Act 1, Scene II

Scene: Another part of the same.

Enter TIGRANES and SPACONIA.

Tigranes.
Why, wilt thou have me fly, Spaconia?
What should I do?
Spaconia.
Nay, let me stay alone;
And when you see Armenia again
You shall behold a tomb more worth than I.
Some friend, that ever loves me or my cause,
Will build me something to distinguish me
From other women; many a weeping verse
He will lay on, and much lament those maids
That placed their loves unfortunately too high,
As I have done, where they can never reach.
But why should vou go to Iberia?
Tigranes.
Alas, that thou wilt ask me! Ask the man
That rages in a fever, why he lies
Distemper'd there, when all the other youths
Are coursing o'er the meadows with their loves?
Can I resist it? am I not a slave
To him that conquer'd me?
Spaconia.
That conquer'd thee,
Tigranes! He has won but half of thee,
Thy body; but thy mind may be as free
As his: His will did never combat thine
And take it prisoner.
Tigranes.
But if he by force
Convey my body hence, what helps it me,
Or thee, to be unwilling?
Spaconia.
O, Tigranes!
I know you are to see a lady there;
To see, and like, I fear: Perhaps, the hope
Of her makes you forget me, ere we part.
Be happier than you know to wish! farewell!
Tigranes.
Spaconia, stay, and hear me what I say
In short, destruction meet me that I may
See it, and not avoid it, when I leave
To be thy faithful lover! Part with me
Thou shalt not! there are none that know our love,
And I have given gold unto a captain,
That goes unto Iberia from the king,
That he would place a lady of our land
With the king's sister that is offered me:
Thither shall you, and, being once got in,
Persuade her, by what subtle means you can,
To be as backward in her love as I.
Spaconia.
Can you imauine that a longing maid,
When she beholds you, can be pull'd away
With words from loving you?
Tigranes.
Dispraise my health,
My honesty, and tell her I am jealous.
Spaconia.
Why, I had rather lose you: Can my heart
Consent to let my tongue throw out such words?
And I, that ever yet spoke what I thought,
Shall find it such a thing at first to lie!
Tigranes.
Yet, do thy best.

Enter BESSUS.

Bessus.
What, is your majesty ready?
Tigranes.
There is the lady, captain.
Bessus.
Sweet lady, by your leave. I could wish myself more full of courtship for your fair sake.
Spaconia.
Sir, I shall feel no want of that.
Bessus.
Lady, you must haste; I have received new letters from the king, that require more haste than I expected; he will follow me suddenly himself and begins to call for your majesty already.
Tigranes.
He shall not do so long.
Bessus.
Sweet lady, shall I call you my charge hereafter?
Spaconia.
I will not take upon me to govern your tongue, sir:
You shall call me what you please.
[Exeunt.