The White Devil
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They shoot; he falls; and they run to him, and tread upon him.VITTORIA:
What, are you dropt?
I am mixed with earth already: as you are noble
Perform your vows, and bravely follow me.
Whither? to hell?
To most assured damnation.
O thou most cursèd devil.
Thou art caught--
In thine own engine. I tread the fire out
That would have been my ruin.
Will you be perjured? what a religious oath
was Styx, that the gods never durst swear by, and violate?
Oh, that we had such an oath to minister, and to be so well
kept in our courts of justice.
Think whither thou art going.
What villanies thou hast acted.
This thy death
Shall make me like a blazing ominous star:
Look up and tremble.
O, I am caught with a springe!
You see the fox comes many times short home;
'Tis here proved true.
Killed with a couple of braches.
No fitter offering for the infernal Furies
Than one in whom they reigned while he was living.
Oh, the way's dark and horrid! I cannot see:
Shall I have no company?
Oh, yes, thy sins
Do run before thee to fetch fire from hell,
To light thee thither.
Oh, I smell soot,
Most stinking soot, the chimney is a-fire,
My liver's parboiled like Scotch holy-bread;
There's a plumber, laying pipes in my guts, it scalds.--
Wilt thou outlive me?
Yes, and drive a stake
Th[o]rough thy body; for we'll give it out,
Thou dids't this violence upon thyself.
O cunning devils! now I have tried your love,
and doubled all your reaches.--I am not wounded:
The pistols held no bullets: 'twas a plot
To prove your kindness to me; and I live
To punish your ingratitude. I knew,
One time or other, you would find a way
To give me a strong potion.--O men
That lie upon your death-beds, and are haunted
With howling wives, ne'er trust them! they'll remarry
Ere the worm pierce your winding-sheet; ere the spider
Make a thin curtain for your epitaphs.--
How cunning you were to discharge! do you practise at the
Artillery-Yard?--Trust a woman? never, never;
Brachiano be my precedent. We lay our souls to pawn to
the devil for a little pleasure, and a woman makes the bill
of sale. That ever man should marry! For one Hypermnestra
that saved her lord and husband, forty-nine of her
sisters cut their husbands' throats all in one night: there was a shoal
of virtuous horse leeches!--
Here are two other instruments.
Enter LODOVICO, GASPARO, and other Conspirators.FLAMINEO:
What noise is that? ha! false keys i' the court.
We have brought you a masque.
A matachin, it seems
by your drawn swords. Churchmen turned revellers!
Do you know us know?
They throw off their disguises.FLAMINEO:
Lodovico! and Gasparo!
Yes; and that Moor the duke gave pension to
Was the great Duke of Florence.
Oh, we are lost!
You shall not take justice from forth my hands,--
Oh, let me kill her!--I'll cut my safety
Through your coats of steel. Fate's a spaniel,
We cannot beat it from us. What remains now?
Let all that do ill, take this precedent,--
Man may his fate forsee, but not prevent:
And of all axions this shall win the prize,--
'Tis better to be fortunate than wise.
Bind him to the pillar.
Oh, your gentle pity!
I have seen a blackbird that would sooner fly
To a man's bosom, than to stay the gripe
Of the fierce sparrowhawk.
Your hope deceives you.
If Florence be i' the court, would he would kill me.
Fool! princes give rewards with their own hands,
But death or punishment by the hands of others.
Sirrah, you once did strike me: [now] I'll strike you
Into the centre.
Thou'lt do it like a hangman, a base hangman,
Not like a noble fellow; For thou seest
I cannot strike again.
Would'st have me die, as I was born, in whining?
Recommend yourself to Heaven.
No, I will carry Mine own commendations thither.
Oh, could I kill you forty times a day,
And use't four year together, 'twere too little!
Naught grieves but that you are too few to feed
The famine of our vengeance. What dost think on?
Nothing; of nothing: leave thy idle questions.
I am i' th' way to study a long silence:
To prate were idle. I remember nothing.
There's nothing of so infinite vexation
As man's own thoughts.
O thou glorious strumpet!
Could I divide thy breath from this pure air
When't leaves thy body, I would suck it up,
And breathe't upon some dunghill.
You, my death's-man!
Methinks thou dost not look horrid enough;
Thou hast too good a face to be a hangman:
If thou be, do thy office in right form;
Fall down upon thy knees and ask forgiveness.
Oh, thou hast been a most prodigious comet,
But I'll cut your train,--kill the Moor first.
You shall not kill her first; behold my breast:
I will be waited on in death; my servant
Shall never go before me.
Are you so brave?
Yes, I shall welcome death
As princes do some great ambassadors;
I'll meet thy weapon half way.
Thou dost tremble:
Methinks fear should dissolve thee into air.
Oh, thou art deceived, I am too true a woman:
Conceit can never kill me. I'll tell thee what,
I will not in death shed one base tear;
Or if I look pale, for want of blood, not fear.
Thou art my task, black Fury.
I have blood
As red as either of theirs: wilt drink some?
'Tis good for the falling-sickness. I am proud
Death cannot alter my complexion,
For I shall ne'er look pale.
With a joint motion.
They stab VITTORIA, ZANCHE and FLAMINEO.VITTORIA:
'Twas a manly blow!
The next thou giv'st, murder some sucking infant;
And then thou wilt be famous.
Oh, what blade is't?
[Is't] a Toledo, or an English fox?
I ever thought a cutler should distinguish
The cause of my death, rather than a doctor.
Search my wound deeper; tent it with the steel
That made it.
Oh, my greatest sin lay in my blood;
Now my blood pays for't.
Thou'rt a noble sister!
I love thee now: if woman do breed man,
She ought to teach him manhood: fare thee well.
Know, many glourious women that are famed
For masculine virtue have been vicious,
Only a happier silence did betide them:
She hath no faults who hath the art to hide them.
My soul, like to a ship in a black storm,
I driven I know not whither.
And thou so near the bottom? false report,
Then cast anchor.
Prosperity doth bewitch men seeming clear;
But seas do laugh, show white, when rocks are near.
We cease to grieve, cease to be fortune's slaves,
Nay, cease to die, by dying.
Art thou gone?
Oh, happy they that never saw the court,
Nor ever knew great man but by report.
I recover like a spent taper, for a flash,
And instantly go out.
Let all that belong to great men remember th' old wives'
tradition, to be like the lions i' th' Tower on Candlemas-day:
to mourn if the sun shine, for fear of the pitiful
remainder of winter to come.
'Tis well yet there's some goodness in my death;
My life was a black charnel. I have caught
An everlasting cold; I have lost my voice
Most irrecoverably. Farewell, glorious villians!
This busy trade of life appears most vain,
Since rest breeds rest, where all seek pain by pain.
Let no harsh flattering bells resound my knell,
Strike, thunder, and strike loud, to my farewell.
This way, this way! break ope
the doors! this way!
Ha! are we betrayed?
Why, then let's constantly die all together;
And having finished this most noble deed,
Defy the worst of fate, not fear to bleed.
Enter Ambassadors and GIOVANNI.ENGLISH AMBASSADOR:
Keep back the prince: shoot, shoot.
They shoot, and LODOVICO falls.LODOVICO:
Oh, I am wounded!
I fear I shall be ta'en.
You bloody villains,
By what authority have you committed
Yes; thy uncle,
Which is a part of thee, enjoined us to't:
Thou know'st me, I am sure; I am Count Lodowick;
And thy most noble uncle in disguise
Was last night in thy court.
Yes, that Moor
Thy father chose his pensioner.
He turned murderer?--
Away with them to prison, and to torture!
All that have hands in this shall taste our justice,
As I hope Heaven.
I do glory yet
That I can this act mine own. For my part,
The rack, the gallows, and the torturing wheel,
Shall be but sound sleeps to me: here's my rest;
I limned this night-piece, and it was my best.
Remove the bodies.--See, my honoured lord[s],
What use you ought make of their punishment:
Let guilty men remember, their black deeds
Do lean on crutches made of slender reeds.
Exploring The Waste Land
File date: Sunday, September 29, 2002