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Did I not love you, yet it were too base
Benz. Yes, Ozmyn, I shall still this palm pursue;
wear, My mind shall teach my body how to bear.
[Exit Benz: Ozm. What I resolve, I must not let her know; But honour has decreed she must not go. What she resolves, I must prevent with care; She shall not in my fame or danger share. I'll give strict order to the guards which wait, That, when she comes, she shall not pass the gate. Fortune, at last, has run me out of breath; I have no refuge but the arms of death : To that dark sanctuary I will go; She cannot reach me when I lie so low. . [Exit:
SCENE III.-The Albayżyn.
Enter, on one side, ALMANZOR, ABDALLA, ABDEL
MELECH, ZULEMA, HAMET. On the other side, the Duke of ARCOS, BOABDELIN, LYNDARAXA, and their Party. After which the bars are opened; and đt the same time BOABDELIN and ABDALLA pass by each other, each to his Party; when AB
PALLA is passed on the other side, the Duke of ARcos approaches the bars, and calls to ALMANZOR.
D. Arcos. The hatred of the brave with battles
ends, And foes, who fought for honour, then are friends, I love thee, brave Almanzor, and am proud To have one hour when love may be allowed. This hand, in sign of that esteem, I plight; We shall have angry hours enough to fight.
[Giving his hand. Almanz. The man who dares, like you, in fields
appear, And meet my sword, shall be my mistress here. If I am proud, 'tis only to my foes ; Rough but to such who virtue would oppose. If I some fierceness from a father drew, A mother's milk gives me some softness-too. D. Arcos. Since first you took, and after set me
But, since I love you more than you do me,
D. Arcos. Were you obliged in honour by a trust
thought, That some advantage in that change I sought. And though I twice have changed for wrongs re
ceived, That it was done for profit none believed. The king's ingratitude I knew before; So that can be no cause of changing more. If now I stand, when no reward can be, "Twill show the fault before was not in me.
D. Arcos. Yet there is a reward to valour due, And such it is as may be sought by you; That beauteous queen, whom you can never gain, While you secure her husband's life and reign. Almanz. Then be it so; let me have no return
[Here LYNDARAXA comes near, and hears them, From him but hatred, and from her but scorn. There is this comfort in a noble fate, That I deserve to be more fortunate. You have my last resolve; and now, farewell: My boding heart some mischief does foretell; But what it is, heaven will not let me know. I'm sad to death, that I must be your foe. D. Arcos. Heaven, when we meet, if fatal it must
be To one, spare him, and cast the lot on me.
[They retire. Lyndar. Ah, what a noble conquest were this
heart! I am resolved I'll try my utmost art :
In gaining him, I gain that fortune too,
She makes a gesture of invitation to ALMANZOR;
who returns again. . Lyndar. You see, sir, to how strange a remedy A persecuted maid is forced to fly: Who, much distressed, yet scarce has confidence To make your noble pity her defence. Almanz. Beauty, like yours, can no protection
need; Or, if it sues, is certain to succeed. To whate'er service you ordain my hand, Name your request, and call it your command. Lyndar. You cannot, sir, but know, that my ili
fate Has made me loved with all the effects of hate : One lover would, by force, my person gain; Which one, as guilty, would by force detains Rash Abdelmelech's love I cannot prize, And fond Abdalla's passion I despise. As you are brave, so you are prudent too; Advise a wretched woman what to do. Almanz. Have courage, fair one, put your trust
Enter, brave sir; for, when you speak the word,
Lyndar. Say rather to the queen, to whose fair . name I know you vow the trophies of your fame. I hope she is as kind as she is fair; Kinder than inexperienced virgins are : To their first loves; (though she has loved before, And that first innocence is now no more:) But, in revenge, she gives you all her heart, (For you are much too brayé to take a part.) Though, blinded by a crown, she did not see Almanzor greater than a king could be, I hope her love repairs her ill-made choice : Almanzor cannot be deluded twice. Almanz. No, not deluded; for none count their
gains, Who, like Almanzor, frankly give their pains.
Lyndar. Almanzor, do not cheat yourself, nor mez Your love is not refined to that degree: For, since you have desires, and those not blest, Your love's uneasy, and at little reste