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So may your arms success in battle find;
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
move: I fear it is the lethargy of love! 'Tis he; I feel him now in every part: Like a new lord he vaunts about my heart; Surveys, in state, each corner of my breast, While poor fierce I, that was, am dispossessed
I'm bound; but I will rouse my rage again;
Almanz. 'Tis all in vain ; it will not do: Aside.
Almah. In half this time a tempest would be still.
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
Almanz. Who dares touch her I love? I'm all
o'er love: Nay, I am love ; love shot, and shot so fast, He shot himself into my breast at last. Almah. You see before you her, who should be
queen, Since she is promised to Boabdelin. Almanz. Are you beloved by him? O wretched
Almah. Alas, it is in vain;
Almanz. Would heaven had quite forgot me this
[He walks swiftly and discomposedly, studying. I bring a claim which does his right remove; You're his by promise, but you're mine by love. 'Tis all but ceremony which is past; The knots to tie which is to make you fast. Fate gave not to Boabdelin that power; He wooed you but as my ambassador.
Almah. Our souls are tied by holy vows above. Almanz. He signed but his: but I will seal my
love. I love you better, with more zeal than he.
Almah. This day
Give me that minute when she made her vow ! That minute, ev’n the happy from their bliss might
give; And those, who live in grief, a shorter time would
live. So small a link, if broke, the eternal chain Would, like divided waters, join again.It wonnot be; the fugitive is gone, Prest by the crowd of following minutes on: That precious moment's out of nature fled, And in the heap of common rubbish laid, Of things that once have been, and are decayed. Almah. Your passion, like a fright, suspends my
pain; It meets, o'erpowers, and beats mine back again: But as, when tides against the current flow, The native stream runs its own course below, So, though your griefs possess the upper part, My own have deeper channels in my heart. Almanz. Forgive that fury which my soul does
move; 'Tis the essay of an untaught first love: Yet rude, unfashioned truth it does express; 'Tis love just peeping in a hasty dress. Retire, fair creature, to your needful rest; There's something noble labouring in my breast : This raging fire, which through the mass does move, Shall purge my dross, and shall refine my love.
[Exeunt ALMAHIDE and ESPERANZA. She goes, and I like my own ghost appear; It is not living when she is not here.
To him Abdalla as King, attended. Abdal. My first acknowledgments to heaven are
due; My next, Almanzor, let me pay to you.
Almans. A poor surprise, and on a naked foe,
Abdal. I have a favour to demand of you;
Abdal. This needs no suit; in justice, I declare, She is your captive by the right of war.
Almanz. She is no captive then; I set her free; And, rather than I will her jailor be, I'll nobly lose her in her liberty.
Abdal. Your generosity I much approve;
Abdal. May your heroic act so prosperous be,
Enter ZULEMA. Zul. Of five tall towers which fortify this town, All but the Alhambra your dominion own: Now, therefore, boldly I confess a flame, Which is excused in Almahide's name.