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Primavera, the Masque of Santa Barbara (Paperback)

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Redemptionis gratia Hie immolata est hostia. Quo vulneratus insuper Mucrone diro lanceae, Ut no lavaret crimine, Manavit unda et sanguine. Impleta sunt quae concinit David fideli carmine, Dicendo nationibus: Regnavit a ligno Deus. Arbor decora et fulgida, Ornata regis purpura Electa digno stipite, Tarn sancta membra tangere! Beata cujus brachiis Pretium pependit saeculi, Statera facta est corporis Praedam tulitque Tartari. Fundis aroma cortice, Vincis sapore nectare, Jucunda fructu fertili Plaudis triumpho nobili. Salve ara, salve victima, De passionis gloria Qua vita mortem pertulit Et morte vitam reddidit. THE PADRE In faithful service unto God and Man We establish here a perdurable shrine Now dedicate to Santa Barbara, All valleys'' holy patroness. God''s peace Rest on it and on all who hither come. [Enter, down right, The Duende, the former Idol of the Indians come to life. Thereafter he is a maker of trouble, bearing tales, suggesting chances for ill doing, happy whenever mischief or misfortune impends, rejoicing when his plans for evil eventuate, ai;d grieving when they fail. He is supposed to be able to hint his designs to mortals, but invisible to all except Primavera and her Months. He now bears a double handful of gold which he deposits on the ground, calling the eyes of The Indian Chief to it. PRIMAVERA I thought a god so false was dead. Man''s folly Doth give him life again to trouble Man. THE DUENDE (to The Chief) Here''s gold enough to bribe a very saint— A double handful of such sparkling grains As men have slain their brothers for. Take this, O Chief, and turn these pale-cheeked men away, That you may still possess this favorite place. [The Indian Chief takes the gold from the ground and proffers it to T...

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