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To turn me wild with thy distemper'd rage,
Alic. Stop a minute.-
Hast. What means thy frantic grief?
Alic. I cannot speak-
Hast. Speak, and give ease to thy conflicting passions!
Alic. That, that's my grief-'tis I that urge thee on, Thus hunt thee to the toil, sweep thee from earth, And drive thee down this precipice of death. [hand
Hast. Thy reason is grown wild. Could thy weak
Alic. Thy cruel scorn had stung me to the heart,
• Hast. Destructive jealousy!
Blindfold it runs to undistinguish'd mischief, 6 And murders all it meets. Baneful its rage, « None can be found so deadly; unhappy they,
Those easy fools who give the dæmon harbour:
( Who turn a monster loose among mankind, ( Fiercer than famine, war, or spotted pestilence.* • Alic. If thou wilt curse, curse rather thine owa
Hast. Oh, thou inhuman! turn thy eyes away,
Alic. Can'st thou-oh cruel Hastings, leave me thus?
Hast. Now, mark! and tremble at Heav'n's just While thy insatiate wrath and fell revenge Pursu'd the innocence which never wrong'd thee, Behold! the mischief falls on thee and me:t Remorse and heaviness of heart shall wait thee,
* See p. 141. Note *.' + The following passages will serve as a Comment upon this and upon each other:
in these cases,
Macbeth, A. I. S. VII. “ He made a pit, and digged it, and is falley into the ditch which “ be made. „His mischief shall return p " he made. His mischief shall return vpon his own head, and his * piolent dealing shall come down upon his own pate."
ompare » PSALM VII, 15, 16. Bible translation, * The quarto reads potion. The following verse, however, from Psalm xi. 7. may, perhaps, support the reading of portion : “ Upon 4 the upgodly be shall rain spares, fire and brimstone, storm and tem* pest: This shall be their portion to drink.”
And unremitting anguish be thy portion :*
Alic. Oh! yet, before I go for ever from thee,
Alic. And does thy heart relent for my undoing?
Hast. Here, then, exchange we mutually forgiveness,
f" The sorrows of death compassed me, and the overflowings of Las ungodliness made me afraid. The pains of hell came about me 86 the snares of death overtook me.” PSALM XVII. 3, 4.
Mourning our guilty loves, and our deep woes,
[During this speech a Messenger enters and
speaks to Ratcliffe. Ratc. My Lord, dispatch; the Duke has sent to chide For loitering in my duty.
[me: Hast. I obey.
Alic. Insatiate, savage monster! Is a moment So tedious to thy malice? Heav'n will repay him, The great avenger will have blood for blood:t "Some horrid kind of death will sure o'ertake him, • Sudden, and in the fulness of his sins!' Then he may know how terrible it is, To want that moment he denies thee now.
Hast. 'Tis all in vain, this rage that tears thy bosom;
Like a poor bird that flutters in its cage,
Alic. How have I strength, under this parting stroke,
Hast. [Returning.] One thing I had forgot-
+ It will have blood; they say, blood will have blood.
Macbeth, A. II: S. IV. " And, surely, your blood of your lives will I require; at the “ hand of every beast will I require it; and at the hand of man, at « the hand of every man's brother" will I require the life of man.W boso shedderba inao's blood; by mau shall his blood he shed.”
GENESIS IX. 5, 6
Alic. For ever? oh! for ever!
SCENE I. A Street. : Enter BELMOUR and Dumont as SHORE. Shore. You saw her, then?
Bel. I met her as returning
Shore. Inhuman dogs!
* I have altered this speech, thinking that the performer might he unwilling to give up altogether a speech, which, being at the end, of an aci, commonly (to use a theatiical phrase) telts. But it appears to me that it would have a much beiter effect, were Alicia to come in, in this scene, with her two female attendants, as in A.V. and, op Hastings being led off by the guards, to utter a shriek, and fiint in the arms of ber attendants; it would also very her erit from other egeurse