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I tell thee, rev'rend Lord, to that one bliss, • To be possessid of her, that lovely maid, 6 As to their centre, I had drawn each hope,
And ev'ry wish my furious soul could form; • Still with regard to that my brain forethought, 6 And fashion'd ev'ry action of my life.
Then, to be robb'd at once, and unsuspecting, • Be dash'd in all the height of expectation! 6 It was not to be borne.'
Gard. Have you not heard of what has happen'd since?
Pemb. I have not had a minute's peace of mind, A moment's pause, to rest from rage, or think.
Gard. Learn it from me, then: But or ere I speak,
prove this true, this morn a trusty spy
Pemb. Married! who?- What mean you?
Gard. Nay, my good Lord,
Pemb. I have lost
* See Eccles. XII. 7. quoted in p. 372. Note,
Gard. She was a wonder, Detraction must allow.
Pemb. The virtues came, Sorted in gentle fellowship, to crown her, ! As if they meant to mend each other's work. • Candor with goodness, fortitude with sweetness,
Strict piety, and love of truth, with learning,
More than the schools of Athens ever knew, • Or her own Platot taught. A wonder! Winchester!' Thou know'st not what she was, nor can I speak her, More than to say, she was that only blessing My soul was set upon, and I have lost her.
Gard. Your state is not so bad as you would make it; Nor need you thus abandon ev'ry hope.
Pemb. Ha! wo't thou save me, snatch me from despair, And bid me live again? Gard. She
yours. Suppose her husband die.
Pemb. O vain, vain hope!
Pemb. And would'st thou have my fierce impatience Bid me lie bound upon a rack, and wait [stay? For distant joys, whole ages yet behind?
+ See The Editor's Preface, p. 325. I The original reads These Gospellers. But, as I very much object to using a word, which ought to be considered with respect, as a term of reproach, I have altered it. In the same manner, in these times, we hear the term Gospel (a Gospel sermon) assumed as an exclusive title by some, and used as a term of reproach in return by others, and also the words Evangelical and Saint. · Whereas, these being terms really good in themselves, it is, I think, wrong ever to use them with disrespect. When it is necessary to make use of the term, as used by others in controversy, it might be done by a periphrasis, As What a particular set of persons call exclusively a GOSPEL Sermon, Those who call themselves exclusively the EVANGELICAL Clergy, 80.
Can love attend on politicians' schemes,
Gard. To-day, or I am ill-informd, Northumberland,
-halters and axes For traitors, and consuming flames for heretics. The happy bridegroom may be yet cut short, Ev'n in his highest hope. But go not you; Howe'er the fawning sire, old Dudley, court you. No, as you love your life, I charge you, mix not With their pernicious counsels.-Mischief waits them, Sure, certain, unavoidable destruction.
Pemb. Ha! join with them! the hated Dudley's race!
Gard. I would not have you-Hie you to the city,
Pemb. No; keep your blessing back, and give me Give me to tell that soft deceiver Guilford, (vengeance ; Thus, traitor, hast thou done, thus hast thou wrong'd And thus thy treason finds a just reward. [me,
Gard. But soft! no more! the Lords o' th' Council
Ha! look you there, the bride and bridegroom too!
Pemb. 'Tis they themselves, must I say happy pair!
Oh! love, what have I lost!-Oh! rev'rend Lord! Pity this fond, this foolish weakness in me!
Methinks, I go like our first wretched father, 6 When from his blissful garden he was drivin:
Like me he went despairing, and like
Thus at the gate stopt short for one last view; ( Then with the cheerless partner of his woe, • He turn'd him to the world that lay below : “There, for his Eden's happy plains, beheld ' A barren, wild, uncomfortable field; saw,
'twas vain the ruin to deplore, • He tried to give the sad remembrance o'er; • The sad remembrance still return'd again, " And his lost paradise renew'd his pain.'
[Exeunt Pembroke and Gardiner. Enter Lord GUILFORD and Lady JANE. Guil. What shall I say to thee, my lovely bride! How teach my tongue to tell thee what I feel; To pour the transports of my bosom forth, And make thee partner of the joy dwells there?
For thou art comfortless, full of affliction,
Heavy of heart as the forsaken widow,
L.J. Gray. Alas, my dearest Lord! a thousand griefs
The morning light seems not to rise as usual ; " It dawns not to me, like my virgin days,
But brings new thoughts and other fears upon me;'
Guil. What else than good shall thy fond Guilford call
L. J. Gray. " Why came we hither? • Why was I drawn to this unhappy place,
• This Tow'r, so often stain'd with royal blood? "llere the fourth Edward's helpless sons were murder'd,
And pious llenry fell by ruthless Gloster: "Is this the place allotted for rejoicing?
The bow'r adorn'd to keep our nuptial feast in?
Staring with meagre forms thro' grated windows;
Without, grim danger, fear, and fiercest pow'r 5 Sit on the rude old tow'rs and Gothic battlements : 6 While horror overlooks the dreadful wall, "And frowns on all around.
Guil. “In safety here,
To meet, and with united care support
L. J. Gray. How! from me!
Guil. My faithful heart to mock thee could not bend. But see, thy mother, gracious Suffolk, comes To intercept my story: she shall tell thee; For in her look I read the lab’ring thought, What vast event thy life is now disclosing.
Enter the Duchess of SUFFOLK.
Let thy heart kindle with the highest hopes;
* “ And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even as the « heart of ope mao".
2 Samuel XIX. 14 VOLI.