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No, proud Alphonsus, Amurack doth fly
[Sound instruments awhile within, and then
[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; A murack say:
[Fausta rise up as it were in a fury; wake
Fau. 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 Alphonsus worn so out of mind, As where + 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 J 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.
[Ammack rise in a rage from thy chair.
Amu. What threatening words thus thunder in mine ears?
Or who are they amongst the mortal troops,
That dare§ presume to use such threats to me?
The proudest kings and keisars of the land
Are glad to feed me in my fantasy;
And shall I suffer, then, each prattling dame
For to upbraid me in this spiteful sort?
No, by the heavens, first will I lose my crown,
* niece] See Note * p. 17.
My wife, my children, yea, my life and all.
And therefore, Fausta, thou which Amurack
Did * tender erst as the apple of mine eye,
Avoid my court, and if thou lov'st thy life,
Approach not nigh unto my regiment. f
As for this carping girl, Iphigena,
Take her with thee to bear thee company,
And in my land I rede be seen no more,
For if you do, you both shall die therefore. [Exit.
Fau. Nay then, I see 'tis time to look about, Delay is dangerous, and procureth harm: The wanton colt is tamed in his youth; Wounds must be cur'd when they be fresh and green; And pluresies, when they begin to breed, With little ease are driven away with speed. Had Fausta then, when Amurack begun With spiteful speeches to control and check, Sought to prevent it by her martial force, This banishment had never hapt to me. But the Echinus, fearing to be goar'd, Doth keep her younglings in her paunch so long, 'Till when their pricks be waxen long and sharp, They put their dam at length to double pain: And I, because I loath'd the broils of Mars, Bridled my thoughts, and pressed down my rage; In recompense of which my good intent, I have received this woeful banishment. Woeful, said I? nay, happy I did mean, If that be happy which doth set one free; For by this means I do not doubt ere long But Fausta shall with ease revenge her wrong. Come, daughter, come: my mind fortelleth me, That Amurack shall soon requited be.
[Make as though you were a going out; Medea
* did] The 4to. "didst."
Medea. Fausta, what means this sudden flight of yours?
Why do you leave your husband's princely court,
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. The cause, ask you? A simple cause, God wot;
Medea. I hear you say so, but I greatly fear,
Fau. 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
Of proud Alphonsus; yea, you well do know
How you and I did do the best we could
To make him show us in his drowsy dream
What afterward should happen in his wars.
Much talk he had, which now I have forgot,
But at the length this surely was decreed,
How that Alphonsus and Iphigena
Should be conjoin'd in Juno's sacred rites;
Which when I heard, as one that did despise
That such a traitor should be son to me,
I did rebuke my husband, Amurack.
And since my words could take no better place,
My sword with help of all Amazones
Shall make him soon repent his foolishness.
Medea. This is the cause, then, of your banishAnd now you go unto Amazone, [ment?
To gather all your maidens in array,
0 foolish queen, what meant you by this talk?
1 mean Alphonsus, counted for your son? I tell you, Fausta, he is bom 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.