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Bat see, the morning ray breaks in upon us;
Leon. The victor comes. My lord, I must withI'll seek Don Carlos, and inquire my fate. (Exeunt.
Car. And must you go?
(draw. Scene II.-The Palace.
Leon. Why should you wish me stay? Enter DON CARLOS and DON MANUEL. Your friend's arrival will bring comfort to yoa, Man. My lord Don Carlos, what brings your My presence none; it pains you and myself; express?
For both our sakes, permit me to withdraw. [Exit. Car., Alonzo's glory, and the Moor's defeat.
Enler Don Alonzo, with Attendants,
Alon. Carlos !-I am whole again;
Car. Whom dare Í thus embrace? The conqueror I lov'd fair Leonora long before
Of Afric? The chance of battle gave me to the Moors; Alon. Yes, much more; Don Carlos' friend. And while I groan'a in bondage, I deputed The conquest of the world would cost me dear, This great Alonzo, whom her father honours, Should it beget one thought of distance in thee. To be my gentle advocate in love.
I rise in virtues to come nearer thee. Man. And what success?
'Twas Carlos conqaer'd, 'twas his cruel chains Car. Alas! the crael maid
Inflam'd me to a rage unknown till then, Indeed, her father, who, though high at court, And threw my former actions far behind. And powerful with the king, has wealth at heart Car. I love fair Leonora. How I love her! To heal his devastation from the Moors;
Yet still I find (I know not how it is) Knowing I'm richly freighted from the east, Another heart, another soul for thee. My fleet now sailing in the sight of Spain,
Thy friendship warms, it raises, it transports ; (Heav'n guard it safe through such a dreadful Like music, pure the joy, without allay, Caresses me, and urges her to wed. [storm!) Whose very rapture is tranquillity: Man. Her aged father, see,
But love, like wine, gives a tumultuous bliss, Leads her this way..
Heighten'd indeed beyond all mortal pleasures; Car. She looks like radiant Truth,
But mingles pangs and madness in the bowl. Brought forward by the hand of hoary Time.
Enter ZANGA. You to the port with speed; "tis
possible (it bring Zan. Manuel, my lord, returning from the port Some vessel is arriv’d. (Exit Man.) Heav'n grant On business both of moment and of haste, Tidings which Carlos may receive with joy! Humbly begs leave to speak in private with you. Enter DON ALVAREZ and LEONORA.
Car. In private! Ha! Alonzo, I'll return; Alv. Don Carlos, I am labouring in your favour No business can detain ime long from thee. (Exit. With all a parent's soft authority,
Zan. My lord Alonzo,' I obey'd your orders. And earnest counsel.
Alon. Will the fair Leonora pass this way? Car. Angels second you !
Zan, She will, my lord, and soon.
Alon. Come near me, Zanga;
Never was such a day of triumph known!
There's not a wounded captive in my train, And then his wealth might mend a prince's fortune. That slowly follow'd my proud chariot wheels, For him the sun is labouring in the mines,
With half á life, and beggary, and chains, A faithful slave, and turning earth to gold. But is a god to me: I am most wretched. His keels are freighted with that sacred power In his captivity, thou know'st, Don Carlos, By which even kings and emperors are made. My friend, (and never was a friend more dear) Sir, you have my good wishes, and I hope ( To Car.) Deputed me his advocate in love; My daughter is not indispos`d to hear you. [Exit. What did I do?—I lov'd myself.' Indeed,
Car. Oh, Leonora! why art thou in tears ? One thing there is might lessen my offence, Because I am less wretched than I was?
(If such offence admits of being lessen'd) Before your father gave me leave to woo you, I thought him dead; for (by what fate I know not) Hush'd was your bosom, and your eye serene. His letters never reach'd me. Leon. Think you my father too indulgent to me, Zan. Thanks to Zanga,
(Aside.) That he claims no dominion o'er my tears? Who thence contriv'd that evil which has happen'd. A daughter, sare, may be right dutiful,
Alon. Yes, curs’d of heaven! I lov'd myselt; and Whose tears alone are free from a restraint, Io a late action, rescu'd from the Moors, [now, Car. Ah! my torn heart!
I have brought home my rival in my friend. Leon. Regard not me, my lord;
Zan. We hear, my lord, that in that action, too, I shall obey my father.
Your interposing arm preserv'd his life. Car. Disobey him,
Alon. It did ; with more than the expense of mine; Rather than come thus coldly, than come thus Por, O! this day is mention'd for their nuptials. With absent eyes and alienated mien,
Zan. My lord, she comes. Sustaring address, the victim of my love."
Alon. I'll take my leave, and die.
(Eail. Love calls for love. Not all the pride of beauty, Zan. Hadst thou a thousand lives, thy death would Those eyes, that tell us what the sun is made of, Unhappy fate! My country overcome! [please me. Those lips, whose touch is to be bought with life, My six years' hope of vengeance quite expir'd! Those hills of driven spow, which seen art felt; Would nature were-I will not fall alone: All these possess'd, are nought, but as they are But others' groans shall tell the world my death. The proof, the substance of an inward passion,
[Aside, and esit. And the rich plunder of a taken heart,
Enter LEONORA and ALONZO. Leon. I pray, my lord, no more. [thus : Alon. When nature ends with anguish like to this,
Car. Must I despair, then? Do not shake me Sinners shall take their last leave of the sun, Heav'ns! what a proof I gave, but two nights past, And bid his light adieu.
(Weeps.) Of matchless love! To fling me at thy feet,
Leon. The mighty conqueror I slighted friendship, and I few from fame; Dismay'd! I thought you gave the foe your sorrows. Nor heard the summons of the next day's battle: Alon, 0, cruel insult! are those tears your sport, But, darting headlong to thy arms, I left
Which nothing but a love for you could draw? The promis' fight; I left Alonzo, too,
Afric I quell’d, in hope by that to purchase. To stand the war, and quell a world alone. Your leave to sigh unscorn'd; but I complain not;
(Drums and trumpets.) \ 'Twas but a world, and you are-Leonora,
Leor. That passion which you boast of is your | For wretched Carlos ; 'tis but human in you. A treason to your friend.
[guilt, But when arriv'd your dismal news? Alon, 0, Leonora !
Man. This hour. What could I do? In duty to my friend,
Zan. What, not a vessel sav'd? And is Alvarez I saw you: and to see is to admire.
Determin’d to deny his daughter to him? For Carlos did I plead, and most sincerely; That treasure was on shore; must that, too, join You know I did." I sought but your esteem; The common wreck ? If that is guilt, an angel had been guilty. [self, Man. Alvarez pleads, indeed,
Leon. If, from your guilt, none suffer'd but your- That Leonora's heart is disinclin'd, It might be so. Farewell.
(Goiny.) | And pleads that oply; so it was this morning,
The love of gold is double in his heart,
Man. Like a man,
Whose heart feels most a human heart can feel, Leon. Alonzo, pardon me the injury
And reasons best a human heart can reason. Of loving you. I struggled with my passion, Zan. But is be, then, in absolute despair? And struggled long; let that be some excuse. Man. Never to see his Leonora more : You well may wonder at such words as these; And, quite to quench all future hope, Alvarez I start at them myself, they fright my nature. Urges Alonzo to espouse his daughter Great is my fanlt; but blame me not alone; This very day; for he has learnt their loves. Give bim a little blame, who took such pains Zan. Ha! 'was not that receiv'd with ecstacy To make me guilty.
[blessing By Don Alonzo ? Alon. Blame you! you know I think your love a Man. Yes, at first; but soon Beyond all human blessings! 'tis the price A damp came o'er him,-it would kill his friend. or sighs and groans, and a wbole year of dying: Zan. Not if his friend consented ; and since now But, 0, the curse of curses !—0, my friend !- He can't bimself espouse herLeon. Alas!
Man. Yet, to ask it, Alon. What says my love? Speak, Leonora. Has something shocking to a generous mind;
Leon. Was it for you, my lord, to be so quick At least, Alonzo's spirit startles at it. In finding out objections to our love?
But I must leave you. Carlos wants support Think you so strong my love, or weak my virtue, | In his severe affliction.
[Exit, It was unsafe to leave that part to me?
Zan. Ha, it dawns ! Alon. Is not the day then fix'd for your espou- It rises to me like a new-found world sals?
[way; To mariners long time distress'd at sea, Leon. Indeed, my father once had thought that Sore from a storm, and all their viands spent. But marking how the marriage pain'd my heart, Ho, Isabella! Long he stood doubtful; but at last resolv'd,
Enter ISABELLA, Your counsel, which determines him in all,
I thought of dying: better things come forward; Should finish the debate.
Vengeance is still alive: from her dark covert, Alon. O, agony!
With all her snakes erect upon her crest, Mast I not only lose her, but be made
She stalks in view, and fires me with her charms. Myself the instrument? Not only die,
When, Isabella, arriv'd Don Carlos here?
Leon. What, do you tremble lest you should be Zan. That was the very night
Alon. What's in my power? O, yes; to stab my Though yet but in the shell—I'll give it birth
Leon. To stab your friend were barbarous indeed: What time did he return? Spare him; and murder me.
Isa. At midnight. Alon. First perish all!
Say, did he see that night his Leonora ?
Zan. No matter-
Go and fetch my tablets bither. [Exit Isabella, Leon. Hold, Alonzo!
Two nights ago my father's sacred shade And hear a maid, whom doubly thou bast conqueria. Thrice stalk'd around my bed, and smil'd upon me; I love thy virtue as I love thy person,
He smild a joy then little understood. And I adore thee for the pains it gave me;
It must be so; and if so, it is vengeance
Thus it stands-
Alonzo may--but that will hurt his friend-
He might not gain it. It is bard to give Nay, never shrink : take back the bright example Our own consent to ills, though we must bear them. You lately lent; 0, take it while you may; Were it not, then, a masterpiece, worth all While I can give it you, and be iinmortal! (Exit. The wisdom I can boast, first to persuade
Alon. She's gone, and I shall see that face no Alonzo to request it of his friend; Bat pine in absence, and till death adore. [more; His friend to grant; then, from that very grant, When with cold dew my fainting brow is hung, The strongest proof of friendship man can give, And my eyes darken, from my fault'ring tongue To work out a cause Her name will tremble with a feeble inoan,
Of jealousy, to rack Alonzo's peace !--
ACT II.-Scene I.-The Palace. Which sting the heart of man, and find none equal.
It is the bydra of calamities,
Isu. Alonzo comes this way.
Shake not thy towers where'er I pass along, Zan. Most opportunely.
(which reside Conscious of ruin, and their great destroyer? Withdraw. (Exit Isabella.] Ye subtle demons, Shake to the centre, if Alonzo's dear. In courts, and do your work with bows and smiles, Look down, O holy prophet ; see me torture That little enginery, more mischievous
This Christian dog, this infidel, which dares Than fleets and armies, and the cannon's murder, To smite thy votaries, and sparn tby law; Teach me to look a lie; give me your maze And yet hopes pleasure from two radiant eyes, Of gloomy thought and intricate design,
Which look as they were lighted up for thee! To catch the man I hate, and then devour.
Shall he enjoy thy paradise below? (charms! Enter Don ALONZO.
Blast the bold thought, and curse him with her My lord, I give you joy.
the melancboly lover comes. Alon. Of what, good Zanga?
Enter Don Carlos. Zan. Is not the lovely Leonora your's ?
Car. Hope, thou hast told me lies from day to day, Alon. What will become of Carlos?
For more than twenty years; vile promiser! Zan. He's your friend;
None here are happy but the very fool,
Alon. Alas! thoa little know'st the force of love! Nor have I wisdom to elaborate
How many lift the head, look gay, and smile Yet well I know what pangs I felt this morning Against their consciences? And this we know, At his intended nuptials. For myself
Yet knowing, disbelieve, and try again I then felt pains, which now for him I feel. What we have tried, and struggle with conviction. Zan. You will not wed her, then?
Each new experience gives the former credit; Alon. Not instantly.
And reverend grey threescore is but a voucher, Insult his broken beart the very moment!
That thirty told us true. Zan. I understand you: but you'll wed hereafter, Zan. My noble lord, When your friend's gone, and his first pain assuag'd. I mourn your fate : but are no hopes sarviving? Alon. Am I to blame in that?
Car. No hopes. Alvarez has a heart of steel; Zan. My lord, I love
'Tis fix'd—'tis past—'tis absolute despair! [der,
I pity him.
Car. What can'st thou mean?
Zan. Indeed he has; and fears to ask a favour And there are princes sigbi for Leonora, [cause A stranger from a stranger might request; When your friend's gone you'll wed; why, then the What costs you nothing, yet is all to bim: Which gives you Leonora now will cease.
Nay, what, indeed, will to your glory add, Carlos has lost her; should you lose her, too, For nothing more than wishing your friend well. Why, then, you heap new torments on your friend, Car. I pray be plain; his happiness is mine. By that respect which labour'd to relieve him. Zan. He loves to death; but so reveres bis friend, 'Tis well; he is disturb’d; it makes him pause.(A side) He can't persuade his beart to wed the maid Alon. Think'st tbou, my Zanga, should I ask Without your leave, and that he fears to ask. Don Carlos,
In perfect tenderness I urg'd him to it. His goodness would consent that I should wed her? Knowing the deadly sickness of his heart, Zan. I know it would.
Your overflowing goodness to your friend, Alon. But then the cruelty
Your wisdom, and despair yourself to wed her, To ask it; and for me to ask it of him!
I wrung a promise from him he would try; Zan. Methinks you are severe upon your friend. And now I come, a mutual friend to both, Who was it gave him liberty and life?
Without his privacy, to let you know it, Alon. That is the very reason which forbids it. And to prepare you kindly to receive him. Were I a stranger, I could freely speak;
Car. Ha! if he weds, I am undone indeed; In me it so resembles a demand,
Not Don Alvarez' self can then relieve me. Exacting of a debt, it shocks my nature.
Zan. Alas! my lord, you know his heart is steel; Zan. My lord, you know the sad alternative. 'Tis fix'd, 'tis past, 'tis absolute despair. Is Leonora worth one pang or not?
Car. O cruel heaven! and is it not enough Warmly as you I wish Don Carlos well;
That I must never, never see her more? But I am likewise Don Alonzo's friend;
Ask my consent! Must I then give her to him? There all the difference lies between us two. Lead to his noptial sheets the blushing maid? In me, my lord, you hear another self;
Oh! Leonora ! never, never, never! And, give me leave to add, a better too, (virtue, Zan. A storm of plagues upon him! he refuses. Clear'd from those errors, which, though caus’d by
(A side.) Are such as may hereafter give you pain.
Car. What, wed her?—and to-day? Don Lopez of Castile would not demur thus. Zan. To-day, or never.
Alor. Perish the name! What, sacrifice the fair To-morrow may some wealthier lover bring, To age and ugliness, because set in gold?
And then Alonzo is thrown out like you; I'll to Don Carlos, if my heart will let me.
Then whom shall he condemn for his misfortune? I have not seen him since his sore affliction; Carlos is an Alvarez to his love. But slunn'd it, as too terrible to bear.
Car. O torment! whither shall I turn!
Zan. To peace.
Zan. His happiness is your's,
Car. Kill my friend!
Zan. You have convinc'd me 'tis a dreadful task. Do I not see him quite possess'd with anguish, I find Alonzo's quitting her this morning
And shall I pour in new? No, fond desire! For Carlos' sake, in tenderness to you,
No, love! one pang at parting, and farewell. Betray'd me to believe it less severe
I have no other love but Carlos now.(Runs to Car.) Than I perceive it is.
Car. Alas! my friend, why with.such eager grasp Car. Thou dost upbraid me.
[comply, Dost press my hand ? Zan. No, my good lord, but since you can't Alon. If, after death, our forms 'Tis my misfortune that I mention's it;
Shall be transparent, naked every thought, [hearts, For had I not, Alonzo would indeed
And friends meet friends, and read each other's Have died as now, but not by your decree.
Thou'lt know one day, that thou wast held most dear. Car. By my decree! Do I decree his death? Farewell! I do. Shall I then lead her to his arms?
Car. Alonzo, stay—he cannot speak, (holds him) O, wbich side shall I take? Be stabb’d, or-stab? | Lest it should grieve me. Shall I be outdone, 'Tis equal death! a choice of agonies !
And lose in glory, as I lose in love? (A side.)
When well I know your heart is near to bursting. Go, stop my friend, let me not see him now; Have you forgot how you bave bound me to you? But save us from an interview of death.
Your smallest friendship's liberty and life. Zan. My lord, I'm bound in duty to obey you- Alon. There, there it is, my friend; cuts me If I not bring him, may Alonzo prosper!
How dreadful is it to a generous mind [there.
[Aside, and exit. To ask, when sure he cannot be denied ! Car. What is this world? Thy school, O mi- Car. How greatly thought! In all he towers above Our only lesson is to learn to suffer; (sery!
(Aside.) And he who knows not that, was born for nothing. Then you confess you would ask something of me? Though deep my pangs, and heavy at my beart, Alon. No, on my soul. My comfort is, each moment takes away
Zan. (To Alonzo.) Then lose her. A grain, at least, from the dead load that's on me,
Car. Glorious spirit! And gives a nearer prospect of the grave.
Why, what a pang has he run through for this !
By heaven! I envy him his agonies.
And faming up into consummate greatness?
Ha! angels strengthen me!—It shall be so. Yet, Leonora-she can make time long,
My Alonzo! Its nature alter, as she alter'd mine.
Since thy great soul disdains to make request,
Receive with favour that I make to thee.
Car. Pray, observe me well.
Fate and Alvarez tore her from my heart, Now fate does rigidly its dues regain,
And, placking up my love, they had well nigh And every moment is an age of pain.
Pluck'd my life too; for they were twin'd together. Enter ZANGA and Don Alonzo.
Of that no more: What now does reason bid? Zan. (Stops Don Carlos.) Is this Don Carlos ? cannot wed—Farewell, my happiness! this the boasted friend?
But, O my soul, with care provide for her's! How can you turn your back upon his sadness ? In life how weak, how helpless, sure, is woman! Look on him, and then leave him if you can. So properly the object of affliction, Whose sorrows thus depress him? Not bis own: That heaven is pleas'd to make distress become her, This moment he could wed without your leave. And dresses her most amiably in tears.
Car. I cannot yield: nor can I bear bis griefs. Take, then, my heart in dowry with the fair, Alonzo ! (Going to him, and taking his hand.) Be thou her guardian and thou must be mine; Alon, 0, Carlos!
Shut out the thousand pressing ills of life Car. Pray, forbear.
With thy surrounding arms: do this, and then Alon, Art thou undone, and shall Alonzo smile? | Set down the liberty and life thou gar'st me, Alonzo, who, perhaps, in soine degree
As little things, as essays of thy goodness, Contributed to cause thy dreadful fate?
And rudiments of friendship so divine. I was deputed guardian of thy love;
Alon. There is a grandeur in thy goodness to me, But, 0, I lov’d, myself! Pour down afflictions Which, with thy foes, would render thee ador’d. On this devoted head; make ine your mark; And canst thou, canst thou part with Leonora? And be the world, by my example, tanght
Car. I do not part with her; I give her thee. How sacred it should hold the name of friend. Alon. Carlos !-Car. You charge yourself unjustly;
But think not words were ever made The crime was mine,
For such occasions. Silence, tears, embraces, Who plac'd thee there, where only thou couldst fail. | Are languid eloquence: I'll seek relief
Alon. You cast in shades the failure of a friend, In absence, from the pain of so much goodness, And soften all; but think not you deceive me; There thank the blest above, thy sole superiors, I know my guilt, and I implore your pardon, Adore, and raise my thoughts of them by thee. [Exit. As the sole glimpse I can obtain of peace.
Zan. Thus far success bas crown'd my boldest Car. Pardon for him who bat this morning threw Mynext care is to hasten these new nuptials, [hope. Fair Leonora from his heart, all bath'd
And then my master-works begin to play. In ceaseless tears, and blushing for her love!
(A side, and exit. Yes, 'twas in thee, through fondness for thy friend, Car. Too soon thon praisest me. He's gone, and
I must unsluice my overburden'd heart, To shat thy bosom against ecstacies;
friend For which, while this pulse beats, it beats to thee; And let it flow. I would not grieve my While this blood flows, it flows for my Alonzo, With tears; nor interrupt my great design; And every wish is levell’d at thy joy.
Great, sure, as ever human breast durst think of. Zan. (To Alonzo.) My lord, my lord, this is But now my sorrows, long with pain suppress'd, your time to speak.
Burst their confinement with impetuous sway, Alon. (To Zanya.) Because he's kind ? It there- O'erswell all bounds, and bear e'en life away: Inre is the worst;
So, till the day was won, the Greek renown'd,
With anguish wore the arrow in bis wound,
Zan. If I do love, my lord?
Zan. O joy, thou welcome stranger! twice three Alon. I am most happy: mine is victory,
O curse of curses! in the lap of blessing
To be most carst!-My Leonora's false!
Zan. Save me, my lord!
Alon. My Leonora's false! (Gives him the letter.)
Zan. Then heaven bas lost its image here on earth.
Alon. Good-natured man! be makes my pains
Scarce had the priest the holy rite perform'd, Zan. Did you not read it, then? (no more.
Alon. Mine eye just touch'd it, and could bear
Zan. Thus perish all that gives Alonzo pain!
(Tears the letter.)
Alon. Why didst thou tear it?
Zan. Think of it no more.
Alon. And didst thou tremble, then, for my
Isa. I quickly dropp'd it in the bride's apartment, or give the whole contents; or, by the pangs
Žan. With a lucky hand;
Zan. Is this Alonzo's language to his Zanga?
Draw forth your sword, and find the secret here,
Wherefore this rage? Because I seek your peace,
I have no interest in suppressing it,
Obliges me to have. Not mine the heart
But, check'd by rising fears, he crush'd it thus, Alon. Then my worst fears are true, and life is
Zan. What has the rashness of my passion utter’d?
That not a spirit tind an entrance here.
Zan. Come, you must bear to hear your faults
Had you not sent Don Carlos to the court
The night before the battle, that foul slave,
Who forg'd the senseless scroll which gives you pain,
Had wanted footing for his villainy.