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FROM THE DRAMATIC POETS.
Thomas Sackville Earl Worset, and Thomas
THE TRAGEDY OF FERREX AND PORREX.
(THE EARLIEST KNOWN SPECIMEN OF ENGLISH Tragedy.)
FERREX and PORREX, sons of GORBODUC, a King of the Ancient Britons,
are rivals. FERREX, the eldest son, is slain by his brother. The news is brought to his father, and whilst GORBODUC is lamenting the death of his eldest-born, MARCELLA, a court lady, enters and informs the King that Porrex has been stabbed by his mother in his bed.
GORBODUC, AROSTUS, EUBULUS, and others.
Gorb. What cruel destiny,
Arost. Your grace should now, in these grave years of
Gorb. Many can yield right grave and sage advice
Marc. Oh, where is ruth? or where is pity now?
* Nature; natural affection.
Do live and dwell, where should we seek it then?
Gorb. Madam (alas !) what means your woful tale :
Marc. O silly woman I! why to this hour Have kind and fortune thus deferred
Gorb. O Eubulus, oh draw this sword of ours,
Eub. Patient your grace, perhaps he liveth yet, With wound received, but not of certain death.
Gorb. O let us then repair unto the place, And see if that Porrex live, or thus be slain. [Exit
Marc. Alas! he liveth not, it is too true, That with these eyes, of him a peerless prince, Son to a king, and in the flower of youth, Even with a twink a senseless stock I saw.
Arost. O danınèd deed !
Marc. But hear his ruthful end.