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Why she is there.


The Queen _Mardonius_, _Panthea_ is the Queen and I am plain _Arbaces_; go some one, she is in _Gobrias_ house, since I saw you there are a thousand things delivered to me, you little dream of.

[_Exit a Gent_.


So it should seem my Lord, what fury's this?


Believe me 'tis no fury, all that he saies is truth.


'Tis very strange.


Why do you keep your hats off Gentlemen? is it to me? I swear it must not be; nay, trust me, in good faith it must not be; I cannot now command you, but I pray you for the respect you bare me, when you took me for your King, each man clap on his hat at my desire.


We will, you are not found so mean a man, but that you may be cover'd as wel as we, may you not?


O not here, you may, but not I, for here is my Father in presence.




Why there: O the whole story would be a wilderness to lose thy self for ever: O pardon me dear Father for all the idle and unreverent words that I have spoke in idle moods to you: I am _Arbaces_, we al fel ow-subjects, nor is the Queen _Panthea_ now my Sister.


Why if you remember fel ow-subject _Arbaces_; I told you once she was not your sister: I, and she lookt nothing like you.


I think you did, good Captain _Bessus_.


Here will arise another question now amongst the Sword-men, whether I be to call him to account for beating me, now he is proved no King.

_Enter_ Lygones.


Sir here's Lygones, the agent for the Armenian_ State.


Where is he? I know your business good Lygones.


We must have our King again, and will.


I knew that was your business: you shal have your King again, and have him so again as never King was had, go one of you and bid _Bacurius_ bring _Tigranes_ hither; and bring the Lady with him, that _Panthea_, the Queen _Panthea_ sent me word this

[morning], was brave _Tigranes_ mistress.

[_Ex. two Gent_.


'Tis _Spaconia_.


I, I, _Spaconia_.


She is my Daughter.


She is so: I could now tel any thing I never heard: your King shal go so home, as never man went.


Shall he go on's head?


He shal have chariots easier than air that I will have invented; and ne're think one shal pay any ransome, and thy self that art the messenger, shalt ride before him on a horse cut out of an intire Diamond, that shal be made to go with golden wheeles, I know not how yet.


Why I shal be made for ever? they beli'd this King with us, and said he was unkind.


And then thy Daughter, she shall have some strange thing, wee'l have the Kingdom sold utterly, and put into a toy which she shall wear about her carelesly some where or other. See the vertuous Queen; behold the humblest subject that you have kneel here before you.

_Enter_ Panthea _And_ 1 Gent.


Why kneel you to me that am your Vassal?


Grant me one request.


Alas what can I grant you? what I can, I will.


That you will please to marry me if I can prove it lawfull.


Is that al ? more willingly than I would draw this air.


I'le kiss this hand in earnest.

_2 Gent_.

Sir, _Tigranes_ is coming though he made it strange at first, to see the Princess any more.

_Enter_ Tigranes _And_ Spaconia.


The Queen thou meanest, O my _Tigranes_. Pardon me, tread on my neck, I freely offer it, and if thou beest so given take revenge, for I have injur'd thee.


No, I forgive, and rejoyce more that you have found repentance, than I my liberty.


Mayest thou be happy in thy fair choice, for thou art temperate.

You owe no ransom to the state, know that I have a thousand joyes to tel you of, which yet I dare not utter till I pay my thanks to Heaven for 'em: Will you go with me and help me? pray you do.


I will.


Take then your fair one with you; and you Queen of goodness and of us, O give me leave to take your arm in mine: come every one that takes delight in goodness, help to sing loud thanks for me, that I am prov'd no King.

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(A) A King and no King. | Acted at the Globe, by his Majesties Servants. | Written by Francis Beamount, and John Flecher. | At London | Printed for Thomas Walkley, and are to bee sold | at his shoppe at the Eagle and Childe in | Brittans-Bursse. 1619.

(B) A King | and | No King. | Acted at the Blacke-Fryars, by his

| Majesties Servants. | And now the second time Printed, according | to the true Copie. | Written by Francis Beamount and

| John Flecher. | London, | Printed for Thomas Walkley, and are to be sold at | his shop at the Eagle and Childe in |

Brittans-Burse. 1625.

(C) A King, | and | No King. | Acted at the Blacke-Fryars, by his

| Majesties Servants. | And now the third time Printed, according

| to the true Copie. | Written by Francis Beamont & John Fletcher Gent. | The Stationer to | Dramatophilus. | A Play and no Play, who this Booke shal read, | Will judge, and weepe, as if 'twere done indeed. | London, | Printed by A. M. for Richard Hawkins, and are to bee sold | at his Shop in Chancerie Lane, neere |

Serjeants Inne. 1631.

(D) A King | and | No King. | Acted at the Black-Fryars, by his |

Majesties Servants. | And now the fourth time printed, according

| to the true Copie. | Written by Francis Beaumont & John Fletcher Gent. | The Stationer to | Dramatophilus. | A Play and no Play, who this Booke shal read, | Will judge, and weepe, as if 'twere done indeed. London, | Printed by E. G. for William Leake, and are to be sold | at his shop in Chancery-lane, neere unto the | Rowles. 1639.

(E) A King | and | No King. | Acted at the Black-Fryers, by his |

Majesties Servants. | And now the fifth time Printed, according |

To the true Copie. | Written by Francis Beaumont & John Fletcher Gent. | The Statinor to | Dramatophilus.| A Play and no Play, who this Book shal read, Will judge, and weep, as if 'twere done indeed | London, | Printed for William Leak, and are to be sold

| at his shop at the signe of the Crown in Fleet-| street, between the two temple Gates. 1655.

On the back of the last page is printed a list of books printed or sold by William Leake.

(F) A | King, | and | No King. | Acted at the Black-Fryars, by his | Majesties Servants. | And now the fourth time Printed, according to | the true Copie. | Written by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher Gent. | The Stationer to | Dramatophilus. | A Play and no Play, who this Book shall read, | Will judge, and weep, as if 'twere done indeed. | London, Printed in the Year, 1661.

(G) A | King | and | No King. | As it is now Acted at the |

Theatre Royal, | By | His Majesties Servants. | Written by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher Gent. | London: | Printed by Andr. Clark, for William and John Leake at the | Crown in Fleetstreet, betwixt the two Temple-gates. | M.DC.LXXVI.

A contains on the title-page a wood-cut representing Arbaces with his crown partly lifted from his head by a hand emerging from a cloud.

A prefixes the following dedication]

To the Right Worshipful and Worthie Knight, Sir Henrie Nevill.

Worthy Sir, I Present, or rather returne unto your view, that which formerly hath beene received from you, hereby effecting what you did desire: To commend the worke in my unlearned method, were rather to detract from it, then to give it any luster. It sufficeth it hath your Worships approbation and patronage, to the commendation of the Authors, and incouragement of their further labours: and thus wholy committing my selfe and it to your Worships dispose I rest, ever readie to doe you service, not onely in the like, but in what I may.

Thomas Walkley.

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l. 7. A, B, C and G] blow about the world. l. 8. A, B and G] his cause. l. 9. A] deare Mardonius. l. 12. A, B and G] Pray God you.

l. 24. A, B and G] God preserve you, and mend you. l. 26. A, B

and G] require. l. 30. A, B and G] use of. l. 32. A _Adds_] to them.

p. 194, l. 2. A] I am. l. 4. A, B, F and G] I am. A includes the words 'I am glad on't' in the following speech of Mardonius. l.

5. A, B and G] to that. l . 7--9. A _omits_ these lines. l. 11.

A, B and G] occasions. l. 15. A, B, C and G] to the. l. 16. A--D

and G] for his. l. 17. A _omits_] Mar. l. 19. A] Doe for. The letters 'ith' are in C cut off at the end of the line. l. 23. A, B and G] a thing. l. 26. G] would fain have thee. l. 27. A]

understands. G] understandest. l. 30. A] dost make. l. 32. A, B

and G] tel me, it shall. C has the same reading, though the word

'tel ' is by mistake cut off from the end of the line. A _omits_]

too. l. 35. A, B and C] and mayst yet.

p. 195, l. 2. A--D and G] that I have ever. l. 3. A, B and G

_omit_] the.

l. 8. A, B, C and G] your businesse.

l. 12. A, B and G _omit_] now.

l. 29. A--F] Gods and mans.

l. 30. G] nature.

l. 36. A _Adds_] Finis Actus Tertii. B and C _Add_] The end of the Third Act.

p. 196,

l. 1. A] Actus Quarti Scaena Prima.

l. 2. A--G _omit_] and.

l. 11. A, B, C and G] Yet fearing since they. A] th' are many.

l. 13. F] them.

l. 14. F] them.

l. 15. A] fearefull; if he.

l. 18. A] labour out this.

l. 19. A] against.

ll. 25 and 26. A encloses the words 'never ... humour' within brackets.

l. 26. D, E and F] shot.

l. 30. F] no farther.

l. 33. A _omits_] But.

p. 197,

l. 3. A _Adds_] Exit.

l. 4. A _omits_] Exit Gob.

l. 13. A] yours.

l. 29. G] I'm. A] if no more.

l. 36. B--G] these.

l. 37. A] That have Authority.

l. 38. F] besides.

p. 198,

l. 1. A] words.

l. 4. A] Ime.

l. 12. A, B and G] Pray God.

l. 13. A _omits_] in prison.

l. 15. A and F] mine. A] turne.

l. 27. A, B and G] deserv'd it.

l. 33. A] griefes.

l. 35. A] womans. F] woman.

l. 36. A] lost.

l. 39. G] unconstancy.

p. 199,

l. 7. A] kill me Ladie.

l. 9. A _omits_] Lady.

l. 15. A] for were.

l. 20. A] in the.

l. 26. A, B and G] is as firme.

l. 27. A] and as lasting.

l. 28. A, B and G] in the. C] in th' ayre.

l. 31. A] murmurs.

l. 37. A--D and G] wrongs.

p. 200,

l. 1. A by mistake _omits_] Spa.

l. 2. A, B, C and G] Our ends alike.

l. 9. A] hee's asham'd.

l. 17. A] pray believe me.

l. 19. A, B and G] No more.

l. 20. A] and Mardonius.

l. 32. A--G] outlast. Folio _misprints_] too.

l. 38. A] is that.

p. 201,

l. 5. A] know.

l. 10. A] pratling.

l. 11. A] to it.

l. 15. A--G] Beside.

l. 17. A] Sirra.

l. 23. A] Staffe poak't. A, B, C and G] through. F] throw.

l. 24. A--D and G] broke. l. 25. D, E and F] stifled with.

l. 30. F] worst.

l. 35. A] you may say Sir what. Folio _misprints_] you.

l. 36. A gives this line to Mardonius.

p. 202,

l. 3. A, B and G] I thank God.

l. 5. A] doe it.

l. 6. A _omits_] Doe.

l. 13. A _Adds_] and a Souldier like a termogant.

l. 16. A] let um be prisoners.

l. 18. F] them.

ll. 19 and 20. A gives these lines to Bacurius.

ll. 21 and 22. A and G give these lines to Spaconia.

l. 22. A, B, C and G] deare.

l. 23. A] Ex. Bacu. with Tig. and Spa.

l. 24. A, B, C and G] have you.

l. 25. F] prove.

l. 30. A] Sadlers.

l. 32. A, D and F] darest.

l. 33. A] knowest.

l. 34. G] will not.

l. 37. A] shall then tell. B] of this.

l. 40. A] Where. F] them.

p. 203,

l. 1. A _Adds after_ off] doe, kill me.

l. 2. A _omits_] worse.

l. 4. A, B, C and G] a dead sleepe.

l. 5. A] Like forraigne swords.

l. 10. A] al thine.

l. 12. G] Wilt. A] with me good Mardonius.

l. 20. A, B and G] and al beautie.

l. 22. F] she is not.

l. 23. A] doe enlarge her.

l. 26. A] that would have.

l. 29. E and F] heat.

l. 30. E] To here wretched. F _omits_] a.

l. 38. A] knew of. B, C and D] knewst the.

p. 204,

l. 7. A] is it.

l. 15. A--D and G _omit_] a.

l. 16. A _omits_] Thousands. E and F] Thousand. A] denie it.

l. 18. A, B and G] vertue.

l. 24. A _omits_] al .

l. 26. A--G] stooles there boy.

l. 32. A, B and G] and my deare.

l. 33. B, C and G] to th' cause.

l. 35. F _omits_ this line.

l. 37. A prints the words 'be wise, and speake truth' as the conclusion of the second Sword-man's speech.

p. 205,

l. 4. A] If he have.

l. 5. B--E] If a have. F] If I have.

l. 12. A] case.

l. 13. A, B and G] an honourable.

l. 15. A, B and G] we Sword-men.

l. 17. A, B and G] drawne ten teeth. A--G] beside.

l. 18. A] al these.

l. 21. B--E] a crackt.

l. 22. A] with crossing.

l. 26. A--G] There's.

l. 30. A, B, C and G] mile.

l. 32. A--G] mile.

l. 34. A, B and C] 'Tis a the longest. G] o' the longest.

l. 35. A by mistake gives this line to Bessus and the fol owing speech to the first Sword-man.

p. 206,

ll. 5 and 6. F] word forc'd.

l. 9. A--D and G] case.

l. 12. A] sit. G] sat.

l. 13. A] it had.

l. 15. E and F] delivery.

l. 19. B--E] A should. F] And should. A--D and G] deliverie.

l. 24. A] by th'.

l. 25. A] you are.

l. 28. A _omits_] the.

l. 32. B and G] that we.

l. 33. Folio _misprints_] honesty. A] good Sir to th'.

l. 35. A] The boy may be supposd, hee's lyable; but kicke my brother.

p. 207,

l. 7. A] Still the must.

l. 9. A--D and G _omit_] I. A] againe, againe.

l. 12. F _omits_] my.

l. 20. A] at the kicke.

l. 22. F] baren scorn, as I will call it.

l. 27. A--G] sore indeed Sir.

l. 29. A] the foole.

l. 30. A] Ah Lords.

l. 32. A, B, C and G] laught.

p. 208,

l. 5. A--G] size, daggers. F] sizes.

l. 16. A] To abide upon't.

l. 20. A, B, C and G _omit_] me. F] Both get me.

l. 21. F] cleane.

l. 22. G] what you have done.

l. 27. F] Go will, and tel .

l. 28. A--D] Or there be.

l. 29. A _omits_ and _before_ Gob.

l. 33. A _omits_] Exit Gob.

l. 34. A] you are. A, B, C and G] and I would. A, B and G] to God.

l. 38. G] the rising.

l. 39. B, C and G] I shal .

l. 40. Folio _misprints_] Ban.

p. 209,

l. 3. A] does.

l. 6. A] I prethee.

l. 8. A, B and G] I am.

l. 23. A, B and G] In as equal a degree. C and D] In equal a degree.

l. 27. A] I prethee.

l. 33. C, D and E] and there is. E] no cause. F] and there is none can see.

p. 210,

l. 6. D, E and F] stop.

l. 11. A, B and G] God keepe you.

l. 12. A, B and G] cause.

l. 19. A] innocents.

l. 20. A, B and G _omit_] that.

l. 24. A, B and G] it is.

l. 27. A, B and G] as it lists.

l. 33. A encloses 'Which I beseech thee doe not' within brackets.

l. 36. A, B and G] For God knows.

l. 39. A] start eye to.

p. 211,

l. 2. F] them.

l. 5. A] should.

l. 11. F] them.

l. 20. A, B and G] sinnes.

l. 32. A] no steppe.

p. 212,

ll. 1-6 and 8. F] them.

l. 2. A] them.

l. 5. Folio] and them.

l. 6. A] drinke them off.

l. 25. A gives this line to Panthea.

l. 27. D, E and F] brother.

l. 29. B] i' this.

l. 35. A _omits_] Why.

l. 38. A, B and G] I know thou.

p. 213,

l. 4. A, B and G _omit_ too _before_ scrupulous.

ll. 8 and 9. In place of these lines G reads] I dare no longer stay.

l. 9. A and B] hotter I feare then yours.

l. 11. A, B and G] for God's sake.

l. 14. A _omits_ stage-direction. B and G _omit_] several wayes. A _Adds_] Finis Actus Quarti. B and C _Add_] The end of the Fourth Act.

l. 15. A] Actus Quinti Scaena Prima.

l. 19. A] leave to visit. l. 20. A] hands.

l. 26. A] officers.

p. 214,

l. 3. B--F] were a valiant.

l. 6. A] something lighter.

l. 28. A--D _omit_] he. G] h'as.

l. 29. B--F] a was.

l. 30. A] in his. E and F] in in's.

l. 31. A--E] a my. F] in my. G] i'my.

l. 33. A, B and G] like to wicker Targets.

l. 35. A _omits_] he. A] so low a sence.

l. 36. A] should.

l. 38. A, B and G] That this strange fel ow.

p. 215, l. 3. A--D and G] broke. A--G] or a shoulder out. A--F]

ath' stones. l. 4. A] of my. l. 10. A _omits_] the. l. 13. Folio _ misprints_] Catain. l. 16. A _omits_] Sword. l. 19. A] thus kicke you, and thus. B and G] thus kicke, and thus. l. 21. A--D

and G] told you that. l. 23. A _omits_] Sword. A--F] a should. l.

25. A, B, C and G] a one. l. 26. A _omits_] beats him. l. 29. A, B and G] Sir I know. l. 30. A _prints_ 'Bes.' at the beginning of the fol owing line, thus making this line part of Lygones'


p. 216, l. 6. A, B and G] you would. l. 7. A, B, C and G] strange now to have. l. 12. Folio _misprints_] danghter. l. 13. A, B and G] of being. l. 15. A _omits_] Lygo. l. 18. A _omits_] Sword. l.

19. A] ath' sword. l. 20. G] h'as. l. 23. A] a kick't. l. 24. A _omits_ 'Bes.,' thus making this line part of the second Sword-man's speech. l. 25. A _omits_] Sword. A gives the words

'Now let him come and say he was not sorry, And he sleepes for it' to '2,' i.e., the second Sword-man. l. 26. B--F] a was not.

B--F] a sleepes. l. 28. A _omits_] clear. G] Exeunt omnes. l. 34.

A prints this stage-direction after the words 'There he is indeed' in l. 35.

p. 217, l. 3. A, B, C and G] businesse will. l. 5. B] the Armenia state. l. 9. F _omits_] is. l. 20. A--G] couldst prate. l. 28. A]

vild. B and C] vilde. B--F] commendations. l. 30. A, B and G] or rather would I. l. 34. A and F] mine own. l. 38. A] and like it.

p. 218, l. 3. A] in the. B, C, D and G] i' the. l. 6. B

_ misprints_] my Prince. l. 8. A] beside. l. 12. A] men. l. 13. C]

Cawdle. l. 14. A] your Queene. l. 21. A] should speake. l. 27. A]

a Queene. l. 33. A, B and G] Good God. l. 37. A, B and G _omit_]


p. 219, l. 4. A] that shall. l. 6. A _omits_] al . l. 7. A] a servant. l. 11. A] and Swordmen. In A this stage-direction is printed after the following line. l. 15. A--F] ath' sword. l. 17.

A--D and G _omit_] much. l. 20. A] I can aske. l. 23. A] will require launcing. l. 24. A] and ful . l. 28. A _omits_] must. l.

31. A, B and G] God continue it. l. 32. F _misprints_] they to it.

p. 220, l. 5. The two Sword-men are throughout the scene referred to in A as '2' or '1.' l. 6. A _omits_ 'Bac.,' thus giving the line to the second Sword-man. l. 13. A--G _omit_] on. F] them, that have. l. 16. A--F] ath' law. l. 22. F] That is. A] their paines. l. 26. A] ye rogues, ye apple-squiers. l. 31. A] a many of. F] a beautie of. l. 33. E] I do beseech. l. 35. A--F] A this side.

p. 221, l. 4. A] in your pocket slave, my key you. B and G] in your pocket slave, my toe. l. 5. A] with't. l. 11. A--G] doing nothing. l. 12. A _omits_ this stage-direction. B] Enter Servant, Will. Adkinson. l. 13. A--D] Here's. l. 14. A] I am. A] prethee.

l. 15. A] beate um. l. 17. A _omits_] Sir. l. 18. A _omits_]

Captain, Rally. A] up with your. F] rally upon. l. 20. A] cride hold. l. 22. E and F] vit me. l. 23. A, B and G] breath. A _omits_] Exit Bac. l. 25. A] Ime sure I ha. l. 26. B--F] a kicke.

B--F] a will. l. 27. C--F] beside. l. 29. A, B and G] yes, God be thanked. l. 33. A, B, C and G] is a. l. 34. A] hands.

p. 222, l. 2. A _omits_] clear. G] Exeunt omnes. l. 4. A--D and G]

bore. After this line A _Adds_]--Hel open all thy gates, And I will thorough them; if they be shut, Ile batter um, but I will find the place Where the most damn'd have dwel ing; ere I end, Amongst them al they shall not have a sinne, But I will cal it mine: l. 5. A--D and G] friend. A, B and G] to an. l. 13. B, C and D] a comming. l. 14.

A--G] does your hand. l. 19. This line from 'I can' and the next line are given by A to Mardonius. l. 24. A] humblier.

p. 223, l. 4. A, B and G _omit_] and. l. 12. A] thinkest. l. 13.

G] these are tales. l. 15. A--D and G] should get. l. 17. A]

Farre other Fortunes. l. 19. A, B and G] God put. G] temporal .

l. 20. A _Adds_] Exit. B and. G _Add_] Exit Mar. l. 21. A--D and G] errors. l. 27. A, B and G _omit_] more. l. 35. A--D and G

_omit_] my.

p. 224, l. 4. F] knowest. l. 9. A] doest. l. 12. A] and I when I.

F] knowest. l. 16. B and F] meanst. l. 17. A, B, C and G] a lie.

A, B and G] God and. l. 22. A, B and G] wouldst. l. 28. A]

gavest. l. 31. A] your selfe. B and G] it thy selfe. l. 38. A and G] know it. l. 39. E and F] staind.

p. 225, l. 7. A, B, C and G] allowest. l. 15. C--F] doest ...

doest. l. 17. A--D and G] Cease thou strange. l. 18. A]

contemn'st. l . 20 and 21. Folio _misprints_] dear ...

punishnment. l. 35. A and C] expects. B] expectes. D] expectst.

G] expect'st. l. 39. A] thou wicked.

p. 226, l. 10. A, B, C and G] of a law. l. 19. A _omits_] you.

ll. 25 and 26. A--G] Land as she. l. 29. A _misprints_] _Arb_. l.

31. A--D and G _omit_] a.

p. 227, l. 2. A] opportunitie. l . 4 and 5. A, B and G] and God was humbly thankt in every Church, That so had blest the Queene, and prayers etc. l. 12. A--D and G] quicke. l. 14. A] abed. l.

16. A] sware. l. 20. A] the Queene. l. 23. A--G] yeare. l. 28. A]

her talke. l. 32. A] sparke. l. 35. A, B and G] till I am. A] are silver. l. 37. A _omits_] too. I. 38. A, B and G] yes God knowes.

p. 228, l. 2. A by mistake _omits_] _Gob_. A] dare. l, 3. A]

them. l. 4. A--G] waites. l. 7. A] Ent. Mar. Bessus, and others.

l. 8. A _omits_] _Arb_. A] Mardonius, the best. B _misprints_]

_Mar_. l. 11. E and F] happie. l. 14. A] On, cal . l. 19. A _omits_] _Exit a Gent_. l. 24. A _omits_] I swear it must not be; nay, trust me. l. 26. B and C] beare. l. 28. A] but you are not.

p. 229, l. 1. A] I say she. l. 8. A] Armenian king. I. 15. Folio _ misprints_] morrning. l. 16. A _omits_ this stage-direction. l.

24. A and G] He shall. B] A shal . C] An shall. l. 25. A--G]

shal . l. 26. F _omits_] that. l. 31. A _misprints_] thinke. l.

35. In place of this stage-direction A after the word 'Queen' in l. 33 _reads_] Enter Pan.

p. 230, l. 6. A gives this speech to Mardonius. l. 7. A _omits_]

at first. l. 8. In A this stage-direction occurs after 'Queen' in the fol owing line. l. 14. A and F] Maist. G] May'st. l. 17. F]

them. l. 20. A--G] your Queene. l. 23. A--G _Add_] Finis.


p. 152, ll. 8 and 9. A--D and G] 3 l . _dare, day, I_. l. 27. A]

2 l . _of, thus_. ll. 33--35. A] 3 ll. _Earth, Prince, Acts_.

p. 157, l. 20. A] 2 l . _king, away_.

p. 159, ll. 3--8. A--D and G] 8 ll. _praise, worthy, death, lies, there, though, dust, envy_. l . 11 and 12. A--D and G] 3 l .

_ windes, I, speake_. ll. 29--38. A--D and G] 14 l . _lives, said, truth, bin, see, parts, world, farre, yeares, mee, thee, wilt, I, thus_. l. 40 and p. 160, ll. 1--4. A--D and G] 6 ll. _Take, which, love, I, mee, eare_.

p. 160, ll. 6 and 7. A, B and G] 2 l . _Mardonius, Jewell_.

p. 161, ll. 21 and 22. A--D and G] 3 ll. _newes, not, Gobrias_.

ll. 27--33. A--D and G] 9 l . _farre, sinnes, teares, feele, brest, stand, eyes, world, me_. l . 37--39 and p. 162, l . 1--7.

A--D and G] 14 l . _know, died, life, pardon'd, fit, olde, thence, out, there, live, me, deathes, life, him_.

p. 163, ll. 16--22. A, B, C and G] 9 ll. _of_ (C = _halfe_), _ free, thine, prisoner, force, me, unwilling, Tigranes, there_.

D] 7 l . _halfe, free, thine, force, me, Tigranes, there_.

p. 164, ll. 1 and 2. A--D and G] 2 l . _health, jealous_. l .

25--35 and p. 165, ll. 1 and 2. A--D and G] 16 l . _regard, prisoner, escape, prisoner, woman, me, say, her, Lord, grace, arme, womanhood, death, sonne, why, speake_.

p. 165, ll. 14--17. A--D and G] 5 l . _Time, know, thinke, heart, urgd_. l . 35 and 36. A--D and G] 2 l . _it, believ'd_. ll. 38

and 39. A--D and G] 3 ll. _you, die, uncredited_ (D = _should_).

p. 166, ll. I and 2. A--D and G] 4 ll. _Then, me, King, plots_ (D

adds l. 3). l . 5--8. A--D and G] 5 ll. _me, content, power, me, done_. ll. 19--23. A--and G] Prose. l . 25 and 26. A] _These, these_.

p. 167, ll. 9 and 10. A] 2 l . _wel , so_. l. 19. A--D and G] 2

ll. _readie, morrow_. ll. 21--28. A] 10 l . _hereafter, office, discourse, how, victorie, doe, danger, long, while, beate_. ll.

21--24. B--D and G] 4 l . _hereafter, office, discourse, victory_. l . 25--28. B--D and G] Prose.

p. 168, ll. 11 and 12. A--D and G] 2 ll. _Bessus, nothing_. l .

39 and 40. A--D and G] 2 ll. _kindnesses, name_.

p. 169, ll. 2--5. A--D and G] 5 ll. _letter, enough, you, me, me_. ll. 25 and 26. A and G] 2 ll. _Already, foolish_. l . 37--40

and p. 170, ll. 1--4. A--D and G] 12 l . _Lord, live, um, Just, um, mee, heare, way, care, you, enjoyes, worth_.

p. 170, ll. 5--10. A--D and G] Prose. ll. 13--18. A--D and G] 8

ll. _you, power, leave, like, him, humours, lesse, offer'd_. ll.

27--29. A] 2 l . _pleasure, Madam_.

p. 171, ll. 10--15. A--D and G] 9 l . _unreasonably, seeme, ill, ought, faire, good, prayer, me, you_. l . 31--40 and p. 172, ll.

1--6. A--D] 24 ll. _weepe, words, sorrow, me, him, Thalestris, me, sweare, slay, thee, himselfe, me, yet, face, you, eares, eyes, him, hope, dead, him, fast, ceremony, him_.

p. 172, ll. 15--21. A--D and G] 11 l . _not, desire, others, me_

(or _not_), _wrong, birth, injure, hither, commanded, ready, servand_.

p. 174, l. 20. A--D] 2 ll. _king, now_. l . 23--29. A--D and G]

11 ll. _ful , subjects, love, height, you, me, warre, imagine, word, blouds, peace_.

[Footnote 1: The prose printings of E and F have not been recorded.]

p. 175, ll. 4--6. A--D and G] 4 l . _man, home, hearts, deliverance_. ll. 11--22. A--D and G] 17 l . _wrong, spectacle, people, me, deserved, you, dwels, man, compare, selfe, you, too, name, fall, loves, content, worke_. l . 35 and 36. A--D and G] 2

ll. _Children, is_.

p. 176, ll. 23--35. A--D and G] 14 ll. _Sir, hands, know, her, home, stubbornnesse, like, her, Jewel , mad, sister, is, Land, another_.

p. 177, ll. 1--10. A--D and G] 11 l . _Too, friends, know, loth, passe, constraint, so, speake, health, love, againe_.

p. 178, ll. 16 and 17. A--D and G] 3 ll. _die, returne, life_.

ll. 30--32. A--D and G] 4 l . _ill, kneele, gaine, you_.

p. 179, ll. 21--25. A--D and G] 7 l . _earth, alas, command, me, short, sister brought_.

p. 180, l. 31. A--D and G] 7 l . _Gobrias, meane_.

p. 191, ll. 35 and 36. A--D and G] 2 ll. _utterd, careleslie_.

p. 192, ll. 9--12. E and F] 3 ll. _And, love, thou_. l . 10--12.

A--D and G] 3 l . _Advice, love, thou_. l . 16 and 17. A--D and G] 3 l . _This, caution, it_ (G _Adds_ l. 18). ll. 20 and 21.

A--D and G] 2 l . _it, it_.

p. 194, ll. 5 and 6. A] 2 l . _cutlers, King_. l. 22. A] 2 ll.

_will, whatsoever_.

p. 195, ll. 21 and 22. A] 2 l . _in-, Monsters_.

p. 196, l. 38, and p. 197, l . 1--3. A] Prose.

p. 197, ll. 4 and 5. A] 3 l . _you, Spaconia, thus_.

p. 199, ll. 9 and 10. B--D and G] 3 l . _Ladie, passe, King_. l .

12 and 13. A and G] 2 ll. _from, remov'd_.

p. 201, ll. 7 and 8. A] 2 l . _All, fol y_. l. 15. A] 2 ll. _Sir, warrant_. ll. 39 and 40.

p. 202, ll. 19--22. A] Prose.

p. 204, l. 6. A--D and G] 2 l . _false, letter_. l . 36--38. A] 2

ll. _Truth, Prince_.

p. 205, ll. 26 and 27. A--D and G] 3 ll. _Another, distance, opinion_.

p. 207, ll. 11--13. A--D and G] 3 l . _Toge-, man, brother_. I.

24. A--D and G] 2 l . _Sir, since_.

p. 209, ll. 31 and 32. A] 2 ll. _me, brother_.

p. 212, ll. ii and 12. A] 3 l . _Panthea, gaze, out_. l . 23 and 24. A] 2 l . _you, gone_.

Act 5 is in verse in Quartos A, B, C and D, in prose in Quartos E

and F from p. 214, I. 22. As the Second Folio also prints it in prose it has been decided to give here the verse of Quarto A (1619) in ful .

Actus Quinti Scaena Prima.

_Enter Mardonius, and Ligones_.


Sir, the King has seene your Commission, and beleeves it, and freely by this warrant gives you leave to visit Prince _Tigranes_ your noble Master.


I thanke his Grace, and kisse his hands.


But is the maine of all your businesse

Ended in this?


I have another, but a worse; I am asham'd, it is a businesse.--


You serve a worthy person, and a stranger I am sure you are; you may imploy mee if you please, without your purse, such Officers should ever be their owne rewards.


I am bound to your noblenesse.


I may have neede of you, and then this curtesie, If it be any, is not ill bestowed:

But may I civilly desire the rest?

I shal not be a hurter, if no helper.


Sir, you shall know I have lost a foolish daughter, And with her al my patience; pilferd away By a meane Captaine of your Kings.


Stay there Sir:

If he have reacht the noble worth of Captaine, He may wel claime a worthy gentlewoman, Though shee were yours, and noble.


I grant all that too: but this wretched fel ow Reaches no further then the emptie name, That serves to feede him; were he valiant, Or had but in him any noble nature,

That might hereafter promise him a good man; My cares were something lighter, and my grave A span yet from me.


I confesse such fel owes

Be in al royall Campes, and have, and must be To make the sinne of coward more detested In the meane Souldier, that with such a foyle Sets of much valour: By description

I should now guesse him to you. It was _Bessus_, I dare almost with confidence pronounce it.


Tis such a scurvy name as _Bessus_, and now I thinke tis hee.


Captaine, doe you call him?

Beleeve me Sir, you have a miserie

Too mighty for your age: A pox upon him, For that must be the end of all his service: Your daughter was not mad Sir?


No, would shee had beene,

The fault had had more credit: I would doe something.


I would faine counsell you; but to what I know not: Hee's so below a beating, that the women Find him not worthy of their distaves; and To hang him, were to cast away a rope,

Hee's such an ayrie thin unbodied coward, That no revenge can catch him:

He tell you Sir, and tell you truth; this rascal Feares neither God nor man, has beene so beaten: Sufferance has made him wanscote; he has had Since hee was first a slave, at least three hundred daggers Set in his head, as little boyes doe new knives in hot meat; Ther's not a rib in's bodie a my conscience, That has not beene thrice broken with drie beating; And now his sides looke like to wicker targets, Everie way bended:

Children will shortly take him for a wal , And set their stone-bowes in his forhead: is of so low a sence, I cannot in a weeke imagine what should be done to him.


Sure I have committed some great sinne, That this strange fellow should be made my rod: I would see him, but I shal have no patience: _Mar_.

Tis no great matter if you have not, if a laming of him, or such a toy may doe you pleasure Sir, he has it for you, and Ile helpe you to him: tis no newes to him to have a leg broke, or a shoulder out, with being turnd ath' stones like a Tanzie: Draw not your sword, if you love it; for my conscience his head will breake it: we use him ith' warres like a Ramme to shake a wal withall; here comes the verie person of him, doe as you shall find your temper I must leave you: but if you doe not breake him like a bisket, you are much too blame Sir. _Ex. Mardo. Enter Bessus and Sword-men_.


Is your name Bessus?


Men call me Captaine Bessus.


Then Captaine _Bessus_ you are a ranke rascal , without more exordiums, a durty frozen slave; and with the favour of your friends here, I will beate you.


Pray use your pleasure Sir, you seem to be a gentleman.


Thus Captaine _Bessus_, thus; thus twinge your nose, thus kicke you, and thus tread you.


I doe beseech you yeeld your cause Sir quickly.


Indeed I should have told you that first.


I take it so.


Captaine, a should indeed, he is mistaken: _Lig_.

Sir you shal have it quickly, and more beating, You have stolne away a Lady Captaine Coward, And such a one.


Hold, I beseech you, hold Sir,

I never yet stole any living thing

That had a tooth about it.


Sir I know you dare lie

With none but Summer Whores upon my life Sir.


My meanes and manners never could attempt Above a hedge or hey-cocke.


Sirra that quits not me, where is this Ladie, Doe that you doe not use to doe, tell truth, Or by my hand Ile beat your Captaines braines out.

Wash um, and put um in againe, that will I.


There was a Ladie Sir, I must confesse

Once in my charge: the Prince _Tigranes_ gave her To my guard for her safetie, how I usd her She may her selfe report, shee's with the Prince now: I did but waite upon her like a Groome, Which she will testifie I am sure: If not, My braines are at your service when you please Sir, And glad I have um for you?


This is most likely, Sir I aske your pardon, And am sorrie I was so intemperate.


Well, I can aske no more, you would thinke it strange Now to have me beat you at first sight.


Indeed I would but I know your goodnes can forget Twentie beatings. You must forgive me.


Yes, ther's my hand, goe where you will, I shall thinke You a valiant fel ow for al this.


My daughter is a Whore,

I feele it now too sencible; yet I will see her, Discharge my selfe of being Father to her, And then backe to my Countrie, and there die; Farewell Captaine.



Farewell Sir, farewell, commend me to the Gentlewoman I praia.


How now Captaine, beare up man.


Gentlemen ath' sword your hands once more, I have Beene kickt againe, but the foolish fel ow is penitent, Has ask't me mercy, and my honor's safe.


We knew that, or the foolish fellow had better a kick't His Grandsire.

Confirme, confirme I pray.


There be our hands againe.


Now let him come, and say he was not sorry, And he sleepes for it.


Alas good ignorant old man, let him goe, Let him goe, these courses will undoe him.


_Enter Ligones, and Bacurius_.


My Lord your authoritie is good, and I am glad it is so, for my consent would never hinder you from seeing your owne King. I am a Minister, but not a governour of this state; yonder is your King, Ile leave you.



There he is indeed, _Enter Tig. and Spaco_.

And with him my disloyal childe.


I doe perceive my fault so much, that yet Me thinkes thou shouldst not have forgiven me.


Health to your Maiestie.


What? good Ligones, welcome; what businesse brought thee hether?


Several Businesses.

My publique businesse will appeare by this: I have a message to deliver, which

If it please you so to authorise, is

An embassage from the Armenian state,

Unto _Arbaces_ for your libertie:

The offer's there set downe, please you to read it.


There is no alteration happened

Since I came thence?


None Sir, al is as it was.


And al our friends are wel .


Al verie wel .


Though I have done nothing but what was good, I dare not see my Father: it was fault

Enough not to acquaint him with that good.


Madam I should have scene you.


O good Sir forgive me.


Forgive you, why I am no kin to you, am I?


Should it be measur'd by my meane deserts, Indeed you are not.


Thou couldst prate unhappily

Ere thou couldst goe, would thou couldst doe as wel .

And how does your custome hold out here. _Spa_. Sir.


Are you in private still, or how?


What doe you meane?


Doe you take money? are you come to sel sinne yet? perhaps I can helpe you to liberal Clients: or has not the King cast you off yet? O

thou wild creature, whose best commendation is, that thou art a young Whore. I would thy Mother had liv'd to see this: or rather would I had dyed ere I had seene it: why did'st not make me acquainted when thou wert first resolv'd to be a Whore? I would have seene thy hot lust satisfied more privately. I would have kept a dancer, and a whole consort of Musitions in mine owne house, onely to fiddle thee. _Spa_.

Sir I was never whore.


If thou couldst not say so much for thy selfe thou shouldst be Carted.


_Ligones_ I have read it, and like it, You shall deliver it.


Well Sir I will: but I have private busines with you.


Speake, what ist?


How has my age deserv'd so ill of you,

That you can picke no strumpets in the Land, But out of my breed.


Strumpets good _Ligones_?


Yes, and I wish to have you know, I scorne To get a Whore for any Prince alive,

And yet scorne will not helpe me thinkes: My daughter Might have beene spar'd, there were enough beside.


May I not prosper, but Shee's innocent

As morning light for me, and I dare sweare For all the world.


Why is she with you then?

Can she waite on you better then your men, Has she a gift in plucking off your stockings, Can she make Cawdles well, or cut your Comes, Why doe you keepe her with you? For your Queene I know you doe contemne her, so should I And every Subject else thinke much at it.


Let um thinke much, but tis more firme then earth Thou seest thy Queene there.


Then have I made a faire hand, I cald her Whore, If I shal speake now as her Father, I cannot chuse But greatly rejoyce that she shal be a Queene: but if I should speake to you as a Statesman shee were more fit To be your Whore.


Get you about your businesse to _Arbaces_, Now you talke idlie.


Yes Sir, I will goe.

And shall she be a Queene, she had more wit Then her old Father when she ranne away: Shall shee be a Queene, now by my troth tis fine, Ile dance out of all measure at her wedding: Shall I not Sir?


Yes marrie shalt thou.


He make these witherd Kexes beare my bodie Two houres together above ground.


Nay, goe, my businesse requires haste.


Good God preserve you, you are an excellent King.


Farewell good Father.


Farewell sweete vertuous Daughter;

I never was so joyful in my life,

That I remember: shall shee be a Queene?

Now I perceive a man may weepe for joy, I had thought they had lied that said so.



Come my deare love.


But you may see another

May alter that againe.


Urge it no more;

I have made up a new strong constancie, Not to be shooke with eyes; I know I have The passions of a man, but if I meete

With any subject that shal hold my eyes More firmely then is fit; Ile thinke of thee, and runne away from it: let that suffice.


_Enter Bacurius, and a servant_.


Three gentlemen without to speake with me?


Yes Sir.


Let them come in.


They are enterd Sir already.

_Enter Bessus, and Swordmen_.


Now fel owes, your busines, are these the Gentlemen.


My Lord I have made bold to bring these Gentlemen my Friends ath'

sword along with me.


I am afraid youle fight then.


My good Lord I will not, your Lordship is mistaken, Feare not Lord.


Sir I am sorrie fort.


I can aske no more in honor, Gentlemen you heare my Lord is sorrie.


Not that I have beaten you, but beaten one that will be beaten: one whose dull bodie will require launcing: As surfeits doe the diet, spring and full. Now to your swordmen, what come they for good Captaine Stock-fish?


It seemes your Lordship has forgot my name.


No, nor your nature neither, though they are things fitter I confesse for anything, then my remembrance, or anie honestmans, what shal these billets doe, be pilde up in my Wood-yard?


Your Lordship holds your mirth still, God continue it: but for these Gentlemen they come.


To sweare you are a Coward, spare your Booke, I doe beleeve it.


Your Lordship still drawes wide, they come to vouch under their valiant hands, I am no Coward.


That would be a shew indeed worth seeing: sirra be wise and take money for this motion, travel with it, and where the name of _Bessus_ has been knowne, or a good Coward stirring, twill yeeld more then a tilting. This will prove more beneficiall to you, if you be thriftie, then your Captaineship, and more naturall; Men of most valiant hands is this true?


It is so most renowned,

Tis somewhat strange.


Lord, it is strange, yet true; wee have examined from your Lordships foote there to this mans head, the nature of the beatings; and we doe find his honour is come off cleane, and sufficient: This as our swords shal helpe us.


You are much bound to you bilbow-men, I am glad you are straight again Captaine: twere good you would thinke some way to gratifie them, they have undergone a labour for you _Bessus_, would have puzzled _hercules_, with al his valour.


Your Lordship must understand we are no men ath' Law, that take pay for our opinions: it is sufficient wee have cleer'd our friend.


Yet here is something due, which I as toucht in conscience will discharge Captaine; Ile pay this rent for you.


Spare your selfe my good Lord; my brave friends aime at nothing but the vertue.


Thats but a cold discharge Sir for their paines.


O Lord, my good Lord.


Be not so modest, I will give you something.


They shal dine with your Lordship, that's sufficient.


Something in hand the while; ye rogues, ye apple-squiers: doe you come hether with your botled valour, your windie frothe, to limit out my beatings.


I doe beseech your Lordship.


O good Lord.


Sfoote, what a many of beaten slaves are here? get me a cudgell sirra, and a tough one.


More of your foot, I doe beseech your Lordship.


You shall, you shall dog, and your fel ow beagle.


A this side good my Lord.


Off with your swords, for if you hurt my foote, Ile have you fleade you rascals.


Mines off my Lord.


I beseech your Lordship stay a little, my strap's tied to my codpiece point: Now when you please.


Captaine, these are your valiant friends, you long for a little too?


I am verie wel , I humblie thanke your Lordship.


Whats that in your pocket slave, my key you mungrell? thy buttocks cannot be so hard, out with't quicklie.


Here tis Sir, a small piece of Artillerie, that a gentleman a deare friend of your Lordships sent me with to get it mended Sir; for it you marke, the nose is somewhat loose.


A friend of mine you rascall, I was never wearier of doing nothing, then kicking these two foote-bals.


Heres a good cudgell Sir.


It comes too late; I am wearie, prethee doe thou beate um.


My Lord this is foule play ifaith, to put a fresh man upon us; Men, are but men.


That jest shall save your bones, up with your rotten regiment, and be gone; I had rather thresh, then be bound to kicke these raskals, till they cride hold: _Bessus_ you may put your hand to them now, and then you are quit. Farewell, as you like this, pray visit mee againe, twill keepe me in good breath.