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King. Cælica, and wilt thou Alaham exceed?
Cælica. Then be a king, no tyrant of thyself :
King. If disobedience, and obedience both,
blood, To do their parents mischief with their good.
Cælica. Yet, Sir, hark to the poor oppressed tears; The just men's moan, that suffer by your fall ; A prince's charge is to protect them all. And shall it nothing be that I am yours ? The world without, my heart within, doth know, I never had unkind, unreverent powers. If thus you yield to Alaham's treachery, He ruins you : 'tis you, Sir, ruin me.
King. Cælica, call up the dead ; awake the blind;
Cælica. Will you do that which Alaham cannot ?
King. Have I not done amiss ? am I not ill,
Cælica. The laws of power chain’d to men's humors be. The good have conscience; the ill (like instruments)
Are, in the hands of wise authority,
King. Put down my son : for that must be the way:
Cælica. Let them fear rumour that do work amiss ;
King. Danger is come, and must I now unarm,
Celica. My soul now joys. Doing breathes horror out.
rage makes Alaham to doubt ;
Her strength is change: and change yields better doon.
ZoPHI appears. .
Cælica. What see I here ? more spectacles of woe ! And are my kindred only made to be Agents and patients in iniquity ? Ah forlorn wretch! ruin's example right! Lost to thyself, not to thy enemy, Whose hand even while thou fliest thou fall'st into ; And with thy fall thy father dost undo. Save one I may: Nature would save them both ; But Chance hath many wheels, Rage many eyes. What, shall I then abandon Innocents * ? Not help a helpless brother thrown on me? Is nature narrow to adversity ? No, no. Our God left duty for a law; Pity, at large; love, in authority; Despair, in bonds ; fear, of itself in awe: That rage of time, and power's strange liberty, Oppressing good men, might resistance find: Nor can I to a brother be less kind. Dost thou, that canst not see, hope to escape ? Disgrace can have no friend; contempt no guide; Right is thy guilt; thy judge iniquity; Which desolation casts on them that see.
Zophi. Make calm thy rage: pity a ghost distrest : My right, my liberty, I freely give : Give him, that never harm’d thee, leave to live.
Cælica. Nay, God, the world, thy parents it deny;
* Zophi is represented as a prince of weak understanding.
A brother's jealous heart; usurped might
Zophi. Secure thyself. Exile me from this coast :
Cælica. Fly unto God : for in humanity
Cælica. Eternal God l that see'st thyself in us,
from age to age.
Alaham causes Search to be made after his Father and Brother.
Zophi is discovered, and Cælica ; who, being questioned by Alaham where she has hid her Father, dissembles as though she thought that the King was dead; but being threatened with the rack, her Exclamations call her Father from his hiding-place; who, together with her, and her Brother Zophi, are sentenced by Alaham to the Flames.
ALAHAM. Attendants. Alaham. Sirs, seek the city, examine, torture, rack; Sanctuaries none let there be; make darkness known ;
Pull down the roofs, dig, burn, put all to wrack ;
He sees Cælica.
He sees Zophi.
Cælica. Ah cruel wretch! guilty of parent's blood !
Alaham. Tell me where thy father is.
Cælica. O bloody scorn,
Alaham. Leave off this mask ; deceit is never wise; Though he be blind, a king hath many eyes.
Cælica. O twofold scorn! God be reveng'd for me. Yet since my father is destroy'd by thee, Add still more scorn, it sorrow multiplies. Alaham. Passions are learn'd, not born within the
heart, That method keep: Order is quiet's art.