• Deirdre

Ferg068

CORMAC.
Deirdre, 'tis time that I conduct thee hence.

DEIRDRE.
Sir, I am, sudden, faint. That cup of wine
Is still untasted. Pray thee hand it me.

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I would but kiss my nurse and say farewell.
Now give me this refreshment.

LEVARCAM.
She'll not thirst
More in this world ; now well past reach of harm.

CORMAC.
Ay ; so. 'Twas poisoned. She has freed herself
Oh, wretched king, who now canst only hear
That all for nothing thou hast been forsworn.
Fair corpse, I'll have thee by thy husband laid.
Thou art her nurse, and thou shalt see to it.

LEVARCAM.
Sir, I have heard a shout which I know well
'Tis Fergus who approaches. Stay not here

CORMAC.
To save a father vile and fraudulent,
I've slain the noblest youth in all the world.
For him I fight no more. I fear to face
The grief of guileless Fergus whom I love,
More even than his wrath. I'll get me hence,
And, in the west, will seek a guardsman's pay
With Maev and Ailill, till this storm be passed.

FERGUS.
Where are my wards, my wards that I have bailed ?
Where are my sons who had my wards in charge ?
Their danger was revealed me ere I sat.
And hot upon their track I'm here, to find
Confusion, horror, blood, and treachery.
Where are my wards, the wards of Fergus, where ?

Ferg068
Coverage: 
1880
Citation: 
Linen Hall Library, "Ferg068", Northern Ireland Literary Archive, accessed Mon, 07/13/2020 - 15:11, https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/ferg068