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Enter JANE SHORE.
noble nature for this goodness.
Hast. If there be ought of merit in my service,
J. Shore. Alas! my lord
Hast. Why bend thy eyes to earth?
J. Shore. If pity dwells within your noble breast, (As sure it does) oh, speak not to me thus.
Hast. Can I behold thee, and not speak of love? Ev’n now, thus sadly as thou stand'st before me, Thus desolate, dejected, and forlorn, Thy softness steals upon my yielding senses,
soul faints, and sickens with desire ; How can’st thou give this motion to my heart, And bid my tongue be still?
J. Shore. Cast round your eyes Upon the high-born beauties of the court; Behold, like opening roses, where they bloom, Sweet to the sense, unsully'd all, and spotless; There chuse some worthy partner of your heart, To fill your arms, and bless your virtuous bed; Nor turn your eyes this way, where sin and misery, Like loathsome weeds, have over-run the soil, And the destroyer, Shame, has laid all waste. Hast. What means this peevish, this fantastic
J. Shore. Yes, I will own I merit the reproach ;
like yours, are licens’d to upbraid me, Sull to repeat my guilt, to urge my infamy, And treat me like that abject thing I have been.
Hast. No more of this dull stuff. 'Tis time enough To wbine and mortify thyself with penance ; The present moments claim more gen'rous use; Thy beauty, night, and solitude, reproach me, For having talk'd thus long-come, let me press thee,
[Laying hold on her Pant on thy bosom, sink into thy arms, And lose myself in the luxurious flood. ,
J, Shore. Never! by those chaste lights above I
swear, My soul shall never know pollution more; Forbear, my lord !-here let me rather die:
[Kneeling. Let quick destruction overtake me here, And end my sorrows and my
shame for ever. Hast. Away with this perverseness, —'tis too much. Nay, if you strive—'tis monstrous affectation!
Striving. J. Shore. Retire! I beg you leave me
Hast. Thus to coy it!
J. Shore. For mercy's sake
Hast. Ungrateful woman! Is it thus you pay My services?
J. Shore. Abandon me to ruinRather than urge me
Hast. This way to your chamber; [Pulling her. There if you struggle
J. Shore. Help, oh, gracious Heaven! Help! Save me! Help!
Dum. My lord ! for honour's sake-
Dum. My duty calls me
my attendance on my mistress here.
Dum. No, my lord-
Hast. And dost thou know me, slave?
I know thee well; know thee with each advantage,
railer! Nor urge my rage too far, lest thou should find I have as daring spirits in my
blood As thou, or any of thy race e'er boasted ; And tho' no gaudy titles grac'd my birth, Yet Heav'n, that made me honest, made me more Than ever king did, when he made a lord. Hast. Insolent villain! henceforth let this teach thee
[Draws, and strikes him. The distance 'twixt a peasant and a prince. Dum, Nay, then, my lord, [Drawing.] learn you
by this, how well An arm resolv'd can guard its master's life. J. Shore. O my distracting fears !-hold, for sweet
tune Has given you 'vantage o'er me; but perhaps
Your triumph may be bought with dear repentance.
[Exit HASTINGS. J. Shore. Alas! what have you done? Know ye
the pow'r, The mightiness, that waits upon this lord ?
Dum. Fear not, my worthiest mistress ; 'tis a cause In which Heaven's guards shall wait you. O, pursue, Pursue the sacred counsels of your soul, Which urge you on to virtue ; let not danger, Nor the encumb’ring world, make faint your purpose. Assisting angels shall conduct your steps, Bring you to bliss, and crown your days with peace. J. Shore. O, that my head were laid, my sad
eyes clos'd, And my cold corse wound in my shroud to rest ! My painful heart will never cease to beat, Will never know a moment's peace till then.
Dum. Would you be happy, leave this fatal place; Fly from the court's pernicious neighbourhood; Where innocence is sham'd, and blushing modesty Is made the scorner's jest. J. Shore. Where should I fly, thus helpless and
forlorn, Of friends, and all the means of life bereft? Dum. Belmour, whose friendly care still wakes to
J. Shore. Can there be so much happiness in store! A cell like that is all my hopes aspire to.