Or wind in volumes to their former course.
BOAB. In walls we meanly must our hopes en-
close, 15 To wait our friends, and weary out our foes, While Almahide
To lawless rebels is exposed a prey,
And forced the lustful victor to obey.
ABEN. One of my blood, in rules of virtue bred! 20 Think better of her, and believe she's dead.
To them ALMANZOR.
BOAB. We are betrayed, the enemy is here;
We have no farther room to hope or fear.
ALMANZ. It is indeed Almanzor whom you see,
But he no longer is your enemy. 25 You were ungrateful, but your foes were more; What your injustice lost you, theirs restore.
Make profit of my vengeance while you may;
My two-edged sword can cut the other way.
I am your fortune, but am swift like her, 30 And turn my hairy front if you defer: That hour when you delib'rate, is too late;
I point you the white1 moment of your fate.
ABEN. Believe him sent as Prince Abdalla's spy;
He would betray us to the enemy. 35
ALMANZ. Were I, like thee, in cheats of|
state grown old
|(Those public markets, where for foreign gold|
|The poorer prince is to the richer sold),|
Then thou mightst think me fit for that low part:
But I am yet to learn the statesman's art. 40 My kindness and my hate unmasked I wear; For friends to trust, and enemies to fear.
My heart's so plain
That men on every passing thought may look,
Like fishes gliding in a crystal brook; 45 When troubled most, it does the bottom show; 'Tis weedless all above, and rockless all below.
ABEN. Ere he be trusted, let him first be tried;
He may be false, who once has changed his side.
ALMANZ. In that you more accuse yourselves
than me: 50 None who are injured can unconstant be. You were unconstant, you, who did the wrong;
To do me justice does to me belong.
Great souls by kindness only can be tied;
Injured again, again I'll leave your side. 55 Honor is what myself, and friends, I owe; And none can lose it who forsake a foe.
Since, then, your foes now happen to be mine,
Though not in friendship, we'll in int'rest join:
So while my loved revenge is full and high, 60 I'll give you back your kingdom by the by.
BOAB. (embracing him). That I so long delayed
what you desire,
Was not to doubt your worth, but to admire.
ALMANZ. This counsellor an old man's cau-|
|Who fears that little he has left, to lose:||65|
Age sets to fortune; while youth boldly|
But let us first your drooping soldiers cheer:
Then seek out danger, ere it dare appear.
This hour I fix your crown upon your brow;
Next hour fate gives it, but I give it now. 70
LYNDAR. O could I read the dark decrees of fate,
That I might once know whom to love, or hate!
For I myself scarce my own thoughts can guess,
So much I find 'em varied by success.
As in some weather-glass, my love I hold; 5 Which falls or rises with the heat or cold. I will be constant yet, if fortune can;
I love the king: -- let her but name the man.
To her HALYMA.
HAL. Madam, a gentleman, to me unknown,
Desires that he may speak with you alone. 10
LYNDAR. Some message from the king. Let him
To her ABDELMELECH; who, entering, throws off his
disguise. She starts.
ABDELM. I see you are amazed that I am here:
But let at once your fear and wonder end.
In the usurper's guard I found a friend,
Who led me to you safe in this disguise. 15
LYNDAR. Your danger brings this trouble in my
But what affair this vent'rous visit drew?
ABDELM. The greatest in the world -- the seeing
LYNDAR. The courage of your love I so admire
That, to preserve you, you shall straight retire. 20 (She leads him to the door.)
Go, dear! each minute does new dangers bring;
You will be taken; I expect the king.
boldly stakes all on one throw.'