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BEAUFORT:-bred up as the Duke's son.
CARLOS:-an old worthy domestic attending on Beau
domestics of Doricourt.
THEODORA :-daughter of the Duke, and wife of Dori
CLARA ;-her attendant.
Scene lies in VALENCE.
Time, within twenty-four hours.
SCENE I. Doricourt's House.
THEODORA and CLARA.
[Theodora is seated in a mournful attitude.] CLA. Ah, wherefore, madam, do I thus behold you! Thus, ever plung'd in silence and in sorrow? I left you gay, and lovely as the morn, When, with your kind permission, I departed 1 To seek relief for my declining health Amid our native mountains:-In my absence, Your darling infant's birth, I hop'd, had added Maternal transports to your other joys: But my return makes me a mournful witness, That happiness no longer is your portion.
Theo. [rising.] It has, indeed, taken a long farewell Of Theodora, for whom now remains
Nothing but sighs and tears and heartfelt anguish!
A father's power, and triumph'd o'er his love!-
Is lost in the detested wife of Doricourt !
Cla. Might not a friend in kindness represent-
Cla. Madam, restrain this violence of grief. Theo. A parent's bitter curse, a husband's hatred, Join'd to disgrace and ruin, who can bear? Open, thou friendly earth, and in thy bosom Let me repose, and hide myself in death!
Cla. A father and a husband, both unkind, Teach dreadful lessons; yet, be comforted; For who has less deserv'd so hard a fate?
Theo. Ah, cease, my faithful Clara, to persuade meHave I not merited to be unhappy?
O filial disobedience what can palliate?
You must have often heard a parent's will
The Duke, with never-ceasing gratitude,
Theo. O that it may ! It is his sole dependence; for his father, (From thee 'tis needless to conceal the truth)