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MARINA.

Of days, since every hour has been the country's. At my too long worn diadem and ring.
I am ready to lay down my life for her,

Let them resume the gewgaws !
As I have laid down dearer things than life;

MARINA, But for my dignity-I hold it of

Oh the tyrants! The whole republic; when the general will

In such an hour too! Is manifest, then you shall be answer'd.

DOGE.

'Tis the fittest time :
CHIEF OF THE TEN.
We grieve for such an answer; but it cannot An hour ago I should have felt it.
Avail you aught.

MARINA.

And
DOGE.
I can submit to all things,

Will you not now resent it?-Oh for vengeance! But nothing will advance; no, not a moment.

But he, who, had he been enough protected,

Might have repaid protection in this moment,
What you decree-decree.

Cannot assist his father.
CHIEF OF THE TEN,

DOGE.
With this, then, must we

Nor should do so
Return to those who sent us?

Against his country, had he a thousand lives
DOGE.

Instead of that-
You have heard me.
CHIEF OF THE TEN.

They tortured from him. This With all due reverence we retire.

May be pure patriotism. I am a woman: (Ereunt the Deputation, etc. To me my husband and my children were Enter an ATTENDANT.

Country and home. I loved him—how I loved him!
ATTENDANT.

I have scen him pass through such an ordeal, as
My lord,

The old martyrs would have shrunk from: he is goue, The noble dame Marina craves an audience.

And I, who would have given my blood for him,

Have nought to give but tears! But could I compass DOGE. My time is hers.

The retribution of his wrongs !--Well, well;

I have sons who shall be men.
Enter MARINA.

DOGE.
MARINA.
My lord, if I intrude

Your grief distracts you.

MARINA.
Perhaps you fain would be alone?

I thought I could have borne it, when I saw him
DOGE.
Alone!

Bow'd down by such oppression ; yes, I thought

That I would rather look upon his corse Alone, come all the world around me, I

Than his prolong'd captivity :-I am punish'd Ain now and evermore. But we will bear it.

For that thought now. Would I were in his grave! MARINA. We will; and for the sake of those who are,

I must look on him once more.
Endeavour -Oh my husband !

DOGE.
Give it way!

Come with me!

DOGE. I cannot comfort thee.

Is he

MARINA.
He might have lived,

Our bridal bed is now his bier.
So form’d for gentle privacy of life,

DOGE.
So loving, so beloved, the native of

And he is in his shroud ?
Another land, and who so blest and blessing
As my poor Foscari? Nothing was wanting

Come, come, old man! Unto his happiness and mine, save not

(Exeunt the DogE and Marisa To be Venetian.

Enter BARBAKIGO and LOREDANO.
Or a prince's son.

BARBARIGO (to an ATTENDANT).
MARINA.

Where is the Doge?
Yes; all things which conduce to other men's

ATTENDANT. Imperfect happiness or high ambition,

This instant retired hence By some strange destiny, to him proved deadly. With the illustrious lady, his son's widow. The country and the people whom he loved,

LOREDANO. The prince of whom he was the elder born,

Where? Ard

ATTENDANT.

To the chamber where the body lies.
Soon may be a prirre no longer.

BARBARIGO.

Let us return then.
MARINA.
How?

LOREDANO.
DOGE,

You forget, you cannot.
They have taken my son from me, and now aim We have the implicit order of ino giunta

DOGE.

MARINA.

MARINA.

MARINA.

DOGE.

DOGE.

LOREDANO.

DOGE.

DOGE.

CHIEF OF THE TEX.

DOGE.

BARBARIGO,

To await their coming here, and join them in

LOREDANO (aside to BARBARIGO).
Their office: they 'n be here soon after us.

Now the rich man's hell-fire upon your tongue,
BARBARIGO.

Unquench’d, unquenchable! i'll have it torn
And will they press their answer on the Doge? From its vile babbling roots, till you shall utter
LOREDANO.

Nothing but sobs through blood, for this ! Sage signors, 'Twas his own wish that all should be done promptly. I pray ye be not hasıy.

Aloud io the others. He answer'd quickly, and must so be answer'd;

BARBARIGO.
His dignity is look'd 10, his esiale

But be human !
Cared for what would he more?
DARBARIGO.

See, the Duke comes !
Die in his robes.

Enter the DOGE.
He could not have lived long; but I have done
My best to save his honours, and opposed

I have obey'd your summons. This proposition to the last, though vainly.

CHIEF OF THE TEN. Why would the general vote compel me hither ?

We come once more to urge our past request.
LOREDANO,
'T was fit that some one of such different thoughts

And I to answer.
From ours should be a witness, lest false longues
Should whisper that a harsh majority

What?
Dreaded to have its acts beheld by others.

My only answer.
And not less, I must needs think, for the sake You have heard it.
Of humbling me for my vain opposition.

CHIEF OF THE TEN.
You are ingenious, Loredano, in

Hear you then the last decree, Your modes of vengeance, nay, poetical,

Definitive and absolute! A very Ovid in the art of hating ;

DOGE. 'T is thus (although a secondary object,

To the pointYet hate has microscopic eyes) to you

To the point! I know of old the forms of office, lowe, by way of foil to the more zealous,

And gentle preludes to strong acts-Go on! This undesired association in

CHIEF OF THE TEX.
Your giunta's duties.

You are no longer Doge; you are released
LOREDANO.

From your imperial oath as sovereign ;
How !--my giunta !

Your ducal robes must be put off; but for

Your services, the state allots the appanage
Yours !

Already mention'd in our former congress.
They speak your language, watch your nod, approve Three days are left you to remove from lience,
Your plans, and do your work. Are they not yours ? Under the penalty to sec confiscated

All your own private fortune.
You talk unwarily. 'T were best they hear not

DOGE.

That last clause,
BARBARIGO.

I am proud to say, would not enrich the treasury.
Oh! they'll hear as much one day

CHIEF OF THE TEN,
From louder tongues than mine: they have gone beyond your answer, Duke ?
Even their exorbitance of power; and when
This happens in the most contemn'd and abject

Your answer, Francis Foscari? States, siung humanity will rise to check it.

If I could have foreseen that my old age You talk but idly.

Was prejudicial to the state, the chief

Of the republic never would have shown
That remains for proof.

Himself so far ungrateful as to place
Here come our colleagues.

His own high dignity before his country;

But this life having been so many years
Enter the Deputatim as before.

Not useless to that country, I would tain
CHIEF OF THE TEN.

Have consecrated my last moments to her.
Is the Duke aware

But the decree being render'd, I obey.
We seek his presence ?

CHIEF OF THE TEN.

If you would have the three days named extended, Ile shall be inform'd. We willingly will lengthen them to eight,

(Erit Attendant. As sign of our esteem.
BARBARIGO.
The Duke is with his son.

Not eight hours signor,
CHIEF OF THE TEN.

Nor even eight uinutes. There's the ducal rong.
If it ba so,

(Taking off his ring and care te will rernit him till the rites are over.

And there the ducal diadem. And so Lins return. Tis tine enough tv-morrow. | The Adriatic's tres to wed another.

BARBARIGO.

LOREDANO.

This from you.

LOREDANO.

DOGE,

LOREDANO,

BARBARIGO.

ATTENDANT.

DOGE.

DOGE.

MEMMO.

DOGE.

LOREDANO.

ATTENDANT.

DOGE.

CHIEF OF THE TEN.
Yet go not forth so quickly.

Not till I pass the threshold of these doors.
DOGE.

LOREDAXO.
I am old, sir,

Saint Mark's great bell is soon about to toll
And even to move but slowly must begin

For his inauguration. To move betimes. Methinks I see amongst you

DOGE. A face I know not-Senator! your name,

Earth and heaven! You, by your garb, Chief of the Forty.

Ye will reverberate this peal; and I

Live to hear this !--the first doge who e'er heard

Signor, Such sound for his successor! Happier he, I am the son of Marco Memmo.

My attainted predecessor, stern Faliero

This insult at the least was spared him.

Ah!
Your father was my friend.—But sons and fathers !

What!
What, ho ! my servants there!

Do you regret a traitor ?

NOGE.
My prince!

No-I merely
DOGE.

Envy the dead.
No prince

CHIEF OF TYS TEN.
Chcro are the princes of the prince!

My lord, if you indeed (Pointing to the Ten's Deputation. Are bent upon this rash abandonment

Prepare or the state's palace, at the least retire To part from hence upon the instant.

By the private staircase, which conducts you to4nıls
CHIEF OF THE TEN.

The landing-place of the canal.
Why

DOGE.
So rashly? 't will give scandal.

No. 1
Will now descend the stairs by which I mounted
Answer that ; To sovereignty-the Giant's Stairs, on whose

[To the Ten. Broad eminence I was invested duke.
It is your province.—Sirs, bestir yourselves ; My services have call’d me up those steps,

(To the Servants. The malice of my foes will drive me down them. There is one burthen which I beg you bear

There five and thirty years ago was I
With care, although 't is past all further harm- Install'd, and traversed these same halls from which
But I will look to that myself.

I never thought to be divorced cxcept
BARBARIGO,

A corse—a corse, it might be, fighting for them-
He means

But not push'd hence by fellow-citizens.
The body of his son.

But, come; my son and I will go together-
DOGE.

He to his grave, and I to pray for mine.
And call Marina,
My daughter !

What, thus in public ?
Enter MARINA.

I was publicly
DOGE.

Elected, and so will I be deposed.
Get thee ready; we must mourn Marina ! art thou willing ?
Elsewhere.

Here's my arm!
And every where.
DOGE.

And here my staff: thus propp'd will I go forth.

True; but in freedom,
Without these jealous spies upon the great. It must not be the people will perceive it.
Signors, you may depart: what would you more?

DOGE.
We are going : do you fear that we shall bear

The people !—There's no people, you well know it, The palace with us? Its old walls, ten times

Else you dare not deal thus by them or me. As old as I am, and I'm very old,

There is a populace, perhaps, whose looks Have served you, so have I, and I and they

May shame you; but they dare not groan nor curse you, Could tell a tale; but I invoke them not

Save with their hearts and eyes. To fall upon you! else they would, as erst 'The pillers of stone Dagon's temple on

You speak in passion, The Israelite and his Philistine foes.

Else
Such power I do believe there might exist
In such a curse as mine, provoked by such

You have reason. I have spoken much As you; but I curse not. Adieu, good signors !

More than my wont; it is a foible which May the next duke be better than the present'

Was not of mine, but more excuses you,

Inasmuch as it shows that I approach The quesent duke is Pascal Malipiero.

a dolage which may justify this dced

CHIEF OF THE TEX.

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CHIEF OF THE TEN.

DOGE.

LOREDANO.

LOREDANO.

MARINA.

DOGE.

DOGE.

DOGE.

MARINA.

DOGE.

Of yours, although the law Joes not, nor will.
Farewell, sirs.

Well, sir !
BARBARIGO.

DOGE.
You shall not depart without

Then it is false, or you are true.
An escort fitting past and present rank.

For my own part, I credit neither ; 't is
We will accompany, with due respect,

An idle legend.
The Doge unto his private palace. Say,
My brethren, will we not?

You talk wildly, and

Had better now be seated, nor as yet
DIFFERENT VOICES.
Ay!-Ay!

Depart. Ah! now you look as look'd my husband!

BARBARIGO.
You shall not

He sinks!--support him!-quick-a chair-support him!
Stir—ın my train, at least. I enter'd here
As sovereign-I go out as citizen

The bell tolls on !-let's hence-my brain 's on fire!

BARBARIGO.
By the same portals; but as citizen,
All these vain ceremonies are base insults,

I do beseech you, lean upon us !
Which only ulcerate the heart the more,

No! Applying poisons there as antidotes.

A sovereign should die standing. My poor boy! Pomp is for princes—I am none !-- That's false, I am, but only to these gates.-Ah!

Off with your arms !—That bell !

[The Doge drops down, and dies, LOREDANO. Hark!

My God! my God! [The great bell of Saint Mark's tolls.

BARBARIGO (to LOREDANO).
BARBARIGO.
The bell!

Behold! your work's completed!

CHIEF OF THE TEN.
CHIEF OF THE TEN.

Is there then
Saint Mark's, which tolls for the election
Of Malipiero.

No aid? Call in assistance !

ATTENDANT.
Well I recognise

'Tis all over. The sound! I heard it once, but once before,

CHIEF OF THE TEN, And that is five and thirty years ago ;

If it be so, at least his obsequies Even then I was not young.

Shall be such as befits his name and nation,

His rank and his devotion to the duties
BARBARIGO.
Sit down, my lord!

Of the realm, while his age permitted him
You tremble.

To do himself and them full justice. Brethren,

Say, shall it not be so ? 'Tis the knell of my poor boy!

BARBARIGO.
My heart aches bitterly.

He has not had
BARBARIGO.

The misery to die a subject where
I pray you sit.

He reign'd: then let his funeral rites be princely.

CHIEF OF THE TEX.
No; my seat here has been a throne till now. We are agreed, then ?
Marina! let us go.

All, except LOREDANO, answer.
MARINA.

Yes.
Most readily.

CHIEF OF THE TEN.
DOGE (walks a few steps, then stops).

Heaven's peace be with lum, I feel a thirst-will no one bring me here

MARINA
A cup of water?

Signors, your pardon : this is mockery.
BARBARIGO.

Juggle no more with that poor remnant, which,
A moment since, while yet it had a soul

(A soul by whom you have increased your empire, And I

And made your power as proud as was his glory)

You banish'd from his palace, and tore down
And I

From his high place with such relentless coldness : (The DogE takes a goblet from the hand of LOREDANO. And now, when he can neither know these honours.

Nor would accept them if he could, you, signors, I take yours, Loredano, from the hand

Purpose, with idle and superfluous pomp, Must fit for such an hour as this.

To make a pagcant over what you trampled.

A princely funeral will be your reproach,
Why so?

And not his honour.
Tis said that our Venetian crystal has

Lady, we revoke not Such pre ani.pathy to poisons, as

Our purposes so readily. To bursi if aught of venom touches it.

I know it, You bere this gobict, and it is not broken.

DOGE.

DOGE.

MARINA.

LOREDANO.

DOGE.

LOREDANO.

CHIEF OF THE TEN.

DOGE.

MARIYA.

CIIIEF OF THE TEN.

CHIEF OF THE TEN.

MARINA.

MARINA.

As far as touches torturing the living.
I thought the dead had been beyond even you

APPENDIX.
Though (some, no doubt),consign'd to powers which may
Resemble that you exercise on earth.

Extrait de l'Histoire de la République de Venise, por Leave him to me; you would have done so for

P. Daru, de l'Académie francaise. Tom. 2. His dregs of life, which you have kindly shorten’d: Depuis trente ans, la république n'avait pas déposé It is my last of duties, and may prove

les armes. Elle avait acquis les provinces de Brescia, A dreary comfort in my desolation.

de Bergame, de Crême, et la principauté de Ravenne. Grief is fantastical, and loves the dead,

Mais ces guerres continuelles faisaient beaucoup de And the apparel of the grave.

malheureux et de mécontents. Le doge François Fos

cari, à qui on ne pouvait pardonner d'en avoir été le proDo you

moteur, inanifesta une seconde fois, en 1442, et probable Pretend still to this office?

ment avec plus de sincérité que la première, l'intention MARINA.

d'abdiquer sa dignité. Le conseil s'y refusa encore. On I do, signor.

avait exigé de lui le serment de ne plus quitter le dogat. Though his possessions have been all consumed Il était déja avancé dans la vieillesse, conservant cepenIn the state's service, I have still my dowry,

dant beaucoup de force de tête et de caractère, et jouisWhich shall be consecrated to his rites,

sant de la gloire d'avoir vu la république étendre au loin And those of [She stops with agitation. Les limites de ses domaines pendant son administration.

Au milieu de ces prospérités, de grands chagrins vinBest retain it for your

children. rent mettre à l'épreuve la fermeté de son ame.

Son fils, Jacques Foscari, fut accusé, en 1445, d'avoir Ay, they are fatherless, I thank you.

reçu des présents de quelques princes ou seigneurs éiranCHIEF OF THE TEN.

gers, notamment, disait-on, du duc de Milan, Philippe We

Visconti. C'était non seulement une bassesse, mais une Cannot comply with your request.

His relics

infraction des lois positives de la république. Shall be exposed with wonted pomp, and follow'd

Le conseil des dix traita cette affaire comme s'il se fût Unto their home by the new Doge, not clad

agi d'un delit commis par un particulier obscur. L'acAs Doge, but simply as a senator.

cusé fut amené devant ses juges, devant le dogc, qui ne crut pas pouvoir s'abstenir de présider le tribunal. Là.

il fut interrogé, appliqué à la question,' déclaré coupable, I have heard of murderers, who have interr'd Their victims; but ne'er heard, until this hour,

et il entendii, de la bouche de son père, l'arrêt qu le Of so much splendour in hypocrisy

condamnait à un banissement perpétuel, et le reléguait O'er those they slew. I've heard of widows' tears

à Naples de Romanie, pour y finir ses jours. Alas! I have shed some-always thanks to you!

Embarqué sur une galère pour se rendre au lieu de sun

exil, il tomba malade à Trieste. Les solicitations du I've heard of heirs in sables—you have left none To the deceased, so you would act the part

doge obtinrent, non sans difficulté, qu'on lui assignat und Of such. Well, sirs, your will be done! as one day,

autre résidence. Enfin le conseil des dix lui permit de

se retirer à Trévise, en lui imposant l'obligation d'y resI trust, Heaven's will be done too!

ter sous peine de mort, et de se présenter tous les jours CHIEF OF TIIE TEN. Know you, lady,

devant le gouverneur. To whom ye speak, and perils of such specch?

Il y était depuis cinq ans, lorsqu'un des chefs du conseil

des dix fut assassiné. Les soupcons se portèrent sur lui: I know the former better than yourselves;

un de ses domestiques qu'on avait vu à Venise fut arrêté

et subit la torture. Les bourreaux ne purent lui arracher 'I'he latter-like yourselves; and can face both.

aucun aveu. Ce terrible tribunal se fit amener le main, Wish you more funerals ?

le soumit aux mèmes épreuves ; il résista à tous les tour. Ilecd not her rash words!

ments, ne cessant d'attester son innocence;? mais on ne Hor circumstances must excuse her bearing.

1 E datagli la corda per avere da lui la verità ; chiamato il

consiglio de' dieci colla giunta, nel quale cu messer lo dogo, tu We will not note them down.

sentenziato.--(Marin Samuto Vite de' Duchi, F. Foscari) BARBARIGO (turning to LOREDANO, who is writing upon ni consiglio do direi di confinarlo in vita alla Canen. (Ibisl.)

2 E fu tormentato ne mai confessd cosa alcuna, pure parve his tablets).

Voici le texte du jugernent: "Cum Jacobus Foscari per oc

What art thou writing, casionem percussionis et mortis Hennola: Donati funt retentus With such an earnest brow, upon thy tablets ?

et examinatus, et propter significationes, testificationes, et

scripturas quæ habentur contra eum, clare apparet ipsum esse LOREDANO (printing to the Doge's body).

reum criminis prælicti, sed propter incantationes, et verba que That he has paid me!'

sibi reperta funt, de quibus existit indicia manifesta, viidetur

propter obstinatam mentem sunin, non esse possibile extrahera What debt did he owe you?

ab ipso illam veritatem, qua cintra esi per scripturas et pot

testificationes, quoniam in fune aliquam nec vocem, nec geni LOREDANO,

tum, sed solum intra derites voces ipse videtur et auditur intra A long and just cne; nature's debt and mine. so loqui, etc. ... Tamen non est standum in istis terminis,

[Curtain falls. propter bonorem status nostri et pro multis respectibus, pra

sertim quod reximen nostrum orcupatur in hac re et quin in

terolictum est amplius progredere: vndit pars quad dictus ja 1 "L'ha pagata." A his:orical fact. See the History of cobus Foscari, propter ea que habentur de illo, mittator in Venica by P Daru page 411, vol. ii.

confinium in civitate Canea," etc. Notice sur le proces de

MARINA.

BARBARIGO.

CHIEF OF THE TEX.

CHIEF OF THE TEN.

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