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CU. In happy hour then is Cusay come. JoAB. What news then brings lord Cusay from the king? CU. His majesty commands thee out of hand To send him home Urias from the wars, For matter of some service he should do. UR. "Tis for no choler hath surpris'd the king, I hope, lord Cusay, 'gainst his servant's truth 2 Cu. No; rather to prefer Urias' truth. JoAB. Here, take him with thee then, and go in peace; And tell my lord the king that I have fought Against the city Rabbah with success, And scaled where the royal palace is, The conduit heads, and all their sweetest springs: Then let him come in person to these walls, With all the soldiers he can bring besides, And take the city as his own exploit: Lest I surprize it, and the people give The glory of the conquest to my name. CU. We will, lord Joab; and, great Israel's God Bless in thy hands the battles of our king ! JoAB. Farewell, Urias; haste away the king. U.R. As sure as Joab breathes a victor here, Urias will haste him, and his own return. [Exeunt Cusay and Urias. ABIs. Let us descend, and ope the palace’ gate, Taking our soldiers in to keep the hold. JoAB. Let us, Abisai:-and ye, sons of Judah, Be valiant, and maintain your victory. [Exeunt. AMMON, Jon ADAB, JETHRAY and AMMON's Page.
Jon AD. What means my lord, the king's"beloved
Then when thou hast her solely with thyself,
THA. What aileth Ammon with such sickly looks, To daunt the favour of his lovely face?
AM. Sweet Thamar, sick, and wish some whole
Dress'd with the cunning of thy dainty hands.
THA. That hath the king commanded at my hands; Then, come, and rest thee, while I make thee ready Some dainties, easeful to thy crazed soul.
AM. I go, sweet sister, eased with thy sight.
[Ereunt. Restat Jonadab. Jon AD. Why should a prince, whose power may command,
Obey the rebel passions of his love,
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Sinew’d with vigour of his kindless” love: Fair Thamar, now dishonour hunts thy foot, And follows thee through every covert shade, Discovering thy shame and nakedness, | Even from the valleys of Jehosaphat Up to the lofty mounts of Lebanon; Where cedars, stirr'd with anger of the winds, Sounding in storms the tale of thy disgrace, Tremble with fury, and with murmur shake Earth with their feet, and with their heads the heavens, Beating the clouds into their swiftest rack, To bear this wonder round about the world. [Exit. AMMON thrusting out THAMAR. AM. Hence from my bed, whose sight offends my soul, As doth the parbreak+ of disgorged bears. THA. Unkind, unprincely, and unmanly Ammon, To force, and then refuse thy sister's love; Adding unto the fright of thy offence The baneful torment of my publish'd shame ! O, do not this dishonour to thy love, Nor clog thy soul with such increasing sin! This second evil far exceeds the first. AM. Jethray, come, thrust this woman from my sight, And bolt the door upon her if she strive.
* kindless] i.e. unnatural. f parbreak] i.e. vomit.
JETH. Go, madam, go, away, you must be gone;
My lord hath done with you: I pray, depart.
THA. Whither, alas! ah, whither shall I fly,
Rend hair, and garments, as thy heart is rent
ABs. What causeth Thamar to exclaim so much 2