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Grant that it did in her a pity shew;
Benz. If that be all in which you disagree,
Ozm. Nature, that bids us parents to obey,
Aben. Your reasons speak too much of insolence; Her birth's a crime past pardon or defence. Know, that as Selin was not won by thee, Neither will I by Selin's daughter be. Leave her, or cease henceforth to be my son : This is my will; and this I will have done.
[Exit ABEN. Ozm. It is a murdering will, That whirls along with an impetuous sway, And, like chain-shot, sweeps all things in its way. He does my honour want of duty call ; To that, and love, he has no right at all.
Benz. No, Ozmyn, no; it is a much less ill To leave me, than dispute a father's will : If I had any title to your love, Your father's greater right does mine remove : Your vows and faith I give you back again, Since neither can be kept without a sin. Ozm. Nothing but death my vows can give me
back : They are not yours to give, nor mine to take.
Benz. Nay, think not, though I could your vows : resign, My love or virtue could dispense with mine. I would extinguish your unlucky fire, To make you happy in some new desire : I can preserve enough for me and you, And love, and be unfortunate, for two,
Ozm. In all that's good and great You vanquish me so fast, that in the end I shall have nothing left me to defend. From every post you force me to remove; But let me keep my last entrenchment, love. Benz. Love then, my Ozınyn; I will be content
[Giving her hand. To make you wretched by your own consent: Live poor, despised, and banished for my sake, And all the burden of my sorrows take; For, as for me, in whatsoe'er estate, While I have you, I must be fortunate. Ozm. Thus then, secured of what we hold most
dear, (Each other's love) we'll go I know not where. For where, alas, should we our flight begin? The foe's without; our parents are within.
Benz. I'll fly to you, and you shall fly to me; Our flight but to each other's arms shall be. To providence and chance permit the rest; Let us but love enough, and we are blest. [Exeunt.
SCENE II. Enter BOABDELIN, ABENAMAR, ABDELMELECH,
Guards : ZULEMA and HAMET, Prisoners. Abdelm. They are Lyndaraxa's brothers; for her
sake, Their lives and pardon my request I make.
Boab. Then, Zulema and Hamet, live; but know, Your lives to Abdelmelech's suit you owe. Zul. The grace received so much my hope ex
ceeds, That words come weak and short to answer deeds. You've made a venture, sir, and time must shew, If this great mercy you did well bestow.
Boab. You, Abdelmelech, haste before 'tis night, And close pursue my brother in his flight. .
[Exeunt ABDELMELECH, ZULEMA, and HAMET. Enter ALMANZOR, ALMAHIDE, and ESPERANZA. But see, with Almahide The brave Almanzor comes, whose conquering sword The crown, it once took from me, has restored. How can I recompence so great desert! Almanz. I bring you, sir, performed in every
part, My promise made; your foes are fled or slain ; Without a rival, absolute you reign. Yet though, in justice, this enough may be, It is too little to be done by me: I beg to go, Where my own courage and your fortune calls, To chase these misbelievers from our walls. I cannot breathe within this narrow space; My heart's too big, and swells beyond the place. Boab. You can perform, brave warrior, what you
please ; Fate listens to your voice, and then decrees.
Now I no longer fear the Spanish powers;
Aben. What, in another, vanity would seem,
Boab. It is for you, brave man, and only you,
Boab. Give wing to your desires, and let 'em fly,
[Putting one knee to the ground. I ask this lady now with confidence. .
Boab. You ask the only thing I cannot grant.
Aben. -And my daughter too.
Almanz. Believe, old man, that I her father knew: What else should make Almanzor kneel to you: Nor doubt, sir, but your right to her was known: For had you had no claim but love alone, I could produce a better of niy own. Almaħ. [soj tly to him.] Almanzor, you forget my
[To the King. [First line knecling: second, rising, and boldly. Though, without boasting, I deserve her best; For you her love with gaudy titles sought, But I her heart with blood and dangers bought, Boab. The blood, which you have shed in her de
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