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Although I thought it, and although 'tis true
That thought is but a prelude to the deed :-
Thought is not in my power, but action is :
I will not move my foot to follow thee.

DÆMON.

But a far mightier wisdom than thine own
Exerts itself within thee, with such power
Compelling thee to that which it inclines
That it shall force thy step ; how wilt thou then
Resist, Justina ?

JUSTINA.

By my free-will.

DÆMON.

I

Must force thy will.

JUSTINA.

It is invincible;
It were not free if thou hadst power upon it.

(He draws, but cannot move her

DÆMON.

Come, where a pleasure waits thee.

JUSTINA.

It were bought

Too dear.

DÆMON.

'Twill soothe thy heart to softest peace.

JUSTINA.

'Tis dread captivity.

DÆMON.

'Tis joy, 'tis glory.

JUSTINA.

'Tis shame, 'tis torment, 'tis despair.

DÆMON.

But how
Canst thou defend thyself from that or me,
If my power drags thee onward ?

JUSTINA.

My defence Consists in God. (He vainly endeavours to force her, and at last releases her.

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Woman, thou hast subdued me,
Only by not owning thyself subdued.
But since thou thus findest defence in God,
I will assume a feigned form, and thus
Make thee a victim of

my
baffled

rage.
For I will mask a spirit in thy form
Who will betray thy name to infamy,
And doubly shall I triumph in thy loss,
First by dishonouring thee, and then by turning
False pleasure to true ignominy.

JUSTINA.

I Appeal to Heaven against thee! so that Heaven May scatter thy delusions, and the blot Upon my fame vanish in idle thought, Even as flame dies in the envious air, And as the flow'ret wanes at morning frost, And thou shouldst never -But, alas ! to whom Do I still speak?— Did not a man but now Stand here before me ?-No, I am alone,

I saw him. Is he gone so quickly? Or can the heated mind engender shapes From its own fear? Some terrible and strange Peril is near.

Lisander! father! lord ! Livia !

Enter LISANDER and LIVIA.

And yet

LISANDER.

O my daughter; what?

LIVIA.

What?

JUSTINA.

Saw you

A man go forth from my apartment now?
I scarce sustain myself !

LISANDER.

A man here!

JUSTINA.

Have you not seen him?

LIVIA.

No, lady.

JUSTINA.

I saw him.

LISANDER.

'Tis impossible; the doors Which led to this apartment were all locked.

LIVIA (aside.)
I dare say it was Moscon whom she saw,
For he was locked up in my room.

LISANDER.

It must
Have been some image of thy phantasy.
Such melancholy as thou feedest is
Skilful in forming such in the vain air
Out of the motes and atoms of the day.

LIVIA.

My master 's in the right.

JUSTINA.

Oh, would it were Delusion! but I fear some greater ill. I feel as if out of my bleeding bosom My heart was torn in fragments; ay, Some mortal spell is wrought against my frame; So potent was the charm, that had not God Shielded my

humble innocence from wrong, I should have sought my sorrow and my shame

With willing steps.—Livia, quick, bring my cloak,
For I must seek refuge from these extremes
Even in the temple of the highest God
Which secretly the faithful worship.

LIVIA.

Here.

JUSTINA (putting on her cloak.)
In this, as in a shroud of snow, may

I
Quench the consuming fire in which I burn,
Wasting away!

LISANDER.

And I will go with thee.

LIVIA.

When I once see them safe out of the house,
I shall breathe freely.

JUSTINA

So do I confide In thy just favour, Heaven !

LISANDER.

Let us go

JUSTINA.

Thine is the cause, great God! Turn, for my sake And for thine own, mercifully to me!

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