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THE FALL OF THE ALAMO

Scene IV.

Elsie Bradburn, admitted by the jailer through the door in the rear, has entered during Travis' last words which she has overheard, and stands for a moment quietly behind him. Travis.

Travis.

[Turning and perceiving Elsie, who sinks into his arms.]

What ? Elsie, thou?

Elsie.

My Travis! thou in prison
Unjustly, most unworthily confined!
Than whom none else delights so much in sunshine,
In balmy air, in freedom from restraint.
Thou canst not live beneath this damp-cold vault,
But wilt fall sick, and as the prairie-flower.
Transferred into a sunless room, will fade,
So thou canst not endure this cruel doom.

Travis.

Grieve not, beloved! since I hold thee now.
This dungeon seems a paradise to me!
Behold these walls! they bloom like rosy bowers;
This ceiling spreads a verdant canopy
Through which the sun, the sun of Love, sends in
His warming beams into my gladdened heart.
But tell, how couldst thou gain access to me?