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Tell her, I sent you to her. [Thrusts him towards her. There's one more to provide for. Samp. Good, my lord, what I did was in perfect obedience to the old nurse there. I told her what it would come to. C. Bald. What I this was a plot upon me. And you too, beldam, were you in the conspiracy? Begone, go all together; “I have provided you an “equipage, now set up when you please. She's old “enough to do you service; I have none for her. “The wide world lies before you : begone;” take any road but this to beg or starve in—“I shall be “glad to hear of you :” but never, never see me more– [He drives 'em off before him. Isa. Then Heav'n have mercy on me ! [Exit with her Child, followed by Sampson and Nurse.
Continues. Enter VILLERo Y and CARLos, meeting,
2. Villeroy. My friend, I fear to ask but Isabella— The lovely widow's tears, her orphan's cries, Thy father must feel for them—No, I read, I read their cold reception in thine eyes— Thou pitiest them—tho' Baldwin—but I spare him For Carlos' sake; thou art no son of his. There needs not this to endear thee more to me.
Car. My Villeroy, the fatherless, the widow,
Are terms not understood within these gates
You must forgive him; sir, he thinks this woman
Is Biron’s fate, that hurried him to death
I must not think on't, lest my friendship stagger.
My friend's, my sister's mutual advantage
Have reconcil'd my bosom to its task.
Vil. Advantage! think not I intend to raise
An interest from Isabella's wrongs.
Your father may have interested ends
In her undoing; but my heart has none :
Her happiness must be my interest,
And that I would restore.
Car. Why so I mean. These hardships that my father lays upon her, I'm sorry for; and wish I could prevent; But he will have his way. Since there's no hope from her prosperity, her change of fortune may alter the condition of her thoughts, and make for you.
Vil. She is above her fortune.
Car. Try her again. Women commonly love according to the circumstances they are in a
Wil. Common women may.
“ Car. Since you are not accessary to the injustice, “you may be persuaded to take the advantage of “other people’s crimes.”.
“Pil. I must despise all those advantages,
“That indirectly can advance my love.”
No, though I live but in the hopes of her,
And languish for th' enjoyment of those hopes;
I'd rather pine in a consuming want
Of what I wish, than have the blessing mine,
From any reason but consenting love.
Oh I let me never have it to remember,
I could betray her coldly to comply :
When a clear gen’rous choice bestows her on me,
I know to value the unequall'd gift :
I would not have it, but to value it.
Car. Take your own way; remember what I of.
fer'd came from a friend.
Pil. I understand it so. I’ll serve her for herself,
without the thought of a reward. [Exit.
Car. Agree that point between you. If you marry
her any way, you do my business.
I know him—What his gen’rous soul intends
Ripens my plots I’ll first to Isabella.-
I must keep up appearances with her too. [Exit.
Is A BE LLA's House. Enter Is ABELLA and Nurse:
Is A BE LLA's little Son at play upon the Floor.
Isa. Sooner, or later, all things pass away,
And are no more. The beggar and the king,
With equal steps, tread forward to their end :
The reconciling grave swallows distinčtion first, that
made us foes,
“Though they appear of different natures now,
“They meet at last;”
Then all alike lie down in peace together.
When will that hour of peace arrive for me?
In heav'n I shall find it—not in heav'n,
If my old tyrant father can dispose
Of things above—but, there, his interest
May be as poor as mine, and want a friend
As much as I do here. [Weeping.
Nurse. Good madam, be comforted.
Isa. Do I deserve to be this outcast wretch;
Abandon'd thus, and lost But 'tis my lot,
The will of Heav'n, and I must not complain:
I will not for myself: let me bear all
The violence of your wrath; but spare my child:
Let not my sins be visited on him:
They are; they must; a general ruin falls
On every thing about me: thou art lost,
Poor nurse, by being near me.
Nurse. I can work, or beg, to do you service.
Isa. Could I forget
What I have been, I might the better bear
What I am destin’d to: I’m not the first
That have been wretched: but to think how much
I have been happier Wild hurrying thoughts
Start every way from my distraćted soul,
To find out hope, and only meet despair.
What answer have I? -
Enter SAMP son. Samp. Why truly, very little to the purpose: like a
Jew as he is, he says you have had more already than
the jewels are worth: he wishes you would rather
think of redeeming 'em, than expect any more mo-
ney upon 'em. [Exit Sampson.
Isa. "Tis very well—
So :–Poverty at home, and debts abroad Î
My present fortune bad; my hopes yet worse!
What will become of me?
This ring is all I have left of value now :
*Twas given me by my husband: his first gift
Upon our marriage: I’ve always kept it,
With my best care, the treasure next my life:
And now but part with it to support life,
Which only can be dearer. Take it, Nurse,
*Twill stop the cries of hunger for a time;
“Provide us bread, and bring a short reprieve,
“To put off the bad day of beggary,
“That will come on too soon.” Take care of it:
Manage it as the last remaining friend
That would relieve us. [Exit Nurse.] Heav'n can only
Where we shall find another My dear boy 1
The labour of his birth was lighter to me
Than of my fondness now; my fears for him
Are more, than in that hour of hovering death,
They could be for myself—He minds me not,
His little sports have taken up his thoughts:
Oh, may they never feel the pangs of mine.
Thinking will make me mad: why must I think,
When no thought brings me comfort?