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Beli. 'Tis he indeed, who, as I do suppose,
[Belinus and Albinius go towards Alphonsus. Come on, Albinius, we will try the truth.
[Belinus say to Alphonsus : Hail to the noble victor of our foes !
ALPHon. Thanks, mighty prince, but yet I seek not It is not words must recompense my pain, . [this; But deeds. When first I took up arms for you, Your promise was, whate'er my sword did win In fight, as his Alphonsus should it crave.
[Shew Belinus Flaminius, who lieth all this
while dead at his feet. See then where lies thy foe Flaminius, Whose crown my sword hath conquer'd in the field ; Therefore, Belinus, make no long delay, But that discharge you promis'd for to pay. (mind
Beli. Will nothing * else satisfy thy conquering Besides the crown? Well, since thou hast it won, Thou shalt it have, though far against my will. [Alphonsus sit in the chair ; Belinus takes the
crown off Flaminius' head, and puts it on
[Sound trumpets and drums within.
Beli. Mark, what belonged erst unto the crown Of Arragon, that challenge as thine own;
* nothing] Qy."nought."
Belinus gives it frankly unto thee,
ALBI. And by the sacred seat of mighty Jove
Fabi. What erst Albinius vow'd we jointly vow. ALPHon. Thanks, mighty lords, but yet I greatly That very few will keep the oaths they swear. [fear But what, Belinus, why stand you so long, And cease from offering homage unto me? What, know you not that I thy sovereign am, Crowned by thee and all thy other lords, And now confirmed by your solemn oaths ? Feed not thyself with fond persuasions, But presently come yield thy crown to me, And do me homage, or by heavens I swear I'll force thee do it maugre all thy train. Beli. How now, base brat? what, are thy wits
thine own, That thou dar'st thus upbraid me in my land ? 'Tis best for thee these speeches to recall, Or else by Jove, I'll make thee to repent That e'er thou sett'st thy foot in Naples' soil.
ALPHON. Base brat, say'st thou? as good a man But say I came but of a base descent, as thou : My deed shall make my glory for to shine As clear as Luna in a winter's night. But for because thou bragg'st so of thy birth, I'll see how it shall profit thee anon.
Fabi. Alphonsus, cease from these thy threatening And lay aside this thy presumptuous mind, [words, Or else be sure thou shalt the same repent. [too ? Alphon. How now, sir boy, will you be prattling
* swears] The 4to.“ surear.”
”Tis best for thee to hold thy tattling tongue,
Albi. That runnagate, thatrakehell, yea, that thief! Stay there, sir king, your mouth runs over much ; It ill becomes the subject for to use Such traitorous terms against his sovereign: Know thou, Belinus, that Carinus' son Is neither rakehell nor runnagate. But be thou sure, that ere the darksome night Do drive god Phoebus to his Thetis' lap Both thou, and all the rest of this thy train, Shall well repent the words that you have saine.
Beli. What, traitorous villain, dost thou threaten Lay hold on him, and see he do not ’scape; (me? I'll teach the slave to know to whom he speaks.
Albi. * To thee I speak, and to thy fellows all ; And though as now you have me in your power,
* To thee, &c.] The 4to. gives these five lines to Belinus.
Yet doubt I not but that in little space
Beli. Nay, proud Albinius, never build on that';
ALBI. Slash off his head! as though Albinius' head Were then so easy to be slashed off: In faith, sir, no; when you are gone and dead, I hope to flourish like the pleasant spring. Beli. Why, how now, Fabius? what, do you stand
say as followeth:
ALBI. Not so, Belinus, I am constant still.
* vaunt] The 4to. “vaunt of.”
Yet ne'er Albinius should persuaded be
Beli. Nay then, Albinius, since that words are For to persuade you from this heresy, This sword shall sure put you out of doubt. Belinus offers to strike off Albinius' head; strike up alarum, enter ALPHONSUS and his Men; fly Belinus and Fabius; follow Alphonsus and Albinius ; enter LELIUS, MILES,* and his Ser
MILES. Lælius, of force we must confess to thee,