"Banish'd--robb'd of my country, and my name; / Yet they have left a mind defies their vengeance-- / Which, though these limbs were lock'd in bolts of steel, / And darkness wrapt these precious founts of light, / Would rise superior to their bounded power, / And scorn alike their fetters, and their laws."
— Cowley [née Parkhouse], Hannah (1743-1809)
Fly me, thou Monster! lest thy womanhood
I should forget, and scatter thee in atoms
To the tempestuous winds!—
[Exit Editha, with an air of menace.
Be firm, my soul! nor let unworthy weakness
Destroy the vengeful purpose thou hast fram'd.
Banish'd--robb'd of my country, and my name;
Yet they have left a mind defies their vengeance—
Which, though these limbs were lock'd in bolts of steel,
And darkness wrapt these precious founts of light,
Would rise superior to their bounded power,
And scorn alike their fetters, and their laws.
He for whom I'm exil'd, for exil'd Gondibert
Shall weep with his heart's blood; and ev'ry vein
Pour tribute to my mighty sorrows. Edward!
This night, in which thy pulse beats high to transport,
Thy senses giddy with approaching bliss--
--This night beholds thee in Death's icy bands;
Thy shroud shall fold thee, not Albina's arms!
See Albina, Countess Raimond; a Tragedy, by Mrs. Cowley: As It Is Performed at the Theatre-Royal in the Hay-Market. (London: Printed by T. Spilsbury; for J. Dodsley, Pall-Mall; R. Faulder, New Bond-Street; L. Davis, Holborn; T. Becket, in the Strand; W. Owen, T. Lowndes, and G. Kearsly, Fleet-Street; W. Davis, Ludgate-Hill; S. Crowder, and T. Evans, Pater-Noster-Row; and Messrs. Richardson and Urquhart, Royal-Exchange, 1779). <Link to ESTC><Link to ECCO-TCP>