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Mountebank and villain!
? Cured thee of starting in thy sleep? or made The darkness pleasant when thou wak'st at mid
night? Art happy when alone ? Can'st walk by thyself With even step and quiet cheerfulness? Yet, yet thou may'st be savedOrd.
Saved ? saved ? Alv. Could I call up one pang of true remorse! Ord. He told me of the babes that prattled to
him, His fatherless little ones! remorse! remorse! Where got’st thou that fool's word ? Curse on reCan it give up the dead, or recompact [morse! A mangled body? mangled---dashed to atoms ! Not all the blessings of a host of angels
Can blow away a desolate widow's curse!
Alv. But Alvar -
Ord. Ha! it chokes thee in the throat, Even thee; and yet I pray thee speak it out. Still Alvar !---Alvar---howl it in mine ear! Heap it like coals of fire upon my heart, And shoot it hissing through my brain ! Alv.
Spirit of the dead ! Methinks I know thee! ha! my brain turns wild At its own dreams !---off---off, fantastic shadow ! Alv. I fain would tell thee what I am, but dare not!
[be--Ord. Cheat! villain! traitor! whatsoever thou 1 fear thee, man! Ter. (rushing out and falling on Alvar's neck.)
Ordonio! 'tis thy brother.
Teresa flings herself on Ordonio and arrests his arm.
Stop, madman, stop!
Touch me not !
[He attempts to fall on his sword, Alvar
and Teresa prevent him. [Live, Alv. We will find means to save your honour. Oh live, Ordonio! for our father's sake! Spare his
hairs ! Ter.
And you may yet be happy. Ord. O horror ! not a thousand years in heaven Could recompose this miserable heart, Or make it capable of one brief joy ! Live! live! Why yes! "Twere well to live with
you: For is it fit a villain should be proud ? My brother! I will kneel to you, my brother !
[kneeling. Forgive me, Alvar ! - Curse me with forgiveness !
[round thee! Alv. Call back thy soul, Ordonio, and look
Now is the time for greatness ! Think that heaven
Ter. O mark his eye! be hears not what you say.
Ord. Yes, mark his eye! there's fascination in it! Thou saidst thou didst not know him—That is he! He comes upon me! Alv.
Heal, O heal him, heaven! Ord. Nearer and nearer! and I can not stir! Will no one hear these stifledgroans, and wake me? He would have died to save me, and I killed himA husband and a father!Ter.
Some secret poison Drinks up his spirits ! Ord.
Let the eternal justice Prepare my punishment in the obscure world--I will not bear to live---to live---0 agony ! And be myself alone my own sore torment ! (the doors of the dungeon are broken open,
and in rush Alhadra, and the band of Morescoes. Alh. Seize first that man !
[Alvar presses onward to defend Ordonio. Ord. Off, ruffians! I have flung away my
Alh. My husband---
Why didst thou leave his children?
Demon, thou should’st have sent thy dogs of hell To lap their blood. Then, then I might have
hardened My soul in misery, and have had comfort. I would have stood far off, quiet though dark, And bade the race of men raise up a mourning For a deep horror of desolation, Too great to be one soul's particular lot! Brother of Zagri ! let. me lean upon thee. The time is not yet come for woman's anguish, I have not seen his blood---Within an hour Those little ones will crowd around and ask me, Where is our father? I shall curse thee then! Wert thou in heaven, my curse would pluck thee
thence! Ter. He doth repent ! See, see, I kneel to thee! O let him live! That aged man, his father
Alh. Why had he such a son? [Shouts from the distance of, Rescue! Rescue !
Alvar! Alvar! and the voice of Valdez heard. Rescue ?---and Isidore's spirit unavenged ?The deed be mine! (suddenly stabs Ordonio.
Now take my life! Ord. (staggering from the wound.) Atonement! Alv. (while with Teresa supporting Ordonio.)
Arm of avenging Heaven, hope--Thou hast snatched from me my most cherished But go! my word was pledged to thee. Ord.
Away! Brave not my father's rage! I thank thee! Thou--