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The New World
The New World, Quarto Edition, v. II, no. 25, Whole Number 55, Saturday, June 19, 1841.
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The New World, Quarto Edition, v. II, no. 25, Whole Number 55, Saturday, June 19, 1841.
Benjamin, Park, 1809-1864.
L. E. L. (Letitia Elizabeth Landon), 1802-1838.
14 February 2017
New York : J. Winchester
Dime Novels and Popular Literature
The triumph of Lucca : a tragedy / by Letitia Elizabeth Landon.
iiuuwg-Ndjftatjj -We . 4- m- l , PARK BENJAMIN, EDITOR. fr. L. “%y&>xx J. WINCHESTER. PUBLlSllER. -‘ . .e..,-<e%-:= . t , : “ Na pent-up Iitiro taittratta our powers; Ellie mliole utihouiihzb Qtotttiitsitt is aural " ‘ ; QUART0 EDITION. Vouztlita [I.. ..Nulirnr:n 25. first Ttltittriran QEhitimt. r p -THE TRIUMPH OF LUCCA. A TRAGEDY. BY LETITIA ELEEETH LANDDN. iN'moTic1'tol-t. Tha uni. is laid Luce 'ug the conluls between the Gualphs i.-id lb! Ghlbellin in my object im not on to i maid old pnrtydislin ‘ch no one now takes any interest, but to represent the near a ainst the its -tetnmhieh h lad In such important results. Castrucaio is lhn (attempted) ideal as the hero an III patriot. Ha ha: ‘inuatrbeen exi pressed; out of this early experience [rows ' the city to whosn cause its davot ' oetry its pluinn of I ll . I (union, referring all things to small and individual iislore la tbs representative of the few, hits Clslrliocio ls um oflhe many. DRAMATIS PERSONAL = 2 -t Fl e MEN. cimuccto cisrruciui-Luau of in. popular party ll Lam. imini.-am; ram 1?‘ mm. -one .1 the ucrelly Impaled Nina. pim.j.ur pinata [nu travel. so. an, sntttm. se. ’ “KJMEN. ‘ Bianca.-.Dlw,gItter of Count Arren‘, bztt-allied in curry Ctuicu-an up lllljitptlllnnl in the house of Al-rm‘. acts: uas IN LUECA. ‘ ACT 0 SCENE I....A Jlfnrlret-plate. Citizen: grouped togelher talking e ntzrlly. tsr Cmzant. How was be taken 1 forhe would have fought A dozen single handed.’ t t 3 2n Crr. Last night, returning from Count the Arrezi, To whose fair daughter he has been betrothed, r , He was surrounded by those foreign bandits , That wear Count Ludolph‘s colors. lsr Crr. Work fitting to their mercenary hands. 2:: Cir. I saw the whole, for I was late at work. ‘ me as hurrtc ame ; lle crossed the street, and out ofgnmbuah sprung The secret enemy. I saw im ng l p ‘ Ilia cloak upon the ground-out flashed his blIde- ’ But the dark night was lit with glittering steel, And twenty swords were drawn to meet hut one. I heard the clash, then a fierce struggle-ouths- And he was hurried past: the moon shone out, And there lay on the ground a broken sword, ' t. K But red with blood. ' . V. , . Enter Cnsutio. ts-r Crr. Here comes his young and trusted officer, The Count Cesaria; he will tell Its more. , V in Ci-r. What of Castruccio‘s fateswhst of our chief I CESAIIO. The treachery of the nobles has prevailed. Castruccio lies within the city prison, Thither conveyed by Ludolph's foreign band ; A thousand dangers circle Iiim around. The secret dagger, and the open scatlold. 2:: Cir. Well, now we have no friend! . V cm, He was your friend; the meanest citizen Found in the shadow of Castrucciofs name, His best seci.u'ity. - '2u CIT. He never wrung from us our hard-earned gains. lsr Crr. Our lives were precious to him; must he die 1 2:: Cir. The nobles are too strong.‘ Clzs. ’Tis for your sake they are his eriemltst He might have shared their power, and kept ye slaves. -2n Cn-. We have been much oppressed; “mil he t-‘am. ’ No one could sit in quiet at his door. = Money and blood were the perpetual on’ Of our small tyrants. , , So will it be again. 15 Your protector perish. ‘ , - He shall not die! Gas. The nobles will not listen to your prIY"5- in Cm We will try threats. Cas. Threats are as vain as prayers: ye must uz deeds- 2n Crr. What can we do 1 We are unarmed sn Walk- Cas. But strong in your good cause. oh, ye are strong. Ifye woul know your strength! i 2n Cn-. when he.was free, we could defy the world- Cu. Then give him yvhat ye owe him-lil:erlY-s Pn Crr. All Luccalwill rise ii I - ls-r Crr. Before this. I have ought upon his side; t Up ! let our watch-word be Cast.rucc'to’s name. Cts. Let the high llearen hear it! will ye stand , Meek, pitiful spectators of his death 1 in Crr. The nobles will not shed Castruccitfs blood. . ‘ lrr Crr. hVhea have they been so merciful to spare'l “ 2:. on-, They will not a are from mercy, but from fear. Cat. Who should they earl - , The oppressed and desperate. on since I' ’6i-"Fran so aNN''s1'n’t's"t<:7i'.’ ’ NEW-YORK, SATURDAY. JUNE I9. 1841. Red with our blood before Castraccio die! Cizs. ‘T is well, if ye dare act upon these words. ALL. We dare. Css. Let each one to his neighbors instantly ; Gather what force ye can; by two and threes um and then we '11 try the prison’s strength. 21) CIT. Three of the nobles come this way. C23. We must disperse until the hour arrive, What time the nobles seek the Senate-house. 2n Cr-r. Where they will meet to doom Castruccio’s death. CES. Short space is ours; be silent, and away. ‘ In one half hour seek ye the market-place ; Castruccio Castrucani is the word. [Emmi Enter Noaws. Is-r Noam, [puuing two 0] the Citizens trxide ] Out of the way, ye loitersrs. 17 Nos. What do ye here, wasting what ye call time, And then complain of want‘! in‘ Crr. [lz.ii'iie.] Our time will come. [I:‘11'l. In‘ No) What said the knave 1 2;: Non. Good saints, I know as little as I care. I do not share Castruccitfs sympst y For those who are the dust beneath my feet. In‘ Nos. ’1' is pity of. him: for more gallant knight Ne'er led the foremost, still himself the first. I grudge ths yielding to the Florentines That now must allow. 2o Non. Better submission to that distant power Than that within our gates: the citizens, Stirred by Cnstruccio, talk of their rights. ime was, a creditor, grown troublesome, Might hang, a useful warning, at our door; But Castrucani has so changed the state, That not a kisave who walks the market.-place But holds his life as precious as our own, Why, Lucca is as quiet as a bower. ‘ 15'!‘ Non. We have had stirring times outside our M.lls- Victory on victory o’er the Florentines. in Non. And this has dazzled ye: ye have not marked ’How stronger, hour by hour, has grown his sway. Artlong ourselves, if it were left to him, WV: should not have a single privilege Beyond the meanest citizen. Enter the COUNT Li:oi-tr, as if from a journey, rpeali-in; to , ' Page as he enters. ‘ See all your charges safe;.then follow me, Bringing the casket where my cousin’: name Is worked in pearls. t in Non. Welcome again to Lucca, Count Leoni. [Alt gather rmmd Iifn-i.] LI:orrr. Kind greeting to you all: I um right glad To see my friends and native walls again. 20 Nos. You're come upon us in a stirring time. In Non. Tell him at once Custruccio is our prisoner. 2n Nun. You ‘re over hasty; for the Count may be One of Ca.struccio's artisans “ ls-r Nos. Arrezi always 'ked the strongest side, And hence betrothed his daughter to Castruccio. Lao. What, to my cousin-to the fair Bianca‘! ls-r Non. You do not look as if you liked the news. 21) Non. Will you go with us to the Senate-housel Your uncle will be there. Lr:o. . As yet I am too new to join your councils. 2:) Non. We may not loiter, even now awaits The envoy sent from Florence. , LEO. Make ye what terms ye can-secure yourselves : The Florentines will gladly aid your oausc. They hate Castrttccio-,-hate, because they fear. 2)) Non. , We are too late: farewell, we meet anon. v . [Ezeurit. Lao. [Soliu.] Well,fortune,thou haststuod inyfriendst lnstl I came to struggle with mine enemy, . - And, lol he is subdued. Castruccio lies A prisoner at the mercy of his foes. For him there is only one ransom-death! Soon will these hasty nobles want a heridr The power and wealth of our!n05l “MIMI house Point to Arrezi as the nobles’ chief, t And he willbe a cypher in my hands. . Now will my secret trafficking with Florence Stand in good stead: my path is clear before me. .The odium of the Csstrucani's death, And the ingloi-ious peace they now must make, Rests with the nobles. . Fortune; 9"" ‘h!’ We . Is on the turn-I dare to ride thy waves. Strange that Caslrllccio, who through ll1l:e has been 'e My too successful rival, now should ma My 5rst step in the ladder of ambition. Now must I seek my cousin, l‘a.ir Bianca, So nearl lost; how will she greet me now ‘l, Castrui:cio's sway has been right absolute, - Or never had Arrezi let his rhil . t ‘ W Link with our house's ancient enemy. 1 (Exit. II.-The Sr-nale-liutue. ‘ ‘ ' &:itr: COUNT GOHSALVI, Court‘ Aruiazt, Noun, A'i'ratvmt.iv1-s, Cm. Not if oppression find relief in words. ,- , 1:-r Cu-. There ‘s not It street in Lima but should run ‘ ’ AWW‘ Tofi-iirCXnETiiM.’ She will secure you in all ancient rights, Immunity, and privilege ; her sword XVill stand between ye and your ('IIQl'l’li?“. ’ For this a yearly tribute rnnsthe pa‘ , Of twenty thousand liorins. 2n Noun. Our treasury ’s low, my lord. Goiva. And so is ours, Exhausted by the late venntioun war. > 21: Nos. Urged by the Count Casttruccio, not ourselves. 1 Goxs. It must be paid. ' 21) Nos. . Vvell, wt-ll, , . v The goldsmiths round our riiarket,-place are rich. The citizens, too, better being poor, ' . As more obedient, right that lhry should pay The penalty of their rebellious spirit. - orvs. [r1'.ti'n;.] I leave you till tomorrow, when I bring The treaty ready for your signature And will receive your liomage and your oaths.-(E:-it. ls-r Nos. Homage and tributeethese are bitter wnrilal 2n Nos. Less bitter than the Caatriit-ani‘s awn 151‘ N03. To-day must hr his fate. “'htit is his doom 1 Si-:v2it.u. NOILIS. Death! V Ann. Rather say exile. , ;. . 21) Non. Yes, and one week sees him again our chief! Aim He may be kept strict prisoner. '21) Non. And keep perpetual terror o‘er our heads S):vi:it.u. Nontts. A scaffold is our safrty. Aitit. We dare not raise that aca is ' SEVERAL Nontn. Dare not Aim. The citizens would rise in his drfPnt‘e.' 151- Non. Notwith our sword: to teach them what they tire. . 2n Nos. Why risk a tumult that we well may spare, V , While Lucca has a da zerl , ' ‘ lrr Non. He shall not perish by the usa.ss'in'a hand. ‘zit Nos. so thin! he perish, little matters how. Aim. The tumult would be fearfiiL lsr Nos. t ' The people gather hercely in the streets. 23 Nos. Let them not see him, they will soon forget. Ana. Hark to the ehoiital : Isr Nos. [have a useful knave, who, give him gold, ‘10 Even now ‘ Stabs and forgets; I'll send him to the pn. . 2n Nos. The noise ap roaches, look ye to your swords. Is-r Nos. Delay is fata -let Caitlruccio die. l [H'ht'1e he .2 nplnkfng the doors are bimt open. and CAITIUCCXO ntlers, arnwii and attended. Can. Not yet, nor by your hand I Thrtnkw, gentlemen. , 3 For an indifferent lod iiig. I have learnt i That prisons, tenants with thaughL- of death, ls not a punishment to order lightly; Therefore, ye shall not Ell my auclnl plare. ‘Jr: Nos. The game is yttursel, for one, ask not Il'lPll‘)’l . ‘ C.ts'r. And, therefore, worthier to have unasltte . ' Ye do mistake me, signers r all my thoughts To ye are grateful ones. But for your rash And ill-advised attempt, I had not known , How true the lows on which my power is built- How strong the cause the people trust with mel ' 5‘ Re-enter Covxr GDNSALVL ' . i ' Goxs. Imust demand some escort: for the meets ' Arc filled with people, and unwillingly . . Would I shed blood. l at! Castrucani here I Can. Ready to give the Count Gonsalvi audience. And ask, what are the temis he brings from Florence! t i GONE. with these, the representatives of Lucca, . I have arranged our trealy- , ‘ I ’ , Carr. On what terms V i - 4' - CONS. That ye submit yourselves, and pledge your faith g t True vassals unle lorence i and each ear Remit your lllllulem-ll'enly thousand florins! Carr. Tribute and homage! can they sink so low, Men who have met ye bravely in the field ‘I - Now hear me, Count Gonsalvi i Lucca rather Would see her walls dismantled, than A-onxnt To yield such base submission! , GONI. These are her chiefs-in their consent sly! 7135-‘- Can. You see that they are silent. 3)’ MY '9'“ Does Luccn speak : she would be glad V01. N39’- ’ , An equal. sure, an honorable pearc- i To terms like these she has but onel'!PlY“1‘lciiInCe. ‘ t Goivm. Florence will teach you better in the field! ' CAST. Thisto your conqueror: not three Neil“ 5'" P33“ ' since, in the field, we met. I think Y9“ found More service from your spurs than from your swords. Goss. ‘Twas an unlucky chance ofwar. , V x - CAST. Not so, my lord; there was 3 hizher csuse- v The right. against the wrong- 0'1!’ Inn? tame. ‘ A mercenafl 3”‘ ‘ “m-‘ll .h”‘d' , , ’ t Sam, 3,3,4 by false Lniitltlon, sortie for spoil. , No noble motive noble impulse are i ‘ ye ‘Np, 1ggre.GOY3g I54 Y9 foug t like such, I "u you, count, with not athirtl your numb", [chased your (lying boats within yoitr gates. . . - (Eggs. lcatnc notior a boast but for niumm-.. t t V V War or submission: 1, p , Carr. War or submission! and such choice and atex-at “ 3 c. , . Go.-ts.tt.vt [taking a not] Jlenceforward Florence claims , yottrtetlty; - , . - ‘ -, v > Vastis the suffering-great the wrong of wart Biit-and all Luccaspeaketh in these wont:-, -V .;t