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Not to abuse mankind, employ it all

And know not where to find out charity, To cure my poor sick father.

If unawares a chance direct my weary Phys. Fear it not, sir.

And wither'd feet to some fair house of thine, [Exeunt Physician and Servant. Where plenty with full blessings crowns thy Fer. But thero is more than your thin skill table, requir'd

If my thin face betray my want of food,
T'instate a health ; your recipes, perplex'd Do not despise me, 'cause I was thy brother.-
With tough names, are but mockeries and noise, Fran. Leave these imagined horrors: I must
Without some dew from heaven, to mix and not
make them

Live when my brother is thus miserable.
Enter a Servant.

Re-enter Confessor.
Thrive in the application.—What now?

Fer. There's something in that face looks Ser. Oh, sir, I am sent for the confessor,

comfortably. The doctor fears him much. Your brother says Conf. Your father, sir, is dead; his will to You must have patience, and not enter, sir :

make Your father is a going, good old man,

Fraucisco the sole master of his fortunes And, having made him heir, is loath your presence Is now irrevocable; a small pension Should interrupt his journey.

[Exit. He hath given you for life, which, with his Fer. Francisco may be honest, yet, methinks, blessing, It would become his love to interpose

Is all the benefit I bring. For my access at such a needful hour,

Fer. Ha! blessing! And mediate for my blessing, not assist

Speak it again, good father. Unkindly thus my banishment. I'll not

Conf. I did apply some lenitives to soften Be lost so tamely. Shall my father die And not Fernando take his leave?-I dare not. Revers'd that heavy censure of his curse,

Ilis anger, and prevail'd ; your father hath If thou dost hope I should take off this curse, And in the place bequeath'd his prayer and Do not approach until I send—'twas so,

blessing. And 'tis a law that binds above my blood.

Fer. I am new created by his charity.
Re-enter Servant with a Confessor.

Conf. Some ceremonies are behind : he did

Desire to be interi'd within our convent, Make haste, good father, and if Heaven deny

And left his sepulture to me; I am confident Him life, let not his charity die too.

Your pieties will give me leaveOne curse may sink us both: say how I kneel

Fran. His will in all things I obey, and yours, And beg he would bequeath me but his blessing; Most reverend father; order, as you please, Then, though Francisco be his heir, 1 sball

His body; we may after celebrate, Live happy, and take comfort in my tears,

With all due obsequies, his funeral. When I remember him, so kind a father.

Fer. Why you alone obey? I am your brother, Conf. It is my duty.

[Erit. My father's eldest son, though not his heir. Fer. Do your holy office.

Fran. It pleas'd my father, sir, to think me Those fond philosophers that magnify

worthy Our human nature, and did boast we had

Of such a title; you shall find me kind, Such a prerogative in our rational soul,

If you can look on matters without en vy. Convers'd but little with the world; confined

F'er. If I can look on matters without envy! To cells and unfrequented woods, they knew not

Fran. You may live here still.
The fierce vexation of community,

Fer. I may live here, Francisco!
Else they had taught our reason is our loss,
And but a privilege that exceedeth sense,

Enter a Gentleman with a letter, and whispers By nearer apprehension of what wounds,

FRANCISCO, To know ourselves most miserable.-My heart

Conditions ?

I would not understand this dialect.
Re-enter Physician and FRANCISCO.

Fran. With me ? from Madam Estefania ? Is teeming with new fears.—Ha! is he dead? Gent. If you be Signior Francisco.

Phys. Not dead, but in a desperate condition ; Fer. Slighted!
And so that little breath remains we have I find my father was not dead till now.
Remitted to his confessor, whose office

Crowd not, you jealous thoughts,
Is all that's left.

So thick into my braiu, lest you do tempt
Fran. Is there no hope of life left, then ? Me to an act will forfeit all again.
Phys. None.

Fran. This is Jacinta's character. — [Reads Fer. Is he not merciful to Fernando yet? aside.]-Fail not to meet [me] timely, as you will No talk of me?

prevent the danger of my rape. My soul! Estefania Phys. I find he takes no pleasure

can instruct you all particulars. To hear you nam'd: Francisco, to us all,

My service to your lady; say, I shall obey her He did confirm his heir, with many blessings. commands.

[Exit. Gent. Fer. And not one left for me! Oh, take me in, Fer. Is that an inventory you peruse ? Thou gentle earth, and let me creep through all Fran. Fernando, you must pardon me; there's Thy dark and hollow crannies, till I find

something Another way to come into the world,

Of essence to my life exacts my care For all the air I breathe in here is poison'd. And person; I must leave you, we may seasonFran. We must have patience, brother; it ably

Confer of things at my return.---Jacinta! [Exit. Ambitious thought of mine to supplant you: Fer. 'Tis clear I am neglected; he did name lle may live yet, and you be reconciled.

Jacinta, too, in triumph, and is gone, Fer. That was some kindness yet, Francisco: Big with his glories, to divide them there, but

And laugh at what my constant love hath mado I charge thee by the nearness of our blood, When I am made this mockery, and wonder, My heart is in a storm, and day grows black;

was no


There's not a star in heaven will lend a beam Alb. Was ever such a mad-cap!
To light me to my ruin. Folisarda! -

Luys. I'll not pray for thee.
That name is both my haven and my ship Alb. I shall not prosper if thou dost.

[Exit. Luys. Thy hand;

I'll drink thy health, and hang thyself.

Dox ALBERTO's Lodgings.

Alb. Excellent!

A Room in Dox CARLOS' House.
Luys. You'll give me now a general release
For all the sums I owe you?

Enter JACINTA and ESTEFANIA, hooded and Alb. Thou hast bless'd me.

dressed alike.
Luys. I was born to do you good; about it Jac. You tell

Me wonders, madam. Don Ramyres dead,
Now you know where to ambush. Away! I say, His son Fernando disinherited,
And get comrades. Jacinta and my mother And young Francisco made his heir !
Is all the carriage: you may know the coach Estej. I took
By the old woman's cough, ere it come near you. Francisco's word.
She has a desperate malice to one tooth left

Jac. 'Tis strange.
Still in her gums ; till she has shook that out Estef. Your stars smile on you.
You will not need a warning-piece. Farewell. Jac. Yet I much pity the poor gentleman.
Alb. Farewell? why, what's the matter? You Estef. Busy your thought about your own;
shall not leave me;

Francisco Thy mother will not know thee in a vizard. Jac. Hath promis'd not to fail ? Luys. You must excuse me, friend: I would Estef. He waits where he can easily observe join wi' ye

How soon the coast is clear, to visit you. I'the surprise, but that

Jac. So, so: thus hooded, Alb. What, I pr’ythee?

The day cannot distinguish our two faces, Luys. I have extraordinary business, that And, for your voice, you know how to disguise it, concerns me

By imitation of my cold and hoarseness; As near as life.

And when you come to churchAlb. May not I know't? Thou art going Estef. Let me alone; there I'll produce the To the widow, now, thy mistress.

contract, Luys. 'Tis a business of more consequence. Which will surprise Don Pedro and your father Dost think I would leave thee an there were not To see me challenge him. I have prepard the such a necessity ?

priest, too, Alb. For what?

Whose holy eloquence may assist; however, Luys. An there were no more sisters in the This will give you opportunity to perfect world,

Your wishes with your servant; put the rest You must excuse me.

To fate, Jacinta. Alb. Nay, nay; we must not part, unless I Jac. I hear some approach; know

Retire into my closet. [Erit ESTEFANIA This mystery; some reason why you leave me. Luys. If you will needs know, there's a wench Enter DON CARLOS and DON PEDRO. stays for me,

Car. Jacinta! The toy I told thee of. Farewell, Alberto.

Jac. Sir. Alb. But will you leave such business and a

Car. Not thy voice recover'd ? friend?

Jac. A violent coldLuys. Business! art thou a gentleman, and Car. Count Pedro must salute you ere we go. wouldst have me leave a lady I have not seen

Ped. Impute it to devotion, that I make this three year

Such haste to be within thy arms;
For business or a friend? I must to her,

One kiss, and I shall carry with me
If I had a heart (that weighed] ten ton of iron,
This female adamant I would draw it to her ;

Another soul, and count with joy the minutes I feel it going. I do tell thee, Don,

I am to expect this happiness. [K'isses her.

Car. Jacinta,
There is no business so material
In nature as a wench; and if thou art my friend, My lord, I wait you.

You follow with your mother in the coach.-
Thou wouldst leave my sister now in such a cause, Ped. There's heaven upon her lip.
And bear me company. I must be drunk,

[Exeunt Carlos and PEDRO. And she must pick my pocket too, that is Another secret, when we meet together,

That never fails !
Alb. Why, art thou desperate?

Jac. He has kiss'd, and took his leave, I hope. Dost not thou fear thy body?

I must Luy. A wench is physic

Owe all my happiness to you, sweet madam; My body has been us'a to. Leave thy prating

I had been lost without your art to help me. And let me take my course.

Estef. Love will not leave his votaries. Alb. An you be so resolute

(Coughing within. Luys. I must give you one advice before you go.

Jac. I hear my mother's cough ; I have When my sister's in thy custody, observe

finishid, The time and place, and things convenient,

And you must act your part.

[Ezit, And stand not fooling about ceremonies,

Enter ALSIMIRA. But put her to't.

Als. Come, are you ready, daughter? the 1 adamant-magnet.

coach stays.

Estef. I attend.

Fer. Felisarda ! Als, Don Pedro will cure your cold before the Fel. Sball I want fortitude to bid him wolmorning [Exeunt come?

[Aside. Sir, if you think there is a heart alive

That can be grateful, and with humble thought ACT IV.-SCENE IV.

And prayers reward your piety, despise not

The offer of it here; you have not cast
A Street.

Your bounty on a rock: while the seeds thrive FRANCISCO and JACINTA pass hastily over the

Where you did place your charity, my joy

May seem ill-dress'd to come like sorrow thus;
But you may see through every tear, and find

My eyes meant innocence, and your hearty wel-


Fer. Who did prepare thee, Felisarda, thus
A Room in THEODORO's House.

To entertain me weeping ? Sure our souls

Meet and converse, and we not know't; there is

Such beauty in that watery circle, I Theo. What duty, Felisarda, shall we pay Am fearful to come near, and breathe a kiss To Heaven for this last care of us ?

Upon thy cheek, lest I pollute that crystal ; Let not thy eyes,

And yet I must salute thee, and I dare, Although ihy grief become them, be in love With one warm sigh, meet and dry up this With tears: I prophesy a joy shall weigh

Down all our sufferings; I see comfort break Fel. I shall forget all misery; for when
Like day, whose forehead cheers the world. If I look upon the world, and race of men,

I find them proud, and all so unacquainted
Fernando love thee, he is a gentleman,

With pity to such miserable things Confirm'd in all that's honourable, and cannot As poverty hath made us, that I must Forget whom his own virtue hath made choice

Conclude you sent from heaven. To shine upon.

Fer. Oh, do not flatter Fel. Unless my innocence,

Thyself, poor Felisarda; I am mortal; Apt to believe a flattering tongue, see not The life I bear about me is not mine, The serpent couch, and hide his speckled breast But borrow'd to come to thee once again, Among the flowers: but it were sin to think And, ere I go, to clear how much I love thee. He can dissemble, father; and I know not, But first, I have a story to deliver, Since I was first the object of his charity, A tale will make thee sad; but I must tell it:I find a pious gratitude disperse

There is one dead that lov'd then not. Within my soul, and every thought of him

Fel. One dead Engenders a warm sigh within me, which, That lov'd me not? This carries, sir, in nature Like curls of holy incense, overtake

No killing sound: I shall be sad to know Each other in my bosom, and enlarge

I did deserve an enemy, or he want With their embrace his sweet remembrance. A charity at death. 1 leo. Cherish

Fer. Thy cruel enemy, Those thoughts; and where such noble worth And my best friend, hath took eternal leave, Be bold to call it love.

[invites, And's gone—to heaven, I hope. Excuse my tears: Fel. It is too much

It is a tribute I must pay his memory, Ambition to hope he should be just

For I did love my father.
To me, or keep his honour, when I look on

Fel. Ha! your father?
The pale complexion of my wants; and yet, Fer. Yes, Felisarda, he is gone, that in
Unless he love me dearly, I am lost,

The morning promis'd many years; but death
And, if he have but mock'd me into faith, Hath in few hours made him as stiff, as all
He might as well have murder'd me, for I The winds of winter had thrown cold upon him,
Shall have no heart to live, if bis neglect

And whisper'd him to marble. Deface what my affection printed there.

Fel. Now trust me, Theo. There is no fear of his revolt: lose not My heart weeps for him; but I understand His character. I must attend some business; Not how I was concern'd in his displeasure, If Don Fernando visit thee, preserve

And in such height as you profess. His fair opinion, and thou may'st live

Fer. He did Above thy uncle's pity.

Command me, on his blessing, to forsake thee. Fel. Will you leave me?

Was't not a cruel precept, to enforce Theo. My stay shall not be long. The garden will The soul, and curse his son for honest love? With smiling flowers encourage thee to walk, Fel. This is a wound indeed. And raise thy drooping eyes with hope to see Fer. But not so mortal; A spring like theirs upon thee.

[Exit. For his last breath was balsam pour'd upon it, Fel. Why should I

By which he did reverse his malediction; Give any entertainment to my fears?

And I, that groan'd beneath the weight of that Suspicions are but like the shape of clouds, Anathema, sunk almost to despair, And idle forms i' the air, we make to fright us. Where night and heavy shades hung round I will admit no jealous thought to wound Fernando's truth, but with that cheerfulness, Found myself rising like the morning star My own first clear intents to honour him

To view the world. Can arm me with, expect to meet his faith

Fel. Never, I hope, to be As noble as he promis'd.-Ha! 'tis he.

Eclips'd again.

Fer. This was a welcome blessing.

Fel. Heaven had a care of both : my joys are My poor heart trembles like a timorous leaf,

mighty. Which the wind shakes upon his sickly stalk, Vouchsafe me, sir, your pardon, if I blush, And frights into a palsy.

And say I love, but rather than the peace

about me,

That should preserve your bosom suffer for In goodness, it becomes me not to bring
My sake, 'twere better I were dead.

One that is poor in overy worth, to waste
Fer. No, live,

So excellent a dower: be free, and meet And live for ever happy: thou deservedst it. Ono that hath wealth to cherish it; I shall It is Fernando doth make haste to sleep

Cndo thee quite; but pray for me, as I, In his forgotten dust.

That thou mayst change for a moro bappy brideFel. Those accents did

groom; Not sound so cheerfully.

I dare as soon be guilty of my death, Fer. Dost love me?

As make thee miserable by expecting me. Fel. Sir?

Farewell! and do not wrong my soul, to think Fer. Do not, I prythee, do not; I am lost, That any storm could separate us two, Alas! I am no more Fernando, there

But that I have no fortune now to serve thee. Is nothing but the empty name of him

Fel. This will be no exception, sir, I hope, That did betray thee; place a guard about When we are both dead, yet our bodies may Thy heart betime; I am not worth this sweetness. Be cold, and strangers in the winding-sheet,'

Fel. Did not Fernando speak all this? Alas, We shall be married when our spirits meet. He knew that I was poor before, and needed not

[Ezzant. Despise me now for that.

Fer. Desert me goodness,
When I upbraid thy wants. 'Tis I am poor,
For I have not a stock in all the world
Of so much dust as would contrive one narrow

Cabin to shroud a worm: my dying father
Hath given away my birthright to Francisco;

An open Space before a Church.
I'm disinherited, thrown out of all,

Enter Don CARLOS and Dox PEDRO.
But the small earth I borrow, thus to walk on;
And having nothing left, I come to kiss thee,

Ped. Your daughter does not uso me well, Dou And take my everlasting leave of thee too.

Carlos. Farewell ! this will persuade thee to consent

Car. I know not what to think, some great To my eternal absence.

misfortune Fel. I must beseech you stay a little, sir,

Must be the cause. And clear my faith. Hath your displeased father

Ped. Not yet appear? they might, Depriv'd you then of all, and made Francisco An they had crept like tortoises, arrived The lord of your inheritance, without hope

Before this time. To be repair'd in fortune?

Car. There is some strange disaster, Fer. "I'is sad truth.

Ped. The coach o'erthrown, and both their lives Fel. This is a happiness I did not look for.

endanger', Fer. A happiness!

Can but excuse them.
Fel. Yes, sir, a happiness.
Fer. Can Felisarda take delight to hear

Enter. A LSIMRA hastily.
What hath undone her servant?

Als. Oh, my lord Don Carlos! Fel. Heaven avert it.

Ped. The tragic voice of womon strikes mine But 'tis not worth my grief to be assured That this will bring me nearer now to him

Car. Alsimira ! Whom I most honour of the world; and 'tis Ped. Madam.My pride, if you exceed me not in fortune,

Car. Where is our daughter? That I can boast my heart, as high and rich, Als. My fear almost distracts me; she is gone, With noble flame, and every way your equal. Stolen, ravish'd from me. And if you be as poor as I, Fernando,

Ped. Ha! I can deservo you now, and love you more

Als. An armed troop, Than when your expectation carried all

In vizards, forced her from my coach; and The pride and blossoms of the spring upon it.

Heaven knows Fer. Those shadows will not feed more than Where they have hurried the poor Jacinta.. your fancies;

Car. A troop of armed devils!
Two poverties will keep but a thin table;

Ped. Let them be
And while we dream of this high nourishment, A legion, they aro all damn'd.
We do but starve more gloriously.

Als. Nay, they were men and mortal surc. Fel. 'Tis ease

Ped. I will not leave oue soul amongst them And wealth first taught us art to surfeit by:

all. Nature is wise, not costly, and will spread

Car. Mine is in torment, A table for us in the wilderness;

I'the hope and height of my ambition And the kind earth keep us alive and healthful, To be thus crossed! How 'scap'd you? With what her bosom doth invite us to;

Als. Alas, I was not young enough; I offered The brooks, not there suspected, as the wine Myself to bear her company, and suster That sometime princes quaff, are all transparent, As much as she did, but one boisterous fellas, And with their pretty murmurs call to taste them. With a starch'd voice, and a worse vizari, took In every tree a chorister to sing Health to our loves; our lives shall there be free Just here above my scintica, and quoited mo As the first knowledge was from sin, and all Into the coach again upon my head Our dreams as innocent.

I had a larum in't for half an bour, Fer. Oh, Felisarda!

And so I 'scap'd with life. If thou didst own less virtue I might prove

Ped. Did they use her Unkind, and marry theo: but being so rich With any rigour?

Als. To say truth, they were

Gentle enough to her. 1'7is sad truth. Had Fernando forgotten that a pen

Ped. That mollities, and they may lire. sion was left him by his father?-See p. 541.

Car. Hell overtake thier! Let's return.




Ped. They had better ravish'd Proserpine before

ACT V.-SCENE III. Don Lucifer's own face. I am all fury.

A Room in Don Carlos' House. [Exeunt.

Enter CARLOS, ALSIMIRA, and Servant.
Car. No news yet of Jacinta?

Als. None.

Car. He must

Not live in Spain, nor in the world, if my
A Street.

Revenge can overtake him, that has stolen

My daughter; could you not by voice or habit Enter ALBERTO, and ESTEFANIA disguised and Guess at the ravisher? ye are traitors all. veiled as before.

Als. Now I consider better, I suspect

Alberto one of the conspiracy; Alb, Pardon, my dear Jacinta; it was love Some voice did sound like his. You know he That threw me on this act; I had no patience lov'd her. To see thee forced into a marriage

Car. Ha! Alberto ? By a covetous father, whose devotion

Als. And how he might engage some rusians Is only wealth and title. I esteem

To cross Don Pedro. No danger, if at last the fair Jacinta

Car. It was he; where's Luys? Smile and allow this duty; let not silenco I do not like his absence, they're both guilty: Deprive me longer of thy voice, whose every My own blood turn'd a rebel! Send for the Accent will please, though it pronounce my alcaides, sentence:

They shall both trot like thieves to the correThere's death in this eclipse too; sweet, dismiss gidor.-Thy ungentlo veil, and let thy eyes make bright Where is Count Pedro ? This melancholy air, that droops and dies

Als. Gone in search For want of thy restoring beams.

Of his lost mistress. Estef. Now, sir,

[Takes off her reil. Car. When all things were ripe, What think you of your mistress?

The very priest prepar'd to seal our joys, Alb. You are the lady Estefania, I take it. A work my brain did labour for, and sweat Estef. Yes, you did take me from the coach, With hope to see accomplish'd, undermin'd, Alberto,

And in a minute all blown up! But by a consequence I find you thought

Als. Have patience, Jacinta in your power; I could have told you, She may be found again. Had you discover'd sooner what you were,

Car. But how my lord Where to have found your mistress, but she's May be inclin'd to accept her, foil'd, or wounded Above your hope, and by the priest, ere this,

Enter LUYS drunk. Made wife to Don Francisco.

In fame. Alb. To Don Pedro.

Als. Luys is here. Estef. It was not, sir, impossible that I,

Car. Borachio! here's a spectacle ! more allicHad not your violence prevented me

tion! (By a plot between Jacinta and myself,

Where is your sister? what's become of Jacinta? To take her place and person in the coach), Luys. My sister and Jacinta are gone together; Had by this iime been married to Count Pedro, I know all the business. Whom I have power and justice, sir, to challenge, Als. Where is she? If contracts carry weight.

Luys. She is very well; I kuow not where Alb. Have I so long

she is. Lain beating at the bush, and is the bird

Dut Don Alberto is an honest gentleman, Fled to Francisco?

And has by this time done the feat. Estef. I should show I had

Car. Confusion ! A passion, sir, and sense of this captivity,

Luys. You think you had all the wit, it was But that I find 'twas error, and not will, Led you to this; and your own loss, now made You may thank Heaven that you are old and Irreparable, helps to tie up my anger,


[to ALSIMURA. Alb. Madam, i must confess a wrong, and dare You had been no mother of this world.-But, sir, Submit to let your anger punish me,

I have some news would be deliver'd privately.For I despise myself, now I have lost

Mother of mine, avaunt! My expectation; and if you please

Car. Thou'rt not my son. To think I had no malice in this act

Was ever man so miserable ?-Away To you, you can propose no satisfaction

Thou sponge!--Get him to sleep. I shall esteem a penance to repair you,

Als. I dare not meddle with him. [Exit. As far as my poor life, if you'll direct it.

Luys. In sobriety Estef. 'Tis nobly promis'd, sir. You shall re

A word. deem

Car. Where is Alberto ? In my thoughts what is past, if you be pleas'd Lys. Where every honest man should be. To make my stay no longer here; I have

Old man, I have consider'd o' the former matter No desperate aim to make Don Pedro yet we talked on, and would do things like a dutiful Know how to right (me), or make public what son, but I find that a wife is not altogether so Should bind his honour to perform.

convenient for me as aAlb. Was not Luys, madam, entertain'd your Car. Will none deliver me? servant?

Luys. They are somewhat slug. _Now I have Estef. I shall make known the story, if you found out an excellent tumbler, that can do the

walk But to Don Carlos' house, Alb. You shall command me. [Exeunt.

1 slug_sluggish, slow.

my plot.

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