Prudence is good enough for every day,
It needs a god to guide in danger's hour.
'T be far from us to doubt the help of God,
Who quickens human wit in troubled times.
The voice of God is best learnt through the heart
That reads His signs with trusting, child-like mind;
So let us then await our scouts' report,
Which, as I fondly hope, will change thy views.
Just now I hear the voice of Smith without;
Let him come in, to render his report.
[An officer goes without to call Smith in.]
Enter Deaf Smith and Bradburn.
Whom bring'st thou here to us—a captive, Smith?
No, General, a deserter whom we met
At Vince's Bridge, and who, as he professes,
Brings weighty tidings from the enemy.