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- Silence ! the President! charge your
glasses, “Bumpers ! bumpers ! now the Lasses ! “ Fill him-I see skylight here ! “ Buz! off with your heel-taps there! - Fine Mr. Vice, he's making an oration, “ And company is spoil'd by conversation. “Huzza! the Navy ! go it! three times
thrce ! “ And now a song from lawyer Lancery, Gentlemen, I can't sing ; but I will
read you a bill in Chancery.'
And then you may cry,
"Tis for drinking I die.
Oh, Rosa! All's lost. The castle is so closely guarded, no entrance can be gained : and passing yonder battlements, I heard the sentinels in earnest talk; and dreadful to reveal ! there words were, “ death and Calatrava."
( A muffled drum beats within the castle.) Hark what means that drum.
Ay, Pedro—what means that drum ?
Means ; they are preparing for the execution of the Marquis de Calatrava. And so good nighr.
Oh ! support, support me, Heaven !
Stop Pedro-In what part of the castle is the Marquis now confined.
There, adjoining the Governor's' bed-chamber.
E 2 QUINTETTO,
BLABB. (Knocking loudly at the Castle-Gate.)
BLABBO, ( knocking again.)
bed-gown :) Help !—fix the ladder there below!
( throwing out the Ladder.)
BLABBO. (fixing the Ladder.)
( Descends and comes forward in a great fright. Blabbo directly ascends-gets in at the window-nods to Rosa, and takes the ladder with him.)
Rosa, (coming before him.)
What ? no flames I see !
Enter Lopez and Soldiers, from the Castle.
MARCHIONESS, (aside to Rosa.)
timid ancient swain ;
And succour you or die.
And madness fires me !
(Rushing towards the Castle.)
Away! stand by-you die if you resist me.
(Faints in Don Gomez's arms.)
To banish your alarms !
A damsel in his arms!
That thus my state befriended,
I know not where't had ended.
Rosa, AND SOLDIERS.
Oh! here's a modest governor ;
A damsel in his arms !