Robert Greene's Alphonsus - Acts 3 & 4

Modern spelling

Transcribed by BF.

copyright © 2002



[Strike up alarum: Enter Venus.]

[VENUS]: No sooner did Alphonsus with his troop
Set on the soldiers of Belinus' band,
But that the fury of his sturdy blows
Did strike such terror to their daunted minds
That glad was he which could escape away
With life and limb, forth of that bloody fray.
Belinus flies unto the Turkish soil,
To crave the aid of Amurack their King,
Unto the which he willingly did consent.
And sends Belinus, with two other Kings, ... [III.Pro.10]
To know God Mahomet's pleasure in the same:
Mean time the Empress by Medea's help
Did use such charms that Amurack did see,
In soundest sleep, what afterward should hap.
How Amurack did recompense her pain,
With mickle more, this Act shall show you plain. [Exit Venus.]

Scene III. 1
[Enter one, carrying two crowns upon a Crest:
Alphonsus, Albinius, Laelius and Miles, with their soldiers.

ALPHONSUS: Welcome, brave youths of Aragon, to me,
Yea, welcome, Miles, Laelius and the rest,
Whose prowess alone hath been the only cause
That we, like victors, have subdued our foes.
Lord, what a pleasure was it to my mind
To see Belinus, which not long before
Did with his threat'nings terrify the Gods,
Now scud apace from warlike Laelius' blows.
The Duke of Milan, he increased our sport,
Who doubting that his force was over-weak ... [III.1.10]
For to withstand, Miles, thy sturdy arm,
Did give more credence to his frisking skips
Than to the sharpness of his cutting blade.
What Fabius did to pleasure us withal,
Albinius knows as well as I myself;
For well I wot, if that thy tired steed
Had been as fresh and swift in foot as his,
He should have felt, yea known for certainty,
To check Alphonsus did deserve to die.
Briefly, my friends and fellow peers in arms, ... [III.1.20]
The worst of you deserve such mickle praise
As that my tongue denies for to set forth
The demi-parcel of your valiant deeds;
So that, perforce, I must by duty be
Bound to you all for this your courtesy.

MILES: Not so, my Lord, for if our willing arms
Have pleasured you so much as you do say,
We have done nought but that becometh us
For to defend our mighty sovereign.
As for my part, I count my labor small ... [III.1.30]
Yea though it had been twice as much again,
Since that Alphonsus doth accept thereof.

ALPHONSUS: Thanks, worthy Miles: least (that) all the world
Should count Alphonsus thankless for to be,
Laelius sit down, and Miles sit by him,
And that receive the which your swords have won.
[Sit down Laelius and Miles.]
First, for because thou, Laelius, in these broils,
By martial might didst proud Belinus chase
From troop to troop, from side to side about,
And never ceased from this thy swift pursuit ... [III.1.40]
Until thou hadst obtain'd his royal Crown,
Therefore I say, I'll do thee nought but right,
And give thee that [the] which thou well hast won.

[Set the Crown on his head.]

Here doth Alphonsus Crown thee, Laelius, King
Of Naples Town, with all dominions
That erst belonged to our traitorous foe,
That proud Belinus, in his regiment.

[Sound Trumpets and Drums.]

Miles, thy share the Milan Dukedom is,
For, well I wot, thy sword deserved no less; [Set the Crown on his head.]
The which Alphonsus frankly giveth thee, ... [III.1.50]
In presence of his warlike men-at-arms;
And if that any stomach this my deed,
Alphonsus can revenge thy wrong with speed.

[Sound Trumpets and Drums.]

Now to Albinius, which in all my toils
I have both faithful, yea and friendly found:
Since that the gods and friendly Fates assign
This present time to me to recompense
The sundry pleasures thou hast done to me,
Sit down by them, and on thy faithful head

[Take the Crown from thy own head.]

Receive the Crown of peerless Aragon. ... [III.1.60]

ALBINIUS: Pardon, dear Lord, Albinius at this time:
It ill becomes me for to wear a Crown
Whenas my Lord is destitute himself.
Why, high Alphonsus, if I should receive
This Crown of you, the which high Jove forbid,
Where would yourself obtain a Diadem?
Naples is gone: Milan possessed is,
And nought is left for you but Aragon.

ALPHONSUS: And nought is left for me but Aragon?
Yea, surely, yes, my Fates have so decreed, ... [III.1.70]
That Aragon should be too base a thing
For to obtain Alphonsus for her King.
What, hear you not how that our scatter'd foes,
Belinus, Fabius, and the Milan Duke,
Are fled for succor to the Turkish Court?
And think you not that Amurack their King
Will, with the mightiest power of all his land,
Seek to revenge Belinus' overthrow?
Then doubt I not but, ere these broils do end,
Alphonsus shall possess the Diadem ... [III.1.80]
That Amurack now wears upon his head.
Sit down therefore, and that receive of me
The which the Fates appointed unto thee.

ALBINIUS: Thou King of heaven, which by thy power divine
Dost see the secrets of each liver's heart,
Bear record now with what unwilling mind
I do receive the Crown of Aragon.
[Albinius sit down by Laelius and Miles;set the Crown on his head, and say]

ALPHONSUS: Arise, Albinius, King of Aragon,
Crowned by me, who, till my gasping ghost
Do part asunder from my breathless corpse, ... [III.1.90]
Will be thy shield against all men alive
That for thy Kingdom any way do strive.
[Sound Trumpets and Drums.]
Now since we have, in such an happy hour,
Confirmed three Kings, come, let us march with speed
Into the City, for to celebrate
With mirth and joy this blissful festival. [Exeunt omnes.]

Scene III.2: Palace of Amurath (Amurack) at Constantinople

[Enter Amurack the great Turk, Belinus, Fabius, Arcastus King of Moors,
Claramount King of Barbary, Bajazet a Lord, with their trains

AMURACK: Welcome, Belinus, to thy cousin's Court,
Whose late arrival in such posting pace
Doth bring both joy and sorrow to us all:
Sorrow because the Fates have been so false,
To let Alphonsus drive thee from thy land;
And joy, since that now mighty Mahomet
Hath given me cause to recompense at full
The sundry pleasures I receiv'd of thee.
Therefore, Belinus, do but ask and have,
For Amurack doth grant whatere you crave. ... [III.2.10]

BELINUS: Thou second Sun, which with thy glimsing beams
Dost clarify each corner of the earth,
Belinus comes not, as erst Midas did,
To mighty Bacchus, to desire of him
That whatsoere at any time he touched
Might turned be to gold incontinent.
Nor do I come as Jupiter did erst
Unto the Palace of Amphitrion,
For any fond or foul concupiscence,
Which I do bear to Alcmena's hue. ... [III.2.20]
But as poor Saturn, forced by mighty Jove
To fly his Country, banished and forlorn,
Did crave the aid of Troos, King of Troy,
So comes Belinus to high Amurack;
And if he can but once your aid obtain,
He turns with speed to Naples back again.
AMURACK: My aid, Belinus? Do you doubt of that?
If all the men-at-arms of Africa,
Of Asia likewise, will sufficient be
To press the pomp of that usurping mate, ... [III.2.30]
Assure thyself, thy Kingdom shall be thine,
If Mahomet say aye unto the same;
For were I sure to vanquish all our foes,
And find such spoils in ransacking their Tents
As never any Kaiser did obtain,
Yet would I not set foot forth of this land
If Mahomet our journey did withstand.

BELINUS: Nor would Belinus, for King Croesus' trash,
Wish Amurack [so] to displease the Gods,
In pleasuring me in such a trifling toy. ... [III.2.40]
Then, mighty Monarch, if it be thy will,
Get their consents, and then the act fulfill.

AMURACK: You counsel well; therefore, Belinus, haste;
And Claramount, go bear his company,
With King Arcastus, to the City walls:
Then bend with speed to the darksome grove
Where Mahomet this many a hundred year
Hath prophesied unto our ancestors.
Tell to his Priests that Amurack your King
Is now selecting all his men-at-arms ... [III.2.50]
To set upon that proud Alphonsus' troop.
The cause you know, and can inform him well,
That makes me take these bloody broils in hand;
And say that I desire their sacred God,
That Mahomet which ruleth all the skies
To send me word, and that most speedily,
Which of us shall obtain the victory.

[Exeunt omnes, praeter Bajazet and Amurack.]

You, Bajazet, go post away apace
To Syria, Scythia and Albania,
To Babylon and Mesopotamia, ... [III.2.60]
Asia, Armenia, and all other lands
Which owe their homage to high Amurack:
Charge all their Kings with expedition
To gather up the chiefest men-at-arms
Which now remain in their dominions,
And on the twentie[th] day of the same month,
To come and wait on Amurack their King
At his chief city Constantinople.
Tell them, moreover, that who so doth fail,
Nought else but death from prison shall him bail. ... [III.2.70]

[Exit Bajazet. As soon as he is gone, sound music within.]

What heavenly Music soundeth in my ear?
Peace, Amurack, and hearken to the same.

[Sound music, hearken Amurack, and fall a sleep.Medea, Fausta the Empress, Iphigina her daughter.]

MEDEA: Now have our charms fulfilled our minds full well:
High Amurack is lulled fast a sleep,
And doubt I not but, ere he wakes again,
You shall perceive Medea did not gibe
Whenas she put this practice in your mind:
Sit, worthy Fausta, at thy spouse his feet.
[Fausta and Iphigina sit down at Amurack's feet.]
Iphigina, sit thou on the other side:
Whatere you see, be not aghast thereat, ... [III.2.80]
But bear in mind what Amurack doth chat.

[Medea do ceremonies belonging to conjuring, and say]:
Thou which wert wont in Agamemnon's days
To utter forth Apollo's Oracles
At sacred Delphos, Calchas I do mean,
I charge thee come: all ling'ring set aside,
Unless the penance you thereof abide.
I conjure thee by Pluto's loathsome lake,
By all the hags which harbor in the same,
By stinking Styx, and filthy Phlegeton,
To come with speed, and truly to fulfill ... [III.2.90]
That which Medea to thee straight shall will.

[Rise Calchas up, in a white surplice and a Cardinal's Miter, and say]:

CALCHAS: Thou wretched witch: when wilt thou make an end
Of troubling us with these thy cursed Charms?
What meanst thou thus to call me from my grave?
Shall nere my ghost obtain his quiet rest?

MEDEA: Yes, Calchas, yes, your rest doth now approach:
Medea means to trouble thee no more,
Whenas thou hast fulfilled her mind this once.
Go, get thee hence to Pluto back again,
And there enquire of the Destinies ... [III.2.100]
How Amurack shall speed in these his wars:
Peruse their books, and mark what is decreed
By Jove himself, and all his fellow Gods;
And when thou knowst the certainty thereof,
By fleshless visions show it presently
To Amurack, in pain of penalty.

CALCHAS: Forced by thy charm, though with unwilling Mind,
I haste to hell, the certainty to find.
[Calchas sink down where you came up.]

MEDEA: Now, peerless Princes, I must needs be gone;
My hasty business calls me from this place. ... [III.2.110]
There resteth nought but that you bear in mind
What Amurack in this his fit doth say;
For mark: what dreaming, Madam, he doth prate,
Assure yourself that that shall be his fate.

FAUSTA: Though very loath to let thee so depart,
Farewell, Medea, easer of my heart. [Exit Medea.]

[Sound Instruments within: Amurack as it were in a dream, say.]

AMURACK: What, Amurack, dost thou begin to nod?
Is this the care that thou hast of thy wars?
As when thou shouldst be prancing of thy steed,
To egg thy soldiers forward in thy wars, ... [III.2.120]
Thou sittest moping by the fireside?
See where thy Viceroys grovel on the ground;
Look where Belinus breatheth forth his ghost;
Behold by millions how thy men do fall
Before Alphonsus, like to silly sheep.
And canst thou stand still lazing in this sort?
No, proud Alphonsus, Amurack doth fly
To quail thy courage, and that speedily.
[Sound Instruments a while within, and then Amurack say.]
And doest thou think, thou proud injurious God,
Mahound I mean, since thy vain prophecies ... [III.2.130]
Led Amurack into this doleful case,
To have his Princely feet in irons clapt,
Which erst the proudest kings were forced to kiss,
That thou shalt 'scape unpunished for the same?
No, no, as soon as by the help of Jove
I 'scape this bondage, down go all thy groves;
Thy altars tumble round about the streets;
And whereas erst we sacrificed to thee,
Now all the Turks thy mortal foes shall be.
[Sound Instruments a while within, Amurack say.]
Behold the Gem and Jewel of mine age, ... [III.2.140]
See where she comes, whose heavenly majesty
Doth far surpass the brave and gorgeous pace
Which Cytherea, daughter unto Jove,
Did put in ure whenas she had obtained
The golden Apple at the shepherd's hands.
See, worthy Fausta, where Alphonsus stands,
Whose valiant courage could not daunted be
With all the men-at-arms of Africa:
See now he stands, as one that lately saw
Medusa's head, or Gorgon's hoary hue. ... [III.2.150]
[Sound Instruments a while within, Amurack say.]
And can it be that it may happen so?
Can Fortune prove so friendly unto me
As that Alphonsus loves Iphigina?
The match is made, the wedding is decreed.
Sound trumpets, ho! Strike drums for mirth and glee:
And three times welcome son-in-law to me.

[Fausta rise up as it were in a fury, wake Amurack and say.]

FAUSTA: Fie, Amurack, what wicked words be these?
How canst thou look thy Fausta in her face,
Whom thou hast wronged in this shameful sort?
And are the vows so solemnly you sware ... [III.2.160]
Unto Belinus, my most friendly niece,
Now washed so clearly from thy traitorous heart?
Is all the rancor which you erst did bear
Unto Alphonsus worn so out of mind
As, where thou shouldest pursue him to [the] death,
You seek to give our daughter to his hands?
The Gods forbid that such a heinous deed
With my consent should ever be decreed;
And rather than thou shouldst it bring to pass,
If all the army of Amazons ... [III.2.170]
Will be sufficient to withhold the same,
Assure thyself that Fausta means to fight
'Gainst Amurack, for to maintain the right.
IPHIGINA: Yes, mother, say -- which Mahomet forbid --
That in this conflict you should have the foil,
Ere that Alphonsus should be called my spouse,
This heart, this hand, yea and this blade, should be
A readier means to finish that decree.

[Amurack rise in a rage from thy chair.]

AMURACK: What threat'ning words thus thunder in mine ears?
Or who are they amongst the mortal troops ... [III.2.180]
That dares presume to use such threats to me?
The proudest Kings and Kaisers of the land
Are glad to feed me in my fantasy;
And shall I suffer, then, each prattling dame
For to upbraid me in this spiteful sort?
No, by the heavens, first will I lose my Crown,
My wife, my children, yea, my life and all;
And therefore, Fausta, thou which Amurack
Did tender erst, as the apple of mine eye,
Avoid my court, and if thou lov'st thy life, ... [III.2.190]
Approach not nigh unto my regiment.
As for this carping girl Iphigina,
Take her with thee to bear thee company;
And in my land, I rede, be seen no more,
For if you do, you both shall die therefore.[Exit Amurack.]

FAUSTA: Nay then, I see, 'tis time to look about:
Delay is dangerous and procureth harm.
The wanton colt is tamed in his youth:
Wounds must be cured when they be fresh and green;
And pleurisies, when they begin to breed, ... [III.2.200]
With little care are driven away with speed.
Had Fausta, then, when Amurack begun
With spiteful speeches to control and check,
Sought to prevent it by her martial force,
This banishment had never hapt to me.
But the Echinus, fearing to be gored,
Doth keep her younglings in her paunch so long,
Til, when their pricks be waxen long and sharp,
They put their dam at length to double pain;
And I, because I loathed the broils of Mars, ... [III.2.210]
Bridled my thoughts and pressed down my rage,
In recompense of which my good intent
I have received this woeful banishment.
Woeful, said I? Nay, happy I did mean,
If that be happy which doth set one free;
For by this means I do not doubt erelong,
But Fausta shall with ease revenge her wrong.
Come, daughter, come: my mind foretelleth me
That Amurack shall soon requited be. [Exeunt.]

Scene III. 3: A Grove

[Enter Fausta with Iphigina: Medea meet her and say.]

MEDEA: Fausta, what means this sudden flight of yours?
Why do you leave your husband's princely Court,
And all alone pass through these thickest groves,
More fit to harbor brutish savage beasts
Than to receive so high a Queen as you?
Although your credit would not stay your steps
From bending them into these darkish dens,
Yet should the danger, which is imminent
To everyone which passeth by these paths,
Keep you at home with fair Iphigina. ... [III.3.10]
What foolish toy hath tickled you to this?
I greatly fear some hap hath hit amiss.

FAUSTA: No toy, Medea, tickled Fausta's head,
Nor foolish fancy led me to these groves;
But earnest business eggs my trembling steps
To pass all dangers, whatsoere they be.
I banished am, Medea, I which erst
Was Empress over all the triple world,
Am banished now from palace and from pomp.
But if the Gods be favorers to me, ... [III.3.20]
Ere twenty days I will revenged be.

MEDEA: I thought as much, when first from thickest leaves
I saw you trudging in such posting pace.
But to the purpose: what may be the cause
Of this [so] strange and sudden banishment?

FAUSTA: The cause, ask you? A simple cause, God wot:
'Twas neither treason nor yet felony,
But for because I blamed his foolishness.

MEDEA: I hear you say so, but I greatly fear,
Ere that your tale be brought unto an end, ... [III.3.30]
You'll prove yourself the author of the same.
But pray, be brief: what folly did your spouse?
And how will you revenge your wrong on him?

FAUSTA: What folly, quoth you? Such as never yet
Was hear or seen since Phoebus first gan shine.
You know how he was gathering in all haste
His men-at-arms, to set upon the troop
Of proud Alphonsus: yea, you well do know
How you and I did do the best we could
To make him show us in his drowsy dream ... [III.3.40]
What afterward should happen in his wars.
Much talk he had, which now I have forgot.
But at the length, this surely was decreed,
How that Alphonsus and Iphigina
Should be conjoined in Juno's sacred rites.
Which when I heard, as one that did despise
That such a traitor should be son to me,
I did rebuke my husband Amurack;
And since my words could take no better place,
My sword with help of all Amazons ... [III.3.50]
Shall make him soon repent his foolishness.

MEDEA: This is the cause, then, of your banishment?
And now you go unto Amazone
To gather all your maidens in array,
To set upon the mighty Amurack?
Oh foolish Queen, what meant you by this talk?
Those prattling speeches have undone you all.
Do you disdain to have that mighty Prince,
I mean Alphonsus, counted for your son?
I tell you, Fausta, he is born to be ... [III.3.60]
The ruler of a mighty Monarchy.
I must confess the powers of Amurack
Be great: his confines stretch both far and near;
Yet are they not the third part of the lands
Which shall be ruled by Alphonsus' hands,
And yet you dain to call him son-in-law.
But when you see his sharp and cutting sword
Piercing the heart of this your gallant girl,
You'll curse the hour wherein you did deny
To join Alphonsus with Iphigina. ... [III.3.70]

FAUSTA: The Gods forbid that ere it happen so.

MEDEA: Nay, never pray, for it must happen so.

FAUSTA: And is there, then, no remedy for it?

MEDEA: No, none but one, and that you have forsworn.

FAUSTA: As though an oath can bridle so my mind
As that I dare not break a thousand oaths
For to eschew the danger imminent.
Speak, good Medea, tell that way to me;
And I will do it, whatsoere it be.

MEDEA: Then, as already you have decreed, ... [III.3.80]
Pack to your country, and in readiness
Select the army of Amazons:
When you have done, march with your female troop
To Naples Town, to succor Amurack;
And so, by marriage of Iphigina,
You soon shall drive the danger clean away.

IPHIGINA: So shall we soon eschew Caribdis lake,
And headlong fall to Scylla's greedy gulf.
I vowed before, and now do vow again,
Before I wed Alphonsus, I'll be slain. ... [III.3.90]

MEDEA: In vain it is to strive against the stream:
Fates must be followed, and the God's decree
Must needs take place in every kind of cause.
Therefore, fair maid, bridle these brutish thoughts,
And learn to follow what the fates assign.
When Saturn heard that Jupiter his son
Should drive him headlong from his heavenly seat
Down to the bottom of the dark Avern,
He did command his mother presently
To do to death the young and guiltless child: [III.3.100]
But what of that? The mother loathed in heart
For to commit so vile a massacre:
Yea, Jove did live, and as the fates did say,
From heavenly seat drave Saturn clean away.
What did avail the Castle all of Steel,
The which Acrisius caused to be made
To keep his daughter Danae clogged in?
She was with child for all her Castle's force;
And by that child Acrisius, her sire,
Was after slain, so did the fates require. ... [III.3.110]
A thousand examples I could bring hereof;
But Marble stones [do] need no coloring,
And that which everyone doth know for truth
Needs no examples to confirm the same.
That which the fates appoint must happen so,
Though heavenly Jove and all the Gods say no.

FAUSTA: Iphigina, she sayeth nought but the truth:
Fates must be followed in their just decrees;
And therefore, setting all delays aside,
Come, let us wend unto Amazone ... [III.3.120]
And gather up our forces out of hand.

IPHIGINA: Since Fausta wills, and fates do so command,
Iphigina will never it withstand. [Exit omnes.]

Act IV


[Enter Venus.]

VENUS: Thus have you seen how Amurack himself,
Fausta his wife, and every other King
Which hold their scepters at the Turk his hands,
Are now in arms, intending to destroy
And bring to nought the Prince of Aragon.
Charms have been used by wise Medea's art,
To know before what afterward shall hap;
And King Belinus with high Claramount,
Joined to Arcastus, which with Princely pomp
Doth rule and govern all the warlike Moors, ... [IV.Pro.10]
Are sent as legates to god Mahomet,
To know his counsel in these high affairs.
Mahound, provoked by Amurack's discourse,
Which as you heard, he in his dream did use,
Denies to play the Prophet any more;
But by the long entreaty of his Priests,
He prophesies in such a crafty sort
As that the hearers needs must laugh for sport.
Yet poor Belinus, which his fellow Kings,
Did give such credence to that forged tale ... [IV.Pro.20]
As that they lost their dearest lives thereby,
And Amurack became a prisoner
Unto Alphonsus, as straight shall appear. [Exit Venus.]

Scene IV.1: Temple of Mahomet

[Let there be a brazen Head set in the middle of the place
behind the Stage, out of the which cast flames of fire,
drums rumble within: Enter two Priests

1 PRIEST: My fellow Priest of Mahound's holy house,
What can you judge of these strange miracles
Which daily happen in this sacred seat? [Drums rumble within.]
Hark what a rumbling rattleth in our ears.
[Cast flames of fire forth of the brazen head.]
See flakes of fire proceeding from the mouth
Of Mahomet, that God of peerless power.
Nor can I tell, with all the wit I have,
What Mahomet by these his signs doth crave.

2 PRIEST: Thrice ten times Phoebus with his golden beams
Hath compassed the circle of the sky: ... [IV.1.10]
Thrice ten times Ceres hath her workmen hired,
And filled her barns with fruitful crops of Corn
Since first in Priesthood I did lead my life;
Yet in this time I never heard before
Such fearful sounds, or saw such wondrous sights;
Nor can I tell, with all the wit I have,
What Mahomet by these his signs doth crave.

[Speak out of the brazen Head.]

MAHOMET: You cannot tell, nor will you seek to know:
Oh perverse Priests[s], how careless are you waxt,
As when my foes approach unto my gates, ... [IV.1.20]
You stand still talking of 'I cannot tell':
Go, pack you hence, and meet the Turkish Kings
Which are now drawing to my Temple-ward:
Tell them from me, God Mahomet is disposed
To prophesy no more to Amurack,
Since that his tongue is waxen now so free,
As that it needs must chat and rail at me. [Kneel down both.]

1 PRIEST: Oh Mahomet, if all the solemn prayers
Which from our childhood we have offered thee,
Can make thee call this sentence back again, ... [IV.1.30]
Bring not thy Priest[s] into this dangerous state;
For when the Turk doth hear of this repulse,
We shall be sure to die the death therefore.

MAHOMET: [speaking out of the Brazen Head.]sayest truth, go call the Princes in:
I'll prophesy unto them for this once,
But in such wise as they shall neither boast
Nor you be hurt in any kind of wise.

[Enter Belinus, Claramount, Arcastus,both the Priests to meet them; the first say.]

1 PRIEST: You Kings of Turks, Mahomet our God,
By sacred science having notice that
You were sent Legates from high Amurack ... [IV.1.40]
Unto this place, commanded us, his Priests,
That we should cause you make as mickle speed
As well you might, to hear for certainty
Of that shall happen to your King and ye.

BELINUS: For that intent we came into this place;
And sithens that the mighty Mahomet
Is now at leisure for to tell the same,
Let us make haste and take time while we may,
For mickle danger hapneth through delay.

2 PRIEST: Truth, worthy King, and therefore you yourself, ... [IV.1.50]
With your companions, kneel before this place
And listen well what Mahomet doth say.

[Kneel all down before the brazen head.]

BELINUS: As you do will, we jointly will obey.

MAHOMET: [speaking out of the Brazen Head.]of Turkey and Ambassadors
Of Amurack to mighty Mahomet,
I needs must muse that you, which erst have been
The readiest soldiers of the triple world,
Are now become so slack in your affairs
As, when you should with bloody blade in hand
Be hacking helms in thickest of your foes, ... [IV.1.60]
You stand still loitering in the Turkish soil.
What, know you not, how that it is decreed
By all the gods, and chiefly by myself,
That you with triumph should all Crowned be?
Make hast [then] Kings, least when the fates do see
How carelessly you do neglect their words,
They call a Counsel and force Mahomet
Against his will some other things to set.
Send Fabius back to Amurack again
To haste him forwards in his enterprise, ... [IV.1.70]
And march you on, with all the troops you have,
To Naples-ward, to conquer Aragon.
For if you stay, both you and all your men
Must needs be sent down straight to Limbo den.

2 PRIEST: Muse not, brave Kings, at Mahomet's discourse,
For mark what he forth of that mouth doth say:
Assure yourselves it needs must happen so.
Therefore make haste, go mount you on your steeds,
And set upon Alphonsus presently:
So shall you reap great honor for your pain, ... [IV.1.80]
And 'scape the scourge which else the Fates obtain. [Rise all up.]

BELINUS: Then, proud Alphonsus, look thou to thy Crown:
Belinus comes, in glitt'ring armor clad,
All ready pressed for to revenge the wrong
Which not long since you offered unto him;
And since we have God Mahound on our side,
The victory must needs to us betide.

CLARAMOUNT: Worthy Belinus, set such threats away,
And let us haste as fast as horse can trot
To set upon presumptuous Aragon. ... [IV.1.90]
You, Fabius, haste, as Mahound did command,
To Amurack with all the speed you may.

FABIUS: With willing mind, I hasten on my way. [Exit Fabius.]

BELINUS: And thinking long till that we be in fight,
Belinus hastes to quail Alphonsus' might. [Exeunt omnes.]

Scene IV.2

[Strike up alarum a while. Enter Carinus.]

CARINUS: No sooner had God Phoebus' brightsome beams
Begun to dive within the Western seas,
And darksome Nox had spread about the earth
Her blackish mantle, but a drowsy sleep
Did take possession of Carinus' sense,
And Morpheus showed me strange disguised shapes.
Methought I saw Alphonsus, my dear son,
Placed in a throne all glittering clear with gold,
Bedecked with diamonds, pearls and precious stones,
Which shined so clear, and glittered all so bright, ... [IV.2.10]
Hyperion's coach that well be termed it might.
Above his head a canopy was set,
Not decked with plumes, as other Princes use,
But all beset with heads of conquered kings,
Installed with Crowns, which made a gallant show
And struck a terror to the viewers' hearts.
Under his feet lay groveling on the ground
Thousand of Princes, which he in his wars
By martial might did conquer and bring low:
Some lay as dead as either stock or stone, ... [IV.2.20]
Some other tumbled, wounded as to the death;
But most of them, as to their sovereign king,
Did offer duly homage unto him.
As thus I stood beholding of this pomp,
Methought Alphonsus did espy me out;
And at a trice, he leaving throne alone,
Came to embrace me in his blessed arms.
Then noise of drums and sound of trumpets shrill
Did wake Carinus from this pleasant dream.
Something, I know, is now foreshown by this: ... [IV.2.30]
The Gods forfend that ought should hap amiss.

[Carinus walk up and down.
Enter the Duke of Milan in Pilgrim's apparel, and say.

DUKE: This is the chance of fickle Fortune's wheel:
A Prince at morn, a Pilgrim ere it be night.
I, which erewhile did disdain for to possess
The proudest palace of the western world,
Would now be glad a cottage for to find
To hide my head: so Fortune hath assigned.
Thrice Hesperus with pomp and peerless pride
Hath heaved his head forth of the Eastern Seas:
Thrice Cynthia, with Phoebus' borrowed beams, ... [IV.2.40]
Hath shown her beauty through the darkish clouds,
Since that I, wretched Duke, have tasted ought,
Or drunk a drop of any kind of drink.
Instead of beds set forth with ebony,
The greenish grass hath been my resting-place;
And for my pillow stuffed/[soft?] with down,
The hardish hillocks have sufficed my turn.
Thus I, which erst had all things at my will,
A life more hard than death do follow still.

CARINUS: [Aside.] Methinks I hear, not very far from hence, ... [IV.2.50]
Some woeful wight lamenting his mischance:
I'll go and see if that I can espy
Him where he sits, or overhear his talk.

DUKE: Oh Milan, Milan, little dost thou think
How that thy Duke is now in such distress;
For if thou didst, I soon should be released
Forth of this greedy gulf of misery.

CARINUS: [Aside.] The Milan Duke: I thought as much before,
When first I glanced mine eyes upon his face:
This is the man which was the only cause ... [IV.2.60]
That I was forced to fly from Aragon.
High Jove be praised, which hath allotted me
So fit a time to quite that injury. --
Pilgrim, God speed.

DUKE: Welcome, grave sir, to me.

CARINUS: Methought as now I heard you for to speak
Of Milan land: pray, do you know the same?

[DUKE]: Aye, aged father, I have cause to know
Both Milan land and all the parts thereof.

CARINUS: Why then, I doubt not but you can resolve ... [IV.2.70]
Me of a question that I shall demand.

DUKE: Aye, that I can, whatever that it be.

CARINUS: Then, to be brief: not twenty winters past,
When these my limbs, which withered are with age,
Were in the prime and spring of all their youth,
I still desirous, as young gallants be,
To see the fashions of Arabia,
My native soil, and in this pilgrim's weed,
Began to travel through unkenned lands.
Much ground I passed, and many soils I saw; ... [IV.2.80]
But when my feet in Milan land I set,
Such sumptuous triumphs daily there I saw
As never in my life I found the like.
I pray, good sir: What might the occasion be
That made the Milans make such mirth and glee?

DUKE: This solemn joy whereof you now do speak
Was not solemnized, my friend, in vain;
For at that time there came into the land
The happiest tidings that they ere did hear;
For news was brought upon that solemn day ... [IV.2.90]
Unto our Court that Ferdinandus proud
Was slain himself; Carinus and his son
Were banished both forever from Aragon;
And for these happy news that joy was made.

CARINUS: But what, I pray, did afterward become
Of old Carinus with his banished son?
What, hear you nothing of them all this while?

DUKE: Yes, too too much, the Milan Duke may say.
Alphonsus first by secret means did get
To be a soldier in Belinus' wars, ... [IV.2.100]
Wherein he did behave himself so well
As that he got the Crown of Aragon,
Which being got, he dispossessed also
The King Belinus which had fostered him.
As for Carinus, he is dead and gone:
I would his son were his companion.

CARINUS: A blister build upon that traitor's tongue!
But, for thy friendship which thou showedst me,
Take that of me: I frankly give it thee. [Stab him.]
Now will I haste to Naples with all speed, ... [IV.2.10]
To see if Fortune will so favor me
To view Alphonsus in his happy state. [Exit Carinus.]

Scene IV.3

[Enter Amurack, Crocon King of Arabia, Faustus
King of Babylon, Fabius, with the Turk's Janessaries

AMURACK: Fabius, come hither: what is that thou sayest?
What did god Mahound prophesy to us?
Why do our Viceroys wend unto the wars
Before their Kind had notice of the same?
What, do they think to play bob-fool with me?
Or are they waxed so frolic now of late,
Since that they had the leading of our bands,
As that they think that mighty Amurack
Dares do no other than to soothe them up?
Why speakest thou not? What fond or frantic fit ... [IV.3.10]
Did make those careless Kings to venture it?

FAUSTUS: Pardon, dear Lord; no frantic fit at all,
No frolic vain, nor no presumptuous mind,
Did make your Viceroys take these wars in hand;
But forced they were by Mahound's prophesy
To do the same, or else resolve to die.

AMURACK: So, sir, I hear you, but can scarce believe
That Mahomet would charge them go before,
Against Alphonsus with so small a troop,
Whose number far exceeds King Xerxes' troop. ... [IV.3.20]

FAUSTUS: Yes, Noble Lord, and more than that, he said
That, ere that you, with these your warlike men,
Should come to bring your succor to the field,
Belinus, Claramount, and Arcastus too
Should all be crowned with crowns of beaten gold
And borne with triumphs round about their tents.

AMURACK: With triumph, man? Did Mahound tell them so?
Provost, go carry Fabius presently
Unto the Marshalsea; there let him rest,
Clapped sure and safe in fetters all of steel ... [IV.3.30]
Till Amurack discharge him from the same.
For be he sure, unless it happen so
As he did say Mahound did prophesy,
By this my hand forthwith the slave shall die.

[Lay hold of Fabius, and make as thou you carry him out;a (messenger) soldier and say.]

MESSENGER: Stay, Provost, stay, let Fabius alone:
More fitteth now that every lusty lad
Be buckling on his helmet, than to stand
In carrying soldiers to the Marshalsea.

AMURACK: Why, what art thou that darest once presume
For to gainsay that Amurack did bid? ... [IV.3.40]

MESSENGER: I am, my Lord, the wretchedst man alive,
Born underneath the Planet of mishap;
Erewhile a soldier of Belinus' band,
But now --

AMURACK: ~~~ What now?

MESSENGER: ~~~~~~ The mirror of mishap,
Whose Captain is slain, and all his army dead,
Only excepted me, unhappy wretch.

AMURACK: What news is this? And is Belinus slain?
Is this the Crown which Mahomet did say ... [IV.3.50]
He should with triumph wear upon his head?
Is this the honor which that cursed god
Did prophesy should happen to them all?
Oh Daedalus, and wert thou now alive
To fasten wings upon high Amurack,
Mahound should know, and that for certainty,
That Turkish Kings can brook no injury.

FABIUS: Tush, tush, my Lord, I wonder what you mean,
Thus to exclaim against high Mahomet:
I'll lay my life that, ere this day be past, ... [IV.3.60]
You shall perceive these tidings all be waste.

AMURACK: We shall perceive, accursed Fabius?
Suffice it not that thou hast been the man
That first didst beat those babbles in my brain,
But that, to help me forward in my grief,
Thou seekest to confirm so foul a lie. [Stab him.]
Go, get thee hence, and tell thy traitorous King
What gift you had, which did such tidings bring. --
And now, my Lords, since nothing else will serve,
Buckle your helms, clap on your steeled coats, ... [IV.3.70]
Mount on your Steeds, take Lances in your hands;
For Amurack doth mean this very day
Proud Mahomet with weapons to assay.

MESSENGER: Mercy, high Monarch: it is no time now
To spend the day in such vain threatenings
Against our god, the mighty Mahomet:
More fitteth thee to place thy men-at-arms
In battle 'ray for to withstand your foes,
Which now are drawing towards you with speed.
[Sound drums within.]
Hark how their drums with dub a dub do come! ... [IV.3.80]
To arms, high Lord, and set these trifles by,
That you may set upon them valiantly.

AMURACK: And do they come? You Kings of Turkey [land],
Now is the time in which your warlike arms
Must raise your names above the starry skies:
Call to your mind your predecessors' acts,
Whose martial might this many a hundred year
Did keep those fearful dogs in dread and awe,
And let your weapons show Alphonsus plain,
That though that they be clapped up in clay, ... [IV.3.90]
Yet there be branches sprung up from those trees
In Turkish land, which brook no injuries.
Besides the same, remember with yourselves
What foes we have: not mighty Tamberlaine,
Nor soldiers trained up amongst the wars,
But fearful boors [boars?], picked from their rural flock,
Which till this time were wholly ignorant
What weapons meant, or bloody Mars doth crave.
More would I say, but horses that be free
Do need no spurs, and soldiers which themselves ... [IV.3.100]
Long and desire to buckle with the foe
Do need no words to egg them to the same.

[Enter Alphonsus, with a Canopy carried over him by three Lords,over each corner a King's head, crowned; with him, Albinius,, Miles, with Crowns on their heads, and their Soldiers.]
Besides the same, behold whereas our foes
Are marching towards us most speedily.
Courage, my Lords, ours is the victory.

ALPHONSUS: Thou Pagan dog, how darst thou be so bold
To set thy foot within Alphonsus' land?
What, art thou come to view thy wretched Kings,
Whose traitorous heads bedecked my tent so well?
Or else, thou hearing that on top thereof ... [IV.3.110]
There is a place left vacant, art thou come
To have thy head possess the highest seat?
If it be so, lie down, and this my sword
Shall presently that honor thee afford.
If not, pack hence; or by the heavens I vow,
Both thou and thine shall very soon perceive
That he that seeks to move my patience
Must yield his life to me for recompense.

AMURACK: Why, proud Alphonsus, thinkst thou Amurack,
Whose mighty force doth terrify the Gods, ... [IV.3.120]
Can ere be found to turn his heels and fly
Away for fear from such a boy as thou?
No, no, although that Mars this mickle while
Hath fortified thy weak and feeble arm,
And Fortune oft hath viewed with friendly face
Thy armies marching victors from the field,
Yet at the presence of high Amurack
Fortune shall change, and Mars, that God of might,
Shall succor me and leave Alphonsus quite.

ALPHONSUS: Pagan, I say thou greatly art deceived: ... [IV.3.130]
I clap up Fortune in a cage of gold,
To make her turn her wheel as I think best;
And as for Mars whom you do say will change,
He moping sits behind the kitchen door,
Pressed at command of every scullion's mouth,
Who dares not stir nor once to move a whit,
For fear Alphonsus then should stomach it.

AMURACK: Blasphemous dog, I wonder that the earth
Doth cease from renting underneath thy feet,
To swallow up that cankered corpse of thine. ... [IV.3.140]
I must that Jove can bridle so his ire
As, when he hears his brother so misused,
He can refrain from sending thunderbolts
By thick and threefold, to revenge his wrong.
Mars fights for me, and Fortune be my guide;
And I'll be victor, whatsomere betide.

ALBINIUS: Pray loud enough, lest that you pray in vain:
Perhaps God Mars and Fortune is asleep.

[AMURACK]: And Mars lies slumb'ring on his downy bed,
Yes do not think but that the power we have, ... [IV.3.150]
Without the help of those celestial Gods,
Will be sufficient, yea, with small ado,
Alphonsus' straggling army to subdue.

LAELIUS: You had need as then to call for Mahomet,
With hellish hags [for] to perform the same.

FAUSTUS: High Amurack, I wonder what you mean,
That when you may, with little toil or none,
Compel these dogs to keep their tongues in peace,
You let them stand still barking in this sort:
Believe me, sovereign, I do blush to see ... [IV.3.160]
These beggars' brats to chat so frolicly.

ALPHONSUS: How now, sir boy? Let Amurack himself,
Or any he, the proudest of you all,
But offer once for to unsheath his sword,
If that he dares, for all the power you have.

AMURACK: What, dar'st thou us? Myself will venture it.
To arms, my mates.

[Amurack draw thy sword: Alphonsus and all the other Kingstheirs: strike up alarum: fly Amurack and his company. Alphonsus and his company.]

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