Title: Columbus or, The discovery of America
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Title: Columbus or, The discovery of America An historical play
Alternate Title: Columbus
Physical Description: 4, 52, 2 p. : ; 17 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Morton, Thomas, 1764-1838
Publisher: Printed and sold by William Spotswood, sold also by H. & P. Rice, Philadelphia
Place of Publication: Boston
Publication Date: 1794
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Genre: non-fiction   ( marcgt )
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Statement of Responsibility: as performed at the Theatre-Royal, Covent-Garden, London. By Thomas Morton ...
General Note: First American ed.
General Note: Evans 27352.
General Note: Prologue by W.T. Fitzgerald; epilogue by M.P. Andrews.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00044205
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 000981694
oclc - 11618791
notis - AEV7675
lccn - 11010442

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2 COLUMBUS
Orozimlo. Rife, good Solafco.
Solafco. I. here present the darling of my age to be
devoted to the service of our god. It will be worfe
than parting with my life to lofe the comforts of her
dear fociety-but the bright fun, our glorious deity, -
demands fuch excellence to be configned alone to do him
honour.-Pardon, my king, an old man's tears ; but na-
ture will not always, without a struggle, yield to duty.
Orozimbo. Thou haft, indeed, devoted to thy god a
precious treafure ; but tell me, Cora, can thy youth-
ful mind freely refign the livelier joys of focial life, and
reft contented in feclufion and tranquillity ?
Cora. My father's will has ever fway'd my thoughts,
from the firhlhour that infant fenfe cou'd learn obedi-
ence :-Should he doom my death, his mandate would
be met with equal resignation.
Orozimbo. Thy pious mind, which knows to yield
fuch duty to a father, will well befit the service of
thy god.-But hear the facred tenour of the law
which binds a prieffefE to her duty.-Should the heart,
to heaven devoted, become the prey of facrilegious love,
our law configns it prieftef., and the accomplice of her
guilt, to infant death. Her parents and their offspring
are pledges for her faith, and should her flight elude
offended justice, their forfeit lives muft expiate her
trime. [Cora bows to thefun ] Now to the altar, and
record your vows ; then, as our cuflom is, come forth
to ihine Queen of this feftive day, the laft you are to
know exempt from facred duty.
[Exeunt Cora, Solafco, and Priefts, to the Temple.

[During the latter part of this/cene the fun becomes ob-
/cured by clouds, and thunder and lightning ijue from
them-the fea much agitated.]

Cataio. Great chief, -chold what envious clouds
obscure the glories of ourt god.
Orozimbo. Say, Catalpo, what mean thefe bodings !
[AJfip appears from A-hind a rock.] And
lo !-What monster's that, whoft wings bear it buoy.
ant one the watery main ?





AN HISTORICAL PLAY. 3
[A cannon is dfcharged from the fhip
Catalpo. See !-From its throat thunder and fire
burft forth, feeming to brave high heaven.
Orozinibo. Be not difmay'd-fummon our warriors.
Ito Cuto.] Catalpo, let the priefts attend. [Exeunt.

SCENE II. The Country.

Enter Ordzimbo, meeting Cuto, WJarricrs, and In-
dians.

Orozimba. My people, we'll to the fhore-Should
they prove mortal foes, we'll meet their thunders, or if
the engines of infernal power, what can vi tue fear ?-
Trult me, the Deity we ferve, will re-afflume his fplena
dour, and protect his chofen people. [Exeunt.

SCENE III. A View of an Indian Counfry.

.- Enter in t ': -; '" ., Indian offcer- Warriors-Ind-in
JluJtc- Cuto-Archers-- Standardol the Sun--Cora-
Prieflt ofthe Sun-Indians bearing presents and Ban-
ners-N lti-rnl'ia n Women bearing Prceents-
Warriors-Orozimbo in a Car, .. '.. with Gold,
supported on the holders of Indians, and attended by
Nobles with golden Staves-Warriors.

SCENE IV. The Sea Coal?.

Three slips are feen at anchor, and Boats cne te jhasre
with M artial S .r,. and Colours flying.

Enter from the Boat, Columbus, Alonzo, Roldan,
Valverdo, Harry Herbert, and the ref of the Spanif
Adventurers.-Columbus lands firl, with his S'word
drawn-he falls and embraces the Earth, during which
Time there are three Cheers, and a discharge of Artil-
lery ; then the reflfollow and come forward.

Columaus. Firit, to high Heaven, who thus, with
never fading honour, hath crown'd its poorest fervant,
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