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I should take part with thee against myself, “ And call thy fault a virtue.”

Guil. But suppose
The thought were somewhat that concern'd our love.
Pem. ·No more ; thou know'st we spoke of that to.

day,
And on what terms we left it. . 'Tis a subject,
Of which, if possible, I would not think;
I beg that we may mention it no more.

Guil. Can we not speak of it with temper?

Pem. No. Thou know'st I cannot. Therefore, prythee spare it.

Guil. Oh! cou'd the secret I wou'd tell thee sleep, And the world never know it, my fond tongue Shou'd cease from speaking, ere I would unfold it, Or vex thy peace with an officious tale. But since, howe'er ungrateful to thy ear, It must be told thee once, hear it from me.

Pem. Speak then, and ease the doubts that shock

my soul,

Guil. Suppose thy Guilford's better stars prevail, And crown his love

Pem. Say not, suppose : 'tis done.
Seek not for vain excuse, or soft'ning words;
Thou hast prevaricated with thy friend,
By under-hand contrivances undone me:
And while my open nature trusted in thee,
Thou hast stepp'd in between me and my hopes,
And ravish'd from me all my soul held dear.
Thou hast betray'd me

Guil. How! betray'd thee, Pembroke?
Pem. Yes, falsely, like a traitor.
Guil. Have a care.
Pem. But think not I will bear the foul play from

thee;

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There was but this which I could ne'er forgive.
My soul is up in arms, my injur'd honour,
Impatient of the wrong, calls for revenge ;
And tho' I love thee -fondly-

Guil. Hear me yet,
And Pembroke shall acquit me to himself.
Hear, while I tell how fortune dealt between us,
And gave the yielding beauty to my arms
Pem. What, hear it! Stand and listen to thy tri-

umph! Thou think?st' me tame indeed. No, hold, I charge

thee, Lest I forget that ever we were friends, Lest, in the rage of disappointed love, I rush at once and tear thee for thy falsehood. Guil. Thou warn'st me well; and I were rash, as

thou art, To trust the secret sum of all my happiness With one not master of himself. Farewell. [Going.

Pem. Ha! art thou going? Think not thus to part, Nor leave me on the rack of this incertainty.

Guil. What wouldst thou further?

Pem. Tell it to me all; Say thou art marry'd, say thou hast possess'd her, And rioted in vast excess of bliss;

That I may curse myself, and thee, and her.
Come, tell me how thou didst supplant thy friend?
How didst thou look with that betraying face,
And smiling plot my ruin?

Guil. Give me way.
When thou art better temper'd, I may tell thee,
And vindicate at full my love and friendship.
Pem. And dost thou hope to shun me then, thou

traitor; No, I will have it now, this moment from thee, “ Or drag the secret out from thy false heart. Guil. Away, thou madman! I would talk to

winds, " And reason with the rude tempestous surge, “ Sooner than hold discourse with rage like thine. “ Pem. Tell it, or by my injur'd love I swear,"

[Laying his Hand upon his Sword. I'll stab the lurking treason in thy heart. Guil. Ha!.stay thee there; nor let thy frantic hand

[Stopping kim. Unsheath thy weapon.

Ifthe sword be drawn, If once we meet on terms like those, farewell To ev'ry thought of friendship; one must fall. Pem. Curse on thy friendship, I would break the

band. Guil. That as you please-Beside, this place is sa

cred, And wo'not be profan'd with brawls and outrage. You know I dare be found on any summons.

Pem. 'Tis well. My vengeance shall not loiter long.

Henceforward let the thoughts of our past lives
Be turn'd to deadly and remorseless hate.
Here I give up the empty name of friend,
Renounce all gentleness, all commerce with thee,
To death defy thee as my mortal foe;
And when we meet again, may swift destruction
Rid me of thee, or rid me of myself. [Exit Pembroke.

Guil. The fate I ever fear'd is fall’n upon me; And long ago my boding heart divin'd A breach like this from his ungovern'd rage. Oh, Pembroke! thou hast done me much injustice, For I have borne thee true unfeign'd affection; 'Tis past, and thou art lost to me for ever. “ Love is, or ought to be, our greatest bliss; “ Since ev'ry other joy, how dear soever, “ Gives way to that, and we leave all for love. At the imperious tyrant's lordly call, “ In spite of reason or restraint we come, “ Leave kindred, parents, and our native home. “ The trembling maid, with all her fears he charms, « And pulls her from her weeping mother's arms : " He laughs at all her leagues, and in proud scorn « Commands the bands of friendship to be torn ; “ Disdains a partner should partake his throne, “ But reigns unbounded, lawless, and alone.” [Exit.

ACT III. SCENE I.

The Tower. Enter PemBROKE and GARDINER.

Gardiner.
Nay, by the rood, my lord, you were to blame,
To let a hair-brain'd passion be your guide,
And hurry you into such mad extremes.
Marry, you might have made much worthy profit,
By patient hearing; the unthinking lord
Had brought forth ev'ry secret of his soul;
Then when you were the master of his bosom,
That was the time to use him with contempt,
And turn his friendship back upon his hands.

Pem. Thou talk'st as if a madman cou'd be wise. Oh, Winchester! thy hoary frozen age Can never guess my pain: can never know The burning transports of untam'd desire. « I tell thee, reverend lord, to that one bliss, “ To the enjoyment of that lovely maid, “ As to their centre, I had drawn each hope, And ev'ry wish my furious soul cou'd form; " Still with regard to that my brain forethought, “ And fashion'd ev'ry action of my life. “ Then, to be robb'd at once, and unsuspecting, « Be dash'd in all the height of expectation ! " It was not to be borne." Gar. Have you not heard of what has happen'd

since ?

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