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While it might look like an excuse to thee,
Zan. Indeed! I scorned to vindicate my innocence;
Alon. By Ileaven! Oh, give him to my fury ! But I let thy rashness know, the wound, Zun. Born for your use, I live but to oblige you. Which least I feel, is that my dagger made. Know, then, 'twas-I.
[Isabella leads out Leonora. Alon. Am I awake? Alon. Ha! was this woman guilty ?--- And if
Zan. For ever. not
Thy wife is guiltless-that's one transport to me; How my thoughts darken that way! Grant, kind | And I, I let thee know it—that's another. Heaven,
I urged Don Carlos to resign his mistress,
[Swoons. Is it in man the sore distress to bear,
Zun. Why, this is well-why, this is blow for When hope itself is blackened to despair,
blow! When all the bliss I pant for, is to gain, Where are you? Crown me, shadow me with In hell, a refuge from severer pain? [Erit. laurels,
Ye spirits who delight in just revenge!
Let Europe and her pallid sons go weep;
Let Afric and her hundred thrones rejoice :
Oh, my dear countrymen, look down, and see Zan. How stands the great account 'twixt me How I bestride your prostrate conqueror ! and vengeance?
I tread on haughty Spain, and all her kings. Though much is paid, yet still it owes me much, But this is mercy, this is my indulgence ; And I will not abate a single groan
'Tis peace, 'tis refuge from my indignation. Ha! that were well-but that were fatal too- I must awake him into horrors. Hoa ! Why, be it som -Revenge, so truly great, Alonzo, hoa! the Moor is at the gate ! Would come too cheap, if bought with less than | A wake, invincible, omnipotent! life.
Thou who dost all subdue ! Come, death, come, hell, then! 'tis resolved, 'tis Alon. Inhuman slave! done.
Zan. Fallen Christian, thou mistakest my chaEnter IsabelLA.
Look on me.
Who am I? I know, thou sayst, Isa. Ah, Zanga, see me tremble! Has not yet The Moor, a slave, an abject, beaten slave : Thy cruel heart its fill? Poor Leonora
(Eternal woes to him that made me so !) Zan. Welters in blood, and gasps for her last | But look again. Has six years cruel bondage breath.
Extinguished majesty so far, that nought What then? We all must die.
Shines here to give an awe of one above thee? Isa. Alonzo raves,
When the great Moorish king, Abdallah, tellAnd, in the tempest of his grief, has thrice Fell by thy hand accurs'd—I fought fast by him, Attempted on his life. At length disarmed, [lis son, though, through his fondness, in disHe calls his friends that save him his worst foes, guise, And importunes the skies for swift perdition. Less to expose me to the ambitious foe.Thus in his storm of sorrow.
Ta! does it wake thee?
-O'er my father's Ile starterl up, and called aloud for Zanga, For Zanga raved; and see, he seeks vou bere, I stood astride, till I had clove thy crest; To learn the truth which most he dreads to know. And then was made the captive of a squadron, Zan. Begone. Now, now, my soul, consum- And sunk into thy servant- -But Oh! what, mate all!
[Erit Isab. What were my wages? Hear nor Heaven nor
earth! Enter Alonzo.
My wages were a blow! by Heaven, a blow!
And from a mortal hand !
Alon. Oh villain, villain!
(Falls on him. Zun. All strite is vain. (Shewing a dagger.
Is this my recompence? Make friends of tigers! Zan. As yet you have no cause.
Lav not your young, Oh mothers! on the breast,
For fear they turn to serpents as they lie,
And pay you for their nourishment with death! You much have been abused.
Carlos is dead, and Leonora dying !
Both innocent! both murdered! both by me!
That heavenly maid, who should have lived for Alon. Oh, 'twere much!
erer, VOL. I.
After a patise,
At least have gently slept her soul away;
Zan. This too is well. The fixed and noble Whose life should have shut up, as evening
Turns all occurrents to its own advantage; At the departing sun—was murdered! murder- And I'll make vengeance of calamity. ed!
Were I not thus reduced, thou wouldst not know, Oh shame! Oh guilt! Oh horror! Oh remorse! That, thus reduced, I dare defy thee still. Oh punishment! Had Satan never fell, Torture thou may’st, but thou shalt ne'er despise Hell had been made for me.- Oh Leonora ! Zan. Must I despise thee, too, as well as hate The blood will follow where the knife is driven, thee?
The flesh will quiver where the pincers tear, Complain of grief-complain thou art a man.- And sighs and cries by nature grow on pain. Priam from Fortune's lofty summit fell; But these are foreign to the soul : not mine Great Alexander 'midst his conquests mourned; The groans that issue, or the tears that fall; Heroes and demi-gods have known their sor- They disobey me; on the rack I scorn thee, rows;
As when my faulchion clove thy helm in battle. Cæsars have wept; and I have had my
blow : Alo. Peace, villain ! Bnt 'tis revenged, and now my work is done. Zan. While I live, old man, I'll speak : Yet ere I fall, be it one part of vengeance
And well I know thou dar'st not kill me yet; To make thee to confess that I am just.- For that would rob thy blood-hounds of their Thou see'st a prince, whose father thou hast prey. slain;
Alon. Who called Alonzo ? Whose native country thou hast laid in blood; Alo. No one called, my son. Whose sacred person (Oh!) thou hast profa- Alon. Again !--Tis Carlos' voice, and I ned,
obey.Whose reign extinguished. What was left to me, Oh, how I laugh at all that this can do! So highly born? No kingdom, but revenge !
[Shewing the dagger. No treasure, but thy tortures and thy groans. The wounds that pained, the wounds that murderIf men should ask who brought thee to thy end, Tell them, the Moor, and they will not despise Were given before; I am already dead; thee.
This only marks my body for the grave. If cold white mortals censure this great deed,
(Stabs himself. Warn them, they judge not of superior beings, Afric, thou art revenged.-Oh, Leonora ! [Dies. Souls made of fire, and children of the sun, Zan. Good ruffians, give me leave; my blood With whom revenge is virtue. Fare thee wellNow, fully satisfied, I should take leave: The wheel's prepared, and you shall have it all. But one thing grieves me, since thy death is near, Let me but look one moment on the dead, I leave thee my example how to die.
And pay yourselves with gazing on my pangs.
(He goes to Alonzo's body. As he is going to stab himself, Alonzo rushes Is this Alonzo? Where's the haughty mein?
upon him to prevent him. In the mean time, Is that the hand which smote me? Heavens, how enter Don Alvarez, attended. They disarm
pale! and seize Zanga. Alonzo puts the dagger in And art thou dead? So is my enmity. his bosom.
I war not with the dust. The great, the proud, Alon. No, monster, thou shalt not escape by The conqueror of Afric was my foe. death.
A lion preys not upon carcases. Oh, father!
This was thy only method to subdue me. Alo. Oh, Alonzo !-Isabella,
Terror and doubt fall on me: all thy good Touched with remorse to see her mistress' pangs, Now blazes, all thy guilt is in the grave. Told all the dreadful tale.
Never had man such funeral applause : Alon. What groan was that?
If I lament thee, sure thy worth was great. Zan. As I have been a vulture to thy heart, Oh, vengeance, I have followed thee too far, So will I be a raven to thine ear,
And, to receive me, hell blows all her fires! As true as ever snuffed the scent of blood,
(He is borne of As ever flapped its heavy wing against
Alo. Dreadful effects of jealousy! a rage The window of the sick, and croaked despair. In which the wise with caution will engage; Thy wife is dead.
Reluctant long, and tardy to believe, (Alvarez goes to the side of the stage, and Where, swayed by nature, we ourselves deceive, returns.
Where our own folly joins the villain's art, Alo. The dreadful news is true.
And each man finds a Zanga in his heart. Alon. Prepare the rack; invent new torments
(Exeunt omnes. for him.
SCENE I.- A room in Thorow good's house. may sometimes contribute to the safety of their
country, as they do at all times to its happiness; Enter THOROW GOOD and TRUEMAN.
that if hereafter you should be tempted to any True. Sir, the packet from Genoa is arrived. action that has the appearance of vice or mean
[Gives letters. ness in it, upon reflecting on the dignity of our Thor. Heaven be praised! The storm that profession, you may, with honest scorn, reject threatened our royal mistress, pure religion, li- whatever is unworthy of it. berty, and laws, is, for a time, diverted. The True. Should Barnwell, or I, who have the behaughty and revengeful Spaniard, disappointed of nefit of your example, by our ill conduct, bring the loan on which he depended from Genoa, any imputation on that honourable name, we must now attend the slow returns of wealth from must be left without excuse. his new world, to supply his empty coffers, ere he Thor. You compliment, young man. [Truecan execute his proposed invasion of our happy man bows respectfully.) Nay, I am not offended. island. By this means, time is gained to make As the name of merchant" never degrades the such preparations, on our part, as may, Heaven gentleman, so, by no means does it exclude him; concurring, prevent his malice, or turn the medi- only take heed not to purchase the character of tated mischief on himself.
con plaisant at the expence of your sincerity.True. He must be insensible, indeed, who is But, to answer your question: The bank of Genot affected when the safety of his country is con- noa had agreed, at an excessive interest, and on cemed. Sir, may I know by what means ?- good security, to advance the king of Spain a sum If I am not too bold
of money sufficient to equip his vast Armada; of Thor. Your curiosity is laudable; and I gratify which our peerless Elizabeth (more than in name it with the greater pleasure, because from thence the mother of her people) being well informed, you may learn, how honest merchants, as such, sent Walsingham, her wise and faithful secretary, to consult the merchants of this loyal city; who that a young gentleman may prefer your converall agreed to direct their several agents to intlu-sation to mine, and yet intend me no disrepect at ence, if possible, the Genoese to break their con- all; for though he may lose no honour in my tract with the Spanish court. It is done: the company, it is very natural for him to expect state and bank of Genva having maturely weighed, more pleasure in yours. I reinember the time and rightly judged of their true interest, prefer when the company of the greatest and wisest the friendship of the merchants of London to men in the kingdom would have been insipid and that of the monarch, who proudly stiles himself riresome to me, if it had deprived me of an opking of both Indies.
portunity of enjoying your mother's. True. Happy success of prudent counsels ! Alar.' Yours, no doubt, was as agreeable to What an expence of blood and treasure is here her; for generous minds know no pleasure in so saved! Excellent queen! ( how unlike those ciety but where it is mutual. princes, who make the danger of foreign enemies Thor. Thou knowest I have no heir, no child, a pretence to oppress their subjects by taxes but thee; the fruits of many years successful ingreat, and grievous to be borne !
dustry must all be thine. Now, it would give me Thor. Not so our gracious queen! whose richest pleasure, great as my love, to see on whom you exchequer is her people's love, as their happiness will bestow it. I am daily solicited, by meni of her greatest glory.
the greatest rank and merit, for leave to address True. On these terms to defend us, is to make you : but I have hitherto declined it, in hopes our protection a benetit worthy her who conters lrat, by observation, I should learu which way it, and well worih our acceptance. Sir, have you your inclinations tend; for, as I know love to be any commands for me at this time?
essential to the married state, I had rather my Thor. Only took carefully over the files, to approbation should contirm your choice, than disee whether there are any tradesmen's bills un- rect it. paid; if there are, send and discharge them. We Mar. What can I say? How shall I answer, must not let artificers lose their time, so useful as I ought, this tenderness, so uncommon even in to the public and their families, in unnecessary the best of parents? But you are without exattendance.
[Erit Truemun. ample; yet, had you been less indulgent, I had
been most wretched. That I look on the crowd Enter MARIA.
of courtiers that visit here, with equal esteem, Well, Maria, have you given orders for the en- but equal indifference, you have observed, and I tertainment? I would have it in some measure must needs confess; yet, had you asserted your worthy the guests. Let there be plenty, and of authority, and insisted on a parent's right to be the best, that the courtiers may at least commend obeyed, I had submitted, and to my duty sacriour hospitality.
Mar. Sir, I have endeavoured not to wrong Thor. Irom your perfect obedience, in every your well-known generosity by an ill-timed parsi- other instance, I feared as much; and therefore
would leave you, without a bias, in an affair Thor. Nay, it was needless caution : I have wherein your happiness is so iminediately conno cause to doubt your prudence.
cerned. Mar. Sir, I find myself unfit for conversation ; Mar. Whcther from a want of that just ambiI should but increase the number of the company, tion that would become your daughter, or from without adding to their satisfaction.
some other cause, I know not; but I find high Thor. Nay, my child, this melancholy must not birth and titles don't recommend the man, who be indulged.
owns them, to my affections. Mar. Company will but increase it: I wish Thor. I would not that they should, unless his you would dispense with my absence. Solitude merit recommends him inore.' A noble birth and best suits iny present temper.
fortune, though they make not a bad man goud, Thor. You are not insensible, that it is chiefly yet they are a real advantage to a worthy one, on your account these noble lords do me the ho- and place his virtues in the fairest light. nour so frequently to grace my board. Should Mar. I cannot answer for my inclinations; but you be absent, the disappointment may make they shall ever be submitted to your wisdom and them repent of their condescension, and think authority. And as you will not compel me to their labour lost.
marry where I cannot love, love shall never make Mar. He that shall think his time or honour
me act contrary to my duty. Sir, have I your lost in visiting you, can set no real value on your permission to retire? daughter's company, whose only merit is, that she Thor. I'll see you to your chamber. (Ereuni. is yours. The man of quality, who chooses to converse with a gentleman and merchant of your SCENE II.-A Room in Milliood's House. worth and character, may confer honour by so doing, but he loses none.
Enter Millwood and Lucy. Thor. Come, come, Maria, I need not tell you, Mill. How do I look to-day, Lucy?
ficed my peace.
Lucy. Oh, killingly, madam! A little more red, Mill. If I manage well, I shall have done and you'll be irresistible.—But why this more with him much sooner. Having long had a dethan ordinary care of your dress and complexion? sign on him, and meeting him yesterday, I made What new conquest are you aiming at? a full stop, and, gazing wishfully in his face, ask
Mill. A conquest would be new indeed. ed his name. He blushed, and, bowing very low, Lucy. Not to you, who make them every day answered, George Barnwell. I begged his par
-but to me -Well, it is what I am never to don for the freedom I had taken, and told him, expect-unfortunate as I am- - But your wit that he was the person I had long wished to see, and beauty
and to whom I had an affair of importance to Mill. First made me a wretch, and still conti- communicaie at a proper time and place. He nue me so. Men, however generous or sincere named a tavern; I talked of honour and reputato one another, are all selfish hypocrites in their tion, and invited him to my house. He swalaffairs with us; we are no otherwise esteemed lowed the bait, promised to come, and this is or regarded by them, but as we contribute to the time I expect him. [Knocking at the door.] their satisfaction.
Somebody knocks-D'ye hear; I am at home Lucy. You are certainly, madan, on the to nobody to-day but him. [Exit Lucy.] Less afwrong side in this argument. Is not the expence fairs must give way to those of more conseall theirs? And, I am sure, it is our own fault if quence; and I am strangely mistaken if this does we have not our share of the pleasure.
not prove of great importance to me, and him Mill. We are but slaves to men.
tvo, before I have done with him. Now, after Lucy. Nay, it is they that are slaves, most cer- what manner shall I receive him? Let me containly; for we lay them under contribution, sider-What manner of person am I to reMill. Slaves have no property; no, not even
ceive? He is young, innocent, and bashful ; in themselves: all is the victor's.
therefore I must take care not to put him out of Lucy. You are strangely arbitrary in your countenance at first. But then, if I have any principles, madam.
skill in physiognomy, he is amorous; and, with a Mill. I would have my conquest complete, like little assistance, will soon get the better of his those of the Spaniards in the new world; who modesty. I will even trust to nature, who does first plundered the natives of all the wealth they wonders in these matters. If to seem what one had, and then condemned the wretches to the is not, in order to be the better liked for what mines for life, to work for more.
one really is; if to speak one thing, and mean Lucy. Well, I shall never approve of your the direct contrary, be art in a woman-I know scheme of government; I should think it much nothing of nature. more politic, as well as just, to find
my subjects an easier employment.
Enter Barnwell, bowing very low. Lucy at a Mill. It is a general maxim among the know
distance. ing part of mankind, that a woman without vir- Mill. Sir, the surprise and joy tue, like a man without honour or honesty, is ca- Barn. Madam! pable of any action, though never so vile : and Mill. This is such a favour- [Advancing yet what pains will they not take, what arts not Barn. Pardon me, madam. use, to seduce us from our innocence, and make Mill. So unhoped for! [Still advances. us contemptible and wicked, even in their own
[Burnwell salutes her, and retires as in opinion? Then, is it not just, the villains, to their
confusion. cost, should find us so? But guilt makes them to see you here-Excuse the confusionsuspicious, and keeps them on their guard; there- Barn, I fear I am too boldfore we can take advantage only of the young Mill. Alas, sir, I may justly apprehend you and innocent part of the sex, who, having never
think me so.
Please, sir, to sit. I am as much injured women, apprehend no injury from them. at a loss how to receive this honour as I ought, Lucy. Ay, they must be young indeed. as I am surprised at your goodness in conferring
Mill. Such a one, I think, I have found. As it. I have passed through the city, I have often ob- Barn. I thought you had expected me; I proserved him receiving and paying considerable mised to come. sums of money; from thence I conclude, that he Mill. That is the inore surprising; few men is employed in affairs of consequence.
are such religious observers of their word. Lucy. Is he handsome?
Barn. All who are honest are. Mill. Ay, ay, the stripling is well made, and Mill. To one another; but we simple women has a good face.
are seldom thought of consequence enough to Lucy. About
gain a place in their remembrance. Mili. Eighteen.
(Laying her hand on his, as by accident. Lucy. Innocent, handsome, and about eigh- Burn. Her disorder is so great, she don't perteen You will be vastly happy. Why, if you ceive she has laid her hand on mine. Heavens ! manage well, you may keep him to yourself these How she trembles !What can this mean? two or three years!