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THE FALL OF THE ALAMO

Scene IV.

Enters Crockett. The bombardment, preceding the assault, is just then beginning.

Crockett.

[Remains standing at the door.]

Where linger'st thou, Commander? Even now
The foe begins the thundering ouverture
Wherewith he opes our tragedy's last act;
He'll not be slow in adding the finale.

Col. Wm. Travis.

How long before we may expect their coming?

Crockett.

They will be here in less than half an hour.

Col. Wm. Travis.

Are all our men well-stationed, say?

Crockett.

They are.

Ranged in a semi-circle round the breach,
And sheltered well 'gainst shot and shell, they bide
Impatiently the enemy's approach.

Col. Wm. Travis.

'T is well, my friend! And therefore I beseech thee
To spare me still five minutes of thy life,
And to attend my wedding as my groomsman.