HERMEIDES reignede after Cambises, whiche didde wedde the doȝhter of Cambises, feynenge hym selfe not to wille to reigne, but to kepe the realme to Mergus, broþer of Cam|bises, that tyme of tendre age, whom Cambises hade sleyne Page 177, vol.3 afore thro consente of this Hermeides. Whiche dienge after vij. monethes of his reigne made his brother kynge, seynge that hit was Mergus, broþer to Cambises, and son of Cirus. For suche occultacion other hidenge of kynges myȝhte be welle in the londe off Persides, to the kynges of whom noo man did entre, his awne seruauntez excepte. And anoon of the vij. nowble men and wicches of that cuntre hade hym suspecte, whiche man, hauenge a doȝhter amonge the concu|bines of the kynge, monyschede here that sche scholde at|tempte in the nyȝhte wheder the kynge hade eny eires. For Cambises kytte of the eieres of the brother of Hermeides for a certeyne offence. This knowen that he hade noo eieres, the vij. nowble men conspirede ageyne hym and putte hym to dethe. These men hauenge communicacion amonge theyme what man of theyme scholde mary the kynges doȝhter Page 179, vol.3 and reigne, condescende in this wise, that thei scholde comme on the morowe to a certeyne place in the palice, with theire horses, and whose horse made noyce firste, or did whrynny, he scholde be electe in to theire kynge. Darius, the son of [folio 133b] Ytapsis, was oon of theyme whiche spekenge priuely with the keper of the horses, commaundede hym to putte a mare to his horse in that place wheder thei scholde be brouȝhte in the morowe. That thynge doen, the horse of Darius made firste noyce, and did whrynny for the remembraunce of the mare putte to hym in that place in the nyȝhte afore, and so he was erecte in to theire kynge, whiche reignede xxxvj. yere.