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ENGLISH DRAMATIC POETS
GORBODUC, A TRAGEDY. BY THOMAS SACKVILLE, LORD BUCKHURST, AFTERWARDS EARL OF DORSET; AND THOMAS NORTON.
Whilst king Gorboduc in the presence of his councillors laments the
death of his eldest son, Ferrex, whom Porrex, the younger son, has slain ; Marcella, a court lady, enters and relates the miserable end of Porrex, stabbed by his mother in his bed.
GORBOVUC, AROSTUS, EUBULUS, and others.
Arost. Your grace should now, in these grave years of yours,
power In other sort against your heart prevail,
Than as the naked hand, whose stroke assays
Gorb. Many can yield right grave and sage advice
Marc. Oh where is ruth? or where is pity now? Whither is gentle heart and mercy fled ? Are they exil'd out of our stony breasts, Never to make return ? is all the world Drowned in blood, and sunk in cruelty ? If not in women mercy may be found, If not (alas) within the mother's breast To her own child, to her own flesh and blood; If ruth be banisht thence, if pity there May have no place, if there no gentle heart Do live and dwell, where should we seek it then?
Gorb. Madam (alas) what means your woful taie
Marc. O silly woman I, why to this hour
* Nature; natural affection.