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More like what thou hast been !—My soul is hushid,
Surely for thee
Scene—The Walls of the City. HERNANDEz.—A few Citizens gathered round him.
HERNANDEZ. Why, men have cast the treasures, which their lives Had been worn down in gathering, on the pyre, Aye, at their household hearths have lit the brand, Even from that shrine of quiet love to bear The flame which gave their temples and their homes, In ashes, to the winds !—They have done this, Making a blasted void where once the sun Look’d upon lovely dwellings; and from earth Razing all record that on such a spot Childhood hath sprung, age faded, misery wept, And frail Humanity knelt before her God; —They have done this, in their free nobleness, Rather than see the spoiler's tread pollute Their holy places !—Praise, high praise be theirs, Who have left man such lessons !—And these things, Made your own hills their witnesses —The sky,
Whose arch bends o'er you, and the seas, wherein
Your rivers pour their gold, rejoicing saw
We'll follow thee !
-Alas! for our fair city, and the homes Wherein we rear'd our children !-But away! The Moor shall plant no crescent o'er our fanes !
VOICE (from a Tower on the Walls). Succours !-Castile! Castile ! CITIZENS (rushing to the spot).
It is even so! Now blessing be to Heaven, for we are saved' Castile, Castile !
VOICE (from the Tower).
Line after line of spears,
Castile! Castile !
(GONZALEZ enters, supported by ELMINA and a Citizen).
GONZALEZ. What shouts of joy are these ?
Hail, chieftain ! hail ! Thus ev’n in death 'tis given thee to receive The conqueror's crown!-Behold our God hath heard, And arm’d himself with vengeance !-Lo! they come ! The lances of Castile !
I knew, I knew Thou wouldst not utterly, my God, forsake
Thy servant in his need !—My blood and tears
And I too bless thy name,
They move on!
Go, bring ye forth The banner of the Cid, and plant it here, To stream above me, for an answering sign That the good cross doth hold its lofty place Within Valencia still !—What see ye now?
I see a kingdom's might upon its path,