British Dramatists from Dryden to Sheridan

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BOAB. I'll hear no more; defer what you would
say:
In private we'll discourse some other day.

D. ARCOS. Sir, you shall hear, however you are

loath, 315
That, like a perjured prince, you broke your oath: To gain your freedom you a contract signed,
By which your crown you to my king resigned,
From thenceforth as his vassal holding it,
And paying tribute such as he thought fit; 320
Contracting, when your father came to die, To lay aside all marks of royalty,
And at Purchena1 privately to live,
Which, in exchange, King Ferdinand did give.

BOAB. The force used on me made that contract

void. 325

D. ARCOS. Why have you then its benefits en- joyed?
By it you had not only freedom then,
But, since, had aid of money and of men;
And, when Granada for your uncle held,

You were by us restored, and he expelled. 330
Since that, in peace we let you reap your grain, Recalled our troops, that used to beat your plain;
And more -----

ALMANZ. Yes, yes, you did with wondrous care,
Against his rebels prosecute the war,

While he secure in your protection slept; 335
For him you took, but for yourselves you kept. Thus, as some fawning usurer does feed,
With present sums, th' unwary unthrift's need,
You sold your kindness at a boundless rate,
And then o'erpaid the debt from his estate; 340
Which, mould'ring piecemeal, in your hands did fall, Till now at last you came to swoop it all.

D. ARCOS. The wrong you do my king I cannot
bear;
Whose kindness you would odiously compare.

Th' estate was his; which yet, since you deny, 345
He's now content, in his own wrong, to buy.

ALMANZ. And he shall buy it dear what his he calls --
We will not give one stone from out these walls.

BOAB. Take this for answer, then --

Whate'er your arms have conquered of my land, 350
I will, for peace, resign to Ferdinand: To harder terms my mind I cannot bring;
But, as I still have lived, will die a king.

D. ARCOS. Since thus you have resolved, hence-
forth prepare

For all the last extremities of war: 355
My king his hope from heav'n's assistance draws.

ALMANZ. The Moors have heav'n, and me, t' assist their cause. Exit ARCOS.

Enter ESPERANZA.

ESPER. Fair Almahide,

(Who did with weeping eyes these discords see,

And fears the omen may unlucky be) 360
Prepares a zambra2 to be danced this night,
In hope soft pleasures may your minds unite.

BOAB. My mistress gently chides the fault 365
I made:
But tedious business has my love delayed --
Business, which dares the joys of kings in-
      vade.

ALMANZ. First let us sally out, and meet the
foe.

ABDAL. Led on by you, we [on] to triumph go.

BOAB. Then with the day let war and tumult
cease;
The night be sacred to our love and peace:

'Tis just some joys on weary kings should wait; 370
'Tis all we gain by being slaves of state.

Exeunt omnes.


ACT II

[SCENE I]

ABDALLA, ABDELMELECH, OZMYN, ZULEMA, HAMET,
as returning from the sally.

ABDAL. This happy day does to Granada bring
A lasting peace, and triumphs to the king:
The two fierce factions will no longer jar,
Since they have now been brothers in the war:

Those who, apart, in emulation fought, 5
The common danger to one body brought; And, to his cost, the proud Castilian finds
Our Moorish courage in united minds.

ABDELM. Since to each other's aid our lives we
owe,

Lose we the name of faction, and of foe, 10
Which I to Zulema can bear no more, Since Lyndaraxa's beauty I adore.

ZUL. I am obliged to Lyndaraxa's charms,
Which gain the conquest I should lose by arms;

And wish my sister may continue fair, 15
That I may keep a good, Of whose possession I should else despair.

OZM. While we indulge our common happiness,
He is forgot, by whom we all possess;

The brave Almanzor, to whose arms we owe 20
All that we did, and all that we shall do; Who, like a tempest that outrides the wind,
Made a just battle ere the bodies joined.

ABDAL. His victories we scarce could keep in
view,

Or polish 'em so fast as he rough-drew. 25

____________________
317] Q1Q2Q3 your; Q4Q5F you.
336] Q5F self for selves.
367] Q1Q2 to; Q3 unto: Q4Q5F on to.
371] Q5F to state.
1
A town in southeastern Spain.
2
A Moorish festival with dancing and music (as in Act III).

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