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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, fyc. 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
laws, Where awful rev'rence our high office bears.
Agis. Know ye not this, ye guardians of the
The meanest citizen of Lacedsemon
gress'd? Point out my crime; produce my bold accusers.
Amph. Thy crime is tyranny.
Agis. Is that my crime?
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,
Agls. 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
Shall be no more a nation! O my country,
Amph. Thou may'st delay, perhaps avoid, thy
Send forth thy mandate to the royal band
Agis. Ha! No more
I trust thee, traitor. Would I had ever been
1 Epho. Thou tempt'st thy fate.
Agis. I scorn it. Since my hope
1 Epho. To reason hearken.
Agis. Reason bids me die,