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Lady Rand. Now I shun him not.
Glen. Noble dame! The hov’ring Dane at last his men hath landed: No band of pirates ; but'a mighty host, ; That come to settle where their valour conquers ; To win a country, or to lose themselves. Lady Rand. But whence comes this intelligence,
Glenalvon ? . Glen. A nimble courier sent from yonder camp, To hasten up the chieftains of the north, Inform’d me, as he past, that the fierce Dane Had on the eastern coast of Lothian landed, Near to that place where the sea-rock immense, Amazing Bass, looks o'er a fertile land. Lady Rand. Then must this western army
.. march to join · The warlike troops that guard Edina's towers.;
Glen. Beyond all question. If impairing time Has not effaced the image of a place ... Once perfect in my breast, there is a wildsi
Which lies to westward of that mighty rock, i
Glen. Oft has the unconquer'd Caledonian sword
Lady Rand. I scorn thee not, but when I ought
Against audacious vice asserts herself.
Glen, One instant stay, and hear an alter'd man.
thy friend :
[Exit Lady RANDOLPH.
Glen. [Solus.] Amen! and virtue is its own
reward ! I think that I have hit the very tone In which she loves to speak. Honey'd assent, How pleasant art thou to the taste of man, And woman also ! flattery direct Rarely disgusts. They little know mankind Who doubt its operation : ’tis my key, And opes the wicket of the human heart. How far I have succeeded now, I know not : Yet I incline to think her stormy virtue Is lulld awhile. 'Tis her alone I fear : Whilst she and Randolph live, and live in faith And amity, uncertain is my tenure. Fate o'er my head suspends disgrace and death, By that weak hair, a peevish female's will. I am not idle; but the ebbs and flows Of fortune's tide cannot be calculated. That slave of Norval's I have found most apt: I shew'd him gold, and he has pawn'd his soul To say and swear whatever I suggest. Norval, I'm told, has that alluring look, 'Twixt man and woman, which I have observed To charm the nicer and fantastic dames,