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That sate on her seven hills, and from her throne
Once again, I swear,
First Cit. Hush! Who passes there? [Citizens retire
back. Alb. A foe, By his proud bearing. Seize him.
Ric. As I deem,
Touch him not,
[Exit Alberti. Enter Angelo COLONNA. Now, Sir!
[To Angelo Ang. What be ye, That thus in stern and watchful mystery Cluster beneath the veil of night, and start To hear a stranger's foot ?
Ang. And wherefore Meet ye, my countrymen ?
Rie. For freedom.
Rie. Ay, that voice-
Ang. I knew thee by the words.
Rie. I shall teach
Unsheath it now,
Ang. Hear me, Rienzi.
gone, As clouds of yesterday, as last night's dream.
Rie. A dream! Dost see yon phalanx, still and stern ?
Ang. My father!
Thou shalt see
Ang. Yet reason with them ;-warn them.
Rie. And their answer-
The keen retort of power. Why, I have reasoned ;
Friend met friend, nor smiled,
Sir, the boys,
Ang. To whom? to whom ?
Rie. To liberty.
Ang. I'll join ye: [Gives his hand to Rienzi, How shall I swear ?
Rie. [To the People.] Friends, comrades, countrymen ! I bring unhoped-for aid. Young Angelo Craves To join your
band. All the Citizens shout-He's welcome! [Coming for
ward, Ang. Hear me swear By Rome-by freedom-by Ricnzi! Comrades,
deliverer? consul Dictator, emperor ?
Rie. No: Those names have been so often steeped in blood, So shamed by folly, so profaned by sin, The sound seems ominous,—I'll none of them. Call me the Tribune of the people; there My honouring duty lies. [The Citizens shout, Hail to our Tribune ! - The bell
sounds thrice; shouts again; and a military band
is heard playing a march without. Hark—the bell, the bell ! That, to the city and the plain, Proclaims the glorious tale Of Rome reborn, and Freedom. See, the clouds Are swept away, and the moon's boat of light Sails in the clear blue sky, and million stars Look out on us, and smile. [The gate of the Capitol opens, and Alberti and Soldiers
join the People, and lay the keys at Rienzi's feet. Hark! that
the service ? Citizens ! First to possess the palace citadelThe famous strength of Rome; then to sweep on, Triumphant, through her streets. [As Rienzi and the People are entering the Capitol, he
pauses. Oh, glorious wreck Of gods and Cæsars ! thou shalt reign again,
Queen of the world; and I-come on, come on,
[Exeunt through the gates, into the Capitol.
Rienzi rules as Tribune, until the People again revolt. They sacrifice
RIENZI, who dies “the last of the Tribunes.”
RIENZI, Soldiers and Citizens. Citizens. Down with the tyrant! Down with Rienzi !
Ricnzi. Who calls upon Rienzi ? Citizens, What seek ye of your Tribune ? .... why come ye? 2d Cit. For vengeance, perjured tyrant! for thy blood
for liberty !
What seek ye more?
Why pause ye, cowards ? I am unarmed. My breast is bare. Why pause ye? Enter CLAUDIA ; she rushes forward to Rienzi.— The Peo
ple surround him. Rie. Drag her from my neck,