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COMPANION. No, XXI. WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 1828. " Something alone yet
not alone, to be wished, and only to be found, in a friend."--Sir
William Temple. A FATHER AVENGED. diego Lainez, a noble old
Spaniard, has received a blow from Lozano, another noble, which is
avenged by Ditto's son, Rodrigo de Bivar, afterwards called the C i
D .] Scene.--A Room in Diego's House. Enter Diego and Arias. Diego.
I tell you, Sir, it is impossible. Conceal it? What Conceal? What
with a face That never yet could look the easiest lie, Nor play the
wax-lipped servant at the door, Denying who's within Conceal it? So
And smite my conscience, as the dog smote me Arias. But, Sir, you
live, upon the whole, retired: Why not live quite so for a time;
and so Let the thing die away, even in your looks. The Count is
sad, believe me; and the King Is most desirous of it. Dieg. Sir,
I'll tell you. There is one person living in this city, Who holds
me busily in his respect, And loves to hold; and were I, as I
shall, To sit alone all day, and wake alone Vol. i. 21 All night,
and almost hold my very breath As tainted with dishonour, till
redress Free my old halting blood from this new clog, It could not
be concealed from him: and that Would pull the blood up in my
cheeks as much As if the whole world knew it. Arias. Who is he ?
Dieg. Diego. Who'll conceal it from Diego? Who from that
self-respecting (once) old man, And from his haunted head ? I
cannot stir, I cannot turn me, but each thing I see, Even
inanimate, a chair, or wall, Changing its old indifferent or glad
aspect To something dreary, looks of what has been. The saintly
images, as I go past, Appear to follow me with sliding eyes.
Contempt, with a fierce hand, has scored a line 'Twixt me and joy,
and dares my weak old age To pass; and so I stand...
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