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Against your state: and, fully to discharge King. What dost thou think, Gonsalez ? Myself of what I've undertaken, now
Are we not much indebted to this fair one? I think it fit to tell you, that your guards
Gons. I am a little slow of credit, sir,
King. Is treason, then, so near us as our guards? Disquiets her too much ; which makes it seem Zuru. Most certain ; though my knowledge is As if she'd rather that she did not hate him. not yet
I wish her mutes are meant to be employed So ripe, to point at the particular men.
As she pretends—I doubt it now-Your guards King. What's to be done?
Corrupted ! How? By whom? Who toki her so? Zara. That, too, I will advise.
['th' evening Osmyn was to die ; at midnight I have, remaining in my train, some mutes, She begg’d the royal signet, to release him; A present once from the sidtana queen, In the morning he must die again ; ere noon In the grand signior's court. These, from their Her mutes alone must strangle him, or he'll infancy,
Escape. This, put together, suits not well. Are practised in the trade of death ; and shall King. Yet that there's truth in what she has (As there the custom is) in private strangle
Is manifest, from every circumstance. Gons. My lord, the queen advises well. This tumult, and the lords who fled with Heli
, King. What offering, or what recompence re Are confirmation ; that Alphonso lives, mains
Agrees expressly too, with her report. In me, that can be worthy so great services? Gons. I grant it, sir; and doubt not, but in To cast beneath your feet the crown you've saved, rage Though on the head that wears it, were too little. Of jealousy, she has discovered what
Zara. Of that hereafter: but, mean time,'tis fit She now repents. It may be I'm deceived. You give strict charge that none may be admitted But why that needless caution of the princess? To see the prisoner, but such mutes as I What if she had seen Osmyn? Though 'twere Shall send.
strange; King. Who waits there?
But if she had, what was’t to her, unless
She feared her stronger charms might cause the Enter PEREZ.
Moor's On your life, take heed
Affection to revolt: That only Zara's mutes, or such who bring King. I thank thee, friend. Her warrant, have admittance to the Moor. There's reason in thy doubt, and I am warned.
Zara. They, and no other, not the princess' self. But think’st thou that my daughter saw this Per. Your majesty shall be obeyed.
Moor? King. Retire.
[Erit Perez. Gons. If Osmyn be, as Zara has related, Gons. That interdiction, so particular, Alphonso's friend, 'tis not impossible Pronounced with vehemence, against the princess, But she might wish, on his account, to see him. Should have more meaning than appears barefa King. Say'st thou? By Heaven, thou hast ced.
roused a thought, This king is blinded by his love, and heeds That, like a sudden earthquake, shakes my frame. It not. [Aside.]—Your majesty, sure, might have Confusion ! then my daughter's an accomplice, spared
And plots in private with this hellish Moor! The last restraint: you hardly can suspect Gons. That were too hard a thought-but The princess is confederate with the Moor.
see, she comesZara. I've heard her charity did once extend 'Twere not amiss to question her a little, So far, to visit hin, at his request.
And try, howe'er, if l've divined aright. Gons. Ha!
If what I fear be true, she'll be concerned King. How! She visit Osmyn! What, my For Osmyn's death, as he's Alphonso's friend: daughter?
Urge that, to try if she'll solicit for him.
Enter ALMERIA and LEONORA.
King. Your coming has prevented me, AlmeKing. Never. You have been misinformed.
ria; Zara. Indeed! Then 'twas a whisper, spread I had determined to have sent for you. by some
Let your attendant be dismissed; Í bare Who wished it so; a common art in courts.
(LEORORA retires I will retire, and instantly prepare
To talk with you. Come near; why dost thoa Instructions for my ministers of death.
shake? [E.reunt Zara and Selim. What mean those swollen and red-flecked eyes, Gons. There's somewhat yet of mystery in this ;
that look Her words and actions are obscure and double, As they had wept in blood, and worn the night Sometimes concur, and sometimes disagree: In waking anguish? Why this on the day I like it not.
(Aside. / Which was designed to celebrate thy nuptials;
But that the beañs of light are to be stained Yes, all my father's wounding wrath, though each With reeking gore, from traitors on the rack? Reproach cuts deeper than the keenest sword, Wherefore I have deferred the marriage-rites; And cleaves my heart, I would have borne it all, Nor shall the guilty hórrors of the day
Nay, all the pains that are prepared for thee; Profane that jubilee.
To the remorseless rack I would have given Alm. All days to me
This weak and tender flesh, to have been bruised Henceforth are equal: this, the day of death, And torn, rather than have revealed thy being. To-morrow, and the next, and each that follows, King. Hell! hell! Do I hear this, and yet enWill undistinguished roll, and but prolong
dure! One hated line of more extended woe.
What! dar'st thou to my face avow thy guilt ? King. Whence is thy grief ? Give me to know Hence, ere I curse—fly my just rage with speed ; the cause;
Lest I forget us both, and spurn thee from me. And look thou answer me with truth; for know Alm. And yet a father! Think I am your child, I am not unacquainted with thy falsehood.
Turn not your eyes away-look on me kneeling! Why art thou mute? Base and degenerate maid! Now, curse me if you can, now spurn me off. Gons. Dear madam, speak, or you'll incense Did ever father.curse his kneeling child ?
Never: for always blessings crown that posture. Alm. What is't to speak? Or wherefore should Nature inclines, and half way meets that duty, I speak?
Stooping to raise from earth the filial reverence; What mean these tears but grief unutterable ? For bended knees returning folding arms, King. They are the dumb confessions of thy With prayers, and blessings, and paternal love. mind;
Oh, hear me, then, thus crawling on the earthThey mean thy guilt, and say thou wert confede King. Be thou 'advised, and let me go, while rate
yet With damned conspirators, to take my life.
The light impression thou hast made remains. Oh, impious parricide ! Now canst thou speak ? Alm. No, never will I rise, nor loose this hold,
Alm. "O earth! behold I kneel upon thy bosom, 'Till you are moved, and grant that he may live. And bend my flowing eyes to stream upon
King. Ha! Who may live? Take heed! No Thy face, imploring thee that thou wilt yield;
more of that; Open thy bowels of compassion; take
For, on my soul, he dies, though thou and I, Into thy womb the last and most forlorn And all, should follow, to partake his doom. Of all thy race! Hear me, thou common parent, Away, off, let me go -Call her attendants. -I have no parent else-be thou a mother,
(LEONORA and women return. And step between me and the curse of him, Alm. Drag me, and harrow the earth with my Who was—who was, but is no more, a father ; bare bosom; But brands my innocence with horrid crimes; I will not go till you have spared my husband ! And, for the tender names of child and daughter, King: Ha! What say'st thou? Husband! Now calls me murderer and parricide.
Husband! damnation ! King. Rise, I command thee, rise-and if thou What husband! which ? Who? wouldst
Alm. He, he is my
husband! Acquit thyself of these detested names,
King. Poison and daggers! Who? Swear thou hast never seen that foreign dog, Alm. Oh!
(Faints. Now doomed to die, that 'most accursed Osmyn. Gons. Help! support her. Alm. Never, but as with innocence I might,
Alm. Let me go,
fall, sink deep-- I'll dig, And free of all bad purposes. So Heaven's I'll dig a grave, and tear up death ; I will ; My witness.
I'll scrape, till I collect his rotten bones, King. Vile equívocating wretch !
And cloath their nakedness with my own flesh; With innocence! Oh, patience! hear-she owns Yes, I will strip off life, and we will change:
I will be death! then, though you kill my husband, Confesses it! By Heaven, I'll have him racked, He shall be mine still, and for ever mine. Torn, mangled, flayed, impaled—all pains and King. What husband? whom dost thou mean? tortures
Gons. She raves. That wit of man, or dire revenge, can think, dlm. Oh, that I did ! Osmyn, he is my husband. Shall he, accumulated, underbcar.
King. Osmyn! Alm. Oh, I am lost!. -There fatě begins to Alni. Not Osmyn, but Alphonso, is my dear wound.
And wedded husband-Heaven, and air, and seas, King. Hear me; then, if thou canst, reply; Ye winds and waves, 'I'call ye all to witness. know, traitress,
King. Wilder than winds or waves thyself dost I'm not to learn that cursed Alphonso lives;
rave; Nor am I ignorant what Osmyn is.
Should I hear more, I too should catch thy madAlm. Then all is ended, and we both must die. Since thou’rt revealed, alone thou shalt not die; Yet somewhat she must mean of dire import, And yet alone would I have died, Heaven knows, Which I'l not hear till I am more at peace. Repeated deaths, rather than have revealed thee. | Watch her returning sense, and bring me word; VOL. I.
And look that she attempt not on her life. And urged by nature pleading for his child,
(E.rit King. With which he seems to be already shaken. Alm. Oh, stay, yet stay; hear me, I am not mad. And though I know he hates, beyond the grate, I would to Heaven I were-He's gone.
Anselmo's race; yet if-that If concludes tue. Gons Have comfort.
To doubt, when I may be assured, is folly. Alm. Cursed be that tongue that bids me be But how prevent the captive queen, who means of comfort!
To set him free ? Ay, now 'tis plain. O well Cursed my own tongue,, that could not move his Invented tale! He was Alphonso's friend. pity!
This subtle woman will amuse the king. Cursed these weak hands that could not hold If I delay-'twill do-or better so. him here!
One to my wish.-Alonzo, thou art welcome. For he is gone, to doom Alphonso's death.
Alon. The king expects your lordship.
Alm. Hence, thou detested, ill-timed flatterer, Alon. If’t please your lordship, I'll return, and Source of my woes! thou and thy race be cursed!
say Bat doubly thou, who couldst alone have policy
I have not seen you. And fraud to find the fatal secret out,
Gons. Do, my best Alonzo. And know that Osmyu was Alphonso.
Yet stay, I would—but go; anon will serveGors. Ha!
Yet I have that requires thy speedy help. Alm. Why dost thou start? What dost thou I think thou wouldst not stop to do me service? see or hear?
Alon. I am your creature. Was it the doleful bell, tolling for death?
Gons. Say thou art my friend. Or dying groans from my Alphonso's breast ? I have seen thy sword do noble execution. See, see, look yonder! where a grizzled, pale, Alon. All that it can, your lordship shall conAnd ghastly bead glares by, all smeared with mand. blood,
Gons. Thanks ; and I take thee at thy word. Gasping as it would speak; and after, see!
Thou'st seen, Behold,
a damp, dead hand, has dropped a dagger: Amongst the followers of the captive queen, I'll catch it-Hark! a voice cries murder! ah ! Dumb men, who make their meaning known by My father's voice! Hollow it sounds, and calls
signs ? Me from the tomb-I'll follow it; for there Alon. I have, my lord. I sball again behold my dear Alphonso.
Gons. Couldst thou procure, with speed • (Ereunt ALMERIA and LEONORA. And privacy, the wearing garb of one Gons. She's greatly grieved; nor am I less Of those, though purchased by his death, I'd give surprised
Thee such reward, as should exceed thy wish. Osmyn Alphonso! No, she over-rates
Alon. Conclude it done. Where shall I wat My policy; I ne'er suspected it;
your lordship? Nor now had known it, but from her mistake. Gons. At my apartment. Use thy utmost diHer husband, too! Ha! where is Garcia then;
ligence; And where the crown that should descend on him, | And say, I've not been seen-Haste, good To grace the line of my posterity?
(Erit ALONZO Hold, let me think-if I should tell the king So, this can hardly fail. Alphonso slain, Things come to this extremity: his daughter The greatest obstacle is then removed. Wedded already—what if he should yield? Almeria, widowed, yet again may wed, Knowing no remedy for what is past,
And I yet fix the crown on Garcia's head. (Evil.
SCENE I.- A Room of State.
King. Is Osmyn so disposed, as I commanded?
Per. Fast bound in double chains, and at fuil Enter King, PEREZ, and ALONZO.
length, King. Not to be found! in an ill hour he's He lies supine on earth: with as much ease absent.
She might remove the centre of this earth, * None, say you? none! Wbat, not the favourite As loose the rivets of his bonds. eunuch?
King. 'Tis well. Nor she herself, nor any of her mutes,
(A mute appears, and seeing the king, retires Have yet required admittance?
Ha! stop and seize that mutc; Alonzo, follow i Per. None, my lord.
Entering, he met my eyes, and, starting back, What's thy whole life, thy soul, thy all, to my Frighted, and fumbling one hand in his bosom, One moment's ease? Hear my command; and As to conceal the importance of his errand.
look (ALONZO follows him, and returns with a paper. That thou obey, or horror on thy head : Alon. A bloody proof of obstinate fidelity! Drench me thy dagger in Alphonso's heartKing. What dost thou mean?
Why dost thou start ? Resolve, or Alon. Soon as I seized the man,
Per. Sir, I will. He snatched from out his bosom this—and strove, King. 'Tis well—that when she comes to set With rash and greedy haste, at once, to cram
him free, The morsel down his throat. I caught his arm, His teetht may grin, and mock at her remorse. And hardly wrenched his hand to wring it from
Stay thee I've farther thought I will add to Which done, he drew a poniard from his side,
this, And, on the instant, plunged it in his breast. And give her eyes yet greater disappointment : King. Remove the body thence, ere Zara When thou hast ended him, bring me his robe;
And let the cell, where she'll expect to see him, Alon. I'll be so bold to borrow his attire ; Be darkened, so as to abuse the sight. 'Twill quit me of my promise to Gonsalez. I'll be conducted thither-mark me well
[Aside. Erit. There with his turban and his robe arrayed, Per. Whate'er it is, the king's complexion And laid along, as he now lies, supine,
I shall convict her, to her face, of falsehood. King. How's this! My mortal foe beneath my When, for Alphonso's, she shall take my hand,
roof! (Having read the letter. And breathe her sighs upon my lips, for his ; Oh, give me patience, all ye powers! No, ra Sudden I'll start, and dash her with her guilt. ther
But see, she comes. I'll shun the encounter ; Give me new rage, implacable revenge, And trebled fury-Ha! who's there?
Follow me, and give heed to my direction. Per. My lord.
(Ereunt King. Hence, slave! how dar'st thou bide to watch, and pry
Enter ZARA and SELIM. Into how poor a thing a king descends,
Zura. The mute not yet returned ! ha! 'twas How like thyself, when passion treads him down!
the king, Ha! stir not, on thy life; for thou wert fixed, The king that parted hence! frowning he went; And planted here, to see me gorge this bait, His eyes, like ineteors, rolled, then darted down And lash against the hook-by Heaven, you're Their red and angry beams; as if his sight all
Would, like the raging dog-star, scorch the earth, Rank traitors ! thou'rt with the rest combined : And kindle ruin in its course: Dost think Thou knew'st that Osmyn was Alphonso; He saw me? knew'st
Sel. Yes: but then, as if he thought My daughter privately with him conferred; His eyes had erred, be hastily recalled And wert the spy and pander to their meeting. The imperfect look, and sternly turned away. Per. By all that's holy, I'm amazed
Zura. Shun me when seen! I fear thou hast King. Thou liest.
undone me. Thou art accomplice too with Zara; here Thy shallow artifice begets suspicion, Where she sets down-Still I will set thee free.' And, like a cobweb veil, but thinly shades
(Reading. The face of thy design; alone disguising That somewhere is repeated I have power
What should have ne'er been seen, imperfect O'er them that are thy guards.'-Mark that, thou
Thou, like the adder, venomous and deaf, Per. It was your majesty's command I should Hast stung the traveller, and after hear'st Obey her order.
Not his pursuing voice; even when thou think'st King. [Reading:] 'And still will I set To hide, the rustling leaves and bended grass Thce free, Alphonso'-Hell! cursed, cursed Al- Confess, and point the path which thou hast phonso !
Sel. Avert it, Heaven, that you should ever This hour I throw ye off, and entertain
suffer Fell hate within my breast, revenge and gallo For my defect; or that the means which I By Heaven, I'll ineet, and counterwork' this Devised to serve, should ruin your design! treachery,
Prescience is Heaven's alone, not given
to man ; Hark thee, villain, traitor-answer me, slave! If I have failed, in what, as being man,
Per. My service has not merited those titles. I needs must fail, impute not as a crime King. Dar'st thou reply?:Take that—thy ser My nature's want, but punish nature in me;. vice! thine !
(Strikes him. l I plead not for a pardon, and to live,
But to be punished and forgiven. Here, strike; Of these your rash, and ill-timed exclamations I bare my breast to meet your just revenge.
Gar. The eastern gate is to the foe betrayed Zara. I have not leisure now to take so poor Who, but for heaps of slain that choak the pas A forfeit as thy life; somewhat of high,
sage, And more important fate, requires my thought. Had entered, long ere now, and borne down a When I've concluded on myself, if I
Before them, to the palace walls. Unless Think fit, I'll leave thee my command to die. The king in person animate our men, Regard me well; and dare not to reply, Granada's lost; and to confirm this fear, To what I give in charge: for I'm resolved. The traitor Perez, and the captive Moor, Give order that the two remaining mutes Are through a postern fled, and joined the foe. Attend me instantly, with each a bowl
Gons. Would all were false as that ! for whom Of such ingredients mixed, as will, with speed, Benumb the living faculties, and give
The Moor, is dead. That Osmyn was Alphone; Most easy and inevitable death.
In whose heart's blood this poniard yet is wait Yes, Osmyn, yes ; be Osmyn or Alphonso, Gar. Impossible; for Osmyn was, while fiying, I'll give thee freedom, if thou dar'st be free: Pronounced aloud by Perez for Alphonso. Such liberty as I embrace myself,
Gons. Enter that chamber, and convince you! Thou shalt partake. Since fates no more rd,
eyes, I can but die with thee, to keep my word. How much report has wronged your easy faith (Exeunt.
(GARCIA ges !!
Alon. My lord, for certain truth, Perez is bal; SCENE II.-Opening, shews the Prison. And has declared, the cause of his revolt
Was to revenge a blow the king had given him. Enter GONSALEZ disguised like a mute, with a Gur. (Relurning.] Ruin and horror! Om dagger.
heart-wounding sight! Gon. Nor centinel, nor guard! the doors un Gons. What says my son? What ruin? Ha! barred !
what horror And all as still, as at the noon of night!
Gar. Blasted my eyes, and speechless be big Sure death already has been busy here.
tongue, There lies my way; that door, too, is unlocked. Rather than or to see, or to relate
(Looking in. This deed--Oh, dire mistake! Oh, fatal blow! Ha! sure he sleeps-all's dark within, save what The kingA lamp, that feebly lifts a sickly flame,
Gons. Alon. The king! By fits reveals—his face seems turned, to favour Gur. Dead, weltering, drowned in blood. Th' attempt : I'll steal and do it unperceived. See, see, attired like Osmyn, where he lies ! What noise ! somebody coming! is't Alonzo ?
[They look a Nobody. Sure he'll wait without I would Oh, whence, or how, or wherefore was this done? 'Twere done-I'll crawl, and sting him to the But what imports the manner or the cause? heart,
Nothing remains to do, or to enquire, Then cast my skin, and leave it there to answer't. But that we all should turn our swords against
(Goes in. Ourselves, and expiate, with our own, his blowl.
Gons. Oh, wretch! Oh, cursed, rash, deluded Enter GARCIA and ALONZO.
fool ! Gar. Where, where, Alonzo, where's my fa- On me, on me turn your avenging swords. ther? where
I, who have spilt my royal master's blood, The king ? Coufusion! all is on the rout! Should make atonement by a death as hortid, All's lost, all ruined by surprise and treachery.
And fall beneath the hand of mine own son. Where, where is he? Why dost thou mislead Gar. Ha! what ! atone this murder with a
greater! Alon. My lord, be entered but a moment
The horror of that thought has damped my rige. since,
The earth aiready groans to bear this deed; And could not pass me unperceived—What hoa! Oppress her not, nor think to stain her face My lord, my lord! What hoa ! my lord Gonsa- With more unnatural blood. Murder my father ? lez!
Better with this to rip up my own bowels,
And bathe it to the hilt, in far less damnable Enter Gonsalez, bloody.
Self-murder, Gons. Perdition choak your clamours-whence
Gons. Oh, my son! from the blind dotaze this rudeness?
Of a father's fondness these ills arose. Garcia!
For thee I've been ambitious, base, and bloodly Gar. Perdition, slavery, and death,
For thee I've plunged into this sea of sin; Are entering now our doors. Where is the king?, Stemming the tide with only one weak hand, What means this blood; and why this face of While the other bore the crown (to wreathe it! horror ?
brown) Gons. No matter-give me first to know the Whose weight has sunk mc, ere I reached be