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they had been deposited. Don Man- Don Manuel's bed, and they retire uel directs him to unpack their con- The confusion which follows when tents; and announces his resolution of Cosme on returning to the room, which still going out to pay a visit of busi. he had left locked, finds the contents ness, and returning to meet Don Juan of the portmanteaus littered about the at supper. Don Manuel goes out- floor, and Don Manuel, on retiring to Cosme remains; but thinking it more his couch, finds the billet addressed to advisable to employ the interval in a himself, is given with great liveliness wine-house than in obeying his mas. and effect. The valet is persuaded ter's orders, he, after some delibera- that the whole is the work of the tion, leaves the portmanteaus on the devil. Don Manuel, though at first floor, and makes his exit after his mas- confounded by this unexpected discoter. The cabinet is then pushed aside, very, more justly concludes that some and through the secret door enter one, whom he conjectures to be the Dona Angela and Isabel. An in. lady whom he had assisted, and susspection of the portmanteaus by the pects to be the mistress of Don Luis, two females takes place; and Angela was enabled by some secret passage to discovers, to her mortification, among enter to his chamber. Of the cabinet Don Manuel's effects, a miniature and he has no suspicion : being open in a bundle of letters in a woman's hand- front and apparently quite filled writing. Impelled partly by grati. with glass, it never occurs to him tude, and partly by an incipient feel that it is moveable ; neither can he ing of jealousy, she determines to explain how this lady, who appear. leave a billet for Don Manuel, and ed so anxious to escape from Don sits down to write ; while Isabel, in the Luis, should be an inmate in his mean time, amuses herself with empty- house. But while he resolves to ing Cosme's purse of the few copper answer the billet, and to leave the coins it contained, and filling their answer, as directed, in his room, he is place with cinders. Don Angela determined, one way or other, to find leaves her note under the coverlid of a key to the mystery. Cosme asks,

What, then, is your resolution ?

D. Man. Simply this : by day and night
Careful watch to keep, till I
Find the key to this imposture,
Satisfied this world contains

Neither goblin nor familiar. Act II. opens in Dona Angela's apartment. Angela is relating to Beatrice her admiration, and the answer 3 teturned to her billet by Don Manuel. She confesses her intention of having an interview with him, and is about to mention the nature of her plan, when the female consultation is interrupted by the appearance of_Don Luis. On seeing him, Beatrice attempts to retire.


D. Luis. Wherefore should you fly, fair lady?
D. Beat. Only to avoid your coming.

D. Luis. What! the fairest, purest light,
Whence the sun derives his beam,
Flies at my approach! "Twould seem
That she takes me for the night.
If I seek to stay your flight
With too bold and rude a touch,
Pardon that I dared so much;
For if I have fail'd to crave
Your permission, 'twas to save
You the pain of granting such.

cold reserve esteeming,
My sad fate no more requires,
That what courtesy inspires
Should be clothed with favour's seeming.
Well I know my idle, dreaming

Even your

Passion, from your slights, in vain
Seeks a gleam of hope to gain;
But, if scorn be so unchanging,
Love can be so too, avenging
By its service your disdain.
For the more you make my pain,
But the more I feel elated;
Since the more that I am hated
I but love the more again.
If of this you should complain,
That, through one affection, Fate
Should within two hearts create
Such extremes of pain and pleasure-
Learn to love in equal measure,
Or instruct me how to hate.
Teach to me your cold disdain,
I will teach you sweet complying ;
Teach to me your harsh replying,
I will teach soft turns again :
I devotion, you disdain ;
You caprice, I constancy ;
Still will I with fealty
Cling to love, for love's divine:
If to hate for both be thine,
Mine to love for both shall be.

D. Beat. While you chide in such sweet strain,
Though my heart were on your side,
Still the boon would be denied,
But to hear you still complain.

D. Luis. Since beneath your scorn I've lain,
I the slighted lover's tone
Well have studied.

D. Beat. Wisely done,
Since for him on all occasions
Grief must have its consolations,
Who can so his grief bemoan !

D. Luis. Nay, since chance has will'd it so,
Stay-let both one pain partake.

Ď. Beat. I'll not hear : for mercy's sake,
Friend, detain him. Let me go !

D. Ang. How unmanly does it show,
Slights like these to hear and see!

D. Luis. Sister ! what remains for me?

D. Ang. Cast aside this ill-requited
Love ; for love thus scorn’d and slighted
Is not love, but death for thee.

D. Luis. What ! forget her? ʼmidst regret
For her harshness? Vain endeavour!
Ask of her to show me favour;
Favour'd lovers may forget,
Slighted lovers never yet.
While we suffer, to remain
Heedless of the smart, were vain :
Happy love forgetful proves,
'Through its happiness; for love's
Best remembrancer is pain.

Don Luis's complaints are inter- setting out that night for the royal rupted by the entrance of Don Man- residence. uel, who announces, that in conse- Cosme is directed to make the nequence of the King's absence at the cessary preparations, and in doing Escurial, he is under the necessity of so happens to enter Don Manuel's chamber with a light just as Isabel street. Mean time, in order to get had entered on the opposite side to quit of the constant presence of her deposit the basket and letter which brothers, both attracted by their pas. Dona Angela had directed her to sion for Beatrice, Angela is to give leave for Don Manuel. Isabel dex. out that a reconciliation had been terously gets behind Cosme, dashes effected between Beatrice and her fathe light out of his hand, extinguishes ther, and that the former had conseit, and is about to make her escape, quently returned to her own house : when she stumbles on Don Manuel while in reality she is to remain conhimself, who unexpectedly enters and cealed in Angela's apartments, and to lays hold of the basket which she is assist in the scheme for further mysticarrying. She contrives, however, to fying Don Manuel. This latter part quit her hold of the basket, which she of the conversation is overheard by leaves in Don Manuel's hands, and in Don Luis, who, conceiving that this the darkness escapes through the cabi- pretended removal of Beatrice is a net while Don Manuel is waiting for scheme to deceive him, and to favour his a light.

brother Don Juan, determines to surOn examining the basket, a letter is prise the parties in his sister's apartfound, the important part of which is ment when the intended interview the following sentence :-"As to what takes place. Thus the train is natu. you say of your friend, under the per- rally laid for a series of very interestsuasion that I am the mistress of Don ing scenes in the third act. Luis, I give you the assurance that I Don Juan, who now enters, comneither am, nor can be, such. This municates the intelligence that Don much until we meet, which will be Manuel has departed for the Escurial, shortly." Don Manuel, after giving but is to return the next day. Anspecial directions to Cosme to pack up gela, affecting great annoyance at certain letters which he intended to the idea of his return, secretly detake with him, departs for the Escurial termines to avail herself of his ab-but with his curiosity and impatience sence this evening, to carry into efwound up to the highest point-to fect her resolution of visiting his apartsolve the riddle of this mysterious visi: ment, and getting possession of the tant to his chamber.

letters and the obnoxious miniature. Dona Angela, resuming the con- She retires with Isabel, while a scene versation which had been interrupt- of compliment, in the highest style of ed, imparts to Dona Beatrice her Spanish gallantry, takes place between scheme for introducing Don Manuel Beatrice and Don Juan. The followinto her chamber, without his being ing sonnets, which conclude the scene, aware that he is in reality within are characteristic specimens of that a few feet of his own room. A carte and tierce of love-logic in which servant is to watch for him in the Calderon deals so largely, and which dusk, and to convey him blindfold in was afterwards copied in the heroic a chair to Dona Angela's apartment, plays of Dryden:by the door leading from the back

Fair Beatrice, só true my constancy,

So firm my love, so heartfelt my affection,
That, could I wish to sever our connexion,
Against my wish love would triumphant be.
If to forget were possible for me,

I would forget thee: that with free election
My heart might court again its old subjection,

And that be choice which is necessity.
Who loves, because he cannot cease to love,

Can never by his forced devotion move,

Since with his love his wishes are at war.
Not to love thee, fair Beatrice, were vain.

And yet, though dragg'd a captive in thy train,
Proud of its very bondage moves my star.

If choice upon the changeful will depend,

Necessity upon the stars' decree,


That passion must the surer seem to me

That does not to such fluctuations bend.
Mistrust on your refinements must attend :

My faith-(let me suppose what cannot be,)
If that my will could seek to turn from thee,

That such was not my will would still contend.
For even the few brief moments that I strovo

First to forget before I loved again,

Were hateful to me if they banish'd love.
I joy to think that task is vain for me,
Since, while forgetting, I must still remain

Deprived of the delight of loving thee. Dona Angela's visit to the chamber of Don Manuel leads to an unexpected consequence. In the course of his route to the Escurial, Don Manuel discovers that Cosme had, in his very anxiety carefully to lay the letters aside which were to be packed up for the journey, left them lying on the table in his apartment. This obliges him to return. He enters the house softly, in order to create no disturbance, opens the door of his chamber in the dark, and just as Cosme is beginning to express the wish that the goblin visitant who had made so free with their apartment before, would have the civility on this occasion to provide them with light, Dona Angela, who had entered the apartment from the other side along with Isabel, in the firm belief that, for that night at least, Don Manuel was safe at the Escurial, opens the dark.lantern which she carried, and begins to examine the letters which are lying on the table, while Don Manuel looks on with a mixture of terror, amazement, and

a admiration.

D. Ang. Here I place the light. And now
To peruse these dreaded letters.

D. Man. Oh! how clear, by the reflection
Of the light, is all illumined !
Never in my life have I
Seen so sovereign a lady.
Aid me, Heaven! What is this?
Wonders surely must be hydras,
Since from each a thousand others
Spring. 0, Heaven! what shall I do?

Cosm. Well, the goblin takes her leisure;
See ! she draws a chair!
D. Man.

Bright image
Of the most resplendent beauty
Which the mighty Master's pencil
Ever painted !

Cosm. Ay, such beauty
Is the pencil's work alone.

D. Man. Brighter than the light the sparkle

Of her eyes.


Cosm. Those eyes are doubtless
Stars that in their day have twinkled
In the devil's own firmament.
D. Man. Every hair is like a sunbeam.
Cosm. Ay, 'twas thence these locks were stolen.
D. Man. Every ringlet seems a star.

Cosm. That may be-for when the angels
Fell from heaven, they drew behind them
Of the starry host the third.

D. Man. Rarer charms I ne'er beheld.

Cosm. Nay, in faith you would not say so
If you saw her feet—these gentry
Always in the foot are cursed.

D. Man. Beauty's best epitome.
Nay, a very angel she !


Cosm. Yes! a cloven-footed angel !
D. Man. What is this ? What is she doing
With my papers ?

I imagine
She is looking out the letters
For us, just to save us trouble,
Like a serviceable goblin.

D. Man. Guide me, Heaven! What shall I do ?
Never till this hour before,
Have I felt myself a coward !

Cosm. I have often.
D. Man.

Icy fetters
Seem to hold my feet imprison'd;
Every hair erected rises,
Every breath that heaves my bosom
Seems within my breast a dagger,
Seems around my neck a cord.
But does fear like this beseem me?
Now, by Heaven, it shall be seen
Whether I can break the spell!

[Approaching, and seizing her by the arm.
Angel, devil, woman-be thou
What thou mayst—this once at least
From my grasp there's no escaping !

D. Ang. Ahl unhappy! woe is me !
His departure was pretended,
And he knew too well that I

Cosm. In the name of God--for this
Is the devil's own province-tell use
D. Ang. (aside.) Yet I will dissemble still.
Cosm. Who you are-and what your object-

D. Ang. Generous Don Manuel
Hénriquez, for whom by fortune
Is reserved a precious treasure-
Do not touch me- come not nearer-
For your coming would endanger
That auspicious boon which Heaven
Destines for you, through the favour
Of the fate that guides your fortunes,
In obedience to its law.
When I wrote to you this evening
That last billet, I predicted
That our meeting would be shortly;
And, as I foretold, we meet.
Then since I have kept my promise,
And to-night you now behold me
In the form the nearest human
Which 'tis given me to assume,
Hence depart in peace and leave me;
For the time is not fulfill'd
When the secret of my being
You can comprehend or know.
All shall be disclosed to-morrow.
Then beware ;-to none revealing
Aught of this, unless you would
Lose a glorious lot for ever.

Go in peace.

Cosm. Now, since she tells us Go in peace—why do we tarry Longer here?

D. Man. I vow by Heaven I am angry that I ever

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