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Doug. O, deeper than thou think'st, I've read thy heart. A gilded insect to the world you seemed; The fashion's idol; person, pen, and lyre, The soft devoted darling of the Fair. By slow degrees I found Herculean nerve, Híd in thy tuneful arm ;-that hunger, thirst, The sultry chase, the bleakest mountain bed, The dark, rough, winter torrent, were to thee But pastime; more were courted than repose. To others, your discourse still wild and vain, To me, when none else heard thee, seemed the voice Of heavenly oracles.
Per. O, partial friendship.
Doug. Yet I had never guessed your brooded purpose. Rememberest thou the Regent's masque ? the birth-night?
Doug. That night you glittered through the crowded halls, Gay, and capricious as a sprite of air. Apollo rapt us when you touched the lyre; Cupid fanned odors from your purple wings; Or Mercury amused with magic wand,* Mocking our senses with
Per. Heavens !
Doug. Inly I burned;
Per. And long ago I had disclosed to thee
to hearts less touched,
* Pronounced as the first syllable in wander.
# Pron. forbad.
Doug. The heart of Douglas beats not with thy blood,
Per. Douglas, thy friendship is my choicest treasure ;-
Doug. Thou lov'st me not.
Per. Let Heaven be witness there !
Doug. Lo have I wondered o'er the hills for this. ?
Per. I would not wound ee, Douglas, well thou know'st;
Doug. Cursed be the blood within me,
Per. For thy father's sake
Doug. Peace! I'd not go if staying here would strew* His hoar hairs in the tomb_not stir, by heaven! Must I toss counters ? sum the odds of life, When honor points the way?-When was the blood Of Douglas precious in a noble cause ?
Per. Nay, hear me, hear me, Douglas-
Doug. Talk to me
Per. I've done.
Doug. By heaven, it grieves me, Harry Percy,
Per. Gently ; lest some busy ear
* Pron. strów.
Thinking my rival's coat would best conceal me,
Doug. A keeper of his chase thy garb bespeaks.
Per. Chief huntsman. Thus diguised, I day by day
fathers lives. When there,
Doug. I long
the and tell them what a lord Lives yet to rule them.
Per. When first I mixed among them, oft I struck,
battle field, Trod his bold footsteps in the ranks of death, And shared his triumphs in the festal hall.
Doug. That lulled them, as the north wind does the sea.
Per. From man to man, from house to house, like fire
Doug. What lack we? Spread
Per. What say'st thou ?
Doug. Sinews of the house ;
Per. O, Douglas ! Douglas! even such a friend,
Doug. Straight let us turn our trumpets to the hills ;
Per. If he were all Remember haughty Henry,
Per. Too long, too long a huntsman, Arthur comes
The Prodigal Son. A CERTAIN man had two sons: and the younger of them said unto his father, Father, give me the portion of goods
* Pron. De'vew.
that falleth to me.” And he divided unto them his living. And, not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And, when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled himself with the husks that the swine did eat; and no man gave unto him. And, when he came to himself, he said, "How
hired servants of my father's have bread enough, and to spare ;and I perish with hunger I will arise, and go to my father, and will say unto him— Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son :-make me as one of thy hired servants."
And he arose, and was coming to his father :-but, while he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, “ Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.” But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet ;-and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat and be merry :—for this, my son, was dead, and is alive again ;-he was lost, and is found.”
Now his elder son was in the field :-and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dăncing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things
And he said unto him, “ Thy brother is come; and. thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.”
And he was angry ;-and would not go in : therefore came his father out and entreated him. And he, answering, said to his father, “ Lo, these many years have I served thee, neither transgressed I, at any time, thy commandment; and yet—thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends :-But, as soon as this—thy son was come, who hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf."
And the father said unto him—“Son, thou art ever with me; and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry and be glad : for this—thy brother-was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found."