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Fear is the only principle of rule,
I must applaud
Thy countrymen for discipline and care,
Euxus. In Thracian arms!
Amph. Yes, to pass to Agis. Some bold adventurer of the royal band, Whose life—Why art thou troubled? Has Ly
sander Escaped the guards?
Euxus. No. I am pale with anger, At the reproachful terms, the bitter taunts, Which I have suffer'd from incensed Lysander, In execution of thy late commands,
[Gives the gorget,
Amph. Is that the cause?
He soon shall be no object of thy wrath.
Euxus. My brother seized! I hesitate no more. The voice of nature in my breast exclaims Against the rigour of those guilty laws, Which bind a soldier blindly to obey. Son of my mother! Brother of my blood! I fly to save thee.—Now I'm thine, Lysander.
[Goes to the gate of the tower. Chief of Sparta!
Lysan. Is Euxus yet resolved?
Euxus. That thou shalt see, thy enemies are
mine. Rhesus is taken.
Lysan. My contagious fate Infects my friends! my brave, my generous Rhesus!
Euxus. Friend of my brother! first I set thee
An officer of mine commands that gate
Lysan. Ye guardian gods of Greece!
[ Whilst Lysander speaks, Euxus beckons one of his soldiers.
Euxus. Here enter, and obey Without reply. [Exeunt Lysander and the
Thracian to the tower. The soldiers' hearts are mine. Their various toils and perils I have shared, Nay more than shared,1 the first in hard extremes, When signal danger claims a leader's sword. No spoil, no treasure, have I e'er reserved; The wealth I covet is the soldier's love. My bold Odrysians are a faithful band; In this distress I'll throw myself on them; They will support me.
Enter a Spartan Messenger.
Mess. Leader of Thracian bands!
Euxus. I will attend them. [Exit Messenger. Surely they have learn'd, That I am brother to ill-fated Rhesus.
Enter Lysander, in Thracian dress and arms.
Lysan. Once more at liberty! Once more in
Euxus. I am summon'd hence
Lysan. That secret in your breast and his is
Nor can his alter'd features now betray him.
Euxus. Indeed I knew him not.
Lysan. Then who could know him?
Euxus. Your stay is full of danger ; risk it not.
Lysan. All necessary dangers must be risk'd. Perhaps I am the subject of their councils.
Perhaps I may be call'd before the senate!
Here, take my sword. Then, if we are betray'd,
[To one of his Thracians. Draw your battalion nearer to the square, And guard the person of this Spartan chief As you would guard myself. If I'm detain'd, Follow to death or victory Lysander.
Lysan. Shall I obey the impulse of my heart, And lead these Thracians to the tower that holds My lost Euanthe? No, let reason rule. Amphares will not, dares not wrong her honour, Whilst undecided is the fate of Agis. 'Tis night, but never shall the morning rise On—Who can know the secret will of heav'n! Down, down, enthusiasm! my heart be calm! A little while, and thou shalt beat no more. Oft have I wish'd for perilous occasions; And, wand'ring in the academic grove, Have roused myself with strong imagination