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THE FALL OF THE ALAMO

[has finished them now and signaling to two Mexican officers to sign them., rises from his seat., and addresses the Texans.]

The articles are ready to receive
Your signatures: yet ere they are affixed,
Ere by the pen you irrevocably
Will ratify the actions of your hands,
I deem it just, once more to warn you all
Against the bitter fruit, which must spring forth
From your defiance to authority.

Johnston.

Waste not the efforts of thy eloquence;
Ours is the best authority of all:
The vindication of our sacred rights.

Bradburn.

[With a Sneer.]

I never heard of that authority.

Johnston.

As he puts down the pen, wherewith he has signed the articles, in which proceeding he is followed by Jack and Zavala:]

The die is cast! 't is Liberty or Death!

Bradburn.

All matters settled now, we leave the fort;
So fare ye well, till here we meet again.