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COVENT GARDENs BRURY LANE,
DoN ALONZO Mr C. Kemble, Mr Barrymore. DoN CARLOS Mr Brunton. Mr Bartley. DoN ALVAREZ Mr Murray. Mr Powell. DoN MANUEL Mr Creswell, Mr Maddocks. ZANGA Mr Kemble. Master Betty, LEONORA Mrs Litchfield. Mrs Powell. ISABELLA Mrs Humphries. Miss Boyce,
Battlements, with a Sea Prospect.
A Storm, with Thunder and Lightning.
Zan. Whether first nature, or song want of peace, Has wrought my mind to this, I cannot tell; But horrors now are not displeasing to me: [Thunder. I like this rocking of the battlements.
Rage on, ye winds, burst, clouds, and waters roar!
You bear a just resemblance of my fortune,
And suit the gloomy habit of my soul.—
Who's there? My love
Isa. Why have you left my bed 2
Your absence more affrights me than the storm.
o [ Thunder,
Zan. The dead alone in such a night can rest,
And I indulge my meditation here.
Woman, away. I chuse to be aiome.
Isa. I know you do, and therefore will not leave
Excuse me, Zanga, therefore dare not lease.”
Is this a night for walks of contemplation?
Something unusual hangs upon your heart,
And I will know it; by our loves I will.
To you I sacrificed my virgin fame;
Ask. I too much to share in your distress?
Zan. In tears? Thou fool! then hear me, and be
In hell’s abyss, if ever it escape thee.
To strike thee with astonishment at once,
I hate Alonzo. First recover that,
And then thou shalt hear farther.
Isa. Hate Alonzo!
I own, I thought Alonzo most your friend,
And that he lost the master in that name.
Žan. Hear then. 'Tis twice three years sinceth"
great man . . . .
(Great let me call him, for he conquer'd me)
Made me the captive of his arm in fight.
He slew my father, and threw chains o'er me,
While I, with pious rage, pursued revenge.
I then was young, he placed me near his person,
And thought me not dishonour’d by his service.
One day, (may that returning day be might,
The stain, the curse, of each succeeding year!)
For something, or for nothing, in his pride
He struck me. (While I tell it, do I live?)
He smote me on the cheek I did not stab him,
For that were poor revenge E’er since, his folly
Has strove to bury it beneath a heap
Of kindnesses, and thinks it is forgot.
Insolent thought! and like a second blows
Affronts are innocent, where men are worthless;
And such alone can wisely drop revenge.
Isa. But with more temper, Zanga, tell your stoo
To see your strong emotions startles me.
Zan. Yes, woman, with the temper that befits it,
Has the dark adder venom? So have I,
When trodupon. Proud Spaniard, thoushalt feelmet
For from that day, that day of my dishonour,
I from that day have cursed the rising sun,
Which never fail'd to tell me of my shame.
I from that day have bless'd the coming night,
Which promised to conceal it ! but in vain,
The blow return'd for ever in my dream.
Yet on I toil'd, and groan’d for an occasion
Qf ample vengeance; none is yet arrived.
Howe'er, at present. I conceive warm hopes
Of what may wound him sore in his ambition,
Life of his life, and dearer than his soul.
Ty nightly march he Fo to surprise
The Moorish camp; but I have taken care
They shall be ready to receive his favour.
Failing in this, a cast of utmost moment,
Would darken all the conquests he has won.
Isa. Just as I enter'd, an express arrived.
Zan. To whom 2
Isa. His friend, Don Carlos.
Zan. Be propitious,
Q, Mahomet, on this important hour,
And give at length my famish’d soul revenge
What is revenge, but courage to call in
Our honour's debts, and wisdom to convert
Qthers’ self-love into our own protection?
But see, the morning ray breaks in upon us;
I'll seek Don Carlos, and enquire my fate, [Exeunt,
Enter Don CARLos and DoN MANUEL.
Man. My lord Don Carlos, what brings your express 2 Car. Alonzo’s glory, and the Moor's defeat. The field is strew’d with twice ten thousand slain, Though he suspects his measures were betray’d. He'll soon arrive. Oh, how I long to embrace. The first of heroes, and the best of friends! I loved fair Leonora long before The chance of battle gave me to the Moors, And while I groan'd in bondage, I deputed This great Alonzo, whom her father honours, To be my gentle advocate in love. Man. And what success 2 Car. Alas, the cruel maid— Indeed her father, who, though high at court, And powerful with the king, has wealth at heart To heal his devastation from the Moors, Knowing I’m richly freighted from the east, My fleet now sailing in the sight of Spain, (Heav'n guard it safe through such a dreadful storm') Caresses me, and urges her to wed. Man. Her aged father, see, Leads her this way. Car. She looks like radiant Truth, Brought forward by the hand of hoary Time-You to the port with speed, 'tis possible -Some vessel is arrived. [Exit MAN.] Heav'n grant" bring Tidings which Carlos may receive with joy!