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The Tragedy of Locrine (Third Folio, 1664)

Actus Secundus. Scena Prima .
Enter Atey as before, after a little Lightning and Thun-
dring, let there come forth this show: Perseus and An-
430dromeda, hand in hand, and Cepheus also with Swords
and Targets. Then let there come out of another door
Phineus, all black in Armour, with Æthiopians
after him, driving in Perseus, and having taken a-
wayAndromeda, let them depart. Atey remaining,
Regit omnia numen.
When Perseus married fair Andromeda,
The onely Daughter of King Cepheus,
He thought he had establisht well his Crown,
440And that his Kingdome should for aye endure.
But loe proud Phineus with a band of men,
Contriv'd of sun-burnt Æthiopians,
By force of Armes the Bride he took from him,
And turn'd their joy into a flood of teares.
445So fares it with young Locrine and his Love,
He thinks this marriage tendeth to his weale,
But this foule day, this foule accursed day,
Is the beginning of his miseries.
Behold where Humber and his Scythians
450Approcheth nigh with all his warlike train,
I need not I, the sequel shall declare,
What tragick chances fell out in this Warre.