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khafi-t^vxAyn-^iSL ) Ar^vt^t^ WOMAN'S witchcraft: THE CUESE OF COQUETRY a JUramattc Ivmnance. COEINNE L'ESTKANGE. Fuck. — Now shall two at once woo one: That must needs be sport alone; For those things do best please That rne, befall preposterously. Midsummer Night's Dkeam. PHILADELPHIA: WILLIS P. HAZARD, 178 CHESTNUT STREET. 1854.

Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1854, by CORINNE I/ESTRANGE, in the Office of the Clerk of the District Court of the United States in and for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. PHILADELPHIA: T. K. AND P. G. COLLINS, PRINTERS.

—— — — —— — — SCENE— THE PYRENEES, IN SPAIN; TIME, A.D. 1715. DRAMATIS PERSONiE. MEN. PHILIP V.— King or Spain. CALVAR Duke of Bilbao. DON ALONZO a Young Nobleman, travelling in the guise of a Student. ABDALLAH ROMULO a GABRIEL a Moorish Knight. Chief of Banditti. a Young Priest. PIETRO—a Shepherd. CARLOS— Page to Donna SILVIO Viola. Gate-keeper to the Castle of Algolar. WOMEN. DONNA VIOLA Lady of the Castle of Algolar, near the Pyrenees. OLIVIA Cousin to Donna Viola, afterwards Bilbao. HELENA Waiting-Maid to Donna Viola. ISMENA the White Witch of the Pyrenees. Chorus of Evil Spirits, etc. etc. Duchess of

NOTE. Although historical accuracy is similar composition, it may not pretended to in this if in any- be mentioned that, according to the chronicles of Spain, King Philip V. lost his queen, Maria Louisa, withdrew from the by death, in 1714; affairs of government, confiding them entirely to the Cardinal del and that he then Giudice, a Neapolitan. for a time C. L.

— ! ! WOMAN'S WITCHCRAFT. ACT SCENE I. A dark night on I. the Pyrenees, —Ismena, the Witch of the Mountains, alone, with a flaming pine hranch in her hand. Ismena. Grim night —and clouds, and storms — I welcome you! Even when as —ages gone —the Of womanhood was mine, Ye, only, make Of me My soul Now, More — amid dire my and Than forked To Roll on, —nearer ! find a me Let bathe thy terrors, which are joys undying, yet death-thirsting nature to heart I welcomed friends being, which doth punish me. this warm half forget this curse Thou deep mouthed thunder To soft, task. Ye your secret terrible in lightnings — — spells spirits that leap mocking heaven "Which ye can torture ! that do love this night in human gather near There's work for you. 1* from hearts me now hell

! ! ! woman's witchcraft. 6 Voices of Invisible Amen! Spirits. Rise we ; to curse earth again Ismena. Come, come, come ! 'Tis well Voices. We haste hither from our hell. Thou hast might to bid us come, Were a paradise our home. [Above, below, Other Voices. We and around. come, we come Midnight yields her blackest To engird us and, with ; Damning powers of ill That can make earth pall all and hate, desolate, Witch, upon thy will we wait. Ismena. Hear, then, and aid ! Ye, who forget not, know the unwreaked curse That waits on her who lords Mistress of yonder castle. Ye it 'mid these A deep curse promised me. Voices of Spirits. We promised, Ismena. The time draws on. Of hills, father and of mother And o'er these Save ours, Ay, with That love to — fulfil. yon halls wide domains, she meets no will thwart her. free heart, must in — and Left lonely by the death hath sought it; it for love; has come. Over her newborn sleep die. I breathed the words She has longed : "The heart her heart shall seek,

— ; ! — ; ; ; ; ! — woman's witchcraft. She shall not find ; winning, rue the prize. or, One love shall never Jill her heart; insate, win and She still Yet find in life shall be loved, and love, lose; no peace until 1 Heaven s power Shall conquer ours!" This do First Voice. Second Third Then, Voice. What Voice. we dread pile our curses be? shall they No First Voice. But a No early blight too dangerous beauty's light; charm lack of power, no loss of But ! on her head love, her A smile, that own and wounds others' harm like dagger-stroke Soft words, to rend the heart of oak All that gives most of joy in To be life, to her the soul of strife All woman's wiles, and more than they, To fix, to Be these Our fasten, her bane witchcraft and betray; if ; these shall may no more avail Chorus of Evil Away away! , the fail, Spirits. charm has spread Rest beauty's curse upon her head! Ismena. 'Tis well! [Exit.

; WOMAN SCENE II. Viola maid , A room in kneeling by her V. WITCHCRAFT. Castle the of Algolar —Donna upon a couch, with Helena, her seen reclining Donna S arrange her hair. to Methought the Duke should have been here ere now. my Helena. Not yet, Donna V. Noon, lady ; barely noon. it is say'st thou Why, ? these walls look dull as night. Alas ! mine eyes take shadows from my thoughts All things seem dark without, when sad within. Helena. Then soon, I trust, your noon will shine again. Donna V. I trust, but yet Didst ever love, Helena Helena. Donna Helena. Thou He was, didst till ! And was ; its fears. lady. thy gentle true to thee ? death. rises, Ah V. These horrid doubts heart aches with my Yes, V. [H. Donna my ? ! and goes to the window. then thou ne'er hast known these fears, that shake the heart Like earthquakes ; thou hast never known the hour Creep slowly on, when he thou watchest for Should come, and yet he comes not Those nights of peopled fantasy, —never known — when dreams Place him thou lovest in some rival's arms,

— ; — ! ! woman's witchcraft. Greeting thine ears with scorn Ye men, vain men ! ! should be angels in your kindlier hours So, only, might ye heal the Helena. Not yet wounds love makes Comes not Carlos yet In woman's bosom. but, climbing o'er ; ? yon farthest hill, Methinks I see his horse. Donna not the Duke's Is't V. ? Helena. No, madam. Donna Let V. [Donna V. How slow he moves, With weary — look; it and goes must be he to the as though the steed were ! window. worn travel, or his rider's heart Pressed heavily with some No me rises, 'Tis not the grief. lover thus could to his mistress ride Duke. ! Love's step hath wings, feathered with joyous thoughts; 'Tis melancholy moves with leaden Why I bade him hasten with I'll find some speedier knave my Helena. Pardon, Burden his Donna O, V. it ! Of youth and tell Thou Say, canst thou think all lady By heaven, my errand ? to serve ; if unwished-for tidings mind I cannot bear Are news his stride. Doth he not know lags the page so long ? it ? me not of that dost not think love so easily forgot our hopes — all him false ? 0, are the sweet hours ? the fond vows we swore

— woman's witchcraft. 10 Broken forever If he, ? I'll who seemed not believe in Heaven, now so true, [Enter the me play false ! page, Carlos.] Carlos, thou shouldst have brought a world of news, to be So long in bearing it. What of the Duke? Carlos. Madam, Duke Calvar comes Donna V. Sirrah, thou liest He promised me Donna They What V. not here to day. I wait him on this hour. ! Carlos. He had ridden to And yet alone. ! told me the hunt, with of him, lady, hawk and hound, Alone, and to the hunt riddle weav'st thou ? ? Chasing a new-found quarry, Carlos. Just started from a covert near Bilbao. Donna V. [Stamping her foot..] I tell thee, knave, speak out! I'll bear no more of this Carlos. Madam, he Donna where went ; V. To your V. Alone would return attended. the old porter, That For all feast whom It was wassail. But said I roundly bribed, within the castle was prepared and uncle's castle. ? Alone, and secretly. Carlos. He By Duke ? Well! Carlos. Donna the rode yet, I heard,

— — ! woman's witchcraft. Donna Knowest V. for what 11 ? The King Carlos. Comes morrow on the Donna V. The to grace the festival festival And Carlos. seal, with royal will, Their nuptials. Donna Whose? V. The Duke's. Carlos. Donna Tlie Dulces SCENE Calvar's? V. [She ! III. falls in Evening a swoon, and — The gate of the the scene same Castle —Enter Silvio, the porter, and Pedro, a servant. Pedro. Come, Silvio, comrade, a quarto for thy thoughts. Silvio. Make Pedro. Tut, it a doubloon, and I man ! may talk with thee. thy whole brains, made into barbecue, and served up with tongue, were not worth the half of that. But, I would have thee say, what dost thou think of our mistress ? Silvio. mistress, and that I am Ay ; simply, that she is my her honest porter, Silvio. Pedro. Honest, forsooth Silvio. Why, Think of her? ! as honest as thou art a scurvy knave. Pedro. If I do not break thy skull for that word, with thine own keys

— woman's witchcraft. 12 Hold Silvio. she comes. ! Pedro. The devil Pedro. Ha, ha ! The gate I don't see her. ! Ay, but the Silvio. my is fast. devil is loose. mistress is the devil, then thy thoughts, loose-tongue, without the quarto. I have ! Good But, ! dost thou really think Think Silvio. and thy the ! blockhead —have done with thy Dost not know talking, too. White Witch goes her rounds me from all ! Thou Didst thou ever see her ! Never but once before Silvio. that follows Her ! is thinking, when the hour ? Pedro. Ave Maria Sanctissima in a tremble it puttest me all ? last night. footsteps Heaven among shield the leaves, I have heard a-many a time. Pedro. And Silvio. Always at this hour ? at this hour. Pedro. May-be thou mayst disbelieve me, but I I am tell thee bitterly afeard. Silvio. I have no doubt of it. her path as she walks, they say, Pedro. Ugh, ugh, ugh Silvio. Get thee ! is To meet Sancta Maria Ora Get [The if [Exeunt. Witch, changes. — the night air blows in. leading and cross I shall be murdered in, get thee in. with rheumatism in these old bones on me. her, death. Ismena, passes over DoNNA VlOLA hy the the stage rapidly, hand — scene then

— woman's witchcraft. SCENE ing from a among crevice the rocks Whither V. so fast ? Now we may Ismena. In Is granted. this Then V. me let Ismena. Hast thou no fears Donna They at once to the antipodes. I could quaff fire, bathe in blood, or sleep couch no softer than these pointed rocks those I love, and hate to this wreak my 'Tis easier and touch thy dainty pure mountain crystal, which Have somewhat wrought upon, and Thy art now resistless. won. lips my spells all is thine. [Donna Viola —thou will ! Ismena. 'Tis but to stoop Go it. and night; when passion burns, So might I win the power To drink of ? Passion and fear are strangers V. are like sun Fear sinks On Thy wish rest. stream resides the power spirit craved. Donna On the and Donna Viola. Donna ! —A fountain gush— Enter Ismena, IV. The Pyrenees by moonlight Witch, Thy 13 stoops and drinks. Every eye glance shall meet will answer thine with love. Mark well my words : u Thy hand shall have the power !

— ; ! woman's witchcraft. 14 To draw Whose lions from their e'e?i den and ; he meet thine, shall seek no other love!" lips If what thou soughtst as blessing, prove a curse. Say not that / have cursed Donna And I I crave revenge Who If am armed be the weapon blessed or cursed, to On It matters little. To thee. V. men it recoil at on Donna if my feet, Love my V. my shall yield me power abject slaves me Come, Ismena. man most dearly upon him hath so wronged me. lay Then, ; the race of ; me To-morrow let us hence. will I to Duke spells prove powerless Witch, thy foul treachery Calvar's castle on him, shall not fail reward! [Exeunt.

woman's witchcraft. ACT SCENE A festival, I. 15 II. &c, with masquers, in the Castle of the — Duke of Bilbao Enter Donna Viola, masoned, sued by King Philip. King Philip. Nay, then, sweet nymph, be not 'pur- so fleet of foot! I am not wont to weary so in chase. Donna King V. Nor Philip. I to be so Why, worn with being chased. then, pray rest thee on this arm awhile. I am not yet so old nor grim of mien, In step nor lip so palsied nor so cold, That dainty beauties need take fright Donna What V. wouldst thou Donna To it Dost thou know Sire, I do; V. were rank disloyalty in woman yield to majesty, in kingly state, More than Unto in maiden honor would be given his humblest vassal. King Philip. Why, A me. ? King Philip. But at then, I'll Sayst thou so ? be most humble, and put up vassal-like request. me?

— — ! ; ! woman's witchcraft. 1G Donna What is it, sire ? might V. kiss King Philip. That I Donna my King Ay, and V. your majesty's Wilt thou be Pliilip. Donna Upon V. Name V. That, from this moment, all the price. my motions here or look. King Philip. What so free ? by your royal hand, Shall be unfettered Or word, hand. condition only. King Philip. Donna fair lips too. 'Tis granted. magic's in those lips What necromancy spelled 0, ye heavens '[Kisses her.'] What ? ! art of fire them with such sweetness ? Yet, one word, lady One word little Donna —when we meet again To-morrow noon V. King Philip. Not Or shall till the — no, no; ? you will forget moon remembers not me. to shine, night to set Donna To-morrow, then, a page V. Will bring a token from Remember Whatever [Enter our condition. my hand. Farewell Heed you not stirs. Duke Calvar Sir Du7ce C. No with Donna Olivia, his Gride.] Duke, a word with you words, fair masque, are sweet to bridegroom's ears That make not music Donna V. for his mistress, too. Thine ears alone must hear what I would say.

; ! woman's witchcraft. Duhe My C. Donna V. ears are deaf to all but [Taking him by come hence Duhe Duhe what she hears. You must, my lord, ! [Going.'] C. Donna the hand.~ 17 A most brave masque, ha! ha! Olivia. Calvar my Anon, C. lady ! 'tis some folly I will be with thee soon; sweet, pardon me. [Exeunt SCENE A II. Donna V. and Duke Calvar. same terrace or balcony belonging to the Castle —Enter Duke Calvar and Donna Viola. Duhe This is By 0. all the saints, and Mary's self to boot, a famous prank There dwells more strength ! In three small fingers of that Than in all Hercules' Come, I Now, what ! must know. hand lily art thou ? [Raises her masque.'] What, Viola, thou here! Who bade thee to this feast ? Donna My V. Know thou, false Duke, true And winged like Mercury ! Gates, and That give Though And love slighted love is ! Argus-eyed, Embattled walls, portcullis, are but things of sport, its search more zest twice ten thousand thou in the centre ; ! men or, I would have found thee, stood armed around, though the hollow earth 2*

— — ! ; ! woman's witchcraft. 18 Had bid thee in her bosom, farther down Than ever miner sank his fearful shaft Thou hast been Duke me. false to 0, pardon, Viola! C. Donna Talk not of pardon V. Were thy home ! a dun- geon, Lonely, and cold, and clamp, where one small ray Of heaven's light smiled on thee through a crevice, And And 0, one poor cup of water every day, crust of bread, tell me ! came to thee Should close that gap, that shone, Between thee and thy doom, and To its aid, loneliness like Heaven's mercy, leave thee there Yet, in woman's heart die in darkness ? Are by wouldst thou pardon him whose hand and darkness such as ne'er In dankest cavern gloomed, when the sweet light Of love, her sunshine, is shut out forever Duke C. Donna Then I am guilty — guilty. Basely so V. But come, thou mayst in part atone. 0, how Dulce C. Be it Or ? precious gems; or favor with the king; by forfeiture of lands, or vassals, Or aught more Donna dear- What need have V. I ask a simple boon; wilt promise it? Duke C. Ay, on my knees. I of these ?

! : ! ! ! 19 woman's witchcraft. Donna Alone — as Duke That One V. was your wont C If all souls ! were damned with such sweet punishment, sin, Donna saintless ! Well, V. You marvel May now my at kindness Then thou hast proffered — ah ! it will I, —by villain by Heaven! all the joys memory That didst not keep such record of that As would have did I bury V. me all bliss, other hopes 0, fool that I was ? in another's Not yet that thy spirit Duke My blotted out did I lose thee Donna But arms ! ? art thou so buried, noble may Hold, tempter, hold O. plighted oath Donna Was V. for each day, a it not sworn to me ? new one for each hour; Then, every kiss was crowned with an oath. Then tell me Duke, walk. Once, did you swear a thousand loving oaths; One lord, it. C. So treasured once Why Why my and, perchance, ; repent already of your grant. I will not urge Now castle happy days. in paragon of mercy High heaven were almost Duke my visit to not of any newer vows False to yon bride, thou wert a perjurer; But, false to me, a thousandfold more perjur'd ! —

— ! ; woman's witchcraft. 20 Duke My 0. Now Sweet, Viola To My to ; all faith ; every thought Thou is me reason scorns. but faithless seems swallowed up in one, have but thee alone ! but some goddess grown, art not mortal, lure my passion seeonds what Honor seems dead thus, like lion from his lair, bridal revelry still ringing loud But, lady, by whatever spell attained, The palm My thine is my wife, Donna Duke V. Then, V. is my bride, —but thou listen to Humbly C. Donna Olivia : duchess art my my queen ! sovereign commands. I wait to hear and to obey. Mark, then ; I will not ask what, once in pity to all yon new-made wife, mine, thou stolest; I ask but that, one day in every seven, We celebrate the Housed Heal my in my Duke memory castle ; deep wound of V. may you many broken Most generous queen C. Donna of old loves thus, in part, ! oaths. Thy Then, now, farewell; back subject shall obey. to your blushing bride; Yet, in the height and summit of your So much at least of Remember Duke is bliss, due Viola. Shall the day be to-morrow C. Donna punishment V. Nay ; but the next. ?

; ;; woman's witchcraft. Duke The C. But, goest not to the feast again Donna 21 may next, then, it be. ? Not V. I j Good-night. Duhe Good-night, C. Donna Duke Donna until ! wilt remember ? doomsday. [Exit. 0, that treacherous word V. ! times that day had come to pass, Did breaking my yet, queen Thou Ay, C. How many But my V. vows compel of men's charms work well : it hither. / thank Witch thee, ! _Exit. SCENE III. A woodland at sunrise —Enter Don Alonzo in the dress of a student. Don In Alonzo. many What lovely vision passed before lands I have travelled, and have seen All bright ideals of immortal art And, Or in weird fancy's studio, I have found, fashioned, forms of But Have She these eyes looked sat upon her horse Were proud And still surpassing grace ne'er in travel, art, or fancy's forms, to bear upon so fair a thing as though the air her up, nor needed else from her eye such lustre darted forth ! my sight ?

! ! woman's witchcraft. 22 As might have Do dawn roused the lark before the 0, I will follow her and ! ! earth if this give her habitation, once again Mine eyes may feast upon such wondrous charms [Exit. Enter Pietro, a shepherd. What do Pietro. these gentlefolks abroad so early my here have I just rubbed when race with the skylark, galloping across the sleepy eyes, and this madcap come ? Why, to run a of a lady comes with a poor devil of a page try- fields, ing the mettle of his steed and his spurs to keep pace with But, by the keys of the Church, that fine lass has a her. wondrous pair of eyes make What ! What ! when a sight, on her lips, all and such a song mad our merry fellows seest her again —La, la why, they would make where they say the sun the lads and lasses were at among them the vintage, to see her all a lovely milkmaid she would ! all, in her Pietro, with such a smile mouth, as would turn my boy, an thou ever what a pair of eyes ! it is day ! Eyes, eyes ! at the frozen pole of the earth, out of sight for six months [Exit, singing. SCENE IV. A Viola Donna Helena. V. room in Algolar (in riding habit) Castle — Enter Donna and Helena. 0, 'twas a fright, Helena ! How, dear lady ?

;; ; ; woman's witchcraft. Donna Hold me I tremble yet V. — I faint Thus, in the fire mouse may I who have dared Such, such we ! but, ; fright us when our rage What V. are much ! A dozen is cooled, ! Helena. Donna women so and tempest of our passion, "We can meet fiends A — 23 hath happened you ? robbers, scarce a mile from hence, Set on us suddenly from out a wood. They bound yon As though And me fought, forsooth, their bearded chieftain came, draw me from to who ten years of war had schooled his arms then to In act trusty page, my saddle down. Helena. 0, terrors! Donna Then, I thought V. me of a spell Learned from Ismena, the old mountain hag. I placed And my hand upon his ruffian grasp, cried, a a word, bold sir!" "No words/' he said; " Kisses would more become those pretty " Yet, words first, Mastering the fears that choked me. And, wondering, gazed on me To hear a lamb cry " truce" Thus, woman's gentleness Than lips I" kisses after," I replied valor, trebly armed. as He stood back, might a wolf to his bloody jaws. is oft more strong His dark brow smoothed, Lip softened, and his eye grew mild with love; Anon, he sank upon his very knees Begged and entreated me to smile on him !

; ; ! — woman's witchcraft. 24 Asked pardon for the rudeness of his seizure Bid Carlos be unbound To show himself And Helena. in short, did all ; the conquered, though did he leave you so He did, Helena; bade me (which his noble Donna Only he my victor. ? V. front, Most knightly bearing, and frank courtesy Made easy ransom) promise in return, I would forget his ruffian -like pursuit And, as he swore he Guest him within was of gentlest blood, my castle. Passing strange Helena. Donna There That V. —things stranger yet may be my a restless fever in is calls for Though 0, Helena all more —and my room of Helena. The V. my state Perchance his majesty Donna thoughts, will not be appeased, the noblest of this goodly land Fall, as love's vassals, at Go, deck ! : throned feet! this afternoon may happen here. King ? The King ! why not ? — Go, child, prepare. Exit Helena. ; Tis said, the lion that hath tasted blood, Slumbrous and tame before, grows hot with rage even so, methinks, am I, Now this new lust of power hath so been fed. Woman first passion ever must be luce ; Thirsting for prey 's ;

— ! — — ; ! !! ! 25 But, be this thwarted —jealousy, or revenge, Or love of power, each Or all at once ; But, for this paltry He is may hold —mine, mine its rule, love of conquest Duke what care I not true; is for his love ? The I shall not worship changelings. Where Love sits Not Cleopatra Not all — true heart, once enthroned, no charms divine, Circe's wand— nor Siren the bright perfections of an angel Can bend to swerve from — allegiance its O, thus would I have loved, had he been true For I did doat on him Became idolatry. The very And he, air things changed all and sunshine glowed like heaven; who, erst had been a plain blunt man, Became Hyperion So wondrous But now me love in till Then, — to my love-lit eyes. the alchemy of love is all's gone. I have exchanged my He is my ! prey. Come, power nature with the tigress ; And, through the tangled jungle of men's hearts I move, with stealthy tread, yet sure of spring, And strong to wound— e'en to the bloody death [Exit.

— — — ! ! woman's witchcraft. 26 ACT SCENE A I. room of Enter, on one side, state III. in Castle the King Philip; on — of AhjoJar the other, Donna Viola. King To doff Thou Philip. my fair enchantress, who hast won me so royalty, as one of old More mighty did his strength, behold All unattended, as thou bad'st Content, thus at thy feet, me here,— me come - ; thy royal slave _Kneels to her. Donna V. Rise, sire ; such homage should be yours from me. King Philip. No; in love's kingdom, all high rule re- versed, One only sceptre sways the universe 'Tis woman's beauty, and that nameless charm "Which thou, Donna King fair Y. I Philip. Donna V. queen of hearts, so queenly wear'st do beseech your majesty to Command me, and I rise. must obey perforce. Your humblest servant doth command you, then. Will you be seated ? [The King Or, I well remember, Your highness hath a more Arcadian fancy rises.

; ! woman's witchcraft. I have a pleasant garden near the 27 castle, Shaded, yet sweet with wafted breath of flowers; And cool withal, where waters fall King Philip. I am bound up Sweet, there or anywhere. ! Orphean voice in love; thy Would tame me, were Spain I wilder than the leopard. my thou shalt be forgot ; Viola, this bright day, shall Donna and flow; me ? Wilt walk with peace, make my war, or mar. Bring music, Carlos! sweet, soul-trancing V. music [Carlos Let the And strain fall as soft as enters.] dew on flowers, sweeter than the perfumed cups it fills [Exeunt. SCENE II. The gateway of the same Castle— Enter Helena, in Spanish out-door costume, knocking — Silvio opens the gate. Silvio. So, Helena! Helena. Well, master Silvio, is thy solemn mouth open to-day, as well as thy pond'rous gate ? which goes the Silvio. In faith, I know not rustier. Peace ! Thy mistress hath had brave company to-day. Helena. he seemed. A gentleman only — true, a right fair gentleman

; ! ! WOMAN'S WITCHCRAFT. 28 Ha, Silvio. girl dost think I could serve ten years in ! his royal father's guard, and not know that face ? much brewing in a house when our Sire good, or more Philip enters ill, There's for a lady's smiles. it Helena. For shame on thee, for an old scandal-monger The queen's crown has Viola's sat on less fair heads than our Lady and, maybe, less noble, too. ; Silvio. Didst be with thee thou speak of wisdom and craft, I for I believe the devil helps her ; would on occasion. Helena. Not without her helping him in return, on occa- thou wouldst say; but, 'I sion, is all Our wrong. for his throne, nor tell thee, thy wise head there mistress would neither be his, for the wed King Philip crown jewels, without the throne. Silvio. and Well, well, berries will be red when they ripen so will be lips them. Let go ; and cheeks when the young blood neither, so long as there's beef in the pot, no mending. SCENE lena III. Let go A in my gate needs — Enter Donna Viola and He— Song, with guitar heard with- chamber in night dress and [Exeunt. the out. Song. Sleepest, or wakest, lady fair ? Now, is I shall not meddle with kings, nor donnas in his lair,

— ; ! woman's witchcraft. ! 29 Each wild thing slumbers. Of all earth's numbers, Save love and I, There wakes no eye; Sleepest, or wakest, lady? If thou art dreaming, Through closed lids beaming, Be fair than Jacob's angels given sights But, if more thou wake, Sweet mercy take On love that finds those starry eyes its heaven Sleepest, or wakest, lady? Donna Such music O, What V. address doth voice flatter us with such sweet ? more welcome, is it is bliss, far, when at midnight, than sleep the moon, Soft peeping through the lattice, gilds our dreams, To have them melted As much more By the soft touch of song But seems All into wakefulness sweet than day's as heaven than earth made like ! It is not Why of happiest dreams. Go, Helena, wake Silvio; Bid him be entertained. strict affairs doth he cease? command This gentle warbler be enforced Some waking j dying into some other world, Say in. that, to-morrow, must urge me 3* to be private j —

WOMAN'S "WITCHCRAFT. 30 But that another day shall not pass Without our conference. noon Go, haste, Helena. [Exeunt SCENE A IV. Now, Carlos. field or if this —Enter Carlos. woodland be not the wildest chase after a tame goose that ever Christian man was sent upon! find a scurvy lout of a peasant boy, that how ewes to speak to a Methinks, ! she might eat was pastured it fine if my mistress self; in that case, I don't One would have — and to look well to the fences Now we my Pietro. the grass it will eat grass her- wish to have the watching of her. Here he comes, ! have our errand done, at [Enter Pietro, with a shepherd's Say, all But, mayhap, she hath an ambition to be like the famous monarch of old time as I guess. to shear be ever so fond of mutton, without acquaintance with on. knows no more know how lady than I would To friend, is not thy name True, I be one of that Pietro name ; last. crook.~ ? but there be more about. Carlos. Well, I reckon thou wilt do as well as another for me, so that thou keep sheep. Pietro. Carlos. Nay, but I don't do that; sheep keep me. How wilt thou prove that? Pietro. Isn't a And one kept by what he eats and wears? don't I shear the sheep, and sell them ; and kill them,

— — woman's witchcraft. and eat them; and wear see the sheep that 31 their wool, too? I would eat me, and wear Carlos. 0, thou art a very keen shepherd that, out would my ! like to wool. Now, of thy plentiful wit, thou canst answer I guess me one question. Pietro. If I don't, hold me as dull as that dainty sword there of thine, that never was meant to cut. Carlos. Thou liest, clodhopper ! Misshapen lump, thou mutton-mouth, thou Pietro. Wilt call me a mutton-mouth ? [Flourishing his Carlos. Hold, good shepherd herd, hold ! ! brave, Put up that weapon, I pray ! me ? Pietro. Art thou not Carlos. For the sake of argument, we Only grant me that Pietro. my will say, I Civilly, to me am. sword hath a right good edge. Granted, for the sake of argument. dost thou want with Carlos. afraid of stich. magnanimous shep- Then, what ? know whereabouts those sheep do keep you, and feed you, and lead you to water, and pasture you. Pietro. along, along. and O, now thou art speaking reason again. I'll show thee where we graze. Come This way; come [Exeunt.

— — ; ! ! woman's witchcraft. 32 SCENE A garden — Enter Donna V. Viola and Duke Calvar. Donna Duke Duke That V. C. Donna The Sweet, be 0. Donna Duhe Duke, I have said; no more V. Calvar still Dost thou not love why soft looks — why purple dawn, feasted with a kiss in its height of noon [Approaches her. Thus mine Donna Duke Duke Must I obey Thou V. Hold, Calvar! (Thou canst not doubt self Duke To salve For my For love), G. Unwillingly I leave Most this cruel tyrant! due obedience, Remember, when rolls my a week, guest. —but am most glad penance with that better hope. this time vanquished; 0, thou bitter-sweet, That mak'st and marr'st I'll thee; cease! shalt! same day makes thee again my command [Turning slowly away.~ I will forgive thy froward tongue. The I ? V. C. Donna Away! Duke, V. C. Donna call thee hither? so foreign to love's tender guise? its first is Grows wild with ardor not Duke. me ? Else, C. Then, me call ; more your merit stands with me. V. passion which, in Feeds on it shall be as Calvar, no ! my passion in a breath [Aside. rule thee yet! [Exeunt, on opposite sides."]

! ! ! woman's witchcraft. SCENE A VI. room in Algolar Viola, and Donna V. Don Alonzo 33 Castle — Enter Donna in student's dress. most humbly crave your pardon, Sir Student, I For giving you so slow and dull a welcome. Your moonlit strain, which sweetly broke our sleep, Might have flung wide the gates of palaces Don Alonzo. Ah, lady pardon ! The tongue bears not the guilt, my presumptuous song Gushed madly ; such sweet madness you Donna Don V. ! which from the heart Art thou not strange to inspire ! me ? These eyes but once Alonzo. Opened upon thy beauty; yet such space That picture holds And I in my mind's gallery, I so oft have conned it, that, 'twould seem must have seen thee many million times Donna Don V. To flatter, is Alonzo. No, lady ; the poet's privilege. he, whose soul is Nature's child, Nurtured by her alone, as those of old By manna O, call Where from God's hand not poets false, in —most worships truth ! heart or song; falsehood dwells, there beauty dies away; Sweet tune from broken harp might come, as well As poesy —from a heart that Donna Don V. is not true I wronged thy calling then ; wilt thou forgive Alonzo. Yes, lady. I have heard, in other lands, Strange tales of faery-work and witchery; ?

—— — ; ; ! woman's witchcraft. 34 Of mighty wands, and Doubtful I heard them mystic muttered spells; but I doubt no more. ; That unseen spirits Through dark caverns climbing from their depths, its hover o'er our world Or winging downward Thy beauty thro' the air : the power wields, hath something of their nature. and timid, Else, a lone student, thoughtful, shy, Had not thus dared to scale thy lofty state As though a dove should mount Magic or madness wrought Donna To hear V. And, if Pray tell ! call it noble lady. it, madness ; for I love so well thee rave, 'twere bliss to be thy keeper So wander Don Then an eagle's nest to ever, gentle lunatic ! aught else of vagary be thine me; so, perchance, may come thy cure. Alonzo. These soft words, lady, but increase my ill. could I dare to take you at your word, And tell you, that It leaps, in wishes, What punishment Donna V. my madness grows even to those lips so bold, ! do such rash thoughts deserve Naught, but ? free pardon, if I be the judge. Dost think, the church would frown on gentlest love, Given as medicine Don Alonzo. No, lady; 'twere a blameless charity. Donna Don for lunacy ? V. I would 'twere thine. 0, rare munificence Alonzo. Now, am Methinks I tenfold I am madder than another man before. than T !

— ; ; woman's witchcraft. A knight's full armor weighs upon me my sword and helm Give On — for my lady ! limbs; my Bring forth ! horse ! —No, no—pardon me. I did forget myself. Most noble my 35 lady, I Sometimes am 'tis so. strange in speech But, trust me, were I in more courtly guise, (Such virtue travel worketh in the rude) I might not lack the mien of chivalry. Something I've seen of war And sometimes —when the — a looker on soul is ; wrought upon, Things past come thus between us and our me Forgive ; — sight. O Heaven but, those eyes, those lips, my caprice. my way, being too hot of brain, When aught hath stirred these rebel spirits ! I do beseech you, bear with It is Dull walls cannot contain Donna Don V. Gladly, fair me sir shall ; ; we up, forth your madness Alonzo. I pray you, do forgive me. But when You'll find Donna SCENE sudden tempest vents this me infectious. am I bold itself, passing humble. Let us V. VII. ? is Another room in the [Exeunt. forth. same Castle — Enter Donna Viola. Donna V. So arm'd and Now, were I not so vowed to steel'd against the my revenge approach of love,

;;; woman's witchcraft. 36 That Cupid's To ! ! pierce my self, with all his darts, encas'd heart — would fail 'twere conquered here ! This student hath a princely nobleness, As though he were Low-born are seldom so; Some yet, well I Shames in-born majesty, of God's know, own crowning, the world's poor, puppet dignities all Kings, and their courts, in oft, like apes, in life's gay Carnival, conquerors' disguise But, when unhoodcd greatness walks Their power. natures are there, heedless of degree Whose Strut pomp and the child of pomp and Alonzo I could Victims must Still must The tale of I show tinsel Yet, I love. still like am be humbled to make night among them, lamps by daylight free ! my power; smile, to con again each day's conquest. Helena ! [Enter Helena.] Bring me some famous This robber-gentle my is Let's play the bandit. Of Donna Cassima, Who, for her Armed A bravery of dress. guest to-day. Did'st thou never hear the Moorish lady, humor, roved the mountains once, cap-dpie, the terror of the passes ? slender sword might suit this figure well Though for the helm — but Re-enter haste, Helena methinks he comes [Exeunt — After a with Carlos.] ! little time

; ! ; ; ; ! 37 Helena. Is he not coble, Carlos With what I 0, the Hector ? a fearful flourish strode he in wonder, when he seized you on your road, You And did not die from fright at him. So handsome, too Good ! Weareth some wondrous Would I could learn it yet lack, this lady of ours spell, to too tame such 'T would be ! Carlos. I do believe you, there's hearts. my fortune. some magic in it. Helena. Yet would I fear to be alone with him, As she now. sits In honesty Carlos. Though I did cross my I wonder, now, I dared Who His maiden sword with j he is — would I so his. one of those carry thunder on their dark knit brows close teeth glisten, like the flash of knives, When, from beneath his bearded lip, he smiles His deep voice mocks the tiger's angry roar; All things about him speak ferocity. Helena. Yet now, he's whispering a tale of love Hark, through the Such might Carlos. half- closed soft passions it. ! yet. ? Carlos. call fierce Aye, but the end, Helena, comes not Helena. Hast any fears To door we scarce can hear have to rule the up ghosts we cannot I have lay again. ; but it were vain [Exeunt.

; woman's witchcraft. 38 SCENE same— Enter Donna Viola and The VIII. Romulo, Donna V. Passed over For I this time, am a Romulo, this time, Yet know, it. week my honor, lady, of deeds than words may this passion A farewell. again. But, I have pledged ! must abide man much more And, what Bandit. —be thou here my guest Romulo. Hard clemency And, the me inflame to, Failing love's substance, as you seem to proffer Its shadow I love for my thee ; and, I dare not limit. bait, where Romulo hath loved, Death or possession follows Donna I am [Exit. ! Ha V. almost frighted. ! 'tis well. Yet, I do not fear him ! 'Twill be a duller day than any yet, When, with my woman's The full strength of man one Off with these trappings. To-morrow With will I cool a pure pastoral. wit, I my may not match Well, I ! am weary. 'Twas a feverish scene ! o'er-stirred heart Carlos ! Enter CARLOS. Here, Carlos. Donna V. Was fields Where my lady. I not told that thou had'st found Pietro, the peasant, feeds his flocks ? the

! ! ! ! ! ! ! woman's witchcraft. Carlos. 'Twas Donna my V. so, lady. Now, To dream of shepherd's 39 then, for No more pipes. my rest. banditti [Exeunt. SCENE A IX. chamber —Donna Viola is seen reclining on a couch. Donna V. 'Twas but a vision Why ! is my sleep so broken ? Unhallowed thoughts are trooping thro' my brain. Marshalled by her I dread, the false Ismena Away ! I'll yield no more Enter What ; come, would' st thou? Thee Ismena. Donna softly, sleep Ismena. the Witch, V. I Take back thy spells, and leave am not thine, nor will be! me Ismena. I cannot; The charm Hell wove, Hell never can unwind Donna V. Yet leave me; for my heart hath learned to hate thee I charge thee, hence; tempt [ISMENA an my weak soul no farther! gesticulates violently, as if struggling with invisible Power ; and at length, with shriek, disappears.] No more I'll sleep alone, nor in this place; a wild

woman's witchcraft. 40 Her vanish'd shape hath shed a gloom around, That very soul chills ray To tamper with such For our small, How And 0, ! it is fearful spirits in their selfish ends In ! strangely changed look might, this still hour, all life's tangled schemes; that which, in the day, would cause but mirth, Stalking in night and silence, most appals I'll me ! think no more; each shadow grows a ghost; Hence, hence! SCENE [Exit. X. Another room in Algolar Castle — Enter Carlos and Helena. Ha! ha! ha! Helena. Ha! could'st but have seen that sport all in ha! 0, Carlos, To ! plain rustic trim, playing the diffident with that love- smitten clown La! la! ! Carlos. Did he not seem Helena. Know was he, as it ! to know why, the poor her fool were, sometimes sitting ? knew Here nothing. down and sometimes standing, and then walking around and around her falling thou if see our lady, there, — anon on both knees before her, taking up her two hands as lily though he would swallow them both whole, the oaf! Carlos. And how Helena. Oh ! did she play her part the while? most gently and stage-players could come up with perfectly. her. None There of your sat she, on a

woman's witchcraft. rock by the great olive tree, with her hands in her lap, little so in 41 —and a face more innocent than the image of the Virgin A good yon chapel. much Helena. So know coughing, that, if I it it was. ? of nothing that I could not the hundredth part of I only play, sure, Did they say nothing Carlos. it; and yet it was nothing, my had not smothered must have gone very ill it it laughter with "Sweet "No, sweet " Sweet Viola, Viola." is after all. with me. maiden," said he, "is thy name Carlotta ?" youth," answered the lady, " remember should have been Carlotta; that were a prettier name. My sister, and my " Well, name." so thou wilt love with less wit me new madness sort of dream ; till grandame, wear that wear any name thou And with in it." than any ram in his in his mile or so my mother, and fair Pietro, I will like, that the poor sheep, flock, grew so over-deep of love, that he lay there gazing in a the other sheep —and none but the lady wandered off a good half herself could get him to run and fetch them back again. Carlos. Dost thou Helena. No, not Carlos. know what new game Our lady bade me, when an eye over the road, to see what to stop Aye, just before I this toward ? storm came up, keep traveller Helena. Did'st thou see any one Carlos. is I. came came by. ? in hither. I have orders him, and bid him take shelter from the rain in this castle. 4*

— ! 42 ; woman's witchcraft. Helena. more pastime ! ! What was good Car- it like, los? Carlos. I think, a withal; lion-like in Moor; but yet, a very proper swarthy, and port; man and yet stately, graceful, too. Helena. A Moor ! Faith, I love Moors have him, he shall not pass will not warrant. my It is me If the mistress ! without a smile, I turn to have sport now, when she begins to tire of them. Carlos. Oh, Helena! when here am I, to talks of so fond, so fervently Helena. Thou, indeed ! Moors and cast-offs, amorous Think you the mistress shall have a twenty or more, each as handsome as the king, and I to be content with a inch long ? Away, Carlos. Well, I am buckram page that hath not a beard an Carlos must away now, indeed; for I am bid to be ambassador in the rain to Sefior don Moor, below there and that is SCENE XI. The gate of the same no dry sport, forsooth. Enter Silvio, Carlos, and {Exeunt. —A Castle storm?/ night Abdallaii, a Moorish hnight. Carlos. My mistress bids me to entreat you, sir, Brave not the terrors of both storm and night, But enter hither. —

  • ; ; ; woman's witchcraft. A Ahdallah. Would Am I were worthier of most kind request. Tell her that I ! of a race her fathers warred against my I come, to seek And Of it 43 old ancestral graves there find record, writ in tears and blood, their most warlike deeds. Carlos. Still are you welcome. Those ancient feuds were buried, long ago And, were our dearest No foes unhoused to-night, Christian door were closed. Ahdallah. I'll True, nor Moor's neither. enter with thee. Exeunt Carlos and Abdallah.] Here Silvio. of the When are brave doings, indeed. Moors sleeps a night in the house Spain dined the other day, old things One, two, three, four, five, six; where the King of may become new again. why, upon this reckoning, of all the days in the week, she hath left but one for the A good mass whole seven the way ! it Church ! should be, then, to do the business of the But, I fear me, the White Witch stands in of that. and when the hare go, I say the last Ah, is well ! roasted, let it the spit turn and turn, will sing. ! [Goes in and shuts the gate.] Let go, let all
  • — ; ! ! woman's witchcraft. 44 ACT SCENE A I. IV. room in Algolar Castle —Enter Donna Viola and Calvar, Duke of Bilbao. Duke C. Once, Viola, Donna Duhe You were V. you were Should not love grow C. less cold to me. not, then, yourself so over-bold. Should ? it not speak, and look, Aye, and If 'tis Why act, too ? And, having lost me at Duke your beck, Donna Duke On like a caged bird? it Nay, but you must, V. Why C. do you treat me For V. Then be 0. love back again, For sport and torment, Donna my it but thus to hold I will not bear did you win charm it, passion's neck : it my thwarted. onward so my lord. ? revenge ; no more ! I have let loose the reins ! _Approaches her impetuously.'] Donna [Retreating] V. My lord, you near me peril. Duke Thou I am Ha, ha C. little roused Fly not, ! wren, dar'st thou the lion's paw 'tis ; ? sweet devil, charming ruin, thou vain at your
  • ! ! ! ! ! ; woman's witchcraft. Donna [ Then, V. The Duke her seizes 45 no other safety, if — Donna V. suddenly draws a dagger from her bosom, and stahs him.~ This must be mine Had Thou double-hearted ! If I had loved thee thus atoned thy fault Duke C. 0, serpent villain, or thou or I still, ; now, well. it is thou hast stung ! me ! punished Donna V. Punished, [Dies. This, then, is death; — a cold, strange, horrid sight And have /done Now that 'tis Help, Helena it, with slain myself me ? Help, [Throics herself upon a couch.] alone Still, still ? I must go forth, and seek friendly witness to this bloody deed. 0, how I shake ! Thou shalt play false [Looking on No more no more Duke.] the spend husband's fondness at thy home, Fresh gathered from my But now, remorse hath It am Will no one hear ! Carlos Some trembling hand? this done, methinks I was not all revenge lips lost a : Once, I did love thee ! pang in ! knowing thine act compelled it [Exit [Enter, shortly, Carlos, who Carlos. Take it No Servants, and Helena, cries out.] words, no words up, and bear ; him hence. let all be done in silence. I lead the way. [Exeunt, bearing the body of die Duke.]
  • woman's witchcraft. 46 SCENE A forest — Enter II. Carlos and Servants, hear- ing the Duke's hody. Carlos. Stop lay ; him here ; close to the open road. Go, some one, bring his horse, and tie it 'Twill thus be thought he has been slain near. by robbers. Servant. I doubt, 'twill long be thought so. Well, no matter. Carlos. 'Tis said that murder, done in deepest night, In the most Has stillest spot, yet, in course of watchful Providence, Been traced to the doer. The common As without a sound, less heart of Looks than murder. Servants. Yes, yes But, were this it not so to you it ? ! Then thus our mouths Carlos. proclaimed, human kind would judge Return. are sealed. [Exeunt. SCENE A III. room in Ahjolar Castle— Enter Donna Viola and Helena. Donna V. Is't not the Sabbath, Helena? Helena. Donna Hath left It a heavy sickness on Thou know'st But, if I am not over my full heart. of faith there be in heavenly conjuration is. This dagger-work V. Go, bid one bring a priest. )
  • ! woman's witchcraft. Aught I want wounded that can give the ; now. it Who spirit ease, Tis true, priests are not angels. I doubt, they are Helena. 47 human. quite all shall it my be, Bring one hither. lady Father Simon, ? White-haired, and bowed with years and penances Donna V. No ! What have 'Tis the young, only, know what youth can Bring me that Gabriel, whom Donna V. Would Go, send for him Helena. Here Save Old ; is I could think as new I trust, it He must no holy much man bodes but good of all his order him on the moment. caprice, indeed ; ! Within Exit. this castle, twenty years, for the rites of death, these Silvio tells, feel. I once have seen, 'Tis said, a truly pious priest. I wait a ? Thou know'st him? Shriving a dying villager. Helena. Right well. ? I to do with hoary age hath been. yet, by her eye, be steel'd in Faith's most trusty armor, And wear And bears no scathe. his visor down, whose soul meets hers, God send us better thoughts ! {Exit. SCENE IV. The same — Enter Gabriel, Donna Viola and the Priest. Gabriel. God's blessing be upon thee, noble lady. Donna One to the V. I thank you, reverend church a stranger ; all sir. unused Behold in me,
  • ; ; woman's witchcraft. 48 To forms, and canons, and all holy things. In brief, I have no faith But, sick of soul, ! I longed to ask thee, can thine He whom Gabriel. Donna And I — V. office help me I serve hath help for my Forgive, then, ? my all, lady. unsaintly mien and speech, forget thine ordained authority. know As man aught not, care not for solemn pomp with woman, hear and speak with am Gabriel. Lady, I Donna V. me ! but man, as thou art woman. Then, can'st thou feel for me ? Hast thou a heart? Did ever passion on set fire Gabriel. I have a heart Save with V. A man, ? but never yet loved woman, and pure affection, Donna thy blood ; charity. yet ne'er hast loved Pray, look on ! me; I fain would read Gaze some meaning not, so statue-like, Can' st thou not love Is it not gentle Donna it, floor Come; take ! this [Touching ? hand in thine; his clasped hands. Pardon me, noble lady. Gabriel. Take ? in thine eyes upon the V. Are and clasp priests forbidden to be courteous ? it ; no there's Gabriel. Pardon me, lady ! infection in it. 0, too tempting madness ! [ Aside. Donna eyes V. Thou art as cold as marble ! Why ? Those
  • : ! woman's witchcraft. Are 49 young glow, beautiful; that cheek hath a Thriving mid penance, like a rose in winter I cannot think thee but a heartless statue Look upon me; me Flatterers have called There a ruddy ripeness in is and on 'Tis true, And am I Bird-like In all beauteous; my and quick in step, when saddened; joyous, tenderest things warm, impulsive, passionate. Yet, did I proffer thee Called thee my my virgin love, own, caressed and cherished thee, Told thee, " Sweet Gabriel, I Yet would'st thou stand Gabriel And ! Gabriel. Donna leave off Ay, would I, Wherefore should tell thee, They man tell man ! me of a canon its ! wrong; thus war against all nature ? hoary ages cannot plant I waste my words. Gabriel. Lady, I have 5 art heartless, truly No, never, never Respect upon the brows of such gross But, ! ? ! love forbidden fruit to you. eloquent to plead is Would'st thou not Then thou But can such be divine ? Nature ! ! V. all thine alone !" from these opened arms, lady V. Donna Making am them empty Gabriel. 0, no, no, no I cheek, redder glow; lip a light of form, when my think'st thou so? Thou error. hast no heart! !
  • ! woman's witchcraft. 50 Donna A V. My Gab rid. Donna V. heart, that holds warm and passions are as Then, wherefore now so calm Gabriel. [Rising from his no passion! strong as thine ! ? help me, Heaven! seat.~ [Aside. Calm, didst thou say That give Yes, the great heavens are calm, ? the volcano's crater 'Ere it I, too, moment's warning; forth thunders with a And — bursts forth, as tho' am calm; — it is calm, were wakened all hell ! but, in this heart's volcano, Fassions are sleeping, deeper than tragedy; Stronger than death; more fearful than the grave; Which, were they not locked Would make Donna V. fast by love of Heaven, thee tremble with their lightest whisper! Fair sir, me forgive reverend ; sir, I wronged you. Gabriel. Daughter, thou wrong'st me not, nor need'st my pardon. I came to offer thee my humble counsel; If thou dost need none, duty calls Donna V. my heart is hence. dark and blind! Knowest thou not the teachings Gabriel. Donna I do, I do; me V. School'd to Gabriel. Donna Gabriel. I its know not what faith cradle-prayers, Knowest thou, of our faith I. own heart? I never conned let me paint it ? the very babe, knows more than then, thine V. Then is; to thee. — It is evil; it
  • ! ! ! ! ! woman's witchcraft. Full of wrong thoughts and evil impulses Each lightning impulse mad Donna How V. 51 ; to spring in action dost thou know me so ! I did not ? tell thee! Gabriel. 'Tis but the story of each Alas, I know Donna it well; — 'tis mine human soul ! Hast V. thou, too, erred? Gabriel. Lady, as full as charnel-house of bones, Or the salt sea of things that creep and swim, So full my heart Donna V. What room is What of corruption can I hope, then in heaven for 'Tis not But, by God's mercy all but will receive Donna Thou That — it. That hast put thoughts into my it like Healing, and Donna V. is wondrous. inmost heart, leviathans the deep Gabriel. Rather, dear lady, Moving by merit; best and worst are equal, V. stir it, as If the best are so, me? Gabriel. If ? may Bethesda; whence life, they prove as angels, may come and hope Leave me I fain would ponder o'er awhile; what thou hast said. Gabriel. Take, then, this scroll with thee, The whole world were not worth it, and con it well. read aright. [Exit. Donna V. before Most strange, I thought not on these things
  • ! ! woman's witchcraft. 52 SCENE The same V. —Manet Donna Viola Madam, Carhs. V. a mu- a knight, full-armed, and in hot haste, Demands quick audience Donna in [Enter Carlos.] sing attitude. of your ladyship. Admit him, What Carlos. can his errand mean? [Exit Carlos. I trust, no sudden mischief of the King's [Enter Don Alonzo, in armor ; his face concealed hy his vizor,i] Don Alonzo. This bold intrusion, lady, in a stranger, Craves more excuse than time alloweth me. I come, to warn you of impending Another hour The will bring fiercest siege of Donna V. upon peril. this castle Romulo's banditti Romulo? — 'tis fearful! But, pray, who art thou, Thus watchful of our Don Alonzo. A safety, and his onslaught? nameless knight, in the king's service, madam; One vowed to serve the right Against odds. all A and quell the wrong, message from his highness Bore me, with one attendant, to these hills ; Thus, by some accident, or Providence, (As well I deem that Providence, whose guidance
  • ! ! ! ; ! ! woman's witchcraft. my Against forethought, urged me 53 such ends,) to I overheard the project of these ruffians. Now, is With his They Arm Man My the time most urgent. fleet horse, me Arabian speed, alone had brought upon press my I beg you, lady, heels. your vassals; double bar the gates; all every height, and bid Donna V. Sir all call Knight, me leader shall be it and done; all true thanks That warmest heart can Don Alonzo. No offer, shall be yours time for thanks, dear lady this quick ; danger Alarums Not till May our faculties to action. all the quiet of accomplish'd peace, gratulation, like the rainbow's arch, O'erspan the cloudy heaven of our thoughts. I go — to the rescue Donna All shall follow you V. [JEJx&lmt. SCENE VI. The gateway of Romulo, Romulo. Halt. Then, on the ! Stand in instant, follow within there ! same Castle —Enter with banditti. silence, while I win admission; me, and enter [Knocks at What, ho the the gate.~ Is the old 5* man asleep ?
  • ! ! woman's witchcraft. 54 By my I'll who old namesake, wake him Within there presently, ! ho ! — is that Can it The he be dead a friend [^1 What trump founded Rome, first if ! trumpet sounds.] ? Hath he had time farthest tower? A be Roderick's I think he has not Bandit. And 'tis ? to reach ; not thus he blows. Romulo. Then, some other 'tis ! Haste, let us force this crazy gate at once, Or we have [Enter Don Here On, lost our time. Don Alonzo, with Carlos, Hold, Alonzo. are live walls to batter to the rescue [ Vassals enter ; caitiffs, hold vassals.'] ! spare our gates ! charge; exeunt omnes, fighting. Don Alonzo and Carlos, Romulo, disarmed and Don and armed Presently , re- with others, bringing ioounded.~ Alonzo. Bind him, and prison him in your strongest hold, To wait the pleasure of his majesty. I go, to follow Carlos up the hot —remember me to pursuit. thy noble mistress ) Tell her, the stranger knight hath errands onward; But, He if sweet leisure wait upon his arms, will not fail to pay her due respect. [Exit.
  • ; ! woman's witchcraft. Carlos. Silvio ! Silvio 55 ! Silvio [within.'] Aye, aye, there, hearties! [Opens What ! Coining! the gate.] have ye bagged the game ? Ugh ! the he-wolf Pull out his teeth, Carlos, and cut his ham-strings And shut him up, where he'll breed no [They go in, and little wolves. close the gate.]
  • ; ; ; woman's witchcraft. 56 ACT SCENE A forest— Enter Don I. Alonzo and Abdallah, Moor. the Bon V. me ? Alonzo. Dost not remember Aye, well; too well! Abdullah. I never can forget that, In Algiers, when a Was at my throat, And saved my life Don Alonzo. years since, false slave's scimitar your strong hand flung him from me, ! Then wouldst thou now Abdallah. Hear me, And, with five sir knight the best blood of my ! — seek mine ? I love you, honor you very heart, "Would I defend you, in the battle's midst But, now, a whirlwind passion rules my That sweeps I love this lady, Whom all else to the clouds you have sworn your love ! soul, shall yield to none Hence, the link'd battlements of the world's four corners, Bristling with arms, keep not Whilst Eon this hand my lives to wield it sword from thine, Draw, I say ! Alonzo. I will not draw upon thee Abdallah. Out with thy sword shall not live If I slay thee, 'tis ! ; We ) well j — if thou slay me, we ! are friends. are foes ! Both
  • ;! ! ; ; ! ; woman's witchcraft. 'Twere better This masque of Where some And some And some Of Or all I — —Then, life, are striving to to : soul is is over weary seem what they are not, shall fight word what they are the curtain let on fortune, let it rise [They fight my be what they can never reach, am weary let the poor play this with which are suffering for Man, thou Now ! still 57 me; fall Fate wills if it — out with that laggard sword be, death or Viola — Abdallah is ! ! disarmed and thrown to the ground.,] Don Alonzo. Live, Moor And ! thy distant home re- to turned, Remember, twice a Christian saved thy Abdallah. Thus to live life ! now, were slavery. — Die, thou dog! [Draws a dagger, and Don Alonzo. Ungrateful ! [They struggle; at length and toounds springs at How To ! all the dagger, ~] is barbarian blood ! a Christian, I would not have killed thee 'Twas thine own savageness thus brought Yet, ? Don Alonzo obtains Abdallah mortally. Such Wert thou Don Alonzo.] Not quelled yet what grief, for it on. noble blood thus shed good angels in yon heaven must weep, see fierce passions thus Shame on thee, sword ! make foul the earth —Would I had never Rather than love should spur me to ! loved, such deeds ! • [Exit.
  • — woman's witchcraft. 58 SCENE A II. priest's cell — Enter Father Gabriel, and Don Alonzo. Don Alonzo. I come to seek thine holy aid, good father. Gabriel. Call me not good ; am I weak as as thou. All are but beggars for the alms of Christ ; And oft the weakest and most needy bear The message Of hand and words Don heart. His voice who can may feebly echo. Tell me forgive, of them. Alonzo. Challenged to single combat, by a Moor, A brave, true Upon I. Forgiveness for great errors Gabriel. My am of his bounty; such What is thy need ? Don Alonzo. man, but mad with jealousy the quarrel of a lady's love, I slew him, though my friend. "Was the Gabriel. Don Alonzo. Most fair. I gave Refused, and strove to smite me strife him once life, ? which he with his dagger. Gabriel. I cannot blame thee for the deed Our great Example, who went equal his ; although to his slaughter Lamb-like, would not have done it, and although, E'en in the hour when insult maddened you, His word would yet have been, " Put up thy sword j"
  • —— ; ! woman's witchcraft. 'Twill Has still The be pardon'd thee. Alonzo. Alas This fierceness of Which set our ! my what is else, my son? not done, but doing still passion for those charms swords to warring. Love may be Gabriel. Don perfect day —What not yet noon'd on earth. Don 59 guiltless ! Alonzo. But, in a heart where Love and Death once met, And reared sad altars over buried hopes One who hath (A and loved, lost, earth's last perfection, being, Pleiad-like, dropped out of heaven, Too soon called back to angels' company) 0, in a heart thus blessed, and thus bereft, Seems not all Gabriel. passion an unholy guest My son, the heart hath Which, when the soul is dedicate to God, All glorious attributes of manhood Thus, in its ? many mansions fill. innermost, unwindow'd chamber, Lit from the skies alone, sweet Memory dwells ; But, in the outer palaces of Thought, The wide, warm halls where busy feelings move, All that mars not God's image in the soul May Thou To live, profaning not the sacred Past hast loved once love again Don — Alonzo. Gabriel. so it — forget not be worthily —but ! The Lady Viola She? fear not in it;
  • woman's witchcraft. GO Don Why Alonzo. why Tell me, dost start ? is it ? On Gabriel. my Which, by God's blessing on her rests a curse, and prayers, fasts I have discerned, spite of her spirit's foes. Don Who Alonzo. Human Don are they Evil Gabriel. spirits, in passion, a fiend in The Alonzo. curse ; ? and one, leagued with such, power and malice. what In her eye and Gabriel. And is it ? hand, are spells no mortal can Save by a miracle like that of Which bade the sun stand lip, resist, old, still ! And yet, her heart, Inspiring love, cannot be true in love. Don Thou Thou madden'st me Alonzo.

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