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Enter a Lady:
Phi. Kiss her fair hand, and say, I will attend her.
Phi. Danger in a sweet face?
shoot me dead, or those true red
Scene changes to another apartment,
Enter Arethufa and a Lady.
To credit me at first.
Are. But didst thou tell me fo ?
Lady. Why, well.
Are. You all are of his faction; the whole court
Lady. Fear ? madam, methought, his looks hių
Of love than fear.
Are. Of love? to whom ? to you?
Lady. Madam, I mean to you.
Are. Of love to me? Alas! thy ignorance Lets thee not see the crosses of our births. Nature, that loves not to be question’d why
She did or this, or that, but has her ends,
Lady. Madam, I think I hear him.
[Exit Lady You Gods, that would not have your dooms with
Re-enter Lady and Philaster. Lady. Here is my lord Philaster.
Are. Oh ! 'tis well: Withdraw yourself.
Phi. Never, madam, you.
Injure a princess, and a scandal lay
Are. Philaster, know,
Phi. I would do much to save that noble life:
Are. Nay, then hear:
Phi. What more ? Say, you would have my life;
Are. Fain would I speak, and yet the words are such I have to say, and do so ill beseem The mouth of woman, that I wish them faid,
And yet am loth to utter them..Oh, turn
Phi. What means this?
Äre. But that my fortunes hang upon this hour, But that occasion urges me to speak, And that perversely to keep silence now Would doom me to a dife of wretchedness, I could not thus have summon'd thee; to tell thee, The thoughts of Pharamond are scorpions to me, More horrible than danger, pain or death! Yes I must have thy kingdoms-must have thee!
Phi. How ! me?
Are. Thy love !--without which all the land
Phi. Is't possible !
Are. With it, it were too little to bestow On thee: Now, though thy breath doth strike me
dead, (Which, know, it may) I have unript my breast.
Phi. Madam, you are too full of noble thoughts To lay a train for this contemned life, Which you may have for asking : To suspect Were base, where I deserve no ill. Love you? By all my hopes, I do, above my life: