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III. SCENE I. The Cottage. (Enter Robert, leading in Flokence. )
Robt. This is the humble dwelling that I spoke pf: You may rest
here in safety to-night, and tomorrow,, shape your course as it
pleases you. Flor. (looking round.) You know the woman who inhabits
here ? Robt. Ay, know her well ; you'll find her a kind soul. I
would stay with you till she return'd; but I must get back before
my comrades, to avoid suspicion?Farewell! Should we meet no more,
you'll sometimes think of me. Flor. Whilst I have life. Robt.
Farewell. [Exit. Flor. Upon the bleak and solitary waste Which my
proud father's castle overlooks, I've sometimes heard, there dwells
a wretched woman, So deeply ski!I'd in potent herbs and flow'rs.,
The wond'ring village shun her as a witch. This must her hovel
be?for sure a spot So desolate, and dwelling so unsheltcr'd THE
CURFEW": 37 Can harbour no one else.?(a knocking at the door)
Second Vassal (without). 2d Vass. Open the door. Flor. Hush ! I
have heatd that voice. %d Vass. Nay, open quickly. Flor. It is my
father's vassal?should he know 2d Vass. Still do you hesitate?
Flor. I will assume A tone and manner foreign to my nature,, That
so, without exposure of myself, . I may betray the mischief that is
hatching. (Opens the door and three vassals enter:) What means this
violence ? 2d Vass. 'Tis well you came, Or we had beat the house
about your ears. Flor. Thou, poor man's tyrant, and thdu gTeat |
man's slave ! Wherefore this outrage ? The low peasant's latch
Should be held sacred as the triple bolt That guards a palace?ay,
more sacred, fellow : For bigh-rais'd mightiness is it's own
shield. But who, if lordly pow'r be first t' invade, Shall bar the
poor man's dwelling from oppression ? %dVass. We were commande...
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