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Upon your servants that are bound to tell you. Mem. Lady,
I'm weary of my life.

The inore I look upon you [Stays her. i Capt. And'I.

Cle. The more you may, Sir. 2 Capt. And all, Sir. [cry to her, Calis. Let him alone.

Eum. Go to the princess, make her sport, Mem. I would desire your patience. • I am the glorious man of war!'

The more,

I say, I look, the moreMem. Pray ye leave me.

[Stays her. I'm sorry I was angry; I'll think better. Lucip. My fortune. Pray no more words.

'Tis very apt, Sir. Eum. Good Sir.

Mem. Women, let my fortune

[way; Mem. Nay then

And me alone, I wish you. Pray come this 2 Capt. We're gone, Sir.

And stand you still there, lady.
[Exeunt Eum. and Capt. Calis. Leare the words, Sir,

And leap into the meaning.
Enter Calis, Lucippe, and Cleanthe. Mem. Then again
Calis. How came he hither? See, for I tell you, I do love you.
Heaven's sake, wenches,

Calis. Why? 21
What faces, and what postures, he puts on. Mem. No questions;

[finitely I do not think he's perfect."9

Pray no more questions. I do love

you

in[Memnon walks aside, fu.. (strange Why do you smile? Am I ridiculous.“ gestures.

Calis. "I'm monstrous fearful.-No, I joy Cle. If your love

[enough,
you love me.

[do love you, Have not betray'd his little wits, he's well Mem. Joy on then, and be proud on't; I As well as he will be.

Stand still; do not trouble me, you women! Calis. Mark how he muses.

He loves you, lady, at whose feet have kneelid Lucip. H'has a battalia now in's brains. Princes to beg their freedoms; he whose valour He draws out; now

Has over-run whole kingdoms. Have at ye, harpers !

Calis. That makes me doubt, Sir, Cle. See, see, there the fire falls. 20

'Twill over-run me too. Lucip. Look what an alphabet of faces he Mem. He whose sword [princess. runs thro'.

[look'st Cle. Talk not so big, Sir; you will fright the Cle. Oh, love, love, how amorously thou Mem. Ha! In an old rusty armour.

Lucip. No forsooth. Calis. I'll away,

Calis. I know you have done wonders. For by my troth I fear him.

Mem. I have, and will do more and greater, Lucip. Fear the gods, madam,

braver ;

skingdom, And never care what man can do: This fellow, And, for your beauty, miracles. Nanie that With all his frights about him, and his furies, And take your choice His larums, and his launces, swords, and Calis. Sir, I am not ambitious. targets,

Mem. You shall be; 'tis the child of glory. Nay, case him up in armour cap-a-pee,

She that I love, Yei, durst I undertake, within iwo hours, Whom my desires shall magnify, time stories, If he durst charge, to give him such a shake, And all the empires of the earthShould shake his valour off, and make his Cle. I would fain ask himshanks to ake.

Lucip. Prithee be quiet; he will beat us Cle. For shame! no more.

both else. Calis. He muses stiil.

Cle. What will you make me then, Sir? Cle. The devil

Mem. I will make thee

ladyWhy should this old dried timber, chopt with Stand still and hold thy peace! I have a heart, thunder

Calis. You were a monster else. Calis. Old wood burns quickest.

Mem. A loving heart. Lucip. Out,

you would say, madam; A truly loving heart. Give me a green stick that may hold me heat, Calis. Alas, how came it? [sweet lady, And smoke me soundly too. He turns, and Mem. I would you had it in your hand,

To see the truth it bears you. Cle. There's no avoiding now; have at you! Calis. Do you give it

[Memnon comes to her. Lucip. That was well thought upon. 19 I do not think he's perfect.] i. e. In his senses. So Lear,

• I think I am not in my perfect mind.' 20 Fire fails.] The word I have substituted is, I believe, the true one, for it carries on the metaphor, which the other does not. Mr.Sympson and I concurred in this conjecture.

Seward. 21 Calis. Why ?] Mr. Seward, we think injudiciously, gives this interrogatory to Cleanthe.

sees you.

Cle. 'Twill put him to't, wench. [Sir, Cle. See, how he thinks upon't.
Calis. And you shall see I dare accept it,

Calis. He'll think these three years, Take'ı in my hand and view it: If I find it Ere he prove such an ass. I lik'd his offer: A loving and a sweet heart, as you call it, There was no other way to put him off else. I ain bound, I am.

Mem. I will do it. Lady, expect iny heart. Mem. No more; I'll send it to you;

Calis. I'do, Sir. As I have honour in me, you shall have it. Mem. Love it; for 'tis a heart that and Cle. Handsomely done, Sir; and perfum'd, so I leave you.

[Exit. by all means;

Cle. Either he is stark mad, The weather's warm, Sir.

Or else, I think, he means it. Mem. With all circumstance.

Calis. He must be stark mad, Lucip. A napkin wrought most curiously. Or he will never do it: "Tis vainglory [him; Mem. Divinely.

And want of judgment that provoke this in Cle. Put in a goblet of pure gold.

Sleep and society cure all. His heart? Mem. Yes, in jacinth,

No, no, good gentleman! there's more beThat she may see the spirits thro',

longs to't; Lucip. You have greas'd him

Hearts are at higher prices. Let's go in, For chewing love again in haste.

And there examine him a little better. Cle. If he should do it.

Shut all the doors behind, for fear he follow; Calis. If Heav'n should fall we should I hope I've lost a lover, and am glad on't. have larks: He do it!

[Exeunt.

ACT II.

My brave old regiments—ay, there it goesEnter Memnon alone.

That have been kill'd before me; right! Mem.'TIS but to die. Dogs do it, ducks with dabbling;

['em.

Enter Chilar.
Birds sing away their souls, and babies sleep Chi. He's here,
Why do I talk of that is treble vantage? And I must trouble him.
For, in the other world, she's bound to have Mem. Then those I have conquerid,
me;

[too To make my train full.
Her princely word is past: My great desert Chi. Sir!
Will draw her to come after presently;

Mem. My captains then'Tis justice, and the gods must see it done too. Chi. Sir, I beseech you Besides, no brother, father, kindred, there Mem. For to meet her there, Can hinder us; all languages are alike too. Being a princess, and a king's sole sister, There love is ever lasting, ever young,

With great accommodation, must be car'd for. Free from diseases, ages, 22 jealousies,

Chi. Weigh but the soldiers' poverty. Bawds, beldames, pandars, 23 purgers.

Die? Mcm. Mine own troop first, 'tis nothing:

[leps, For they shall die. • Men drown themselves for joy to draw in ju

Chi. "How? what's this? When they are hot with wine; in dreams we Mem. Next do it;

[sport well,

Chi. Shall I speak louder? Sir! And many a handsome wench that loves the Mem. A square battaliaher soul so in her lover's bosom.

Chi. You do not think of us. But I must be incis'd first, cut and open'd, Mem. Their arınours gilded My heart, and handsoınely, ta'en from me; Chi. Good noble Sir!

[do I know there? Mem. And round about such engines Dead once-Stay! let me think again! Who Shall make hell shake. For else to wander up and down unwaited on, Chi. You do not mock me? And unregarded in my place and project, Mem. For, Sir, Is for a sowter's soul, not an old soldier's. I will be strong, as brave

22 Disease, ages, jealousies.] Mr. Theobald and Mr. Sympson both read aches ; but I see no sufficient reason for any change; ages in the plural may properly signify old age. Scrard.

Age, the singular, is inore commonly used to signify old age, than the plural ages. Here, however, the plural seems to be so applied, and to form an antithesis;

There love is everlasting, ever young,

Free from diseases, ages, &c. 23 Bauds, leldames, painters, purgers.] I have ventured upon a change here, though I allow the former reading is sense; but that pandars are more proper companions to bawds and beldames than painters, I believe all will allow. Seward.

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Make me,

Chi. You may consider;

Mem. For here shall run a constellation. You know we've serv'd you long enough. Chi. And there a pissing-conduit. Mem. No soldier

Mem. Ha! That ever landed on the bless'd Elyzium

Chi. With wine, Sir.

[a planet. Did or shall march, as I will.

Mem. A sun there in his height, there such Chi. 'Would you would march, Sir,

Chi. But where's our money? where runs Up to the king, and get us--

Mcm. Ha!

(that? Mem. King nor Keiser 24

Chi. Money, Shall equal me in that world.

Money, an't like your lordship. (hind, Chi. What a devil ails he?

[I fir'd.

Mem. Why, all the carriage shall come beMem. Next, the rare beauties of those towns The stuff, rich hangings, treasure; or, say Chi. I speak of money, Sir.

we've none? Mem. Ten thousand coaches

Chi. I may say so truly,

[well, Chi. Oh, pounds, Sir, pounds. I beseech For hang me if I have a groat. I've serv'd your lordship,

And like an honest man: I see no reasonLet coaches run out of your remembrance. Mem. Thou must needs die, good Chilas. Mem. In which the wanton Cupids, and Chi. Very well, Sir.

[me; [sires Mem. I will have honest, valiant souls about Drawn with the western winds, kindling de I cannot miss thee. And then our poets

Chi. Die? Chi. Then our pay.

[the princess Mem. Yes, die; and Pelius, Mem. For,Chilax, when the triumph comes; Eumenes, and Polybius: I shall think Then, for I'll have a Heav'n made

Of more within these two hours. Chi. Bless your lordship!

Chi. Die, Sir? Mem. Stand still, Sir.23

Mem. Ay, Sir;2
Chi. So I do.

And
you

shall die. Mem. And in it

Chi. When, I beseech your lordship? Chi. Death, Sir,

Mem. To-morrow see you do die.
You talk

you
know not what.

Chi. A short warning.
Mem. Such rare devices!

Troth, Sir, I'm ill prepard.
I
say,
Heav'n.

Mem. I die myself then;
Chi. I say so too, Sir.

Besides, there's reason 24 King nor Keiser.] Though this possesses all the former editions, I can see neither reason nor humour in the mistaken spelling here. Seward.

Mr. Seward substitutes Cæsar for Keiser; but there needs no alteration. Spenser fiequently uses the expression of kings and kesars in the Fairy Queen. • Whilst kings and kesars at her feet did them prostrate.' B. 5. c. 9. s. 29.

The captive hearts
• Of kings and kesars.' B. 4. c.7. s. 1.
* This is the state of kesars and of kings.' B. 6. c. 3. s. 5.

Mighty kings and kesars into thraldom brought.' B. 3. c. 11. s. 29.

• Ne kesar spared he a whit, nor kings.' B. 6. c. 12. s. 28. It is a very ancient form of speaking, and is found among other poets. In the Visions of Pierce Plowman,

• Death came driving after, and all to dust pashed

• Kings and kaysers, knights and popes.' Also in Ben Jonson's Tale of a Tub, act ii. scene ii.

Tu. I charge you in the queen's name keep the peace.

Hil. Tell me o' no queen or keysar.' It occurs likewise in Harrington's Ariosto,

• For myters, states, nor crowns may not exclude

Popes, mightie kings nor key sars from the same.' C. 44. 3. 47. These proofs are extracted from Warton's Observations on Spenser, vol. ii. p. 212. R. 25 Chi Bless your lordship!

Stand still, Sir.

Mein. So I do, and in it.] The absurdity of Chilar bidding Memnon stand still, and his answering, so I do, is I think very obvious, and the emendation almost self-evident. Serard.

26 I, Sir.] We have no doubt that I, in this place, means Ay. It was the usual way of writing that word formerly; and Memnon does not seem to design more than a mere assent to the question, from this circumstance, that he informs Chilax several lines afterwards of his intent to dic himself. R.

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pears to.

Chi. Oh!

Chi. Then get you to him, Mem. I pray thee tell me,

You are as fine company as can be fitted. For thou art a great dreamer

Your worship’s fairly met.28 [Exit. Chi. I can dream, Sir.

Sip. Mercy upon us, If I eat well and sleep well. 27

What ails this gentleman? Mem. Was it never

Mem. Incision 29. By dream or apparition open'd to thee

Sip. How his head works? Chi. He's mad.

[zium?

Mem. Between two ribs; Mem. What the other world was, or Ely If he cut short, or mangle me, I'll take him Didst never travel in thy sleep?

And twirl his neck about. Chi. To taverns,

Sip. Now gods defend us! [writing When I was drunk o'er night; or to a wench; Mem. In a pure cup transparent, with a There's an Elyzium for you, a young lady [it? To signifyWrapt round about you like a snake! Is that Sip. I never knew him thus: Or if that strange Elyzium that you talk of Sure he's bewitch'd, or poison'd. Be where the devil is, I have dreain'd of him, Mem. Who's there? And that I have had him by the horns, and Sip. I, Sir. rid him;

Mem. Come hither. Siphax? He trots the dagger out o'th' sheath.

Sip. Yes; how does your lordship? (well; Mem. Elyzium,

Mem. Well, God-a-mercy, soldier, very The blessed fields, man!

But prithee tell me Chi. I know no fields blessed, [have been 'Sip. Any thing I can, Sir. But those I have gain'd by. I have dream'd I Mem. What durst thou do to gain the In Heav'n too.

[zium. rarest beauty Mem. There, handle that place; that's Ely The world has?

Chi. Brave singing, and brave dancing, Sip. That the world has? 'tis worth doing, And rare things.

Mem. Is it so? but what doing bears it? Men. All full of flow'rs.

Sip. Why, any thing; all dangers it apChi. And pot-herbs. Mem. Bow'rs for lovers,

Mem. Name some of those things ; do. And everlasting ages of delight.

Sip. I would undertake, Sir, Chi. I slept not so far.

A

voyage round about the world. Mem. Meet me on those banks

Mem. Short, Siphax. Some two days hence.

A merchant does it to spice pots of ale. Chi. In dream, Sir?

Sip. I would swim in armour. Mem. No; in death, Sir.

Mem. Short still; a poor jade (ly And there I muster all, and pay the soldier. Loaden will take a stream, and stem it strongAway; no more, no more!

To leap a inare. Chi. God keep your lordship!

Sip. The plague I durst. This is fine dancing for us.

Mem. Still shorter;

I'll cure it with an onion,
Enter Siphar.

Sip. Surfeits.
Sip. Where's the general ?

Mem. Short still;

[help us. Chi. There's the old sign of Memnon; They are often physics for our healths, and where the soul is

Sip. I would stand a breach. You may go look, as I have.

Mem. Thine honour bids thee, soldier: Sip. What's the matter? [of devils, "Tis shaine to find a second cause.

Chi. Why, question him and see; he talks Sip. I durst, Sir,
Hells, Heav'ns, princes, pow'rs, and poten Fight with the fellest monster.
You must to th' pot too.
(tates. Mem. That's the poorest;

[die, Sir? Sip. How?

Man was ordaind their master. Durst you Chi. Do you know Elyzium?

Sip. How? die, my lord! A tale he talks the wild-goose-chase of.

Mem. Die, Siphax; take thy sword, Sip. Elyziuin?

And come by thai door to her? There's a price I have read of such a place.

To buy a lusty love at. 27 If I eat well and sleep well.] Luxurious eating makes unquiet slumbers, and unquiet slumbers create frequent dreams, but they who sleep well dream little: I think therefore I have restored the true reading, which gives new humour as well as a new sense. Seward.

Mr. Seward reads, slecp ILL.

23 Your worship's fairly met.] We suspect these words should form Siphax's address to Memnon; but will not disturb the text.

29 Mem. Provision.] As I can see no reason why a word should stand here without any idea connecting with the following sentence, I have substituted the natural word, which I'm sonfirmed in by Mr. Sympson's concurrence in the same conjecture. Seward,

(ly;

–nay, 1 dare

from me,

Sip. I am well content, Sir,

Crying they creep amongst us like young cats; To prove no purchaser.

Cares and continual crosses keeping with 'em, Mem. Away, thou world-worm!

They make time old to tend thein, and exThou win a matchless beauty?

perience Sip. 'Tis to lose't, Sir;

sat? An ass, they alter so : They grow, and goodFor being dead, where's the reward I reach Ere we can turn our thoughts, like drops of The love I labour for?

water, Mem. There it begins, fool.

They fall into the main, are known no more: Thou art merely cozen'd; for the loves we This is the love of this world. I must tell now know

thee, Are but the heats of half an hour, and hated 30 For thou art understanding. Desires stirr'd up by Nature to encrease her; Sip. What you please, Sir.

(trust thee: Licking of one another to a lust;

Mem. And as a faithful man-
Coarse and base appetites, earth's mere inhe I love the princess.
ritors,

Sip. There 'tis that has fir'd him;
And heirs of idleness and blood: Pure love, I knew he had some inspiration.
That that the soul affects, and cannot pur But does she know it, Sir?
chase

[love, Sir, Mem. Yes, marry does she; While she is loaden with our flesh; that I've given my heart unto her. Which is the price of honour, dwells not here;

Sip. If

you

love her Your ladies' eyes are lampless to that virtue ; Mem. Nay, understand me; my heart taken That beauty smiles not on a cheek wash'd over,

[phax, Out of my body, man, and so brought to her. Nor scents the sweets of ambers: Below, Si How lik'st thou that brave offer? There's Below us in the other world, Elyzium,

the love Where's no more dying, no despairing, mourn I told thee of, and after death the living! 3! ing,

She must in justice come, boy, ha?
Where all desires are full, deserts down loaden, Sip. Your heart, Sir?
There, Siphax, there, where loves are ever Mien. Ay, so, by all means, Siphax.
living!

Sip. He loves roast well
Sip. Why do we love in this world then? That eats the spit.
Mem. To preserve it,

[Siphax, Mem. And since thou’rt come thus fitly, The Maker lost his work else; but mark, I'll do it presently, and thou shalt carry it; What issues that love bears.

For thou canst tell a story, and describe it. Sip. Why, children, Sir

And I conjure thee, Siphax, by thy gentry, I never heard him talk thus; thus divinely Next by the glorious battles we have fought And sensible before.

in,

(tresses, Mem. It does so, Siphax; (vented By all the dangers, wounds, heats, colds, disThings like ourselves, as sensual, vain, un Thy love next, ånd obedience, nay, thy life Bubbles, and breaths of air; got with an itch Sip. But one thing, first, Sir: 'If she pleas'd ing

to grant it,

(sider. As blisters are, and bred, as much corruption Could

you

not love her here, and live? ConFlows from their lives, sorrow conceives and Mem. Ha? Yes, I think I could. shapes 'em, [most. Sip. 'Twould be far nearer;

[love, And oftentimes the death of those we love Besides, the sweets here would induce the last The breeders bring them to the world to curse And link it in.

[here Mem. Thou say'st right; but our ranks

'em;

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and hated Desires.] Mr. Sympson and I concurred in believing hated to be a corruption, though we allow it to make good sense; heated seems much the most natural word. Seward. Hcated is not an iss in itself; but would in this place be tautology:

- for the loves we now know
Are but the heats of half an hour, and heated

Desires, &c. 31 And after death, the living.) I doubt whether loving be not the true word here, but as both are nearly equal, as to sense, I shall not change the text. Seward.

The old reading is right, and the whole clause, taken together, agrees exactly with what has gone before:

There's the love

I told thee of, and after death the living! These words are little else than repeating,

There, Sipher, there, where loves are ever living.

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