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A dog you worship, and partake his nature;
Egyptians : They, who spoke before, bolt out of their
saved thee, —
Sosib. Withdraw thyself from ruin, I command thee.
Clean. Command I cannot; but I beg you, sir, Engage not for an arbitrary power, That odious weight upon a free-born soul. Sosib. This is too much. ---Fall on, but spare my son.
Enter CASSANDRA, attended. Cas. Sosibius, hold! Withdraw your men to dis
tance. You know this signet: Obey your king in me.
[Shews the Signet. Sosib. Never more gladly; though my son's a rebel, Yet nature works to save him.
Cas. Then rather than he should untimely fall,
[Cenus draws off Sosibius's Men. I would forgive the rest, and offer life Even to that fugitive, if he please to treat.
Cleom. Be short; and, if you can, for once, sincere.
Cas. What can you hope from this unequal fight,
Cleom. We come resolved;
whispers; And to your infamy
Cleom. [Aside to him.] Peace, peace, my friend.
Sosib. A fair proposal : Be it peace.
Cas. No, fool!'tis war,-Know, heavy hero, know,
, traitor! And thank thyself, not me. [Ex. Cas. and Sosip
Cleom. Revenge, revenge, And speedy death, or conquest !-Hold, Cleanthes !
Enter CLEONIDAS. Poor boy! By heaven, I'm pleased to see thee safe this moment, Though I expect the next to lose thee.-Guard hin, Cleanthes: Set him safe behind the front.
Clean. Come, sir, you are now my charge.
Cleon. The gods forbid That I should seek this danger, and not share it.--[ToCleom.] Forgive me, sir, that once I disobey you, To prove myself your son; living, or dying, I'll not be less than man.
Cleom. Oh! I could chide thee; But there's no time for love and anger both. Fight by my side; and heaven protect thy courage.
[CLEOMENES, CLEANTHES, CLEONIDAS, and
their Party go off the Stage, to fight the Egyptians. Trumpets, Drums, Shouts, and Clash
ings within. Re-enter both Parties ; the Egyptians first, driven
by CLEOMENES; PANTHEUS ready to kill SOSIBIUS, as having him down : CLEANTHES runs to him and interposes. Clean. Pantheus, hold; or turn thy sword on me. Panth. [To Sosib.] Rise, sir; and thank your son. Clean. [To PANTH.] Pursue the foes: I have no
joy of conquest, Till I have set my father safe. Sosib. The gods reward thy pious care. [CLEANTHES leads off his Father; while PAN
THEUS follows CLEOMENES: The Egyptians are driven to the bottom of the Stage: They make a wheeling Fight; still retiring before
my son !
the Spartans : CLEOMENES advances eagerly after the Egyptians, and, with PANTHEUS, drives them off: CLEONIDAS is left behind:
So is CENUS, who had skulked. Cænus. This was well watched: The boy is left
unguarded [Thrusts at Cleon, behind. Cleon. Oh! I am slain by treason! Revenge me, royal father.
Re-enter CLEOMENES. Cleom. 'Twas sure his voice:
[Sees him on the ground. Too sure !—Pity and rage Distract my soul: But rage will first be served. .
[Runs at Cænus, and kills him. There's justice for myself, and for Look
Cleon. Fain I would live,
I faint, and call myself your son.
Cleom. Look, there he lies.
Cleon. I am glad on't:
Cleom. Chear up, and thou shalt live.
Cleom. But not before thy father.
Cleon. Nay, then you envy me, that I'm first happy. I go; and, when you come, pray find me out,
And own me for your son !
[Dies. Cleom. There went his soul!Fate, thou hast done
thy worst, And all thou canst henceforth is but mean slaughter, The gleanings of this harvest.
Enter PANTHEUS. Panth. Sir, you're well found. Our enemies are fled: I left our men pursuing, and made haste To bring this joyful news. Cleom. Look there, and, if thou darest, now give
me joy. Panth. Enough: you've stopped my mouth...
What? Čænus killed ?
Cleom. Where are our enemies?
Clean, 'Tis all in vain: we have no further work.
Panth. Then we may sheath our swords.