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Myrrha. And wilt thou ?
Will I not?
-But seek not for the buckler; 'tis.
Scarce a furlong's length
[Exit SPERO for the armour. Myrrha, How I do love thee! Sardan
I never doubted it. Myrrha. But now I know thee.
SARDANAPALUS (to his attendant).
Bring down my spear, too.
Where a soldier should become
Then hasten to him- -Is
Sardan. Tell him to spare his person for the present, And that I will not spare my own--and say, I come. Pania. There's victory in the very
[Exit Pania. Sardan. Altada--Zames---forth, and arm.ye! There Is all in readiness in the armoury. See that the women are bestow'd in safety In the remote apartments : let a guard Be set before them, with strict charge to quit The post but with their lives command it, Zames. Altada, arm yourself, and return here; Your post is near our person.
[Exeunt ZAMES, ALTADA, and all save MYRRHA.
Enter Spero and others with the King's Arms, &c.
King ! your armour.
Sire, I decm'd
Sfero. At least wear this.
Wear Caucasus ! why, 'tis
Sire, the meanest
Sardan. I go forth to be recognized, and thus Shall be so sooner. Now-my spear! I'm arm'd.
[In going stops short, and turns to SFERO, Sfero—I had forgotten-bring the mirror (1)
Sfero. The mirror, sire?
Surdan. Yes, sir, of polish'd brass, Brought from the spoils of India—but be speedy
[Exit SFERO. Sardan. Myrrha, retire unto a place of safety. Why went you not forth with the other damsels ?
Myrrhan Because my place is here.
And when I am gone
(1) Such the mirror Oiho held
In the Illyrian field."-See Juvenal.
Myrrha, I follow.
You! to battle?
If it were sn,
Myrrha. Still, we meet again.
Myrrha. In the spot where all must meet at last
Sardan. Dar'st thou so much?
I dare all things
Re-enter Seero, with the mirror.
[SALEMENES (looking at himself.) This cuirass fits me well, the baldric better, And the helm not at all. Mechinks, I seem
[Flinging away the helmet after trying it again.. Passing well in these toys; and now to prove them. Altada ? Where's Altada? Sfero.
Sardan, True ; I forgot he is my shield-bearer
[Exit SARDANAPALUS and SFERO.
Now, I am alone. All are gone forth, and of that all how few Perhaps retuin. Let him but vanquish, and
Me perish! If he vanquish not, I perish;
[She draws forth a small vial.
Ho, Sfero, ho! Myrrha. He is not here; what wouldst thou with him ?
Dubiously and fiercely.
Like a king. I must find Sfero,
And the broad fillet which crowns both.
[Exit ALTADA. Myrrha,
•Tis no dishonour-no-
Entor an Officer.
Myrrha. Posted with the guard appointed
[Exit OFFICER. MYRRHA (solus). He's gone ; aud told no more than that all's lost ! What need have I to know more? In those words, Those little words, a kingdom and a king, A linc of thirteen ages, and the lives Of thousands, and the fortune of all left With life, are merged ; and I, too, with the great, Like a small bubble breaking with the wave