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There may'st thou dwell amidst the wild commotion.
Eup. Ye pitying gods, protect my father there!
I gave the body to the foaming surge
Dio. Now rave and shriek,
Eup. Glory in it; Exult and triumph. Thy worst shaft is sped. Yet still th' unconquer'd mind with scorn can view With the calm sunshine of the breast can see Thy pow'r unequal to subdue the soul Which virtue form’d, and which the gods protect.
Dio. Philotas, bear her hence; she shall not live; This moment bear her hence!-you know the rest:Go, see our will obey'd ; that done, with all A warrior's speed, attend me at the citadel; There meet the heroes whom this night shall lead To freedom, victory,—to glorious havoc, And the destruction of the Grecian name.
Eup. Accept my thanks, Philotas ;-generous man! These tears attest th' emotions of
heart. But, oh! should Greece defer
Phil. Dispel thy fears;
Eup. Ah! there Evander, naked and disarm'd,
Phil. Lo! here's a weapon; hear this dagger to him. In the drear monument, should hostile steps Dare to approach him, they must enter singly: This guards the passage ; man by man they die.
Enter CALIPPUs, and several OFFICERs: Dionysius meeting them.
Dio. Ye brave associates, who so oft have shar'd Our toil and danger in the field of glory, My fellow warriors, what no god could promise Fortune hath giv'n us. In his dark embrace Lo! sleep envelops the whole Grecian camp. Against a foe, the outcasts of their country, Freebooters, roving in pursuit of prey, Success by war, or covert stratagem Alike is glorious. Then, my gallant friends, What need of words? The gen’rous call of freedom, Your wives, your children, your invaded rights, All that can steel the patriot breast with valour, Expands and rouses in the swelling heart. Follow th' impulsive ardour; follow me, Your king, your leader: in the friendly gloom Of night, assault their camp; your country's love, And fame eternal, shall attend the men Who march'd through blood and horror, to redeem From the invader's pow'r their native land.
Cal. Lead to the onset; Greece shall find we bear Hearts prodigal of blood when honour calls; Resolv’d to conquer, or to die in freedom.
Dio. Thus I've resolv’d: When the declining moon
Hath veil'd her orb, our silent march begins.
To march thy cohorts to the mountain's foot,
The Inside of the Temple.
A Monument in the Middle.
Eup. Which way, Erixene, which way, my virgins,
Eriz. Alas, the horrid tumult
the groans of murder'd wretches, In wild confusion rise. Once more descend Eudocia’s tomb; there thou
may'st find a shelter.
This dagger then may free me from his pow'r,
[Puts up the Dagger.
Cal. Our weary foes
Dio. Tho' all betray me,
Cal. (Holding Dionysius's drm.] My liege, for
Her life preserv'd may plead your cause with Greece,
in arms;- by Heav'n, she dies.
Enter Evänder, from the Tomb.
[Offers to strike.
All nature shudders at it! Will no friend
-Do my eyes once more behold him? May the fiends seize Philotas ! Treach’rous slave! 'Tis well thou liv'st; thy death were poor revenge From any hand but mine.
Eup. No, tyrant, no; [Rushing before EvANDER. I have provok'd your vengeance; through this bosom Open a passage; first on me, on me Exhaust your fury. Ev'ry pow'r above Commands thee to respect that aged head : His wither'd frame wants blood to glut thy rage : Strike here; these veins are full; here's blood enough; The purple tide will gush to glad thy sight.
Dio. Amazement blasts and freezes ev'ry pow'r! Ha! the fierce tide of war [A Flourish of Trumpets. This way comes rushing on.
(Goes to the Top of the Stage. Eup. [Embracing EvANDER.] Oh! thus, my father, We'll perish thus together.
Dio. Bar the gates;
Eva. And must I see thee bleed? Oh, for a sword! Bring, bring me daggers !
Dio. Guards, seize the slave, And give him to my rage.
Eva. [Seized by the GUARDS.] Oh!
Eup. Now, one glorious effort !--