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Methought the haughty soldier fear'd to mount
When the hour comes,
Thou hast seen my life at stake—and gaily play'd form
Bel. I have foretold already-thou wilt win it:
Now were I a soothsayer,
Well met-1 sought ye both,
Wherefore so ?
The hour-what hour?
What, are you not invited ?
Is it usual
Arb. Why-we but now received it.
Then why here?
On what duty ?
On the state's.
And I too
May we crave its purport?
Salem. To arrest two traitors. Guards! Within there!
Satraps, Your swords.
Bel. (delivering his). My lord, behold my scimitar,
But in your heart the blade
Salem. (drawing). How! dost thou brave me?
Soldiers ! Ay-
Alone! foolish slave.com
renderd My sword ? Then trust like me our sovereign's justice,
Arb. No,I will sooner trust the stars thou prat'st of
Salem. (to the Guards). You hear him, and me. Take him not,-kill.
[The Guards attack ARBACES, who defends himself
valiantly and desterously till they waver. Salem.
Is it even so; and must
[SALEMENES attacks ARBACES,
Enter SARDANAPALUS and Train.
Hold your handsome Upon your lives, I say. What, deaf or drunken?
My s'word!" Oh fool, I wear no sword : here, fellow,
[To u Guard,
soldiers, and makes between the combatants—they
In my very palace!
Sire, your justice.
Strike! So the blow's repeated
Salem. (showing the signet). Thine.
Yes! and let the king confirm it.
Salem. You parted with it for your safety-1
[Arbaces and Salemenes return their swords to
the scabbards. Salem, Mine's sheathed : I pray you sheathe not yours ; 'Tis the sole sceptre left you now with safety.
Sardan. A heavy one; the hilt, too, hurts my hand. (To a Guard). Here, fellow, take thy weapon back.
Well sirs, What doth this mean? Bel.
The prince must answer that. Salem. Truth upon my part, treason upon theirse :
Sardan. Treason-Arbaces! treachery and Beleses !
I'll answer that, if once
as oft as thine Against his foes. Salem.
And now against his brother, And in an hour or so against himself.
Sardan. That is not possible: he dared not; nom
Why, if I thought so-
your signet. Sardan,
No, retain it;
So I should;
Doubt not, he will have it
Bel, I know not what bath prejudiced the prince
So strongly 'gainst two subjects, than whom none
Salem. Peace, factious priest and faithless soldier ! thou.
Oh! for that I pray you
Bel. King! Do not deem so: they are with the stars, And
Surdan. You shall join them there'ere they will rise, If you preach fạrther. Why, this is rank treason.
Salem. My lord!
To school me in the worship of
My lord, and king, and brother,
pray ye pause. Sardan.
Yes, and be sermonized,
Bel. Monarch! respect them.
Oh ! for that I love them;