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And satisfy the lovely pride that's in thee?
Mon. If I am dumb, Castalio, and want words
Cast. Thou hast not wrong'd me.
Mon. Ahl alas, thou talkost Just as thy poor heart thinks! Have not I wrong'd
thee? Cast. No.
Mon. Still thou wander'st in the dark, Castalio; But wilt, ere long, stumble on horrid danger.
“ Cast. What means my love?
not! “ Cast. I can, and do. -“ Mon. Thus crawling on the earth, “ Would I that pardon meet; the only thing “ Can make me view the face of Heav'n with hope.
6 Cast. Then, let's draw near.
“ Cast. So, in the fields,
“ Seeking, when danger's past, to meet again, "Make moan, and call, by such degrees approach; "'Till joining thus, they bill, and spread their wings, "Murmuring love, and joy their fears are over.
“ Mon. Yet, have a care ; be not too fond of peace, “Lest, in pursuance of the goodly quarry, “Thou meet a disappointment that distracts thee."
Cast. My better angel, then do thou inform me, What danger threatens me, and where it lies: 300 Why didst thou (pr’ythee smile, and tell me why) When I stood waiting underneath the window, . Quaking with fierce and violent desires; The dropping dews fell cold upon my head, Darkness inclos'd, and the winds whistled round me; Which, with my mournful sighs, made such a music, As might have mov'd the hardest heart; wlry wert
thou Deaf to my cries, and senseless of my pains ?
Mon. Did I not beg thee to forbear inquiry?
Unfold this riddle ere my thoughts grow wild,
Cast. " What means my destiny ? " For all my good or evil fate dwells in thee?" Ne'er meet again !
Mon. No, never.
Cast. Where's the power On earth, that dare not look like thee, and say so ? Thou art my heart's inheritance; I serv'd A long and painful, faithful slav'ry for thee : And who shall rob me of the dear-bought blessing? Mon. Time will clear all; but now, let this content
you. Heav'n has decreed, and therefore I'm resolv'd (With torment I must tell it thee, Castalio) Ever to be a stranger to thy love; In some far distant country waste my life, And from this day, to see thy face no more. Cast. Where am I? Sure I wander 'midst enchant
ment, And never more shall find the way to rest; 340 “ But, oh, Monimia! art thou indeed resolv'd “ To punish me with everlasting absence ?" Why turn'st thou from me; I'm alone already; Methinks I stand upon a naked beach, Sighing to winds, and to the seas complaining,
Whilst afar off the vessel sails away,
Mon, Ah, poor Castalio! [Exit Monimia.
Cast. “ Pity, by the gods, “She pities me! then thou wilt go eternally.” What means all this? Why all this stir to plague A single wretch ? If but your word can shake This world to atoms, why so much ado With me? Think me but dead, and lay me so. 360
Cast. Who's there?
Cast. In haste.
Pol. Indeed, and so to me does my Castalio.
Cast. Alas, I've wond'rous reason !
Cast. Oh! to tell thee, would but put thy heart
Pol. Be not too credulous; consider first;
Cast. Why do'st thou ask me that? Does this appear
Pol. I fear, Castalio, I have none to give thee.
Pol. Oh, more than life :
Cast. I hope I have.
Cast. Oh, Polydore, I know not how to tell thee;