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Our honour's debts, and wisdom to convert Car. Oh, Leonora ! why art thou in tears ?
Before your father gave me leave to woo you, I'll seek Don Carlos, and enquire my fate. Hushed was your bosom, and your eyes serene.
[Ereunt. Will you for ever help me to new pains,
And keep reserves of torment in your hand, SCENE II.-The Palace.
To let them loose on every dawn of joy?
Leon. Think you my father too indulgent to me, Enter Don MANUEL and Don CARLOS.
That he claims no dominion o'er my tears ? Man. My lord Don Carlos, what brings your A daughter sure may be right dutiful, express ?
Whose tears alone are free from a restraint. Car. Alonzo's glory, and the Moors' defeat. Car. Ah, my torn heart ! The field is strewed with twice ten thousand slain, Leon. Regard not me, my lord; Though he suspects his measures were betrayed. I shall obey my father. He'll soon arrive. Oh, how I long to embrace Car. Disobey him, The first of heroes, and the best of friends! Rather than come thus coldly, than come thus I loved fair Leonora long before
With absent eyes, and alienated mien, The chance of battle gave mne to the Moors,
address, the victim of my love. From whom so late Alonzo set me free:
Oh, let me be undone the common way, And while I groaned in bondage, I deputed And have the common comfort to be pitied, This great Alonzo, whom her father honours, And not be ruined in the mask of bliss, To be my gentle advocate in love,
And so be envied, and be wretched too! To stir her heart, and fan its fires for me. Love calls for love. Not all the pride of beauty, Man. And what success?
Those eyes that tell us what the sun is made of, Car. Alas, the cruel maid !
Those lips, whose touch is to be bought with life, Indeed her father, who, though high at court, Those hills of driven snow, which seen are felt; And powerful with the king, has wealth at heart, All these, possessed, are nought but as they are To heal his devastation from the Moors,
The proof, the substance of an inward passion, Knowing I am richly freighted from the east, And the rich plunder of a taken heart. My fleet now sailing in the sight of Spain,
Leon. Alas, my lord, we are too delicate ; (Heaven guard it safe through such a dreadful And when we grasp the happiness we wished, storm!)
We call on wit to argue it away : Caresses me, and urges her to wed.
A plainer man would not feel half your pains ; Man. Her aged father, see,
But some have too much wisdom to be happy. Leads her this way.
Car. Had I known this before, it had been Car. She looks like radiant Truth,
well: Brought forward by the hand of hoary Times I had not then solicited
your father You to the port with speed, 'tis possible To add to my distress ; as you behave, Some vessel is arrived." Heaven grant it bring Your father's kindness stabs me to the heart. Tidings, which Carlos may receive with joy! Give me your hand-nay, give it, Leonora;
You give it not-nay, yet you give it notEnter Don ALVAREZ and LEONORA.
I ravish it. Alo. Don Carlos, I am labouring in your fa- Leon. I pray, my lord, no more. vour,
Car. Ah, why so sad? You know each sigh With all a parent's soft authority,
does shake me: And earnest counsel.
Sighs there, are tempests here. Car. Angels second you!
I've heard, bad men would be unblest in Heaven: For all my bliss or misery hangs on it.
What is my guilt, that makes me so with you? Aiv. Daughter, the happiness of life depends Have I not languished prostrate at thy feet? On our discretion, and a prudent choice; Have I not lived whole days upon thy sight? Look into those they call unfortunate,
Have I not seen thee where thou hast not been,
Leon. Court me not,
And telling how ungrateful I have been. And then his wealth might mend a prince's for- Alas, my lord, if talking would prevail, tune.
I could suggést much better arguments For him the sun is labouring in the mines, Than those regards you threw away on me; A faithful slave, and turning carth to gold ; Your valour, honour, wisdom, praised by all. His keels are freighted with that sacred power, But bid physicians talk our veins to temper, By which even kings and emperors are inade. And with an argument new-set a pulse; Sir, you have my good wishes, and I hope Then think, my lord, of reasoning into love.
EN Cantos. Car. Must I despair then? Do not shake me My daughter is not indisposed to hear you. [Erit.
My tempest-beaten heart is cold to death ; Zan. She will, my lord, and soon.
Never was such a day of triumph known!
But is a god to me: I am most wretched. The promised fight, I left Alonzo too,
In his captivity thou know'st, Don Carlos, To stand the war, and quell a world alone. My friend, (and never was a friend more dear)
[Trumpets. Deputed me his advocate in love, Leon. The victor comes. My lord, I must To talk to Leonora's heart, and make withdraw.
A tender party in her thoughts for him. Car. And must you go?
What did I do? I loved myself. Indeed, Leon. Why should you wish me stay?. One thing there is might lessen my offence, Your friend's arrival will bring comfort to you, (If such offence admits of being lessened) My presence none; it pains you and myself; I thought him dead; for (by what fate I know not) For both our sakes, permit me to withdraw. His letters never reached me.
[Erit. Zan. Thanks to Zanga, Car. Sure, there is no peril but in love. Oh, Who thence contrived that evil which has haphow
(Aside. My foes would boast to see me look so pale ! Alon. Ỹes, cursed of Heaven! I loved myself, Enter Don ALONZO.
In a late action rescued from the Moors, Car. Alonzo !
I have brought home my rival in my friend. Alon. Carlos! I am whole again ;
Zan. We hear, my lord, that in that action too, Clasped in thy arms, it makes my heart entire. Your interposing arm preserved his life. Cur. Whom dare I thus embrace? The con- Alon. It did with more than the expence of queror
mine; Of Afric?
For, oh, this day is mentioned for their nuptials. Alon. Yes, much more-Don Carlos' friend. But see, she comes--I'll take my leave, and die. The conquest of the world would cost me dear, Zun. Hadst thou a thousand lives, thy death Should it beget one thought of distance in thee.
would please me. I rise in virtues to come nearer to thee,
Unhappy fate! My country overcome! I conquer with Don Carlos in my eye,
My six years hope of vengeance quite expired! And thus I claim my victory's reward.
Would nature were- - I will not fall alone;
[Embracing him. But others' groans shall tell the world my death. Car. A victory indeed ! your godlike arm
(Aside, and erit. Has made one spot the grave of Africa,
Enter LEONORA. Such numbers fell! and the survivors fled, As frighted passengers from off the strand, Alon. When nature ends with anguish like to When the tempestuous sea comes roaring on them.
this, Alon. 'Twas Carlos conquered, 'twas his cruel Sinners shall take their last leave of the sun, chains
And bid his light adieu. Inflamed me to a rage unknown before,
Leon. The mighty conqueror And threw my former actions far behind. Dismayed! I thought you gave the foe your sor
Car. I love fair Leonora,—how I love her! Yet still I find (I know not how it is)
Alon. Oh, cruel insult! Are those tears your Another heart, another soul for thee.
sport, Thy friendship warms, it raises, it transports Which nothing but a love for you could draw ! Like music; pure the joy, without allay, Afric I quelled, in hope by that to purchase Whose very rapture is tranquillity:
Your leave to sigh unscorned ; but I complain But love, like wine, gives a tumultuous bliss,
not ; Heightened, indeed, beyond all mortal pleasures, | 'Twas but a world, and you are-Leonora. But mingles pangs and madness in the bowl. Leon. That passion, which you boast of, is your
guilt, Enter ZANGA.
A treason to your friend. You think mean of me, Zan. Manuel, my lord, returning from the To plead your crimes as motives of my love. port,
Ålon. You, madam,ought to thank those crimes On business both of moment and of haste, Humbly begs leave to speak in private with you. 'Tis they permit you to be thus inhuman,
Car. In private! Ha! Alonzo, I will return : Without the censure both of earth and heaven No business can detain me long from thee. (Exit. I fondly thought a last look might be kind,
Zun. My lord Alonzo, I obeyed your orders. Farewell for ever! This severe behaviour
Leon. Farewell for ever! Sweet to die ! Oh, It was unsafe to leave that part to me?
(Aside. Alon. Is not the day, then, fixed for your esa Alonzo, stay; you must not thus escape me,
pousals? But hear your guilt at large.
Leon. Indeed, my father once had thoughts dlon. Oh, Leonora ! What could 'I do! In duty to my friend, But, marking how the marriage pained my heart, I saw you ; and to see is to admire.
Long he stood doubtful; but at last resolved,
Alon. O, agony !
But plunge the dagger in my heart myself?
Leon. What! do you tremble lest you
should What would you more? Am I not most undone ?
be mine This usage is like stamping on the murdered, For what else can you tremble? Not for that When life is fled; most barbarous and unjust. My father places in your power to alter. Leon. If from your guilt none suffered but Alon. What's in my power? Oh, yes; to stab
yourself, It might be so -Farewell.
[Going Leon. To stab your friend were barbarous inAlon. Who suffers with me?'
deed; Leon. Enjoy your ignorance, and let me go. Spare him—and murder me. I own, Alonzo,
Alon. Alas! what is there I can fear to know, You well may wonder at such words as these; Since I already know your hate? Your actions I start at them myself; they fright my nature. Have long since told me that.
Great is my fault; but blame me not alone : Leon. They flattered you.
Give him a little blame who took suca pains Alon. How ! flattered me!
To make me guilty. Leon. Oh, search in fate no farther!
Alon. Torment ! [After a pause, LEON. speaks. I hate thee Oh, Alonzo, how I hate thee! Leon. O my shame! Alon. Indeed! and do you weep for hatred I sue, and sue in vain : it is most just; too?
When women sue, they sue to be denied. Oh, what a doubtful torment heaves my heart! You hate me, you despise me! you do well; I hope it most, and yet I dread it more.
For what I've done I hate and scorn myself. Should it be so—should her tears flow from thence, Oh, night, fall on me! I shall blush to death How would my soul blaze up in ecstacy!
Alon. First perish all !
Leon. Why would you force my stay? My father comes; what answer will you give
him? Leon. I weep by chance, nor have my tears Alon. What answer ! let me look upon that a meaning;
face, But, oh! when first I saw Alonzo's tears, And read it there.- Devote thee to another! I knew their meaning well !
Not to be borne! a second look undoes me. (ALON. falls passionately on his knees, and Leon. And why undo you? Is it then, my lord, takes her hand.
So terrible to yield to your own wishes, Alon. Heavens! what is this? That excellence, Because they happen to concur with mine? for which
Cruel! to take such pains to win a heart, Desire was planted in the heart of man; Which you was conscious you must break with Virtue's supreme reward on this side Heaven;
parting. The cordial of my soul-and this destroys me- Alon. No, Leonora, I am thine for ever, Indeed, I flattered me that thou didst hate.
[Runs and embruces her. Leon. Alonzo, pardon me the injury
In spite of Carlos-Ha! who's that? My friend ! Of loving you. I struggled with my passion,
[Starts wide from her. And struggled long : let that be some excuse. Alas, I see him pale! I hear him groan! Alon. Unkind, you know I think your love a He foams, he tears his hair, he raves, he bleeds, blessing
(I know him by myself) he dies distracted ! Beyond all human blessings ! 'tis the price Leon. How dreadful to be cut from what we Of sighs and groans, and a whole year of dying.
love! But, oh! the curse of curses !.
Alon. Ah, speak no more ! friend!
Leon. And tied to what we hate !
Leon. Was it for you, my lord, to be so quick Alon. Death!
Leon. Can you ? Think you so strong my love, or weak my virtue, Alon. Oh
Yes, take a limb; but let my virtue 'scape. Be it enough that I have once been guilty ;
[Breaks away. Ill suits a person honoured with your love.
I must deserve it by refusing it. How often have you sworn but go, for ever. Thus then I tear me from thy hopes for ever.
(Swoons. Shall I contribute to Alonzo's crimes ? Alon. Heart of my heart, and essence of my No, though the life-blood gushes from my heart.
You shall not be ashamed of Leonora; Where art thou ! -Oh, I'm thine, and thine for Or that late time may put our names together. ever!
Nay, never shrink; take back the bright example The groans
of friendship shall be heard no more. You lately lent; Oh, take it while you may, For whatsoever crime I can commit,
While I can give it you, and be immortal! (Exil. I've felt the pains already.
Alon. She's gone, and I shall see that face no Leon. Hold, Alonzo,
more, And hear a maid whom doubly thou hast con- But pine in absence, and till death adore. quered.
When with cold dew my fainting brow is hung, I love thy virtue as I love thy person,
And my eyes darken, from my faultering tongue And I adore thee for the pains it gave me : Her name will tremble with a feeble moan, But as I felt the pains, I'll reap the fruit ; And love with fate divide my dying groan. I'll shine out in my turn, and shew the world
[Erit. Thy great example was not lost upon me,
Zan. Not if his friend consented; and since
herEnter Don MANUEL and ZANGA.
Man. Yet, to ask it Zan. If this be true, I cannot blame your pain Has something shocking to a generous mind; For wretched Carlos ; 'tis but human in you. At least, Alonzo's spirit startles at it. But when arrived your dismal news ?
Wide is the distance between our despair, Man. This hour,
And giving up a mistress to another. Zan. What, not a vessel saved ?
But I must leave you. Carlos wants support Man. All, all the storm
In his severe affliction.
[Erit. Devoured; and now o'er his late envied fortune Zan. Ha, it dawns !The dolphins bound, and watry mountains roar, It rises to me, like a new-found world Triumphant in his ruin.
To mariners long time distressed at sca, Zan. Is Alvarez
Sore from a storm, and all their viands spent; Determined to deny his daughter to him? Or like the sun just rising out of chaos, That treasure was on shore; must that too join Some dregs of ancient night not quite purged off; The common wreck!
But I shall finish it.- Hoa, Isabella Mun. Alvarez pleads, indeed,
Enter ISABELLA. That Leonora's heart is disinclined, And pleads that only; so it was this morning, I thought of dying; better things come forward; When he concurred; the tempest broke the match, Vengcance is still alive; from hier dark covert, And sunk bis favour, when it sunk the gold. With all her snakes erect upon her crest, The love of gold is double in his heart,
She stalks in view, and fires me with her charms. The vice of age, and of Alvarez too.
When, Isabella, arrived Don Carlos here? 2an, How does Don Carlos bear it?
Isa. Two nights ago.
Zun. That was the very night
Zan. But is he then in absolute despair? Though yet but in the shell-I'll give it birth,
What time did he return?
Zan. Ha! was not that received with ecstacy Isa. No, my good lord.
Zan. No matter tell me, woman, Man. Yes, at first; but soon
Is not Alonzo rather brave than cautious, A damp came o'er him, it would kill his friend, Honest than subtle, above fraud himself,
Slow, therefore, to suspect it in another? Insult his broken heart the very moment ! Isa. You best can judge ; but so the world Zan. I understand you: but you'll wed herethinks of him.
after, Kan. Why, that was well-go, fetch my
tablets When your friend's gone, and his first pain ashither.
suaged. Two nights ago my father's sacred shade
Alon. Am I to blame in that? Thrice stalked around my bed, and smiled upon Zan. My lord, I love me;
Your very errors; they are born from virtue. He smiled a joy then little understood
Your friendship (and what nobler passion claims It must be so—and if so, it is vengeance The heart ?) does lead you blindfold to your ruin. Worth waking of the dead for.
Consider, wherefore did Alvarez break
Don Carlos' match, and wherefore urge Alonzo's? Re-enter ISABELLA with the tablets; ZANGA
'Twas the same cause, the love of wealth. Towrites, then reads as to himself. Thus it stands
May see Alonzo in Don Carlos' fortune; The father's fixed-Don Carlos cannot wed- A higher bidder is a better friend, Alonzo may
-but that will hurt his friend- And there are princes sigh for Leonora. Nor can he ask his leave-or, if he did,
When your friend's gone you'll wed; why, then, He might not gain it-It is hard to give
the cause, Our own consent to ills, though we must bear Which gives you Leonora now, will cease. them.
Carlos has lost her; should you lose her too, Were it not then a master-piece, worth all Why, then you heap new torments on your friend, The wisdom I can boast, first to persuade By that respect which laboured to relieve him. Alonzo to request it of his friend,
"I'is well—he is disturbed; it makes him pause. His friend to grant-then from that very grant,
Aside. The strongest proof of friendship man can give, Alon. Think'st thou, my Zanga, should I ask (And other motives) to work out a cause
Don Carlos, Of jealousy, to rack Alonzo's peace ?
His goodness would consent that I should wed I have turned o'er the catalogue of human woes,
Alon. But then the cruelty
Zun. Methinks you are severe upon your friend. To thee, thou conflagration of the soul !
Who was it gave him liberty and life? Thou king of torments, thou grand counterpoise Alon. That is the very reason which forbids it. For all the transports beauty can inspire ! Were I a stranger, I could freely speak : Isa. Alonzo comes this way.
In me it so resembles a demand, Zan. Most opportunely.
Exacting of a debt, it shocks my nature. Withdraw -Ye subtle dæmons, which reside Zan. My lord, you know the sad alternative.
(Exit Isa. Is Leonora worth one pang, or not? In courts, and do your work with bows and smiles, It hurts not me, my lord, but as I love you: That little enginery, more mischievous
Warmly as you I wish Don Carlos well, Than fleets and armies, and the cannon's murder, But I am likewise Don Alonzo's friend : Teach me to look a lie ; give me your maze There all the difference lies between us two. Of gloomy thought and intricate design, In me, my lord, you hear another self; To catch the man I hate, and then devour !- And, give me leave to add, a better too,
Cleared from those errors, which, though caused Enter Don ALONZO.
by virtue, My lord, I give you joy.
Are such as may hereafter give you painAlon. of what, good Zanga?
Don Lopez of Castile would not demur thus. Zan. Is not the lovely Leonora yours?
Alon, Perish the name! What, sacrifice the Alon. What will become of Carlos?
fair Zan. He's your friend ;
To age and ugliness, because set in gold? And since he can't espouse the fair himself, I'll to Don Carlos, if my heart will let me. Will take some comfort from Alonzo's fortune. I have not seen him since his sore affliction; Alon. Alas, thou little know'st the force of But shuņned it, as too terrible to bear. love!
How shall I bear it now? I'm struck already. Love reigns a sultan with unrivalled sway ;
[Erit. Puts all relations, friendship’s self
Zan. Half of my work is done. I must secure If once he's jealous of it. I love Carlos ; Don Carlos, ere Alonzo speak with him. Yet well I know what pangs I felt this morning (He gives a message to a Servant, then returns. At his intended nuptials. For myself
Proud hated Spain, oft drenched in Moorish I then felt pains, which now for him I feel.
blood ! Zan. Yoa will not wed her then
Dost thou not feel a deadly foe within thee? Alon, Not instantly,
Shake not thy towers where'er I pass along,