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Semiramis and Other Plays   By: (1869-1968)

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SEMIRAMIS AND OTHER PLAYS

BY

OLIVE TILFORD DARGAN

BRENTANO'S NEW YORK 1904

Copyright 1904 By Olive Tilford Dargan [Stage rights reserved]

THE LITERARY COLLECTOR PRESS GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT

CONTENTS

SEMIRAMIS 5

CARLOTTA 75

THE POET 175

SEMIRAMIS

ACT I.

SCENE 1. The tent of Menones

ACT II.

SCENE 1. Hall in the palace of Ninus

ACT III.

SCENE 1. The gardens over the lake

ACT IV.

SCENE 1. The tent of Husak

CHARACTERS

NINUS, king of Assyria HUSAK, king of Armenia KHOSROVE, son of Husak MENONES, governor of Nineveh ARTAVAN, son of Menones SUMBAT, friend of Artavan VASSIN, officer of the king HADDO, a guard ARMIN, a guard DOKAHRA, woman to Semiramis SOLA, wife of Artavan SEMIRAMIS, daughter of Menones

Officers, heralds, messengers, guards, soldiers, dancers, &c.

SEMIRAMIS

ACT I.

Scene: Within the tent of Menones, on the plain before Nineveh. Left, centre, entrance to tent from the plain. Curtains rear, forming partition with exits right and left of centre. The same at right, with one exit, centre. Couch rear, between exits. From a tent pole near exit, right centre, hang helmet and a suit of chain armor.

Sola parts curtains rear, left, and looks out, showing effort to keep awake. She steps forward.

Sol. Hist! Armin! Haddo!

(Enter two guards, left centre)

Still no news?

Arm. None, lady.

Sol. Oh, Artavan, what keeps thee?

Haddo. He will come.

Sol. Semiramis is sleeping. I am weary, But I'll not sleep.

Arm. Rest, madam; we will call you.

Sol. My lord shall find me watching, night or day!

Arm. Two nights you have not slept.

Sol. Ten thousand nights, I think, good Armin.

Had. We will call you, madam.

Arm. With the first hoof beat ringing from the north!

Sol. (At curtains, drowsily) I'll be awake.

(Goes in)

Had. She'll sleep now.

Arm. Ay, she must.

Had. And I'd not call her for god Bel himself!

Arm. Hark! (Goes to entrance) 'Tis a horseman!

Had. (Following him) Two!

Arm. Right! We must rouse The lady Semiramis.

Had. Make sure 'tis he. (They step out)

Voice without. Is this Menones' tent?

Arm. (Without) Ay, Sir! The word!

Voice. God Ninus!

(Semiramis enters, through curtains right centre)

Sem. Artavan! His voice!

(Enter Artavan, followed by Sumbat who waits near entrance)

Sem. My brother!

Art. Semiramis! (Embracing her) Three years this kiss Has gathered love for thee!

Sem. Has 't been so long Since I left Gazim?

Art. Ay, since Ninus called Our father here, and Gazim lost her dove.

Sem. (On his bosom, laughing softly) The dove of Gazim, so they called me then. But now (proudly, moving from him) the lioness of Nineveh!

Art. A warrior's daughter!

Sem. And a warrior's sister! O, I have prayed that you might come! The king Is gracious loves the brave

Art. Our father?

Sem. Ah!

Art. He's well?

Sem. Is 't day?

Art. Almost... Continue reading book >>




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