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To them Ozmyn; his sword drawn.
Ozm. Arm, quickly arm; yet all, I fear, too late; The enemy's already at the gate. Boab. The Christians are dislodged; what foe is near? Ozm. The Zegrys are in arms, and almost here: The streets with torches shine, with shoutings ring, And Prince Abdalla is proclaimed the king. What man could do, I have already done, But bold Almanzor fiercely leads them on.
A ben. The Alhambra yet is safe in my command;
[To the King. Retreat you thither, while their shock we stand.
Boab. I cannot meanly for my life provide; I'll either perish in't, or stem this tide. To guard the palace, Ozmyn, be your care: If they o'ercome, no sword will hurt the fair. Ozm. I'll either die, or I'll make good the place. Abdelm. And I with these will bold Almanzor face. [Exeunt all but the Ladies. An alarum within. Almah. What dismal planet did my triumphs light!Discord the day, and death does rule the night: The noise my soul does through my senses wound. Lyndar. Methinks it is a noble, sprightly sound, The trumpet's clangor, and the clash of arms! This noise may chill your blood, but mine it warms. [Shouting and clashing of swords within. We have already passed the Rubicon; The dice are mine; now, fortune, for a throne![A shout within, and clashing of swords afaf
°ff. The sound goes farther off, and faintly dies;Curse of this going back, these ebbing cries!
Ye winds, waft hither sounds more strong and quick;Beat faster, drums, and mingle deaths more thick.
An alarum nearer: Then Enter Almanzor and
Almanz. We have not fought enough; they fly too soon;And I am grieved the noble sport is done. This only man, of all whom chance did bring J.
[Pointing to Ozmtk.
To meet my arms, was worth the conquering.
[Exit a Guard.
To them Hamet and others.
Hamet. The king by me salutes you; and,to show That to your valour he his crown does owe, Would from your mouth I should the word receive, And that to these you would your orders give. 1
Almanz. He much o'er-rates the little I have done.
[almanzor goes to the door, and there seems to give out orders, by sending people several ways. Selin to Ozmyn. Now, to revenge the murder of my son, To morrow for thy certain death prepare; This night I only leave thee to despair.
Ozmyn. Thy idle menaces I do not fear:
[Exit with Selin. Almah. Ah, Esperanza, what for me remains
[almanzor returns; she falls at his feet, being veiled. Almah. Turn, mighty conqueror, turn your face this way, Do not refuse to hear the wretched pray!Almanz. What business can this woman have
'with me? Almah. That of the afflicted to the Deity.
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So may your arms success in battle find;
Almanz. Yes, I will turn my face, but not my mind:You bane and soft destruction of mankind, What would you have with me?
Almah. I beg the grace [Unveiling.
You would lay by those terrors of your face.
Almanz. [Lookingly fixedly on her.] Well; my fierce visage shall not murder you. Speak quickly, woman; I have much to do.
Almah. Where should I find the heart to speak one word?Your voice, sir, is as killing as your sword. As you have left the lightning of your eye, So would you please to lay your thunder by. Almanz. I'm pleased and pained, since first her eyes I saw, As I were stung with some tarantula. Arms, and the dusty field, I less admire, And soften strangely in some new desire; Honour burns in me not so fiercely bright, But pale as fires when mastered by the light: Even while I speak and look, I change yet more, And now am nothing that I was before. I'm numbed, and fixed, and scarce my eye-balls
I fear it is the lethargy of love!
Almah. I know I am your captive, sir.
Almanz. You are—You shall—And I can scarce forbear
Almanz. Tis all in vain; it will not do: [Aside. I cannot now a seeming anger show: My tongue against my heart no aid affords; For love still rises up, and choaks my words.
Almah. In half this time a tempest would be still.
Almanz. Tis you have raised that tempest in my will. I wonnot love you; give me back my heart; But give it, as you had it, fierce and brave. It was not made to be a woman's slave, But, lion-like, has been in desarts bred, And, used to range, will ne'er be tamely led. Restore its freedom to my fettered will, And then I shall have power to use you ill.
Almah. My sad condition may your pity move;
But look not on me with the eyes of love:
I must be brief, though I have much to say. Almanz. No, speak; for I can hear you now all day. Her sueing sooths me with a secret pride: [Softly. A suppliant beauty cannot be denied: [Aside. Even while I frown, her charms the furrows seize; And I'm corrupted with the power to please. Almah. Though in your worth no cause of fear I see, I fear the insolence of victory;As you are noble, sir, protect me then From the rude outrage of insulting men.