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Of great exploits by ardent valour done:
But ne'er did fancy's tempest match the truth,
The strong reality of such a storm.
O did I combat but for life alone,
Were Sparta and Euanthe safe spectators,
How gaily should Lysander take the field.—
Euxus draws near—Upon the insect wing
Of a small moment ride th' eternal fates.
Euxus. My fears are vain. The secret is unknown. But Rhesus is condemn'd to die to-morrow.
Lysan. To-morrow ! many men will die to-morrow, Who are not yet condemn'd.
Euxus. 'Tis true, by heav'n!
Lysan. 'Tis well! 'tis wondrous well
I'll rush, and strike before their blow can fall.
Euxus. Shall join you at the gate. The word?
[Exeunt Lysander and Euxus. ACT V.
Amphares and the Ephori with the Officers, &p. The gate of the prison seen at a distance.
1. Epho. The hour is past.
2. Epho. I fear
Amph. Silence. He comes.
I hear the steps of wary treading feet.
Enter a Spartan. Agis following.
Agis. This way conducts not to Amycla's gate. Ah! whither dost thou lead me?
Amph. To thy death.
Agis. I am betray'd! What mockery is this
Amph. The licence of thy tongue affronts the
Where awful reVrence our high office bears.
The meanest citizen of Lacedaemon
Point out my crime; produce my bold accusers.
Amph. Behold the stubborn spirit of this man:
Agis. Who made you judges of the life of Agis? But you have judged: yourselves, and earth, and
Know how unjustly. To the gods above,
Amph. Proceeds this boldness from thy trust in
Thy great avenger is, like thee, a captive,
Agis. Ye powers above! Lysander too a captive! Where was he taken?
Amyh. In the streets of Sparta, Clad in the servile garment of a Helot.
Agis. Alas! alas! Lysander! O my friend!
Its captive young, thy noble life is lost!
Forgive these tears, my country! Agis weeps