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Pania. My order is unto the satraps and
It must be obey'd;
My order is to see you
Pania. I will retire to marshal forth the guard
[Exit Panja. Beleses. Now then obey ! Arbaces.
Yes, to the gates
Arbaces. Thou hast harp'd the truth indeed !
Beleses. Graves !
Arbaces. If I thought so, this good sword should dig One more than mine. Beleses.
It shall have work enough :
Why, what other
Beleses. But will not, can not be só now.
I doubt it.
Whose tombs are on their path; I know not how,
Let us but regain
"Twill be shorten'd at the gates,
No; they hardly will risk that,
Arbaces. If I but thought he did not mean my life
Beleses. Fool! hence--what else should despotism Alarm'd mean? Let us but rejoin our troops, and march.
Arbaces. Towards our provinces ?
No ; towards your kingdom.
Arbaces: And I even yet repenting must
Self-defence is a virtue,
[Exil with ARBACES, who follows reluctantly.
Enter SARDANAPALUS and SALEMENES.
Sardan. Well, all is remedied and without bloodshed,
That worst of mockeries of a remedy;
Sardan. Why, what wouldst have me do?
Revoke my pardon ?
But sure, Sardan.
We are so. What danger can they work upon the frontier ?
Salem. They are not there yet-never should they be so, Were I well listen'd to.
Sardan, Nay, I have listen'd Impartially to thee-why not to them?
Salem. You may know that hereafter; as it is,
Sardan. And you will join us at the banquet ?
Sardan. Nay, but it is fit to revel now aud then.
Sardan. Yes~-Stay a moment, my good Salemenes, My brother, my best subject, better prince Than I am king. You should have been the monarch, And I-I know not what, and care not; but Think not I am insensible to all Thine honest wisdom, and thy rough yet kind, Though oft reproving, sufferance of my follies. If I have spared these men against thy counsel, That is, their lives it is not that I doubt The advice was sound; but, let them live : we will not Cavil about their lives--so let them mend them. Their banishment will leave me still sound sleep, Which their death had not left me.
Thus you run
Tempt me not :
But it may be recall d.
And should therefore be decisive.
And who persuaded me
Salem. True; that I had forgotten ;, that is, sire,
Permit me to depart ;
Get thee hence, then;
[Exit SALEMENES. Sardan. (solus.) That man is of a temper too severe : Hard but as lofty as the rock, and free From all the taints of common earth-while I Am softer clay, impregnated with flowers. But as our mould is, must the produce be. If I have erred this time, 'tis on the side Where error sits most lightly on that sense, I know not what to call it; but it reckons With me ofttimes for pain, and sometimes pleasure; A spirit which seems placed about my heart To court its throbs, not quicken them, and ask
Questions which mortal never dared to ask me,
King! the sky
Tempest, say'st thou?
Sardan, For my own part, I should be
Myrrha. In my own country we respect their voices
Jovem-ay, your Baal-
That were a dread omen. :
Myrrha. Now, Jove be praised! that he
Child, if there be peril,