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Have found a passage herè, why not the living,
(ABDALLAH gives him a dagger.).
Raym. If this should be an after plot of murder,
(ABDALLAH enters with a torch.) Abd. Now, are you ready? Raym. Down, I'll follow thee.
(As they descend.) Abd. The way is dark and narrow. Raym. Quick, proceed. I will not shrink.
Soene 1st. – A Wood; on one side the habitation of
Enter RAYMOND and ABDALLAH.
I'll be here before :
In her quick motions and disordered looks,
Scene 2d. — The inside of the hut,
ALMANŻA asleep, Zoa (as listening.) Zoa.
Now, all is still: Yon moon approves the deed, else in the clouds That float around she'd hide her conscious head : No hour so meet as midnight's breathless pause, No altar like the couch she would defile, Nay now perhaps, in her adulterous dreams, She thinks on Raymond. - I will wake her first, Halloo her name, that startling from her sleep She may confess herself, and leave no doubt That this is her true image.—Hoa, Almanza! Al
manza, hoa ! Alm. Who calls ?
(Starting up.) Zoa.
'Tis I; awake, And take such greeting as the wife of Raymond Should give to Raymond's friend.
(She lifts her hatchet to strike.) Raym. (Holding her hand.) Woman, art mad ? Alm. Would she have killed me ?
Ay, I am not mad, It is the governor's daughter, is it not ?
Alm. It is, indeed.
Nay, 'tis she,
Raym. (Snatches the picture.) What is this?
'Tis false; I never saw it, by my soul, till now.
Zoa. You gave't him not?
Alm. It is the picture which I gave to Florio.
Zoa. Nay, are you sure?
Alm. Very, for when at distance he took leave, He press’d it to his heart, and rais’d it thence To meet his lips, which bow'd to do it homage: Then sprung upon his steed and hurried off. Zoa. (After a pause.) I will not live then.
(Snatching up the hatchet.) Alm.
Nay, 'twas madness, all Your senses were disordered.
Talk not of it,
Alm. No more of that.
No more of this, You have my full forgiveness. (They embrace.) Zoa.
- Ay, but Raymond,
Why, nothing now.