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Almanz. I only speak of him,
Abdal. Haste, then, and lose no time!-
Almanz. For you to will, for me 'tis to obey :
Abdal. If as a friend, I am obliged to hear;
Abdelm. Think, brave Abdalla, what it is you do:
Abdal. Your counsels, noble Abdelmelech, move
Abdelm. No, no; our reason was not vainly lent; Nor is a slave, but by its own consent;
If reason on his subject's triumph wait,
Abdelm. Then make a flying war; Dislodge betimes, before you are beset.
Abdal. Her tears, her smiles, her every look's a net. Her voice is like a Syren's of the land; And bloody hearts lie panting in her hand.. Abdelm. This do you know, and tempt the dan
ger still? Abdal. Love, like a lethargy, has seized my will. I'm not myself, since from her sight I went; I lean my trunk that way, and there stand bent. As one, who, in some frightful dream, would shun His pressing foe, labours in vain to run; And his own slowness, in his sleep, bemoans, With thick short sighs, weak cries, and tender
groans, So I
Abdelm. Some friend, in charity, should shake, And rouse, and call you loudly till you wake. Too well I know her blandishments to gain, Usurper-like, till settled in her reign; Then proudly she insults, and gives you cares, And jealousies, short hopes, and long despairs. To this hard yoke you must hereafter bow, Howe'er she shines all golden to you now.
Abdal. Like him, who on the ice Slides swiftly on, and sees the water near, Yet cannot stop himself in his career, So am I carried. This enchanted place, Like Circe's isle, is peopled with a race Of dogs and swine; yet, though their fate I know, I look with pleasure, and am turning too.
[LYNDARAXA passes over the Stage.
Abdelm. Fly, fly, before the allurements of her
: face, Ere she return with some resistless grace, And with new magic cover all the place.
Abdal. I cannot, will not,-nay, I would not I'll love, be blind, be cozened till I die; And you, who bid me wiser counsel take, I'll haté, and, if I can, I'll kill you for her sake. Abdelm. Even I, that counselled you, that choice
approve: I'll hate you blindly, and her blindly love. Prudence, that stemmed the stream, is out of breath; And to go down it is the easier death.
LYNDARAXA re-enters, and smiles on ABDALLA.
[Exit ABDALLA. Abdelm. That smile on Prince Abdalla seems to
say, You are not in your killing mood to day: Men brand, indeed, your sex with cruelty, But you are too good to see poor lovers die, This god-like pity in you I extol; And more, because, like heaven's, 'tis general. Lyndar. My smile implies not that I grant his
suit: 'Twas but a bare return of his salute.
Abdelm. It said, you were engaged, and I in place; But, to please both, you would divide the grace. Lyndar. You've cause to be contented with your
part, When he has but the look, and you the heart. : Abdelm. In giving but that look, you give what's
Lyndar. I gave not love; 'twas but civility : He is a prince; that's due to his degree. Abdelm. That prince you smiled on is my rivali
still, And should, if me you loved, be treated ill.
Lyndar. I know not how to show so rude a spite.
Lyndar. And when did I my power so far resign,
gave that power. Lyndar. 'Twas during pleasure, 'tis revoked this
Abdelm. Yes, there's one more;
speaks! With what indifference all her vows she breaks! " Curse on me, but she smiles ! Lyndar. That smile's a part of love, and all's your
due: I take it from the prince, and give it you.
Abdelm. Just heaven, must my poor heart your
Lyndar. You lodged it so uneasy in your breast,
Abdelm. I have done ill,
Lyndar. If I should be so kind a fool, to take
Abdelm. Oh never, never, upon no pretence; My life's too short to expiate this offence. • Lyndar. No, now I think on't, 'tis in vain to
try; 'Tis in your nature, and past remedy. You'll still disquiet my too loving heart: Now we are friends 'tis best for both to part.
[He takes her hand.