I have faith That thou both think'st and hop'st it. Fair Zapolya, A provident lady--R. Kiu.

Wretch beneath all answer! Eme. Offers at once the royal bed and throne R. Kiu. To be a kingdom's bulwark, a king's

glory, Yet loved by both, and trusted, and trust-worthy, Is more than to be king; but see! thy rage Fights with thy fear. I will relieve thee! Ho!

(to the Guard. Eme. Not for thy sword, but to entrap thee, ruffian!

palace. Thus long I have listened---Guard---ho! from the [The Guard-post from the Guard-house with

Chef Ragozzi at their head, and then a number from the Palace---Chef Ragozzi demands Kiuprili's sword and apprehends

him. Cas. O agony! (to Emerick.) Sire, hear me ! [to Kiuprili, who turns from him,

Hear Father! Eme. Take in arrest that traitor and sassin ! Who pleads for his life, strikes at mine, his sove

reign's. R. Kiu. As the Co-regent of the realm, I stand Amenable to none save to the States Met in due course of law. But are bond-slaves, Yet witness ye that before God and man I here impeach Lord Emerick of foul treason, And on strong grounds attaint him with suspicion



my sake,


[ocr errors]

Of murder--

Eme. Hence with the madman !
R. Kiu.

Your Queen's murder The royal orphan's murder: and to the death Defy him, as a tyrant and usurper.

[hurried off by Ragozzi and the Guard. Eme. Ere twice the sun hath risen, by my This insolence shall be avenged. [sceptre Cas.

O banish him.
This infamy will crush me. O for
Banish him, my liege lord !

What? to the
Be calm, young friend ! Nought shall be done in

anger. The child o'er-powers the man. In this emergence I must take counsel for us both. Retire.

[Exit Casimir. Eme. (alone, looks at a Calendar.) The

changeful planet, now in her decay, Dips down at midnight, to be seen no more. With her shall sink the enemies of Emerick, Cursed by the last look of the waning moon: And my bright destiny, with sharpened horns, Shall greet me fearless in the new born crescent.


Scene changes to the back of the Palace---a

wooded park and mountains. Enter Zapolya, with an infant in arms. Zap. Hush, dear one! hush! My trembling

arm disturbs thee !

Thou, the protector of the helpless! thou,
The widow's husband and the orphan's father,
Direct my steps ! Ah whither ? O send down
Thy angel to a houseless babe and mother,
Driven forth into the cruel wilderness ! [Thou art
Hush, sweet one! Thou art no Hagar's offspring :
The rightful heir of an anointed king!
What sounds are those? It is the


chant Of labouring men returning to their home! Their queen has no home! Hear me, heavenly And let this darkness

Be as the shadow of thy outspread wings [bers ?
To hide and shield us ! Start'st thou in thy slum-
Thou canst not dream of savage Emerick. Hush !
Betray not thy poor mother! For if they seize thee
I shall grow mad indeed, and they'll believe
Thy wicked uncle's lie. Ha! what? A soldier ?

Enter Chef Ragozzi.
C. Rag. Sure heaven befriends us. Well! he

hath escaped !
O rare tune of a tyrant's promises
That can enchant the serpent treachery
From forth its lurking hole in the heart. "Ragozzi!
O brave Ragozzi ! Count ! Commander ! What

not?” And all this too for nothing ! a poor nothing ! Merely to play the underling in the murder Of my best friend Kiuprili! His own son

monstrous ! Tyrant ! I owe thee thanks, and in good hour

Will I repay thee, for that thou thought'st me too
A serviceable villain. Could I now
But gain some sure intelligence of the queen:
Heaven bless and guard her!

Zap. (coming forward.) Art thou not Ragozzi ?

C. Rag. The Queen! Now then the miracle is I see heaven's wisdom is an over-match [full ! For the devil's cunning. This way, madam, haste!

Zap. Stay! Oh, no! Forgive me if I wrong thee! This is thy sovereign's child : Oh, pity us, And be not treacherous !

[kneeling. C. Rag. (raising her.) Madam! For mercy's

sake! Zap. But tyrants have a hundred eyes and arms ! C. Rag. Take courage, madam! 'Twere too

horrible, (I can not do't) to swear I'm not a monster !Scarce had I barr’d the door on Raab KiupriliZap. Kiuprili! How?

There is not time to tell it, -
The tyrant called me to him, praised my zeal,
(And be assured I overtopt his cunning [fine,
And seemed right zealous.) But time wastes: In
Bids me despatch my trustiest friends, as couriers
With letters to the army. The thought at once
Flashed on me. I disguised my prisoner---

Zap. What Raab Kiuprili?
C. Rag.

Yes! my noble general I sent him off, with Emerick's own pacquet, Haste, and post haste---Prepared to follow him

C. Rag.


Zap. Ah, how? Is it joy or fear? My limbs

seem sinking !--C. Rag.(supporting her.) Heaven still befriends

I have left my charger, A gentle beast and fleet, and my boy's mule, One that can shoot a precipice like a bird, Just where the wood begins to climb the mountains. The course we'll thread will mock the tyrant's guesses,

[road Or scare the followers. Ere we reach the main The Lord Kiuprili will have sent a troop To escort me.

Oh, thrice happy when he finds The treasure which I convoy! Zap.

One brief moment, That praying for strength I may have strength.

This babe, Heaven's eye is on it, and its innocence Is, as a prophet's prayer, strong and prevailing! Through thee, dear babe, the inspiring thought

possessed me, When the loud clamor rose, and all the palace Emptied itself---(They sought my life, Ragozzi !) Like a swift shadow gliding, I made way To the deserted chamber of my lord:

[then to the infant. And thou didst kiss thy father's lifeless lips, And in thy helpless hand, sweet slumberer! Still clasp'st the signet of thy royalty. As I removed the seal, the heavy arm Dropt from the couch aslant, and the stiff finger

« 前へ次へ »