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No, proud Alphonsus, Amurack doth fly
[Sound instruments awhile within, and then
Amurack say: And dost thou think, thou proud injurious God, Mahound I mean, since thy vain prophecies Led Amurack into this doleful case, To have his princely feet in irons clapt, Which erst the proudest kings were forc'd to kiss, That thou shalt 'scape unpunish'd for the same? No, no, as soon as by the help of Jove I’scape this bondage, down go all thy groves, Thy altars tumble round about the streets, And whereas erst we sacrific'd to thee, Now all the Turks thy mortal foes shall be.
[Sound instruments awhile within ; Amurack say: Behold the gem and jewel of mine age, See where she comes, whose heavenly majesty Doth far surpass the brave and gorgeous pace, Which Cytherea, daughter unto Jove, Did put in ure,* whenas she had obtain'd The golden apple at the shepherd's hands. See, worthy Fausta, where Alphonsus stands, Whose valiant courage could not daunted be With all the men at arms of Africa; See now he stands, as one that lately saw Medusa's head, or Gorgon's hoary hue.
[Sound instruments awhile within; Amurack say: And can it be that it may happen so ? Can fortune prove so friendly unto me, As that Alphonsus loves Iphigena? The match is made, the wedding is decreed, Sound trumpets, hah! strike drums for mirth and glee! And three times welcome son in law to me!
[Fausta rise up as it were in a fury ; wake Amurack, and say:
* ure) See note + p. 6.
Fav. Fie, Amurack, what wicked words be these? How can'st thou look thy Fausta in her face, Whom thou hast wronged in this shameful sort? And are the vows so solemnly you sware Unto Belinus my most friendly niece* Now wash'd so clearly from thy traitorous heart? Is all the rancour which you erst did bear Unto Alphonşus worn so out of mind, As wheret thou shouldest pursue him to death, You seek to give our daughter to his hands? The gods forbid that such a heinous deed With my consent should ever be decreed : And rather than thou should’st it bring to pass, If all the army of Amazones Will be sufficient to withhold the same, Assure thyself that Fausta means to fight 'Gainst | Amurack for to maintain the right.
Iphi. Yea, mother, say, which Mahomet forbid, That in this conflict you should have the foil, Ere that Alphonsus should be call'd my spouse, This heart, this hand, yea, and this blade, should be A readier means to finish that decree.
[Amurack rise in a rage from thy chair. Amy. What threatening words thus thunder in
My wife, my children, yea, my life and all.
Fav. Nay then, I see 'tis time to look about,
* did] The 4to. “ didst." t regiment] See note * p. 29.
Medea. Fausta, what means this sudden flight
of yours? Why do you leave your husband's princely court, And all alone pass through these thickest groves, More fit to harbour brutish savage beasts
Although your credit would not stay your steps
Fau. No toy, Medea, tickled Fausta's head,
Medea. I thought as much when first from thickI saw you trudging in such posting pace. But to the purpose; what may be the cause Of this strange and sudden banishment?
Fau. Thecause, ask you? A simple cause, God wot; 'Twas neither treason, nor yet felony, But for because I blam'd his foolishness.
Medea. I hear you say so, but I greatly fear,
Fav. What folly, quoth you? Such as never yet Was heard or seen since Phoebus first ’gan shine. You know how he was gathering in all haste
His men at arms, to set upon the troop
Medea. This is the cause, then, of your banishAnd now you go unto Amazone,
[ment? To gather all your maidens in array, To set upon the mighty Amurack? O foolish queen, what meant you by this talk? Those prattling speeches have undone you all. Do you disdain to have that mighty prince, I mean Alphonsus, counted for your son ? I tell you, Fausta, he is born to be The ruler of a mighty monarchy. I must confess the powers of Amurack Be great, his confines stretch both far and near, Yet are they not the third part of the lands Which shall be ruled by Alphonsus' hands; And yet you ’dain * to call him son in law. But when you see his sharp and cutting sword Piercing the heart of this your gallant girl, You'll curse the hour wherein you did denay To join Alphonsus with Iphigena.