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Enter Sultan on one side ; Ismena and OSMYN Peer or peasant, 'tis the same, on the other.
They're our masters but in name;
Let them say whate'er they will,
Woman, woman, rules them still.
At courts who would seek for promotion,
To us his petition should bring : Ror. Not when good company is to be had.
The state puppets are at our devotion, Come, salute the ladies. [He bows.) A little
And move just as we pull the string. lower. [She stoops his head.] There nowLadies, Favourites rise, or tumble down, my guest is a little awkward ; but he'll improve.
As we deign to smile or frown ; Elm. Indeed, Roxalana, you go great lengths. Let men say what'er they will, Sul. Let her alone ; she knows it diverts me.
Woman, woman, rules them still, Ror. Well, let's be seated— I am to do the honours.
Sul. But what is all this? I never saw any Though assembled in grade convocation, thing like it before.
Men wrangle on matters of state: Ror. Where should you !-Come
Our sex on the state of the nation,
As well as themselves, could debate.
We let them talk, but tis most certain
That we decide behind the curtain; Osm. It is the grand carver.
Let them say whate'er they will, Ror. The graod carver! I thought he came Woman, woman, rules them still. to cut off our heads Pray, Mr. Carver, be so good as to carve yourself away. Come, Ismena, Rox, Come, sir, I insist upon your drinking, cut up that, and help the Sultan. The ladies of
Sul. I must do as you bid me. [Drinks, my country always carve.
Ror, That's clever! Sul. Why, I think this custom is much better Sul. Aside.] How extraordinary is the conthan ours.-- To the Carver.) We shall have no duct of this creature, endeavouring thus to disoccasion for you.
play the accomplishments of her rivals! but, in Ror. Come, some wine,
every thing she is my superior. I can rest no Sul. Wine!
longer. [Gides the handkerchief to ROXALANA, Ror. Dinner is nothing without wine. Bring Řor. To me! Oh, no-Ismena, 'tis yours ;there, Osmyn.
the Sultan gives it as a reward for the pleasure Osm. Must I touch the horrible potion! - you have given him with your charming song. Takes the bottle between the skirts of his robe.]
[Gives the handkerchief to ISMENA, There it is.
[Faints. Ror. Well, Osinyn, as a reward for your ser- Sul. [Snatching the handkerchief from ISMErices, you shall have the first of the bottle.- Na, gives it to ELMIRA.] Elmira! 'tis yoursHere, drink,
look up, Elmira! Osm. I drink the hellish beverage! I, who am Elm. Oh, sir !
(Recovering, true believer, a rigid Mussulınan ?
Sul. [To Roxalana] For you, out of my Ror. To the Sultan. Sir, he disobeys me. sight, audacious ! Let her be taken away immeSul. Drink, as you are ordered.
diately, and degraded to the rank of the lowest Osm. I must obey, and taste the horrible li- slave. [Erit RoxALANA, guarded.) But she luor-Oh ! Mahomet, shut thy eyes—'Tis done shall be punished, madam, and you sufficiently --I have obeyed.
revenged, Ror. Ismena, hold your glass there.-Elmira, Elm, I do not wish it ; in your love all my ill yours and the Sultan's glass.
desires are accomplished. Sul. Nay, pray dispense with me.
| Sul. If we chastise her, it must be severely.Ror. Dispense with you, sir ! why should we Go, order her to be brought hither. lispense with you? Oh, I understand you ; per Elm. What is your design, sir ! aps you don't chuse those gentlemen should see Sul. I would, before her face, repair the inou I will soon turn them off. --Gentlemen, l justice I was going to do you; excite her envy; ou may go; we shall have no occasion for you, and, rendering her punishment complete, leavo believe. Come, ladies, talk a little ; if you her in everlasting jealousy. on't talk, you must sing. Ismena, oblige us Elm. I beseech you think no more of her. rith a song,
Sul. Pardon me, I think differently. Let her
be brought hitber, I say ! Ismena sings,
Osm. Sir, they have not bad time to put on
her slave's habit yet. In vain of their wisdom superior,
Sul. No matter-fetch her as she is; and now, The men proudly make such a fuss;
Elmira, let our endearinents be redoubled in her Though our talents, forsooth, are inferior, sight. The boasters are governed by us,
Elm. Is that necessary, sir?
Sul. Oh, it will gall her-I know it will gall ly triumphed over the person of the slave, whose ber. We feel our misfortunes with tenfold an- mind he could not subdue. guish, when we compare what we are with what Sul. Tell me who you are? what species of we might have been.
consistent being, at once so trifling and respec. Elm. It will have no effect! she is a giddy able, that you seduce my heart, while you tech creature-her gaiety is her all.
me my duty? Sul. No, no, the contrary; that's the thing Rox. I am nothing but a poor slave, obe 11 that strikes me in Roxalana's character. your friend. Through what you will call her frivolous gaiety, Sul. Be still my friend, my mistress! for Ecandour and good sense shine so apparent - therto I have known only flatterers. I bere de Elm. There is an end on't-if you justify her. vote myself to you, and the whole empire shal
[Proudly. I pay you homage. Sul. I justify her ! far from it; and you shall | Ror. But, pray, tell me, then, by what tie presently be convinced I mean to make her feel am I to govern here? the utmost rigour of my resentment.
Sul. By what title? I don't understand you
| Come, come, no more of this affected corness Enter ROXALANA.
and dissembling. I see, I know you love me.
Ror. As Solyman I do, but not as Emperor Here she comes—she's in affliction; and her of the Turks-nor will I ever consent to ascend left hand, there, endeavours to hide a humiliated his bed at night, at whose feet I must fall in the countenance. [To ROXALANA] Approach-El- morning. mira! have you determined how you will dispose Sul. If it depended upon me, Roxalana, I of her.
swear, by our holy prophet, that I should be bap Elm. I shall not add to what she suffers. py in calling you my queen. Sul. How that sentiment charms me! Indeed, Rox. That's a poor excuse. Had tbe mai Elmira, I blush to think that so unworthy an ob- I loved but a cottage, I would gladly partake it ject should have been able for a moment to sur with him; would sooth his vexations, and soften prise me to a degree, ever to make me forget his cares : but, where he the master of a throse, your superior merit; but I am now your's for I should expect to share it with him, or be bas ever and ever.
no love for me. Ror. Ha, ha, ha!
Sul. Or, if you will wait, perhaps time w2 Sul. Death and hell! she laughs!
bring it about. Ror. Ha, ha, ha! Tis involuntary, I assure Ror. Wait, indeed! No, sir! Your wife, er you; therefore, pray forgive me: I beg your humble servant - My resolution is fixed pardon.
fix yours. Sul. 'Tis impudence beyond bearing ! but I Sul. But an Emperor of the Turks want to know the meaning of all this?
Ro.r. May do as he pleases, snd should be Ror. The meaning is plain, and any body may despotic sometimes on the side of reason and see with half an eye you don't love Elmira, (virtue. Sul. Whom do I love, then?
Sul. Then, there is our law Ror. Me.
Ro.r. Which is monstrous and absurd. Sul. You are the object of my anger,
Sul. The mufti, the vizirs, and the agas Ror. That don't signify ; love and anger often Ror. Are your slaves-Set them a good er go together; I am the object of your anger, be- ample. cause I treat you with the sincerity of a friend : Sul. Besides, what would the people say! but, with your highness's permission, I shall take Ror. The people! are they to govern you? myself away this moment for ever.
Make the people happy, and they will not pre Sul. Go, then, and prefer infamy to grandeur ! vent your being so. They would be pleased to
Ror. I will instantly get out of your sublime see you raise to the throne, one that you love, presence,
[Going. and would love you, and be beloved by you Sul. No, you shan't go! Elmira, do you with people. Should she interpose in behalf of the draw. [Erit ELMIRA.] Where I to give way to unfortunate, relieve the distressed by ber muni my transports, I should make you feel the weight ficence, and diffuse happiness through the palace, of my displeasure; but I fraine excuses for you, she would be admired-she would be adored that you scorn to make for yourself-What, de --she would be like the queen of the country spise my favours, insult my condescension ! Sure, from whence I came. you can't be sensible of your own folly! Pro- Sul. It is enough my scruples are at an end ceed! go on ! continue to enrage your too in- |--my prejudices, like clouds before the nsmag dulgent master.
sun, vanish before the lights of your superior Ror. You are my master, it is true; but reason—My love is no longer a faible-you are would the robber, that sold me to you for a worthy of empire. thousand sequins, transfer my mind and iuclinations to you, along with my person? No, sir;
Enter Osmıy. let it never be said that the great Solyınan mean-1 Osm. Most sublime Sultan ! the Sultana La
I mira claims your promise for liberty to depart.
Rox. Is that the case ? Let, then, the first in- | would have thought, that a little cocked-up nose tance of my exaltation be to give her liberty- would have overturned the customs of a mighty et the gates of the seraglio be thrown open. empire !
Sul. And as for Elmira, she shall go in a Sul. Now, my Roxalana, let the world obserre, manner suitable to her rank. (Exit Osmyn. by thy exaltation, the wonderful dispensation of
Providence, which evinces, that Osmyn returns. Osm. Sir, the dwarfs and bostangis your high The liberal mind, by no distinction bound, ness had ordered, attend.
Through Nature's glass looks all the world Sul. Let them come in—This day is devoted
around; co festivity; and you, who announce my decree, Would all that's beautiful together join, proclaim to the world, that the Sultana Roxalana | And find perfection in a mind like thine. Peigns the unrivalled partner of our diadem.
(Eseunt omnes. Osm. There's an end of my office Who
SCENE I.-A Room in Emily's House. I thing in your manner, whichi convinces me, that
every action of your life carries its apology along
with it ; though I will not venture to inquire a Enter Emily, with a Letter open in her Hand; to the particulars of your story till your mind is und MADEMOISELLE FLOBIVAL in Man's more at ease. Clothes.
Flo. Alas, madam, it is my interest to make
you acquainted with my story. I am the daughEmily. Be assured, that I will do every thing ter of Monsieur Florival, a French physician, 1 in my power to serve you; my brother knew that the island of Belleisle. An English officer, who he might command my service-Be comforted, I had been desperately wounded, was, after the I beseech you, madam.
capitulation, for the sake of due attendance, taken Flo. You cannot wonder, madam, that I should into my father's house; and, as I, in the very be shocked, extremely sbocked, at the cruel ne early part of my life, bad resided in England, te cessity of appearing before you in so indelicate took some pleasure in my conversation. hp a disguise.
word, he won my affections, and asked me of my Emily. Indeed you need not: there is some- | father in marriage: but he, alas ! too much in