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so I ant! for he kissed me too, and I never said | Ail. Ay, my dear, I dare swear you'll lose no a word of it.
time-But, come, brother, let us now go in-[ Friend. Well, my dear, he's to be married to have got rid of my wife—I have forsworn quacks your sister now.
and physic-and I hope I shall have the satisPol. Is he? And won't you get somebody to faction to see our friends contented. marry me, papa? You have been promising me
[Ereunt omnes. a husband a great while, and I'm tired of old John, the butler,
SCENE I.--An apartment in the seraglio; a you back to Georgia, you did not avail yourse"
throne, in manner of a couch, with a canopy, of his generosity. in the front of which is an escutcheon fired, Elm. True; but his munificence, and, abore with the Ottoman arms crowned with feathers; all, the tenderness and love he expressed to 10€ in the back scenes the Sultan's door covered since, have reconciled me to this place, and! with a curtain.
vainly thought my charms could have attached
him to me. Enter Osmyn and ELMIRA.
Osm. Why then complain? You still possess
his heart. Already you have been twice hone. Osm. Tell me, what right have you to be dis
ed with the imperial handkerchief. contented ?
Elm. His heart! does not this place contain Elm. When first I came within these walls. I a hundred beauties, who equally share his love found myself a slave; and the thoughts of being
Tell the Sultan I'm determined, and ready to
Jaccept the first opportunity of returning to my tears flowed incessantly. Solyman was moved
friends and country, with them, and solemnly promised to restore me
Osm. I shall procure you an answer this moto my liberty, my parents, and my country.
ing-But, hark! the Sultan approaches. Osm. And yet, when the Sultan agreed to send
The curtain is drawn, and the Sultan enters, ļ Osm. Shall the Sultana Elmira throw herself preceded by Mutes, &c.
| at your highness's feet, then?
Sul. Let her come-And, do you hear, Os[A grand March played.]
myn? go to the apartment of that Persian slave Sul. Osmyn.
you spoke of yesterday, she that sings so well, Osm. The humblest of your slaves attends.
and send her hither.
[ Bows to the ground. Osm. I will, most sublime Sultan. Sul. My friend, quit this style of servitude; I
[Erit Osmyn. amn weary of it. Osm. And of the seraglio, too, sir?
Enter Elmira. She kneels. Sul. It is even so—and yet, upon reflection, I Sul. I know before-hand, that you come to cannot tell why, unless that, having been accus- upbraid me-We have not met so often lately, as tomed to the noise of camps, and the business of our mutual inclinations would have made agreewar, I know not how to relish pleasures, which, able; but don't attribute that to coldness, which though varied, appear insipid, through the ease has been the unavoidable consequence of affairs and tranquillity with which they are attained. - the business of the divan has taken up so much Your voice used to charm me.
of my time.
Elm. I don't presume to complain; for your Osmyn sings.
image is so imprinted on my heart, that you are Behold yonder zephyr, how lightly it blows !
| always present to my mind. And, copying of lovers, it ne'er seeks repose, Sül. (Impatienlly.) Nay, dear Elmira, I have But flies to the pink, to the lily, the rose, not the least doubt. Caressing each flower of the garden and grove. Elm. How does my sovereign like this robe
which I have put on, on purpose to please him? Then still let your pleasure variety crown,
Sul. Oh, Yawning.) Elmira, you love music Mongst the different beauties that rore up and I have sent for the Persian slave, who, I am down,
told, sings so well; if she answers the descripCourt the charms of the fair, of the bluck, of the tion, she will afford you entertainment. brown,
Elm. I want none, when you are presentThey're the flowers that embellish the garden | your company suffices for every thing. of love.
Sul. Yonder comes our singer. Sul. I have often told you I am not touched
Enter Ismena. with mere caressing machines, who are taught Ism. [Kneeling.) Your slave attends your to love or fear by interest.
pleasure. Osm. And yet, your highness must confess,
(The Sultan makes a sign to the Eunuchs, your servant has neglected nothing perfectly to
who bring two stools, and beckon ELcontent, particularly in one object he procured
MIRA to sit, you.
Elm, This is an honour I did not expect. Sul. Who is that?
[Taking her seat. Osm. The Circassian beauty-the Sultana El
ISMENA sings. mira.
Sul. And truly, she possesses all the charms Blest hero, who, in peace and war, that can adorn her sex.
Triumph alike, and raise our wonder : Osm. You thought so once.
In peace, the shafts of love you bear ;
In uur, the bolts of Jove's own thunder.
While Ismena sings, Solyman takes Osm. Your word is my law. But, sir, there is
Elmira's hand. matter I must acquaint you with: I cannot ma- Sul. Beautiful Ismena, methought that song nage the seraglio; and, by the beard of Heli, I did not so well express the effects of love-Mawould rather quit the helm I can no longer guide. dam, [To ELMIRA.) we will hear her again-I Chat English slave, lately brought here, is quite never heard any thing so charming-her voice is ingovernable; she is sure to do every thing she exquisite-What do you think of ber? s forbid; she makes a joke of our threats, and Elm. If she hears all this, 'twill make her vain inswers our most serious admonitions with a --I cannot bear all this-I am ready to burst augh: Besides, she is at variance with the rest with indignation and anger. [ Aside and Erit, of the women, and shows them such an example, Sul. There is something in this slave that inthat I cannot longer rule them.
terests me in her favour; she shall be received Sul. That is your business--I will have them among the sultana's attendants, and by that all agree. How do you call her?
means we shall have an opportunity of hearing Osm. Since she has been here, we have called her often-- [Turning, perceives ELMIRA gane, ber Rogalana.
But where's the sultana? I did not perceive she Sul. Well you must endeavour to bring her had left us— Follow her, Ismena, and endeavour o reason,
Ito amuse ber.
1 out air, and measure light to us; be was Osm. I come to tell your bighness, there is no
let us walk in the gardens, lest it should bearing that English: slave; she says such things
men upon us; and, if it did, 'tis a blessing were and does such things, thal
been long wisting for. Sal. Why, what is't she does?
Osm. There now! don't she go on at a Osm. She mimics mnt-nay, and mimics you too.
Ror. Don't mind that ugly creature, but Esta Sul. Pho, pbo!
to me. If you follow my counsel, I shall make Osm. Advice is lost upon her_When I at you an accomplished prince I wish to make u tempt to give it, sbe falls a singing and dancing be
beloved-Let your window-bars be taken dow -There is no enduring it, if you do not permit
-let the doors of the seraglio be thrown opeme to correct her.
let inclination alone keep your women withia Sul. You take these things in too serious a and, instead of that ugly, odious creature the light-She seems, indeed, a singular character. send a
send a handsome smart young orticer to us nay Osm. She has the impudence of the devil : but
morning; one that will treat us like ladies, and just now, I threatened to complain to you of her,
lay out the pleasure of the day, she said she would complain of me-- And here
While she is speaking, SOLYMAX admira ic. she comes.
Sul. [To Osnyx.] Did you ever see o e
pressive a countenance.-To ROXALAXA. Hz Enter ROXALASA.
you any more to say? Sul. How now!
Ror. Yes, sir, this - To desire you will et Rar. Well, Heaven be praised, at least here mind him, but attend to me--Men were not too is something like a human figure. You are, sir, Ito advise the .hing is expressly the contrantsuppose, the sublime Sultan, whose slave I have | We women have certainly ten thousand the the honour to be: if so, pray oblige me so far, more sense-Men, indeed! Men were born ÅT as to drive from your presence that horrid ugly no other purpose under heaven, but to amus creature there; for he shocks my sight.- To us; and he, who succeeds best, perfectly ansutus Osmyx.) Do you hear? Go!
the end of his creation. Now, sir, farewell. II Sul. (Gravely. They complain, Roxalapa, of find you profit by my first lesson, I may, perhaps your irreverent behaviour; you must learn to be tempted to give you another. treat the officers of our seraglio, whom we have Osm. Did you ever hear the like, sir: -Ha set over you, with more deference. All in this insolence is not to be borne. place, honour their superiors, and obey in silence.
Osm. I shall certainly lose all my authority Ror. In silence !-and obey ! is this a sample the seraglio, if she is not corrected. of your Turkish gallantry? You must be vastly Sul. Tis a girl-a fool of a disposition, that loved indeed, if you address women in that strain. chastisement would make worse. Go after ber,
Sul. Consider, you are not now in your own Osmyn; bid her come back and drink sherbet country.
with me. Ror. No, indeed; you make me feel the dif Osm. Sherbet with vou! sir ? ference severely— There, reigns ease, content, Sul. I have said it. and liberty; every citizen is himself a king, where
[Goes on the throne, takes a pipe. the king is himself a citizen, Sul. Have a humour more gentle and pliable;
Osmyy sings. I advise you to alter your behaviour for very Ali! Ali! Ali! Ali! good reasons; and it is for your good : there are From the flippant English slave very rigorous laws in the seraglio for such as are Him, our nation's glory, sade; refractory.
If thus he storms and rates for her, Rox, Upon my word, you have made a very
Soon he will adore her. delicate speech, and I admire the gravity with Laws, customs, prophet, emperor, which it was uttered.
Will sink down all before her. [Exit, Sul. Roxalana, I am serious.
Osm. What does your highness think now! Sul. Well, for my life, I can't get the better of Did I tell you the truth?
my astonishment at hearing a slave talk in so ei Ror. Oh, whispering—What is it that monster traordinary a manner-Smokes. And the more says!--that what-do-you-call him, that good-for-I think of it, my astonishment is the greaternothing amphibious animal, who follows us like She's not handsome, that is, what is called a sheep here, and is for ever watching us with his beauty ; yet her little nose, cocked in the air, frightful glaring eyes, as if he would devour us— her laughing eyes, and the play of her features, Is this the confidante of your pleasures—the have an effect altogether--Elmira bas something guardian of our chastity ?--I must do him the more soft and more majestic- yet, methinks, I justice to confess, that if you give him money for bavę a mind to sift Roxalana's character ; mere making himself hated, he certainly does not steal curiosity, and nothing else. It is the first time his wages. We can't step one step but he is we have seen in this place a spirit of caprice and after us; by and by, I suppose, he will weigh | independence, I'll try, at least, what she'll say
to me farther--There can be no harm to divert, Ror. So much the worse for you. I told you myself with her extravagance.
a great many good things; I see my frankness
is disagreeable : but you must grow used to it. Enter Osmyn.
Don't you think yourself very happy to find a Osm. I have delivered your message.
friend in a slave? one that will teach you how Sul. Delivered my message! Where's Rox- to love, too; for 'tis in my country love is in its alana?
element. It is there all life and tenderness, be Osm. In her chamber, where she has locked cause it is free; and yet, even there, a husband herself in.
beloved, is next to a prodigy. If it be then so Sul. No matter for her being in her chamber. difficult to loyé a husband, what must it be to What did she say?
love a master? I am your friend; I tell you Osm. Treasure of Light, said through the truth: and do you know why you dislike to hear key-hole-I come from the Sublime Sultan to it? because it is a language your ears are unackiss the dust beneath your feet, and desire you customed to-But I don't mind that; I shall will come and drink sherbet with him. She an- make you well acquainted with it-Happy would swered, through the key-hole, Go tell your ma it be for every prince, had they a friend near ster, I have no dust on my feet, and I don't like them to tell them the truth! sherbet.
Sul. But you must treat me with respect. Sul. In effect, Osmyn, the fault is yours Rox. I treat you with respect ! that would be you took your time ill, as you commonly do- worse still. You should have waited some time-don't you! Sul. Indeed ! owe ler respect?
Rox. Oh, your notions are horrid—I shall Osm, And after this, would you have her correct you. come again?
Sul. Correct me! In what, pray? Sul. Perhaps I would.
Ror. In what concerns you. Osm. Shall I fetch the Sultana Elmira, too? Sul. She is the strangest mortal, sure ?-But
Sul. What's the meaning of this, Osmyn? I tell | let's have no more of this. you once more, go and bring me Roxalana. Ror. Nay, though you don't take my lessons
Osm. Who is it that meddles with the great displeased with me? I should be sorry to offend curtain?
you, Sul. Who is it lifts that portal there?
Sul. You may casily avoid it then. Ror. Coming from behind,] 'Tis I.
Ror. It will be nothing in time. Sul. You! and how dare you take that liberty? Sul. Why, won't you consider who I am, and
Osm. Ay, how dare you?-Don't you know, who you are? 'tis death for any to enter there but the Sultan, Ror. Who I am, and who you are! Yes, sir, without being conducted ?
I do consider very well, that you are the Grand Sul. Come, come; she's not acquainted with Sultan; I am your slave; but I am also a freethe customs of the seraglio; so let it pass. Rox- | born woman, prouder of that than all the pomp alana, I beg your pardon--I am afraid he has and splendour eastern monarchs can bestow. disturbed you now,
Sul. As far as I can perceive, then, you would Ror. Oh, it is only what I expected--You be very glad to get away from me? Turks are not reckoned very polite-In my coun- Ror. You never were more right in your life. try, a gallant waits upon a lady; but the custom Sul. Well, but if I endeavour to render the is quite different here, I find. - Sultan offers seraglio agreeable to you—if I study to make her the pipe, she strikes it down.] What, do you you happy, night you not, in your turn, try to think I smoke?
deserve my favour. Sul. How's this! Does your insolence go so far? Rox. No. Osm. What do you command, sir?
Sul, Do you speak that sincerely? Sul. Silence!
Ror. As I think it. Ror. What! angry before a woman? I'm Sul. And yet there is something that whispers quite ashamed of you.
meSul. This is not to be suffered and yet, there's Ror. Don't believe it - I tell you, it deceives something so foolish in it too—Come hither, you, Roxalana, I want to speak to you.
Sul. And must I never expect Ror. No, I thank you; I am very well where Ror. Never-caprice and fancy decide all. I am.
Sul. In caprice and fancy, then, I rest my Sul. Tell me then, is it in this light manner hopes; and, in the mean time, you shall sup with women behave in England?
me. Ror. Pretty near it.
Ror. NO I beg to be excused - I'd rather Sul. And suppose I should fororce forget your not. national vivacity, would it make you more cau- | Sul. Why so ? 'tis an honour that you ought tious for the future!-Come, give me your Ror. An honour that I ought ! Sir, you ought hand; and you may imagine I have forgot all to lay aside these humiliating phrases; for,while you have said to me,
they teach us your superior greatness, they rob