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SCENE.—The garden of SEBASTIAN's palace. On the
right a flight of broad steps leading to the palace ; on the left a stone seat.
ARNFELD discovered alone.
A malediction on the luckless hour
Forgotten travellers of an age outworn,
us ? Oh, to play the man !
CLARISSA (behind the scene).
Count Arnfeld !
Count Arnfeld, I came early to the copse-
Heard whom ?
The woodcutters—“We will have bread : If he refuse us-- Then they muttered low; Till the cry rose, “ Fell no more timber, men ; Fell root and branch, the stock of Schlafenstein ! ” I tarried not the rest. Oh, here they come !
Child, get you quickly in, but let no breath
[Exit CLARISSA. Are rash ejaculations heard in heaven? My prayer for peril brings its answer quick.
Enter several Woodcutters, with axes, billhooks, etc.
Now, my men, this is a brave trick to frighten ladies with ; or is it, perchance, a merry frolic for the Princess on her betrothal-day ? Her Highness will be grateful for this proof of your allegiance; she ever loved the people, as you all know; and it is but meet you show the envoys of the Prince, her future lord,