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An Operatic Spectacular Drama,

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With New

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C.

WHITE,

Scenic Effects,

New

Music,

and
Workings.

New Mechanical

Ei,fend («rwdw(/

to

Act of Congress, June
of
the.

1,

in the year 1887, by R. C.

WHITE,

in Iht

Office

Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D.

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9leiu <^lotU:
Ci.,JVKK

R. TiujMBULL,

Engeavee AND Steam Printek, 58 Bond Street.
1887.

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SHE."

An

Operatic Spectacular Drama,

R';

C.

WHITE,

With New

Scenic Effects,

New

Music,

and
Workings.

New Mechanical

Kiilerfil

acmrdino

In

Act of fongnxs, June
of
th,'

1,

in the

year

1887,

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R. f. WIIirE. ui the
/>.

Office

Wicandii of Vongreas^at Washinrjlnju

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:

Claek R. Trumbull, Engraver and Steam Printer, 58 Bond Street.
1887.

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CHARACTERS.*^*-

HORACE HOLLY— A

Scholar

Character Lead
Pupil..

LEO VINCEY— His Adopted Son and JOB SMITHERS— Servant to Horace TIM LAN AH AHAN— Servant to Leo

Juvenile Char. Comedv .Comedy
"

ARABS.

MAHOMED— Captain of
AZEF— Mate
of

Dhow

^

.

..Old

Man

Dhow
Twelve Arab
Sailors.

ACHMET— Navigator

Heavy UxiLnv

AMAHAGGER-MALE.
BILLALI— Father of the Household SINBALLI— Chief of the Hotpot
.Old

Man

Heavy
.Utility

ABDALLI— Seminal
And Twelve Amahagger.

AM AH AGGER—FEMALE
USTANE — An Amahagger Maiden DILLYASHA— Ogress of the Hot-pot
HU.IYA — Another Maiden
And Eleven
other Females.

AYESHA, "SHE"— Queen

of the

Amahagger.

....

Lead

.Juvenile

Old Woman
Utility

cc

SHE."
A SPECTACULAR OPERATIC DRAMA.
As
originally produced
in 8an Francisco, at tlie Tivoli (3pera House, on Fourth of July, 1887, and witnessed by over 100,000 spectators.
tin

ACT
Hie deck of a ship or dhow.
stay ropes,
etc..

I.

Cabin with poop deck L. Mast C, with lateen rigijing. Ilatchumy tvifh cojnng forward across stage ready to be put in motion. Bidwark crossing stage at 'drd E. Bulwark and mast are made to fall and he completely hid when the waters are raised. Wheel on poop. Arab sailor discovered at wheel. Tlie rest of the creiu are discovered lounging about deck. Symphony of chorus is played till curtain is up; then the Arabs assemble for chorus.
sail, rattlinys,

formiwj
flat

of

iiia^l.

Rough

ivaters lying

('lIORUS.

Over the

bouiulinj,'-

waves we

fly.

Before a freshening yale: With a staunch j-ood dhuw and a And a full and a steady sail.

liriifht Ijlue

sky

The sea-mews

shriek in

tlieir

And we hear tlie breakers roar. And the waves are a^jlow with the sun"s As we near the rocky shore.
But Allah
Tho'
is

landward

flight.

red

lijfht.

And we

in the wind and Allah is in the wave. fearlessly follow his beckoning hand,

We

it leads to a watery jtfrave. Allah be praised. Allah be praised, fearlessly follow his beekoning hand. The' it leads to a watery grave,

After chorus sailors

retire,

and Job

enters from cabin.
Joii.

TJiis 'ere caterwaulm' is beastly. What with seasickness, and thorn 'ere Blackamoor Hayrabs, I'm a turned hupside down and hiuside liout. This 'ere a rum go, anyhow, tlie rummiest go as liever was. 'Ere we are hemljarked on the wide ocean witii a lot of tawny savages, and bound lor some outlandish place, the Lord knows wliere. I think master Holly be a gettin' into his lunacy and going daft. I feels flabbergasted, I does, and no wonder. Look at them 'ere liimps of Satm. nice company for a respectable serving man, like me. They makes my flesli crawl wlienever 1 goes near 'em. Tliey's muck, they is, and the muckiest kind of muck at that. Enter Tim Lanahan from
is

cabin.

Tin.

Coming down.
1

Hello,

-lol),

me

foine bucko,
Joi;.

what the
liar.

divil are

yc cpgitatin'?

was

just a tliinkin', Tim,

what a hass you
Tim.

An

ass,

you mane.

Is

it

me?
.Toii.
is.

And what an hass your

master. Mr. Leo,

—4—
Tim.

Bud cess

to Ihf'

tongue av

\-f!

Wliat do ye inane?

And

wliat a

I'ool

my

.huu master, Mr. Horace,

is.

Tim.

Now

ve are comin' at the truth.
Jon. a numbskuUer, hignoramus, hout-and-hout
liidjiot
I

And what
There ye
If
I

is

myself.

hit the truth complately.

Tim. I coincide with your last observation.
Jon.

upon myself more than upon you, it"s because 1 doesn't like to 'urt hanybody's feelinks. There are other bloomin' hignoramus hidjiots on board
reflect

this houtlandish

dhow

besides

nic.

Is there
if

now?
any as

Well, there

may

there

is

full-lilown as yerself

Tim. be some as bluomin", but bad luck to niLv But what's come to you, anyliow?
Job.

What's come to me? Wiiat have 1 come to, that's more like the tiuestion. Look at the sitivation! 'Ere we are cast like bread upon the waters, not to return after many days, but to be heat hup by a lot of tawny blackamoors, or And where be we a-goiu' pickled in the salt sea waters of the briny hocean. Hon a voyage of discover}-, like Christopher Columbus, only Chris was to?
a-huntin' for a new world, while we is a huntin' for a hold city called " Kor," where cannibals live in caves and heat dead folks, and where there is a queen 2200 years old who washed herself in the fire of life, and can never die accordin'. I say its hall bosh, and Mr. Leo and my master be fools to think there's any truth in it; and you he a fool for comin' along, and I be a hignoramus and bloomin' hidjiot for a-doin of the same thing, and no good can come of it. Tim. Don't say that t>ure we'll return with our pockets full of goold and precious stones. And if we can get a dip in this precious " Fire of Life " we'll Think of all become young and handsome, and live for thousands of years. that me darlin'. Always looking young and liandsome, till ye're owld enough
!

to

l)e

Mcthusala's grandfather.
JOD.

want to be Methusala's grandfather, and as for bein' 'audsome. I'm 'andsome enough as God made me. To be sure, that 'ere " Fire of Life " might polish you up a bit, but as for its ever making you 'andsome, Tim, that's an unpossibility: you're too far gone in ugliness.
I

don't

Eh,

is it

me?

Why you

grazey

little

Tim. butter tub, do you

mane

to cast rellec-

tions on

my looks ?

Job. No, I don't need to do that, your looks reflects themselves; facts is facts, you know Tim. Tim. Of course they are, and (jiwAmf/ his fist under Job's nose), there is one fact starin' you in the face, {raising his foot as if to kick), and another fact ready to if both these facts unite their astonish your trousers, and upon me soul! forces, there will be a matter-of-fact Johnny Bull left sprawlin' without a foot or a fact to stand upon.

Ye

're

Job. a houtlandish Hirish hidgiot, and I don't

want

to talk to you,

Tim.

No, bejabers, nor ye don't want to receive the facts presented to you. But yer head is so thick that I'll be forced to bring occular demonstration and stern

But, talkiug of beauty, sure if 1 was reality to bear on you. (tibby, buther-milk-and-potato looking jelly-fish as you I'd go
Joii.

such a squabby,

hang

meself.

ow

You'd better do that, anyhow, and save Jaek Ketch the trouble, you'll end your days, Tim. if iicver you get back to Ilinghmd.
for you.

for

that's

tired of

Tim. They're fond of lianging Irishmen in England, but they'll get that sport before long, and when that happens, and a season of fanplay begins, you'll find that an Irishman can be coaxed but not coerced.

True

Job.

Well, hand.)

I

don't

want

to quarrel

with you, Tim, so there's

my

hand.

{Offers

{Grasping his hand.) And dependent one on the other, and

Tim. there's mine.
it's

are in the same sarvicc, and better to be friends than enemies.

We

Job.

Agreed!
"Well, if

But you know you're not 'andsome, Tim.
I'm not,
Tim. If I'm not I have taking ways, at least so the girls say. master, Mr. Leo is, and that's more than you can say of yours.
is

handsome

my

Yes, Mr. Leo

Job. 'andsome, and Mr. Holly

is

not a beauty.

Not a beauty
disrespect, Job.

!

Tim. he's the ugliest mortal

I

ever looked

at,

not mainin' any

Jon. But he's as good a mortal as hever was.

Tim.

True fer you. and, without like man."

flattery. Job,

you take

after him.

"

Like master,

Job.

There you go again with your Hirish himperdence.

And

Tim. there you go again witli your English vanity.
Job.

You're a
I'll

—you're a— Oh,

go to the

devil,

Tim Lanan.

Tim. not go to the divil, and my name is not Tim Lanan, but Tim Lanhahan, do you understand, you oumadhaun? L-a la, n-ana, h-a ha, Lanaha, h-a-n han, Lanahahan. Bad luck to such ignorance.
Job.
Lord,

what a name;

it's

worse nor a Blackamoor's.
Tim.
all

And

better than a yockcl's for

that.

Job.

You're a hignorant Hirish hass.
Tim.

And

you're a consaited English bull, with more beef than brains.

You're

a— you're a—you're a — t)h, damme,
Tim,
you; and I'm proud of
it.

Job.

you're a Hirishnian.

True

for

Job.

{Very excitedly.) Hirish! Hirish! Hirish! {Goes up qaicklij and runs against an Aral sailor who has entered from hold ; both nearly fall; Arab draws

!

cutlass

and

is

about
Ji.

to, strike

Job.)

'Old lion, thero,

down Arab

stage to

cornKr,

pursued by

A rah.

what are you about. (Runs lim jumps between thevi ; disarms

aftei' struggle.

Ye
I'll

Tim. murderin' divil. (llirow.s And) dmuii L.) Staud up here like a aiau and take the cousait out of you. {Tim Uiraivs away cutlass and squares off lih-v.

a

pugilist.

The Arab

rises.)

.Ion.

Ue

it,

Tim!

Polish Iiim

oil'.

<iive

him one Arau.
Tim.

for his bloomiu' nob.

{Spits at Tim.)

DokI

l)o(;'!

A mil.
it

hi

Let me pulverize the yellow monkey. {Tim utrikfs at him! and struggle. The scene is worked, up. Job is shouting " give Tim gets the best of Aral). Horace and Leo enter froiii, him, Tim, etc.
bet

me

titrij

rliiich

roliiil.

Hold What's
Well,
fered.

!(j?'////

rises, a.ud ilie

all

this about?

Horace. Arab muttering and What's the matter?
Tim.

looking vicious goes dov:u hold,

sir, tliut tawny lilackgnard was lioin' to murder Job when J interThen the ilMired slipalpeen spit in my face and called me " d(jg."
lloi-.Ari.:.

But you're not

a dog.

yuu know, Tim.
.Joi).

Well, if he be, sir, he's a full-bred Hirish Terrier, and can 'ang on and can wallop a Ilarabian gorilla hany Any.

in a tight.

Tim should have

tiirovvn the

Leo. cur into the sea.
HOR.VCE.

No; better as it is. These are treacherous people, and not over friendly. We must be politic and guarded. Go into the cabin. Job, with Tim, and watch what articles we have there. The guns and stores are in the wlialeboat
astern.
Joii.

All right,

sir.

G-it-s

up with Tim.

Tim!
Tim.

Offers hand.

Taking Job's liand.

Job!
Joii.

We

are friends

?

Tim.

Brothers
Jon.
I'll

never abuse the Hirish again.
Tim.
(iive the Irish their riglits, and Knglaud will tind a Exit Jub and Tim intu cabiu. frimid instead of a l)itter foe in Ireland.
tliat,

Stick to

me

lx»y.

warm

Horace.
Well, my boy, this eugage<l in.
is

a pretty wild goose chase for two sensible

men

to be

You doubt that I am a descendant Then you have no faith in of Kalikrates, the priest of Isis and Amanartes, a princess of the race of the Pharaoh Hokar. In fact, you doubt the antiquity of the casket left by my You translated the Unical Greek inscriptions and the Latin Black father. Letter documents, and should know if they are what they seem.
Horace.
the casket to be over 2200 years old, and the potsherd with the 1 believe Unical Greek and Latin Black Letter to be genuine.

Lko. our mission?

—7—
Leo.

And do they not plainly trace my descent, link by link, and prove beyond a doubt that the founder of our family, my sixty-sixth lineal ancestor, was the
priest Kalikrates
I
?

Horace.
cannot deny these proofs of your family's extraordinary antiquity. the story which follows is so very strange.

But

And

yet a true one.

You admit

Leo. the antiquity of the (jasket and

its

contents.

They bear the unmistakable stamp of Nectanebo IL, the last native Pharaoh of Egypt, who reigned B. (!. .'?:W. The story as chronicled on the potsherd is fjuite plain. It was in that year that my lineal ancestor Kalikrates broke his vows of celiljacy as a priest of Isis, and Hed from Kgypt with Amanartes, a princess of the royal blood, who had fallen in love with him. They were wrecked upon the west coast of Africa, and, from the description, near* where Delagoda Bay now is.
HOR.iCE.
Or, to be

wliere

is

accurate, al)out three leagues north of the Zamlicsi river, seen a great rock resenil)liug the head of an Kthiopian.

more

Leo. Exactly. My ancestor Kalikrates and the princess Amenartes were saved, but were captured by wild men and taken inland on a journey of ten day.s. till they came to the ruins of a great citj'. where there were endless caves. They were brought before the Queen, whom Amanartes described as a woman of great loveliness, who can never die, having ballied in the Fire ot Life.

Horace.

And
I

this

is

the most fabulous part of the story.

Leo.
if it can be re-discovored, there of the world visibly exist, Life exists; wliy, therefore, should not the means of preserving it indefinately exist, also?
it

do not beheve

a fable.

I believe that

is

a spot

where the

vital forces

Leo. with tlie vast and secret forces that animate a victim to them. Leo. Ah, but think. Uncle Horace! If we should be fortunate enough to find this secret force, this Fire of Life, and emerge from it ever beautiful and ever young, defying time and evil, lifted above the natural decay of flesh and intellect, what a grand, what a glorious oonsumation.

Even

so,

he

who would tamper
fall

tlie

world

may

HOR.A.CE.
If such a thing could be, who shall say that the awsome change would prove a happy one. But, I have no wish to discourage you, we have made the start and we'll not turn liack. Leo. Xow, that's right. It was my poor father's wish tliat I should make this effort, and if we fail we can return to England and wisdom again. But, if this never dying (^)ueen who slew my ancester, Kalikrates, 2200 years ago because he would not return her love, if this woman .still exists, then we shall know that the Fire of Life is not a myth, and the sheni of Amenartes genuine, and I shall have proved my descent froni the royal liouse of Ilakor and Ncclanebo II, who reigned in I']gypt Bt^fore Clirist .'lliO years.
Goi'S

up

filmji;

ami ascends

to

poop dcrk and

cnijogcs in conversiitlon loiih

tin-

Man

at Wliecl.

Man
Looks at sky. Points at cloud. Mohamc.d enters from hold.
2o

at Wheet,. Samba!

Mohamed.

IIow

far are

we from

Houace. the mouth

of the Zambesi, Captain?

MOHAMEn.
About twenty
leagues,

HoKACE.

And how much

further

is it

to tlie

pecuhar headland of which

we

spoke?

MOHAMED
Vou mean
Ves.
tlio

Ethiopian's head?

Horace.

MoHAMED.
About three leagues
to the north.

Horace.

Have

j'ou

seen this singular head often, Captain?

MoHAMED.
Yes, but have never approached it close. Our people fear this stone image and believe it to be a demon that invokes the storms to destroy all vessels that approach it. Horace. Xonsense. And what is your belief?
MOlIAJtET).
1 believe it to be the work of an ancient people who carved it from the solid rock as an emblem of defiance and warning to enemies who approached the

harbor.

Horace.
possible that such a harbor ever existed ? My father, who sailed these latitudes all his life, discovered the ruins of a canal which was once fed by the waters of the
Is
it

Thousands of years ago.

Zambesi.

Horace.

Do you know anything

of the people

who

live inland ?

MOHAMED.
From hearsay. They are called " Amahagger, or "people of the rocks." My father once met one of these strange men, who was cut off from his tribe on account of some crime. This refugee could speak a little Arabic, and said his people lived in great caves near a ruined city. That their queen was a lieautiful white woman who had power overall things living and dead.
Horace.
Is it possible? Aside. Here's a revelation there must be some truth in the story after all. Aloud. Captain, you will land us at the Ethiopean's head and accompany us in our expedition inland ?

MOIIAMED.
Allah forbid! Not for the world would I venture into that strange country. The people eat human flesh and consert with spirits of evil. Go not there or you are lost. Horace.
.\t least

you

will land oiu'

party at the big head.

Moil A MED.
1

dare not appi-oacli that rock too near,
I

1113^

jicoplc woul<l rebel.

Horace.
But
paid yon to laud us

where we pleased and
Moil A.MED.
not

I insist.

and

AUaii he praised. if they consent

I
it

know

what
you

to do.

shall be as

say. '

T will consult with Gofs dovn hatrhway.
'

my

people Lio comes

down.

Horace. To-morrow at ten o'clock, if our reckoning is correct, we will be mouth of the Zambesi, and in the vicinity of the Negro's Head.

at the

And

begin our search

f )r

Leo. the ruined city and the

'•

Fire of Life."

—9 —
HOKACK.

You were
you?

airing your Arabic with the man at the wheel. Did he ever hear anything about tlie ruined city?

What

did

he

tell

Leo. No; he says the country back of the Ethiopian's Head full of snakes, especially pythons, and game; and that no only evil sijirits.

is

all

swamp, and

man

lives there,

Horace.

You see what sort of an opinion these gentry have of the co\intry. Not one of them will go with us. They think we are mad, and upon my word 1 believe they are right. If we ever get back to England again I shall be astonished. At my age it does not greatly matter, but I am anxious about you, Leo, and Job and Tim. It's a Tom Fool's business, my boy.
Lko.

So far as I'm concerned, I'm willing to take What's that cloud? HOIIACE.
It

my

chuiice.

Lnokiuij of.

Look!

looks like a squall.
sir,

Ei/ttr Job, with two Gladstone hays,
JOIJ.

from

culnn.

as we've got all the rest of the things in the whalcl)oat astern, thought it best to put these 'ere in, too. LowL-rincj his roire. I don't like 1 the looks of these black gentry. Supposin', now, as 'ow some on 'em was to slip into the l)oat at niglit and cut the cable and make hoft'with 'er? It'd be a purtty go, wouldn't it now?

Please

But

if

you put the bags

in

Leo. the boat, they'll have the more plunder to
Joii.

make

off with. Job.

tlie

Yes, sir; but I'm not such a fool as that. bother plunder, and watch it.

I

intends to get into boat with

HOKACE.
You're about right, Job. You can sleep there. There are blankets in tlie lockers with the guns, only be careful and keep out of the moon, or it may blind you or turn your head.
Joii.
if it did. My 'ead's tliat turned already with Blackamoors, as I feels more like a Bedlamite than a They is only fit for muck, they is and they smells bad enough (.'hristiau. for it already. He gets oi-er side of ship during sjieech and Leo hands down hags Horace and Leo go into cabin Mohamed followed by all the Arabs comes to him. from hold, man at wheel has come down.

Lord

Sir. it

don't

much matter

the sight of these

Mohamed.
^

ell.

brothers,

what
r/te

is

jour pleasure Shall we land the Omnes.
is

Christitius.

No. No. No.

!

Stage

darkened, lights half down.
1st

Arab.

These Christian dogs would lead us to destruction. Distant thunder. See the storm is already gathering. These men are evil, letus rid ourselves ol them before it is too late.
O.M.VES.

Yes, yes

!

let

it

be so

?

MollAMEi)

What would you do

brothers
1

?

Oast them into the sea

1st Ahau. They are dogs. Omnes.

Let the dogs

die.

-MOIIAMEU,
Brothers
reflect,

be not hasty.

— 10 —
1st AKAI!.
1 WHS struck by oiw of tlieso Christians, ami by AUali, lie shall not They would take us to the Kthiopean's head, to the shpre of storms.

live*.

TJie

suddenly very darlc a struny flash of Uyldning followed by a loud dap of thunder. See the wrath of Allah is in the sky and disturbs the waters. Let us throw these Christians into the sea and appease his anger.
'<fage heroines

O.MNES.

AUaJi
Ihrlll.

Ix'

praised

!

let

it

Ia'

so.

Job's head

w

seen over 'ndirork ivdlchiny

Job.

Oh Lord
I'll

the beastly blackamoors. get u gun, Disappears
!

Tliey's going to picklo us sure enough.
"

Knter Leo and HokAcE fro'ni rahin laktii away and cabin held in its place by

The jdolfoi

m

behind cabin
to tiip it off.

is

mf

carpenter, n-ad

The storm
Yes.

is

Led. brewing, sure enough.

Horace.
Looklny at Arabs.

By

the looks of them black devils,

it

will

lircak

upon us soon.
I

see!

I see!

Leo. They mean mischief

Horace.
"Where is Tim? enters ivith a bound.)
Yes.

{Odls

in cabin.)

Hello, Tim,

where are you?

{Tim

.Mr.

Here! am! Leo?
I

What

the divil

is

Tni. the matter?

Are we

goin' to the liottom.

Leo. No: but fear ilie .\ralis are going to attack jump into tin; lioat when I give the command.
Tim.
.^hui-e

us.

lie

ready to

tight,

and

I'm always ready for a

liglit.

But where

is

Job?

Leo.
He's in the boat.

First Auau.
Brothers, are you ready to appease Allah?

Ojines.

Allah be praised!

we

are readj',

{Draw weapons.)

Oh, look at
Liet

tlie

Tim. murdhcrin' tawnies! They'll be upon us in a minute.

Horace.
your
pistols ready,

and stand

firm.

First Arab. Christians, you have provoked the wrath of Allah, and you must die!
Tim.
"

er

a

liar,

ye naygur

o'

blazes!

('aptain,

what means

this

Horace. treachery? Connnand these
MOHAMEI).

ruffians to retire.

I'm sorry for you. Christian, but I'm powerless, and can't interfere.

Horace.

Then we

shall sell our lives dearly.

Job, look to the boat,

Joii.

Hall right,

sir.

First Arab.
Christians, surrender.

-11
Leo. "Wc are Englisluuen ami never siirrrender.

On them, and

First Arats. cut the infidel dogs to pieces.
O.MN'ES.

Down
pifitols.

glc.

with the dogs. {Tkeij all make a rits/i. Horace, Leo and Tim discharge Joh appears over hulwark ivith a gun Oiirh he fires. A f/eneral sfrwjTim gets First Arab down. Joh another.)
Tim.
I'm
tli

Hiiroo!

divil

himseif in a motion.
Job.

slaves.

{Astride of Arab.) Cock-a-doodlo-doo? {Croioing) Britons never shall be {A great flcish of lightning followed hi/ thunder, then a loud crash. The Arabs throtv themselves on their faces.

Leo.
AVe have struck a rock. Quick, to the boat. {Horace, Tim and Job dimh quirkhi orer bahvcu-k. The Arabs remain motionless. As Leo starts to go another flash followed by thunder and a terrific crash. The mast and bulwark jail the wafers rise; the cabin is ti'ipped of and the whole deck is apparently submerged. Leo and the Arabs struggle in the water and then sink. The faltmg of hulwark, discovers lohale boat, with Horace. Tim a.nd Job in it.)

Horace.
(Jreat

God!

Where
sir.

is

Leo?

Leo! Leol

He's gone,
I

God help him.
him partially
is

Job. {Leo is seen

to rise.

Tim

lays hold of him.

Tut.

have him.

Tyifts

up.

Horace.

Thank Heaven, he
(

saved, saved.

CURTAIX.

Thm

de/-

and

lightning

and constant agitation of

the

iters

during

scene.)

ACT

II.

Calm sea view. A jioint of rock or headland exlending into the sea ier minuting with a statue-like rock resembling the head of an FAhio^yian. R. to C. Whaleboat on beach. Horacf and Tim discovered. Also Stores and gwvt at hack. Leo, who is asleeji on blanket L. E. E.

What do you think
Well, upon

of that head,

Horace. Tim?

me

sowl,

sir, I

on that rock
It
is

for his portrait, and,

Tnr. think the divil himself must have been settmg bad luck to him, it's a foine hkeness.

Horace.
ruther an uncanny and weird
affair,

Tim, and

is

well calculated to

inspire superstition. But we have had a miraculous escape from death, and in spite of its forbidding appearance, we'll accept it as a good omen of the
future.

Leo.

Waking

iqh

Hello, what's the matter with
is

me ?

I'm as

stiff

as an Egyptian

mummy.

Where

the

Dhow.
sea,

At the bottom of the

Horace. and you may be thankful that you arc not

stifter,

my

your

boy; everybod}' on board, with tlie exception of u,=! four, are drowned, and life__was only saved liy a miracle. Gag for Tim. Tim, get the brandy.

Tim.

With

alacrity

and
!

delight,

your honor.
Leo.
tliink

Gets bottle

from

stores L.

Great Heavens through it.

And

to

that

we

should have been chosen to live

Handing

bottle to Leo.

Throw

Tim. a swig ot that into your neck, an'

it'll

warm

the cockles of your heart.

Leo.
Tak-es bottle
lilood.

and

drinks.

It is

wanning. Tim. and gives fresh

vitality to tlie

Passes

bottle to

Horace.

Horace.
Drinks. It's akin to Passes bottle to Tim.
tlie ''rirc

of Life," and, to

my mind, much more potent.

Tim.
Drinks. The " Fire of Life" is an icicle compared to a good bumper of Irish whisky. Ah, tare-an-ages. Sir, that's tjio stuff tliat tips the tongue witli eloquence and the nose with red. Leo. {Who 1ms been looking at rock.) As I Jive, flicrc's the liead that the writing fells of the Ethiopian's Head.

Yes, there

it is,

Horace.
like a deinoii forbidding us to i)r<ieecd further.

Leo.

Then
I

tlie

whole story

is

true.

Horace.

saw it once, but proves nothing.

don't sec that that follows. knew this liend was here, your fatlier it may not be the head tlie writing tells of; or if it is. it

We

Leo.

You

arc an unbelieving Jew, Uncle Horace.

Why,

tlie

thing

is

plain; the

!

-13hand of destiny
doubt.
is plain.

Wc

within sight of this uinnistakable

were saved from death, and cast on tliis siiore you liead, in order to be convinced, and yet

Horace. e To be sure I doubt. The whole thinp: seems preposterous. ^^ Doubt 2200 years our lives, like a quartette of fools, to find a woman have risked to such an abTo think that T should give way Bless n.e! bless me! old.
I

surdity

!

Leo.
Tlu)se

who

live will sec.

Horace.
Yes, yes!
I

sui.pose they will.

You'll see

me and

I'll

see you, and each

will see a look.

this,

Leo. We'll see the end <.t patience. There, there, Avancular, don't get out of bells " afterward, ,f deservmg at all ev.nts, and adopt the "cap and

them.

Horace.

To be

turn back now

You don't think me sure, we'll see the end of it. '! And if 1 was, how the devil could we get
But where
is

such a fool as to back !

Leo. Trust to luck, and a chapter of accidents.

Job?

Horace. expectmg to shoot He took a gun and went down to the mouth of the river,down, I wonder. What's some game. {Shot heard.) Ah, there he's at it.
Job.
{Outside.)
ened,

Get hout, you beast! and out of breath.)
i;p,

Gethout!
Leo.

(He fumhUs on

. ,, stage, .tncjlit.

AVhat's

JoIj?

Oh, Lord!

Oh, Lordy!
AVe'll

whoppers

They's after me! hall— be-heat hup-sure as
Tim.

Whew!
a

gun

!

My h^^! ^hcw! (lli'l/aii


.

lauqh at Job.) ' •'

_

What

is

it,

Job?

Did ye see a ghost?
Job.

No; but them
heat me!

'ere 'airy 'eaded lions!

They took

after

me, and was

gom

,

to

Tim.

Shure they must be mighty fond of {AH hnajh.) they'd have of von
!

tallow, thin, for

it's

a grasy mouthful

Job.

you Hirish hijiot! They'd die of hignorance if they'd heat you. Look there! (Pointing off, R. v. e.) Lor' a mio-hty!
All.

(.4//

laugh.)

Where?
There
is

What

is it?

Job.

one of them now!

(.1^^

get

guns^

Oh, Lord,

'is

heyes look

like

bull's-eye lanterns!

Leo.
{To Horace,

Leo

shoots.)

who is about to shoot.) Missed, by Jupiter

T

claim the

first

shot!

{Iforarr recovers.

Horace.

Now
I

Well

Shoots, Lion falls with his head its my turn. think I've wiped your eye there Master Leo. Leo.

in sight

among

the rod.s.

it

was a

I congratulate you Confound you, yes! But I beg your pardon old fellow, rhey all put guns doton and group lovely shot and mine was vile,

;

about Vie dead

lion.

!

— 14 _
Tim. Oh, look at the jawl of him, aud the claws of Inm and the fire ball eyes of him. Oh, bad luck to him, but he's a dead specimin of liven destruction. ^4.5 they are bending over the Lion a great ijell is heard and from hi^hind erenj rork and down the runs rush the Amahagger with spears surrounding the jmrty, and binding them with strips of skin. Biltaliand a Sentinal appear on rork. A'

Peace ye die

!

Who

are you

who come

BiLLALI. hither swiming on the water

?

Speak,

or

We

tiOUACE. are travellers, oonie here by chance.
Stnijalli.

Father shall

we

slay

?

Bill ALL

What

is

the color of the
their color.

men ?
SiNBALLI.

What

is

BiLLALI. Slay not! Four suns since, was the word brought to me from She-whowhite men come, slay them not. Let them be brought to must-be-obeyed, They arc the land of She-who-must-be-ol3eyed. Bring forth the men led C. Billot i comes dovn. Leo.
!

What on
Oh, Lord

eartli is
Sir,

up

?

Job.
here's a

rum go
lie

!

We're

in for

it

Job: We'll

Tim. roasted, baked and boiled and served

up

for

their diruier before an hour.

BiLLALI.

Are they secure
Tliey are
fatlicr.

?

SlNB.\LLI.

BiLLALI.

Four of the readj^ for them. gooff Others tah' guns ttags plnnder from boat. To Horace. Wherefore comest thou into tlic land, which scarce an alien foot has pressed from the time that man knowetli ?
It.

TJicn bring tliat whigh tJ. E. And take all there
all

is

made

mm

is

in the thing tJiat floats.

aud

the

Horace.

We
to

come

to find

new
is

things

my

father.

We

have come up out

of tlie

Sea

know

tliat

which

unknown.
BiLLALI.

Ilmnph

!

— You must go before She-who-must-lie-obeyed.
Horace.
?

Who

is

Siie-who-must-be-obeyed

BiLLALI.
Surely, my stranger son, thou wilt learn soon enougli to see thee at all in the tlesh.
if it

be

licr

pleasure

Horace.
In the tlesh?
iiiijlij.

What may my
name

father

vvisii

to

convey

?

liiliali

loughs

l:non--

'W'lial IS tiic

of thy people, father?

BiLLALI.

Amaliagger, peoi»lc of
Startled.

tiic

rocks.

Horace.

And

if

a

Son might ask, what
BiLLALI.

is

the

name

of

my

fatlier ?

My name

is Billali.

Tl.M.

Do you hear

tliat

Job?

His name

is

Ballally.

:

-15
Ife lookti as if Jiis

.Tor.

name was BiUygoat.
IIOHACE.

And

wliitluT will

you take us?
BiLLALl.
To sentinel on rock.

Let our women bo called. The custom that if any of our women kiss a man they are at once proclaimed maii/ and wife. Some of the and he returns it, women may wish to espouse you, though I fear my son you will not be favored for you are very ugly; very ugly.
Tliou shalt soon see.
seidintl disappears.

We

liave a

1

Toll ACE.

My

father speaks the

tr\illi.

but

my

face

is

not an index to

my

heart.

BlI.LALI.

No, for were

it

so,

thou wouldst be, in

trutli,

only a Babuou.

Tim. Oh, murder-in-Irish, do you liear that? sentinel returns to his post on rock. The

A

Baboon

I

Sentinel, Simjs. They come, they come, the women of Amahaj<ger. They come, they come, from out the caves of Kor. Chorus of Women. Outside R. U. E. We come, we come, the women of Amuhagger. We come, we come, from out the caves of Kor. Solo. Sentinel.

Tliey

come

Who drifted
By

to see the strangers, the darhig white-faced strangers on the waters to the land of Amahagger.

Solo. BiLLALI. Tliese men from out the ocean, have made a great commotion, drifting on the waters to the land of Amahagger.
liect.

—Sentinel.

They come, they come,
Knh-r
all Ihe iroiiien sinfjinfj

tliey

come.

chorus.

Chorus.

From over the sea, frorh over tlie sea. To this wild land of an ancient race. Where the f(jot of a stranger seldom pressed. And the white man hatli seldom shown liis laee. These wanderers came in their fi-agile liai-k. And the women of Kor now l)id them liail
Here
in

our caves
tlie
:

No more on
Hail, all hail

We

tliey will find rest. wave of the sea they'll sail. to the white faced strangers.

give

all hail.

Theij (juther round Horace, Leo, Tim.

and

Joh.

and exauiiue them

curiously.

Tim. Oh, mille nmrdher, look at the purty craytures. Look at that kinky headed He nods toward Ililiya. Tare-anlittle Leprochen, she's got her eye on me. ages! if she'd only kiss mo now.
.loi;.

You've got no decency, Tim.

AVhy, they's Blackamoors.

Tim. And sure they're a little otf color, but it's only sunburned tlicy are. how pnrty they are dressed. Job. The brazen huzzies, they's got next to nothing on 'em. Tlie ivonien jiay particular aitenlion to Leo, he raises his hat to llieui and hows, and xuhen they see his yellow, curling hair, they show their delight hy clapping their hands, laughing,

To

)je

and

all

exclaim

Women.
Soli
!

Soli

!

Soli

!

Ustane advances and caresses his hair.

Symphony

is

played.

— 16 —
Song.

—UsTANK.
:

eyes behold tlie ffloi-y, Of thy golden, sunny luii)-. Like the spirit of my drctiininji:. Thou'rt come, so l)iii;ht and fair Thou dost fill my smd with pleasure And mv virgin heart witli liliss. And I claim thee, for I love thee. With a maiden's first fond kiss. Yes. 1 claim thee, for I love thee. With a maiden's first fond kiss.
A't.vses

My

him.

Chorus.
Soli: soli
Soli!
Soli
: :

Soli: Soli

Golden

hair.
fair.

!

Bright and

Thou hast filled her

soul with pleasure.

And her
If

vii-gin heart

you love

lleturn the
If you love Return the

with bliss. as she doth love thee, maiden's kiss. as she doth love thee, maiden's kiss.

,

lit kingtn her.

Thai
Soli!

all

exclaim
.\A..

Soli!

Soli!

ihlphliuhdrlightnllij.

Jo

I!.

The huzzy.
like that.

And

Mr. Loo ought to

Ije

ashunicd

of himself,

kissing u

wench

Tl.M.
1 vv^ish little Fizzle Top, (Jo 'long, you "aumadhaun!" vvhere's the harm. Tht women advance (indicating HUiya) yonder, would serve me the same way. and examine Horace and turn avjay from him in turn and exclaim, '•bahoon!''

Horace looks disgusted.

''By-jilay is introduced here."

Hiliya has found Tim.

HlLIYA.
{Claps her hands and dances deligtedly.
Icisseshvm.)
Soli! Soli!
Soli!
Tl.M.

Throws

lier

arms abjid

his neck

and

me

{Kissing her raptiiroasly.) all the time.

So,

my
Soli!

little

brown sparrow you had yer eye on

IllLIVA.

{Same

bus. as befov'.)

Soli!

Soli!
Jol!.

Be off with you who are laughing
!

I wish I was safe away from these minxes. I never see such shanifacedness. {He starts to go up C, is met by JJityesha, ivho catches him and tries to kiss him.) Shores her off to Bilkdi and othery. (let away you minx. Beg your pardon, gentlemen, I'm sure I haven't at him. {She grabs him and kis.ses him.) Take'er awaj'^ 'Old 'er. eiicouraged her. Mister Holley, please 'old 'er, sir. I can't stand it indeed I can't. {Tliey ail The old woman is very angry.) This has never happened to me before, laugh. There's nothing against my character. {They all laugh gentlemen, never!
!

ejxept Dilgeshd, loho is violenthj agitated and snarls Site retires tiji.) her. BlLtiAIJ.

at

Job,

who shrinks from,

(Jomc,
us.

my

children,

we

nuist be going.

SHE-vvho-miisl-bc-obcyed expects

Horace.
Pardon
from here,
tne. father,

Init

as

1

how

could she have

understand SnE-who-nmst-bc-obeyed known of our approach?
BiLr.Ai.1.

lives far

(Mysteriously.)

hear without ears?

Are there none in your land who can see without eyes and Ask no questions. She knew. Horace,
scut for us?

And why has she

BlLI.ALI.

That, you will
visiting
herself.

dunng my grandmother's

lips; but know, my son, the Baboon, and my mother's life, and my own, every stranger these shores has been put to death, without mercy, by order of She,

learii

from her ow n
life

Horace.

Why how ean that be? You are an old man, and tlie time you talk of reaches back three men's lives: how, then, could She have ordered the death of anybody at the beginning of the life of your grandmother, seeing that She, herself could not have been? BiLLALI. Oh! my son, the Baboon, there are many strange things in the land of the Amahagger. It is not for me to explain, but for She who dies not. SiiE-who
must-be-obeyed.
{Still
OIL

(Ca?^.v.)

Advance!

Tivo Palaiuiuins are hroughi forivurd, O.

rock.)

Rect. Sentinel. SnE-who-must-ever-be-obeyed commands the

stranger.-^

presence.

Chorus.
Sii E- who-must-ever-be-obeyed

Commands
Thy
love hath

the strangers' presence.

Like

new

life

Solo FSTANE. waked my sleeping heart dawning o'er me
; ;

e'er I turn mine eyes thou art, All light and love before me None else can have a charm for me, All other bonds we'll sever Thee for me and I for thee,— We'll live and love for ever.
;

Where

Chorus.
They'll live and love for ever They'll live and love for ever She for him and he for her,— They'll live and love for ever
:

!

I

Solo— Leo. I will love thee.— faithfully love thee Ever and always I will be true My heart is a temple.— I will enshrine thee. And worship iion<' other, dear Ustane, but you.
Yes.
:
!

(SWO —

USTANE.
:

Thou

art

my

Ever and always

chosen, thou art my chosen,— I will be true

My

I'll worship for ever. shrine is thy love, Content with a smile if that smile comes from you.

Choims.
They'll live and love for ever They'll live and love for ever She for him and he for her,— They'll hve and love for ever
1 !
1

Till'

Chorus

is

repealed.

selves in pmnriquin.'^,
all well off

During chorus Leo and Horace have seated themand are borne off, foUoiued by all, sinrjimj chorics. When

CHANGE I L— Scene
ijlnninij

2.

Interior of a
wixidrii

rmj

rare
In
II

Enter Sinuali,! mid Dilyesha, hearing a large
hmij

tnni' siiiiiliir
l:i,'ir,:s.

hiifrh, r's Iriiij, irith tain

inm
is

pinn-rs,

a number
lit.

of

lar.jr

und

ir,,o<l i,>r lirr.

A

ijos-rninirrliuii

iirniiHird, C, to be

Also, lacopodium
fixtiire,

to produce flames a large earthen pot.

ivlieii

desired.

They put

hay

back of yas-

— 18 —
SiNBALLI.
If

we do

this thing, art sure, Dilyesha, tliat »s7(e will not be

angered?

DlLYESUA.

Docs She not always condemn strangers
Yes, but our
white.
father Billali

to

death

?

SiNBALLI.

hath orders to spare these because they are
Dilyesha.

The orders were were not mentioned.

to spare the

Baboon and

tlie Lion,

The

pig

scorned

We

will hold

our feast and Jiot-pot him

kiss Simballi.

my

and

I

the pig and tlie goat hunger lor his flesh.

But

SiMBiULLI. our father Billali will not consent.

Dilyesha.

We can hothas been summoned by She-who-raust-be-obeyed. The pig is only a slave and the Baboon is pot the pig before he returns. P]verything is prepared, you light the Are, heat the pot and 1 his master. Going R. I E. will call them to the feast.
Billali

SiNBALLI.
of it you will have to answer. Dilyesha. The pig spurned Dilyesha and our household will I will answer for it. He he he the pig shall roast, the pig shall roast. feast upon his flesh.

Be

it

as

you wish,

l)ut if evil

comes

!

ExitB I.E.
,,ltrr

niusir in ,n„l loini sru'lrlu-h
ullirr ru:l n,

unarli

Sinhalliliqlds fire by .sfrihng sfone on 2>inrer.s. A sort of harharic All thr A lunhfuj.jrr r.rrrpl r'.stone and Hiliiia hin.' )-s phnjal

minnllin.

Lm
TlM.

Joh al Ihr

rnr/r

Jhlijr.siia si/s

„l 1 Inrar, ,il oiirnul „n<l Tim had: ni Jul, hnAnuj r, rij sinisH:
,i

aiul

What sort of a laste is this Job? sure there Sinballi passes knives to Aiiiahagger. But, they've got
cut
it

is

nothing at

all

to ato.

murdheriu big knives

to

with anyhow.
feel

I begins to heat us.

uneasy, Tim.

Jon. Maybe as Tim.

how

they's going to cut us

hup and

Look at that butcher's tray, and the big knives. Bad Divil trust them luck to me, but I believe its a slaughter house and a cook shop combined. An earthen jar, containing liquid, is pa.ssed arownd, and as each one drinks he Expresses his apipreciation by a gutteral Ugh ! There must be some good lush in Delyesha fondles Job. that Jug, by the way they grunt over it.

My

pig,

my

pig,

my

chosen

pig!

Dilyesha. {Embracing him).
Job.

{Jumps up).) Bless us and save us, 'ere you arc again. {To the Aviahagger.) Begs yer par{Throios her off.) She's always after me. I never encouraged 'er has you all can don, gentlemen, but it's not my fault. What's hup now?
witness.

Amahagger.

Ugh!
(Sits.)

The}' gives

me

Job. the creeps, the whole lot of 'em, and that's a

fact.

Tim.

Why

don't you kiss the ouldcrayture and make her happy.

Job.

Kiss that female gorilla?
.

Tim.

To be sure. If ghe friends with her.

was the

divil's

graodmother

I'd kiss her, if

only to

make

'

:

Jon.
Yuii've got no decency, Tim, or
{To Leo.)
it

yon wouldn't Horace.

talk like that.

I

don't at

all like

the looks of things, but

I

suppose

we must

face

out.

Have you got your

pistols?

No, only
j,/aynl.

my

hunting knife,

Leo. though that's big enough, surely.

{Symphony

Chorus Amahagger.

We are called t(i the feast, but there's nothiiii? to Who is there liere to provide us with meat.
Solo.
I

eat.

— DiLYESHA.
desred,
all .juicy

have provided the meat and the pot,

'Twill be served

when
Beet.

and

hot.

Where
The
Is
it

istlie flesh that

wc

SiNBALLI. shall eat?
Berf.

— Amahagger.
come.
SiNBALLI.

llcsh will

come, the Hesh

will

Bcii.

the Hesh of a goat

?

Bed.
It is

—Amahaggee.
slay
it.

{They

all

litem kick.

a goat without horns, and more than a goat, and we shall turn half round, lift up their spears with tlie right hand Simullaneous action. Music to suit action.
Beet.

and imt

Is it

the flesh ol an ox

?

Beet.

— SiNBALLI. — Amahagger.
wc
shall slay
it.

It is

an ox without horns, and more than an ox, and
Beet.
?

{Same

action as he/ore, tvith music.)

— SiNBALLI. Is the meat ready to be cooked Bed. — Amahagger.
It is

ready

!

It is

ready

!

It is readjM

Bed.—Si'snAhi.i.
Is the pot hot to cook the flesh?
It is hot! It is hot!

Bed. Amahagger. {Great rumhling mu,sic.)
Leo.

{Jumping up.)
of strangers!

Great heavens!
(horns.

The people who put

pots upon the heads

— Amahagger'.
let

We are ready for the feast. We are ready for the feast,
Let the soat,

We are ready for the feast. We are ready for the feast.
Cook the
flesh,

Be made ready

the ox. for the pot

cook the
it

flesh.
it's

And
Music hurries, and
Juvip up.
si ize

we'll eat

while

hot

I

jH'iicers,
is

jiiuions -ToB, Willi

kept up fill Billali speaks. Tioo of the Amahagger fake jiaf fmin Jirr. Dilyesiia jiroduces a fiber noose ayid dragiji'il r. inn/ Hi,- nini irit], ih,- put are ahoul to place it on
is
i

his head, when Horace _///rx pisinl. hi, ih,i Aniaha<iger falls, li&o jumps forward and cuts the noose that hinds Jon. SiNBALLI levels spear at Leo. Tim jumps between them, and wrests spiear from the Amahagger. Horace is fighting
L,

m

until others.

A

spear!

—a

spear!

—to

SiNBALLI.
cut his throat!

{Another Amahagger

is

about

to

— 20 —
plunge his spear into Leo,
luJio has been forced on his knees hy mimbers. Ustane, followed by Hiliya, fighting 7t'ith others. Hiliya helps throws herself prostrate on Leo, who is doivn. Drive the spear through them botli! As the man has his spear raised to

while
enter.

Tim and Job are

UsTANE

Tim.
obey,

BiLLALi enters
Cease!
{Tlie

R, e.

BiLLALI.

Ye dogs!
of 3'ou!

Amahagger all di'op their spears, and stand docile and inactive.) "Why am I disobeyed? Take that hyena with you, and begone, all {They take off the dead man, and all the projierties as they e.rit.)
Horace.

You came in time, ray fatlier, or we should have been slain. (Ustane has raised Leo, wfio /ms been wounded.) See, my young friend is wounded. [Assists Arc you much hurt, Leo ? U^STANE to bring Leo down.) My poor boy
!

Leo. No, avuncular, only the prod of a spear in the shoulder.
BiLLALI.

Fear

not,

my

son;

the flfesh twist upon the bones merely to hear it. her vengeance shall he worthy of her greatness.

vengeance shall be taken on the dogs such as would make To She they shall go, and

HOKACE.

What was
Thou
seest,

their design,

good father ?

my

country he

may

BiLLALI. son, here there is a custom that if a stranger comes into the be slain by the '' hot-pot " and eaten.

Leo.
It is hospitality

turned upside down.
to eat.

In our country they entertinn stran-

gers and give

them food

Tim.

And
It's

here, fead luck to 'em, they ate the strangers and arc entertained.

after

BiLLALI. an evil one. I don't like the taste of strangers they have wandered through the swamps and lived on wild food.
a custom.
I

think

it

Tim.

Do you mind

that.

Job ?

BiLLALI. But your servant the Pig, being plump and tender-looking, and these being hyenas, they lusted for his flesh, and the woman whom he refused to kiss, put Well, they will have their reward. it into their evil hearts to hot-pot him. Better had they never seen the light than stand before She in her terrible anger.

Horace.

When
Horace.

will

we be brought

Iwfore She-who-must-be-obeyed?

BiLLALI.

In an hour

my

son,

and

I

You

looks, but I
I

are very ugly like you.

—ugly as the Lion
Horace. my young
Leo.

hope She

will

spare
is

3'ou.

beautiful

— a very

Looking intently at

baboon

in

thank you,

my

father:

but see,

friend suffers

and needs attention

Tis nothing avancular— a
fear

I

it is

mere scratch, not worth mentioning. HOEACB. more serious than you would have us believe.

BiLLATJ. Let your servant, the pig and the goat come with
resting place for the Lion.

me and

I will

prepare a

Jon.
I'd rather stay here, if it's all the

same

to

you Mr. Billygoat.

— 21-Tim.
idorrerting

him Ball Ally, yc aiimadhaun

!

BiLLALI. My name is Billali, my son. Dont be alarmed my pig. The pot there's no danger, follow me with the goat. Exit R. I. E.

is

cold

and

Tim. Come on Job, sure the goat will stand by the pig while there's a puck in him. Exit loith Job. HOKA.CE. I will see to it myself Leo. Exit I. E. E.

left

USTANE.

Had they

killed

you

my

chosen, Ustane would have died too.

Leo.

Then you love me
!

truely,

Ustane

?

Truely Oh, how truely that my love will bring me death, yet I truly love. I know ihat one more powerful than I will lead thee from me, yet I truly love. Oh, my Leo, my Lion, often before you came here have I dreamed of thee and seen thee as a vision in my sleep.
Leo.
Is
it

USTANB my Lion. I know

possible, Ustane, that
?

you could have dreamed of me

whom

you had

never seen
!

Ustane.

my

Oh, yes You are no stranger to me. Often have you come to me when heart yearned for my chosen. I have closed my eyes that my soul might see more clearly; then have I beheld thee even as thou art, strong, noble and beautiful. She closes her eyes and assumes a trancelike attitude,- It seems that T have always loved thee. She presses his head hetvjeen her Jiamds and, 1,-isses him 1)11 forehead. The symphony of song is played during action.

Ustane. Song. Thou art my chosen one, long have I waited for tliee. Thou who art beautiful, strong and so fair; I will now liold the feast, lest harru should come to thee.

And

But tinu' She who She who
Oh.

((A-erthy golden head with my raven hair: is in hilmr witli a most evil day is stronger tliau mortal may be,
is fairer,

Shh who's more

Ijeatiful;

my

beloved. She'll turn thee from me.

She with a look can harm. She with a smile can chaim. Oh, my beloved She 'li, turn thee from me,
The music
music.
continues.

Ustane appears

io

he

in

a trance.

S^teaks tlirough-

Look! Look! She is there. She beckons to my beloved. He follows her My ej^es can see no more. {Trembles and screams, Lost! into the darkness. L osi, Ustane! She shudders convulsively ant/ falls, overpowered by her terrible Leo bends over her and raises her in his arms. emotion.
LTstane!

Ustane!

"What

is it?

Leo. Speak

to

me.

Ustane.
Revieiving.

Ah, m}' Leon,

my

chosen you are here
Leo.

!

Yes, Ustane.

What is
she

the matter?

What have you

seen!

Ustane.
Assisted
bij

I^eo,

rises.

Naj',

my

after the fasiiicn of

my

which

is

not yet?

people. {Smiiingly.)

Surely

I

chosen. I did but sing unto thee saw nothing. How could I see that

Leo.

But you surely saw something, Ustane

?

,

USTANE. Nay, ask rae not. Why should^ I fright you? {Lookft tendnrhj at hhn.) "When I am gone Irom thee, my chosen, when at night thou stretfhest out thine hand and cannot find me, then tliou wilt think of me; for in truth I love thee well, thougli I be not fit to wash thy feet. Now let us love and take that which is given ns and be happy, for in the grave (shudders) there is no love and no warmth, norany touching of the lips, nothing perhaps or perchance but bitier memories of what might have been. To-night the hours are our own

how know we to whom

they

may

belong to-morrow.

Son//.

USTANE.

To-night the tide of youthful life Withhi our veins is flowing; To-night our liearts are warm and light With love's sweet passion glowing. But all this warmth of life and love May quickly change to sorrow; The arms that twine, the lips that press. Are cold in death to-morrow.
Together.

Are cold in death to-morrow: The arms that twine, the lips that Are cold in death to-morrow.
/So?0,— USTANE.

pre>is,

To-night

we

live,

to-night

we

love,

Without a care distressing; Our lips will meet, our arms

will twine.

In lover's fond caressing, Tho' death be nigh, we'll heed him not.

Nor one black plume
Theij exit R.
I.

Together. we'll borrow.

We'll taste the cup of bliss to-night, Tho' cold in death to-morrow. E.

CHANGE.— Scene

3.

Statues of Egyptian design ornament the laterior of qorgeMusly decora Led cave. An arched wall-. 'Lamps of anrimi paf/nn or. snspnnlrd frvm llw r.niug. T,r,, pri^mntic ither '• ,nin,biins. m,.' nn opening C, with Anihim,cnhn,,.^.
'

scdptm-rd stvuc Intrk ra/s.-d. dins or plntfimi side of opening. At cliangt'o C. The other features of this scene lOill he expjlaiued.

A

m

,,j

vprniug
is

march

played and the Amahagger

enter.

Ballet and Chorus.
Chorus.

Hiya comes, Hiya comes, Hiya of the mighty hand, Hiya of the power divine. Iliya beautiful and grand. She whose eves the liahtnings dart, She so fair mikI vK s.. dread, She who rulrth all that lives. She who nik'tii all that's dead. Hiya comes, Hiya monies. She wVio with a look can slay. She who, radiant as the sun, She who over life holds sway. Hiya comes, Hiya comes, Iliya who must l)e obeyed, Hiya comes, Hiya comes, in majesty and power arrayed. The recess or opening at back is illuminated, the mrtains are drawn aside and Music to suit action. Aye-iha is discorered.
aSo/O— BiLLALI.

Hail to Ayesha, powerful queen. Prostrate at thy feet we fall, (Salaams very low .) Thv slaves in supplication bow To her who ruleth over all.
Chorus.

Hail to Ayesha. powerful queen. Prostrate at thy feet we fall, All .wlaam rcry Thy slav<?s in suplication bow To her who ruleth over all.
I

loir.)

(.Ill -idiKini.

((ml riiriain hoircil.)

;

— 23 —
Solo— Ayssha.

two thousand years and more with power and strength to The wondrous phases of the world. Where all is changed save only me.
For
full

I've lived,

see

on from age to age, And marked great kings and empires Tliough old still young and beautiful, I'm (lueen and ruler over all.
I've lingered

fall

Chorus.
She's lingered on from age to age. great kings and empires Though old still young and beautiful. She's queen and ruler over all.

And marked

fall,

Ayksjia.
so
Stranger, why art thou [Tu HoR.vCE, irJtti luLS been brought in by Bellali.) much afraid? Is there that about me that should afright a man?

Horace,
It is

l.

thy beauty that makes
to

me

fear,

oh

(^ueen.

BiLLALI.
{Aside
still

Horace.)

Good,

my

Baboon, good!

She's a great queen, but

a

woman.

Ayesiia. Tell me how came you hither to this land of dwellers of evil things and dead old shadows of the dead?

among caves?

— a land

Horace.

We

come, oh queen, to learn the things that are unknown.

Ayesiia.

—into the hand of She
We

Chcapl)'^

ye hold your
-

lives to place

who

trust our lives to thee, of one so beautiful.

them in the hollow of tJie hand of Hiya must 1)e obeyed. Horace. knowing that cruelty cannot dwell iu the heart
-

BlLLALI.
(Aside
to

Horace.)

Hood, ray Baboon, good!

Ayesha.
see that men still know how to beguile us woraou with lalse words. Thou Little know I of the affairs of seest I dwell among the caves and the dead. man, nor have I cared to know. I have lived, oh stranger, with my memories, and my memories are in the grave that my own hands hollowed. (These Then sudde)dij seeing Billali, and very ivords are spoken with much feeling. is it that my guests were set Ah, thou art there, old man! harshly.) being slain by the " hot pot," to be eaten by these upon, and one was nigh
I

How

brutes, thy children?
to those

who

execute

What have you my vengeance?

to say that I should not give

you over

BiLLALI.

Oh, She! As thou art great, be merciful, for I am now, as Oh, Hiya! Those evil ones went mad with the lust of blood. ever, thy'servaut to obey. ordered them here, to be judged of thy greatness. I have Ayesiia. do justice upon them to-morrow. And as for thee, I forgive thee, that thou dost keep thy household better. Go! (JIusic. though hardly. See BiLLiLA and all but Horace and Ayesha march of, after salaaming three times. Stranger, how do they call thee? To Horace.)
I will

Horace.

Your

servant, Billali. calls

me Baboon.
Ayesha.
that
is

Laughing.

Xy,

I

see

!

the

magination, and all thee in thine

fly to

own

the beasts they resemble country ?

fashion of these savages, who lack for a name. How do they


They
Holly Holly
call

24

Horace.

me

Holly, oh, queen.

Ayesha.
!

and what
is

is

Holly

?

Horace.
a prickly tree.

Ayesha.
Well, thou hast a prickly and yet a tree-liku look. Thou art very wisdom be not at fault thou art honest at the core. She comcti Two stone .leats C. He hesitates. At present thou down. Be seated here by me hast no cause to fear me. If thou hast cause thou shalt not fear long for I Therefore let thy heart be light Horace and Ayesha sit. shall slay tliee. now Holly, liow comest, thou to speak Arabic ? It is my own dear tongue

So

!

uglj" but if ray

!

for

Arabian

I

am by
it

birth.

HORACF. It is spoken in Egypt and elsewhere. Ayesha. is still an Kgypt ? And what Pliaraoh sits upon the throne ? Still So. there one of the spawn of the Persian Ochus, or are the Archaemenians gone ? Horace. The Persians have been gone from Kgypt for nigh two thousand years, and since then the Ptolemys, the Romans and many others have Hourished, and held sway upon tiie Nile. But what can you know of the Persian Artaxerxes? Ayesha. Anddreece is tiiere still a Greece ? Ah, I loved the Laughs knowinijhj but fierce at heart and Beautiiul were they as the dav, and clever (Ireeks.
I

have studied

for

many

years.

.

fickle.

Horace.
Yes. there
is still

a Greece, but only a mockery of the (irecce

tliat

was.

Ayesha.

And

the Hebrews, are they yet at Jerusalem

?

Horace. The .Jews are broken and scattered, and Jerusalem is no more. The Romans burned it and the Roman eagles flew across its ruins. Ayesha. But of these Muslnrjhj, Tliey were a great people, those Romans. So, So they called me heathen when I would have tauglit them philosophy, .lews Messiah come ? bid their
!

Horace. Pardon me, oh Queen, but I'm bewildered. Xeaily two thousand years have Messiah hung upon his cross at GolHow, then could you have taught the Jews pliilosophy, before he lotha. came? You are a woman and not a spirit. How can a woman live two housand years.
rolled across the earth since the Jewisli

Ayeuaa
Dost thou believe that there is no such thing as
{pointivfj to stone imaijes.)
all

things die?

I tell

thee that nothing really dies

deatli,

though there is a thing called change. See! Three times two thousand years have passed since

the last of the great race that hewed those pictures fell before the breath of the pestilence; yet, are the}- not dead. Kven now they live; perchance their very spirits are drawn toward us now. {S!in/s h<-r ei/es-.) My ej'cs can see them. {Pan.'ie.)

Horace.
But
to the

world they are dead.

Ayesha.
Ay, for a time, but even to the world will they be bom again and again. say to thee that I wait now for one I loved, to be born again; knowing of n I whose surety that he will come. Why is it that I who am all powerful loveliness is greater than the grecian Helen's and whose wisdom is greater
1

'

—25 —

than Solomon, the Wise I who have overcome the change, called death why, I say, do I herd here with barbarians lower than tlie beasts?

Horace.
I

know

not.

Ayesiia.

Because I wait for him I love, lie whom I slew in my passion, but who ol' a surety will be born again, and then following a law stronger than any hini'ian plan he will find me here and his heart will soften towards me thougli I sinned against him, and he will love me for my beauty's sake.

Horace.
But even
if

men

are born again and again,

it

is

not so witli you,
died.

if

you speak

truly, (slm looks sharply at

Mm),

for

you have never
AVESIIA.

'Tis so, and so it is, because I have solved one of the great secrets of the world. You know that life is, why, therefore should not life be lengthened for awhile. {Rising.) Another time I will tell thee more if the mood be on me; though, perchance, I will never speak of it again. (Comes dovm.) Dost wonder how I knew you were coming, and so saved you from the hot-pot ?

Horace.
{Down.)

Ay, oh Queen!

I

do not understand.

Ayesha.
Leo, with face averted. in whale boat.) "The

{She makes a coniuring motion, with her hands.) Thou gaze! (^-1 pidufe of Tim and Job's faces seen, and Horace' s face not seen, are Working of this will be Explained.''

Horace.
This
is

magic.

Ayesiia. No, it is no magic, that is a fiction of ignorance. Tlicre is no such thing as magic, though there is such a thing as a knowledge of tlie secrets of nature. {Same motions, and a number of pictures apjiear, /r/iir/i n-ill l>e nrram/ed See tig the Stage Manager.) Now, tell me of this youth, this Lion, as iJillali calls His back is always to me. I have not seen his face. He was wounded him.
!

I

beheve?

Horace.
Yes, and
I fear

dangerously.
?

Cans't thou do nothing

for him,

oh

!

C,)ueen,

who knowest
1

so

much

Ayesha.
can cure him.
{Thoughtfully.)

Who

nurses him

'/

Horace.

Our servants and a woman of this country called Ustane, who kissed him first she saw him, and hath stayed by him ever since. Ayesha. Ustane ? {Musing.) I wonder if it be she against whom I was warned ? the form of Ustane is seen bending over Leo, on couch.) Same motion, Stay!

when

{,

Is that the

woman

?

Horace.

The same.

She watches Leo

asleep.

{Motions, 'picture vanishes.)

But

this

Ustane,

how

like

{Quicklg.) strange, very. oh, my Holly ?

Ayesha. Leo ? That is Lion in the Latin tongue, {aside) Amenartes, the cursed Egyptian. It's very Hast thou aught to ask of me before thou goest,
to

Horace. would gaze upon thy face. Ayesha. {Laughing.) Thou knowest the old myth of the Gods of Greece ? There was one Actseon who perished because he looked on too much beauty. If t
Yes, one thing.
I

— 26 show
I

3'ou
lor

am

my face perchance thou wilt perish also, tor know, Iain not no man, save one, who hath been, but is not yet.
Horace.

for thee.

I fear

woman's

I have put my heart not thy beauty. loveliness, that passes like a flower.

away from such

vanitie.s

as

Ayesiia.

13utmy beauty endures even as

my

lace.

Never, I endure. beauty hath' been enveiled, put it from his mind. You are warned. Wilt thou see.

may

the

man
I

to

Tlierefore,

hide

whom my

Horace.
ontef ijurmenf drop Jioiii ln-i- prison. her face arms and shoulders are lurre. fitting garment of been darkened and caicium is thrown fnll upon her.
1

will.

Ayef<ha

lets tJn-

r<fCi-alin<j

>li>.s<^

ivhite,

The

stage

has

_

Ayesiia.
half devine. Evil hand.

Behold me lovely as no woman was or is, undying and Memory haunts me from age to age and passion leads me by the
!

have I done and with sorrow have I made aquaintance and evil shall I do and sorrow shall I know till my redemption comes. Horace hides kis facf. Rash man, like Acta-on thou hast had thy will, be careful lest like Actit-on thou art not torn to peic8s by the ban-hounds of thine own passions. Horace. Hides face. I look on beauty and I am blinded Ayesha. Beauty is like the lightning, it is bright Init it destroys, especially trees, Go now, and if thou canst, forget that thou hast looked upon oil. Holly. Ayesha's beauty. Horace reaches out hands to her. Go! repeat aciion. Go! Horace exits R. I. E. Ayesha's has changed to a fury. Who is this Ustane, so like the Egyptian Amenattes ? Curse her, may she be everlastmgly accursed Curse the fair daughter of the Accursed be the memory of the Egyptian Curse her, because her magic prevailed against Nile because of her beautv. me. Curse her because she kept my beloved from me. She has been standing lia.ck of fire and with every curse the fiame darts aji and subsides. J^"" The Plaintively. I'ts no use- no WORKING OF THIS WILL ISE E.XPLAIXED. " With vehemtnce. Curse her when even I can reach those that sleep use not she shall be born again let her be born accursed let her be utterh- accursed from the hour of her birth until sleep tinds her. Then let her be accui>eil. Plaintive, her Ibng black hair is that I may overtake her with my vengeance. unbound and covers her as she sinks down, Trap. Oh, my love, my love, my love If I have sinned against thee, have I not wiped away the sin ? When wilt thou come back to me ? I who have all and yet without thee have Oh, why could I not die with thee, I who slew thee. Alas, I nothing, cannot die Alas, Alas Oh, Kallikrates I must look upon thy face again. Ttie trap has risen and Leo as Kallikrates is on couch. " Will he explaixed.'It is a generation since I looked upon She removes covering from Jiis face. thee whom I slew slew with my own hand, and yet I loved thee sobs.
! !

!

!

1

Song.

—Ay'Aesha.
waiting.

My

love,

my love I am
I

wait for thee. Tarry not long my sweetheart. Tarry not long from me. The tears from my eyes are falling And sorrow my heart doth fill.
Sighing,

My love, my love, I am waiting, Why dost thou linger still? How long wilt thou keep me; waiting? How long to endure this pain? U hen will my eyes cease flowing?
'

When

thou shalt come again. My love, my love, I am sighing Weeping 1 wait for thee. My soul is beset with sorrow, Till thou shalt come to nae,

During symjihoiiy

Iht^ roii.rh sinl's,

ami

Leo, under stage, sings.

Solo.

— Leo.

Thine eyes are dim with weeping, And thine heart is sore with pain. For ages thon'st been waiting. For one who will come again. Who will oome ''rom out the shadows, When the images of stone Shall wake the cavern's echo With a mighty living tone.

The stone images sing in

cliorns.

Wtll Be Explained.
Choiiis.

At

conclusion of chorus.

Thine eyes are dim with weeping,

etc., etc.

Ayesha.

The images of stone have roused tlie echoes with their voices iny Kallilcrates, is born again, and lie will come to me.

— Kallikrates,

OURTATX.

ACT

III.

'•THE RUINS OF

KOR."— " THE TEMPLE OF TRUTH."— THE STATUE OF "TRUTH STANDING ON THE WORLD."— EXPLANATION WILL BE GIVEN.
{Enter Tim and Job, E.
Tim.
I.

1

E.)

be liere piirty soon to sentence This is where She howlds coort, and She the hot-pot divils that were goin' to ate yon, Job.
'11

Oh, Lord!
escape, Tim.

when

I

think of that,

Job. it gives

me

the creeps.

I

had a narrow

Tim.

Troth 3'ou did. But yon remember what ould Ballylally said? As liow they didn't like the taste of strangers who kem through the swamps and lived on wild fowl. Now, as you have been in the swamps and ate nothing but wild fowl for the last ten days, shure you wouldn't stay long on their stomachs. You'd prove an emetic, my boy.
Job.

would enjoy being eaten 1)y them if I was sure of poisoning the whole lot on 'em. But I don't care for that now. I can only think of poor master Leo. I know he's going to die. Oh, dear! Oh, dear! To think of
I

believe I

his 'aving to die in this blasted barbarosity of a place.

Tim.

He's purty bad. Job; but Mister Holly says that 5^/ie will cure him. Do you know, Job, {looks about) God be good to us! I hope she can't hear me! but I believe She 's a "Pisherogue," or a witch.

Worse nor that, Tim, worse nor tliat! care; but I know She 's the devil hisself!
Tim.

Job.
If

She wur only a witch,

I

wouldn't

The

divil in petticoats, eh,

Job?

Shure the world
Job.

is

full

of such purty

little divils,

Job.

Yes, I know all women 'ave a little touch of the Old Boy in 'em; but this Sh« is the bony Jider Lucifer. Why, you can't turn round in these cursed caves and 'oles but you're brought face to face with a corpse. {Suuddtrinrj.) Oh, Lord! it gives me the shivers to think of it. Last night I 'ad a sight that made my blood nearly freeze. I was standing at the opening of master Holly's cave, when I saw more nor fifty of the beastly savages, each one carrying a Thej' took 'em out a short distance and set 'em up like posts in the corpse. ground and set fire to 'era, and they blazed and crackled as if they was stufted with resin; and the savages howled and danced like himps of Beelzebub, and some on 'em grabbed up arms and legs all ablaze and run like mad with them I never want to see such a sight again. 'ere goulish torches.
'ere

Tim.

Bless us and save us

!

And what do you suppose they

did that

tor.

Job?

— 29 —
Jon.

Well, Mister Holly told me that these caves are full of human mummies, and the material used in preparing them is very inflammable, and they burns the mummies to give 'em light whenever they has a dance. Heavens! how they roared and flared No tar-barrel could 'ave burned as them 'ere mummies did.
!

I
It's

Tim. wish we were safe out of this. Job. Shure I never heard of such diviltry. a wonder the ghosts of these ould mummies don't haunt them?
Jon.

I'll tell you why, Tim. Because these beastly hyenas arc not human, and ghosts has no power with 'em. A ghost is too respectable to appear to such cannibals. They's muck, they is, and the muckiest kind of muck at that, A

is played. Tim. She's coming to hold coort. We'd better be oft' to Mister Leo, I. E. Job. Yes, let's be hoft". I can't a-bear the beastly hot-]iotters. Exit Tim and Job, L. I. E. Music ff. Enter Ayesha and Harare, /nlinvi'd /»/ male andfem.ale Ainahagger. Ayesfui takes her place on dias at base of statue, Horace stands

wehd march
Whist! Going L.

beside her.

A

march and

bcdlet is pierformed, at conchis/on

Ayesha

speaks.

Ayesha.

Come hither Holly and sit liy me. Horace does so. Xow you will see me To Billali. do justice on those who would have slain thee. Let them be brought before me. Billali salaams and goes off R. I. E., folloived by si.c of the guard. How didst thou sleep, ray Holly ?
Horace.
I

slept not well, Oh, Ayesha.

Ayesha. I, too, have not slept well. I dreamed ol one T hate &m\ and guard return with prisoners, viz.: SinbuUi, Abdaili, and Dilyesha. The guards take their places, and the prisoners prostrate before Ayesha. Nay, stand. The prisoners rise. Perchance the time will soon be when you shall grow weary of bemg stretched. Laughs. Dost thou, my
Lan,g]dng.
I love.

So?

one

Billali

guest, recognize tliese people.

HORACK.
I do,

oh Queen.
to say,

Ayesha. Very sweetly. You have heard. What have you why vengeance should not be done upon you ?
!

ye rebellious ones,

SiNBALLI. Mercy, Hiya, mercy Let us be banished into the us not to the infernal torture.

swamps

to die, but give

Ayesha.
Eaters of human flesh. Ye have dared Did 1 not send my word unto ye hj Billali, my servant, and the father of your houseliold ? Hath it not been tauglit ye from childhood tliat the law of She is ever fixed law, and tliat he who breaketh it by so much In defiance of my order j^e have attempted as one jot or tittle sliall perish? Therefore I pronounce, that ye be taken to the to put my guests to death. cave of torture and given over to my executioners to wreak my vengeance upon ye, and that on the going down of to-morrow's sun, if any of ye remain alive, ye shall suffer death l)y the hot-pot as you would have slam the servant of my

With fury.

Dogs and serpents

!

to disobey me.

guest.

Prisoners.
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!

Horace.
Oh. Queen,
let

me

implore mercy for these people.


-30Ayesha.
Billali, my word is spoken, let my doom be done. prisoners are conducted oJf\ followed hy the others in I'rocession, with music. Here, oh Holly have I held my coiu't I'or over 2000 years under this winged figure. Ste2->s down. Come, Holly, and see. Horace joins her. The stage is darkened. The moon rises ahore the statue. Didst ever see an image so entrancing and divine, illumined and shadowed by the soft li.oht of the moon?

Blllali

Nay, it cannot salaams and

be.

tJie

HORACK.

What does

it

represent

?

Ayesiia. Canst thou not guess ? where then is thy imagination. It ing on the world," calling to its children to unveil her face.

is "

truth stand-

Horace. It is a wonderful conception, a poet's dream of beauty frozen into stone. Ayesha. They were a great people, those ancients of Koi', they were an old people before the Egyptians were, when first I saw these ruins, over two thousand years ago, they were even as they are now. Judge of their age, therefore. It is recorded on this slab, square slali at statue's base by Junis a priest of the great Temple of Kor, what a cloud settled upon the great city in the year,

came

four thousand eight hundred and three, from its founding and out of the cloud a pestilence that destroyed all the people, the p.iince and the peasant

alike.

And

that accounts for the great

Horace. number of dead found

in

the caves

?

Ayesiia. Yes, they embalmed their dead like the Egyptians but their art was more perfect. Enter Joti very /iiwh I'.rrited, L. I. E.

Oh, mister Holly, mister Holly he be a-dyiu hack frightened. Oh, lord what's that?
!

Joii.
sir.

i^ees

Ayesha springs

Is tliat thy servant,

and

is

that the

Ayesiia. way servants greet ladies

in

thy country.

Horace.

He

is

friglitened at thy garb,

it

hath a deathlike

air.

Ayesha

Leuajhs.

Ayesha.
Whj' has he come here
?

Horace.

He
So
1

brings

me word

that

my boy

lies at

the point of deatli.
I

Ayesha.
provided he be not dead, it is no matter, for him be brought here at once! So say to my servant
Billali.

can restore him. Let Joh goes of L. I. E.

Had we

better not go to him, oh

Horace. Ayesha

?

Ayesiia. Xo. I have here that which will cure him. die. {Producing earthen rial.) HOliACE. (lod grant it so: but what magic
Ayesiia.

Fear

not.

your boy

sliall

not

Magic ? Have I not told thee there is no such thing as magic? Tliongli there is such a thing as understanding and applying the forces which arc in nature.

Horace.
For twenty years Leo has been mv dearest companion and the one interest my existence, and here I've been lingering by your side while he lay dying, and perhaps now it is too late. If so. I shall liate myself for the cursed selfishness that kept me from him.
of

?

Ayesha.
Doiiot blame thyself. A mono; men, the yeiy best are lighted down to I was the cause, and I will recover evil by the gleam of a wninaii's eyes. him. {A bier or stMilu is Jirmujlit on, on which Leo is lijing, his face averted from Ayesha. Ustane fvUnii-w mid takes her place near the bier. Aijesha seeinc/ her.) Ah, the girl. It is she of whom thou didst speak to me. Bid her and I love not that underlings should perceive my wisdom. the rest depart. {Horace motions them off. I'hey all go excejtf Ustane. Horace touches her ori
i

shoulder

and 2>oinis

off'.

Ustane.
{SuUenli/.)

What
you

does she want

?

HOKArE.
Siio desires

to go.

USTA.VE. It is surely the right of a wife to be near her husband motions.) Xay, I will not go, my Lord, the Baboon.

when he

dies.

UJ.

Ayesha.

Why

doth not the

woman

leave us

?

Horace.
She does not
like to leave Leo.

Ayesha.
(Facing Ustane with fury and pointing off'.) Go Thou seest it time that gave these people a lesson. The girl went nigh to disobeying ine. Now let me see the youth. (She approaches Mer and Leo turns his fare towards her. She staggers back with a scream.
!

1

Horace.

What

is it,

Ayesha ?

Is

he dead ?

Ayesha.
(Springing toward him. Willi, fury.) Thou dog! Why didst thou hide this from me ? (Stretches out her arm toward him. Horace .^eems dazed.)

What — what

is

this


lies

Horace. Ayesha.

(Withdrawing her
Holly, there lies

—there
My

liand.)

Ah, perchance thou didst not know.

my

lost Kallikrates.
(

back

to

me

at last, as I

knew he

my

Kallikrates!

love!

would. Mj'love!

Learn, oh Kallikrates who has come Weeping, as she gazes on him.) Oh,

Horace.
Unless you help him quickly, your Kallikrates
calling.

will

be

far

beyond your

Ayesha.
Oh, wliy did I not see him before? (Producing I am unnerved. My hand trembles, even mine, and yet Here, Holly, take this vial and pour the liquid down his If will cure him, if he be not dead. throat. Swift! swift! he dies! (Horace administers medicine. Ayr.sJia. shows great agitation.)
(Starting quickly.)
terra cotta vial.)

True!

it is

very easy.

Is

it

too late?

HoKAfJE. (Leo gives a long-drauni sigh.)

I

see he

is

saved

!

Saved

I

Thou seest? Ayesha. One little moment more, and he had

gone.

Gone!

Gone!

(Sobbing.)

Thou

seest, after all, I

But this Ustane, His servant?
I

Forgive me. Holly. Forgive me for my weakness! only a woman. (Her manner is changed quickly.) almost liad I forgotten her. What is she to Kallikrates?

am

Horace.
understand that she
is

wed

to him, according to the

custom of the Ama-

hagger.

!

— 32 —
AVliat
!

Then
Xa}'!

there
It

is

an end

!

Ayesha. She must Horace.

die

Xay!
evil.

would be a crime.

And from

crime nought comes

but

Ayesha. Is it a crime to put away that which stands between us and our ends? is our life one long crime, for day by day we destroy tliat we may live, Then
since in
tiie

world none but the strongest can endure.

Horace.
But thou hast said that each man should be a law unto himself and follow Hast tln^ heart no mercy toward her whose the teachings of his own heart. he, pointing to ieo, whom for two place thou wouldst take? Bethink thee! thousand years thou hast waited for, has returned. AVilt thou celebrate his coming by the murder of one who loved him ? Thou sayst also that ni the past thou didst greivously wrong this man, that with thine own hand thou didst slay him because of the Egyptian, Amenartes ?

Ayesha.
With, quick exritif III cut.

name?

I

How knowst thou that? never mentioned Amenartes to thee.

IIow knowst thou

tiiat

IIOKACE. Perchance I dreamed it. Strange dreams hover about these caves of Kor. what came ot this mad crime ? Two thousand years of waiting, was it But not ? And, now, wouldst thou repeat the history ? I tell thee tliat evil will come of it. How will this man take thee, red-handed from the slaughter of her who loved and tended him ?

Ayesha.
thee as well as her, yet should he love me. But I will spare am not cruel for the sake of cruelty. Let her come before Horace exits R. I. E. She thnnvs herbefore my mood change. me. Quiclc, Oh, my Kallikrates, thou wilt live. For sixty self on her knees beside litter. generations I have lived without thy companionship, without love, led down the dreary ages of my hfe by the marsh-hghts of hope, yet my skill told me they would one day lead unto my deliverer, and thou at last hast come. But Enter Horace the woman, {rises) so like the accursed Egyptian, Amenartes.

Had

I slain

this

woman;

for I

loith U.xtane.

R

Q. E.

Is

my

lord dead?

Oh, say not he

USTANE. is dead?
herself before she,

Nay, he
Stand!

lives.

Horace. Sue hath saved him. Ustane prostrates
Ayesha.
rises.

Ustane

Come

hither!

t'stune

approachrs her.

Who

is

this

man?
USTANH

My

husband.

Who
I

gave him

to thee tor a

Ayesha. husband ? Ustane.

took him according to our custom, oh, She.

Ayesua. evil in taking this man, who is a stranger, and not of thy custom fails. Listen! Go from hence and never dare to speak to He is not for thee. Go! Ustane does not or set thine eyes upon him again. Pause then with fury. Gk), woman move. Ustane. With desj)erate calmess. I will not go. The man is my husband, and I lo\e him. Ayesha seems impatient. I love him and luill not leave him. Ayesha rises ijiUcklij and sits agaiit. What right hast thou to make me leave my husband. Ayesha rises as if to sttike.

Thou hast done
Tlie

race.

!

— 33 —
HOKACE,
Literposimj
.

Be

pitiful.

It is

nature working.

Situ. I

am

pitiful.

Coldly,

now. With vuirked where thou art.

tnqjhasis.

Ayesha. hud I not been pitiful, she had been dead even "Woman, I say to thee go before 1 destroy thee
!

Dtterndnedly 1 will not go He I took him because I loved him, because he loved me, Ayesha repeats action, destroy me, if thou hast the power, I will not give thee my husband, never, never Faces Ayesha in defance.
!
! !

USTANE. is mine mine

With sarcastic

siveetness.

Ayesha. Say yon so Then
!
!

ivi.th

hand, she touches Ustane's head. Fool worm Ustane puts hand white mark appears across her hair, seemes dazed.

afvrious muvement of her to her head, a

Horace.
Seeing white mark, Great Heavens
!

Ayesha. Poor ignorant fool, dost think that I have no power to slay. I have set my seal upon thee, the white mark of my displeasure, so that I shall know thee till thy hair is all as white as it. Now wilt thou go, or must I strike
again
?

Ustane

still

dazed, feeliny the

way

with her hands as if blinded. Exits

L. Q. E. If ever she dares to look upon his face again, her bones shall become whiter than the mark upon her hair. She goes and bends over Leo who has been moving restlessly, he stretches out his arms and seeing her draio her face to him and kisses her.

Leo. Sitting up. Hallo Ustane why have you tied your head up ? Plave you the tooth ache? I say Job, I'm awfully lumgery. Looking round Job not here. I say you old son of gun where the deuce have you got to now ? Looking at Ayesha. Eh, bless me that is not Ustane.
I
!

Ayesha.
Greeting to thee, my young stranger lord. Right glad am I to see thee well again Leo stands, believe me had I not saved thee never wouldst thou have stood upon your feet again. Leo has come doivn.

Leo.
Bowing. I thank you lady for j'our kindness in caring for one I shall never be ungrateful. you.

unknown

to

Nay. give one no thanks,
Aside

tis I

Ayesha. who am made happy by thy coming.
Leo.

to Horace, Humph Leo I say old fellow the lady is uncommonly civil. seemed to have stumbled into clover. Looking at Yesha. By jove, what a pair of arms ? Horace.
!

We

{Nudging him.)

Not

so loud.

Leo.
{Not noticing him.) Have arms it must be lovely.

yon seen her
HOEACE.

tace

?

If it

compares with her

Damn

it,

man, keep

quiet.

Ayesha.
Is there

aught
I

I

can do for j'ou more

?

Leo. Yes, lady,
gone.

would know where the young

woman Avho was

nursing

me

has

Oh, the girl?

Yes

——
I

Ayesha. I— know not, She

sajd she \vov(ld go.

Perchance

!

— Sishe will return. {Perchance not.) these savage women are fickle.
It is

wearisome

waitintf

on

tlie

sick,

and

Leo. It's infernally odd that she should leave me. I don't understand. The young lady and I that is well, you know exactly. I in short, we have a great regard for each other.

Yes, I know exac%. I to give my servant, Billali, so will leave you for a little. If there can be comfort in this poor place, be sure {Goes up C. and off L'. U. E.) it awaits thee.

Ayesha. have some instructions

Leo.

Who
speech

is

she old fellow

'!

.She's

uncommonly
HOEACE.

civil.

The Queen.

She herself

m
!

For Heaven's sake be more guardctl of your
Leo.

her presence.

Pshaw

She

's

only a

woman you know.
Horace. The very woman the sherd of Amenartcs
Leo.

But a most extraordinary one. speaks of

Then

the story

is

true
it

?

Horace.

However

incredible

may seem,

it is

true.

USTANE.
{Elders L. Q. K. hurriedly.) Oh, my lord, thou art restored and my heart but I am in peril from She-who-must-be-obeycd. Surely, the Baboon has told thee how slie drove me from thee. I love -thee, my lord, and thou art mine, according to the law of the country. My Lion, wilt thou cast me off
rejoices,

now

?

Cast you off?
([ueen.

Never, Ustane.

Leo. Let us go and explain matters

to

the

USTANE. Nay! Nay! She would slay us. There is but oneway. across the marshes, and perchance we may escape.

Flee witli

me

Horace.
For Heaven's sake, Leo, dont
LTstane.

Nay, listen not to him. Swift Be swift Death is in tho air we brcatlie! {Throws herself in Leo's arms. Ayesha with BeUuli and livo guards ajipears at hack.) Kven now, perhaps, she hears us. {Ayesha laughs. Ustane shrinks hack. Leo and Horace a^ipear confused.)
! !

Ayesha.
bashful.

{Laughing as she comes down.) Nay, now Surely the sight was a pretty one.
Leo.
it all

my

lord and guest, look not so
lion.

The leopard and the

Oh, hang

Ayesha.
{Very sweetly.)
I

And
T

dreamed not that

thou, Ustane, my servant, is this a fit time for love? could be disobeyed. I thought thee already far away.

Ustane.
Play not with me.
Slay me, and
let

there be an end.

Ayesha.
not well to go, so swift from the hot lips of love, down to the cold mouth of the grave. ( Vindictively to guards.) Let the fool's wish be gratified. {7 he two guards take hold of Ustane. Leo hurls than in tarn to the ground. Horace holds Leo hack.)
It is
.

Nay,

why?

.

-135


her,

Leo.

Curse you

!

Dare to put

j-our

hand on

and

I'll

brain yon!

Ayesha.
{Laughing.)
sick.

But we

shall see.

this evil-doer depart.

Thou hast a strong arm, my guest, for one wlio so late was Now, oh Holly, thou didst hear my words bidding At thy prayer I did weakly spare her life. How is it,
HOIJACE.

then, that thou art a sharer in thrs meeting?

It

was

l)y accident, oh,

Queen.

I

knew naught

of

it.

Ayesha.
I

believe thee.

And

well

is it for

Then does. all the

guilt rest

upon

this

thee that I do. Angrily boking at Ustanp. woman. Motions Billali, who exits U. E. R

Leo. Come, I say now. I don't see any guilt about it. Ustane is married to me according to the custom of this awful place.. She's not anybody else's wife, and she loves me, and I love her. And whatever she has done I have done too, so if she's to be punished, let me be jjunished also, and T tell you if you Re-enter Billali bid those savages to touch her again, I'll tear them to pieces. with all the Amahagger. Ayesh.\. Hast thou aught to say woman ? Ustane folds her arms. Thou silly straw, thou feather, who didst tliink to float towards thy passion's petty ends against Tell me, for I fain would understand, why the great wind of my strong will. didst thou this thing ?

Ustane. Queen, because my love is stronger than the grave; because my without him whom my heart chose would be but a living death. I know that my life is forfeit to thy anger, yet am I glad that I did risk it, and willingly will I pay it away for him, because he embraced me and told me that he loved me.
I did it,oh.
life

Ayesha.
Springs up and makes motion as
if to strike,

but controls herself

and

sits

again.

Say

on.

Ustane.
I have no magic, and I am no queen, nor do I live forever, but a woman's heart is heavy to sink through waters however deep, and a woman's eyes are quick to see, even through thy vail, oh, Queen.

Ayesha.

And what

hast thou seen

?

Ustane.
I have seen that thou dost love this man thyself, and, therefore, woulds* destroy me, who stands across thy path. I will die and go into the die darkness, nor know I whither: but this I know. There is a light shining in breast, and by that light, as by a lamp, I see the future unroll before me my like a scroll.

— —

Ayesha.

And what

does this light

show

thee

?

Ustane. It shows me that my love hath brought me {Assiow's a trance-like look.) I'll turn not back, being ready to pay the price. And even as I see death, but myself standing on the steps of doom, so do I see that thou shaft not profit by my death. Mine he is, and though thy beauty shme like the sun among Never shall he look tliee in the eyes and the stars, mine shall he remain. Oh, I see oh, what a sight is here call thee wife! Thou, too, art doomed! my Lion, thou art saved, but She will perish I see a fire that never dies!


!

!

I sec a shriveled

form

!

I see

I see

;

— 36 — Song— UsTANE.
I I

see thee lead him o'er the dark abyss. With frantic haste and mad desire.— see him follow thee into the pit Where burns the everlasting fire I see thee bathing in the quenchless flames That lap thy beauty in their ire I see thee shrivel and shrink and fade,— I see a tortured one expire.
:
I

C'}(orus.

She that's standing on the steps of doom
Sees the future like a written scroll. And reads it plainly with the eye of truth. As the mystic pages of fate unroll. She sees the ending of a weary life, She sees the tortures of a doomed soul By the light that shineth in her breast She plainly reads the prophetic roll.

USTANE.

THINE

SHALL {These words are siJoken almost in a shriek.) Never shall he call thee wife I see You are doomed
! ! ! !

NEVER

HE

fiE

Ayesha.
[She makes {With vehemence.) False prophetess, be thou forever blind a quick pass, the electric sparks fly from her hand. Ustane shrieks, trembles, and forever {Leo and Horace raise Ustane.) Be thou accursed falls prostrate.) Leo. Great Heavens She is dead {They place {A.9sisfing her to litter L E E.) her on litter.) Woman, devil, or whatever thou art, you have killed her, and {Sjrrings toward Atjesha. She throws md her hand. I shall avenge her death
! I
! ! !

He

stops suddtiily. as if electrified.)

Ayesiia.

Forgive me,

my

guest,

if I

have shocked you

— with my

justice.

Leo. Forgive thee, murderess ? By Heaven Forgive thee, thou fiend {Bushes toward her again, hnt is stopped as hefore. kill thee if I can.
!

I

will

Ayesha. Nay, na}', thou dost not understand. For two thousand years, Kallikrates, have I waited for thee and now thou hast come back to me. This woman stood between us, and therefore I removed her, Kallikrates.
Leo.
It's

an accursed

lie

!

My name

is

Leo Yincey and not Kallikrates.

My
art

ancestor

was

Kallikrates. at least so I believe.

he,

•Ayesha. Ah, thou sayest it. Thy ancestor was Kallikrates, and thou, even thou born again, and my own dear lord.
Leo.
lord
?

Thy

I

had rather be the lord of a

fiend from hell.

Ayesha.
Nay. thou hast not seen

me

for so

many years thou
Leo.

hast forgotten.

Yet

I

am very
I

fair,

Kallikrates!
I liate thee, I say.

hate thee, murderess.
will

Ayesha.
shortly creep to my side and swear thou lovost me. ( To {They all go off R. C. E.) Here before this dead girl, •who loved thee well, we'll put it to the proof. She shakes off her outer cov{The stage has been darkened and the Calcium is throxvn upon her.) Beering. hold me, Kallikrates ? {Leo shoivs admiration and astonishment.)

Yet thou Amahagger.)

Depart?

I

am

bewildered.

Leo. Art thou— art thou a

woman

?

— 37 —
Ayesha.
In very truth a woman, and thy spouse, Kallikrates.
toivards him.

He seemed
Thou

inclined to go

to lier,

{Stretching her arms hut looks at Ustane and hesitates.)

Come

!

Leo.

How
(2 It is

can

I?

art a murderess,

She loved me and thou hast

slain

her.

Amahagger
naught,
If I

enter.)

my

sin.
!

Come
I

{I^o goes

let my beauty answer lor Bear her away have sinned it is for love of thee. Come! [Same husiness.) to her and falls on knee, taking her hand..)
!

Ayesha. If I have sinned

Leo.

cannot

resist,

woman

or

demon thy beauty has conquered me. Ayesha.

But do not kneel to me I am your slave, you Fie upon thee Kallikrates. will I prove to tliee that thou Come. He rises. are my lord and master. Thou art living yet shalt thou liehold thyself art Kallikrates born agani. Leads Leo up stage. And you too, my Holly. Leo passes behind column, dead. his doidjle cqypears holding Ayesha's hand, Leo goes down through stage behind column and takes place to he sent up on C. trap. Horace is L. of trap. To double,

Now

ivho

is

back

to

audience.

Be not

afraid.

Leo.

Under Stage.

I fear not,

oh, Ayesha.

How

can

I

living behold

myself dead?
of thy

Ayesha. By my arts I have held thy body from the beauty should ever rest before mine eyes.
Under Stage. Let

dust, that the

waxy stamp

me

Leo. see and be convinced.

Ayesha.
So, shalt thou look upon thine own departed self, who breathed and died so long ago. I do but turn one page in thy Book of Being and show thee what is writ thereon. Let llie dead and living meet. The trap comes vp ivith takes wrapping off. Leo as Kallikrates lying on stone couch. Behold
!

Horace.
This
depart.
is

horrible.

Tis Leo dead

if

ever Leo lived.

Cover

it

and

let

us

Not

yet,

my

Holly.

By my
"living.

Kallikrates to speak to the speak unto thy self.

Ayesha. art I have the power to cause the dead She makes some pas.ses, Speak Kallikrates,
Leo.

As Kallikrates. Across the gulf of time we are power against identity. Though sleep, in mercy hath

still

one.

Time hath no

blotted out the tablets of mind, still are we one— ibr the wrappings of sleep shall roll away as the voices of the past shall melt in thunder clouds before wind. The frozen nuisic like mountain snows beneath the sun, and the weeping and laughter of tlie lost hours shall be heard once more, sweetly eclioing up the elites of immeasurable time. Sleep hath rolled away and tlie lightnuig of my disembodied spirit hath found a fresher form to work out the purpose of our being, quickning and fusing those separated days of life and shaping ihem to a stall' wheron we may safely lean as we wend to our appointed fate. I was dead but now I live Kallikrates is born again. She removes ivrapjnng from breast of Leo andshoivs blood mark, like a spear vjound.

my

Ayesha.
slew thee Kallikrates because thou didst love the Egyptian, Amenartes. But now thou hast come back to me I will give thee Thou seest this lile and youth that will endure thee thousands of years. body which was once thine own ? {Oncers Leo up, the box. sinks and Leo is |^Kxplained. Leo takes yet the form remains thi- mme. taken under .<<tage.

Thou

seest

it

was

I

who

— 38douhk^s place beside Ayesha ; double is hehind column.) For all these centuries it hath been my comfort and companion; but now I need it no more for I have thy living presence. Let it therefore return to the dust. (She pours a phial will of liquid on the figure which takes fire and burns entirely away. BE EXPLAINED.) Behold ! The past to the past, the dead to the dead. Kallikrates is dead, and is born again. Come! {Leo goes to her O. Shi- embraces him. Everybody coini-s on for chorus.

m^Tms

Chants.

Wonderful Ayesha beautiful Queen The greatest the grandest that ever liath been, Wonderful Ayesha, wonderful Ayesha, Wonderful Ayesha. beautiful queen,
fS'oto-AYESHA,

There

is

one perfect flower
is

in the

wilderness of love.

Choiiis.

That flower
There
is

love, that flower is love, that flower is love.

;6'0to-AYESHA.

one fixed star seen
is

in the mists of strife.

Chorus.

That star
There
is

love, that .star is love, that star is love.

-Soto-AVETHA.

one living hope
love, that

in out-

despairing night.
love, that

CIvorus.

That hope is
There
is

hope

is

hope

is

love.

/Soto.

Ayesha

one
is

fair truth that shines forever bright.

Chorus.
is love that truth is love. /So/o-Ayesha. Soft shall we lie my love, and easy shall we go Crowned shall we be with the diadem of power, Worshiping and wonderstruck the people of the world, Blinded by our beauty, before our might shall cower. Prom age unto age shall our greatness thunder on, (irowing like a river, fed by a thousand rills. Laughing shall we speed in our victory and pomp. Laughing like the daylight as he leaps aluug tlie hills. Onward, still triumphant, to a triuiiii)h ever new, Onwaid in a power to a power yet unattaiiied: Onward, never weary, clad with splendor as a robe— 'Till accomplished by our fate and the night at last is gained.

That truth

love, that truth

Choru.^.

Last four lines

Curtain.

!

ACT
Exk-rior of gloomy cave.

IV.
I.

Enter Tim and Job, L.

E.

Job.
It's all

hup with

us,

Tim.

I

know

I'll

never live through
the wind

it

Tim.

What's the matter
That's
it
!

?

What

the divil

is in

now

'!

Job.

Oh; Lord, oh, Lord

Tim.

What's

it ?

Job.

The

divil is in

blasted place.

Lave

oft'

the wind, and heverythingand hcverybodyin this bloomin' Oh, Lord, oh, Lord! what will become of us? Tim. your crj'ing and keenin' like an^old woman at a wake, and tell me
Job.

m

what's the matter.

Heverything bad is the matter. Loioerimj hin voice. That female himp, that beastly She, has killed Mr. Leo's sweetheart. Captured hmi herself, and

now

liup, in

she's going to take us all to the beastly Fire of Life.

some beastly
Tim.

'ole

bin the ground, and burn us

And

did

She

kill

that purty crayture, LTstane.

Job. In the most cold bloodedest manner. She just points her finger at her and down she drops, dead as a 'ammer.
Tim. Oh, mille murdher But I believe that divilment. So she shot the poor crayture
!

woman is loaded to the down with her finger ?

muzzle with

Just as

if it

were a gun, only
!

it

Job. didn't explode nor nothin'. Tim.

saints preserve us Sure its enough to make one's flesh creep on one's bones to see a women with every finger on her hand an air gun, and her eyes like a battery of artillery cocked ready to kdl.

The

Job.

Arc her heyes cocked, Tim

?

Tim.

You mane

is

She cockeyed

?

No, no, you don't understand.
Job. the same when talking of heyes.

I

mane

that

her eyes are cross.
Well, crost and cooked
is all

Tim. Was there ever such ignorance in the world afore ? I mane that her eyes are like guns that are loaded, ready to go ott" and blow the divil out of all before them.

Job.
I believe they'are;

but you have never seen

tliena,

Tim,

She's always

veiled.

— 40 —
Tim.

True for you; but Mister Holly and Mister Leo have, and they say that she have the iiurtiest eyes and face that was ever seen. But when is She goin'
to take us to the tire of
life ?

"

We're
it's

my

Job. to start right hoft' and we're to be gone three days; but oh Lord! opinion we'll never come back again. {Enkr Horace E I E.)

Tim, Mr. Leo is looking for you. you had better attend him.
{Goini)

HOEACE. There are some preparations
Tim.

to

make, so

R

IE.)

In a
is

jiffy, sir!

as sure as

my name

Tim Lanahan.

{A.nde.) {Erit

I'll

R

have a dip IE.)

in

the

fire

of

life

HoBACE.
"Well, Job, are

you prepared hope

for our

journey

?

Job.

Yes,

sir;

but

I

you'll not let

Mr. Leo go into that beastly Horace.

fire

of

life.

"Why

not.

Job ?

Job. Because, sir, it's luy opinion that that 'ere She is the old gentleman hisself which I suppose he has, for he couldn't be so or his wife if he has got oue, wicked without a woman to help hmi. The "Witch of Kndor is a fool to her, Why, bless you, if She had a mind. She could raise the ghost of hevery sir. old gent, mentioned in the Bible hout of these beastly tombs. It's a country of devils, and She's the master one of the lot, sir: and she will destroy Master beastly fire. Leo in that

HoEACE. Come, Job, at any rate she saved his life.
Job. She'll make him a witch like Yes, sir and she'll take his soul to pay for it. herself This is a beastly place and a beastly people and its wicked to have

hanything
I

to

do with 'em,

sir.

Horace.
admit
it is

woman has power
She's a witch,

And this wonderful a queer country, and a singular people. not only over the living, but over the dead.
Job.
sir,

and can raise the dead and talk with 'em. 1 believe 1 poor old father, last night in my sleep. He had a kind Job said he ( sort o-solcmn, like a methody parson of night shirt on him. when he's had the best of a horse trade) " Job said he, " times hup!" such ado as I've had to nose you hout. It wasn't friendly of you to give your old let alone that a pesky lot of bad characters come from father such a run

saw the ghost

of

my

this 'ere place Ivor."

Horace.
Regular Scorchers. Eh, Job
That's
I
?

Job. said, sir, " regular scorchers," and I dont doubt it, seeing Any way his ghost went hott' saying, of their " hot-pot " ways. " time is hup Job, time's hup." And I know sir that it is a warning that I must soon follow him.

what he

what

know

!

Horace. Nonsense you dout believe that j'ou are going to die Viecause you dreamed you saw your father ? If one dies because one dreams of his father, what happens to a man who dreams of his mother-in-law ? Laughs.
!

Job.

Ah,
sir,

sir,

you are laughing

at mo.

and I 'opes j'ou'll think kindly of back to dear hold Hingland.

Anyhow I've tried to my whitened bones,

do
if

my duty by you hever you gets

IIORACK.

Come, Job, this
No,
sir, it's

is all

nonsense.
Joii.

not nonsense.

J'm a doomed man, but
Hor.\(;e.

I

'opes

it

wont be by

that " hot-pot " game.

Drive these thoughts awaj^ from you Job, and prepare for our journey.
Job.

Very well sir! goiivj R. I. E. but I 'opes you will never more to do with greek writing on flower pots. Exit R. I. E.
HOKACE.

'ave hanything

Poor Job, I don't wonder at his gloomy forebodings. Our mysterious and ghoul-like surroundmgs are enough to chill the heart of anyone. Enter Ayesha Condudinij Leo, R. I. E.

Ayesha.
This very hour shall we start, and soon will we stand in the Place of Life, and thou shalt bathe in the fire and come forth glorified as no man ever was before thee, and then, Kallikrates, shalt thou call me wife, and I shall call theo husband, Leo. Qh, Ayesha, your promise is beyond my hope.

Ayesha.
Nay, but
js

this boon, for

a full

be fulfilled. And thou, too, Holly, on thee will I confer thou art not altogether a fool, though thy school of philosophy of nonsense as those of old days.
it

shall

Horace.
If this fiery virtue, that holds off death exists, I will I thank thee, Ayesha. have none of it. The world has npt proved so soft a nest that I would lie ni I know the flesh shnnks from the worm it I do not fear death. it forever. wfll not feel, and from the unknown which the winding sheet curtains from our view, But harder still would it be to live on, green in the leaf and fair, but dead and rotten at the core, with the secret worm of recollection gnawing

ever at the heart.

Bethink thee!

power and

all

Ayesha. Long life, and strength, and beauty beyond measure, mean thmgs that are dear to man. Horace.

Ambition is an endless ladder on which no resting place is All bubbles. found. Wealth satiates and becomes nauseous, nor can it buy an hour's There is an end to wisdom. The more we learn, the more peace of mind. we feel our ignorance. Should we live ten thousand years, could we liope to solve the secrets of the suns, and of the space beyond the suns, and of the heavens? Would not our wisdom be but a gnawing hunger, calling our concionsness day by daylto a knowledge of the empty craving of our souls?
Ay^esha.
Turniruj
beautiful,
to Leo. Nay, Holly, there is love love which makes all things and breathes divinity into the very dust we tread. Fondling Leo, With love shall life roll gloriously on front year to year, like the voice of some great music that hath power to hold the hearer's heart, poised on eagle's wings above the sordid shame and folly of the earth.

Horace. But if the loved be loved in vain, what then? Nay, oh, She, I will live my day and grow old with my generation and die my appointed death and be forgotten.
I

have

faith in eternal

life

and care not to prolong the existence of

my

body.

Ayesha.
LcmgJun;/. Thou look'st high and dream'st thou wilt pluck the star. believe it not, and think thee a fool to throw away the lamp. But thou,
I

my

Kallikrates, shall become like me; then shall and thou shalt rule thig England,

we

cross to this country of thine

-42Leo.

That cannot
Slie shall be

be.

Wo

have a queen who Ayesha.
Leo.

rules.

overthrown.

We

love our queen and

would

.sooner think
AVE.'ill.A.

oi'

overthrowing

our.selves.

A

queen

since I
It is

her people love lived in Kor.

whom

?

t^urcly

tlie

world must have changed

Leo.
the character of monarchs that has changed. rest with our queen, but with the people.
Tlie real

power does not

Ayesha.
will of their

Ah, a democracy ? I liave long since seen that democracies, having no clear own, in the end set up a tyrant and worship him,
Leo.
it is

Yes,

true,

we

liave our tyrants.

Ayesha.
Well, we can at any rate destroy these tyrants, and Kallikrales the land.
shall

ruk>

HOEACF.
lint

we have

a law that prohibits killing.

Ayesha.
Laughinij. Law Canst thou not understand, oh. Holly, that I am above the law, and so shall my Kallikrates be also. All human law shall be to us as Does the wind bend the mountain or the the north wind to the moimtain. mountain the wind? Enkr BiHuli. U. J. E.
!

Mighty lliya!
'Tis well.

All

is

BlLLALI. ready for thy juurncy.

Ayesha.

You and

those

chasm and there remain {Exit Ayesha and Hollv.
'

who until we

are with you will go witli
return.

us to

the great

Come,
I.

my

others, Billuli L.

E.

JoJi L. I.

Kallikrates, come E. enter as they

my
(jo

off.

JoiJ.

and down my Oh. Lord! I feels the cold dulls chasing each bother hup Oh, Lord! Oh, Lord! Bpnial back bone. This 'ere is a cooker. Oh, Lord To think that I should hend my days a " Iiot-pot." (Tim Enters L. I. E. in time to slap Job on shoulder uihen speech is pnish.ed\) Oh, Lord oh^ its
!

m

you,

Tun — 'ow you frightened me.
arc you dreamin' about,

— —

Tl.M.

What

anyhow
Jon.

?

I wish I coidd wake hup and find myself I wish r wur dreaming, Tim. back in old Hingland. But it's no go. This is a cooker. This 'ere night-mare will be the end of us.

Tim.

Don't make an Oumadhann of yerself. Cheer up nic ancient Briton, haven't ye me, a ratlin' boy from Paddy's Land to fight for you ? Come, pull yerself together, and remember, me boy, that a light heart and a thin pair of breeches goes round the wide world for sport.
I don't

know what

to

make

Jon. of you, Tim?

Tim.

And

Sure, you can't make anything out of that's a mystery to ye. Job.
I confess, I don't

mc

Ijut

what

I

am

—an Irishman!

Yes,
laudisli.

understand the

Irish.

They

is

so queer and out-

— i3 —
Tni.
you'll ho enliglitenod by-ni-bj-, and then ye'll understand, and so will the rest of your countrymen. -And when ye do the honest Kno'Hsh jieart will shout, "Fair play and Justice for Ireland!" listen to this.

But

Now

Song— Tui.
Just peepin' from the ocean is a little spot of green. Where buttercups and daisies grow, the sweetest ever seen. And primroses and l)rialit posies, and the shamrock ever fair. And itntfcii ami iMir;(t..cs an.l .liilh.lniiv sint the air. Tli(>rc arc liiuiilaiids and -r.'cMi l..\l,iii(N where sparkling waters flow. And l)iii;-hiilcs ami IxniiliailiTs ami rai-ki-cnters ever grow. There cdercioii and eviction, lil<c the divii's fork-ed tail, Leave sorrow and destruction in their snakelike slimy trail.

Chorm. Bad luck attend coercion, and eviction's tyrant hand God save Parnell and Ireland and all her patriot band
1 !

Mav Heaven's choicest blessings on Gladstone ever fall. And on every honest Englishman, God bless and save them
(lie takes Jab's

all

I

hand and shakes

it

waniily,

and

exits

E I E.

Enter Billali

aadAhdaili,

LIE.)
is

BlLLALI. recovered. liiya's blow did not prove sists on following us on tliis journey.

The

girl

Ustane

fatal,

and she

in-

Abd.\lli.

And will you, accountable.

my

fatlier,

permit

it?

If

She discovers

her,

She

will hold

you

BiLLALr.

That is my fear, my son but if Ustane has power to resist the deadly stroke of 5'/(e, she may have power to elude her vengeance. Let a higher power than mine control this matter; and even if I die, I shall not interfere. Come, let us depart. (Exit BiUaU and Ahdalli, R I E. Dark Stage.)
;

CHANGE. -SCENE 2.—The Great
^^This
JOI!

Chasm.

Scene

and

Settings will he

explained"^^
the

Enter, AYESHA, LEO, HORACE, TBf, and JOB, on HAS A LONG LIGHT BOARD.
on
!

Spur of

rock.

Come

vVyesha. keep your eyes fixed upon the ground and closely hug the rock.
?

Horace. But surely, Ayesha, we can never cross that empty space Ayesha. We must. Tis dark now soon will there be light.

Leo
ITow can there be more
See you that hole
in

light in this dreadful chasm.

Ayesha.
the

rocV—points. The sun
Leo.

will soon sink to its leA'cland

flood the place with his beams.

This Stygian gloom

is fearful.

Ayesha.
Tlie light will come.
strikes full

Tlie calcium is

thrown from
it

the hole in the rock

and

npon Ayesha,

the rest is nearly total darkness.

Quick the

plank",

we

must cross while the

light endures.

Presently
.Job.

will begone.

Passes the hoard cdong. Oji, Lord, sir, surely across that 'ere place upon tliis 'ere thinsi-?

she don't mean us to walk

_M —
HOBACE.

and

The hoard is ^mshed That's the programme, Job. is pushed across the vacant space hy Ayesha.

ahmj from one

to the

other

Ayesha.

Now, come

Follow me, quick while the lif^ht lasts. SJie 7cialks across. oh, Holly for presently the light will fail us.

It

is

safe!

Hesitating,

I

— — fear to
T
!

Horace.
venture.

Ayesha.
Afraid
!

bah

make way then

for Kallikrates.

Horace.
No.
I will cross or fall in

the attempt.

He walks

across very timidly.

Ayesha.

Now
Greek

Kallikrates.

{Leo lualks

it

vpright and firmly.)

Bravely done, the old

spirit lives in

thee yet.
Tim.
a
itfirmhj.)

Now,

modern Greek can do, (//e walks Ayesha. You are a brave man. Of what country are you?
thin, see

what

Tim. I'm an Irishman from Ireland, so plaze yer majesty.

Ayesha.
Ireland!

Ireland!

Where

is

this Ireland?

It's

famous

Tim. across beyond the say yer highness. little green for good potatoes warm hearts and bad landlords.

A

lump of of an

island

Horace.

Come Job

it's

your turn now.
legs

{Onthe end of the plank with his
I'll fall

Job. dangling in s^mre.)

I

can't

do

it,

sir

into the beastly place.

Horace.

Ton

must. Job, you must.

It's

as easy as catcliing

flies.

Oh, Lord

———
I
I

Jon.
can't.

Indeed,

I

can't.

Ayesha.
Let the man come or let him stay and perish there. See, the light is dying, in a minute it will be gone.
{The
light is

dimmed.)

Come, be a man. Job

HOBACE.
its

quite easy.

Come, Job, don't man laughed at.
That
'ere is

let it

Tim. be said that an Knglislinian cried at danger an IrishJob.

plauk.1 his legs

resolution.) Here goes ( Gets on hang on either side, he jndls Jiimself along hy jerks which displace end of plank. The light svddenly disaj^pears.) Lord 'ave mercy on me Oh, Lord, the board is slipping. It's a cooker. {Tlie pdank fcdls noiselessly into chasm. Tim has grahbed Joh hy the collar and pnlls him on to rock.

a

clinclier.

(

With nervous

I

the

I

Tim.

There you are safe and sound.
^HoBACE.

The plank
again.
I don't

is

gone.

How,

in

the

name

of

Heaven

will

we

get back

know.
be here.

Leo. Sufficient to the day

is

the evil thereof.

I'm thankful

enough

to

AykMha. Take my hand, Kallikrates. The otherK will follow, ExUcm-jrhctfth-m. 7?. and re-enter on ruii. j'oUovsed by alt.'Ayesho 'iinil Leo godown run-steadily. The others dip and fall in the descent, Jfif)h,st- falls sprawling to the bottom. Lord have mercy on, me. ..ids 7^e/o7&;^.^.^ .,;,• ,;,.^ ,•;;,,
.

Aye;siia.

'

.

.-

-••;

"
'

-

There, safely have come. And now, (nodding toward Job, who is sitting where he fell) that he, whom they rightly call the Pig, for as a pig he is stupid, hath let fall the plank, it will not be easy to return; but J will make it plain. What think you of this, Kallikrates ? Lko.
I

know

not.

Wouldst thou believe
It

tliat

Ayesh.\. once a man did choose this nest for a habitation?

Leo.

would seem
it

incredible.

Ayksha.

Yet so

was, two thousand years ago.

His name was Koot, a philosopher

skilled in the secrets of nature. He it was who discovered the fire that I, shall show thee. Yet he would not avail himself of its wonderous power. He died there: (pointing L.) and his white beard lay on him like a garment, but surely

he

liath

long since crumbled into dust.

Horace

hcis

been

searcheng behind

rock, L.

He

holds up a tooth.

Horace.
This appears to be a
Taking
it.

human

tooth.

wisdom command.
This
is

Ayesiia. Yes, without doubt. Behold what rumaineth of Noot^ aijd the of Xoot— one liltle tooth and yet that man had all life at his

Leo.

wonderful.

AVESHA.
But greater wonders shalt thou behold. Many peo])le knew of Xoot's discovery, and ventured here to bathe in the wondrous fire, but they all perished in this chasm— and, even now, their spirits linger here, waiting to be liorn in the flesh again. By my power T can materialize these shadows and make them visilile. Lis- en Symphony is played. Incantation.
,

!

Solo.

— Ayesiia.

licin' inv" wi'rr ;m(':"li'MMl h,vV;,U,

Let tliv'shaduwv Immiis iii'I"-ii'; Riseaiirt urcct u-. uuv and all.

Rise from out t-acli rocky l)('(l Assume material sliape and lijiiit. Changed art thou, but yet not tlcad Rise and greet us with thy siuht. great rumbling ofinusic and noise of wind, inermsi/ig in voheme and i-nding a loud crash, The sjnriis a2'>2'>ear .suddenly. Tlt'-g are <dl in n-hilf mid ghasllij. They move to music of prvlnde to churns.

A

in

SflRIT diiouus.
Mortal. V

46>Si'iRiT

Chorus and Dance.
we must
wait,

We must wait,
When
To
All

Till tli.'ulori..us luuiiuw. w,. sliiill rctufii :m';iin

must
life

tciK-li Ml' J,.y iiiid s(in-ow. (lie as wi- liavc died,—

None can
Yet
All that

live foi'ever,—

can never be destroyed,
is, is

ever.

(Music cordiiiKKs irh/Jr thrij ihiiirf, Jirroming louder, nrruirijxni/cil hy the fiound Uujhtunnj lhis]„s „n,l Ihnndrr. End inatrrrliir r;is]i. With the of wind: Ayesha, fnlloiiid Jii/ /lie idhers, hare 'rash the s/)//v7.s- all sinlilnthj ilisapp^ar. descended tJrnmijii an ojicn/nij L, while the spirits arc sim/infj churvs.)

CHANGE.— Scene
(^'1//

3.

und.crijronnd 2>c^sage, or rocky tunnel.)

Ayesha.

Now, my Kallikrates, we go down in the presence of Deatli, for Life and Death are very near together. I am a woman, and no prophetess: and I cannot road the future. But this I know, that I cannot live for aye. Much evil have I done. Perchance it was evil to strike tliat girl who loved thee. Therefore, Kallikrates, take me by the liand, and lift mj' veil and look me in the eyes and tell me thou dost forgive me with all thy heart, and with all thine heart thou dost love me. (She kneels at his feet, Leo lifts her veil and raises her
to

his heart.)

Leo. love thee with all my heart. And so far as forgiveness is posthee the death of L^stane. The rest is between thee and thy maker. I know nought of it. I only know that I love thee as I never loved before, and that I will cleave to thee to the end.

Ayesha,

I

sible, I forgive

Ayesha.
wifely love and submission do I kiss the hand of my Kissts jii.s Jtand. And for a bridal gift, I give^thee my beauty's ptarry lord As a god shalt crown, enduring life, wisdom and wealth without mcasiu'e. thou be, holding good and evil in the hollow of thy hand, and I, even T humBo/cs lovly. .Such is the power of love, and such is ble myself before thee. tire bridal gift I give unto thee, Kallikrates, royal son of Ra, my lord and. lord of all. DrET.

And

in

token

of

my

Solo.

— Ayesha.

My

love forever. souls shall sever; For true love lives forever,
I'll

love

And naught our
Solo.

Defying Death and Time.

— Leo.

My

heart this new-found pleasure

Shall ever fondly treasure— Thy love's beyt)nd all measure. And so my love is thine.
Together.

Joy
Life

shall
(•

never leave

us.

— 47 —
Horace.
Come,
let >is

follow ami keep close.

P].\IT.

"We're gettin'

down

Tim. in the world. Job.
.Job.

Sure

we must be

near the Divil's

dominions by this time.
Yes, and tliat 'ore She's the proprietor. Oh, Lord! to think of what we've seen and passed through. I tell you Tim there is no flesh and blood They is all ghosts and devils and we'll soon belongWe'll be transmogriticated iiinto luinnatural hobjects like to the family.

in this blasted country.

them

'ere spirits in the gulch.

Tim.

Well

we'll stick together

make ghosts
deserters.

it She tries to come the comather and of us, we'll make it very sultry for the other scrawny graveyard We'll wallop the divil out of them, Job.

anyhow, and

Job.
That's hall nonsense. What's the use ghosts can't wallop, Tim.
o'

wallopin'

when

one's dead

?

Besides

Tim.

Can't? Did ycz ever see an Irisii ghost? Of course ye haven't, or ye wouldn't say that. I'll lay ye ten to one that a real owld Irish ghost would be cock-o'-the-walk here, in an hour.
Job.

Oh, Lord, Tim, you talk like a tool. This 'ere's serious business. My hold Oh, Lord, " Time's hup, Job, time's hup " father's words is comin' true. oh, Lord!
!

Tim.

We'd better be out of this. Goimj aud looking in at opening. It's as black as Tophet down tliere. Och, murdher. what a hole. Come, Job, in with you, my bucko, wo must go forward, for there's no going back.
Job.

This

'ere's

a cooker,

(rte-

he

exits.)

Time's hup, Job, time's hup!

Krii

in

opening.

Tim. We're oh the downhill road Tare-an-ages', but it's true for him, time's up I wish If ever I get out of this I'll never leave Ireland again! to the divil. Well, here goes. I'll shut my I had a drop of whisky to put heart into me. Exit into hole. eyes, and trust to luck.
!

CHANGE.— Scene
Interior of care of fire.

4.

|^""Descriptiox will be given.
Ayesha.

down at hack. Draw near, draw near. Leo and Horace join her. Job and Tim remain at top. Now, Kallikrates, the mighty moment is at hand. A red light illuminatee the scene. Behold .1 rumUing sound is heard., music. the very fountain and heart of life, as it beats in the bosom of the great world. Tlie rumbling increases, the red glow becomes more brilliant, smoke ascends from. C. of stage, follotued by a flame which fluctuates spasmodically, and finally^ subThe stage is dark. When the fiame comes again'you must stand in it, sides.
Coniiiu/

.

Kallikrates, and

when

it

embraces thee suck
Leo.

it

down

into thy very heart, so

you
I

lose

no moiety of

its virtue.

am no coward.

Yet how know I that it willaiot destroy me? Ayesha.

If thou seest me stand in the It is not wonderful that thou shouldst doubt. ttame and come forth unharmed, wilt thou enter also, Kallikrates ?

Lko.

Yes,

I will

enter

if it

destroy me.

Horace.

And

I will also.

Ayesua.
(Laughing.)
is this ?

I

thought thou wouldst naught of length of days

?

Why, how

!

-48 Horace.
Sometliing in
It is well.

my

heart calls uie to taste the

ttaiiie

and

live.

Ayesha.
I will for the

to

my

lieauty

and length
befori-.

of

second time bathe in the living bath. I will add days, if that be possible; at least it cannot harm

huard ai/a/'n, groiviiiij loiulrr kikI hnuh'r. Tlie light glows The flame hreaJis for/Ii ":it/i rrmiri'd energy.) And now we will prepare as if the last hours wore at liaiul, and we about to cross (She to the land of shadows and not through the gates of most glorious life. shaki's off her outer ivrappings, then loith rnach feeling, to Leo.) Oh, ray love, my love, wilt thou ever know how I have loved thee. [She kiss.fs him tenderly The noise, uhich a,nd steps into the circle of fi-re, which becomes intensified. ceased during spieech, is renewed.) Lko. Her form is changing! She seems to be growing smaller. •See See! {She. sinks down gradually through trap. The smoke hides her for a moment and
me.
{Th'' rnmhlinij is

more irdrn^dy than

!

dovhle takrs her place. irJiHe she disappears altogether. ^^"ThedouUe II r,'i-ij sniitll. tliiu fniiih'. niitih- up to the extreme Shrivelled and of old age. wrinkled, tcilh lung lilarl; Jinir lil.e Ayesha's. As Ayesha sjieaks under stage the double moves lips and gesiiiulutes to s-uit. Double staggers for ujard from out the
III',

little

is

circle

of fire.)

Ayesha.
{Under stage.) What is it, aught wrong with my eyes'?
Its

my
to

I see

she does so she puts her

hand

I I feel da^.ed. Is there Kallikrates thee not so clearly. Douhle sinks d.own: her head and her hug hair falls off.

———

Leo.

What

a change

is

this

!

It is horrible

Ayesha.
{lender stage.) Forget me not, Kallikrates! Have pity on my shame! I come again, and once more be beautiful. I waited for tliy coming two thousand years. Wait thou for me. I Oh-h-h! {Double falls, and dies.) {The fire subsides. Ustane, followed by Billali, and several Amahagger rush down incline on to stage.)
shall

USTAXE. Oh, my Leo! my Lion! thou art saved! The mine once more.
Leo.

spell is broken,

and thou art

Ustane
through
it

alive!
is

{Embrci'-ing her. The gauze drop at hack is ilhuinnated, seen a ship at her moorings, and a number of Eyiglish sailors

and
jric-

turesquely grouped.

Grand

finale.)

ENSEMBLE.
Solo

—Leo.

Dear Ustane. the

spell is

broken.

And
Hei-e

Of the love

my life I pledg-e as token my bosom burns.
So/o— Ustaxe.
love
I'll

to thee

my heart returns.

And thy

fondly cherish

While to me doth life remain. For tliee to live, for thee fo perish, Or freely die to spare thee pain.

Chorue All a u agoer. Farewell, Ustane Farewell, Ustane Thou'lt freely die to spare him pain. Farewell, Ustane Farewell. Ustane Thou'lt freely die to spare him pain.
\
!

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The sea is hij^h, the tide is flowing. Our ship is waiting- on the shore The wind is fair and freely blowinj^,—
:

Wi> wait to bear thee
Tliey all sing their sep>arate

home once more.
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brothers,

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is

jour pleasure Shall we land the Omnes.
is

Christitius.

No. No. No.

!

Stage

darkened, lights half down.
1st

Arab.

These Christian dogs would lead us to destruction. Distant thunder. See the storm is already gathering. These men are evil, letus rid ourselves ol them before it is too late.
O.M.VES.

Yes, yes

!

let

it

be so

?

MollAMEi)

What would you do

brothers
1

?

Oast them into the sea

1st Ahau. They are dogs. Omnes.

Let the dogs

die.

-MOIIAMEU,
Brothers
reflect,

be not hasty.

— 10 —
1st AKAI!.
1 WHS struck by oiw of tlieso Christians, ami by AUali, lie shall not They would take us to the Kthiopean's head, to the shpre of storms.

live*.

TJie

suddenly very darlc a struny flash of Uyldning followed by a loud dap of thunder. See the wrath of Allah is in the sky and disturbs the waters. Let us throw these Christians into the sea and appease his anger.
'<fage heroines

O.MNES.

AUaJi
Ihrlll.

Ix'

praised

!

let

it

Ia'

so.

Job's head

w

seen over 'ndirork ivdlchiny

Job.

Oh Lord
I'll

the beastly blackamoors. get u gun, Disappears
!

Tliey's going to picklo us sure enough.
"

Knter Leo and HokAcE fro'ni rahin laktii away and cabin held in its place by

The jdolfoi

m

behind cabin
to tiip it off.

is

mf

carpenter, n-ad

The storm
Yes.

is

Led. brewing, sure enough.

Horace.
Looklny at Arabs.

By

the looks of them black devils,

it

will

lircak

upon us soon.
I

see!

I see!

Leo. They mean mischief

Horace.
"Where is Tim? enters ivith a bound.)
Yes.

{Odls

in cabin.)

Hello, Tim,

where are you?

{Tim

.Mr.

Here! am! Leo?
I

What

the divil

is

Tni. the matter?

Are we

goin' to the liottom.

Leo. No: but fear ilie .\ralis are going to attack jump into tin; lioat when I give the command.
Tim.
.^hui-e

us.

lie

ready to

tight,

and

I'm always ready for a

liglit.

But where

is

Job?

Leo.
He's in the boat.

First Auau.
Brothers, are you ready to appease Allah?

Ojines.

Allah be praised!

we

are readj',

{Draw weapons.)

Oh, look at
Liet

tlie

Tim. murdhcrin' tawnies! They'll be upon us in a minute.

Horace.
your
pistols ready,

and stand

firm.

First Arab. Christians, you have provoked the wrath of Allah, and you must die!
Tim.
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er

a

liar,

ye naygur

o'

blazes!

('aptain,

what means

this

Horace. treachery? Connnand these
MOHAMEI).

ruffians to retire.

I'm sorry for you. Christian, but I'm powerless, and can't interfere.

Horace.

Then we

shall sell our lives dearly.

Job, look to the boat,

Joii.

Hall right,

sir.

First Arab.
Christians, surrender.

-11
Leo. "Wc are Englisluuen ami never siirrrender.

On them, and

First Arats. cut the infidel dogs to pieces.
O.MN'ES.

Down
pifitols.

glc.

with the dogs. {Tkeij all make a rits/i. Horace, Leo and Tim discharge Joh appears over hulwark ivith a gun Oiirh he fires. A f/eneral sfrwjTim gets First Arab down. Joh another.)
Tim.
I'm
tli

Hiiroo!

divil

himseif in a motion.
Job.

slaves.

{Astride of Arab.) Cock-a-doodlo-doo? {Croioing) Britons never shall be {A great flcish of lightning followed hi/ thunder, then a loud crash. The Arabs throtv themselves on their faces.

Leo.
AVe have struck a rock. Quick, to the boat. {Horace, Tim and Job dimh quirkhi orer bahvcu-k. The Arabs remain motionless. As Leo starts to go another flash followed by thunder and a terrific crash. The mast and bulwark jail the wafers rise; the cabin is ti'ipped of and the whole deck is apparently submerged. Leo and the Arabs struggle in the water and then sink. The faltmg of hulwark, discovers lohale boat, with Horace. Tim a.nd Job in it.)

Horace.
(Jreat

God!

Where
sir.

is

Leo?

Leo! Leol

He's gone,
I

God help him.
him partially
is

Job. {Leo is seen

to rise.

Tim

lays hold of him.

Tut.

have him.

Tyifts

up.

Horace.

Thank Heaven, he
(

saved, saved.

CURTAIX.

Thm

de/-

and

lightning

and constant agitation of

the

iters

during

scene.)

ACT

II.

Calm sea view. A jioint of rock or headland exlending into the sea ier minuting with a statue-like rock resembling the head of an FAhio^yian. R. to C. Whaleboat on beach. Horacf and Tim discovered. Also Stores and gwvt at hack. Leo, who is asleeji on blanket L. E. E.

What do you think
Well, upon

of that head,

Horace. Tim?

me

sowl,

sir, I

on that rock
It
is

for his portrait, and,

Tnr. think the divil himself must have been settmg bad luck to him, it's a foine hkeness.

Horace.
ruther an uncanny and weird
affair,

Tim, and

is

well calculated to

inspire superstition. But we have had a miraculous escape from death, and in spite of its forbidding appearance, we'll accept it as a good omen of the
future.

Leo.

Waking

iqh

Hello, what's the matter with
is

me ?

I'm as

stiff

as an Egyptian

mummy.

Where

the

Dhow.
sea,

At the bottom of the

Horace. and you may be thankful that you arc not

stifter,

my

your

boy; everybod}' on board, with tlie exception of u,=! four, are drowned, and life__was only saved liy a miracle. Gag for Tim. Tim, get the brandy.

Tim.

With

alacrity

and
!

delight,

your honor.
Leo.
tliink

Gets bottle

from

stores L.

Great Heavens through it.

And

to

that

we

should have been chosen to live

Handing

bottle to Leo.

Throw

Tim. a swig ot that into your neck, an'

it'll

warm

the cockles of your heart.

Leo.
Tak-es bottle
lilood.

and

drinks.

It is

wanning. Tim. and gives fresh

vitality to tlie

Passes

bottle to

Horace.

Horace.
Drinks. It's akin to Passes bottle to Tim.
tlie ''rirc

of Life," and, to

my mind, much more potent.

Tim.
Drinks. The " Fire of Life" is an icicle compared to a good bumper of Irish whisky. Ah, tare-an-ages. Sir, that's tjio stuff tliat tips the tongue witli eloquence and the nose with red. Leo. {Who 1ms been looking at rock.) As I Jive, flicrc's the liead that the writing fells of the Ethiopian's Head.

Yes, there

it is,

Horace.
like a deinoii forbidding us to i)r<ieecd further.

Leo.

Then
I

tlie

whole story

is

true.

Horace.

saw it once, but proves nothing.

don't sec that that follows. knew this liend was here, your fatlier it may not be the head tlie writing tells of; or if it is. it

We

Leo.

You

arc an unbelieving Jew, Uncle Horace.

Why,

tlie

thing

is

plain; the

!

-13hand of destiny
doubt.
is plain.

Wc

within sight of this uinnistakable

were saved from death, and cast on tliis siiore you liead, in order to be convinced, and yet

Horace. e To be sure I doubt. The whole thinp: seems preposterous. ^^ Doubt 2200 years our lives, like a quartette of fools, to find a woman have risked to such an abTo think that T should give way Bless n.e! bless me! old.
I

surdity

!

Leo.
Tlu)se

who

live will sec.

Horace.
Yes, yes!
I

sui.pose they will.

You'll see

me and

I'll

see you, and each

will see a look.

this,

Leo. We'll see the end <.t patience. There, there, Avancular, don't get out of bells " afterward, ,f deservmg at all ev.nts, and adopt the "cap and

them.

Horace.

To be

turn back now

You don't think me sure, we'll see the end of it. '! And if 1 was, how the devil could we get
But where
is

such a fool as to back !

Leo. Trust to luck, and a chapter of accidents.

Job?

Horace. expectmg to shoot He took a gun and went down to the mouth of the river,down, I wonder. What's some game. {Shot heard.) Ah, there he's at it.
Job.
{Outside.)
ened,

Get hout, you beast! and out of breath.)
i;p,

Gethout!
Leo.

(He fumhUs on

. ,, stage, .tncjlit.

AVhat's

JoIj?

Oh, Lord!

Oh, Lordy!
AVe'll

whoppers

They's after me! hall— be-heat hup-sure as
Tim.

Whew!
a

gun

!

My h^^! ^hcw! (lli'l/aii


.

lauqh at Job.) ' •'

_

What

is

it,

Job?

Did ye see a ghost?
Job.

No; but them
heat me!

'ere 'airy 'eaded lions!

They took

after

me, and was

gom

,

to

Tim.

Shure they must be mighty fond of {AH hnajh.) they'd have of von
!

tallow, thin, for

it's

a grasy mouthful

Job.

you Hirish hijiot! They'd die of hignorance if they'd heat you. Look there! (Pointing off, R. v. e.) Lor' a mio-hty!
All.

(.4//

laugh.)

Where?
There
is

What

is it?

Job.

one of them now!

(.1^^

get

guns^

Oh, Lord,

'is

heyes look

like

bull's-eye lanterns!

Leo.
{To Horace,

Leo

shoots.)

who is about to shoot.) Missed, by Jupiter

T

claim the

first

shot!

{Iforarr recovers.

Horace.

Now
I

Well

Shoots, Lion falls with his head its my turn. think I've wiped your eye there Master Leo. Leo.

in sight

among

the rod.s.

it

was a

I congratulate you Confound you, yes! But I beg your pardon old fellow, rhey all put guns doton and group lovely shot and mine was vile,

;

about Vie dead

lion.

!

— 14 _
Tim. Oh, look at the jawl of him, aud the claws of Inm and the fire ball eyes of him. Oh, bad luck to him, but he's a dead specimin of liven destruction. ^4.5 they are bending over the Lion a great ijell is heard and from hi^hind erenj rork and down the runs rush the Amahagger with spears surrounding the jmrty, and binding them with strips of skin. Biltaliand a Sentinal appear on rork. A'

Peace ye die

!

Who

are you

who come

BiLLALI. hither swiming on the water

?

Speak,

or

We

tiOUACE. are travellers, oonie here by chance.
Stnijalli.

Father shall

we

slay

?

Bill ALL

What

is

the color of the
their color.

men ?
SiNBALLI.

What

is

BiLLALI. Slay not! Four suns since, was the word brought to me from She-whowhite men come, slay them not. Let them be brought to must-be-obeyed, They arc the land of She-who-must-be-ol3eyed. Bring forth the men led C. Billot i comes dovn. Leo.
!

What on
Oh, Lord

eartli is
Sir,

up

?

Job.
here's a

rum go
lie

!

We're

in for

it

Job: We'll

Tim. roasted, baked and boiled and served

up

for

their diruier before an hour.

BiLLALI.

Are they secure
Tliey are
fatlicr.

?

SlNB.\LLI.

BiLLALI.

Four of the readj^ for them. gooff Others tah' guns ttags plnnder from boat. To Horace. Wherefore comest thou into tlic land, which scarce an alien foot has pressed from the time that man knowetli ?
It.

TJicn bring tliat whigh tJ. E. And take all there
all

is

made

mm

is

in the thing tJiat floats.

aud

the

Horace.

We
to

come

to find

new
is

things

my

father.

We

have come up out

of tlie

Sea

know

tliat

which

unknown.
BiLLALI.

Ilmnph

!

— You must go before She-who-must-lie-obeyed.
Horace.
?

Who

is

Siie-who-must-be-obeyed

BiLLALI.
Surely, my stranger son, thou wilt learn soon enougli to see thee at all in the tlesh.
if it

be

licr

pleasure

Horace.
In the tlesh?
iiiijlij.

What may my
name

father

vvisii

to

convey

?

liiliali

loughs

l:non--

'W'lial IS tiic

of thy people, father?

BiLLALI.

Amaliagger, peoi»lc of
Startled.

tiic

rocks.

Horace.

And

if

a

Son might ask, what
BiLLALI.

is

the

name

of

my

fatlier ?

My name

is Billali.

Tl.M.

Do you hear

tliat

Job?

His name

is

Ballally.

:

-15
Ife lookti as if Jiis

.Tor.

name was BiUygoat.
IIOHACE.

And

wliitluT will

you take us?
BiLLALl.
To sentinel on rock.

Let our women bo called. The custom that if any of our women kiss a man they are at once proclaimed maii/ and wife. Some of the and he returns it, women may wish to espouse you, though I fear my son you will not be favored for you are very ugly; very ugly.
Tliou shalt soon see.
seidintl disappears.

We

liave a

1

Toll ACE.

My

father speaks the

tr\illi.

but

my

face

is

not an index to

my

heart.

BlI.LALI.

No, for were

it

so,

thou wouldst be, in

trutli,

only a Babuou.

Tim. Oh, murder-in-Irish, do you liear that? sentinel returns to his post on rock. The

A

Baboon

I

Sentinel, Simjs. They come, they come, the women of Amahaj<ger. They come, they come, from out the caves of Kor. Chorus of Women. Outside R. U. E. We come, we come, the women of Amuhagger. We come, we come, from out the caves of Kor. Solo. Sentinel.

Tliey

come

Who drifted
By

to see the strangers, the darhig white-faced strangers on the waters to the land of Amahagger.

Solo. BiLLALI. Tliese men from out the ocean, have made a great commotion, drifting on the waters to the land of Amahagger.
liect.

—Sentinel.

They come, they come,
Knh-r
all Ihe iroiiien sinfjinfj

tliey

come.

chorus.

Chorus.

From over the sea, frorh over tlie sea. To this wild land of an ancient race. Where the f(jot of a stranger seldom pressed. And the white man hatli seldom shown liis laee. These wanderers came in their fi-agile liai-k. And the women of Kor now l)id them liail
Here
in

our caves
tlie
:

No more on
Hail, all hail

We

tliey will find rest. wave of the sea they'll sail. to the white faced strangers.

give

all hail.

Theij (juther round Horace, Leo, Tim.

and

Joh.

and exauiiue them

curiously.

Tim. Oh, mille nmrdher, look at the purty craytures. Look at that kinky headed He nods toward Ililiya. Tare-anlittle Leprochen, she's got her eye on me. ages! if she'd only kiss mo now.
.loi;.

You've got no decency, Tim.

AVhy, they's Blackamoors.

Tim. And sure they're a little otf color, but it's only sunburned tlicy are. how pnrty they are dressed. Job. The brazen huzzies, they's got next to nothing on 'em. Tlie ivonien jiay particular aitenlion to Leo, he raises his hat to llieui and hows, and xuhen they see his yellow, curling hair, they show their delight hy clapping their hands, laughing,

To

)je

and

all

exclaim

Women.
Soli
!

Soli

!

Soli

!

Ustane advances and caresses his hair.

Symphony

is

played.

— 16 —
Song.

—UsTANK.
:

eyes behold tlie ffloi-y, Of thy golden, sunny luii)-. Like the spirit of my drctiininji:. Thou'rt come, so l)iii;ht and fair Thou dost fill my smd with pleasure And mv virgin heart witli liliss. And I claim thee, for I love thee. With a maiden's first fond kiss. Yes. 1 claim thee, for I love thee. With a maiden's first fond kiss.
A't.vses

My

him.

Chorus.
Soli: soli
Soli!
Soli
: :

Soli: Soli

Golden

hair.
fair.

!

Bright and

Thou hast filled her

soul with pleasure.

And her
If

vii-gin heart

you love

lleturn the
If you love Return the

with bliss. as she doth love thee, maiden's kiss. as she doth love thee, maiden's kiss.

,

lit kingtn her.

Thai
Soli!

all

exclaim
.\A..

Soli!

Soli!

ihlphliuhdrlightnllij.

Jo

I!.

The huzzy.
like that.

And

Mr. Loo ought to

Ije

ashunicd

of himself,

kissing u

wench

Tl.M.
1 vv^ish little Fizzle Top, (Jo 'long, you "aumadhaun!" vvhere's the harm. Tht women advance (indicating HUiya) yonder, would serve me the same way. and examine Horace and turn avjay from him in turn and exclaim, '•bahoon!''

Horace looks disgusted.

''By-jilay is introduced here."

Hiliya has found Tim.

HlLIYA.
{Claps her hands and dances deligtedly.
Icisseshvm.)
Soli! Soli!
Soli!
Tl.M.

Throws

lier

arms abjid

his neck

and

me

{Kissing her raptiiroasly.) all the time.

So,

my
Soli!

little

brown sparrow you had yer eye on

IllLIVA.

{Same

bus. as befov'.)

Soli!

Soli!
Jol!.

Be off with you who are laughing
!

I wish I was safe away from these minxes. I never see such shanifacedness. {He starts to go up C, is met by JJityesha, ivho catches him and tries to kiss him.) Shores her off to Bilkdi and othery. (let away you minx. Beg your pardon, gentlemen, I'm sure I haven't at him. {She grabs him and kis.ses him.) Take'er awaj'^ 'Old 'er. eiicouraged her. Mister Holley, please 'old 'er, sir. I can't stand it indeed I can't. {Tliey ail The old woman is very angry.) This has never happened to me before, laugh. There's nothing against my character. {They all laugh gentlemen, never!
!

ejxept Dilgeshd, loho is violenthj agitated and snarls Site retires tiji.) her. BlLtiAIJ.

at

Job,

who shrinks from,

(Jomc,
us.

my

children,

we

nuist be going.

SHE-vvho-miisl-bc-obcyed expects

Horace.
Pardon
from here,
tne. father,

Init

as

1

how

could she have

understand SnE-who-nmst-bc-obeyed known of our approach?
BiLr.Ai.1.

lives far

(Mysteriously.)

hear without ears?

Are there none in your land who can see without eyes and Ask no questions. She knew. Horace,
scut for us?

And why has she

BlLI.ALI.

That, you will
visiting
herself.

dunng my grandmother's

lips; but know, my son, the Baboon, and my mother's life, and my own, every stranger these shores has been put to death, without mercy, by order of She,

learii

from her ow n
life

Horace.

Why how ean that be? You are an old man, and tlie time you talk of reaches back three men's lives: how, then, could She have ordered the death of anybody at the beginning of the life of your grandmother, seeing that She, herself could not have been? BiLLALI. Oh! my son, the Baboon, there are many strange things in the land of the Amahagger. It is not for me to explain, but for She who dies not. SiiE-who
must-be-obeyed.
{Still
OIL

(Ca?^.v.)

Advance!

Tivo Palaiuiuins are hroughi forivurd, O.

rock.)

Rect. Sentinel. SnE-who-must-ever-be-obeyed commands the

stranger.-^

presence.

Chorus.
Sii E- who-must-ever-be-obeyed

Commands
Thy
love hath

the strangers' presence.

Like

new

life

Solo FSTANE. waked my sleeping heart dawning o'er me
; ;

e'er I turn mine eyes thou art, All light and love before me None else can have a charm for me, All other bonds we'll sever Thee for me and I for thee,— We'll live and love for ever.
;

Where

Chorus.
They'll live and love for ever They'll live and love for ever She for him and he for her,— They'll live and love for ever
:

!

I

Solo— Leo. I will love thee.— faithfully love thee Ever and always I will be true My heart is a temple.— I will enshrine thee. And worship iion<' other, dear Ustane, but you.
Yes.
:
!

(SWO —

USTANE.
:

Thou

art

my

Ever and always

chosen, thou art my chosen,— I will be true

My

I'll worship for ever. shrine is thy love, Content with a smile if that smile comes from you.

Choims.
They'll live and love for ever They'll live and love for ever She for him and he for her,— They'll hve and love for ever
1 !
1

Till'

Chorus

is

repealed.

selves in pmnriquin.'^,
all well off

During chorus Leo and Horace have seated themand are borne off, foUoiued by all, sinrjimj chorics. When

CHANGE I L— Scene
ijlnninij

2.

Interior of a
wixidrii

rmj

rare
In
II

Enter Sinuali,! mid Dilyesha, hearing a large
hmij

tnni' siiiiiliir
l:i,'ir,:s.

hiifrh, r's Iriiij, irith tain

inm
is

pinn-rs,

a number
lit.

of

lar.jr

und

ir,,o<l i,>r lirr.

A

ijos-rninirrliuii

iirniiHird, C, to be

Also, lacopodium
fixtiire,

to produce flames a large earthen pot.

ivlieii

desired.

They put

hay

back of yas-

— 18 —
SiNBALLI.
If

we do

this thing, art sure, Dilyesha, tliat »s7(e will not be

angered?

DlLYESUA.

Docs She not always condemn strangers
Yes, but our
white.
father Billali

to

death

?

SiNBALLI.

hath orders to spare these because they are
Dilyesha.

The orders were were not mentioned.

to spare the

Baboon and

tlie Lion,

The

pig

scorned

We

will hold

our feast and Jiot-pot him

kiss Simballi.

my

and

I

the pig and tlie goat hunger lor his flesh.

But

SiMBiULLI. our father Billali will not consent.

Dilyesha.

We can hothas been summoned by She-who-raust-be-obeyed. The pig is only a slave and the Baboon is pot the pig before he returns. P]verything is prepared, you light the Are, heat the pot and 1 his master. Going R. I E. will call them to the feast.
Billali

SiNBALLI.
of it you will have to answer. Dilyesha. The pig spurned Dilyesha and our household will I will answer for it. He he he the pig shall roast, the pig shall roast. feast upon his flesh.

Be

it

as

you wish,

l)ut if evil

comes

!

ExitB I.E.
,,ltrr

niusir in ,n„l loini sru'lrlu-h
ullirr ru:l n,

unarli

Sinhalliliqlds fire by .sfrihng sfone on 2>inrer.s. A sort of harharic All thr A lunhfuj.jrr r.rrrpl r'.stone and Hiliiia hin.' )-s phnjal

minnllin.

Lm
TlM.

Joh al Ihr

rnr/r

Jhlijr.siia si/s

„l 1 Inrar, ,il oiirnul „n<l Tim had: ni Jul, hnAnuj r, rij sinisH:
,i

aiul

What sort of a laste is this Job? sure there Sinballi passes knives to Aiiiahagger. But, they've got
cut
it

is

nothing at

all

to ato.

murdheriu big knives

to

with anyhow.
feel

I begins to heat us.

uneasy, Tim.

Jon. Maybe as Tim.

how

they's going to cut us

hup and

Look at that butcher's tray, and the big knives. Bad Divil trust them luck to me, but I believe its a slaughter house and a cook shop combined. An earthen jar, containing liquid, is pa.ssed arownd, and as each one drinks he Expresses his apipreciation by a gutteral Ugh ! There must be some good lush in Delyesha fondles Job. that Jug, by the way they grunt over it.

My

pig,

my

pig,

my

chosen

pig!

Dilyesha. {Embracing him).
Job.

{Jumps up).) Bless us and save us, 'ere you arc again. {To the Aviahagger.) Begs yer par{Throios her off.) She's always after me. I never encouraged 'er has you all can don, gentlemen, but it's not my fault. What's hup now?
witness.

Amahagger.

Ugh!
(Sits.)

The}' gives

me

Job. the creeps, the whole lot of 'em, and that's a

fact.

Tim.

Why

don't you kiss the ouldcrayture and make her happy.

Job.

Kiss that female gorilla?
.

Tim.

To be sure. If ghe friends with her.

was the

divil's

graodmother

I'd kiss her, if

only to

make

'

:

Jon.
Yuii've got no decency, Tim, or
{To Leo.)
it

yon wouldn't Horace.

talk like that.

I

don't at

all like

the looks of things, but

I

suppose

we must

face

out.

Have you got your

pistols?

No, only
j,/aynl.

my

hunting knife,

Leo. though that's big enough, surely.

{Symphony

Chorus Amahagger.

We are called t(i the feast, but there's nothiiii? to Who is there liere to provide us with meat.
Solo.
I

eat.

— DiLYESHA.
desred,
all .juicy

have provided the meat and the pot,

'Twill be served

when
Beet.

and

hot.

Where
The
Is
it

istlie flesh that

wc

SiNBALLI. shall eat?
Berf.

— Amahagger.
come.
SiNBALLI.

llcsh will

come, the Hesh

will

Bcii.

the Hesh of a goat

?

Bed.
It is

—Amahaggee.
slay
it.

{They

all

litem kick.

a goat without horns, and more than a goat, and we shall turn half round, lift up their spears with tlie right hand Simullaneous action. Music to suit action.
Beet.

and imt

Is it

the flesh ol an ox

?

Beet.

— SiNBALLI. — Amahagger.
wc
shall slay
it.

It is

an ox without horns, and more than an ox, and
Beet.
?

{Same

action as he/ore, tvith music.)

— SiNBALLI. Is the meat ready to be cooked Bed. — Amahagger.
It is

ready

!

It is

ready

!

It is readjM

Bed.—Si'snAhi.i.
Is the pot hot to cook the flesh?
It is hot! It is hot!

Bed. Amahagger. {Great rumhling mu,sic.)
Leo.

{Jumping up.)
of strangers!

Great heavens!
(horns.

The people who put

pots upon the heads

— Amahagger'.
let

We are ready for the feast. We are ready for the feast,
Let the soat,

We are ready for the feast. We are ready for the feast.
Cook the
flesh,

Be made ready

the ox. for the pot

cook the
it

flesh.
it's

And
Music hurries, and
Juvip up.
si ize

we'll eat

while

hot

I

jH'iicers,
is

jiiuions -ToB, Willi

kept up fill Billali speaks. Tioo of the Amahagger fake jiaf fmin Jirr. Dilyesiia jiroduces a fiber noose ayid dragiji'il r. inn/ Hi,- nini irit], ih,- put are ahoul to place it on
is
i

his head, when Horace _///rx pisinl. hi, ih,i Aniaha<iger falls, li&o jumps forward and cuts the noose that hinds Jon. SiNBALLI levels spear at Leo. Tim jumps between them, and wrests spiear from the Amahagger. Horace is fighting
L,

m

until others.

A

spear!

—a

spear!

—to

SiNBALLI.
cut his throat!

{Another Amahagger

is

about

to

— 20 —
plunge his spear into Leo,
luJio has been forced on his knees hy mimbers. Ustane, followed by Hiliya, fighting 7t'ith others. Hiliya helps throws herself prostrate on Leo, who is doivn. Drive the spear through them botli! As the man has his spear raised to

while
enter.

Tim and Job are

UsTANE

Tim.
obey,

BiLLALi enters
Cease!
{Tlie

R, e.

BiLLALI.

Ye dogs!
of 3'ou!

Amahagger all di'op their spears, and stand docile and inactive.) "Why am I disobeyed? Take that hyena with you, and begone, all {They take off the dead man, and all the projierties as they e.rit.)
Horace.

You came in time, ray fatlier, or we should have been slain. (Ustane has raised Leo, wfio /ms been wounded.) See, my young friend is wounded. [Assists Arc you much hurt, Leo ? U^STANE to bring Leo down.) My poor boy
!

Leo. No, avuncular, only the prod of a spear in the shoulder.
BiLLALI.

Fear

not,

my

son;

the flfesh twist upon the bones merely to hear it. her vengeance shall he worthy of her greatness.

vengeance shall be taken on the dogs such as would make To She they shall go, and

HOKACE.

What was
Thou
seest,

their design,

good father ?

my

country he

may

BiLLALI. son, here there is a custom that if a stranger comes into the be slain by the '' hot-pot " and eaten.

Leo.
It is hospitality

turned upside down.
to eat.

In our country they entertinn stran-

gers and give

them food

Tim.

And
It's

here, fead luck to 'em, they ate the strangers and arc entertained.

after

BiLLALI. an evil one. I don't like the taste of strangers they have wandered through the swamps and lived on wild food.
a custom.
I

think

it

Tim.

Do you mind

that.

Job ?

BiLLALI. But your servant the Pig, being plump and tender-looking, and these being hyenas, they lusted for his flesh, and the woman whom he refused to kiss, put Well, they will have their reward. it into their evil hearts to hot-pot him. Better had they never seen the light than stand before She in her terrible anger.

Horace.

When
Horace.

will

we be brought

Iwfore She-who-must-be-obeyed?

BiLLALI.

In an hour

my

son,

and

I

You

looks, but I
I

are very ugly like you.

—ugly as the Lion
Horace. my young
Leo.

hope She

will

spare
is

3'ou.

beautiful

— a very

Looking intently at

baboon

in

thank you,

my

father:

but see,

friend suffers

and needs attention

Tis nothing avancular— a
fear

I

it is

mere scratch, not worth mentioning. HOEACB. more serious than you would have us believe.

BiLLATJ. Let your servant, the pig and the goat come with
resting place for the Lion.

me and

I will

prepare a

Jon.
I'd rather stay here, if it's all the

same

to

you Mr. Billygoat.

— 21-Tim.
idorrerting

him Ball Ally, yc aiimadhaun

!

BiLLALI. My name is Billali, my son. Dont be alarmed my pig. The pot there's no danger, follow me with the goat. Exit R. I. E.

is

cold

and

Tim. Come on Job, sure the goat will stand by the pig while there's a puck in him. Exit loith Job. HOKA.CE. I will see to it myself Leo. Exit I. E. E.

left

USTANE.

Had they

killed

you

my

chosen, Ustane would have died too.

Leo.

Then you love me
!

truely,

Ustane

?

Truely Oh, how truely that my love will bring me death, yet I truly love. I know ihat one more powerful than I will lead thee from me, yet I truly love. Oh, my Leo, my Lion, often before you came here have I dreamed of thee and seen thee as a vision in my sleep.
Leo.
Is
it

USTANB my Lion. I know

possible, Ustane, that
?

you could have dreamed of me

whom

you had

never seen
!

Ustane.

my

Oh, yes You are no stranger to me. Often have you come to me when heart yearned for my chosen. I have closed my eyes that my soul might see more clearly; then have I beheld thee even as thou art, strong, noble and beautiful. She closes her eyes and assumes a trancelike attitude,- It seems that T have always loved thee. She presses his head hetvjeen her Jiamds and, 1,-isses him 1)11 forehead. The symphony of song is played during action.

Ustane. Song. Thou art my chosen one, long have I waited for tliee. Thou who art beautiful, strong and so fair; I will now liold the feast, lest harru should come to thee.

And

But tinu' She who She who
Oh.

((A-erthy golden head with my raven hair: is in hilmr witli a most evil day is stronger tliau mortal may be,
is fairer,

Shh who's more

Ijeatiful;

my

beloved. She'll turn thee from me.

She with a look can harm. She with a smile can chaim. Oh, my beloved She 'li, turn thee from me,
The music
music.
continues.

Ustane appears

io

he

in

a trance.

S^teaks tlirough-

Look! Look! She is there. She beckons to my beloved. He follows her My ej^es can see no more. {Trembles and screams, Lost! into the darkness. L osi, Ustane! She shudders convulsively ant/ falls, overpowered by her terrible Leo bends over her and raises her in his arms. emotion.
LTstane!

Ustane!

"What

is it?

Leo. Speak

to

me.

Ustane.
Revieiving.

Ah, m}' Leon,

my

chosen you are here
Leo.

!

Yes, Ustane.

What is
she

the matter?

What have you

seen!

Ustane.
Assisted
bij

I^eo,

rises.

Naj',

my

after the fasiiicn of

my

which

is

not yet?

people. {Smiiingly.)

Surely

I

chosen. I did but sing unto thee saw nothing. How could I see that

Leo.

But you surely saw something, Ustane

?

,

USTANE. Nay, ask rae not. Why should^ I fright you? {Lookft tendnrhj at hhn.) "When I am gone Irom thee, my chosen, when at night thou stretfhest out thine hand and cannot find me, then tliou wilt think of me; for in truth I love thee well, thougli I be not fit to wash thy feet. Now let us love and take that which is given ns and be happy, for in the grave (shudders) there is no love and no warmth, norany touching of the lips, nothing perhaps or perchance but bitier memories of what might have been. To-night the hours are our own

how know we to whom

they

may

belong to-morrow.

Son//.

USTANE.

To-night the tide of youthful life Withhi our veins is flowing; To-night our liearts are warm and light With love's sweet passion glowing. But all this warmth of life and love May quickly change to sorrow; The arms that twine, the lips that press. Are cold in death to-morrow.
Together.

Are cold in death to-morrow: The arms that twine, the lips that Are cold in death to-morrow.
/So?0,— USTANE.

pre>is,

To-night

we

live,

to-night

we

love,

Without a care distressing; Our lips will meet, our arms

will twine.

In lover's fond caressing, Tho' death be nigh, we'll heed him not.

Nor one black plume
Theij exit R.
I.

Together. we'll borrow.

We'll taste the cup of bliss to-night, Tho' cold in death to-morrow. E.

CHANGE.— Scene

3.

Statues of Egyptian design ornament the laterior of qorgeMusly decora Led cave. An arched wall-. 'Lamps of anrimi paf/nn or. snspnnlrd frvm llw r.niug. T,r,, pri^mntic ither '• ,nin,biins. m,.' nn opening C, with Anihim,cnhn,,.^.
'

scdptm-rd stvuc Intrk ra/s.-d. dins or plntfimi side of opening. At cliangt'o C. The other features of this scene lOill he expjlaiued.

A

m

,,j

vprniug
is

march

played and the Amahagger

enter.

Ballet and Chorus.
Chorus.

Hiya comes, Hiya comes, Hiya of the mighty hand, Hiya of the power divine. Iliya beautiful and grand. She whose eves the liahtnings dart, She so fair mikI vK s.. dread, She who rulrth all that lives. She who nik'tii all that's dead. Hiya comes, Hiya monies. She wVio with a look can slay. She who, radiant as the sun, She who over life holds sway. Hiya comes, Hiya comes, Iliya who must l)e obeyed, Hiya comes, Hiya comes, in majesty and power arrayed. The recess or opening at back is illuminated, the mrtains are drawn aside and Music to suit action. Aye-iha is discorered.
aSo/O— BiLLALI.

Hail to Ayesha, powerful queen. Prostrate at thy feet we fall, (Salaams very low .) Thv slaves in supplication bow To her who ruleth over all.
Chorus.

Hail to Ayesha. powerful queen. Prostrate at thy feet we fall, All .wlaam rcry Thy slav<?s in suplication bow To her who ruleth over all.
I

loir.)

(.Ill -idiKini.

((ml riiriain hoircil.)

;

— 23 —
Solo— Ayssha.

two thousand years and more with power and strength to The wondrous phases of the world. Where all is changed save only me.
For
full

I've lived,

see

on from age to age, And marked great kings and empires Tliough old still young and beautiful, I'm (lueen and ruler over all.
I've lingered

fall

Chorus.
She's lingered on from age to age. great kings and empires Though old still young and beautiful. She's queen and ruler over all.

And marked

fall,

Ayksjia.
so
Stranger, why art thou [Tu HoR.vCE, irJtti luLS been brought in by Bellali.) much afraid? Is there that about me that should afright a man?

Horace,
It is

l.

thy beauty that makes
to

me

fear,

oh

(^ueen.

BiLLALI.
{Aside
still

Horace.)

Good,

my

Baboon, good!

She's a great queen, but

a

woman.

Ayesiia. Tell me how came you hither to this land of dwellers of evil things and dead old shadows of the dead?

among caves?

— a land

Horace.

We

come, oh queen, to learn the things that are unknown.

Ayesiia.

—into the hand of She
We

Chcapl)'^

ye hold your
-

lives to place

who

trust our lives to thee, of one so beautiful.

them in the hollow of tJie hand of Hiya must 1)e obeyed. Horace. knowing that cruelty cannot dwell iu the heart
-

BlLLALI.
(Aside
to

Horace.)

Hood, ray Baboon, good!

Ayesha.
see that men still know how to beguile us woraou with lalse words. Thou Little know I of the affairs of seest I dwell among the caves and the dead. man, nor have I cared to know. I have lived, oh stranger, with my memories, and my memories are in the grave that my own hands hollowed. (These Then sudde)dij seeing Billali, and very ivords are spoken with much feeling. is it that my guests were set Ah, thou art there, old man! harshly.) being slain by the " hot pot," to be eaten by these upon, and one was nigh
I

How

brutes, thy children?
to those

who

execute

What have you my vengeance?

to say that I should not give

you over

BiLLALI.

Oh, She! As thou art great, be merciful, for I am now, as Oh, Hiya! Those evil ones went mad with the lust of blood. ever, thy'servaut to obey. ordered them here, to be judged of thy greatness. I have Ayesiia. do justice upon them to-morrow. And as for thee, I forgive thee, that thou dost keep thy household better. Go! (JIusic. though hardly. See BiLLiLA and all but Horace and Ayesha march of, after salaaming three times. Stranger, how do they call thee? To Horace.)
I will

Horace.

Your

servant, Billali. calls

me Baboon.
Ayesha.
that
is

Laughing.

Xy,

I

see

!

the

magination, and all thee in thine

fly to

own

the beasts they resemble country ?

fashion of these savages, who lack for a name. How do they


They
Holly Holly
call

24

Horace.

me

Holly, oh, queen.

Ayesha.
!

and what
is

is

Holly

?

Horace.
a prickly tree.

Ayesha.
Well, thou hast a prickly and yet a tree-liku look. Thou art very wisdom be not at fault thou art honest at the core. She comcti Two stone .leats C. He hesitates. At present thou down. Be seated here by me hast no cause to fear me. If thou hast cause thou shalt not fear long for I Therefore let thy heart be light Horace and Ayesha sit. shall slay tliee. now Holly, liow comest, thou to speak Arabic ? It is my own dear tongue

So

!

uglj" but if ray

!

for

Arabian

I

am by
it

birth.

HORACF. It is spoken in Egypt and elsewhere. Ayesha. is still an Kgypt ? And what Pliaraoh sits upon the throne ? Still So. there one of the spawn of the Persian Ochus, or are the Archaemenians gone ? Horace. The Persians have been gone from Kgypt for nigh two thousand years, and since then the Ptolemys, the Romans and many others have Hourished, and held sway upon tiie Nile. But what can you know of the Persian Artaxerxes? Ayesha. Anddreece is tiiere still a Greece ? Ah, I loved the Laughs knowinijhj but fierce at heart and Beautiiul were they as the dav, and clever (Ireeks.
I

have studied

for

many

years.

.

fickle.

Horace.
Yes. there
is still

a Greece, but only a mockery of the (irecce

tliat

was.

Ayesha.

And

the Hebrews, are they yet at Jerusalem

?

Horace. The .Jews are broken and scattered, and Jerusalem is no more. The Romans burned it and the Roman eagles flew across its ruins. Ayesha. But of these Muslnrjhj, Tliey were a great people, those Romans. So, So they called me heathen when I would have tauglit them philosophy, .lews Messiah come ? bid their
!

Horace. Pardon me, oh Queen, but I'm bewildered. Xeaily two thousand years have Messiah hung upon his cross at GolHow, then could you have taught the Jews pliilosophy, before he lotha. came? You are a woman and not a spirit. How can a woman live two housand years.
rolled across the earth since the Jewisli

Ayeuaa
Dost thou believe that there is no such thing as
{pointivfj to stone imaijes.)
all

things die?

I tell

thee that nothing really dies

deatli,

though there is a thing called change. See! Three times two thousand years have passed since

the last of the great race that hewed those pictures fell before the breath of the pestilence; yet, are the}- not dead. Kven now they live; perchance their very spirits are drawn toward us now. {S!in/s h<-r ei/es-.) My ej'cs can see them. {Pan.'ie.)

Horace.
But
to the

world they are dead.

Ayesha.
Ay, for a time, but even to the world will they be bom again and again. say to thee that I wait now for one I loved, to be born again; knowing of n I whose surety that he will come. Why is it that I who am all powerful loveliness is greater than the grecian Helen's and whose wisdom is greater
1

'

—25 —

than Solomon, the Wise I who have overcome the change, called death why, I say, do I herd here with barbarians lower than tlie beasts?

Horace.
I

know

not.

Ayesiia.

Because I wait for him I love, lie whom I slew in my passion, but who ol' a surety will be born again, and then following a law stronger than any hini'ian plan he will find me here and his heart will soften towards me thougli I sinned against him, and he will love me for my beauty's sake.

Horace.
But even
if

men

are born again and again,

it

is

not so witli you,
died.

if

you speak

truly, (slm looks sharply at

Mm),

for

you have never
AVESIIA.

'Tis so, and so it is, because I have solved one of the great secrets of the world. You know that life is, why, therefore should not life be lengthened for awhile. {Rising.) Another time I will tell thee more if the mood be on me; though, perchance, I will never speak of it again. (Comes dovm.) Dost wonder how I knew you were coming, and so saved you from the hot-pot ?

Horace.
{Down.)

Ay, oh Queen!

I

do not understand.

Ayesha.
Leo, with face averted. in whale boat.) "The

{She makes a coniuring motion, with her hands.) Thou gaze! (^-1 pidufe of Tim and Job's faces seen, and Horace' s face not seen, are Working of this will be Explained.''

Horace.
This
is

magic.

Ayesiia. No, it is no magic, that is a fiction of ignorance. Tlicre is no such thing as magic, though there is such a thing as a knowledge of tlie secrets of nature. {Same motions, and a number of pictures apjiear, /r/iir/i n-ill l>e nrram/ed See tig the Stage Manager.) Now, tell me of this youth, this Lion, as iJillali calls His back is always to me. I have not seen his face. He was wounded him.
!

I

beheve?

Horace.
Yes, and
I fear

dangerously.
?

Cans't thou do nothing

for him,

oh

!

C,)ueen,

who knowest
1

so

much

Ayesha.
can cure him.
{Thoughtfully.)

Who

nurses him

'/

Horace.

Our servants and a woman of this country called Ustane, who kissed him first she saw him, and hath stayed by him ever since. Ayesha. Ustane ? {Musing.) I wonder if it be she against whom I was warned ? the form of Ustane is seen bending over Leo, on couch.) Same motion, Stay!

when

{,

Is that the

woman

?

Horace.

The same.

She watches Leo

asleep.

{Motions, 'picture vanishes.)

But

this

Ustane,

how

like

{Quicklg.) strange, very. oh, my Holly ?

Ayesha. Leo ? That is Lion in the Latin tongue, {aside) Amenartes, the cursed Egyptian. It's very Hast thou aught to ask of me before thou goest,
to

Horace. would gaze upon thy face. Ayesha. {Laughing.) Thou knowest the old myth of the Gods of Greece ? There was one Actseon who perished because he looked on too much beauty. If t
Yes, one thing.
I

— 26 show
I

3'ou
lor

am

my face perchance thou wilt perish also, tor know, Iain not no man, save one, who hath been, but is not yet.
Horace.

for thee.

I fear

woman's

I have put my heart not thy beauty. loveliness, that passes like a flower.

away from such

vanitie.s

as

Ayesiia.

13utmy beauty endures even as

my

lace.

Never, I endure. beauty hath' been enveiled, put it from his mind. You are warned. Wilt thou see.

may

the

man
I

to

Tlierefore,

hide

whom my

Horace.
ontef ijurmenf drop Jioiii ln-i- prison. her face arms and shoulders are lurre. fitting garment of been darkened and caicium is thrown fnll upon her.
1

will.

Ayef<ha

lets tJn-

r<fCi-alin<j

>li>.s<^

ivhite,

The

stage

has

_

Ayesiia.
half devine. Evil hand.

Behold me lovely as no woman was or is, undying and Memory haunts me from age to age and passion leads me by the
!

have I done and with sorrow have I made aquaintance and evil shall I do and sorrow shall I know till my redemption comes. Horace hides kis facf. Rash man, like Acta-on thou hast had thy will, be careful lest like Actit-on thou art not torn to peic8s by the ban-hounds of thine own passions. Horace. Hides face. I look on beauty and I am blinded Ayesha. Beauty is like the lightning, it is bright Init it destroys, especially trees, Go now, and if thou canst, forget that thou hast looked upon oil. Holly. Ayesha's beauty. Horace reaches out hands to her. Go! repeat aciion. Go! Horace exits R. I. E. Ayesha's has changed to a fury. Who is this Ustane, so like the Egyptian Amenattes ? Curse her, may she be everlastmgly accursed Curse the fair daughter of the Accursed be the memory of the Egyptian Curse her, because her magic prevailed against Nile because of her beautv. me. Curse her because she kept my beloved from me. She has been standing lia.ck of fire and with every curse the fiame darts aji and subsides. J^"" The Plaintively. I'ts no use- no WORKING OF THIS WILL ISE E.XPLAIXED. " With vehemtnce. Curse her when even I can reach those that sleep use not she shall be born again let her be born accursed let her be utterh- accursed from the hour of her birth until sleep tinds her. Then let her be accui>eil. Plaintive, her Ibng black hair is that I may overtake her with my vengeance. unbound and covers her as she sinks down, Trap. Oh, my love, my love, my love If I have sinned against thee, have I not wiped away the sin ? When wilt thou come back to me ? I who have all and yet without thee have Oh, why could I not die with thee, I who slew thee. Alas, I nothing, cannot die Alas, Alas Oh, Kallikrates I must look upon thy face again. Ttie trap has risen and Leo as Kallikrates is on couch. " Will he explaixed.'It is a generation since I looked upon She removes covering from Jiis face. thee whom I slew slew with my own hand, and yet I loved thee sobs.
! !

!

!

1

Song.

—Ay'Aesha.
waiting.

My

love,

my love I am
I

wait for thee. Tarry not long my sweetheart. Tarry not long from me. The tears from my eyes are falling And sorrow my heart doth fill.
Sighing,

My love, my love, I am waiting, Why dost thou linger still? How long wilt thou keep me; waiting? How long to endure this pain? U hen will my eyes cease flowing?
'

When

thou shalt come again. My love, my love, I am sighing Weeping 1 wait for thee. My soul is beset with sorrow, Till thou shalt come to nae,

During symjihoiiy

Iht^ roii.rh sinl's,

ami

Leo, under stage, sings.

Solo.

— Leo.

Thine eyes are dim with weeping, And thine heart is sore with pain. For ages thon'st been waiting. For one who will come again. Who will oome ''rom out the shadows, When the images of stone Shall wake the cavern's echo With a mighty living tone.

The stone images sing in

cliorns.

Wtll Be Explained.
Choiiis.

At

conclusion of chorus.

Thine eyes are dim with weeping,

etc., etc.

Ayesha.

The images of stone have roused tlie echoes with their voices iny Kallilcrates, is born again, and lie will come to me.

— Kallikrates,

OURTATX.

ACT

III.

'•THE RUINS OF

KOR."— " THE TEMPLE OF TRUTH."— THE STATUE OF "TRUTH STANDING ON THE WORLD."— EXPLANATION WILL BE GIVEN.
{Enter Tim and Job, E.
Tim.
I.

1

E.)

be liere piirty soon to sentence This is where She howlds coort, and She the hot-pot divils that were goin' to ate yon, Job.
'11

Oh, Lord!
escape, Tim.

when

I

think of that,

Job. it gives

me

the creeps.

I

had a narrow

Tim.

Troth 3'ou did. But yon remember what ould Ballylally said? As liow they didn't like the taste of strangers who kem through the swamps and lived on wild fowl. Now, as you have been in the swamps and ate nothing but wild fowl for the last ten days, shure you wouldn't stay long on their stomachs. You'd prove an emetic, my boy.
Job.

would enjoy being eaten 1)y them if I was sure of poisoning the whole lot on 'em. But I don't care for that now. I can only think of poor master Leo. I know he's going to die. Oh, dear! Oh, dear! To think of
I

believe I

his 'aving to die in this blasted barbarosity of a place.

Tim.

He's purty bad. Job; but Mister Holly says that 5^/ie will cure him. Do you know, Job, {looks about) God be good to us! I hope she can't hear me! but I believe She 's a "Pisherogue," or a witch.

Worse nor that, Tim, worse nor tliat! care; but I know She 's the devil hisself!
Tim.

Job.
If

She wur only a witch,

I

wouldn't

The

divil in petticoats, eh,

Job?

Shure the world
Job.

is

full

of such purty

little divils,

Job.

Yes, I know all women 'ave a little touch of the Old Boy in 'em; but this Sh« is the bony Jider Lucifer. Why, you can't turn round in these cursed caves and 'oles but you're brought face to face with a corpse. {Suuddtrinrj.) Oh, Lord! it gives me the shivers to think of it. Last night I 'ad a sight that made my blood nearly freeze. I was standing at the opening of master Holly's cave, when I saw more nor fifty of the beastly savages, each one carrying a Thej' took 'em out a short distance and set 'em up like posts in the corpse. ground and set fire to 'era, and they blazed and crackled as if they was stufted with resin; and the savages howled and danced like himps of Beelzebub, and some on 'em grabbed up arms and legs all ablaze and run like mad with them I never want to see such a sight again. 'ere goulish torches.
'ere

Tim.

Bless us and save us

!

And what do you suppose they

did that

tor.

Job?

— 29 —
Jon.

Well, Mister Holly told me that these caves are full of human mummies, and the material used in preparing them is very inflammable, and they burns the mummies to give 'em light whenever they has a dance. Heavens! how they roared and flared No tar-barrel could 'ave burned as them 'ere mummies did.
!

I
It's

Tim. wish we were safe out of this. Job. Shure I never heard of such diviltry. a wonder the ghosts of these ould mummies don't haunt them?
Jon.

I'll tell you why, Tim. Because these beastly hyenas arc not human, and ghosts has no power with 'em. A ghost is too respectable to appear to such cannibals. They's muck, they is, and the muckiest kind of muck at that, A

is played. Tim. She's coming to hold coort. We'd better be oft' to Mister Leo, I. E. Job. Yes, let's be hoft". I can't a-bear the beastly hot-]iotters. Exit Tim and Job, L. I. E. Music ff. Enter Ayesha and Harare, /nlinvi'd /»/ male andfem.ale Ainahagger. Ayesfui takes her place on dias at base of statue, Horace stands

wehd march
Whist! Going L.

beside her.

A

march and

bcdlet is pierformed, at conchis/on

Ayesha

speaks.

Ayesha.

Come hither Holly and sit liy me. Horace does so. Xow you will see me To Billali. do justice on those who would have slain thee. Let them be brought before me. Billali salaams and goes off R. I. E., folloived by si.c of the guard. How didst thou sleep, ray Holly ?
Horace.
I

slept not well, Oh, Ayesha.

Ayesha. I, too, have not slept well. I dreamed ol one T hate &m\ and guard return with prisoners, viz.: SinbuUi, Abdaili, and Dilyesha. The guards take their places, and the prisoners prostrate before Ayesha. Nay, stand. The prisoners rise. Perchance the time will soon be when you shall grow weary of bemg stretched. Laughs. Dost thou, my
Lan,g]dng.
I love.

So?

one

Billali

guest, recognize tliese people.

HORACK.
I do,

oh Queen.
to say,

Ayesha. Very sweetly. You have heard. What have you why vengeance should not be done upon you ?
!

ye rebellious ones,

SiNBALLI. Mercy, Hiya, mercy Let us be banished into the us not to the infernal torture.

swamps

to die, but give

Ayesha.
Eaters of human flesh. Ye have dared Did 1 not send my word unto ye hj Billali, my servant, and the father of your houseliold ? Hath it not been tauglit ye from childhood tliat the law of She is ever fixed law, and tliat he who breaketh it by so much In defiance of my order j^e have attempted as one jot or tittle sliall perish? Therefore I pronounce, that ye be taken to the to put my guests to death. cave of torture and given over to my executioners to wreak my vengeance upon ye, and that on the going down of to-morrow's sun, if any of ye remain alive, ye shall suffer death l)y the hot-pot as you would have slam the servant of my

With fury.

Dogs and serpents

!

to disobey me.

guest.

Prisoners.
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!

Horace.
Oh. Queen,
let

me

implore mercy for these people.


-30Ayesha.
Billali, my word is spoken, let my doom be done. prisoners are conducted oJf\ followed hy the others in I'rocession, with music. Here, oh Holly have I held my coiu't I'or over 2000 years under this winged figure. Ste2->s down. Come, Holly, and see. Horace joins her. The stage is darkened. The moon rises ahore the statue. Didst ever see an image so entrancing and divine, illumined and shadowed by the soft li.oht of the moon?

Blllali

Nay, it cannot salaams and

be.

tJie

HORACK.

What does

it

represent

?

Ayesiia. Canst thou not guess ? where then is thy imagination. It ing on the world," calling to its children to unveil her face.

is "

truth stand-

Horace. It is a wonderful conception, a poet's dream of beauty frozen into stone. Ayesha. They were a great people, those ancients of Koi', they were an old people before the Egyptians were, when first I saw these ruins, over two thousand years ago, they were even as they are now. Judge of their age, therefore. It is recorded on this slab, square slali at statue's base by Junis a priest of the great Temple of Kor, what a cloud settled upon the great city in the year,

came

four thousand eight hundred and three, from its founding and out of the cloud a pestilence that destroyed all the people, the p.iince and the peasant

alike.

And

that accounts for the great

Horace. number of dead found

in

the caves

?

Ayesiia. Yes, they embalmed their dead like the Egyptians but their art was more perfect. Enter Joti very /iiwh I'.rrited, L. I. E.

Oh, mister Holly, mister Holly he be a-dyiu hack frightened. Oh, lord what's that?
!

Joii.
sir.

i^ees

Ayesha springs

Is tliat thy servant,

and

is

that the

Ayesiia. way servants greet ladies

in

thy country.

Horace.

He

is

friglitened at thy garb,

it

hath a deathlike

air.

Ayesha

Leuajhs.

Ayesha.
Whj' has he come here
?

Horace.

He
So
1

brings

me word

that

my boy

lies at

the point of deatli.
I

Ayesha.
provided he be not dead, it is no matter, for him be brought here at once! So say to my servant
Billali.

can restore him. Let Joh goes of L. I. E.

Had we

better not go to him, oh

Horace. Ayesha

?

Ayesiia. Xo. I have here that which will cure him. die. {Producing earthen rial.) HOliACE. (lod grant it so: but what magic
Ayesiia.

Fear

not.

your boy

sliall

not

Magic ? Have I not told thee there is no such thing as magic? Tliongli there is such a thing as understanding and applying the forces which arc in nature.

Horace.
For twenty years Leo has been mv dearest companion and the one interest my existence, and here I've been lingering by your side while he lay dying, and perhaps now it is too late. If so. I shall liate myself for the cursed selfishness that kept me from him.
of

?

Ayesha.
Doiiot blame thyself. A mono; men, the yeiy best are lighted down to I was the cause, and I will recover evil by the gleam of a wninaii's eyes. him. {A bier or stMilu is Jirmujlit on, on which Leo is lijing, his face averted from Ayesha. Ustane fvUnii-w mid takes her place near the bier. Aijesha seeinc/ her.) Ah, the girl. It is she of whom thou didst speak to me. Bid her and I love not that underlings should perceive my wisdom. the rest depart. {Horace motions them off. I'hey all go excejtf Ustane. Horace touches her ori
i

shoulder

and 2>oinis

off'.

Ustane.
{SuUenli/.)

What
you

does she want

?

HOKArE.
Siio desires

to go.

USTA.VE. It is surely the right of a wife to be near her husband motions.) Xay, I will not go, my Lord, the Baboon.

when he

dies.

UJ.

Ayesha.

Why

doth not the

woman

leave us

?

Horace.
She does not
like to leave Leo.

Ayesha.
(Facing Ustane with fury and pointing off'.) Go Thou seest it time that gave these people a lesson. The girl went nigh to disobeying ine. Now let me see the youth. (She approaches Mer and Leo turns his fare towards her. She staggers back with a scream.
!

1

Horace.

What

is it,

Ayesha ?

Is

he dead ?

Ayesha.
(Springing toward him. Willi, fury.) Thou dog! Why didst thou hide this from me ? (Stretches out her arm toward him. Horace .^eems dazed.)

What — what

is

this


lies

Horace. Ayesha.

(Withdrawing her
Holly, there lies

—there
My

liand.)

Ah, perchance thou didst not know.

my

lost Kallikrates.
(

back

to

me

at last, as I

knew he

my

Kallikrates!

love!

would. Mj'love!

Learn, oh Kallikrates who has come Weeping, as she gazes on him.) Oh,

Horace.
Unless you help him quickly, your Kallikrates
calling.

will

be

far

beyond your

Ayesha.
Oh, wliy did I not see him before? (Producing I am unnerved. My hand trembles, even mine, and yet Here, Holly, take this vial and pour the liquid down his If will cure him, if he be not dead. throat. Swift! swift! he dies! (Horace administers medicine. Ayr.sJia. shows great agitation.)
(Starting quickly.)
terra cotta vial.)

True!

it is

very easy.

Is

it

too late?

HoKAfJE. (Leo gives a long-drauni sigh.)

I

see he

is

saved

!

Saved

I

Thou seest? Ayesha. One little moment more, and he had

gone.

Gone!

Gone!

(Sobbing.)

Thou

seest, after all, I

But this Ustane, His servant?
I

Forgive me. Holly. Forgive me for my weakness! only a woman. (Her manner is changed quickly.) almost liad I forgotten her. What is she to Kallikrates?

am

Horace.
understand that she
is

wed

to him, according to the

custom of the Ama-

hagger.

!

— 32 —
AVliat
!

Then
Xa}'!

there
It

is

an end

!

Ayesha. She must Horace.

die

Xay!
evil.

would be a crime.

And from

crime nought comes

but

Ayesha. Is it a crime to put away that which stands between us and our ends? is our life one long crime, for day by day we destroy tliat we may live, Then
since in
tiie

world none but the strongest can endure.

Horace.
But thou hast said that each man should be a law unto himself and follow Hast tln^ heart no mercy toward her whose the teachings of his own heart. he, pointing to ieo, whom for two place thou wouldst take? Bethink thee! thousand years thou hast waited for, has returned. AVilt thou celebrate his coming by the murder of one who loved him ? Thou sayst also that ni the past thou didst greivously wrong this man, that with thine own hand thou didst slay him because of the Egyptian, Amenartes ?

Ayesha.
With, quick exritif III cut.

name?

I

How knowst thou that? never mentioned Amenartes to thee.

IIow knowst thou

tiiat

IIOKACE. Perchance I dreamed it. Strange dreams hover about these caves of Kor. what came ot this mad crime ? Two thousand years of waiting, was it But not ? And, now, wouldst thou repeat the history ? I tell thee tliat evil will come of it. How will this man take thee, red-handed from the slaughter of her who loved and tended him ?

Ayesha.
thee as well as her, yet should he love me. But I will spare am not cruel for the sake of cruelty. Let her come before Horace exits R. I. E. She thnnvs herbefore my mood change. me. Quiclc, Oh, my Kallikrates, thou wilt live. For sixty self on her knees beside litter. generations I have lived without thy companionship, without love, led down the dreary ages of my hfe by the marsh-hghts of hope, yet my skill told me they would one day lead unto my deliverer, and thou at last hast come. But Enter Horace the woman, {rises) so like the accursed Egyptian, Amenartes.

Had

I slain

this

woman;

for I

loith U.xtane.

R

Q. E.

Is

my

lord dead?

Oh, say not he

USTANE. is dead?
herself before she,

Nay, he
Stand!

lives.

Horace. Sue hath saved him. Ustane prostrates
Ayesha.
rises.

Ustane

Come

hither!

t'stune

approachrs her.

Who

is

this

man?
USTANH

My

husband.

Who
I

gave him

to thee tor a

Ayesha. husband ? Ustane.

took him according to our custom, oh, She.

Ayesua. evil in taking this man, who is a stranger, and not of thy custom fails. Listen! Go from hence and never dare to speak to He is not for thee. Go! Ustane does not or set thine eyes upon him again. Pause then with fury. Gk), woman move. Ustane. With desj)erate calmess. I will not go. The man is my husband, and I lo\e him. Ayesha seems impatient. I love him and luill not leave him. Ayesha rises ijiUcklij and sits agaiit. What right hast thou to make me leave my husband. Ayesha rises as if to sttike.

Thou hast done
Tlie

race.

!

— 33 —
HOKACE,
Literposimj
.

Be

pitiful.

It is

nature working.

Situ. I

am

pitiful.

Coldly,

now. With vuirked where thou art.

tnqjhasis.

Ayesha. hud I not been pitiful, she had been dead even "Woman, I say to thee go before 1 destroy thee
!

Dtterndnedly 1 will not go He I took him because I loved him, because he loved me, Ayesha repeats action, destroy me, if thou hast the power, I will not give thee my husband, never, never Faces Ayesha in defance.
!
! !

USTANE. is mine mine

With sarcastic

siveetness.

Ayesha. Say yon so Then
!
!

ivi.th

hand, she touches Ustane's head. Fool worm Ustane puts hand white mark appears across her hair, seemes dazed.

afvrious muvement of her to her head, a

Horace.
Seeing white mark, Great Heavens
!

Ayesha. Poor ignorant fool, dost think that I have no power to slay. I have set my seal upon thee, the white mark of my displeasure, so that I shall know thee till thy hair is all as white as it. Now wilt thou go, or must I strike
again
?

Ustane

still

dazed, feeliny the

way

with her hands as if blinded. Exits

L. Q. E. If ever she dares to look upon his face again, her bones shall become whiter than the mark upon her hair. She goes and bends over Leo who has been moving restlessly, he stretches out his arms and seeing her draio her face to him and kisses her.

Leo. Sitting up. Hallo Ustane why have you tied your head up ? Plave you the tooth ache? I say Job, I'm awfully lumgery. Looking round Job not here. I say you old son of gun where the deuce have you got to now ? Looking at Ayesha. Eh, bless me that is not Ustane.
I
!

Ayesha.
Greeting to thee, my young stranger lord. Right glad am I to see thee well again Leo stands, believe me had I not saved thee never wouldst thou have stood upon your feet again. Leo has come doivn.

Leo.
Bowing. I thank you lady for j'our kindness in caring for one I shall never be ungrateful. you.

unknown

to

Nay. give one no thanks,
Aside

tis I

Ayesha. who am made happy by thy coming.
Leo.

to Horace, Humph Leo I say old fellow the lady is uncommonly civil. seemed to have stumbled into clover. Looking at Yesha. By jove, what a pair of arms ? Horace.
!

We

{Nudging him.)

Not

so loud.

Leo.
{Not noticing him.) Have arms it must be lovely.

yon seen her
HOEACE.

tace

?

If it

compares with her

Damn

it,

man, keep

quiet.

Ayesha.
Is there

aught
I

I

can do for j'ou more

?

Leo. Yes, lady,
gone.

would know where the young

woman Avho was

nursing

me

has

Oh, the girl?

Yes

——
I

Ayesha. I— know not, She

sajd she \vov(ld go.

Perchance

!

— Sishe will return. {Perchance not.) these savage women are fickle.
It is

wearisome

waitintf

on

tlie

sick,

and

Leo. It's infernally odd that she should leave me. I don't understand. The young lady and I that is well, you know exactly. I in short, we have a great regard for each other.

Yes, I know exac%. I to give my servant, Billali, so will leave you for a little. If there can be comfort in this poor place, be sure {Goes up C. and off L'. U. E.) it awaits thee.

Ayesha. have some instructions

Leo.

Who
speech

is

she old fellow

'!

.She's

uncommonly
HOEACE.

civil.

The Queen.

She herself

m
!

For Heaven's sake be more guardctl of your
Leo.

her presence.

Pshaw

She

's

only a

woman you know.
Horace. The very woman the sherd of Amenartcs
Leo.

But a most extraordinary one. speaks of

Then

the story

is

true
it

?

Horace.

However

incredible

may seem,

it is

true.

USTANE.
{Elders L. Q. K. hurriedly.) Oh, my lord, thou art restored and my heart but I am in peril from She-who-must-be-obeycd. Surely, the Baboon has told thee how slie drove me from thee. I love -thee, my lord, and thou art mine, according to the law of the country. My Lion, wilt thou cast me off
rejoices,

now

?

Cast you off?
([ueen.

Never, Ustane.

Leo. Let us go and explain matters

to

the

USTANE. Nay! Nay! She would slay us. There is but oneway. across the marshes, and perchance we may escape.

Flee witli

me

Horace.
For Heaven's sake, Leo, dont
LTstane.

Nay, listen not to him. Swift Be swift Death is in tho air we brcatlie! {Throws herself in Leo's arms. Ayesha with BeUuli and livo guards ajipears at hack.) Kven now, perhaps, she hears us. {Ayesha laughs. Ustane shrinks hack. Leo and Horace a^ipear confused.)
! !

Ayesha.
bashful.

{Laughing as she comes down.) Nay, now Surely the sight was a pretty one.
Leo.
it all

my

lord and guest, look not so
lion.

The leopard and the

Oh, hang

Ayesha.
{Very sweetly.)
I

And
T

dreamed not that

thou, Ustane, my servant, is this a fit time for love? could be disobeyed. I thought thee already far away.

Ustane.
Play not with me.
Slay me, and
let

there be an end.

Ayesha.
not well to go, so swift from the hot lips of love, down to the cold mouth of the grave. ( Vindictively to guards.) Let the fool's wish be gratified. {7 he two guards take hold of Ustane. Leo hurls than in tarn to the ground. Horace holds Leo hack.)
It is
.

Nay,

why?

.

-135


her,

Leo.

Curse you

!

Dare to put

j-our

hand on

and

I'll

brain yon!

Ayesha.
{Laughing.)
sick.

But we

shall see.

this evil-doer depart.

Thou hast a strong arm, my guest, for one wlio so late was Now, oh Holly, thou didst hear my words bidding At thy prayer I did weakly spare her life. How is it,
HOIJACE.

then, that thou art a sharer in thrs meeting?

It

was

l)y accident, oh,

Queen.

I

knew naught

of

it.

Ayesha.
I

believe thee.

And

well

is it for

Then does. all the

guilt rest

upon

this

thee that I do. Angrily boking at Ustanp. woman. Motions Billali, who exits U. E. R

Leo. Come, I say now. I don't see any guilt about it. Ustane is married to me according to the custom of this awful place.. She's not anybody else's wife, and she loves me, and I love her. And whatever she has done I have done too, so if she's to be punished, let me be jjunished also, and T tell you if you Re-enter Billali bid those savages to touch her again, I'll tear them to pieces. with all the Amahagger. Ayesh.\. Hast thou aught to say woman ? Ustane folds her arms. Thou silly straw, thou feather, who didst tliink to float towards thy passion's petty ends against Tell me, for I fain would understand, why the great wind of my strong will. didst thou this thing ?

Ustane. Queen, because my love is stronger than the grave; because my without him whom my heart chose would be but a living death. I know that my life is forfeit to thy anger, yet am I glad that I did risk it, and willingly will I pay it away for him, because he embraced me and told me that he loved me.
I did it,oh.
life

Ayesha.
Springs up and makes motion as
if to strike,

but controls herself

and

sits

again.

Say

on.

Ustane.
I have no magic, and I am no queen, nor do I live forever, but a woman's heart is heavy to sink through waters however deep, and a woman's eyes are quick to see, even through thy vail, oh, Queen.

Ayesha.

And what

hast thou seen

?

Ustane.
I have seen that thou dost love this man thyself, and, therefore, woulds* destroy me, who stands across thy path. I will die and go into the die darkness, nor know I whither: but this I know. There is a light shining in breast, and by that light, as by a lamp, I see the future unroll before me my like a scroll.

— —

Ayesha.

And what

does this light

show

thee

?

Ustane. It shows me that my love hath brought me {Assiow's a trance-like look.) I'll turn not back, being ready to pay the price. And even as I see death, but myself standing on the steps of doom, so do I see that thou shaft not profit by my death. Mine he is, and though thy beauty shme like the sun among Never shall he look tliee in the eyes and the stars, mine shall he remain. Oh, I see oh, what a sight is here call thee wife! Thou, too, art doomed! my Lion, thou art saved, but She will perish I see a fire that never dies!


!

!

I sec a shriveled

form

!

I see

I see

;

— 36 — Song— UsTANE.
I I

see thee lead him o'er the dark abyss. With frantic haste and mad desire.— see him follow thee into the pit Where burns the everlasting fire I see thee bathing in the quenchless flames That lap thy beauty in their ire I see thee shrivel and shrink and fade,— I see a tortured one expire.
:
I

C'}(orus.

She that's standing on the steps of doom
Sees the future like a written scroll. And reads it plainly with the eye of truth. As the mystic pages of fate unroll. She sees the ending of a weary life, She sees the tortures of a doomed soul By the light that shineth in her breast She plainly reads the prophetic roll.

USTANE.

THINE

SHALL {These words are siJoken almost in a shriek.) Never shall he call thee wife I see You are doomed
! ! ! !

NEVER

HE

fiE

Ayesha.
[She makes {With vehemence.) False prophetess, be thou forever blind a quick pass, the electric sparks fly from her hand. Ustane shrieks, trembles, and forever {Leo and Horace raise Ustane.) Be thou accursed falls prostrate.) Leo. Great Heavens She is dead {They place {A.9sisfing her to litter L E E.) her on litter.) Woman, devil, or whatever thou art, you have killed her, and {Sjrrings toward Atjesha. She throws md her hand. I shall avenge her death
! I
! ! !

He

stops suddtiily. as if electrified.)

Ayesiia.

Forgive me,

my

guest,

if I

have shocked you

— with my

justice.

Leo. Forgive thee, murderess ? By Heaven Forgive thee, thou fiend {Bushes toward her again, hnt is stopped as hefore. kill thee if I can.
!

I

will

Ayesha. Nay, na}', thou dost not understand. For two thousand years, Kallikrates, have I waited for thee and now thou hast come back to me. This woman stood between us, and therefore I removed her, Kallikrates.
Leo.
It's

an accursed

lie

!

My name

is

Leo Yincey and not Kallikrates.

My
art

ancestor

was

Kallikrates. at least so I believe.

he,

•Ayesha. Ah, thou sayest it. Thy ancestor was Kallikrates, and thou, even thou born again, and my own dear lord.
Leo.
lord
?

Thy

I

had rather be the lord of a

fiend from hell.

Ayesha.
Nay. thou hast not seen

me

for so

many years thou
Leo.

hast forgotten.

Yet

I

am very
I

fair,

Kallikrates!
I liate thee, I say.

hate thee, murderess.
will

Ayesha.
shortly creep to my side and swear thou lovost me. ( To {They all go off R. C. E.) Here before this dead girl, •who loved thee well, we'll put it to the proof. She shakes off her outer cov{The stage has been darkened and the Calcium is throxvn upon her.) Beering. hold me, Kallikrates ? {Leo shoivs admiration and astonishment.)

Yet thou Amahagger.)

Depart?

I

am

bewildered.

Leo. Art thou— art thou a

woman

?

— 37 —
Ayesha.
In very truth a woman, and thy spouse, Kallikrates.
toivards him.

He seemed
Thou

inclined to go

to lier,

{Stretching her arms hut looks at Ustane and hesitates.)

Come

!

Leo.

How
(2 It is

can

I?

art a murderess,

She loved me and thou hast

slain

her.

Amahagger
naught,
If I

enter.)

my

sin.
!

Come
I

{I^o goes

let my beauty answer lor Bear her away have sinned it is for love of thee. Come! [Same husiness.) to her and falls on knee, taking her hand..)
!

Ayesha. If I have sinned

Leo.

cannot

resist,

woman

or

demon thy beauty has conquered me. Ayesha.

But do not kneel to me I am your slave, you Fie upon thee Kallikrates. will I prove to tliee that thou Come. He rises. are my lord and master. Thou art living yet shalt thou liehold thyself art Kallikrates born agani. Leads Leo up stage. And you too, my Holly. Leo passes behind column, dead. his doidjle cqypears holding Ayesha's hand, Leo goes down through stage behind column and takes place to he sent up on C. trap. Horace is L. of trap. To double,

Now

ivho

is

back

to

audience.

Be not

afraid.

Leo.

Under Stage.

I fear not,

oh, Ayesha.

How

can

I

living behold

myself dead?
of thy

Ayesha. By my arts I have held thy body from the beauty should ever rest before mine eyes.
Under Stage. Let

dust, that the

waxy stamp

me

Leo. see and be convinced.

Ayesha.
So, shalt thou look upon thine own departed self, who breathed and died so long ago. I do but turn one page in thy Book of Being and show thee what is writ thereon. Let llie dead and living meet. The trap comes vp ivith takes wrapping off. Leo as Kallikrates lying on stone couch. Behold
!

Horace.
This
depart.
is

horrible.

Tis Leo dead

if

ever Leo lived.

Cover

it

and

let

us

Not

yet,

my

Holly.

By my
"living.

Kallikrates to speak to the speak unto thy self.

Ayesha. art I have the power to cause the dead She makes some pas.ses, Speak Kallikrates,
Leo.

As Kallikrates. Across the gulf of time we are power against identity. Though sleep, in mercy hath

still

one.

Time hath no

blotted out the tablets of mind, still are we one— ibr the wrappings of sleep shall roll away as the voices of the past shall melt in thunder clouds before wind. The frozen nuisic like mountain snows beneath the sun, and the weeping and laughter of tlie lost hours shall be heard once more, sweetly eclioing up the elites of immeasurable time. Sleep hath rolled away and tlie lightnuig of my disembodied spirit hath found a fresher form to work out the purpose of our being, quickning and fusing those separated days of life and shaping ihem to a stall' wheron we may safely lean as we wend to our appointed fate. I was dead but now I live Kallikrates is born again. She removes ivrapjnng from breast of Leo andshoivs blood mark, like a spear vjound.

my

Ayesha.
slew thee Kallikrates because thou didst love the Egyptian, Amenartes. But now thou hast come back to me I will give thee Thou seest this lile and youth that will endure thee thousands of years. body which was once thine own ? {Oncers Leo up, the box. sinks and Leo is |^Kxplained. Leo takes yet the form remains thi- mme. taken under .<<tage.

Thou

seest

it

was

I

who

— 38douhk^s place beside Ayesha ; double is hehind column.) For all these centuries it hath been my comfort and companion; but now I need it no more for I have thy living presence. Let it therefore return to the dust. (She pours a phial will of liquid on the figure which takes fire and burns entirely away. BE EXPLAINED.) Behold ! The past to the past, the dead to the dead. Kallikrates is dead, and is born again. Come! {Leo goes to her O. Shi- embraces him. Everybody coini-s on for chorus.

m^Tms

Chants.

Wonderful Ayesha beautiful Queen The greatest the grandest that ever liath been, Wonderful Ayesha, wonderful Ayesha, Wonderful Ayesha. beautiful queen,
fS'oto-AYESHA,

There

is

one perfect flower
is

in the

wilderness of love.

Choiiis.

That flower
There
is

love, that flower is love, that flower is love.

;6'0to-AYESHA.

one fixed star seen
is

in the mists of strife.

Chorus.

That star
There
is

love, that .star is love, that star is love.

-Soto-AVETHA.

one living hope
love, that

in out-

despairing night.
love, that

CIvorus.

That hope is
There
is

hope

is

hope

is

love.

/Soto.

Ayesha

one
is

fair truth that shines forever bright.

Chorus.
is love that truth is love. /So/o-Ayesha. Soft shall we lie my love, and easy shall we go Crowned shall we be with the diadem of power, Worshiping and wonderstruck the people of the world, Blinded by our beauty, before our might shall cower. Prom age unto age shall our greatness thunder on, (irowing like a river, fed by a thousand rills. Laughing shall we speed in our victory and pomp. Laughing like the daylight as he leaps aluug tlie hills. Onward, still triumphant, to a triuiiii)h ever new, Onwaid in a power to a power yet unattaiiied: Onward, never weary, clad with splendor as a robe— 'Till accomplished by our fate and the night at last is gained.

That truth

love, that truth

Choru.^.

Last four lines

Curtain.

!

ACT
Exk-rior of gloomy cave.

IV.
I.

Enter Tim and Job, L.

E.

Job.
It's all

hup with

us,

Tim.

I

know

I'll

never live through
the wind

it

Tim.

What's the matter
That's
it
!

?

What

the divil

is in

now

'!

Job.

Oh; Lord, oh, Lord

Tim.

What's

it ?

Job.

The

divil is in

blasted place.

Lave

oft'

the wind, and heverythingand hcverybodyin this bloomin' Oh, Lord, oh, Lord! what will become of us? Tim. your crj'ing and keenin' like an^old woman at a wake, and tell me
Job.

m

what's the matter.

Heverything bad is the matter. Loioerimj hin voice. That female himp, that beastly She, has killed Mr. Leo's sweetheart. Captured hmi herself, and

now

liup, in

she's going to take us all to the beastly Fire of Life.

some beastly
Tim.

'ole

bin the ground, and burn us

And

did

She

kill

that purty crayture, LTstane.

Job. In the most cold bloodedest manner. She just points her finger at her and down she drops, dead as a 'ammer.
Tim. Oh, mille murdher But I believe that divilment. So she shot the poor crayture
!

woman is loaded to the down with her finger ?

muzzle with

Just as

if it

were a gun, only
!

it

Job. didn't explode nor nothin'. Tim.

saints preserve us Sure its enough to make one's flesh creep on one's bones to see a women with every finger on her hand an air gun, and her eyes like a battery of artillery cocked ready to kdl.

The

Job.

Arc her heyes cocked, Tim

?

Tim.

You mane

is

She cockeyed

?

No, no, you don't understand.
Job. the same when talking of heyes.

I

mane

that

her eyes are cross.
Well, crost and cooked
is all

Tim. Was there ever such ignorance in the world afore ? I mane that her eyes are like guns that are loaded, ready to go ott" and blow the divil out of all before them.

Job.
I believe they'are;

but you have never seen

tliena,

Tim,

She's always

veiled.

— 40 —
Tim.

True for you; but Mister Holly and Mister Leo have, and they say that she have the iiurtiest eyes and face that was ever seen. But when is She goin'
to take us to the tire of
life ?

"

We're
it's

my

Job. to start right hoft' and we're to be gone three days; but oh Lord! opinion we'll never come back again. {Enkr Horace E I E.)

Tim, Mr. Leo is looking for you. you had better attend him.
{Goini)

HOEACE. There are some preparations
Tim.

to

make, so

R

IE.)

In a
is

jiffy, sir!

as sure as

my name

Tim Lanahan.

{A.nde.) {Erit

I'll

R

have a dip IE.)

in

the

fire

of

life

HoBACE.
"Well, Job, are

you prepared hope

for our

journey

?

Job.

Yes,

sir;

but

I

you'll not let

Mr. Leo go into that beastly Horace.

fire

of

life.

"Why

not.

Job ?

Job. Because, sir, it's luy opinion that that 'ere She is the old gentleman hisself which I suppose he has, for he couldn't be so or his wife if he has got oue, wicked without a woman to help hmi. The "Witch of Kndor is a fool to her, Why, bless you, if She had a mind. She could raise the ghost of hevery sir. old gent, mentioned in the Bible hout of these beastly tombs. It's a country of devils, and She's the master one of the lot, sir: and she will destroy Master beastly fire. Leo in that

HoEACE. Come, Job, at any rate she saved his life.
Job. She'll make him a witch like Yes, sir and she'll take his soul to pay for it. herself This is a beastly place and a beastly people and its wicked to have

hanything
I

to

do with 'em,

sir.

Horace.
admit
it is

woman has power
She's a witch,

And this wonderful a queer country, and a singular people. not only over the living, but over the dead.
Job.
sir,

and can raise the dead and talk with 'em. 1 believe 1 poor old father, last night in my sleep. He had a kind Job said he ( sort o-solcmn, like a methody parson of night shirt on him. when he's had the best of a horse trade) " Job said he, " times hup!" such ado as I've had to nose you hout. It wasn't friendly of you to give your old let alone that a pesky lot of bad characters come from father such a run

saw the ghost

of

my

this 'ere place Ivor."

Horace.
Regular Scorchers. Eh, Job
That's
I
?

Job. said, sir, " regular scorchers," and I dont doubt it, seeing Any way his ghost went hott' saying, of their " hot-pot " ways. " time is hup Job, time's hup." And I know sir that it is a warning that I must soon follow him.

what he

what

know

!

Horace. Nonsense you dout believe that j'ou are going to die Viecause you dreamed you saw your father ? If one dies because one dreams of his father, what happens to a man who dreams of his mother-in-law ? Laughs.
!

Job.

Ah,
sir,

sir,

you are laughing

at mo.

and I 'opes j'ou'll think kindly of back to dear hold Hingland.

Anyhow I've tried to my whitened bones,

do
if

my duty by you hever you gets

IIORACK.

Come, Job, this
No,
sir, it's

is all

nonsense.
Joii.

not nonsense.

J'm a doomed man, but
Hor.\(;e.

I

'opes

it

wont be by

that " hot-pot " game.

Drive these thoughts awaj^ from you Job, and prepare for our journey.
Job.

Very well sir! goiivj R. I. E. but I 'opes you will never more to do with greek writing on flower pots. Exit R. I. E.
HOKACE.

'ave hanything

Poor Job, I don't wonder at his gloomy forebodings. Our mysterious and ghoul-like surroundmgs are enough to chill the heart of anyone. Enter Ayesha Condudinij Leo, R. I. E.

Ayesha.
This very hour shall we start, and soon will we stand in the Place of Life, and thou shalt bathe in the fire and come forth glorified as no man ever was before thee, and then, Kallikrates, shalt thou call me wife, and I shall call theo husband, Leo. Qh, Ayesha, your promise is beyond my hope.

Ayesha.
Nay, but
js

this boon, for

a full

be fulfilled. And thou, too, Holly, on thee will I confer thou art not altogether a fool, though thy school of philosophy of nonsense as those of old days.
it

shall

Horace.
If this fiery virtue, that holds off death exists, I will I thank thee, Ayesha. have none of it. The world has npt proved so soft a nest that I would lie ni I know the flesh shnnks from the worm it I do not fear death. it forever. wfll not feel, and from the unknown which the winding sheet curtains from our view, But harder still would it be to live on, green in the leaf and fair, but dead and rotten at the core, with the secret worm of recollection gnawing

ever at the heart.

Bethink thee!

power and

all

Ayesha. Long life, and strength, and beauty beyond measure, mean thmgs that are dear to man. Horace.

Ambition is an endless ladder on which no resting place is All bubbles. found. Wealth satiates and becomes nauseous, nor can it buy an hour's There is an end to wisdom. The more we learn, the more peace of mind. we feel our ignorance. Should we live ten thousand years, could we liope to solve the secrets of the suns, and of the space beyond the suns, and of the heavens? Would not our wisdom be but a gnawing hunger, calling our concionsness day by daylto a knowledge of the empty craving of our souls?
Ay^esha.
Turniruj
beautiful,
to Leo. Nay, Holly, there is love love which makes all things and breathes divinity into the very dust we tread. Fondling Leo, With love shall life roll gloriously on front year to year, like the voice of some great music that hath power to hold the hearer's heart, poised on eagle's wings above the sordid shame and folly of the earth.

Horace. But if the loved be loved in vain, what then? Nay, oh, She, I will live my day and grow old with my generation and die my appointed death and be forgotten.
I

have

faith in eternal

life

and care not to prolong the existence of

my

body.

Ayesha.
LcmgJun;/. Thou look'st high and dream'st thou wilt pluck the star. believe it not, and think thee a fool to throw away the lamp. But thou,
I

my

Kallikrates, shall become like me; then shall and thou shalt rule thig England,

we

cross to this country of thine

-42Leo.

That cannot
Slie shall be

be.

Wo

have a queen who Ayesha.
Leo.

rules.

overthrown.

We

love our queen and

would

.sooner think
AVE.'ill.A.

oi'

overthrowing

our.selves.

A

queen

since I
It is

her people love lived in Kor.

whom

?

t^urcly

tlie

world must have changed

Leo.
the character of monarchs that has changed. rest with our queen, but with the people.
Tlie real

power does not

Ayesha.
will of their

Ah, a democracy ? I liave long since seen that democracies, having no clear own, in the end set up a tyrant and worship him,
Leo.
it is

Yes,

true,

we

liave our tyrants.

Ayesha.
Well, we can at any rate destroy these tyrants, and Kallikrales the land.
shall

ruk>

HOEACF.
lint

we have

a law that prohibits killing.

Ayesha.
Laughinij. Law Canst thou not understand, oh. Holly, that I am above the law, and so shall my Kallikrates be also. All human law shall be to us as Does the wind bend the mountain or the the north wind to the moimtain. mountain the wind? Enkr BiHuli. U. J. E.
!

Mighty lliya!
'Tis well.

All

is

BlLLALI. ready for thy juurncy.

Ayesha.

You and

those

chasm and there remain {Exit Ayesha and Hollv.
'

who until we

are with you will go witli
return.

us to

the great

Come,
I.

my

others, Billuli L.

E.

JoJi L. I.

Kallikrates, come E. enter as they

my
(jo

off.

JoiJ.

and down my Oh. Lord! I feels the cold dulls chasing each bother hup Oh, Lord! Oh, Lord! Bpnial back bone. This 'ere is a cooker. Oh, Lord To think that I should hend my days a " Iiot-pot." (Tim Enters L. I. E. in time to slap Job on shoulder uihen speech is pnish.ed\) Oh, Lord oh^ its
!

m

you,

Tun — 'ow you frightened me.
arc you dreamin' about,

— —

Tl.M.

What

anyhow
Jon.

?

I wish I coidd wake hup and find myself I wish r wur dreaming, Tim. back in old Hingland. But it's no go. This is a cooker. This 'ere night-mare will be the end of us.

Tim.

Don't make an Oumadhann of yerself. Cheer up nic ancient Briton, haven't ye me, a ratlin' boy from Paddy's Land to fight for you ? Come, pull yerself together, and remember, me boy, that a light heart and a thin pair of breeches goes round the wide world for sport.
I don't

know what

to

make

Jon. of you, Tim?

Tim.

And

Sure, you can't make anything out of that's a mystery to ye. Job.
I confess, I don't

mc

Ijut

what

I

am

—an Irishman!

Yes,
laudisli.

understand the

Irish.

They

is

so queer and out-

— i3 —
Tni.
you'll ho enliglitenod by-ni-bj-, and then ye'll understand, and so will the rest of your countrymen. -And when ye do the honest Kno'Hsh jieart will shout, "Fair play and Justice for Ireland!" listen to this.

But

Now

Song— Tui.
Just peepin' from the ocean is a little spot of green. Where buttercups and daisies grow, the sweetest ever seen. And primroses and l)rialit posies, and the shamrock ever fair. And itntfcii ami iMir;(t..cs an.l .liilh.lniiv sint the air. Tli(>rc arc liiuiilaiids and -r.'cMi l..\l,iii(N where sparkling waters flow. And l)iii;-hiilcs ami IxniiliailiTs ami rai-ki-cnters ever grow. There cdercioii and eviction, lil<c the divii's fork-ed tail, Leave sorrow and destruction in their snakelike slimy trail.

Chorm. Bad luck attend coercion, and eviction's tyrant hand God save Parnell and Ireland and all her patriot band
1 !

Mav Heaven's choicest blessings on Gladstone ever fall. And on every honest Englishman, God bless and save them
(lie takes Jab's

all

I

hand and shakes

it

waniily,

and

exits

E I E.

Enter Billali

aadAhdaili,

LIE.)
is

BlLLALI. recovered. liiya's blow did not prove sists on following us on tliis journey.

The

girl

Ustane

fatal,

and she

in-

Abd.\lli.

And will you, accountable.

my

fatlier,

permit

it?

If

She discovers

her,

She

will hold

you

BiLLALr.

That is my fear, my son but if Ustane has power to resist the deadly stroke of 5'/(e, she may have power to elude her vengeance. Let a higher power than mine control this matter; and even if I die, I shall not interfere. Come, let us depart. (Exit BiUaU and Ahdalli, R I E. Dark Stage.)
;

CHANGE. -SCENE 2.—The Great
^^This
JOI!

Chasm.

Scene

and

Settings will he

explained"^^
the

Enter, AYESHA, LEO, HORACE, TBf, and JOB, on HAS A LONG LIGHT BOARD.
on
!

Spur of

rock.

Come

vVyesha. keep your eyes fixed upon the ground and closely hug the rock.
?

Horace. But surely, Ayesha, we can never cross that empty space Ayesha. We must. Tis dark now soon will there be light.

Leo
ITow can there be more
See you that hole
in

light in this dreadful chasm.

Ayesha.
the

rocV—points. The sun
Leo.

will soon sink to its leA'cland

flood the place with his beams.

This Stygian gloom

is fearful.

Ayesha.
Tlie light will come.
strikes full

Tlie calcium is

thrown from
it

the hole in the rock

and

npon Ayesha,

the rest is nearly total darkness.

Quick the

plank",

we

must cross while the

light endures.

Presently
.Job.

will begone.

Passes the hoard cdong. Oji, Lord, sir, surely across that 'ere place upon tliis 'ere thinsi-?

she don't mean us to walk

_M —
HOBACE.

and

The hoard is ^mshed That's the programme, Job. is pushed across the vacant space hy Ayesha.

ahmj from one

to the

other

Ayesha.

Now, come

Follow me, quick while the lif^ht lasts. SJie 7cialks across. oh, Holly for presently the light will fail us.

It

is

safe!

Hesitating,

I

— — fear to
T
!

Horace.
venture.

Ayesha.
Afraid
!

bah

make way then

for Kallikrates.

Horace.
No.
I will cross or fall in

the attempt.

He walks

across very timidly.

Ayesha.

Now
Greek

Kallikrates.

{Leo lualks

it

vpright and firmly.)

Bravely done, the old

spirit lives in

thee yet.
Tim.
a
itfirmhj.)

Now,

modern Greek can do, (//e walks Ayesha. You are a brave man. Of what country are you?
thin, see

what

Tim. I'm an Irishman from Ireland, so plaze yer majesty.

Ayesha.
Ireland!

Ireland!

Where

is

this Ireland?

It's

famous

Tim. across beyond the say yer highness. little green for good potatoes warm hearts and bad landlords.

A

lump of of an

island

Horace.

Come Job

it's

your turn now.
legs

{Onthe end of the plank with his
I'll fall

Job. dangling in s^mre.)

I

can't

do

it,

sir

into the beastly place.

Horace.

Ton

must. Job, you must.

It's

as easy as catcliing

flies.

Oh, Lord

———
I
I

Jon.
can't.

Indeed,

I

can't.

Ayesha.
Let the man come or let him stay and perish there. See, the light is dying, in a minute it will be gone.
{The
light is

dimmed.)

Come, be a man. Job

HOBACE.
its

quite easy.

Come, Job, don't man laughed at.
That
'ere is

let it

Tim. be said that an Knglislinian cried at danger an IrishJob.

plauk.1 his legs

resolution.) Here goes ( Gets on hang on either side, he jndls Jiimself along hy jerks which displace end of plank. The light svddenly disaj^pears.) Lord 'ave mercy on me Oh, Lord, the board is slipping. It's a cooker. {Tlie pdank fcdls noiselessly into chasm. Tim has grahbed Joh hy the collar and pnlls him on to rock.

a

clinclier.

(

With nervous

I

the

I

Tim.

There you are safe and sound.
^HoBACE.

The plank
again.
I don't

is

gone.

How,

in

the

name

of

Heaven

will

we

get back

know.
be here.

Leo. Sufficient to the day

is

the evil thereof.

I'm thankful

enough

to

AykMha. Take my hand, Kallikrates. The otherK will follow, ExUcm-jrhctfth-m. 7?. and re-enter on ruii. j'oUovsed by alt.'Ayesho 'iinil Leo godown run-steadily. The others dip and fall in the descent, Jfif)h,st- falls sprawling to the bottom. Lord have mercy on, me. ..ids 7^e/o7&;^.^.^ .,;,• ,;,.^ ,•;;,,
.

Aye;siia.

'

.

.-

-••;

"
'

-

There, safely have come. And now, (nodding toward Job, who is sitting where he fell) that he, whom they rightly call the Pig, for as a pig he is stupid, hath let fall the plank, it will not be easy to return; but J will make it plain. What think you of this, Kallikrates ? Lko.
I

know

not.

Wouldst thou believe
It

tliat

Ayesh.\. once a man did choose this nest for a habitation?

Leo.

would seem
it

incredible.

Ayksha.

Yet so

was, two thousand years ago.

His name was Koot, a philosopher

skilled in the secrets of nature. He it was who discovered the fire that I, shall show thee. Yet he would not avail himself of its wonderous power. He died there: (pointing L.) and his white beard lay on him like a garment, but surely

he

liath

long since crumbled into dust.

Horace

hcis

been

searcheng behind

rock, L.

He

holds up a tooth.

Horace.
This appears to be a
Taking
it.

human

tooth.

wisdom command.
This
is

Ayesiia. Yes, without doubt. Behold what rumaineth of Noot^ aijd the of Xoot— one liltle tooth and yet that man had all life at his

Leo.

wonderful.

AVESHA.
But greater wonders shalt thou behold. Many peo])le knew of Xoot's discovery, and ventured here to bathe in the wondrous fire, but they all perished in this chasm— and, even now, their spirits linger here, waiting to be liorn in the flesh again. By my power T can materialize these shadows and make them visilile. Lis- en Symphony is played. Incantation.
,

!

Solo.

— Ayesiia.

licin' inv" wi'rr ;m(':"li'MMl h,vV;,U,

Let tliv'shaduwv Immiis iii'I"-ii'; Riseaiirt urcct u-. uuv and all.

Rise from out t-acli rocky l)('(l Assume material sliape and lijiiit. Changed art thou, but yet not tlcad Rise and greet us with thy siuht. great rumbling ofinusic and noise of wind, inermsi/ig in voheme and i-nding a loud crash, The sjnriis a2'>2'>ear .suddenly. Tlt'-g are <dl in n-hilf mid ghasllij. They move to music of prvlnde to churns.

A

in

SflRIT diiouus.
Mortal. V

46>Si'iRiT

Chorus and Dance.
we must
wait,

We must wait,
When
To
All

Till tli.'ulori..us luuiiuw. w,. sliiill rctufii :m';iin

must
life

tciK-li Ml' J,.y iiiid s(in-ow. (lie as wi- liavc died,—

None can
Yet
All that

live foi'ever,—

can never be destroyed,
is, is

ever.

(Music cordiiiKKs irh/Jr thrij ihiiirf, Jirroming louder, nrruirijxni/cil hy the fiound Uujhtunnj lhis]„s „n,l Ihnndrr. End inatrrrliir r;is]i. With the of wind: Ayesha, fnlloiiid Jii/ /lie idhers, hare 'rash the s/)//v7.s- all sinlilnthj ilisapp^ar. descended tJrnmijii an ojicn/nij L, while the spirits arc sim/infj churvs.)

CHANGE.— Scene
(^'1//

3.

und.crijronnd 2>c^sage, or rocky tunnel.)

Ayesha.

Now, my Kallikrates, we go down in the presence of Deatli, for Life and Death are very near together. I am a woman, and no prophetess: and I cannot road the future. But this I know, that I cannot live for aye. Much evil have I done. Perchance it was evil to strike tliat girl who loved thee. Therefore, Kallikrates, take me by the liand, and lift mj' veil and look me in the eyes and tell me thou dost forgive me with all thy heart, and with all thine heart thou dost love me. (She kneels at his feet, Leo lifts her veil and raises her
to

his heart.)

Leo. love thee with all my heart. And so far as forgiveness is posthee the death of L^stane. The rest is between thee and thy maker. I know nought of it. I only know that I love thee as I never loved before, and that I will cleave to thee to the end.

Ayesha,

I

sible, I forgive

Ayesha.
wifely love and submission do I kiss the hand of my Kissts jii.s Jtand. And for a bridal gift, I give^thee my beauty's ptarry lord As a god shalt crown, enduring life, wisdom and wealth without mcasiu'e. thou be, holding good and evil in the hollow of thy hand, and I, even T humBo/cs lovly. .Such is the power of love, and such is ble myself before thee. tire bridal gift I give unto thee, Kallikrates, royal son of Ra, my lord and. lord of all. DrET.

And

in

token

of

my

Solo.

— Ayesha.

My

love forever. souls shall sever; For true love lives forever,
I'll

love

And naught our
Solo.

Defying Death and Time.

— Leo.

My

heart this new-found pleasure

Shall ever fondly treasure— Thy love's beyt)nd all measure. And so my love is thine.
Together.

Joy
Life

shall
(•

never leave

us.

— 47 —
Horace.
Come,
let >is

follow ami keep close.

P].\IT.

"We're gettin'

down

Tim. in the world. Job.
.Job.

Sure

we must be

near the Divil's

dominions by this time.
Yes, and tliat 'ore She's the proprietor. Oh, Lord! to think of what we've seen and passed through. I tell you Tim there is no flesh and blood They is all ghosts and devils and we'll soon belongWe'll be transmogriticated iiinto luinnatural hobjects like to the family.

in this blasted country.

them

'ere spirits in the gulch.

Tim.

Well

we'll stick together

make ghosts
deserters.

it She tries to come the comather and of us, we'll make it very sultry for the other scrawny graveyard We'll wallop the divil out of them, Job.

anyhow, and

Job.
That's hall nonsense. What's the use ghosts can't wallop, Tim.
o'

wallopin'

when

one's dead

?

Besides

Tim.

Can't? Did ycz ever see an Irisii ghost? Of course ye haven't, or ye wouldn't say that. I'll lay ye ten to one that a real owld Irish ghost would be cock-o'-the-walk here, in an hour.
Job.

Oh, Lord, Tim, you talk like a tool. This 'ere's serious business. My hold Oh, Lord, " Time's hup, Job, time's hup " father's words is comin' true. oh, Lord!
!

Tim.

We'd better be out of this. Goimj aud looking in at opening. It's as black as Tophet down tliere. Och, murdher. what a hole. Come, Job, in with you, my bucko, wo must go forward, for there's no going back.
Job.

This

'ere's

a cooker,

(rte-

he

exits.)

Time's hup, Job, time's hup!

Krii

in

opening.

Tim. We're oh the downhill road Tare-an-ages', but it's true for him, time's up I wish If ever I get out of this I'll never leave Ireland again! to the divil. Well, here goes. I'll shut my I had a drop of whisky to put heart into me. Exit into hole. eyes, and trust to luck.
!

CHANGE.— Scene
Interior of care of fire.

4.

|^""Descriptiox will be given.
Ayesha.

down at hack. Draw near, draw near. Leo and Horace join her. Job and Tim remain at top. Now, Kallikrates, the mighty moment is at hand. A red light illuminatee the scene. Behold .1 rumUing sound is heard., music. the very fountain and heart of life, as it beats in the bosom of the great world. Tlie rumbling increases, the red glow becomes more brilliant, smoke ascends from. C. of stage, follotued by a flame which fluctuates spasmodically, and finally^ subThe stage is dark. When the fiame comes again'you must stand in it, sides.
Coniiiu/

.

Kallikrates, and

when

it

embraces thee suck
Leo.

it

down

into thy very heart, so

you
I

lose

no moiety of

its virtue.

am no coward.

Yet how know I that it willaiot destroy me? Ayesha.

If thou seest me stand in the It is not wonderful that thou shouldst doubt. ttame and come forth unharmed, wilt thou enter also, Kallikrates ?

Lko.

Yes,

I will

enter

if it

destroy me.

Horace.

And

I will also.

Ayesua.
(Laughing.)
is this ?

I

thought thou wouldst naught of length of days

?

Why, how

!

-48 Horace.
Sometliing in
It is well.

my

heart calls uie to taste the

ttaiiie

and

live.

Ayesha.
I will for the

to

my

lieauty

and length
befori-.

of

second time bathe in the living bath. I will add days, if that be possible; at least it cannot harm

huard ai/a/'n, groiviiiij loiulrr kikI hnuh'r. Tlie light glows The flame hreaJis for/Ii ":it/i rrmiri'd energy.) And now we will prepare as if the last hours wore at liaiul, and we about to cross (She to the land of shadows and not through the gates of most glorious life. shaki's off her outer ivrappings, then loith rnach feeling, to Leo.) Oh, ray love, my love, wilt thou ever know how I have loved thee. [She kiss.fs him tenderly The noise, uhich a,nd steps into the circle of fi-re, which becomes intensified. ceased during spieech, is renewed.) Lko. Her form is changing! She seems to be growing smaller. •See See! {She. sinks down gradually through trap. The smoke hides her for a moment and
me.
{Th'' rnmhlinij is

more irdrn^dy than

!

dovhle takrs her place. irJiHe she disappears altogether. ^^"ThedouUe II r,'i-ij sniitll. tliiu fniiih'. niitih- up to the extreme Shrivelled and of old age. wrinkled, tcilh lung lilarl; Jinir lil.e Ayesha's. As Ayesha sjieaks under stage the double moves lips and gesiiiulutes to s-uit. Double staggers for ujard from out the
III',

little

is

circle

of fire.)

Ayesha.
{Under stage.) What is it, aught wrong with my eyes'?
Its

my
to

I see

she does so she puts her

hand

I I feel da^.ed. Is there Kallikrates thee not so clearly. Douhle sinks d.own: her head and her hug hair falls off.

———

Leo.

What

a change

is

this

!

It is horrible

Ayesha.
{lender stage.) Forget me not, Kallikrates! Have pity on my shame! I come again, and once more be beautiful. I waited for tliy coming two thousand years. Wait thou for me. I Oh-h-h! {Double falls, and dies.) {The fire subsides. Ustane, followed by Billali, and several Amahagger rush down incline on to stage.)
shall

USTAXE. Oh, my Leo! my Lion! thou art saved! The mine once more.
Leo.

spell is broken,

and thou art

Ustane
through
it

alive!
is

{Embrci'-ing her. The gauze drop at hack is ilhuinnated, seen a ship at her moorings, and a number of Eyiglish sailors

and
jric-

turesquely grouped.

Grand

finale.)

ENSEMBLE.
Solo

—Leo.

Dear Ustane. the

spell is

broken.

And
Hei-e

Of the love

my life I pledg-e as token my bosom burns.
So/o— Ustaxe.
love
I'll

to thee

my heart returns.

And thy

fondly cherish

While to me doth life remain. For tliee to live, for thee fo perish, Or freely die to spare thee pain.

Chorue All a u agoer. Farewell, Ustane Farewell, Ustane Thou'lt freely die to spare him pain. Farewell, Ustane Farewell. Ustane Thou'lt freely die to spare him pain.
\
!

I

:

Chorus— ^.\.um###BOT_TEXT###amp;.
The sea is hij^h, the tide is flowing. Our ship is waiting- on the shore The wind is fair and freely blowinj^,—
:

Wi> wait to bear thee
Tliey all sing their sep>arate

home once more.
words in general
cliorus.)

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