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And lose not one in thousands, they're dispers'd
So gloriously, I know not which are brightest;
I find them, as angels are found, by legions.

A Horn is heard.

Leon. What was't disturb'd my joy?

Cle. Did you not hear,
As afar off ?

Hip. What, my excellent consort ?.
Cle. Nor you
Hip. I heard a
Cle. Hark, again

Leon. Bless my joy,
What ails it on a sudden ?

Cle. Now since- -lately,
Leon. 'Tis nothing but a symptom of thy care, man.
Cle. Alas! you do not hear well.
Leon. What was’t, daughter?
Hip. I heard a sound, twice.

Cle. Hark! louder and nearer.
In, for the precious good of virtue, quick, sir.
Louder and nearer yet; at hand, at hand;
A hunting here! 'tis strange! I never knew
Game follow'd in these woods before.

(Leonides goes in.) Hip. Now let them come, and spare not.

Enter Duke, Courtiers, Attendants, as if hunting.
Cle. Ha! 'tis - is't not the Duke?

ingly. Hip. 'Tis he, but what of that? alas ! take heed, sir; Your care will overthrow us.

Cle. Come, it shall not.
Let's set a pleasant face upon our fears,
Though our hearts shake with horror. Ha! ha! ha!

Duke. Hark!

Cle. Prithee, proceed;
I'm taken with these light things infinitely,
Since the old man's decease.m-Ha! ha! ha!


look spar.

Duke. Why, how should I believe this? Look, he's

As if he had no such charge. One with that care
Could never be so still; he holds his temper,
And 'tis the same still, with no difference,
He brought his father's corpse to the grave with.
He laugh'd thus then, you know.

Court. Aye, he may laugh, my lord;
That shews but how he glories in his cunning;
And, perhaps, done more to advance his wit,
Than to express affection to his father,
That only he has over-reach'd the law.

Duke. If a contempt can be so neatly carried,
It gives me cause of wonder.~--

Cle. My lov'd lord

Duke. Not mov'd a whit!
Constant to lightning still!- 'tis strange to meet you
Upon a ground so unfrequented, sir :
This does not fit your passion ; you are for mirth,
Or I mistake you

Cle. But finding it
Grow to a noted imperfection in me
(For any thing too much is vicious),
I come to these disconsolate walks of purpose
Only to dull and take away the edge on't.
I ever had a greater zeal to sadness,
A natural propension, I confess, my lord,
Before that chearful accident fell out,
If I

call a father's funeral chearful, Without wrong done to duty or my love. Duke. It seems then you take pleasure in these walks,

sir ?
Cle. Contemplative content I do, my lord :
They bring into my mind oft meditations
So sweetly precious, that in the parting
I find a shower of grace upon my cheeks,
They take their leave so feelingly.
Duke. So, sir-
G g 2


Cle. Which is a kind of grave delight, my lord. Duke. And I've small cause, Cleanthes, to affor

you The least delight that has a name.

Cle. My lord

Duke. In your excess of joy you have express'd
Your rancour and contempt against my law:
Your smiles deserve fining; you have profess'd
Derision openly ev'n to my face,
Which might be death, a little more incensed.
You do not come for any freedom here,
But for a project of your own;
But all that's known to be contentful to thee,
Shall in the use prove deadly. Your life's mine,
If ever thy presumption do but lead thee
Into these walks again--aye, or that woman-
I'll have them watch'd a purpose.

1st Court. Now, now, his colour ebbs and flows.
2d Court. Mark hers too.

Hip. Oh! who shall bring food to the poor Speak somewhat, good sir, or we are lost for ever.

(Apart to Cleanthes.) Cle. Oh! you did wondrous ill to call me again. There are not words to help us. If I intreat, 'Tis found; that will betray us worse than silence. 'ithee, let heaven alone, and let's say nothing.

(Apart to Hippolita.) Ist Court. You have struck them dumb, my

2d Court. Look how guilt looks!
Cle. He is safe still, is he not?
Hip. Oh! you do ill to doubt it. Apart.
Cle. Thou art all goodness.
2d Court. Now does your grace believe ?

Duke. 'Tis too apparent.
Search, make a speedy search; for the imposture
Cannot be far off, by the fear it sends.

Cle. Ha !

old man



2d Court. He has the lapwing's cunning, I'm afraid, my

lord, That cries most when she is farthest from the nest.

Cle. Oh! we are betrayed.""




The Admiral is accused of treason, a criminal process is in

stituted against him, and his faithful servant Allegre is put on the rack to make him discover : his innocence is at length established by the confession of his enemies; but the disgrace of having been suspected for a traitor by his royal Master, sinks so deep into him, that he falls into a mortal sickness.

ADMIRAL. ALLEGRE, supported between two.
Adm. Welcome my injured servant: what a misery
Have they made on thee!

Al. Though some change appear
Upon my body, whose severe affliction
Hath brought it thus to be sustain'd by others,
My heart is still the same in faith to you,
Not broken with their rage.
Adm. Alas poor man.


!!! There is an exquisiteness of moral sensibility, making one to gush out tears of delight, and a poetical strangeness in all the improbable circumstances of this wild play, which are unlike any thing in the dramas which Massinger wrote alone. The pathos is of a subtler edge. Middleton and Rowley, who assisted in this play, had both of them finer geniuses than their associate.

Were all my joys essential, and so mighty,
As the affected world believes I taste,
This object were enough tunsweeten all.
Though, in thy absence, I had suffering,
And felt within me a strong sympathy,
While for my sake their cruelty did vex
And fright thy nerves with horror of thy sense,
Yet in this spectacle I apprehend
More grief, than all my imagination
Could let before into me. Didst not curse me
Upon the torture ?

Al. Good my lord, let not
The thought of what I suffer'd dwell upon
Your memory; they could not punish more
Than what my duty did oblige to bear
For you and justice : but there's something in
Your looks presents more fear, than all the malice
Of my tormentors could affect


soul with. That paleness, and the other forms you wear, Would well become a guilty admiral, one Lost to his hopes and honour, not the man Upon whose life the fury of injustice, Arm’d with fierce lightning and the power of thunder, Can make no breach. I was not rack'd till now. There's more death in that falling eye, than all Rage ever yet brought forth. What accident, sir, can

blast, Can be so black and 'fatal, to distract The calm, the triumph, that should sit upon Your noble brow: misfortune could have no Time to conspire with fate, since you were rescued By the great arm of Providence; nor can Those garlands, that now grow about your forehead, With all the poison of the world be blasted.

Adm. Allegre, thou dost bear thy wounds upon thee In wide and spacious characters, but in The volume of my sadness thou dost want An eye to read. An open force hath torn Thy manly sinews, which some time may cure.


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