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Durst thou set foot within my spotless house?

Show thy fell visage to a virtuous man, And claim the rites of hospitality?

John. I hoped to find compas

sion at your hands.

You also took revenge upon your foe! Tell. Unhappy man! And dar'st thou thus confound

Ambition's bloody crime with the dread act

To which a father's direful need impell'd him?

Hadst thou to shield thy children's darling heads?

To guard thy fireside's sanctuary— ward off

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Thy hand in promise of assistance to

me.

Tell. Can I assist thee? Can a sinful man?

Yet get thee up-how black soe'er

thy crime,

Thou art a man. I, too, am one.

From Tell

Shall no one part uncomforted. I will

Do all that lies within my power.
Duke John (springs up and grasps
him ardently by the hand).
Oh, Tell,

You save me from the terrors of despair.

Tell. Let go my hand! Thou must

away. Thou canst not Remain here undiscover'd, and discover'd,

Thou canst not count on succor. Which way, then,

Wilt bend thy steps? Where dost thou hope to find

A place of rest?

Duke John.

not.

Alas! alas! I know

Tell. Hear, then, what Heaven suggesteth to my heart.

Thou must to Italy,-to Saint Peter's City

There cast thyself at the Pope's feet, -confess

Thy guilt to him, and ease thy laden soul!

John. But will he not surrender me

to vengeance?

Tell. Whate'er he does, receive as

God's decree.

John. But how am I to reach that unknown land?

I have no knowledge of the way, and

dare not

Attach myself to other travellers.

Tell. I will describe the road, and mark me well!

You must ascend, keeping along the Reuss,

Which from the mountain dashes wildly down.

Duke John (in alarm).

What! See the Reuss? The witness of my deed!

Tell. The road you take lies through the river's gorge, And many a cross proclaims where travellers

Have perish'd 'neath the avalanche's fall.

John. I have no fear for nature's

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exit. When both have left the stage, the scene changes, and discloses in

SCENE III

The whole valley before TELL's house, the heights which enclose it occupied by peasants, grouped into tableaux. Some are seen crossing a lofty bridge, which crosses the Shechen. WALTER FÜRST with the two boys. WERNER and STAUFFACHER come forward. Others throng after them. When TELL appears, all receive him with

loud cheers.

All. Long live brave Tell, our shield, our liberator!

[While those in front are crowding round TELL, and embracing him, RUDENZ and BERTHA appear. The former salutes the peasantry, the latter embraces HEDWIG. The music from the mountains continues to play. When it has stopped, BERTHA steps into the centre of the crowd. Berth. Peasants! Confederates! Into your league

Receive me here, that happily am the first

To find protection in the land of freedom.

To your brave hands I now entrust my rights.

Will you protect me as your citizen? Peas. Ay, that we will, with life

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HERE BEGINNETH A TREATISE HOW THE HIGH FATHER OF HEAVEN SENDETH DEATH TO SUMMON EVERY CREATURE TO COME AND GIVE ACCOUNT OF THEIR LIVES IN THIS WORLD AND IS IN MANNER OF A MORAL PLAY

Messenger. I pray you all give your audience,

And hear this matter with reverence, By figure a moral play.

The Summoning of Everyman called

it is,

That of our lives and ending shows
How transitory we be all day.
This matter is wondrous precious,
But the intent of it is more gracious.
And sweet to bear away.

The story saith: Man, in the begin

ning

Look well, and take heed to the

ending,

Be you never so gay.

Ye think sin in the beginning full

sweet,

Which in the end causeth the soul to

weep,

When the body lieth in clay.

Here shall you see how Fellowship and Jollity,

Both Strength, Pleasure and Beauty, Will fade from thee as flower in May; For ye shall hear, how our Heaven

King

Calleth Everyman to a general reckoning.

Give audience, and hear what He doth say.

God speaketh. I perceive here in my

majesty,

How that all creatures be to me

unkind,

Living without dread in worldly prosperity.

Of ghostly sight the people be so blind,

Drowned in sin, they know me not

for their God.

In worldly riches is all their mind, They fear not my righteousness, the sharp rod.

My law that I showed, when I for them died,

They forget clean, and shedding of my blood red.

I hanged between two, it cannot be denied;

To get them life I suffered to be dead; I healed their feet; with thorns hurt

was my head.

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