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Enter HALYMA. Hal. Madam, a gentleman, to me unknown, Desires that he may speak with you alone. Lyndar. Some message from the king.-Let him

appear. Enter ABDELMELECH; who throws off his dis

guise. She starts. Abdelm. I see you are amazed that I am here: But let at once your fear and wonder end. In the usurper's guards I found a friend, Who led me safe to you in this disguise. Lyndar. Your danger brings this trouble in my

eyes. — But what affair this 'venturous visit drew ? Abdelm. The greatest in the world,—the seeing

you. Lyndar. The courage of your love I so admire, That, to preserve you, you shall straight retire.

[She leads him to the door. Go, dear! each minute does new dangers bring; You will be taken; I expect the king.

Abdelm. The king !—the poor usurper of an hour:
His empire's but a dream of kingly power.-
I warn you, as a lover and a friend,
To leave him, ere his short dominion end :
The soldier I suborned will wait at night,
And shall alone be conscious of your flight.
Lyndar. I thank you, that you so much care be-

stow;
But, if his reign be short, I need not go.
For why should I expose my life, and yours,
For what, you say, a little time assures ?

Abdelm. My danger in the attempt is very small; And, if he loves you, yours is none at all.

But, though his ruin be as sure as fate,
Your proof of love to me would come too late.
This trial I in kindness would allow;
'Tis easy; if you love me, show it now.

Lyndar. It is because I love you, I refuse;
For all the world my conduct would accuse,
If I should go with him I love away;
And, therefore, in strict virtue, I will stay.

Abdelm. You would in vain dissemble love to me;
Through that thin veil your artifice I see.
You would expect the event, and then declare;
But do not, do not drive me to despair:
For, if you now refuse with me to fly,
Rather than love you after this, I'll die;
And, therefore, weigh it well before you speak;
My king is safe, his force within not weak.
Lyndar. The counsel, you have given me, may be

wise; But, since the affair is great, I will advise. Abdelm. Then that delay I for denial take.

. [Is going
Lyndar. Stay; you too swift an exposition make.
If I should go, since Zulema will stay,
I should my brother to the king betray.
Abdelm. There is no fear; but, if there were, I

see
You value still your brother more than me..
Farewell! some ease I in your falsehood find;
It lets a beam in, that will clear my mind:
My former weakness I with shame confess,
And, when I see you next, shall love you less.

[Is going again. Lyndar. Your faithless dealings you may blush to tel:

[Weeping This is a maid's reward, who loves too well.

[He looks back.

Remember that I drew my latest breath,
In charging your unkindness with my death.
Abdelm. [coming back.] Have I not answered all

you can invent, Even the least shadow of an argument: Lyndar. You want not cunning what you please

to prove, But my poor heart knows only how to love; And, finding this, you tyrannize the more: 'Tis plain, some other mistress you adore; And now, with studied tricks of subtlety, You come prepared to lay the fault on me.

' [Iringing her hands. But, oh, that I should love so false a man! Abdelm. Hear me, and then disprove it, if you

can. Lyndar. I'll hear no more; your breach of faith

is plain : You would with wit your want of love maintain. But, by my own experience, I can tell, They, who love truly, cannot argue well.Go, faithless man! Leave me alone to mourn my misery; I cannot cease to love you, but I'll die.

[Leans her head on his arm. Abdelm. What man but I so long unmoved could hear

[Weeping.
Such tender passion, and refuse a tear!-
But do not talk of dying any more,
Unless you mean that I should die before.
Lyndar. I fear your feigned repentance comes

too late;
I die, to see you still thus obstinate:
But yet, in death my truth of love to show,
Lead me; if I have strength enough, I'll go.

Abdelm. By heaven, you shall not go! I will not

be :
O’ercome in love or generosity.
All I desire, to end the unlucky strife,
Is but a vow, that you will be my wife.

Lyndar. To tie me to you by a vow is hard ;
It shows, my love you as no tie regard.-
Name any thing but that, and I'll agree.
Abdelm. Swear, then, you never will my rival's

·be. Lyndar. Nay, pr’ythee, this is harder than be

fore.— Name any thing, good dear, but that thing more.

Abdelm. Now I too late perceive I am undone; Living and seeing, to my death I run. I know you false, yet in your snares I fall; You grant me nothing, and I grant you all.

Lyndar. I would grant all; but I must curb my .. will, Because I love to keep you jealous still.. In your suspicion I your passion find; But I will take a time to cure your mind. Halyma. 0, madam, the new king is drawing

near! Lyndar. Haste quickly hence, lest he should find

you here!
Abdelm. How much more wretched than I came,

I go!
I more my weakness and your falsehood know;
And now must leave you with my greatest foe!

Exit ABDELM.
Lyndar. Go!-How I love thee heaven can only

tell:
And yet I love thee, for a subject, well.—
Yet, whatsoever charms a crown can bring,
A subject's greater than a little king.

I will attend till time this throne secure;
And, when I climb, my footing shall be sure.

[Music without. Music! and, I believe, addressed to me.

SONG.

vu,

I.
Wherever I am, and whatever I do,

My Phyllis is still in my mind;
When angry, I mean not to Phyllis to go,

My feet, of themselves, the way find:
Unknown to myself I am just at her door,
And, when I would rail, I can bring out no more,
Than, Phyllis too fair and unkind!

II. When Phyllis I see, my heart bounds in my breast,

And the love I would stifle is shown; But asleep, or awake, I am never at rest,

When from my eyes Phyllis is gone. Sometimes a sad dream does delude my sad mind; But, alas! when I wake, and no Phyllis I find, How I sigh to myself all alone!

III. . - Should a king be my rival in her I adore,

He should offer his treasure in vain: 0, let me alone to be happy and poor,

And give me my Phyllis again!
Let Phyllis be mine, and but ever be kind,
I could to a desart with her be confined,

And envy no monarch his reign.

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