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Wherefore a warrant for his death is sign'd; And order giv'n for public execution. Zar. Ha! haste thee! fly, prevent his fate and mine; Find out the king, tell him I have of weight More than his crown to impart ere Osmyn die. Sel. It needs not, for the king will straight be here, And, as to your revenge, not his own int’rest, 2 I Pretend to sacrifice the life of Osmyn. Zar. What shall I say, invent, contrive, advise Somewhat to blind the king, and save his life, In whom I live. “Spite of my rage and pride, “I am a woman, and a lover still. “Oh 'tis more grief but to suppose his death, Than still to meet the rigour of his scorn. From my despair my anger had its source; “When he is dead I must despair for ever. “For ever! that's despair—it was distrust “ Before; distrust will ever be in love, “And anger in distrust; both short-liv'd pains. “But in despair, and ever-during death, “No term, no bound, but infinite of woe. “Oh, torment, but to think! what then to bear? “ Not to be borne” Devise the means to shun it, Quick; or, by Heav'n, this dagger drinks thy blood. Sel. My life is yours, nor wish I to preserve it, But to serve you. I have already thought. 4o Zar. Forgive my rage; I know thy love and truth. But say, what’s to be done, or when, or how, Shall I prevent or stop th' approaching danger? Sel. You must still seem more resolute and fix’d
On Osmyn's death; too quick a change of mercy
Enter King, Go NSALEZ, and PEREz.
King. Bear to the dungeon those rebellious slaves, “ Th’ ignoble curs that yelp to fill the cry, “ And spend their mouths in barking tyranny.” But for their leaders, Sancho and Ramirez, Let 'em be lead away to present death. Perez, see it perform'd.
Gons. Might I presume, -
King. Then be it so.
Are none return’d of those who follow'd Helio
King. Pardon, fair excellence, this long negle&t: An unforeseen, unwelcome hour of business, Has thrust between us and our while of love; But wearing now apace with ebbing sand, Will quickly waste and give again the day. Zar.You're too secure: the danger is more imminent Than your high courage suffers you to see; While Osmyn lives, you are not safe. King. His doom Is pass'd, if you revoke it not, he dies. Zar. 'Tis well. By what I heard upon your entrance, I find I can unfold what yet concerns You more. One, who did call himself Alphonso, Was cast upon my coast, as 'tis reported, And oft had private conference with the king; To what effect I knew not then : but he, Alphonso, secretly departed, just About the time our arms embark'd for Spain. What I know more is, that a triple league 12o. Of strićtest friendship was profest between Alphonso, Heli, and the traitor Osmyn. King. Public report is ratify'd in this.
Zar. And Osmyn's death requir'd of strong necessity. King. Give order strait, that all the pris’ners die.
Zar. Forbear a moment, somewhat more I have Worthy your private ear, and this your minister. King. Let all, except Gonsalez, leave the room. [Exit Perez, &c. Zar. I am your captive, and you've us'd me nobly; And, in return of that, tho' otherwise
Your enemy, “I have discover'd Osmyn,
- Enter PEREz. King. On your life, take heed