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Albert Oh, you shall hear-it is a new romance! Mad. L.
Here is wealth Now listen. I was standing on the rocks,
Might make thy vessel's loss of small account With my eyes fixed upon the boiling spot
Their value frightens me! where came they from? Where my good ship went down, full of sad thoughts, Albert. They are an earnest from my unknown When there came up a foreign gentleman,
friend, Drest in an antique garb. Awhile he stood
Of my redeemed fortune. They were given With his eye fixed on me, and then he spake
For thee, dear Constance, with such pleasant raillery Some cruel words of passing condolence,
On woman's love of show, as made me envy
Mad. L. God send it all for good! But tell me To talk with any one ; so I went further,
now And took another station : there he came,
On what conditions, sail you with this man? And once again addressed me; “Sir," said he, Albert. On strange conditions truly, for himself; "I am no stranger to your repulation
For me, without exception. Thus they run: All men have heard the name of Albert Luberg, That without bond, or even doit laid down, And from my soul I ever longed to serve him!" I shall become co-partner in the vessel,
Mad. L. 'Twas very Irue, 'twas very true, my son ; | Now and for ever, and in all her tradings Yet like I not these over-civil men.
Have equal share, with this sole stipulation, Albert. Nay, hear me on. To this I made reply, That I shall hold myself to him subservient. * Your good opinion flaiters me too much !"
To this I have subscribed ; and by a notary To which he said, “ Merit is diffident,"
It has been sealed and witnessed in due form. And twenty other gracious common.places;
Mad. L. I like it not! For in these sordid times And so discourse went on: at length, said he - | Men do not willingly give up their profit And here his voice assumed another tone,
Without equivalent. But God is good! The blandest, the most winning e'er I heard, And He will guard you if you trust in him. * Will you to sea again?” “Gladly," said I,
My son, a mother's blessing be with thee! * For diligence must give me fortune hack:
But there are various lille stores and comforts Those that are dearer unto me than life,
Which 't is your mother's privilege to furnish. Depend upon my labour.” “Done!" said he, I will go get these ready, though 't is late! " You shall win fortune back! now look you there;
(She goes out. Beyond that point of rock, my vessel lies!"
Albert. (laking Constance's hand.] Dear love, you I looked, and in a distant cove descried
look so pale, so very anxious! A stately vessel lying at its anchor.
Why are you thus cast down? * Yon ship,” said he, “is mine, well-manned and Cons.
Must we not part? freigbted
And then I have so many, many fears ! For a far port."
I say “amen" to all your mother uttered ;Cons.
And do you sail with him? I do not like this man ! Albert. I do, dear love, even this very night Albert.
Fear nothing, love If the wind favour, when the moon shall rise ; Ere long I will return; and then, sweet Constance, Soon after midnight will they weigh the anchor. You know your promise for that blessed timeCons. And to whal port? and who is this strange Till then be happy, dear one! laugh and sing captain
As you were wont, and fill the house with gladness, And what the vessel's name?
| As the birds fill the woods in summer time. Albert.
I was so chained | Cons. [laking up the diamonds.) But these - I By the strong fascination of his voice,
cannot wear them - take them back I thought not of his name, nor of the vessel's; I bave a superstitious dread of them Our destination, is unto the east.
They are like the thirty pieces in the scripture, Mad. L. It is a compact that comes o'er my heart The price of blood ! Like evil influence.
Oh, foolish, foolish girl! Altert, "T is woman's fear
But you shall wear them! They are amulets Makes you desponding. If I went with Raphael, And will grow dim if I am false to you! Like Tobit in old time, you would have fear
Cons. Oh, take them, take them hence! they are And augury of ill! Heard you my friend,
so heavy! Ilis easy gaiety, his frank good-humour,
[She falls on his neck and weeps. His almost fatherly kindness for your son,
Albert. My dearest one ! look up, and let me kiss You would not have one fear!
Away these idle tears.
Oh, Albert, Albert!
I know that we shall never meet again -When I am far away!
I know that some great sorrow hangeth o'er us [He holds up a chain of diamonds. True love has ever a prophetic spirit! Cons." No, not console me!
Mad. L. (coming in.) Here is a messenger come But Albert, whence came these? so beautiful,
down in haste A dowry for an empress!
To summon you - the boat is at the quay
Albert. Truly he keeps quick time -The moon's There was another ere Noah began; not up
Who he was, tell me? Tightly and strong But we must part at last, - and farewell's said
Over the waters he went — he went, As easily now as at another time.
Over the waters he went. My dearest love, good bye!
Mother. God bless you! | Who was the first sailor ? - tell me who can; Mad. L. Farewell, my son — May God Almighty Old Father Jason ? — No, you 're wrong ; bless you.
There was another ere Jason began; (He looks upon them with great tenderness,
Don't be a blockhead, boy! Tightly and strong then gocs oul, and shortly after relurns.
Over the waters he went - he went,
Over the waters he went !
| Sailing away in his ancient shell; And take once more thy blessing!
| He has no need of a compass like us,
Foul or fair weather he manages well !
Over the water he goes - he goes,
Over the water he goes! I never was so much a child before.
Helmsman. Land a-head !-Down with you to the Cons. May God in heaven bless you!
(Albert rushes out. !
captains below, and don't keep dinning there with
Enter the caPTAIN and ALBERT.
Cap. The isle I told you of! 't is in our reckoning,
But 't is an undiscovered island yet Night.--A vessel on the mid seas ; a fine moon shining. By any but myself. In my last voyage, - The watch on deck.
Thus standing on the deck, helmsman myself 1st Man. Now, messmate, can you understand And watch, I first discerned it on a night what sort of a trip we are on?
Radiant as this, yet do I claim it not 2nd Man. Trading, I take it. Ar'n 't we bound | Yours be the honour of discovering it! to the Indies ?
You shall first give the knowledge to the world 1st Man. So they say ; but mark me if there isn't of a new paradise amid the sea. some other scheme at bottom. Here have we been Albert. How bright the moonlight falls upon its tacking about in these seas for the last fifteen days,
shores! and a steady wind blowing all the time! The old | What slumberous shades lie in those woody valleyscaptain gives orders through the young one -- the What sky-ascending mountains, with white peaks devil's at the bottom of the business, I say.
Shining like silver spires ! -- and what a weight 2nd Man. And let it be the devil himself!-while of spicy odour comes on every breeze! he gives the wages he does, and plenty of grog, I'll Oh, glorious land ! surpassing all my dreams go round the world with him. Don't you bother Of Eden while the angels walked in it. your brains with other folks' business; let's have a But let 's cast anchor here -- the soundings taken, song! here's mine without asking for, the jolly song Are seven fathom water with good anchorage. of the devil at sea —
Cap. Let it be done!
[The anchor is cast — all hands crowd on "Let the winds blow
deck, eagerly looking out. — Morning be1st Man. Don't be singing that song for ever, or
gins to break — The Captain and Albert I'll take it for a bad token. - Can't you give us a
stand together on the forecastle. good hymn, or a song set to a hymn-tune?
Cap. Now, friend, you will acknowledge your 2nd Man. Why, one might think you were grow
suspicion ing godly in your old age — ha! ha! ha! - You're Has done me great injustice! mighty particular for a fellow that uses the can! A Albert.
Pardon me! hymn-tune, on my conscience — ha! ha! ha! Well, I was indeed unjust — I was impatient here goes, then
or our long wandering. – My brain grew weary
With reckoning latitude and longitude, Who was the first sailor ? — tell me who can;
Month after month - beside, the crew began Old Father Neptune? — No, you 're wrong ;
To have, like me, suspicions — and to murmur. There was another ere Neptune began;
But you must pardon me! Give me your handWho was he ? tell me. Tightly and strong I will not doubt you more ! Over the waters he went – he went,
Cap. [laking his hand eagerly.] No, doubt me nota Over the waters he went!
Swear you will trust in me from this day forth!
Albert. I will-I will ;-and by yon glorious isle, Who was the first sailor ? — tell me who can; Over whose eastern summits kindles now Old Father Noah ? — No, you 're wrong;
The splendour of the sunrise, I will swear
To serve you, but free confidence in you.
And in the lap of pleasure take your ease, Good heavens! there hath a sudden cloud arisen Then will I leave the island at your bidding! Which hath obscured the morning!
Cap. Fool that you are! Mean you to tarry out Cap.
You have sworn! Existence in this place! Where is the glory Now contemplate the island at your leisure. — Of bearing to your native port the tidings Now is he my sure victim, and for ever! [aside. Of a new land? where is the proud ambition Yon fairy isle will so subdue his soul
That once was Albert Luberg's, to be great? With its luxurious pleasures - he no more
Have you ne'er thought upon a gentle maiden
[The morning shines oul, and the island Shedding hot tears on her embroidery frame;
Waiting till she is sick at heart for tidings;
And hoping until hope itself is dead ?
If fortune, fame, ambition count as nothing i
Young beauty of the woods, who is a pebble .
Beside a kingly diamond, if compared That God has taken away the sacred veil
With that fair mourning girl? Oh! virtue, virtue, Which kept thy mountain tops concealed so long Thou art a mockery ; a base, gilded coin, From eye of civilized man? Oh innocent people! That men buy reputation with! The cup of knowledge now is at your lips,
No more! And ye will drink - ay, drink, and find it poison; We will collect the seamen scattered now For in the train of civilization comes
Over the island ; lay in fruits and stores Sure ill, and but remote, uncertain good!
Of all this most munificent land affords;
And ere the moon, which now is in the wane, Strange is it, that my singular destiny,
Shall be a silver thread, hoist sail and bear Under the guide of that mysterious man,
Over the waves away! Has led me only, of ten thousand voyagers,
Let it be done. To this fair island! Ah! for what intent
· [They go forward. I know not, evil or good - but this I know, It must be glorious - yes, it shall be glorious ! I will return in triumph to my city, And make a splendid holiday with news
SCENE IV. Of this fair conquest from the unknown sea !
A sylvan grotlo, the floor covered with rich Indian mat. But there they tbrong, the natives of the land,
Albert asleep, with his head resting on the knees of Gazing in eager wonder from the heights! (He examines them through his glass.
Edah, a beautiful young native, who fans him with
a gorgeous plume of feathers — she sings in a low, A noble race, in their unfettered beauty,
sweet voice: As God first made them, with their mantle folds Descending to the knee, and massy armlets,
Little waves upon the deep And chains of twisted gold, pliant as silk !
Murmur soft when thou dost sleep; And women, too, like goddesses of old,
Gentle birds upon the tree, Or nymphs by some gloomed fountain !
Sing their sweetest songs for thee;
Let's to land, Cooling gales, with voices low The sun ascends; and those cool-gladed woods
In the tree-tops gently blow!
Dearest, who dost sleeping lie,
When thou wak'st, the sea will pour
lains, and all the rich and picturesque vegetation of
The Captain and ALBERT.
Three little moons!
Albert. [opening his eyes.] 'Tis a sweet song, who
taught it thee, my Edah ?
Albert. My glorious Edah, thou art like a star
Golden stars! | The wind is fair, the seamen are aboard;
Would we had never
Broken the sleep of this fair paradise ! I love the stars — the happy stars - dost thou ? Sorrow and sin have entered, as of old
Albert. All that is beautiful resembles thee, They entered into Eden. And what resembles thee I love, my Edah!
Enough, fond fool, But know'st thou we must part?
of your pathetic whine! who was this time Edah.
Why must we part? The wily snake that robbed the gentle Eve Oh, no! thou said'st we would not part till death! With flattering lies, of her sweet innocence ?
Albert. A spirit from my native land doth call - | Albert. Nay, taunt me not! lead on, and I will I may not disobey it!
follow! Edah. When called it thee?
[They go off together. Albert. I hear it calling ever - I must hence!
Edah. Is 't death? For on the eve my sister died I saw a shadowy phantom, and I heard
SCENE V. Low voices calling – is it death thou hearest ?
The deck of the ship, all hands on board, anchor weighAlbert. No, no, my beautiful! it is not deaih,
ed, and sails sel—a crowd of natives on shore; wo But it is strong as death!- In my far land
men tearing their huir and uttering loud lamentaI have a mother who doth mourn for me, And ever, ever do I hear her voice!
tion—a little boat puls off, towed by Edah. Edah. Oh! I would leave my mother for thy sake!
Cap. Crowd sail! let not yon little boat approach! Let me go with thee!
Albert. This moment slacken sail! lake in the Albert. Sweet love, that cannot be !
canvas ! Far, far we go beyond the setting sun!
Cap. [aside] Blind fool of headlong passion, have I cannot take thee with me. Yon dark man
your way; That ever in the ship keeps by himself,
[He folds his arms, and looks sullenly on. Is a stern chief,—we dare not disobey him;
The boat comes alongside – Albert He would not let thee come on board with me!
throws out a ladder and descends into it. Edah. Oh woo is me! oh woe, oh woe is me! Albert. What now, my love, would'st thou ? [She wrings her hands in an agony of
Oh do not leave me ! despair - Albert embraces her renderly. Come back and see the grotto I have decked Albert. My dearest love! my dark-eyed island Thou said'st thou loved'st the red-rose and the lotus, beauty!
Come back and see how I have twined them for thee! Look on me, Edah, listen to my words
Thou said'st thou loved 'st the gushing, fragrant me-
Come back and eat it with me!
Oh, kind heart,
Edah. Each shell thou praised-pearl ones, that I cannot live if I behold thee not;
blush inside, Thou wilt live on-thou wilt love other maids, And rosy corallines, I have collected Wilt break their hearts as thou hast broken mine! Oh come thou back! I would be slave to thee, Albert. Heaven is my witness, that I love thee. And fetch thee treasure from the great sea-caves! Edah!
I would do aught to win thee back again. Edah. My lord ! my lord! swear not! didst thou Albert. Peace, peace! poor innocent heart, thou not swear
dost distress me! Day after day, that we should never part?
Edah. Oh thou art angry, I have angered thee Thy words are like thy love, all perfidy!
I have said that which is unpleasing to thee! Swear not, swear not, lest the great God be angry, Let me go with thee! I will be thy sister; And 'whelm thee in the deep. — Alas! alas ! Will watch by thee, when thou art sick or weary; What a great grief is mine!
Will gather fruits for thee; will work bright flowers She rushes from the grotto. ! Into a mantle for thee: I will be Albert.
Poor wounded heart More than a loving daughter to thy mother! Thy morning is o'erclouded — a great sorrow
Albert. Thou can'st not go; but, my sweet island Will bow thy youthful beauty to the ground,
queen, And thou wilt curse the day whereon we met!
I will return to thee! now fare thee well! Kind, trusting spirit, I have done thee wrong!
Edah. Wilt thou, wilt thou indeed! oh then fare.
well Enter the captain.
For a short season. I will watch for thee Cap. What are you tarrying still! the girl is gone, For ever from the hills, and all night long
Keep a bright beacon burning! Oh come soon, | Sailors of the plague ship. (With frantic gestures.
[The ship moves off, and the sailors of
the plague-ship are heard ullering Elah. But tell me, tell me when thou wilt come
SCENE VII. and the ship is put in motion. Night-third night from parting with the ship-deck Edah. Oh take me! take me with you ! for I know
of Albert's veçsel - watch on deck. He never, never will come back again!
1st Man. And all to have share and share alike
in the plunder — why you can't say but that is fair SCENE VI.
enough; and yet drown me, if I like the job!
2nd Man. Neither do I! and yet if they're dead, Mid-seas-the deck of the ship-Albert and the Cap 't will be neither robbery nor murder, and they must
lain sland together, with glasses in their handsma be dead by this time. But somehow, it went against ship is seen in the distance, slowly making way as if my conscience to leave 'em as we did: I warrant a heavily laden.
cask o'water wouldn't have kept 'em alive a day Alberl. She is a goodly ship, well-built and large,
longer. But in her aspect she has something strange;
1st Man. But th' old one said if they had water She walks the glittering waters wearily;
they would go raging mad, and eat one another. There is an air of desolation on her;
2nd Man. I say, did you see the big fellow with If she were human, I should call her haggard !
the red eyes? never saw I such a sight before! Cap. (to the seamen.] Quick, slacken sail! we will
Ist Man. Well, the fearsomest thing I saw, and join company!
the saddest, was a boy about as big as my Jack, with (He looks again through his glass. hands like claws, they were so wasted away, and a T is a strange vessel, and a stranger crew!
poor, yellow, deathly face, that set its patient leadThey look like dead men risen from their graves!
coloured eyes upon me, and for all the clamour, ne. Albert. (speaking through a trumpet.] What cheer,
ver said a word, but kept looking and looking, as if whence come, and whither are ve bound? | it had a meaning of its own, that I should know. And why are ye so few, and ghastly all ?
Well, I'll tell you a secret : what, said I to myself, (No answer is relurned, the ship slowly should it want but water, so I heaved up a can of takes in sail, and comes alongside.
side water over to him, and I shall never forget his look, Albert. Oh heavens! they are like dead men!
to my dying day! My heart fairly sprung a leakMany weak voices from the ship.) Water! water!
for what did he do with it? he tasted not a drop him. Cap. Speak, one of you, whence come? and
and self, but poured it into a poor fellow's mouth, that what's your freight?
was lying gasping beside him I guessed it was his Man. Our cargo is of gold, and pearl, and diamond,
father! A kingly freight, from India ; but we're cursed;
2nd Man. Well, I'll tell you what, I wish we had The plague is in the ship! All, all are dead
got it all over! It looks dismal to see that death-ship Save we, and we are twelve! Give, give us water!
always before us. But this is the third day, and as We have not had a drop for twenty hours!
soon as morning breaks we sball come up with her Cap. [To Albert.] You see these men - 't were and se
and see what state she's in. merciful to kill them, They will go raging mad before to-morrow, And prey on one another, like wild beasts.
SCENE VIII. And then the cargo! Think you what a freight - Morning-they lay alongside the strange tessel--the Gold, pearl, and diamond !
crew still on board, with wild looks and making me: Albert. Nay, tempt me not
nacing gestures. I cannot shed their blood. I am no murderer! Cap. They 'll die ; and think ye not 't were mer ALBERT and the CAPTAIN stand together. ciful
Albert. Not one of them is dead-how gaunt they To rid them of their miserable lives?
Board them at once, Cap.
As you will!
And cut them down at once, nor thus be mouthed at! (Albert speaks with his seamen — they Alberl. Still, still you are a bloody counsellor!
croud on sail with alacrily, and the Cap. Well, if you still object unto the means, ship begins to move.
| Let's leave this wretched ship to rot at once,