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Cast thy black veil upon my shame, Onight!
Shore. Why dost thou turn away? - Why tremble
J. Sho. No, arm thy brow with vengeance; and apThe Minister of Heaven's inquiring justice. [реаг Array thyself all-terrible for judgment, Wrath in thy eyes, and thunder in thy voice;
Pronounce my sentence; and, if yet there be "A woe I have not felt, inflict it on me.
Shore. Thy sorrows fain I'd hope are now completed; And I am come to snatch thee from injustice. "The hand of power no more shall crush thy weakness, Nor proud oppression grind thy humble soul.
J. Sho. Hast thou, my lost, much injur'd, lawful Restor'd thyself to me, and art thou come [husband messenger
of grace and goodness to me,
weep my gratitude for ever there;
* And the kings of the earth,”' &c. “ bid themselves in the dens, " and in the rocks of the inountains ; 'and said to the mountains " and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us" &c. Revel. vi. 15, 16. See also Isaiah 11. 21. Hosea x. 8. Luke XXIII. 30. + “Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of
that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter "sof my people.'
Jerem. IX. k.
( To me thou'rt white, as unoffending innocence:*
Therefore, in spite of cruel Gloster's rage,
Soon as my friend had ope'd my prison-doors,
J. Sho. What shall I say to you? but I obey
J. Sho. Alas! I'm wond'rous faint:
Shore. Oh merciless! • look here, my love, I've Some rich conserves
[brought thee J. Sho. How can you be so good ? • But you were ever thus. I well remember • With what fond care, what diligence of love, 6 You lavish'd out your wealth to buy me pleasures, • Preventing every wish: have you forgot • The costly string of pearl you brought me home, And tied about my neck?--How could I leave you? • Shore. Taste some of this, or this
J. Sho. You're strangely alter'dSay, gentle Belmour, is he not? How pale " Your visage is become? Your eyes are hollow; • Nay, you are wrinkled, too-Alas the day?
My wretchedness has cost you many a tear, " And many a bitter pang, since last we parted. [eat.
“Shore. No more of that—thou talk'st, but dost not J. Sho. " My feeble jaws forget their common office, My tasteless tongue cleaves to the clammy roof,
And now a general loathing grows upon me.'
Shore. Thou murd'rous sorrow!
"" Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow."
Isaiab 1. 18.
Enter Sir William Catesby, with a guard. Cate. Seize on them both, as traitors to the stateBel. What means this violence!
[Guards lay hold on Shore and Belmour.
Shore. Nay, say not infamy!
Cate. Elsewhere this Away with them.
Shore. Is charity grown treason to your court? I am content that we should die together
Cate. Convey the men: to prison; but for her, Leave her to hunt her fortune as she may.
J. Sho. I will not part with him-for me!--for me! Oh! must he die for me?
[Following him as he is carried off-She falls. Shore. Unhand, unhand me!
[Breaks from the guard. Stand off! the agonies of death are on herShe pulls, she gripes me hard with her cold hand.
J. Sho. Was this blow wanting to complete my ruin ! Oh! let him go, ye ministers of terror. He shall offend no more, for I will die, And yield obedience to your cruel master. Tarry a little, but a little longer, And take my last breath with you. Shore, Oh
J. Sho. Forgive me!—but forgive me!
Accords* to thee, and begs of Heaven to show thee;.
J. Sho. Then all is well, and I shall sleep in peace 'Tis very dark, and I have lost you now
Was there not something I would have bequeath'd you? • But I have nothing left me to bestow, Nothing but one sad sigh. Oh mercy, Heaven! [Dies.
Bel. There fled the soul,
Shore. Oh, my heart's treasure! Is this pale sad visage
[To the guards taking him away. Fare ee well
[Kissing her Now execute your tyrant's will, and lead me To bonds, or death, 'tis equally indifferent.
Bel. Let those, who view this sad example, know, What 'tis e'en here to break the marriage vow; And teach their children in succeeding times, What temporal evils follow on such crimes; When such severe repentance could not save From want, from shame, and an untimely grave.
Gives with his whole heart.
In the Year 1731.
To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger
which dattereth with her words ; which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. None that go unto her returo again, neither take they bold of the paths of life.
PROVERBS 11, 16-19.