Might I not make it as my last request,
(Since humble carriage suits a suppliant best)
That you would somewhat of your fierceness hide --
That inborn fire -- I do not call it pride? 470
ALMANZ. Born, as I am, still to command, not sue,
Yet you shall see that I can beg for you;
And if your father will require a crown,
Let him but name the kingdom, 'tis his own.
I am, but while I please, a private man; 475 I have that soul which empires first began. From the dull crowd, which every king does lead,
I will pick out whom I will choose to head:
The best and bravest souls I can select,
And on their conquered necks my throne erect. 480
ABDALLA alone, under the walls of the Albayzin.
ABDAL. While she is mine, I have not yet lost all,
But in her arms shall have a gentle fall:
Blest in my love, although in war o'ercome,
I fly, like Antony from Actium,
To meet a better Cleopatra here. -- 5 You of the watch! you of the watch! appear.
SOLDIER (above). Who calls below? What's your
ABDAL. 'Tis I:
Open the gate with speed; the foe is nigh.
SOLDIER. What orders for admittance do you bring?
ABDAL. Slave, my own orders; look, and know
the king. 10
SOLDIER. I know you; but my charge is so severe
That none, without exception, enter here.
ABDAL. Traitor, and rebel! thou shalt shortly see
Thy orders are not to extend to me.
LYNDAR. (above). What saucy slave so rudely
does exclaim, 15 And brands my subject with a rebel's name?
ABDAL. Dear Lyndaraxa, haste; the foes pursue.
LYNDAR. My lord, the Prince Abdalla, is it you?
I scarcely can believe the words I hear;
Could you so coarsely treat my officer? 20
ABDAL. He forced me; but the danger nearer
When I am entered, you shall know the cause.
LYNDAR. Entered! Why, have you any business
ABDAL. I am pursued, the enemy is near.
LYNDAR. Are you pursued, and do you thus de-
lay 25 To save yourself? Make haste, my lord, away.
ABDAL. Give me not cause to think you mock my
What place have I, but this, for my relief?
LYNDAR. This favor does your handmaid much
But we are not provided for a siege: 30 My subjects few, and their provision thin; The foe is strong without, we weak within.
This to my noble lord may seem unkind,
But he will weigh it in his princely mind;
And pardon her, who does assurance want 35 So much, she blushes when she cannot grant.
ABDAL. Yes, you may blush; and you have cause
Is this the faith you promised me to keep?
Ah yet, if to a lover you will bring
No succor, give your succor to a king. 40
LYNDAR. A king is he, whom nothing can with-
Who men and money can with ease command:
A king is he, whom fortune still does bless:
He is a king, who does a crown possess.
If you would have me think that you are he, 45 Produce to view your marks of sovereignty; But if yourself alone for proof you bring,
You're but a single person, not a king.
ABDAL. Ingrateful maid, did I for this rebel?
I say no more; but I have loved too well. 50
LYNDAR. Who but yourself did that rebellion
Did I e'er promise to receive your love?
Is it my fault you are not fortunate?
I love a king, but a poor rebel hate.
ABDAL. Who follow fortune, still are in the
right. -- 55 But let me be protected here this night.
LYNDAR. The place tomorrow will be circled round;
And then no way will for your flight be found.
ABDAL. I hear my enemies just coming on;
Protect me but one hour, till they are gone. 60
LYNDAR. They'll know you have been here; it
That very hour you stay, will ruin me:
For if the foe behold our interview,
I shall be thought a rebel too, like you
Haste hence; and that your flight may prosperous
prove, 65 I'll recommend you to the pow'rs above.
Exit LYNDARAXA from above.
ABDAL. She's gone! Ah, faithless and ingrateful
I hear some tread; and fear I am betrayed.
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