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ed. The prayers of the unfortunate will be heard even in a desert.
Wind. Away with them.
[Exeunt Diego, Ines, Swivel, and Nipcheese. —Now, my lads, as I am Captain, it behoves me to make a bit of an oration, just that we may understand each other.—I'm told there are some aboard, that would rather stick to their old commander, than sail under Jack Windlass and a free flag; but the first that mutinies shall be run up to the yard-arm without mercy, by way of example like to the rest.—You that are jolly boys, shall share alike in all we have, and all we may have! We'll sink the Banian days— sleep eight hours instead of four, work little, eat a great deal, and drink a double allowance of grog every Saturday night. Mut. Hurra!
Wind. What, you like that, do you? I thought I should make you shew your grinders at last— heave along the lumber! With the next tide we'll sail, turn our freight to cash, and then hurra for plunder, and the bold Bucaniers!
(At the close of the following Glee, the Mutineers assist each other with the Stores intended for the Captives, and bear them off).
GLEE And CHORUS.
When the anchor's a-peak,
And the ship under weigh,
Like a shark for its prey.
Wherever we steer;
To a bold Bucanicr.
Let the signal be iicard
That a sail is in sight;
If they dare us to fight.
No odds make us fear,
Like a bold Bucanier.
Music continues.—(As they depart, Pariboo appears expressing rage at the cowardice of his Tribe, who have paddled. off in their Canoes, and left him alone on the Island—He suddenly marks the retreat of the Mutineers, and folloivs them, ivith a determination to regain posesssion of his lost victim, Iglou).
Represents that part of the Island which Robinson Crusoe calls his Farm. A steep hill occupies a portion of the bach of the Scene, in the side of which is the mouth of the Cave, defended in front by an enclosure of Stakes, which having taken root, forms an impenetrable Hedge. On the opposite side, a gentle declivity intersected with trees, at the roots of which, lies the trunk of a Cedar, partly formed into a Canoe, but almost concealed by plants peculiar to the soil. The horizon exhibits the open Sea, and part of the Shore. Near the front, a hollow Tree,
Rorinson Ckusoe, Iglou, and Fhiday discovered.
Cru. Yes, grateful Indian, gladly I accept your offer; but let me understand it thoroughly; the slightest misconception might be fatal. You tell me (addressing Friday) that in a few hours your father may return with some people of whom
^Friday assents—Iglou expresses impatience at not understanding them).
—The small canoe in which I survey'd the island, though insufficient for my escape, will serve his purpose in crossing to the main.
(Friday again assents—Iglou more impatient).
—Good, should the wind hold, he and his friends promise to regain this shore by daybreak.
(Friday describes to Iglou the Dawn—paddling of a Canoe, and the march of their Tribe—to which Iglou assents with vehemence, enforcing his anxious wishes to serve Crusoe, by appropriate action).
('Friday starts at seeing a strange object j and Iglou at the same time grasps his Tomahawk— Crusce directs his attention towards the point to which Friday signs, who at the some instant exclaims "Massa, se da)."
Cru. Si' nee! 'tis one of those strangers whom I told you of—unless he should perceive us, let him pass—they may not all be guilty!
Music.—(The group retire—Bluff is heard singing without, and enters; a Cudgel under his arm, and a Tobacco-box in his hand).
Bluff. " Billy Tailor was a brisk feller, full of mirth and full of glee, And his true love he did diskiver to a ladj fair and free."
—Ah, it won't do —I may sing for my allowance long enough now, before the boatswain pipes to dinner. My heart is sunk five fathom—many a
losing voyage have I made in my time, and weathered many a rough gale; but its damn'd hard to be taken aback at last by a set of swabs—its all along with Jack Windlass the boatswain,—I was the man that taught him to hand, reef, and steer,—and now the dog leaves me like a wreck on a lee-shore, at the mercy of wind and weather,— Well, (taking a quid)—it's all one—" a light heart and a thin pair of bree—" ey! (Seeing Crusoe,). Cru. I'll venture. (Advances).
fFriday and Iglou appear).
Bluff. Who the devil!—What cheer, ho! — Where are you bound,—from whence came you?
Cru. Do not shun me, we are fellow sufferers, and should assist each other.
Bluff. Indeed! well, I have seen strange sights afore now, but smite my timbers—such a cruiser as you!
Cru. I am a seaman like yourself, cast on an unknown coast.
Bluff. Like enough—your rigging has seen some service—but, mayhap you take me for a Bucanier — no such thing, my name's Harry Bluff, as true a heart as ever broke biscuit. I'm a true friend to the Service, and an enemy to all mutineers ;—so, if you are in the picarooning line, you'd best put about, d'ye see,and let me shoot a-head clear of you.
Cru. I was not mistaken—we must be friends—
Bluff. Ay, ay! there's two words go to that bargain tho'—sheer off, or I'll be foul o'your toplights.
Music.— (The Indians, at the appearance of contention, start forward).
Cru. Hold! touch him not!
Bluff. Whew! am I to be run down by a fleet o' small craft? Hark'ee brother, three to one are long odds, but if you, or any of your squadron, offer to board me without provocation, damn me if I don't scuttle some of your nobs before I strike.
Cru. Do not mistake! tho' you have not seen, you surely must have heard of Crusoe.
Bluff. What, Robin!
Cru. The same.
Bluff. Why, you don't mean to say—you, ey!
Cru. Yes, Robinson Crusoe, the father of Diego, the husband of Ines, those unfortunate beings whom an abandoned set of miscreants now drag in chains.
Bluff. I know! say no more. Ods- heart! I havn't been better pleased—here lend us a cutlass; if your shipmates are jolly boys, we'll be too strong for 'em yet.
Cru. That must depend on circumstances: we must run no risks; if they are necessary, I have arms and ammunition in abundance.
Bluff. Why, have you tho'? Well, an' how are you?
Cru. Friday'. (He gives directions to fetch Arms).
Bluff. Ecod, I shall sing to some tune yet! "A light heart and a thin pair of—." Here, take a bit o' baccy (Crusoe declines the offer). Oh, well, as you like.
Cru. Be careful, they are all charged! (Iglou and Friday are taking Arms over the Pal- .
Bluff. Henceforth we'll cruise in the same latitudes. Hang me if I don't stick by you as long as I can carry a rag of canvass.