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And everlasting si'lence ? | Yet the eye
In other days,
• Un-égz-håst'èd ; not ån-égz-zast'éd.
Or when the stillness of the sea', I
SCENE FROM PIZARRO.
Gum. On yonder hill, among the palm-trees, I we have surprised an old cacique* : | escape by flight he coula not, I and we seized him, and his attendant un
• Kås-sek', a prince, or nobleman, among the Indians.
resisting; I yet his lips breathed nought but bitterness, and scorn. Piz. Drag him before us. I
(Gomez leaves the tent, and returns, conducting ORO.
ZEMBO, and attendants, in chains, guarded.)
What art' thou, stran ger? |
Oro. First tell me which among you, I is the cap'tain of this band of robbers.
Dav. (showing his poignard.) Shall I not plunge this into his heart'?
Oro. (to Pizarro.) Does your army boast many such heroes as this: ? |
Piz. Audacious! | This insolence has sealed thy doom : / die thou shalt', grey-headed ruffian. | But first confess what thou knowest.
Oro. I know that which thou hast just assured' me of — | that I shall die. I
Piz. Less audacity, perhaps, I might have preserved thy life.
Oro. My life is as a withered tree': ' it is not worth preserving. I
Piz. Hear me, old man. | Even now', we march against the Peruvian army. ! We know there is a secret path I that leads to your strong-hold among the rocks, : guide us to that', / and name thy reward. | If wealth be thy wish —
Oro. Ha! ha! ha!
Oro. Thee, and thy offer. | Wealth, ! | I have the wealth of two dear gallant sons'; \ I have stored in heav''n, the riches which repay good actions here'; and still my chiefest treasure do I bear about me.
Piz. What is that, ? | Inform me. !
Oro. I will ; ; for it never can be thine - | the trea sure of a pure, unsullied conscience. i
Piz. I believe there is no other Peruvian who dares speak as thou dost. I
Oro. Would I could believe there is no other Spån. iard who dares act as thou' dost. /
Gom. Obdurate Pagan! | How numerous is your army?
Oro. Count the leaves of yonder forest. I
Oro. It has' no weak part ; l on every side 't is fortified by justice. |
Piz. Where have you concealed your wives, and children? |
Oro. In the hearts of their husbands, and their fathers.
Piz. Knowest thou Alonzo ? |
Oro. Know him? | Alonzo ? | Know him ? | Our nation's benefactor! | The guardian angel of Peru.!!
Piz. By what has he merited that title? ||
Dav. Who is this Rola, joined with Alonzo in command, ?1
Oro. I will answer that ; 1 for I love to hear, and to repeat the hero's name. | Rolla, the kinsman of the king, is the idol of our army; ' in war, a ti ger, chafed by the hunter's spear ; in peace, ! more gentle than the unweaned lamb. | Cora was once betrothed to him ; but finding that she preferred Alonzo, i he resigned his claim, i and, I fear, his peace', to friendship, and to Cora's hap'piness; 1 yet still he loves her with a pure, and holy fire.
Piz. Roman tic savage! | I shall meet this Rolla soon'.
Oro. Thou hadst better not. — | The terrors of his noble eye would strike thee dead. /
Dav. Silence! or trem ble!!
Oro. Beard less robber! | I never yet have trembled before man':'why should I tremble before thee, I thou less than man!
Dav Another word, audacious heathen, and I strike. ;
Oro. Strike', Christian! | Then boast among thy fellows - | I too have murdered a Peruvian !! Dav. Vengeance seize thee!
(Stabs him Piz. Hold ! Dav. Couldsi thou longer have endured his insults? | Piz. And therefore should he die untortured ?
Oro. True! | Observe, young man', / your unthinking rashness | has saved me from the rack' ; and you yourself have lost the opportunity of a useful lesson :/ you might have seen with what cruelty | vengeance would have inflicted torments — , and with what pa. tience | virtue would have borne them. I
(OROZEMBO is borne off, dying. Piz. Away'! - Davilla, if thus rash a second time —
Dav. Forgive the hasty indignation which —
Piz. No more'. | Unbind that trembling wretch : 1 let him depart'; 't is well he should report the mercy i which we show to insolent defiance. i Hark! | Our guard, and guides approach. ' (Soldiers march through the tents.
Follow me, friends! | Each shall have his post as. signed ; l and ere Peruvia's god shall sink beneath the main, I the Spanish banners, bathed in blood, , shall Aoat above the walls of vanquished Quito." ||
Christian, God speed thee! |
Good angels lead, thee! |
Tempesis will come ; !