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MANFRED alone-Scene, a Gothic gallery
Man. The lamp must be replenish’d, but even then
Philosophy and science, and the springs
Mysterious Agency !
Which gives me power upon you- Rise! appear!
[A pause. They come not yet.--Now by the voice of him Who is the first among you-by this sign, Whith makes you tremble by the claims of him Who is undying,—-Rise! appear !— Appear !
[A pause. If it be so.-Spirits of earth and air, Ye shall not thus elude me: by a power, Deeper than all yet urged, a tyrant-spell, Which had its birth-place in a star condemn'd, The burning wreck of a demolish'd world, A wandering hell in the eternal space; By the strong curse which is upon my soul, The thought which is within me and around me, I do compel ye to my will.- Appear ! (A star is seen at the darker end of the gallery; it is
stationary; and a voice is heard singing.)
With the azure and vermilion,
Voice of the SECOND SPIRIT. Mont Blanc is the monarch of mountains,
They crowned him long ago
With a diadem of snow.
The Avalanche in his hand;
Must pause for my command.
Moves onward day by day;
Or with its ice delay.
Could make the mountain bow
And what with me wouldst Thou?
Voice of the THIRD SPIRIT. In the blue depth of the waters,
Where the wave hath no strife, Where the wind is a stranger,
And the sea-snake hath life, Where the Mermaid is decking
Her green hair with shells ; Like the storm on the surface
Came the sound of thy spells ; O’er my calm Hall of Coral
The deep echo roll d— . To the Spirit of Ocean
Thy wishes unfold !
Fourth Spirit. Where the slumbering earthquake
Lies pillow'd on fire, And the lakes of bitumen
Rise boilingly higher; Where the roots of the Andes
Strike deep in the earth, As their summits to heaven
Shoot soaringly forth;