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'Till I shall call upon thee to declare,
Pris. Fear not that I shall mar so fair an harvest,
[Lady RANDOLPH goes towards the Servants. Lady R. This man is not th'assassin you suspected, Though chance combin'd some likelihoods against
him. He is the faithful bearer of the jewels To their right owner, whom in haste he seeks. 'Tis meet that youl
him on his way, Since your mistaken zeal hath dragg’d him hither.
[Exeunt Stranger and Servanis. My faithful Anna! dost thou share my joy? 2.40 I know thou dost. Unparallell’d event! Reaching from heav'n to earth, Jehovah's arm Snatch'd from the waves, and brings to me my son!
Judge of the widow, and the orphan's father,
Anna. How fondly did your eyes devour the boy !
Lady R. The ready story of his birth believ'd
likeness my so sudden favour:
260 But most of all I long to let him know Who his true parents are, to risp his neck, And tell him all the story of his father.
Anna. With wary caution you must bear yourself In public, lest your tenderness break forth, And in observers stir conjectures strange. “ For, if a cherub in the shape of woman “ Should walk this world, yet defamation would, “ Like a vile cur, bark at the angel's train.” To-day the baron started at your tears.
Lady R. He did so, Anna! well thy mistress knows If the least circumstance, mote of offence, Should touch the baron's eye, his sight would be
With jealousy disorder's. But the more
Anna. That demon haunts you still:
Lady R. Now I shun him not.
Glen. Noble dame ! The hovering Dane at last his men hath landed : No band of pirates; but a mighty host, That come to settle where their valour conquers : To win a country, or to lose themselves. l.ady R. But whence comes this intelligence, Glenalvon ?
Glen. A nimble courier sent from yonder camp, To hasten up the chieftains of the north, Inform’d me as he pass’d, that the fierce Dane Had on the eastern coast of Lothian landed, “ Near to that place where the sea rock immense, “ Amazing bass, looks o’er a fertile land. “ Lady R. Then must this western army march to
join « The warlike troops that guard Edena's tow'rs.
“ Glen. Beyond all question. If impairing time “ Has not effac'd the image of a place, “Once perfect in my breast, there is a wild " Which lies to westward of that mighty rock, “ And seems by nature formed for the camp « Of water-wafted armies, whose chief strength " Lies in firm foot, unflank'd with warlike horse : “If martial skill directs the Danish lords, " There inaccessible their army lies “ To our swift-scow'ring horse, the bloody field 320 ci Must man to man, and foot to foot be fought."
Lady R. How many mothers shall bewail their sons! How many widows weep their husbands slain ! Ye dames of Denmark, ev'n for you I feel. Who sadly sitting on the sea-beat shore, Long look for lords that never shall return.
Glen. Oft has th' unconquer'd Caledonian sword Widow'd the north. The children of the slain Come as I hope, to meet their father's fate. The monster war, with her infernal brood, Loud-yelling fury and life-ending pain,
Are objects suited to Glenalvon's soul.
Lady R. I scorn thee not but when I ought to scorn;
Glen. One instant stay, and hear an alter'd man.
Lady R. A&t thus, Glenalvon, and I am thy friend:
[Exit Lady RANDOLPH. Glen. [solus. ] Amen! and virtue is its own reward!