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Zara. Of that frereafter; but, mean time, What if she had seen Osmyn? though 'twere 'tis fit

strange; You give strict charge that none may be ad- But if she bad, what was't to her? unless mitted

She fear'd her stronger charms might cause To sec the pris'ner, but such mutes as I

the Moor's Shall send.

Affection to revolt. King. Wlio waits there?

King. I thank thee, friend;

There's reason in thy doubt, and I am warnd. Enter Perez.

But think's! thou that my daughter saw this On your life take heed,

Moor? That only Zara's mules, or such who bring Gon. If Osmyn be, as Zara has related, Her warrant, bare admittance to the Moor. Alphonso's friend, 'tis not impossible Zara. They, and no other, not the princess' But she might wish on his account to see him. self.

King. Say'st thou? By heaven thou hast Per. Your majesty shall be obey'd.

rous'd a thought, King. Retire.

[Exit Perez. Thatlike a sudden earthquake shakes my frame. Gon. That interdiction so particular, Confusion! then my daughter's an accomplice, Pronounc'd with vehemence against the princess, 'And plots in privale with this hellish Moor. Should have more meaning than appears bare- Gon. That were too hard a thought - but fac'd.

see she comesThe king is blinded by his love, and heeds 'Twere not amiss to question her a little, It not [Aside]— Your majesty sure might bave And try, howe'er, if I've divin'd aright. spard

If what I fear be true, she'll be concern'd The last restraint; you hardly can suspect For Osmyn's death, as he's Alphonso's friend: The princess is confed'rate with the Moor. Urge thai, lo try if she'll solicit for him.

Zara. I've heard, her charity did once extend So far, to visit him, at his request.

Enter ALMERIA and LEONORA. Gon. Ha!

King. Your coming bas prevented me, AlKing. How? She visit Osmyn! What, my

meria; daughter?

I had determind to have sent for you. Sel. Madam, take heed; or you have ruin'd Let your attendant be dismiss'd; I have all. [Aside to Zara.

[Leonora retires. Zara. And after did solicit you on his To talk with you. Come near; why dost thou Behalf

shake? King. Never. You have been misinform’d. What mean those swoln and red-fleck'd eyes, Zara. Indeed! Then 'twas a whisper spread

that look by some,

As they bad wept in blood, and worn the night Who wish'd it so; a common art in courts. In waking anguish? Why this, on the day I will retire, and instantly prepare

Which was design’d to celebrate thy nuptials; Instruction for my ministers of death. But that the beams of light are to be stain'd

[E.reunt Zara and Selim. With reeking gore from traitors on the rack? Gon. There's somewhat yet of mystery in Wherefore I have deferr'd the marriage-rites, this:

Nor shall the guilly horrors of this day
Her words and actions are obscure and double, Prophane that jubilee.
Sometimes concur and sometimes disagree: Alm. All days to me
I like it not.

Henceforth are equal: this the day of death, King. What dost thou think, Gonsaleu; To-morrow, and the next: and each that follows, Are 'we not much indebted to this fair one? Will undistinguish'd roll, and but prolong

Gon. I am a little slow of credit, sir, One bated line of more extended woe. In the sincerity of women's actions.

King. Whence is thy grief? Give me to Methinks this lady's hatred to the Moor

know the cause, Disquiets her too much; which makes it seem And look thou answer me with truth; for know As if she'd rather that she did not hate him. I am not unacquainted with thy falsehood. I wish her mutes are meant to be employ'd Why art thou mule? base and degenerate maid! mis she pretends-I doubt it now-Your guards Gön. Dear madam, speak, or you'll incense Corrupted! how? by whom? who told her so?

the king. Tih' evening Osmyn was to die; at midnight Alm. What is't to speak? or wherefore She begg'd the royal signet to release him;

should I speak? l'ih' morning he must die again; ere noon What mean these tears, but grief unutterable ? lier mutes alone must strangle him, or he'll King. They are the dumb confessions of Escape. This put together suits not well.

thy mind: King. Yet that there's truth in what she has They mean thy guilt; and say thou wert condiscover'd,

fed'rate Is manifest from every circumstance. With damn'd conspirators to take my life. This tumult, and the lords who fled with Heli, impious parricide! now can'st thou speak ? Are confirmation, that Alphonso lives, Alm. O earth, behold I kneel upon thy bosorn, Agrees expressly too with ber røport. And bend my flewing eyes, to stream upon Gon. I grani' ii, sir; and doubi pot, but in Thy face, imploring thee that thou wilt yield rage

Open thy bowels of compassion, take Of jealousy, she has discover'd what Into thy womb the last and most forlorn She now repents. It may be I'mn deceiv'd: Of all thy race. Hear me, thou common parent But why that needless caution of the princess ? --I have no parent else--be thou a mother,

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And slep between me and the curse of him, Alm. O that I did! Osmyn, he is my husband. Who was-who was—but is no more a father, King. Osmyn! But brands my innocence with horrid crimes, Alm. Not Osmyn, but Alphonso is my dear And fortbe tender names of child and daughter, And wedded husband Heav'n, and air, and seas, low calls me murderer and parricide. Ye winds and waves, I call ye all to witness! King. Kise, I command thee-and, if thou King. Wilder than winds or waves thyself wouldst

dost rave. Acquit thyself of those detested names, Should I hear more, I too should catch thy Swear thou hast never seen that foreign dog,

madness. How doomid to die, that most accursed Osmyn. Watch her returning sense, and bring me Alm. Neser, but as with innocence I night,

word: And free of all bad purposes : so heav'n's And look that she attempt not on her life. My witness

[Exit King. King. Vile equivocating wretch!

Alm. O stay, yet stay; hear me, I am not With innocence! O patience! hear-she owns

mad. it!

I would to heaven I were-he's gone. Coniesses it! By bear'n, I'll have him rack'd, Gon. Hare comfort. Torn, manglid, slay'd, impal'd-all pains and Alm. Cursed be that rogue that bids me be tortures

of comfort! That wit of man and dire revenge can think, Cursed my own tongue, that could not move Stall be, accumulated, under-bear.

his pity! Alm. 0, I am lost – there fate begins to Cursed these weak hands, that could not hold wound.

him here! Ains. Hear me; then, if thou canst, reply: For he is gone to doom Alphonso's death. know, traitress,

Gon. Your too excessive grief works on [in not to learn that curs'd Alphonso lives :

your fancy, lor am I ignorant what Osmyn is

And deludes your sense. Alphonso, if living, Alm. Then all is ended, and we both must Is far from hence, beyond your father's power, die.

Alm. Hence, thou detested ill-tim'd flatterer! Since thou'rt reveald, alone thou shalt not die: Source of my woes! thou and thy race be And vet alone would I have died, heav'n knows,

curs'd! Repeated deaths, rather than have reveald thee. But doubly thou, who couldst alone bave poKing. Hell! hell! do I hear this, and yet

licy endure!

And fraud, to find the fatal secret out, What, dar'st thou to my face avow thy guilt? And know that Osmyn was Alphonso ! Hence, ere I curse-fly my just rage

with speed;

Gon. Ha! lest I forget us both and spurn

Thee from me. Alm. Why dost thou start? what dost thou tlm. And yel a father! think I am your child.

see or hear? Turn got your eyes away-look on me kneeling; Is it the doleful bell, tolling for death? Now curse me if you can, now spurn me off. Or dying groans from my Alphonso's breast? Did eser father curse his kneeling child ? See, see; look yonder, where a grizzled, pale, eser; for always blessings crown that posture. And ghastly head glares by, ali smear'd with O ker me then, thus crawling on the earth

blood, King. Be thou advis’d, and let me go, while Gasping as it would speak; and after see!

Behold a damp dead hand has dropp'd a dagger: The ligbt impression thou hast made remains. I'll catch it - Hark! a voice cries murder? ah! 4im. No, never will I rise, nor loose this My father's voice! hollow it sounds, and calls hold,

Me from the tomb—I'll follow it; for there Till sou are mord, and grant that he may live. I shall again behold my dear Alphonso. King. lia! who may live? take heed, no

[Ereunt Alineria and Leonora. more of that; Gon. She's greatly griev'd: nor

am I less For on my soul be dies, though thou and I,

surpris'd. And all stould follow to partake bis doom. Osmyn Alphonso! no; she over-rates Away, oft, let me go—Call her attendants. My policy: I ne'er suspected it:

Nor now had known it but from her mistake. Re-enler LEONORA and Women.

Her husband too! Ha! where is Garcia then? Aim. Drag me, barrow the earth with my And where the crown that should descend on bare bosom,

him, o not let go till you have spar'd my husband. To grace the line of my posterity? Ring. lla! husband! Which? who? Hold, let me think-if I should tell the kingAim. He, he is my husband.

Things come to this extremity; bis daughter Aing. Who?

Wedded already—what if he should yield ? 4.1.

[Foints. Knowing no remedy for what is past; : me go, let me fall, sink deep-I'll dig, And urg'd by nature pleading for his child, 1. diz a grase, and tear up death: I will'; With which he seems to be already shaken. 1-5, will strip off life, and we will change: And though I know he hates beyond the grave I will be death; then, though you kill my Anselmo's race; yet if-that if concludes me, husband,

To doubt, when I may be assur’d, is folly. be shall be mine still, and for ever mine. But how prevent the captive queen, who means King. What husband? whom dost thou To set him free? Ay, now 'tis plain: 0, well mean?

Invented tale! He was Alphonso's friend. Gon. She rases!

This subtle woman will amuse the king,


see it.

and say


If I delay-'twill do or better so. With rash and greedy haste at once lo cram One to my wish. Alonzo, thou art welcome. The morsel down his throat. I caught his arm,

And hardly wrench'd bis hand to wring it Enter Alonzo.

from bim; Alon. The king expects your lordship. Which done, he drew a poniard from bis side, Gon. "Tis no matter;

And on the instant plung d it in his breast. I'm not i'th' way at present, good Alonzo. King. Remove the body thence, ere Zara Alon. Ift please your lordship, I'll return

Alon. I'll be so bold to borrow his attire; I have not seen you.

'Twill quit me from my promise to Gonsalez. Gon. Do, my best Alonzo.

[Aside. Exit. Yet stay; I would-but go; anon will serve- King. How's this? my mortal foe beneath Yet I have that requires thy speedy help.

my roof! I think thou wouldst not stop to do me service.

[Having read the Letter. Alon. I am your creature.

O, give me patience, all ye pow'rs! no, rather Gon. Say thou art my friend.

Give me new rage, implacable revenge,
I've seen thy sword do noble execution. And trebled fury – Ha! who's there?
Alon. All that it can your lordship shall Per. My lord!

King. Hence, slave! how dar'st thou bide, Gon. Thanks; and I take thee at thy word.

to watch and pry Thou'st seen,

Into how poor a thing a king descends; Among the follwers of the captive queen, How like thyself, when passion ireads him down? Dumb men, who make their meaning known Ha! stir noi, on thy life! for thou wert fix'd by signs.

And planted here to see me gorge this bait, Alon. I have, my lord.

And lash against the hook-By heav'n, you're Gon. Couldst thou procure, with speed And privacy, the wearing garb of one Rank traitors; thou art with the rest.combin'd: Of those, though purchas'd by his death, ra Thou knew'st that Osmyn was Alphonso, give

knew'st Thee such reward as should exceed thy wish. My daughter privately with bim conserr'd, Alon. Conclude it done. Where shall I And wert the spy and pander to their meeting. wait your lordship?

Per. By all ihat's holy, I'm amaz'dGon. At my apartment. Use thy utmost King. Thou ly'st. diligence:

Thou art accomplice too with Zara : here, And say I've not been seen-haste, good Alonzo. Where she sets' down-Still will I set thee [Exit Alonzo.


[Reads. So, this can hardly fail. Alphonso slain, That somewhere is repeated—I have pow'r The greatest obstacle is then remov'd. O'er them that are ihy guardsMark thal, Almeria widow'd, yet again may wed;

thou traitor. And I yet fix the crown on Garcia's head. Per. It was your majesty's command I should

[Exit. Obey ber order.

King, [Reads ]— And still will I set
SCENE I.-A Room of State.

Thee free, Alphonso - Hell! curs'd, curs'd

Alphonso! Enter King, Perez, and Alonzo. False and perfidious Zara! Strumpet daughter! King. Not to be found? In an ill hour he's Away, be gone, thou feeble boy, fond love, absent.

All nature, softness, pity, and compassion; None, say you? none? what, not the fav'rite This hour ! throw ye off, and entertain eunuch?

Fell bale within my breast, revenge, and gall. Nor she herself, nor any of her mutes, By heav'n, r'll meet and counterwork this Have yet requir'd admittance ?

treachery. Per. None, my lord.

Hark thee, villain, traitor-answer me, share! King. Is Osmyn so dispos'd as I commanded? Per. My service has not merited those titles. Per. Fast bound in double chains, and at King. Dar'st thou reply? Take that – Thy full length

service! thine! [Strikes him. He lies supine on earth: with as much ease What's thy whole life, thy soul, thy all, to my She might remove the centre of this carth, One moment's ease? Hear my command; and As loose the rivets of his bonds.

look King. 'Tis well.

That thou obey, or horror on thy head: (A Mute appears, and seeing Drench me thy dagger in Alphonso's heart. the King retires.

Why dost thou start? Resolve, or — Ha! stop and seize that mute; Alonzo, follow Per. Sir, I will. him.

King. 'Tis well—that when she comes Ent'ring he met my eyes, and started back

set him free, Frighted, and fumbling one hand in his bosom, His teeth may grin and mock at her remors As to conceal th' importance of his errand.

Peres goin [Alonzo follows him, and re--Stay thee-I've further thought-rll add turns with a Paper.

this, Alon. A bloody proof of obstinate fidelity! And gire her eyes yet greater disappointmen King. What dost thou mean?

When thou hast ended him, bring me his rob Alon. Soon as I seiz'd the man,

And let the cell where sbe'll expect to see hi He snatch'd from out bis bosom this-and strove Be darken'd, so as to amuse the sight.




Ml be conducted thither-mark me well- The king? Confusion! all is on the rout! There with his turban, and bis robe array'd, All's losi! all ruin'd by surprise and treachery! And laid along, as he now lies, supine, Where, where is he? Why dost thou mísI shall convict her, to her face, of falsehood.

lead me? When for Alphonso's she shall take my hand, Alon. My lord, he enter'd but a moment And breathe ber sighs upon my lips for his;

since, Sudden I'll start, and dash her with her guilt. And could not pass me unperceiv'd – What, But see, she comes! I'll shun th' encounter;

hoa! thou

My lord, my lord, what, hoa! my lord GonFollow me, and give heed to my direction.

salez !
Enter ZARA and Selim.

Re-enter GONSALEZ, bloody.
Zara. Ha! 'twas the king!

Gon. Perdition choke your clamours ! The king that passed bence! frowning be went:

whence this rudeness? Dost think he save me?

Garcia! Sel Yes; but then, as if he thought

Gar. Perdition, slavery, and death His eyes had err'd, he hasti'y recali'd Are ent'ring now our doors! Where is the Th' imperfect look, and sternly turn'd

away. Lara. Sbun me when seen! I fear thou What means this blood ? and why this face bast undone me.

of horror? Seh Avert it, bear'n! that you should

Gon. No matter: give me first to know the sufler For mr defect; or that the means which I Of these your rash and ill-tim'd exclamations. Devis'd to serve, should ruin

your design!

Gar. The eastern gate is to the foe betray'd, Prescience is heav'n's alone, not giv'n to man.

Who, but for heaps of slain that choke the If I bare fail'd in what, as being man

passage, I Deeds must fail, impule nol as a crime

Hnd enter'd long ere now, and borne down all My nature's want, but punish nature in me;

Before 'em, to the palace walls. Duless I plead not for a pardon and to live,

The king in person animate our men, But to be punish'd and forgiv'n. Here, strike; Granada's losi; and to confirm this fear, I bare my breast to meet your just revenge.

The traitor Perez, and the captive Moor, Zara. I bare not leisure now to take so poor

Are through a postern fled, and join the foe! A forfeit as thy life; somewhat of high

Gon. Would all were false as that! for And more important fate requires my thought!

whom you call Regard me well, and dare not to reply

The Moor is dead. That Osmyn was Alphonso; To what I give in charge; for I'm resolvd.

In whose heart's blood this poniard yet is warm. Give order that the two remaining mutes

Gar. Impossible! for "Osmyn was, while Attend me instantly, with each a bowl

flying, Of such ingredients mir’d, as will with speed Pronounc'd aloud by Perez for Alphonso. Benumb the living faculties, and give

Gon. Enter that chamber, and convince Most easy and inevitable death.

your eyes, Yes, Osmyn, yes; be Osmyn or Alphonso,

How much report has wrongd your easy faith, I'll give thee freedom, if thou dar'st be free:

[Garcia goes in. Such liberty, as I embrace myself,

Alon. My lord, for certain truth Perez is Thou shalt partake. Since fates no more af

fled; ford,

And has declar'd the cause of his revolt I can but die with thee to keep my word.

Was to revenge a blow the king had giv'n

bim. SCENE II.—Opens and shows the Prison.

Re-enter GARCIA. Enter GONSALEZ, disguised like a Mute, with Gar. Ruin and borror! O, heart-wounding a Dagger.

sight! Gon. Nor sentinel, nor guard! the doors Gon. Wbat says my son? what ruin? ha! unbarr'd.

what horror? And all as still as at the noon of night!

Gar, Blasted my eyes, and speechless be Sare death already has been busy here.

my tongue, There lies my way; that door too is unlock’a. Rather than or to see, or to relate

[Looks in. This deed:–0, dire mistake! O, fatal blow! Ha! sure he sleeps-all's dark within, save what The king – A lamp, that feebly lists a sickly flame,

Gon. Alon. The king! By fits reveals-bis face seems turn'd to favour Gar. Dead, welt'ring, drown'd in blood! Th' attempt; I'll steal and do it unperceiv'd. See! see! attir'd like Osmyn, where he lies. What noise? somebody coming ? 'st, Alonzo!

[They look in. Nobody. Sure he'll wait without-I would O whence, or how, or wherefore was this done? Twere done – I'll crawl and sting him to the But what imports the manner of the cause ? heart;

Nothing remains to do, or to require, Then cast my skin, and leave it there to an- But that we all should turn our swords against swer it.

[Goes in. Ourselves, and expiate, with our own, his blood,

Gon. () wretch! o, curs'd and rash deluded Enter GARCIA and ALONZO.

fool! Gar. Where? where, Alonzo, where's my On me, on me, turn your avenging swords! father? where

11, who have spilt my royal master's blood,


you thus

to do,

Should make atonement by a death as horrid,

Re-enter Mules. And fall beneath the band of my own son. What have you seen? Ha! wherefore stare Gar. Ha! what? atone this murder with a

greater! The borror of that thought has damp'd my rage. With haggard eyes? Why are your arms

[Mutes return, and look affrighted. Gon. O, my son! from the blind doiage

across? Of a father's foudness these ills arose : Your heavy and desponding heads hung down? For thee I've been ambitious, base, and bloody; Why is't you more than speak in ihese sad For thee I've plung’d into this sea of sin; Siemming the side with only one weak band, Give me more ample knowledge of this mourn

signs? While t'other bore the crown (to wreathe thy

ing. brow),

[They go to the Scene, which openWhose weight has sunk me ere I reach'd the shore.

ing, she perceives the Body. Gar. Fatal ambition! Hark! the foe is en- o Osmyn! O Alphonso ! Cruel fate!

Ha! prostrale! bloody! headless! ()- I'm lost! ter'd!

Cruel, cruel, O more than killing object! The shrillness of that shout speaks 'em at hand. I came prepard to die, and see thee' dieAlon. My lord, I've thought how to con- But cannot bear to find thee thus, my Osinyn

[Shout. Nay, came prepar'd myself to give thee death--ceal the body:

O, this accurs'd, this base, this treach'rous king. Require me not to tell the means, till done, Lest you forbid what then you may approve.

Re-enter Selim. Goes in. Shout. Gon. They shout again! "V hate'er he means Sel. I've sought in vain; for no where can

the king 'Twere fit the soldiers were amus'd with hopes;

Be found And in the mean time feed with expectation Zara. Get thce to hell, and seek bim there! To see the king in person at their head.

[Stabs him. Gar. Were it a truth, I fear 'tis now too Ilis hellish rage had wanted means to ac!, late:

But for thy fatal and pernicious counsel. But I'll omit no care nor haste; and try Sel. You thought it better then-but I'm Or to repel their force, or bravely die. [Erit.


The mule you sent, by some mischance was Re-enter ALON20.


And forc'd to vield your leller with his life : Gon. What hast thou done, Alonzo ?

I found the dead and bloody body stripp'dAlon. Such a deed

My tongue faulters, and my voice fails - 1 As but an hour ago I'd not have done,

sinkThough for the crown of universal empire. Drink not the poison-sor Alphonso is But what are kings, reduc'd to common clay?

[Dies. Or who can wound the dead?-I've from the

Zara. As thou art now-and I shall quickly body

be. Sever'd the head, and in an obscure corner

'Tis not that he is dead! for 'was decreed Dispos'd it, mufiled in the mute's attire,

We both should die. Vor is't that I survive; Leaving to view of them who enter nexi,

I have a certain remedy for thai. Alone the undistinguishable trunk;

But oh! he died unknowing in my,

heart. Which may be still mistaken by the guards He knew I lov'd, but knew not to what height; For Osmyn, il in seeking for the king Nor that I meant to fall before his eyes, They chance to find it.

A mariyr and a victim to my vows; Gon. 'Twas an act of horror,

Insensible of this last proof be's gone: And of a piece with this day's dire misdeeds. Then wherefore do I pause? give me the bowl. But 'tis no time to ponder or repent.

[A Mute kneels and gives one Jlaste thee, Alonzo, haste thee' hence with

of the Bowls.

Hover a momeni yet, thou gentle spirit, To aid my son. I'll follow with the last

Soul of my love, and I will wait thy flighi. Reserve, lo reinforce his arms: at least,

| This to our mutual bliss, when join'd above. I shall make good and shelter his retreat.

(Drinks. [Exeunt severally. O, friendly draught! already in my heart.

Cold, cold! my veins are icicles and frost. Enter Zara, followed by Selim, and two I'll creep into his bosom, lay me there ; Mules bearing the Bowls.

Cover us close-or I shall chill his breast, Zara. Silence and solitude are every where! And fright him from my arms—See! see! he Through all the gloomy ways and iron doors

slides it hither lead, nor human face nor voice Still further from me; look, he hides his face! heard,

I cannot feel it-quite beyond my reach. im set down the bowls, and warn Al-jo, now he's gone, and all is darkphonso

(Dies. Mutes kneel and mourn I am here-so. [Mutes go in] You re

over her, turn and find hing; tell him what he requir'd I've done, Enter ALMERIA and LEONORA. And wait his coming to approve the deed. Alm. O, let me seek him in this horrid cell

[Exit Selim. For in the tomb, or prison, I alone


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