For where, alas, should we our flight begin?
|The foe's without; our parents are within.||95|
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.
Enter BOABDELIN, ABENAMAR, ABDELMELECH,
Guard; ZULEMA and HAMET, prisoners.
ABDELM. They're Lyndaraxa's brothers; for her
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-
If this great mercy you did well bestow.
BOAB. You, Abdelmelech, haste before 'tis night,
|And close pursue my brother in his flight.||10|
Exeunt ABDELMELECH, ZULEMA, HAMET.
Enter ALMANZOR, ALMAHIDE, and ESPERANZA.
But see, with Almahide
The brave Almanzor comes, whose conquering
That crown, it once took from me, has restored.
How can I recompence so great desert!
ALMANZ. I bring you, sir, performed in every
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||20|
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
Already we are free, and conquerors.
ALMANZ. Accept, great king, tomorrow, from my
|The captive head of conquered Ferdinand.||30|
|You shall not only what you lost regain,|
|But o'er the Biscayn mountains to the main,|
|Extend your sway, where never Moor did reign.|
ABEN. What, in another, vanity would seem,
|Appears but noble confidence in him;||35|
He moves eccentric, like a wand'ring star,
Whose motion's just, though 'tis not regular.
|BOAB. It is for you, brave man, and only you,||40|
I must be left ungrateful in the end:
Yet somewhat I would pay,
|Before my debts above all reck'ning grow,||45|
But you --
Are conscious to yourself of such desert,
That of your gift I fear to offer part.
ALMANZ. When I shall have declared my high
But rather much o'er-rate the service done.
BOAB. Give wing to your desires, and let 'em fly,
|Secure they cannot mount a pitch too high.||55|
ALMANZ. (putting one knee on the ground). Em-
boldened by the promise of a prince,
I ask this lady now with confidence.
|BOAB. You ask the only thing I cannot grant.||60|
(The KING and ABENAMAR look amazedly on
But, as a stranger, you are ignorant
Of what by public fame my subjects know;
She is my mistress.
ABEN. -- And my daughter too.
ALMANZ. Believe, old man, that I her father knew:
|What else should make Almanzor kneel to you?||65|
|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 my own.|
ALMAH. (softly to him). Almanzor, you forget my
Your words have too much haughtiness ex-
ALMANZ. (to her). I was too far transported by my
Forgive me; for I had not learned to sue
To anything before, but heav'n and you.
|Sir, at your feet, I make it my request --||75|
(To the KING. First line kneeling: 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
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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: 33.
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