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A G I S.
SCENE,—A Court and Hall, common to the Palaces of the Kings of Sparta.
Enter Sandane, attended.
San. Hasten, Orontes, to the Senate-house, And learn if rumour's voice has spoke the truth.
The adverse fortune of an exiled king
Amph. They have. This morning, at the break
The Spartan army charged Achaia's host;
San. Alas! revenge and empire now depend
Amph. Although he should, the toils of fate
Dauntless and firm our brave associates stand.
San. I see that danger only whets the brave. But yet, Amphares, if my lord is vanquished, Will not the conquering army awe the city?
Amph. Agis shall be the surety of our cause, And hostage for our safety, till we wrest The sword from proud Lysander, if he conquers; But that I fear not much. New to command, From idle Athens the mock hero comes, Starts up a soldier, and a statesman too; Each palm he claims: All honours must adorn The chosen friend of visionary Agis.
San. May Mars direct him so to guide the war, As Agis rules the state: And mutiny Prove there as fatal as sedition here!
Amph. This factious state must change its fee-N
Waver no more beneath a double reign
San. So reign the mighty mouarchs of the East;
Unprincely Agis, marr'd the brave design.
Amph. And now their fury on himself recoils.
San. That is their liberty.
Amph. Let us employ, And then suppress, such formidable licence. My magistracy now is near expired; A king's resentment and a rival's hate Have long hung over my devoted head: Farewell to place, to dignity, and power, Whilst haughty Agis fills the Spartan throne. I will not live obscure in Lacedaemon, Nor roam through Grecian states a banish'd man. If I must set, to rise and shine no more, A fiery track shall mark my setting sun.— But Agis comes.
San. And Agesistrata.
Farewell! Success attend thee, brave Amphares!