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But thy known voice has lur'd her back again.
moment, I feel thy pangs of disappointed love. “ Is it not pity that this youth should fall, " That all his wond'rous goodness should be lost, " And the world never know it? Oh, my Altamont!” Give me thy sorrows, let me bear 'em for thee, And shelter thee from ruin.
Lav. Oh, my brother, Think not but we will share in all thy woes; We'll sit all day, and tell sad tales of love : And when we light upon some faithless woman, 440 Some beauty, like Calista, false and fair, We'll fix our grief, and our complaining there ; We'll curse the nymph that drew the ruin on, And mourn the youth that was, like thee, undone.
ACT V. SCENE 1.
A Room hung with Black; on one side Lothario's Body on
a Bier ; on the other a Table, with a Scull and other Bones, a Book and a Lamp on it.
Calista is discovered on a Couch, in Black; her Hair hanging loose and disordered. After soft Music,
she rises and comes forward.
" S O N G.
" From the coverts where you stray,
lurk and shun the day,
Cal. 'Tis well! these solemn sounds, this pomp
of horror, Are fit to feed the frenzy in my soul. Here's room for meditation ev'n to madness; Till the mind burst with thinking. This dull Aame Sleeps in the socket. Sure the book was left To tell me something ;—for instruction thenHe teaches holy sorrow and contrition, And penitence.-Is it become an art, then? A trick that lazy, dull, luxurious gownmen Can teach us to do over? I'll no more o'nt;
[Throwing away the book. I have more real anguish in my heart, Than all their pedant discipline e'er knew. What charnel has been rifled for these bones? Fie! this is pageantry;-they look uncouthly, But what of that, if he or she that own'd'em Safe from disquiet sit, and smile to see The farce their miserable reliets play? But here's a sight is terrible indeed! Is this that haughty, gallant, gay, Lothario, That dear perfidious—Ah !-how pale he looks! How grim with clotted blood, and those dead eyes! Ascend, ye ghosts, fantastic forms of night, In all your diff'rent dreadful shapes ascend, And match the present horror, if you can.
Enter SCIOLTO. Sci. This dead of night, this silent hour of darkNature for rest ordain'd, and soft repose; And yet distraction, and tumultuous jars, Keep all our frighted citizens awake: “ The senate, weak, divided, and irresolute, “ Want pow'r to succour the afflicted state. “ Vainly in words and long debates they're wise, " While the fierce factions scorn their peaceful
orders, “ And drown the voice of law in noise and anarchy." Amidst the general wreck, see where she stands,
[Pointing to Calista. Like Helen, in the night when Troy was sack'd, Spectatress of the mischief which she made.
Cal. It is Sciolto! Be thyself, my soul; Be strong to bear his fatal indignation, That he may see thou art not lost so far, But somewhat still of his great spirit lives In the forlorn Calista.
Sci. Thou wert once My daughter.
Cal. Happy were it I had dy'd, And never lost that name.
Sci. That's something yet ; Thou wert the very darling of my age : I thought the day too short to gaze upon thee, That all the blessings I could gather for thee, By cares on earth, and by my pray’rs to Heav'n, Were little for my fondness to bestow; Why didst thou turn to folly, then, and curse me? Cal. Because my soul was rudely drawn from yours;
A poor imperfect copy of my father,
Cal. I have, as on the end of shame and sorrow.
Sci. Ha! answer me! Say, hast thou coolly thought?
Cal. I've turn’d my eyes inward upon myself,
Sci. 'Tis justly thought, and worthy of that spirit
Cal. Then spare the telling, if it be a pain,