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What bard, O Time, discover,
With wings first made thee move!
Who ne'er had left his love!
For who that once did prove
Though but one day
What bard, &c.
Enter DON CARLOS
So, friend, is Antonio found ?
Don Car. I could not meet with him, lady ; but I doubt not my friend Isaac will be here with him presently.
Don. Louisa. Oh, shame ! you have used no diligence. Is this your courtesy to a lady who has trusted herself to your protection ?
Don Car. Indeed, madam, I have not been remiss.
Don. Louisa. Well, well ; but if either of you had known how each moment of delay weighs upon the heart of her who loves, and waits the object of her love, oh, ye would not then have trifled thus !
Don Car. Alas, I know it well !
Don Car. I was, lady ; but, while I have life, will never be again.
Don. Louisa. Was your mistress so cruel ?
Don Car. If she had always been so, I should have been happier.
Oh, had my love ne'er smiled on me,
I ne'er had known such anguish;
To bid me cease to languish;
Breathe on a flame half perish'd;
To kill the hope she cherish'd.
Not worse his fate, who on a wreck,
That drove as winds did blow it,
To find a grave below it.
Then land was cried-no more resign'd,
He glow'd with joy to hear it;
The wreck must sink ere near it!
Don. Louisa. As I live, here is your friend coming with Antonio ! I'll retire for a moment to surprise him. (Exit
Enter ISAAC and Don ANTONIO
Don Ant. Indeed, my good friend, you must be mistaken. Clara d'Almanza in love with me, and employ you to bring me to meet her ! It is impossible !
Isaac. That you shall see in an instant. Carlos, where is the lady ?- [DON CARLOS points to the door.] In the next room, is she ?
Don Ant. Nay, if that lady is really here, she certainly wants me to conduct her to a dear friend of mine, who has long been her lover.
Isaac. Psha! I tell you 'tis no such thing—you are the man she wants, and nobody but you. Here 's ado to persuade you to take a pretty girl that 's dying for you !
Don Ant. But I have no affection for this lady.
Isaac. And you have for Lousia, hey? But take my word for it, Antonio, you have no chance there—so you may as well secure the good that offers itself to you.
Don Ant. And could you reconcile it to your conscience to supplant your friend ?
Isaac. Pish! Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics. Why, you are no honest fellow if love can't make a rogue of you—so come, do go in and speak to her, at least.
Don Ant. Well, I have no objection to that.
Isaac. [Opens the door.] There—there she is—yonder by the window-get in, do.-(Pushes him in, and half shuts the door.] Now, Carlos, now I shall hamper him, I warrant ! Stay, I'll peep how they go on. Egad, he looks confoundedly posed! Now she's coaxing him. See, Carlos, he begins to come to-ay, ay, he 'll soon forget his conscience.
Don Car. Look—now they are both laughing !
Isaac. Ay, so they are—yes, yes, they are laughing at that dear friend he talked of-ay, poor devil, they have outwitted him.
Don Car. Now he's kissing her hand.
Isaac. Yes, yes, 'faith, they're agreed-he's caught, he 's entangled. My hear Carlos, we have brought it about. Oh, this little cunning head ! I'm a Machiavel-a very Machiavell
Don Car. I hear somebody inquiring for you, I'll see who it is.
Re-enter DON ANTONIO and DONNA LOUISA Don Ant. Well, my good friend, this lady has so entirely convinced me of the certainty of your success at Don Jerome's, that I now resign my pretensions there.
Isaac. You never did a wiser thing, believe me; and, as for deceiving your friend, that's nothing at all—tricking is all fair in love, isn't it, ma'am ?
Don. Louisa. Certainly, sir; and I am particularly glad to find you are of that opinion.
Isaac. O Lud! yes, ma'am-let any one outwit me that can, I say! But here, let me join your hands. There, you lucky rogue! I wish you happily married, from the bottom of my soul !
Don. Louisa. And I am sure, if you wish it, no one else should prevent it.
Isaac. Now, Antonio, we are rivals no more; so let us be friends, will you ?
Don Ant. With all my heart, Isaac.
Isaac. It is not every man, let me tell you, that would have taken such pains, or been so generous to a rival.
Don Ant. No, 'faith, I don't believe there's another beside yourself in all Spain.
Isaac. Well, but you resign all pretensions to the other lady?
Don Ant. That I do, most sincerely.
Don Ant. No, believe me. You are heartily welcome to everything she has.
Isaac. Well, i' faith, you have the best of the bargain, as to beauty, twenty to one. Now I 'll tell you a secretI am to carry off Louisa this very evening.
Don. Louisa. Indeed !
Isaac. Yes, she has sworn not to take a husband from her father's hand-s0 I’ve persuaded him to trust her to walk with me in the garden, and then we shall give him the slip.
Don. Louisa. And is Don Jerome to know nothing of this ?
Isaac. O Lud, no! there lies the jest. Don't you see that, by this step, I over-reach him ? I shall be entitled to the girl's fortune, without settling a ducat on her. Ha ! ha! ha! I'm a cunning dog, an 't I ? a sly little villain, eh ?
Don Ant. Ha! ha! ha! you are indeed !
Isaac. Roguish, you 'll say, but keen, hey ? devilish keen ?
Don Ant. So you are indeed-keen-very keen.
Isaac. And what a laugh we shall have at Don Jerome's when the truth comes out! hey ?
Don. Louisa. Yes, I'll answer for it, we shall have a good laugh when the truth comes out. Ha! ha! ha!
Re-enter DON CARLOS
Don Car. Here are the dancers come to practise the fandango you intended to have honoured Donna Louisa with.
Isaac. Oh, I shan't want them ; but, as I must pay them, I'll see a caper for my money. Will you excuse me ?
Don. Louisa. Willingly.
Isaac. Here's my friend, whom you may command for any service. Madam, your most obedient-Antonio, I wish you all happiness.-(Aside.] Oh, the easy blockhead! what a tool I have made of him 1-This was a masterpiece !
[Exit Don. Louisa. Carlos, will you be my guard again, and convey me to the convent of St. Catharine ?
Don Ant. Why, Louisa—why should you go there ?
Don. Louisa. I have my reasons, and you must not be seen to go with me; I shall write from thence to my father ; perhaps, when he finds what he has driven me to, he may relent.
Don Ant. I have no hope from him. O Louisa ! in these arms should be your sanctuary.
Don. Louisa. Be patient but for a little while--my father cannot force me from thence. But let me see you there before evening, and I will explain myself.
Don Ant. I shall obey.
Don. Louisa. Come, friend. Antonio, Carlos has been a lover himself.
Don Ant. Then he knows the value of his trust.
Soft pity never leaves the gentle breast
SCENE I.--A Library in Don JEROME's House.
Enter Don JEROME and SERVANT
Don Jer. Why, I never was so amazed in my life ! Louisa gone off with Isaac Mendoza ! What I steal away with the very man whom I wanted her to marry-elope with her own husband, as it were—it is impossible !
Ser. Her maid says, sir, they had your leave to walk in the garden while you were abroad. The door by the shrubbery was found open, and they have not been heard of since.
[Exit Don Jer. Well, it is the most unaccountable affair ! 'sdeath! there is certainly some infernal mystery in it I can't comprehend I
Enter SECOND SERVANT, with a letter Ser. Here is a letter, sir, from Signor Isaac. [Exit
Don Jer. So, so, this will explain-ay, Isaac Mendoza let me see
Dearest Sir, You must, doubtless, be much surprised at my flight with your daughter !—yes, 'faith, and well I may-1 had the happiness to gain her heart at our first interview. The devil you had 1-But, she having unfortunately made a vow not to receive a husband from your hands, I was obliged to comply