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I say, you schleeby, vake!
Vake oud! Vake loose! Vake ub
Fire! Murder! Police! Vatch!
Oh, cracious! do vake ub!

Dot girl she schleebed—dot rain it rained,
Und I looked shtoopid like a fool,
Vhen mit my fiddle I shneaked off
So vet unci shlobby like a mool!



Ingomar. Leader of a band of Alemanni.

Parthenia. A Greek girl.[1]

(Parthenia clasps her hands before her face, and stands sobbing in the foreground.)
Ingomar. (Who has been standing on a rock looking at the proceedings of his followers.)

No violence! Ho! how he runs! and now
He stops and cries again! Poor fearful fool!
It must be strange to fear: now, by my troth,
I should like to feel, for once, what 'tis to fear!
But the girl— (Leaning forward.) Ha! do I see right?

you weep. [To Parthenia.

Is that the happy temper that you boast?
Par. Oh, I shall never see him more!
Ing. What! have we
For a silly old man, got now a foolish
And timid weeping girl? I have had enough
Of tears.
Par. Enough, indeed, since you but mock them!
I will not — no, I'll weep no more.

[She quickly dries her eyes, and retires to the background.

Ing. That's good ! come, that looks well;
She is a brave girl; she rules herself, and if
She keep her word, we have made a good exchange—

  1. Parthenia's father having been taken prisoner by Ingomar's followers, Parthenia voluntarily offers herself as hostage, while her father returns to Massilia to raise his ransom. Her offer has been accepted, and her father released.