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Lady Rand. Despair! despair!
Doug. O, had it pleased high Heaven to let me
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.
Lord Rand. The mother and her son! How
curst I am!
Was I the cause? No: I was not the cause.
Anna. My lady lives:
Lord Rand. But my deliverer's dead!
And in my early days, glory I gain'd
Lady Rand. Where am I now? still in this
Grief cannot break a heart so hard as mine.
With hope's assistance, bore the brunt of sorrow,
Lord Rand. O misery!
Lady Rand. Thy innocence!
Lord Rand. My guilt Is innocence, compared with what thou think'st it.
Lady Rand. Of thee I think not: what have I to do
With thee, or any thing? My son! my son!
And bear my brother's and my husband's name:
[Runs out. Lord Rand. Follow her, Anna : I myself would
follow, But in this rage she must abhor my presence.
Enter Old Nohval.
Old Norv. I hear the voice of woe; heaven guard my child!
Lord Rand. Already is the idle gaping crowd, The spiteful vulgar, come to gaze on Randolph? Begone!
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.
0 noblest youth that ever yet was born!
Yet never was by all thy virtues won
[Tears his hair, and throws himself upon
the body of Douglas. Lord Rand. I know thee now: thy boldness I
My crest is fall'n. For thee I will appoint
1 will reward, although I cannot punish.
Anna. My lord! my lord!
Lord Rand. Speak: I can hear of horror.
Anna. Horror indeed!
Lord Rand. Matilda?
Anna. Is no more.
She ran, she flew like lightning up the hill,
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.