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And so, by marriage of Iphigina,

You soone shall driue the danger cleane away.
Iphigi. So shall we soone eschew Caribdis lake,



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ScIII] ALPHONSVS, KING OF ARRAGON iii

And headlong fall to Syllaes greedie gulph. 1085

I vowd before, and now do vow againe,

Before I wedde AlphonsuSy He be slaine.
Me. In vaine it is, to striue against the streame ;

Fates must be followed, and the Gods decree

Must needs take place in euery kinde of cause. 1090

Therefore, faire maide, bridle these brutish thoughts,

And leame to follow what the fates assigne.

When Satume heard that luppiter his sonne

Should driue him headlong from his heauenly seat

Downe to the bottome of the darke Auerne^ 1095

He did command his mother presently

To do to death the young and guiltlesse childe:

But what of that? the mother loathd in heart

For to commit so vile a massacre;

Yea, loue did liue, and, as the fates did say, iioo

From heauenly seate draue Satume cleane away.

What did auaile the Castle all of Steele,

The which Acrisius caused to be made

To keepe his daughter Danae clogged in?

She was with childe for all her Castles force; 1105

And by that childe Acrisius^ her sire.

Was after slaine, so did the fates require.

A thousand examples I could bring hereof;

But Marble stones (do) need no colouring.

And that which euery one doth know for truth 11 10

Needs no examples to confirme the same.

That which the fates appoint must happen so,

Though heauenly loue and all the Gods say no.
Fau. Iphigina, she say(e)th nought but truth;

Fates must be followed in their iust decrees: 11 15

And therefore, setting all delayes aside,

Come let vs wend vnto Amazone^

And gather vp our forces out of hand.

IpM, Since Fausta wils, and fates do so command,

Iphigina will neuer it withstand. iiao

Exeunt omnes.

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112 THE COMICALL HISTORIE OF [Act IV

ACT IV.

(Prologve.)

Enter Venus.

Thus haue you scene how Amuracke himselfe,

Fausta his wife, and euery other King

Which hold their scepters at the Turke his hands,

Are now in armes, entending to destroy,

And bring to nought, the Prince of Aragon. 1125

Charmes haue been vsde by wise Medeas art,

To know before what afterward shall hap;

And King Belinus with high Claramounty

loynd to Arcastus, which with Princely pompe

Doth rule and gouerne all the warlike Moores, 11 30

Are sent as Legats to god Mahomet^

To know his counsell in these high affaires.

Mahound, prouokte by Amurackes discourse,

Which, as you heard, he in his dreame did vse.

Denies to play the Prophet any more; 1135

But, by the long intreatie of his Priests,

He prophesies in such a craftie sort

As that the hearers needs must laugh for sport.

Yet poore Belinus, with his fellow Kings,

Did giue such credence to that forged tale 1140

As that they lost their dearest Hues thereby.

And Amuracke became a prisoner

Vnto Alphonsus^ as straight shall appeare.

Exit Venus.

(Scene I. Temple of Mahomet.)

Let there be a brazen Head set in the middle of the place behind
the Stagey out of the which cast flames offre, drums rumble within :
Enter two Priests.

I. jPr. My fellow Priest of Mahounds holy house,
What can you iudge of these strange miracles 1145

Which daily happen in this sacred seate?

Drums rumble within,
Harke what a rumbling ratleth in our eares.

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ScI] ALPHONSVS, KING OF ARRAGON 113

Cast flames of fire forth of the brazen head*

See flakes of fire proceeding from the mouth
Of Mahomet, that God of peereles power.
Nor can I tell, with all the wit I haue, 1150

What Mahomet by these his signes doth craue.
2. Fr, Thrise ten times Phoebus with his golden beames
Hath compassed the circle of the skie,
Thrise ten times Ceres hath her workemen hir'd,
And fild her barnes with frutefuU crops of Corne, 1155

Since first in Priesthood I did lead my life :
Yet in this time I neuer heard before
Such fearefiil sounds, nor saw such wondrous sights ;
Nor can I tell, with all the wit I haue,
What Mahomet by these his signes doth craue. 1160

Speake out of the brazen Head,

Ma. You cannot tell, nor will you seeke to know :
Oh peruerse Priest (s), how carelesse are you waxt,
As when my foes approach vnto my gates,
You stand still talking of *I cannot tell':
Go, packe you hence, and meete the Turkish Kings 1165
Which now are drawing to my Temple ward:
Tell them from me, God Mahomet is dispos'd
To prophesie no more to Amuracke^
Since that his tongue is waxen now so free,
As that it needs must chat and raile at me. 11 70

Kneele downe both.

I. Pr, Oh Mahomet^ if all the solemne prayers
Which from our childhood we haue offered thee,
Can make thee call this sentence backe againe,
Bi:ing not thy Priest<s) into this dangerous state:
For when the Turke doth heare of this repulse, 11 75

We shall be sure to die the death therefore.

Ma. {speaking out of the Brazen Head), Thou sayest truth, go
call the Princes in:
He prophesie vnto them for this once,
But in such wise as they shall neither boast,
Nor you be hurt in any kinde of wise. 1180

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Enter Belinus, Claramoont, Arcastus, go both the Priests to meet them ;

the first say.

1. Pr, You Kings of Turkie^ Mahomet our God,
By sacred science hauing notice that

You were sent Legats from high Amuracke
Vnto this place, commaunded vs, his Priests,
That we should cause you make as mickle speed 1185

As well you might, to heare for certaintie
Of that shall happen to your King and ye.
Beli, For that intent we came into this place;
And sithens that the mightie Mahomet
Is now at leisure for to tell the same, 1190

Let vs make haste and take time while we may,
For mickle daunger hapneth through delay.

2. Pri, Truth, worthy King, and therfore you your selfe.
With your companions, kneele before this place,

And listen well what Mahomet doth say. 1195

Kneele all downs before the brasen head.

Belt. As you do will, we ioyntly will obey.
Ma, {speaking out of the Brazen Head). Princes of TurkiCy and
Embassadors

Of Amuracke to mightie Mahomet^

I needs must muse that you, which erst haue bene
* The readiest souldiers of the triple world, laoo

Are now become so slacke in your affaires.

As, when you should with bloudie blade in hand

Be hacking helmes in thickest of your foes,

You stand still loytering in the Turkish soyle.

What, know you not, how that it is decreed 1205

By all the gods, and chiefly by my selfe.

That you with triumph should all Crowned bee?

Make haste (then) Kings, least when the fates do see

How carelesly you do neglect their words.

They call a Counsell, and force Mahomet 12 10

Against his will some other things to set.

Send Fabius backe to Amuracke againe.

To haste him forwards in his enterprise;

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Sell] ALPHONSVS, KING OF ARRAGON 115

And march you on, with all the troupes you haue,

To Naples ward, to conquer Aragon, 1215

For if you stay, both you and all your men

Must needs be sent downe straight to Lymbo den.

2. Pri, Muse not, braue Kings, at Mahomets discourse,
For marke what he forth of that mouth doth say.
Assure your selues it needs must happen so. 1220

Therfore make hast, go mount you on your steeds.
And set vpon Alphonsus presently:
So shall you reape great honor for your paine,
And scape the scourge which els the Fates ordaine.
Rise all vp.

Belt, Then, proud Alphonsus^ looke thou to thy Crowne: 1225
Belinus comes, in glittring armor clad,

' All readie prest for to reuenge the wrong
Which not long since you offred vnto him;
And since we haue God Mahound on our side.
The victorie must needs to vs betide. 1230

Cla, Worthie BelinuSy set such threats away.
And let vs haste as fast as horse can trot
To set vpon presumptuous Aragon.
You FabtuSy hast, as Mahound did commaund,
To Amuracke with all the speed you may. 1235

Fabu With willing mind I hasten on my way.

Exit Fabius.

Beli, And thinking long till that we be in fight,

Belinus hastes to quaile Aiphonsus might

Exeunt omnes.

(Scene II.)
Strike vp alarum a whUe^ Enter Carinus.
Cart, No sooner had God Phoebus brightsome beames
Begun to diue within the We^erne seas, 1240

And darksome Nox had spred about the earth
Her blackish mantle, but a drowsie sleepe
Did take possession of Carinus sence.
And Morpheus shewd mc strange disguised shapes.
Me thought I saw Alphonsus^ my deare sonne, 1245

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Plast in a throane all glittering cleare with gold,

Bedeckt with diamonds, pearles and precious stones,

Which shind so cleare, and glittered all so bright,

Hyperions coach that well be termd it might.

Aboue his head a canapie was set, 1250

Not deckt with plumes, as other Princes vse,

But all beset with heads of conquered kings,

Enstald with Crowns, which made a gallant shew,

And strooke a terror to the viewers harts.

Vnder his feete lay grouelling on the ground 1255

Thousand of Princes, which he in his warres

By martiall might did conquer and bring, lowe :

Some lay as dead as either stock or stone.

Some other tumbled, wounded to the death;

But most of them, as to their soueraigne king, 1260

Did offer duly homage vnto him.

As thus I stood beholding of this pompe.

Me thought Alphonsus did espie me out,

And, at a trice, he leaning throane alone,

Came to imbrace me in his blessed armes. 1265

Then noyse of drums and sound of trumpets shrill

Did wake Carinus from this pleasant dreame.

Something, I know, is now foreshewne by this :

The Gods forfend that ought should hap amis.

Carinus walke vp and downe. Enter the Duke of Millain in
Pilgrims apparell^ and say,

Du. This is the chance of fickle Fortunes wheele; 1270

~ A Prince at morne, a Pilgrim ere it be night:
I, which erewhile did daine for to possesse
The proudest pallace of the westeme world,
Would now be glad a cottage for to finde
To hide my head; so Fortune hath assignde. 1275

Thrise Hesperus with pompe and peerelesse pride
Hath heau'd his head forth of the Easterne Seas,
Thrise Cynthia^ with Phoebus borrowed beames,
Hath shewn her bewtie throgh the darkish clowdes,
Since that I, wretched Duke, haue tasted ought, 1280

Or drunke a drop of any kinde of drinke.

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sell] ALPHONSVS, KING OF ARRAGON 117

Instead of beds set forth with Ibonie,

The greenish grasse hath bene my resting place,

And for my pillow stuffed t with downe,

The hardish hillockes haue sufficed my turne. 1285

Thus I, which erst had all things at my will,

A life more hard then death do follow still.
Can. {aside). Me thinks I heare, not very far from hence,

Some wofuU wight lamenting his mischance:

He go and see if that I can espie 1290

Him where he sits, or ouerheare his talke.
Du, Oh Millaine^ Millaine, litle dost thou thinke,

How that thy Duke is now in such distresse;

For if thou didst, I soone should be releast

Forth of this greedie gulph of miserie. 1295

Ca, {aside), Tht' Millaine Duke; I thought as much before.

When first I glaunst mine eyes vpon his face:

This is the man which was the onely cause

That I was forst to flie from Aragon,

High loue be prais'd, which hath allotted me 1300

So fit a time to quite that iniurie. —

Pilgrime, God speed.
Du. Welcome, graue sir, to me.
Cari, Me thought as now I heard you for to speak

Of Millaine land : pray, do you know the same ? 1305

{Du,) I, aged father, I haue cause to know

Both Millaine land and all the parts thereof.
Cari, Why then, I doubt not but you can resolue

Me of a question that I shall demaund.
Du, I, that I can, what euer that it be. 1310

Cari, Then, to be briefe, not twentie winters past,

When these my lims, which withered are with age,

Were in the prime and spring of all their youth,

I still desirous, as young gallants be,

To see the fashions of Arabia^ 1315

My natiue soyle, and in this pilgrims weed,

Began to trauell through vnkenned lands.

Much ground I past, and many soyles I saw;

But when my feete in Millaine land I set,

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Such sumptuous triumphs daily there I saw 1320

As neuer in my life I found the like.

I pray, good sir, what might the occasion bee,

That made the Millains make such mirth and glee?
Du, This solemne ioy wherof you now do speak,

Was not solemnized, my friend, in vaine; 1325

For at that time there came into the land

The happiest tidings that they ere did heare;

For newes was brought vpon that solemne day

Vnto our Court, that Ferdinandus proud

Was slaine himselfe, Carinus and his sonne 1330

Were banisht both for euer from Aragon\

And for these happie newes that ioy was made.
Cari, But what, I pray, did afterward become

Of old Carinus with his banisht sonne ? '

What, heare you nothing of them all this while? 1335

Du, Yes, too too much, the Millain Duke may say.

Aiphonsus first by secret meanes did get

To be a souldier in Belinus warres.

Wherein he did behaue himselfe so well

As that he got the Crowne of Aragon ; 1340

Which being got, he dispossest also

The King Belinus which had fostered him.

As for Carinus he is dead and gone :

I would his sonne were his companion.
Cari, A blister build upon that tray tors tongue ! 1345

But, for thy friendship which thou shewedst me,

Take that of me, I frankly giue it thee. {Stab him.

Now will I haste to Naples with all speed,

To see if Fortune will so fauour me

To view Aiphonsus in his happie state. 1350

Exit Carinus.



(Scene IIL)

£'«/^r Amuracke, Crocon King of Arabia^ J^,^iig^»s, King of Babilon^
Fabius, with the Turkes Ganesaries,

Amu, Fabius^ come hither: what is that thou sayest?
What did god Mahound prophecie to vs?
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Sc.111] ALPHONSVS, KING OF ARRAGON 119

Before their King had notice of the same?

What, do they thinke to play bob foole with me? 1355

Or are they waxt so frolicke now of late,

Since that they had the leading of our bands,

As that they thinke that mightie Amuracke

Dares do no other then to soothe them vp?

Why speakest thou not? what fond or franticke fit 1360

Did make those carelesse Kings to venture it?
Fa, Pardon, deare Lord; no franticke fit at all,

No frolicke vaine, nor no presumptuous mind,

Did make your Viceroies take these wars in hand ;

But forst they were by Mahounds prophecie 1365

To do the same, or else resolue to die.
Amu. So, sir, I heare you, but can scarce beleeue

That Mahomet would charge them go before.

Against Alphonsus with so small a troupe.

Whose number farre exceeds King Xerxes troupe. 1370

Fa, Yes, Noble Lord, and more then that, hee said

That, ere that you, with these your warlike men,

Should come to bring your succour (o the field,

Beiinus, Claramount^ and Arcastus too

Should all be crownd with crownes of beaten gold, 1375

And borne with triumphes round about their tents.
Amu, With triumph, man ? did Mahound tell them so ?

Prouost, go Carrie Fabius presently,

Vnto the Marshalsie; there let him rest,

Clapt sure and safe in fetters all of Steele, 1380

Till Amuracke discharge him from the same.

For be he sure, vnles it happen so

As he did say Mahound did prophesie.

By this my hand forthwith the slaue shall die.

Lay hold of Fabius, and make as though you carrie him out; Enter
a {messenger) souldier and say.

Mess, Stay, Prouost, stay, let Fabius alone : 1385

More fitteth now that euery lustie lad
Be buckling on his helmet, then to stand
In carrying souldiers to the Marshabie.

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120 THE COMICALL iflSTORIE OF [Act IV

Amu, Why, what art thou, that darest once presume

For to gainsay that Amuracke did bid? 1390

Messen. I am, my Lord, the wretcheds(t) man aliue,
Borne vnderneath the Planet of mishap;
Erewhile, a souldier of Belinus band,
But now —

Amu. What now? 1395

Mess, The mirror of mishap ;

^^ Whose Captaine is slaine, and all his armie dead,
Onely excepted me, vnhappie wretch.

Amu, What newes is this? and is Belinus slaine?

Is this the Crowne which Mahomet did say 1400

He should with triumph weare vpon his head?
Is this the honour which that cursed god
Did prophesie should happen to them all?
Oh Daedalus^ and wert thou now aliue.
To fasten wings vpon high Amuracke^ 1405

Mahound should know, and that for certaintie,
)That Turkish Kings can brooke no iniurie.

Fabu Tush, tush, my Lord, I wonder what you meane.
Thus to exclaime against high Mahomet:
He lay my life that, ere this day be past, 1410

\ You shall perceiue these tidings all be waste.

^Amu, We shall perceiue, accursed Fabius}
Suffice it not that thou hast bene the man
That first didst beate those babies in my braine.
But that, to helpe me forward in my greefe, 1415

Thou seekest to confirme so fowle a lie. Stab him.

Go, get thee hence, and tell thy trayterous King
What gift you had, which did such tidings bring. —
And now, my Lords, since nothing else will seme.
Buckle your helmes, clap on your steeled coates, 1420

Mount on your Steeds, take Launces in your hands;
For Amuracke doth meane this very day
Proude Mahomet with weapons to assay.

Messen, Mercie, high Monarch; it is no time now



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To spend the day in such vaine threatenings 1425

Against our god, the mightie Mahomet \
More fitteth thee to place thy men at armes
In battle 'ray for to withstand your foes,
Which now are drawing towards you with speed.

Sound drumtnes within.

Hark how their drummes with dub a dub do come! 1430
To armes, high Lord, and set these trifles by.
That you may set vpon them valiantly.
Amu, And do they come? you Kings of 7^«r>^/V<-land),
Now is the time in which your warlike armes
Must raise your names aboue the starrie skies: 1435

Call to your minde your predecessors acts.
Whose martiall might, this many a hundred yeare,
Did keepe those fearefuU dogs in dread and awe,
And let your weapons shew Alphonsus plaine,
That though that they be clapped vp in clay, 1440

Yet there be branches sprung vp from those trees,
In Turkish land, which brooke no iniuries.
Besides the same, remember with your selues
What foes we haue; not mightie Tamherlaine^
Nor souldiers trained vp amongst the warres, 1445

But fearefuU boors, pickt from their rurall flocke,
Which, till this time, were wholly i^orant
What weapons ment, or bloudie Mars doth craue.
More would I say, but horses that be free
Do need no spurs, and souldiers which themselues 1450

Long and desire to buckle with the foe
Do need no words to egge them to the same.

Enter Alphonsus, with a Canapie carried over him by three LordSy
hauing over each comer a Kings head, crowned; with him, Albinius,
Laelius, Miles, with Crownes on their heads, and their Souldiers,

Besides the same, behold whereas our foes
Are marching towards vs most speedilie.
Courage, my Lords, ours is the victorie. 1455

Alph, Thou Pagan dog, how darst thou be so bold



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122 THE COMICALL HISTORIE OF [Act IV

To set thy foote within Alpkonsus land?

What, art thou come to view thy wretched Kings,

Whose traiterous heads bedecke my tent so well?

Or else, thou hearing that on top thereof 1460

There is a place left vacant, art thou come

To haue thy head possesse the highest seate?

If it be so, lie downe, and this my sword

Shall presently that honor thee affoord.

If not, pack hence, or by the heauens I vow, 1465

Both thou and thine shall verie soone perceiue

That he that seekes to moue my patience

Must yeeld his life to me for recompence.
Amu. Why, proud AlphonsuSy thinkst thou Amuracke^

Whose mightie force doth terrifie the Gods, 1470

Can ere be found to turne his heeles, and flie

Away for feare from such a boy as thou?

No no, although that Mars this mickle while

Hath fortified thy weake and feeble arme,

And Fortune oft hath viewd with friendly face 1475

Thy armies marching victors from the field.

Yet at the presence of high Amuracke

Fortune shall change, and Mars^ that God of might,

Shall succour me, and leaue Alphonsus quight.
Alphon, Pagan, I say thou greatly art deceiu'd: 1480

1 1 clap vp Fortune in a cage of gold.

To make her turne her wheele as I thinke best;

And as for Mars whom you do say will change,

He moping sits behind the kitchin doore,

Prest at commaund of euery SkuUians mouth, 1485

Who dares not stir, nor once to moue a whit,

For feare Alphonsus then should stomack it.
Amu, Blasphemous dog, I wonder that the earth

Doth cease from renting vnderneath thy feete,

To swallow vp that cankred corpes of thine. 1490

I muse that loue can bridle so his ire

As, when he heares his brother so misusde,

He can refraine from sending thunderbolts

By thick and threefold, to reuenge his wrong.

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ScIII] ALPHONSVS, KING OF ARRAGON 123

Mars fight for me, and Fortune be my guide; 1495

And He be victor, what some ere betide.
AIM, Pray loud enougli, lest that you pray in vain:.

Perhaps God Mars and Fortune is a sleepe.
(^Amu,) And Mars lies slumbring on his downie bed,

Yet do not think but that the power we haue, 1500

Without the helpe of those celestiall Gods,

Will be sufficient, yea, with small ado,

Alphonsus stragling armie to subdue.
Lae, You had need as then to call for Mahomety

With hellish hags (for) to performe the same. 1505

Fau, High Amurack^ I wonder what you meane.

That when you may, with little toyle or none,

Compell these dogs to keepe their toongs in peace,

You let them stand still barking in this sort :

Beleeue me, soueraigne, I do blush to see 1510

These beggers brats to chat so frolikelie.
Alpkon, How now, sir boy? let Amurack himselfe.

Or any he, the proudest of you all.

But offer once for to vnsheath his sword.

If that he dares, for all the power you haue. 15 15

Amu, What, darst thou vs? my selfe will venter it.

To armes, my mates.

Amuracke draw thy sword : Alphonsus and all the other Kings
draw theirs: strike vp alarum: flie Amuracke and his companies
Follow Alphonsus and his companie.



ACT V.
(Prologve.)

Strike vp Alarum, Enter Venus.

Fearce is the fight, and bloudie is the broyle.

No sooner had the roaring cannon shot

Spit forth the venome of their fiered panch, 1520

And with their pellets sent such troupes of soules

Downe to the bottome of the darke Auerne^

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As that it couered all the Stigian fields ;

But, on a sudden, all the men at armes,

Which mounted were on lustie coursers backes, 1525

Did rush togither with so great a noyse

As that I thought the giants one time more

Did scale the heauens, as erst they did before.

Long time dame Fortune tempred so her wheele

As that there was no vantage to be seene 1530

On any side, but equall was the gaine.

But at the length, so God and Fates decreed,

Alphonsus was the victor of the field,

And Amuracke became his prisoner;

Who so remaind, vntill his daughter came, 1535

And by her marying, did his pardon frame.

Exit Venus.

(Scene I. A Battle-field.)

Strike vp alarum: file Amuracke, follow Alphonsus, and take him
prisoner: Carrie him in. Strike vp alarum : flie Crocon and Faustus.
Enter Fausta and Iphigina, with their armie^ and meete them^
and say.

Fan, You Turkish Kings, what sudden flight is this?

What meanes the men, which for their valiant prowes



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