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Westminster dog-pigs, at Bartholomew-fair, as ever great-belly'd ale-wife longed for. Saw. These dogs will mad me; I was well re
solu'd To die in my repentance. Though 'tis true I would live longer if I might, yet since I cannot, pray torment me not; my conscience Is settled as it shall be: all take heed How they believe the devil; at last he'll cheat
you. Car. Thou’dst best confess all truly.
Saw. Yet again? Have I scarce breath enough to say my prayers, And would you force me to spend that in bawling? Bear witness, I repent all former evil ; There is no damned conjuror like the devil.
All. Away with her, away! [She is led off
Enter Frank to Execution, Officers, &c.
Thor. Here's the sad object which I yet must
Frank. Good sirs, turn from me;
Thor. Oh, Frank, Frank !
Would I had sunk in mine own wants, or died But one bare minute ere thy fault was acted! Frank. To look upon your sorrows executes
Win. Let me pray you, sir-
sigh for thee,
Thor. Let it be thine too. Untimely lost young man.
Frank He is not lost, Who bears his peace within him: had I spun My web of life out at full length, and dream'd Away my many years in lusts, in surfeits, Murthers of reputations, gallant sins Commended or approved; then, though I had Died easily, as great and rich men do, Upon my own bed, not compelld by justice, You might have mourn’d for me indeed; my
miseries Had been as everlasting, as remediless : But now the law hath not arraign’d, condemn'd,
With greater rigour my unhappy fact,
to be nam'd; yet they are monstrous. Thor. Here's comfort in this penitence.
Win. It speaks How truly you are reconciled, and quickens My dying comfort, that was near expiring With my last breath: now this repentance makes
thee As white as innocence; and my first sin with
thee, Since which I knew none like it, by my sorrow Is clearly cancell’d. Might our souls together Climb to the height of their eternity, And there enjoy what earth denied us, happiness! But since I must survive, and be the monument Of thy loved memory, I will
I will preserve it With a religious care, and pay thy ashes · A widow's duty, calling that end best, Which, though it stain the name, makes the soul
blest. Frank. Give me thy hand, poor woman; do
not weep : Farewell! thou dost forgive me?
Win. 'Tis my part To use that language.
Frank. Oh! that my example Might teach the world hereafter what a curse Hangs on their heads, who rather choose to marry A goodly portion than a dower of virtues ! Are
you there, gentlemen ? there is not one Amongst you whom I have not wrong’d; you most,
[To CARTER. I robb’d you of a daughter;—but she is In heaven; and I must suffer for it willingly.
Car. Ay, ay, she's in heaven, and I am glad to see thee so well prepared to follow her. I forgive thee with all my heart; if thou hadst not had ill counsel, thou. would'st not have done as thou didst; the more shame for them!
Som. Spare your excuse to me, I do conceive What you would speak; I would you could as
easily Make satisfaction to the law, as to My wrongs:
you, For her sake, who, I'm sure, did love you dearly.
Sir Ar. Let us part friendly too; I am asham'd Of my part in thy wrongs.
Frank. You are all merciful, And send me to my grave in peace. Sir Arthur, Heaven send you a new heart !- lastly, to you,
sir; And though I have deserv'd not to be call'd
I am sorry
Your son, yet give me leave upon my knees,
[Kneels. Thor. Take it; let me wet Thy cheeks with the last tears my griefs have left
O Frank, Frank, Frank !
Frank. Let me beseech you, gentlemen,
remember what a graceless man
just That law should purge the guilt of blood and
lust. [He is led off by the Officers. Car. Go thy ways; I did not think to have shed one tear for thee, but thou hast made me water my plants spite of my heart. Master Thorney, cheer up man; whilst I can stand by you, you shall not want help to keep you from falling: we have lost our children both on's the wrong way, but we cannot help it; better or worse, 'tis now
Thor. I thank you, sir; you are more kind than I Have cause to hope or look for.
Car. Master Somerton, is Kate yours or no?