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“ To grate the sense, when enter'd here, from groans « And howls of slaves condemn’d; from clink of

chains, “ And crash of rusty bars and creeking hinges : “ And ever and anon the sight was dash'd “ With frightful faces, and the meagre looks « Of grim and ghastly executioners. “ Yet more this stillness terrifies my soul, “ Than did that scene of complicated horrors. " It may be that the cause of this my errand “ And purpose, being changed from life to death, “ Had also wrought this chilling change-of temper. « Or does my heart bode more? What can it more “ Than death ?” Let 'em set down the bowls, and warn Alphonso That I am here--so. You return and find

[Mutes going in. The king ; tell him, what he requir’d, I've done, And wait his coming to approve the deed.

[Exit Selim. Enter Mutes. Zar. What have you seen? Ha! wherefore stare

you thus [The mutes return and look affrighted. With haggard eyes? Why are your arms across ? Your heavy and desponding heads hung down? Why is't you more than speak in these sad signs ? Give me more ample knowledge of this mourning. .

[They go to the scene, which opening, she perceives the body.

Ha! prostratel bloody! headless! Oh I'm lost.
Oh, Osmyn! Oh, Alphonso ! Cruel fate!
Cruel, cruel, Oh, more than killing object!
I came prepard to die, and see thee die-
Nay, came prepar'd myself to give thee death ,
But cannot bear to find thee thus, my Osmyn-
Oh, this accurs'd, this base, this treach’rous king!

Enter Selim. Sel. I've sought in vain, for no where can the king Be foundZar. Get thee to hell, and seek him there.

[Stabs him. His hellish rage had wanted means to act, But for thy fatal and pernicious counsel.

Sel. You thought it better then-but I'm rewarded.
The mute you sent, by some mischance was seen,
And forc'd to yield your letter with his life;
I found the dead and bloody body stripp'd
My tongue faulters, and my voice fails—I sink-
Drink not the poison--for Alphonso is— [Dies.

Zar. As thou art now—and I shall quickly be.
'Tis not that he is dead : for 'twas decreed
We both should die. Nor is't that I survive ;
I have a certain remedy for that.
But, Oh, he dy'd unknowing in my heart.
He knew I lov’d, but knew not to what height:
Nor that I meant to fall before his eyes,
A martyr and a victim to my vows.
Insensible of this last proof he's gone;

" Yet fate alone can rob his mortal part « Of sense ? his soul still sees and knows each purpose, “ And fix'd event, of my persisting faith.” Then wherefore do I pause? Give me the bowl.

[A mute kneels and gives one of the bowls. Hover a moment, yet, thou gentle spirit, Soul of my love, and I will wait thy flight. This to our mutual bliss, when join'd above. [Drinks, Oh, friendly draught, already in my heart. Cold, cold; my veins are icicles and frost. I'll creep into his bosom, lay me there; Cover us close-or I shall chill his breast, And fright him from my arms—See, see, he slides Still farther from me; look, he hides his face, I cannot feel it-quite beyond my reach, Oh, now he's gone, and all is dark

[Dies. [The mutes kneel and mourn over her.

Alm. Oh, let me seek him in this horrid cell;
For in the tomb, or prison, I alone
Must hope to find him.

Leon. Heavens! what dismal scene
Of death is this? The eunuch Selim slain !

Alm. Shew me, for I am come in search of death; But want a guide ; for tears have dimm’d my-sight.

Leon. Alas, a little farther, and behold
Zara all pale and dead! two frightful men,
Who seem the murderers, kneel weeping by;
Feeling remorse too late for what they've done.

But, Oh, forbear-lift up your eyes no more ;
But haste away, fly from this fatal place,
Where miseries are multiply'd ; return, -
Return, and look not on; for there's a dagger
Ready to stab the sight, and make your eyes
Rain blood

Alm. Oh, I foreknow, foresee that object. Is it at last then so? Is he then dead ? " What, dead at last ? quite, quite, for ever dead? " There, there, I see him; there he lies, the blood “ Yet bubbling from his wounds-Oh, more than sa


“ Had they or hearts or eyes that did this deed ?
« Could eyes endure to guide such cruel hands?
“ Are not my eyes guilty alike with theirs,
“ That thus can gaze, and yet not turn to stone ?

I do not weep! The springs of tears are dry’d;
And of a sudden I am calm, as if
All things were well; and yet niy husband's murder'd!
Yes, yes, I know to mourn! I'll sluice this heart.
The source of woe, and let the torrent loose.
- Those men have left to weep! they look on me!
I hope they murder all on whom they look.
Behold me well; your bloody hands have err'd,
And wrongfully have slain those innocents :
I am the sacrifice design'd to bleed,
And come prepar'd to yield my throat They shake
Their heads in sign of grief and innocence !

[They point at the bowl on the ground. And point! What mean they? Ha! a cup; Oh, well,

I understand what med'cine has been here.
Oh, noble thirst! yet greedy to drink all-
Oh, for another draught of death " What

mean they? [They point at the other cup. “ Hal point again!" 'tis there, and full, I hope. Thanks to the lib'ral hand that fill'd thee thus, l'll drink my glad acknowledgment

Leon. Oh, hold
For mercy's sake, upon my knee I bega
Alm. With thee the kneeling world should beg in

Seest thou not there? Behold who prostrate lies,
And pleads against thee; who shall then prevail ?
Yet I will take a cold and parting leave
From his pale lips; I'll kiss him ere I drink,
Lest the rank juice should blister on my mouth,
And stain the colour of my last adieu.
Horror! a headless trunk! nor lips nor face,

[Coming near the body, starts and lets fall the cup. But spouting veins, and mangled flesh! Oh, Oh!

Enter ALPHONSO, HELI,PEREZ, with GARCIA prisoner.

Guards and attendants.
Alph. Away, stand off, where is she? let me fly,
Save her from death, and snatch her to my heart.

Alm. Oh!

Alph. Forbear; my arms alone shall hold her up, Warm her to life, and wake her into gladness. " Oh, let me talk to thy reviving sense " The words of joy and peace; warm thy cold beauties

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