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der through this vast body of earth and rock.-Rapino, is Calvette above, upon his post!
Rap. Yes. '
Don Caesar. Spado, ’tis your business to relieve the éentinel.
Spado. Relieve! what's the matter with him?
__ Don Cuzsar. Come, come, no jesting with duty—’tis your watch.
Spado. Let the wolves watch for me-— my duty is to get supper 1'eady.—[T/nmdcr.]—Go up! Od's fire, do you think I am a Salamander ?—D’ye hear !
Sang. No sportl fear.
Don Czzsar. Then call Calvette, lock down the trap-door, and get us some more wine from the cistern.
Spado. Wine !‘ Ay, captain: and this being a night of peace, we'll have a dish of olives.
Sang. No peace! we'll up and scour the forest presently. But well thought on; a rich old fellow; one Don Scipio, has lately come to reside in the castle on the skirts of the forest—what say you to plunder there? ¢
Don Cesar. Not to-night—-I know my time—\I have my rea.sons—l shall give command on that business. But where's the stranger we brought in at our last excursion?
Rap. He re-poses in yonder recess.
Spado. Ay, egad, there he lies, with a face as innoCent—[Aside]—It' my fellow-rooks would but fly ofi', I'd have the pigeon here within all to myself.
Cal. [Appears at the top of the winding Stai"s, wit]z a Lantern.] A booty!
Sang. Good news, cavaliers; here comes Calvettei
Cal. A booty!
Sang. What! where?
Ca-l. Soft—but one man!
Sang. But one man! Is he alone
Spado, One man, and alone—that's odd !
Cal. He seems in years, but his habit, as well gs I could distinguish, speaks him noble.
Don Cesar. Then he'll fight.—My arms!
Spado. Oh, he'lI fight—get my arms; no, my legs pvill do for me. [Aside
Sang. Come, my carbine-—quick!
Don Caesar. To the attack of one man-paltry! Dnly you, Calvette, Sanguino, Rapino, and Spado go; the rest prepare for our general excursion.
Spado. Captain, don’t send me; indeed I'm too rash!
Don Caesar. Come, -come, leave buffoonery, and to
your duty. [CALVETTE and RArmo ascend; the rest go
272 at several Reeesses; SPAD0, the last, ascends up slowly.
Don A/ph. I find myself somewhat refreshed by my slumber; at such a time to fall into the hands of these rufiians, how unlucky! I'm pent up here; my rival Fernando, once my friend, reaches Don Scipio's castle, weds my charming Victoria, and I lose her for ever: but if I could secure an interview, love should plead my cause.
To dread of foreign foe: a stranger,
Alarmingfears paint every danger
SPADO returns down the Stairs.
Spado. [Aside] Now for some talk with our prisoner here—Stay, are they all out of ear-shot? How the poor bird sings in its cage! I know more of his affairs than he thinks of, by overhearing his conver
- sation at the inn at Lorca.
Don Alph. How shall I escape from these rascals? Oh, here is one of the gentlemen. Pray, sir, may I take the liberty
Spado. No liberty for you.—Yet upon certain conditions, inde-ed—-give me your hand.
Don A/ph. [/1side.] Impudent scoundrel !
Spado. Signor, I wish to serve you—and serve you I will; but I must know the channel, before I make for the coast; therefore, to examine you with the pious severity of an holy inquisitor, who the devil are you?
Don A/ph. A pious azljuration truly!—[/lside.'|— Sir, my name is Alphonso, and I am son o1 a banker at Madrid.
Spudo. Banker! Oh! I thought he sung like a young goldfinch.
Don Alp/z. Perhaps, by trusting this fellow, I may make my escape.
Spado. I'll convince him I know his secrets, and then I hold his purse-strings. "
Don Alph. You won’t betray me ?
Spado. Honour among ii1it‘vt‘$
Don A/ph. 'l‘li.-n you must know, when your gang lttacked mo _\¢-swrday evening
Spudo. You \ere p('SUI')_£ full gallop to Don Scipio’: castle, on the cor-fines oi the forest here.
Don A/ph. Hey! then perhaps you know my passion for—
Spado. Donna Victoria, his daughter.
Don A/ph. Then you know that she's contracted—
Spado. To_your friend Don'Fernand0 de Zelva, who is now on his journey to the castle, and to the destruction of your hopes, weds the lady on his arrival.
Don A/p/1. True, while Iam pent up in this cursed cavern; but how you got my story, I
Spadu. No matter! I could let you out of this cursed cavern.
Don Alph. And will you?
Spado. Ah, our trap-door above requires a golden ke . ‘
)1')on A/ph. Your comrades‘ have not left me a piastre.
Spado. Will you give me an order on your father': bank for fifty pieces, and I'll let you out?
Don A/p/1. You shall have it.
Spado. A bargain. I'll secure your escape.
Enter Don Cn:sAn, behind.
Don C090. How's this?
Spado. ounds, the captain Ramirez! [Asz‘de.]-— Aye, you dog, I'll secure you from an escape! Do you think I'd set you at liberty without the captain's orders? Betray my trust for a bribe! What the devil do you take me for? [In a seeming rage.] Oh, cap
Don Caesar. What's the matter?
Spadu. Nothing. only our prisoner here was mistaken in his man—that's all. Let you escape, indeed.
Dan Alph. Here's a rascal?
Spadu. Rascal! D’ye hear him? He has been abusing me this halt hour, because I would not con
vey him out without your knowledge. _Oh, what _ offers he did make me! but my integrity is proof against Gallions, Escurials, Perus, and Muxicos.
Don Carsar. Begone instantly to your comrades. [SPADo ascends] Signor, no occasion to tamper with
-my companions; you shall owe your liberty to none
but me. I'll convey you to the cottage of the vines, belonging to the peasant Philippo, not far from Don Scipio7s castle; there you may rest in safety to—night, and—
Don Alph. Ah, captain! no rest for me.
Don Caesar. Lookye, signor, I am a ruffian, perhaps worse, but venture to trust me.—A picklock may be used to get to a treasure—don't wish to know more of me than I now chose to tell you.; but, if your mistress loves you as well as you seem to love her, to-morrow night she-'s yours. '
Don Alph. My good friend !
Don Caesar. Now for Philippo—I don't suppose you wish to see any of our work above—ha! ha! ha! —-Well, well, I was once a. lover, but now
On by the -spur of walour goaded,
Like serpents now, through thickets creeping,