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Shall be no more a nation ! O my country,
Agis. Ha! No more
1 Epho. Thou tempt'st thy fate,
Agis. I scorn it. Since my hope
In any period of my former days
1 Epho. To reason hearken,
Agis. Reason bids me die,
You mean to take advantage of my state,
Amph. We'll hear no more
Of. This is not our duty.
Amph. Mutinous slaves ! for you I'll find a time. -Sir.. .
[TO AGIS. Agis. Touch me not, for uncompellid I go To meet my destiny. Weep not for me.
[To an Officer. O! thou whose nature suits not thy employment, Weep not for me! I would not change conditions With these bad men. I shall not feel the woes That thou and all must feel, the woes of Sparta ! O! might my death avail my much-loved country, I'd die as joyful then, as fearless now.
[Exit Agis, guarded. Amph. Atone your insolence by prompt obe
dience, Or death’s your portion. [To an Officer,
[Exeunt with AGIS.
Manent AMPHARES, &c.
Manent AMPHARES and the Spartan who entered
with Agis. Amph. Haste to the Thracian captain, and
require him To send his prisoner Lysander hither.
[Exit Spartan. Agis removed, and turbulent Lysander, Like snow along the shore, their army melts.
Enter Messenger from the Dungeon.
Amph. Again those fables of the villain priests
Mess. Shall it, my lord ?
Amph. Ye sons of bold ambition, learn of me: Trust not the survey of another's eye : Your dangerous voyage needs a pilot's care, Who never quits the helm.
Amph. What of him ? Speak--faulter not..
gates I saw, and entering search'd the empty tower. Amph. That traitor Euxus !--Now let me re
solve, And quickly too.
Spar. The people are alarm’d,
Amph. Curst be their tribes !