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Moscon. I cannot bring my mind, Great as my haste to see the festival Certainly is, to leave you, Sir, without Just saying some three or four thousand words.
How is it possible that on a day
On all this mirth?
And dances, and all that.
mistakeFor this is the most civil sort of lie That can be given to a man's face.
Say what I think.
Enough, you foolish
fellows! Puffed up with your own doting ignor
You always take the two sides of one question.
Now go; and as I said, return for me When night falls, veiling in its shadows wide
This glorious fabric of the universe.
The folly of enjoying festivals,
Dæmon. wilt, You lie under a But thou shalt never find what I can
hide. Cyprian. What noise is that among the boughs? Who moves? What art thou?Damon.
'Tis a foreign gentle
Even from this morning I have lost my
Livia is she who has surprised my heart;
Livia, I come; good sport, Livia, soho! [Exit. Now, since I am alone, let me examine
The question which has long disturbed
With doubt, since first I read in Plinius
In which he defines God. My intellect
Fitly agree. It is a hidden truth
[CYPRIAN reads; the DEMON, dressed
In this wild place; and my poor horse at
Quite overcome, has stretched himself upon
The enamelled tapestry of this mossy
And feeds and rests at the same time.
Upon my way to Antioch upon business
(Who is exempt from this inheritance?)
Nay, the conse
Is clear-who ever did what he advises
Would that my feet
Cyprian. 'Tis singular that even within the sight [Exit. Of the high towers of Antioch you could To speak truth, lose
Your way. Of all the avenues and green The chair of the most high Professorpaths
Of this wild wood there is not one but And obtained many votes, and though leads,
As to its centre, to the walls of Antioch; The
Dæmon. And such is ignorance!
Of knowledge, it can draw no profit
attempt was still more glorious, than the failure
I were of that bright country! for in this
The more we study, we the more dis
Could be dishonourable. If you believe
Let us refer it to dispute respecting
Know not the opinion you maintain, and
It be the true one, I will take the contrary.
Oh would Can supreme goodness be consistent
The passions of humanity?
The attributes of Nature and of Man;
Cyprian. This reply will not satisfy Be well distinguished into persons, yet me, for Even in the minutest circumstance Such awe is due to the high name of His essence must be one. God
Dæmon. To attain the end That i should never be imputed. The affections of the actors in the scene Then, Must have been thus influenced by his Examining the question with more care, voice. It follows, that the Gods would always
But for a purpose thus subordinate
That which is best, were they supremely He might have employed Genii, good
How then does one will one thing, one A sort of spirits called so by the learned, another?
Who roam about inspiring good or evil,
And that you may not say that I allege
May well infer our immortality.
Two armies shall obtain the assurance of
To the same end? And being opposite,
Have moved the affections by this mediation
Unfathomed by our intellectual beam.
To the just point.
These trifling con
Do not suffice to impugn the unity
But supreme goodness fails among the Of the high Gods; in things of great
Without their union.
They still appear unanimous; consider That glorious fabric man,- his workmanship
Is stamped with one conception.
The battle's loss may profit those who If they are equal, might they not have lose,
Than victory advantage those who win.
In opposition to the work, and being
If equal in their power, unequal only
On impossible Would not have given assurance of an And false hypothesis there can be built end No argument. Say, what do you infer Never to be accomplished: thus, although From this? The Deity may according to his attri- Cyprian. butes
That there must be
a mighty God
Of supreme goodness and of highest Speaks thus,—
All sight, all hands, all truth, infallible,
One power, one will, one substance, and
And in whatever persons, one or two,
So clear a consequence?
Be it enough that Cyprian stands between
[They fight. Ha! what is this?
Whence comest thou, to
Between me and my vengeance?
And desert cells?
Enter MoscON and CLARIN.
where we left
Do you regret My master, I now hear the clash of
Clarin. I never run to approach things of this sort,
But only to avoid them.
Cyprian. Be silent, fellows! What! two friends who are
Dæmon. Who but regrets a check
And it is time that I should now pursue
To study, I will wrap his senses up
Restore it to the slumber of the scabbard :
For when two men of honour take the field,
But one must die in the dispute.
I pray That you depart hence with your people, and
Leave us to finish what we have begun
Lelio. Thou needest not instruct Without advantage.me; well I know That in the field, the silent tongue of
Though you may
That I know little of the laws of duel,
In blood and fame the eyes and hope of
One of the noble race of the Colalti,
Two lives, the honour of their country?
Holds now my sword suspended, thou
Cyprian. Permit one question further: is the lady
Impossible to hope or not?
Lelio. She is So excellent, that if the light of day Should excite Floro's jealousy, it were Without just cause, for even the light of day
Would you for your
Trembles to gaze on her.
To slur her honour? What would the world say
If one should slay the other, and if she Should afterwards espouse the murderer? [The rivals agree to refer their quarrel to CYPRIAN; who in consequence visits JUSTINA, and becomes enamoured of her: she disdains him, and he retires to a solitary sea-shore.
Cyprian. O memory! permit it not
That the tyrant of my thought Be another soul that still
Her virtue is her dowry.
Cyprian. And if you both Would marry her, is it not weak and vain, Culpable and unworthy, thus beforehand
Holds dominion o'er the will,
And gazing, became blind with error; Weak ambition, which the awe
Of her presence bound to terror!
That, hear me, Hell! I now would give
Damon (unseen). I accept it. [Tempest, with thunder and lightning.
What is this? ye heavens for ever pure, Oh! would that I At once intensely radiant and obscure! Athwart the ethereal halls
could lift my hope So high, for though she is extremely The lightning's arrow and the thunder