"The Mouth of a Horrible Cave"

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Title

"The Mouth of a Horrible Cave"

Subject

Theatre--Seventeenth Century--Pedro Calderón de la Barca--Saint Patrick's Purgatory

Description

"SCENE XVIII.
A REMOTE PART OF THE MOUNTAIN WITH THE MOUTH OF A HORRIBLE CAVE..."

Creator

Pedro Calderón de la Barca, 1600-1681

Source

Barca, Pedro Calderón de la, The Purgatory of St. Patrick, trans. by Denis Florence MacCarthy, Act II, Scene XVIII

Publisher

Henry S. King & Co., London

Date

1873

Contributor

Digitised for Project Gutenberg

Rights

Public domain

Format

Collected Plays

Language

Spanish (English trans.)

Type

Play
Text

Identifier

DD_0060

Coverage

54.614297,-7.886485

References

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/6371

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Text

"SCENE XVIII.
A REMOTE PART OF THE MOUNTAIN WITH THE MOUTH OF A HORRIBLE CAVE.
THE SAME.

KING. Look, O Patrick, for you go
Turning towards a part forbidden,
Where the light of the sun is hidden
Even in the noon-tide's glow.
Through this wilderness of woe
Even the hunter in pursuit
Of his prey ne'er placed a foot
On its trackless wild walks green,
Since for ages it has been
Shunned alike by man and brute.

PHILIP. We for many and many a year,
Who have lived here from our youth,
Never dared to learn the truth
Of the secrets hidden here;
For the entrance did appear
In itself enough to make
Even the bravest heart to quake.
No one yet has dared to brave
The wild rocks that guard this cave,
Or the waters of this lake.

KING. And for auguries we heard,
Borne the troubled wind along,
Oft the sad funereal song
Of some lone nocturnal bird.

PHILIP. Be the rash attempt deferred.

PATRICK. Let not causeless fear arise;
For a treasure of the skies
Here is hidden.

KING. What is fear?
Could it ever me come near
In an earthquake's agonies?
No; for though the flames should break
As from some sulphureous lake,
And the mountains' sides run red
From the molten fires outshed,
They could ne'er my courage shake,
Never make me fear." (Act II, Scene XVIII)

Original Format

Monograph

Citation

Pedro Calderón de la Barca, 1600-1681, “"The Mouth of a Horrible Cave",” Digital Derg: A Deep Map, accessed November 26, 2020, https://digitalderg.eu/items/show/60.

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