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I should take part with thee against myself, “ And call thy fault a virtue.”
Guil. But suppose
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
Guil. Suppose thy Guilford's better stars prevail, And crown his love
Pem. Say not, suppose : 'tis done.
Guil. How! betray'd thee, Pembroke?
There was but this which I could ne'er forgive.
Guil. Hear me yet,
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.
Guil. Give me way.
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
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.
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