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Attend. The wind is high, and through Horribly bright: I spoke: he heard me the silent rooms
not: Murmurs his burthen, to an heedless ear And when I shook his arm, slept on in Almost articulate.
thought; Hesp. Thou sleepest, fool, I pray you try him. A voice has been at my bedside to-night, Claud. Sir, good Hesperus, Its breath is burning on my forehead still, I wait at your desire ; we are to end Still o'er my brain its accents, wildly sweet, Our match at tennis. Will you walk with Hover and fall. Away and dream again,
me ? I'll watch myself.
Attend. Your voice is weak as silence to [11e takes the torch and turns to
his sense. the hangings.”
Enter Orlando. The horror of his reason is more
Orlan. My brother, you must join us at
the banquet ; distinctly avowed in his soliloquy.
We wait your coming long; how's this? “ Speak! who is at my ear ?
Attend. My lord, (He turns and addresses his shadow. Like trance has held him since the dawn I know thee now,
of day, I know the hideous laughter of thy face. He has looked down upon yon wood since 'Tis Malice' eldest imp, the heir of hell,
then, Red-handed Murther. Slow it whispers Speechless and still. me,
Enter Lord Ernest. Coaxingly with its serpent voice. Well Lord Ern. Now, health and good be | sung,
here, Syren of Acheron.
For I have missed my son this livelong I'll not look on thee; Why does thy frantic weapon dig the air Why, what an idle loiterer thou art ; With such most frightful veliemence? By this your vacant sight must ache with Back, back,
gazing Tell the dark grave I will not give it food. Upon that view. Arise, I'd have you with Back to thy home of night. What! playest thou still?
To fix upon some posy for the ring Then thus I banish thee. Out, treacherous You wed your love with Death! Some torch,
fearful change Sure thou wert kindled in infernal floods, Is here. Speak; speak, and tell me if he Or thy bright eye would blind at sights
lives. like this.
Attend. He does, my lord, if breathing [Dashes the torch on the ground. is to live, Tempt me no more, I tell thee Floribel But in all else is like the coffined dead; Shall never bleed. I pray thee, guilty Metion and speech he lacks. word,
Lord Ern. Oh heavens, Orlando, Tempt me no more.”
Tell me 'tis false. He now roams about in the dark
Orlan. I would 'twere in my power,
But it doth seem too true. ness, sullen, fierce, and distracted; "
Ride like the wind, and hints are dropped, that there is a Fetch him the aid of medicine. See you taint of madness in his mind. A great deal of fine poetry occurs in this part Some vision has come to him in the night, of the drama, but throughout either And stole his eyes, and ears, and tongue extravagant, or bordering on extrava
away? gance. It is, however, effective ; and
Enter Olivia. we quote, as a proof of this young
Oh, you are come in time to see him die ; poet's fine powers, the first 'scene of Look, look, Olivia, look; he knows us the third act.
My son, if thou dost hear me, speak one “ An apartment in Orlando's Palace.
word, Hesperus scated. Attendants. Enter to And I will bless thee. them Claudio.
Orlan. He is dumb indeed. Claud. The bridegroom's here?
Olivia. Let me come near him. DcarAttend. Yonder he sits, my lord,
est Hesperus, And since the morn's first hour, without If thou beholdest these poor unbeauteous the motion
cheeks, Even of a nerve, as he were growing mar- Which first thy flattering kindness taught ble,
to blush ; Has sat and watched, the sun blazed in at Or if thou hearest a voice, that's only noon
sweet With light enough to blind an eagle's ken, When it says Hesperus; oh gentle love, He felt it not, although his eye-balls gla. Speak anything, even that thou hatest Oli
And I will thank thee for't ; or if some And the whole dæmon brood of night, horror
blind Fog Has frozen up the fountain of thy words, And withering Blight, all these are my reGive but a sign.
tainers; Claud. Lady, alas, 'tis vain. How : not one smile for all this bravery ? Olivia (kneeling.) Nay, he shall speak, What think you of my minstrels, the or I will never move,
hoarse winds, But thus turn earth beseeching his dull Thunder, and tuneful Discord ? Hark, they hand,
play. And let the grass grow over me. I'll hold Well piped, methinks; somewhat too A kind of converse with my raining eyes,
rough, perhaps. For if he sees not, nor doth hear, he'll Flor. I know you practise on my silliknow
ness, The gentle feel of his Olivia's tears. Else I might be well scared. But leave Claud. Sweet sir, look on her.
Or I must weep.
Hesp. 'Twill serve to fill the goblets
For our carousal; but we loiter here, Kind heaven, let him hear, though death The bridemaids are without; well-pick'd should call him.
thou'lt say, (Pause, a clock strikes.” Wan ghosts of woe-begone, self-slaughter
ed damsels Hesperus has now wrought his cou. In their best winding-sheets ; start not, I rage to the striking place, and goes to bid them wipe the cottage, where he had often been Their gory bosoms; they'll look wondrous so blest, to murder Floribel. Per
comely; haps, after Othello and Desdemona,
Our link-boy, will o' the Wisp, is wait
ing too no man should ever murder his wife
To light us to our grave-bridal, I mean. more, except off the stage. Dr John
· Flor. Ha! how my veins are chilled son thanked God when he had done
why, Hesperus! annotating on that dreadful scene.
Hesp. What hero of thy dreams art Mr Beddoes has here conceived some
calling girl ? thing very fearful-in our opinion, Look in my face Is't mortal ? Dost thou much beyond what lately occurred
think near Gill's-bill cottage.
The voice that calls thee is not of a mouth
Long choaked with dust! What, though “ Flor. Hence did I seem to hear a huo I have assumed man voice,
This garb of flesh, and with it the affec. Yet there is nought, save a low moaning
The thoughts and weakness of mortality ? As if the spirits of the earth and air 'Twas but for thee; and now thou art my Were holding sad and ominous discourse. bride ; And much I fear me I have lost my path; Lift up thine eyes and smile—the bride of Oh how these brambles tear ; here 'twixt
death. the willows ;
Flor. Hold, hold. My thoughts are Hal something stirs, my silly prattling
'wildered. Is my fancy nurse
The churlish fiomer of these fearful words, Says that fierce shaggy wolves inhabit here, Or do I live indeed to such a fate? And 'tis in sooth a dread and lonely place; Oh! no, I recollect; I have not waked There, there again ; a rustling in the Since Hesperus left me in the twilight leaves.
bower. Enter Hesperus.
Hesp. Come, we'll to our chamber, 'Tis he at last; why dost thou turn away. The cypress shade hangs o'er our stony And lock thy bosom from my first em. couch brace ?
A goodly canopy ; be mad and merry; I am so tired and frightened ; but thou'rt There'll be a jovial feast among the worms. here;
(Aside. I knew thou wouldst be faithful to thy Fiends, strew your fiercest fire about my promise,
heart, And claim me openly. Speak, let me hear Or she will melt it. thy voice,
Flor. Oh, that look of fury! Tell me the joyful news.
What's this about my eyes ; ah ! deadly Hesp. Ay, I am come
night, In all my solemn pomp, Darkness and No light, no hope, no help Fear,
Hosp. What! Darest thou tremble And the great Tempest in his midnight car, Under thy husband's arm, darest think of The sword of lightning girt across his fcar ? thigh,
Dost dread me, me ?
Flor. I know not what to dread, Farewell, and may no busy deathful tongue Nor what to hope; all's horrible and doubt. Whisper this horror in thy waking ears, ful;
Lest some dread desperate sorrow urge And coldness creeps.
thy soul Hesp. She swoons, poor girl, she swoons. To deeds of wickedness. Whose kiss is And, treacherous dæmons, ye've allowed a
that ? drop
His lips are ice. Oh my loved Hesperus, To linger in my eyes. Out, out for ever. Help!
[Dies." I'm fierce again. Now, shall I slay the The murderer buries his bridevictim
but is seen by one Hubert and his As she lies senseless ? ah, she wakes ; huntsman, who think hiin a miser 'Twas but a jest.
hiding treasure, and dig up the warm
corpse. He is afterwards seized at his Flor. A dread and cruel one ; But I'll forgive you, if you will be kind;
marriage feast. And yet 'twas frightful.
He is tried, condemned, and brought Hesp. Why, 'twere most unseemly
out to the scaffold. There Floribel's For one marked for the grave to laugh too mother, Lenora, gives him a bouquet loud.
of flowers to smell, impregnated with Flor. Alas! he raves again. Sweetest, deadly poison, having herself imbibed what mean you
the mortal fragrance; and they both By these strange words?
die after a few words suitable to their Hesp. What mean I ? Death and murder, respective characters. Darkness and misery. To thy prayers and This is a hasty and imperfect sketch shrift;
of the drama; but we have said enough Earth gives thee back ; thy God hath sent
and extracted enough, to enable our me for thee,
readers to judge of the powers of this Repent and die. Flor. Oh, if thou willest it, love,
new aspirant after poetical honours. If thou but speak it with thy natural voice, His language, it will be seen, is eleAnd smile upon me; I'll not think it pain, gant, and his versification constructed But cheerfully I'll seek me out a grave, on a good principle. It is dramatic. And sleep as sweetly as on Hesperus' He has no mean talents, keen percepbreast.
tions, and fine feelings. He has eviHe will not smile, he will not listen to me. dently never once attempted to make Why dost thou thrust thy fingers in thy his different characters speak naturalbosom?
ly; they all declaim, barangue, spout; Oh search it, search it; see if there remain
in and poetize with equal ease and eleOne little remnant of thy former love To dry my tears with.
gance; and when they go mad, which, Hesp. Well, speak on; and then,
towards the end, they almost all do, When thou hast done thy tale. I will but man, woman, and child, they merely kill thee.
become a little more figurative and Come tell me all my vows, how they are metaphorical ; but the train of their broken,
thoughts and feelings proceeds much Say that my love was feigned, and black the same as when they were in their deceit,
sober senses. But to point out the Pour out thy bitterest, till untamed wrath faults of this composition would be Melt all his chains off with his fiery breath, absurd indeed, for they are innumerAnd rush a-hungering out.
able and glaring, and the deuce is in Flor. Oh piteous heavens !
it, if Mr Beddoes does not wonder at I see it now, some wild and poisonous
de himself and his play, before he is threecreature Hath wounded him, and with contagious and-twenty. Wonder he may and will, fang
but he need never to be ashamed of Planted this fury in his veins. He hides it, for with all its extravagancies, and The mangled fingers-Dearest, trust them even sillinesses and follies, it shews to me,
far more than glimpses of a true poetI'll suck the madness out of every pore, ical genius, much tender and deep So as I drink it boiling from thy wound, feeling, a wantoning sense of beauty, Death will be pleasant. Let me have the a sort of light, airy, and graceful de.
hand, And I will treat it like another heart.
licacy of imagination, extremely deHesp. Here 'tis then. (Stabs her.
lightful, and withal a power over the Shall I thrust deeper yet?
• darker and more terrible passions, Flor. Quite through my soul,
which, when taught and strengthened That all my senses, deadened at the blow, by knowledge and experience of huMay never know the giver. Oh, my love, man life, will, we hope, and almost Some spirit in thy sleep hath stole thy body trust, enable Mr Beddoes to write a And filled it to the briin with cruelty ; bona fide good English tragedly.
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