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ERE's nor lords nor ladies.
Dion. Credit me, gentlemen, I wonder at it. They receiv'd strict charge from the king to attend here: Besides, it was boldly publifh’d, that no officer should forbid any gentlemen that desired to attend and hear.
Clere. Can you guess the cause?
Dion. Sir, it is plain, about the Spanish princez. that's come to marry our kingdom's heir, and be our sovereign.
Clere. Many, that will feem to know much, say,
Megra (sent hither by the queen of Spain, Pharamond's mother, to grace the train of Arethusa, and attend her to her new home, when efpoused to the prince) carries herself somewhat too familiarly towards Pharamond; and it is whisper'd, that there is too close an intercourse between him and that lady.
Dion. Troth, perhaps, there may; tho’ the multitude (that seldom know any thing but their own opinions) speak what they would have. But the prince, before his own approach, receiv'd so many confident messages from the state, and bound himself by such indiffoluble engagements, that I think their nuptials must go forwards, and that the princefs is refoly'd to be ruled.
Clerë. Sir, is it thought, with her he shall enjoy both these kingdoms.of Sicily and Calabria ?
Dion. Sir, it is, without controversy, so meant. But 'twill be a troublesome labour for him to enjoy both these kingdoms with safety, the right heir to one of them living, and living fo virtuously; especially, the people admiring the bravery of his mind, and lamenting his injuries.
Clere. Who? Philaster?
Dion. Yes; whose father, we all know, was by our late king of Calabria unrighteously depos’d from
his fruitful Sicily. Myself drew some blood in those wars, which I would give my hand to be wash'd from.
Clere. Sir, my ignorance in state-policy will not let me know, why, Philafter being heir to one of these kingdoms, the king should suffer him to walk abroad with such free liberty:
Dion. Sir, it seems, your nature is more constant than to enquire after state-news. But the king, of late, made a hazard of both the kingdoms of Sicily and his own, with offering but to imprison Philafter. At which the city was in arms, not to be charm'd down by any state-order or proclamation, till they saw Philaster ride through the streets pleas'd, and without a guard ; at which they threw their hats, and their arms, from them; fome to make bonfires, fonie to drink, all for his deliverance : Which, wise men say, is the cause the king labours to bring in the power of a foreign nation to awe his own with.
[Flourish. Thra. Peace, the king.
Scene draws, and discovers the King, Pharamond,
Arethufa, and train.
In princes find both birth and burial
Great king, and these your subjects ! Gentlemen, Believe me in a word, á prince's word, There shall be nothing to make up a kingdom Mighty, and flourishing, defenced, fear'd, Equal to be commanded and obey'd, But through the travels of my life I'll find it, And tie it to this country. And I vow, My reign shall be so easy to the subject, That ev'ry man shall be his prince himself, And his own law (yet I his prince and law). And, dearest lady, let me say, you are The blessed'It living; for, sweet princess, you Shall make him your's, for whom great queens
must die. Thra. Miraculous ! Clere. This speech calls him Spaniard, being
nothing but A large inventory of his own commendations. But here comes one more worthy those large
speeches, Than the large speaker of them.
Enter Philaster: Phi. Right noble Sir, as low as my obedience, And with a heart as loyal as my knee, I beg your favour.