As it hath bene diuers times acted by the Children of his Maiesties Reuels.

Written by Iohn Mason Maister of Artes.

Sume superbiam quesitam meritis Horat.

LONDON. Printed by E. A. for Iohn Busbie and are to be sold at his shop in S. Dunstons Church­yard in Fleete-streete. 1619.

Scaenarum Personae.

the Turke
Gouernour of Florence.
Duke of Venice.
Duke of Ferrara.
an humerous trauellour.
his Page
seruant to Borgias
Lord of Florence.
a gentleman vsher.
a gentleman of Ferrara:
a gentleman of Venice
A Fryer
Dutchesse of Florence.
Borgias wife
his daughter
Madam Fulsome
an old Gentlewoman


THe markes and notions extant in each spirit,
Seald by th'industrious hand of art & merit,
Me thinkes appeare transparant (as the minde
By sence were bounded and might seeme confind
In th'externall eye) nor shall our tragicke muse,
(If strong hope faile not) need a coynd excuse
But to those marginall noates of yours do bring
(In following nombers from the learned spring)
Matter instructiue to inrich their parts
Where knowledge raignes crownd with it own desarts,
Let such with serious and impartiall hearing
Sound sence, quicke sight and iudgement neuer erring:
Suruay and censure the mineruall frame
Of his elaborate worke: and if his name
Merrit regard, and you vouchfafe to grace him
With eminent loue, or mongst those lawreats place him,
That with the magicke of sweet poesie,
Transfer Pernassus into Brittany,
He shall digest the Chaos of his braine,
To tunefull order and acquire a straine,
Neere to the musicke of the heauenly spheres,
To fit Times guard and rawish choysest eares.


FAme and Opinion like the two vvingd cap
On Hermes head, do lift all Poets vp:
Some, though deseruing, yet abo [...]e the Sphere
Of true impartiall censure, vvhose tun'd eare
Listens to all and can vvith iudgement say,
Others sing vvell, though Thracian Orpheus play.
Our Muse affects no excellence: if Fame tell
And through her shrill trompe at the Muses well
(Where the thrice trebled bench of learning sits
In strict examination of others wits)
Sound ours, thogh humbly straines, whose infant growth
Nor dares, nor will, with times hugd darlings quarrell,
Nor stand the lightning with the sacred Lawrell)
We rest content: yet thus farre may conceipt
Carry each labouring Artist, where the weight
Of his ovld taske is ouer, that his tongue
May like a father of his tender young
Speak natures lauguage and not be withstood,
When with our Muse he saith, that This is good.

This Epilogue should haue bene printed at the end of the booke, but there was no spare place for it.

Mulleasses the Turke,

Actus primi. Scaena prima.

Enter aloft Iulia, and Amada.
HOw sweet are things knowne in their contraries
When onely apprehension, and sicke thoughts
Foster a gredy longing Amada?
Madame you breath: no couetous hand
Takes the aire from you: no contrariety
Bandy's against your rest: as I am modest,
My fathers seeming harsh vngentlenesse
Is but a misty pollicy, to be guile some time.
Then be your self [...] and Iomiall:
Yet why should I repine,
At this my foret restraint of libertie?
Our life is but a sayling to our death,
Through the worlds Ocean: it makes no matter then
Whether we put into the worlds vast Sea,
Shipt in a Pinasse or an Argosy:
No Matter: when we hope for change of vessels Ladye
And in that hope beguile your passions:
Giue your sight freedome o're the citty walls
And see what worthie obiectsmeete your eyes:
See where two Dukes, each like a god of warre,
Lye both entrench't against the gates of Florence
To gaine your loue: on the west side, ther's
Ferrara hangs his scarlet ensignes foorth
And wooes in blood: then from the East behould
[Page]In a white ensigne fil'd with starres of gould,
Burnes the Venitians loue: the morning Sun
Courts not the world more amorously: he as mild
As Mi [...]has boye doth proue that lou's a childe,
Not techy if not wrongd. The other like Mars
Hemms in his Venus in his armes of steele.
Enter the Duke of Ferrara at one doore and the Duke of Venice at another doore and meete at the midst of the stage.
And vowes a conquest: Se where they appeere:
Madame your loue, which hand for a Dukedome?
Were I an Orator I could praise Ferrara,
He like the marble statue of some God,
Carryes commaund in his proportion,
In him loue seemes a warrior for the fire,
Of best affection burnes in hot desire.
And yet me thinkes the smooth Venitian
Should more contenta Venus:
In him loue seemeth as he is, calme and mild,
Pleasing and sportfull: things rough and violent
Dye like abortiue fruit before perf [...]ction.
Th'are pursy and short breathd: th'ardor of true loue
Burns in a calme breast: in him affections
Are not like tempests raging: yet of force
Like an euen gale of wind to beare loues ship
Vnto the port of happinesse: his fire
Burns, and consumes no [...], but maintaine desire.
Giue o're my claime: that should argue,
A too cold temperature in loue: besies
It would disable the Venetian power
Not to make good his chalenge: I dare not.
Why she is mine by promise.
I grant, that Borgias her Vncle and Protector
Promisd you that which he cannot performe.
[Page]But know Ferrara that my claime takes roote
And growes vpon the promise of the State,
I by the Senate was assur'd her loue,
And on that ground the justice of my cause
Pleads. Thus in armes against the citty walls.
Herein you erre: for know the Florentine
Dying a Prince powerfull and absolute
(Not countermanded by a popular voice
Or by th'ambitious factions of a Senate)
Leaues the Protector in his daughters nonage
Free like himselfe, and absolute: of power
To promise and performe: on his assurance
Liues my loues right: then were you both
Direct opposers of what I clayme, by heauen
And by that influence that made me great
I would persue my chalenge through your bloods.
Giue not such passage to your heat my Lord
Then giue my power a passage to my Loue:
That I demaund of you.
And I command:
That without stay you raise your powers
And leaue this citties siedge vnto our armes,
Or what we aimd at them we'le turne on you.
Although your powre we're equall with your pride
I would dare stay Ferrara, and proclaime
Thy title weake, thy claime litigious:
Mine onely iust, apparant, righteous.
Yet let not fury so empeach our wisdomes
To iarre for her another doth possesse,
And make our follies laughter to our foes:
Will then Ferrara make his passions subiect
To an indifferency that I shall propound?
If the indifferency you shall propound
Deuides not me from Iulia:
She's the maine claime of both our armed loues.
And with out her ther's no indifferency.
Y'are [...]riuolous:
Why know Ferrara, thy prerogatiue
Extends no further then thy sword can reach:
Then when thy conquests hath confirmd thy will
Thou maist capitulate with [...]ude commaunds,
Ti [...]l when proud Prince, stoupe at imperious chance:
For did no other title then my sword
Make my claime righteous: yet the doubtfull lot
Cast on the ends of warre, carries my fate
Euen with thy pride: the Lady as mine owne
To shewe an eminence that o're lookes thy hope,
I chalendge and auerre the right of warre
Due to my sword.
F [...]rr.
Vnsheath it then.
V [...]n.
Yes at thy bosome.
Sound Cornets: they stay.
What meanes [...]his suddaine parley from the walls?
What are the Dukes at odde [...]?
Harke Madam from the walls—
Sound againe.
A suddaine parley speakes vnto the Dukes
Was that that staid their swords.
I woud faine haue seene,
how like Esops warriour they could haue fought,
For that a third carries away.
Some new deuise of pollicy hath cau [...]d
This vnexepected change: not long since
I [...] was resolu'd in councell to maintaine
The siege against the hottest opposition.
Did I not thinke my fortunes ebbe at lowest?
It might amaze me.
My libertie
May soone giue notice to you: then lets away:
A Sunne may rise to mak't a happy day.
[Page] Enter aloft Borgias and the Senate.
To whome speakes Borgias?
B [...]r.
Dukes to you both.
The present and vnlookt for cause of griefe,
That now hath tooke possession on our breasts,
Cuts of the feeling of all outward feare:
Our priuate griefes were desperate: did there not
A pubike care of others burden vs
We thinke you wrongd, I and the Senate heere,
Causes of both the nonsuites of your loues,
Appeale vnto remission.
But whether bends your far-fetcht Oratory?
Restore the Lady vnto me: and on my honours pawne
Ile free your Citty from the armes of V [...]nice.
Senate, and you on whose authority,
And pawne of honor I engagde my loue,
Slau'd my affections, and did prostitute
The freedome of my soule to Iulia:
Sleight not your wisedomes and your worths in counsel [...]
To serue the ends of hidden pollicy:
Make good your words engagde, and as I liue
A Prince vnstainde in honor, I will free
Your Citty from Ferraras hottest fury.
Alas my gratious and renowned Lords,
I grieue to see your passions,
Emptied of th'obiects that [...]hey wrought vpon:
I am the Embassador of heauy newes,
To you I am sure as heauy as to vs.
V [...]n.
Speake it.
O it doth presse the Organs of my speech,
And like a lethargie doth numbe those motions
should giue it vtterance.
Hold the Protector there from falling.
[Page]Some standersby helpe to vnlade his bur [...]hen.
The Camel else will sinke downe vnder it.
Scoffe not my gratious Prince: the griefe I see [...]
Will be as heauy on [...]hy now light head,
As tis on mine: the Lady whome you loue—
Why what of her?
Where is she? speake:
Singing with Angels in the quire of heauen,
The Requiem o [...] Saints.
Shee's dead!
Shee's dead!
I Lords vnto your loues.
O my Loues hard fate.
And now my Lords, seeing that she is dead,
For whome you raisd these armes against our walls,
I hope your furious angers liue no longer.
We are appeasd: Venice I thus salute thee,
and reconcile my fury in thy armes.
S'death dead?
Discend Protector, with her our armes are dead.
I am amazd: possesse me patience,
Credulity F [...]rrara is a vertue,
I beleeue it: Borgias: oh my sple [...]ne,
That he should thinke me so rediculous,
To fasten any faith on pollicy,
The stateliest generall prop is iealousie,
On all men & their actions: I know it not.
Should I thinke her murdred, or that she still doth liue?
And feede some hope by deeming him a villaine,
That sooths this sorrowfull newes into our eares?
I might herein seeme polliticke, and nurse
Some mischiefe in my bosome for reuenge,
Of that wherein I b [...]t suspect a wrong.
The trickes of State-moules that worke vnder Princes,
Are at the best, but like the vipers young,
[Page]That how-so-ere prodigious and hurtfull,
To many open and secure passengers,
Yet do they neuer liue: without the death
Of him that first gaue motion to their breath.
This keepes me honest still, the heauens and fate
Are the best guardians to a wronged s [...]ate.
A short flourish.
Enter Borgias and the Senate.
Laying aside all feare of what you may,
Thus to your powers we do [...]xpose our liues,
Your wrongs we do confesse might speake reuenge,
Did not this flood of sudden griefe, take vp
All passion in it selfe: speake mighty Dukes,
Liues Florence in your loues? with Iulias death
Dies the memoriall of your former wrongs?
I forget them all.
I take no pleasure in reuenge.
Then are our Citty gates ope to your loues,
And beg a fauour due vnto the dead:
This night the funerall hearse of Iulia,
(I know that name is deere vnto you both)
Returnes againe to her creation.
This night the rauenous mother of the world,
(The all corrupting earth that eats her yong)
Swalloweth the body of your Iulia.
This night she takes a farwell of vs all:
Then let it be a witnesse of your loues,
To giue her hearse an honor with your presence.
Should we not graunt this, we might be taxt
Of much dishonor.
I were not worthy that it should be said
I leuyed armes for loue of Iulia,
Should I deny my presence at her hearse.
My loue, the neere alliance to her blood,
[Page]The deere remembrance of my Soueraigne dead,
Whose loue committed her vnto my care,
Makes me accept this honor done to me:
And I stand bound in bonds of gratitude
To both yo [...]r princely worths: in lieu of which,
Let my emboldned weaknesse mighty Lords,
Presume t'inuite you to a funerall supper,
A banquet forc'd by ceremonius custome,
As a due obsequy.
The loue of Iulia
Exacts f [...]om me all rights of custome.
I yeelde my presence.
Your guards shall be my honor for this night,
Your seuerall armies during your stay in Florence,
Shall be maintained at our Cities charge,
In recompence of loue to Iulia.
We thanke you.
We thanke yous
Nor giue we expectation of proud pompe,
Of shewes, or Pageants, for your entertainment:
Our bels ring forth our sorrowes in sad peales,
No pleasant changes to giue Princes welcome,
Our Churches stand not garnished with pictures,
To please deuoted superstition with,
But mourne in blacke. Our Church men
Leaue their chaunting Antheams, & their daily Masse,
To sing continuall requiems to her soule.
Sorrow sits sad and weeping in our streetes,
All eies are wet with teares, saue those where griefe
Hath dryed all moysture vp. Our sucking infants
Are pale and leane with hang [...]ng on the breasts,
Of griefe-spent mothers: If these may welcome you,
W [...]e'le giue you prodigall welcome to our Citty.
Such welcome fits the death of Iulia.
So should all mourne and weepe for Iulia.
So doe we mourne and weepe for Iulia.
[Page]Lead on vnto the Citty: how slowe pac'd is sorrow?
Griefe is a Tortoyse to the nimble sence,
And chils their motions, the officers of loue,
Liue at our funerall, and in death do moue.

Scaena secunda.

Enter Amada & Eunuchus.

Eunuchu [...]?




What solemnity is that the Citty celebrates?

The Dukes of Venice and Ferrara,
Are with your father entred the wals
Vnto the funerals of Iulia.

Why, is Iulia dead?


I hope your Ladiship—

I cry thee mercy: the remembrance of her
Makes me still thinke she liues.
And thats the cause they parleyed on the wals.

True Madam.


Remoue a while.


At your seruice Lady.

stand aside.
Iulia giuen out for dead,
And liue in durance at my fathers will?
Tis strange: the Dukes inuited to her fu [...]nerall.
More mists of pollicy? O simplicity!
The clue of reason cannot guid the fate,
Of this Dedalion maze: wer't not prophane
In me to question nature for my birth,
And quarrell with my starres for being daughter
To him whome I suspect to be a villaine:
Some inspiration of religious thoughts,
Make nature lesse in me, and beare my duty
Euen with his awe whose vncontrould commaund,
Frees our obedience from our impious parents.
[Page]My father Borgias left in charge with me,
That I should keepe faire Iulia: I am her Iaylor,
To whome, both he and I do owe alleagiance.
Distracted du [...]y, how should I bestow thee?
On the right owner, Iustice I adore thee.
Enter Borgias.



My loue and duty.




My mothers Eunuch [...]


How fares Iulia?


Liues as you cōmanded, vnseene & priuate.


Thy mothers dead.


Defend it heauens [...]


Dead: no more: Eunuchus?


My loue and seruice.

You gaue it out last night as I commaunded
Timoclea my wife was sicke.

I did and't like your grace.


When sets the Sunne?


Some six houres hence.

To night wilbe to soone: to morrow morning
Rumour't about the Citty, my wife is dead,
Say abroad she is dead.

It shall be done.

So shall thy duty keepe me bound to thee.
Amada: some thing more I haue to say,
Prepare for marriage.

For marriage?

Question me not, thou must be married,
Mulleasses is thy husband, my word hath seald it.
Be still my Argus, and keepe Iulia.
Death to my soule! Eunuc [...]us
Canst thou vnknowne (to any saue thy selfe)
Poyson a groome to stuffe a coffen with?

I can to please your Lordship:

O thou shalt please vs highly! I haue great vse
Of such a thing, I prethee do it:
My wife last night was poysoned, her body
The world beleeues is Iulias, supposed dead.
Now for the second funerall of my wife.
Her coffin must be fild vp with some slaue,
He shall be hono [...]d princely to his graue.
The funerall staies my presence: Amada
See to my Iulia, if Mulleasses moue,
Be kinde and gentle to his proffered loue.
Exit Borgia [...].
Heere's a distracted labori [...]th of wit,
Iulia aliue, and yet her funeral kept:
My mother dead and neuer Sicke: tis true:
To many, death is suddaine and vnlookt for:
So't was to her: and in the midst of death,
I must be married: death take me to,
Let me not liue to see those tapers burne,
That leade me to his bed: where's sanctity?
Religion is the fooles bridle, worne by pollicy:
As horse weare trappers to seeme faire in sh [...]w,
And make the worldes eye dote on what we seeme.
Be silent yet for duty stops thy mouth,
Ile in to Iulia, 'tis she and I,
That must be Chorus in this Tragedy.
Exit Amada.
How so'ere my fortunes make me now a slaue
I was a free borne Christians sonne in Cyprus,
When Famagusta by the Turke was sackt:
In the deuision of which Citty spoyles,
My fortunes fell to Mulleasses lot:
Nor was it Tyranny inough that I was Captiue,
My parents robd of me, and I of them,
But they wrongd nature in me, made me an Eunuch,
Disabled of those masculine functions,
Due from our sex: and thus subiected,
These sixteene yeares vnto the vilde commaund,
Of an imperious Turke, I now am giuen
[Page]To serue the hidden secre [...]s of his lust,
Vnto Timocl [...]a, the wife of Borgias,
Whose priuate mixtures I am guilty of:
Betwixt [...]hese three I stand as in a maze,
I [...] eg'd to al their sinnes, and made a baud
To lust and murder: Mulleasses first
Giues me vnto Timoclea, that without suspect
I might procure their loues sec [...]rity:
For which they promise me my liberty.
Eut Borgias whether iealous of his wife,
Of reaching at some further pollicy,
Bindes me with golden offers to his trust,
And first comaunds me rumour it abroad
Timoclea his wife was sicke, when at that instant
She was in health and dauncing with her Turk [...].
Now I must second that report with death,
And say abroad Timoclea is dead:
Short warning for a iourney vnto heauen:
But (which amaz [...]th most) I must prouide
The body of some groome to stop a coffin with.
This is a riddle of some Sphinx, let Oedipus
Vnfold the meaning: I leaue it to th'euent,
And thinke most safety in not knowing it.
I must prouide some groome, thats my commaund.
Prosper me Saturne, and those starres of sinne,
Whose influence makes villaines fortunate.
[...]He kils by law that kils men for a state.
Enter Bordell [...] & Pan [...]ofle his Page.
But who comes heere? oh my spruce he—letcher
That makes his boye saue him the charges of a bawdy house,
Fore Mahomet an excellent fellow for my Lords coffin:
Assist me power of wit.



At your pleasure sir?


Thou hast bene at my pleasure indeed P [...]ntofle, I will retreate into the country, hate this amourous, Court [...]nd betake my selfe to obscurity: I tel thee boye I wil returne by this Ci [...]cyan Isle without transformation since Hebe hath discouered her secrets I will turne I [...]p [...]ter, hate the whole sexe of women, and onely embrace thee my Gammede.


Sfoot sir you are as passionate for the disloyalty of your Sempstresse as some needy knight would be for the losse of some rich magnificos widdow: doe you not see how the supporters of the Court, the Lady of the labby gape after your good parts like so many grigges after fresh water, and can you withhold the dew of your moyster element?


I tel thee should the Lady Iulia when she was aliue haue profered me her cheeke to kisse, I would not haue bowed to that painted image for her whole D [...]kedome: Mercury h [...]d no good aspect in the horoscope of my natiuity: women and lotium are recip [...]ocall, their sauour is noysome.


Why her's a slaue in folio will seeme to slight the loue of a P [...]inc [...]sse, when he would willingly spend his talent on an oy­ster wi [...]e.

Bor [...].

Sirra Pantofle trusse vp my wardrobe: but withal publish my departure, I would willingly put my creditors to the chardge of garding me out of towne.


[...] [...]ill much scandalize your reputation for to depart indebted: you will be cursed heauily.


To depart in debted boy, is the onely way to be praid for, seeing they knowe it is my prosperity and welfare that must make them satisfaction.


Before heauen an excellent reason.


Pray Sir make euen with your Taylor, he is poore.


Most willingly, for I am not possest of a pennikin, and if he be not before with me, I take it we are euen, and may walke in campage. Pantofle vanish.


I goe Sir.


I haue it, thankes sweete Thalia, thou hast begot a child of mirth in my braine, I will put it to this creature of Flo­rence to n [...]rse: Saucy Seignior.


Eunuchus, Venus restore thee to thy generation: what doings are now in your quarters?


Doings: in faith courtly and weake: Cupid helpe the poore Ladyes.


you are aboue me, I meane not their ingenys or vpper galleries:


Nor I neither: and yet I speake of their vnderstandings, which by reason of a generall spring, halt and debility in their hamms (heauens know) are most falteringly feeble: but to pre­sent the message I am sent for: to your worthiest self, from my La­dy and mistresse the protectors wife: you are intelligent?


The beauteous Timoclea.


Heauens grant she may haue the vertue of attraction: for she hath laid open, the luster of her best parts to your grace Sir: nay make not retreate Sir: she knowes you disdaine her loue.


The truth is I am earthly, and like not to participate with the element of the fire: good Eunuchus commend me to your Lady, and tell her by importuning my affection, she seekes the fall of an innocent.


True Sir, but with a firme beliefe of your rising a­gaine.


I see no hope of it.


The harder is her fortune: but heare me, me thinkes reward should pricke you on with more courage, to such an hono­rable encounter.


Faith Eunuche I haue made a vow not to vncase my selfe to any of that sexe.


It may be you grounded your oath vpon the vncleanes of your shirt.


Verily since the relapse of my Sempstresse, I haue not [Page] addicted my selfe to that neat & cleanly carriage [...]


Sfoot I thought some soule cause or other, interposed it selfe twixt you and my Lady: But sir, Ile see all wants supplyed, thy debts satisfied, thy fortunes eternally mounted: onely bee tractable to my poore loue-sicke Lady and mistresse, iust and lo­uing.


As I am, so fates assist me: and Eunuchus here's my hand thou shalt haue ample share in my fortunes.


By this hand sir but I will not: doe not faile sir at eight of the clocke to meete me here, where Ile deliuer you the key of my Ladyes chamber: with further instructions in the businesse, and with assurednesse of preferment and promotion.


Deere Eunuch let me hugge thee: how I long to ma­nifest thy seruice to my Lady Timoclea. You will meete?


My hand and promise for it.

It shall suffice.
By women man first fell, by them Ile rise.
Ha ha ha: Protector, here's a slaue
Shall stuffe thy coffin: him thou shalt sacrifice
Vnto Timocleas ghost, whose humerous soule
Shall in his passage ouer Acheron
Make Charon laugh, and the sterne judge of hell
Smile at his folly: this is the fatall key
Conducts him to those shades by Borgias hand.
Thus fooles must fall, that wise men firme my stand.

Scaena. 3.

Enter a Frier, after him a funerall in White, and bearers in white, after them Borgias, then the two Dukes, after them the Senate. &c.
A solemne march.
SEt downe that heauy load of misery,
SO would the easing you, might ease my heart!
[Page]Pure virgin Hearke: O let it not impeach
The grauity of age to let some teares
Fall at thy funerall: true relique of that loue
I did inherit from thy fathers mouth,
When to my charge he left his heire and Dukedome
In thee I am depriu'd of all that honour
I should haue purchac'd by that thankefull care
Was due vnto thy fathers memory:
Did not my griefe load all my powers of speech,
Oh I could spend my age in commenting
Of those [...]rue vertues dyed with him and thee,
But sorrow shuts my brest: Prier, thine office.
By that great power is giuen to mee
The gates of heauen I ope to thee,
When mongst the Angels thou shalt sing
The song of Saints before a King,
That sits for euer on his throane,
And giueth light to euery one:
To him thy soule we doe bequeath,
Thy body to the earth beneath:
And so we close thy tombe againe,
And pray thy soule be free from paine.
Looke from thy holy mansion sacred maid
And see how prostrate I adore thy blisse:
These armes in hope of conquest of thy loue
That rould themselue [...] in ste [...]le, shall claspe the aire,
And in their empty foldings liue still ba [...]en
Of all the comfort my you [...]hs hope did promise.
And since thy death takes my loues ioy from me,
Ile die a virgin-Saint and liue with thee.
Fer [...]
I cannot vent my brest in loue sicke tearmes,
Nor call to record all the gods of loue
For my integrity: nor prostitute,
An oyly pas [...]ion curiously composd
Of riming numbe [...]s at my mistres hearse:
Or tell her dead tr [...]ncke my true loue in vearse:
[Page]But since by death her loue I am denide,
To say I loud her is Ferraraes pride.
My honour, and that weake abillity
Our state affoords, to doe your graces seruice,
Lies at your princely feete, for this your loue
Done to the dead: now is Iulia shut
For euer from your eyes: saue that she liues
Like a pure relique of some holy Saint,
Shrind in our breasts for euer: let me now renew
My first request, to sup with vs to night,
A ceremony due at funerals.
So shall you double honour vnto me,
In doing double honour vnto her.
Ile do all honour both to her and you.
Ile breake no custome.
I humbly thanke your graces, please you lead?
Heere liues a lasting memory of the dead.
A solemne marth.
Manet Borgias
Thus far my pioning pollicies run euen,
And leuell with my aymes: Iulia liues,
And in her hearse Timoclea my wife,
Deludes the credulous Dukes: poysoned last night
By Mulleasses, to make way for me,
To marry Iulia my brothers daughter,
For which the Cardinall of Aniou my kinsman
Sollicites daily with his holinesse,
For dispensation with our bloods alliance:
As for these weake men, whose pursuits in loue,
Dies with my strong auerring of her death,
I can commaund their liues: and then maintaine
My actions with the sword: for which the Turke
By Mulleasses made vnto my purpose,
Offers me forty thousand Ianisaries
To be my guard, gainst forraigne outrages:
And more: hee'le make me king of Italy,
[Page]To giue him but commaund vpon the streights,
And land his force on this side Christendome
And I will do it: on my faith to God
And loyalty I owe vnto the starres,
Should there depend all Europe and the states
Christened thereon: Ide sinke them all,
To gaine those ends I haue proposd my aimes [...]
Religion (thou that ridst the backes of Slaues
Into weake mindes insinuating feare
And superstitious cowardn [...]s [...]e) thou robst
Man of his chiefe blisse by bewitching reason.
Nature at these my browes bend: thy mysteries
Wrought by thine owne hands in our actiue braines,
Giue vs the vse of good: thou art my God,
If what I haue of thee, or wit or art,
Or Serpent sliding through the mindes of men,
Cunning confusion of all obstacles,
Be they my childrens liues, my deerest friends
May gaine me what I wish, I stoope at thy renown [...]
And thinke al's vacuum aboue a crowne,
For they that haue the soueraignty of things,
Do know no God at all, are none but Kings.
Finis Actus Primi.

Actus 2. Scaena 1.

Mulleasses solus.
ETernall substitute to the first that mou'd
And gaue the Chaos forme. Thou at whose nod
Whole Nations stoopt, and hold thee still a God:
Whose holy-customd-ceremonious rites,
Liue vnprophan'd in our posterity:
Thou God of Mecha, mighty Mahomet [...]
Thus Mulleasses at thy memory
[Page]Discends: accept his prone humility,
Great Prophet: let thy influence be free
Vncheckt by danger: mew not vp my soule,
In the pent roome of conscience:
Make me not morall Mahomet, coopt vp
And fettred in the fooles phylosophy,
That points our actions vnto honesty.
Giue my plots fortune: let my hope but touch
The marke I aime at: then the gazing time
Shall in the present hide my former ill
Successe like I [...]the to [...]he soules in blisse
Makes men forget things past and crownes our sins
With name of valour, be we impious.
A Scelus felix styles vs vertuous.
Enter Eunuchus.
My honourd Lord:
What diuell interrupts m?
My duty.
Your duty is too dilligent that dares
P [...]ere into my retreats: now should I kill thee.
The Lord Protector Borgias my maister—
Age and diseases breed consumptions
And rot him. What craues he?
Your instant presence.
I haue instant businesse whose high import
Detaines my speed: know you the matter?
A tumult 'mongst the fearefull multitude,
Causd by an ominous terrour in the heauens,
Is as I gesse the reason of your want.
What heauens? what terror?
The Sun on suddaine feeles a darke ecclipse
And hides his siluer face behinde the moone,
As loath to see some prodegies appeare.
Make that ecclipse eternall Mahomet.
[Page]Rise, rise ye mistie-footed Iades of night,
Draw your darke mistresse with her sable vayle,
Like a blacke Negro in an Ebone chaire,
Athwart the wo [...]lds eie: from your foggy breaths
Hurle an Egiptian grossenes through the ayre,
That none may see my plots: Hast any greater newes?
The daies eyes out, a thousand little starres
Spread like so many torches, about the skye,
Make the world shew like Churches hung with blacke,
And set with tapers at some funerall:
Amongst these starres directly from the East,
A firy meteor points a burning rod
At Florence.
Perhaps tis thirsty for the blood of Princes,
Blase out prodigious starre, and let the fire
Dart soule amazing terror to all eyes:
Be like the Basiliske fatall to behold:
Ile fat the slimy earth more then the plague,
And from her bosome send the blood of Kings
Stild into oyly vapours & borne on high,
To expiate those flames that else would die.
What answere shall I returne vnto my Lord?
That I will see him presently, be gone: Borgias,
Thou art no tutord Pollitition
Exit Eunuc:
To lay another in thy bosome.
Know a stat [...]-villaine must be like the winde,
That flies vnseene yet lif [...]s an Ocean,
Into a mountaines height. That on the sands
Whole Nauies may be split in their discent.
I stand aboue thee, and as from a rocke
Whose eminence outswelles the raging flood,
See thy hopes shipwrackt: O credulity,
Securities blinde nurse [...] the dreame of fooles:
The drunkards Ape, that feeling for his way
Euen when he thinkes in his deluded sence,
To snatch at safety, fals without defence.
[Page]Twise hath the Nemean Lyon breathd, forth fire,
And made the scalded Dogge-star pant with heate.
Twise the dayes planet through the burning signes
Hurred his fierie chariot since the time
I came to Florence in exchange for Iulia.
The sonne of Borgias here to learne the tongues,
The fashions and the arts of Ch [...]istendome:
Now by my sly and affable intrusion
I am made intimate with Borgias:
He thinkes my thoughts are Osiars to be wrought
In any forme: the Dukes (that claimd
The loue of Iulia) he hath deluded
By a fain'd rumour of a suddaine death:
Her he detaines vntill he fits his time
By murder of the Dukes to be secure,
In his owne power to dacke his marriage:
Timoclea his wife (the death of all his plots
If she suruiues) he now beleues is dead
Poysond by me: in liew of which he grants
His daughter Amada to me for wife:
As if my hopes flew not as high as his:
Now to secure my flight and make my wings
Stronger then his that melted in the Sun,
His wife Timoclea liues within this tombe
Made seeming liueles [...]e by a sleepy iuyce
Infusd in stead of poyson in her cup:
Here I must wake her and in her stir vp
Reuenge gainst Borgias.
Image of death and daughter of the night,
Sister to Lethe all oppressing sl [...]epe,
Thou that amongst a hundred thousand dreames
Crownd with a wreath of mandrakes sitst as Queene [...]
To whome a million of care-clogged soules,
Lye quaffing iuyce of Poppy at thy feete,
Refigne thy vsurpassion, and dislodge,
Hang on the eyes of sloth and make them sleepe
[Page]Whose hearts are heauie, or whose sorrowes weepe,
Giue way to motion: and thou whose blood
Stands in thy full vaines like a charmed floud
Receiue the aire againe: suruiue his hate
That on thy graue againe climbes high to reach his fate.
Timoclea riseth in the tombe.
Who speakes so lowd?
He [...]hat speakes life Timoclea.
You wake me.
Such power I chalenge Lady in my voice,
To wake you from your graue.
Where am I?
In your graue.
Hah, my graue!
Be not amased madame: you are safe.
Who speakes vnto me? oh forbeare:
I am not for your presence: see my bed
Lyes much vnseemely: who attends me there?
What meanes this impudent intrusion?
Take time to your amazement: know where you are
Tis Mulleasses speakes to you: him you once lou`d:
Tis not now time to feare.
I know your face and yet I feare my being
Giues cause of feare.
Giue your selfe, to me and on those rites
Due to the sweets of loue, here is no daunger.
Accept me in your armes.
See where you are, know you this place?
Some Church I thinke.
And these the Tropheyes of your Ancestours.
This is the buriail common to your blood.
Oh free me from amazement, what strange accident
Brought me so n [...]ere my death? I am now my selfe
And truely capable of a discourse.
Then know madame your life hath bene pursued,
And my selfe brib'd to be your poisoner,
[Page]But that my loue turnd death vnto a sleepe,
And brought you thus aliue vnto your graue:
Say on my deerest Lord, who brib'd thy loue?
What barbarisme, or what desert of mine
Mou'd this attempt against my life?
My soule durst iustifie your innocence,
But that desease that bred in Paradise,
Swels like the Presters poison in our vaines
(To which al men are heirs ambition)
Desire to be like God: t'was that corruption
Gaue me occasion thus to shew my loue
On your liues safety:
My loue and life are thine: speake openly,
What brest could be so cruelly ambitious?
Whose honor or whose fortunes could my life
Ecclipse or darken?
First madame you must sweare,
By life, by loue, and by that happinesse
Your [...]oule assures you in the faith you hold
With me, this night to prosecute reuenge
On your liues enemy.
By life, by loue and by that happinesse,
My soule assures me in the faith I hold,
By that which binds me more—by this
kisse him.
I sweare this night to prosecute reuenge
On my liues enemie.
Enough: thy resolution like a fire,
Makes my warme blood boyle: Borgias.
My husband.
Your husband: start not Lady,
Twas he that by a promise of your daughter
The fairest Amada to me for wife
Made my tongue say, that I would poyson you:
Silence deere Lady: choke all passion,
And feminine complaints in thoughts of vengance.
[Page]Forget you are a woman: and be like your wrongs
Full swolne with death: let your inuentiue braines
Carry more fate in their conception,
Then Hecubas wombe to Troy: my plots are yours,
Are you reuengefull?
As full as Iealousie: or the wife of Iason
Rob'd by the faire Corinthian of her loue.
Then thus we seale our resolution—
Thus I ascend, and from proud Fortunes wheele,
Pu [...]l my owne fate: forgiuenes Mahomet
My hopes make me prophane; and my proud thoughts
Vsurpe aboue thy greatnesse: Apprehension?
Thou that giuest foode vnto the soule of man,
The best companion to relieue the minde.
What sweete suggestions of my future blisse
Haue I from thee? O I am transported
Beyond the power of reason! the present time
Craues a more sober temper. Madam this disguise
Must carry you vnknowne vnto my chamber
Where we haue much to do: release your thoughts,
Giue freedome to those faculties of nature,
That made your sexe first dare to reach at pleasure.
Be proud and lustfull, let ambition sway
The power of action in you: murder and blood
Are the two pillars of a States-mans good.

Seena 2.

Borgias solus.
A A Pollititian Proteus-like must alter
His face and habit, and like water seeme
Of the same colour that the vessell is
That doth containe it, varying his forme
With the Cameleon at each obiects change.
Twice like a Serpent haue I cast my skin,
[Page]Once when with mourning sighs I wept for Iulia,
And made the two Dukes weepe for Iulia,
That coat is cast: now like an Amorist,
I come in louing tearmes to court my Iulia,
And seeme a louer [...] but of all shapes
This sits me worst: whose constellation
Stampt in my rugged brow the signes of death,
Enuy and ruine: strong Antipa [...]hyes
Gainst loue and pleasure: yet must my tongue
with passionate oathes and protestations,
With sighes, smooth glances, and officious tearmes,
Spread artificiall mists before the eies
Of credulous simplieity: he that will be high,
Must be a Parasite, to fawne and lye.
Enter Amada.
Your pleasure.
How stand your thoughts affected to the marriage
I lately did acquaint you with, are you resolu'd?
I am Rather to dye then liue to see that houre
I would see Iulia, pray her company?
I will.
Exit Amada.
Enter Mulleasses.
Your presence is most welcome:
What businesse of import?
Nought for the instant but a wooing sceane,
Prepare your wit my Lord to fight with words.
The Champions straight approch, but two to two.
[Page] Enter Iulia and Amada.
Borgias courts Iulia, and Mulleasses Amada, glancing his eye on Iulia.
My lou'd deere Lady.
Beauteous Madam.
Faire as the morning [...]
Be as thy beauty seemes, propitious, louing:
Attractiue Sunshine: all affections mouing.
More then a subiect, and more humbly bent.
How supple seemes ambition? Vncle y'ar too low:
Deuinest faire to whome all hearts should bow.
Fit attributes for heauen: my Lord, my feature
Is but earthmould, the weake frame of nature.
Yet grac't with heauenly vertue, it seemes deuine
I know your lights aboue me, yet let it shine
Like the daies beauty on the lowly plaines.
Subiects are no fit loues for Soueraignes.
High comets from the earth draw vp then nurture.
Yet from the Sunne true starres haue all their lustre.
True starre on earth:
You flatter, pray 'forbeare.
Loue Madam is importunate, you must heare:
Your nicenesse makes me be abrupt: I loue
And must enioy you.
Hell to my loue: Borgias I'le preuent you.
I must be plaine: loue you me my Lord?
I by that power that made me.
Restore then that, that you haue robd me of,
My honor and my life: for I am dead,
So thought of in the world: giue me what I am:
Returne the title due vnto my birth
Du [...]hesse of Florence, and thy Soueraigne.
[Page]Make me as free as I was borne, and giue my loue
The liberty of nature: then shall I beleeue
And thinke you loue me.
I will restore your honors and your life,
I will returne the duties of your birth:
Dutchesse of Florence and my Soueraigne,
The Soueraigne of my heart: and kneele to you,
And make my thoughts as humble as my knees:
See: I am not ambitious, tis not a crowne
The gorgeous title of a Soueraigne,
Makes me so euil in your thoughts: the poize of loue
Whome some terme light, and giues him wings
To soare al oft in me is but the same
And makes me stoope thus low to Iulia.
Vncle I am a [...]ham'd that any bloud of mine
Should harbor such an incest: you haue an easier way
To gaine what you desire: make good the fame
The world is now possest of: murther me,
Then are you heire to Florence: tis not halfe so ill,
As this incestuous mixture you so plead for,
Gainst nature and the law of heauen: but on,
Vse your vsurped power; be still a villaine:
My life is the vtmost, and you may commaund it,
But my bloods vessell giuen vnto my soule,
As a pure mansion to inhabit in
Shall while I am and breath, be vnprophan'd.
Ile be more cha [...]t then Lucrece, dye vnstaind.
You are a woman Lady, and wil change:
The Protector's at a nonsuit in his loue,
How now my Lord?
Thus crost by superstitious obstinacy,
Ile vse the power I haue, and make—How thriues your sute?
Vnthriftily like yours: we are no Venus darlings,
No delight for women: she cannot loue.
She cannot loue? your reason Lady
Is your blood holy? are you a sanctuary
[Page]That none may violate. What ease of conscience
Keepes you vnprophand? know that religion
Bindes your obedience minion to my will.
Loue him or Ile hate thee.
I tender vp the duty of a childe
And yeeld a fathers high prerogatiue
Ore what I am: yet for that affection
That you would haue me captiue in his breast,
Know it is prisoner at so deere a rate,
As all my strength can no way ransome it.
Ile vse no rhethorique Lady to your eares:
But heare what I commaund [...] and do my will,
Or thou shalt heare what will displease thy will.
Be these the precepts Christians giue their children?
But Madam for your loue.
Mu [...]l.
I would forsake a God.
A more soft style beseemes a subiects tongue,
Ile be no higher then my selfe: and not commaun'd
Whats in my power. Will you resigne your loue?
I to that God that thou hast so prophand,
Detested Atheist.
Be religious Madam still and raile not,
Thinke of my honest sute: and thinke what power
This hand doth gripe: we are troublesome
And leaue you to your thoughts: these fits must end,
Trees are as easie broke that will not bend.
Exeunt at seuerall dores.

Scena. 3.

Eunuchus solus.

THis is the houre I should meet my catamite Signior Bordella: I cannot but laugh to see the slaue make a lecherous progresse to Lucifer. The morall will hold rarely: he shall haue his braines fly about his eares in the hight of his vene­ry: this instead of going to Tymoclea shall conduct him to the [Page] bed of Borgias: a midst whose waking plotts & state volutiōs, the amorous youth must needs be hartyly welcome: for mine owne part, my handshall be cleere from the blood of the goate [...] & yet I could account it happinesse to be within eare shot of his depar­ture, to here how lamentably the coxcombe would sigh out Ty­moclea: but the best is, neither Court nor country wil much misse the foole: there are elder brothers inough to supply his roome:

Enter Borde [...]la.

And see where the Cocoloch appeares: he passeth as if he would steale to hell without company: whist Signeor.




The same: now I see thou wilt stand to thy word.


Thy Ladie shall see that in my deeds Eunuchus if all the sweet meates in Florence be prouocatiue.


I Sir, but Ladyes are of the nature of Idols and will be serued on your knees.


True, were I not a man of warre whose vallour & mag­nanimious courage is not to be deiected so long as his weapon holds.


Then I perceiue you will shortly be at my Ladies mercy


If I should, doubt not her gratious hand in my erection: but gentle Eunucus, the key that opens to the Via lactea:


H [...]ere Sir, and looke your entrance be warie, soft and circumspect.


I had thought an entrance rough, manly and boistrou [...] had bene more pleasing to Ladyes:

Enter Madam Fulsome,

But see Eunuchus I shall be troubled I shall be tormented with this court owle if you assist me not: sfoote the flesh-fly hath espied me, she will neuer linne sucking at me so long as I haue any matter for her to worke vpon.

Eu [...].

Who, Madam Fulsome the Gouernesse of the maides? she is a good creature and very musicall: she sets mo [...]e instruments a-worke then a Fidler: thou must needs loue her if it were [Page] but for her humilitie: she will bend her selfe to the meanest page of the Scullery: and she hates the pride of the flesh excedingly, and is knowne to be a mortifier of carnality.


I verily beleue it, for her very countenance and com­plexion shewes she is able to allay any mans courage liuing with a breath.

Enter two Ladyes and Phego a Gentleman Vsher.

Phego doe you espie no motions behind the arras, no squals, musslings, or pages standing sentinell? or because our head the Lady Iulia is dead, are al her seruants that is her members in the same predicament?


Surely I see no body stirring Lady: it is supper time and euery man is prouiding for the belly.


It will be shortly time for euery woman to prouide for the belly too, P [...]ego a word with you.


What is that Ph [...]go Eunuchus [...] doe you know him?


How, know him, can I mistake him sir, that is neuer hoodwinckt? he is an extreme enemy to Haberdashers: affecting no blocke, but that which nature bestowed on him: and of that he hath bene so curious that it is not a haire amisse: he is sir the [...]reface to your compoundresse of mans flesh, and Vshers her to [...]mployment: and is a creature of singular patience; contenting himselfe with the Theory, when others are the Practique. In his pace he imitates Fensers, and stands much vpon distance: He is partly an Astronomer too, being much giuen to obseruation of signes: for when the Sunne is in Gemini the Dog-starre attends without doores: he is a great friend to Aries but naturally hates Pisces for it is a chill signe and cooles his toes ouer-vehemently: in briefe sir he is a Gentleman Vsher.

Phego salutes Bordello.

Sure Phego that should be sig [...]ior Bordello: I pray you in­treate his approach: of all our Courtiers I loue men of his coun­try and breeding, they are the louingst, best spoken, well gract [Page] creatures in these parts extant: I thinke it be giuen to those that be borne vnder your northren clyme, to thaw and melt away at the Sun-shine of beauty: you shall read in very late stories that many of them haue lost their best members in the seruice of La­dyes and distressed wayting Gentlewomen.


I should account it none of my neerest mishaps, being interdicted so worthy a presence by more then vrgent affaires. Sweet Sir beare my excuse with all respectiue desire of pardon.


Whether Signior Bordello in such post-hast: you forget your old friends: when you came first to Court, you and I were more inward man.


Being vpon my departure Lady, I am inforced to see to the conuaying of my goods, and the trussing away of my bagage.


And that word bagage (I will besworne) had bene an apt phrase for his bringing in, but you purpose not I hope signior to depart Fl [...]rence altogether.


Oh no: his flight Lady is like the Rauens, that hauing spied a fat carckase, romes about to calmore of her fellowes to the prey.


But signior, haue you so fully furnished your discours [...] with obseruation, as with so slight a view of our Gentlewomen to make a departure? indeed signiour the Ladyes of your country will exact some obseruatiue relate of your trauels vpon your re­turne.


For our Ladyes Madam they are few or none, our coun­trey men are not so addicted to titles of honour: they vse knight­hood as rich Iewellers desire Iemms rather for traficque then or­nament.


Is there any commoditie to be had in the purchase [...]ir?


Great Commoditie, and that is the reason so many mar­chants and yeomen sonnes hunt after it.


Belike this is one of your obseruations: pray sir be more open: I see you haue profited much since your comming.


For the bettring of mine inward parts, some few notions I haue committed to memory.


Impart them S [...]gn [...]or: it may be I shall add to your store: these La [...]yes will n [...]t discouer vs for intelligencers: they are na­turally giuen to the concealement of priuate actions.


Since my comming to Florence I haue seene ignorance in the shape of a Ci [...]tizen mufled in the scarlet of magistracy that coul [...] not write his owne name. Generally I haue noted through the whole Country great enmity betweene witt and clokes lin'd through with veluet: and yet beggers & gallants agree together very f [...]miliarly. There is no thriuing but by impudence and pan­ [...]arisme: he that is furnished with one of these two quallities shal begg more of a foolish Lord at a mar [...]bone breakfast, then all the Poets in the whole towne shall rime out of him in an age:

E [...]n.

[...]ut th [...]se are but petty obseruations: I haue seene since my comming to Florence the sonne of a Pedler mounted on a foote cloth: a fellow created a Lord for the sm [...]othn [...]sse of his chinne: and which is more; I haue seene a capp most my racu­lously turnd into a beauer hatt without either trimming or dres­sing.


That is strange indeed: Signior and Eunuchus, we are to presse you to a further curtesy in meeting vs in the lobby some two houres hence at a posset.


You shall finde vs as forward in as hot a seruice in the Lobby or elsewhere at your Ladiships appoint, but—


We must haue no denyall.


Cans [...] not say the Court-grace? promise man promise.


Your Ladiship shall finde vs ready to put in— our spoones.


Till then adiew Signior and Eunuchus. Phego forward.


So long as my ham-strings hold.


You see Eunuchus, familliarity and curtesie hath en­wrapt me in the knowledge of these meanest vassels of honour: but henceforth my countenance shalbe estranged, and I wil bury my acquaintance in scilence.


I thinke the Cuckoe foresings his owne dirdge: Signi­or, you shall neede no further prescriptions: in the carriere of your delight, vouchsafe a thought of Eunchus, you conceiue me [Page] Sir, manifest my seruice to Timoclea.


I were inhumaine if I should forget you the latest mi­nute of my life: pray heauens my Page Pantofle haue procured in my absence the embrodered shirt I gaue directions for vpon both our wardrops: that care once ouer, I shal neuer henceforth taste of lowsie misfortune.

Venus supplying what Bordello most lackes,
Courtiers and Porters liue by able backes.

Scena. 4.

Enter 4. Tapers borne by 2. Pages, Borgias, Venice, Florence, Mulleasses, Prusias, Philenzo.
THus our presumption hath prolongd your stay
At a ch [...]ape banquet: did not the rites of loue
Exact your presence as a debt to Iulia,
Our boldnesse might haue wanted an excuse
Thus to detaine you.
You are too full of ceremony my Lord,
Knowing your welcome prodigall, and full of state,
And such as fits our mournefull accidents.
The better part of loue due to the liuing,
Appeares in friends euen when their friends are dead,
And thinke my Lord Protector that our loue,
For which we came in armes against your walles,
Would not be wanting in one ceremony
Due vnto Iulia at her obsequy.
Is Prusias returned from our Campe?
I my gratious Lord.
Doth our Liefetenant keep a careful watch
Are Sentinels set out?
They are and it like your grace.
Where is Philenzo?
Heere my Soueraigne.
Are all in safety at our Campe?
Safe and in quiet.
The night is old,
And drowsie sleepe hangs heauy on our eies:
Conduct vs to our rest.
Neuer till now was Borgias fully blest:
To lodge two mighty Princes in one night
Vnder his roofe: where my sonnes sonne may say,
Heere might [...] Venic [...] and F [...]rrara lay.
My Lord [...]hese Tapers lead you to your chamber,
These great Ferrara vnto yours.
Rest to you all.
Good night and sleepe vnto your sorrowes.
Sweete quiet be a guard v [...]to you both,
So may you sleepe for euer. Eun [...]c [...]us:
Remoue with our attendance from our eares.
Exeunt all but Mulleasses.
Now my hearts treasurer [...] what now remaines?
My resolution holds to murder them,
And with that force the towne may now affoord,
Practise some suddaine stratagem on their powers.
That were too violent: things done for state,
Must carry for me, and with an outward glosse,
Varnish and couer what would else seeme grosse,
Should they be murdered in their beds, or die,
Hauing your promise for their guard: th'offence
Could haue no safety but in violence.
No let them sleepe secure, and this nights safety
Will make them feareles, easie to be trapt
In a more cunning net.
To morrowe at a banquet they shall drinke
A drugge, whose working in their breast shall sleepe
Twice fifteene daies, vntill their absence hence
May giue you colour from suspition.
But then dissoluing like a fier that's hid,
Spreading a burning poyson through the blood,
It scalds the heart, and through the body runs:
[Page]Turnes to a hot quotidian and, doth leese
Although of poison in a mad desease:
So dying, no impute can touch your name:
Things are vndone that are vnspoke by fame.
My fortunes on thy councell noble Turke.
We'le clime together: my daughters heddy will
Shall stoope vnto thy pleasure: as for Iulias loue
She must or yeeld or dye: he that is wise,
Will tread on any that may make him rise.
Finis Actus Secundi.

Actus 3

Enter Timoclea like a Ghost.
BLush not thou chast and modest Queene of night,
Nor hide thy siluer crescent in a clowde,
To see me thus Rhamnusia like attir'd:
Stare on ye Argus eyed heauens and se a woman
More full of vengeance, then your iealous Queene.
Medusa sometime the loue of Neptune,
(But after for thy lust transformd a monster)
Lend me those serpents that about thy head
Curle vp like Else-knots, at whose horrid sight
The Sun may vanish or stand still aff [...]ight.
Or you you Furies ministers of feare,
(That at Astreas feet lye bound in snakes
Attending her iust sentence to begin
Terror of conscience in the brest of sin)
This night be powerfull in me and inspire
My face with feare, my heart with rancke-swolne ire [...]
Venice, Venice, great Venice:
Who speakes to Venice?
Iulia thy loue.
Delusiue voyce, why dost renew my griefe
By naming Iulia?
Didst thou loue Iulia?
V [...]n.
Thou wrongst me to make question of my loue.
Whatsoere thou art.
Enter Venice.
Then see thy Iulia and reuenge her wrongs.
Dissolue ye glassy pearles and melt in drops,
Or with the teare-spent mother Niobe
Turne into stones: shall I beleue my thoughts,
And credit what thy shape presents to me?
Thou art the Ghost of murdred Iulia.
I am.
Immortall essence Virgin-element
So may I tearme thy ayry substance freed
From the grosse mixture of our earthly load:
Oh I am throngd with passions & each crauing vent
None can haue passage till some teares be spent,
Fall fall ye siluer pearles, and of the ear [...]h
Purchase a soft relenting at my griefes.
Shoure downe like rainie drops, and pearce the stones
Make them receiue my sorrowes, or from mine eyes
Run like to christall riuers through the world,
Slyde ore the flowry medowes that the Nimphs
Dancing in feary rings vpon the grasse,
May leaue their sport, and weepe to see you passe,
Where by the dolefull murmur as you goe,
The hils may here you mourne and sound my woe,
Pardon: if I be tedious virgin spirit,
Or if my griefe be too effeminate:
Thy habit is an Index to reuenge,
Which thy wrongs seeme to pleade for of my loue,
Speake them, or deale them through the yeelding aire
Into my eares, and they shall be to me
Like the sterne drumme, or musique of the warre
Vnto the coward, or the fainting souldiour.
Venice I was murdered.
Murder is open mouthd, and as the Sea
Whose couetous waues in prisond by thy land,
Bellow for griefe and roare vpon the sand.
So from the earth it cries, and like a childe
Wrongd by his carelesse nurse will not be stilld:
Are ye then deafe yea gods, ye cannot heare it?
Or is iust Libra falne out of your Spheares,
That wronged States must to the earth appeale
For iustice and reuenge. Then tis not prophane
T'usurpe your functions: my hand shall be as iust
As my soule louing: and they both shall leaue
A story to the world of my reuenge.
Nor in succeeding times shall be forgot.
Venice reuengd those wrongs the heauens would not.
I interrupt what that wouldst say, and seeme
To crowne all vengeance in a passion.
Speake but his name.
My vncle Borgias.
O that the genious that attends on man,
Should be a doubtfull Oracle to the soule
And whispering to our intellect what fate
Hangs like a falling tower vpon his state,
Yet be no more of force to length our ioy [...]
Then were Cassandras prophecies to Troy.
Disloyall trecherous villaine Borgias,
Some Hydras poyson, or the blood of Nessus
Cleaue to thy flesh:
Oh my blood swells beyond my power: my voyce
Louder then his that thunders through the cloudes,
Shall speake this monstrous murder to the world,
Ile be thy Orator wrongd spirit and plead
Blood and reuenge for thee though thou best dead.
What wouldst thou more?
Heare and be aduisde:
To morrow when the Senate sits be there,
And in the eares of the whole state proclaime,
And iustifie my words gainst Borgias:
In this alone I will great Venice proue,
Do it as euer thou didst Iulia loue.
I will.
Whilst I borne vpon aire attend my blisse.
Peace to thy soule [...] Adieu.
Remember Iulia.
Y [...]t prosper and go on, for Iulias ghost
My false shape takes: th'abused Duke's afire,
Through Borgias blood I'le runne to my desire.
Enter Bordello solus.
Whome haue we heere?

Priapus thou womans God assist me with a Iouiall abi­lity: this night I may beget a Hercules: Fortune I must con­fesse thou hast turnd vp thy muffler, and cast a gratious aspect on Bordello: for I am not onely in the state of cleane linnen; but also thou hast made me gratious in the eye of Signior Diaspermaton my Apothecary, who hath furnished me with this receipt: heere is a compound of Cantharid [...]s Diositerion, marrow of an Oxe, haires of a Lyon, stones of a Goate, Cock-sparrowes braines, and such like this after an houres receipt, hath a fourefold operation: and least I should be like a Peacocke all taile and no heart, heere is a distillation of ten pound a pinte, that comforts the inward, fires the braines, cheeres vp the spirit, and makes a man lay about him like a dutchman. Let me see, it is more then time that I commit this deuine pill to his hopefull working: least my staffe be out of the rest when my aduersary is in the carriere. So Cupids faire mother be thy mid wife: out and alas I am mare rid, what Som­ners Ghost or limme of Lucifer, puts poore Bordello in minde of pennance before he hath trespassed?

I am espied: his feare doth apprehend me for a ghost,
And I must feed it.

Se, it makes toward me: infortunate Bordello that the de­uill should be an enemy to lechery.

Scaena. 2.

Enter Madame Fulsome, Eunuchus and Phego.
Come let vs set to our businesse, Phego,
Lend vs your wind to coole this posset.

It is not the first time I haue bene constrained to puffe and blow in your Ladiships seruice.


It hath oft come in my minde to knowe the deriuation and denomination of this word posset?


I take it that it comes of the Latin word posse to make a man able: and that's the reason euer after eating them, men de­sire to make experience of their forces.


I rather conceaue it comes of the word pono of putting together, for that your possets are the vsuall meanes of congregating, putting and combining your Court creatures to­gether.


And that may well be: for I remember that reuerent pedagoge William Lilly, brings in gigno, pono, can [...], one in the necke of another, gigno to beget, pono to put in, and cano to sing.


That Lilly was a beastly knaue to put pono behind gigno there is no musique in it: but all this time we misse not Signior Bordello, it hath not be his custome to be absent where his chops might haue had imployment.


You speake of the dayes of hunger, when the slaue was a straunger in the land of Hauilah: but the word is retrograde: the last age is a golden age with him.

[Page] Enter B [...]rdella.

See where the sonne of Saturne appeares.


S [...]oot I thought the Dog-fish had bene bayting Cerberus ere this time.


Ladies did you not see a spirit passe this way?


Thou seest we are feeding the flesh man, what doost thou talke of the spirit?


Without iest a meere Ghost, standing bolt vpright at Timocleas chamber, so nye Court Incubus on my life.


Were you not much terrified Signior with the appari­tion?


How: terrefied? I no sooner beheld it, but drawing my better parts together

Enter Timoclea.

Helpe, helpe!

All run out, Timoclea followes the Eunuch out.

Scena 3.

Enter Ferrara solus.
FEare and suspition, two night-waking charmes,
Banish all sleepe, suggesting in my thoughts,
Falsehood and treason: I am slow and dull,
Discending like the earth: yet I know not what
Prickes like the thorne of Phil [...]mel at my breast:
And tels me ther [...] is daunger in my rest.
Sometime I thinke of Iulia: and that thought
Presents her loues in a liuing shape.
When not remembring death, I ope my armes,
To tye a Gordian knot about her waste
And bid her welcome: but that empty claspe,
Deluding my false hopes with nought but ayre,
Makes my blood angry, and doth turne my passion
To seeke a subiect fit for my reuenge:
And then I euer thinke of Borgias.
[Page]As if my loue were wrongd by Borgias.
A groning within.
What meanes these suddaine tumults in mine eares?
Saue me eternall guard of innocence:
Treason, treason, villaine thou shalt buy my blood.
Eunuchus rusheth in: he kils him: Enter Timoclea.
O spare me.
Distraction of my braine, what shape art thou?
Iulia [...]
Iulia: hah: stay tis gone: did I see?
Or did my feare and fancy frame this forme?
Villaine thou art some instrument of falshood
Confesse thy treason.
You are secure: that shape that nam'd your loue
Pursued me through the court, till for my rescue
Feare made me vse this violence at your chamber.
O I am slaine, and dye a causeles death,
I nere liud false to thee: all thou hast gaind
Is that my soule dyes cleare and leaues thine staind. He dyes.
To doe thee good my soule shall say as much
And witnes it before the Iudge of soules,
When at the generall Barre we meete together.
But I must vse thy shape: this night Ile walke
Hid in thy habit from discerning eyes:
Ile pry about the Court, perhaps I may
Once more see Iulias ghost, and learne her wrongs,
By them to ayme aright in my reuenge.
My hand first dyes the scene: and it shall fill
The stage with vengeance: Nemesis shall wade
Vp to the chin and bath herselfe in blood,
The dangling snakes that hang about her necke
Shall sucke like Lethe of the purple gore
Shed for my Iulias death.
Ile feast the rauenous people of the aire,
[Page]And fill the hungrie wolues with sl [...]ughtered men.
The streets of Florence like t [...]e streets of Rome
(When dea [...]h & S [...]ll [...] raingd) [...]hal [...] run with blood [...]
Their swelling channels with a scarlet tide
Shall wash the stores, and for my Iuli [...] [...] dea [...]h
The angry gods of wr [...]th shall smil [...] as pleasd
To s [...] me so re [...]engd: Eunuchu, thy death
Is but a prologue to induce a plot,
Maist [...]h [...]u be blessed, th'art not w [...]rth my hate
I must reach higher, and on thy disguise,
Lay but the ground-worke for reuenge to rise.

Scaena 4.

Enter Mulleasses solus.
BE pleas'd ye powers of might, and bout me skip
Your anticke measures: like to cole black moores,
Dauncing their [...]igh La [...]oltos to the Sun
Circle me round: and in the midst Ile stand [...]
And cracke my sides with laughter at your sports.
Oh my hopes fatte me: nor shall time grow old,
Or weary with attending my successe.
One night shall crowne me happy: Borgias wife
Appeares vnto the Dukes for Iu [...]ias ghost,
To breed suspit [...]on in them of her murder,
So that if Borgias chau [...]ce suruiue this night
(As he must dye if all my plots hi [...]s right)
The Dukes to morrow when the Senate sits
May proue what ile affirme against his life.
Nor to redeeme his sa [...]ety shall he bring
The Lady to disproue what we auerre.
Here will I cease, and in some straunge disguise
Keepe till my growing faction be of force
To second my ambition for the crowne.
If I plot well faire Amada must dye,
[Page]And by her mothers hand: she must not liue
To speake her fathers wrongs. Timoclea
Thou, thou art next: I tooke thee from thy graue
Not for the loue I bore Timoclea,
But to sucke from thy vse the sweets of loue
I bore to Iulia: twas loue and state.
[...]aue thee this time of life to str [...]ngth my fate:
But blabbe not: scilence tongue: she comes.
Enter Timoclea.
My Lord, what, drownd in contemplation?
Mull [...]asses: loue.
Heauenly creation, beauties abstract, natures wonder.
What meanes my Lord? awake, Timoclea speakes.
I must inioy thee Amada: strong force of passion.
Ha: Amada: dearest Lord: your sence
And know me.
Ha Timoclea: thy loue and pardon, I was oreborne,
And carried from my selfe with iole thoughts
Of what sad melancholly suggested in me:
What comfort bringst thou? hath thy dead shape
Bene powerfull vnto feare? stood they a mazd?
Their eyes like fiered starres set on thy face:
Their speeche abrupt and short: their haire vpright?
Stiffe like the quils of Porcupines? art blest?
I am: if what you speak may make me blest.
It makes vs happy: giues our hope true life.
Neither my life nor hope to be so blest
Makes me so happy as thy loue deare Turke.
Were I a Venus thou shouldst be my Mars,
And I would court thee euen in Phebus sight,
Although it mou'd an enuy in the gods.
Be Io [...]ial: & like Salmecis, thy loue
Shall cling about thy necke.
I am not sportfull:
Ile dance before thee like a faiery Nimph,
And with my pleasing motions make thee spor [...]:
Ile court thee nak'd, as did the Queene of thoughts
Her sullen boy, and all to make thee sport.
You are not pleasing.
Not pleasing gentle Turke?
Time hath not set the caracters of age
On my smooth browe: my pulses beate as high,
As when my first youth lifted vp my blood,
I buy no beauty: nor hath nature bene
A niggard in my face: I am yet yong
Fresh and delight some, as the checkerd spring,
The Lilly and the Rose growe in my che [...]kes,
And make a bed for loue to rest him on.
But I am restles.
Rest thee on my brest.
No I must pilgrine to a loue deuine.
Loue me and vnto loue Ile build a shrine
And on an Altar offer to our loues,
The thighs of Sparrowes and of Turtle Doues.
You are importunate.
T [...]mo.
Yeeld then and I haue done.
No more:
Faire Amada's the saint that I adore.
Amada: minyon is it you?
Makes me thus sue vnheard? my daughter Amada
Haue I in my bosome nurst a snake:
No fierce streamd torrent [...] nor no storme at Sea,
No stepdame is halfe so raging: my blood was not so strong,
When thou wert got: now us like the Sea,
My soule a Barke that runnes with wind and tyde
And cannot stop: the Anchor of my thoughts
(Reason) is lost, and like the vine-gods pries [...]s
Running downe Ni [...]a or from Pindus top,
I am vnstaid and doubtfull in my cou [...]se.
[Page]O the strong power of sence: I must do that
Which all succeeding times to come shall speake
Ye [...] not beleeue; all say twas done, yet none
Say twas well done. Loue is a God,
Strong, free, vnbounded, and as some define,
Feares nothing, pittieth none: such loue is mine.
Finis Actus 3.

Actus 4. Scena I.

Enter Iulia and Amada.
O Had our soules no deeper sence then flesh,
Were they like waxen pictures formable:
Obsequiously to take impression
From euery rude hand, and be like this will,
That wils vs vnto some defo [...]mity,
I should not Amada complaine of wrong
But make religion of my forc'd restraint:
I then should sleepe and pray: and on my beades
Number deuo [...]ion: my enuironed spirit
Sho [...]ld not thus swell beyond my present freedome:
Whisper my wrongs, and prompt my weaker powers
To prone impatience
Madam I am yours.
Let not the name of daughter vnto him
That hath confinde your hope, be preiudice
To those affections I beare your state:
Ile proue 'gainst reason and receiued truth,
Like breedes not like, in breeding euery thing:
Cleere streames may flowe euen from a troubled spring.
I am no infidel to thy posi [...]ion,
Sad thoughts oppresse me: may I haue no musique?
Yes Madam.
Some say that when the Thracian entred hell,
The to [...]tu [...]'d soules enchanted with his tunes,
Felt not their torments: Syciphus sate downe,
Ixions wheele s [...]ood still: the thirsty sonne of Ioue,
Forgat to drinke, and all the r [...]st did stand
Ca [...]ching the aire from his delicious hand:
I would I might pertake their happines.
Madam you shall: gi [...]e your eares a while,
And you shall heare such musicke as would make
The greedy wolfe forsake the tender lamb,
And listen to it: such as the sonne of Neptune
Playd to the Dolphins: when they in a ring
Danct their crookt measures but to heare him sing.
A song,
Madam how fare you now [...]
Euen as the labouring dayman after sleepe.
Enter Timoclea like a Ghost.
Refresht and cherisht: ha but Amada.
Some better Geniu [...] assist my feare.
What would it Amada, it beckens to thee?
My mothers troubled spirit: O defend me heauens.
Away: Amada.
It commaunds my absence.
O for heauens sake stay.
S [...]mething it would vnfold to thee: I goe.
Exi [...] Iulia.
Conteine thy feare, I liue.
Such terror liues not in a liuing eye,
Death is not sha [...]per then those pointed beames
That pierce vnto my heart.
Would they were ponyards digging at thy breast.
Keepe in thy short-drawne accents: let not th'ayre
Carry the softest clamour to the eare
Of waking Iealo [...]sie: if it do—
How Lust and Nature do deuide my soule?
[Page]The one doth plead prescription in my blood,
And sues as plaintiue with such clamorous spels,
As might coniure the violent rape of Lust
To modest continence: O but it is a vice
Sooner condemnd then banisht: easily spoke against
But yet t'wil fawne as smoothly on our flesh,
As Circe on the Grecian trauellours,
When she detaind them in the shape of beasts.
Amada knowest thou my face?
I knew that outward Character of her
That sometimes I cald mother.
Dost thinke I haue no life?
Se [...]st not my blood in a continuall pulse
Beat through the azure conduits of my flesh?
Feele how I burne: what star' [...]t thou on me?
Am I transparant? canst see from my heart
Death in the shape of iealousie: stand
Like a chiefe organ guiding all my frame,
Vnto some tragicke action?
O giue my sence some freedome
From feare and terror, that I may distinguish
Betwixt the credulous rumour of your death,
And what I see.
I liue, the time befits not inquisition
Of tedious circumstance: Amada I liue:
But thou must dye, and by thy mothers hand.
O be not a Medea.
Why like Creusa hast thou stolne my Iasen?
My Mulleasses he d [...]tes vpon thee:
I am debard his breast,
Robd of his loue by thy alluring lookes.
Sad discontent wound in his folded armes,
Sighs nought but Amada: but by my better hopes
My blood shall like Medusas first turne to serpe [...]ts
And taint thy flesh, ere it shall loose that fire
Which makes it boyle and burn [...] in his desire.
Deforme my beauty fill my face with scarres,
Make me more loath some then a dead mans scull:
Wash me with spiders blood, that I may swell,
And be more vgly then a Gorgons head,
That he may feare to see me: onely let me liue,
And spare me that that onely you did giue.
My pleasure gaue thee life, and it resumes
That life againe, because it kils my pleasure:
Th'art like an Iuy nourisht at the roote
Of some proud oake: that not content to creepe
And feede vpon the sap, but stretching vp,
Proudly presumst to ouerlooke the top:
So that the verdure of the ambitious impe,
Detaines all admiration: the Oake wants grace,
Onely because the Iuy is in place.
Enter Mulleasses.
But Ile displant thee for no weede shall grow
So neere the roote f [...]om whence my sap doth flow.
she kils her.
Cruell vnnaturall: heauen my hopes in thee
If virgin purenesse please, accept of me.
mo [...]itur
What, do you Christians sacrifice with flesh?
Or like the Laodiceans vnto Pallas, offer
The blood of virgins? O inhumane deed,
Vngentle monster, beauteous Amada!
It was her beauty that I offerd vp
Vnto thy loue my deerest Mulleasses.
Mu [...]l.
Worse then a Cammel in her time of lust,
Cruell vnto thy childe: loose thy snaky armes
O thou hast done
As Lucius Catalline
Romes terror did for Orestilla, kild
My childe: no more: for Mulleasses loue,
I would outgoe examples, and exceed
[Page]As in desire, all others so indeed.
And yet I loue thy cruelty: for this night thou must
Discard the timorous pitty of thy Sexe:
Be a Semiramis: let thy husbands death
Giue thy hopes life: feed, feed vpon his blood,
And let thy vaines swell: now he prepares to bed
Be thine owne ghost: and like the apparition
Of his be [...]eeu'd-dead wife call for reuenge:
Incite his timerous conscience to despaire,
Speake of damnanion: let one word containe
A hell of torments. But time slides.
I runne.
Much ere the morning riseth must be done,
Ile beare this body hence: ha ha ha,
O now me thinkes I gin out-reach my selfe,
Now like some huge Collossus cold I strut,
And stride that Oke of Mahomet: that beares vp
The ponderous center: whose deuided hornes
Measuring the passing of a thousand yeares,
Touch at both Polles, and tosse the massy ball:
Makes mountaines nod and curled Cedars reele
On Syrian Lybanus. But soft me thinkes I heare
within oh oh
Some mutinous and distracted tumult.
Enter Borgias & Timocl [...]a after him.
Guard me ye iust and intellectuall powers
Thou triple & eternall essence.
What dreadfull summons calls on Borgias?
What art thou?
Timoclea thy poysond wife.
What wouldst thou, Hah.
Reuenge and horror.
Terror to my soule: forbeare those lookes.
Dispaire and vengeance.
Maist thou be peacefull, in my prayers I wish it,
Let them expiate my sinne: if thou be'st a spirit
Blest and celestiall: change that face of feare,
Or leaue th'infectious grosnesse of our aire,
And like an Angell daunce about the Spheres,
Play with the Moone and make the Sun thy glasse,
To see thy beauty as thy beauy passe.
Or if thou be'st—
A messenger of death.
Then like a Fury post to Tartarus,
Fetch vp the snackie curld Eumenides:
From Orcus bottome where reuengefull cares
Griefe, pale diseases, sad and croked age
Are euer resident: let them and their effects
Let fierce Erennis with her brazen feet,
Seize me at once, and strike me in my fall,
Lower then him that durst ascend the Sun.
Onely be thou appeasd.
Not till I meet thee in the shades of death.
Which thou deniest me: for thy feares keepe in
My trembling soule: it dares not leaue my brest,
Mount to the flaming girdle of the world,
And fetch me lightnings, I will swallow it.
Snatch from the Ciclops bals of Etnean fire
And I will eate them: steale thunder from the clowds
And dart it at me: quaffe Stigian Nonocris
I will pledge thee.
Ile haunt thee to dispaire.
Exit Borgias. Timocl [...] following him [...]
Pursue his feare to some effect of death,
Whilst I like starres that spred their sparckling fires
Beyond an vsuall light fore-shewe a tempest
Of the whole state of Florence. Amadas remoued
Her neare alliance vnto Iulias blood,
Shall not distast my hopes: Timocleas feare
Workes death on Borgias: vp Mulleasses
Sit like Saturnus on the highest orbe,
[Page]And let starre-gazing wizards from thy feare,
Buzze sad Astrology in the peoples eare.
Enter Borgias and Timoclea aloft.
What night or what darcke Chaos can conceal [...]
My conscience horror? rather let me see
The feare of Hercules: let the Cretian Bull
Bellow and burst my braines: onely may my eares
Be deafe to thy exclaimes.
Thou art at farthest.
Then I can but fall.
He leapes downe.
Like Lucifer from heauen.
discendit Timoclea.
Oh now me thinkes a Chorus all of Angells
Clad with the Sun and crownd with golden starres,
Should make more heauenly musique at thy fall
Then all the Spheres that daunce about the ball:
Now should they poetize in verse for ioy,
And out-sing Homer in the fall of Troy.
Villaine triumphst thou?
O ye strong power of superstitious faith
It reignes on fooles: that men of wit and state,
Men that like Eagles climbe to be aboue,
And shrowd themselues betweene the knees of Iou [...] [...]
Should be struke downe by apparitions.
Enter Timoclea.
Delu [...]iue counterfeit.
I Valentine I liue [...]
And am the actor of mine owne reuenge.
That cup of poyson made against my life,
Was by my deerest Mulleasses loue
Turnd to a philter: and my working sence,
Charm'd in the scilence of a quiet sleep,
[Page]Shewd as if death had lockt my pulses vp,
But posting time brought motion on my blood.
And now my full vaines like a water-brooke,
Tha [...] slyding gently at some proud hils foot,
In pipes of lead are carryed to the top,
And the [...]e in amourous branches spreading forth,
Courtes the curld mountaine thus, thus, and thus:
she kisses him.
Lasciuious strumpet.
My beloued Turke.
Incestuous Phedra.
Loue Hipolitus.
Cruell Medea.
My kind Iason.
Whirle me ye iust & more au [...]pitious powers,
Amongst the thicke and thunder darting clowdes,
That being wrapt in flames I may be throwne,
Like Aetnean bals from heauen and strike you downe:
Or would my dying breath wer [...] more infectious
Then halfe rotte bodyes digd vp from their graues,
Or then those mists felt by the soules of men,
When they descend [...]th Acharusian fenne.
It should not striue within me, or be loth
To leaue my body might it blast you both.
He faines to dye.
So with thy death the Embri [...]m of my loue
Takes perfect shape. Now like the Sestian maide
May I court Leander swimming in my armes [...]
And with our pleasing motions mocke the seas
That rose and fell to wanton with his thighs:
Now ther's no Hellespont betwixt our loues:
I am not iealous: Agamemnons dead,
And Clitemnestra with A [...]g [...]sthus plaies:
Pleasure is free.
Come ther's no pleasure in you:
Y'are a lustfull time sp [...]nt murderous strumpet,
The prostitution of your knowne Bordellos,
Where euery itching letcher [...]ents his blood,
[Page]Is not so loathsome.
You speake not like a louer.
No, for thou hast kild my loue Amada:
And now thy husbands blood bids me beware
Of some new lust and third adulterer:
Such is your loue to me.
Oh stop those killing accents, be more milde
I doe forgiue what you did speake: and aske
But a kinde thought for all my louing taske.
These eies haue seene you smile: looke gently on me,
And let me read some milder characters:
Hence with thy Serpent twines.
I am no Lamia nor no Lostrigon,
No high-prizd Lais: that thou shouldst esteeme
Repentance purchasd at too deere a rate:
Kings shall not come to Corinth where thou maist,
Not with a common Ephereian [...]ull,
Purchase a minutes pleasure: but with me
(As faire but yet more chaste by farre then she)
Spend yeares of sweete content.
Syren mine eares are stopt I will not heare thee.
Oh would I had a Syrens charming voice,
I'de vse no incantations but to thy eares,
Or were my tongue like Orpheus golden lyre,
To which the windes were husht and heard it play [...]
It should be silent but to please thy eares,
Or like the dying swan, would I might sing
A funerall elegy to my parting soule,
So that the musique might but please thy eares:
What should I say?
Be dumbe and leaue me.
Not till thou loue, or else of life bereaue me.
Are ye gone: all cleere, damnation cease ye,
I, a knowne practisde pollititian,
And thus outreacht: O my shallowe braines.
[Page]Fell I so high? would I had fallen from heauen:
So, like a Phaeton I had fir'd the world:
Or like a flash of lightning on your heads,
Consumd you for these trickes: I dyed in time [...]
Like a true coward, counterfeited death,
For feare to die indeed: well then for my life
I am beholding yet vnto my wit:
But for my legges I know not how they stand,
Are my bonesstiffe still, not broken?
Enter Mulleasses.
he fals againe.
I am at last freed of my lustfull loue,
My hope is yet dispaire will arme her hands
To her owne death, and saue my sword a labour:
If not, tis but the taking backe of what I gaue,
And send her once againe into her graue.
Now for my Iulia, she is the maine of all,
Her will I ceaze and keep, vntill the Fleete
Now vnder saile for Florence be ariu'd,
From the grand Signior sent to make me strong,
And get commaund vpon the straights: how soere
Twas promist Borgias to make strong his part,
Against the Dukes: she being had,
My title's firme for Florence, their claime's bad.
Enter Ferrara disguisd.
Your pleasure.
See you this body?
I doe.
Conuey it to his bed there let it lye,
The murther I'le transport vpon the Dukes,
Or on some treason by their meanes contriu'd:
See it be done.
It shall.
Now vnto Iulia, on her lies my state,
If she consents: why so: if not I know
Death and commaund makes womens hearts to bow.
The death of slaues pursue thee. hah Borgias,
Protector: true true: clap clap ye furies,
Daunce your blacke rounds, and with your yron whips,
Fetching eternall lashes as you skip
Strike a loud sounding musicke through the ayre,
And make the night Queene pale to heare your noise.
Be peacefull wronged Ghost where soere thou beest,
Post to the blessed fields where soules take rest:
Drinke Lethe freely for thou art reuengd.
Come thou inclosure of a damned soule,
Ile be obedient beare to thy bed,
Then in my chamber laugh that thou art dead.
Ferrara takes vp Borgias, Borgias drawes out Ferraras dagger and stabs him with it.
What suddaine paine assaults my yeelding heart?
Ha ha, ha, youle beare me to my bed,
Then in your chamber laugh that I am dead.
Liuest thou damnd villaine?
I liue, and laugh vilde slaue to see thy fall,
This is the inclosure of a damned soule,
Villaine thou shalt not breath another word.
Stay but a minute longer, know that I haue
Thy promise and thy oath to be my guard,
Thy slaue I murthered and assumd his shape,
I am Ferrara.
Ferrara, ha? true true, clap clap ye furies
Dance your blacke rounds, and with your yron whips,
Fetching eternall lashes as ye skip,
Strike a loud sounding musicke through the aire
[Page]And make the nights Queene pale to heare your noise:
You haue my oath and promise for your guard:
So wise men promise fooles, but their reward
Like thine Ferrara is the losse of breath.
Iustice I thee implore, reuenge my death
Mulleasses thinkes me dead, and in his plots
Goes on securely: Ile returne his pollicies,
And vpon him transport Ferraras murther.
My wife he hath forsooke: that sweetens danger
That I but liue to see reuenge on her.
My weake force built vpon the Turkish fleete,
I see is ruind, and I but vndermined:
No hope is left saue in mine owne commaund
And power with the state: whose light credulity,
I easely did delude with Iulias death.
But yet Timoclea liues, and may perhaps
Escape her false loues hate: which if she do,
This blacke nights horror falls like thunder on me:
She must not liue till day: be euer darke.
Stand night vpon the noonestead: and attend
My fates security: if euer blacknes pleasd
Or deedes to which men may resemble thee,
Turne then thy sooty horse, and with their feete,
Beate at the rising morne: & force the Sunne,
Forbeare his lustre till this black deed's done.
Finis Actus quart.

Actus 5 Scena I.

Enter Timocleasola.
HEll and ye furies wheresoere you be,
show me your tortures, and present your selues
Or let the burning monarch clad in flame,
Make an infernall eccho to my name.
[Page]I know not what I say: Timoclea wrongd,
Loue-slighted and contemned: O my wish!
That like the crosse-eyd witch of Thessaly
My voice could through the riuets of the earth
Hollo and call reuenge: or rather: what?
My dangerous ghost attir'd like Nemesis
About her middle for a virgin Zone
Girt with a forckt-tooth'd serpent, vent at my brest
That did exceed a stepdame in my lust.
Forbeare yet gentle maide; thy fathers soule
Kneels at the brazen Throne of Radamanth
And craues that office: Whither am I borne?
Dispaire, thou art a false glasse to the soule,
And in the conscience dazeld with thy guilt
Of many sinnes, dost vary formes of feare.
I not belieue thy forc'd suggestions,
I am seduc'd by passion: death and terror.
False aire thou liest I erre not: my loues wronge
Ile teare out of my brest: forget those hopes
Made my hands bloody: I am cleare [...] vnstaind:
Forbeare thy thunder gentle, gentle voice,
Beate not my conscience torments gainst the walls,
To make the Court ring with thy clamorous answers:
Heauens let my teares redeeme me vnto life.
Of my terror: I desire not: speake of death.
Of my daughter: how easie through the aire
Our sinnes are hurried: thou canst tell of murder.
I of my husband: night thy cole-blacke wings
Though darker then the Moones ecclipsed browe
Are not fit Canopies for sinne.
[Page] Enter Borgias.
Distraction of my soule, who breathes my name!
The airy breath of him that sometime liu'd
A tenant in the brest of Borgias,
By thee driuen out the frame and house of life.
By me
And now like one whome sterne oppression throwes
Nak'd out of all he did possesse: being tobd and spoild
Of the warme couert he inhabited,
I sigh my helpelesse wrongs [...] and in the aire
Counting all hope I had, find all dispaire.
And empty longings for an end of paine,
Which I still wish and craue.
But neuer gaine.
Forgiue me.
Aske it of the heauens,
To whom my blood with ceasseles clamours calls
For Iustice and reuenge.
Iustice in heauen is like my sin gainst thee
Cruell: and sooner may I with my knees
Eate through the center: from these pearly eyes
Should there fall downe more teares of penitence
Then the clouds drop to purchase a newe spring
I could not be forgiuen.
Death is the winter dombd vnto thy soule
Disrobe it of that warme and wanton flesh,
The mouth of Iustice bids Timoclea dye.
Be thou then iustice executioner
Reuengefull spirit: in this flesh of mine
Carue thy reuenge in carracters of blood
[Page]Blast me: or from the centers hollow deepe
Let loose some coniur'd tempests: whose lowd stormes
Driuen through the ayre sings horror to the world,
And let them hurle me gainst the labouring clowdes
Sinke to the brazen-gated deepe Abisse,
Where furies sit curling their snakes in knots,
And pull a viper from Alectos head,
And on these breasts that in thy heat of life,
Haue bene as pillowes to aduance thy lust
Let it sucke freely: the AEgiptian Queene
Nere dyed more daring.
And to the sterne commissioners of blood,
Be a glad Hermes: tell them, Timoclea
Takes vengeance on her selfe [...] dull Element be gone.
The mornings saffron horse breathes from the East
Their spicy vapors, suckt from th'ndian plaines
And through the gentle ayre hurle their perfumes.
I heare the Suns steedes trot towards the milky way,
And in a Coach of flames draw vp the day:
Aurorat vsher to the starres of night,
Tels the approching of the God of light:
They gin to twinckle and take in their fires
At their ecclipse we spirits leaue the aire,
And in a dismall vale of darkenesse grone,
Vnder the burthen of a thousand chaines:
I must away, thou onely dost detayne me,
With want of vengeance, which thy death must gaine me.
It shall, it shall:
Hard hap of misery, it hath many hands,
That like the windings of a laborinth,
Leads the despayring wretch into a maze:
But not an Ariadn [...] in the world,
That lends a clewe to led vs out the world.
The very maze of horror.
Cease thou that stands first mouer of the Spheres
[Page]From whose high concaue all inferiour fires
Deriue successiue motion.
Stand ye night-wandring planets in a maze,
And from your hollow Fabricks vewe Timoclea,
Or else ye heauens put in your flaring lights,
And on your azure-seiled arches hang
A rauen-blacke Canopy of congealed cloudes
That you may seeme a Chaos to the world,
And boade eternall darkenes: thou wert not made to kill,
Lookes on her haire displayed.
Nor was the Diademe of her Ponticke Queene
Made as a fatall instrument of death,
And yet it was the engine stop her breath
As thou must mine. Soule of Borgias
Thus to thy ghost I sacrifice my life,
To buy thy requiem.
I accept it wife.
He strangles her with her owne haire.
And thus returne the fall of Borgias.
Nay nay repent not deere Timoclea,
Y'are caught in faith: th [...]n like a Lyonesse
Snar'd in the wary hunters tangled toyles,
Grinde the thin aire: swell higher till thou burst,
And let the breath that like a vapour prest
Struggle within thy bosome, hurle the vp.
Soft—the time spends fast, & I haue much to thinke of
Before the tell-tale god displaies his light,
To shewe the world the horror of this night.
First for thy death the lustfull Turke must dye,
My riuall in the loue of Iulia.
Him Ile accus [...] for murdring thee. The Dukes
Because his claime may alienate my hopes
Him in my accusation I will ioyne
As ioynt coagent in the Turke deuises.
As for that rumour of faire Iulias death,
[Page]I'le first proclaime her life: and on Mulleasses
(Who now detaines her) will transfer the falsehood,
As if my selfe had bene by him deluded:
These mazes when like Theseus I haue trod [...]
Fortune shall spread her wings to make me sailes,
And with a strong ayre cut the angry tide,
That into mountaines swels to stay my pride.
H [...]h! what heauy noise beates through my eares?
Hang heauy Morpheus on the eies of men,
And make suspition sleepe.
Enter Philenzo and Phego.

The rumours strange I pray possesse me with your propper knowledge.


You shall vnderstand Sir, that according to my funct­ion, giuing neere attendance to my Lady, she being feruently imployed in the Lobby, [...]bout a mixture or composure of (as we vulgarly tearme it) a posset: vpon our first entrance, ere we had relisht the sweete of her sweete, that is the fruit of her labors, we were suddainely assayled by a she-goblin: to describe it Sir I am not able, for my eye-sight turn'd inward to looke after my heart that was running from my heeles, yet thankes to the lancknesse of my calfe they made reasonable haste.

Heart of all mischiefe see the Court is vp,
Hell and the darkenes keepe me from their sight.
At midnight did Ferrara leaue his chamber,
Heauens be his safety.

A ghost a ghost.

Exit Borgia [...]
Pursue it where it goes: feare shall not stop me.
Followe me sir, Ile speake to it, though death
Ceaze on my life: it shall not loose mine eies
Vnlesse it sincke into the earth.

S'foot my office is italianated, I am faine to come be­hinde.

[Page] Enter Bordello.

Was euer man thus distracted betweene the flesh and the spirit? s'foot this Pill hath so fiered my mansion that vnlesse I light on some water-worke, I shall loose the rain [...]s like a second Phaeton, and burne my Fabricke. Surely I am that Tantalus the hungry Poets talke of, and am as dry as an Eele in a sand-bagge, and yet want water for the reaching: Let me see, why should I feare spirits that haue raised vp such an able one at my pleasure, that like a bold Orator stands on tip-toes to speake in Barre: and yet me thinkes he should be no good pleader, he was so suddenly deiected and out of countenance with an apparition. I would the case were laid open, that I might see how my young mooter would bestir himselfe: Ha: who is this? no more ghosts I hope: if it be it is the more womanlie of the two. She lyes as if she knewe the end of her creation. On my life some wayting mayde that hath a Court Epilepsie come vpon her: Ile see if she fome at the mouth. Out & alas, the heauens haue conspired poore Bordellos ouerthrowe. The vertuous Timoclea wretched and most accursed hands, that haue trust vp my fortunes in thy Elfe-knot.

Scaena 2.

Enter Duke of Venice, Lord Prusias Attend.
THese apparitions doe import more weight
Then our distracted iudgements can yet poize,
Yet mighty Duke suspend a while all feare
If both my power in state and worth in honor
May be sufficient gage to be your guarde
Then thinke you are in safety.
Sir we thanke you: neither is there one
[Page]Knowne vnto vs in Florence, on whose worth,
I dard assure such safety as from you,
And to that end I brought this gentleman,
As well to acquaint you with this deepe occurrence,
That much concernes your present state, as craue
A guard for our security gainst daunger.

Respect your guard great Duke. Villaine what art thou


A most deiected parcell of mans flesh.

Lend your eyes and see
A deede as blacke as is the time that hides it:
A murdered gentlewoman.
Ignoble villaine, could thy coward-arme
Presume the least wrong to her feeble sexe?

Wrong: heauens knowe I meant to haue done her a [...] much right as could haue bene done to one of her sexe.

Death hath not changd her forme: see her face,
You may discerne her by her character.
She beares the image of Timocl [...]
Wife hnto Borgias.
Soule of delusion, in this very shape
The ghost of Iulia was presented vnto me.
Amazement and the giddy thought of feare
Run an vnsteady circuit through my braine:
Thy feare and trembling doth proclaime thy guilt.

Alas Sir my shaking proceedes of a standing ague I haue had this two houres.

The time importunates and craues suddaine counsell.
Guard ceaze him safe, some beare this body hence,
Wee'le vnto Borgias chamber, him wee'le wake,
Acquaint him with the ground of our suspition:
Meane time be safe in me: nor loue nor life
Shall turne mine honors current: Ile be your guard:
This hand seemes your person, or my sword
Shall in the Traytours heart make good my word.

Scena 3.

Enter Mulleasses & Iulia &c.
IF thou beest humane, then forsake thy sute
Your words are strange to me: my virgin eares
Nere knew such sound: desist I will not bowe.
We loose all pleasure that we do not knowe
Then like Pandora view those heauenly guifts.
The Gods haue deckt thee with: See but thy selfe
And taste more pleasure from thy proper good
Then from the full horne of the Protean floud:
Elisium is in thee, and I implore—
Syrens haue left the Sea and sing on shore.
Could I out- [...]ing those Syrens Iulia,
Or were my voyce as tunefull as that harpe
That now vies musicke with the harmonious orbes,
To which each learned Sister naild a star,
Thou mightst with safety heare me: thy Vncles loue
Cold as the white head of the Apennine
feeles not my fire: ambition of rule
Tu [...]nes al the heate is left in him to incest.
If thy warme blood (that dallies in thy vaines,
And through thy flesh like wanton riuile [...]s plaies)
Desires with Nyle to rise aboue her bankes,
And vent in pleasure on the neighbouring plaines;
A carpet richer then the breast of Tempe,
Or Tagus yellow channell, shall be spread
And pr [...]st with Iulias weight.
Nor the blew Sea-god when in stormes he treads
On pea [...]les as Orient as the rysing East,
For which the toyling Negro diues in vaine,
Are boasted of such wealth: thy bed as [...]oft
As downe feathers pluckt from Ledas swannes,
Shall yeeld vnto thy dalliance,
[Page]A hundred boyes like winged Cherubins
As faire as Psiches loue shall—
Iu [...]ia.
Enough, too much: I am not fit for pleasure
Or if I were thy Mermaid eloquence
Sounds harsher in my eares then Sillas dogs
Vnto the frighted Sea-man.
Heathen prophane.
Be gentle Madam.
If thou beest gentle leaue me Mahomet
Our loues like our religio [...]s are at warres
And I disclaime all peace.
And I a louers smoothnes: your Vnckles dead
His power is mine, and you must goe.
Soule of wrongs: whither? y'are both to weake
Ther's more then woman in me: villaine, slaue:
You vrge me vnto violence come to my chamber.
In hell or in my graue: a rape, treason: treason.
A guard, a guard.
Dea [...]h of my hope the Court is vp.
Enter Lord, Venice, and attendants: wi [...]h Bordello bound.
From hence the voyce was heard, be circumpect.
Treason, treason.
Who speakes that word?
Iulia your Soueraigne.
Scilence or thou dyest.
Error of darkenesse in what Labirinth
Our soules are plunged: raise the Court: Iulia?
Iulia and Mulleasses?
Iulia and Mulleasses fond Venitian
Preuented at the point of hapines:
Thus I redeeme her.
And like Cephalus kill thine owne Procris.
Saue me.
Thy death shall be her freedome infidell.
Why stop you in your courses short breathed Christians?
[Page]Nayle vs together. Now me thinks I stand
L [...]k [...] a pro [...]d Lyon with a richer prize
Then N [...]ssus would haue stolne from Hercules
And dare your enuies: my dea [...]h vnto your state
S [...]albe as ominous as his poysond shirt:
Your false Protec [...]or's dead: [...]e mockt your griefes
And made you we [...]pe at Iulias f [...]nerall,
Who [...]e hope I vnderwrought, and now had worne
The wreath of Florence: Loue and ambition,
Kindled my cold braine from their mutuall heate
Sprung my aspiring aime: nor shall it sincke
But in the dea [...]h of Iulia: since I cannot
Quench my hot thi [...]st of Lust, and coole the heat
That hotter then the coales of Parta
Burne in my liuer: like the snowy Dragon,
Tangling the El [...]phant in his snarled orbes:
Ile dye in the pursuit of my desire,
And mixe our bloods in death to sate my fire,
Hold monster.
Damnation on thy soule.
Thy death shall ransome her.
Death double thy feard force, and it some forme
Affright pale Hecate darken the Moone,
I like the Sunne, backt on th'Arcadian beast,
When in his burning progresse he did sindge
Adonis gardens: from my soules faire light
Chase cloudy feare: and like Thetis sonne,
When he was oynted with Ambrosia [...]
Am more then fire-proofe: liues Iulia yet?
She liues dam'd villaine and out-liues thy hate.
Death had bene kinde in her: with her I might
Vnder the coole shades of Elisium
Played before Pluto and made Proserpine
As iealous as Iuno of my loue—
But since I must not
Enter Borgias Philenzo, Phego.
Vp from the darke earths exhalations
[Page]Thicker then Lernas foggy mists and hide me:
I cannot loose their sight, hel of feare!
It flies our eager steps: follow, follow.
What meanes these clamours: Borgias?
Hah, Borgias:
Horror of [...]oules I am surprizd.
Illusiue ayre, false shape of Borgias,
Could thy vaine shaddow worke a feare in him
That like an Atlas vnderwent the earth
When with a firme and constant eye he sawe
Hells fifty headed Porter: thus I'de proue
Thy apparition idle:—runnes at Borgias.
Treason: I liue: Deuils and Furies I am slaine.
Wonder of admiration: what distraction is this?
Ha ha, ha: climbe high my mounting spirit
And when thou hast aspird to thy full hight
Like a Collossus on a base of cloudes
Stand and applaud thy fortunes: Borgias
Grin'st hellish Anticke?
Should the Cecropian theefe stretch my torne flesh
Rackt on his bed of steele: if on Caucasus
My growing liuer were exposd a prey
To rauening Vulturs: I would still laugh
To see thee like a falling Pine-tree reele
In a rough tempest.
Hold vp ye broken organs of my soule
Carry me high and make me stand as firme
As Oakes on Ossa: that aduance their tops
Euen till their rootes breake. Timoclea
For loue of me kild her owne childe
Thy daughter Amada.
Blest fates I thanke you: I shal dye reueng'd
Fly, Ioue lou'd Nemesis and at Iustice feet
Shake thy triumphall Ash: I slue Timoclea
By thee before thought dead
[Page]I tooke her from the hearse of Iulia,
When in the habit of a murdred ghost,
This night she appeared to the Duke, to breed
Suspect in them of thee, and arme their hate
Vnto my plotted faction.
Damnd illusion.
Where is Ferrara?
Heauens be his guard.
So they are. He kild my sl [...]ue
And in his habit by this hand he dyed.
False periurd villaine.
He runs at him.
Sinke, sinke Cytheron, high P [...]ll [...]ne tremble
Greene Tempe wither, and with me forgoe
Your place and being, this whole world of flesh
With [...]atall earth-quakes totters.
False Turke thy fate be but as cruell as is Borgias hate.
Stoope down thou Lydian mount, bend thy cold head
And hide it in thy brackish fathers waues
That as thou shrinkst, thy starry loade may nod
At Mulleasses fall: or euer shroude
Those ioyfull bonfires in a mourning cloude.
Iust end of treason.
Madame our duties ioy your life
And wish your happinesse.
As the iust reward of daunger.
My Lord I claime her loue.
Not without Iustice braue Venecian
She is herselfe and free.
And thus I giue my selfe.
Heauens seale it for the the good of both our states.
We can but grieue at great Ferraras losse:
Embassadours from vs shall plead our sorrowes
Euen to your Senats: meane time his obsequies
Shall want no honor: Signior Bordello
We giue you liberty: what remaines vndone
Shall by the Senate be confirm'd: leade on.

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