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ANGELICA.-0, my dear lady! how shall I be
grateful For so much kindness ? PRECIOSA.
I deserve no thanks Thank Heaven, not me. ANGELICA.
Both Heaven and you. PRECIOSA.
Farewell! Remember that you come again to-morrow. ANGELICA.-I will. And may the blessed Virgin
May they guard thee too, And all the poor; for they have need of angels Now bring me, dear Dolores, my basquina, My richest maja dress,—my dancing dress, And my most precious jewels ! Make me look Fairer than night e'er saw me! I've a prize To win this day, worthy of Preciosa !
(Enter BELTRAN CRUZADO.) CRUZADO.- Ave Maria ! PRECIOSA.
O God! my evil genius! What seekst thou here to-day? CRUZADO.
Thyself, my child! PRECIOSA. :- What is thy will with me? CRUZADO.
Gold I gold ! PRECIOSA. I gave thee yesterday; I have no CRUZADO. - The gold of the Busné 20-give me his
It is the truth. CRUZADO.-Curses upon thee! Thou art not my
child! Hast thou given gold away, and not to me?
Not to thy father? To whom, then ? PRECIOSA.
To one Who needs it more. CRUZADO.
No one can need it more.
PRECIOSA.-Thou art not poor.
What, I, who lurk about
hands. Thou canst supply thy wants; what wouldst
thou more? CRUZADO.— The gold of the Busné! give me his
gold! PRECIOSA.-Beltran Cruzado! hear me once for
gave it to thee freely, at all times;
Thou shalt have more.
And if I have it not,
For here we stay not long.
What! march again? CRUZADO.--Ay, with all speed. I hate the crowded
PRECIOSA.-God speed thee on thy march! -1
cannot go. CRUZADO.- Remember who I am, and who thou
If my obedience and blameless life,
What cannot be undone!
O child, child, child
Woe is me!
A room in the ARCOBISHOP's Palace. The ARCHBISHOP and
ů CARDINAL seatca.
ARCHBISHOP.-Knowing how near it touched the
And that our age is grown corrupt and rotten
All this you know.
Know and approve. ARCHBISHOP.
And farther, That, by a mandate from his Holiness,
The first have been suppressed. CARDINAL.
I trust for ever. It was a cruel sport. ARCHBISHOP.
A barbarous pastime, Disgraceful to the land that calls itself
Most Catholic and Christian.
Yet the people
(Enter a servant.) SERVANT.–The dancing-girl, and with her the
musicians Your grace was pleased to order, wait without. ARCHBISHOP.-Bid them come in. Now shall
In what angelic yet voluptuous shape
The Devil came to tempt Saint Anthony. (Enter PRECIOSA, with a mantle thrown over her head She
advances slowly, in a modest, half-timid attitude.) CARDINAL (side).-0 wliat a fair and ministering
Was lost to heaven when this sweet woman
I have obeyed the order of your grace.
Your holy benediction.
May God bless thee, And lead thee to a better life. Arise. CARDINAL (aside).—Her acts are modest, and her
words discreet ! I did not look for this! Come hither, child.
Is thy name Preciosa ? PRECIOSA.
Thus I am called. CARDINAL. That is a Gipsy name. Who is thy
father ? PRECIOSA.—Beltran Cruzado, Count of the Calés. ARCHBISHOP.-I have a dim remembrance of that
A sunburnt Ishmael !
Dost thou remember
Yes; by the Darro's side
Gardens and palace walls.
'Tis the Alhambra, Under whose towers the Gipsy camp was