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Did I not fear to freeze thy shallow valour,.. And make thee sink too soon beneath my sword, I'd tell thee--what thou art. I know thee well. Glen. Dost thou know Glenalvon, born to com
mand Ten thousand slaves like thee !
Norv. Villain, no more: Draw and defend thy life. I did design To have defy'd thee in another cause : But heaven accelerates its vengeance on thee. Now for my own and Lady Randolph's wrongs. ·
Enter LORD RANDOLPH.
man that stirs . Makes me his foe.
Norv. Another voice than thine That threat had vainly sounded, noble Randolph. Glen. Hear him, my lord; he's wondrous con
, descending ! Mark the humility of shepherd Norval! Norv. Now you may scoff in safety.
. . [Sheaths his sword. Lord Rand. Speak not thus,
Taunting each other ; but unfold to me
tial voice :
Glen. I agree to this.
Serv. The banquet waits.
brow; Nor let our strife disturb the gentle dame. Norv. Think not so lightly, sir, of my resent
ment. When we contend again, our strife is mortal.
SCENE -The Wood.
Enter DOUGLAS. Doug. This is the place, the centre of the grove; Here stands the oak, the monarch of the wood. How sweet and solemn is this mid-night scene ! The silver moon, unclouded, holds her way Through skies where I could count each little star. The fanning west wind scarcely stirs the leaves ; The river rushing o'er it's pebbled bed, Imposes silence with a stilly sound. In such a place as this, at such an hour, If ancestry can be in aught believed, Descending spirits have conversed with man, And told the secrets of the world unknown.
Enter OLD NORVAL.
me hence ?
His just reproach I fear.
[Douglas turns and sees him.
my son !
Doug. Not worse the fruit,