• Deirdre

Ferg063

And we, as sons and lawful deputies
Of his great surety, Fergus son of Roy,
Are answerable for him.

PURSUIVANT.
Yield him up.

BUINO.
We will not yield him. There I plant the spear
Of Fergus. Pass it, and I strike thee dead.

PURSUIVANT.
Buino, a message for thy private ear

BUINO.
Deliver it without. I follow thee.

DEIRDRE.
It is the confirmation of the grant
That bribes him to betray us.

ILLAN.
Oh, no, no !
If that were possible, I'd die of shame.

NAISI.
Await him : he'll return.

DEIRDRE.
Oh trustful breast,
Incapable of comprehending guile.
As is the goblet of true crystal stone
To hold the poisoned draught that shivers it.
Would I could bear thy heart-break, now at hand 1

AINLE.
He comes not back. Sir, shall we take our arms ?

NAISI.
What, Ulan, wouldst thou that we deem ourselves
Discharged the duty to rely on thee ?

ILLAN.
Not while I live, and these, my father's men,
Are here to make the pledge of Fergus good.

NAISI.
The move is with thee, Ardan. Play again.

Ferg063
Coverage: 
1880
Keywords: 
Private, Betray, Poisoned
Citation: 
Linen Hall Library, "Ferg063", Northern Ireland Literary Archive, accessed Sun, 05/09/2021 - 17:30, https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/ferg063