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Mich. They muttered threats and curses,

To apprehend two most notorious ruffians; And seem'd not satisfy'd with their reward.

And information being made on oath,

[Erit. That they were seen to enter here to-night, Mos. Let them take all. Ambition, av'rice, lust, I'm come to search. That drove me on to murder, now forsake me. Green. I'm glad it is no worse.

(Aside.) Oh! Arden, if thy discontented ghost

Mos. And can you think that Arden entertains Still hovers here to see thy blood reveng'd,

Villains like those you speak of? Where he here, View, view the anguish of this guilty breast, You'd not be thank'd for this officiousness. And be appeas'd.

[Exit. Mayor. I know my duty, sir, and that respect,

So justly due to our good neighbour's worth.

But wbere is Arden?
SCENE III.-A Room in Arden's house. A table

Ali. Heavens! where indeed!
spread for supper.
Mar. Alicia, for my sake,

(Aside.) GREEN, BRADSHAW, ADAM FOWL, ALICIA, Ench precious drop of murder'd Arden's blood

Ali. If I were silent,
MARIA, &c., discovered.

Would find a tongue, and cry to hearen for renBrad. Madam, be comforted.

geance, A. Fowl. Some accident, or business unforeseen, Mayor. What says the lady? detains him thus.

Mos. Oh! sir, heed her not: Brad. I doubt not of his safety.

Her husband has not been at home to-night,
Ali. I thank you, gent.emer; I know you lov'd And her misboding sorrow for his absence,
My Arden well, and kindly speak your wishes. Has almost made her frantic.

Mayor. Scarce an hour
Enter MOSBY.

Since I beheld him enter here with you. Mos. I am ashamid I've made you wait: be Mos. The darkness of the night deceip'd you, seated.

sir: Green. Madam, first take your place.

It was a stranger, since departed hence. Ali. (Asido ) Make me pot mad:

Mayor. That's most surprising. No man koors To me, henceforth, all places are alike. (Sits.)

him better. Mos. Come, since we want the master of the Frank. (Without.) Within there! ho! bar up your house,

gates with care, I'll take his seat for once.

And set a watch. Let not a man go by! Ali. Dares he do this?

(Aside.) Mos. I'm much afflicted that he stays so late ;

Enter FRANKLIN and others, with lights. The times are perilous.

And ev'ry tongue, that gave not its consent Green. And he has enemies,

To Arden's death, join mine and cry aloud Though no man, sure, did e'er deserve them less. To heaven and earth for justice. Honest Arden,

Mos. This day he was assaulted in the street. My friend, is murder'd.
Green. You sav'd him, then?

Mayor. Murderd!
Mos. Would I were with him now!

Green, How? Mar. She starts, her looks are wild. (Aside.) Mos. By whom? How fare you, madam?

Frank. How shall I utter what my eyes hare Ali. I'm jost in admiration of your brother.

seen! Mar. I fear her more than ever.

(Aside.) | Horrid, with many a gaping wound, he lies Madam, be merry.

Behind the abbey, a sad spectacle! Mos. Michael, some wine. Health and long life | O vengeance! vengeance! to Arder.

(Drinks.) Mayor. Justly art thou mov'd. Ali. The good you wish, and have procur'd for Passion is reason in a cause like this. Arden,

(Rising.) Frank. Eternal Providence, to whose bright eye Light on thyself.

Darkness itself is as the noon-day blaze, Mar. For heav'ns sake!

Who brings the midnight murd'rer and his deeds Ali. Give me way.

(Comes forward.) To light and shame, has, in their own security, Let them despatch, and send me to my husband: Found these.

(All rise.)

Mayor. Here seize them all - this instant: I've liv'd too long with falsehood and deceit.

(Alicia faints.) (Knocking at the gate.) Look to the lady. This may be but feign'd. A. Fowl. What noise is that: [Exit Michael. Your charge but goes along with my suspicions. Brad. Pray heaven, that all be right.

Brad. And mine.
Mos. Bar all the doors.

A. Foucl. And mine.
Enter MICHAEL.

Frank. First hear me, and then judge,
Mich. We are discover'd, sir. (To Mosby.) Whether on slight presumptions 1 accuse them.
The mayor, with officers, and men in arms.

These honest men, (neighbours and townsmen all,) Enter Mayor, with Officer's.

Conducted me, drooping with grief and fear, Mayor. Go you with these, and do as I directed. To where the body lay; with them I took these [Exeunt Otlicers and other's.

notes, I'm sorry that the duty of my office

Not to be trusted to the faithless memory Demands a visit so unseasonable.

"Huge clots of blood and some of Arden's hair Mos. Your worship, doubtless, were a welcome May still be seen upon the garden-wall; guest

Many such rushes as these floors are strew'd with At any hour; but wherefore thus attended ?

Sticks to his shoes and garments: and the prints Navjor. I have received a warraut from the coun- of several feet may in the snow be tracd,

From the stark body to the very door."

cil,

These are presumptions he was murder'd here, Mayor. This letter proves Alicia, from the first, And that th' assassins having borne his corso Was mado acquainted with your black design. Into the fields, hither returp'd again.

B. Will. I know nothing of that; but if sho was, Mos. Are these your proofs?

she repented of it afterwards. So, I think, you Green. These are but circumstances,

call that a change of mind. And only prove thy malice.

Mayor. That may avail her at the bar of heav'n, Frank. And this scarf,

But is no plea at ours.
Kuown to be Arden's, in the court was found,

Enter ALICIA with Officers.
All blood.
Magar. Search 'em.

Bear them to prison;
Alich. I thought I'd thrown it down the well. Load them with irons, make them to feel their

(Aside.)

guilt, Mayor. (To an Officer.) Enter that room, and search And groan away their miserable hours, the lady there;

Till sentence of the law shall call them forth We may, perhaps, discover more.

To public execution.

Ali, I adore
(Officer goes out and re-enters; in the mean-
time another Ofi:er searches Mosby and Had yielded to my fate; but for this mail,

Th' unerring hand of justice; and with silence
Green.)

Who, as my soul dreads justice on her crimes, 1 Officer. On Arden's wife I found this lctter. Knew not, or o'er consented to this deed. 2 Officer. And I this ring on Mosby.

Mayor. But did she not consent to keep it secrct? Mayor. Righteous heaven!

Moš. To save a brother and most wretched Well may'st thou hang thy head, detested villain;

friend. This very day did Arden wear this ring;

Mayor. She has undone hersell; behold how inI saw it on his hand.

nocence Mos. I freely yield me to my fate.

Mny suffer in bad fellowship. And Bradshaw, Enter another Officer.

My honest neighbour, Bradshaw, too: I read it

With grief and wonder. Officer. We've seiz'd two men behind some stacks Brad. Madam, I appeal of wood.

To you, as you are shortly to appear Mayor. Well, bring 'em in.

Before a judge that sees oor secret thoughts, BLACK WILL and SHAKEBAG brought in

Say, had I knowledge, or

Ali. You brought the letter, They answer the description;

But well I hope, you knew not the contents. But let them wait till I have done with these.

Mayor. Hence with them all, till time and further Heav'ns! wbat a scene of villany is here.

light (Having read the letter.) Shall clear these mysteries. B. Will. Since we're sure to die, though I could A. Fowl. If I'm condemn'd, wish it were in better company, (for I hate that My blood be on his head that gives the sentence. fawning rascal, Mosby,) I'll tell the truth for I'm not accus'd, and only ask for justice. once. He has been long engaged in an affair with Frank. You shall all have justice, rig'rous jnsArden's wife there; but fearing a discovery, and

tice. hoping to get into his estate, hired us to hide him. So shall the growth of such enormous crimes, That's all.

By their dread fate be check'd in future times: Mayor. And you the horrid deed perform'd ? of av'rice, Mosby a dread instance prove,

Shake. We did, with his assistance, and Green's And poor Alicia of unlawful love. and Michael's

(Excunt.

A COMIC OPERA, IN THREE ACTS.-BY JAMES COBB.

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ACT I.

Enter USEPH. SCENE I.-The Village of Servia, with the Danube; Useph. Be silent, you soldiers : his highness the

on one side, the Turkish camp; on the other, the Seraskier is coming; he has just arrived with the Austrian, which appears at a distance.

Turkish army under his command to relieve Bel.

grade. I have been conversing with him; I told Enter several Turkish Soldiers, who range themselves him your loyalty to the sublime Porte.

"Siron each side of the stage; then enter Turkish Peasants your highness-my dear highness,” says I; for we of both sexes, who dance; after the dance,

talked it very familiarly: “I am the chief magisCHORUS.-TURKISH SOLDIERS. trate of this village; I know the Ottoman Porte has

not more loyal subjects in all the province of Wave our prophet's fam'ul standard of glory on Servia ; and as for your highness-always talking high,

of your highness-your highness's name is never Til the envious moon die away in the sky;

out of our mouths." By-the-by, remember his name And, like the pale Christians, leave Danube's fair is Mohamed Aboubeker Ben Abdallah Ben Ali ; 1 stream

dare say you never heard it before. So, says the To reflect our victorious crescent's bright beam. Seraskier to me, “My dear Useph Ben Yacomb

E.

Ben Mustapha" at the same time graciously Lilla. Please your highness, I jumped out of the
laughing at ine with great condescension. (Flourish.) window.
Oh! here he comes: now you shall see how his Seras. What a pleasing sample of rustic simpli-
highness is pleased to honour me; I shall certainly city; how handsome she is! (To Ismael.)
be created a pacha of three tails.

İsmael. What, my lord, do you forget your Aus

trian captive? Enter SERASKIER, ISMAEL, and Attendants. Seras. Forget her; no: but why should I confine Seras. Useph, come hither.

myself to a single rose, when I can form a bouquet Useph. Yes, your highness. (A part to the Peasants.) hour I promise you redress. Conduct her to my

of them. Well, charming Lilla, within this half-
Now he is going to consult me on some great mili- | tent, and attend her well.
tary operation.

Lilla. A thousand thanks, your highness.
Seras. Are there many pretty girls in this neigh-
bourhood ?

[Exit.
Cseph. Ha, ha, ha! That's a good joke. Ah! Seras. Is she not beautiful, Ismael?
your highness will conquer every way, I see. Ha, Ismael. I own, my lord, she is beautiful;
ha, ha! Your highness is pleased to make me but-
laugh. Ha, ha, ha!

Seras. But what?
Seras. You are too familiar.

Ismael. I beg your highness' pardon; but while
Vseph. My lord ?

I see the black eagle soar upon the walls of BelSeras. Begone.

grade, I cannot forget that I am a soldier. •[Exeunt Useph and Peasants.

Seras. Nor I, Ismael; but I have room in my

heart for love and valour at the same time; I never Enter LILLA, who kneels to the Seraskier fight better than when I am in love; Mars never

smiles so propitiously upon me as when I am payAIR. -LILLA.

ing my adoration to Venus; so, if you wish me to Lost, distress'd, thus driven from home.

conquer the Austrians, you must get me this girl. Whither shall poor Lilla go?

[E.rit Ismael.] She is a charming creature, and

shall be mine.
Wheresoe'er my steps may roam,
Tyrant power will prove my foe.

AIR.-SERASKIER.
Seras. Who is this beautiful girl? Rise, lovely The rose and the lily their beauties combining,
fair one.

Delight in adorning a form so divine;
Lilla. I humbly beg your bighness' pardon for such charms to a peasant consigning,
my hokiness; I am not used to talk to great Ah! must I resign?
folks.

Forbid it, ye powers ! to love 'tis a treason; S.ras. Speak, charming angel! bless me with the Yet, ambition, assuming the semblance of power, voice of nature; who are you?

Commands me, with scorn, the mean thought to de

cline.

Wealth and power, what are your worth,
TRIO.-SERASKIER, LILLA, and ISMAEL.

To pleasure if you give not birth?
Seras. Speak, I command thee, tell thy grief.

Rich in ambition's gilded toys,
Say, can my power afford relief;

I barter them for real joys.
For my trembling heart must yield beliej.

[Exit.
(Aside.)
Lilla. Ah! may I dare to tell my grief,

SCENE II.-Inside of Peter's house.
And, humbly, thus, implore relief;
To my falt'ring tongue, oh! yield belief:

Enter PETER and GHITA.
Ismael. Beauty may boldly tell her grief;

DUET.
Such fine eyes command relief;
And his trembling heart must yield be Ghita. How the deuse I came to like you,
lief.

I am sure I cannot tell;

Had my face ne'er chanc'd to strike you,
Lilla. I am but a poor country girl, sir; my name

I'd been pleas'd, sir, just as well.
is Lilla; but I love Leopold, and Leopold loves me;
yet my cross, ill-natured brother wants me to re Peter. Faith! as you say, I, too, wonder
fuse Leopold, to marry that ugly old miser, Useph,

Why to like you I'm inclin'd:
a justice of peace in our village.

Though in love we're apt to blunder;
Seras. Useph! Oh! the old poacher! (Aside.)

Love, you know, they say, is blind.
Does your brother object to Leopold ?

Ghita.
Lilla. He says, and please your highness, that

You're ogling all the lasses.
Leopold is too passionate make a good husband; Peter. You're simp'ring at each lad.
now, I owe he is rather violent, but I don't like him

Ghita. Each hour in falsehood passes.
a bit the worse for that.
Seras. Where is Leopold ?

Peter. You flirt it quite as bad.
Lilla. Ah! my lord, my mind misgives me that
some mischief has happened to him; but they Both. You had better not provoke me;
locked me up to prevent my going in search of

Though you think as you're bespoke me him.

I shall let you break my heart,
Seras. Then how came you here?

But I'm ready now to part.

90?

Peter. Thun, suppose I take my leave ?

gistrate and a cou.tier: do you respect my authoGhita. Do; I'm sure I shall not grieve.

ity? Will you stay, or will you go?

(Marching up to Leopold, who draws back.) Peter. Shall 1 stay, or shall I

Leop: (Marching up to Useph, who draros back.)

No, I do not: that for your authority. (Snaps his Both. As you please, say yes or no.

fingers.) A magistrate, indeed! Ha, ha, ha! Look En'er USEPH.

at the magistrate. What have you to say now,

magistrate ? Useph. What, the deuse! quarrelling before Useph. Nothing: if you don't respect authority, marriage! Oh, fie! that is very irregular; wait till there's an end of the inatter. the ceremony is over,

and then you will quarrel of Leop. (To Peter.) Give me the key. course.

Peter. Why, to say the truth, Leopold, I have Peter. Indeed, sir!

lost it Ghita. Hear me, sir.

Leop. Lost it! Oh! very well. But it's no matUseph. No, I'll not hear you: am I to be takkedter: I believe this right shoulder of mine will force to by you? I, who have conversed with his high- any lock. I'll break open the dovr; and I'll do it ness the Seraskier?_besides, I hate to hear both without any violence, only to shew how I can keep sides of the question; it perplexes me so, that I my temper; now 1 defy any of you to say that I never know how to make a decision.

put myself in a passion. D-e! stand out of the Peter. Why, then, sir, how can you decide ? way, or I'll knock you down, you old goat. Useph. Why, I decide that you are both in the

(Pushes violently against Useph, and exit. wrong. I fancy that decision will hold good in most quarrels; my friend, his highness the Seras- Ghita. What do you think now, sir? kier, could not make a better decision. But where- Useph. Faith! I don't know; my thoughts are is your sister? where is my dear Lilla ?

rather confused;-I-I-I (Noise without.) There,

(To Peter.) there, he has broke the door all to smash. Good Ghita. Why, Peter has locked her up. to keep her morning to you: perhaps his highness waits for

me.

(Going) from your rival, Leon Id.

Peter. Consider, sir, you had better not leave us. Useph. Ah! that's a desperate dog: he is always

Useph. Indeed, I beg your pardon; our good huin a desperate passion, and always pretending to

moured friend may come back and knock out my keep his temper; he is the very torch of sedition, brains very coolly; only to shew what he can do and always in a blaze. (Leopold singing without.) without being in a passion. [Exit, with Peter. Eh! why, that's his voice. I-I-don't much

Ghita. Poor Lilla! I hope Leopold will carry her wish for meeting-Here he comes.

off. I am sure she loves him, and that he loves her; Enter LEOPOLD.

the whole village will rejoice at their wedding. Leop. How are you? how do you do? Harkye!

AIR.-GHITA. you, sir, where's your sister? Peter. Why, as to that, Leopold

All will hail the joyous day, Leop. Oh! I know what you are going to say:

When love his triumph shull display; you mean to say that I am in a passion. Ah!

The dance shall minyle old and young. Ghita, how do you do? Very fine, pleasuut, disa

The rustic pipe assist the sung; greeable, temperate weather, I think.

The sprightly bells with welcome. ööund, Useph. Rather cloudy.

Shall spread the happy news around, Leop. What?

An't give a hint to maidens coy, Usrph. It was rather cloudy when I was talking

That youth they should not misemploy to his lighness the Seraskier just now. But I be

Useph will, with sullen pride, lieve I can answer your inquiries: in the first

Envy joys to wealth denied; place

And as we trip with merry g een Leop. What do you mean by that? I'd have you

Wish himsely as poor as we. know that I won't take an insult from any man

The sprightiy bells, &c.

(Exit living.

Useph. Why, there is no talking to you: I can't reason with you.

SCENE III. - Outside of Peter's house; a garden wail Leop. It's false; you-I say, you are mistaken.

round it. I insist upon your reasoning with me; d-e! you shall reason with me; ay, and coolly, too, though I LEOPOLD discovered at the window, out of which is know you are my rival.

a reil hanging. Useph. But give me leaveLeop. Well, I know what you are going to say,

Leop. Poor Lilla! nowhere to be found: she's that people needn't quarrel because they are window, in a fit of despair. I'll after her. (Jumps

gone; and, by her veil hanging here out of the rivals. Useph. Granted; and besides

out and comes out of the door of the garden wali with Leop. Well, I know, I kuow; and you mean to

the veil.) Tbis relic of my beloved Lilla shall servo observe, that warmth and anger betray a weakness

to keep my resentment alive. But where's that on these occasions, which, I trust, I am free from. cruel villain, Peter ? d-e! I'll maul him. Harkye! you rascal, (to Peter) I know your sister

(Retires into the garden. is locked up; if you don't give me the key, dee! I'll break your head; ( will, by

Enter PETER. Useph. Sir, do you remember who I am; a ma- Peter. Ha! the window open! nay, then

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