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Sit down and weep the conquests he has made.
Lady Rand. So to lose my hours
since death first prey'd on man,
Lady Rand. Oh!
Anna. Have I distrest you with officious love, And ill-tim'd mention of your brother's fate? Forgive me, lady: humble tho I am, The mind I bear partakes not of my fortune: So fervently I love you, that to dry These piteous tears, Lady Rand. What power directed thy unconscious
tongue To speak as thou hast done? To name
Anna. I know not:
Lady Rand. No, thou shalt not be silent.
*" And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death " and hell delivered up the dead which were in them.” Rev. xx. 13.
Anna. What means my noble mistress?
Anna. O! lady, most rever'd!
Lady Rund. Alas! an ancient feud,
This passage is altered from the original, though the strong figurative espression night perhaps have been defroded by Isaiabo,
Anna. Alas! how few of woman's fearful kind, Durst own a truth so hardy!
Lady Rand. The first truth
-mighty Godt! But I had sinn'd, and just are my aflictions!
Anna. My dearest lady! Many a tale of tea.rs
Lady Rand. In the first days
14. The author bas expressed the same sentiment in The Siege of A quileia in better terms:
“ There is but one,
Activ. On the very difficult subject of promises which are extoried by violence or fear, the reader may consult the late Dr. Pearson's Annotations on the Practical Part of Dr. Paley's “ Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy.” p. 57.
* To this passage Mr. Cumberland, in his Critique, objects, that, " If Lady Randolph had inculcated the duty of speaking truth in all
cases, and at all times, it had been a moral; but when she is only “ treating of the superior ease with which it is ayowed at one time "s rather than another, I think she might have called it a maxim “ rather than a moral: and yet as such I doubt if it would have “ held geed in her case; for I conceive, if she could have hazarded " the first truth, and confessed her marriage, the second would have " been much the easiest to have owned, when she found herself
“ As women wish to be who love their lords." I conceive the meaning of the passage to be, that it is always the easiest, or best, way to avow the truth in the first instance, whate ever danger there may be in it, rather than attempt by dissimulationto avoid any present difficulty. Thus, had Lady Randolph, when urgeď to take an oath, that she would never wed one of Douglas' bame, own'd that she was already married to one of the family, she would not bave brought op berseif the additional difficulty and guiltof concealing her pregnancy and the birth of the child, or pwning. herself forsworn, or, what amounts to the sanie thing, ihat she had been guilty of equivocation in ihe oath she had taken. Thus, the first truth, or fact, had been easiest to avow.
+ The 12mo, reads Heaven.
But who durst tell my father? The good priest
Anna. Not seen, nor heard of! then perhaps he lives.
Lady Rand. No. It was dark December: wind and Had beat all night. Across the Carron lay (raik The destin'd road; and in it's swelling flood My faithful servant perish'd with my child. O hapless son! of a most hapless sire!But they are both at rest; and I alone Dwell in this world of woe; Nor e'en the dreary comfort is permitted me, The comfort of a solitary sorrow. Tho' dead to love, I was compellid to wed Randolph, who snatch'd me from a villain's arms.; And Randolph now possesses the domains, That by Sir Malcolm's death on me devolvid; Domains, that should to Douglas' son have gir'n A baron's title, and a baron's power.
Such were my soothing thoughts, while I bewail'd • The slaughter'd father of a son unborn. . And when that son came, like a ray from heav'ng ( Which shines and disappears; alas! my child! How long did thy fond mother grasp
the hope 6 Of having thee, she knew not how, restor'd. 6 Year after year hath worn her hope away ; s But left still undiminish'd her desire.
Anna. The hand, that spins th' uneven thread of life, May smooth the length that's yet to come of your’s.
Lady Rand. “ Not in this world: I have consider'd well ' It's various evils, and on whom they fall.
Alas! how oft does goodness wound itself,
And sweet affection prove the spring of woe! 0! had I died when my lov'd husband fell ! Had some good angel op'd to me the book Of Providence, and let me read my life, My heart had broke, when I beheld the sum of ills, which one by one I have endur'd.*
Anna. That God,+ whose ministers good angels are, Hath shut the book in mercy to mankind. But we must leave this theme: Glenalvon comes : I saw him bend on you his thoughtful eyes, And hitherwards he slowly stalks his way.
Lady Rand. I will avoid him. An ungracious person Is doubly irksome in an hour like this.
Anna. Why speaks my lady thus of Randolph's heir?
Lady Rund. Because he's not the heir of Randolph's Subtle and shrewd, he offers to mankind (virtues. An artificial image of himself:
* On this passage Mr. Cumberland observes in his Critique, “ I * conceive her meaning to be, that if the good angel had permitted “ her to read before hand the catalogue of all the ills she had one hy
one endured, it would have broken her heart to have beheld the * sum of them; and the deduction naturally to be drawn from this
position is, that if breaking her heart had caused her death, (which " in all likelihood would have been the result) it should follow that " the courtesy of the good angel in opening the book, and suffering “ her to peruse the incidents of her future life, so very close upon “ her instant death, would have marred the truth of prophecy, and disappointed the decrees of Providence."
P. XT, Literally speaking this is true. But the criticism I consider as hypercritical. The meaning is sufficiently obvious to the understando ing and heart of every hearer and reader, that, had she knowo beforehand what afflictions awaited her, her heart had been over. whelmed with sorrow at the anticipation of them. The idea of the angel and The book of Providence, 'I snppose to be taken from the book of Revelations, in the fourth and following chapters; and, after Teading them, may we not exclaim with Balaam in a siipilar case, " Alas, who sh live when God doeth this !”? (Numb. xx11. 23.). The reply of Anna is good.
+ The 12m0, reads Power.