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1st Sail. He might not chuse to receive gentlemen's visits.
Ros. I thank you, my friends, for your information, I thank you - Take that, and drink Rosano's health. (Throws down a purse and exit.)
1st Sail. (after looking some time at the purse) Well, shall we fight for it?
2d Sail. Psha! don't remind a man of his follies, take it up.
Ist Sail. I think we have done the thing at last;brought ourselves up with a wet sail : Eh, messmate ?
2d Sail. Yes, if we havn't clench'd the nail now, the devil's in it - but what must we do next?
1st Sail. Do? What a lubberly question that is for ą couple of sailors who have money. - Here's fun for a fortnight, and tho’ it should only last us a week, that's an age for gentlemen of our profession to look forward to: so we'll go and drink Signor Rosano's health. — Ha, ha, ha, I can't help thinking how he'll batter about the old walls.
2d Şail. Yes, and after he has committed a burglary with his four and twenty pounders, to find nobody at home.
Ist Sail. And then to pay so handsomely for being imposed on, ha, ha, ha.
· 2d Sail, Yes, he was determined not to be made a fool of for nothing
Ist Sail. And the best of the joke is, that whilst we are drinking his health, he'll be wishing us both at the devil.
2d Sail. Well ! well ! that's the case with a great many people who drink their friends' healths. — Come along
Scene in Durazzo's Castle.
Thy visions of delight,
I wake, and all is night.
Which cheers the dying captive's gloom,
And gild the horrors of his tomb.
Enter Durazzo. Dur. Why dost thou start? Am I so hideous, lady, That at the sight, thy nature shrinks abhorrent, As at a church-yard apparition The village hinds ?
More horrible than that !
Why I come,
Coun. Durazzo, hear me?
You refuse ?
Nay, hear me! (Kneels.)
Why, thou art woman? True woman! very woman to the last! When the loud fury of your words is vain, You try with tears to soften me to folly : So, when the fury of the wind subsides, Relenting nature melts into a shower : But I am proof to both, and thus I seize, Cold stubborn fair one-(As she is struggling with him,
the alarm bell of the castle rings, and immedi
ately after one of his crew enters.)
(Clasping her hands.)
(Some of his crew 'enter.) Quick thro' the windings of the secret vault, To the dark tower convey her! That done, assemble in the court.
(Exeunt SAILORS with the COUNTESS.) Dur. (Solus.) True, they have traced the lion to
his den ; But shall they wrest the victim from my gripe.
Rosano and his friends ? What, shall these walls,
Scene, the Exterior of the Castle.-View of the Tower
to which the COUNTESS has been carrieda
Rosano and his Followers enter. Ros. This way, my friends; on this side we must
enter, or all is lost.
(The storm continues, RosaNO and his Party attack the
Castle- A breach is made-Durazzo and his
fix'd his triumph.
* By a judicious transposition, this was made the last scene in The Fisherman's Hut.