaid, and Servingman by night

That ſeeke out ſilent hanging: Then mine Hoſt

And his fat Spowſe, that welcomes to their coſt

The gauled Traveller, and with a beckning

Informes the Tapſter to inflame the reckning:

Then the beaſt eating Clowne, and next the foole,

The Bavian with long tayle, and eke long toole,

Cum multis alijs that make a dance,

Say I, and all ſhall preſently advance.


I, I by any meanes, deere Domine.



Muſicke Dance.

Intrate filij, Come forth, and foot it,

Knocke for Schoole. Enter The Dance.

Ladies, if we have beene merry

And have pleaſd thee with a derry,

And a derry, and a downe

Say the Schoolemaſter’s no Clowne:

Duke, if we have pleaſd three too

And have done as good Boyes ſhould doe,

Give us but a tree or twaine

For a Maypole, and againe

Ere another yeare run out,

Wee’l make thee laugh and all this rout.


Take 20. Domine; how does my ſweet heart.


Never ſo pleaſd Sir.


Twas an excellent dance, and for a preface

I never heard a better.


Schoolemaſter, I thanke you, One ſee ‘em all rewarded.


And heer’s ſomething to paint your Pole withall.


Now to our ſports againe.


May the Stag thou huntſt ſtand long,

And thy dogs be ſwift and ſtrong:

May they kill him without lets,

And the Ladies eate his dowſets: Come we are all made.

Winde Hornes.

Dij Deaq; omnes, ye have danc’d rarely wenches.


Scæna 7.

Enter Palamon from the Buſh.


About this houre my Coſen gave his faith

To viſit me againe, and with him bring

Two Swords, and two good Armors; if he faile

He’s neither man, nor Souldier; when he left me

I did not thinke a weeke could have reſtord

My loſt ſtrength to me, I was growne ſo low,

And Creſt-falne with my wants: I thanke thee Arcite,

Thou art yet a faire Foe; and I feele my ſelfe

With this refreſhing, able once againe

To out dure danger: To delay it longer

Would make the world think when it comes to hearing,

That I lay fatting like a Swine, to fight

And not a Souldier: Therefore this bleſt morning

Shall be the laſt; and that Sword he refuſes,

If it but hold, I kill him with; tis Iuſtice:

So love, and Fortune for me: O good morrow.

Enter Arcite with Armors and Swords.


Good morrow noble kineſman,


I have put you

To too much paines Sir.


That too much faire Coſen,

Is but a debt to honour, and my duty.


Would you were ſo in all Sir; I could wiſh ye

As kinde a kinſman, as you force me finde

A beneficiall foe, that my embraces

Might thanke ye, not my blowes.


I ſhall thinke either

Well done, a noble recompence.


Then I ſhall quit you.


Defy me in theſe faire termes, and you ſhow

More then a Miſtris to me, no more anger

As you love any thing that’s honourable;

We were not bred to talke man, when we are arm’d

And both upon our guards, then let our fury

Like meeting of two tides, fly ſtrongly from us,

And then to whom the birthright of this Beauty

Truely pertaines (without obbraidings, ſcornes,

Diſpiſings of our perſons, and ſuch powtings

Fitter for Girles and Schooleboyes) will be ſeene

And quickly, yours, or mine: wilt pleaſe you arme Sir,

Or if you feele your ſelfe not fitting yet

And furniſhd with your old ſtrength, ile ſtay Coſen

And ev’ry day diſcourſe you into health,

As I am ſpard, your perſon I am friends with,

And I could wiſh I had not ſaide I lov’d her

Though I had dide; But loving ſuch a Lady

And juſtifying my Love, I muſt not fly from’t.


Arcite, thou art ſo brave an enemy

That no man but thy Coſen’s fit to kill thee,

I am well, and luſty, chooſe your Armes.


Chooſe you Sir.


Wilt thou exceede in all, or do’ſt thou doe it

To make me ſpare thee?


If you thinke ſo Coſen,

You are deceived, for as I am a Soldier.

I will not ſpare you.


That’s well ſaid.


You’l finde it


Then as I am an honeſt man and love,

With all the juſtice of affeƈtion

Ile pay thee ſoundly: This ile take.


That’s mine then,

Ile arme you firſt.


Do: pray thee tell me Coſen,

Where gotſt thou this good Armour.


Tis the Dukes,

And to ſay true, I ſtole it; doe I pinch you?




Is’t not too heavie?


I have worne a lighter,

But I ſhall make it ſerve.


Ile buckl’t cloſe.


By any meanes.


You care not for a Grand guard?


No, no, wee’l uſe no horſes, I perceave

You would faine be at that Fight.


I am indifferent.


Faith ſo am I: good Coſen, thruſt the buckle

Through far enough.


I warrant you.


My Caske now.


Will you fight bare-armd?


We ſhall be the nimbler.


But uſe your Gauntlets though; thoſe are o’th leaſt,

Prethee take mine good Coſen.


Thanke you Arcite.

How doe I looke, am I falne much away?


Faith very little; love has uſd you kindly.


Ile warrant thee, Ile ſtrike home.


Doe, and ſpare not;

Ile give you cauſe ſweet Coſen.


Now to you Sir,

Me thinkes this Armor’s very like that, Arcite,

Thou wor’ſt that day the 3. Kings fell, but lighter.


That was a very good one, and that day

I well remember, you outdid me Coſen,

I never ſaw ſuch valour: when you chargd

Vpon the left wing of the Enemie,

I ſpurd hard to come up, and under me

I had a right good horſe.


You had indeede

A bright Bay I remember.


Yes but all

Was vainely labour’d in me, you outwent me,

Nor could my wiſhes reach you; yet a little

I did by imitation.


More by vertue,

You are modeſt Coſen.


When I ſaw you charge firſt,

Me thought I heard a dreadfull clap of Thunder

Breake from the Troope.


But ſtill before that flew

The lightning of your valour: Stay a little,

Is not this peece too ſtreight?


No, no, tis well.


I would have nothing hurt thee but my Sword,

A bruiſe would be diſhonour.


Now I am perfeƈt.


Stand off then.


Take my Sword, I hold it better.


I thanke ye: No, keepe it, your life lyes on it,

Here’s one, if it but hold, I aske no more.

For all my hopes: My Cauſe and honour guard me.

They bow ſeverall wayes: then advance and ſtand.


And me my love: *Is there ought elſe to ſay?


This onely, and no more: Thou art mine Aunts Son.

And that blood we deſire to ſhed is mutuall,

In me, thine, and in thee, mine: My Sword

Is in my hand, and if thou killſt me

The gods, and I forgive thee; If there be

A place prepar’d for thoſe that ſleepe in honour,

I wiſh his wearie ſoule, that falls may win it:

Fight bravely Coſen, give me thy noble hand.


Here Palamon: This hand ſhall never more

Come neare thee with ſuch friendſhip.


I commend thee.


If I fall, curſe me, and ſay I was a coward,

For none but ſuch, dare die in theſe juſt Tryalls.

Once more farewell my Coſen,


Farewell Arcite.


Hornes within: they ſtand.


Loe Coſen, loe, our Folly has undon us.




This is the Duke, a hunting as I told you,

If we be found, we are wretched, O retire

For honours ſake, and ſafely preſently

Into your Buſh agen; Sir we ſhall finde

Too many howres to dye in, gentle Coſen:

If you be ſeene you periſh inſtantly

For breaking priſon, and I, if you reveale me,

For my contempt; Then all the world will ſcorne us,

And ſay we had a noble difference,

But baſe diſpoſers of it.


No, no, Coſen

I will no more be hidden, not put off

This great adventure to a ſecond Tryall:

I know your cunning, and I know your cauſe,

He that faints now, ſhame take him, put thy ſelfe

Vpon thy preſent guard.


You are not mad?


Or I will make th’ advantage of this howre

Mine owne, and what to come ſhall threaten me,

I feare leſſe then my fortune: know weake Coſen

I love Emilia, and in that ile bury

Thee, and all croſſes elſe.


Then come, what can come

Thou ſhalt know Palamon, I dare as well

Die, as diſcourſe, or ſleepe: Onely this feares me,

The law will have the honour of our ends.

Have at thy life.


Looke to thine owne well Arcite.

Fight againe. Hornes.

Enter Theſeus, Hipolita, Emilia, Perithous and traine.


What ignorant and mad malicious Traitors,

Are you? That gainſt the tenor of my Lawes

Are making Battaile, thus like Knights appointed,

Without my leave, and Officers of Armes?

By Caſtor both ſhall dye.


Hold thy word Theſeus,

We are certainly both Traitors, both deſpiſers

Of thee, and of thy goodneſſe: I am Palamon

That cannot love thee, he that broke thy Priſon,

Thinke well, what that deſerves; and this is Arcite

A bolder Traytor never trod thy ground

A Falſer neu’r ſeem’d friend: This is the man

Was begd and baniſh’d, this is he contemnes thee

And what thou dar’ſt doe; and in this diſguiſe

Againſt this owne Ediƈt followes thy Siſter,

That fortunate bright Star, the faire Emilia

Whoſe ſervant, (if there be a right in ſeeing,

And firſt bequeathing of the ſoule to) juſtly

I am, and which is more, dares thinke her his.

This treacherie like a moſt truſty Lover,

I call’d him now to anſwer; if thou bee’ſt

As thou art ſpoken, great and vertuous,

The true deſcider of all injuries,

Say, Fight againe, and thou ſhalt ſee me Theſeus

Doe ſuch a Iuſtice, thou thy ſelfe wilt envie,

Then take my life, Ile wooe thee too’t.


O heaven,

What more then man is this!


I have ſworne.


We ſeeke not

Thy breath of mercy Theſeus, Tis to me

A thing as ſoone to dye, as thee to ſay it,

And no more mov’d: where this man calls me Traitor,

Let me ſay thus much; if in love be Treaſon,

In ſervice of ſo excellent a Beutie,

As I love moſt, and in that faith will periſh,

As I have brought my life here to confirme it,

As I have ſerv’d her trueſt, worthieſt,

As I dare kill this Coſen, that denies it,

So let me be moſt Traitor, and ye pleaſe me:

For ſcorning thy Ediƈt Duke, aske that Lady

Why ſhe is faire, and why her eyes command me

Stay here to love her; and if ſhe ſay Traytor,

I am a villaine fit to lye unburied.


Thou ſhalt have pitty of us both, o Theſeus,

If unto neither thou ſhew mercy, ſtop,

(As thou art juſt) thy noble eare againſt us,

As thou art valiant; for thy Coſens ſoule

Whoſe 12. ſtrong labours crowne his memory,

Lets die together, at one inſtant Duke,

Onely a little let him fall before me,

That I may tell my Soule he ſhall not have her.


I grant your wiſh, for to ſay true, your Coſen

Has ten times more offended, for I gave him

More mercy then you found, Sir, your offenſes

Being no more then his: None here ſpeake for ‘em

For ere the Sun ſet, both ſhall ſleepe for ever.


Alas the pitty, now or never Siſter

Speake not to be denide; That face of yours

Will beare the curſes elſe of after ages

For theſe loſt Coſens.


In my face deare Siſter

I finde no anger to ‘em; nor no ruyn,

The miſadventure of their owne eyes kill ‘em;

Yet that I will be woman, and have pitty,

My knees ſhall grow to’th ground but Ile get mercie.

Helpe me deare Siſter, in a deede ſo vertuous,

The powers of all women will be with us,

Moſt royall Brother.


Sir by our tye of Marriage.


By your owne ſpotleſſe honour.


By that faith,

That faire hand, and that honeſt heart you gave me.


By that you would have pitty in another,

By your owne vertues infinite.


By valour,

By all the chaſte nights I have ever pleaſd you.


Theſe are ſtrange Conjurings


Nay then Ile in too: By all our friendſhip Sir, by all our dangers,

By all you love moſt, warres; and this ſweet Lady.


By that you would have trembled to deny

A bluſhing Maide.


By your owne eyes: By ſtrength

In which you ſwore I went beyond all women,

Almoſt all men, and yet I yeelded Theſeus.


To crowne all this; By your moſt noble ſoule

Which cannot want due mercie, I beg firſt.


Next heare my prayers.


Laſt let me intreate Sir.


For mercy.




Mercy on theſe Princes.


Ye make my faith reele: Say I felt

Compaſſion to ‘em both, how would you place it?


Vpon their lives: But with their baniſhments.


You are a right woman, Siſter; you have pitty,

But want the vnderſtanding where to uſe it.

If you deſire their lives, invent a way

Safer then baniſhment: Can theſe two live

And have the agony of love about ‘em,

And not kill one another? Every day

They’ld fight about you; howrely bring your honour

In publique queſtion with their Swords; Be wiſe then

And here forget ‘em; it concernes your credit,

And my oth equally: I have ſaid they die,

Better they fall by’th law, then one another.

Bow not my honor.


O my noble Brother,

That oth was raſhly made, and in your anger,

Your reaſon will not hold it, if ſuch vowes

Stand for expreſſe will, all the world muſt periſh.

Beſide, I have another oth, gainſt yours

Of more authority, I am ſure more love,

Not made in paſſion neither, but good heede.


What is it Siſter?


Vrge it home brave Lady.


That you would nev’r deny me any thing

Fit for my modeſt ſuit, and your free granting:

I tye you to your word now, if ye fall in’t,

Thinke how you maime your honour;

(For now I am ſet a begging Sir, I am deafe

To all but your compaſſion) how their lives

Might breed the ruine of my name; Opinion,

Shall any thing that loves me periſh for me?

That were a cruell wiſedome, doe men proyne

The ſtraight yong Bowes that bluſh with thouſand Bloſſoms

Becauſe they may be rotten? O Duke Theſeus

The goodly Mothers that have groand for theſe,

And all the longing Maides that ever lov’d,

If your vow ſtand, ſhall curſe me and my Beauty,

And in their funerall ſongs, for theſe two Coſens

Deſpiſe my crueltie, and cry woe worth me,

Till I am nothing but the ſcorne of women;

For heavens ſake ſave their lives, and baniſh ‘em.


On what conditions?


Sweare ‘em never more

To make me their Contention, or to know me,

To tread upon thy Dukedome, and to be

Where ever they ſhall travel, ever ſtrangers to one another.


Ile be cut a peeces

Before I take this oth, forget I love her?

O all ye gods diſpiſe me then: Thy Baniſhment

I not miſlike, ſo we may fairely carry

Our Swords, and cauſe along: elſe never trifle,

But take our lives Duke, I muſt love and will,

And for that love, muſt and dare kill this Coſen

On any peece the earth has.


Will you Arcite

Take theſe conditions?


He’s a villaine then.


Theſe are men.


No, never Duke. Tis worſe to me than begging

To take my life ſo baſely, though I thinke

I never ſhall enjoy her, yet ile preſerve

The honour of affeƈtion, and dye for her,

Make death a Devill.


What may be done? for now I feele compaſſion.


Let it not fall agen Sir.


Say Emilia

If one of them were dead, as one muſt, are you

Content to take th’ other to your husband?

They cannot both enjoy you; They are Princes

As goodly as your owne eyes, and as noble

As ever fame yet ſpoke of; looke upon ‘em,

And if you can love, end this difference,

I give conſent, are you content too Princes?


With all our ſoules.


He that ſhe refuſes

Muſt dye then.


Any death thou canſt invent Duke.


If I fall from that mouth, I fall with favour,

And Lovers yet unborne ſhall bleſſe my aſhes.


If ſhe refuſe me, yet my grave will wed me,

And Souldiers ſing my Epitaph.


Make choice then.


I cannot Sir, they are both too excellent

For me, a hayre ſhall never fall of theſe men.


What will become of ‘em?


Thus I ordaine it,

And by mine honor, once againe it ſtands,

Or both ſhall dye. You ſhall both to your Countrey,

And each within this moneth accompanied

With three faire Knights, appeare againe in this place,

In which Ile plant a Pyramid; and whether

Before us that are here, can force his Coſen

By fayre and knightly ſtrength to touch the Pillar,

He ſhall enjoy her: the other looſe his head,

And all his friends; Nor ſhall he grudge to fall,

Nor thinke he dies with intereſt in this Lady:

Will this content yee?


Yes: here Coſen Arcite

I am friends againe, till that howre.


I embrace ye.


Are you content Siſter?


Yes, I muſt Sir,

Els both miſcarry.


Come ſhake hands againe then,

And take heede, as you are Gentlemen, this Quarrell

Sleepe till the howre prefixt, and hold your courſe.


We dare not faile thee Theſeus.


Come, Ile give ye

Now uſage like to Princes, and to Friends:

When ye returne, who wins, Ile ſettle heere,

Who looſes, yet Ile weepe upon his Beere.


Aƈtus Quartus.

Scæna I.

Enter Iailor, and his friend.


Heare you no more, was nothing ſaide of me

Concerning the eſcape of Palamon?

Good Sir remember.

1. Fr.

Nothing that I heard,

For I came home before the buſines

Was fully ended: Yet I might perceive

Ere I departed, a great likelihood

Of both their pardons: For Hipolita,

And faire-eyd Emilie, upon their knees

Begd with ſuch hanſom pitty, that the Duke

Me thought ſtood ſtaggering, whether he ſhould follow

His raſh oth, or the ſweet compaſſion

Of thoſe two Ladies; and to ſecond them,

That truely noble Prince Perithous

Halfe his owne heart, ſet in too, that I hope

All ſhall be well: Neither heard I one queſtion

Of your name, or his ſcape.

Enter 2. Friend.


Pray heaven it hold ſo.

2. Fr.

Be of good comfort man; I bring you newes,

Good newes.


They are welcome,

2. Fr.

Palamon has cleerd you,

And got your pardon, and diſcoverd

How, and by whoſe means he eſcapt, which was your Daughters,

Whoſe pardon is procurd too, and the Priſoner

Not to be held ungratefull to her goodnes,

Has given a ſumme of money to her Marriage,

A large one ile aſſure you.


Ye are a good man

And ever bring good newes.

1. Fr.

How was it ended?

2. Fr.

Why, as it ſhould be; they that nev’r begd

But they prevaild, had their ſuites fairely granted,

The priſoners have their lives.

1. Fr.

I knew t’would be ſo.

2. Fr.

But there be new conditions, which you’l heare of

At better time.


I hope they are good.

2. Fr.

They are honourable,

How good they’l prove, I know not.

Enter Wooer.

1. Fr.

T’will be knowne.


Alas Sir, wher’s your Daughter?


Why doe you aske?


O Sir when did you ſee her?

2. Fr.

How he lookes?


This morning.


Was ſhe well? was ſhe in health? Sir, when did ſhe ſleepe?

1. Fr.

Theſe are ſtrange Queſtions.


I doe not thinke ſhe was very well, for now

You make me minde her, but this very day

I ask’d her queſtions, and ſhe anſwered me

So farre from what ſhe was, ſo childiſhly.

So ſillily, as if ſhe were a foole,

An Inocent, and I was very angry.

But what of her Sir?


Nothing but my pitty; but you muſt know it, and as good by me

As by an other that leſſe loves her:


Well Sir.

1. Fr.

Not right?

2. Fr.

Not well? ――Wooer, No Sir not well.


Tis too true, ſhe is mad.

1. Fr.

It cannot be.


Beleeve you’l finde it ſo.


I halfe ſuſpeƈted

What you told me: the gods comfort her:

Either this was her love to Palamon,

Or feare of my miſcarrying on his ſcape,

Or both.


Tis likely.


But why all this haſte Sir?


Ile tell you quickly. As I late was angling

In the great Lake that lies behind the Pallace,

From the far ſhore, thicke ſet with reedes, and Sedges,

As patiently I was attending ſport,

I heard a voyce, a ſhrill one, and attentive

I gave my eare, when I might well perceive

T’was one that ſung, and by the ſmallneſſe of it

A boy or woman. I then left my angle

To his owne skill, came neere, but yet perceivd not

Who made the ſound; the ruſhes, and the Reeds

Had ſo encompaſt it: I laide me downe

And liſtned to the words ſhe ſong, for then

Through a small glade cut by the Fiſher men,

I ſaw it was your Daughter.


Pray goe on Sir?


She ſung much, but no ſence; onely I heard her

Repeat this often. Palamon is gone,

Is gone to’th wood to gather Mulberies,

Ile finde him out to morrow.

1. Fr.

Pretty ſoule.


His ſhackles will betray him, hee’l be taken,

And what ſhall I doe then? Ile bring a beavy,

A hundred blacke eyd Maides, that love as I doe

With Chaplets on their heads of Daffadillies,

With cherry-lips, and cheekes of Damaske Roſes,

And all wee’l daunce an Antique fore the Duke,

And beg his pardon; Then ſhe talk’d of you Sir;

That you muſt looſe your head to morrow morning,

And ſhe muſt gather flowers to bury you,

And ſee the houſe made handſome, then ſhe ſung

Nothing but Willow, willow, willow, and betweene

Ever was, Palamon, faire Palamon,

And Palamon, was a tall yong man. The place

Was knee deepe where ſhe ſat; her careles Treſſes,

A wreake of bull-ruſh rounded; about her ſtucke

Thouſand freſh water flowers of ſeverall cullors.

That me thought ſhe appeard like the faire Nimph

That feedes the lake with waters, or as Iris

Newly dropt downe from heaven; Rings ſhe made

Of ruſhes that grew by, and to ‘em ſpoke

The prettieſt poſies: Thus our true love’s tide,

This you may looſe, not me, and many a one:

And then ſhe wept, and ſung againe, and ſigh’d,

And with the ſame breath ſmil’d, and kiſt her hand.

2. Fr.

Alas what pitty it is?


I made in to her.

She ſaw me, and ſtraight ſought the flood, I ſav’d her,

And ſet her ſafe to land: when preſently

She ſlipt away, and to the Citty made,

With ſuch a cry, and ſwiftnes, that beleeve me

Shee left me farre behinde her; three, or foure,

I ſaw from farre off croſſe her, one of ‘em

I knew to be your brother, where ſhe ſtaid,

And fell, ſcarce to be got away: I left them with her.

Enter Brother, Daughter, and others.

And hether came to tell you: Here they are.


May you never more enjoy the light, &c.

Is not this a fine Song?


O a very fine one.


I can ſing twenty more.


I thinke you can,


Yes truely can I, I can ſing the Broome,

And Bony Robin. Are not you a tailour?




Wher’s my wedding Gowne?


Ile bring it to morrow.


Doe, very rarely, I muſt be abroad elſe

To call the Maides, and pay the Minſtrels

For I muſt looſe my Maydenhead by cocklight

Twill never thrive elſe.

O faire, oh sweete, &c.



You muſt ev’n take it patiently.


Tis true,


Good’ev’n, good men, pray did you ever heare

Of one yong Palamon?


Yes wench we know him.


Is’t not a fine yong Gentleman?


Tis, Love.


By no meane croſſe her, ſhe is then diſtemperd

For worſe then now ſhe ſhowes.

1. Fr.

Yes, he’s a fine man.


O, is he ſo? you have a Siſter.

1. Fr.



But ſhe ſhall never have him, tell her ſo,

For a tricke that I know, y’had beſt looke to her,

For if ſhe ſee him once, ſhe’s gone, ſhe’s done,

And undon in an howre. All the young Maydes

Of our Towne are in love with him, but I laugh at’em

And let ‘em all alone, Is’t not a wiſe courſe?

1. Fr.



There is at leaſt two hundred now with child by him,

There muſt be fowre; yet I keepe cloſe for all this,

Cloſe as a Cockle; and all theſe muſt be Boyes,

He has the tricke on’t, and at ten yeares old

They muſt be all gelt for Muſitians,

And ſing the wars of Theſeus.

2. Fr.

This is ſtrange.


As ever you heard, but ſay nothing.

1. Fr.



They come from all parts of the Dukedome to him

Ile warrant ye, he had not ſo few laſt night

As twenty to diſpatch, hee’l tickl’t up

In two howres, if his hand be in.


She’s loſt

Paſt all cure.


Heaven forbid man.


Come hither, you are a wiſe man.

1. Fr.

Do’s ſhe know him?

1. Fr.

No, would ſhe did.


You are maſter of a Ship?




Wher’s your Compaſſe?




Set it too’th North.

And now direƈt your courſe to’th wood, wher Palamon

Lyes longing for me; For the Tackling

Let me alone; Come waygh my hearts, cheerely.


Owgh, owgh, owgh, tis up, the wind’s faire, top the

Bowling, out with the maine ſaile, wher’s your

Whiſtle Maſter?


Lets get her in.


Vp to the top Boy.


Wher’s the Pilot?

1. Fr.



What ken’ſt thou?

2. Fr.

A faire wood.


Beare for it maſter: take about:


When Cinthia with her borrowed light, &c.


Scæna 2.

Enter Emilia alone, with 2. Piƈtures.


Yet I may binde thoſe wounds up, that muſt open

And bleed to death for my ſake elſe; Ile chooſe,

And end their ſtrife: Two ſuch yong hanſom men

Shall never fall for me, their weeping Mothers,

Following the dead cold aſhes of their Sonnes

Shall never curſe my cruelty: Good heaven,

What a ſweet face has Arcite? if wiſe nature

With all her beſt endowments, all thoſe beuties

She ſowes into the birthes of noble bodies,

Were here a mortall woman, and had in her

The coy denialls of yong Maydes, yet doubtles,

She would run mad for this man: what an eye?

Of what a fyry ſparkle, and quick ſweetnes,

Has this yong Prince? Here Love himſelfe ſits ſmyling,

Iuſt ſuch another wanton Ganimead,

Set Love a fire with, and enforcd the god

Snatch up the goodly Boy, and ſet him by him

A ſhining conſtellation: What a brow,

Of what a ſpacious Majeſty he carries?

Arch’d like the great eyd Iuno’s, but far ſweeter,

Smoother then Pelops Shoulder? Fame and honour

Me thinks from hence, as from a Promontory

Pointed in heaven, ſhould clap their wings, and ſing

To all the under world, the Loves, and Fights

Of gods, and ſuch men neere ‘em. Palamon,

Is but his foyle, to him, a meere dull ſhadow,

Hee’s ſwarth, and meagre, of an eye as heavy

As if he had loſt his mother; a ſtill temper,

No ſtirring in him, no alacrity,

Of all this ſprightly ſharpenes, not a ſmile;

Yet theſe that we count errours may become him:

Narciſſus was a ſad Boy, but a heavenly:

Oh who can finde the bent of womans fancy?

I am a Foole, my reaſon is loſt in me,

I have no choice, and I have ly’d ſo lewdly

That women ought to beate me. On my knees

I aske thy pardon: Palamon, thou art alone,

And only beutifull, and theſe the eyes,

Theſe the bright lamps of beauty, that command

And threaten Love, and what yong Mayd dare croſſe ‘em

What a bold gravity, and yet inviting

Has this browne manly face? O Love, this only

From this howre is Complexion: Lye there Arcite,

Thou art a changling to him, a meere Gipſey.

And this the noble Bodie: I am ſotted,

Vtterly loſt: My Virgins faith has fled me.

For if my brother but even now had ask’d me

Whether I lov’d, I had run mad for Arcite,

Now if my Siſter; More for Palamon,

Stand both together: Now, come aske me Brother,

Alas, I know not: aske me now ſweet Siſter,

I may goe looke; What a meere child is Fancie,

That having two faire gawdes of equall ſweetneſſe,

Cannot diſtinguiſh, but muſt crie for both.

Enter Emil. and Gent.


How now Sir?


From the Noble Duke your Brother

Madam, I bring you newes: The Knights are come.


To end the quarrell?




Would I might end firſt:

What ſinnes have I committed, chaſt Diana,

That my unſpotted youth muſt now be ſoyld

With blood of Princes? and my Chaſtitie

Be made the Altar, where the lives of Lovers,

Two greater, and two better never yet

Made mothers joy, muſt be the ſacrifice

To my unhappy Beautie?

Enter Theſeus, Hipolita, Perithous and attendants.


Bring ‘em in quickly,

By any meanes, I long to ſee ‘em.

Your two contending Lovers are return’d,

And with them their faire Knights: Now my faire Siſter,

You muſt love one of them.


I had rather both,

So neither for my ſake ſhould fall untimely

Enter Meſſengers. Curtis.


Who ſaw ‘em?


I a while.


And I.


From whence come you Sir?


From the Knights.


Pray ſpeake

You that have ſeene them, what they are.


I will Sir.

And truly what I thinke: Six braver ſpirits

Then theſe they have brought, (if we judge by the outſide)

I never ſaw, nor read of. He that ſtands

In the firſt place with Arcite, by his ſeeming

Should be a ſtout man, by his face a Prince,

(His very lookes ſo ſay him) his complexion,

Nearer a browne, than blacke; ſterne, and yet noble,

Which ſhewes him hardy, feareleſſe, proud of dangers:

The circles of his eyes ſhow faire within him,

And as a heated Lyon, ſo he lookes;

His haire hangs long behind him, blacke and ſhining

Like Ravens wings: his ſhoulders broad, and ſtrong,

Armd long and round, and on his Thigh a Sword

Hung by a curious Bauldricke; when he frownes

To ſeale his will with, better o’my conſcience

Was never Souldiers friend.


Thou ha’ſt well deſcribde him,


Yet a great deale ſhort

Me thinkes, of him that’s firſt with Palamon.


Pray ſpeake him friend.


I gheſſe he is a Prince too,

And if it may be, greater; for his ſhow

Has all the ornament of honour in’t:

Hee’s ſomewhat bigger, then the Knight he ſpoke of,

But of a face far ſweeter; His complexion

Is (as a ripe grape) ruddy: he has felt

Without doubt what he fights for, and ſo apter

To make this cauſe his owne: In’s face appeares

All the faire hopes of what he undertakes,

And when he’s angry, then a ſetled valour

(Not tainted with extreames) runs through his body,

And guides his arme to brave things: Feare he cannot,

He ſhewes no ſuch ſoft temper, his head’s yellow,

Hard hayr’d, and curld, thicke twind like Ivy tops,

Not to undoe with thunder; In his face

The liverie of the warlike Maide appeares,

Pure red, and white, for yet no beard has bleſt him.

And in his rowling eyes, ſits viƈtory,

As if ſhe ever ment to coreƈt his valour:

His Noſe ſtands high, a Charaƈter of honour.

His red lips, after fights, are fit for Ladies.


Muſt theſe men die too?


When he ſpeakes, his tongue

Sounds like a Trumpet; All his lyneaments

Are as a man would wiſh ‘em, ſtrong, and cleane,

He weares a well-ſteeld Axe, the ſtaffe of gold,

His age ſome five and twenty.


Ther’s another,

A little man, but of a tough ſoule, ſeeming

As great as any: fairer promiſes

In ſuch a Body, yet I never look’d on.


O, he that’s freckle fac’d?


The ſame my Lord,

Are they not ſweet ones?


Yes they are well.


Me thinkes,

Being ſo few, and well diſpoſd, they ſhow

Great, and fine art in nature, he’s white hair’d,

Not wanton white, but ſuch a manly colour

Next to an aborne, tough, and nimble ſet,

Which ſhowes an aƈtive ſoule; his armes are brawny

Linde with ſtrong ſinewes: To the ſhoulder peece,

Gently they ſwell, like women new conceav’d,

Which ſpeakes him prone to labour, never fainting

Vnder the waight of Armes; ſtout harted, ſtill,

But when he ſtirs, a Tiger; he’s gray eyd,

Which yeelds compaſſion where he conquers: ſharpe

To ſpy advantages, and where he finds ‘em,

He’s ſwift to make ‘em his: He do’s no wrongs,

Nor takes none; he’s round fac’d, and when he ſmiles

He ſhowes a Lover, when he frownes, a Souldier:

About his head he weares the winners oke,

And in it ſtucke the favour of his Lady:

His age, ſome ſix and thirtie. In his hand

He beares a charging Staffe, emboſt with ſilver.


Are they all thus?


They are all the ſonnes of honour.


Now as I have a ſoule I long to ſee ‘em.

Lady you ſhall ſee men fight now.


I wiſh it,

But not the cauſe my Lord; They would ſhow

Bravely about the Titles of two Kingdomes;

Tis pitty Love ſhould be ſo tyrannous:

O my ſoft harted Siſter, what thinke you?

Weepe not, till they weepe blood; Wench it muſt be.


You have ſteel’d ‘em with your Beautie: honord Friend,

To you I give the Feild; pray order it,

Fitting the perſons that muſt uſe it.


Yes Sir.


Come, Ile goe viſit ‘em: I cannot ſtay,

Their fame has fir’d me ſo; Till they appeare,

Good Friend be royall.


There ſhall want no bravery.


Poore wench goe weepe, for whoſoever wins,

Looſes a noble Coſen, for thy ſins.


Scæna 3.

Enter Iailor, Wooer, Doƈtor.


Her diſtraƈtion is more at ſome time of the Moone,

Then at other ſome, is it not?


She is continually in a harmeleſſe diſtemper, ſleepes

Little, altogether without appetite, ſave often drinking,

Dreaming of another world, and a better; and what

Broken peece of matter ſo’ere ſhe’s about, the name

Palamon lardes it, that ſhe farces ev’ry buſines

Enter Daughter.

Withall, fyts it to every queſtion; Looke where

Shee comes, you ſhall perceive her behaviour.


I have forgot it quite; The burden o’nt, was downe

A downe a, and pend by no worſe man, then

Giraldo, Emilias Schoolemaſter; he’s as

Fantaſticall too, as ever he may goe upon’s legs,

For in the next world will Dido ſee Palamon, and

Then will ſhe be out of love with Eneas.


What ſtuff’s here? pore ſoule.


Ev’n thus all day long.


Now for this Charme, that I told you of, you muſt

Bring a peece of ſilver on the tip of your tongue,

Or no ferry: then if it be your chance to come where

The bleſſed ſpirits, as the’rs a ſight now; we maids

That have our Lyvers, periſh’d, crakt to peeces with

Love, we ſhall come there, and doe nothing all day long

But picke flowers with Proſerpine, then will I make

Palamon a Noſegay, then let him marke me, ―then.


How prettily ſhe’s amiſſe? note her a little further.


Faith ile tell you, ſometime we goe to Barly breake,

We of the bleſſed; alas, tis a ſore life they have i’th

Thother place, ſuch burning, frying, boyling, hiſſing,

Howling, chattring, curſing, oh they have ſhrowd

Meaſure, take heede; if one be mad, or hang or

Drowne themſelves, thither they goe, Iupiter bleſſe

Vs, and there ſhall we be put in a Caldron of

Lead, and Vſurers greaſe, amongſt a whole million of

Cutpurſes, and there boyle like a Gamon of Bacon

That will never be enough.



How her braine coynes?


Lords and Courtiers, that have got maids with

Child, they are in this place, they ſhall ſtand in fire up to the

Nav’le, and in yee up to’th hart, and there th’ offending part

burnes, and the deceaving part freezes; in troth a very gree-

vous puniſhment, as one would thinke, for ſuch a Trifle, be-

leve me one would marry a leaprous witch, to be rid on’t

Ile aſſure you.


How ſhe continues this fancie? Tis not an engraffed

Madneſſe, but a moſt thicke, and profound mellencholly.


To heare there a proud Lady, and a proud Citty

wiſſe, howle together: I were a beaſt and il’d call it good

ſport: one cries, o this ſmoake, another this fire; One cries, o,

that ever I did it behind the arras, and then howles; th’ other

curſes a ſuing fellow and her garden houſe.

Sings. I will be true, my stars, my fate, &c.

Exit. Daugh.


What thinke you of her Sir?


I think ſhe has a perturbed minde, which I cannot miniſter to.


Alas, what then?


Vnderſtand you, ſhe ever affeƈted any man, ere

She beheld Palamon?


I was once Sir, in great hope, ſhe had fixd her

Liking on this gentleman my friend.


I did thinke ſo too, and would account I had a great

Pen-worth on’t, to give halfe my ſtate, that both

She and I at this preſent ſtood unfainedly on the

Same tearmes.


That intemprat ſurfeit of her eye, hath diſtemperd the

Other ſences, they may returne and ſettle againe to

Execute their preordaind faculties, but they are

Now in a moſt extravagant vagary. This you

Muſt doe, Confine her to a place, where the light

May rather ſeeme to steale in, then be permitted; take

Vpon you (yong Sir her friend) the name of

Palamon, ſay you come to eate with her, and to

Commune of Love; this will catch her attention, for

This her minde beates upon; other objeƈts that are

Inſerted tweene her minde and eye, become the prankes

And friskins of her madnes; Sing to her, ſuch greene

Songs of Love, as ſhe ſayes Palamon hath ſung in

Priſon; Come to her, ſtucke in as ſweet flowers, as the

Seaſon is miſtres of, and thereto make an addition of

Som other compounded odours, which are grateful to the

Sence: all this ſhall become Palamon, for Palamon can

Sing, and Palamon is ſweet, and ev’ry good thing, deſire

To eate with her, crave her, drinke to her, and ſtill

Among, intermingle your petition of grace and acceptance

Into her favour: Learne what Maides have beene her

Companions, and play-pheeres, and let them repaire to

Her with Palamon in their mouthes, and appeare with

Tokens, as if they ſuggeſted for him, It is a falſehood

She is in, which is with falſehoods to be combated.

This may bring her to eate, to ſleepe, and reduce what’s

Now out of ſquare in her, into their former law, and

Regiment; I have ſeene it approved, how many times

I know not, but to make the number more, I have

Great hope in this. I will betweene the paſſages of

This projeƈt, come in with my applyance: Let us

Put it in execution; and haſten the ſucceſſe, which doubt not

Will bring forth comfort.

Floriſh. Exeunt.

Aƈtus Quintus.

Scæna 1.

Enter Theſeus, Perithous, Hipolita, attendants.


Now let ‘em enter, and before the gods

Tender their holy prayers: Let the Temples

Burne bright with ſacred fires, and the Altars

In hallowed clouds commend their ſwelling Incenſe

To thoſe above us: Let no due be wanting,

Floriſh of Cornets.

They have a noble worke in hand, will honour

The very powers that love ‘em.

Enter Palamon and Arcite, and their Knights.


Sir they enter.


You valiant and ſtrong harted Enemies

You royall German foes, that this day come

To blow that neareneſſe out that flames betweene ye;

Lay by your anger for an houre, and dove-like

Before the holy Altars of your helpers

(The all feard gods) bow downe your ſtubborne bodies,

Your ire is more than mortall; So your helpe be,

And as the gods regard ye, fight with Iuſtice,

Ile leave you to your prayers, and betwixt ye

I part my wiſhes.


Honour crowne the worthieſt.

Exit Theſeus, and his traine.


The glaſſe is running now that cannot finiſh

Till one of us expire: Thinke you but thus,

That were there ought in me which ſtrove to ſhow

Mine enemy in this buſineſſe, wer’t one eye

Againſt another: Arme oppreſt by Arme:

I would deſtroy th’ offender, Coz, I would

Though parcell of my ſelfe: Then from this gather

How I ſhould tender you.


I am in labour

To puſh your name, your auncient love, our kindred

Out of my memory; and i’th ſelfe ſame place

To ſeate ſomething I would confound: So hoyſt we

The ſayles, that muſt theſe veſſells port even where

The heavenly Lymiter pleaſes.


You ſpeake well;

Before I turne, Let me embrace thee Coſen

This I ſhall never doe agen.


One farewell.


Why let it be ſo: Farewell Coz.

Exeunt Palamon and his Knights.


Farewell Sir;

Knights, Kinſemen, Lovers, yea my Sacrifices

True worſhippers of Mars, whoſe ſpirit in you

Expells the ſeedes of feare, and th’ apprehenſion

Which ſtill is farther off it, Goe with me

Before the god of our profeſſion: There

Require of him the hearts of Lyons, and

The breath of Tigers, yea the fearceneſſe too,

Yea the ſpeed alſo, to goe on, I meane:

Elſe wiſh we to be Snayles; you know my prize

Muſt be drag’d out of blood, force and great feate

Muſt put my Garland on, where ſhe ſtickes

The Queene of Flowers: our interceſſion then

Muſt be to him that makes the Campe, a Ceſtron

Brymd with the blood of men: give me your aide

And bend your ſpirits towards him.

They kneele.

Thou mighty one, that with thy power haſt turnd

Greene Neptune into purple.

Comets prewarne, whoſe havocke in vaſte Feild

Vnearthed skulls proclaime, whoſe breath blowes downe,

The teeming Ceres foyzon, who doſt plucke

With hand armenypotent from forth blew clowdes,

The maſond Turrets, that both mak’ſt, and break’ſt

The ſtony girthes of Citties: me thy puple,

Yongeſt follower of thy Drom, inſtruƈt this day

With military skill, that to thy lawde

I may advance my Streamer, and by thee,

Be ſtil’d the Lord o’th day, give me great Mars

Some token of thy pleaſure.

Here they fall on their faces as formerly, and there is heard clanging of Armor, with a ſhort Thunder as the burſt of a Battaile, whereupon they all riſe and bow to the Altar.

O Great Correƈtor of enormous times,

Shaker of ore-rank States, thou grand decider

Of duſtie, and old tytles, that healſt with blood

The earth when it is ſicke, and curſt the world

O’th plureſie of people; I doe take

Thy ſignes auſpiciouſly, and in thy name

To my deſigne; march boldly, let us goe.


Enter Palamon and his Knights. with the former obſervance.


Our ſtars muſt glitter with new fire, or be

To daie extinƈt; our argument is love,

Which if the goddeſſe of it grant, ſhe gives

Viƈtory too, then blend your ſpirits with mine,

You, whoſe free nobleneſſe doe make my cauſe

Your perſonall hazard; to the goddeſſe Venus

Commend we our proceeding, and implore

Her power unto our partie.

Here they kneele as formerly.

Haile Soveraigne Queene of ſecrets, who haſt power

To call the feirceſt Tyrant from his rage;

And weepe unto a Girle; that ha’ſt the might

Even with an ey-glance, to choke Marſis Drom

And turne th’ allarme to whiſpers, that canſt make

A Criple floriſh with his Crutch, and cure him

Before Apollo; that may’ſt force the King

To be his subjeƈts vaſſaile, and induce

Stale gravitie to daunce, the pould Bachelour

Whoſe youth like wanton Boyes through Bonfyres

Have skipt thy flame, at ſeaventy, thou canſt catch

And make him to the ſcorne of his hoarſe throate

Abuſe yong laies of love; what godlike power

Haſt thou not power upon? To Phæbus thou

Add’ſt flames, hotter then his the heavenly fyres

Did ſcortch his mortall Son, thine him; the huntreſſe

All moyſt and cold, ſome ſay began to throw

Her Bow away, and ſigh: take to thy grace

Me thy vowd Souldier, who doe beare thy yoke

As t’wer a wreath of Roſes, yet is heavier

Then Lead it ſelfe, ſtings more than Nettles;

I have never beene foule mouthd againſt thy law,

Nev’r reveald ſecret, for I knew none; would not

Had I kend all that were; I never praƈtiſed

Vpon mans wife, nor would the Libells reade

Of liberall wits: I never at great feaſtes

Sought to betray a Beautie, but have bluſh’d

At ſimpring Sirs that did: I have beene harſh

To large Confeſſors, and have hotly ask’d them

If they had Mothers, I had one, a woman,

And women t’wer they wrong’d. I knew a man

Of eightie winters, this I told them, who

A Laſſe of foureteene brided; twas thy power

To put life into duſt, the aged Crampe

Had ſcrew’d his ſquare foote round,

The Gout had knit his fingers into knots,

Torturing Convulſions from his globie eyes,

Had almoſt drawne their ſpheeres, that what was life

In him ſeem’d torture: this Anatomie

Had by his yong faire pheare a Boy, and I

Beleev’d it was his, for ſhe ſwore it was,

And who would not beleeve her? briefe I am

To thoſe that prate and have done; no Companion

To thoſe that boaſt and have not; a defyer

To thoſe that would and cannot; a Rejoycer,

Yea him I doe not love, that tells cloſe offices

The fowleſt way, nor names concealements in

The boldeſt language, ſuch a one I am,

And vow that lover never yet made ſigh

Truer then I. O then moſt ſoft ſweet goddeſſe

Give me the viƈtory of this queſtion, which

Is true loves merit, and bleſſe me with a ſigne

Of thy great pleaſure.

Here Muſicke is heard, Doves are ſeene to flutter, they fall againe upon their faces, then on their knees.


O thou that from eleven, to ninetie raign’ſt

In mortall boſomes, whoſe chaſe is this world

And we in heards thy game; I give thee thankes

For this faire Token, which being layd unto

Mine innocent true heart, armes in aſſurance

They bow.

My body to this buſineſſe: Let us riſe

And bow before the goddeſſe: Time comes on.


Still Muſicke of Records.

Enter Emilia in white, her haire about her ſhoulders, a wheaten wreath: One in white holding up her traine, her haire ſtucke with flowers: One before her carrying a ſilver Hynde, in whic his conveyd Incenſe and ſweet odours, which being ſet upon the Altar her maides ſtanding a loofe, ſhe ſets fire to it, then they curtſey and kneele.


O ſacred, ſhadowie, cold and conſtant Queene,

Abandoner of Revells, mute contemplative,

Sweet, ſolitary, white as chaſte, and pure

As windefand Snow, who to thy femall knights

Alow’ſt no more blood than will make a bluſh,

Which is their orders robe. I heere thy Prieſt

Am humbled fore thine Altar, O vouchſafe

With that thy rare greene eye, which never yet

Beheld thing maculate, looke on thy virgin,

And ſacred ſilver Miſtris, lend thine eare

(Which nev’r heard ſcurrill terme, into whoſe port

Ne’re entred wanton ſound,) to my petition

Seaſond with holy feare; This is my laſt

Of veſtall office, I am bride habited,

But mayden harted, a husband I have pointed,

But doe not know him out of two, I ſhould

Chooſe one, and pray for his ſucceſſe, but I

Am guiltleſſe of eleƈtion of mine eyes,

Were I to looſe one, they are equall precious,

I could doombe neither, that which periſh’d ſhould

Goe too’t unſentenc’d: Therefore moſt modeſt Queene,

He of the two Pretenders, that beſt loves me

And has the trueſt title in’t, Let him

Take off my wheaten Gerland, or elſe grant

The fyle and qualitie I hold, I may

Continue in thy Band.

Here the Hynde vaniſhes under the Altar: and in the place aſcends a Roſe Tree, having one Roſe upon it.

See what our Generall of Ebbs and Flowes

Out from the bowells of her holy Altar

With ſacred aƈt advances: But one Roſe,

If well inſpird, this Battaile ſhal confound

Both theſe brave Knights, and I a virgin flowre

Muſt grow alone unpluck’d.

Here is heard a ſodaine twang of Inſtruments, and the Roſe fals from the Tree.

The flowre is falne, the Tree deſcends: O Miſtris

Thou here diſchargeſt me, I ſhall be gather’d,

I thinke ſo, but I know not thine owne will;

Vnclaſpe thy Miſterie: I hope ſhe’s pleas’d,

Her Signes were gratious.

They curtſey and Exeunt.

Scæna 2.

Enter Doƈtor, Iaylor, and Wooer, in habite of Palamon.


Has this advice I told you, done any good upon her?


O very much; The maids that kept her company

Have halfe perſwaded her that I am Palamon; within this

Halfe houre ſhe came ſmiling to me, and asked me what I

Would eate, and when I would kiſſe her: I told her

Preſently, and kiſt her twice.


Twas well done; twentie times had bin far better,

For there the cure lies mainely.


Then ſhe told me

She would watch with me to night, for well ſhe knew

What houre my fit would take me.


Let her doe ſo,

And when your fit comes, fit her home,

And preſently.


She would have me ſing.


You did ſo?




Twas very ill done then,

You ſhould obſerve her ev’ry way.



I have no voice Sir, to confirme her that way.


That’s all one, if yee make a noyſe,

If ſhe intreate againe, doe any thing,

Lye with her if ſhe aske you.


Hoa there Doƈtor.


Yes in the waie of cure.


But firſt by your leave

I’th way of honeſtie.


That’s but a niceneſſe,

Nev’r caſt your child away for honeſtie;

Cure her firſt this way, then if ſhee will be honeſt,

She has the path before her.


Thanke yee Doƈtor.


Pray bring her in

And let’s ſee how ſhee is.


I will, and tell her

Her Palamon ſtaies for her: But Doƈtor,

Me thinkes you are i’th wrong ſtill.

Exit Iaylor.


Goe, goe: you Fathers are fine Fooles: her honeſty?

And we ſhould give her phyſicke till we finde that:


Why, doe you thinke ſhe is not honeſt Sir?


How old is ſhe?


She’s eighteene.


She may be,

But that’s all one, tis nothing to our purpoſe,

What ere her Father ſaies, if you perceave

Her moode inclining that way that I ſpoke of

Videlicet, the way of fleſh, you have me.


Yet very well Sir.


Pleaſe her appetite

And doe it home, it cures her ipſo facto,

The mellencholly humour that infeƈts her.


I am of your minde Doctor.

Enter Iaylor, Daughter, Maide.


You’l finde it ſo; ſhe comes, pray honour her.


Come, your Love Palamon ſtaies for you childe,

And has done this long houre, to viſite you.


I thanke him for his gentle patience,

He’s a kind Gentleman, and I am much bound to him,

Did you nev’r ſee the horſe he gave me?




How doe you like him?


He’s a very faire one.


You never ſaw him dance?




I have often.

He daunces very finely, very comely,

And for a Iigge, come cut and long taile to him,

He turnes ye like a Top.


That’s fine indeede.


Hee’l dance the Morris twenty mile an houre,

And that will founder the beſt hobby-horſe

(If I have any skill) in all the pariſh,

And gallops to the turne of Light a’ love,

What thinke you of this horſe?


Having theſe vertues

I thinke he might be broght to play at Tennis.


Alas that’s nothing.


Can he write and reade too.


A very faire hand, and caſts himſelfe th’ accounts

Of all his hay and provender: That Hoſtler

Muſt riſe betime that cozens him; you know

The Cheſtnut Mare the Duke has?


Very well.


She is horribly in love with him, poore beaſt,

But he is like his maſter coy and ſcornefull.


What dowry has ſhe?


Some two hundred Bottles,

And twenty ſtrike of Oates, but hee’l ne’re have her;

He liſpes in’s neighing able to entice

A Millars Mare,

Hee’l be the death of her.


What ſtuffe ſhe utters?


Make curtſie, here your love comes.


Pretty ſoule

How doe ye? that’s a fine maide, ther’s a curtſie.


Yours to command ith way of honeſtie;

How far is’t now to’th end o’th world my Maſters?


Why a daies Iorney wench.


Will you goe with me?


What ſhall we doe there wench?


Why play at ſtoole ball,

What is there elſe to doe?


I am content

If we ſhall keepe our wedding there.


Tis true

For there I will aſſure you, we ſhall finde

Some blind Prieſt for the purpoſe, that will venture

To marry us, for here they are nice, and fooliſh;

Beſides my father muſt be hang’d to morrow

And that would be a blot i’th buſineſſe

Are not you Palamon?


Doe not you know me?


Yes, but you care not for me; I have nothing

But this pore petticoate, and too corſe Smockes.


That’s all one, I will have you.


Will you ſurely?


Yes by this faire hand will I.


Wee’l to bed then.


Ev’n when you will.


O Sir, you would faine be nibling.


Why doe you rub my kiſſe off?


Tis a ſweet one,

And will perfume me finely againſt the wedding.

Is not this your Coſen Arcite?


Yes ſweet heart,

And I am glad my Coſen Palamon

Has made ſo faire a choice.


Doe you thinke hee’l have me?


Yes without doubt.


Doe you thinke ſo too?




We ſhall have many children: Lord, how y’ar growne,

My Palamon I hope will grow too finely

Now he’s at liberty: Alas poore Chicken

He was kept downe with hard meate, and ill lodging

But ile kiſſe him up againe.

Enter a Meſſenger.


What doe you here, you’l looſe the nobleſt fight

That ev’r was ſeene.


Are they i’th Field?


They are

You beare a charge there too.


Ile away ſtraight

I muſt ev’n leave you here.


Nay wee’l goe with you,

I will not looſe the Fight.


How did you like her?


Ile warrant you within theſe 3. or 4. daies

Ile make her right againe. You muſt not from her

But ſtill preſerve her in this way.


I will.


Lets get her in.


Come ſweete wee’l goe to dinner

And then weele play at Cardes.


And ſhall we kiſſe too?


A hundred times


And twenty.


I and twenty.


And then wee’l ſleepe together.


Take her offer.


Yes marry will we.


But you ſhall not hurt me.


I will not ſweete.


If you doe (Love) ile cry.

Floriſh. Exeunt.

Scæna 3.

Enter Theſeus, Hipolita, Emilia, Perithous: and ſome Attendants, T. Tucke: Curtis.


Ile no ſtep further.


Will you looſe this ſight?


I had rather ſee a wren hawke at a fly

Then this deciſion ev’ry; blow that falls

Threats a brave life, each ſtroake laments

The place whereon it fals, and ſounds more like

A Bell, then blade: I will ſtay here,

It is enough my hearing ſhall be puniſhd,

With what ſhall happen, gainſt the which there is

No deaffing, but to heare; not taint mine eye

With dread ſights, it may ſhun.


Sir, my good Lord

Your Siſter will no further.


Oh ſhe muſt.

She ſhall ſee deeds of honour in their kinde,

Which ſometime ſhow well pencild. Nature now

Shall make, and aƈt the Story, the beleife

Both ſeald with eye, and eare; you muſt be preſent,

You are the viƈtours meede, the price, and garlond

To crowne the Queſtions title.


Pardon me,

If I were there, I’ld winke


You muſt be there;

This Tryall is as t’wer i’th night, and you

The onely ſtar to ſhine.


I am extinƈt,

There is but envy in that light, which ſhowes

The one the other: darkenes which ever was

The dam of horrour, who do’s ſtand accurſt

Of many mortall Millions, may even now

By caſting her blacke mantle over both

That neither could finde other, get her ſelfe

Some part of a good name, and many a murther

Set off wherto she’s guilty.


You muſt goe.


In faith I will not.


Why the knights muſt kindle

Their valour at your eye: know of this war

You are the Treaſure, and muſt needes be by

To give the Service pay.


Sir pardon me,

The tytle of a kingdome may be tride

Out of it ſelfe.


Well, well then, at your pleaſure,

Thoſe that remaine with you, could wiſh their office

To any of their Enemies.


Farewell Siſter,

I am like to know your husband fore your ſelfe

By ſome ſmall ſtart of time, he whom the gods

Doe of the two know beſt, I pray them he

Be made your Lot.

Exeunt Theſeus, Hipolita, Perithous, &c.


Arcite is gently viſagd; yet his eye

Is like an Engyn bent, or a ſharpe weapon

In a ſoft ſheath; mercy, and manly courage

Are bedfellowes in his viſage: Palamon

Has a moſt menacing aspeƈt, his brow

Is grav’d, and ſeemes to bury what it frownes on,

Yet ſometime tis not ſo, but alters to

The quallity of his thoughts; long time his eye

Will dwell upon his objeƈt. Mellencholly

Becomes him nobly; So do’s Arcites mirth,

But Palamons ſadnes is a kinde of mirth,

So mingled, as if mirth did make him ſad,

And ſadnes, merry; thoſe darker humours that

Sticke misbecomingly on others, on them

Live in faire dwelling.

Cornets. Trompets ſound as to a charge.

Harke how yon ſpurs to ſpirit doe incite

The Princes to their proofe, Arcite may win me,

And yet may Palamon wound Arcite to

The ſpoyling of his figure. O what pitty

Enough for ſuch a chance; if I were by

I might doe hurt, for they would glance their eies

Toward my Seat, and in that motion might

Omit a ward, or forfeit an offence

Which crav’d that very time: it is much better

(Cornets, a great cry and noice within crying a Palamon.)

I am not there, oh better never borne

Then miniſter to ſuch harme, what is the chance?

Enter Servant.


The Crie’s a Palamon.


Then he has won: Twas ever likely,

He lookd all grace and ſucceſſe, and he is

Doubtleſſe the prim’ſt of men: I pre’thee run

And tell me how it goes.

Showt, and Cornets: Crying a Palamon.


Still Palamon.


Run and enquire, poore Servant thou haſt loſt,

Vpon my right ſide ſtill I wore thy piƈture,

Palamons on the left, why ſo, I know not,

I had no end in’t; elſe chance would have it ſo.

Another cry, and ſhowt within, and Cornets.

On the ſiniſter ſide, the heart lyes; Palamon

Had the beſt boding chance: This burſt of clamour

Is ſure th’ end o’th Combat.

Enter Servant.


They ſaide that Palamon had Arcites body

Within an inch o’th Pyramid, that the cry

Was generall a Palamon: But anon,

Th’ Aſſiſtants made a brave redemption, and

The two bold Tytlers, at this inſtant are

Hand to hand at it.


Were they metamorphiſd

Both into one; oh why? there were no woman

Worth ſo compoſd a Man: their ſingle ſhare,

Their noblenes peculier to them, gives

The prejudice of diſparity values ſhortnes

Cornets. Cry within, Arcite, Arcite.

To any Lady breathing―――More exulting?

Palamon ſtill?


Nay, now the ſound is Arcite.


I pre’thee lay attention to the Cry.

Cornets. A great ſhowt and cry, Arcite, viƈtory.

Set both thine eares to’th buſines.


The cry is

Arcite, and viƈtory, harke Arcite, viƈtory,

The Combats conſummation is proclaim’d

By the wind Inſtruments.


Halfe ſights ſaw

That Arcite was no babe: god’s lyd, his richnes

And coſtlines of ſpirit look’t through him, it could

No more be hid in him, then fire in flax,

Then humble banckes can goe to law with waters,

That drift windes, force to raging: I did thinke

Good Palamon would miſcarry, yet I knew not

Why I did thinke ſo; Our reaſons are not prophets

When oft our fancies are: They are comming off:

Alas poore Palamon.


Enter Theſeus, Hipolita, Pirithous, Arcite as viƈtor, and attendants, &c.


Lo, where our Siſter is in expeƈtation,

Yet quaking, and unſetled: Faireſt Emily,

The gods by their divine arbitrament

Have given you this Knight, he is a good one

As ever ſtrooke at head: Give me your hands;

Receive you her, you him, be plighted with

A love that growes, as you decay;



To buy you, I have loſt what’s deereſt to me,

Save what is bought, and yet I purchaſe cheapely,

As I doe rate your value.


O loved Siſter,

He ſpeakes now of as brave a Knight as ere

Did ſpur a noble Steed: Surely the gods

Would have him die a Batchelour, leaſt his race

Should ſhew i’th world too godlike: His behaviour

So charmd me, that me thought Alcides was

To him a ſow of lead: if I could praiſe

Each part of him to’th all; I have ſpoke, your Arcite

Did not looſe by’t; For he that was thus good

Encountred yet his Better, I have heard

Two emulous Philomels, beate the eare o’th night

With their contentious throates, now one the higher,

Anon the other, then againe the firſt,

And by and by out breaſted, that the ſence

Could not be judge betweene ’em: So it far’d

Good ſpace betweene theſe kineſmen; till heavens did

Make hardly one the winner: weare the Girlond

With joy that you have won: For the ſubdude,

Give them our preſent Iuſtice, ſince I know

Their lives but pinch ‘em; Let it here be done:

The Sceane’s not for our ſeeing, goe we hence,

Right joyfull, with ſome ſorrow. Arme your prize,

I know you will not looſe her: Hipolita

I ſee one eye of yours conceives a teare

The which it will deliver.



Is this wynning?

Oh all you heavenly powers where is your mercy?

But that your wils have ſaide it muſt be ſo,

And charge me live to comfort this unfriended,

This miſerable Prince, that cuts away

A life more worthy from him, then all women;

I ſhould, and would die too.


Infinite pitty

That fowre ſuch eies ſhould be ſo fixd on one

That two muſt needes be blinde fort.


So it is.


Scæna 4.

Enter Palamon and his Knightes pyniond: Iaylor, Executioner, &c. Gard.

Ther’s many a man alive, that hath out liv’d

The love o’th people, yea i’th ſelfeſame ſtate

Stands many a Father with his childe; ſome comfort

We have by ſo conſidering: we expire

And not without mens pitty. To live ſtill,

Have their good wiſhes, we prevent

The loathſome miſery of age, beguile,

The Gowt and Rheume, that in lag howres attend

For grey approachers; we come towards the gods

Yong, and unwrapper’d not, halting under Crymes

Many and ſtale: that ſure ſhall pleaſe the gods

Sooner than ſuch, to give us Neƈtar with ‘em,

For we are more cleare Spirits. My deare kinſemen.

Whoſe lives (for this poore comfort) are laid downe,

You have ſould ‘em too too cheape.

1. K.

What ending could be

Of more content? ore us the viƈtors have

Fortune, whoſe title is as momentary,

As to us death is certaine: A graine of honour

They not ore’-weigh us.

2. K.

Let us bid farewell;

And with our patience, anger tottring Fortune,

Who at her certain’ſt reeles.

3. K.

Come? who begins?


Ev’n he that led you to this Banket, ſhall

Taſte to you all: ah ha my Friend, my Friend,

Your gentle daughter gave me freedome once;

You’l ſee’t done now for ever: pray how do’es ſhe?

I heard ſhe was not well; her kind of ill

gave me ſome ſorrow.


Sir ſhe’s well reſtor’d,

And to be marryed ſhortly.


By my ſhort life

I am moſt glad on’t; Tis the lateſt thing

I ſhall be glad of, pre’thee tell her ſo:

Commend me to her, and to peece her portion

Tender her this.

1. K.

Nay lets be offerers all.

2. K.

Is it a maide?


Verily I thinke ſo,

A right good creature, more to me deſerving

Then I can quight or ſpeake of.

All K.

Commend us to her.

They give their purſes.


The gods requight you all,

And make her thankefull.


Adiew; and let my life be now as ſhort,

As my leave taking.

Lies on the Blocke.

1. K.

Leade couragious Coſin.

1. 2. K.

Wee’l follow cheerefully.

A great noiſe within crying, run, ſave hold:

Enter in haſt a Meſſenger.


Hold, hold, O hold, hold, hold.

Enter Pirithous in haſte.


Hold hoa: It is a curſed haſt you made

If you have done ſo quickly: noble Palamon,

The gods will ſhew their glory in a life

That thou art yet to leade.


Can that be,

When Venus I have ſaid is falſe? How doe things fare?


Ariſe great Sir, and give the tydings eare

That are moſt early ſweet, and bitter.



Hath wakt us from our dreame?


Liſt then: your Coſen

Mounted upon a Steed that Emily

Did firſt beſtow on him, a blacke one, owing

Not a hayre worth of white, which ſome will ſay

Weakens his price, and many will not buy

His goodneſſe with this note: Which ſuperſtition

Heere findes allowance: On this horſe is Arcite

Trotting the ſtones of Athens, which the Calkins

Did rather tell, then trample; for the horſe

Would make his length a mile, if’t pleaſ’d his Rider

To put pride in him: as he thus went counting

The flinty pavement, dancing as t’wer to’th Muſicke

His owne hoofes made; (for as they ſay from iron

Came Muſickes origen) what envious Flint,

Cold as old Saturne, and like him poſſeſt

With fire malevolent, darted a Sparke

Or what feirce ſulphur elſe, to this end made,

I comment not; the hot horſe, hot as fire

Tooke Toy at this, and fell to what diſorder

His power could give his will, bounds, comes on end,

Forgets ſchoole dooing, being therein traind,

And of kind mannadge, pig-like he whines

At the ſharpe Rowell, which he freats at rather

Then any jot obaies; ſeekes all foule meanes

Of boyſtrous and rough Iadrie, to diſ-ſeate

His Lord, that kept it bravely: when nought ſerv’d,

When neither Curb would cracke, girth breake nor diffring plunges

Diſ-roote his Rider whence he grew, but that

He kept him tweene his legges, on his hind hoofes

on end he ſtands

That Arcites leggs being higher then his head

Seem’d with ſtrange art to hang: His viƈtors wreath

Even then fell off his head: and preſently

Backeward the Iade comes ore, and his full poyze

Becomes the Riders loade: yet is he living,

But ſuch a veſſell tis, that floates but for

The ſurge that next approaches: he much deſires

To have ſome ſpeech with you: Loe he appeares.

Enter Theſeus, Hipolita, Emilia, Arcite, in a chaire.


O miſerable end of our alliance

The gods are mightie Arcite, if thy heart,

Thy worthie, manly heart be yet unbroken:

Give me thy laſt words, I am Palamon,

One that yet loves thee dying.


Take Emilia

And with her, all the worlds joy: Reach thy hand,

Farewell: I have told my laſt houre; I was falſe,

Yet never treacherous: Forgive me Coſen:

One kiſſe from faire Emilia: Tis done:

Take her: I die.


Thy brave ſoule ſeeke Elizium.


Ile cloſe thine eyes Prince: bleſſed ſoules be with thee,

Thou art a right good man, and while I live,

This day I give to teares.


And I to honour.


In this place firſt you fought: ev’n very here

I ſundred you, acknowledge to the gods

Our thankes that you are living:

His part is playd, and though it were too ſhort

He did it well: your day is lengthned, and,

The bliſſefull dew of heaven do’s arowze you.

The powerfull Venus, well hath grac’d her Altar,

And given you your love: Our Maſter Mars

Haſt vouch’d his Oracle, and to Arcite gave

The grace of the Contention: So the Deities

Have ſhewd due juſtice: Beare this hence.


O Coſen,

That we ſhould things deſire, which doe coſt us

The loſſe of our deſire; That nought could buy

Deare love, but loſſe of deare love.


Never Fortune

Did play a ſubtler Game: The conquerd triumphes,

The viƈtor has the Loſſe: yet in the paſſage,

The gods have beene moſt equall: Palamon,

Your kinſeman hath confeſt the right o’th Lady

Did lye in you, for you firſt ſaw her, and

Even then proclaimd your fancie: He reſtord her

As your ſtolne Iewell, and deſir’d your ſpirit

To ſend him hence forgiven; The gods my juſtice

Take from my hand, and they themſelves become

The Executioners: Leade your Lady off;

And call your Lovers from the ſtage of death,

Whom I adopt my Frinds. A day or two

Let us looke ſadly, and give grace unto

The Funerall of Arcite, in whoſe end

The viſages of Bridegroomes weele put on

And ſmile with Palamon; for whom an houre,

But one houre ſince, I was as dearely ſorry,

As glad of Arcite: and am now as glad,

As for him ſorry. O you heavenly Charmers,

What things you make of us? For what we lacke

We laugh, for what we have, are ſorry ſtill,

Are children in ſome kind. Let us be thankefull

For that which is, and with you leave diſpute

That are above our queſtion: Let’s goe off,

And beare us like the time.

Floriſh. Exeunt.


I would now aske ye how ye like the Play,

But as it is with Schoole Boyes, cannot ſay,

I am cruell fearefull: pray yet ſtay a while,

And let me looke upon ye: No man ſmile?

Then it goes hard I ſee; He that has

Lov’d a yong hanſome wench then, ſhow his face:

Tis ſtrange if none be heere, and if he will

Againſt his Conſcience let him hiſſe, and kill

Our Market: Tis in vaine, I ſee to ſtay yee,

Have at the worſt can come, then; Now what ſay ye?

And yet miſtake me not: I am not bold

We have no ſuch cauſe. If the tale we have told

(For tis no other) any way content ye)

(For to that honeſt purpoſe it was ment ye)

We have our end; and ye ſhall have ere long

I dare ſay many a better, to prolong

Your old loves to us: we, and all our might,

Reſt at your ſervice, Gentlemen, good night.



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