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Car. Well said.
[Daughters above.

Enter a Guide.
1 Daugh. Here's a strange entertainment :
How the thievey drink!

And do something worthy your meat. Go, guide 2 Daugh. Danger is dry; they looked for them, colder liquor. And see them fairly onward.

Car. Fill them more wine; give them full Judus. Meaning me, sir ?
bowls. Which of you all now,

Sero. The same.
In recompense of this good, dare but give me The youngest daughter to the queen entreats you
A sound knock in the battle?

To give this privately to captain Junius;
Judas. Delicate captain,

This for your pains. To do thee a sufficient recompense,

Judas. I rest her humble servant; I'll knock thy brains out.

Commend me to thy lady. Keep your files, boys. Car. Do it.

Serv. I must instruct you further. Hengo. Thou darest as well

Judas. Keep your files there ! Be damned ! thou knock his brains out? thou Order, sweet friends; faces about now. skin of man?

Guide. Here, sir; Uncle, I will not hear this.

Here lies your way. Judas. Tie up your whelp.

Judas. Bless the founders, I say! Hengo. Thou kill my uncle? 'Would I had but Fairly, good soldiers, fairly! march now; close, a sword

For thy sake, thou dried dog!
Car. What a mettle

This little vermin carries !
Hengo. Kill mine uncles

Car. He shall not, child.

Decius, and Macer. Hengo. He cannot; he is a rogue,

Suet. Bid me be wise, and keep me where I An only eating rogue ! kill my sweet uncle?

am, Oh, that I were a man!

And so be safe? not come, because commanded ? Judas. By this wine, which I

Was it not thus ?
Will drink to captain Junius, who loves

Macer. It was, sir.
The queen's most excellent majesty's little daugh- Pet. What now think you?

Suet. Must come so heinous to him, so dis-
Most sweetly, and most fearfully, I'll do it.

tasteful? Hengo. Uncle, I'll kill him with a great pin.

Pet. Give me my money. Car. No more, boy!

Dem. I confess 'tis due, sir, I'll pledge thy captain. To ye all, good fellows! And presently I'll pay it. 2 Daugh. In love with me! that love shall Suet. His obedience cost your lives all.

So blind at his years and experience,
Come, sister, and advise me; I have here It cannot find where to be tendered?
A way to make an easy conquest of them,

Macer. Sir,
If fortune favour ine. (Exeunt daughters. The regiment was willing, and advanced too,
Car. Let's see you sweat,

The captains at all points steeled up; their pre-
Tomorrow, blood and spirit, boys; this wine

parations Turned to stern valour.

Full of resolve and confidence; youth and fire, 1 Sold. Hark you, Judas;

Like the fair breaking of a glorious day, If he should hang us after all this?

Gilded their phalanx ; when the angry Penius Judas. Let him :

Stept, like a stormy cloud, betwixt them and hopes. I'll hang like a gentleman, and a Roman.

Suet. And stopped their resolutions ? Car. Take away there ;

Macer. True; his reason They have enough.

To them was odds, and odds so infinite,
Judas. Captain, we think you heartily

Discretion durst not look upon.
For your good cheer; and if we meet tomorrow, Suet. Well, Penius,
One of us pays
for it.

I cannot think thee coward yet; and treacherous
Car. Get them guides; their wine

I dare not think; thou hast lopt a limb off from Has over-mastered them.


And let it be thy glory, thou was stubborn, Enter second Daughter and a Servant.

Thy wisdom, that thou left'st thy general naked! 2 Daugh. That hungry fellow

Yet, ere the sun set, I shall make thee see With the red beard there, give it him, and this, All valour dwells not in thee, all command To see it well delivered.

In one experience. Thou wilt too late repent this, Car. Farewell, knaves !

And wish I must come up had been thy blessing. Speak nobly of us; keep your words to-morrow, Pet. Let's force him.


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Suet. No, by no means; he's a torrent

Judas. Hanging's a dog's death, we are gentleWe cannot easily stein.

men; Pet. I think, a traitor.

And I

say still, old Caratach! Suct. No ill words! let his own shame first re- Dec. Belike, then, vile himn.

You are turned rebels all. That wine I have, see it, Demetrius,

Judas. We are Roman boys all,
Distributed amongst the soldiers,

And boys of mettle. I must do that, captain,
To make them high and lusty ; when that's done, This day, this very day-
Petillius, give the word through, that the eagles Dec. Away, ye rascal !
May presently advance; no man discover, Judas. Fair words, I say again!
Upon his life, the enemies' full strength,

Dec. What must you do, sir?
But make it of po value. Decius,

Jude. I must do that my heart-strings yearn to Are your starved people yet come home?

do; Dec. I hope so.

But my word's past. Suet. Keep them in more obedience: This is Dec. What is it? no time

Judas. Why, kill Caratach.
To chide, I could be angry else, and say more to That's all he asked us for our entertainment.

Dec. More than you'll pay,
But come, let's order all. Whose sword is sharpest, Judas. Would I had sold myself
And valour equal to his sword this day,

Unto the skin, I had not promised it!
Shall be my saint.

For such another Caratach
Pet. We shall:be holy all, then, [Eveunt. Dec. Come, fool,
Manet Decius. Enter Judas and his company,

Have you dono your country service ?

Judas. I've brought that Judas. Captain, captain, I've brought them off To captain Juniusagain;

Dec, How! The drunkennest slaves !

Judas. I think will do all;
Dec. Pox confound your rogueships !

I cannot tell; I think so,
I'll call the general, and have ye hanged all. Dec. How ! to Junius?
Judas. Pray who will you command, then? I'll more enquire of this. You'll fight now!
Dec. For you, sirrah,

Judas. Promise,
That are the ringleader to these devices, Take heed of promise, captain !
Whose maw is never crammed, I'll have an en- Dec. A way, and rank then.

Judas. But, hark you, captain; there is wine
Judus. A wench, sweet captain,

distributing; Dec. Sweet Judas, even the forks,

I would fain know what share I have. Where you shall have two lictors, with two whips,

Dec. Be gono;
Hammer your hide,

You have too much.
Judas. Captain, good words, fair words, Judas. Captain, no wine, no fighting
Sweet words, good captain; if you like not us, There's one called Caratach, that has wine,
farewell ! we have employment.

Dec. Well, sir,
Dec. Where hast thou been?

If you'll be ruled now, and do well
Judas. There, where you dare not be, with all Judas. Do excellent.

Dec. You shall have wine, or any thing. Ge
Dec. Where's that?
Judas. With the best good fellow living. I'll see you have your share. Drag out your dor-
1 Sold. The king of all good fellows.

mice, Dec, Who's that?

And stow them somewhere, where they may sloop Judas, Caratach.

handsomely; Shake now, and say, we have done something They'll hear a hunts-up shortly. worthy!

Judas. Now I love thee : Mark me, with Caratach; by this Heaven, Cara- But no more forks nor whips ! tach!

Dec. Deserve them not then,
Do you as much now, an you dare. Sweet Ca- Up with your men; I'll meet you presently;

And get them sober quickly,
You talk of a good fellow, of true drinking; Judas. Arm, arm, bullies!
Well, go thy ways, old Caratach! Besides the All's right again and straight; and, which is more,
drink, captain,

More wine, inore wine, Awake, ye men of
The bravest running banquet of black puddings, Memphis !
Pieces of glorious beef-

Be sober and discreet; we've much to do, boys,
Dec. How escaped ye hanging ?


your valour,




2 Daugh. See, Heaven,
Enter e Messenger.

And all you powers that guide us, see and shame,
We kneel so long for pity! O'er your

altars, Mess, Prepare there for the sacrifice! the Since 'tis no light oblation, that you look for, queen comes.

No incense-offering, will I hang mine eyes ; Music. Enter in splemnity the Druids singing, So will I melt your powers into compassion.

And as I wear these stones with hourly weeping, the second daughter strewing flowers ; then This tear for Prosutagus, my brave father ; BONDUCA, CARATACH, NEnnius, and others.

(Ye gods, now think on Rome !) this for my moBond. Ye powerful gods of Britain, hear our ther, prayers !

And all her miseries; yet see, and save us ! Hear us, ye great revengers! and this day But now ye must be open-eyed. See, heaven, Take pity from our swords, doubt from our va- Oh, see thy showers stolen from thee; our dislours,

honours, Double the sad remembrance of our wrongs

[A smoke from the altar. In every breast! the vengeance due to those Oh, sister, our dishonours ! Can ye be gods, Make infinite and endless ! On our pikes

And these sins smothered? This day pale terror sit, horrors and ruins

Bond. The fire takes. Upon our executions; claps of thunder

Car. It does so, Hang on our armed carts; and before our troops But no flame rises. Cease your fretful prayers, Despair and death; shame beyond these attend Your whinings, and your tame petitions ! them!

The gods love courage armed with confidence, Rise from the dust, ye relicks of the dead, And prayers fit to pull them down : Weak tears Whose noble deeds our holy Druids sing ! And troubled hearts, the dull twins of cold spirits, Oh, rise, ye valiant bones ! let not base earth They sit and smile at. Hear how I salute them : Oppress your honours, whilst the pride of Rome Divine Andate ! rhon, who holdst the reins Treads on your stocks, and wipes out all your of furious battles, and disordered war, stories !

And proudly roll'st thy swarty chariot-wheels Nen. Thou great Tiranes, whom our sacred Over the heaps of wounds and carcasses, priests,

Sailing through seas of blood; thou sure-steeled Armed with dreadful thunder, place on high

sternness, Above the rest of the immortal gods,

Give us this day good hearts, good enemies, Send thy consuming fires and deadly bolts, Good blows of both sides, wounds, that fear of And shoot them home; stick in each Roman flight heart

Can claim no share in; steel us both with angers A fear fit for confusion ; blast their spirits, And warlike executions, fit thy viewing; Dwell in them to destruction; through their Let Rome put on her best strength, and thy Briphalanx

tain, Strike as thou strikest a proud tree; shake their Thy little Britain, but as great in fortune, bodies,

Meet her as strong as she, as proud, as daring! Make their strengths totter, and their topless for- And then look on, thou red-eyed god ! who does

best, Unroot, and reel to ruin !

Reward with honour; who despair makes fly, 1 Daugh. Oh, thou god,

Unarm for ever, and brand with infamy! Thou feared god, if ever to thy justice

Grant this, divine Andate ! 'tis but justice; Insulting wrongs, and ravishments of women, And my first blow, thus, on thy holy altar (Women derived from thee) their shames, the I sacrifice unto thee.

(A flame rises sufferings

Bond. It flames out.

[Music. Of those that daily filled thy sacrifice

Car. Now sing, ye Druids.

[Song. With virgin incense, have access, now hear me! Bond. It is out again. Now snatch thy thunder up, now on these Ro- Car. He has given us leave to fight yet; we mans,

ask no more ;
Despisers of thy power, of us defacers; The rest hangs on our resolutions :
Revenge thyselt ; take to thy killing anger, Tempt him no more.
To make thy great work full, the justice spoken, Bond. I would know further, cousin.
An utter rooting, froin this blessed isle,

Car. His hidden meaning dwells in our endeaOf what Rome is, or has been !

vours, Bond.' Give more incense !

Our valours are our best gods. Chear the selThe gods are deaf and drowsy, no happy flame

dier, Rises to raise our thoughts. Pour on.

And let him cat.


Mes. He is at it, sir.

He vows he knows no more than this truth, Car. Away then;

Dec. Strange! When he has done, let us march. Come, fear Cur. If she mean what she writes, as it may not, lady;

be probable, This day the Roman gains no more ground here, 'Twill be the happiest vantage we can lean to. But what his body lies in.

Jun. I'll pawn my soul she means truth. Bond. Now I am confident.[Ereunt. Recorders. Dec. Think an hour more;

Then if your confidence grow stronger on you, SCENE II.

We'll set in with you.

Jun. Nobly done! I thank ye.
Enter Junius, Curius, and Decius.

Ye know the time.
Dec. We dare not hazard it; beside our lives, Cur. We will be either ready
It forfeits all our understandings.

To give you present counsel, or join with you.
Jun. Gentlemen,
Can ye forsake me in so just a service,

Enter SUETONIUS, Petillius, DEMETRIUS, and

A service for the commonwealth, for honour?
Read but the letter ; you may love too.

Jun. No more, as ye are gentlemen. The geDec. Read it.

neral ! If there be any safety in the circumstance,

Suet. Draw out apace; the enemy waits for us. Or likelihood 'tis love, we will not fail you: Are ye all ready? Read it, good Curius.

Jun. All our troops attend, sir. Cur. Willingly.

Suet. I am glad to hear you say so, Junius; Jun. Now mark it.

I hope you are dispossessed. Cur. [reading.) “Health to thy heart, my ho- Jun. I hope so too, sir. noured Junius,

Suet. Continue so. And, gentlemen, to you All thy love requited! I am thine,

now! Thine everlastingly; thy love has won me; To bid you fight is needless; ye are Romans; And led it breed no doubt, our new acquaintance The name will fight itself: To tell ye who Compels this; 'tis the gods decree to bless us. You go to fight against, his power, and nature, The times are dangerous to meet, yet fail not; But loss of time; ye know it, know it poor, By all the love thou bear'st me I conjure thee, And oft have made it so : To tell ye further, Without distrust of danger, to come to me! His body shews more dreadful than it has done, For I have purposed a delivery

To him that fears, less possible to deal with, Both of myself and fortune this blessed day Is but to stick more honour on your actions, Into thy hands, if thou thinkest good. To shew thee Load ye with virtuous names, and to your meHow infinite my love is, even my mother

mories Shall be thy prisoner, the day yours without Tie never-dying tiine and fortune constant. hazard;

Go on in full assurance ! draw your swords For I beheld your danger like a lover,

As daring and as confident as justice ; A just affecter of thy faith: Thy goodness, The gods of Rome fight for ye; loud Fame calls I know, will use us nobly; and our marriage,

ye, If not redeem, vet lessen Rome's ambition : Pitched on the topless Apennine, where the I'm weary of these miseries. Use my mother

snow dwells, (If you intend to take her) with all honour; And blows to all the under-world, all nations, And let this disobedience to my parent

The seas and unfrequented deserts; wakens Be laid on love, not me. Bring with thee, Junius, The ruined monuments; and there, where noSpirits resolved to fetch me off, the noblest;

thing Forty will serve the turn, just at the joining But eternal death and sleep is, informs again Of both the battles; we will be weakly guarded, The dead bones with your virtues. Go on, I say: And for a guide, within this hour, shall reach thee | Valiant and wise rule heaven, and all the great A faithful friend of mine. The gods, my Junius, Aspects ! attend them, do but blow upon Keep thee, and me to serve thee! Young Bon- This enemy, who, but that we want foes, vica."

Cannot deserve that name; and, like a mist, Cur. This letter carries much belief, and most A lazy fog, before your burning valours objections

You'll find him Ay to nothing. This is all; Answered, we must have doubted.

We have swords, and are the sons of ancient RoDec. Is that fellow

mans, Come to you for a guide yet?

Fleirs to their endless valours; fight and conquer! · Jun. Yes.

Dec. Dem. It is done. Dec. And examined?

Pet. That man, that loves not this day, Jun. Far more than that; he has felt tortures, And hugs not in his arms the noble danger, yet

May he die faineless and forgot! Vol. I.


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Suet. Sufficient !

Cur. I think it is true. Up to your troops, and let your drums beat thun- Jun. Alas, if it were a question, der;

If any doubt or hazard fell into it, March close and sudden, like a tempest : All ex- Do


think mine own discretion so self-blind, ecutions

(March. My care of ye só naked, to run headlong? Done without sparkling of the body; keep your Dec. Let us take Petillius with us! phalanx

Jun. By no means; Sure lined, and pieced together, your pikes for. He is never wise but to himself, nor courteous, ward,

But where the end is his own: we are strong And so march like a moving fort. Ere this day enough, run,

If not too many. Behind yonder hill, We shall have ground to add to Rome, well won. The fellow tells me, she attends, weak guarded,

(Exeunt. Her mother and her sister. SCENE III.

Cur. I would venture.

Jun. We shall not strike five blows for it. Enter CARATACH and NENNIUS.

Weigh the good,
Nen. The Roman is advanced; from yon hill's The general good may come.

Dec. Away! I'll with ye;
We may behold him, Caratach. [A march. But with what doubt-
Car. Let us thither;

Jun. Fear not; my soul for all ! [Drums within at one place afar off. [Ereunt. Alarms, drums and trumpets I see the dust fly. Now I see the body.

in several places ufur off, as at a muia Observe them, Nennius; by heaven, a handsome

And, of a few, strongly and wisely jointed !

Suetonius is a soldier.
Nen. As I take it,

Enter Drusius and PENIUS above. That is he, that gallops by the regiments,

Drus. Here you may see them all, sir; frore Viewing their preparations.

this hill Car. Very likely;

The country shews off level. He shews no less than general. See how bravely

Pen. Gods detend me,
The body moves, and in the head how proudly What multitudes they are, what infinites!
The captains stick like plumes; he come apace on, The Roman power shews like a little star,
Good Nennius, go, and bid my stout lieutenant Hedged with a double halo.--Now the knell rings:
Bring on the first square body to oppose them,
And, as he charges, open to enclose them; Hark, how they shout to the battle how the air
The queen move next with her's, and wheel about, Totters and reels, and rends apieces, Drusius,
To gain their backs, in which I'll lead the van- With the huge-vollied clamours !

Drus. Now they charge
We shall have bloody crowns this day, I see by it. (Oh, gods !) of all sides, fearfully.
Haste thee, good Nennius; I'll follow instantly. Pen. Little Rome,

[Erit Nennius. Stand but this growing hydra one short hour, Ilow close they march, as if they grew together, And thou hast out-done Hercules !

March. Drus. The dust No place but lined alike, sure from oppression ! Hides them; we cannot see what follows. They will not change this figure; we must charge Pen. They are gone, them,

Gone, swallowed, Drusius; this eternal sun And charge them home at both ends, van and Shall never see them march more.

rear; [Drums in another place ofur off. Drus. Oh, turn this way, They never totter else. I hear our music, And see a model of the field! some forty, And nust attend it: Hold, good sword, but this Against four hundred ! day,

Pen. Well fought, bravely followed ! And bite hard, where I hound thee! and herc- Oh, nobly charged again, charged home too! after

Drusius, I'll make a relic of thee, for young soldiers They seem to carry it. Now they charge all; To come like pilgrims to, and kiss for conquests.

[Exit. Close, close, I say! they follow it. Ye gods, SCENE IV.

Can there be more in men? more daring spirits?

Still they make good their fortunes. Now they Enter Junius, Curius, and Decius.

are gone too, Jun. Now is the time; the fellow stays. For ever gone! see, Drusius, at their backs Dec. What think ye?

A fearful ambush rises. Farewell, valours,

Loud shouts


(Loud shouts.

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