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THE FALL OF THE ALAMO

Elsie.

All lies with God! but see, where we have come!
The guiding compass of my humble prayer,
Lost out of view, my lips unwittingly
Have uttered a political address.
Apt to offend thee, were it not for this :
Its purport was the interest of Truth,
Its boldness proved, that still I mean you well,
And its excuse of being made at all
Lies,—as you self will generously admit,
Less in my rashness than your provocation.
Aspersions thrown upon her native land,
A Texan maiden will and must refute.
E'en though it cost her freedom and her life.

Santa Anna.

[With gallantry.]

No life, no freedom! but an hour's time
Which I could scarce have passed more pleasantly.

[Enters Cos.]

Cos.

This is the hour appointed to survey
Convenient places for the batteries,
In case we must bombard the Alamo.

Santa Anna.

'Tis well ! I shall be out immediately.

Exit Cos.]