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Surely it was a noise! hist-only fancy;
[Knocks again. 66 Monimia! my angel-hah-not yet“ How long's the shortest moment of delay, • To a heart impatient of its pangs like mine, 6. In sight of ease, and panting to the goal.”
[Knocks again. Once more
Maid. [At the window.] Who's there? That comes thus rudely to disturb our rest?
Cast. 'Tis I.
Maid. Who are you? What's your name?
Maid. I know you not.
Cast. Ha! have a care; what can this mean?
doom. Maid. Whoe'er you are, ye may repent this outrage. My lady must not be disturbed. Good night.
Cast. She must; tell her she shall. Go, I'm in haste, And bring her tidings from the state of love; They're all in consultation met together, How to reward my truth, and crown her vows.
Maid. Sure the man's mad!
Cast. Or this will make me so.
Maid. My lady's answer is, you may depart.
Cast. I'll not believe't.
Maid. Well, 'tis a fine cool ev'ning; and, I hope
Cast. And farewel all that's just in women!
This is contriv'd; a studied trick, to abuse
600 « Sure now she's bound me fast, and means to lord it, " To rein me hard, and ride me at her will, “ 'Till by degrees she shape me into fool, « For a!l her future uses. Death and torment!" 'Tis impudence to think my soul will bear it. “ Oh, I could grow ev'n wild, and tear my hair !" 'Tis well, Monimia, that thy empire's short; Let but to-morrow, but to-morrow come, And try if all thy arts appease my wrong ; 'Till when, be this detested place my bed. [Lies down. Where I will ruminate on woman's ills; Laugh at myself, and curse th' inconstant sex : Faithless Monimia! Oh, Monimia!
Cast. Who's there?
620 “ And leave this place; for I would be alone."
Ern. Castalio! my lord, why in this posture, Stretch'don the ground: Your honest, true old servant, Your poor Ernesto, cannot see you thus. Rise, I beseech you.
Cast. If thou art Ernesto,
As by thy honesty thou seem'st to be,
Ern. I can't leave you,
Cast. Thou canst not serve me.
Cast. Because my thoughts
Ern. I hate the sex.
Cast. Then I'm thy friend, Ernesto. [Rises. I'd leave the world for him that hates a woman. 641 Woman, the fountain of all human frailty ! What mighty ills have not been done by woman? Who was't betray'd the capitol ? A woman. Who lost Mark Anthony the world? A woman. Who was the cause of a long ten years war, And laid at last old Troy in ashes? Woman! Destructive, damnable, deceitful woman! Woman, to man first as a blessing giv'n; When innocence and love were in their prime, Happy a while in Paradise they lay, But quickly woman long'd to go astray ; Some foolish, new adventure needs must prove, And the first devil she saw, she chang'd her love; To his temptations lewdly she inclin'd Her soul, and for an apple damn'd mankind. [Exeunt.
ACT IV. SCENE I.
Acasto. Blest be the morning that has brought me health; A happy rest has soften’d pain away, And I'll forget it, though my mind's not well; A heavy melancholy clogs my heart; I droop and sigh, I know not why. Dark dreams, Sick fancy's children, have been over-busy, And all the night play'd farces in my brain. Méthought I heard the midnight raven cry; Wak'd with th' imagin'd noise, my curtain seem'd To start, and at my feet my sons appear'd, Like ghosts, all pale and stiff; I strove to speak, But could not: suddenly the forms were lost, And seem'd to vanish in a bloody cloud. 'Twas odd, and for the present, shook my thoughts; But 'twas th’ effect of my distemper'd blood; And when the health's disturb'd, the mind's unruly.
Pol. Heav'n keep your Lordship.