LADY R. Because he's not the heir of Randolph's
Subtle and shrewd, he offers to mankind
An artificial image of himself; 275 And he with ease can vary to the taste Of different men its features. Self-denied,
And master of his appetites he seems:
But his fierce nature, like a fox chained up,
Watches to seize unseen the wished-for prey. 280 Never were vice and virtue poised so ill, As in Glenalvon's unrelenting mind.
Yet is he brave and politic in war,
And stands aloft in these unruly times.
Why I describe him thus I'll tell hereafter: 285 Stay and detain him till I reach the castle.
Exit LADY RANDOLPH.
ANNA. O happiness! where art thou to be found?
I see thou dwellest not with birth and beauty,
Though graced with grandeur, and in wealth arrayed:
Nor dost thou, it would seem, with virtue dwell; 290 Else had this gentle lady missed thee not.
GLEN. What dost thou muse on, meditating maid?
Like some entranced and visionary seer,
On earth thou stand'st, thy thoughts ascend to
ANNA. Would that I were, e'en as thou say'st, a
seer, 295 To have my doubts by heav'nly vision cleared!
GLEN. What dost thou doubt of? what hast thou
With subjects intricate? Thy youth, thy beauty,
Cannot be questioned: think of these good gifts;
And then thy contemplations will be pleasing. 300
ANNA. Let women view yon monument of woe,
Then boast of beauty: who so fair as she?
But I must follow: this revolving day
Awakes the memory of her ancient woes.
[GIEN.] So! -- Lady Randolph shuns me; by and by 305 I'll woo her as the lion woos his brides
The deed's a-doing now, that makes me lord
Of these rich valleys, and a 'chief of power.
The season is most apt; my sounding steps
Will not be heard amidst the din of arms. 310 Randolph has lived too long: his better fate Had the ascendant once, and kept me down:
When I had seized the dame, by chance he came,
Rescued, and had the lady for his labor.
I 'scaped unknown: a slender consolation! 315 Heaven is my witness that I do not love To sow in peril, and let others reap
The jocund harvest. Yet I am not safe:
By love, or something like it, stung, inflamed,
Madly I blabbed my passion to his wife, 320 And she has threatened to acquaint him of it. The way of woman's will I do not know:
But well I know the baron's wrath is deadly.
I will not live in fear: the man I dread
Is as a Dane to me; ay, and the man 325 Who stands betwixt me and my chief desire. No bar but he; she has no kinsman near;
No brother in his sister's quarrel bold;
And for the righteous cause, a stranger's cause,
I know no chief that will defy Glenalvon. [Exit.]
A court, etc. [as before].
Enter Servants and a STRANGER1at one door, and
LADY RANDOLPH and ANNA at another.
LADY R. What means this clamor? Stranger,
Hast thou been wronged? Have these rude men presumed
To vex the weary traveller on his way?
FIRST SERV. By us no stranger ever suffered
This man with outcry wild has called us forth; 5 So sore afraid he cannot speak his fears.
Enter LORD RANDOLPH and [a] Young Man,2with
their swords drawn and bloody.
LADY R. Not vain the stranger's fears! -- How fares my lord?
LORD R. That it fares well, thanks to this gallant
Whose valor saved me from a wretched death! --
As down the winding dale I walked alone, 10 At the cross way four armèd men attacked me Rovers, I judge, from the licentious camp --
Who would have quickly laid Lord Randolph low,
Had not this brave and generous stranger come,
Like my good angel, in the hour of fate, 15 And, mocking danger, made my foes his own. They turned upon him: but his active arm
Struck to the ground, from whence they rose no more,
The fiercest two; the others fled amain,
And left him master of the bloody field. 20 Speak, Lady Randolph: upon beauty's tongue Dwell accents pleasing to the brave and bold.
Speak, noble dame, and thank him for thy lord.
LADY R. My lord, I cannot speak what now I feel.
My heart o'erflows with gratitude to heav'n; 25 And to this noble youth, who, all unknown To you and yours, deliberated not,
discloses his name.