George Colman.

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

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Fran. It were a Kind of Blafphemy to difpute it :
— But to the rurpofe, Sir.

Sfor. Add too her Goodnefs,
Her Tendernefs of me, her Care to pleafe me^
Her unfufpedfed Chaftity, ne'er equal'd,
Her Innocence, her Honour — O 1 am loft
In the Ocean of her Virtues, and her Graces,
When I think of them.

Fran. Now I find the End
Of all your Conjurations : There's fome Service
To be done for this fweet Lady. If flie have Enemies
That file would have remov'd

Sfor. Alas ! Francifoo^
Her greateft Enemy is her greateft Lover ;
Yet, in that Hatred, her Idoiator.
One Smile of her's would make a Savage tame ;
One Accent of that Tongue would calm the Seas,
Though all the Vv inds at once ftrove there for Empire.
Yet I, for whom (he thinks all this too little, ^-
Should 1 mifcarry in this preient Journey,
(From whence it is all Number to a Cypher,
1 ne'er return with Flonour) by thy Hand
Muft have her murther'd. ' _ ^

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Fran. Murther'd ! — She that loves (o^
And fo deferves to be belov'd again ?
And I, who fometimes you were pleas'd to favour,
Pick'd out the Inftrument ?

Sfor, Donot flyofF:
What is decreed, can never be recall'd.
'Tis more than Love to Her, that marks Her out
A wifti'd Companion to me, in both Fortunes :
And ftrong AfTurance of thy zealous Faith,
That gives up to thy Truft a Secret, that
Racks fhould not have forced from me. — O Franclfco^
There is noHeav'n without Her; nor a Hell,
V/here She refides. I afk from Her but Juftice,
And what I would have paid to Her, had Sicknefs,
Or any other Accident divorc'd
Her purer Soul from her unfpotted Body.
The flavifti Indian Princes, when they die.
Are chearfully attended to the Fire
By the Wife, and Slave, that living they lov'd beft.
To do them Service in another World :
Nor will I be lefs honoured, that love more.
And therefore trifle not, but in thy Looks
Exprefs a ready Purpofe to perform
What I command ; or, by Marcelia's Soul,
This is thy lateft Minute,

Fran. 'Tis not Fear
Of Death, but Love to you, makes me embrace it.
But, for mine own Security, when 'tis done.
What Warrant have I ? If you pleafe to fign one,
I fhall, though with Unvi^illingnefs and Horror,
Perform your dreadful Charge.

Sfor. I will, Francifco :
But ftill remember, that a Prince's Secrets
Are Balm, conceal'd ; but Poifon, if difcover'd.
I may come back ; then this is but a Trial,
To purchafe thee, if it were poflible,
A nearer Place in my Affection — but
I know thee honeft.

Fran, 'Tis a Chara6ter
I will not part v^^ith.

Sfor. I may live to reward It. {^Exeitnt.



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THE

DRAMATICK WORKS

OF

PHILIP MASSINGER,

COMPLEAT.
In FOUR VOLUMES,

Revifed, Corrected, and all the various Editions collated

By THOMAS COXETER, Efq^

WITH

Notes, Critical and Explanatory, of various Authors.

To which are now firft prefixed

CRITICAL REFLECTIONS

ON THE

Old EiigliJJj Dramatick Writers.

Addreffed to

DAVID GARRICK, Efq;

Printed for T. Day lEs'iA Riyffel-^reet, Ccvent-Gardsii,



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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 3 of 3)