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ACT II. SCENE Į.
Enter AbdaLLA, ABDELMELECH, OZMYN, ZULEMA,
and HAMET, as returning from the sally. Abdal. This happy day does to Granada bring A lasting peace, and triumphs to the king ! The two fierce factions will no longer jar, Since they have now been brothers in the war. Those who, apart, in emulation fought, The common danger to one body brought; And, to his cost, the proud Castilian finds Our Moorish courage in united minds.
Abdelm. Since to each others aid our lives we owe,
Zul. I am obliged to Lyndaraxa's charms,
Ozm. While we indulge our common happiness,
view, Or polish them so fast as he rough-drew.
Abdol. Fate, after him, below with pain did move, .Ind victory could scarce keep pace above:
Death did at length so many slain forget,
arms a fortune find
D. Arcos. Believe, you shall not long attend in
But I, unhappy, in my bonds, must yet
D. Arcos. Old as I am, I take thee at thy word, And will to-morrow thank thee with my sword.
Almanz. I'll go, and instantly acquaint the king, And sudden orders for thy freedom bring. Thou canst not be so pleased at liberty, As I shall be to find thou darest be free.
[Exeunt ALMANZOR, Arcos, and the rest, er
cepting only ABDALLA and ZULEMA. Abdal. Of all those Christians who infest this
town, This duke of Arcos is of most renown.
Zul. Oft have I heard, that, in your father's reign, His bold adventurers beat the neighbouring plain; Then under Ponce Leon's name he fought, And from our triumphs many prizes brought; Till in disgrace from Spain at length he went, And since continued long in banishment. Abdal. But, see, your beauteous sister does appear,
Enter LYNDARAXA. Zul. By ny desire she came to find me here. [ZULEMA and LYNDARAXA whisper; then Zul
goes out, and LYNDAR. is going after. Abdal. Why, fairest Lyndaraxa, do you fly
Staying her. A prince, who at your feet is proud to die? Lyndar. Sir, I should blush to own so rude a thing,
[Staying. As 'tis to shun the brother of my king.
Abdal. In my hard fortune, I some ease should
Lyndar. Take my esteem, if you on that can live;
Abdal. My rival merits you.To Abdelmelech I will justice do; For he wants worth, who dares not praise a foe. ;
Lyndar. That for his virtue, sir, you make defence, Shows in your own a noble confidence.. But him defending, and excusing me, I know not what can your advantage be.
Abdal. I fain would ask, ere I proceed in this, If, as by choice, you are by promise his? Lyndar. The engagement only in my love does
lie, But that's a knot which you can ne'er untie. . Abdal. When cities are besieged, and treat to
Lyndar. Though Abdelmelech has not yet possest, Yet I have sealed the treaty in my breast.
Abdal. Your treaty has not tied you to a day;
Lyndar. Princes are subjects still. -
And since, sir, you are none, your hopes remove; For less than empire I'll not change my love.
Abdal. Had I a crown, all I should prize in it,
Abdal. If I am king, and if my brother die,
Abdal. The rule of happiness by reason scan;
Lyndar. That happiness I may enjoy, 'tis true; But then that private man must not be you. Where'er I love, I'm happy in my choice; If I make you so, you shall pay my price.
Abdal. Why would you be so great?
Lyndar. Because I've seen, This day, what 'tis to hope to be a queen.Heaven, how you all watched each motion of her
eye! None could be seen while Almahide was by, Because she is to be her majesty ! Why would I be a queen? Because my face Would wear the title with a better grace. If I became it not, yet it would be Part of your duty, then, to flatter me. These are but half the charms of being great; I would be somewhat, that I know not yet: Yes! I avow the ambition of my soul, To be that one to live without controul ! And that's another happiness to me, To be so happy as but one can be. Abdal. Madam,-because I would all doubts re
move,“ Would you, were I a king, accept my love?