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Did I not love you, yet it were too base
To let a lady suffer in my place.
Those proofs of virtue you before did show,
I did admire; but I must envy now.
Your vast ambition leaves no fame for me,
But grasps at universal monarchy.

Benz. Yes, Ozmyn, I shall still this palm pursue;
I will not yield my glory even to you.
I'll break those bonds in which my father’s tied,
Or, if I cannot break them, I'll divide.
What, though my limbs a woman's weakness show;
I have a soul as masculine as you;
And when these limbs want strength my chains to

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

free,
(Whether a sense of gratitude it be,
Or some more secret motion of my mind,
For which I want a name that's more than kind)
I shall be glad, by whate'er means I can,
To get the friendship of so brave a man;
And would your unavailing valour call,
From aiding those whom heaven has doomed to fall.
We owe you that respect,
Which to the gods of foes besieged was shown,
To call you out before we take your town.
Almanz. Those whom we love, we should esteem

them too,
And not debauch that virtue which we woo.
Yet, though you give my honour just offence,
I'll take your kindness in the better sense;
And, since you for my safety seem to fear,
I, to return your bribe, should wish you here.

But, since I love you more than you do me,
In all events preserve your honour free;
For that's your own, though not your destiny.

D. Arcos. Were you obliged in honour by a trust
I should not think my own proposals just;
But since you fight for an unthankful king,
What loss of fame can change of parties bring?
Almanz. It will, and may with justice too be

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 :

am re

In gaining him, I gain that fortune too,
Which he has wedded, and which I but woo.
I'll try each secret passage to his mind,
And love's soft bands about his heart-strings wind.
Not his vowed constancy shall 'scape my snare ;
While he without resistance does prepare,
I'll melt into him ere his love's aware.

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

in me;
You shall, at least, from those you hate, be free.
Resign your castle to the king's command,
And leave your love concernments in my hand.
Lyndar. The king, like them, is fierce, and faith-

less too;
How can I trust him who has injured you?
Keep for yourself, (and you can grant no less)
What you alone are worthy to possess..:

Enter, brave sir; for, when you speak the word,
These gates will open of their own accord;
The genius of the place its lord will meet,
And bend its tow'ry forehead to your feet. )
That little citadel, which now you see,
Shall, then, the head of conquered nations be;
And every turret, from your coming, rise
The mother of some great metropolis.
Almanz. 'Tis pity, words, which none but gods

should hear,
Should lose their sweetness in a soldier's ear :
I am not that Almanzor whom you praise;
But your fair mouth can fair ideas raise :
I am a wretch, to whom it is denied
To accept, with honour, what I wish with pride;
And, since I fight not for myself, must bring
The fruits of all my conquests to the king.

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

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