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The strength to call I had, and through my limbs
Look only on the strait wherein I stand,
And pity it!
Let me not sink! Uphold→→→
Albert. I'll breathe upon this level, if the wind
Thanks to't. A man, and fainting! Courage, friend!
Take heart-take heart; you're safe. How feel you now?
[Gives him drink from a flask.
Alb. You have lost your way upon the hill?
Alb. And whither would you go?
Ges. To Altorf.
Alb. I'll guide you thither.
Ges. You're a child.
All. I know
The way the track I've come is harder far
Ges. The track you've come! What mean you? Sure You have not been still farther in the mountains?
Alb. I've travelled from Mount Faigel.
Ges. No one with thee?
Alb. No one but God.
Ges. Do you not fear these storms?
Alb. God's in the storm.
Ges. And there are torrents, too,
That must be cross'd.
Alb. God's by the torrent, too.
Ges. You're but a child.
Alb. God will be with a child.
Ges. You're sure you know the way?
Alb. 'Tis but to keep
The side of yonder stream.
Ges. But guide me safe,
I'll give thee gold.
All. I'll guide thee safe without.
Ges. Here's earnest for thee. [Offers gold.] Here-I'll double that,
Yea, treble it, but let me see the gate
Of Altorf. Why do you refuse the gold?
Ges. You shall.
Alb. I will not.
I do not covet it; and, though I did,
It would be wrong to take it as the price
Ges. Ha!-who taught
Alb. My father.
Ges. Does he live in Altorf?
Alb. No, in the mountains.
Ges. How!-a mountaineer?
He should become a tenant of the city;
Alb. Not so much as he might lose by't.
He also taught thee that?
Alb. He did.
Ges. His name?
Alb. You may be an enemy of his.
Alb. May be; but should you be
An enemyAlthough I would not tell you
My father's name, I'd guide you safe to Altorf.
Ges. Ne'er mind thy father's name:
What would it profit me to know't? Thy hand;
Ges. What, must we take that steep?
Alb. 'Tis nothing. Come,
go before-ne'er fear. Come on-come on! [Exeunt.
SCENE-ALBERT AND GESLER AT THE GATE OF ALTORF.
Alb. You're at the gate of Altorf.
Ges. Tarry, boy!
Alb. I would be gone; I am waited for.
Ges. Come back!
Who waits for thee? Come, tell me, I am rich
And powerful, and can reward.
Alb. 'Tis close
On evening; I have far to go! I'm late.
Ges. Stay! I can punish, too.
Alb. I might have left you,
When on the hill I found you fainting, and
The mist around you; but I stopp'd and cheer'd you,
Till to yourself you came again. I offer'd
To guide you, when you could not find the way,
Ges. Why fear you, then,
To trust me with your father's name?—Speak.
desire to know it?
Ges. You have served me,
And I would thank him, if I chanced to pass
Alb. "Twould not please him that a service
You've saved my life!
Ges. When I have learned from thee
Thy father's name.
Within.] Who's there ?
Alb. Ha, Gesler!
Ges. [To the soldiers.]—Seize him! Wilt thou tell me Thy father's name?
Ges. I can bid them cast thee
Into a dungeon! Wilt thou tell it now
Ges. I can bid them strangle thee. Wilt tell it?
Ges. Away with him! Send Sarnem to me.
[Soldiers take off Albert through the gate.
Behind that boy, I see the shadow of
A hand must wear my fetters, or 'twill try
And full-grown wing that taught his tender pinion
Enter SARNEM, through the gate.
Ges. Ha, Sarnem! Have the slaves, Attended me, returned?
Sar. That passed me?
Sar. A mountaineer!
Ges. You'd say so, saw you him
Upon the hills; he walks them like their lord!
I felt I was not master of those hills.
He has a father-neither promises
Nor threats could draw from him his name-
As found, disposed of! I can see the man.
He stood like you before me. I can see him
To hurl me o'er yon parapet! I live
In danger, till I find that man! Send parties
They are not yet subdued. Some way to prove
Resists, or pays the homage sullenly,
Our bonds await him! Sarnem, see it done! [Exeunt.
SCENE SARNEM, TELL, AND CITIZENS.
Sar. Ye men of Altorf!
Behold the emblem of your master's power