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ABBOT OF ST. MAURICE.
WITCH OF THE ALPS.
The Scene of the Drama is amongst the Higher Alpspartly in the Castle of Manfred, and partly in the Mountains.
MANFRED alone-Scene, a Gothic gallery-Time,
MAN. THE lamp must be replenish'd, but even then
Philosophy and science, and the springs
And none have baffled, many fallen before me—
Have been to me as rain unto the sands,
Nor fluttering throb, that beats with hopes or wishes,
Now to my task.
Ye spirits of the unbounded Universe!
Whom I have sought in darkness and in light—
Ye, who do compass earth about, and dwell
In subtler essence-ye, to whom the tops
Of mountains inaccessible are haunts,
And earth's and ocean's caves familiar things-
Which gives me power upon you--Rise! appear!
They come not yet.-Now by the voice of him
If it be so.-Spirits of earth and air,
Ye shall not thus elude me: by a power,
By the strong curse which is upon my soul,
The thought which is within me and around me,
I do compel ye to my will.-Appear!
[A star is seen at the darker end of the gallery; it is stationary; and a voice is heard singing.]
Mortal! to thy bidding bow'd,
From my mansion in the cloud,
Which the breath of twilight builds,
And the summer's sun-set gilds