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Yolanda of Cyprus   By: (1872-1943)

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YOLANDA OF CYPRUS

YOLANDA OF CYPRUS

BY CALE YOUNG RICE

AUTHOR OF CHARLES DI TOCA, A NIGHT IN AVIGNON, DAVID, ETC., ETC.

[Illustration: Publisher Logo]

NEW YORK THE McCLURE COMPANY MCMVIII

Copyright, 1908, by The McClure Company

Published, March, 1908

ACT I

CHARACTERS

RENIER LUSIGNAN A Descendant of the Lusignan Kings of Cyprus

BERENGERE His Wife

AMAURY His Son, Commander of Famagouste under the Venetians

YOLANDA The Ward of Berengere, betrothed to Amaury

CAMARIN A Baron of Paphos, Guest in the Lusignan Castle

VITTIA PISANI A Venetian Lady, also a Guest

MORO A Priest

HASSAN Warden of the Castle

HALIL His Son, a Boy

TREMITUS A Physician

OLYMPIO A Greek Boy, serving Amaury

ALESSA } MAGA } Berengere's Women CIVA } MAURIA }

SMARDA Slave To Vittia

PIETRO In Vittia's pay

Priests, Acolytes, etc.

TIME The Sixteenth Century PLACE The Island of Cyprus

YOLANDA OF CYPRUS

SCENE: A dim Hall, of blended Gothic and Saracenic styles, in the Lusignan Castle, on the island of Cyprus near Famagouste. Around the walls, above faint frescoes portraying the deliverance of Jerusalem by the Crusaders, runs a frieze inlaid with the coats of arms of former Lusignan kings. On the left, and back, is a door hung with heavy damask, and in the wall opposite, another. Farther down on the right a few steps, whose railing supports a Greek vase with jasmine, lead through a chapel to the sleeping apartments. In the rear, on either side, are guled lattice windows, and in the centre an open grated door, looking upon a loggia, and, across the garden below, over the moonlit sea. Seats are placed about, and, forward, a divan with rich Turkish coverings. A table with a lighted cross shaped candlestick is by the door, left; and a lectern with a book on it, to the front, right. As the curtain rises, the Women, except CIVA, lean wearily on the divan, and HALIL near is singing dreamily:

Ah, the balm, the balm, And ah, the blessing Of the deep fall of night And of confessing. Of the sick soul made white Of all distressing: Made white!... Ah, balm of night And, ah the blessing!

[ The music falls and all seem yielding to sleep. Suddenly there are hoof beats and sounds at the gates below. HALIL springs up.

Halil. Alessa! Maga! Voices at the gates!

[ All start up.

Some one is come.

Alessa. Boy, Halil, who?

Halil. Up, up! Perhaps lord Renier No: I will learn.

[ He runs to curtains and looks.

It is Olympio! Olympio! From Famagouste and lord Amaury!

Mauria. Ah! And comes he here?

Halil. As he were lord of skies! To lady Yolanda, by my lute!

Maga. Where is she?

Alessa... Continue reading book >>




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