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HOUSEHOLD GODS

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A COMEDY

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Tn HMRIHorOt.USUS; unaWA1tDS f1I£L4WHS, nrc WOODS .. t .. 1.A.Ka, TNI! IstL

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C.ASSUS, a barbarian (rom Britain~ ADEtA, bis wile, a noble Roman lady. ALICIA, & servant in tbe house.

A STATUS: 0' PAN.

A FAUN. ~

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THE SatHE iz at 1M Aearlh 0/ CRAssus. ~ is a little brmue altar d«iiealed II) tlu Lam arul

PnuzlI.I ~ A;aI' flamtl rU~.t /"""" 1M ~ I/ltula/.ratoDd. Oft mAitA CJtASSUS (1m.nw lIm.,iII

4tld mruli, H~ is .Itand:4"11 ill de.tp dtJecli!m~

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CRASsus~

S:hfOKE without firet .

No thrill of tongues lick! up The offerings in me cup.

Dead faJJs desire.

Black smoke thou ani

o aUar-ftame, tb., dost dismember, Devour the hearth, to leave no -ember To warm thLs beart,

I see her still-

Adela dancing here

Till di m gods did appear To work our .... ill,

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The deUcue girl!

Diaphanous gossamer. Subtly revealing her Brave breast of pearl l

Now-shc's withdrawn

At dusk to the wild woods, M ysti(: beatitudes

ThaI dure till dawn.

Let life exclaim

Against these: things of spirit, Mankind that disinherit

Oflovc·s pure fla~1 .

{He bends 1M/ore Me nIJar and «gins to .,q ..

Ye heusebold gods I

By these maJe tears I swear That )lIe shall granllhis prayet".

All things at odd,

Shall be put 5traightHatmonized, reconciled By some appointed child Of :Km10 faT Fate I

(A curtain MS 6e~ d,attJll iZhde durinrtlJu tinocalioaJ and ALICIA adtJatUu... SM smiles JtliJJ/y .. pun hi'",:· andr givmg a f'lrange gesturt. m.des (Ift.e or fwD noi;s.e. lell stcpz 0/ (/mtCl':"r"

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ALICIA.

Master"still sad?

CRASSV s.

These faint and fearful shores or elme are ~lt1J by the surge of ~dC,

Love worn &WAy~by love?JMtIIIMto indifference..

Who knows .. hal god-o.r dtmon-she. adores?

Or in what wood she shelters, or what rrove Sees her profane our ~ramcnt of love?

ALtaA-.

I saw her follow

The stream 'ri the hollow \Vhert never Apollo

Abides.

So thick arc the tree, That never the. breeze Stirs them, or sees

\Vbat satyr inlulbil$ the g1cn~ ,,"hat nymph in the pools of it hides,

Lighter of root

Th.an a sylph or a &iry" Sinuous, wary,

1 pass.:d from the airy

Lawns, whet<! the flute -.

Of tile wi:n1s made tremulous music for man, 13

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I fOJJO\Yed the ripple

or the stn:4m; I crept \,there the waters ,,~ept-

The 80ss in tile foss Gurgling &CtOSS

The bosses of moss,

Like a dryad·s nipple In the mouth of Pan I

CRA,sus.

o pearl of the hoese! you tame to the tod?

ALICIA"

The dusk of the slave, the dawn of a f'ricnd?

CIlA5SUS.

Freedom is thine for the skill and the will.

AuCJA~

The skill is mine but the will lies still, Stilt as the earth th..:J.t dare not stir

Till the kiss of the sun 4waJeen her!

CAAs!UL

Yct at these secrets a.nd riddles? Beboldl I can fit) lIlY lap with a harvest of gold It

ALiCIA.

Yet all the gold you could gi\~ to rae

w Q!..IJd !~Il at my !eet when I rose to be (tC'('.

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CRASS Us..

What wilJ you then?

ALtCrA~

No gift from men.

Of my own ClU: will I give you wie, (0 man $0 sorely in need of itt)

And happiness: and the flame that hath dwindled On this dull hearth sha]l be rekindled~

But this you must swear:

To will, and to dare,

To seck the spirit and slay the sense; And (or this hour

To give me power

To lead you in silent obedience,

Though I bade )1>OU fa11 on your sword •••.

CaAssus.

Enough 1

I give my life. as 1 gave my love,

ALlcrA~

01 love you have not understood. You have not guessed its secret fcod, You hav~ Dot seen its single e)~e; But fur and doubt and jealousy

Have risen, and now your love is trembling Like a mountebank dissembling

\Vhtn his trick's detected. Comel

To find home lye must leave heme,

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CaASSUS.

Starless and mecnless, hidden in eloudJ TIle nightlts one flAme or peatl.

ALJCJAII

The bat flaps; the O\Y) boots aloud.

CaASSus.

Lead on; I tnt$t you, girl.

~ ALICtA~

You are bold to tfUJt me.; or, have ycu divined My S4:CtCt?

CRASS us.

~o; the crystal of your mind ~v, only taint disturbing images,

Things p:.ssing strange, as if enchanted seas Kept their great swell upon ilt and strange fhh Played in its oily depths, Some monstrous wish, The shadow of some unspeakable desire,

S.tlkes m}1' he3rt cold, and sees my brain on fire.

AUCIA ..

Learn this, as we P&$S through the portlco:

Fear nothing; thc:r~ is nothing you can knowl An<! by these ttrmc:es And .sICPS L\:tt gleam \Vinery, although the summer night is hot, This-what we seek is never \vhnt we find'

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Lito it A dro:llft, like lavo; and (rom the dream If we may wake" we novor find it whnt

We would; Cor the wisdom or :1 mightior mind Ltads u.s in its own ways

To a perfected praise~

CJu.S$US.

'Vby are these shadows thrown across the lawn ~ From the elms and yews? They werc not wont to reach Beyond the braaehes of that copperAbt«b.

At-lelA.

Attend the da"'''n

Of an unknown comet, that shall ecme From the unfathomable weils 01 space Into its balido:n.

eRA-SSCS.

. I know it not. Last night I walked alone HctCJ and saw nothing ..

A!..tCIA~

I was not 'With youl There is no God upon th! eternal throne

Of stars bcgemming the bewildering blue U81us one has the eyes to see llim. Think I-Iow we two stand upon the brink

Of nothing! Here's a globel wheeeto we trust" No 13.rgec lhn the smallest s~~k of dust

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Or mote in the sunbeam Is (0 that sun's .sell, And we arc like dead leaves in autumn's whirl or wind upon it.

CaASSUs..

)! ystify me, girl!

It is. the right of an elf. Surely your Rickering fire 'Vill draw me to some mirer

AL1CIA.

Here the: stream dips its mouth into the wood. So does youth's calm and chaste beatitude

Touch tIlt black mouth 01 Love, the ancient where,

CRASSUSli

Girll what a scorpion leaping from your lipsJ

AUCIA.

My mouth stings 3S no scorpion ever stang~ In this round impudent smiling {ace of mine There is .a. poison fiercer than all winc;

And from these eyes more subtle sorrows pour

Than y·ou can dream., These teeth have been at grip$ \Vith gods; I have sung ,\yhat no girl ever sang-. These ears have heard

An insufferable word I

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CRASSUSt

\Vh-nt do you mean?

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ALICIA.

The secret-s in a idS&.

Here Are DO Id~ Here gtcat Ademis R uJes; only in the woodland maya man

Hide his eyes (rom her, pfedgc himself to Pan, Come! througb the tangled atebu

or cypreSSCI and larchc$,

Stoop; under Artemis we walked uprigbt;

But this is Pan's home, aad the House o( Night. {TI:ey ~ttkr 1M tofJtJIL

CRASSUS.

So when I stoop, my cheek comes close to youn. Gi~ me a 1d&S.

ALJClA •

no poisonOtlS apple lures Tbu:s the boyls mout~ BcwlU'C1

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CaASSUS.

o you are fairt

Fairer than ever I In this tangle of trees Your hot breatb wraps you in perfume,

AUCIA.. ncre is some gloom or doom J A b:tter harsh ingred itnt

In these my SOIcerieJ

Of animal scent ..

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CRASSVS.

Yes! there is fear mixed with the fascinntion, It is the reverence that chastity, be su~! G~ins (rom the impure ..

AtlCIA.

o vi r(t.JOUS nation!

It is the fear of the uninitiate Before the throne of Fate TIle hicrophanr.

CRASSU~ •

AlTCJA~ Did J grant

This favour, an were lost. It is your truth To J\dt'la that tempts' my youth, ,

I , Icn ctfort II 1\ LICIA S hnJ:cs wit/I. sil ~nJ /flughf~r~

eRA. sses. \\"h~t little breasts you ha vc l

I\Y. maiden breasts!

\\'ould you betray any oath?

CRASSCS,.

~ty will contests

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Au CIA. \Vait, and you $h;t11 surely see Part of tl1C secret th3t enscrccls me. Ste .11 these bosses! Is it not

As if a Titan smote him$elf into the earth. And was caught into her. made one with her?

CRASSUS~ The scent is fiera: and tlO!

. Like a rutting p4nthcr~s slot.

Yet you are matched with mirth, Stlt1kiag each other like two wrestlers.

AUCJA~

\Vhat should $tir

y O\;r memnchol)- but Jaught~r?

CRASSV$..

Lock" before us

Lib~t streams, 4 t~mu:o.us chorus. Oh, it is vague and \~acillating!

Love, Y:tung love of maidt'ns, is the soul thereof. And in the midst~ behold, 0 man t

l~be im~gc of great Pan,

CRASSVL

J rcar him.

ALICIA.G':t and Jie there, at his feet ..

Lie supinc2 Lie on that moss-eovered lOot., \\'-hilc I d:a"f forth the tlute

And make a marvellous music.

(SIre ctalt$/augkine "tltf /;trim II> piny.

o I writbe Benearb the Coree of lips, of fingers lithe That touch the delicate stops so delic:atelYIt

ALICt~"\.

Hush I I have drawn the bird (rom the bush .. Pan Vittill ;"ppar anon ..

CRASS::s...

Atl! Ab! ~ •• Ahl Aht

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AUClA~

This music moves you. Now I'll play .. tune TIl.at wculd make mad the melancholy moen, ThiSt

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CRASSVS.

Ab! you lear my soul out wi[b the ttills~

Your fiagets play liko s'Jmmer ligl'tning Oft the shaft. It is rike A storm on the mountains -ben it shrills; Like. the angry sea when it booms. Hark I

ALICIA..

Some god laugbcd.

CRASSUS.

Your mouth is like some gOd's. It burns and blooms \Vith fire unheard oft! with unguessed perfumes.

o tel me kiss yeu!

ALICIA.

So you stop my song! [SIi, cetUerlm tun« ..

CaAssus.

There is another song.

A t...tClA.

You do me wrong* For you love Aje14!

CRASS US ..

By Go!!. girl. no!

f love Alicia.

ALtC[A.

Ah f YOU 'O\tQ, her to t

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CRASS"'.

'lou r l."'lugh is shockin g-\VllY do you mock me, dC.lr?

ALICIA.

Because you will not guess my secret here. nut-put your arms about my neck, and swear You love met and ,vitI always keep them there. Then 1 migllt dare.

CRASSUS. 1 swear it. 0 my sweee l

ALIC[A.

Then take my kiss.

CJl A ssus,

\tI our mouth is like- a rose of fire. But what is this] I cannot bear it",

I\L1C!A ..

Ail Uhu! Uhul

It is m)'" heart; this arrow strikes me through. Stir not one muscle for a moment. Death]

You beast, you kill me with your urgent breath.

CRASSUS.

o }lO\W I love j-OUr

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AUClA.

Foot J Now uti my paIn

Must be gone through again.

It is sure your chMtilyts unst:li ned by crime; You do the wrong wJng just at the rigbt time!

CRASSUS.

Why do you tAunt me? All the wood is spring·sl And love is hovering o'er us witll his wings,

Sub pennis, penis!

CRASSUS.

Hush f )·ou break the spell.

AL1CIA~

Oh! you grcal fools of men. J kno~r you well. nul nothing is so dctnntent::.[

To love as to be sentimental,

I wj II yet makQ Y 0\1 wise.

Know that I have she Jnagic to dbtguisc Myself in many U~j·S4i Do yoo {~el th!s? (Lie still. this 11e~ye~ wer-: ruined by a kissl) 1 am a ootleffiy, s«h idle Ritting

A~ to n. Rower like )~OU is Jitling't

Now I'm a mole. Do )·OU think you,lino'\' me now? Here is the eanhworm severed b)· the plough.

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CRASS US.,

You are a witeh~ 1 \VAnI your love; you give Only love's comedy,

AL:ctA.

The ,,·ay to live Is to find comedy and tragedy

In e\~et}4'thing~ But if you cannot see

Through to tIle Bacchanat spirit, tliis should suit. Here is the blacksmith hammering a flute.

CRASSUS.

Oh Jove, love, kiss mel

ALfC!A..

I '\vtll f()rg~ a ring or bloom of blood ... kisses upon your neck, Till it is like a garden or roses in late spring.

CRASSUS •

•• Soft, and stung softly, fairer for a Reck,/'

ALJCJA~

o marvellous nation I

\1 anity, dullness, slobber, and quotation!

CRASSUS.

\\'n)f do you love me if you scorn me so? 26

ALICIA."

Why. did I say I loved you? I SAy no.

CRAssus.

Why 40 you make love?

AuCIA..

To beguile 'he hour; To crown my rose-wreath with a greener ftower; To do my master's bidding" that '5 to give

Life to yourself. who only think you live.

But listen! Have you seen tile nine waves roll A!onotonous upon the shoal,

Rising and falling like a maiden asleep; Then with a lift and a leap

The ninth wave curls, and breaks upon the beach, And rushes up it, swallowing the sand?

I Am that ocean ..... Now, you und-erstand?

CRASSUS.

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Alicia tOt this is unbearable.

Surely this wave washes the shore of bell I

ALfCIA4

Each follows each

Remorseless and indifferent as Nature Is to each creature"

CRASSUS. \\'ondC'rlul, wonderful ,.onun I

(SUd tllrtnJI her "end INteR, Q1ld ftmrlu.

ALlCf;'.

Now, you think You know my' secret, J have given you drink, And you are \yjse. But hush r to all emotion S3.\'e this the pulse and swell of Ocean.

For at the last with mouth and fingers wried All must proclaim the triumph of the tide.

CR"SSU~

Ah ! still you mock me \ltit~l your cruel laugh,

ALECIA" It is your foolish epitaph"

CRAs._~US~

Hut this can be no mockery, Heave and s\vay And cur) and thr'ltst-lhese waves arc not at play,

AUCIA.

Y OU feel tile ocean breaking on the shoal; But passlonless and moveless is its soul.

CRASSl:S.

t'\tl! but your soul is in your breath. z8

At.ICIA4

Only as is the gmvcn im~fft of de:lth Which men call life. and ignoranlly adore!

CaASsUS.

Spare me r 1 cannot bear you more.

AL1CIA.

Then will I drown you~ Lock your fingers fast In mine, and let our mouths mix a.t the last.

[7ke staiu« (J/ PAN U ~un to be (llit~ ..

Shrillj shrill Over the hi 11 r

The bunter is hot-s-this is the kill! Scream I Scream)

Dissolving the dream

Of life, the knife to the heart of the wife I The fountain jets

Its flood of blood.

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And the moss that it wets

Is an amethyst flame of violets.

\V110 shall escape ~

Murder and rape

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\'ttb~ I am alive in my solemn shape?

Shrill .. shrill,

Over the hill t

The hunter is hot---this is the kill! TI)~ heart or the b.)me

Is a fury of foam;

The storm is awake, and the billows eomb, But though 1 be

"'fheir frenzy or glee,

I am also the passionless soul of the seal

~fine eyes glint firc, And my cruel Jips curl: :\tinc the desire

0( the Cod and the girl; Bu: Herier and fleeter, J\nd subtler and sweeter

1-11:ln the ItiCC of (he rhythm, the march of tbe metre. Is the shri{ling1' shrilling

Of (h~ knlk in the killing

Tha.t ends, \Vl1Cn it must,

(0 the throb and the thrus:!) In d~th, in the dust.

The: ~il ecce t the: still ness. of satiAte lust, TIlt solemn pause

When tile veil ~tjthdra\Vs

And man Iooks on bis god, on the Causeless Cause. sun, stillt

Under the hill!

The bunter is dead-thIs :$ the kill! 30

eRASSeS.

Pan s.pokc.

AL1CJA'ft

Pan never speaks till man is dumb.

And only then if be be like a child

Silently curled 'within its mothee's womb, Or feeding at her breast, There is a wild Way also-when his dumbness is of death.

And there's a first and second death. Rente mbe r To die so that no god's or angel's breath

May quicken into life the wasted ember!

Cn,ASSUS.

J am dead nOW9

AL!CIA.

But I must raise you up.

The night grows darker; 3Jl Pan's light is gonef And you and I an: ptcdgcd to sup

Upon a secret,

CRASSUS ..

All your seeree shone ..

[She /aurfu nealn.

A.Llcr~

Oh, when you know it! But you must divine Adeb·s shrine.

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Over the hill I

Tlu: hunter is hot--this is the kill! Tbe MArt of the home

Is a fury of foam;

The storm is awake, and the billows comb. But though 1 be

Their frenzy of glce"

I am also the passionless soul of lbe sea.!

l'tline eyes glint fire, And my cruet lips curl: ).tinc the desire

Olt!1e ~od and the girl; Bu! fierier and fteeter, J\nd subtler and sweeter

Than the race of the rhythm, the march of the metre. Is ehe $htining~ shrilling

Of the knif~ in the kllling

That ends, when it must,

(0 the throb anl( tho thrust!) In dc:lth, in the dUjI.

The si I ecce, tile .stilt ness. of satiate lust. TIlt solemn pause

When tile veil withdraws

And man looks on bis god, on the Causeless Cause. Still, still.

t.;ndcr the hill I

The hunter is dead-thl$ !S the kill! 30

AL!ClA.

PAn never speaks till man is dumb, And only then it be be like a child

Silently cu.rled ,.ithin its mother's womb.

Or feeding at her breast, There is a ,,·ikt

Way also-when his dumbness is of desth~

And tbcte·s a first and seeoed death, Rernembet To d"le so thot no godts or angel's breath

May quicken into life the wastd ember!

CRASSUS.

J am dead now.

ALICIAt

But I must raise you up.

The nigbe grows darker;: 311 Pan's light is gonci And you And I art: pledged to sup

UJ'Oft:lJeC:ret.

CRASSUS ..

All your secret shone".

[She lauthr nealn.

ALICIA.

Oh, when you know it! But you must divine Adel:a·s shrin~.

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A.tICtA.

One yard.

CRASSUS.

You always meek me?

ALtClA.

Pity of my youth!

I swerve not from, yo~.I stumble at, the truth.

eR.A-SSes.

I like not jests, This is a serious jeurney,

ALICIA ..

,,,"hy did you make a mocker your attorney? The way to Rome leads t.hrough the A~ftninesBacchus has horns beneath the crown of vines, If you fear horns, make some polite excuse

Net to invoke him by the name 7~greu.s!

A FAUN {Pa;ring amoug the tntlJ~ Ye thought me a lamb

\Vith a crown of thorns:

I am royal, a ram

\Vith dc.atll in my horns, So mild and soCt

And feminine]

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Ye held me aloft

And Crowned on sin I But 1 was awake

I n your clasp as t lay i I roused the snake

From its nest of clay; And ere ye knew

J had sunk my forehead Through and through; Harsh and horrid

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Through all the pleasure

Of rose and vine

I thrust my treasu-re, The cone of the pine, Irru's maid

Was easily sated, For she was afraid \Vhen I rru mated ~

CRASSCs.., Hat Ha.l }Ia! Ha! Hal Hal

ALICIA.

You would not laugh

\Ven: you the maid!

CRAS5US ..

How could 1 be?

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ALICiA ..

Great calfr But you arc all tile samca bl=lSflhemc and jeer

At :t~ly mystery beyond your sphere

or beet, And oocf. and beer, and heef, and beer .. No\v you have f.rightened the shy god J

CRASSUS~

Why heed?

Between your-arms-is all the god I need.

ALIC1~

Prudish anti coarse to the last. 1\:'0\\4 hush indeed ~ Tbc stream kisses the lake, \Ve ncar the shrine. Stir no snapped twig. Let your (o.ot-e,~en yours-

Fall like a fawn's ..

CRASSUS.

y our breath is like new '\tin e.

ALIC1A..

Hush now 1 no porpoise gnmbcls!

CRASSUS.

How obscure's The glin,mer or the 13k-e. Is that the isle?

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ALIClA.

Ycsl in that shadow lurks :It smile.

See; from that jagged cloud Di'M starts

Like a deer from the brw; her silver splendour darts Through the crisp Q.ir to rho grove upon the Isle ••• Do you sec her? Do you see her?

CRASS1)S.

Monstrous! V ilc: I

These eyes betray me.

ALICIA.

1\"0 I your Adela lies "rim arms thrown back. head tilted. open thighs. Her lips flame out like POPp"tCS in the dusk ..

The breeze brings back to us a scent of musk .. Her moutb is oozing kisses!

CRASSUS",

Filthy harlot!

ALICIA.

t never fed on a superber scarlet,

And look! the wonder of plumes that foams upon Her tidal breast-s-ob, but a swan t a ~ar.. t

A swan snow-whee with his sole scarlet hidden I n the abode forbidden I

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o but bis eye swoons as his broad beak slips 'Vithin hcr luscious 1ips~

o but-J cannot sec=-l tong 10 die Alike (or wonder-a.nd for jealousy!

CRASS\JS.

Vilct 6[111Y whore t I'll catch )~OU at jt~

AUCIA.

Soft!

See how his feathers hold her soul alert!

CRASSUSII

Beast! Have you brought me through the wood for this?

ALICIA.

Xo wonder [ must teach )"'ou 110W to kiss.

ALICIA.

Sub pen nis, pen is! '51 ife !

It 's not the wings of him th~t clip yout' wifet

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CRA.SSlJS ...

Thou art as filthy a creature 0.." she [

AUClA.

Fat i00i1 All your emotions vary with your ~ qrrtt

CRASS-US.

ALlcrA.

Your state of be-Altb~

CllASSVS",

Be off wit)1 you. focI -

AIJCtA.

\Vell?

" CRASSCS.

J~11 swim and stab them. The htaek mouth of bel! Yawns fot their m~rdcp.

A1..tClA~

)'11 be at (he death.

Di\·e then. but .softly. Scarcely drnw your breath. ~1Q

CRASSt1L

0, she's Un1'D.ryt

ALICIA.

Is your love lorgottenP

CRASSU!~

A 11 love is rotten.

AL1CIA.

But your purt! Jove for me you boasted of?

CRASSUS.

Ay t that was perreet love,

ALiCIA..

You love me then, n01 her?

CRASStJS.

Irtdetd I do,

ALICIA.

Swear me the oath anew!

CRASSUS.

J SWe:J.r to love you till the world shall end.

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ALICIA"

Then. Crassus, I win always be your friendit

CaASStJ&

A h, that is good ! You do not mock me now t

ALlctA.

Creep softly to the land, Kiss but my brow,

My curls are .. ~et~ • • • i'\' 0, never touch me there I

CRASSl'S.

Why? Have) no-!?

AL1CIAii

You have not ..

CRASSUS.

Just my band ..

ALICIA.

You disobey your mlseress's command? The time is near when you $hall see The keyhole of m}ir comedy t

CRASSVS.

llal Hal lia!

ALICIA.

Hush, you coarse slavc; we'll surprise Your good wire in her mystic exercise, Quickt through the bramble I

(T/t9' Mint InrtJUt" upon ADELL

CRASSU&

Now, you beast. I've got you J The curse of God, an d plague of Naples, rot you I For this white brute-one slit I

[Ifr cull the tk'fMJ ofTus Sw .. \N' fIJi/A Ail dagger.

AD2LA.

Oh love betrayed t o my dead beauty l Faught dea-itful maid.

Not Crassus found me out, Had 1 the wings

Of m y dead love-o-b love tn_iIal-

ALICIA.

'Vhf, wondrous things!

ADELA.

These nails St,"'ulll serve. A servant [

She shall be

~Iy \\~iCet dam ned witch .. when I have done with thee r (TtIE S'VA~'t dJUIt

ADELA.

I'il kill her now. But sec [ my swan is dead,

AuctA.

Yest and what Jight is breaking overhead? What blaze of blue and gold envelops us?

CRASSVS" o marvel' 0 miraculous t

ADELA ..

What is it? Why, my lover's Iife, in me Once ooneentr:Lted, now diffused .. illumes Tbe endless reaches of eternity

With infinite brilliance, with intense perfumes.

A LfCIA,..

o then your lover was some god's disguisc.

AOEUit

And you have robbed me. No?" beware your eyes t (Ske spr/ilgs at ALICIA, tt:NO ({I~ardr herself earl(y1r But rl' /4e rtrucck her rcbc tears.

ALICIA.

Take eare I

ADELAII

A bo)~!

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Cit ASS us.

A boy I Then what Am 17

A UClA-

ThAt is the lcey-word of the comedy.

You thoughl you had two vices at your need; But she had 1 ewe and you h:ad G2nymedc.

11M.Y an slmeIt dumb ntUiltill .i,}, a.au.

flklfJ.. A L let It clnj'IJ Irtr Jut,His Jmw tlm,s ~ S\t'Cep through the air, bright blaze of e:tgle.wings! C:assus, sub peanis, penist How he swings

His bulk (rom yonder sightless poise, to beat

Me back to the Dominion o( the air

Where I shall bear the cup of Juplter1

Blind babes, Jove one another, no less true

Because the gods have deigned to d\\tetl with you I

(Tlte eagle bears GASY)1EDE II/Oft.

CaASSUs.

Adelal these are m.ysteries too great For you And me to estimate,

Bur, widowtd both. come, seek dcrne5tic charms As we- \vert wont, in one another's a.:ms!

\"bal perfect moss for you to lie upon)

ADELA. 1 am your wife, dear C~

(liJlliJ tXU) Oh, my swAn!

CURTAJN:.

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