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M A HOMET’. Decreed to perish in Irene's chamber' There had she lull'd me with endearing falsehoods, Clasp'd in her arms, or slumb'ring on her breast, And bar'd my bosom to the ruffian's dagger.
HA SAN, CARAZA, MAHOMET, MUSTAPHA,
Might intercept the traitor Greek, Demetrius,
The Greek Demetrius! whom th’ expiring Bassa
A chosen troop—to intercept—Demetrius— w The queen requested—Wretch, repeat the message;
And, if one varied accent prove thy falsehood, Or Or but one moment's pause betray confusion,
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Those trembling limbs—Speak out, thou shiv'ring traitor.
The queen requested
Who? the dead Irene P Was she then guiltless has my thoughtless rage Destroy'd the fairest workmanship of Heav'n' Doom'd her to death umpity’d and unheard, Amidst her kind solicitudes for me ! Ye slaves of cruelty, ye tools of rage, [To Has. and Ye blind officious ministers of folly, [Car. Could not her charmis repress your zeal for murder? Could not her pray'rs, her innocence, her tears, Suspend the dreadful sentence for an hour? One hour had freed me from the fatal errour ! One hour had sav'd me from despair and madness.
CARAZ A. Your fierce impatience forc'd us from your presence, Urg'd us to speed, and bade us banish pity, Nor trust our passions with her fatal charms.
What had'st thou lost by slighting those commands?
) MAHOM ET. Robb'd of the maid with whom I wish'd to triumph, No more I burn for fame, or for dominion; Success and conquest now are empty sounds, Remorse and anguish seize on all my breast; Those groves, whose shades embower'd the dear Irene, Heard her last cries, and fann'd her dying beauties, Shall hide me from the tasteless world for ever.
[Mahomet goes back, and returns. Yet, ere I quit the sceptre of dominion, Let one just act conclude the hateful day. Hew down, ye guards, those vassals of distraction,
|Pointing to Hasan and Caraza,
Those hounds of blood, that catch the hint to kill;
CARAZA, Then hear, great Mahomet, the voice of truth. - * * - MAHomeT. Hear, shall I hear thee! didst thou hear Irene? . - CARAza. Hear but a moment,
MAHOM ET. Hadst thou heard a moment, Thou might'st have liv'd, for thou hadst spar'd Irene.
- CA RAZA. I heard her, pitied her, and wish'd to save her.
M A HOM ET.
Abdalla brought it, *.
While yet she begg'd to plead her cause before thee.
[Exit Mahomet; Abdalla is dragged off.
MUSTAPHA to MURZA.
MU RZA. Such was the will of Heav'n—A band of Greeks That mark'd my course, Suspicious of my purpose, . Rush'd out and seiz'd me, thoughtless and unarm’d, Breathless, amaz'd, and on the guarded beach Detain'd me, till Demetrius set me free.
MUSTA PHA. So sure the fall of greatness, rais'd on crimes So fix’d the justice of all-conscious Heav'n When haughty guilt exults with impious joy, Mistake shall blast, or accident destroy; Weak man with erring rage may throw the dart, But Heav'n shall guide it to the guilty heart.