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· Lady Rand. Despair ! despair ! Doug. O, had it pleased high Heaven to let me
live A little while !—My eyes that gaze on thee Grow dim apace ! my mother !_O, my mother!
- Enter Lord RANDOLPH and ANNA. · Lord Rand. Thy words, the words of truth,
... have pierced my heart.
Anna. Alas! look there, my lord.
curst I am!
Anna. My lady lives :
Lord Rand. But my deliverer's dead !
And in my early days, glory I gain'd
[Lady RANDOLPH recovering. Lady Rand. Where am I now ? still in this
wretched world! Grief cannot break a heart so hard as mine. My youth was worn in anguish ; but youth's
Lord Rand. O misery!
Lady Rand, Thy innocence !
Lord Rand. My guilt
I to do
With thee, or any thing? My son ! my son ! -
[Runs out. Lord Rand. Follow her, Anna : I myself would
follow, But in this rage she must abhor my presence.
Enter Old NORVAL.
guard my child !
Old Norv. I fear thee not. I will not go. Here I'll remain. I'm an accomplice, lord, With thee in murder. Yes, my sins did help To crush down to the ground this lovely plant. O noblest youth that ever yet was born! Sweetest and best, gentlest and bravest spirit, That ever bless'd the world! Wretch that I am, Who saw that noble spirit swell and rise ; Above the narrow limits that confined it,.. Yet never was by all thy virtues won . To do thee justice, and reveal the secret, , Which, timely known, had raised thee far above The villain's snare ! Oh! I am punish'd now! -; These are the hairs that should have strew'd the
ground, And not the locks of Douglas.
[Tears his hair, and throws himself upon
the body of DOUGLAS Lord Rand. I know thee now : thy boldness I
forgive; My crest is falln. For thee I will appoint A place of rest, if grief will let thee rest. I will reward, although I cannot punish. Curst, curst Glenalvon, he escaped too well, :. Though slain and baffled by the hand he hated.
Foaming with rage and fury to the last
Anna, My lord ! my lord !
Anna. Is no more.
Lord Rand. 'Twas I! alas ! 'twas I
Anna. O had you seen her last despairing look! Upon the brink she stood, and cast her eyes Down on the deep : then lifting up her head And her white hands to heaven, seeming to say, Why am I forced to this ? she plunged herself Into the empty air,