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Sit down and weep the conquests he has made.
Lady Rand. So to lose my hours
Anna. To blame thee, lady, suits not with my state: But sure I am, since death first prey'd on man, Never did sister thus a brother mourn. What had your sorrows been if you had lost, In early youth, the husband of your heart?
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
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,
Three weeks, three little weeks, with wings of down,
* This passage is altered from the original, though the strong fgurative expression might perhaps have been defroded by Isaiabiv,
Anna. Alas! how few of woman's fearful kind,
Lady Rand. The first truth
Anna. My dearest lady! Many a tale of tears
Lady Rand. In the first days
14. The author bas expressed the same sentiment in The Siege of Aquileia io better terms:
" There is but one,
" I follow, thio'it leads ine to the tomb.” Activ. On the very difficult subject of promises which are extoried by violence or fear, the reader may consult the late Dr. Pearson's Ana notations 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 " 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 goed in her case ; for I conceive, if she could bave hazarded ...
onfessed 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." P. IX. 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, whata ever danger there may be in it, rather than attempt by dissimulationto avoid any present difficulty. Thus, had Lady Randolph, when urged to take an oath, that she would never wed one of Douglas' name, own'd that she was already married to one of the family, she would not bave brought op berself the additional difficulty and guilt of concealing her pregnancy and the birth of the cbild, or pwning. herself forsworn, or, what amounts to the same thing, that she had. been guilty of equivocation in the oath she had taken. Thus, the first truth, or fact, had been easiest to avow.
The 12mo. reads Ileaven..
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 (rain 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 compell’d 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 devolv'd; Domains, that should to Douglas' son have giv'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. 5 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. 5 Year after year hath worn her hope away;
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.
Lürly 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,
Anna. That God,+ whose ministers good angels are,
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:
“ her to
* On this passage Mr. Cumberland observes in his Critique, “ I " conceive her meaning to be, that if the good angel had permitted
r to read before hand the catalogue of all the ills she had one by “ 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 suff “ 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. XI.
Literally speaking this is true. But the criticism I consider as hypercritical, The meaning is sufficiently obvious to the understand. 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 hook of Revelations, 'in the fourth and following chapters; and, after reading them. may we not exclaim with Balaam in a similar casc. “ Alas, who shall live when God doeth this !”? (Numb. xxiv, 23.) The reply of Anna is good.
# The 1200. reads Power.