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Strike up alarum. Fly Amurack; follow Alphonsus, and take him prisoner; carry him in. Strike up alarum. Fly Crocon and Faustus. Enter Fausta and IPHIGEN A, with their army, and meet them, and say:
Fau. You Turkish kings, what sudden flight is this?
Cro. Ay, noble madam, Amurack doth live,
Fau. How so, king Crocon? dost thou speak in
Cro. Then, worthy Fausta, know that Amurack,
Iphi. O hapless hap, O dire and cruel fate !
* mean] The 4to." meanes.”
To please the Gods, than mighty Amurack:
Fau. Iphigena, leave off these woeful tunes:
[Exeunt omnes. [Strike up alarum. Fly Alphonsus ; follow Iphi
gena, and say: Iphi. How now, Alphonsus, you which never yet Could meet your equal in the feats of arms, How haps it now, that in such sudden sort You fly the presence of a silly maid ? What have you found mine arm of such a force : As that you think your body over weak For to withstand the fury of my blows ? Or do you else disdain to fight with me, For staining of your high nobility?
ALPhon. No, dainty dame, I would not have thee That ever thou, or any other wight
[think Shall live to see Alphonsus fy the field From any king or keisar whosome'er : First will I die in thickest of my foe, Before I will disbase mine honour so. Nor do I scorn, thou goddess, for to stain My prowess with thee, although it be a shame For knights to combat with the female sect.* . But love, sweet mouse, hath so benumb'd my wit, That though I would, I must refrain from it. Iphi. I thought as much when first I came to wars :
* sect] i, e. sex.
Your noble acts were fitter to be writ
ALPhon. Nay, virgin, stay, and if thou wilt vouch-
İPHI. Alphonsus' bride! Nay, villain, do not think
art so stout
Iphi. I'll rather die than ever that shall hap.
ALPhon. And thou shalt die unless it come to pass. Alphonsus and Iphigena fight. Iphigena fly : fol
low Alphonsus. Strike up alarum. Enter Al
PHONSUS, with his rapier, ALBINIUS, L@LIUS, Miles, with their Soldiers ; AMURACK, FAUSTA, Iphigena, CROCON, and FauSTUS, all bound, with their hands behind them. AMURACK look angrily on Fausta.
Enter Medea and say: Medea. Nay, Amurack, this is no time to jar, Although thy wife did, in her frantic mood, Use speeches which might better have been spar'd, Yet do thou not judge the same time to be A season to requite that injury. More fitteth thee with all the wit thou hast, To call to mind which way thou may'st release Thyself, thy wife, and fair Iphigena, Forth of the power of stout Alphonsus' hands : For well I wot, since first you breathed breath, You never were so nigh the snares of death. Now, Amurack, your high and kingly seat, Your royal sceptre, and your stately crown, Your mighty country, and your men at arms, Be conquer'd all, and can no succour bring. Put, then, no trust in these same paltry toys, But call to mind that thou a prisoner art, Clapt up in chains, whose life and death depend * Upon the hands of thy most mortal foe. Then take thou heed, that whatsome'er he say, Thou do'st not once presume for to gainsay.
AMU. Away, you fool, think you your cursed Can bridle so the mind of Amurack, [charms As that he will stand crouching to his foe? No, no, be sure that if that beggar's brat Do dare but once to contrary my will, I'll make him soon in heart for to repent, That e'er such words 'gainst Amurack he spent.
* death depend] The 4to. “ deaths depends.”
Medea. Then since thou do'st disdain my good Look to thyself, and if you fare amiss, [advice, Remember that Medea counsel gave, Which might you safe from all those perils save. But, Fausta, you, as well you have begun, Beware you follow still your friend's advice : If that Alphonsus do desire of thee To have your daughter for his wedded spouse, Beware you do not once the same gainsay, Unless with death he do your rashness pay.
Fau. No, worthy wight; first Fausta means to die Before Alphonsus she will contrary.
Medea. Why then farewell ; but you, Iphigena, Beware you do not over squeamish wax, Whenas your mother giveth her consent.
Iphi. The gods forbid that e'er I should gainsay That which Medea bids me to obey. [Exit Medea. [Rise up Alphonsus out of his chair, who all this
while hath been talking to Albinius, and say : Alphon. Now, Amurack, the proud blasphemous