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Gon. They shout again! Whate'er he means to do,
Gar. Were it a truth, I fear 'tis now too late,
Such a deed
'Twas an act of horror;
The same. Enter ZARA, followed by SELIM, and two Mutes bearing
bowls. Zara. Silence and solitude are everywhere! Through all the gloomy ways and iron doors
That hither lead, nor human face nor voice
heart bode more? what can it more Than death?
[Alpnonso [TO SELIM.] Let 'em set down the bowls, and warn That I am here—so. [The Mutes go in.] You return and The king; tell him, what he required I've done, [find And wait his coming to approve the deed. [Exit SELIM.
The Mutes return, and look affrighted. Zara. What have you seen? Ha! wherefore stare
With haggard eyes? why are your arms a-cross ?
[They go to the Scene, which opening, she perceives the body.
Zara. Get thee to hell, and seek him there!
[Stabs him. His hellish rage had wanted means to act, But for thy fatal and pernicious counsel.
Sel. You thought it better then--but I'm rewarded : The mute you sent by some mischance was seen, And forced to yield your letter with his life: I found the dead and bloody body strippedMy tongue falters, and my voice fails—I sink-Drink not the poison-for Alphonso is
[Dies, Zara. As thou art now—and I shall quickly be. 'Tis not that he is dead; for 'twas decreed We both should die. Nor is't that I survive ; I have a certain remedy for that. But oh, he died unknowing in my heart ! He knew I loved, but knew not to what height: Nor that I meant to fall before his eyes, A martyr and a victim to my vows : Insensible of this last proof he's gone. Yet fate alone can rob his mortal part Of sense; his soul still sees, and knows each pur
pose, And fixed event of my persisting faith. Then, wherefore do I pause ? give me the bowl.
[A Mute kneels and gives one of the bowls. Hover a moment, yet, thou gentle spirit, Soul of my love, and I will wait thy flight ! This to our mutual bliss when joined above. [Drinksi O friendly draught, already in my heart I Cold, cold ! my veins are icicles and frost. I'll creep into his bošom, lay me there; Cover us close-or I shall chill his breast, And fright him from my arms --See, see, he slides Still further from me I look, he hides his face ! I cannot feel it--quite beyond my reachO now he's gone, and all is dark.
[Dics. [The Mutes kneel and mourn over her.
Enter ALMERIA and LEONORA.
Heavens! what dismal scene Of death is this? The eunuch Selim slain !
Alm. Show me, for I am come in search of death; But want a guide ; for tears have dimmed my sight.
Leon. Alas, a little farther, and behold
Alm. Oh I foreknow, foresee that object.
I am the sacrifice designed to bleed;
[The Mutes point to the bowl on the ground.
[The Mutes point to the other cup. Ha! point again ? 'tis there, and full, I hope. Thanks to the liberal hand that filled thee thus; I'll drink my glad acknowledgmentLeon.
O hold. For mercy's sake! upon my knee I beg
Alm. With thee the kneeling world should beg in vain. Seest thou not there? behold who prostrate lies, And pleads against thee? who shall then prevail ? Yet I will take a cold and parting leave, From his pale lips; I'll kiss him, ere I drink, Lest the rank juice should blister on my mouth, And stain the colour of my last adieu. Horror ! a headless trunk ! nor lips nor face,
[Coming nearer the body, starts and lets fall the cup. But spouting veins, and mangled flesh! Oh, oh!
Enter ALPHONSO, HELI, PEREZ, with GARCIA prisoner,
Guards and Attendants.
Alph. Forbear; my arms alone shall hold her up,