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Enter the Captain, with his crew.
[ Advancing first, Oroonoko hills him. Oro. Thou art fall’n indeed; Thy own blood be upon thee.
Gov. Rest it there.
[The body removed.
Oro. Regard that public good : draw off your men, And leave us to our fortune. We're resolv'd.
Gov. Resolv'd! on what? Your resolutions Are broken, overturn'd, prevented, lost : " What fortune now can you raise out of them ? " Nay, grant we should draw off, what can you do? " Where can you move? What more can you re
solve, “ Unless it be to throw yourselves away ?" Famine must eat you up, if you go on. You see our numbers could with ease compel What we request; and what do we request ?
Only to save yourselves.
[The women with their children gathering about the men. Oro. I'll hear no more.
“ Women. Hear him, hear him; he takes no care “ of us.” Gov. To those poor wretches, who have been se.
[Preparing to engage. Gov. Lay hold upon't before it be too late; Pardon and mercy. [The women clinging about the men, they leave Oroonoko,
and fall upon their faces, crying out for pardon. Slaves. Pardon, mercy, pardon.
Oro. Let them go all. Now, Governor, I see, I own the folly of my enterprise, The rashness of this action ; and must blush, Quite through this veil of night, a whitely shame, To think I could design to make those free, Who were by nature slaves; wretches design'd To be their masters dogs, and lick their feet. “ Whip, whip them to the knowledge of your gods « Your Christian gods, who suffer you to be " Unjust, dishonest, cowardly, and base ; " And give them your excuse for being so.” I would not live on the same earth with creatures, That only have the faces of their kind. Why should they look like men, who are not so? When they put off their noble natures for
The grov’ling qualities of down-cast beasts, “ I wish they had their tails.
“ Abo. Then we should know them.”
Oro. We were too few before for victory,
Oro. Consent to yield ! shall I betray myself?
“ Gov. Alas, we cannot fear that your small force, « The force of two, with a weak woman's arm, • Should conquer us! I speak in the regard “ And honour of your worth, in my desire “ And forwardness to serve so great a man. “ I would not have it lie upon my thoughts, " That I was the occasion of the fall “ Of such a prince, whose courage, carried on “ In a more noble cause, would well deserve " The empire of the world.
“ Oro. You can speak fair.
“ brought “ So great a loss to us, we must all say «6 Was generous and noble ; and shall be “ Regarded only as the fire of youth, “ That will break out sometimes in gallant souls; “ We'll think it but the natural impulse,
" A rash impatience of liberty; « No otherwise:
“ Oro. Think it what you will. “ I was not born to render an account « Of what I do, to any but myself.
[Blan. comes forward." Blan. I'm glad you have proceeded by fair means.
.. [To the governor. I came to be a mediator.
Gov. Try what you can to work upon him..
[Offering his sword to Oroonoko. Unarm’d to put myself into your hands ? I come, I hope, to serve you.
Oro. You have sery'd me;
[Embraces him. Blan. It is not past, and I must serve you still. « I would make up these breaches, which the sword “ Will widen more, and close us all in love."
Oro. I know what I have done ; and I should be
Blan. You sha'not need it.
Blan. You see he offers you your own conditions, For you and yours.
Oro. Must I capitulate ?
Blan. Sir, he imposes none.
Gov. He will rely on what you say to him. [To Blan.
Blan. I'll answer with my life for all he says.
Oro. Imoinda! Oh,
Blan. This way you must lose her. Think upon The weakness of her sex, made yet more weak