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But, silk-worm like, so long within have wrought, That I am lost in my own web of thought.
SCENE I— A Wood.
Enter Ozmyn and Benzayda.
Ozm. Tis true, that our protection here has been The effect of honour in the Spanish queen; But, while I as a friend continue here, I to my country must a foe appear.
Benz. Think not, my Ozmyn, that we here re~
As friends, but prisoners to the power of Spain.
Ozm. I cannot leave you here, and go away;
[A noise within,—Follow, follow, follow!—
Enter Selin, his sword drawn, as pursued.
Selin. I am pursued, and now am spent and done; My limbs suffice me not with strength to run. And, if I could, alas! what can I save? A year, the dregs of life too, from the grave. [Sits down on the ground. Here will I sit, and here attend my fate, With the same hoary majesty and state, As Rome's old senate for the Gauls did wait.
Benz. It is my father; and he seems distressed.
Ozm. My honour bids me succour the oppressed; That life he sought, for his I'll freely give; We'll die together, or together live.
Benz. I'll call more succour, since the camp is near, And fly on all the wings of love and fear.
Enter Abenamah, and four or free Moors. He looks andjinds Selin.
Aben. You've lived, and now behold your latest
Selin. I scorn your malice, and defy your power.
Ozm. [shewing himself.} Who gives you death, shall give it first to me;
[Knows his father.
My father here! then heaven itself has laid
Aben. Fortune, I thank thee! thou hast kindly done, To bring me back that fugitive, my son;
Ozm. I beg not you my forfeit life would save;
Aben. Yes, justice shall be done on him and thee.—
[To a soldier.
Ozm. If you have honour,—since you nature want,— For your own sake my last petition grant; .
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And kill not a disarmed, defenceless foe,
My father cannot do an act so base:
IVly father!—I mistake;—I meant, who was.
son! Ozm, Swear but to save his life, I'll yield my
own, Aboi. Nor tears, nor prayers, thy life, or his, shall buy. Ozm. Ihen, sir, Eenzayda's father shall not die!— [Putting himself before Selin. And, since he'll want defence when I am gone, I will, to save his life, defend my own.
Aben. This justice, parricides, like thee, should
[aben. arid his party attack them both. Ozm. parries his father s thrusts, and thrusts at the others. .
Enter Benzayda, with Abdalla, the Duke of Arcos, and Spaniards.
Senz. O, help my father! and my Ozmyn save! Abdal. Villains, that death you have deserved is
Ozm. Stay, prince! and know, I have a father here!— [Stops Abdalla's hand.
I were that parricide, of whom he spoke,
Will I be won; but, with my latest breath,
[Exit Aben. with his party.
[Kneeling to Selin.
The death of him I slew in my defence,
[Offers him his sword. In this your silence my hard fate appears.
Selin. I'll answer you, when I can speak for tears. But, till I can, Imagine what must needs be brought to pass;
[Embraces him. My heart's not made of marble, nor of brass. Did I for you a cruel death prepare, And have you, have you made my life your care! There is a shame contracted by my faults, Which hinders me to speak my secret thoughts. And I will tell you—when the shame's removed— You are not better by my daughter loved.— Benzayda be yours.—I can no more.
Ozm. Blessed be that breath which does my life restore! [Embracing his knees.
Benz. I hear my father now; these words confess That name, and that indulgent tenderness.
Selin. Benzayda, I have been too much to blame; But let your goodness expiate my shame: You Ozmyn's virtue did in chains adore, And part of me was just to him before.— My son !—
Ozm. My father!—
Selin. Since by you I live,
Abdal. I grieve your joys are mingled with my cares;But all take interest in their own affairs;
Abdal. You much surprise me with your pleasing; news.
Selin. But, sir, she hourly does the assault expect, And must be lost if you her aid neglect: For Abdelmelech loudly does declare, He'll use the last extremities of war, If she refuse the fortress to resign. Abdal. The charge of hastening this relief be mine. Selin. This while I undertook, whether beset, Or else by chance, Abenamar I met; Who seemed, in haste, returning to the town.
Abdal. My love must in my diligence be shown.— And, [To Arcos.] as my pledge of faith to Spain, this hour I'll put the fortress in your master's power.