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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,
The looks not on him like a maid in love.
Thra. They say too, moreover, that the lady

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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.
King. To give a stronger testimony of love
Than fickly promises (which commonly
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In princes find both birth and burial
In one breath) we have drawn you, worthy Sir,
To make your fair endearments to our daughter, ,
And worthy services known to our subjects,
Now lov'd and wonder'd at: next, our intent
To plant you deeply, our immediate heir,
Both to our blood and kingdoms. For this lady,
(The best part of your life, as you confirm me,
And I believe) though her few years and sex
Yet teach her nothing but her fears and blushes;
Think not, dear Sir, these undivided parts,
That must mould up a virgin, are put on
To fhew her so, as borrow'd ornaments ;
To speak her perfect love to you, or add
An artificial shadow to her nature.
Laft, noble fon, (for so I now must call you)
What I have done thus publick, is not only
To add a comfort in particular
To you or me, but all; and to confirm
The nobles, and the gentry of these kingdoms,
By oath to your succession, which thall be
Within this month at most.
Pha. Kissing your white hand, mistress, I take

leave
To thank your royal father; and thus far,
To be my own free trumpet. Understand,

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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.

King.

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