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"Tis certain she contemns me; nay, commands me,
SCENE,-A Court, de. as before.
With dreadful imprecations he denies
Anna. Let me look on them. Ha! here is a
The chosen crest of Douglas' valiant name! These are no vulgar jewels.-Guard the wretch.
Enter Servants with a Prisoner.
1 Serv. You say so, sir ! But torture soon shall make you speak the truth. Behold, the lady of Lord Randolph comes : Prepare yourself to meet her just revenge.
Enter Lady RANDOLPH and ANNA. Anna. Summon your utmost fortitude, before You speak with him. Your dignity, your fame, Are now at stake. Think of the fatal secret, Which in a moment from your lips may fly.
Lady Rand. Thou shalt behold me, with a des
perate heart, Hear how my infant perish’d. See, he kneels.
· [The Prisoner kneels. Pris. Heaven bless that countenance so sweet
and mild! A judge like thee makes innocence more bold. O save me, lady! from these cruel men, Who have attack'd and seized me; who accuse Me of intended murder. As I hope For mercy at the judgment-seat of God, The tender lamb, that never nipt the grass, Is not more innocent than I of murder. : Lady Rand. Of this man's guilt what proof can
ye produce ? 1 Serv. We found him lurking in the hollow
1 glen. When view'd and call’d upon, amazed he fled. We overtook him, and inquired from whence And what he was : he said he came from far, And was upon his journey to the camp. Not satisfied with this, we search'd his clothes, And found these jewels, whose rich value plead Most powerfully against him. Hard he seems,
And old in villainy. Permit us try
Pris. O, gentle lady! by your lord's dear life,
I cannot be:
[ANNA removes the Servants and returns.
charge thee speak The truth direct : for these to me foretell And certify a part of thy narration ; With which, if the remainder tallies not, An instant and a dreadful death abides thee. Pris. Then, thus adjured, I'll speak to you as