Let her with anchorites, not with lovers, lie;
Statesmen and they keep better company.
ABDAL. Reason was giv'n to curb our headstrong
|ZUL. Reason but shows a weak physician's skill:||215|
Reason's a staff for age, when nature's gone;
But youth is strong enough to walk alone.
|ABDAL. In curst ambition I no rest should find,||220|
ZUL. Methinks that peace of mind were bravely
A crown, whate'er we give, is worth the cost.
ABDAL. Justice distributes to each man his right;
|But what she gives not, should I take by might?||225|
ZUL. If justice will take all, and nothing give, Justice, methinks, is not distributive.
ABDAL. Had fate so pleased, I had been eldest
And then, without a crime, the crown had worn.
ZUL. Would you so please, fate yet a way would
But she's a drudge when hectored by the brave:
If fate weaves common thread, he'll change the
|And with new purple spread a nobler loom.||235|
ABDAL. No more! -- I will usurp the royal seat; Thou, who has made me wicked, make me great.
ZUL. Your way is plain: the death of Tarifa
Does on the king our Zegrys' hatred draw;
|Though with our enemies in show we close,||240|
But favor hinders justice to be done.
Proud Ozmyn with the king his pow'r maintains,
|And in him each Abencerrago reigns.||245|
ABDAL. What face of any title can I bring?
ZUL. The right an eldest son has to be king.
Your father was at first a private man,
And got your brother ere his reign began.
|When, by his valor, he the crown had won,||250|
ABDAL. To sharp-eyed reason this would seem un-
But reason I through love's false optics view.
ZUL. Love's mighty pow'r has led me captive too:
|I am in it unfortunate as you.||255|
ABDAL. Our loves and fortunes shall together go; Thou shalt be happy, when I first am so.
ZUL. The Zegrys at old Selin's house are met,
Where, in dose council, for revenge they sit:
|There we our common int'rest will unite;||260|
I met Almanzor coming back from court,
But with a discomposed and speedy pace,
|A fiery color kindling all his face:||265|
ABDAL. Would he were ours! --
I'll try to gild th' injustice of the cause,
|And court his valor with a vast applause.||270|
ZUL. The bold are but the instruments o' th' wise;
They undertake the dangers we advise:
And, while our fabric with their pains we raise,
We take the profit, and pay them with praise.
ALMANZ. That he should dare to do me this dis-
Is fool or coward writ upon my face?
Refuse my pris'ner! -- I such means will use,
He shall not have a pris'ner to refuse.
ABDAL. He said you were not by your promise
ALMANZ. He break my promise and absolve my
'Tis more than Mahomet himself can do!
The word which I have giv'n shall stand like fate;
|Not like the king's, that weathercock of state.||10|
But now, he shall not veer: my word is passed;
I'll take his heart by th' roots, and hold it fast.
ABDAL. You have your vengeance in your hand
Tired with so base and impotent a sway;
And, when I show my title, you shall see
|I have a better right to reign than he.||20|
ALMANZ. It is sufficient that you make the claim:
You wrong our friendship when your right you name.
When for myself I fight, I weigh the cause,
But friendship will admit of no such laws:
That weighs by th' lump; and, when the cause is
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Publication information: Book title: British Dramatists from Dryden to Sheridan. Contributors: George Henry Nettleton - Editor, Arthur Eillicot Case - Editor. Publisher: Boston ; Houghton Mifflin company,.. Place of publication: Boston; New York. Publication year: 1939. Page number: 18.
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