I am so wretched that I have lost the power even over my own life.--What! still in suspense? Or do you think, perhaps, that I shall stand on my defence when you try to seize me? See here! I bind my right hand to this oak-branch--now I am quite defenceless, a child may overpower me.--Who is the first to desert his captain in the hour of need?
ROLLER (with wild energy). And what though hell encircle us with ninefold coils! (Brandishing his sword.) Who is the coward that will betray his captain!
SCHWEITZER (tears the pardon, and flings the pieces into FATHER DOMINIC'S face). Pardon be in our bullets! Away with thee, rascal! Tell your senate that you could not find a single traitor in all Moor's camp.--Huzza! Huzza!--Save the captain!
ALL (shouting). Huzza! Save the captain! Save him! Save our noble captain!
CHARLES (releasing his hand from the tree, joyfully). Now we are free, comrades!--I feel a host in this single arm!-- Death or liberty! At the least they shall not take a man of us alive!
[They sound the signal for attack; noise and tumult Exeunt with drawn swords.
--AMELIA in the garden, playing the guitar
Bright as an angel from Walhalla's hall,
More beautiful than aught of earth was he!
Heav'n-mild his look, as sunbeams when they fall,
Reflected from a calm cerulean sea.
His warm embrace--oh, ravishing delight!
With heart to heart the fiery pulses danced--
Our every sense wrapp'd in ecstatic night--
Our souls in blissful harmony entranced.
His kisses--oh, what paradise of feeling!
E'en as two flames which round each other twine--
Or flood of seraph harp tones gently stealing,
In one soft swell, away to realms divine!