For that a fained example hath as much force to teach, as a true
example (for as for to mooue, it is cleare, since the
fained may be tuned to the highest key of passion)
let vs take one example wherein an Historian and a
Poet did concurre. Herodotus and Iustin doth both
testifie, that Zopirus, King Darius faithfull seruant,
seeing his maister long resisted by the rebellious Babilonians, fained
himselfe in extreame disgrace of his
King, for verifying of which, he caused his owne
nose and eares to be cut off, and so flying to the
Babylonians was receiued, and for his knowne valure so farre creadited, that hee did finde meanes
to deliuer them ouer to Darius. Much like matter
doth Liuy record of Tarquinius, and his sonne.
Xenophon excellently faineth such an other Stratageme,
performed by Abradates in Cyrus behalfe.
Now would I faine knowe, if occasion be presented vnto you, to serue your Prince by such an honest
dissimulation, why you do not as well learne
it of Xenophons fiction, as of the others veritie: and
truly so much the better, as you shall saue your nose
by the bargaine. For Abradates did not coun-
terfeyt so farre.