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Acast. Don't curse her.
Acast. Methinks, as if I guess, the fault's but small, It might be pardon'd.
Acast. For my sake,
Cast. Why will you urge a thing my nature starts at ?
Cast. Lightnings first shall blast me. I tell you, were she prostrate at my feet, Full of her sex's best dissembled sorrows, And all that wond'rous beauty of her own, My heart might break, but it should never soften.
Enter Florella. Flor. My lord, where are you? “ Oh, Castalio! " Acast. Hark. o Cast. What's that?"
Flor. Oh, shew me quickly, where's Castalio.
Flor. Hurry'd by despair,
purpose. Cast. I cannot hear Monimia's soul's in sadness, And be a man; my heart will not forget her; “ But do not tell the world you saw this of me.”
Acast. Delay not then, but haste and cheer thy love.
Cast. Oh! I will throw m'impatient arms about her, In her soft bosom sigh my soul to peace, Till through the panting breast she finds the way To mould my heart, and make it what she will. Monimia'! oh!
[Exeunt Acasto and Cast.
A Chamber. Enter MONIMIA.
Mon. Stand off, and give me room,
95 I will not rest till I have found Castalio, My wish's lord, comely as the rising day, Amidst ten thousand eminently known! Flowers spring up where-e'er he treads, his eyes Fountains of brightness, cheering all about him! 240 When will they shine on me :-Oh, stay my soul ! I cannot die in peace till I have seen him.
Mon. Hark! 'tis he that answers.
Cast. [Entering.] Here, my love.
lest I vanish.
Mon. Oh, were it possible that we could drown
Cast. Is't then so hard, Monimia, to forgive
shall I court thee? What shall I do to be enough thy slave,
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. Ah! alas, thou talk'st
thee? Cast. No.
Mon. Still thou wander'st in the dark, Castalio;
“ 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.
“ Cast. Then, let's draw near. “ Mon. Ah, me !
“ Cast. So, in the fields, “ When the destroyer has been out for prey, 66 The scatter'd lovers of the feather'd kind,
“ 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; why wert
thou Deaf to my cries, and senseless of my pains ?
Mon. Did I not beg thee to forbear inquiry?
Mon. Must I?
Cast. If, lab’ring in the pangs of death, Thou would'st do any thing to give me ease;