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frankness - The letter is suppositions and the charges are too much at variance one with anothel': either the Prince lias attempted an impious parricide with his own hand, and in that case to what purpose the foolish contract with the rebellious Batavians, to what purpose the French aids, lo whal purpose the dividing with them the paternal heritage ? wherefore his own kingduin dismembered ?-But if he hoped by these latter impious means to make for himself a desting more mild -wherefore attempt the dreadful parricide; why thus attempt it? to undertake so much and to stop short in the midst, by what persuaded ? I be had attempted it in such a manner [ should hold him more than criminal-mad-he knows that in defence of the king, persons (not friendly to himsell) keep watch continually with emulation; who derive from thence lustre, gold, and power; bast thou seen that thy son was fleeing, ali perhaps thou hast nos seen bum but with the eyes of others--Let him come, let him be heard, let him bring forward his reasons -that he shall not make aay altempt upon thee (these days) I swear meantime, I swear it upon my head-in what not sullicient- upon my honor; of which neither the king nor Heaven itsell, which has the disposal of every thing is master, now whill shall I say of the impiety with which leigned godliness has dared to condemu him the words of holy indignation
what avails it that I should say, that under a most sacred veil always called Religion such persons have cloaked wicked designs then arifully mixing up personal objects with celestial, attempt to make it, moreover the minister of horrible deception and of blood—who does not know? I shall say indeed that the Prince, as a yonth, has ever shown himself of a humane heart and deep feelings agreeable to bis pleasing aspect, and that he has grown up the sweet hops of his father from his most render vears, and thou saidst it, and every one believed it, I further believe for man can never arrive at the height of wickedness all at once! I shall say 10 so many repeated outages he never opposed any thir:g, buc patience, silence and tears-It is true that tears are yei frequently crimes—and persons have drawn anger from the trars of others. Ah thou art a father, do not be angry but commiserate bis grier that he is not guilty, but much unhappy ; but were he a thousand times more guilty than every one here proclaims him, a father never can, nor ought to condemn his son to death.
Phil.–Pity at length I find in one of you, and pity I follow Ab, I am a father, and yield to paternal affections-my kingdom, myself, all I abandon to the sovereign disposal and inscrutable will of Ileaven. Perhaps Charles may be the minister of anger from on high, let my kingdom rather perish, let Philip rather perish, but let my sou live! I acquil bim already.
Gomes - Dost thou regard thysell then as above the law - To what purpose call us hither ? Thou could'st easily have broken the law without us; let him be absolved, but if ove day pity should happen to ha fatal to thee
Per.-In truih pity may be fatal since I see pity most
wonted arise. But whalerer may be the event, this is not a council in which I dare seat myselt longer-Fame is suill dear to me, but life is not! The world shall know that I would not dip. my hands in innocent blood-let him main here who wishes it, I however raise my prayers to Heaven, ibe truth is fully known to Heared ---but what do I say ?---only to Heavello di Tuurn an allentive look around me don't I see that each one fully knows the truth. ---hat every one is silent about it, and that to bear it and speak it has been for a long time a capital crime hore.
Phi.---To whom dost thou speak.
Phi. And to thy king--! Léo.---Thou art ihe father of Charles ; and who does not see in the the anguish of an afflicted parent. But thou art the father of thy subjects too, and these bold in estimation the name of thy sop, as niuch as he disregards it.---'The Prince is only one, they are nume berless personis---lie being saved, the others remain in peril; he is guilty and all the others are invocent, uit thou mcertain between (the alternative ol) saving one or all.
Phi.---Let not the dayger be plunged with repeated blows into my heart, cease yem--oh I have not surengih io bear you any louger, let a new council be assembled, free from any presenice, and let the priests alsu sit in ii, in whom wordly offections are silent--let the troub be displayed in the midst oi them and muy the truth alone be heard (oilo and dovenile! my presence now may too much injure the right or perhaps nay impuse 100 hierry á charge upon my firmness.
Phil.-Oh how many ti aitors are there? can Peres he su anda. çious ? ah no Bui in truth what discerumeni, what in petuous pride! has a soul of wis churacler been born when I relyn? and bas it life while I reiyu?
ACT IV-Scene I.
Char.-Oh darkness; much more appropriate to this horrible palace, than the bright day; how niuch ihy return pleases me, not that during, thy cominuance I place my griet iu repose; but I do not at least behold so many vile and wicked countenances. To speak 10 me here in the name oi Isabella desires the faithiul Elvira; w bat will she say to me; Oh wbal silence; in the midst of remorse, among turbid cares, and guiliy suspicions, does placıd sinniber des. cend to possess the eyes of traitors and tyrants : that (sleep) whicha ever shuns the oppressed innocent? but watching is nu haruship to die, I divert myself with my thouybus, and with the dear in age of every beauly' and every virtue. It is grutelul to me tu seluru here where I saw her, and heard words which-alas, rere life and deaths to me at one and the same time mah; yes, Irum ihat Jatal mo. ment I faucied myself somewhat less unhappy, but more guilty than I was- whence then vises in me fear wwgled with hormos. Is it apprehension the due penalty of crime? Penalty? what crime have ļ ever committed; I was not silevự and who could ever conceal in silence such inteuse love---people are approaching. Ju must be Elvira
-But no what greul poise do I hear, wbat persons are coming ? what blazes of ligbı; armed men to me! away iraitors!
Philip, Charles and Soldiers with arms and torches. Char.---Oh Heaven, is my father preceded by so many swords ?
Phil.---At night, alone in these apartments, armed, what doest. thou? what ibiukest thou ? whither bearest thou tby unserlain steps
-speak. Char.--- And what shall I say, the arms which I spalched up at the approach of armed insolent brigands, fall from me at thy pafernal aspect; art thou their leader? Thou a father;---dispose os ine as thou pleasest. But lell me is there need ihul şou should use prelended reason; and of what description --- Ab father pretended reaa sons are unworthy of a king---Bui excuses are still mure unworthy of nie.
Phil.--- Audacity possesses thee, audacity wbicb is ever the com panion of the greatest guilt---thou met ol deigned respect an infamous çloaķ to thy faithless, amibitions and atrocious mind; ibou dost not even excuse thy sell; Belter is in that thou shouldesi qpen a thorough passage for thy rage; disgorge now the deadly poison which thuu shuttest up in (by bear audaciously ob braggart confess all ihy wicked intentions woriby of thy self,
Char...-W bat ought I to confess ? spare, ob father superfluous insults, give me every punishment that is most cruel; it will be just if it's agreeable to thee.
Phil.---At this premature age, Oh how hạst thou arrived at this most eminent degree of perfidy; when hast thou learned the art of iniquity that though caught by your king in this honible crime thou dose not even change countenance.
Char.--.Where have I learned ? Born in thy palace. Phil.--Thou wast so, miscreant, for my misery and shame. Char...-And why delayest thou any longer to repair that shame,. why not make thyself happy in shedding the bluuu viibine wwn son ?
Phil.---Thou my son ? Char.---But what have I done? Phil.---Do you ask me ihal ?---dost thou ask that of me ?---does
not remorse then scourge thee ?--- Ah no, already it is a long time that illon hast not known such a thing --sor' the only thing which ibou feelest for not having accomplished a
father's murder. Char.---A Father's murder; what do I hear? I a particide; thou dust not believe it thyself! what proof, or information, of suspicion.
Phil. ---Information, proof, certainty, Í derive all from thy malevolence.
(kur... Do not alas, urge me to the savage excess of over stepping the awful barrier which the laws, Heaven; and nature bate placed between the subject and king, between ibe sub and fatber,
Phil.---Thou hast already for a long time passed it with sacriligious feet: what do I say, ihon hast bren, ever a stranger to it... Jay aside ibe lolly sentinents of rigid virtue which ill become thee, spesk such as thou arı; disclose likewise thy many treasons ptr. jected and already accomplished. Go on now, what learest thou ? Is it that I shall be less great or you less wicked. If thou speakest the truth and bidest nothing then you may hope, bal is thou re1ußest to speak or concealest ---Tremble.
Char.-] speak the truth thou fojcest me 10 it, I know myself 100 well, therefore I cannot fear, and I know thee 1oo well, therefore I have no hope, do thon recall that unlucky gilt, my life which is thine. But my honor is niyoun, thou canst noi luke il, kor hast thou given ii-) should be most guilty is nieanness should persuade me to confess myself guilly, thou shall see me breathe my last breath bere; prepare for
a protracted cruel and opprobrious death, death has nothing which can avail to debase me; thee only not myself, I pity, O Father.
Phi.- Andacious! darest thou in such a manner to give an account of thy misdeeds to by Sovereign !
Char.-An account, than hatest me, behold my only crime, thou arı blood on-hisiy that is my only excuse. Thy only right is absolute sovereignty.
Phil.-Gnards arrest him, there.
Char.– This is she only answer of a tyrannical king, hehold I resign my armis lo chains. Behold I bare my breast to the sword, wherelore delay. Is it only 10-day Thou basi begon to be cruel, thy sign is already day by day iraced in the dark character of blood.
Phil.-Let him be taken from my eyes ; let him be shut up in the darkest dungeon of the adjoining fortress. Woe if any of you feel pity for bim !
Char.-Do not fear that, Prince, thy ministers are equal to thy. sell ia cruelty.
Phil.- Let him be dragged by force from my presence, by. macu furce.
Isabella and Philip.
Isa.-Oh! Heaven ? what do I behold! alas,
181.--I heard the whole palace mournfully resounding in every direction with melancholy cries.
Phi. - Thou heardest melancholy sounds it is true.
Isa.---Did I not see the prince dragged by force from thy presence.
Phi.-Thou "didst see well, it was the same.
Phi..--Does my consort grow pale and tremble at seeing him dragged away.
Isa.-I do temble P
Phi. And thon hadst good reason that thon trembledst, it is no alight proof to me of thy affection for thy consort ; thou trembledst, but let thy henrı be reassured, the danger is vanished.
Isa..--Danger! and what ?
Isa.-- But the traitor ?
Phi.-He shall have the merited punishment of treason. Fear not any more that I shall ever again open my heart to weak pity for him ; that time has passed away, now
Isball listen to ibe dreadful cry of justice only.
Isa.--- But what, what plou?
Phi,.--Heaven, perhaps the plot was not contrived against me alone, to him who desires the blood of a father if he hates his step-mother equally with his father, the blood of a step-mother will not appear anyibing.
Isa...- Against me? what sayest thou alas, the prince !
Phi....Ungrateful he forgets thy, no less than my many favors. But do thou turn to thyself and live happy, confide to the impartial care of securing thy peace with my own.
Isq.---Oh words, ( looks, with great difficulty do I recover my senses, what did he say : may be have spoken perhaps of my love. But no il remains shui in the very depth of niy beart, and those eyes Aashing eager and fixed upon me, alas, he spoke then of step: