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In ber undoing ; but my heart has none;
Samp. Why, truly, very little to the purpose. Car. Why, so, I mean.
like a Jew as he is, he says you have had moro These hardships, that my father lays upon her, already than the jewels ar worth: he wishes you I'm sorry for, and wish I could prevent ;
would rather think of redeeming 'em, than expect But he will have bis way. Since there's no hope any more money upon 'em. (Exit Sampson, From her prosperity, her change of fortune Isa. So :-poverty at home, and debts abroad! May alter the condition of her thougbts,
My present fortune bad; my hopes yet worse ! And make for you.
What will become of me? Vil. She is above her fortune.
This ring is all I have left of value now; Car. Try her again. Women commonly love 'Twas given me by my husband; bis first gift According to the circumstances they are in. Upon our marriage : I've always kept it Vil. Common women may:
With my best care, the treasure next my life :
Take it, Nurse,
Take care of it :
Manage it as the last remaining friend I could betray her coldly to comply :
That would relieve us. [Exit Nurse.] Hear'n can When a clear gen'rous choice bestows her on me,
only tell I know too well the unequalled gift:
Where we shall find another [goes buck und sits.) I would not have it, but to value it.
lily dear boy!
[Embraces him. Car. Take your own way; remember, what I The labour of his birth was lighter to me offer'd
Than of my fondness now; my fears for him Came from a friend.
Are more than, in that hour of hovering death, Vil. I understand it so.
They could be for myself—He minds me not, l'll serve ber for herself, without the thought His little sports have taken up his thoughts : Of a reward.
[Exit. On, may they never feel the pangs of mine! [Risesa Car. Agree that point between you.
Thinking will make me mad: why must I think, If you marry her any way, you do my business.
When no thought brings me comfort? I know him—What his generous soul intends
Enter Nurse. Ripens my plots—I'll first to Isabella. I musi keep up appearances with her too. [Erit. Nurse. Oh, madam! you are utterly ruined and
uodone ; your creditors of all kinds are come in
upon you ; they have mustered up a regiment of SCENE II.-A Room in ISABELLA's House.
rogues, that are come to plunder your house, and
seize upon all you have in the world : they are ISABELLA sitting, and Nurse discovered. ISABELLA's below. What will you do, madam? Son at play.
Isa. Do! nothing ! no, for I am born to suffer. Isa. Sooner, or later, all things pass away,
Enter Carlos, hastily.-Nurse goes back. And are no more. The beggar and the king,
Car. Oh, sister? can I call you by that name, With equal steps, tread forward to their end;
And be the son of this inhuman man.
Inveterate to your ruin?
Do not think I am akin to his barbarity.
I must abhor my father's usage of you. Wben will that hour of peace arrive for me? lo Heav'n I shall find it. Not in Heaven,
Can you think If my old tyrant father can dispose
Of any way that I may serve you in? Of things above. But there his interest
But what enriges most my sense of grief, May be as pour as mine, and want a friend
My sorrow for your wrongs, is, that my father, As much as I do here.
[Weeping Has ordered me not to appear for you.
Foreknowing well the storm that was to fall,
Isa. I thank your pity; my poor husband fe'l. wretch, Abandon'd thus, and lost ? But 'tis my lot,
To venture his displeasure too for me. The will of Hear'n, and I must not complain :
Car. You must resolve on sometbing. [Erit. I will not for myself: let me bear all
Isa. Let my fate The violence of your wrath ; but spare my child :
Determine for me; I shall be prepared.
The worst that can befall me is to die.
Hark, they are coming: let the torrent roar :
It can but overwhelm me in its fall;
And life and death are now alike to me.
[Erit.-Nurse follows, leading the Child, Isa. Could I forget What I bave been, I might the better bear
SCENE III.-Antechamber in Isabella's House What I am destined to. Wild hurrying thoughts Start every way from my distracted soul,
Enter Carlos and VIELEROY, with Officers, To f.ad out hope, and only meet despair.
Vil. No farther violence What answer have I ?
The debt in all is but four thousand mowed
Were it ten times the sum, I think you know And has deserved it nobly. Think upon
Your lost condition, helpless and alone.
word for this : I'll see you paid. Though now you have a friend, the time must come Offi. That's as much as we can desire : so we That you will want one; him you may secure bave the money, no matter whence it comes. To be a friend, a father, a husband to you. Vil. To-morrow you shall have it.
Isa. A husband! Car. Thus far all's well
Car. You have discharged your duty to the dead, And now my sister comes to crown the work. And to the living ! 'tis a wilfulness Isa. [Without.) Where are these rav’ning blood. Not to give way to your necessities, hounds, that pursue
That force you to this marriage. In a full cry, gaping to swallow me ?
Nurse. [Leading forward the Child.) What must
become of this poor innocence ? Enter Isabella, Nurse, and Child.-Nurse and Child stand a little back.
[To the Child,
Car. He wants a father to protect his youth, I meet your rage, and come to be devoured ; And rear him up to virtue : you must bear Say, which way are you to dispose of me; The future blame, and answer to the world, To dungeons, darkness, death?
When you refuse the easy, honest means Car. Have patience.
Of taking care of him.
Isa. Do not think I need
I have a soul that's truly sensible
[To VILLEROY have their own.
If possible, to make you a return.
[Ereunt Officers. Isa. It cannot be your way: my pleasures are Isa. What of to-morrow?
Buried, and cold in my dead busband's grave; Must I be reserved for fresh afflictions ?
And I should wrong the truth, myself, and yori,
I owe this declaration to myself
If, after what I have said, you can resolve
To think me worth your love-(Villeroy advances And know your friends.
to her. ]—Where am I going ? Isa. My friends! Have I a friend?
You cannot think it; 'tis impossible.
Isa. You should not ask me now, nor shculd Isa. Save me! How ?
grant ; Car. By satisfying all your creditors.
I am so much obliged, that to consent Isa. Which way? for what?
Would want a name to recommend the gift: Vil. Let me be understood,
'Twould show me poor, indebted, and compelled And then condemn me: you have given me leave Designing, mercenary: and I know To be your friend ; and in that ouly name
You would not wish to thiok I could be bought. I now appear before you. I could wish
Vil. Be bought! where is the price that can preThere had been no occasion of a friend, Because I know you hate to be obliged;
To bargain for you? Not in Fortune's power. And still more loath to be obliged by me. The joys of Heav'n, and love, must be bestowed , Isa. 'Twas that I would avoid
[Aside. They are not to be sold, and cannot be deserved. Vil. I'm most unhappy that my services
Isa. Some other time I'll hear you on this subject. Can be suspected to design upon you;
Vil. Nay, then there is no time so fit for me. I have no farther ends tban to redeem you
[Following her. From fortune's wrongs; to show myself at last, Since you consent to hear me, hear me now; What I have long profess'd to be, your friend : That you may grant: you are above Allow m that ; and to convince you more,
[Takes her hand, That I intend only your interest,
The little forms which circumscribe your sex; Forgive what I have done, and in amends
We differ but in time, let that be mine. (IT ibat can make you any, that can please you) Isa. You think fit ì'll tear myself for ever from my hopes,
To get the better of me, and you shall ; Stifle this flaming passion in my soul,
since you will have it so I will be yours. And mention my unlucky love no more.
(Carlos exults apart.
My band : and would I had a heart to give :
'Tis wholly yours. Vil. Could Isabella speak
Vil. Ob ecstacy of joy!
Oh, Carlos ! now my friend and brother too :
And, Nurse, I have eternal thanks for thee. in your extremity he begs your love;
[Exeunt Nurse and Child
This night you must be mine.
I will be sure my interest will not suffer Let me command in this, and all my life
By these his high, refinel, fantastic notions Shall be devoted to you.
Of equity and right. What a paradox Isa. On your word,
Is man! My father here, who boasts his honour, Never to press me to put off these weeds, And even but now was warm in praise of justice, Wbich best become my melancholy thoughts,
Can steel his heart against the widow's tears, You shall command me.
And infant's wants : the widow and the infant Vil. Witness, Heaven and earth,
Of Biron; of his son, his fav’rite son. Against my soul, when I do anything
'Tis ever thus weak minds, who court opinion, To give you a disquiet.
And dead to virtuous feeling, hide their wants. Car. I long to wish you joy.
In pompous affectation_Now to VilleroyVil. You'll be a witness of my happiness? Ere this his friends, for he is much beloved, Car. For once I'll be my sister's father,
Crowd to his house, and with their nuptial songs And give her to you.
Awake the wedded pair: I'll join the throng, Vil. Next my Isabella,
And in my face, at least, bear joy and friendship. Be near my heart: I am for ever yours. '[Exeunt.
[Erit. SCENE II.-A Ball-room in Villeroy's House, and
music across back ground, with MAURICE, and
Enter a Servant.
Maur., Where's your master, my good friend ?
Serv. Witbio, sir,
Preparing for the welcome of his friends.
Maur. Acquaint him we are here ; yet stay,
[ Exit Servant.
The voice of music gently shall surprise him,
Strike up the strain to Villeroy's happiness,
Vil. My friends, A lasting curse, a coustancy of sorrow
Welcome allOn both their heads.
What means this preparation ? [Seeing the music.' Car. Soon he'll bate her;
Maur. A slight token Though warm and violent in his raptures now, Of our best wishes for your growing happiness.When full enjorment palls his sicken'd sense, You must permit our friendshipAnd reason with satiety returns,
Vil. You oblige meHer cold constrain’d acceptance of his hand
Maur. But your lovely bride, Will gall his pride, wbich (though of late o’er. That wonder of her sex, she must appear, power'd
And add new brightness to this bappy morning. By stronger passions) will, as they grow weak, Vil. She is not yet prepared ; and let ber will, Rise in full force, and pour its vengeance on her. My worthiest friend, determine her behaviour;
C. Bald. Now, Carlos, take example to tby aid; To win, and not to force ber disposition, let Biron's disobedience, and the curse
Has been my seven years' task. She will anon He took into his bosom, prove a warning,
Speak welcome to you all. The music stavs. I monitor to thee, to keep thy duty
(VILLEROY and his friends seat themselves. firm and unshaken. Car. ( kneels. ) May those rankling wounds,
EPITHALAMIUM. 'l bich Biron's disobedience gave my father, He heal'd by me.
Woman. Let all, let all be gay, C. Bald. With tears I thank thee, Carlos
Begin the rapturous lay, [Raises him.
Let mirth, let mirth and joy, Ind may'st thou ever feel those inward joys,
Each happy bour employ, hy dutv gires thy father--but, my son,
Of this fair bridal day. e must not let resentment choke our justice ; iis fit that Villeroy know he has no claim
Vil [Rises.] I thank you for this proof of your :rom me, in right of Isabella.-Biron
affection. Whose name brings tears), wben wedded to this I am so niuch transported with the thoughts woman,
Of what I am, I know nut what I do. By me abandon'd, sunk the little fortune
My Isabella! - but, possessing her, lis uncle left, in vanity and fondness :
Who would not lose himself?I am possess'd of those your brother's papers,
Where's Carlos now? lbich now are Villeroy's, and, should aught re- Methinks I am but half myself without him. main,
Maur. This is wonderful! married, and yet in .njustice it is bis; from me to him
raptures. Tou shall convey them-follow me, and take them, Vil. Oh! when you all get wives, and such as [Exit Count Baldwin,
mine Car. Yes, I will taire them; but ere 1 part with (If such another woman can be found), tbem,
You will rave too, dote on the dear content,
And prattle in their praise out of all bounds.
Oh, the joy, the lasting blessing, I cannot speak my bliss ! 'Tis in my head.
When with virtue beauty charms ! 'Tis in my heart, and takes up all my soul
Purer flames shall gently warm yo; The labour of my fancy.
Love and honour both shall charm thee.
Car. You'll take my advice anotber time, sister, Enter ISABELLA and Child.
(Isabella droops-all rise. My Isabella! Oh, the joy of my heart,
Vil. When have you done ? A rising smile That I have leave at last to call you mine!
Stole from her thoughts, just redd'ning co her But let me look upon you, view you well.
cheek, This is a welcome gallantry indeed!
And you bave dash'd it. I durst not ask, but it was kind to grant,
Car. I'm sorry for't. Just at this time : dispensing with your dress Vil. My friends, you will forgive me, when I own, Upon this second day to greet our friends. I must prefer her peace to all the world! Isa. Black might be ominous :
Come, Isabella, let us lead the way : I would not bring ill-luck along with me.
Within we'll speak our welcome to our friends, Vil. Oh! if your melancholy thoughts could And crown the happy festival with joy. change
[Exeunt.-Scene closes. With shifting of your dress—Time has done cures Incredible this way, and may again.
SCENE III.- A Room. Isa. I could have wish'd, if you had thought it
Enter Sampson and Nurse, laughing. fit, Our marriage had not been so public.
Samp. Ay, marry, nurse, here's a master, inVil. Do not you grudge me my excess of love ; deed ? He'll double our wages for us! If he comes That was a cause it could not be conceal'd : on as fast with my lady as he does with bis serBesides, 'twould injure the opinion
vants, we are all in the way to be well pleased. I have of my good fortune, having you;
Nurse. He's in a rare humour; if she be in as And lessen it in other people's thoughts. good a one
Samp. If she be, marry, we may e'en say, they Enter Carlos.
have begot it upon one another. Vil. My Carlos too, who came in to the support your old Count? You thought your throat cut, I
Nurse. Well; why don't you go back again to Of our bad fortune, bas an honest right,
warrant you, to be turned out of a nobleman's serIn better times to share the good with us.
vice, Car. I come to claim that right, to share your Samp. For the future, I will never serve in a joy;
house where the master or mistress of it lie single: To wish you joy; and find it in myself;
they are out of humour with every body when For a friend's happiness reflects a warmth,
they are not pleased themselves. Now, this maA kindly comfort into every heart
trimony makes every thing go well. There's mirth That is not envious.
and money stirring about when those matters go on [Leads the Child, and appears to fondle him.
as they should do. Vil. He must be a friend indeed,
Nurse. Indeed, this matrimony, SampsonWho is not envious of a happiness
Samp. Ab, nurse! this matrimony is a very good So absolute as mine : there is the cause ;
thing- - but what, now my lady is married, I hope Thauk her for what I am, and what must be :
we shall bave company come to the house : there's
[Music flourish. something always coming from one gentleman or I see you mean a second entertainment.
other upon those occasions, if my lady loves com. My dearest Isabella, you must bear
pany. This feasting looks well, nurse. The raptures of my friends ; from thee they spring;
Nurse. Odso, my master! we must not be seen. Thy virtues have diffused themselves around,
[Exeunt. And made them all as happy as myself.
Isa. I feel their favours with a grateful heart, Enter VILLEROY, with a letter, and ISABELLA. And willingly comply. [VILLEROY, IsabelLA, Carlos, and Child
Vil. I must away this moment--see his lettor, sit; attendants stand at their backs.
Sign'd by bimself: alas! he could no more ;
My brother's desperate, and cannot die
In peace, but in my arms.
Isa. So suddenly! Man. Ye love-wing'd bours, your Aight,
Vil. Suddenly taken, on the road to Brussels, Your downy flight prepare,
To do us honour, love; unfortunate ! Bring every soft delight
Thus to be torn from thee, and all those charms, T soothe the brave and fair.
Though cold to mo and dead.
Could I persuade myself, that your concern
For me, or for my absence, were the spring,
The fountain of these melancholy thoughts,
My beart would dance, spite of the sad occasion, Truth and honour shall attend ye;
And be a gay companion in my journey;
My good Carlos, why hare you left my frienás?
Car. They are departed home.
ipere, as early as vou please, this is the huase, you They saw some sudden melancholy news
have observed the street. Had stolen the lively colour from your cheek- Bel. I warrant you : your directions will carry You had withdrawn, the bride, alarm'd, had fol. me to my lodgings.
[Erit. low'd :
Bir. Good night, my friend.
And if all here is well, my past sorrows
Will only heighten my excess of joy;
[Knocks. Th’ Archbishop of Malines, your worthy brother
Samp. Who's there? What would you have ? Isa. You hear it must be so.
Bir. Is your lady at home, friend? Vil. Oh, that it must!
Samp. Why, truly, friend, it is my employment Car. To leave your bride so soon!
to answer impertinent questions : but for my lady's Vil. But having the possession of my love, being at home, or no, that's just as my lady pleases. I am the better able to support
Bir. But how shall I know whether it pleases My absence in the hopes of my return.
her or no? Car. Your stay will be but short ?
Samp. Why, if you'll take my word for it, you Vil. It will seem long!
may carry your errand back again: she never The longer that my Isabella sighs :
pleases to see any body at this time of night, that I shall be jealous of this rival grief,
she does not know; and by your dress and appear. It takes so full possession of thy heart,
ance I am sure you must be a stranger to her. There is not room enough for mighty love.
Bir. But I bave business; and you don't know Enter Servant, bows, and exit.
how that may please her.
Samp. Nay, if you bave business, she is the My horses wait: farewell, my love! You, Carlos, best judge whether your business will please her Will act a brother's part, till I return,
or no: therefore I will proceed in my office, and And be the guardian here. All, all I have
know of my lady wheiher or no she is pleased to That's dear to me, I give up to your care.
be at home or no
[Going. Car. And I receive her as a friend and brother. Vil. Nay, stir not, love! for the night air is cold,
Nurse. Who's that you are so busy withal? Me. [Erit with Carlos.
thinks youmight have found an answer in fewer Isa. Oh, may thy brother better all thy hopes !!
words : but, Sampson, you love to hear yourself Adieu. prate sometimes, as well as your betters, that I
Who A sudden melancholy bakes my blood !
must say for you. Let me come to him ?
would you speak with, stranger? Forgive me, Villeroy—I do not find That cheerful gratitude thy service asks:
Bir. With you, mistress, if you could help me Yet, if I know my heart, and sure I do,
to speak to your lady. 'Tis not averse from honest obligation.
Nurse. Yes, sir, I can help you in a civil way: I'll to my chainber, and to bed : my mind,
but can nobody do your business but my lady? My harass'd mind is weary.
Bir. Not so well; but if you carry her this ring, she'll know my business better.
Nurse. There's no love-letter in it, I hope ; you look like a civil gentleman. In an honest way, I may bring you an answer.
[Erit. Bir. My old nurse, only a little older; they say The tongue grows always : mercy on me! then her's
is seven years longer since I left her. Yet there
is something in these servants' folly pleases me; ACT IV.
the cautious conduct of the family appears, and
speaks in their impertinence. Well, mistressSCENE 1.-The Street.
Nurse. I have delivered your ring, sir! pray Bir. The longest day will have an end; we are Heaven, you bring no bad news along with you! got home at last.
Bir. Quite contrary, I bope. Bel. We have got our legs at liberty; and liberty Nurse. Nay, I hope so too; but my lady was is home, where'er we go, though mive lies most very inuch surprised when I gave it her. "Sir, I in England.
am but a servant, as a body may say; but if you'll Bir. Pray, let me call this yours : for what I walk in that I may shut the doors, for we keep can command in Brussels, you shall find your own. very orderly hours, I can show you into the para I have a father here, who perhaps, after seven lour, and help you to an answer, perhaps as soon years' absence, and costing him nothing in my as those that are wiser
[Exit. travels, may be glad to see me.
You linow my
Bir. I'll follow syoustory —How does my disguise become me? Now all my spirits hurry to my heart,
Bel. Just as you would have it; 'tis natural, and And every sense has taken the alarm will conceal you.
At this approaching interview! Bir. To-morrow you shall be sure to find me Heavens ! how I tremble !