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THE MOURNING BRIDE. : 39 hope
Impatiently to seek you, where I knew
“ Osm. There are no wonders, or else all is wonder.
" Heli. I saw you on the ground, and rais'd you up. “When with astonishment I saw Almeria.
“ Osm. I saw her too, and therefore saw not thee. “ Alm. Nor I; nor could I, for my eyes were
“ yours.” W Osm. What means the bounty of all-gracious
When scanty number shall be spent in telling. t not
Leon. Or I'm deceiv’d, or I beheld the glimpse
Alm. Sure I have dreamt, if we must part so soon.
Osm. I wish at least our parting were a dream.
Heli. Zara with Selim, Sir, I saw and know 'em:
Alm. What love? Who is she? Why are you s'd.
alarm’d? med Osm. She's the reverse of thee; she's my unhap
“ To follow thee."
Aim. Sure we shall meet again
Osm. We shall; we part not but to meet again. Gladness and warmth of ever-kindling love Dwell with thee, and revive thy heart in absence.
[Exeunt Alm. Leon. and Heli. Yet I behold her-yet-and now no more. Turn your lights inward, eyes, and view my thoughts, So shall you still behold her-" 'twill not be. “ Oh, impotence of sight! Mechanic sense! " Which to exterior objects ow'st thy faculty, “ Not seeing of election, but necessity. « Thus do our eyes, as do all common mirrors, « Successively reflect succeeding images : “ Not what they would, but must; a star, or toad; « Just as the hand of chance administers. 's Not so the mind, whose undetermin'd view « Revolves, and to the present adds the past : “ Essaying farther to futurity ; " But that in vain. I have Almeria here “ At once, as I before have seen her often
Enter ZARA and Selim. Zar. See where he stands, folded and fix'd to earth,
THE MOURNING BRIDE. . 41 Stiff’ning in thought, a statue among statues. 300 Why, cruel Osmyn, dost thou fly me thus ? « Is it well done? Is this then the return " For fame, for honour, and for empire lost? " But what is loss of hononr, fame, and empire ? “ Is this the recompence reserv'd for love? “ Why, dost thou leave niy eyes, and fly my arms, “ To find this place of horror and obscurity is Am I more loathsome to thee than the grave, That thou dost seek to shield thee there, and shun My love ? But to the grave I'll follow theeHe looks not, minds not, hears not? barb'rous man! Am I neglected thus ? Am I despis’d Not hear'd! Ungrateful Osmyn!
Osm. Ha, 'tis Zara !
Zar. Yes, traitor; Zara, lost, abandon'd Zara,
Osm. Far be the guilt of such reproaches from me;
Zar. Now then you see me
Yet look for gaiety and gladness there.
Osm. Oh, that's the greatest grief-I am so poor, I have not wherewithal to give again.
Zar. Thou hast a heart, tho''tis a savage one ?
« done ; “ It sets a debt of that account before me, " Which shews me poor and bankrupt even in hopes. :
“ Zar. The faithful Selim, and my women, know “ The danger which I tempted to conceal you. “ You know how I abus’d the cred’lous king; “ What arts I us'd to make you pass on him, 360 “ When he receiv'd you as the prince of Fez; “ And as my kinsman, honour'd and advanc'd you." Oh! why do I relate what I have done? What did I not? Was't not for you this war Commenc'd ? Not knowing who you were, nor why You hated Manuel, I urg'd my husband To this invasion; where he late was lost, Where all is lost, and I am made a slave.
* Osm. You pierce my soul I own it all-But while
Zara. Repay me with thy heart-What! dost thou start?
Osm. A fatal wretch-A huge, stupendous ruin,
* The lines printed in Italics are not in the original, but are now given to the reader as delivered in the representation at Drury-lane Theatre.