The Borderers. A Tragedy Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


SCENE Road in a WoodB
LACY The troop will be impatient let us hieD
Back to our post and strip the Scottish ForayE
Of their rich Spoil ere they recross the BorderF
Pity that our young Chief will have no partG
In this good serviceH
WAL Rather let us grieveI
That in the undertaking which has causedJ
His absence he hath sought whate'er his aimK
Companionship with One of crooked waysL
From whose perverted soul can come no goodB
To our confiding open hearted LeaderF
LACY True and remembering how the Band have provedM
That Oswald finds small favour in our sightN
Well may we wonder he has gained such powerF
Over our much loved CaptainO
WAL I have heardP
Of some dark deed to which in early lifeQ
His passion drove him then a VoyagerF
Upon the midland Sea You knew his bearingR
In PalestineS
LACY Where he despised alikeT
Mahommedan and Christian But enoughU
Let us begone the Band may else be foiled ExeuntP
WIL Be cautious my dear MasterF
MAR I perceiveI
That fear is like a cloak which old men huddleV
About their love as if to keep it warmW
WIL Nay but I grieve that we should part This StrangerF
For such he isX
MAR Your busy fancies WilfredP
Might tempt me to a smile but what of himY
WIL You know that you have saved his lifeQ
MAR I know itP
WIL And that he hates you Pardon me perhapsZ
That word was hastyP
MAR Fy no more of itP
WIL Dear Master gratitude's a heavy burdenO
To a proud Soul Nobody loves this OswaldP
Yourself you do not love himY
MAR I do moreA2
I honour him Strong feelings to his heartP
Are natural and from no one can be learntP
More of man's thoughts and ways than his experienceB2
Has given him power to teach and then for courageC2
And enterprise what perils hath he shunnedP
What obstacles hath he failed to overcomeD2
Answer these questions from our common knowledgeC2
And be at restP
MAR Peace my good WilfredP
Repair to Liddesdale and tell the BandP
I shall be with them in two days at farthestP
WIL May He whose eye is over all protect you ExitP
Enter OSWALD a bunch of plants in his handP
OSW This wood is rich in plants and curious simplesB2
MAR looking at them The wild rose and the poppy and theE2
Which is your favourite OswaldP
OSW That which while it isB2
Strong to destroy is also strong to healF2
Looking forwardP
Not yet in sight We'll saunter here awhileG2
They cannot mount the hill by us unseenH2
MAR a letter in his hand It is no common thing when one likeT
Performs these delicate services and thereforeA2
I feel myself much bounden to you OswaldP
'Tis a strange letter this You saw her write itP
OSW And saw the tears with which she blotted itP
MAR And nothing less would satisfy himY
OSW No lessB2
For that another in his Child's affectionO
Should hold a place as if 'twere robberyP
He seemed to quarrel with the very thoughtP
Besides I know not what strange prejudiceB2
Is rooted in his mind this Band of oursB2
Which you've collected for the noblest endsB2
Along the confines of the Esk and TweedP
To guard the Innocent he calls us OutlawsB2
And for yourself in plain terms he assertsB2
This garb was taken up that indolenceB2
Might want no cover and rapacityP
Be better fedP
MAR Ne'er may I own the heartP
That cannot feel for one helpless as he isB2
OSW Thou know'st me for a Man not easily movedP
Yet was I grievously provoked to thinkJ2
Of what I witnessedP
MAR This day will sufficeB2
To end her wrongsB2
OSW But if the blind Man's taleK2
Should 'yet' be trueI2
MAR Would it were possibleV
Did not the soldier tell thee that himselfL2
And others who survived the wreck beheldP
The Baron Herbert perish in the wavesB2
Upon the coast of CyprusB2
OSW Yes even soB2
And I had heard the like before in soothE2
The tale of this his quondam BaronyO
Is cunningly devised and on the backM2
Of his forlorn appearance could not failK2
To make the proud and vain his tributariesB2
And stir the pulse of lazy charityP
The seignories of Herbert are in DevonO
We neighbours of the Esk and Tweed 'tis muchN2
The Arch ImpostorF
MAR Treat him gently OswaldP
Though I have never seen his face methinksB2
There cannot come a day when I shall ceaseB2
To love him I remember when a BoyO2
Of scarcely seven years' growth beneath the ElmP2
That casts its shade over our village schoolQ2
'Twas my delight to sit and hear IdoneaO
Repeat her Father's terrible adventuresB2
Till all the band of playmates wept togetherF
And that was the beginning of my loveR2
And through all converse of our later yearsB2
An image of this old Man still was presentP
When I had been most happy Pardon meP
If this be idly spokenO
OSW See they comeD2
Two TravellersB2
MAR points The woman is IdoneaO
OSW And leading HerbertP
MAR We must let them passB2
This thicket will conceal usB2
They step asideP
Enter IDONEA leading HERBERT blindP
IDON Dear Father you sigh deeply ever sinceB2
We left the willow shade by the brook sideP
Your natural breathing has been troubledP
You are too fearful yet must I confessB2
Our march of yesterday had better suitedP
A firmer step than mineO
IDON That dismal MoorS2
In spite of all the larks that cheered our pathE2
I never can forgive it but how steadilyP
'You' paced along when the bewildering moonlightP
Mocked me with many a strange fantastic shapeT2
I thought the Convent never would appearU2
It seemed to move away from us and yetP
That you are thus the fault is mine for the airV2
Was soft and warm no dew lay on the grassB2
And midway on the waste ere night had fallenO
I spied a Covert walled and roofed with sodsB2
A miniature belike some Shepherd boyO2
Who might have found a nothing doing hourF
Heavier than work raised it within that hutP
We might have made a kindly bed of heathE2
And thankfully there rested side by sideP
Wrapped in our cloaks and with recruited strengthE2
Have hailed the morning sun But cheerily FatherF
That staff of yours I could almost have heartP
To fling't away from you you make no useB2
Of me or of my strength come let me feelF2
That you do press upon me There indeedP
You are quite exhausted Let us rest awhileG2
On this green bank He sits downO
HER after some time Idonea you are silentP
And I divine the causeB2
IDON Do not reproach meP
I pondered patiently your wish and willW2
When I gave way to your request and nowO
When I behold the ruins of that faceB2
Those eyeballs dark dark beyond hope of lightP
And think that they were blasted for my sakeX2
The name of Marmaduke is blown awayO
Father I would not change that sacred feelingR
For all this world can giveY2
HER Nay be composedP
Few minutes gone a faintness overspreadP
My frame and I bethought me of two thingsB2
I ne'er had heart to separate my graveZ2
And thee my ChildP
IDON Believe me honoured SireF
'Tis weariness that breeds these gloomy fanciesB2
And you mistake the cause you hear the woodsB2
Resound with music could you see the sunO
And look upon the pleasant face of NatureF
HER I comprehend thee I should be as cheerfulV
As if we two were twins two songsters bredP
In the same nest my spring time one with thineO
My fancies fancies if they be are suchN2
As come dear Child from a far deeper sourceB2
Than bodily weariness While here we sitP
I feel my strength returning The bequestP
Of thy kind Patroness which to receiveI
We have thus far adventured will sufficeB2
To save thee from the extreme of penuryP
But when thy Father must lie down and dieP
How wilt thou stand aloneO
IDON Is he not strongA3
Is he not valiantP
HER Am I then so soonO
Forgotten have my warnings passed so quicklyP
Out of thy mind My dear my only ChildP
Thou wouldst be leaning on a broker reedP
This MarmadukeB3
IDON O could you hear his voiceB2
Alas you do not know him He is oneO
I wot not what ill tongue has wronged him with youI2
All gentleness and love His face bespeaksB2
A deep and simple meekness and that SoulC3
Which with the motion of a virtuous actP
Flashes a look of terror upon guiltP
Is after conflict quiet as the oceanO
By a miraculous finger stilled at onceB2
HER Unhappy WomanO
IDON Nay it was my dutyP
Thus much to speak but think not I forgetP
Dear Father how 'could' I forget and liveD3
You and the story of that doleful nightP
When Antioch blazing to her topmost towersB2
You rushed into the murderous flames returnedP
Blind as the grave but as you oft have told meP
Clasping your infant Daughter to your heartP
HER Thy Mother too scarce had I gained the doorA2
I caught her voice she threw herself upon meP
I felt thy infant brother in her armsB2
She saw my blasted face a tide of soldiersB2
That instant rushed between us and I heardP
Her last death shriek distinct among a thousandP
IDON Nay Father stop not let me hear it allE3
HER Dear Daughter precious relic of that timeF3
For my old age it doth remain with theeP
To make it what thou wilt Thou hast been toldP
That when on our return from PalestineO
I found how my domains had been usurpedP
I took thee in my arms and we beganO
Our wanderings together ProvidenceB2
At length conducted us to Rossland thereV2
Our melancholy story moved a StrangerF
To take thee to her home and for myselfL2
Soon after the good Abbot of St Cuthbert'sB2
Supplied my helplessness with food and raimentP
And as thou know'st gave me that humble CotP
Where now we dwell For many years I boreA2
Thy absence till old age and fresh infirmitiesB2
Exacted thy return and our reunionO
I did not think that during that long absenceB2
My Child forgetful of the name of HerbertP
Had given her love to a wild FreebooterA2
Who here upon the borders of the TweedP
Doth prey alike on two distracted CountriesB2
Traitor to bothE2
IDON Oh could you hear his voiceB2
I will not call on Heaven to vouch for meP
But let this kiss speak what is in my heartP
Enter a PeasantP
PEA Good morrow Strangers If you want a GuideP
Let me have leave to serve youI2
IDON My CompanionO
Hath need of rest the sight of Hut or HostelV
Would be most welcomeD2
PEA Yon white hawthorn gainedP
You will look down into a dell and thereA2
Will see an ash from which a sign board hangsB2
The house is hidden by the shade Old ManO
You seem worn out with travel shall I support youI2
HER I thank you but a resting place so nearA2
'Twere wrong to trouble youI2
PEA God speed you bothE2
Exit PeasantP
HER Idonea we must part Be not alarmedP
'Tis but for a few days a thought has struck meP
IDON That I should leave you at this house and thenceB2
Proceed alone It shall be so for strengthE2
Would fail you ere our journey's end be reachedP
Exit HERBERT supported by IDONEAO
MAR This instant will we stop himY
OSW Be not hastyP
For sometimes in despite of my convictionO
He tempted me to think the Story trueI2
'Tis plain he loves the Maid and what he saidP
That savoured of aversion to thy nameK
Appeared the genuine colour of his soulC3
Anxiety lest mischief should befal herA2
After his deathE2
MAR I have been much deceivedP
OSW But sure he loves the Maiden and never loveR2
Could find delight to nurse itself so strangelyP
Thus to torment her with 'inventions' deathE2
There must be truth in thisB2
MAR Truth in his storyP
He must have felt it then known what it wasB2
And in such wise to rack her gentle heartP
Had been a tenfold crueltyP
OSW Strange pleasuresB2
Do we poor mortals cater for ourselvesB2
To see him thus provoke her tendernessB2
With tales of weakness and infirmityP
I'd wager on his life for twenty yearsB2
MAR We will not waste an hour in such a causeB2
OSW Why this is noble shake her off at onceB2
MAR Her virtues are his instruments A ManO
Who has so practised on the world's cold senseB2
May well deceive his Child what leave her thusB2
A prey to a deceiver no no noO
'Tis but a word and thenO
OSW Something is hereA2
More than we see or whence this strong aversionO
Marmaduke I suspect unworthy talesB2
Have reached his ear you have had enemiesB2
MAR Enemies of his own coinageG3
OSW That may beP
But wherefore slight protection such as youI2
Have power to yield perhaps he looks elsewhereA2
I am perplexedP
MAR What hast thou heard or seenO
OSW No no the thing stands clear of mysteryP
As you have said he coins himself the slanderA2
With which he taints her ear for a plain reasonO
He dreads the presence of a virtuous manO
Like you he knows your eye would search his heartP
Your justice stamp upon his evil deedsB2
The punishment they merit All is plainO
It cannot beP
MAR What cannot beP
OSW Yet that a FatherA2
Should in his love admit no rivalshipT2
And torture thus the heart of his own ChildP
MAR Nay you abuse my friendshipT2
OSW Heaven forbidP
There was a circumstance trifling indeedP
It struck me at the time yet I believeI
I never should have thought of it againO
But for the scene which we by chance have witnessedP
MAR What is your meaningR
OSW Two days gone I sawB2
Though at a distance and he was disguisedP
Hovering round Herbert's door a man whose figureA2
Resembled much that cold voluptuaryA2
The villain Clifford He hates you and he knowsB2
Where he can stab you deepestP
MAR Clifford neverA2
Would stoop to skulk about a Cottage doorA2
It could not beP
OSW And yet I now rememberA2
That when your praise was warm upon my tongueH3
And the blind Man was told how you had rescuedP
A maiden from the ruffian violenceB2
Of this same Clifford he became impatientP
And would not hear meP
MAR No it cannot beP
I dare not trust myself with such a thoughtP
Yet whence this strange aversion You are a manO
Not used to rash conjecturesB2
OSW If you deem itP
A thing worth further notice we must actP
With caution sift the matter artfullyP
SCENE The door of the HostelV
HER seated As I am dear to you remember ChildP
This last requestP
IDON You know me Sire farewellI3
HER And are you going then Come come IdoneaO
We must not part I have measured many a leagueJ3
When these old limbs had need of rest and nowO
I will not play the sluggardP
IDON Nay sit downO
Turning to HostP
Good Host such tendance as you would expectP
From your own Children if yourself were sickK3
Let this old Man find at your hands poor LeaderA2
Looking at the dogL3
We soon shall meet again If thou neglectP
This charge of thine then ill befall thee LookM3
The little fool is loth to stay behindP
Sir Host by all the love you bear to courtesyP
Take care of him and feed the truant wellI3
HOST Fear not I will obey you but One so youngH3
And One so fair it goes against my heartP
That you should travel unattended LadyP
I have a palfrey and a groom the ladP
Shall squire you would it not be better SirA2
And for less fee than I would let him runO
For any lady I have seen this twelvemonthE2
IDON You know Sir I have been too long your guardP
Not to have learnt to laugh at little fearsB2
Why if a wolf should leap from out a thicketP
A look of mine would send him scouring backM2
Unless I differ from the thing I amN3
When you are by my sideP
HER Idonea wolvesB2
Are not the enemies that move my fearsB2
IDON No more I pray of this Three days at farthestP
Will bring me back protect him Saints farewellI3
HOST 'Tis never drought with us St Cuthbert and his PilgrimsB2
Thanks to them are to us a stream of comfortP
Pity the Maiden did not wait a whileG2
She could not Sir have failed of companyO
HER Now she is gone I fain would call her backM2
HOST calling HollaG2
HER No no the business must be doneO
What means this riotous noiseB2
HOST The villagersB2
Are flocking in a wedding festivalG2
That's all God save you SirA2
OSW Ha as I liveD3
The Baron HerbertP
HOST Mercy the Baron HerbertP
OSW So far into your journey on my lifeQ
You are a lusty Traveller But how fare youI2
HER Well as the wreck I am permits And you SirA2
OSW I do not see IdoneaO
HER Dutiful GirlG2
She is gone before to spare my wearinessB2
But what has brought you hitherA2
OSW A slight affairA2
That will be soon despatchedP
HER Did MarmadukeB3
Receive that letterA2
OSW Be at peace The tieP
Is broken you will hear no more of 'him'N3
HER This is true comfort thanks a thousand timesB2
That noise would I had gone with her as farA2
As the Lord Clifford's Castle I have heardP
That in his milder moods he has expressedP
Compassion for me His influence is greatP
With Henry our good King the Baron mightP
Have heard my suit and urged my plea at CourtP
No matter he's a dangerous Man That noiseB2
'Tis too disorderly for sleep or restP
Idonea would have fears for me the ConventP
Will give me quiet lodging You have a boy good HostP
And he must lead me backM2
OSW You are most luckyO
I have been waiting in the wood hard byP
For a companion here he comes our journeyO
Lies on your way accept us as your GuidesB2
HER Alas I creep so slowlyO
OSW Never fearA2
We'll not complain of thatP
HER My limbs are stiffO3
And need repose Could you but wait an hourA2
OSW Most willingly Come let me lead you inO
And while you take your rest think not of usB2
We'll stroll into the wood lean on my armN3
Conducts HERBERT into the house Exit MARMADUKEB3
Enter VillagersB2
OSW to himself coming out of the HostelG2
I have prepared a most apt InstrumentP
The Vagrant must no doubt be loitering somewhereA2
About this ground she hath a tongue well skilledP
By mingling natural matter of her ownO
With all the daring fictions I have taught herA2
To win belief such as my plot requiresB2
Enter more Villagers a Musician among themN3
HOST to them Into the court my Friend and perch yourselfL2
Aloft upon the elm tree Pretty MaidsB2
Garlands and flowers and cakes and merry thoughtsB2
Are here to send the sun into the westP
More speedily than you belike would wishP3
SCENE changes to the Wood adjoining the Hostel MARMADUKE andP
OSWALD enteringR
MAR I would fain hope that we deceive ourselvesB2
When first I saw him sitting there aloneO
It struck upon my heart I know not howO
OSW To day will clear up all You marked a CottageC2
That ragged Dwelling close beneath a rockQ3
By the brook side it is the abode of OneO
A Maiden innocent till ensnared by CliffordP
Who soon grew weary of her but alasB2
What she had seen and suffered turned her brainO
Cast off by her Betrayer she dwells aloneO
Nor moves her hands to any needful workR3
She eats her food which every day the peasantsB2
Bring to her hut and so the Wretch has livedP
Ten years and no one ever heard her voiceB2
But every night at the first stroke of twelveS3
She quits her house and in the neighbouring ChurchyardP
Upon the self same spot in rain or stormN3
She paces out the hour 'twixt twelve and oneO
She paces round and round an Infant's graveZ2
And in the churchyard sod her feet have wornO
A hollow ring they say it is knee deepT2
Ah what is hereA2
A female Beggar rises up rubbing her eyes as if in sleep aE2
Child in her armsB2
BEG Oh Gentlemen I thank youI2
I've had the saddest dream that ever troubledP
The heart of living creature My poor BabeT3
Was crying as I thought crying for breadP
When I had none to give him whereuponO
I put a slip of foxglove in his handP
Which pleased him so that he was hushed at onceB2
When into one of those same spotted bellsB2
A bee came darting which the Child with joyO2
Imprisoned there and held it to his earA2
And suddenly grew black as he would dieP
MAR We have no time for this my babbling GossipT2
Here's what will comfort youI2
Gives her moneyO
BEG The Saints reward youI2
For this good deed Well Sirs this passed awayO
And afterwards I fancied a strange dogL3
Trotting alone along the beaten roadP
Came to my child as by my side he sleptP
And fondling licked his face then on a suddenO
Snapped fierce to make a morsel of his headP
But here he is kissing the Child it must have been a dreamN3
OSW When next inclined to sleep take my adviceB2
And put your head good Woman under coverA2
BEG Oh sir you would not talk thus if you knewI2
What life is this of ours how sleep will masterA2
The weary worn You gentlefolk have gotP
Warm chambers to your wish I'd rather beO
A stone than what I am But two nights goneO
The darkness overtook me wind and rainO
Beat hard upon my head and yet I sawB2
A glow worm through the covert of the furzeB2
Shine calmly as if nothing ailed the skyP
At which I half accused the God in HeavenO
You must forgive meO
OSW Ay and if you thinkJ2
The Fairies are to blame and you should chideP
Your favourite saint no matter this good dayO
Has made amendsB2
BEG Thanks to you both but O sirA2
How would you like to travel on whole hoursB2
As I have done my eyes upon the groundP
Expecting still I knew not how to findP
A piece of money glittering through the dustP
MAR This woman is a prater Pray good LadyO
Do you tell fortunesB2
BEG Oh Sir you are like the restP
This Little one it cuts me to the heartP
Well they might turn a beggar from their doorsB2
But there are Mothers who can see the BabeT3
Here at my breast and ask me where I bought itP
This they can do and look upon my faceB2
But you Sir should be kinderA2
MAR Come hither FathersB2
And learn what nature is from this poor WretchP3
BEG Ay Sir there's nobody that feels for usB2
Why now but yesterday I overtookM3
A blind old Greybeard and accosted himN3
I' th' name of all the Saints and by the MassB2
He should have used me better CharityO
If you can melt a rock he is your manO
But I'll be even with him here againO
Have I been waiting for himN3
OSW Well but softlyO
Who is it that hath wronged youI2
BEG Mark you meO
I'll point him out a Maiden is his guideP
Lovely as Spring's first rose a little dogL3
Tied by a woollen cord moves on beforeA2
With look as sad as he were dumb the curA2
I owe him no ill will but in good soothE2
He does his Master creditP
MAR As I liveD3
'Tis Herbert and no otherA2
BEG 'Tis a feast to see himN3
Lank as a ghost and tall his shoulders bentP
And long beard white with age yet evermoreA2
As if he were the only Saint on earthE2
He turns his face to heavenO
OSW But why so violentP
Against this venerable ManO
BEG I'll tell youI2
He has the very hardest heart on earthE2
I had as lief turn to the Friar's schoolG2
And knock for entrance in mid holidayO
MAR But to your storyO
BEG I was saying SirA2
Well he has often spurned me like a toadP
But yesterday was worse than all at lastP
I overtook him Sirs my Babe and IP
And begged a little aid for charityO
But he was snappish as a cottage curA2
Well then says I I'll out with it at whichP3
I cast a look upon the Girl and feltP
As if my heart would burst and so I left himN3
OSW I think good Woman you are the very personO
Whom but some few days past I saw in EskdaleG2
At Herbert's doorA2
BEG Ay and if truth were knownO
I have good business thereA2
OSW I met you at the thresholdP
And he seemed angryO
BEG Angry well he mightP
And long as I can stir I'll dog him YesterdayO
To serve me so and knowing that he owesB2
The best of all he has to me and mineO
But 'tis all over now That good old LadyO
Has left a power of riches and I say itP
If there's a lawyer in the land the knaveZ2
Shall give me halfU3
OSW What's this I fear good WomanO
You have been insolentP
BEG And there's the BaronO
I spied him skulking in his peasant's dressB2
OSW How say you in disguiseB2
MAR But what's your businessB2
With Herbert or his DaughterA2
BEG Daughter trulyO
But how's the day I fear my little BoyO2
We've overslept ourselves Sirs have you seen himN3
Offers to goO
MAR I must have more of this you shall not stirA2
An inch till I am answered Know you aughtP
That doth concern this HerbertP
BEG You are provokedP
And will misuse me SirA2
MAR No trifling WomanO
OSW You are as safe as in a sanctuaryO
MAR SpeakV3
BEG He is a most hard hearted ManO
MAR Your life is at my mercyO
BEG Do not harm meO
And I will tell you all You know not SirA2
What strong temptations press upon the PoorA2
OSW Speak outP
BEG Oh Sir I've been a wicked WomanO
OSW Nay but speak outP
BEG He flattered me and saidP
What harvest it would bring us both and soO
I parted with the ChildP
MAR Parted with whomN3
BEG Idonea as he calls her but the GirlG2
Is mineO
MAR Yours Woman are you Herbert's wifeQ
BEG Wife Sir his wife not I my husband SirA2
Was of Kirkoswald many a snowy winterA2
We've weathered out together My poor GilfredP
He has been two years in his graveZ2
MAR EnoughU
OSW We've solved the riddle MiscreantP
MAR Do youI2
Good Dame repair to Liddesdale and waitP
For my return be sure you shall have justiceB2
OSW A lucky woman go you have done good service AsideP
MAR to himself Eternal praises on the power that savedP
OSW gives her money Here's for your little boy and when youI2
christen himN3
I'll be his GodfatherA2
BEG Oh Sir you are merry with meO
In grange or farm this Hundred scarcely ownsB2
A dog that does not know me These good FolksB2
For love of God I must not pass their doorsB2
But I'll be back with my best speed for youI2
God bless and thank you both my gentle MastersB2
Exit BeggarA2
MAR to himself The cruel Viper Poor devoted MaidP
Now I 'do' love theeO
OSW I am thunderstruckW3
MAR Where is she hollaG2
Calling to the Beggar who returns he looks at her stedfastlyG2
You are Idonea's motherA2
Nay be not terrified it does me goodP
To look upon youI2
OSW interrupting In a peasant's dressB2
You saw who was itP
BEG Nay I dare not speakV3
He is a man if it should come to his earsB2
I never shall be heard of moreA2
OSW Lord CliffordP
BEG What can I do believe me gentle SirsB2
I love her though I dare not call her daughterA2
OSW Lord Clifford did you see him talk with HerbertP
BEG Yes to my sorrow under the great oakX3
At Herbert's door and when he stood besideP
The blind Man at the silent Girl he lookedP
With such a look it makes me tremble SirA2
To think of itP
OSW Enough you may departP
MAR to himself Father to God himself we cannot giveY2
A holier name and under such a maskY3
To lead a Spirit spotless as the blessedP
To that abhorred den of brutish viceB2
Oswald the firm foundation of my lifeQ
Is going from under me these strange discoveriesB2
Looked at from every point of fear or hopeT2
Duty or love involve I feel my ruinO
SCENE A Chamber in the Hostel OSWALD alone rising from a TableG2
on which he had been writingR
OSW They chose 'him' for their Chief what covert partP
He in the preference modest Youth might takeX2
I neither know nor care The insult bredP
More of contempt than hatred both are flownO
That either e'er existed is my shameN3
'Twas a dull spark a most unnatural fireA2
That died the moment the air breathed upon itP
These fools of feeling are mere birds of winterA2
That haunt some barren island of the northE2
Where if a famishing man stretch forth his handP
They think it is to feed them I have left himN3
To solitary meditation nowO
For a few swelling phrases and a flashP3
Of truth enough to dazzle and to blindP
And he is mine for ever here he comesB2
MAR These ten years she has moved her lips all dayP
And never speaksB2
OSW Who is itP
MAR I have seen herA2
OSW Oh the poor tenant of that ragged homesteadP
Her whom the Monster Clifford drove to madnessB2
MAR I met a peasant near the spot he told meO
These ten years she had sate all day aloneO
Within those empty wallsB2
OSW I too have seen herA2
Chancing to pass this way some six months goneO
At midnight I betook me to the ChurchyardP
The moon shone clear the air was still so stillG2
The trees were silent as the graves beneath themN3
Long did I watch and saw her pacing roundP
Upon the self same spot still round and roundP
Her lips for ever movingR
MAR At her doorA2
Rooted I stood for looking at the womanO
I thought I saw the skeleton of IdoneaO
OSW But the pretended FatherA2
MAR Earthly lawG2
Measures not crimes like hisB2
OSW 'We' rank not happilyO
With those who take the spirit of their ruleG2
From that soft class of devotees who feelG2
Reverence for life so deeply that they spareA2
The verminous brood and cherish what they spareA2
While feeding on their bodies Would that IdoneaO
Were present to the end that we might hearA2
What she can urge in his defence she loves himN3
MAR Yes loves him 'tis a truth that multipliesB2
His guilt a thousand foldP
OSW 'Tis most perplexingR
What must be doneO
MAR We will conduct her hitherA2
These walls shall witness it from first to lastP
He shall reveal himselfL2
OSW Happy are weO
Who live in these disputed tracts that ownO
No law but what each man makes for himselfL2
Here justice has indeed a field of triumphZ3
MAR Let us be gone and bring her hither hereA2
The truth shall be laid open his guilt provedP
Before her face The rest be left to meO
OSW You will be firm but though we well may trustP
The issue to the justice of the causeB2
Caution must not be flung aside rememberA2
Yours is no common life Self stationed hereA2
Upon these savage confines we have seen youI2
Stand like an isthmus 'twixt two stormy seasB2
That oft have checked their fury at your biddingR
'Mid the deep holds of Solway's mossy wasteP
Your single virtue has transformed a BandP
Of fierce barbarians into MinistersB2
Of peace and order Aged men with tearsB2
Have blessed their steps the fatherless retireA2
For shelter to their banners But it isB2
As you must needs have deeply felt it isB2
In darkness and in tempest that we seekV3
The majesty of Him who rules the worldP
Benevolence that has not heart to useB2
The wholesome ministry of pain and evilG2
Becomes at last weak and contemptibleG2
Your generous qualities have won due praiseB2
But vigorous Spirits look for something moreA2
Than Youth's spontaneous products and to dayP
You will not disappoint them and hereafterA2
MAR You are wasting words hear me then once for allG2
You are a Man and therefore if compassionO
Which to our kind is natural as lifeQ
Be known unto you you will love this WomanO
Even as I do but I should loathe the lightP
If I could think one weak or partial feelingR
OSW You will forgive meO
MAR If I ever knewI2
My heart could penetrate its inmost coreA2
'Tis at this moment Oswald I have lovedP
To be the friend and father of the oppressedP
A comforter of sorrow there is somethingR
Which looks like a transition in my soulG2
And yet it is not Let us lead him hitherA2
OSW Stoop for a moment 'tis an act of justiceB2
And where's the triumph if the delegateP
Must fall in the execution of his officeB2
The deed is done if you will have it soB2
Here where we stand that tribe of vulgar wretchesB2
You saw them gathering for the festivalG2
Rush in the villains seize usB2
MAR SeizeB2
OSW Yes theyP
Men who are little given to sift and weighP
Would wreak on us the passion of the momentP
MAR The cloud will soon disperse farewell but stayP
Thou wilt relate the storyO
OSW Am I neitherA2
To bear a part in this Man's punishmentP
Nor be its witnessB2
MAR I had many hopesB2
That were most dear to me and some will bearA2
To be transferred to theeO
OSW When I'm dishonouredP
MAR I would preserve thee How may this be doneO
OSW By showing that you look beyond the instantP
A few leagues hence we shall have open groundP
And nowhere upon earth is place so fitP
To look upon the deed Before we enterA2
The barren Moor hangs from a beetling rockQ3
The shattered Castle in which Clifford oftP
Has held infernal orgies with the gloomN3
And very superstition of the placeB2
Seasoning his wickedness The DebaucheeP3
Would there perhaps have gathered the first fruitsB2
Of this mock Father's guiltP
Enter Host conducting HERBERTP
HOST The Baron HerbertP
Attends your pleasureA2
OSW to Host We are readyP
I hope you are refreshed I have just writtenO
A notice for your Daughter that she may knowB2
What is become of you You'll sit down and sign itP
'Twill glad her heart to see her father's signatureA2
Gives the letter he had writtenO
HER Thanks for your careA2
Sits down and writes Exit HostP
OSW aside to MARMADUKE Perhaps it would be usefulG2
That you too should subscribe your nameN3
then writes examines the letterA2
MAR I cannot leave this paper He puts it up agitatedP
OSW aside Dastard ComeN3
and supports him MARMADUKEB3
tremblingly beckons OSWALD to take his placeB2
MAR as he quits HERBERT There is a palsy in his limbs heP
shakes Exeunt OSWALD and HERBERT MARMADUKE followingR
SCENE changes to a Wood a Group of Pilgrims and IDONEA with themN3
FIRST PIL A grove of darker and more lofty shade I never sawB2
SEC PIL The music of the birdsB2
Drops deadened from a roof so thick with leavesB2
OLD PIL This news It made my heart leap up with joyO2
IDON I scarcely can believe itP
OLD PIL Myself I heardP
The Sheriff read in open Court a letterA2
Which purported it was the royal pleasureA2
The Baron Herbert who as was supposedP
Had taken refuge in this neighbourhoodP
Should be forthwith restored The hearing LadyP
Filled my dim eyes with tears When I returnedP
From Palestine and brought with me a heartP
Though rich in heavenly poor in earthly comfortP
I met your Father then a wandering OutcastP
He had a Guide a Shepherd's boy but grievedP
He was that One so young should pass his youthE2
In such sad service and he parted with himN3
We joined our tales of wretchedness togetherA2
And begged our daily bread from door to doorA2
I talk familiarly to you sweet LadyP
For once you loved meP
IDON You shall back with meP
And see your Friend again The good old ManO
Will be rejoiced to greet youI2
OLD PIL It seems but yesterdayP
That a fierce storm o'ertook us worn with travelG2
In a deep wood remote from any townO
A cave that opened to the road presentedP
A friendly shelter and we entered inO
IDON And I was with youI2
OLD PIL If indeed 'twas youI2
But you were then a tottering Little oneO
We sate us down The sky grew dark and darkerA2
I struck my flint and built up a small fireA2
With rotten boughs and leaves such as the windsB2
Of many autumns in the cave had piledP
Meanwhile the storm fell heavy on the woodsB2
Our little fire sent forth a cheering warmthE2
And we were comforted and talked of comfortP
But 'twas an angry night and o'er our headsB2
The thunder rolled in peals that would have madeP
A sleeping man uneasy in his bedP
O Lady you have need to love your FatherA2
His voice methinks I hear it now his voiceB2
When after a broad flash that filled the caveZ2
He said to me that he had seen his ChildP
A face no cherub's face more beautifulG2
Revealed by lustre brought with it from HeavenO
And it was you dear LadyP
IDON God be praisedP
That I have been his comforter till nowO
And will be so through every change of fortuneO
And every sacrifice his peace requiresB2
Let us be gone with speed that he may hearA2
These joyful tidings from no lips but mineO
Exeunt IDONEA and PilgrimsB2
SCENE The Area of a half ruined Castle on one side the entranceB2
to a dungeon OSWALD and MARMADUKE pacing backwards andP
MAR 'Tis a wild nightP
OSW I'd give my cloak and bonnetP
For sight of a warm fireA2
MAR The wind blows keenO
My hands are numbN3
OSW Ha ha 'tis nipping coldP
Blowing his fingersB2
I long for news of our brave Comrades LacyP
Would drive those Scottish Rovers to their densB2
If once they blew a horn this side the TweedP
MAR I think I see a second range of TowersB2
This castle has another Area comeN3
Let us examine itP
OSW 'Tis a bitter nightP
I hope Idonea is well housed That horsemanO
Who at full speed swept by us where the woodP
Roared in the tempest was within an aceB2
Of sending to his grave our precious ChargeA4
That would have been a vile mischanceB2
MAR It wouldP
OSW Justice had been most cruelly defraudedP
MAR Most cruellyP
OSW As up the steep we clombN3
I saw a distant fire in the north eastP
I took it for the blaze of Cheviot BeaconO
With proper speed our quarters may be gainedP
To morrow eveningR
Looks restlessly towards the mouth of the dungeonO
MAR When upon the plankB4
I had led him 'cross the torrent his voice blessed meN3
You could not hear for the foam beat the rocksB2
With deafening noise the benediction fellG2
Back on himself but changed into a curseB2
OSW As well indeed it mightP
MAR And this you deemN3
The fittest placeB2
OSW aside He is growing pitifulG2
MAR listening What an odd moaning that isB2
OSW Mighty oddP
The wind should pipe a little while we standP
Cooling our heels in this way I'll beginO
And count the starsB2
MAR still listening That dog of his you are sureA2
Could not come after us he 'must' have perishedP
The torrent would have dashed an oak to splintersB2
You said you did not like his looks that heN3
Would trouble us if he were here againO
I swear the sight of him would quail me moreA2
Than twenty armiesB2
MAR The old blind ManO
When you had told him the mischance was troubledP
Even to the shedding of some natural tearsB2
Into the torrent over which he hungH3
Listening in vainO
OSW He has a tender heartP
OSWALD offers to go down into the dungeonO
MAR How now what mean youI2
OSW Truly I was goingR
To waken our stray Baron Were there notP
A farm or dwelling house within five leaguesB2
We should deserve to wear a cap and bellsB2
Three good round years for playing the fool hereA2
In such a night as thisB2
MAR Stop stopT2
OSW PerhapsB2
You'd better like we should descend togetherA2
And lie down by his side what say you to itP
Three of us we should keep each other warmN3
I'll answer for it that our four legged friendP
Shall not disturb us further I'll not engageC4
Come come for manhood's sakeX2
MAR These drowsy shiveringsB2
This mortal stupor which is creeping over meN3
What do they mean were this my single bodyN3
Opposed to armies not a nerve would trembleG2
Why do I tremble now Is not the depthE2
Of this Man's crimes beyond the reach of thoughtP
And yet in plumbing the abyss for judgmentP
Something I strike upon which turns my mindP
Back on herself I think again my breastP
Concentres all the terrors of the UniverseB2
I look at him and tremble like a childP
OSW Is it possibleG2
MAR One thing you noticed notP
Just as we left the glen a clap of thunderA2
Burst on the mountains with hell rousing forceB2
This is a time said he when guilt may shudderA2
But there's a Providence for them who walkD4
In helplessness when innocence is with themN3
At this audacious blasphemy I thoughtP
The spirit of vengeance seemed to ride the airA2
OSW Why are you not the man you were that momentP
He draws MARMADUKE to the dungeonO
MAR You say he was asleep look at this armN3
And tell me if 'tis fit for such a workR3
Oswald OswaldP
Leans upon OSWALDP
OSW This is some sudden seizureA2
MAR A most strange faintness will you hunt me outP
A draught of waterA2
OSW Nay to see you thusB2
Moves me beyond my bearing I will tryP
To gain the torrent's brinkJ2
MAR after a pause It seems an ageC4
Since that Man left me No I am not lostP
HER at the mouth of the dungeon Give me your hand where areA2
you Friends and tell meN3
How goes the nightP
MAR 'Tis hard to measure timeN3
In such a weary night and such a placeB2
HER I do not hear the voice of my friend OswaldP
MAR A minute past he went to fetch a draughtP
Of water from the torrent 'Tis you'll sayB2
A cheerless beverageG3
HER How good it was in youI2
To stay behind Hearing at first no answerA2
I was alarmedP
MAR No wonder this is a placeB2
That well may put some fears into 'your' heartP
HER Why so a roofless rock had been a comfortP
Storm beaten and bewildered as we wereA2
And in a night like this to lend your cloaksB2
To make a bed for me My Girl will weepT2
When she is told of itP
MAR This Daughter of yoursB2
Is very dear to youI2
HER Oh but you are youngH3
Over your head twice twenty years must rollG2
With all their natural weight of sorrow and painO
Ere can be known to you how much a FatherA2
May love his ChildP
MAR Thank you old Man for this AsideP
HER Fallen am I and worn out a useless ManO
Kindly have you protected me to nightP
And no return have I to make but prayersB2
May you in age be blest with such a daughterA2
When from the Holy Land I had returnedP
Sightless and from my heritage was drivenO
A wretched Outcast but this strain of thoughtP
Would lead me to talk fondlyN3
MAR Do not fearA2
Your words are precious to my ears go onO
HER You will forgive me but my heart runs overA2
When my old Leader slipped into the floodP
And perished what a piercing outcry youI2
Sent after him I have loved you ever sinceB2
You start where are weN3
MAR Oh there is no dangerA2
The cold blast struck meN3
HER 'Twas a foolish questionO
MAR But when you were an Outcast Heaven is justP
Your piety would not miss its due rewardP
The little Orphan then would be your succourA2
And do good service though she knew it notP
HER I turned me from the dwellings of my FathersB2
Where none but those who trampled on my rightsB2
Seemed to remember me To the wide worldP
I bore her in my arms her looks won pityN3
She was my Raven in the wildernessB2
And brought me food Have I not cause to love herA2
HER More than ever Parent loved a ChildP
MAR Yes yesB2
HER I will not murmur merciful GodP
I will not murmur blasted as I have beenO
Thou hast left me ears to hear my Daughter's voiceB2
And arms to fold her to my heart SubmissivelyN3
Thee I adore and find my rest in faithE2
OSW Herbert confusion aside Here it is my FriendP
Presents the HornO
A charming beverage for you to carouseB2
This bitter nightP
HER Ha Oswald ten bright crossesB2
I would have given not many minutes goneO
To have heard your voiceB2
OSW Your couch I fear good BaronO
Has been but comfortless and yet that placeB2
When the tempestuous wind first drove us hitherA2
Felt warm as a wren's nest You'd better turnO
And under covert rest till break of dayB2
Or till the storm abateP
To MARMADUKE aside He has restored youI2
No doubt you have been nobly entertainedP
But soft how came he forth The Night mare ConscienceB2
Has driven him out of harbourA2
MAR I believeI
You have guessed rightP
HER The trees renew their murmurA2
Come let us house togetherA2
OSWALD conducts him to the dungeonO
OSW returns Had I notP
Esteemed you worthy to conduct the affairA2
To its most fit conclusion do you thinkJ2
I would so long have struggled with my NatureA2
And smothered all that's man in me awayB2
Looking towards the dungeonO
This man's the property of him who bestP
Can feel his crimes I have resigned a privilegeC2
It now becomes my duty to resume itP
MAR Touch not a fingerA2
OSW What then must be doneO
MAR Which way soe'er I turn I am perplexedP
OSW Now on my life I grieve for you The miseryN3
Of doubt is insupportable Pity the factsB2
Did not admit of stronger evidenceB2
Twelve honest men plain men would set us rightP
Their verdict would abolish these weak scruplesB2
MAR Weak I am weak there does my torment lieN3
Feeding itselfL2
OSW Verily when he saidP
How his old heart would leap to hear her stepsB2
You thought his voice the echo of Idonea'sB2
MAR And never heard a sound so terribleN3
OSW Perchance you think so nowO
MAR I cannot do itP
Twice did I spring to grasp his withered throatP
When such a sudden weakness fell upon meN3
I could have dropped asleep upon his breastP
OSW Justice is there not thunder in the wordP
Shall it be law to stab the petty robberA2
Who aims but at our purse and shall this ParricideP
Worse is he far far worse if foul dishonourA2
Be worse than death to that confiding CreatureA2
Whom he to more than filial love and dutyP
Hath falsely trained shall he fulfil his purposeB2
But you are fallenO
MAR Fallen should I be indeedP
Murder perhaps asleep blind old aloneO
Betrayed in darkness Here to strike the blowN3
Away awayB2
Flings away his swordP
OSW Nay I have done with youI2
We'll lead him to the Convent He shall liveD3
And she shall love him With unquestioned titleN3
He shall be seated in his BaronyO
And we too chant the praise of his good deedsB2
I now perceive we do mistake our mastersB2
And most despise the men who best can teach usB2
Henceforth it shall be said that bad men onlyP
Are brave Clifford is brave and that old ManO
Is braveZ2
Taking MARMADUKE'S sword and giving it to himN3
To Clifford's arms he would have ledP
His Victim haply to this desolate houseB2
MAR advancing to the dungeon It must be endedP
OSW Softly do not rouse himN3
He will deny it to the last He liesB2
Within the Vault a spear's length to the leftP
MARMADUKE descends to the dungeonO
Alone The Villains rose in mutiny to destroy meP
I could have quelled the Cowards but this StriplingR
Must needs step in and save my life The lookM3
With which he gave the boon I see it nowO
The same that tempted me to loathe the giftP
For this old venerable Greybeard faithE2
'Tis his own fault if he hath got a faceB2
Which doth play tricks with them that look on itP
'Twas this that put it in my thoughts that countenanceB2
His staff his figure Murder what of whomN3
We kill a worn out horse and who but womenO
Sigh at the deed Hew down a withered treeP
And none look grave but dotards He may liveD3
To thank me for this service Rainbow archesB2
Highways of dreaming passion have too longA3
Young as he is diverted wish and hopeT2
From the unpretending ground we mortals treadP
Then shatter the delusion break it upT2
And set him free What follows I have learnedP
That things will work to ends the slaves o' the worldP
Do never dream of I 'have' been what heP
This Boy when he comes forth with bloody handsB2
Might envy and am now but he shall knowO
What I am nowO
Goes and listens at the dungeonO
Praying or parleying tutP
Is he not eyeless He has been half deadP
These fifteen yearsB2
Enter female Beggar with two or three of her CompanionsB2
Turning abruptly 'Ha speak' what Thing art thouO
Recognises her Heavens my good Friend To herA2
BEG Forgive me gracious SirA2
OSW to her companions Begone ye Slaves or I will raise aE2
And send ye dancing to the clouds like leavesB2
They retire affrightedP
BEG Indeed we meant no harm we lodge sometimesB2
In this deserted Castle 'I repent me '-
OSWALD goes to the dungeon listens returns to the BeggarA2
OSW Woman thou hast a helpless Infant keepT2
Thy secret for its sake or verilyP
That wretched life of thine shall be the forfeitP
BEG I 'do' repent me Sir I fear the curseB2
Of that blind Man 'Twas not your money sirA2
OSW BegoneO
BEG going There is some wicked deed in hand AsideP
Would I could find the old Man and his DaughterA2
Exit BeggarA2
MARMADUKE re enters from the dungeonO
OSW It is all over then your foolish fearsB2
Are hushed to sleep by your own act and deedP
Made quiet as he isB2
MAR Why came you downO
And when I felt your hand upon my armN3
And spake to you why did you give no answerA2
Feared you to waken him he must have beenO
In a deep sleep I whispered to him thriceB2
There are the strangest echoes in that placeB2
OSW Tut let them gabble till the day of doomN3
MAR Scarcely by groping had I reached the SpotP
When round my wrist I felt a cord drawn tightP
As if the blind Man's dog were pulling at itP
OSW But after thatP
MAR The features of IdoneaO
Lurked in his faceB2
OSW Psha Never to these eyesB2
Will retribution show itself againO
With aspect so inviting Why forbid meP
To share your triumphZ3
MAR Yes her very lookM3
Smiling in sleepT2
OSW A pretty feat of FancyP
MAR Though but a glimpse it sent me to my prayersB2
OSW Is he aliveD3
MAR What mean you who aliveD3
OSW Herbert since you will have it Baron HerbertP
He who will gain his Seignory when IdoneaO
Hath become Clifford's harlot is 'he' livingR
MAR The old Man in that dungeon 'is' aliveD3
OSW Henceforth then will I never in camp or fieldP
Obey you more Your weakness to the BandP
Shall be proclaimed brave Men they all shall hear itP
You a protector of humanityP
Avenger you of outraged innocenceB2
MAR 'Twas dark dark as the grave yet did I seeP
Saw him his face turned toward me and I tell theeP
Idonea's filial countenance was thereA2
To baffle me it put me to my prayersB2
Upwards I cast my eyes and through a creviceB2
Beheld a star twinkling above my headP
And by the living God I could not do itP
Sinks exhastedP
OSW to himself Now may I perish if this turn do moreA2
Than make me change my courseB2
To MARMADUKE Dear MarmadukeB3
My words were rashly spoken I recall themN3
I feel my error shedding human bloodP
Is a most serious thingR
MAR Not I aloneO
Thou too art deep in guiltP
OSW We have indeedP
Been most presumptuous There 'is' guilt in thisB2
Else could so strong a mind have ever knownO
These trepidations Plain it is that HeavenO
Has marked out this foul Wretch as one whose crimesB2
Must never come before a mortal judgment seatP
Or be chastised by mortal instrumentsB2
MAR A thought that's worth a thousand worldsB2
Goes towards the dungeonO
OSW I grieveI
That in my zeal I have caused you so much painO
MAR Think not of that 'tis over we are safeE4
OSW as if to himself yet speaking aloud The truth isB2
hideous but how stifle itP
Turning to MARMADUKEB3
Give me your sword nay here are stones and fragmentsB2
The least of which would beat out a man's brainsB2
Or you might drive your head against that wallP
No this is not the place to hear the taleP
It should be told you pinioned in your bedP
Or on some vast and solitary plainO
Blown to you from a trumpetP
MAR Why talk thusB2
Whate'er the monster brooding in your breastP
I care not fear I have none and cannot fearA2
The sound of a horn is heardP
That horn again 'Tis some one of our TroopT2
What do they here ListenO
OSW What dogged like thievesB2
Enter WALLACE and LACY etcE2
LACY You are found at last thanks to the vagrant TroopT2
For not misleading usB2
OSW looking at WALLACE That subtle GreybeardP
I'd rather see my father's ghostP
We come by order of the Band BelikeE2
You have not heard that Henry has at lastP
Dissolved the Barons' League and sent abroadP
His Sheriffs with fit force to reinstateP
The genuine owners of such Lands and BaroniesB2
As in these long commotions have been seizedP
His Power is this way tending It befits usB2
To stand upon our guard and with our swordsB2
Defend the innocentP
MAR Lacy we lookE2
But at the surfaces of things we hearA2
Of towns in flames fields ravaged young and oldP
Driven out in troops to want and nakednessB2
Then grasp our swords and rush upon a cureA2
That flatters us because it asks not thoughtP
The deeper malady is better hidP
The world is poisoned at the heartP
LACY What mean youI2
WAL whose eye has been fixed suspiciously upon OSWALD AyB2
what is it you meanO
MAR Hark'e my FriendsB2
Appearing gayB2
Were there a Man who being weak and helplessB2
And most forlorn should bribe a Mother pressedP
By penury to yield him up her DaughterA2
A little Infant and instruct the BabeT3
Prattling upon his knee to call him FatherA2
LACY Why if his heart be tender that offenceB2
I could forgive himN3
MAR going on And should he make the ChildP
An instrument of falsehood should he teach herA2
To stretch her arms and dim the gladsome lightP
Of infant playfulness with piteous looksB2
Of misery that was notP
LACY Troth 'tis hardP
But in a world like oursB2
MAR changing his tone This self same ManO
Even while he printed kisses on the cheekE2
Of this poor Babe and taught its innocent tongueE2
To lisp the name of Father could he lookE2
To the unnatural harvest of that timeN3
When he should give her up a Woman grownO
To him who bid the highest in the marketP
Of foul pollutionO
LACY The whole visible worldP
Contains not such a MonsterA2
MAR For this purposeB2
Should he resolve to taint her Soul by meansB2
Which bathe the limbs in sweat to think of themN3
Should he by tales which would draw tears from ironO
Work on her nature and so turn compassionO
And gratitude to ministers of viceB2
And make the spotless spirit of filial loveR2
Prime mover in a plot to damn his VictimN3
Both soul and bodyP
WAL 'Tis too horribleP
Oswald what say you to itP
LACY Hew him downO
And fling him to the ravensB2
MAR But his aspectP
It is so meek his countenance so venerableP
WAL with an appearance of mistrust But how what say youI2
LACY at the same moment Stab him were itP
Before the AltarA2
MAR What if he were sickE2
Tottering upon the very verge of lifeQ
And old and blindP
LACY Blind say youI2
OSW coming forward Are we MenO
Or own we baby Spirits Genuine courageC2
Is not an accidental qualityP
A thing dependent for its casual birthE2
On opposition and impedimentP
Wisdom if Justice speak the word beats downO
The giant's strength and at the voice of JusticeB2
Spares not the worm The giant and the wormN3
She weighs them in one scale The wiles of womanO
And craft of age seducing reason firstP
Made weakness a protection and obscuredP
The moral shapes of things His tender criesB2
And helpless innocence do they protectP
The infant lamb and shall the infirmitiesB2
Which have enabled this enormous CulpritP
To perpetrate his crimes serve as a SanctuaryP
To cover him from punishment Shame JusticeB2
Admitting no resistance bends alikeE2
The feeble and the strong She needs not hereA2
Her bonds and chains which make the mighty feebleP
We recognise in this old Man a victimN3
Prepared already for the sacrificeB2
LACY By heaven his words are reasonO
OSW Yes my FriendsB2
His countenance is meek and venerableP
And by the Mass to see him at his prayersB2
I am of flesh and blood and may I perishP3
When my heart does not ache to think of itP
Poor Victim not a virtue under heavenO
But what was made an engine to ensnare theeP
But yet I trust Idonea thou art safeE4
LACY IdoneaO
WAL How what your IdoneaO
MAR 'Mine'O
But now no longer mine You know Lord CliffordP
He is the Man to whom the Maiden pureA2
As beautiful and gentle and benignO
And in her ample heart loving even meP
Was to be yielded upT2
LACY Now by the headP
Of my own child this Man must die my handP
A worthier wanting shall itself entwineO
In his grey hairsB2
MAR to LACY I love the Father in theeP
You know me Friends I have a heart to feelP
And I have felt more than perhaps becomes meP
Or duty sanctionsB2
LACY We will have ample justiceB2
Who are we Friends Do we not live on groundP
Where Souls are self defended free to growO
Like mountain oaks rocked by the stormy windP
Mark the Almighty Wisdom which decreedP
This monstrous crime to be laid open 'here'O
Where Reason has an eye that she can useB2
And Men alone are Umpires To the CampT2
He shall be led and there the Country roundP
All gathered to the spot in open dayB2
Shall Nature be avengedP
OSW 'Tis nobly thoughtP
His death will be a monument for agesB2
MAR to LACY I thank you for that hint He shall be broughtP
Before the Camp and would that best and wisestP
Of every country might be present ThereO
His crime shall be proclaimed and for the restP
It shall be done as Wisdom shall decideP
Meanwhile do you two hasten back and seeP
That all is well preparedP
WAL We will obey youI2
Aside But softly we must look a little nearerO
MAR Tell where you found us At some future timeN3
I will explain the cause ExeuntP
SCENE The door of the Hostel a group of Pilgrims as beforeO
IDONEA and the Host among themN3
HOST Lady you'll find your Father at the ConventP
As I have told you He left us yesterdayP
With two Companions one of them as seemedP
His most familiar Friend Going There was a letterO
Of which I heard them speak but that I fancyP
Has been forgottenO
IDON to Host FarewellP
HOST Gentle pilgrimsB2
St Cuthbert speed you on your holy errandP
Exeunt IDONEA and PilgrimsB2
SCENE A desolate MoorO
OSW Carry him to the Camp Yes to the CampT2
Oh Wisdom a most wise resolve and thenO
That half a word should blow it to the windsB2
This last device must end my work MethinksB2
It were a pleasant pastime to constructP
A scale and table of belief as thusB2
Two columns one for passion one for proofF4
Each rises as the other falls and firstP
Passion a unit and 'against' us proofF4
Nay we must travel in another pathE2
Or we're stuck fast for ever passion thenO
Shall be a unit 'for' us proof no passionO
We'll not insult thy majesty by timeN3
Person and place the where the when the howO
And all particulars that dull brains requireO
To constitute the spiritless shape of FactP
They bow to calling the idol DemonstrationO
A whipping to the Moralists who preachP3
That misery is a sacred thing for meP
I know no cheaper engine to degrade a manO
Nor any half so sure This Stripling's mindP
Is shaken till the dregs float on the surfaceB2
And in the storm and anguish of the heartP
He talks of a transition in his SoulP
And dreams that he is happy We dissectP
The senseless body and why not the mindP
These are strange sights the mind of man upturnedP
Is in all natures a strange spectacleP
In some a hideous one hem shall I stopT2
No Thoughts and feelings will sink deep but thenO
They have no substance Pass but a few minutesB2
And something shall be done which MemoryP
May touch whene'er her Vassals are at workE2
Enter MARMADUKE from behindP
OSW turning to meet him But listen for my peaceB2
MAR Why I 'believe' youI2
OSW But hear the proofsB2
MAR Ay prove that when two peasB2
Lie snugly in a pod the pod must thenO
Be larger than the peas prove this 'twere matterO
Worthy the hearing Fool was I to dreamN3
It ever could be otherwiseB2
OSW Last nightP
When I returned with water from the brookE2
I overheard the Villains every wordP
Like red hot iron burnt into my heartP
Said one It is agreed on The blind ManO
Shall feign a sudden illness and the GirlP
Who on her journey must proceed aloneO
Under pretence of violence be seizedP
She is continued the detested SlaveZ2
She is right willing strange if she were notP
They say Lord Clifford is a savage manO
But faith to see him in his silken tunicE2
Fitting his low voice to the minstrel's harpT2
There's witchery in't I never knew a maidP
That could withstand it True continued heP
When we arranged the affair she wept a littleP
Not the less welcome to my Lord for thatP
And said 'My Father he will have it so '-
MAR I am your hearerO
OSW This I caught and moreO
That may not be retold to any earO
The obstinate bolt of a small iron doorO
Detained them near the gateway of the CastleP
By a dim lantern's light I saw that wreathsB2
Of flowers were in their hands as if designedP
For festive decoration and they saidP
With brutal laughter and most foul allusionO
That they should share the banquet with their LordP
And his new FavouriteP
MAR MiseryP
OSW I knewI2
How you would be disturbed by this dire newsB2
And therefore chose this solitary MoorO
Here to impart the tale of which last nightP
I strove to ease my mind when our two ComradesB2
Commissioned by the Band burst in upon usB2
MAR Last night when moved to lift the avenging steelP
I did believe all things were shadows yeaP
Living or dead all things were bodilessB2
Or but the mutual mockeries of bodyP
Till that same star summoned me back againO
Now I could laugh till my ribs ached Oh FoolP
To let a creed built in the heart of thingsB2
Dissolve before a twinkling atom OswaldP
I could fetch lessons out of wiser schoolsB2
Than you have entered were it worth the painsB2
Young as I am I might go forth a teacherO
And you should see how deeply I could reasonO
Of love in all its shapes beginnings endsB2
Of moral qualities in their diverse aspectsB2
Of actions and their laws and tendenciesB2
OSW You take it as it meritsB2
MAR One a KingE2
General or Cham Sultan or EmperorO
Strews twenty acres of good meadow groundP
With carcases in lineament and shapeT2
And substance nothing differing from his ownO
But that they cannot stand up of themselvesB2
Another sits i' th' sun and by the hourO
Floats kingcups in the brook a Hero oneO
We call and scorn the other as Time's spendthriftP
But have they not a world of common groundP
To occupy both fools or wise alikeE2
Each in his wayP
OSW Troth I begin to think soB2
MAR Now for the corner stone of my philosophyP
I would not give a denier for the manO
Who on such provocation as this earthE2
Yields could not chuck his babe beneath the chinO
And send it with a fillip to its graveZ2
OSW Nay you leave me behindP
MAR That such a OneO
So pious in demeanour in his lookE2
So saintly and so pure Hark'e my FriendP
I'll plant myself before Lord Clifford's CastleP
A surly mastiff kennels at the gateP
And he shall howl and I will laugh a medleyP
Most tunableP
OSW In faith a pleasant schemeN3
But take your sword along with you for thatP
Might in such neighbourhood find seemly useB2
But first how wash our hands of this old ManO
MAR Oh yes that mole that viper in the pathE2
Plague on my memory him I had forgottenO
OSW You know we left him sitting see him yonderO
MAR Ha haD
OSW As 'twill be but a moment's workE2
I will stroll on you follow when 'tis doneO
SCENE changes to another part of the Moor at a short distanceB2
HERBERT is discovered seated on a stoneO
HER A sound of laughter too 'tis well I fearedP
The Stranger had some pitiable sorrowB2
Pressing upon his solitary heartP
Hush 'tis the feeble and earth loving windP
That creeps along the bells of the crisp heatherO
Alas 'tis cold I shiver in the sunshineO
What can this mean There is a psalm that speaksB2
Of God's parental mercies with IdoneaO
I used to sing it Listen what foot is thereO
MAR aside looking a HERBERT And I have loved this Man andP
she hath loved himN3
And I loved her and she loves the Lord CliffordP
And there it ends if this be not enoughU
To make mankind merry for evermoreO
Then plain it is as day that eyes were madeP
For a wise purpose verily to weep withE2
Looking roundP
A pretty prospect this a masterpieceB2
Of Nature finished with most curious skillP
To HERBERT Good Baron have you ever practised tillageC2
Pray tell me what this land is worth by the acreO
HER How glad I am to hear your voice I know notP
Wherein I have offended you last nightP
I found in you the kindest of ProtectorsB2
This morning when I spoke of wearinessB2
You from my shoulder took my scrip and threw itP
About your own but for these two hours pastP
Once only have you spoken when the larkE2
Whirred from among the fern beneath our feetP
And I no coward in my better daysB2
Was almost terrifiedP
MAR That's excellentP
So you bethought you of the many waysB2
In which a man may come to his end whose crimesB2
Have roused all Nature up against him pshawP3
HER For mercy's sake is nobody in sightP
No traveller peasant herdsmanO
MAR Not a soulP
Here is a tree ragged and bent and bareO
That turns its goat's beard flakes of peagreen mossB2
From the stern breathing of the rough seawindP
This have we but no other companyO
Commend me to the place If a man should dieP
And leave his body here it were all oneO
As he were twenty fathoms undergroundP
HER Where is our common FriendP
MAR A ghost methinksB2
The Spirit of a murdered man for instanceB2
Might have fine room to ramble about hereO
A grand domain to squeak and gibber inO
HER Lost Man if thou have any close pent guiltP
Pressing upon thy heart and this the hourO
Of visitationO
MAR A bold word from 'you'P
HER Restore him HeavenO
MAR The desperate Wretch A FlowerO
Fairest of all flowers was she once but nowO
They have snapped her from the stem Poh let her lieP
Besoiled with mire and let the houseless snailP
Feed on her leaves You knew her well ay thereO
Old Man you were a very Lynx you knewO
The worm was in herO
HER Mercy Sir what mean youO
MAR You have a DaughterO
HER Oh that she were hereO
She hath an eye that sinks into all heartsB2
And if I have in aught offended youO
Soon would her gentle voice make peace between usB2
MAR aside I do believe he weeps I could weep tooO
There is a vein of heO

William Wordsworth


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