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Cross where thou seest a broad and beaten way, Which running eastward leads thee to the camp. Instant demand admittance to Lord Douglas. Shew him these jewels which his brother wore.
Thy look, thy voice, will make him feel the truth, Which I by certain proof will soon confirm.
Doug. I yield me, and obey : but yet my heart Bleeds at this parting. Something bids me stay, And guard a mother's life. Oft have I read Of wondrous deeds by one bold arm achieved. Our foes are two; no more: let me go forth, And see if any shield can guard Glenalvon.. Lady Rand. If thou regard'st thy mother, or
reverest Thy father's mem’ry, think of this no more. One thing I have to say before we part; Long wert thou lost ; and thou art found, my child, In a most fearful season. War and battle I have great cause to dread. Too well I see Which way the current of thy temper sets: To-day I've found thee. Oh! my long-lost hope! If thou to giddy valour givest the rein, To-morrow I may lose my son for ever. The love of thee, before thou saw'st the light,
Sustain’d my life when thy brave father fell.
feels. Too well I love that valour which I warn. Farewell, my son! my counsels are but vain ;
. . [Embracing. And as high Heaven hath will'd it, all must be.
[They are about to separate.
Gaze not on me, thou wilt mistake the path ; I'll point it out again. [Just as they are separating, enter from
the Wood Lord RANDOLPH and
[Exeunt, at different sides, DOUGLAS
and Lady RANDOLPH.
Lord Rand. No; I command thee stay.
[Exit Lord RANDOLPH. [GLENALVON makes some steps to the same
side of the stage, listens and speaks. Glen. Demons of death, come, settle on my
sword, And to a double slaughter guide it home! The lover and the husband both must die.
[Lord RANDOLPH behind the scenes. Lord Rand. Draw, villain ! draw.
Doug. Assail me not, Lord Randolph ! Not, as thou lovest thyself. [Clashing of swords. Glen. Now is the time.
Enter Lady RANDOLPH at the opposite side of
the stage, faint and breathless. Lady Rand. Lord Randolph, hear me; all shall
be thine own : But spare! Oh spare my son !
Enter Douglas, with a sword in each hand.
Doug. My mother's voice ! I can protect thee still.
Lady Rand. He lives, he lives ! For this, for this to Heaven eternal praise ! But sure I saw thee fall. · Doug. It was Glenalvon. Just as my arm had master'd Randolph's sword, The villain came behind me; but I slew him. · Lady Rand. Behind thee! Ah, thou’rt wound
ed! O my child, How pale thou look’st! And shall I lose thee now?
Doug. Do not despair : I feel a little faint. . ness ; I hope it will not last. [Leans upon his sword.
Lady Rand. There is no hope !
And we must part ! the hand of death is on thee! O my beloved child ! O Douglas, Douglas !
[Douglas growing more and more faint. Doug. Too soon we part; I have not long been
Douglas. O destiny ! hardly thou deal’st with me: Clouded and hid, a stranger to myself, In low and poor obscurity I lived. · Lady Rand, Has heaven preserved thee for an
end like this ? Doug. O had I fall’n as my brave fathers fell, Turning with effort great the tide of battle ! Like them I should have smiled and welcom'd
death. But thus to perish by a villain's hand ! Cut off from nature's and from glory's course, Which never mortal was so fond to run. Lady Rand. Hear, justice ! hear! stretch thine
avenging arm... [Douglas falls. Doug. Unknown I die; no tongue shall speak