The Lawyers: A Drama, in Five Acts

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J. W. Myers, 1799 - 106 Seiten

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Seite 47 - ... more than that which you are to give at the foot of the altar; there we are to exchange vows, and all will be settled; but here, — by ourselves, — no witnesses but ourselves, — here, where nothing influences us but the sentiment of future happiness or sorrow, which we create to ourselves, and our eternal responsibility, which, at every motion of the pulse, admonishes us with increased force: — to speak truth, — here we are to unite our hearts for ever,— or separate. Once more then...
Seite 46 - P.Coun. (takes her by the hand.) Sophia! Soph. A wife has many duties to discharge. And I must tell you before hand, I shall never content myself merely to be your wife, unless I am able to influence you and your actions. P. Coun. To bless those for whom I am to act. Soph. But what will be my powers over you ? I know the first generous impulse of your heart is always good; but then ambition, — let me speak truth to you, — avarice, the offspring of ambition, leads you astray, and contaminates...
Seite 45 - The dead letter has decided in this business, as it does in many more, where our feelings would decide in a different manner, but dare not. ' Soph. And dare not ! — Further — ,
Seite 45 - Sophia, my angel ! the promised companion of my life, my guardian angel, the most precious gift of providence ! How dare I presume to merit your partiality ? No ! I shall never be able to merit you. Such purity and goodness of mind ! how can I convince you of the sincerity of my esteem ? • Soph. Clarenbach ! ' P. Coun. (tales her by the hand.) Sophia ! • Soph. A wife has many duties to discharge. And I must tell you before hand, I shall never content myself merely to be your wife, unless I am...
Seite 46 - Love will buoy me up. Soph. I shall crave little for myself; but in a just cause I shall at all times insist -upon having every thing entire. I shall not relent; the man of my heart must act in full ; his actions and motives must appear as clear before the eye of the world as they do in the eye of heaven. — Now the question is, will you, on these conditions, give me your hand?; Answer me? P. Coun. {drops at his feet?) Sophia ! • Soph.
Seite 47 - You open to me the prospect of paridisic futurity. I shall be active in the promoting the benefit of my country, and rise superior to dirty, narrow, selfish views ! recompensed by your approbation, your joys, and sometimes by your tears. Your gentle hand shall reach me the petitions of the wretched, the widow, and the orphan, — and my abilities shall be called forth in their behalf. O Sophia! our wedding day shall long be remembered by the cottagers; every face shall beam with smiles.
Seite 45 - I could not leave you without giving myself up to those tears. P. Coun. Sophia, my angel! the promised companion of my life, my guardian angel, the most precious gift of providence ! How dare I presume to merit your partiality?
Seite 45 - Soph, (affer a pause.} Well, then, answer my tears, P, Coun. (shrugs up his shoulders.} The dead letter has decided in this business, as it does hi many more, where our feelings would decide in a different manner, but dare not.

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