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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.
So noisy old Bacchus good bye.
Re-Enter MARCHIONESS, and Julio.

MARCHIONESS.

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.

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Ay, Pedro—what means that drum ?

Pedro.

Means ; they are preparing for the execution of the Marquis de Calatrava. And so good nighr.

MARCHIONESS.

MARCHIONESS.

Oh ! support, support me, Heaven !

BlaBBO.

Stop Pedro-In what part of the castle is the Marquis now confined.

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There, adjoining the Governor's' bed-chamber.

BLABBO.
Oh ! that's the Governor's bed-chamber, is it?
Very well! very well ! and, d’ye hear, Pedro ;
take care of your favourite Carlo for half an hour.
Thanks, good night.

Exit Pedro.
And now, Madam, don't be cast down ; for tho'
force won't assist us, stratagem may ; and if I
can but get the Governor out of the castle and my-
self into it, you still shall boast the best of hus-
bands, your child the best of fathers, and I the
best of wives : for Rosa shall reward me with her
land, and we shall be a very happy handsome
couple.

ROSA.
Ay, save but the Marquis, and I'll be Donna
Blabbo before Mattins.

BLABBO.
Will you? Then here goes. (kisses her.)

E 2 QUINTETTO,

QUINTETTO,
Don Gomez, NAVARRO. BLABBO,

MARCHIONESS, Rosa.

And SOLDIERS.

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BLABB. (Knocking loudly at the Castle-Gate.)
Bang-Bang-Bang-Fire ! fire ! fire !

Rosa.
Peace, Blabbo, you'll alarm the foe.

BLABBO, ( knocking again.)
Hush ! 'prithee, hush !-Fire ! fire ! fire !
Do: GOMEZ, (at the window in his night-cap and

bed-gown :) Help !—fix the ladder there below!

( throwing out the Ladder.)

BLABBO. (fixing the Ladder.)
Hark! the roof falls-quick, quick, descend !

Gomez.
I come, I come, my generous friend,-

( 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.)

Don GOMEZ.
So, who have I to thank ?

Rosa, (coming before him.)
Ha! ha!-me, sir, me.

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Don GOMEZ.
You ! pshaw ! where's-(looking round) ha !

What ? no flames I see !
Nor ladder, now

RosA.
No sir, —'tis burnt, I fear.

Don GOMEZ.
Guards !-guards !--go call Navarro here.

Enter Lopez and Soldiers, from the Castle.
Say-treason-villainy and ruin's near.
Exeunt, LOPEZ and Soldiers; Gomez looking after them.

MARCHIONESS, (aside to Rosa.)
Those open gates invite me.
And danger cannot fright me ;-
For to my love I fy.

Rosa.
Go, go, and I'll detain
This

timid ancient swain ;

And succour you or die.
MARCHIONESS and Julio enter the castle, unseen by

Don Gomez.
Don GOMEZ, (turning round.)
Revenge inspires me,

And madness fires me !
Oh! by this hand the Marquis falls !

(Rushing towards the Castle.)
Rosa, kneeling and stopping him,
Ah ! have pity on a stranger !
Help her in the hour of danger !
See, see, a wretched woman calls.

DON

Don GOMEZ.

Away! stand by-you die if you resist me.

,
(trying to pass her.)

Rosa, (rising)
Then all is lost-I faint, sir-pray assist me!

(Faints in Don Gomez's arms.)
NAVARRO, and SOLDIERS. (without.)
We come, my gallant governor,

To banish your alarms !
Oh! here's a modest governor, -

A damsel in his arms!

Rosa.
I thank you all, kind gentlemen,

That thus my state befriended,
He's such a wicked governor,

I know not where't had ended.

Don GOMEZ.
Tis false !

Rosa.
Tis true!

Don GOMEZ.
Jade ! Jezabel !

Rosa, AND SOLDIERS.

Oh! here's a modest governor ;

A damsel in his arms !

Don

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