The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb; Dramatic Specimens and the Garrick Plays Volume 4

The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb; Dramatic Specimens and the Garrick Plays Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...absolve me of my vow yet; ha? My contract made? Phi. Your contract? Leo. Yes, my contract. Am I not his? his wife? Phi. Sweet, nothing less. Leo. I have no name then. Phi. Truly then you have not. How can you be his wife, who was before Another's husband? Leo. O! though he dispense With his faith given, I cannot with mine. Phi. You do mistake, clear soul; his precontract Doth annul yours, and you have giv'n no faith That ties you, in religion, or humanity: You rather sin against that greater precept, To covet what's another's; sweet, you do, Believe me, who dare not urge dishonest things. Remove that scruple therefore, and but take Your dangers now into your judgment's scale, And weigh them with your safeties. Think but whither Now you can go; what you can do to live; How near you have banPd all ports to your own succour, Except this one that I here open, love. Should you be left alone, you were a prey To the wild lust of any, who would look Upon this shape like a temptation, And think you want the man you personate; Would not regard this shift, which love put on, As virtue forc'd, but covet it like vice: So should you live the slander of each sex, And be the child of error and of shame; And which is worse, even Mark-antonio Would be call'd just, to turn a wanderer off, And fame report you worthy his contempt: Where, if you make new choice, and settle here There is no further tumult in this flood, Each current keeps his course, and all suspicions Shall return honours. Came you forth a maid? Go home a wife. Alone, and in disguise? Go home a waited Leocadia. Go home, and, by the virtue of that charm, Transform all mischiefs as you are transform'd, Turn your offended father's wrath to wonder, And all his loud grief to a silent welcome; Unfold the...show more

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  • Paperback | 254 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 458g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236543351
  • 9781236543356