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-yet I do,
And turns this disappointment to account. I know not where I am.
Alon. Think, think no more ! (If 'tis unseen) as thou anon may'st find.
It ne'er can enter in an honest heart. Isa. That would indeed commend my Zanga's I'll tell thee, then-I cannotskill.
By wanting force to give it utterance. Zan. This, Isabella, is Don Carlos' picture; Zan. Speak, ease your heart; its throbs will Take it, and so dispose of it, that, found,
burst your bosom! It may raise up a witness of her love;
Alon. I am most happy: mine is victory, Under her pillow, in her cabinet,
Mine the king's favour, mine the nation's shout, Or elsewhere, as shall best promote our end. And great men make their fortunes of my smiles.
Isa. I'll weigh it as its consequence requires, O curse of curses ! in the lap of blessing Then do my utmost to deserve your smile. [ Erit. To be most curst !- My Leonora's false!
Zan. Is that Alonzo prostrate on the ground? Zun. Save me, my lord ! -Now he starts up, like flame from sleeping em- Alon. My Leonora's false ! bers,
[Gives him the letter. And wild distraction glares from either eye ! Zan. Then Heaven has lost its image here on If thus a slight surmise can work his soul,
earth. flow will the fulness of the tempest tear him?
[While Zanga reads the letter, he trem
bles, and shews the utmost concern. Enter Don Alonzo.
Alon. Good-natured man! he makes my pains Alon. And yet it cannot be-I am deceived
bis own! I injure her! she wears the face of Heaven. I durst not read it; but I read it now Zan. He doubts.
[Aside. In thy concern! Alon. I dare not look on this again.
Zan. Did you not read it then? If the first glance, which gave suspicion only, Alon. Mine eye just touched it, and could bear Had such effect, so smote my heart and brain, The certainty would dash me all in pieces. Zan. Thus perish all that gives Alonzo pain ! It cannot -Ila ! it must, it must be true.
[Tears the letter, [Starts. Alon. Why didst thou tear it? Zan. Hold there, and we succeed. He has Zan. Think of it no more. descried me;
'Twas your mistake; and groundless are your And (for he thinks I love him) will unfold
fears. His aching heart, and rest it on my counsel. Alon. And didst thou tremble, then, for my I'll seem to go, to make my stay more sure.
[Aside. Or give the whole contents, or by the pangs Alon. Ilold, Zanga, turn.
That feed upon my heart, thy life's in danger! Zan. My lord !
Zan. Is this Alonzo's language to his Zanga? Alon. Shut close the doors,
Draw forth your sword, and find the secret here. That not a spirit find an entrance here.
For whose sake is it, think you, I conceal it? Zun. My lord's obeyed.
Wherefore this rage? Because I seek your Alon. I see that thou art frighted.
peace? If thou dost love me, I shall fill thy heart I have no interest in suppressing it, With scorpions' stings.
But what good-natured tenderness for you Zan. If I do love, my lord ?
Obliges me to have. Not mine the heart Alon. Come near me, let me rest upon thy That will be rent in two. Not mine the fame bosom;
That will be damned, though all the world (What pillow like the bosom of a friend?)
should know it. For I am sick at heart.
Alon. Then my worst fears are true, and life Zan. Speak, sir, O speak, And take me from the rack !
Zan. What has the rashness of my passion Alon. And is there need
uttered? Of words? Behold a wonder! See my tears ! I know not what; but rage is our destruction, Zan. I feel them too. Heaven grant my senses
And all its words are wind- -Yet sure, I think, fail me!
I nothing owned. But, grant I did confess, I rather would lose them, than have this real. What is a letter? Letters may be forged. Alon. Go, take a round through all things in For leaven's sweet sake, my lord, lift up your thy thought,
heart! And find that one-for there is only one
Some foe to your reposeWhich could extort my tearsmind that, and tell Alon. So Bleaven look on me, Thyself my misery, and spare me the pain. As I can't find the man I have offended. Can. Sorrow can think but ill-I'ain bewil- Zun. Indeed! [Aside-Our innocence is dered;
not our shield:
They take offence, who have not been offended; | The eternal law of things declares it true,
For she was his, my friend's, and he (O horror!) A letter may be forged, and in a point
Confided all in me. O, sacred faith!
As news arrived that Carlos' feet was seen
From off our coast, fired with the love of gold, Zan. It is;
Determined, that the very sun which sa v For who would credit that, which, credited, Carlos' return, should see his daughter wed. Makes hell superfluous by superior pains,
Zan. Indeed, my lord, then you must pardon Without such proofs as cannot be withstood ?
me, Has she not ever been to virtue trained ? If I
presume to mitigate the crime. Is not her fame as spotless as the sun,
Consider, strong allurements soften guilt; Her sex's envy, and the boast of Spain? Long was his absence, ardent was his love,
Alon. O Zanga! it is that confounds me most, At midnight his return, the next day destined That full in opposition to appearance
For his espousals—–'twas a strong temptation. Zan. No more, my lord, for you condemn Alon. Temptation ! yourself.
Zan. 'Twas but gaining of one night. What is absurdity, but to believe
Alon. One night! Against appearance !You can't yet, I find, Zan. That crime could ne'er return again. Subdue your passion to your better sense ;- Alon. Again! By Heaven thou dost insult thy And, truth to tell, it does not much displease me. lord. Tis fit your indiscretions should be checked Temptation ! One night gained ! O stings and With some degree of pain.
death! Alon. What indiscretions ?
And am I then undone! Alas, my Zanga! Zan. Come, you must bear to hear your faults And dost thou own it too? Deny it still, from me.
And rescue me one moment from distraction. Had you not sent Don Carlos to the court
Zan. My lord, I hope the best. The night before the battle, that foul slave, Alon. False, foolish hope, Who forged the senseless scroll which gives you And insolent to me! Thou know'st it false; pain,
It is as glaring as the noon-tide sun. Had wanted footing for his villany.
Devil! This morning, after three years coldness, Alon. I sent him not.
To rush at once into a passion for ine! Zan. Not send him! Ha! That strikes me. 'Twas time to feign, 'twas time to get another, I thought he came on message to the king. When her first fool was sated with her beauties. Is there another cause could justify
Zan. What says my lord? Did Leonora then His shunning danger, and the promised fight? Never disclose her passion for you? But I perhaps may think too rigidly;
Alon. Never. So long an absence, and impatient love
Zan. Throughout the whole three years? Alon. In my confusion that had quite escaped Alon. O never! never !
Why, Zanga, shouldst thou strive ? Tis all in By Ileaven, my wounded soul does bleed afresh;
vain : 'lis clear as day—for Carlos is so brave, Though thy soul labours, it can find no reed Ile lives not but on fame, he hunts for danger, For hope to catch at. Ah! I am plunging down And is enamoured of the face of death.
Ten thousand fathoms in despair. How then could he decline the next day's battle, Zan. Hold, sir, I'll break your fall-wave every But for the transports-Oh, it must be som
fear, Inhuman, by the loss of his own honour, And be a man again-Ilad he enjoyed her, To buy the ruin of his friend!
Be most assured, he had resigned ber to you Zan. You wrong him;
With less reluctance, He knew not of your love.
Alon. Ha! Resign her to me!Alon. Ila !
Resign her!—Who resigned her?-Double death Zan. That stings home.
(Aside. How could I doubt so long? My heart is broke. Alon. Indeed, he knew not of my treacherous First love her to distraction ! then resign lver ! love
Zan. But was it not with utmost agony? Proofs rise on proofs, and still the last the strong- Alon. Grant that, he still resigned her; that's
Would he pluck out his eye to give it me? Thrives underneath my hand in misery.
For tearing it, I not secure it only
In its first force; but superadd a new. Alon. A tale! There's proof equivalent to For who can now the character examine, sight.
To cause a doubt, much less detect the fraud? Zan. I should distrust my sight on this occa- And after tearing it, as loth to shew sion.
The foul contents, if I should swear it now Alon. And so should I; by Heaven, I think I A forgery, my lord would disbelieve me; should.
Nay, more, would disbelieve the more I swore. What! Leonora, the divine, by whom
But is the picture happily disposed of? We guessed at angels! Oh! I'm all confusion.
Isa. It is. Zan. You now are too much ruifled to think Zan. That's well-Ah! what is well? O pang clearly
to think! Since bliss and horror, life and death hang on it, o dire necessity! is this my province ? Go to your chamber, there maturely weigh Whither,
soul! ah! whither art thou sunk Each circumstance; consider, above all, Beneath thy sphere? Ere while, far, far above That it is jealousy's peculiar nature
Such little arts, dissembling, falsehoods, frauds, To swell small things to great; nay, out of nought The trash of villany itself, which falls To conjure much, and then to lose its reason To cowards, and poor wretches wanting bread. Amid the hideous phantoms it has formed. Does this become a soldier? This become Alon. Had I ten thousand lives, I'd give them Whom armies followed, and a people loved?
My martial glory withers at the thought. To be deceived. I fear 'tis doomsday with me. But great my end; and since there are no other, And yet she seemed so pure, that I thought Hea- These means are just; they shine with borrowed
light, Borrowed her form for virtue's self to wear,
Illustrious from the purpose they pursuc. To gain her lovers with the sons of men. And greater sure my merit, who, to gain O Leonora ! Leonora !
[Erit. A point subliine, can such a task sustain ;
To wade through ways obscene, my honour bend,
end. Zan. Thus far it works auspiciously. My pa- Late time shall wonder; that my joys will raise; tient
For wonder is involuntary praise, [Exeunt.
Zan. O, forbear!
Alon. What dost thou mean?
And kill my hopes. What can I think or do?
[Aside. Alon. What dost thou murmur?
Zan. Force the secret from her!
Alon. No more, I care not;
worse? Alon. No; it would cure me of my mortal
Zan. Ah! were I sure of that, my lord
Zan. You should not hazard life to gain the Leon. How good in you, my lord, whom na
tions' cares Alon. What dost thou mean? Thou know'st Solicit, and a world in arms obeys, I'm on the rack.
To drop one thought on me! I'll not be played with; speak, if thou hast aught,
[He shews the utmost impatience. Or I this instant fly to Leonora.
Alon. Dost thou then prize it? Zan. That is, to death. My lord, I am not yet Leon. Do you then ask it? Quite so far gone in guilt to suffer it,
Alon. Know then, to thy comfort, Thougb gone too far, Heaven knows—'Tis I am Thou hast me all, my throbbing heart is full guilty
With thee alone; I have thought of nothing else; I have took pains, as you, I know, observed, Nor shall, 1 from my soul believe, till death. To hinder you from diving in the secret, My life, our friends expect thee. And turned aside your thoughts from the detec- Leon. I obey
Alon. Is that the face of cursed hypocrisy? Alon. Thou dost confound me!
If she is guilty, stars are made of darkness, Zan. I confound myself,
And beauty shall no more belong to HeavenAnd frankly own it, though to my shame I own Don Carlos did return at dead of nightit;
Proceed, good Zanga; so thy tale began. Nought but your life in danger could have torn Zan. Don Carlos did return at dead of night; The secret out, and made me own my crime. That night, by chance (ill chance for me) did I Alon. Speak quickly; Zanga, speak.
Command the watch that guards the palace gate, Zan. Not yet, dread sir :
He told me he had letters for the king,
Dispatched from you.
pray, forbear-Transported at his sight, Zan. Alas! I fear it much,
After so long a bondage, and your friend, And scarce can hope so far; but I of this (Who could suspect him of an artifice ?) Exact your solemn oath, that you'll abstain No farther I enquired, but let him pass, From all self-violence, and save my lord.
False to my trust, at least imprudent in it. Alon. I trebly swear.
Our watch relieved, I went into the garden, Zan. You'll bear it like a man?
As is my custom, when the night's serene, Alon. A god.
And took a moon-light walk : when soon I heard Zan. Such have you been to me; these tears A rustling in an arbour that was near me. confess it,
I saw two lovers in each other's arms, And poured forth miracles of kindness on me : Embracing and embraced. Anon the man And what amends is now within my power, Arose, and, falling back some paces froin her, But to confess, expose myself to justice, Gazed ardently awhile, then rushed at once, And, as a blessing, claim my punishment? And throwing all himself into her bosom, Know, then, Don Carlos
There softly sighed — Oh, night of ecstacy! Alon. Oh!
When shall we meet again :'-Don Carlos, then, Zan. You cannot bear it.
Led Leonora forth.
[He sinks into a chair. I'll have it all, and instantly. Go on.
Zan. Groan on, and with the sound refresh Zan. Don Carlos did return at dead of night
'Tis through his heart; his knces smite one another: Enter Leosora.
'Tis through his brain; his eye-balls roll in anLeon. My lord Alonzo, you are absent from us, guish.
(Aside. And quite undo our joy.
My lord, my lord, why do ye rack my soul Alon. I'll come, my love :
Speak to me, let me know that you still live. Be not our friends deserted by us both; Do not you know me, sir? Pray, look upon me; I'll follow you this moment.
You think too deeply, -I am your own Zanga, Leon. My good lord,
So loved, so cherished, and so faithful to you.I do observe severity of thought
Why start you in such fury? Nay, my lord, Upon your brow. Aught hear you from the For Heaven's sake sheath your sword! What Moors?
can this mean? Alon. No, my delight.
Fool that I was, to trust you with the secret, Leon. What then employed your mind? And you unkind to break your word with me. Alon. Thou, love, and only thou; so Heaven Oh, passion for a woman! On the ground !
Where is your boasted courage? Where your As other thought can find no entrance here.
my soul !
And prudent rage, that was to cure your grief, Alas my head turns round, and my limbs fail And chase your love-bred agonies away?
me! Rise, sir, for honour's sake. Why should the Zan. My lord ! Moors,
Alon. Oh, villain, villain, most accurst! Why should the vanquished triumph?
If thou didst know it, why didst let me wed? Llon. Would to Heaven
Zan. Hear me, my lord, your anger will abate. That I were lower still! Oh, she was all! I knew it not :- I saw them in the garden; My fame, my friendship, and my love of arms, But saw no more than you might well expect All stoop to her; my blood was her possession. To sce in lovers destined for each other. Deep in the secret foldings of my heart By Heaven I thought their meeting innocent. She lived with life, and far the dearer she. Who could suspect fair Leonora's virtuc, But-and no more-set nature on a blaze, Till after-proofs conspired to blacken it? Give her a fit of jealousy-away
Sad proofs, which came too late, which broke not To think on't-is the torment of the damned,
out, And not to think on’t is impossible.
(Eternal curses on Alvarer' haste !)
In duty and compassion to your peace.
Alon. Liv now, be damned hereafter--for I
Zan. You said you would bear it like a man. I will enjoy this murder.- -Let ine think-
The jasmine bower—'tis secret and remote : Am I not most distracted?
Go wait me there, and take thy dagger with thee. Zan. Pray, be calm.
[E.rit Zanga. Alon. As hurricanes: be thou assured of that. How the sweet sound still sings within my ear ! Zan. Is this the wise Alonzo ?
When shall we meet again?–To-night, in heil! Alon. Villain, no! He died in the arbour he was murdered there!
As he is going, enter LEONORA. I am his dæmon though—-My wife !--my Ha! I'm surprised! I stagger at her charms ! wife!
Oh, angel-devil!--/Shall I stab her now? Zan. Alas! he weeps.
No-It shall be as I at first determined. Alon. Go, dig her grave !
To kill her now, were half my vengeance lost. Zan. My lord !
Then must I now dissemble-Alon. But that her blood's too hot, I would Leon. My lord, excuse me; see, a second tiine carouse it
I come in embassy from all your friends, Around my bridal board!
Whose joys are languid, uninspired by you. Zan. And I would pledge thee. (Aside. Alon. This moment, Leonora, I was coming Alon. But I may talk too fast. Pray, let me To thee, and all- -but sure, or I mistake, think,
Or thou canst well inspire my friends with joy. And reason mildly. Wedded and undonc
Leon. Why sighs my lord ? Before one night descends! Oh, hasty evil! Alon. I sighed not, Leonora. What friend to comfort me in my extreme ! Leon. I thought you did; your sighs are mine, Where's Carlos? Why is Carlos absent from me? Does he know what has happened?
And I shall feel them all. Zan. My good lord !
Alon. Dost Aatter me?
Full far indeed I stretched the compliment
Alon. What rite?
Leon. You sport me. Give them the vultures, tear him all in pieces ! Alon. Indeed I do; my heart is full of mirth. Zan. Most excellent !
[Aside. Leon. And so is mine-I look on cheerfulAlon. Hark! you can keep a secret.
Leon. What says my lord?
(Goes to stab Zanga, he prevents him. And are a fit reward for gallant actions,
if I can.