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Oh, save, defend him, save him from the wrongs, C. Bald. Did you so, sir ? Now, then, tell her That fall upon the poor !
mine; C. Bald. It touches me,
Tell her, I sent you to her.
(Thrusts him towards her Isa. What! take him from me!
Samp. Good my lord, what I did was in perNo, we must never part: 'tis the last hold fect obedience to the old nurse there. I told her Of comfort I have left; and, when he fails, what it would come to. All goes along with him : Oh! could you be C. Bald. What! this was a plot upon me.The tyrant to divorce life from my life? And you, too, beldam, were you in the conspiraI live but in my child.
cy? Begone, go altogether: I have provided you No, let me pray in vain, and beg my bread an equipage, now set up when you please. She's From door to door, to feed his daily wants, old enough to do you service; I have none for Rather than always lose him.
her. The wide world lies before you : begone! C. Bald. Then have your child, and feed him take any road but this to beg or starve in-I with your prayers.,
shall be glad to hear of you: but never, never, You, rascal, slave, what do I keep you for ?
(He drives them off before him. How came this woman in ?
Isa. Then Heaven have mercy on me! Samp. Why, indeed, my lord, I did as good [Erit with her Child, followed by SAMPas tell her, before, my thoughts upon the mat
SON and Nurse, ter
see me more.
tice, you may be persuaded to take the advanSCENE I.-Continues.
tage of other people's crimes. Enter VILLEROY and CARLOS, meeting.
Vil. I must despise all those advantages,
That indirectly can advance my love. Vil. My friend, I fear to ask-but Isabella- No, though I live but in the hopes of her, The lovely widow's tears, her orphan's cries, And languish for the enjoyment of those hopes, Thy father must feel for them-No, I read, I'd rather pine in a consuming want I read their cold reception in thine eyes
Of what I wish, than have the blessing mine, Thou pitiest them—though Baldwin—but I spare From any reason but consenting love. him
Oh ! let me never have it to remember, For Carlos' sake; thou art no son of his. I could betray her coldly to comply ! There needs not this to endear thee more to me. When a clear generous choice bestows her on me,
(Embrace. I know to value the unequalled gift : Car. My Villeroy, the fatherless, the widow, I would not have it, but to value it. Are terms not understood within these gates- Car. Take your own way; remember what I You must forgive him, sir; he thinks this woman offered came froin a friend. Is Biron's fate, that hurried him to death, Vil. I understand it so. I'll serve her for herI must not think on't, lest my friendship stagger. self, without the thought of a reward. [Erit. My friend's, my sister's mutual advantage
Car. Agree that point between you. If you Have reconciled my bosom to its task.
marry her any way, you do my business. Vil. Advantage ! think not I intend to raise I know him—What his generous soul intends An interest from Isabella's wrongs.
Ripens my plots—I'll first to Isabella.Your father may have interested ends
I must keep up appearances with her too. In her undoing ; but my heart has none:
(Erit. Her happiness must be my interest, And that I would restore.
SCENE II.-ISABELLA's House.
Enter ISABELLA and Nurse; Isabella's litllo I am sorry for, and wish I could prevent;
Son ut play upon the floor. But he will have his way.
Isa. Sooner, or later, all things pass away, Since there's no hope from her prosperity, her And are no more. The beggar and the king, change of fortune may alter the condition of her With equal steps, tread forward to their end : thoughts, and make for you.
The reconciling.grave.swallows distinction first, Vil. She is above her fortune.
that made us foes. Car. Try her again. Women commonly love Though they appear of different natures now, according to the circumstances they are in. They meet at last : Vil. Common women may.
Then all alike lie down in peace together. Cur. Since you are not accessary to the injus. | When will that hour of peace arrive for me?
In heaven I shall find it—not in heaven, seize upon all you have in the world; they are If my old tyrant father can dispose
below. What will you do, madam? Of things above—but, there, his interest
Isa. Do! nothing: no, for I am born to sufMay be as poor as mine, and want a friend fer. As much as I do here.
Enter CARLOS to her. Nurse. Good madam, be comforted.
Isa. Do I deserve to be this outcast wretch ; Car. Oh, sister! can I call you by that name,
I am a-kin to his barbarity:
And from my bleeding honest heart must pity,
But what enrages most my sense of grief, Nurse. I can work, or beg, to do you service. My sorrow for your wrongs, is, that my father, Isa. Could I forget
Fore-knowing well the storm that was to fall, What I have been, I might the better bear Has ordered me not to appear for you. What I am destined to: I am not the first
Isa. I thank your pity; my poor husband fell That have been wretched: but to think how much For disobeying him; do not you stay I have been happier ! Wild hurrying thoughts To venture his displeasure too for me. Start every way from my distracted soul,
Car. You must resolve on something, To find out hope, and only meet despair.
(Erit. What answer have I?
Isa. Let my fate
Determine for me; I shall be prepared.
The worst that can befall me, is to die: (A noise. Samp. Why truly, very little to the purpose : When once it comes to that, it matters not like a Jew as he is, he says you have had more Which way 'tis brought about: whether I starve, already than the jewels are worth : he wishes Or hang, or drown, the end is still the same; you would rather think of redeeming them, than Plagues, poison, famine, are but several names expect any more money upon them.
Of the same thing, and all conclude in death
[Exit SAMPSON. But sudden death; Oh, for a sudden death, Isa. 'Tis very well
To cheat my persecutors of their hopes, So: poverty at home, and debts abroad! The expected pleasure of beholding me My present fortune bad; my hopes yet worse! Long in my pains, lingering in misery ! What will become of me?
It will not be, that is denied me too. This ring is all I have left of value now: Hark! they are coming; let the torrent roar! 'Twas given me by my husband: his first gift It can but overwhelm me in its fall; Upon our marriage : I have always kept it, And life and death are now alike to me. With my best care, the treasure next my life,
(Exeunt, the Nurse leading the Child. And now but part with it to support life, Which only can be dearer. Take it, nurse; SCENE IJI.-Opens, and shews CARLOS and 'Twill stop the cries of hunger for a time,
VILLEROY with the Officers.
Vil. No farther violence
Were it ten times the sum, I think you know That would relieve us. (Exit Nurse. Heaven My fortune very well can answer it. can only tell
You have my word for this: I will see you paid. Where we shall find another- -My dear boy! Offi. That's as much as we can desire: so we The labour of his birth was lighter to me
have the money, no matter whence it comes. Than of my fondness now; my fears for him Vil. To-morrow you shall have it. Are more, than in that hour of hovering death, Car. Thus far all's well They could be for myself-He minds me not, His little sports have taken up his thoughts :
Enter ISABELLA, and Nurse, with the Child. Oh, may they never feel the pangs of mine! And now my sister comes to crown the work. Thinking will make me mad: why must I think,
[dside. When no thought brings me comfort?
Isa. Where are the raving blood-hounds, that Nurse returns.
In a full cry, gaping to swallow me? Nurse. Oh, madam! you are utterly ruined and I meet your page, and come to be devoured : undone; your creditors of all kinds are come in Say, which way are you to dispose of me? upon you: they have mustered up a regiment of To dungeons, darkness, death! rogues, that are come to plunder your house, and Car. Have patience.
Though now you have a friend, the time must Off. You will excuse us, we are but in our office:
That you will want one; him you may secure Debts must be paid.
To be a friend, a father, husband to you. Isa. My death will pay you all. (Distractedly. Isa. A husband !
Off. While there is law to be had, people will Car, You have discharged your duty to the have their own.
Not to give way to your necessities,
Nurse. What must become of this poor innoAm I then the sport,
[To the child, The game of fortune, and her laughing fools ? Car. He wants a father to protect his youth, The common spectacle, to be exposed
And rear him up to virtue: you must bear From day to day, and baited for the mirth The future blame, and answer to the world, Of the lewd rabble? Must I be reserved
you refuse the easy honest means For fresh afflictions ?
Of taking care of him. Vil. For long happiness
Nurse. Of him and me, Of life, I hope.
And every one that must depend upon you : Isa. There is no hope for me.
Unless you please now to provide for us,
Car. Nor would I press you
Isa. Do not think I need And know your friends.
Your reasons, to confirm my gratitude;
I have a soul tbat's truly sensible
(To VILLEROY, Isa. Save me! How?
If possible, to make you a return. Car. By satisfying all your creditors,
Vil. Oh! easily possible! Isa. Which way? For what?
Isa. It cannot be your way: my pleasures are Vil. Let me be understood,
Buried, and cold in my dead husband's grave; And then condemn me: you have given me leave And I should wrong the truth, myself, and you, To be your friend; and in that only name To
that I can ever love again, I now appear before you. I could wish
I owe this declaration to myself: There had been no occasion for a friend, But, as a proof that I owe all to you, Because I know you hate to be obliged;
If, after what I have said, you can resolve And still more loth to be obliged by me.
To think me worth your love-Where am I Isa. 'Twas that I would avoid- (Aside.
going? Vil. I am most unhappy that my services You cannot think it; 'tis impossible. Can be suspected to design upon you;
Vil. Impossible! I have no farther ends than to redeem you
Isa. You should not ask me now, nor should I From fortune's wrongs; to shew myself at last,
grant ; What I have long professed to be, your friend : I am so much obliged, that to consent Allow me that; and to convince you more Would want a name to recommend the gift: That I intend only your interest,
'Twould show me poor, indebted, and compelled, Forgive what I have done, and in amends Designing, mercenary; and I know (If that can make you any, that can please you) You would not wish to think I could be bought. I'll tear myself for ever from my hopes,
Vil, Be bought! where is the price that can Stifle this Haming passion in my soul,
pretend That has so long broke out to trouble you, To bargain for you! Not in fortune's power. And mention my unlucky love no more, The joys of Heaven and love must be bestowed ;
Isa. This generosity will ruin me, [Aside. They are not to be sold, and cannot be descrved.
Vil. Nay, if the blessing of my looking on you Isa, Some other time I will hear you on this Disturbs your peace, I will do all I can
subject. To keep away, and never see you more,
Vil, Nay, then, there is no time so fit for me. Car. You must not go.
(Following her, Vil. Could Isabella speak
Since you consent to hear me, hear me now: Those few short words, I should be rooted here, That you may grant: yoụ are above And never move but upon her commands. The little forms which circumscribe your sex ;
Car. Speak to him, sister; do not throw away We differ but in time, let that be mine. A fortune that invites you to be happy.
Isa, You think fit In your extremity he begs your love;
To get the better of me, and you shall; And has deserved it nobly. Think upon Since you will have it so I will be yours. Your lost condition, helpless and alone.
Vil. I take you at your word,
Isa. I give you all-
Vil. Oh, ecstacy of joy!
(Nurse goes out in haste.
Shall be devoted to you.
Isa. On your word,
Vil. Witness Heaven and earth
Car. I long to wish you joy.
Car. For once I'll be my sister's father,
Vil. Next my Isabella,
SCENE I.-Count BALDWIN's House. Which now are Villeroy's; and should aught re
main, Enter COUNT BALDWIN and Carlos.
In justice it is his; from me to him C. Bald. Married to Villeroy, say'st thou? You shall convey them- -follow me, and take Car. Yes, my lord.
[Erit C. BALDWIN, Last night the priest performed his holy office, Cur. Yes, I will take them; but ere I part And made them one.
with them, C. Buld. Misfortune join them!
I will be sure my interest will not suffer And may her violated vows pull down
By these his high, refined, fantastic notions A lasting curse, a constancy of sorrow,
Of equity and right.-What a paradox On both their heads !-I have not yet forgot Is man!' My father here, who boasts his honour, Thy slighted passion, the refused alliance; And even but now was warm in praise of justice, But having her, we are revenged at full.
Can steel his heart against the widow's tears, Heaven will pursue her still, and Villeroy And infant's wants; the widow and the infant Share the judgments she calls down.
Of Biron; of his son, his favourite son. Car. Soon he'll hate her,
'Tis ever thus weak minds, who court opinion, Though warm and violent in his raptures now. And dead to virtuous feeling, hide their wants When full enjoyment palls his sickened sense, In pompous affectation.--Now to VilleroyAnd reason, with satiety, returns,
Ere this his friends, for he is much beloved, Her cold constrained acceptance of his hand Crowd to his house, and with their nuptial songs Will gall his pride, which (though of late o'er-Awake the wedded pair: I'll join the throng, powered
And in my face, at least, bear joy and friendship. By stronger passions) will, as they grow weak,
(Exit. Rise in full force, and pour its vengeance on her. C. Buld. Now, Carlos, take example to thy SCENE II.-A hall in Villeroy's house. A aid !
band of music, with the friends of VILLEROY. Let Biron's disobedience, and the curse He took into his bosom, prove a warning,
Enter a Servant. A monitor to thee, to keep thy duty
1 F. Where's your master, my good friend? Firm and unshaken.
Ser. Within, sir, Car. May those rankling wounds,
Preparing for the welcome of his friends. Which Biron's disobedience gave my father, 1 F. Acquaint him we are here: yet stay, Bc healed by me!
The voice of music gently shall surprise him, C. Bald. With tears I thank thee, Carlos- And breathe our salutations to his ear. And may'st thou ever feel those inward joys, Strike up the strain to Villeroy's happiness, Thy duty gives thy father-but, my son,
To Isabella's—But he's here already. We must not let resentment choak our justice; 'Tis fit that Villeroy know he has no claim
Enter VILLEROY. From me, in right of Isabella. Biron
Vil. My friends, let me embrace you: (Whose name brings tears), when wedded to this Welcome allwoman,
What means this preparation? (Seeing the music. By me abandoned, sunk the little fortune
1 F. A slight token Hlis uncle left, in vanity and fondness:
Of our best wishes for your growing happiness I am possest of those your brother's papers, You must permit our friendship
Vil. You oblige me
Isa. I could have wished if you had thought 1 F. But your lovely bride,
it fit, That wonder of her sex, she must appear, Our marriage had not been so public. And add new brightness to this happy morning. Vil. Do not you grudge me my excess of love;
Vil. She is not yet prepared; and let her will, That was a cause it could not be concealed:
Isa. I have no more to say.
l'il. My Carlos too, who came in to the supWoman. Let all, let all be gay, Begin the rapturous lay;
Of our bad fortune, has an honest right,
In better times, to share the good with us.
Car. I come to claim that right, to share your
For a friend's happiness reflects a warinth,
A kindly comfort, into every heart
That is not envious.
So absolute as mine; but if you are Vil. I thank you for the proof of your affec-(As I have reason to believe you are) tion:
Concerned for my well-being, there's the cause; I am so much transported with the thoughts Thank her for what I am, and what must be. Of what I am, I know not what I do.
[Music flourish. My Isabella !-but possessing her,
I see you mean a second entertainment. Who would not lose himself? You'll pardon My dearest Isabella, you must hear me
The raptures of my friends ; from thee they Ob! there was nothing wanting to my soul,
spring; But the kind wishes of my loving friends, Thy virtues have diffused themselves around, But our collation waits: where's Carlos now? And made them all as happy as myself. Methinks I am but half myself without him. Isa. I feel their favours with a grateful heart,
2 F. This is wonderful! Married a night and And willingly comply. a day, and yet in raptures ! Vil. Oh! when you all get wives, and such as
Take the gifts the gods intend ye ; (If such another woman can be found),
Grateful meet the proffered joy : You will rave too, dote on the dear content,
Truth and honour shall attend ye; And prattle in their praise out of all bounds.
Charms that ne'er can change or cloy. I cannot speak my bliss ! 'Tis in my head, 'Tis in my heart, and takes up all my soul
Taking beauty to thy arms !
When with virtue beauty charms !
Man. Purer flames shall gently warm ye; My Isabella! Oh, the joy of my heart,
Woman. Love and honour both shail charm thee. That I have leave, at last, to call you mine! Both. Oh, the raptures of, 8c. &c. When I give up that title to the charms Of any other wish, be nothing mine!But let me look upon you, view you well,
Far from hence be care and strife, This is a welcome gallantry indeed!
Far the pang that tortures life: I durst not ask, but it was kind to grant,
May the circling minutes prove
One sweet round of peace and love !
Car. 'Tis fine, indeed!
Stole from her thoughts, just red’ning on her With shifting of your dress—Time has done cures
cheek, Incredible this way, and may again.
And you have dashed it.