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Benz. When parents their commands unjustly lay, Children are privileged to disobey; Yet from that breach of duty I am clear, Since I submit the penalty to bear. To die, or kill you, is the alternative; Rather than take your life, I will not live.
Ozm. This shows the excess of generosity; But, madam, you have no pretence to die. I should defame the Abencerrages race, To let a lady suffer in my place. But neither could that life, you would bestow, Save mine; nor do you so much pity owe To me, a stranger, and your house's foe. Benz. From whencesoe'er their hate our houses
drew, I blush to tell you, I have none for you. 'Tis a confession which I should not make, Had I more time to give, or you to take: But, since death's near, and runs with so much
force, We must meet first, and intercept his course.
Ozm. Oh, how unkind a comfort do you give!
Benz. Sure, at our births,
Gaz. If longer you delay,
Ozm. Haste, madam, to fulfil his hard commands, And rescue me from their ignoble hands.
Let me kiss yours, when you my wound begin,
[To Gaz. and RED.
Red. 'Tis fatal to refuse her, or obey.
Benz. Say any thing.
Gaz. To disobey our orders is to die.—
Gazul. BENZAYDA unbinds Ozmyn, and
gives him her sword.
[Red, kills Gaz. But haste to save yourself by speedy flight.
[Ozmyn kneels to kiss her hand. Ozm. Did all mankind against my life conspire, Without this blessing I would not retire. But, madam, can I go and leave you here? Your father's anger now for you I fear: Consider you have done too much to stay.
Benz. Think not of me, but fly yourself away.
Red. Haste quickly hence; the enemies are nigh! From every part I see the soldiers fly. The foes not only our assailants beat, But fiercely sally out on their retreat, And, like a sea broke loose, come on amain.
Enter ABENAMAR, and a party with their swords • drawn, driving in some of the enemies. Aben. Traitors, you hope to save yourselves in
vain ! Your forfeit lives shall for your treason pay; And Ozmyn's blood shall be revenged this day. Ozm. No, sir, your Ozmyn lives; and lives to own
[Kneeling to his father. A father's piety to free his son. Aben. My Ozmyn!_0, thou blessing of my age !
[Embracing him. And art thou safe from their deluded rage!— Whom must I praise for thy delivérance? Was it thy valour, or the work of chance?
Ozm. Nor chance, nor valour, could deliver me; But 'twas a noble pity set me free.My liberty, and life, And what your happiness you're pleased to call, We to this charming beauty owe it all.
Aben. Instruct me, visible divinity! [To her.
MAHIDE, attended by ESPERANZA.
Exeunt APEN. OzM. and BENZ. Almanz. The work is done; now, madam, you are
free; At least, if I can give you liberty:
But you have chains which you yourself have chose;
Almah. Almanzor can from every subject raise
Almanz. Madam, you praise a funeral victory, At whose sad pomp the conqueror must die.
Almah. Conquest attends Almanzor every where; I am too small a foe for him to fear : But heroes still must be opposed by some, Or they would want occasion to o'ercome..
Almanz. Madam, I cannot on bare praises live: Those, who abound in praises, seldom give. Almah. While I to all the world your worth make
known, May heaven reward the pity you have shown! Almanz. My love is languishing, and starved to
death; And would you give me charity-in breath? Prayers are the alms of churchmen to the poor: They send's to heaven, but drive us from their door.
Almah. Cease, cease a suit So vain to you, and troublesome to me, If you will have me think that I am free.. If I am yet a slave, my bonds I'll bear; But what I cannot grant, I will not hear. Almanz. You will not hear ! You must both hear
and grant; For, madam, there's an impudence in want. Almah. Your way is somewhat strange to ask re
lief; You ask with threatening, like a begging thief.
Once more, Almanzor, tell me, am I free? . Almanz. Madam, you are, from all the world,
but me!But as a pirate, when he frees the prize He took from friends, sees the rich merchandize, And, after he has freed it, justly buys; So, when I have restored your libertyBut then, alas, I am too poor to buy!
Almah. Nay, now you use me just as pirat You free me; but expect a ransom too.
Almanz. You've all the freedom that a prince can
But greatness cannot be without a slave.
Almah. Yet princes may retire, whene'er they
Almanz. If not a subject then, a ghost I'll be;
Almah. I can no longer bear to be accused,