George Colman.

Critical reflections on the old English dramatick writers; : intended as a preface to the works of Massinger. online

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And to lofc that, can we defire to live ?
Or fhall I, for a momentary Pleafure,
Which fcon comes to a P-eriod, to all Ximes
Have Breach of Faith and Perjury remembred
In a ftill living Epitaph ? No, Bapiijh^
Since my Sophia will go to her Grave
Unfpotted in her Faith, Pll follow her
With equal Loyalty : but look on this,
Your own great Work, your Mafter-piece, and then
She being {hill the fame, teach me to alter.
Ha 1 fure I do not flcep ! or, if I dream,

[The Piciiire altered.
Xhis is a terrible Vifion " I will clear
My Eyefight, perhaps Melancholy makes me
See that which is not.

Bapt. It is too apparent.
I grieve to look upon't ; befides the Yellow,
Xhat does afmre file's tempted, there are Lines
Of a dark Colour, that difperfe themfelves
O'er every Miniature of hev Face, and thofe

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Math. She is turn'd Whore.

Bapt, I rnuft not fay fo.
Yet as a Friend to Truth, if 5^ou will have me
Interpret it, in her Conient, and WijQies
She's falle, but not in Fadl vet.

Math. Fa6tf Baptifta? '
Make not yourielf a Pandar to her Loofenefs,
In labouring to palliate what a Vizard
Of Impudence cannot cover. Did e'er Woman
In her Will decline from Chaftity, but found Means
To give her hot Luft full Scope ? It is more
Poilible in Nature for grofs Bodies
Defcending of themfelvis, to hang in the Air,
Or with my fingle Arm to underprop
A falling Tower ; nay, in its violent Courfe
To ftop the Light'ning, then to ftay a Woman
Hurried by two Furies, Luft and Falfhoodj
In her full Career to Wickednefs.

Bapt. Pray you temper
The Violence of your Paffion.

Math. In Extreams
Qf this Condition, can it be in Man
To ufe a Moderation ? I am thrown
From a fteep Rock headlong into a Gulph
Of Mifery, and find myfelf paft Hope,
In the fame Moment that I apprehend
That I am falling. And this, the Figure of
My Idol, few Hours fince, while fhe continued
In'herPerfedion, that was late a Mirror,
In which I faw miraculous Shapes of Duty,
Staid Manners, with all Excellency a Hufband
Could wifh in a cbafte Wife, Is on the fudden
Turn'd to a magical Glafs, and docs prefent
Nothing but Horns and Horror.

Bapt. You may yet
(And 'tis the beft Foundation) buildup Comfort
On your own Goodnefs.

Math. No, that hath undone me.
For now 1 hold my Temperance a Sin
Worfe than Excefs, and what was Vice a Virtue.
Have I refus'd a Qiieen, and fuch a Queen
( Whofe ravilhing Beauties at the nift Sight had tempted
A Hermit from his Beads, and chang d his Prayers
To amorous Sonnets,) to prcferve my Faith
Inviolate to Thee, with the Hazard of
My Death with Torture, fines, fhe could infli


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Online LibraryGeorge ColmanCritical reflections on the old English dramatick writers; : intended as a preface to the works of Massinger. → online text (page 2 of 3)