And so we may ensnare him. Harm her not!
Bind her! Away with her to Rimmon’s House!
Is all this carrion dead? There’s one that moves,—
A spear,—fasten him down! All quiet now?
Then back to our Damascus! Rimmon’s face
Shall be made bright with sacrifice.
[Exeunt, forcing RUAHMAH with
interlude. A wounded soldier crawls from a
dark corner of the tent and finds the chain
with NAAMAN’S seal, which has fallen to the
ground in the struggle.]
The signet of my lord, her amulet!
Lost, lost! Ah, noble lady,—let me die
With this upon my breast.
[The tent is dark. Enter
NAAMAN and his company
in haste, with torches.]
What bloody work
Is here? God, let me live to punish him
Who wrought this horror! Treacherously slain
At night, by unknown hands, my brave companions:
Tsarpi, my best beloved, light of my soul,
Put out in darkness! O my broken lamp
Of life, where art thou? Nay, I cannot find her.
WOUNDED SOLDIER: [Raising himself on his arm.]
NAAMAN: [Kneels beside him.]
One living? Quick, a torch this way!
Lift up his head,—so,—carefully!
Courage, my friend, your captain is beside you.
Call back your soul and make report to him.
Hail, captain! O my captain,—here!
Be patient,—rest in peace,—the fight is done.
Nothing remains but render your account.
They fell upon us suddenly,—we fought
Our fiercest,—every man,—our lady fought
Fiercer than all. They beat us down,—she’s gone.
Rezon has carried her away a captive. See,—
Her amulet,—I die for you, my captain.
NAAMAN: [He gently lays the dead soldier on the
ground, and rises.]
Farewell. This last report was brave; but strange
Beyond my thought! How came the High Priest here?
And what is this? my chain, my seal! But this
Has never been in Tsarpi’s hand. I gave
This signet to a captive maid one night,—
A maid of Israel. How long ago?
Ruahmah was her name,—almost forgotten!
So long ago,—how comes this token here?
What is this mystery, Saballidin?
Ruahmah is her name who brought you hither.
Where then is Tsarpi?
She left you when the curse of Rimmon fell,—
Took refuge in his House,—and there she waits
Her lord’s return,—Rezon’s return.