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And I left them with their dearest - dearest charge had every one-
Woman's weakness shall not shame me — why should I have tears
to shed ? Could I rain them down like water, O my hero! on thy head — Could the cry of lamentation wake thee from thy silent sleep, Could it set thy heart a-throbbing, it were mine to wail and weep! But I will not waste my sorrow, lest the Campbell women say That the daughters of Clanranald are as weak and frail as they. I had wept thee, hadst thou fallen, like our fathers, on thy shield, When a host of English foemen camped upon a Scottish fieldI had mourned thee, hadst thou perished with the foremost of his
name, When the valiant and the noble died around the dauntless Græme! But I will not wrong thee, husband, with my unavailing cries, Whilst thy cold and mangled body, stricken by the traitor, lies; Whilst he counts the gold and glory that this hideous night has won, And his heart is big with triumph at the murder he has done. Other eyes than mine shall glisten, other hearts be rent in twain, Ere the heath-bells on thy hillock wither in the autumn rain. Then I'll seek thee where thou sleepest, and I'll veil my weary
head, Praying for a place beside thee, dearer than my bridal-bed : And I'll give thee tears, my husband, if the tears remain to me, When the widows of the foeman cry the coronach for thee!
XCVIII. — THE SWISS PATRIOT.
(JAMES SHERIDAN KNOWLES was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1784, and died in 1862. He was the author of " The Hunchback,” “ Virginius,” “ William Tell," " The Wife," and several other plays, some of which have been highly successful. He was originally an actor and teacher of elocution, but in his latter years he was a zealous and eloquent preacher of the Baptist denomination,
The following extract is from “ William Tell," a play founded on the leading
Incidents in the life of the Swiss patriot of that name. Gesler, (pronounced Gěs'ler,) is the Austrian governor of Switzerland, and Sarnem one of his officers.]
(WILLIAM TELL, ALBERT, AND GESLER.]
GESLER. What is thy name?
TELL. My name?
TELL. The same.
GES. What! he so famed 'bove all his countrymen * For guiding o'er the stormy lake the boat ?
And such a master of his bow, 't is said
Exquisite vengeance ! - Mark! I'll spare thy life
TELL. Name it.
A trial of your skill with that same bow
Tell. Name the trial you
Tell. Look upon my boy! What mean you ? Look upon My boy as though I guessed it ! — Guessed the trial
You'd have me make ! - Guessed it
You would not have me make a trial of
GES. I would see
Tell. Great Heaven, you hear him!
Such trial of the skill thou art master of,
Tell. O monster!
Albert. He will ! he will !
Tell. Ferocious monster !— Make
Ges. Take off
TELL. With his own hand !
ALB. He does. [Gesler signs to his officers, who proceed to take off Tell's chains. Tell all the time unconscious what 20 they do.]
Tell. With his own hand!
'T is beyond horror — 't is most horrible. 25 Amazement ! [His chains fall off:] What's that you've
done to me. Villains ! put on my chains again. My hands Are free from blood, and have no gust for it, That they should drink my child's! Here! here! I'll not
Murder my boy for Gesler.
Tell. Hit thee !— Send
Cover with kisses ! — Hit thee — hit a hair
ALB. No, father — no!
Will you not save me, father? 10 Tell. Lead me forth —
I'll make the trial !
ALB. Thank you !
TELL. Thank me! Do You know for what? – I will not make the trial, 15 To take him to his mother in my arms,
And lay him down a corpse before her!
GES. Then he dies this moment — and you certainly Do murder him whose life you have a chance
To save, and will not use it. 20 TELL. Well — I'll do it: I'll make the trial.
ALB. Father —
TELL. Speak not to me:
And so should all things be — Earth should be dumb 25 And Heaven - unless its thunders muttered at
The deed, and sent a bolt to stop it! Give me
GES. When all's ready.
XCIX. — SAME SUBJECT, CONCLUDED. PERSONS. — Enter, slowly, People in evident distress
Officers, Sarnem, Gesler, Tell, Albert, and Soldiers —
TELL. Is the line a true one ?
GES. True or not, what is ’t to thee?
A very little thing — a yard or two
Ges. Be thankful, slave,
TELL. I will be thankful, Gesler !— Villain, stop!
Ges. And what of that? What matter whether to or from the sun ? 15 TELL. I'd have it at my back — the sun should shine
Upon the mark, and not on him that shoots.
The apple I'm to shoot at.
TELL. You've picked the smallest one.
GES. I know I have.
The color on 't is dark — I'd have it light,