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THE NEW YORK DRAMA
A CHOICE COLLECTION
CASTS OF CHARACTERS, STAGE BUSINESS, COSTUMES, RELATIVE POSITIONS, &c.,
THE HOME CIRCLE, PRIVATE THEATRICALS, AND THE AMERICAN STAGE.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1876, by WHEAT & CORNETT, in the Office
of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D. C.
J. G. Gilbert.
Enter LORD RANDOLPH.
To feed a passion which consumes thy life?
The living claim some duty; vainly thou
Lady R. Silent, alas! is he for whom I mourn;
Childless, without memorial of his name,
“ This fatal day stirs my time-settled sorrow,
" Troubles afresh the fountain of my heart." Lord Randolph.. Mr. Tilton.
Lord R.“ When was it pure of sadness ? These J. Wallack, Jr.
black weeds Yining Vorral. Miss Susan Denning.
“ Express the wonted color of thy mind, Oficer... Serrant..
“ Forever dark and dismal. Seven long years
" Thompson. Lady Randolph
Miss C. Wemyss. Miss Younge. “ Are pass'd since we were join'd by sacred ties;
“ Clouds all the while have hung upon thy brow,
“ Nor broke nor parted by one gleam of joy." EXITS AND ENTRANCES.-R. means Right; L. Left; R. D. Right Door; L. De Left Door; 2 E. Second Entrance; U. E. Upper Entrance: M. D. Middle Time, that wears out the trace of deepest anguish, Right Centre; L. C. Left Centre, &c. The reader is supposed to be on the
“ As the sea smooths the prints made in the sand,”
Lady R. “If time to come
“Should prove as ineffectual, yet, my lord, The Court of a Castle surrounded with Woods.
• Thou canst not blame me. When our Scottish
youth Enter LADY RANDOLPH.
• Vied with each other for my luckless love Lady R. Ye woods and wilds, whose melan- '“ Oft I besought them, I implord them all choly gloom
"Not to assail me with my father's aid, Accords with my soul's sadness, and draws forth “Nor blend their better destiny with mine. The voice of sorrow from my bursting heart, “For melancholy had congeald my blood, Farewell awhile; I will not leave you long; " And froze affection in my chilly breast. For in your shades I deem some spirit dwells, “ At last my sire, rous'd with the base attempt Who, from the chiding stream, or groaning oak, “ To force me from him, which thou rend'redst Still hears and answers to Matilda's moan.
vain, Oh, Douglas! Douglas ! if departed ghosts “ To his own daughter bow'd his hoary head, Are e'er permitted to review this world,
“ Besought me to commiserate his age, Within the circle of that wood thou art,
66 And row'd he should not, could not die in peace, And with the passion of immortals hear'st “ Unless he saw me wedded, and securd My lamentation; hear'st thy wretched wife “ From violence and outrage. Then, my lord ! Weep for her husband slain, her infant lost. “In my extreme distress I call'd on thee, My brother's timeless death I seem to mourn, “ Thee I bespake, profess'd my strong desire Who perished with thee on this fatal day. " To lead a single, solitary life, To thee I lift my voice; to thee address
“ And begg'd thy nobleness not to demand The plaint which mortal ear has never heard. “Her for a wife, whose heart was dead to love. Oh, disregard me not; tho' I am call’d
“How thou persistedst after this, thou know'st, Another's now, my heart is wholly thine.
“And must confess that I am not unjust, Incapable of change, affection lies
“ Nor more to thee than to myself injurious." Buried, my Douglas, in thy bloody grave.
Lord R. “ That I confess; yet ever must regret But Randolph comes, whom fate has made my “ The grief I cannot cure. Would thou wert not lord,
Compos’d of grief and tenderness alone, To chide my anguish and defraud the dead. “ But hadst a spark of other passions in thee
“Pride, anger, vanity, the strong desire NOTE.— The length of this play necessarily requires curtailments on the Stage-the passages thus omitted are those inserted with
“Of admiration, dear to womankind; inverted commas.
“ These might contend with and allay thy grief,