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Sec. PR. Muse not, brave kings, at Mahomet's
discourse, For mark what he forth of that mouth doth say, Assure yourself it needs must happen so. Therefore make haste, go mount you on your steeds, And set upon Alphonsus presently. So shall you reap great honour for your pain, And ’scape the scourge which else the fates ordain.
[Rise all up. Beli. Then, proud Alphonsus, look thou to thy
CLA. Worthy Belinus, set such threats away,
[Exit. Beli. And thinking long 'till that we be in fight, Belinus hastes to quail Alphonsus' might.
[Exeunt omnes. Strike up alarum awhile. Enter Carinus. Cari. No sooner had God Phæbus' brightsome Begun to dive within the western seas, [beams And darksome Nox had spread about the earth Her blackish mantle, but a drowsy sleep Did take possession of Carinus' sense, And Morpheus * shew'd me strange disguised shapes.
Methought I saw Alphonsus, my dear son,
Milan in pilgrim's apparel, and say:
Thrice Hesperus with pomp and peerless pride
CARI. Methinks I hear, not very far from hence,
Duke. O, Milan, Milan, little do'st thou think How that thy duke is now in such distress ! For if thou did'st, I soon should be releas'd Forth of this greedy gulph of misery.
Cari. The Milan duke! I thought as much before, When first I glanc'd mine eyes upon his face. This is the man which was the only cause That I was forc'd to fly from Arragon : High Jove be prais'd which hath allotted me So fit a time to quite that injury. Pilgrim, God speed.
Duke. Welcome, grave sir, to me.
Cari. Methought as now I heard you for to speak Of Milan land ; pray do you know the same?
DUKE.* Ay, aged father, I have cause to know Both Milan land, and all the parts thereof.
Cari. Why then, I doubt not but you can resolve Me of a question that I shall demand.
* Ay, aged father, &c.] The 4to. gives these two lines to Carinus,
Duke. Ay, that I can, whatever that it be.,
CARI. Then, to be brief: not twenty winters past, When these my limbs which wither'd are with age Were in the prime and spring of all their youth, I still desirous, as young gallants be, To see the fashions of Arabia, My native soil, and in this pilgrim's weed Began to travel through unkenned lands. Much ground I pass'd, and many soils I saw; But when my feet in Milan land I set, Such sumptuous triumphs daily there I saw As never in my life I found the like. I pray, good sir, what might the occasion be, That made the Milans make such mirth and glee?
DUKE. This solemn joy whereof you now do speak Was not solemnized, my friend, in vain, For at that time there came into the land The happiest tidings that they e'er did hear; For news was brought upon that solemn day, Unto our court, that Ferdinandus proud Was slain himself, Carinus and his son Were banish'd both for ever from Arragon; And for these happy news that joy was made.
CARI. But what, I pray, did afterward become Of old Carinus with his banish'd son ? What, hear you nothing of them all this while ?
Duke. Yes, too, too much, the Milan Duke may Alphonsus first, by secret means did get To be a soldier in Belinus' wars, Wherein he did behave himself so well As that he got the crown of Arragon; Which being got, he dispossess'd also The king Belinus which had foster'd him. As for Carinus, he is dead and gone; I would his son were his companion.
Cari. A blister build upon that traitor's tongue !
But for thy friendship which thou shewed'st me,
Tus king of Babylon, FABIUS, with the Turk's
Amy. Fabius, come hither; what is that thou
Fabi. Pardon, dear lord, no frantic fit at all,
AMU. So, sir, I hear you, but can scarce believe
Fabi. Yes, noble lord, and more than that, he said, That ere that you, with these your warlike men, Should come to bring your succour to the field, Belinus, Claramount, and Arcastus too Should all be crown’d with crowns of beaten gold, And borne with triumphs round about their tents. [so?
Amy. With triumph, man? did Mahound tell them VOL. II.