of the domme shew before the se-
First the Musicke of Comettes began to playe, during which
came in vpon the stage a King accompanied with a nombre of
his nobilitie and gentlemen. And after he had placed him self
in a chaire of estate prepared for him : there came and kneled
|before him a graue and aged gentelman and offred vp a cuppe||5|
him commes a braue and lustie yong gentleman and presentes
the King with a cup of golde filled with poyson, which the King
accepted, and drinking the same, immediatly fell downe dead
|vpon the stage, and so was carried thence away by his Lordes||10|
signified, that as glasse by nature holdeth no poyson, but is clere
and may easely be seen through, ne boweth by any arte: So
a faythfull counsellour holdeth no treason, but is playne and
|open, ne yeldeth to any vndiscrete affection, but geueth holsome||15|
golde filled with poyson betokeneth flattery, which vnder faire
seeming of pleasaunt wordes beareth deadly poyson, which de-
stroyed the Prince that receyueth it. As befell in the two
|brethren Ferrex and Porrex, who refusing the holsome aduise of||20|
them selues death and destruction therby.
Ferrex. Hermon. Dordan.
FErrex. I meruaile much what reason ledde the king
My Father, thus without all my desert,
To reue me halfe the kingdome, which by course
Of law and nature should remayne to me.
|Hermon. If you with stubborne and vntamed pryde||5|
6, 10 the] the the Q2 8 of] om. Q3 15 geueth] giueth any Q3
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Publication information: Book title: Early English Classical Tragedies. Contributors: John W. Cunliff - Editor. Publisher: Clarendon Press. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1912. Page number: 22.
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