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And we will cast our worthless grandeur from us,
Father doubt thou not But we will bind ourselves to poverty, With glad devotedness, if this, but this, May win them back-Distrust us not, my father! We can bear all things.
GONZALEZ. Can ye bear disgrace XIMENA. We were not born for this. GONZALEZ. No, thou sayst well ! Hold to that lofty faith.-My wife, my child ! Hath earth no treasures richer than the gems Torn from her secret caverns f—If by them
Chains may be riven, then let the captive spring
Gonzalez, who must die
They on whose lives a fearful price is set,
That look saith more 1
Thou canst not mean
Power in a glance to speak it?—They must die!
Oh! look up !
Shut from our sight its victims, there is hope.
ELMINA (in a low voice). Whose knell was in the breeze?—No, no, not theirs : Whose was the blessed voice that spoke of hopef —And there is hope —I will not be subdued— I will not hear a whisper of despair : For Nature is all-powerful, and her breath Moves like a quickening spirit o'er the depths Within a father's heart.—Thou too, Gonzalez, Wilt tell me there is hope goNZALEZ (solemnly). Hope but in Him Who bade the patriarch lay his fair young son Bound on the shrine of sacrifice, and when The bright steel quiver'd in the father's hand Just raised to strike, sent forth his awful voice Through the still clouds, and on the breathless air, Commanding to withhold!—Earth has no hope, It rests with Him. ELMINA.
Thou canst not tell me this Thou father of my sons, within whose hands Doth lie thy children's fate.
If there have been
Men in whose bosoms Nature’s voice hath made
Then their doom is seal’d'
Wife of my youth ! to deem it lies within
Oh, cold and hard of heart!
Thou shouldst be born for empire, since thy soul
Of vantage; ye, that with a sound, a breath,
A shadow, thus can fill the desolate space
That they may live to hide
Let man's deep vows be trusted —though enforced