Sir Clyomon and Sir Clamydes/Scene i
- As to the weary wandering wights whom waltering waves environ,
- No greater joy of joys may be, then when from out the ocean
- They may behold the altitude of billows to abate,
- For to observe the longitude of seas in former rate,
- And having then the latitude of sea-room for to pass,
- Their joy is greater through the grief than erst before it was;
- So likewise I, Clamydes, Prince of Suavia, noble soil,
- Bringing my bark to Denmark here, to bide the bitter broil
- And beating blows of billows high, while raging storms did last,
- My griefs was greater then might be, but, tempests overpassed,
- Such gentle calms ensued hath as makes my joys more,
- Through terror of the former fear, than erst it was before.
- So that I sit in safety, as sea-man under shrouds
- When he perceives the storms be past, through vanishing of clouds;
- For why
- The doubtful care that drave me off, in danger to prevail,
- Is dashed through bearing lesser brain and keeping under sail,
- So that I have through travail long at last possessed the place
- Whereas my bark in harbor safe doth pleasures great embrace,
- And hath such license limited, as heart can seem to ask,
- To go and come, of custom free or any other task:
- I mean by Juliana she, that blaze of beauty’s breeding,
- And for her noble gifts of grace, all other dames exceeding;
- She hath from bondage set me free, and freed, yet still bound
- To her above all other dames that live upon the ground;
- For had not she been merciful, my ship had rushed on rocks,
- And so decayed amids the storms through force of clubbish knocks;
- But when she saw the danger great, where subject I did stand
- In bringing of my silly bark full-fraught from out my land,
- She like a meek and modest dame—what should I else say more?—
- Did me permit with full consent to land upon her shore,
- Upon true promise that I would, here faithful still remain,
- And that perform which she had vowed for those that should obtain
- Her princely person to possess, which thing to know I stay,
- And then adventurously for her, to pass upon my way.
- Lo where she comes! Ah peerless dame, my Juliana dear!
Enter Juliana with a white shield.
- My Clamydes! of troth, sir prince, to make you stay thus here
- I proffer too much injury, that’s doubtless on my part;
- But let it no occasion give to breed within your heart
- Mistrust that I should forge or feign with you my love in aught.
- No, lady, touching you in me doth lodge no such a thought,
- But thanks for your great courtesy, that would so friendly here
- In mids of misery receive a foreign stranger mere.
- But lady, say what is your will, that it I may perstand.
- Sir prince,
- Upon a vow who spouseth me must needsly take in hand
- The flying serpent for to slay, which in the forest is,
- That of Strange Marvels beareth name; which serpent doth not miss,
- By daily use from every coast that is adjacent there,
- To fetch a virgin maid, or wife, or else some lady fair,
- To feed his hungry paunch withal, if case he can them take;
- His nature, lo, it only is of women spoil to make:
- Which thing, no doubt, did daunt me much, and made me vow indeed,
- Who should espouse me for his wife should bring to me his head;
- Whereto my father willingly did give his like consent:
- Lo, Sir Clamydes, now you know what is my whole intent;
- And if you will, as I have said, for me this travail take,
- That I am yours with heart and mind, your full account do make.
- Ah lady,
- If case these travails should surmount the travails whereby came
- Unto the worthies of the world such noble bruit and fame,
- Yea, though the dangers should surpass stout Hercules his toil,
- Who, fearing naught the dogged fiend, stern Cerberus did foil;
- Take here my hand, if life and limb the living gods do lend,
- To purchase thee the dearest drop of blood my heart shall spend:
- And therefore, lady, link with me thy loyal heart for aye,
- For I am thine till fates untwine of vital life the stay,
- Protesting here, if gods assist, the serpent for to kill.
- Then shalt thou of all women win the heart and great good-will,
- And me possess for spoused wife, who in election am
- To have the crown of Denmark here as heir unto the same;
- For why no children hath my sire besides me but one other,
- And he, indeed, is heir before for that he is my brother,
- And Clyomon so hight his name; but where he doth remain,
- Unto my parents is unknown, for once he did obtain
- Their good-wills for to go abroad, a while to spend his days
- In purchasing through active deeds both honor, laud, and praise,
- Whereby he might deserve to have the order of a knight:
- But, this omitting, unto thee, Clamydes, here I plight
- My faith and troth, if what is said by me thou dost perform.
- If not,
- Be sure, O lady, with my life I never will return.
- Then as thou seem’st in thine attire a virgin’s knight to be,
- Take thou this shield likewise of white, and bear thy name by me—
- The White Knight of the Silver Shield—to elevate thy praise.
- O lady, as your pleasure is, I shall at all assays
- Endeavor my good-will to win, if Mars do send me might,
- Such honor as your grace with joy shall welcome home your knight.
- Then farewell, my dear Clamydes: the gods direct thy way,
- And grant that with the serpent’s head behold thy face I may!
- You shall not need to doubt thereof, O faithful dame so true!
- And humbly kissing here thy hand, I bid thy grace adieu.
- Ah happy time and blissful day, wherein by fate I find
- Such friendly favors as is food to feed both heart and mind!
- To Suavia soil I swiftly will prepare my footsteps right,
- There of my father to receive the order of a knight,
- And afterwards address myself, in hope of honor’s crown,
- Both tiger fell and monster fierce by dint for to drive down.
- The flying serpent soon shall feel how boldly I dare vaunt me;
- And if that Hydra’s head she had, yet dread should never daunt me;
- If murdering Minotaur a man might count this ugly beast,
- Yet for to win a lady such I do account it least
- Of travails toil to take in hand; and therefore, farewell care,
- For hope of honor sends me forth ‘mongst warlike wights to share.
- was] Q; were D B
- vanishing] D B; vanquishing Q.
- Sir prince…take in hand] B D; one line in Q
- Ah lady…came] D B; one line in Q.
- If not…return] D B; one line in Q
- virgin's] virgins Q; virgin D B
- sd] D B. Q has Juliana exit at the end of the speech, but Clamydes' lines require her to exit here. Dyce and Bullen both alter accordingly.
- is] Q; are D B
- waltering: weltering.
- Clamydes: Sometimes the name is to be pronounced (as here) “Clămīděs,” at other times “Clāmĭdēs.”—Bullen.
- joys: Q reads “ioyes”—which Dr. Brinsley Nicholson takes to be “joyess.” (“Joys” is to be pronounced as a dissyllable.—There is no difficulty with the “it” in the next line; for, as Dyce remarks “our early writers sometimes apply ‘it’ to a preceding plural substantive.”)—Bullen.
- safety: A trisyllable here: see Walker’s Shakespeare’s Versification, &c., p. 158.—Dyce.
- For why: (a frequently recurring expression) = because. In Q "For why" is printed as part of the following line. It is difficult to deal with such extra-metrical words.—Bullen.
- bearing lesser brain: "Bearing lesser brain" is curious and not very intelligible. The common expression "bear a brain" meant—be attentive, be wary. Perhaps in the present passage we might read "bearing better brain" (unless the corruption lies in the word "brain").—Bullen.
- silly: poor, weak.
- a foreign stranger mere: one who is not wholly a stranger. So again sc. iii. l. 48.—Bullen.
- perstand: This word (in the sense of “understand”) occurs two or three times in the present play; but I do not remember to have met it elsewhere.—Bullen.
- needsly: necessarily.
- coast: quarter, region.— “Marche. A region, coast, or quarter.”—Cotgrave.—Bullen.
- For why: Because.
- hight: called.
- Endeavor: i.e. Exert.—Dyce.
- CLamy. As to the wearie wãdring wights, whom waltring waues enuirõ,
- No greater ioy of ioyes may be, then when from out the Ocean
- They may behold the Altitude of Billowes to abate,
- For to obſerue the Longitude of Seas in former rate,
- And hauing then the latitude of Sea-roome for to paſſe,
- Their ioy is greater through the griefe, then erſt before it was.
- So likewiſe I Clamydes, Prince of Swauia, Noble ſoyle,
- Bringing my Barke to Denmarke here, to bide the bitter broyle:
- And beating blowes of Billowes high, while raging ſtormes did laſt,
- My griefes was greater then might be, but tempeſts ouerpaſt,
- Such gentle calmes enſued hath, as makes my ioyes more
- Through terror of the former feare, then erſt it was before.
- So that I ſit in ſafety, as Sea-man vnder ſhrowdes
- When he perceiues the ſtorms be paſt, through vanqiſhing of Clowdes;
- For why, the doubtfull care that draue me off, in daunger to preuaile,
- Is daſhed through bearing leſſer braine, and keeping vnder ſaile:
- So that I haue through trauell long, at laſt poſſeſt the place
- Whereas my Barke in harbour ſafe, doth pleaſures great embrace:
- And hath ſuch licenſe limited, as heart can ſeeme to aſke,
- To go and come, of cuſtome free, or any other taſke:
- I meane by Iuliana ſhe, that blaze of bewties breeding,
- And for her noble gifts of grace, all other dames exceeding;
- Shee hath from bondage ſet me free, and freed, yet ſtill bound
- To her, aboue all other Dames that liues vpon the ground;
- For had not ſhe bene mercifull, my ſhip had ruſht on Rocks,
- And ſo decayed amids the ſtormes, through force of clubbiſh knocks:
- But when ſhe ſaw the daunger great, where ſubiect I did ſtand,
- In bringing of my ſilly Barke full fraught from out my land,
- She like a meeke and modeſt Dame, what ſhould I elſe ſay more?
- Did me permit with full conſent to land vpon her ſhore:
- Vpon true promiſe that I would, here faithfull ſtill remain,
- And that performe which ſhe had vowed, for thoſe that ſhould obtaine
- Her princely perſon to poſſeſſe, which thing to know I ſtay,
- And then aduenturouſly for her, to paſſe vpon my way.
- Loe where ſhe comes, ah peereles dame, my Iuliana deare.
Enter Iuliana with a white Sheeld.
- Iuliana. My Clamydes, of troth, Sir Prince, to make you ſtay thus here,
- I profer too much iniurie, thats doubtleſſe on my part;
- But let it no occaſion giue, to breede within your hart
- Miſtruſt that I ſhould forge or faine, with you my Loue in ought.
- Clamy. No Lady, touching you, in me doth lodge no ſuch a thought,
- But thankes for your great curteſie that would ſo friendly heere
- In mids of miſerie receiue a forraine ſtraunger meere:
- But Lady ſay, what is your will, that it I may perſtand?
- Iulia. Sir Prince, vpon a vow who ſpowſeth me, muſt needſly take in hand
- The flying Serpent for to ſley, which in the Forreſt is,
- That of strange maruels beareth name; which Serpent doth not mis,
- By dayly vſe from euery coaſt that is adyacent there,
- To fetch a Virgin maide or wife, or elſe ſome Lady faire,
- To feed his hungrie panch withall, if caſe he can them take,
- His nature loe it onely is, of women ſpoyle to make:
- Which thing no doubt, did daunt me much, and made me vow indeed,
- Who ſhould eſpouſe me for his wife, ſhould bring to me his head:
- Whereto my father willingly, did giue his like conſent:
- Lo Sir Clamydes, now you know what is my whole intent:
- And if you will, as I haue ſaid, for me this trauell take,
- That I am yours, with heart and mind, your full account do make.
- Cla. Ah Lady, if caſe theſe trauels ſhould ſurmount, the trauels whereby came
- Vnto the worthies of the world, ſuch noble brute and fame,
- Yea though the dangers ſhould ſurpaſſe ſtout Hercules his toyle,
- Who fearing naught the dogged feend, ſterne Serbarus did foyle.
- Take here my hand, if life and limbe the liuing Gods do lend,
- To purchaſe thee, the deareſt drop of bloud my heart ſhall ſpend.
- And therefore Lady, lincke with me, thy loyall heart for aye,
- For I am thine til fates vntwine of vital life the ſtay,
- Proteſting here if Gods aſſiſt, the Serpent for to kil.
- Iuli. Then ſhalt thou of all women win, the heart and great good wil,
- And me poſſeſſe for ſpowſed wife, who in election am
- To haue the Crowne of Denmarke here, as heire vnto the ſame;
- For why, no children hath my ſire beſides mee, but one other,
- And he indeed is heire before, for that he is my brother.
- And Clyomon ſo hight his name, but where he doth remaine,
- Vnto my Parents is vnknowne, for once he did obtaine
- Their good wills for to go abroad, a while to ſpend his daies
- In purchaſing through actiue deeds both honor, laud, and praiſe,
- Whereby he might deſerue to haue the order of a Knight:
- But this omitting vnto thee, Clamydes here I plight
- My faith and troth, if what is ſaid by me thou doſt performe.
- Clamy. :If not, be ſure O Lady with my life, I neuer will returne.
- Iuli. Then as thou ſeemeſt in thine attire, a Virgins Knight to be,
- Take thou this Sheeld likewiſe of white, and bear thy name by me,
- The white Knight of the Siluer Sheeld, to eleuate thy praiſe.
- Clamy. O Lady as your pleaſure is, I ſhall at all aſſayes
- Endeuour my good will to win, if Mars do ſend me might,
- Such honour as your grace with ioy, ſhall welcome home your Knight.
- Iuli. Then farewell my deare Clamydes, the gods direct thy way,
- And graunt that with the Serpents head, behold thy face I may.
- Clamy. You ſhall not need to doubt thereof, O faithfull Dame ſo true,
- And humbly kiſſing here thy hand, I bid thy grace adue.
- Ah happie time and blisfull day, wherein by fate I find
- Such friendly fauours as is foode, to feede both heart and mind:
- To Suauia ſoyle I ſwiftly will prepare my foot-ſteps right,
- There of my father to receiue the order of a Knight,
- And afterwards addreſſe my ſelfe in hope of honours Crowne,
- Both Tyger fell and Monſter fierce, by dint for to driue downe.
- The flying Serpent ſoone ſhall feele, how boldly I dare vaunt me,
- And if that Hydras head ſhe had, yet dread ſhould neuer daunt me.
- If murdering Minataure, a man might count this ougly beaſt,
- Yet for to win a Lady ſuch, I do account it leaſt.
- Of trauels toyle to take in hand, and therefore farewell care,
- For hope of honour ſends me forth, mongſt warlike wights to ſhare.