The Complete Poetical Works of Lord Byron

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Lor. I did so.

Bar. Methought,
To my surprise too, you were touch'd with mercy,
And were the first to call out for assistance
When he was failing.

Lor. I believed that swoon
His last.

Bar. And have I not oft heard thee name
His and his father's death your nearest wish?

Lor. If he dies innocent, that is to say,
With his guilt unavow'd, he'll be lamented.

Bar. What, wouldst thou slay his memory?

Lor. Wouldst thou have 351

His state descend to his children, as it must,
If he die unattainted?

Bar. War with them too?

Lor. With all their house, till theirs or mine are nothing.

Bar. And the deep agony of his pale wife,
And the repress'd convulsion of the high
And princely brow of his old father, which
Broke forth in a slight shuddering, though rarely,
Or in some clammy drops, soon wiped away
In stern serenity -- these moved you not?

[Exit LOREDANO.

He's silent in his hate, as Foscari 361
Was in his suffering; and the poor wretch moved me
More by his silence than a thousand out-cries
Could have effected. 'T was a dreadful sight
When his distracted wife broke through into
The hall of our tribunal, and beheld
What we could scarcely look upon, long used
To such sights. I must think no more of this,
Lest I forget in this compassion for
Our foes their former injuries, and lose 370
The hold of vengeance Loredano plans
For him and me; but mine would be con-tent
With lesser retribution than he thirsts for,
And I would mitigate his deeper hatred
To milder thoughts. But for the present,
Foscari
Has a short hourly respite, granted at
The instance of the elders of the Coun-cil,
Moved doubtless by his wife's appearance in
The hall, and his own sufferings. -- Lo! they come:
How feeble and forlorn! I cannot bear 380
To look on them again in this extremity.
I'll hence, and try to soften Loredano.

[Exit BARBARIGO.


ACT II

SCENE I

A Hall in the DOGE's Palace.

The DOGE and a SENATOR.

Sen. Is it your pleasure to sign the re-port
Now, or postpone it till to-morrow?

Doge. Now; I overlook'd it yesterday: it wants
Merely the signature. Give me the pen -- [The DOGE sits down and signs the paper.
There, signor.

Sen. (looking at the paper). You have forgot; it is not signed.

Doge. Not signed? Ah, I perceive my eyes begin
To more weak with age. I did not see
That I had dipp'd the pen without effect.

Sen. (dipping the pen into the ink, and placing the paper before the DOGE). Your hand, too, shakes, my lord: allow me, thus --

Doge. 'T is done, I thank you.

Sen. Thus the act confirm'd
By you and by 'the Ten' gives peace to

Venice. 11

Doge. 'T is long since she enjoy'd it: may it be
As long ere she resume her arms!

Sen. 'T is almost Thirty-four years of nearly ceaseless war-fare
With the Turk, or the powers of Italy;
The state had need of some repose.

Doge. No doubt:
I found her Queen of Ocean, and I leave her
Lady of Lombardy: it is a comfort

That I have added to her diadem 19
The gems of Brescia and Ravenna; Crema

-601-

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Editor's Note v
  • Table of Contents vii
  • Biographical Sketch xi
  • Childe Harold's Pilgrimage - A Romaunt 1
  • Shorter Poems 83
  • Miscellaneous Poems 139
  • Domestic Pieces 207
  • Hebrew Melodies 216
  • Ephemeral Verses 223
  • Satires 240
  • Tales, Chiefly Oriental 309
  • Italian Poems 436
  • Dramas 477
  • Scene II 481
  • Act II 483
  • Scene I 483
  • Scene II 487
  • Scene IV 488
  • Act III 491
  • Scene I 491
  • Scene II 493
  • Scene III 494
  • Scene IV 495
  • Act I 499
  • Act I 499
  • Scene II 500
  • Act II 509
  • Scene I 509
  • Scene II 516
  • Act III 518
  • Scene I 518
  • Scene II 520
  • Act IV 528
  • Scene I 528
  • Scene II 533
  • Act V 538
  • Act V 538
  • Scene II 546
  • Scenf III 548
  • Scene II 549
  • Sardanapalus 550
  • Scene II 551
  • Act II 561
  • Scene I 561
  • Act III 571
  • Scene I 571
  • Act IV 578
  • Scene I 578
  • Act V 587
  • Scene I 587
  • Act I 595
  • Scene I 595
  • Act II 601
  • Scene I 601
  • Act III 608
  • Scene I 608
  • Act IV 615
  • Scene I 620
  • Scene I 620
  • Dramatis Person Æ 627
  • Dramatis Person Æ 627
  • Act II 636
  • Scene I 636
  • Scene II 639
  • Heaven and Earth 655
  • Heaven and Earth 655
  • Scene II 657
  • Scene II 658
  • Werner; Or, the Inheritance 671
  • Scene II 683
  • Scene II 683
  • Scene II 688
  • Act III 695
  • Scene I 695
  • Scene II 700
  • Scene III 701
  • Scene IV 701
  • Act IV 704
  • Scene I 704
  • Act V 713
  • Scene II 720
  • The Deformed Transformed 722
  • Scene II 723
  • Scene II 730
  • Part II 735
  • Scene I 735
  • Scene II 737
  • Scene III 738
  • Part III 742
  • Scene I 742
  • Don Juan 744
  • Notes 999
  • Indexes 1045
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