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SCENE I. - APARTMENT IN VORTIGERN'S PALACE.
EDMUNDA on a couch.
FLAVIA and PASCENTIUS.
Indeed, my gentle maid, indeed, thou'rt kind,
Fla. Pity thee, 0, gods!
Nay, wherefore, weep ye both;
Pas. Doth she yet know you?
Fla. Would to heaven, she did!
And yet there was a maid that once did love me:
Fla. 0! 'tis too much; I cannot bear all this.
Nay, nay; why shouldst thou wail and tremble so?
Pas. 0! dearest mother, say, dost thou not know me?
Ay, ay, right well ; thou'rt one by name, a man:
Enter WORTIMERUS and CATAGRINUS.
Wort. How doth she now ?
Pas. Alas! she wanders yet: her mind's diseas'd.
Fla. I am that maiden lost, your loving daughter.
Bring here my glasses, stand before me here!
She faints, she faints! this shock is too afflicting
Fla. 0! dearest, kindest, most beloved mother!
Indeed, my brain is something cooler now:
Fla. Sweet mother, you need rest; we'll lead you in.
Edm. Then be it so; and wilt thou sit and watch me?
Fla. Ay; and I'll kneel and pray, and sometimes weep.
Edm. Lead, then; I'll in to rest: come, follow me.
Enter AURELIUS and UTER.
The breach is made; the southern gate is forc'd;
Uter. Aurelius, your fair prisoner, is no more.
Aur. How, say'st thou?
Uter. Rowena swallow'd poison, and is dead.
Then hath a wicked spirit ta'en its flight
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