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You mean to take advantage of my state,
Amph. We'll hear no more
Off. This is not our duty.
Amph. Mutinous slaves ! for you I'll find a time. -Sir.
To Agis. Agis. Touch me not, for uncompell’d 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.
[Exeunt Ephori. 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 ? .
AmphYe 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 !
To end her woes. But the Athenian maid,
Mess. My lord, the troops of Euxus have re
volted. Rhinalces visited this night each post, And near Amycla's gate some Thracians met, Whose leader, question’d, answer'd with his sword. Amph. By heaven and earth, Lysander ! Ha!
proceed. Mess. The sudden onset, and the cloud of night, The traitors favour'd; some escaped our swords, But many more in the sharp combat fell. ..
Amph. Did their fierce leader fall ? .
Mess. Above the rest