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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 fate, First that I love at all; then, loved too late! Yet, I must love! ,
Almah. Alas, it is in vain; Fate for each other did not us ordain. The chances of this day too clearly show That heaven took care that it should not be so. Almanz. Would heaven had quite forgot me this one day!
But fate's yet hot
I'll make it take a bent another way.
[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 knot's 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
Almanz. Good heaven, thy book of fate before me lay, But to tear out the journal of this day:
Give me that minute when she made her vow!
'Tis the essay of an untaught first love:
[Exeunt Almaiiide and Esperanza.
To him Abdalla as King, attended.
Abdal. My first acknowledgments to heaven arc
due; My next, Almanzor, let me pay to you.
Almanz. A poor surprise, and on a naked foe,
Abdal. I have a favour to demand of you;
Almanz.- Theri, briefly, thus: when I the Albay- zyn won, I found the beauteous Almahide alone, Whose sad condition did my pity move; And that compassion did produce my love.
Abdal. This needs no suit j 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; But your excess of that shows want of love.
Almanz. No, 'tis the excess of love which mounts so high, That, seen far off, it lessens to the eye. Had I not loved her, and had set her free, That, sir, had been my generosity; But 'tis exalted passion, when 1 show I dare be wretched, not to make her so: And, while another passion fills her breast, I'll be all wretched rather than half blest.
Abdal. May your heroic act so prosperous be, That Almahide may sigh you set her free.
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.
If you the merit of this night regard,
Almanz. She your reward! why, she's a gift so great, That I myself have not deserved her yet;And therefore, though I won her with my sword, I have, with awe, my sacrilege restored.
Zul. What you deserve
Almanz. Thou, single, art not worth my answer
ing: But take what friends, what armies thou canst bring;What worlds; and, when you are united all, Then will I thunder in your ears,—She shall.
Zul. I'll not one tittle of my right resign.— Sir, your implicit promise made her mine; When I, in general terms, my love did show, You swore our fortunes should together go.
Abdal. The merits of the cause I'll not decide,
Almanz. I have receded to the utmost line,
Zul. If you will free your part of her, you may;
Almanz. Thou shalt not wish her thine; thou shalt not dare To be so impudent, as to despair.
Zul. The Zegrys, sir, are all concerned to see How much their merit you neglect in me.
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Harriet. Your slighting Zulema, this very hour Will take ten thousand subjects from your power. Almanz. What are ten thousand subjects such as they?If I am scorned I'll take myself away.
Abdal. Since both cannot possess what both pursue, I grieve, my friend, the chance should fall on you; But when you hear what reason I can urge
Almanz. None, none that your ingratitude can purge. Reason's a trick, when it no grant affords; It stamps the face of majesty on words.
Abdal. Your boldness to your services I give:
Almanz. To live!If from thy hands alone my death can be,
Piled on thy back, can never pull it down:But, at my ease, thy destiny I send,