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mother, what did he say of my pence. Oh Heaven! and that did I answer, did I panie the Prince ? Oh with what cold dread do I feel myself congealed. Whither, whilber dues he hub, ah whitber, what is he preparing for, and what do I do? I should wish to follow bim, but my feet fuil me and my strength.
Gomes and Isa hella. Gom... Pardon my too great boldness, I imagined the king to be with thee.
Ísa..--He left me hut a little while ago.
Gom.---I must seek him elsewhere then, doubuless he will be ime patient to bear the event at an end.
Isa.... The event, stop for a moment, tell me.
Gom...-!l thou hast been spraking with bim he will bave fully explained his doubtful expectation of the final sentence.
Isa.---No he spoke to me in dark and ambiguous words of a treason, but
Gom...-Did he not mention the name of the traitor.
Gom,---For a long time the deep matter was under discussion and at length was concluded unauimously,
Isa. What then ? speak !
GomThe sentence stands written in these leaves and nothing is wanting to it, bat, the King's consent.
Isa..--And its, tenor
Gom.---Has the King been silent to thee concerning it?
Isa .---The father and what proofs does he give ? suborned proofs ! ah certainly ihon häst acother cause which is hidden from me, disclose to me his true crime.
Gom..--llis true crime and can I tell it to thee, if thog know est nothing of it ? can I tell it to thee at the cost to me of
Isn. Oh what dost thou say. But what! dost thou fear that I can betray thee.
Gom.---| betray the King if I say any thing of the King. But #bat sa strong cause basl ibou to know the truth.
Isa.---An inquisitive wish alone impels me.
Gom.--.In conclusion then, what does this concern thee? The Prince stands in great danger and it will possibly have to impli, cate thee. But aller all what else url thou w him but a step-mother? al present his death cannot injure thee, it might on the cona tgary he :he road in the throne, lo thy sons. Believe thou the true origin of Charles' misdeed is partly love.
ļsa.-- -Vhat are you saying?
Gom.---'T'he love which the King bears for thee, He wonld be much more delighted in having a sou ol thine, lo succeed him, than that, Charles should ever do so.
Isa.---I breatbe! Duut ihou dare 19 suppose such a base design in me.
Gom.---] dare to tell thee the thoughts of my King, such are por mine, no, but
Isa.---lt is line then that which I never up to this day believed, thai a father---i faiber himself, could abhor his own siu!
Gom:--Oh how mucha mudaw do I pity thee is thou hast bois therin known the king so little!
Isa.-But whom do I believe! thon surely
Gom.- surely yes; I now discover in thee no uncertain indi. cations of pily. I break the dark silence which oppresses my beart. -l is tou trae however the prince uhappily is not guilty of any other crime than being. Ilie son of a horrible father.
Isa.-Tbou makest me to fear exceedingly.
Gom.- And I also fear no less than thy self; dosi thou know whence arises the haired of the saihets-I is base envy which exciles it at the beholding so mucia yenurne virtue in the son-the false virtue of tue wicked parent is provoked --He sees that he is altogether 400 like binsell, and impious, he had raiber that his soul extinguished than that he should surpass himsell.
Isu. -But more unjust is the council than the king, why condemn one lo death who is innocent.
Gon. And what council would oppose itself to such a kingbe himself is the accuser, the charge is talse every one knows it 10 be so, but every one irembling for bimself assents to il silemly: the shume of the unjust sentence falls, poil 15.-We are the base ministers, of bis rage--we are so indignantly, but to 119 purpose, whoever should refuse rould speedily fal a victim to bis fury.
Isa. And can. ibal which ļ bear be irve; I remain domh with amazeinent : and does there remain no tope, shall be perish wujusdy?
Gom.- Philip ia gifted with dissimulation above everythingHe will wish io appear doubtful at first, He will make a great display of grief and pity-perhaps even be will put off the coming to a decision--foolist is he who wonld put faith in his, grief and pity, oh that in that heart profound any might be diminished eren the smallest particle by the prolacting of the time.
Isa.- Alas if thou hast nal a suul hardened equally with his own by crimes, alas, Gomes feel some pily.
Gom.- And what can I do?
Gom.— With ineffectal and well concealed tears I can honour the memory of this just man, but nothing further, can I do.
Isa. -Oh who ever heard who ever saw so atrocious a case ?
Gom.- I should be ready to sacrifice myself so that I mighi save the Prince—and Heaven knows it;~1 already feel my beast gnawed and tormented with the remorse which the fatal intimacy of such a tyrant draws with it but
Isa.-If reqiorse is sincere in thee thou canst be of do liule use to bim, yes thou canst ;-— nou is il necessary ibou shouldese destroy thy sell - Thou art not suspęcied by ibe king—Thou cansı seçteuy afford the means of escape to him, and who would desire to betray thee ; who will know? Perhaps even some day, l?hilip returning to bimselt may reward the generous boldness of the man who saved his honour together with bis son.
Goin. And should I even venture upon this, would Charles agree to it? kpowest thou how haughiy he is, I lovęsee his lage already in merels benring the nane of fight apd of condenaliouz ab! vain to terrily his unlameable spirit is eveçy announcement of death; nay even I see him already obstimately purpused lu perish. Add to this ibat my very advice and assistance would be suspici. ous and odious to him, he believes me to be like the king.
Isa.- Hast thou no other obstacle ? cause me to behold him,' conduct me to his prison, surely thou hast admillance there; I Aaller myself to be able to persuade him to fligbla alas nue; deny mo not so great a favour; the hours of the vight are far advanced, meantime prepare thou the meuds of biş escape, and deler ibe presenting the tatal sentence which periups is not expected şu soovi by the king: I beseech thee let us go-'l'hou shalt bare Heaven ever propitious, I pray thee let us depart.
Gom.-And who could refuse theo so compassionate a help, I am willing to aliempt it at any price, let us go- Heaven will not suffer. w perista those whom it does not desiru iu perish.
ACT V-Scene 1. Char. What but death now remains for me to fear, what 10 hope; might I but at least have i free from ipfamy--ah I must expect it from the cruel Philip full of ignomy; ope single 'doubt worse than every death, pierces my heart, perhaps be is aware of my love. Tu lis nasbing sinister looks, I saix sparkling in spite of bima I know not what new tury, and bis speaking with the Queen, bar a little while ago, this calling me and closely observing; what may it be? oh' Heaven what may ii be il ķis consort has become susa pected by him at the same time: alas, already perhaps he bus cruelly punished in her the uncerin crime since the vengeance of a tym is always used to anticipate guilt; But if our passion is on how to every person aud as it were to ourselves even, by what weans could şe be informed of it? perhaps my sighs bave betrayed me? but what do I say are the sighs of luxe kuown to a wicked igrant; is it Decessary for such a father to penetrale into my love in order that he may be made atracious and mugatural Haired had reached its beight' inhim, and could no longer be pune off - surely be day i come in which I shall maky satisfaction io kim" with iny head; ala, treaclaerous crowd of friends of my happier foringe, wliero ale ye now? I desire vought from you exempe a sword; tyl a şoord by means of which I might avert inlamx pone of you will present i me, what youce do I perceive ?, thu, iron door is being uubarred wbal is being brought to me, let us 'heur --- who may it be?
Isabella and Charles Char,-Who do I see? art thou the Queen ?, who has been thy guide ? Oh what cause brings laue ? Love, dury, pily? How hadat thou admillance ?
Isa ---Oh thou knowest not yet all the horror of thy cruel destiny; thou 'ari charged wiib parricide, thy lather himsell accuses ihee. A wicked comcil condemns thee to deallı
, und noihing is wanting to its execution but the consent of the kings
Char,- If nothing else is wanting it may be sovn executed,
Char,-! is now a long time that I wish only to die, and it is well knowo to the o! whom I ask nubing, buz to suiker, me to die where thou are ---I 'is hard upen 'me--yes the hurrille accusation is buid but not muexpected; die Immus!, but can trumble when shou uvuvingest death to me!
Isa.- Alas, do not speak ul duath to me if ihou lovest me give way for a liule to necessity.
Char.- Me to give way? too well I perceive now that you have undertaken the cruel oulce of abusius we; the iniquitogs Luther has coinmitted it to thee!
isa. And canst thou believe it Prince me. a minister of Phie lip's anger!
Char. So far he would have power to compel theebesides he has perhaps deceived thee, but how then has he suffered thee po came to me in this dungeon
Isa.- Does Philip kuoy il ? vb, Heaven woe if he should know it!
Char.- what sayeat ibou? l'hilip knows all here who then transgresses his rigorous commands 72
Char.- What do I bear, ab what, what abominable terrible fa. tal paine last thou ullered!
Isa. -fle is not such an enemy to thee as thon think'st.
Char.-Oh Heaven, if I ever believed him a friend to me, I should blush more froin shame iban anger.
Isą.---He alonę however wow feels compassion for thee.--It is be who disclosed to me thy father's atrocions purpose.
Char..--Rash! ah ivo credulous hou! what hasự thon done! ply loud faith 10 sucb pily? If the most abandoned servadi of au imple us King told thee we truth, he deceives thee by means of the sulh.
Isa.---Mere words, what do they signify; thou canst experience presently 10 dunbilul effects of bis pily is thun surrenderest ihy selt to my mirealies. It was he who conducted me bilher clan. destinely and even now lię is preparing the means for iby escape. I have pegsnaded bim to it, ab do pot delay, convey thyself away, fee from, this father, trom deans and from me?
Char...-Whilst thou hast time, ab, do thou thysell escape far from me.
Goines dues not pretend pity without a motive---ah inio what an insidious, snare hasi thou tallen, Yes, now indeed I da tremble really, what doubt now remains, fully has Philip penetrated into the secret of our love.
I sa..--Ah! 19, a little ago I saw him whilst thou wast, being dragged by urain force from his presence---be was tuming with drenutul anger. I listened to him trembing, and tby very self. saine suspicious agliated me, but I remember his speech alterwards directed towards me, and celluiu i am ibat he thought every olber thang of the except this. I remeuber in line that be taxed you with baving a design even perdups upon my days ys well as bis.
Char--- It would be necessary that I should be equally vile more vile ihan himo pavedrale all the .hidden ways of the in. tricate, infamous labyrinuli, bin it is qmle çertam that it is a mask for horrible treachery this sending you to me, that which he rap w ibis uime) only suspected, he von undertakes to substantiate; but let it be as it will do thau qu'n mhy steps qnielly (suru weis il laten place. In vaiu thou believest or dupest wat bumes will