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you of the pleasure of being agreeable Sul. Yes-but-
-you will bave her accept your proposals; for I know that suppers too? here tend to certain things—that I can't-in Sul. It is not necessary-we'll be alone. deed, sir.
Ror. Alone-a tete-u-tete would be a great Sul. Well, as you please.
pleasure, to be sure !-Oh, no! Ror. That is very well said ! you are my pupil, Sul. I promise you I expect it. you know; and should give up every point to me; and, since that is the case, instead of my supping
Enter Osmyn. with you, you shall dine with me.
Osm. Madam, your orders are obeyed. Sul. With all my heart—be it it som
Osmyn! Sul. Go to Elmira's apartment, and tell her I
shall see her this evening. This evening, do you Enter Osmyn.
hear? Sul. Osmyn
Ror. I don't like that whispering thereRor. Osmyn, I say, hear my directions !-You What's that you say? you know I have told you know I am to speak Go to the clerk of the of that ugly trick. kitchen, and desire him to provide a handsome Sul. Nothing-I'll come to her—go. entertainment in my apartment, as the Sultan Ror. Stay, I say! I have some business with dines with me.
you. Osm. Did your highness order
Sul. Stay!-Certainly there never was any Sul. What do you stand for? Do as she bids thing half so pleasent as this creature. [Erit. you.
[Erit Osmyn, bowing. Ror. Go, Osmyn, to the apartments of the Ror. Are there not some females here, that Sultana Elmira, and to the chamber of the slave would enliven the conversation ? for example, the Ismena, and tell them to come and dine with the beautiful Sultana Elmira, that accomplished fa- Sultan. If you neglect obeying my orders, your vourite you love so well; ber company must be head shall answer for it. And, do you bear? agreable; and the Persian slave, Ismena, who, don't let them know you came from me with I am told, sings enchantingly, and whom you this invitation. Take care of your head. love a little.
SCENE I.-Banquet, &c.
Osm. I tell you, her ascendancy over him is
such, that it requires the greatest art and caution Enter RoxALANA.
to counteract it. Ror. Ay, let me alone; now I have got the Elm. Well, Osmyn, be my friend : and, here, reins in my own hands, there shall soon be a take this locket, Osmyn; and be sure speak ill reformation in this place, I warrant. Hey-day! of all my rivals, and all the good you possibly can what have we got nere? Cushions ! What, do of me. they think we are going to prayers ? Let me die, but I believe it is their dinner. What, do they
RoxalanA appears. mean to make me sit squat like a baboon, and Osm. Death and hell! we are perceived. tear my meat with my fingers ? - Take away all
[Aside, and erit. this trumpery, and let us have tables and chairs, Ror. Take this locket, Csmyn, and be sure knives and forks, and dishes and plates, like you speak ill of all my rivals. Ha, ha, ha! Christians. And, d’ye hear, lest the best part of Elm. Insipid pleasantry! Know this, however, the entertainment should be wanting, get us some madam, I was the first possessor of the Sultan's wine.—[ Mutes lift up their hands.]-Mercy on heart; and, as such, will maintain my rights, and us, what a wonder! I tell you, wine must be had. employ my power to keep it. If there is none here, go to the mufti; he is a Rox. By a locket? Holla! who waits there! good fellow, and has soine good wine, I warrant
Enter OSMYN. him: let the church alone to take care of themselves; they are too good judges of more solid Go, tell the grand signor to come here. things, not to be provided with them. [Things Osm. I will, madam--I'll be your friend, you are removed, and table, &c. brought on.) Oh, may depend upon me.
(Aside. here comes some of my guests I'll hide.
Rox. Go. [Erit Osmyn.) Elmira, I don't in[Steps aside. tend to dispute the Sultan's heart with you; and,
to prove it, you must know, that it was I invited Enter ELMIRA and Osmyn.
you to dine with him here: therefore, make the Elm. It is impossible pretty thing, truly, best use you can of the opportunity. she is, to dispute the Sultan's heart with me! Elm. Is it possible!
Enter Sultan on one side ; ISMEXA and Osmen Peer or peasant, 'tis the same, on the other.
They're our masters but in name ;
Lei them say whale'er they will,
Woman, woman, rules them still.
At courts who would seek for promotion,
To us his petition should bring : Ror. Not when yood company is to be had, - The state puppets are at our devotion, Come, salute the ladies. (He bous.] A little And more just as we pull the string. lower. [She stoops his head.] There now-Ladies, Farourites rise, or tumble down, my guess is a little awkward ; but he'll improve
As we deign to smile or frown ;
Woman, woman, rules them still.
Though assembled in grade convocation, thing like it before.
Men urangle on matters of state: Ror. Where should you?---Come
Our ser on the state of the nation,
As well as themselves, could debate.
We let them talk, but tis most certain
whate'er they will, Ror. The grand 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, Ror. 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. [Gives the handkerchief to RoxaLANA. Ror. Dinner is nothing without wine, Bring Řor. To me! Ob, no-smena, 'tis yours ;it here, Osinyn.
the Sultan gives it as a reward for the pleasure Osm. Must I touch the horrible potion!
him with your charming song. [Takes the bottle between the skirts of his robe.]
[Gires the hundkerchief to Ismena. There it is.
[Faints. Ror. Well, Osmyn, as a reward for your ser Sul. (Snatching the handkerchief from Ismevices, you shall have the first of the bottle.
NA, gives it to Elmira.] Elmira 'tis
yours Here, drink.
up, Elinira! Osm. I drink the bellish beverage ! I, who am Elm. Oh, sir !
[Recovering. a true believer, a rigid Mussulman?
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 quor-Oh ! Mahomet, shut thy eyes—'Tis done shall be punished, madain, and you suthiciently -I have obeyed.
revenged. Ror. Ismena, hold your glass there.-Elmira, Elm. I do not wish it; in your love all my fill 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. dispense with you? Oh, I understand you ; per Elm. What is your design, sir? haps you don't chuse those gentlemen should see Sul. I would, before her face, repair the inyou-I will soon turn them off.Gentlemen, justice I was going to do you; excite her envy; you may go; we shall bave no occasion for you, and, rendering her punishment complete, leave İ believe. Come, ladies, talk a little; if you her in everlasting jealousy, don't talk, you must sing. Ismena, oblige us Elm. I beseech you think no more of her.
Sul. Pardon me, I think differently. Let her
be brought hither, 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 endearments be redoubled in her Though our talents, forsooth, are inferior, sight. The boasters are governed by us,
Elm. Is that necessary, sir?
with a song.
Sul. Oh, it will gall her—I know it will gall | ly triumphed over the person of the slave, whose her. 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 inwe might have been.
consistent being, at once so trifling and respectElm. It will have no effect! she is a giddy able, that you seduce my heart, while you teach 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, wbo is that strikes me in Roxalana's character.Through what you will call her frivolous gaiety, Sul. Be still my friend, my mistress! for hicandour and good sense shine so apparent
therto I have known only flatterers. I here deElm. There is an end on't-if you justify her. vote myself to you, aud the whole empire shall
[Proudly. pay you homage. Sul. I justify her ! far from it; and you
shall Rox. But, pray, tell me, then, by what title 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 coyness 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 hapElm. I shall not add to what she suffers. py in calling you my queen.
Sul. How that sentiment charms me! Indeed, Ror. That's a poor excuse. Had the man 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 sure 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 throne, your superior merit; but I am now your's for I should expect to share it with him, or he has over and ever.
no love for me. Ror. Ha, ha, ha!
Sul. Or, if you will wait, perhaps time will Sul. Death and hell! she laughs!
bring it about. Ror. Ha, ha, ha! "Tis involuntary, I assure Ror. Wait, indeed! No, sir! Your wife, or you; therefore, pray forgive me: I beg your humble servant - My resolution is fixedpardon.
Sul. Tis impudence beyond bearing ! but I Sul. But an Emperor of the Turkswant to know the meaning of all this?
Ror. 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 lawRor. Me.
Ror. Which is monstrous and absurd. Sul. You are the object of my anger.
Sul. The mufti, the vizirs, and the agasRox. That don't signify; love and anger often Ror. Are your slaves Set them a good ex. 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 preSul. 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 your 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 munimy transports, I should make you feel the weight ficence, and diffuse happiness through the palace, of my displeasure; but I frame excuses for you, she would be admired-she would be adored that you scorn to make for yourself-What, de-1-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 rising 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 could the robber, that sold me to you for a worthy of empire. thousand sequins, transfer my mind and inclinations to you, along with my person? No, sir ;
Enter Osmyn. let it never be said that the great Solyman mean Osm. Most sublime Sultan ! the Sultana El
mira claims your promise for liberty to depart.
Ror. Is that the case! Let, then, the first in- would have thought, that a little cocked-up nose stance of my exaltation be to give her liberty, would have overturned the customs of a mighty let the gates of the seraylio be thrown open. empire !
Sul. And as for Elmira, she shall go in a Sul. Now, my Roxalana, let the world observe, manner suitable to her rank. [E.rit 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; to 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. reigns 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. thing in your manner, which convinces me, that
every action of your life carries its apology along
with'it; though I will not venture to inquire in Enter Emily, with a Letter open in her Hand; to the particulars of your story till your mind is
and MADEMOISELLE FLORIVAL 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, in 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, had been desperately wounded, was, atter the I bescech you, madam.
capitulation, forthe sake of due attendance, taken Flo. You cannot wonder, inadam, that I should into my father's house; and, as 1, in the very be shocked, extremely shocked, at the cruel ne early part of my life, had resided in England, be cessity of appearing before you in so indelicate took some pleasure in my conversation. In a 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 ili