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That thus could melt to see a stranger's wrongs. Alm. Oh, no, thou knowest not half,
Tell me; I know thou wouldst; thou art comThou hadst no cause, but general compassion.
passionate. Leon. Love of my royal mistress gave me
Leon. Witness these tears cause;
Alm. I thank thee, Leonora — My love of you begot my grief for him;
Indeed I do, for pitying thy sad mistress : For I had heard, that when the chance of war For 'tis, alas! the poor prerogative · Had blessed Anselmo's arms with victory, Of greatness to be wretched, and unpitiedAnd the rich spoil of all the field, and you, But I did promise I would tell thee What? The glory of the whole, were made the prey My miseries! Thou dost already know them : Of his success; that then, in spite of hate, And when I told thee thou didst nothing know, Revenge, and that hereditary feud
It was because thou didst not know Alphonso : Between Valentia's and Granada's kings, For to have known my loss, thou must have He did endear himself to your affection,
known By all the worthy and indulgent ways
His worth, his truth, and tenderness of love. His most industrious goodness could invent; Leon. The memory of that brave prince stands Proposing, by a match between Alphonso,
fair His son, the brave Valentian prince, and you,
In all report To end the long dissention, and unite
And I have heard imperfectly his loss ; The jarring crowns.
But, fearful to renew your troubles past, Alm. Alphonso ! O Alphonso !
I never did
to ask the story. Thou too art quiet---long hast been at peace. Alm. If for my swelling heart I can, I'll tell Both, both ! father and son are now no more.
thee. Then why am I? Oh, when shall I have rest? I was a welcome captive in Valentia, Why do I live to say you are no more? Even on the day when Manuel, my father, Why are all these things thus? Is it of force? Led on his conquering troops high as the gates Is there necessity I must be miserable?
Of king Anselmo's palace; which, in rage, Is it of moment to the peace of heaven,
And heat of war, and dire revenge, he fired. That I should be afflicted thus? If not,
The good king, flying to avoid the flames, Why is it thus contrived ? Why are things laid Started amidst his foes, and made captivity By soine unseen hand, so, as of sure consequence, His fatal refuge—Would that I had fallen They must to me bring curses, grief of heart, Amidst those fames—but 'twas not so decreed. The last distress of life, and sure despair? Alphonso, who foresaw my father's cruelty, Leon. Alas! you search too far, and think too Had borne the queen and me on board a ship, deeply.
Ready to sail; and, when this news was brought, Alm. Why was I carried to Anselmo's court ? We put to sea; but being betrayed by some Or there, why was I used so tenderly?
Who knew our flight, we closely were pursued Why not ill-treated, like an enemy?
And almost taken; when a sudden storin For so my father would have used his child. Drove us, and those that followed, on the coast Oh, Alphonso, Alphonso !
Of Afric: There our vessel struck the shore, Devouring seas have washed thee from my sight-And, bulging 'gainst a rock, was dashed in pieces; No time shall raze thee from my memory; But heaven spared me for yet much more afflicNo, I will live to be thy monument :
tion ! The cruel ocean is no more thy tomb,
Conducting them who followed us, to shun, But in my heart thou art interred; there, there, the shore, and save me floating on the waves, Thy dear resemblance is for ever fixed;
While the good queen and my Alphonso perishMy love, my lord, my husband still, though lost.
ed. Leon. Husband ! Oh, Heavens !
Leon. Alas! were you then wedded to AlAlm. Alas! what have I said? My grief has hurryed me beyond all thought. Alm. That day, that fatal day, our hands were I would have kept that secret; though I know joined, Thy love, and faith to me deserve all confidence. For when my lord beheld the ship pursuing, But 'tis the wretch's comfort still to have
And saw her rate so far exceeding ours, Some small reserve of near and, inward woe, He came to me, and begged me by my love, Some unsuspected hoard of darling grief, I would consent the priest should make us one; Which they unseen may, wail, and weep, and That, whether death or victory ensued, mourn,
I might be his, beyond the power of fate; And, glutton-like, alone devour,
The queen too did assist his suit-1 granted; Leon. Indeed,
And in one day was wedded and a widow. I knew not this.
Leon. Indeed 'twas mournful
Alm. Twas as I have told thee
Nor violence-I feel myself more light,
Leon. I will attend you.
The king is just arrived.
Alm. Conduct him in.
[Erit Alon. Which are diffused through the revolving year, That's his pretence; his errand is, I know, Come heavy laden with the oppressing weight To fill my ears with Garcia's valiant deeds, To me; with me successively, they leave And gild and magnify his son's exploits. The sighs, the tears, the groans, the restless But I ain armed with ice around my heart, cares,
Not to be warmed with words, or idle eloquence.
head: The sun, bright conquest, and your brighter eyes, Then fly with joy and swiftness troin me. Ilave all conspired to blaze promiscuous light,
[Shouts at a distance. And bless this day with most unequalled lustre. Leon. Ilark!
Your royal father, my victorious lord,
This torrent of your grief; for, this I fear, Five hundred mules precede his solemın march,
Chariots of war, adorned with glittering gems,
That bound and foam, and champ the golden bit,
Prisoners of war in shining fetters follow; First, die ten thousand deaths-- Look down, look And captains of the noblest blood of Afric down,
Sweat by his chariot wheel, and lick and grind,
Would feed its faculty of admiration;
you alone retire, and shun this sight; Bv any action, word, or thought, to wed
This sight, which is indeed not seen (though Another lord, may then just heaven shower down twice Cnheard of curses on me, greater far
The multitude should gaze) in absence of your (It such there be in angry heaven's vengeance)
eyes. Than any I have yet endured! And now (Rising. Alm. My lord, my eyes ungratefully behold My heart bas some relief; having so well The gilded trophies of exterior honours; Discharged this debt, incumbent on my love. Nor will my ears be charmed with sounding Yet, one thing more I would engage froin thee.
But that my father is returned in safety,
Gon. Excellent princess !
But 'tis a task unfit for my weak age,
Leor. Alas! I fear some fatal resolution. Has better done; in proving with his sword
May do his future fortune, or his name.
Pier. I tell thee, Heaven and I are friends :
Rapine, or perjury, or vile deceiving ;
[Kisses her. Nor am a foe to the most strong believers, Bel. Another, sure another,
Howe'er my own short-sighted faith confine me. For that poor little one you have taken such Fri. But an all-seeing Judgemen
Pier. You say my conscience I will give it him truly.
Must be my accuser; I have searched that conJuf. So now, farewell!
sciencc, Bel. For ever?
And find no records there of crimes, that scare Jaf. Heaven knows for ever; all good angels guard thee.
[Exit. Fri. 'Tis strange, you should want faith. Bel. All ill ones 'sure had charge of me this Pier. You want to lead moment.
My reason blind-fold, like a hampered lion, Cursed be my days, and doubly cursed my nights, Checked of its nobler vigour; then, when baited Which I must now mourn out with widowed Down to obedient tameness, make it couch, tears;
And shew strange tricks, which you call signs of
This fellow write no lies of my
conversion, How I could bleed, how burn, how drown, the Because he has crept upon my troubled hours. Huzzing and booming round my sinking head,
Jaf. Hold: eyes be dry;
Pier. Yet nearer.
Juf. Crawling on my knees,
[They raise her. And prostrate on the earth, let me approach thee: Pri. Run, seize, and bring her safely home; How shall I look up to thy injured face, Guard her as you would life! Alas, poor crea- That always used to smile with friendship on me? ture!
It darts an air of so much manly virtue, Bel, What to my husband! then conduct me That I, methinks, look little in thy sight, quickly;
And stripes are fitter for me, than embraces. Are all things ready? Shall we die most glori Pier. Dear to my arms, though thou hast unously?
done my fame, Say not a word of this to my old father :
I can't forget to love thee. Prithee, Jaffier, Murmuring streams, soft shades, and springing Forgive that filthy blow my passion dealt thee; flowers!
I'm now preparing for the land of peace, Lutes, laurels, seas of milk, and ships of amber! And fain would have the charitable wishes
(E.reunt. Of all good men, like thee, to bless my journey.
Jaf. Good! I am the vilest creature, worse
Suffered the shameful fate, thou’rt going to taste Opening, discovers a scaffold, and a wheel prepa
of, red for the execution of Pierre; then enter Why was I sent for to be used thus kindly? Officer, Pierre, and Guards, a Friur, Erecu- Cali, call me villain, as I am! describe tioner, and a great rabble.
The foul complexion of my hateful deeds: Offi. Room, room there--stand all by, make Lead me to the rack, and stretch me in thy stead! soon for the prisoner.
I have erimes enough to give it its full load, Pier. My friend not come yet?
And do it credit : thou wilt but spoil the use of Fri. Why are you so obstinate?
itPier. Why you so troublesome, that a poor And honest men hereafter bear its figure wretch can't dic in peace,
About them, as a charm from treacherous friendBut you, like ravens, will be croaking round ship. him
Ofi. The time grows short, your friends are Pri. Vet llcaven
Jaf. Ha! is it then so? Pier. Yes, dead, Jaffier; they have all died like Pier. Most certainly. *men, too,
Jaf. I'll do it. Worthy their character.
Pier. Remember. 'Jaf. And what must I do?
. Sir! Pier. Oh, Jaffier!
Pier. Come, now I'm ready, Jaf. Speak loud thy burthened soul,
[He and Jaffier ascend the scaffold. And tell thy troubles to thy tortured friend. Captain, you should be a gentleman' of honour; Pier. Friend! Couldst thou yet be a friend, a Keep off the rabble; that I may have room generous friend,
To entertain my fate, and die with decency. I might hope comfort from thy noble sorrows. Come. Heaven knows, I want a friend.
[Takes off his gown, executioner preJaf. And I a kind one,
pares to bind him. That would not thus scorn my repenting virtue,
Offi. Stand off, priest.
Pier. 'I thank you, sir. [To the Officer. But it shall be to see thy fall revenged
You'll think on't?
[To Jaffier. At such a rate, as Venice long shall groan for. Jaf. It won't grow stale before tomorrow. Pier. Wilt thou?
Pier. Now, Jaffier! now I'm going. NowJaf. I will, by Heaven.
(Executioner having bound him. Pier. Then still thou art noble,
Jaf. Have at thee, And I forgive thee. Oh!-yet-shall I trust Thou honest heart, then--here! [Stabs him. thee?
And this is well too.
[Stabs himself Jaf. No; I have been false already.
Fri, Damnable deed! Pier. Dost thou love me?
Pier. Now thou hast indeed been faithful. Jaf. Rip up my heart, and satisfy thy doubtings! This was done nobly-We have deceived the sePier. Curse on this weakness ! Jaf. Tears! Amazement! Tears!
Jaf. Bravely. I never saw thee melted thus before;
Pier. Ha, ha, ha -oh! oh! [Dies. And know there's something labouring in thy bo Jaf. Now, ye cursed rulers, som,
Thus of the blood ye have shed I make a libaThat must have vent: Though I am a villain, tell tion,
And sprinkle it mingling. May it rest upon you, Pier. See'st thou that engine?
And all your race! Be henceforth peace a stran[Pointing to the wheel.
ger Jaf. Why?
Within your walls; let plagues and famine waste Pier. Is it fit a soldier, who has lived with Your generation-Oh, poor Belvidera ! honour,
Sir, I have a wife, bear this in safety to her, Fought nation's quarrels, and been crowned with A token, that with my dying breath I blessed her, conquest,
And the dear little infant left behind me. Be exposed a common carcase on a wheel? I'm sick I'm quiet.
(Dies. Jaf. Ha!
Offi. Bear this news to the senate, Pier. Speak! is it fitting?
Aud guard their bodies, till there's further orders. Jaf. Fitting !
Heaven grant I die so well! Pier. Yes; is it fitting?
them. Jaf. What's to be done? Pier. I'd have thee undertake
Soft Music.- Enter BELVIDERA distracted, led Offi. The day grows late, sir.
by two of her Women, PRIULI and Servants. Pier. I'll make haste. Oh, Jaffier !
Pri. Strengthen her heart with patience, pityThough thou'st betrayed me, do me some way ing Heaven! justice,
Bel. Come, come, come, come, come, nay, Jaf. No more of that: thy wishes shall be sa come to bed,
Prithee, my love! The winds; hark how they I have a wife, and she shall bleed: my child, too, whistle; Yield up his little throat, and all
And the rain beats: Oh! how the weather To appease thee
shrinks me! [Going away, Pierre holds him. You are angry now, who cares? Pish, no indeed, Pier. No-this- no more.
Chuse then; I say you shall not go, you shall not; [He whispers Jaffier. Whip your ill-nature; get you gone then. Oh!
The force and influence of your matchless charms. With her rejoicings. What, to mourn and weep!
Alm. I doubt not of the worth of Garcia's deeds, Then, then to weep, and pray, and grieve ! by Which had been brave, though I had ne'er been heaven, born.
There's not a slave, a shackled slave of mine, Leon. Madam, the king. [Flourish. But should have snuiled that hour, through all his Alm. My women. I would meet him.
[Attendants to Almeria enter in mourning. And shook his chains, in transport and rude harSymphony of warlike music.
Enter the King,
Gon. What she has done, was in excess of attended by Garcia and several officers. Files
goodness; of prisoners in chains, and guards, who are rang. Betrayed by too much piety, to seem ed in order round the stuge. Almeria meets
As it she had offended. -Sure, no more. the King, and kneels: afterwards GONSALEZ
King. To seem is to commit, at this conjunckneels and kisses the King's hand, while Garcia does the same to the princess.
I would not have a seeming sorrow seen King. Almeria, rise-My best Gonsalez, rise. To-day.-Retire; divest yourself with speed What, tears ! my good old friend
Of that offensive black: on me be all Gon. But tears of joy.
The violation of your vow; for you Believe me, sir, to see you thus, has filled It shall be your excuse, that I command it. Mine eyes with more delight than they can hold. Gar. [Kneeling.) Your pardon, sir, if I preKing. By heaven, thou lovest me, and I'm
sume so far, pleased thou dost;
As to remind you of your gracious promise. Take it for thanks, old man, that I rejoice
King. Rise, Garcia-I forgot. To see thee weep on this occasion-Some
Almeria. Here are, who seem to mourn at our success. Alm. My boding heart !-What is your pleaWhy is it, Almeria, that you meet our eyes, Upon this solemn day, in these sad weeds? King. Draw near, and give your hand, and, In opposition to my brightness, you
Garcia, yours: And yours are all like daughters of affliction. Receive this lord, as one whom I have found Alm. Forgive me, sir, if I in this offend.
Worthy to be your husband, and my son. The year, which I have vowed to pay to heaven, Gar. Thus let me kneel to take not to takeIn mourning and strict life, for my deliverance But to devote, and yield myself for ever From wreck and death, wants yet to be expired. | The slave and creature of my royal mistress! King. Your zeal to heaven is great, so is your Gon. O let me prostrate pay my worthless debt:
thanks Yet something, too, is due to me, who gave King. No more; my promise long since passThat life, which heaven preserved. A day be ed, thy services, stowed
And Garcia's well-tried valour, all oblige me. In filial duty, had atoned and given
This day we triumph; but to-morrow's sun, A dispensation to your vow—No more! Garcia, shall shine to grace thy nuptials'Twas weak and wilful and a woman's error. Alm. Oh!
[Faints. Yet, upon thought, it doubly wounds my sight, Gar. She faints! Help to support her. To see that sable worn upon the day,
Gon. She recovers. Succeeding that, in which our deadliest foe, King. A fit of bridal fear. How is't, Almeria? Hated Anselmo, was interred-By heaven, Alm. A sudden chillness seizes on my spirits. It looks as thou didst mourn for him! just so Your leave, sir, to retire. Thy senseless vow appeared to bear its date, King. Garcia, conduct her. Not from that hour wherein thou wert preserved, [Garcia leads Almeria to the door, and returns. But that wherein the cursed Alphonso perished. This idle vow hangs on her woman's fears; Ha! What? thou dost not weep to think of that! I'll have a priest shall preach her from her faith, Gon. Have patience, royal sir; the princess And make it sin, not to renounce that vow weeps
Which I'd have broken. Now, what would To have offended you. If fate decreed,
Enter ALONZO. King. I tell thee she's to blame, not to have Alon. Your beauteous captive, Zara, is arrived, feasted
And with a train as if she still were wife When my first foe was laid in earth, such enmity, To Albucacim, and the Moor had conquered. Such detestation bears my blood to his ;
King. It is our will she should be so attended. My daughter should have revelled at his death, Bear hence these prisoners. Garcia, which is he, She should have made these palace walls to shake, Of whose mute valour you relate such wonders ? And all this high and ample roof to ring
[Prisoners led off