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be made a prey to some less noble design. With your favour, I have forgot the rest.
Pal. Good, call it back again into thy memory; Else, losing the remainder, I am lost too.
Rhe. You charm 1 me. In brief, a rape by some bad agents was attempted; by the Lord Meleander her father rescued, she conveyed away ; Meleander accused of treason, his land seized, he himself distracted and confined to the castle, where he yet lives. What had ensued was doubtful ; but your father shortly after died.
Pal. But what became of fair Eroclea ?
Pal. No hope lives, then,
Rhe. Sir, I feared I should anger thee. There was, as I said, an old tale :- I have now a new one, which may perhaps season the first with a more delightful relish.
Pal. I am prepared to hear; say what you please.
Rhe. My Lord Meleander failing,-on whose favour my fortunes relied, I furnished myself for travel, and bent my course to Athens; where a pretty accident, after a while, came to my knowledge,
Pal. My ear is open to thee.
Rhe. A young lady contracted to a noble gentleman, as the lady we last mentioned and your highness were, being hindered by their jarring parents, stole from her home, and was conveyed like a ship-boy in a merchant ? from the country where she lived, into Corinth first, afterwards to Athens; where in much solitariness she lived, like a youth, almost two years, courted by all for acquaintance, but friend to none by familiarity.
Pal. In habit of a man?
Rhe. A handsome young man-till, within these three months or less-her sweetheart's father dying some year before or more,--she had notice of it, and with much joy returned home, and, as report voiced it at Athens, enjoyed 1 Persuade.
? i.e. A merchant ship.
her happiness she was long an exile for. Now, noble sir, if you did love the Lady Eroclea, why may not such safety and fate direct her as directed the other ? 'tis not impossible.
Pal. If I did love her, Rhetias! Yes, I did. Give me thy hand : as thou didst serve Meleander, And art still true to these, henceforth serve me.
Rhe. My duty and my obedience are my surety ; But I have been too bold.
Pal. Forget the sadder story of my father,
What's your meaning ?
A picture in a tablet.
I do--yes, let me observe it-
I am your creature.
Enter AMETHUS, MENAPHON, THAMASTA, KALA, and
PARTHENOPHIL. Amet. Honour and health still wait upon the prince ! Sir, I am bold with favour to present Unto your highness Menaphon my friend, . Returned from travel. Men.
Humbly on my knees
It is our duty
If my prayers or service
Rhe. I have a fist for thee too, stripling; thou’rt started up prettily since I saw thee. Hast learned any wit abroad? Canst tell news and swear 'lies with a grace, like a true traveller ?-What new ouzel's this? Tha. Your highness shall do right to your own judg
All the powers
My persuasions won him.
Tha. It was the newest, sweetest, prettiest accident That e'er delighted your attention: I can discourse it, sir.
I shall thank you,
Do I break off your parley,
Par. Where real worth and constancy first settle
Come hither :-
Kal. These very words he spake.
These very words