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An Account of the New Tragedy of ELVIRA, written by David MALLET,
Efq; and now aäed at ibe. I beatre-Royal in Drury Lane.
PERSONS REPRESENTID, withdraws, the queen intimates to
don Alonso a suspicion, that don Portugal, S
Pedro is averse to marrying her Don Pedro Mr. Holland. daughter. The king promises to The Queen, Mrs. Pritchard. compel him to it, and in the mean Almeyda, the
time goes to talk to Alineida on the queen's daughMiss Bride,
subject. The queen charges Elvira ter, promised
with ensnaring don Pedro's heart, to don Pedro,
and withdrawing his affections from Elvira, maid of
Almeyda. Elvira gives an evasive honour to the Mrs. Cibber, answer : the queen threatens requeen,
venge, if it should be found to be Don Rodrigo, a
true, and leaves her in great rage. • prince of the Mr. Packer. Elvira acquaints don Pedro, to blood,
whom she had been privately marDon Alvarez, a
ried, with her apprehensions from grandee ot Mr. Loves the queen's resentment, and adds, Portugal,
that the hour was fixed for his marMendoza, Mr. Castle. rying Almeida. Don Pedro, with Ramirez,
Mr. Ackman. all the warmth of the most paffioScene, The Palace of Alonso.
nate lover, declares that her virtue ACT I.
induced him to make her his wife, HE play opens with a con- and that he was all to him, faith,
versation between Rodrigo virtue, honour; and no consideraand Alvarez, from which we learn tion should make him desert or that Spain and Portugal had been at cease one moment to protect her, variance, but that their differences But he advises her to retire for a had been accommodated, and the while from court. friendship between the two crowns
АстІІ. strengthened by a marriage between Almeyda intreats Alonso to postthe queen, mother to Ferdinand pone her marriage for some time : king of Spain, and Alonso of Por- lhe is passionately fond of don Pedro; tugal, which was already celebrat- but from the constraint of his aded; and another match between dresses to her, the dreads the answer don Pedro and Almeyda the queen's he will give the king. Alonso dedaughter by her former husband, Gires her to leave that to him. Don whole noptials had been delayed by Pedro, at an audience of his father, doo Pedro's stay in Africa to com- urges in vain that his heart is preplete the reduâion of the Moors. engaged, and that he cannot marry
The dramatic action commences Almeyda : the queen coming in in the 4th scene of this act with the with Elvira, acquaints Alonso that frft public audience of the Caftilian Elvira is the lady to whom don Peor Spanish ambafiador. After he dro facrifices Almeyda. Don Pe.
dro owns his passion. The king “Unhappy boy! it is too plain he orders Elvira to be confined to her has no mother.” However, on the chamber, under the queen's care. intercession of Almeyda, the queen ACT III.
gives that lady a distant hint, that Alonso, contrary to the queen's possibly an expedient may be found Suggestions, resolves, before he pu. to prevent the execution of the sennishes Elvira, to hear her in her tence. Mean while Almeyda, not own defence. The queen sends for satisfied with this, sends for her riElvira, and, in order to sound, pro- val Elvira, and asks her to think of poses, in seeining friendship, her some method to save don Pedro. marrying Rodrigo. Elvira declines Elvira desires only that the may be this match. Whilst they are talk- admitted to an audience of the king. ing together, word is brought to
A CT V. the queen, that don Pedro, at the Mendoza, who is charged to see head of an armed mob, has entered the sentence of death executed on the palace. The queen retires, don Pedro, informing Ramirez, that don Pedro rules in, and whilst he the hour appointed for it fast apis endeavouring to persuade his proached, the latter declares that Elvira to fly the palace, Almeyda he will stir up an insurrection to generously comes to tell him that save the prince; but first he atthe king has dispersed his followers, tempts to speak in his behalf to the and is coming to put him under ar.. queen. She, without hearing him, rest. The king enters : at the right commands him to be gone. Almeyof his father, don Pedro melts into da uses all the arguments with her submission, delivers up his sword, mother, in favour of don Pedro, that and acknowledges that his appre- her love could suggest : this works hension that his Elvira's life was up the queen to a fit of rage near in danger, hurried him into this approaching to madness: The orders act of rebellion, The king, in much the Spanish ambassador to return anguish of soul, orders his beloved home immediately, and defire her son and Elvira to be separately con- son to march an army straight to fined in their apartments,
Lisbon, for the security of his mo. ACT IV.
ther and sister. Almeyda, without The king, before he meets his coun- her mother's intervention, prevails cil to conlider of don Pedro's pu- on Alonso to see Elvira, who acnishment, tries once more to in- quaints him, that don Pedro's faults duce him to obey his command to were those of duty, for she was his marry Almeyda; but in vain. The wife. The astonished king declares council meet; their tears and that the ihall die for her offence. mournful silence Mew that don Pe- Whilst The endeavours to extenuate dro must die. Whilit Alonso's bo- it, her two children are brought in fom is filled with those pangs which by their governess, and the desires none but a child can give, and none the king to put them also to death. but a parent can feel, the queen Alonso can resist no longer. He açks, why don Pedro should push raises Elvita from the ground where him to that extremity of palling he kneels, sends for his son, and sentence on him ? Alonso exclaims, gives him her. Scarce had don Per
dro entered and embraced his wife, Mr. Garrick, Mrs. Cibber, Mrs. when she turns pale and swoons Pritchard, and Mr. Holland, did away. Alonso exclaims, that me great justice to their several parts, must have been poisoned by the and the whole performance gave queen. Elvira expires. Don Pe- general satisfaction. The Epilogue, dro is going to fall on his sword, which is a very good one, was writbut is prevented by his father. ten by Mr. Garrick, and spoken by
Such is the dramatic action of Mrs. Cibber with much humour, this play.
spirit, and vivacity.
On bis MAJESTY'S STATE-COACH.
Of which a Copper-plate is prefixed.
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