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Agis, King of Sparta.
Rhesus, . .
Euxus, I Thracwns.
Agesistrata, Mother of Agis.
Sandane, Queen to Leonidas, the exiled King*
Euanthe, an Athenian Lady.
Senators, Ephori, Messengers.
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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 feeble form,
Waver no more beneath a double reign
San. So reign the mighty monarchs of the East;