<> Ferg044 Deirdre Linen Hall Library 1880 Linen Hall Library Thursday, February 4, 2016 TIFF Ferg044 Manuscript Desires, Sceptre, Nature English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/ferg044 Linen Hall Library Linen Hall Library Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/Ferg044_0.jpg LHL Archive  DEIRDRE. What warrant did false Conor ever allow To stand between him and his own desires ? Thou deem'dst his sureties good when in thy place Thou sett'st him for a year, and thought he'd yield The loaned dominion when the time was out. Thou hadst the sighs of Nessa and his oath For surety then ; but when the day was come To yield thee back the sceptre, robe, and crown. He king'd it still ; and rates thee, ever since, His valiant subject and good stepfather. NAISI. Injurious Deirdre, thou art beautiful, But hast a bitter and unguarded tongue. Fergus allowed young Conor to retain The sovereignty he lent him, not because Conor demanded, but himself so will'd. For who would fill a royal judgment-seat Must study close the law's intricacies, And leave delights untasted, Fergus loves Better than balancing litigious scales. And hearing false oaths bear the jargon out Of wrangling pleaders. Nature him has framed Text