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Scene I.

Colonists of Stephen Austin's American Colony at Brazoria (situated near Fort Velasco) are seen engaged at work in the fields. At a given signal they assemble in the centre of the stage, John Austin and Wm. J. Russell occupying a conspicuous place among them.

John Austin.

Again the pleasant shades of eve descend
And counsel us to close this day's account.
So let us go and homeward wend our steps;
And as in countries far across the main
The vesper-bell tolls through the mellow air
Of eventide the thankful offerings
Of dying day,—so we, our labors done,
Our thoughts abstracted from our work's concern,
Will let our joyful feelings' gratitude
Ring through our hearts, while homeward we proceed.
A sanctuary of God, but lately sprung