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Full text of "The Dynasts : Parts First And Second"

SCENE v                      PART FIRST
the heaps of fresh soil around showing it to be a recent excavation from the banks of the Liane. The basin is crowded with the flotilla, consisting of hundreds of vessels of sundry kinds: flat-bottomed brigs with guns and two masts ; boats of one mast> carrying each an artillery waggon, two guns, and a two-stalled horse-box; transports with three low masts; and long narrow pinnaces arranged for many oars.
Timber, saw-mills, and new-cut planks spread in profusion around, and many of the town residences are seen to be adapted for warehouses rnd infirmaries.
DUMB SHOW
Moving in this scene are countless companies of soldiery, engaged in a drill-practice of embarking and disembarking, and of hoisting horses into the vessels and landing them again. Vehicles bearing provisions of many sorts load and unload before the temporary warehouses. Further off, on the open land, bodies of troops are at field-drill Other bodies of soldiers, half stripped and encrusted with mud, are labouring as navvies in repairing the excavations.
An English squadron of about twenty sail, comprising a ship or two of the line, frigates, brigs, and luggers, confronts the busy spectacle from the sea.
The Show presently dims and becomes broken, till only its flashes and gleams arc visible. Anon a curtain of cloud closes over it*
SCENE V
LONDON*     THE  HOUSE OF  A  LADY  OF  QUALITY
A fashionable crowd is present at an evening party, which includes the DUKES of BEAUFORT and RUTLAND, LORDS MALMES-WRY, HARROWBY, ELDON, GRSNVILLE, CASTLEREAGH, SIDMOUTH, and MULGRAVE, with their ladies; also CANNING, PERCEVAL, TOWN-SHEND, LABY ANNE HAMILTON, MRS. DAMER, LADY CAROLINE
LAMB, and many other notables. fc
A GENTLEMAN (offering his snuff-box)
So, then, the Treaty anxiously concerted Between ourselves and frosty Muscovy Is duly signed ?
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