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Unseen, unheard, by human eye or ear,
Nor. Let there be danger, lady, with the secret,
faith. Command my sword, my life : These are the sole possessions of poor
Nor. Durst I believe mine eyes
I knew them, and they were my father's.
thy father's !
Lady R. Noble thou art,
Nor. I will believe-
Lady R. Douglas !
Nor. You make me tremble-Sighs and tears !
Lady R. Ah, too brave indeed! He fell in battle ere thyself was born.
Nor. Ah, me unhappy, ere I saw the light! But does
mother live? I my conclude, From my own fate, her portion has been sorrow. . Lady R. She lives : but wastes her life in constant
woe, Weeping her husband slain, her infant lost.
Nor. You, that are skill'd so well in the sad story Of my unhappy parents, and with tears Bewail their destiny, now have compassion Upon the offspring of the friends you loved. Oh, tell me who and where my mother is ! Oppress'd by a base world, perhaps she bends Beneath the weight of other ills than grief, And, desolate, implores of heaven the aid Her son should give. It is, it must be soYour countenance confesses that she is wretched! Oh, tell me her condition! Can the swordWho shall resist me in a parent's cause ?
Lady R. Thy virtue ends her woe—My son ! my
Nor. Art thou my mother?
[Falls upon his neck. Nor. Oh, heaven and earth! how wondrous is my
fate! Ever let me kneel!
Lady R. Image of Douglas ! fruit of fatal love!
Nor. Respect and admiration still possess me,
humble parents. But did my sire surpass the rest of inen, As thou excellest all of woman kind?
Lady R. Arise, my son. In me thou dost behold The poor remains of beauty once admired. Yet in my prime I equall'd not thy father : His eyes were like the eagle's, yet sometimes Liker the dove's: and, as he pleased, he won All hearts with softness, or with spirit awed.
Nor. How did he fall ? Sure 'twas a bloody field When Douglas died. Oh, I have much to ask ! Lady R. Hereafter thou shalt hear the lengthen'd
tale Of all thy father's and thy mother's woes.
At present this - Thou art the rightful heir
Nor. The blood of Douglas will protect itself.
Nor. To be the son of Douglas is to me
Nor. I will remember. Where is Norval now,
Lady R. At hand conceal'd he lies,
false Glenalvon Beware of me.
How do bad women find
Enter LORD RANDOLPH and GLENALYON.
[Exit Lord R. 'Tis so, by Heaven! her mien, her voice,
And her impatience to be gone, confirm it.
Glen. He parted from her now. Behind the mount, Amongst the trees, I saw him glide along.
Lord R. For sad sequester'd virtue she’s renown'd.
Glen. Most true, my lord.
Lord R. Yet this distinguish'd dame Invites a youth, the acquaintance of a day, Alone to meet her at the midnight hour. This assignation, [Shews a letter.] the assassin freed, Her manifest affection for the youth, Might breed suspicions in a husband's brain. Whose gentle consort all for love had wedded ; Much more in mine. Matilda never loved me. Let no man after me a woman wed, Whose heart he knows he has not; though she brings. A mine of gold, a kingdom for her dowry. For let her seem, like the night's shadowy queen, Cold and contemplative he cannot trust her; She
may, she will, bring shame and sorrow on him; The worst of sorrow, and the worst of shames !
Glen. Yield not, my lord, to such afflicting thoughts, But let the spirit of an husband sleep, Till your own senses make a sure conclusion.
This billet must to blooming Norval go : At the next turn awaits my trusty spy; I'll give it him refitted for his master. In the close thicket take your secret stand ; The moon shines bright, and your own eyes may
judge Of their behaviour.
Lord R. Thou dost counsel well.
Glen. Permit me now to make one slight essay ;.
Lord R. And what avails this maxim ?
Glen. Much, my lord.