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Who wield your mercenary staves in fear, Second Signor. They are -- besides, it It is your knell --Swell on, thou lusty peal!
matters not; the chiefs Now, knaves, what ransom for your lives? Are all in chains, and some even now on Sign. of the Night. Confusion !
trialStand to your arms, and guard the door-Their followers are dispersed, and many all's lost
taken. Unless that fearful bell be silenced soon. B. Fal. Uncle! The officer hath miss'd his path or purpose, Doge. It is in vain to war with Fortune; Or met some unforeseen and hideous obstacle. The glory hath departed from our house. Anselmo, with thy company proceed
B. Fal. Who would have deem'd it? Straight to the tower; the rest remain
Ah! one moment sooner! with me.
Doge. That moment would have changed [Exit a part of the Guard.
the face of ages ; Doge. Wretch! if thou wouldst have thy This gives us to eternity_We'll meet it vile life, implore it;
As men whose triumph is not in success, It is not now a lease of sixty seconds. But who can make their own minds all in all, Ay, send thy miserable ruffians forth; Equal to every fortune. Droop not, 'tis They never shall return.
But a brief passage, I would go alone, Sign. of the Night. So let it be! Yet if they send us, as 'tis like, together, They die then in their duty, as will I. Let us go worthy of our sires and selves. Doge. Fool! the high eagle flies at nobler B. Fal. I shall not shame you, uncle. game
First Signor. Lords, our orders Than thou and thy base myrmidons-live on, Are to keep guard on both in separate So thou provok'st not peril by resistance, chambers, And learn (if souls so much obscured can bear Until the council call ye to your trial. To gaze upon the sunbeams) to be free. Doge. Our trial! will they keep their Sign. of the Night. And learn thou to mockery up be captive-It hath ceased,
Even to the last ? but let them deal upon us, [The bell ceases to toll. As we had dealt on them, but with less pomp. The traitorous signal, which was to have set 'Tis but a game of mutual homicides, The bloodhound - mob on their patrician Who have cast lots for the first death, and prey
they The knell hath rung, but it is not the senate's! Have won with false dice.- Who hath been Doge (after a pause). All's silent, and our Judas? all's lost !
First Signor. I am not warranted to Sign. of the Night. Now, Doge, denounce me
answer that. As rebel slave of a revolted council !
B. Fal. I'll answer for thee-'tis a certain Have I not done my duty ?
Bertram, Doge. Peace, thou thing!
Even now deposing to the secret Giunta. Thou hast done a worthy deed, and earn'd Doge. Bertram, the Bergamask! With the price
what vile tools Of blood, and they who use thee will We operate to slay or save! This creature, reward thee.
Black with a double treason, now will earn But thou wert sent to watch,and not to prate, Rewards and honours, and be stampt in story As thou saidst even now- then do thine office, With the geese in the Capitol,which gabbled But let it be in silence, as behoves thee, Till Rome awoke and had an annual triumph, Since, though thy prisoner, I am thy prince. While Manlius, who hurl'd down the Gauls, Sign. of the Night. I did not mean to
was cast fail in the respect
Froin the Tarpeian. Due to your rank: in this I shall obey you. First Signor. He aspired to treason, Doge (aside). There now is nothing left And sought to rule the state. me save to die;
Doge. He saved the state, And yet how near success! I would have And sought but to reform what he revived fallen,
But this is idle-Come, sirs, do your work. And proudly, in the hour of triumph, but First Signor. Noble Bertuccio, we must To miss it thus !
now remove you
Into an inner chamber.
B. Fal. Farewell, uncle !
If we shall meet again in life I know not. Second Signor. We took him in the act But they perhaps will let our ashes mingle. Of issuing from the tower, where,at his order, Doge. Yes, and our spirits, which shall As delegated from the Doge, the signal
yet go forth, Had thus begun to sound.
And do what our frail clay, thus clogg'd, First Signor. Are all the passes
hath fail'd in! Which Icad up to the palace well secured ? | They cannot quench the memory of those Who would have hurl'd them from their Bert. So my life grows: I guilty thrones,
Was bred a soldier, not a senator. And such examples will find heirs, though Benint. Perhaps you think by this blunt distant.
bresity To brave your judges to postpone the
sentence ? A CT V.
Bert. Do you be brief as I am, and
believe me, SCENE 1.—The Ilall of the Council of Ten I shall prefer that mercy to your pardon. assembled with the additional Senators,
Benint. Is this your sole reply to the who, on the Trials of the Conspirators for
tribunal ? the Treason of Marino FALIERO, composed
Bert. Go, ask your racks what they have what was called the Giunta. Guards,
wrung from us, Officers, etc. etc.—18RAEL BERTuccio and Or place us there again; we have still some CALENDARO as Prisoners._BERTRAM,LIONI,
blood left, and Witnesses, etc.
And some slight sense of pain in these
wrench'd limbs: The Chief of the Ten, BENINTENDE.
But this ye dare not do; for if we die there Benintende. There now rests, after such And you have left us little life to spend conviction of
Upon your engines, gorged with pangs Their manifold and manifest offences,
already But to pronounce on these obdurate men Ye lose the public spectacle with which The sentence of the law: a grievous task You would appal your slaves to further To those who hear,and these who speak. Alas! slavery! That it should fall to me! and that my days Groans are not words, nor agony assent, Of office should be stigmatised through all Nor affirmation truth, if nature's sense The years of coming time, as bearing record Should overcome the soul into a lie, To this most foul and complicated treason For a short respite- must we bear or die? Against a just and free state, known to all Benint. Sty, who were your accomplices? The earth as being the Christian bulwark Bert. The Senate ! 'gaiust
Benint. What do you mean? The Saracen and the schismatic Greek, Bert. Ask of the suffering people, The savage Hun, and not less barbarous Whoin your patrician crimes have driven Frank;
to crine. A city which has open'd India's wealth Benint. You know the Doge? To Europe; the last Roman refuge from Bert. I served with him at Zara O’erwhelming Attila; the ocean's queen; In the field, when you were pleading here Proud Genoa's prouder rival! 'Tis to sap
your way The throne of such a city, these lost men To present office; we exposed our lives, Have risk'd and forfeited their worthless While you but hazarded the lives of others, lives
Alike by accusation or defence; So let them die the death.
And, for the rest, all Venice knows her Doge, Bert. We are prepared;
Through his great actions, and the senate's Your racks have done that for us. Let us die.
insults! Benint. If ye have that to say which Benint. You have held conference with would obtain
him? Abatement of your punishment, the Giunta
Bert. I am wearyWill hear you; if you have aught to confess, Even wearier of your questions than your Now is your time, perhaps it may avail ye.
tortures : Bert. We stand to hear, and not to speak. I pray you pass to judgment. Benint. Your crimes
Benint. It is coming:Are fully proved by your accomplices, And you, too, Philip Calendaro, what And all which circumstance can add to aid Have you to say why you should not be them;
doom'd ? Yet we would hear from your own lips Cal. I never was a man of many words, complete
And now have few left worth the utterance.
May change your tone.
It will not change my words, or, if it did Benint. What your object?
Benint. What then ? Bert. Freedom!
Cal. Will my avowal on yon rack Benint. You are brief, sir.
Stand good in law?
Spoken or written of our dying words! Cal. Whoe'er
They tremble at our voices— nay, they dread The culprit be whom I accuse of treason? Our very silence- let them live in fear! Benint. Without doubt, he will be Leave them unto their thoughts, and let
brought up to trial. Cal. And on this testimony would he perish? Address our own above !-Lead on; we are Benint. So your confession be detailid ready. and full,
Cal. Israel, hadst thou but hearken'd He will stand here in peril of his life.
unto me, Cal. Then look well to thy proud self, It had not now been thus; and yon pale President!
villain, For by the eternity which yawns before me, The coward Bertram, would I swear that thou, and only thou, shalt be Bert. Peace, Calendaro ! The traitor I denounce upon that rack, What brooks it now to ponder upon this? If I be stretch'd there for the second time. Bertram. Alas! I fain you died in peace One of the Giunta. Lord President, 'twere
with me: best to proceed to judgment; I did not seek this task ; 'twas forced upon me: There is no more to be drawn from these men. Say, you forgive me, though I never can Benint. Unhappy men! prepare for instant Retrieve my own forgiveness – frown not death.
thus ! The nature of your crime_our law-and peril Bert. I die and pardon thee ! The state now stands in, leave not an Cal. (spitting at him) I die and scorn thee! hour's respite --
[Exeunt ISRAEL Bertuccio and PhiGuards ! lead them forth, and upon the
LIP CALENDARO, Guards, ele. balcony
Benint. Now that these criminals have Of the red columns, where, on - festal been disposed of, Thursday,
'Tis time that we proceed to pass our sentence The Doge stands to behold the chase of bulls, Upon the greatest traitor upon record Let them be justified: and leave exposed In any annals, the Doge Faliero ! Their wavering relics, in the place of The proofs and process are complete; the time judgment,
And crime require a quick procedure: shall To the full view of the assembled people! He now be called in to receive the award? And Heaven have mercy on their souls ! The Giunta. Ay, ay. The Giunta. Amen!
Benint. Avogadori, order that the Doge Bert. Signors, farewell! we shall not Be brought before the council. all again
One of the Giunta. And the rest, Meet in one place.
When shall they be brought up? Benint. And lest they should essay Benint. When all the chiefs To stir up the distracted multitude- Have been disposed of. Some have fed Guards! let their mouths be gagg'd, even to Chiozza; in the act
But there are thousands in pursuit of them, Of execution.- Lead them hence!
And such precaution ta'en on Terra-firma, Cal. What! must we
As well as in the islands, that we hope Not even say farewell to some fond friend, None will escape to utter in strange lands Nor leave a last word with our confessor? His libellous tale of treasons 'gainst the Benint. A priest is waiting in the ante
senate. chamber; But, for your friends, such interviews Enter the DogE as Prisoner, with Guards, etc. would be
Benint. Doge – for such still you are, Painful to them, and useless all to you.
and by the law Cal. I knew that we were gagg'a in life; Must be consider'd, till the hour shall come at least
When you must doff the ducal bonnet from All those who had not heart to risk their lives That head, which could not wear a crown Upon their open thoughts; but still I deem'd
more noble That, in the last few moments, the same idle Than empires can confer, in qulet honour, Freedom of speech accorded to the dying, But it must plot to overthrow your peers, Would not now be denied to us; but since who made you what you are, and quench Bert. Even let them have their way,
in blood brave Calendaro!
A city's glory--we have laid already What matter a few syllables ? let's die Before you in your chamber at full length, Without the slightest show of favour from By the Avogadori, all the proofs them;
Which have appeard against you; and So shall our blood more readily arise
more ample To heaven against them, and more testify Ne'er rear'd their sanguinary shadows to To their atrocities, than could a volume Coufront a traitor. What have you to my
In your defence ?
But found on my arrival, that besides Doge. What shall I say to ye, The jealous vigilance which always led you Since my defence must be your condem. To mock and mar your sovereign's best nation ?
And mutilated the few privileges
By the pollution of your ribaldry, Benint. In number many; but
And he,ihe ribald, whom I see amongst youThe first now stands before you in the court, Fit judge in such tribunal !-Bertram, of Bergamo,-would you question Benint. (interrupting him) Michel Steno him?
Is here in virtue of his office, as Doge. (looking at him contemptuously) No. One of the Forty; "The Ten" having craved
Benint. And two others, Israel Bertuccio, A Giunta of patricians from the senate And Philip Calendaro, have admitted To aid our judgment in a trial arduous Their fellowship in treason with the Doge! And novel as the present: he was set Doge. And where are they?
Free from the penalty pronounced upon bim, Benint. Gone to their place, and now Because the Doge, who should protect the Answering to Heaven for what they did on earth.
Seeking to abrogate all law, can claim Doge. Ah! the plebeian Brutus,is he gone? No punishment of others by the statutes And the quick Cassius of the arsenal ?- Which he himself denies and violates ! How did they meet their doom?
Doge. His PUNISHMENT! I rather see him Benint. Think of your own;
there, It is approaching. You decline to plead, then? Where he now sits, to glut him with my
Doge. I cannot plead to my inferiors, nor death,
Which your foul, outward, juggling show Benint. On great emergencies,
of justice The law must be remodeli'd or amended: Decreed as sentence! Base as was his crime, Our fathers had not fix'd the punishment 'Twas purity compared with your protection. Of such a crime, as on the old Roman tables Benint. And can it be, that the great The sentence against parricide was left
Doge of Venice, In pure forgetfulness; they could not render With three parts of a century of years That penal, which had neither name nor And honours on his head, could thus allow thought
His fury, like an angry boy's, to master In their great bosoms: who would have all feeling, wisdom, faith, and fear, on such foreseen
A provocation as a young man's petulance? That nature could be filed to such a crime Doge. A spark creates the flame; 'tis As sons 'gainst sires, and princes 'gainst
the last drop their realms ?
Which makes the cup run o'er, and mine Your sin hath made us make a law which will
was full Become a precedent 'gainst such haught Already: you'oppressid the prince and people; traitors.
I would have freed both , and have fail'd As would with treason mount to tyranny;
in both: Not even contented with a sceptre, till The price of such success would have been They can convert it to a two-edged sword! glory, Was not the place of Doge sufficient for ye? Vengeance, and victory, and such a name What's nobler than the signory of Venice? As would have made Venetian history Doge. The signory of Venice! You be- Rival to that of Greece and Syracuse tray'd me
When they were freed, and flourish'd ages You-you, who sit there, traitors as ye are ! after, From my equality with you in birth, And mine to Gelon and to Thrasybulus:And my superiority in action,
Failing, I know the penalty of failure You drew me from my honourable toils Is present infamy and death, the future In distant lands-on flood - in field_in cities_Will judge, when Venice is no more, or free; You singled me out like a victim to Till then, the truth is in abeyance. Pause not; Stand crown'd, but bound and helpless, at I would have shown no mercy, and I seek the altar
none; Where you alone could minister. I knew not My life was staked upon a mighty hazard, I sought not-wish'd not-dream'd not the And being lost,take what I would have taken! election,
I would have stood alone amidst your Which reach'd me first at Romc,and I obey'd; tombs;
Now you may flock round mine, and Benint. Say, conscript fathers, shall she trample on it,
be admitted ? As you have done upon my heart while living. One of the Giunta. She may have reBenint. You do confess then, and admit velations of importance the justice
Unto the state, to justify compliance Of our tribunal ?
With her request. Doge. I confess to have fail'd :
Benint. Is this the general will ? Fortune is female; from my youth her AU. It is. favours
Doge. Oh, admirable laws of Venice! Were not withheld; the fault was mine which would admit the wife,in the full hope to hope
That she might testify against the husband. Her former smiles again at this late hour. What glory to the chaste Venetian dames! Benint. You do not then in aught But such blasphemers 'gainst all honour, as arraign our equity ?
Sit here, do well to act in their vocation. Doge. Noble Venetians! stir me not Now, villain Steno! if this woman fail, with questions.
I'll pardon thee thy lie, and thy escape, I am resign'd to the worst; but in me still And my own violent death, and thy vile life. Have something of the blood of brighter
The Ducife88 enters. days, And am not over-patient. Pray you, spare me Benint. Lady! this just tribunal has Further interrogation, which boots nothing, resolved, Except to turn a trial to debate.
Though the request be strange, to grant it,and I shall but answer that which will offend Whatever be its purport, to accord you,
A patient hearing with the due respect And please your enemies -- a host already: Which fits your ancestry, your rank, and 'Tis true, these sullen walls should yield
virtues : no echo;
But you turn pale-ho! there, look to the But walls have ears- nay, more, they have lady! tongues; and if
Place a chair instantly. There were no other way for truth to o'er- Ang. A moment's faintnessleap them,
'Tis past ; I pray you pardon me, I sit not You who condemn me, you who fear and In presence of my prince,and of my husband, slay me,
While he is on his feet. Yet could not bear in silence to your graves
Benint. Your pleasure, lady? What you would hear from me of good or evil; Ang. Strange rumours, but most true, The secret were too mighty for your souls:
if all I hear Then let it sleep in mine, unless you court And see be sooth, have reach'd me, and I come A danger which would double that you to know the worst,even at the worst; forgivo escape.
The abruptness of my entrance and my Such my defence would be, had I full scope, bearing To make it famous; for true words are things, Is it-I cannot speak–I cannot shape And dying men's are things which long The question—but you answer it ere spoken, outlive,
With eyes averted,and with gloomy browsAnd oftentimes avenge them; bury mine, Oh God! this is the silence of the grave! If ye would fain survive me: take this Benint. (after a pause.) Spare us, and counsel,
spare thyself the repetition And though too oft ye made me live in wrath, of our most awful, but inexorable Let me die calmly; you may grant me this;– Duty to heaven and men! I deny nothing - defend nothing-nothing. Ang. Yet speak; I cannot- , I ask of you, but silence for myself, I cannot-no_even now believe these things. And sentence from the court!
Is he condemn'd? Benint. This full admission
Benint. Alas! Spares us the harsh necessity of ordering Ang. And was he guilty ? The torture to elicit the whole truth. Benint. Lady! the natural distraction of Doge. The torture! you have put me Thy thoughts at such a inoment makes the there already,
question Daily since I was Doge; but if you will Merit forgiveness; else a doubt like this Add the corporeal rack,you may: these limbs Against a just and paramount tribunal Will yield with age to crushing iron; but were deep offence. But question even the There's that within my heart shall strain Doge, your engines.
And if he can deny the proofs, believe him
Guiltless as thy own bosom.
Ang. Is it so ?