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Fav. The gods forbid that e'er it happen so ! Medea. Nay, never pray, for it must happen so! Fau. And is there then no remedy for it? Medea. No, none but one, and that you have
foresworn. Fau. As though an oath can bridle so my mind, As that I dare not break a thousand oaths For to eschew the danger imminent! Speak, good Medea, tell that way to me, And I will do it, whatsoe'er it be.
Medea. Then, as already you have well decreed, Pack to your country, and in readiness Select the army of Amazones : When you have done, march with your female troop To Naples' town, to succour Amurack: And so by marriage of Iphigena, You soon shall drive the danger clean away.
IPhi. So shall we soon eschew Charybdis' lake, And headlong fall to Scylla's greedy gulf. I vow'd before, and now do vow again, Before I wed Alphonsus, I'll be slain.
Medea. In vain it is to strive against the stream, Fates must be follow'd, and the Gods' decree Must needs take place in every kind of cause. Therefore, fair maid, bridle these brutish thoughts, And learn to follow what the fates assign. When Saturn heard that Jupiter his son Should drive him headlong from his heavenly seat, Down to the bottom of the dark Avern, He did command his mother presently To do to death the young and guiltless child : But what of that? the mother loath'd in heart For to commit so vile a massacre. Yea, Jove did live, and as the fates did say, From heavenly seat drave Saturn clean away. What did avail the castle all of steel,
The which Acrisius caused to be made,
FAU. Iphigena, she sayeth nought but truth,
IPhi. Since Fausta wills, and fates do so command, Iphigena will never it withstand [Exeunt omnes.
Enter Venus. Ven. Thus have you seen, how Amurack himself, Fausta his wife, and every other king, Which holds their sceptres at the Turk his hands, Are now in arms, intending to destroy, And bring to nought, the prince of Arragon. Charms have been used by wise Medea's art, To know before what afterwards shall hap; And King Belinus, with high Claramount, Join'd to Arcastus,f which with princely pomp Doth rule and govern all the warlike Moors,
* need] The 4to.“ needs." + Act IV.] The 4to. “ Act III.” # Arcastus] The 4to.“ Alphonsus."
Are sent as legates to God Mahomet,
Let there be a Brazen Head set in the middle of the
place behind the stage, out of the which cast flames of fire. Drums rumble within. Enter two PRIESTS. FIRST PR. My fellow priest* of Mahound's holy
house, What can you judge of these strange miracles, Which daily happen in this sacred seat ?
[Drums rumble within. Hark, what a rumbling rattleth in our ears !
[Cast flames of fire forth of the Brazen Head. See Aakes of fire proceeding from the mouth Of Mahomet, that God of peerless power! Nor can I tell, with all the wit I have, What Mahomet, by these his signs, doth crave.
Sec. Pr. Thrice ten times Phoebus with his golden Hath compassed the circle of the sky, [beams Thrice ten times Ceres hath her workmen hir'd, And fill'd her barns with fruitful crops of corn,
Since first in priesthood I did lead my life;
[Speak (Mahomet] out of the Brazen Head.
Kneel down both. FIRST PR. O Mahomet, if all the solemn prayers Which, from our childhood we have offer'd thee, Can make thee call this sentence back again, Bring not thy priest into this dangerous state! For when the Turk doth hear of this repulse, We shall be sure to die the death therefore.
Mail. Thou sayest truth: go call the princes in ; I'll prophecy unto them for this once, But in such wise as they shall neither boast, Nor you be hurt in any kind of wise. Enter BELINUS, CLARAMOUNT, ARCASTUS (and
Fabius]: go both the Priests to meet them ;* the first say:
FIRST Pr. You kings of Turkey, Mahomet our God, By sacred science, having notice that You were sent legates from high Amurack
Unto this place, commanded us, his priests,
Beli. For that intent we came into this place ;
yourself, With your companions, kneel before this place, And listen well what Mahomet doth say.
[Kneel all down before the Brazen Head. Bell. As you do will, we jointly will obey.
Mah. Princes of Turkey, and ambassadors