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Mor. I hear them coming; shift for yourself at least; remember I am yours for ever.
[Servants crying, "this way, this way," behind the Scenes. Ant. And I but the empty shadow of myself without thee!—Farewell, father-in-law, that should have been, if I had not been curst in my mother's belly.—Now, which way, Fortune?
[Runs amazed/y backwards and forwards. Servants within, "Follow, follow; yonder are the villains."
O, here's a gate open; but it leads into the castle; yet I must venture it.
[A shout behind the Scenes, where Antonio is going out.
There's the rabble in a mutiny; what, is the devil up at midnight! However, 'tis good herding in a crowd.
[Runs out. Mufti runs to Mouayma, and lays hold on her, then snatches away the Casket. Muf. Now, to do things in order, first I seize upon the bag, and then upon the baggage; for thou art but my flesh and blood, but these are my life and soul.
Mor. Then let me follow my flesh and blood, and keep to yourself your life and soul.
Muf. Both, or none; come away to durance. Mor. Well, if it must be so, agreed; for I have another trick to play you, and thank yourself for what shall follow.
J oh. [From above.] One of them took through the private way into the castle; follow him, be sure, for these are yours already.
Mor. Help here quickly, Omar, Abedin! I have hold on the villain that stole my jewels; but 'tis a histy rogue, and he will prove too strong for me. What! help, I say; do you not know your master's daughter?
Muf. Now, if I cry out, they will know my voice, and then I am disgraced for ever. O thou art a venomous cockatrice!Mor. Of your own begetting.
\Thc Servants seize him. 1 Serv. What a glorious deliverance have you had, madam, from this bloody-minded Christian!
Mor. Give me back my jewels, and carry this notorious malefactor to be punished by my father.—. I'll hunt the other dry-foot.
[Takes the jexcels, and runs out after Anton Io at the same passage.
1 Serv. I long to be hanselling his hide, before we bring him to my master.
2 Serv. Hang him, for an old covetous hypocrite; he deserves a worse punishment himself, for keeping us so hardly.
1 Serv. Ay, would he were in this villain's place! thus I would lay him on, and thus. [Beats him.
2 Serv. And thus would I revenge myself of my last beating. [He btats him too, and then the rest.
Muf. Oh, ho, ho!
1 Serv. Now, supposing you were the Mufti, sir.——
[Beats him again.
Muf. The devil's in that supposing rascal!—I can bear no more; and I am the Mufti. Now suppose yourselves my servants, and hold your hands: an anointed halter take you all!
1 Serv. My master!—You will pardon the excess of our zeal for you, sir: Indeed we all took you for a villain, and so we used you.
Muf. Ay, so I feel you did; my back and sides are abundant testimonies of your zeal.—Hun, rogues, and bring me back my jewels, and my fugitive daughter; run, I say.
[They run to the gate, and the first Servant runs back again.
1 Serv. Sir, the castle is in a most terrible combustion; you may hear them hither.
Muf. Tis a laudable commotion; the voice of the mobile is the voice of heaven.—I must retire a little, to strip me of the slave, and to assume the Mufti, and then I will return; for the piety of the people must be encouraged, that they may help me to recover my jewels, and my daughter.
[Exeunt Mufti and Servants.
SCENE III.—Changes to the Castle Yard,
And discovers Antonio, Mustapha, and the Rabble shouting. They come forward.
Ant. And so at length, as I informed you, I escaped out of his covetous clutches; and now fly to your illustrious feet for my protection.
Must. Thou shalt have it, and now defy the Mufti. Tis the first petition that has been made to me since my exaltation to tumult, in this second night of the month Abib, and in the year of the Hegira,—the Lord knows what year; but'tis no matter; for when I am settled, the learned are bound to find it out for me; tor I am resolved to date my authority over the rabble, like other monarchs.
Ant. I have always had a longing to be yours again, though 1 could not compass it before; and had designed you a casket of my master's jewels too; for I knew the custom, and would not have appeared before a great person, as you are, without a present: but he has defrauded my good intentions, and basely robbed you of them; 'tis a prize worthy a million of crowns, and you carry your letters of marque about you.
Must. I shall make bold with his treasure, for the support of my new government.—[Thepeople gather about him ]—What do these vile raggamuffins so near our person? your savour is offensive to us; bear back there, and make room for honest men to approach us: These fools and knaves are always impudently crowding next to princes, and keeping off the more deserving: Hear back, I say.—[They make a ziidercircle.,]—That's dutifully done! Now shout, to shew your loyalty. [A great shout.]—Hearst thou that, slave Antonio? These obstreperous villains shout, and know not for what they make a noise. You shall see me manage them, that you may judge what ignorant beasts they are.—For whom do you shout now? Who's to live and reign; tell me that, the wisest of you?
1 Rabble. Even who you please, captain. Must. La, you there! I told you so.
2 Rabble. We are not bound to know, who is to live and reign; our business is only to rise upon command, and plunder.
3 Rabble. Ay, the richest of both parties; for they are our enemies.
Must. This last fellow is a little more sensible than the rest; he has entered somewhat into the merits of the cause.
think, captain, that yourself are the fittest to live and reign; I mean not over, but next, and immediately under, the people; and thereupon I say, A Mustapha, a Mustapha!
Omnes. A Mustapha, a Mustapha!Must. I must confess the sound is pleasing, and tickles the ears of my ambition; but alas, good people, it must not be! I am contented to be a poor
1 Rabble. If
ieak his mind, I
simple viceroy. But prince Muley-Zeydan is to be the man: I shall take care to instruct him in the arts of government, and in his duty to us all; and, therefore, mark my cry, A Muley-Zeydan, a Muley- Zeydan!
Omnes. A Muley-Zeydan, a Muley-Zeydan!Must. You see, slave Antonio, what I might have been?
Ant. I observe your modesty. Must. But for a foolish promise, I made once to my lord Benducar, to set up any one he pleased.—
Re-enter the Mufti, with his Servants.
Ant. Here's the old hypocrite again.—Now stand your ground, and bate him not an inch. Remember the jewels, the rich and glorious jewels; they are designed to be yours, by virtue of prerogative.
Must. Let me alone to pick a quarrel; I have an old grudge to him upon thy account.
Muf. [Making up to the Mobile.] Good people, here you are met together.
1 Rabble. Ay, we know that without your telling: But why are we met together, doctor? for that's it which no body here can tell.
2 Rabble. Why, to see one another in the dark; and to make holiday at midnight.
Muf. You are met, as becomes good Mussulmen, to settle the nation; for I must tell you, that,though your tyrant is a lawful emperor, yet your lawful emperor is but a tyrant.
Ant. What stuff he talks!
Must. Tis excellent fine matter, indeed, slave Antonio! He has a rare tongue! Oh, he would move a rock, or elephant!
Ant. What a block have I to work upon! [Aside.] —But still, remember the jewels, sir; the jewels.
Must. Nay, that's true, on the other side; the