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CASTLE OF ANDALUSIA.
ACT THE FIRST.
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,
Don Caesar. Qf severe and partial laws,
Let's never think
While thus we drink
Sweet Muscadine !
O life divine !
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,
[Thunder.] Don Caear. Hark, how distinct we hear the thun