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Double Falsehood: Act V, Scene 1

Double Falsehood
Act V, Scene 1

Another part of the prospect of the mountains.

  1. Enter Roderick, Leonora veiled, Henriquez, attendants as
  2. mourners.

Roderick

1 - 5
  1. Rest certain, lady, nothing shall betide you,
  2. But fair, and noble usage. Pardon me,
  3. That hitherto a course of violence
  4. Has snatch’d you from that seat of contemplation
  5. To which you gave your afterlife.

Leonora

6
  1.                                   Where am I?

Roderick

7 - 15
  1. Not in the nunnery; never blush, nor tremble;
  2. Your honor has as fair a guard, as when
  3. Within a cloister. Know then, what is done,
  4. (Which, I presume, you understand not truly,)
  5. Has this use, to preserve the life of one
  6. Dying for love of you: my brother, and your friend:
  7. Under which color we desir’d to rest
  8. Our herse one night within your hallow’d walls,
  9. Where we surpriz’d you.

Leonora

16 - 20
  1.                         Are you that lord Roderick,
  2. So spoken of for virtue, and fair life,
  3. And dare you lose these to be advocate
  4. For such a brother, such a sinful brother,
  5. Such an unfaithful, treacherous, brutal brother?

Roderick

21
  1. This is a fearful charge.
  1. Looks at Henriquez.

Leonora

22 - 26
  1.                           If you would have me
  2. Think, you still bear respect for virtue’s name;
  3. As you would wish, your daughters, thus distress’d,
  4. Might find a guard, protect me from Henriquez;
  5. And I am happy.

Roderick

27 - 28
  1.                 Come, sir, make your answer;
  2. For as I have a soul, I am asham’d on’t.

Henriquez

29 - 39
  1. O Leonora, see! Thus self-condemn’d,
  2. I throw me at your feet, and sue for mercy.
  3. If I have err’d, impute it to my love;
  4. The tyrant god that bows us to his sway,
  5. Rebellious to the laws of reas’ning men;
  6. That will not have his votaries actions scann’d,
  7. But calls it justice, when we most obey him.
  8. He but commanded, what your eyes inspir’d;
  9. Whose sacred beams, darted into my soul,
  10. Have purg’d the mansion from impure desires,
  11. And kindled in my heart a vestal’s flame.

Leonora

40 - 45
  1. Rise, rise, my lord; this well-dissembled passion
  2. Has gain’d you nothing but a deeper hate.
  3. Should I imagine, he can truly love me,
  4. That, like a villain, murders my desires?
  5. Or should I drink that wine, and think it cordial,
  6. When I see poison in’t?

Roderick

46 - 56
  1.                         Draw this way, lady;
  2. I am not perfect in your story yet;
  3. But see you’ve had some wrongs, that want redress.
  4. Only you must have patience to go with us
  5. To yon small lodge, which meets the sight from hence,
  6. Where your distress shall find the due respect:
  7. ’Till when, your griefs shall govern me as much,
  8. As nearness and affection to my brother.
  9. Call my attendants yours; and use them freely;
  10. For as I am a gentleman, no pow’r,
  11. Above your own will, shall come near your person.
  1. As they are going out, Violante enters and plucks Roderick
  2. by the sleeve.
  1. The rest go out.

Violante

57
  1. Your ear a momentscorn not my tender youth.

Roderick

58 - 59
  1. Look to the lady there.—I follow straight.
  2. What ails this boy? Why dost thou single me?

Violante

60 - 62
  1. The due observance of your noble virtue,
  2. Vow’d to this mourning virgin, makes me bold
  3. To give it more employment.

Roderick

63 - 65
  1.                             Art not thou
  2. The surly Shepherd’s boy, that, when I call’d
  3. To know the way, ran crying by me?

Violante

66 - 67
  1.                                    Yes, sir.
  2. And I thank heav’n and you for helping me.

Roderick

68
  1. How did I help thee, boy?

Violante

69 - 71
  1. I do but seem so, sir; and am indeed
  2. A woman; one your brother once has lov’d;
  3. Or, heav’n forgive him else, he li’d extremely.

Roderick

72 - 73
  1. Weep not, good maid; O this licentious brother!
  2. But how came you a wand’rer on these mountains?

Violante

74 - 78
  1. That, as we pass, an’t please you, I’ll discover.
  2. I will assure you, sir, these barren mountains
  3. Hold many wonders of your brother’s making.
  4. Here wanders hapless Julio, worthy man!
  5. Besides himself with wrongs

Roderick

79
  1.                              That once again

Violante

80 - 81
  1. Sir, I said, Julio.—Sleep weigh’d down his eyelids,
  2. Oppress’d with watching, just as you approach’d us.

Roderick

82 - 90
  1. O brother! We shall sound the depths of falsehood.
  2. If this be true, no more but guide me to him:
  3. I hope, a fair end will succeed all yet.
  4. If it be he, by your leave, gentle brother,
  5. I’ll see him serv’d first.—Maid, you have o’erjoy’d me.
  6. Thou shalt have right too: make thy fair appeal
  7. To the good Duke, and doubt not but thy tears
  8. Shall be repaid with interest from his justice.
  9. Lead me to Julio.
  1. Exeunt.
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