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ACT II. .
She stalks in view, and fires me with her charms.
When, Isabella, arrived Don Carlos here?
Isu. Two nights ago.
It has the essence of the crocodile, Man. This hour.
Though yet but in the shell-I'll give it birthZan. What, not a vessel saved ?
What time did he return?
Isa. At midnight.
Isa. No, mny good lord.
Zan. No matter—tell me, woman, Determined to deny bis daughter to him? Is not Alonzo rather brave than cautious, That treasure was on shore; must that too join Honest than subtle, above fraud himself, The common wreck?
Slow, therefore, to suspect it in another? Man. Alvarez pleads, indeed,
Isa. You best can judge; but so the world That Leonora's heart is disinclined,
thinks of him. And pleads that only; so it was this morning, Zan. Why, that was well-go, fetch my tablets When he concurred : the tempest broke the hither.
[Erit Isa. match,
Two nights ago my father's sacred shade And sunk his favour, when it sunk the gold. Thrice stalked around my bed, and smiled upon The love of gold is double in his heart,
me; The vice of age, and of Alvarez too.
He smiled a joy then little understoodZan. How does Don Carlos bear it?
It must be so-and if so, it is vengeance
Worth waking of the dead for.
Re-enter ISABELLA with the tablets ; ZAXGA Zan. But is he then in absolute despair?
urites, then reads as to himself. Man. Never to see his Leonora more.
Thus it standsAnd, quite to quench all future hope, Alvarez The father's fixed-Don Carlos cannot wedUrges Alonzo to espouse his daughter
Alonzo may--but that will hurt his friendThis very day; for he has learnt their loves. Nor can he ask his leave-or, if he did,
2an. Ha! was not that received with ecstacy He might not gain it-It is hard to give By Don Alonzo?
Our own consent to ills, though we must bear Man. Yes, at first; but soon
them. A damp came o'er him, it would kill his friend. Were it not then a master-piece, worth all Zan. Not if his friend consented : and since | The wisdom I can boast, first to persuade
Alonzo to request it of his friend, He cannot himself
His friend to grant—then from that very grant, Mun. Yet, to ask it
The strongest proof of friendship man can give, Has something shocking to a generous mind; (And other motives) to work out a cause At least, Alonzo's spirit startles at it.
Of jealousy, to rack Alonzo's peace? Wide is the distance between our despair, I have turned o'er the catalogue of human woes, And giving up a mistress to another.
Which sting the heart of man, and find none eBut I must leave you. Carlos wants support
qual. In his severe affliction.
[Erit. It is the Hydra of calamities, Zan. Ha, it dawns !
The seven-fold death; the jealous are the damned. It rises to me, like a new-found world
Oh, jealousy, each other passion's calm To mariners long time distressed at sea,
To thec, thou conflagration of the soul ! Sore from a storin, and all their viands spent; Thou king of torments, thou grand counterpoise Or like the sun just rising out of chaos,
For all the transports beauty can inspire ! Some dregs of ancient night not quite purged off.
Isa. Alonzo comes this way. But I shall finish it.—Hoa, Isabella!
Zun. Most opportunely.
Withdraw-Ye subtle dæmons, which reside Enter ISABELLA.
[Exit Isa. I thought of dying; better things come forward; In courts, and do your work with bows and Vengeance is still alive; from her dark covert,
smiles, With all her snakes erect upon her crest, That little enginery, more mischievous
Than fleets and armies, and the cannon's murder, Is Leonora worth one pang or not?
Warmly as you I wish Don Carlos well;
There all the difference lies between us two. Enter Don ALONZO.
In me, iny lord, you hear another self; My lord, I give you joy.
And, give me leave to add, a better too, Alon. Of what, good Zanga?
Cleared from those errors, which, though caused Zun. Is not the lovely Leonora yours?
by virtue, Alon. What will become of Carlos?
Are such as may hereafter give you painZan. He's your friend ;
Don Lopez of Castile would not demur thus. And since he can't espouse the fair himself, Alon. Perish the name
ne! What, sacrifice the Will take some comfort froin Alonzo's fortune.
fair Alon. Alas, thou little know'st the force of To age and ugliness, because set in gold? love!
I'll to Don Carlos, if my heart will let me. Love reigns a sultan with unrivalled sway; I have not seen him since his sore affliction; Puts all relations, friendship's self to death, But shunned it, as too terrible to bear. If once he's jealous of it. I love Carlos;
How shall I bear it now? I'in struck already. Yet well I know what pangs I felt this morning
[Erit. At his intended nuptials. For myself
Zun. Half of my work is done. I must secure I then felt pains, which now for himn I feel. Don Carlos, ere Alonzo speak with him. Zan. You will not wed her then ?
[He gives a message to a servant, then returns. Alon. Not instantly.
Proud hated Spain, oft drenched in Moorish Insult his broken heart the very moment !
blood ! Zan. I understand you: but you'll wed here- Dost thou not feel a deadly foe within thee? after,
Shake not thy towers where'er I pass along, When your friend's gone, and his first pain as Conscious of ruin, and their great destroyer? suaged.
Shake to the centre, if Alonzo's dear! Alon. Am I to blame in that?
Look down, oh, holy prophet! see me torture Zan. My lord, I love
This Christian dog, this infidel, who dares Your very errors; they are born from virtue. To smite thy votaries, and spurn thy law; Your friendship (and what nobler passion claims And yet hopes pleasure from two radiant eyes, The heart?) does lead you blindfold to your ruin. Which look as they were lighted up for thee! Consider, wherefore did Alvarez break
Shall he enjoy thy paradise below? Don Carlos' match, and wherefore urge Alonzo's? Blast the bold thought, and curse him with her 'Twas the same cause, the love of wealth. To
But sce, the melancholy lover comes.
Enter Don Carlos.
Car. Hope, thou hast told me lies from day to When your friend's gone you'll wed; why, then, day,
For more than twenty years ; vile promiser ! Which gives you Leonora now,
None here are happy, but the very fool,
[Aside. Even joys are pains, because they cannot last. Alon. Think'st thou, my Zanga, should I ask
(Sighs. Don Carlos,
Yet much is talked of bliss; it is the art His goodness would consent that I should wed of such as have the world in their possession, her?
To give it a good name, that fools may envy; Zan. I know it would.
For envy to small minds is flattery. Alon. But then the cruelty
How many lift the head, look gay, and smile To ask it, and for me to ask it of him !
Against their consciences ! and this we know, Zan. Methinks you are severe upon your friend. Yet, knowing, disbelieve, and try again Who was it gave him liberty and life?
What we have tried, and struggle with conviction. Alon. That is the very reason which forbids it. Each new experience gives the former credit; Were I a stranger I could freely speak: And reverend grey threescore is but a voucher, In me it so resembles a demand,
That thirty told us true. Exacting of a debt, it shocks my nature.
Zan. My noble lord, Zan. My lord, you know the sad alternative. I mourn your fate: But are no hopes surviving?
Car. No hopes. Alvarez has a heart of steel. Zan, No, my good lord; but since you cant 'Tis fixed—'tis past—'tis absolute despair !
For had I not, Alonzo would indeed
Car. I understand you well. Alonzo loves; Car. By my decree! Do I decree his death? I pity him.
I do-Shall I then lead her to his arms? zan. I dare be sworn you do.
Oh, which side shall I take? Be stabbed, orYet he has other thoughts.
stab? Car. What canst thou mean?
'Tis equal death! a choice of agonies? Zan. Indeed he has; and fears to ask a favour Ah, no! all other agonies are ease A stranger from a stranger might request;
--Oh, Leonora! never, never! What costs you nothing, yet is all to him: Go, Zanga, go, defer the dreadful trial, Nay, what indeed will to your glory add, Though but a day; something, perchance, may For nothing more than wishing your friend well. happen
Car. I pray, be plain ; his happiness is mine. To soften all to friendship and to love. Zan. He loves to death; but so reveres his Go, stop my friend, let me not see him now; friend,
But save us from an interview of death. He can't persuade his heart to wed the maid Zun. My lord, I ain bound in duty to obey Without your leave, and that he fears to ask.
you In perfect tenderness I urged him to it,
If I not bring him, may Alonzo prosper! (Erit, Knowing the deadly sickness of his heart,
Car. What is this world? Thy school, Oh miYour overflowing goodness to your friend, Your wisdom, and despair yourself to wed her, Our only lesson is to learn to suffer; I wrung a promise froin him he would try: And he, who knows not that, was born for noAnd now I come, a mutual friend to both,
thing. Without his privacy, to let you know it,
Though deep my pangs, and heavy at my heart, And to prepare you kindly to receive him. My comfort is, each moment takes away
Car. Ha! if he weds I am undone indeed; A grain, at least, from the dead load that's on Not Don Alvarez' self can then relieve me.
me, Zan. Alas, my lord, you know his heart is steel: And gives a nearer prospect of the grave. 'Tis fixed, 'tis past, 'tis absolute despair. But put it most severely-should I live
Car. Oh, cruel Ileaven! and is it not enough Live long-alas, there is no length in time ! That I must never, never see him more? Not in thy time, Oh man ! - What's fourscore Say, is it not enough that I must die;
years? But I must be tormented in the grave?-- Nay, what, indeed, the age of time itself, Ask my consent !-Must I then give her to him? Since cut from out eternity's wide round? Lead to his nuptial shects the blushing maid? Away, then ! To a mind resolved and wise, Oh! Leonora! never, never, never !
There is an impotence in misery, Zan. A storm of plagues upon him! he refuses. Which makes me smile, when all its shafts are
[Aside. Car. What, wed her?—and to-day?
Yet Leonora—she can make time long, Zan. To-day, or never,
Its nature alter, as she altered mine. To-morrow may some wealthier lover bring, While in the lustre of her charms I lay, And then Alonzo is thrown out like you : Whole summer suns rolled unperceived away; Then whom shall he condemn for his misfortune? I years for days, and days for moments told, Carlos is an Alvarez to his love.
And was surprised to hear that I grew old.
And every moment is an age of pain.
As he is going out, enter ZaNgA and Don Aloy. I dare not disbelieve you.
ZANGA stops Don Carlos. Car. Kill my friend!
Zan. Is this Don Carlos this the boasted Or worse-Alas! and can there be a worse?
friend? A worse there is; nor can my nature bear it. How can you turn your back upon his sadness? Zun. You have convinced me 'tis a dreadful Look on bim, and then leave him if you can. task.
Whose sorrows thus depress him? Not his own : I find Alonzo's quitting her this morning This moment he could wed without your leave, For Carlos' sake, in tenderness to you,
Car. I cannot yield; nor can I bear hiş Betrayed me to believe it less severe
griefs. Than I perceive it is.
Alonzo! Going to him, and taking his hand, Car, Thou dost upbraid me.
Alon. Oh, Carlos !
Zan. To peace.
Car. Pray, forbear.
Which, like a dæmon, writhes him to and fro; Alon. Art thou undone, and shall Alonzo And shall I pour in new? No, fond desire! smile?
No, love! one pang at parting, and farewell. Alonzo, who, perhaps, in some degree
I have no other love but Carlos now, Contributed to cause thy dreadful fate?
Car. Alas! my friend, why with such eager I was deputed guardian of thy love;
grasp But, Oh, I loved myself! Pour down afflictions Dost press my hand, and weep upon my cheek? On this devoted head, make me your mark; Alon. If, after death, our forms (as some beAnd be the world by my example taught,
lieve) Ilow sacred it should hold the name of friend! Shall be transparent, naked every thought, Car. You charge yourself unjustly; well I And friends meet friends, and read each other's know
hearts, The only cause of my severe affliction.
Thou'lt know one day that thou wert held most Alvarez, cursed Alvarez! So much anguish,
dear. Felt for so small a failure, is one merit
Farewell. Which faultless virtue wants. The crime was Car. Alonzo, stay-he cannot speakmine,
[Holds him. Who placed thee there, where only thou couldst Lest it should grieve me-Shall I be outdone? fail;
And lose in glory, as I lose in love? (Aside. Though well I knew that dreadful post of honour I take it much unkindiy, my Alonzo, I gave thee to maintain. Ah! who could bear You think so meanly of me, not to speak, Thuse eyes unhurt? The wounds myself have felt, When well I know your heart is near to burst(Which wounds alone should cause mne to con
ing. demn thee)
Have you forgot how you have bound me to you? They plead in thy excuse; for I too strove Your smallest friendship's liberty and life. To shun those fires, and found 'twas not in man. Alon. There, there it is, my friend! it cuts me Alon. You cast in shades the failure of a
How dreadful is it to a generous mind And soften all; but think not to deceive me; To ask, when sure he cannot be denied ! I know my guilt, and I implore your pardon, Car. How greatly thought! In all he towers As the sole glimpse I can obtain of peace.
[ Aside. Car. Pardon for him, who but this morn- Then you confess you would ask something of ing threw
me? Fair Leonora from his heart, all bathed
Alon. No, on my soul. In ceaseless tears, and blushing for her love! Zan. (To Alon.] Then lose her. Who, like a rose-leaf wet with morning dew, Car. Glorious spirit ! Would have stuck close, and clung for ever Why what a pang has he run through for this ! there!
By Heaven, I envy hin his agonies. But 'twas in thee, through fondness for thy friend, Why was not mine the most illustrious lot, To shut thy bosom against ecstacies;
Of starting at one action from below, For which, while this pulse beats, it beats to And Alaming up into consummate greatness ?
Ha! angels strengthen me !-It shall be so While this blood flows, it flows for
my Alonzo, I cannot want strength. Great actions, once conAnd every wish is levelled at thy joy.
ceived, Zan. [To Alonzo.) My lord, iny lord, this is Strengthen like wine, and animate the soul, your time to speak.
And call themselves to being. (Aside.] My Alon. (To Zun.) Because he's kind? It there Alonzo ! fore is the worst ;
Since thy great soul disdains to make request, For 'tis his kindness which I fear to hurt.
Receive with favour that I make to thee.
Car. Pray observe me well.
Fate and Alvarez tore her from my heart, No, I may die; but I can never speak.
And, plucking up my love, they had well nigh Car. Now, now it comes! they are concert- Plucked up life too, for they were twined to
gether. The first word strikes me dead-Oh, Leonora ! Of that no more
-What now does reason bid? And shall another taste her fragrant breath? I cannot wed--Farewell my happiness! Who knows what after-time may bring to pass ? But, O my soul, with care provide for hers! Fathers may change, and I may wed her still. In life, how weak, how helpless is woman!
(Aside. Soon hurt; in happiness itself unsafe, Alon. (To Zan.) Do I not see him quite pos- And often wounded while she plucks the rose; sessed with anguish,
So properly the object of affliction,
That Heaven is pleased to make distress become For such occasions. Silence, tears, embraces, her,
Are languid eloquence; I'll seek relief And dresses her most amiably in tears.
In absence from the pain of so much goodness, Take then my heart in dowry with the fair! There thank the blest above, thy sole superiors, Be thou her guardian, and thou must be mine; Adore, and raise my thoughts of them by thee. Shut out the thousand pressing ills of life
[Erit. With thy surrounding arms—Do this, and then Zan. Thus far success has crowned
boldest Set down the liberty and life thou gavest me,
hope. As little things, as essays of thy goodness, My next care is to hasten these new nuptials, And rudiments of friendship so divine.
"And then my master-works begin to play. Alon. There is a grandeur in thy goodness to
Why this was greatly done, without one sigh
And let it flow. I would not grieve my friend
Burst their confinment with impetuous sway,
O'er-swell all bounds, and bear even life away :
Scarce had the priest the holy rite performed,
When I, by sacred inspiration, forged
That letter, which I trusted to thy hand;
From happy Carlos to fair Leonora,
Isa. I quickly dropt it in the bride's apartment,
From out my secret stand. He took it up;
Pale and aghast awhile my victim stood,
Disguised a sigh or two, and puffed them from
him; My Isabella!
Then rubbed his brow, and took it up again.
At first he looked as if he meant to read it;
At least not mortally.