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Never was she that:
A mother vacant of a mother's heart
Is in the sight of Nature none.
And seest thou in what presence ? Be thou warned !
its humblest minister : men both
To us thy charms Are flat and futile, as thy sins are sharp,
spur us to that vengeance God inflicts Through us on scorners.
Heed them not, Elgiva.
Content thee! never were they heeded less
You renounce the World !
All in it that is loving, or can be loved,
What worth are you to us, that set no store
Fly hence, Pale Prostitute! Avaunt, rebellious Fiend, Which speakest through her!
And I tell thee more,
I am thy Sovereign Mistress and thy Queen.
My lawful wedded wife.
Ah, woe is me!
Thy lawful wife ! How lawful ? By what law ?
Who art thou ? I see thee, and I know thee-yea, I smell thee ! Again 'tis Satan meets me front to front, Again I triumph! Where, and by what rite, And by what miscreant Minister of God And rotten member, was this mockery, That was no marriage, made to seem a marriage ?
Lord Abbot, by no
What then, was it thou ? The Church doth cut thee off and pluck thee out! A Synod shall be summoned ! Chains for both !
Chains for that harlot, and for this dog-priest !
Villains, stand ye back ! Stand from the Queen Oh, had I but a sword ! What-felons! Ye shall hang for this ere long. Loose me or I will....
Sir, be calm, and know 'Tis for your own behoof and for
Be of good comfort, Edwin
we shall meet Where none can part us.
Are ye men? Hold off! I will not put you to that shame to force me.
[She is taken out.
Thou Queen! Go, get thee gone! A crown for thee ! No, nor a head to put it on to-morrow.
Alack! the law is sharp. But Gurmo, run,
Madam, your pardon. Gurmo, wait on me.
Elgiva, oh Elgiva! Oh, my wife!
ough now .... Oh, traitors! slaves!
When I have raised my force, I'll bring you bound
-O woman, get thee hence !
blind soul could chuse. Perfidious Monk ! Smilest thou! Villain ! But I will raise a force
you, my Lords !
Lord Primate, thou hast crowned a baby's brow.
[Exit Odo. Friends, quit not my Lord Primate. Follow all. [Exeunt all but HARCATHER, who stays behind on a sign
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