By Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
Persons Represented in the Play.
Arbaces, King of Iberia.
Tigranes, King of Armenia.
Gobrias, Lord Protector, and Father of Arbaces.
Bacurius, another Lord.
Bessus, ) Two Captains
Ligo[n]es, Father of Spaconia.
Three Men and a Woman.
Philip, a servant, and two Citizens Wives.
A Servant to Bacurius.
Arane, ) The [Queen-Mother.
Panthea,) Her Daughter.
Spaconia,) A Lady Daughter of Ligones
Mandane,) A waiting woman, and other attendants.
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Actus primus. Scena prima.
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Enter Mardonius and Bessus, Two Captains.
Bessus, the King has made a fair hand on’t, he has ended the Wars at a blow, would my sword had a close basket hilt to hold Wine, and the blade would make knives, for we shall have nothing but eating and drinking.
We that are Commanders shall do well enough.
Faith Bessus, such Commanders as
thou may; I had as lieve set
thee Perdue for a pudding i’th’ dark, as Alexander the Great.
I love these jests exceedingly.
I think thou lov’st ’em better than quarrelling Bessus, I’le say so much i’thy behalf, and yet thou ’rt valiant enough upon a retreat, I think thou wouldst kill any man that stopt thee if thou couldst.
But was not this a brave Combate Mardonius?
Why, didst thou see’t?
You stood wi’me.
I did so, but me thought thou wink’dst every blow they strook.
Well, I believe there are better souldiers
than I, that never saw
two Princes fight in lists.
By my troth I think so too Bessus,
many a thousand, but
certainly all that are worse than thou have seen as much.
’Twas bravely done of our King.
Yes, if he had not ended the wars:
I’me glad thou dar’st talk of
such dangerous businesses.
To take a Prince prisoner in the heart
of’s own Country in single
See how thy blood curdles at this, I think
thou couldst be
contented to be beaten i’this passion.