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Rail'd at the saints thou worshipp'st than have
thwarted My will; I'll use thee cursedly.
Grau. You dote, You are beside yourself. A politician In jealousy? no, you 're too gross, too vulgar. Pish, teach not me my trade; I know my çue: My crossing you sinks me into her trust, By which I shall know all ; my trade 's a sure one.
Bass. Forgive me, Grausis, 't was consideration I relish'd not; but have a care now.
Grau. Fear not,
Bass. Thy life's upon it,
The Palace. ITHOCLES's Apartment.
Enter ITHOCLES. Ith. Ambition ! 't is of viper's breed; it gnaws A passage through the womb that gave it motion. Ambition, like a seeled' dove, mounts upwards, Higher and higher still, to perch on clouds, But tumbles headlong down with heavier ruin. So squibs and crackers fly into the air, Then, only breaking with a noise, they vanish In stench and smoke. Morality, applied To timely practice, keeps the soul in tune, At whose sweet music all our actions dance: But this is form[d] of books and school-tradition;
| Ambition, like a seeled dove, mounts upwards,
Higher and higher still, &-c.] To seel is to blind by sewing up the eyelids. It is told in the Gen tleman's Recreation, that this wanton piece of cruelty is sometimes resorted to for sport. The poor dove, in the agonies of pain, soars, like the lark, as soon as dismissed from the hand, almost perpendicularly, and continues mounting till strength and life are totally exhausted, when she drops at the feet of her inhuman persecutors.-GIFFORD.
It physics not the sickness of a mind
Enter ARMOSTES and CROTOLON.
Crot. Yet not so ripe,
Ith. Not yet
tolon For a despatch.
Crot. Kings may command; their wills
Ith. By this marriage
Crot. My lord, my lord !
Crot. Had this sincerity been real once,
Arm. You are bold and bitter.
Ith. He presses home the injury; it smarts.
[Aside. No reprehensions, uncle : I deserve them. Yet, gentle sir, consider what the heat Of an unsteady youth, a giddy brain, Green indiscretion, flattery of greatness, Rawness of judgment, wilfulness in folly, Thoughts vagrant as the wind, and as uncertain, Might lead a boy in years to :'t was a fault, A capital fault; for then I could not dive Into the secrets of commanding love; Since when experience, by th' extremes in others, Hath forced me to collect--and, trust me, Crotolon, I will redeem those wrongs with any, service Your satisfaction can require for current.
Arm. The acknowledgment is satisfaction: What would you more ?
Crot. I am conquer'd: if Euphranea
Ith. Use my fortunes,
Arm. The princess, with your sister.
PHRANEA, CHRISTALLA, PHILEMA, and GRAUSIS. Cal. I present you A stranger here in court, my lord; for did not Desire of seeing you draw her abroad, We had not been made happy in her company. Ith. You are a gracious princess.-Sister, wed
lock Holds too severe a passion in your nature, Which can engross all duty to your husband, Without attendance on so dear a mistress. 'T is not my brother's pleasure, I presume,
(To Bass. Timmure her in a chamber. Bass. 'Tis her will :
She governs her own hours. Noble Ithocles,
Ith. How does Penthea now?
Pen. You best know, brother, From whom my health and comforts are derived. Bass. [aside.] I like the answer well; 't is sad and
modest. There may be tricks yet,
ricks. Have an eye, Grausis ! Cal. Now, Crotolon, the suit we join'd in must not Fall by too long demur.
Crot. ”T is granted, princess, For my part.
Arin. With condition, that his son
Cal. Such delay is easy,
Pro. Most sweetly gracious!
freely, In your affections to this gentleman ? Euph. Nor more, nor less than as his love as.
sures me : Which (if your liking with my brother's warrants) I cannot but approve in all points worthy. Crot. So, so! I know your answer.
Ith. 'T had been pity,
presence; And, fairest princess, yours. Cal. We will attend him.
Enter GRONEAS. Gron. Where are the lords ? all must unto the
Cat. Well, sir?
Gron. 'T was my fortune, madam,
Ith. Let me an hour hence
Pro. I shall.
Ith. Alone, pray be alone.-
[Exeunt all but Bass. Bass. Alone! alone! what means that word
alone? Why might not I be there ?-hum!-he's her bro