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* SCENE,-Spain.

THE

CASTLE OF ANDALUSIA.

ACT THE FIRST.

scENE. I.

A Cavern with winding Stairs, and Recesses cut in the Rock ; a large Lamp hanging in the Centre; a Table, Wine, Fruits, &c. in disorder.—At the Head DoN CESAR ; on each Side SPADo, SANGUINo, RAPINo, and others of the Banditti.

AIR I, AND CHORUS:

Don Caesar. Here we sons of freedom dwell,
In our friendly rock-hewn cell;
Pleasure's dictates we obey,
Nature points us out the way,
Ever social, great, and free,
Valour guards our liberty. -

AIR,

Don Caesar. Qf severe and partial laws,
Venal judges, Alguazils,
Dreary dungeons’ iron jaws,
Oar and gibbet–Whips or wheels,

Let's never think

While thus we drink

Sweet Muscadine !

O life divine !
Chorus-Here we sons of freedom dwell, &c.

Don Caesar. Come, cavaliers, our carbines are Hoaded, our hearts are light; charge your glasses, Bacchus gives the word, and a volley makes us immortal as the rosy god.—Fire! Spado. Ay, captain, this is noble firing.—Oh, I love a volley of grape-shot.—Are we to have any skylight in our cave? [Looking at SANGUINo's Glass. Don Caesar. Oh, no a brimmer round.—Come, a good booty to us to-night. [All drink. Spado. Booty. Oh, I love to rob a fat priest.— Stand, says I, then I knock him down. S Sang, My nosebleeds. [Looks at his handkerchief] I wonder what colour is a coward’s blood? Spado. Don't you see it's red? Sang. Ha! call me coward, [Rises in fury.] sirrah? Captain! cavaliers!—But this scar on my forehead contradicts the miscreant. Spado. Scar on your forehead!—Ay, you will look behind you, when you run away. Sang. I’ll stab the villain—[Draws Stilletto.]—I will, by Heaven. Don Caesar. Poh, Sanguino! you know when a jest offers, Spado regards neither time, place, nor person. All. [Interposing.] Don’t hurt little Spado. Spado.[Hiding behind.] No, don't hurt little Spado. Sang, Run away! Armies have confessed my valour: the time has been—but no matter. [Sits. Don Casar. Come, away with reflection on the past, or care for the future; the present is the golden moment of possession.—Let us enjoy it. 4ll, Ay, ay, let us enjoy it. 1

Don Caesar. You know, cavaliers, when I entered into this noble fraternity, I boasted only of a little . courage sharpened by necessity, the result of my youthful follies, a father's severity, and the malice of a good-natured dame.

Spado. Captain, here’s a speedy walk-off to old Women.

All. [Drink.] Ha! has has

Don Caesar. When you did me the honour to elect me your captain, two conditions I stipulated;— Though at war with the world abroad, unity and social mirth should preside over our little commonwealth at home.

Spado. Yes, but Sanguino's for no head—he'll have ours a commonwealth of fists and elbows.

Don Caesar. The other, unless to preserve your own lives, never commit a murder.

Spado. I murdered since that—a bishop's coachhorse.

All. Ha! has has

Don Caesar. Hand me that red wine.

AIR 11.-DON CAESAR,

Flow, thou regal purple stream,
Tinctured by the solar beam,
In my goblet sparkling rise,
Cheer my heart and glad my eyes.
My brain ascend on fancy’s wing,
*Noint me, wine, a jovial king.
While I live, I’ll lave my clay,
When I'm dead and gone away,
Let my thirsty subjects say,
A month he reign'd, but that was May.

[Thunder.] Don Caear. Hark, how distinct we hear the thun

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