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B. Will. We shall take care, however, for our | Mar. Michael, your absence too has been obown sakes.
served. Mas. 'Tis very well-I hope we all are friends. Mos. Say we are coming. [Exit MARIA. So-softly-softly-Michael, not that door
Mich. One thing I'd forgot. (Returning. MICHAEL going out at the wrong door. Soon as the company have left the house, So-make what speed you can : I'll wait you | The ruffians will return. there,
(Ereunt. Mos. What would the villains ?
Msich. They muttered threats and curses, SCENE II.--'A Hall in ARDEN'S House. And seemed not satisfied with their reward.
[Erit MICHAEL. Enter Mosby.
Mos. Let them take all. Ambition, avarice, lust, They must pass undescried : gardens and fields That drove me on to murder, now forsake me. Are dreary deserts now. Night-fowls and beasts Oh Arden! if thy discontented ghost of prey
Still hovers here to see thy blood revenged, Avoid the pinching rigour of the season,
View, view the anguish of this guilty breast, Nor leave their shelter at a time like this. And be appeased !
[Erit. And yet this night, this lingering winter night, Hung with a weight of clouds, that stops her SCENE III.- A Room in ARDEN'S House. A course,
Table spread for Supper.
GREEN, BRADSHAW, ADAM Fowl, ALICIA, wish;
MARIA, &c. Arden is dead; now count thy gains at leisure. Brad. Madam, be comforted. Dangers without, on every side suspicion ;
A. Fowl. Some accident, or business unforeWithin, my starting conscience marks such
seen, detains him thus. wounds,
Brad. I doubt not of his safety. As hell can cqual, only murderers feel. (A pause. Alic. I thank you, gentlemen; I know you loved This, this the end of all my flattering hopes ! | My Arden well, and kindly speak your wishes. 0! happiest was I in my humble state: Though I lay down in want, I slept in peace ;
Enter Mosby. My daily toil begat my night's repose ;
Mos. I am ashamed I've made you wait: be My night's repose made day-light pleasing to me.
seated. But now I've climbed the top-bough of the tree, Green. Madam, first take your place. And sought to build my nest among the clouds : Alic. Make me not madThe gentlest gales of summer shake my bed, To me henceforth all places are alike. (Sits. And dreams of murder harrow up my soul.
Mos. Come, since we want the master of the Bat hark !-Not yet :-- 'Tis dreadful being alone.
house, This awful silence, that, unbroken, reigns I'll take his seat for once. Through earth and air, awakes attention more, Alic. Dares he do this?
(Aside. Than thunder bursting from ten thousand clouds : Mos. I'm much afflicted, that he stays so late; S'death !-'tis but Michael-Say
The times are perilous.
Green. And he has enemies.
Though no man, sure, did e'er deserve them less. Sich. Dead Arden lies
Mos. This day he was assaulted in the street. Behind the abbey—'tis a dismal sight!
Green. You saved him then.
Mar. She starts, her looks are wild. (Aside. Mich. No, sir
How fare you, madam ? Mos. That's much
Alic. I'm lost in admiration of your brother. Should you be questioned as to Arden’s death, Mar. I fear her more than ever. (Aside.) You'll not confess?
Madam, be merry. Mich. No, so Maria's mine.
Mos. Michael, some wine. Health and long Mos. She's thine, if all a brother can
life to Arden!
(Rising Mich. What's if?
Alic. The good you wish, and have procured I bought her dear, at hazard of my soul,
(Rising And force shall make her mine.
Light on thyself!
Mar. For Heaven's sake!
(Comes forward. Enter MARIA.
Let them dispatch, and send me to my husband : Mar. The guests refuse to take their seats
[All rise. without you ;
I've lived too long with falsehood and deceit. Alicia's grief too borders on distraction.
(Knocking at the gate. Thy presence may appease
A. Fowl. What noise is that? (Exit MICHAEL. Mos. Increase it rather.
Brad. Pray Heaven, that all be right !
Darkness itself is as the noon-day blaze,
Who brings the midnight murderer, and his deeds,
Mayor. Here seize them all-this instant:
[ALICIA faints, and is carried off. Mayor. Go you with these, and do as I direct-Look to the lady; this may be but feigned. ed.
(Ereunt officers and others. Your charge but goes along with my suspicions. I'm sorry that the duty of my office
Brad. And mine. Demands a visit so unseasonable.
A. Fowl. And mine. Mos. Your worship doubtless were a welcome Frank. First hear me, and then judge, guest
Whether, on slight presumptions, I accuse them. At any hour; but wherefore thus attended? These honest men (neighbours and townsmen all) Mayor. I have received a warrant from the Conducted me, dropping with grief and fear, council,
To where the body lay: with them I took these To apprehend two most notorious ruffians;
notes, And information being made, on oath,
Not to be trusted to the faithless memory. That they were seen to enter here to-night, I'm come to search.
• Huge clots of blood, and some of Arden's hair, Green. I'm glad it is no worse. (Aside.
' May still be seen upon the garden-wall; Mos. And can you think, that Arden enter
• Many such rushes, as these floors are strewed with, tains
Stick to his shoes and garments; and the prints Villains like those you speak of? Were he here,
• Of several feet may in the snow be traced, You'd not be thanked for this officiousness.
' from the stark body to the very door ;' Mayor. I know my duty, sir, and that respect, | These are presumptions he was murdered here, So justly due to our good neighbour's worth. And that the assassins, having borne his corpse But where is Arden?
Into the fields, hither returned again. Alic. Heavens! where indeed !
Mos. Are these your proofs ? Mar. Alicia, for my sake
(Aside. Green. These are but circumstances, Alic. If I were silent,
And only prove thy malice. Each precious drop of murdered Arden's blood Frank. And this scarf, Would find a tongue, and cry to Heaven for ven Known to be Arden's, in the court was found, geance!
All blood.Mayor. What says the lady?
Mayor. Search them. Mos. Oh! sir, heed her not;
Mich. I thought I'd thrown it down the well. Her husband has not been at home to-night,
(Aside. And her misboding sorrow for his absence
Mayor. [To an Officer.) Enter that room, and Has almost made her frantic.
search the lady there ; Mayor. Scarce an hour
We may, perhaps, discover more. Since I beheld him enter here with you !
[Officer goes out, and re-enters ; in the mean Mos. The darkness of the night deceived you,
time, another Officer searches MOSBY sir;
and GREEN. It was a stranger, since departed hence.
i Offi. On Arden's wife I found this letter. Mayor. That's most surprising! No man knows 2 Offi. And I this ring on Mosby. him better.
Mayor. Righteous Heaven! Frank. (Without.) Within there-ho-bar up Well inay'st thou hang thy head, detested villain! your gates with care,
This very day did Arden wear this ring ; And set a watch. Let not a man go by
I saw it on his hand.
Mos. I freely yield me to my fate.
Enter another Officer.
of wood. My friend, is murdered !
Mayor. Well, bring them in.
BLACK WILL and SHAKEBAG brought in. Mos. By whom?
They answer the description ; Frank. How shall I utter what my eyes have But let them wait, till I have done with these. seen!
Heavens! what a scene of villany is here! Horrid, with many a gaping wound, he lies
[Having read the letter. Behind the abbey, a sad spectacle.
B. Will. Since we are sure to die, though I O vengeance ! vengeance.
could wish it were in better company (for I hate Mayor. Justly art thou moved.
that fawning rascal, Mosby,) I will tell the truth Passion is reason in a cause like this.
for once. He has been long engaged in an affair Frank. Eternal Providence, to whose brighteye | with Arden's wife there; but fearing a discovery, ven,
and hoping to get into his estate, hired us to hide Mos. To save a brother, and most wretched him. That's all.
friend Mayor. And you the horrid deed performed ? Mayor. She has undone herself. Behold how Shake. Wedid, with his assistance, and Green's
innocence and Michael's.
May suffer in bad fellowship. And Bradshaw, Mayor. This letter proves Alicia, from the My honest neighbour Bradshaw, too: I read it first,
With grief and wonder.Was made acquainted with your black design. Brad. Madam, I appeal
B. Will. I know nothing of that; but if she To you; as you are shortly to appear was, she repented of it afterwards. So, I think, | Before a judge, that sees our secret thoughts, you call a change of mind.
Say, had I knowledge, or-
But well I hope, you knew not the contents. But is no plea at ours: [ALICIA brought in.) Bear Mayor. Hence with them all, till time and farthem to prison;
"ther light Load them with irons, make them feel their guilt, Shall clear these mysteries. And groan away their miserable hours,
A. Fowl. If I'm condemned, Till sentence of the law shall call them forth My blood be on his head, that gives the sentence. To public execution.
I'm not accused, and only ask for justice. Alic. I adore
Frank. You shall have justice all, and rigorous The unerring hand of justice; and with silence
justice. Had yielded to my fate, but for this maid, So shall the growth of such enormous crimes, Who, as my soul dreads justice on her crimes, By their dread fate, be checked in future times. Knew not, or e'er consented to, this deed. Of avarice, Mosby a dread instance prove, Mayor. But did she not consent to keep it se- | And poor Alicia of unlawful love! cret!
(Exeunt omnes. ZARA.
The French, howe'er mercurial they may seem, | To-night, the greatest venture of my life,
Howe'er to-night-(to promise much we're loth) Oh! could such wonders here from favour flow,
Amidst a thousand faults, her best pretence And a twice twentieth weeping audience drew. To please— is unpresuming innocence.
As for our English friend, he leaves to you, When a chaste heart's distress your grief deWhate'er may seem to his performance due;
mands, No views of gain his hopes or fears engage, One silent tear outweighs a thousand hands. He gives a child of leisure to the stage;
If she conveys the pleasing passions right, Willing to try, if yet forsaken nature
Guard and support her this decisive night; Can charm, with any one remember'd feature. | If she mistakes, or finds her strength too small, Thus far the author speaks----but now the Let interposing pity- break her fall. player,
In you it rests, to save her, or destroy ; With trembling heart, prefers his humble prayer. If she draws tears from you, I weep for joy.
• Zara was performed in 1735, and first introduced to the stage the justly celebrated Mrs CIBBER. She had not then attained her twentieth year, but those, who witnessed the whole of her after theatrical career, have declared that her talents admitted no improvement :---She burst forth at once in the maturity of grace and excellence. The effect on the audience inay be conceived. The prologue was, of course, spoken by Mr Cibber.
Sel. But, whence comes this?
Zar. Go 'twere too much to tell thee Zara's
fate: Enter ZARA and SELIMA.
The sultan's secrets, all, are sacred here: Sel. It moves my wonder, young and beaute But my fond heart delights to mix with thine. ous Zara,
Some three months past, when thou, and other Whence these new sentiments inspire your heart! slaves, Your peace of mind increases with your charms : Were forc'd to quit fair Jordan's flowery bank, Tears now no longer shade your eyes' soft lustre: Heaven, to cut short the anguish of my days, You meditate no more those happy climes, Rais'd me to comfort by a powerful hand: To which Nerestan will return to guide you. This mighty OsmanYou talk no more of that gay nation now,
Sel. What of him? Where men adore their wives, and woman's Zar. This sultan, power
This conqueror of the Christians, loves Draws reverence from a polished people's softness, Sel. Whom? Their husbands' equals, and their lovers' queens ; Zar. Zara!Free without scandal; wise without restraint ; Thou blushest, and I guess thy thoughts accuse Their virtue due to nature, not to fear. Why have you ceased to wish this happy change? But, know me better --'twas unjust suspicion. A barred seraglio!-sad, unsocial life!
All emperor as he is, I cannot stoop Scorned, and a slave! All this has lost its terror; | To honours, that bring shame and baseness with And Syria rivals, now, the banks of Seine.
them : Zar. Joys, which we do not know, we do not Reason and pride, those props of modesty, wish.
Sustain my guarded heart, and strengthen virtue : My fate's bound in by Sion's sacred wall: Rather than sink to infamy, let chains Closed, from my infancy, within this palace, Embrace me with a joy, such love denies. Custom has learnt, from time, the power to | No-I shall now astonish thee ;-His greatness please.
Submits to own a pure and honest flame. I claim no share in the remoter world,
Among the shining crowds, which live to please The sultan's property, his will my law;
him, Unknowing all but him, his power, his fame, His whole regard is fixed on me alone: To live his subject is my only hope,
He offers marriage ; and its rites now wait, All else an empty dream,
To crown me empress of this eastern world. Sel. Have you forgot
Sel. Your virtue and your charms deserve it Absent Nerestan then, whose generous friend
My heart is not surpris'd but struck to hear it. So nobly vowed redemption from your chains ? | If to be empress can complete your happiness, How oft have you admired his dauntless soul! I rank myself with joy among your slaves. Osman, his conqueror, by his courage charmed, Zar. Be still my equal— and enjoy my blessTrusted his faith, and on his word released him:
ings; Though not returned in time-we yet expect him. / For, thou partaking, they will bless me more. Nor had his noble journey other motive,
Sel. Alas! but Heaven! will it permit this Than to procure our ransom.—And is this,
marriage? This dear, warm hope, become an idle dream? Will not this grandeur, falsely called a bliss,
Zar. Since after two long years he not returns, | Piant bitterness, and root it in your heart? 'Tis plain bis promise stretch'd beyond his power. | Have you forgot you are of Christian blood? A stranger and a slave, unknown, like him,
Zur. Ah me! What hast thou said? why Proposing much, means little ;-talks and vows, wouldst thou thus Delighted with a prospect of escape :
Recal my wavering thoughts? How know I, what, He promis'd to ransom ten Christians more, Or whence I am ? Heaven kept it hid in darkness, And free us all from slavery!-I own
Concealed me from myself, and from my blood. I once admired the unprofitable zeal,
Sel. Nerestan, who was born a Christian, here But now it charms no longer.
Asserts, that you, like him, had Christian paScl. What if yet,
rents; He, faithful, should return, and hold his vow; Besides— that cross, which, from your infant Would you not then
years Car. No matter- Time is past,
Has been preserved, was found upon your bosom, And every thing is changed
As if designed by Heaven, a ple Ige of faith