forth an Archer, who must kill the Lion in a dumb show, and
then depart. Ate remains.
At6. In poenam sectaiur et umbra.
A mighty lion, ruler of the woods,
Of wondrous strength and great proportion,
With hideous noise soaring the trembling trees,
With yelling clamours shaking all the earth,
Traversed the groves, and chased the wandering beasts :
Long did he range amid the shady trees.
And drave the silly beasts before his face ;
When suddenly from out a thorny bush
A dreadM archer with his bow y-bent.
Wounded the lion with a dismal shaft :
So he him struck, that it drew forth the blood.
And fill'd his funous heart with fretting ire.
But all in vain he threat'neth teeth and paws
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And sparkleth fire from forth his flaming eyes.
For the shsurp shaft gave him a mortal wound :
So valiant brute, the terror of the world.
Whose only looks did scare his enemies,
The archer Death brought to his latest end.
O, what may long abide above this ground.
In state of bUss and healthful happiness ! lExit»
JEnter Bbutxts, carried in a chair i LOCBINE, Gambeb, Alba-
NACT, GOBINBUS, GUENDOLEN, ASSABACUS, DBBON, and
Bru. Most loyal lords, and faithful followers.
That have with me, unworthy general,
Pass^ the greedv gulf of ocean.
Leaving the confines of fkir Italy.
Behold, your Brutus draweth nign his end.
And I must leave you, though against mv will.
My sinews shrink, my numbed senses fail,
A ohillins cold poss^seth all my bones ;
Black ugnr Death, with visage pale and wan.
Presents himself before my dazzled eyes,
And with his dart prepared is to strike.
These arms, my lords, these never-daunted arms,
That oft have quell'd the courage of my foes.
And eke* di8may*d my neighbours' arrogance,
Now yield to death, o'erlaid with crooked age.
Devoid of strength and of their proper force.
Even as the lus^ cedar worn with years,
Thflft far abroad ner dainty odour throws,
'Mongst all the daughters of jproud Lebanon,
This heart, my lords, this ne er-appalled heart,
That was a terror to the bordering lands,
A dolefUl scourge unto my neighbour kings^
Now by the weapons of unpartial death
Is clove asunder, and bereft of life :
As when the sacred oak with thunderbolts,
Sent from the fierj; circuit of the heavens,
SHding along the air's celestial vaults.
Is rent and dovMi to the very roots.
In vain, therefore, I struggle with this foe ;
Then welcome death, since Qod will have it so.
Assctr, Alas ! my lord, we sorrow at your case;,
And grieve to see your person vexed thus.
But whatsoe'er the Pates determined have,
It Ueth not in us to disannul ;
And he that would annihilate their minds,t
Soaring with Icarus too near the sun,
May catch a fall with voung Belleropnon.
For when the fatal sisters nave decreed
* Alao. V t I.e. their wills.
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To separate us from this earthly mould,
^o mortal force can countermand their minds.
Then, worthy lord, since there's no way hut one,*
Cease your laments, and leave your grievous moan.
Cor, Your hiehness knows how many victories,
How many trophies I erected have
Triumphsmtly m every place we came.
The Grecian monarch, warlike Pandrasus,
And all the crew of the Molossians ;
€k>fiOBurius, the arm-strong king of Gauls,
Have felt the force of our victorious arms.
And to their cost heheld our chivalry.
Where'er Aurora, handmaid of the sun.
Where'er the sun. bright i[uardian of the day.
Where'er the loyiul day witti cheerful light,
Where'er the light illuminates the world.
The Trojans' glory flies with eolden wings-
Wings that do soar beyond fell envy's flight.
The Fame of Brutus and his followers
Pierceth the skies, and, with the skies, the throne
Of mighty Jove, commander of the world.
Them worthy Brutu& leave these sad laments ;
Comfort yourself with this your great renown.
And fear not death, though he seem terrible. *
Bru. Naj, Corineus. you mistake my mind,
In construing wrong the cause of my complaints,
I fear'd to yield myself to fatal death !
God knows it was the least of all my thought :
A greater care torments my very bones,
And makes me tremble at the thought of it ;
And in you, lordings. doth the substance Ue.
Thra. Most noble lord, if aught your lo^ peers
Accomplish may. to ease your lingering grief,
L in the name of all, protest to you.
That we will boldly enterprise the same,
Were it to enter to black Tartarus,
Where triple Cerberus, with his venomous throat,
Scareth the ghosts with high-resounding noise.
We'll either rent the bowms of the earth,
Searching the entrails of the brutish earth,
Or, with Jbdon's over-daring son,
Be bound in chains of ever-during steel.
Bru. Then hearken to your sovereign's latest words.
In which I will unto you all unfold
Our royal mind and resolute intent.
When golden Hebe, daughter to great Jove,
Cover'a my manly cheeks with youthful down.
The unhappy slaughter of my luckless sire
Drove me and old Assaraous. mine eam,t
As exiles from the bounds of Italy :
So that perforce we were constrain d to fly
* Le, GSily tlie way of death. t Uncle.
02 LOOsnrB. [iiOiM.
To Gneoia's monarch, noble Pandrasufl.
•There I alone did undertake your cause^
There I restored your antique liberty,
Though Gnecia frowned, and all Molossia storm'd ;
Though brave Antigonus, with martial band,
In pitched field encountered me and mine ;
Though Pandrasus and his oontributaries,
With all the rout of their confederates,
Sought to deface our elorious memory.
And wipe the name of Trojans from the earth :
Him did I captivate with tnis mine arm,
And by compulsion forced him to agree
To certain articles we did propound.
Prom Gnecia through the boisterous Hellespont
We came unto the fields of Lestrigon,
Whereas* our brother Gorineus was,
Since when we passed the Cilician gulf.
And so transfreting f the lUjrian sea^
Arrived on the coasts of Afiuitain ;
Where, with an army of his barbarous Gauls,
Gk)fGmus and his brother GUithelus
Encountering with our host, sustained the foil ; J
And for your sakes my Turinus there I lost,
Turinus, that slew six hundred men-at-arms,
All in an hour, with his sharp battle-axe.
Prom thence upon the stronds of Albion
To Corns' haven happily we came.
And quell'd the giants, come of Albion's race.
With Gk)gmagog, son to Samotheus,
The cursed cantain of that damned crew ;
And in that isle at lenarth I placed vou.
Now let me see, if my laborious toils,
If all my care, if all my grievous wounds.
If all mydiUgence, were well employ'd.
Cor, When first I follow'd thee and thine, brave king,
I hazarded mv life and dearest blood
To yurchase favour at your princely hands ;
And for the same, in dangerous attempts.
In sundry conflicts, and in divers broils.
I show'd the courage of my manly mind.
Per this I combated with Gathelus,
The brother to Gofljurius of Gaul ;
Por this I fought with furious Gogmagog,
A savage captain of a savage crew ;
And for these deeds brave Oomwail I received,
A grateful gift jgiven by a gracious king ;
And for this gift, his Ufe and dearest blood
Will Gorineus spend for Brutus' good.
I>eb. And what my friend, brave prince, hath vowed to you.
The same will Bebon do unto his end.
Bru, Then, loyal peers, since you are all agreed,
• Wbere. t Passing over. % Underwent the sword.
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And resolute to follow Brutus' liests,*
favour my sons, favour these orphans, lordsL
And shield them from the dangers of their foes.
Liocrin^ the column of my family.
And only pillar of mv wecucen'd age,
Ijoorine, draw near, draw near unto thy sire,
And take thy latest blessings at his hands :
And. for thou art the eldest of my sons,
Be tnou a captain to thy brethren.
And imitate thy aged father's steps,
Which will conduct thee to true nonour's gate :
Por if thou follow sacred virtue's lore,t
Thou Shalt be crowned with a laurel branch,
And wear a wreath of sempiternal tame,
Sorted^ amount the glorious happy ones.
Zoc. If Locrine do not follow your advice.
And bear himself in all things like a prince
That seeks to amplify the ^eat renown
Left unto him for an inheritage
By those that were his glorious ancestors,
liet me be flung into the ocean.
Or swallow'd in the bowels of the earth :
Or let the ruddv Ughtning of ereat Jove
Descend upon this my devoted head.
Bru. But for I see you all to be in doubt,
Who shall be matched with our royal son,
LoGrine, receive this present at my hand ;
[Taking GUEin>OLEK hp the hatuL
A gifb more rich than are the wealtl^ mines
fbund in the bowels of America.
Thou shalt be spoused to fair Guendolen :
Love her, and take her, for she is thine own.
If so thy uncle and herself do please.
Cor, And herein how your highness honours me.
It cannot now be in my speech ezprees'd ;
Por careful parents glory not so much
At their own honour and promotion,
Ab for to see the issue of tneir blood
Seated in honour and prosperity.
Gnen, And far be it from any maiden's thoughts
To contradict her aged father's wilL
Therefore, since he to whom I must obey.
Hath given me now unto your royal sell,
I will not stand aloof from off the lure,§
Like crafty dames that most of all deny
That which they most desire to possess.
JBru. Then now, my son, thy part is on the stage,
iTurtdng to LocBiKB, who kneels.
For thou must bear the person of a king.
i.P«^ the crown on his head,
* Behests* commands. t 7.0. lesson.
t Having thy lot among. ^ The halt, in hawking.
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Locrine, stand up. and wear the regal orown.
And think upon the state of majes^,
That thou with honour well mayst wear the crown :
And. if thou tend'rest these my latest words.
As tnou requir'st my soul to be at rest,
As thou desir'st thine own security.
Cherish and love thy new-betrothed wife.
Loo. No longer let me well enjoy the crown,
Than I do honour Guendolen.
Cam. My lord.
^ru. The glory of mine a^e.
And darUng of thy mother Innogen^
Take thou the South for thy domimon.
From thee there shall proceed a toyvX race,
That shall maintain, the honour of this land.
And sway the regal sceptre with their bands.
And Albanact, thy father's only joy,
Youngest in years, but not the young'st in mind,
A perfect pattern of all chiyalry.
Take thou the North for thy dominion ;
A country full of hills and ragged rodcs,
Eeplenished with fierce, untamed beasts,
As correspondent to thv martial thoughts.
Live long, my sons, with endless happmess,
And bear firm concord&nce among yourselves.
Obey the counsels of these fathers grave.
That you may better bear out violence. —
But suddenly, through weakness of my age.
And the defect* of youthful puissance,
My malady increaseth more and more.
And cruel Death hasteneth his quicken'd pace.
To dispossess me of my earthly snape.
Mine eyes wax dim, o'ercast with clouds of age.
The pangs of death comi)ass my crazed bones ;
Thus to you all my blessing I bequeath.
And, with my blessings, this my fleetmg souL
My soul in haste flies to the Elysian fields ;
My glass is run, and all my miseries
Bo end with Hfe ; death doseth up mine eyes. iDies,
Loc. Accursed stars, danm'd and accursed stars,
T'abbreviate my noble father's life !
Hard-hearted jods, and too envious fetes,
Thus to cut offmy father's fatal thread !
Brutus, that was a glory to us all,
Brutus, tiiat was a terror to his foes,
Alas ! too soon by Demogorgon's knife
The martial Brutus k bereft of life :
No sad complaints may move just Md/doa.
Cor. No dreadful tmreats can fearf just Bhadamanth.
Wert thou as strong as mighty Hercules,
• I. e, mint. f J. e. app«L
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That tamed the hiig3r monsters of the world,
Play^dst thou as sweet on the sweet-sounding lute
As did the spouse of fair Eurydioe,
That did enchant the waters with nis noise,
And made stones, hirds, and beasts, to lead a danoe.
Constrained the hilly trees to follow him,
Thou oouldst not move the judge of Erebus,
Nor move compassion in gnm rluto's heart ;
Por fatal Mors* expecteth all the world,
And every man must tread the way of death.
Brave Tantalus, the valiant Felops' sire.
Guest to the gods, suffered untimely death;
And old TithonuB, husband to the mom.
And eke grim Minos, whom just Jupiter
Deign'd to admit unto his sacrifice.
The thundering trumpets of blood-thirsty Mars,
The fearful rage of fell Tisiphone,
The boisterous waves of humid oceaiL
Are instruments and tools of dismal death.
Then, noble cousin, cease to mourn his chance.
Whose age and years were signs that he should die.
It resteth now that we inter nis bones,
That was a terror to his enemies.
Take up the corse, and princes, holdf him dead,
Who while he Uved upheld the Trojan state.
Soimd drums and trumpets ; march to Troynovant,
There to provide our chieftain's funeral [Exeunt
Enter Stbumbo ahove, in a gown, with ink and paper in Ms hand.
Strum, Either the four elements, the seveh planets, and all
the iMurtioular stars of the pole antastic, are adversative against
me, or else I was begotten and bom in the wane of the moon,
when evervthing, as Laotantius in his fourth book of Constulta-
tionst doth say, goeth arseward. Ay, master8,§ ay, you may
laugh, but I must weep ; you mav joy, but I must sorrow ;
shedding salt tears from the watery fountains of my most dainty-
ISnir eyes along my comely and smooth cheeks, in as great plenty
as the water runneth from the bucking-tubs, or red wine out of
the hogsheads. For trust me, gentlemen and^ my very good
friends, and so forth, the little god, nay the desperate Rod,|(
vrith one of his vengible bird-bolts, hath shot me into the heel :
so not only, but also, (oh fine phrase \)Ih%i/m, I bum, and I
bum-a; in love, in love, and in love-a.^ Ah ! Strumbo, what
hast thou seen ? not Dina** with the ass Tom ?** Yea, with these
ey.es, thou hast seen her; and therefore pull them out, for they
will work thy balcff Ah ! Strambo, what hast thou heard?
* Death. t Behold. % J. e. constellations.
I Vix. the spectators. N I. e. Cupid.
% The burthen of some old song^. ** Vix. Diana and Actaeon.
ft /. e. destruction.
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not the voice of the nightingale, hut a voice sweeter than hers ;
yea, with these ears hast thou heard it^ and therefore cut them,
oflf, for they have caused thy sorrow. Nay, Strumbo, kill thyself,
drown thyself, hang thyself, starve thyself. Oh, but then I shall
leave my sweetheart. Oh my heart! Now, pate, for thy' mas-
ter ! * I will *dite an ahquantf love-pistle to her, and then she
hearing the ^rand verbosity of my scripture, will love me pre-
sently. [Writes.'] My pen is naught; gentlemen, lend me a
knife -,% 1 think the more haste the worse speed. [ Writes again,
and then reads.']
So it is. Mistress Dorothy, and the sole essence of my soid, that
the little sparkles of affection kindled in me towards your sweet
self, hath now increased to a great flame, and will, ere it he long,
consume my poor heart, except you with the pleasant water of
your secret fountain quench the furious heat of the same. Alcts,
lama gentleman of good fame and name, majestical, in 'parel
comely, in gait portly. Let not therefore your gentle heart he
so hard as to despise a proper tall young man of a handsome
life; and hy despising him, not only hut also to kill him, Thtts.
expecting time and tide, I oid you farewell.
O wit ! O pate ! O memory ! O hand ! O ink ! O mper !
Well, now I will send it away. Trompart, Trompart. what a
villain is this ? Why, sirrah, come when your master calls you.
Trom. Anon, Sir.
Strum. Thou knowest, my pretty boy^ what a good master I
have been to thee ever since I took thee mto my service.
Trom. Ay, Sir.
Strum. And how I have cherished thee always, as if thou
hadst been the fruit of my loins, flesh of my flesh, and bone of
Trom. Ay, Sir.
Strum. Then show thyself herein a trusty servant; and carry
this letter to Mistress Dorothy, and tell her [ TFhispers him.
Exit Teompaet.] Nay, masters, you shall see a marriage by-
and-by. But here she comes. Now must I frame my amorous
^nter DOEOTHY and Tbompaet.
I>or, Signior Strumbo, well met. I received your letters by
your man here, who told me a pitifhl story of your anguish ; and
so understanding your passions were so great, I came hither
Strum. O, my sw6et and pigsney, the fecundity of mv ingenyS
is not so ereat that may declare unto you the sorrowful sobs and
broken sleeps that I suffered for your sake; and therefore I
desire you to receive me into your familiarity :
* /. e, now head.piece, assist thy master. t Indite an eloquent.
J Fwr. the gentlemen in the pit. ♦ Wit (in^-cntttiw).
SGBNBin.] XOCBIK^ • 67
For pour low doth lie
As near and as nigh
Unto my heart toithin.
As nUne eye to my nose.
My leg unto my hose,
And my flesh unto my shin.
Dor. Truly, master Strumbo, you speak too learnedly for me
to understand the drift of your mina ; and therefore tell your
tale in plain terms, and leave off your dark riddles.
Strum. Alas, mistress Dorothy, this is my luck, that when I
most would, I cannot be understood ; so that my great leamins
is an inconvenience unto me. But to speak in plain terms, 1
love 70U, mistress Dorothy, if you like to accept me into your
Dor. If this be all, I am content.
Strum. Safest thou so, sweet wench, let me lick thy toes.
FarewelL mistress. If any of you be in love \twmvng to the
audience], provide ye a cap-case fiill of new-comed words, and
then shall you soon have the suceado de lahresl^ and something
Enter LocBiNB, Gitbkdolbk, Cambeb, Albanact, Oobikbus,
AssA&ACUS, Dbbon, and GOhbasimachus.
Loc. Uncle, and princes of brave Brittany,
Since that our noble father is entombed,
As best beseem'd so brave a prince as he»
If so you please, this dav my love and I»
Within the temple of Concordia,
WiU solemnize our royal marriage.
Thra. Bight noble lord, your subjects every one
Must needs obey your higmiess at command ;
Especially in such a case as l^is.
That much concerns your hig^ess* great content.
Loc. Then frolic, lordings, to fair Concord's walls,
Where we will pass the daj in knightly sports,
The night in dancing and m figured masks.
And offer to god Bisusf all our tasks. [ Exeunt.
Enter At^ as he/ore.' After a little lightning and thundering,
let there come forth tHs Show t —Enter at one door Pebsbus
and Andbombda, hand in hand, and Cefheus also, with
swords and targets. Then let there come out of another door
Phinbxts, in black armour, with JEthiopians after him, drii>^
* J.€.tbB tweetneas of lips,
t Th« dd^ presiding over merriment and langhtor.
68 » lOCBIKB. [ACTn.
ing in Pebsexts; and hamng taken away Akdbomeda, let
them depart, Ate remaine,
At^. JRegit omnia numen,
' When Perseus married Mr Andromeda,
The only daughter of King Oephena,
He thought he had estahlish'd well his crown.
And that his kingdom should for aye endure.
But lo 1 proud Phineus with a hand of men.
Contrived of sun-humt .^hiopians.
By foroe of arms the hride he took nrom him.
And tum'd their joy into a flood of tears.
So fares it with young Locrine and his love :
He thinks this marriage tendeth to his weal.
But this foul day, this foul accursed day,
Is the heginning of his miseries.
Behold where Humher and his Scythians
Approacheth nigh with all his warlike train.
I need not, I, the sequel shall declare^
What toagic chances fall out in this war. [JSvtH
Enter HUMBEB, HUBBA, EsTBILD, Segab, and their Soldiers.
Bum, At length the snail doth climh the highest tops,
Ascending up the stately castle walls ;
At length the water with continual drops
Doth penetrate the hardest marhle stone ;
At length we are arrived in Alhion.
Nor could the harharous Dadan sovereign.
Nor yet the ruler of hrave Belg^
Stay us ftom cutting over to tms isle,
Where as I hear a troop of Phrygians,
Under the conduct of rosthumius* sou.
Have pitched up lordly pavilions,
And hoije to prosper in this lovely isle.
But I will frustrate all their foolish hope,
And teach them that the Scythian emperor
Leads Fortune tied in a cham of gold.
Constraining her to yield unto liis will,
And grace him with their resal diadem ;
Which I will have, maugre their treble hosts,
And all the power their petty kings can make.
Bub, If she that rules fair Rhamnus* golden gate*
Grant us the honour of the victory.
As hitherto she always favoured us,
Eight noble father, we will rule the land
Enthronized in seats of topaz stones ;
That Locrine and his brethren all may know.
None must be king but Humber and his son.
Bum, Courage, my son ; Fortune shall favour us,
And yield to us the coronet of bay.
That decketh none but noble conquerors.
* I.e. Fortune, one of wfaote principal seats was Bhamnns, in Attksib
I.J LOCBINE. e9
But what saitli Estrild to these regions P
How liketh she the temperature thereof?
Are th^ not pleasant in her gracious eyes ?
JEW. The plains, my lord, gamish'd with Flora's wealth,
And overq;)read with party-oolour*d flowers.
Do yield sweet oontentation to my mind.
The airy hills enclosed with shady groY€»,
The groves replenish'd with sweet cnirping birds,
The birds resounding heavenly melody,
Are equal to the groves of Thessaly :
Where Phoebus with the learned ladies nine,
Pehght themselves with music's harmony,
And jfh)m the moisture of the mountain tops
The silent springs dance down with murmuring streams^
And water all the ground with crystal waves.
The ^ntle blasts of Eurus* modest wind,
Moving the pittering* leaves of Sylvan's woods,
Do equal it with Tempo's paradise ;
And thus oonsortedf all to one effect,
Do make me think these are the happy isles,
Most fortunate, if Humber may them win.
Sub. Madam, where resolution leads the way,
And courage foUows with emboldened pace,
Fortune can never use her tyranny :
For valiantness is like unto a rock,
That standeth in the waves of ocean ;
Which though the billows beat on every side,
And Boreas fell, with his tempestuous storms,
Bloweth upon it with a hideous clamour.
Yet it remaineth still unmoveable.
Rum. Kingly resolved, thou glory of thj[ sire.
But, worthy Segar, what unoouthit novelties
Bring^st thou unto our royal majesty P
Seg, My lord, the youngest of all Brutus' sons.
Stout Albanact^ with milhons of men,
Approacheth nigh, and meaneth ere the mom
To try your force by dint of fatal sword.
Sum. Tut let him come with millions of hosts,
He shall find entertainment good enough.
Yea, fit for those that are our enemies ;
For well receive them at the lances' points,
And massacre their bodies with our blades :
Yea, though they were in number infinite.
More than the mighty Babylonian queen,
Semiramis, the ruler of the West,
Brought 'gainst the emperor of the Scythians,
Yet would we not start back one foot firom them.
That they might know we are invincible.
JJ«5. Now, Dy sreat Jove, the supreme king of heaven.
And the immoml ^ods that Uve therein.
When as the mommg shows his cheerfhl face,
* Hie Mune as pAttering. f Concmring. % Strange.
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And Lucifer, mounted upon his steed,
Brings in the chariot of the golden sun,
rU meet young Albanaot in the open field.
And cracK* my lance upon his burgonet,t
To try the valour of his boyish'fetrength.
There will I show such ruthful spectacles.
And cause so great effusion of blood, '
That all his boys shall wonder at my strength :
As when the warlike ciueen of Amazons,
Penthesil^a, armed with her lance,
Girt with a corslet of bright-shining steel,
Coop'd up the faint-heart Grecians in the camp.
Uwn. Spoke like a warlike knight, my noble son ;
Nay, like a prince that seeks his lather's joy.
Therefore to-morrow, ere fair Titan shine.
And bashful JBos. messenger of Ught,
Expels the liquid sleep from out men*« eyes.
Thou shalt conduct the right wing of the host.
The left wing shall be under Segars charge,
The rearward shall be under me myself.
And lovely Estrild, fair and gracious.
If Fortune favour me in mine attempts,
Thou shalt be queen of lovely Albion.
Fortune shall favour me in mine attempts,
And make thee queen of lovely Albion !
Come, let us in, and muster up our train,
And mmish up our lusty soldiers ;
That they may be a bulwark to our state.