Bond. It flames out.
Car. Now sing, ye Druides.
Bond. Tis out again.
Car. He has given us leave to fight yet; we ask no more;
The rest hangs in our resolutions;
Tempt him no
Bond. I would know further, cousin.
Car. His hidden meaning dwells in our endeavours,
Our valours are our best gods. Cheer the soldier,
let him eat.
Mess. Hes at it, sir.
Car. Away then;
When he has done, lets march.Come, fear not, lady;
This day the Roman gains no
more ground here,
But what his body lies in.
Bond. Now Im confident.
[Exeunt. Recorders playing.
SCENE II.The Roman Camp.
Enter Junius, Curius, and Decius.
Dec. We dare not hazard it; besides our lives,
It forfeits all our understandings.
Can ye forsake me in so just a service,
A service for the commonwealth, for honour?
but the letter; you may love too.
Dec. Read it.
If there be any safety in the circumstance,
Or likelihood tis love, we will not fail you:
Jun. Now mark it.
Cur. [Reading.] Health to thy heart, my honourd Junius,
And all thy love requited! I am thine,
everlastingly; thy love has won me;
And let it breed no doubt, our new acquaintance
Compels this; tis the
gods decree to bless us.
The times are dangerous to meet, yet fail not;
By all the love thou bearst me I
Without distrust of danger, to come to me!
For I have purposed a delivery
Both of myself and
fortune this blessd day
Into thy hands, if thou thinkst good. To show thee
How infinite my love is, even
Shall be thy prisoner, the day yours without hazard;
For I beheld your danger like a lover,
affecter of thy faith: Thy goodness,
I know, will use us nobly; and our marriage,
If not redeem, yet lessen
I am weary of these miseries. Use my mother
(If you intend to take her) with all honour;
let this disobedience to my parent
Be laid on love, not me. Bring with thee, Junius,
Spirits resolved to
fetch me off, the noblest,
Forty will serve the turn, just at the joining
Of both the battles; we will be weakly
And for a guide, within this hour, shall reach thee
A faithful friend of mine. The gods, my Junius
thee, and me to serve thee! Young Bonvica
This letter carries much belief, and most objections
we must have doubted.