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Philaster Love Lies a Bleeding   By: (1584-1616)

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Love lies a Bleeding.

Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

The Scene being in Cicilie.

Persons Represented in the Play.

The King.

Philaster, Heir to the Crown .

Pharamond, Prince of Spain.

Dion, a Lord .

Cleremont } Noble Gentlemen his Thrasiline } Associates .

Arethusa, the King's Daughter .

Galatea, a wise modest Lady attending the Princess .

Megra, a lascivious Lady .

An old wanton Lady, or Croan .

Another Lady attending the Princess .

Eufrasia, Daughter of Dion, but disguised like a Page, and called Bellario .

An old Captain .

Five Citizens .

A Countrey fellow .

Two Woodmen .

The Kings Guard and Train .

Actus primus. Scena prima.

Enter Dion, Cleremont, and Thrasiline.

Cler . Here's not Lords nor Ladies.

Dion . Credit me Gentlemen, I wonder at it. They receiv'd strict charge from the King to attend here: Besides it was boldly published, that no Officer should forbid any Gentlemen that desire to attend and hear.

Cle . Can you guess the cause?

Di . Sir, it is plain about the Spanish Prince, that's come to marry our Kingdoms Heir, and be our Soveraign.

Thra . Many (that will seem to know much) say, she looks not on him like a Maid in Love.

Di . O Sir, the multitude (that seldom know any thing but their own opinions) speak that they would have; but the Prince, before his own approach, receiv'd so many confident messages from the State, that I think she's resolv'd to be rul'd.

Cle . Sir, it is thought, with her he shall enjoy both these Kingdoms of Cicilie and Calabria .

Di . Sir, it is (without controversie) so meant. But 'twill be a troublesome labour for him to enjoy both these Kingdoms, with safetie, the right Heir to one of them living, and living so vertuously, especially the people admiring the bravery of his mind, and lamenting his injuries.

Cle . Who, Philaster?

Di . Yes, whose Father we all know, was by our late King of Calabria , unrighteously deposed from his fruitful Cicilie . My self drew some blood in those Wars, which I would give my hand to be washed from.

Cle . Sir, my ignorance in State policy, will not let me know why Philaster being Heir to one of these Kingdoms, the King should suffer him to walk abroad with such free liberty.

Di . Sir, it seems your nature is more constant than to enquire after State news. But the King (of late) made a hazard of both the Kingdoms, of Cicilie and his own, with offering but to imprison Philaster . At which the City was in arms, not to be charm'd down by any State order or Proclamation, till they saw Philaster ride through the streets pleas'd, and without a guard; at which they threw their Hats, and their arms from them; some to make bonefires, some to drink, all for his deliverance. Which (wise men say) is the cause, the King labours to bring in the power of a Foreign Nation to aw his own with.

[ Enter Galatea, Megra, and a Lady .

Thra . See, the Ladies, what's the first?

Di . A wise and modest Gentlwoman that attends the Princess.

Cle . The second?

Di . She is one that may stand still discreetly enough, and ill favour'dly Dance her Measure; simper when she is Courted by her Friend, and slight her Husband... Continue reading book >>

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