posted 21 Jan 2016, 02:24 by Jim Sheng
| || THE SECOND PART.
TOU NGAN COU,
attended With Soldiers.
IF we would have our
Affairs be attended with Success
we must not be in
too great a hurry: When
I was informed that
the Princess had a Son called The
Orphan of Tchao, I
sent Han to guard all the
Avenues of the
Palace, and publish'd an Order that
if any one should
carry off, or conceal the Orphan, he
and all his Family
should be destroy'd. — Sure this
little Cub fly away:
I have had News of him
lately which makes
Enter a SOLDIER.
My Lord, I have very
bad News to acquaint you with.
TOU NGAN COU.
The Princess has
hang'd herself in her Girdle, and
Han has stab'd
himself with a Dagger.
TOU NGAN COU.
Han Koue kill'd himself!
— the Orphan is certainly
carried off then! —
What dreadful News' — What
is to be done? The
best way will be to counterfeit
the King's Order,
and command all the Children
under six Months old
to be brought to my Palace,
and there I will put
them to death with three Stabs of
my Dagger; the
Orphan will certainly be among
them, and then I
shall be sure he is defrayed. --
Here, who waits? --
Go, and fix up this Order,
that all those who
have Male Children under six
Months old shall
bring them to my Palace, and if
any dares disobey he
| || — I 'll root out all
the Children OF the Kingdom
Of Tsin; the Orphan
shall die, and lie unbury'd;
tho' he was made of
Gold and Jewels he should not
escape the Edge of
KONG SUN, alone.
I am old Kong kun,
and have been great Officer
under King Ling
kang, but being grown in Years,
and recing Yuan take
the whole Authority in-
to his Hands, I
resigned my Office and retired to this
Village, where live
[He sings, the
better express his Hatred to Tou ngan cou.
TCHING YNG with a
Chest at his Back.
Tching yng, what
cause have you to be afraid? My
little Master how
dear are you to me! Tou ngan cou,
how do I hate thee!
T Tho' I have got this little Creature
without the Walls, I
have learnt that Tou ngan cou
has been inform'd of
my Flight, and has order'd
all Persons to bring
him their Children under six
Months old, and
then, without troubling himself whether
the Orphan is among
them or not, he will dismember
them and cut them in pieces ; how then can
I hide this dear
Child? Here is the Village of Tai Ping
where Kung sun is
retired; this old Man was a
Friend to Tchao tun;
he has left the Court, and
Retirement, and is a Man upright
And sincere; in his
House I'll conceal my Treasure,
and I'll go
immediately and make him a Visit.
I'll hide my Chest
in this Arbor of Banana-Trees.
My dear little
Master wait for me here a moment,
as soon as I have
seen Kong sun I'll come back to you again.
[He speak to a
Servant of Kong sun.]
| || You
acquaint your Master that Tching yng wants to
[the Servant says that is at the door; Kong
sun says, Desire him to walk in.
Master desires you to walk in.
SUN, TCHING YNG.
yng! what Business brings you hither ?
that you have retired to this Village, I
to do myself the honour to wait upon you.
do all the King's chief Officers since I retired from
not as it used to be when you were in Office,
ngan cou rules all, and every thing is turned upside
should all join to let the King know it.
know there were always wicked Men, and
the Reigns of Yao and Tchun there were four
sings, and towards the end he mentions what happen'd to Tchao tun.]
Heaven has excellent Eyes, Family of Tchao is not without an Heir.
whole Family, to the Number of three hundred Persons,
killed; the King's Son-in-law is stabbed, the Princess his hanged, Where then
can the Heir be that you speak of?
| || TCHING
Since you know So well what has passed I'll
nothing of it; but I'll tell you what perhaps you
nothing at all of, which is this: When the
was confined to her own Palace she was delivered
of a Son,
whom she called The Orphan of the
Tchao ; and all that I fear is when Tou
comes to know it he'll cause him to be taken,
he once falls into his Hands he'll barbarously
him, and the Family Of Tchao will be in reality
anybody saved this poor little Orphan ? Where
seem to have so great Compassion for the
that I can hide nothing from you; the princess,
she died, gave her Son to me, and desired
take care of him till he comes to Man's Estate,
shall be able to revenge himself of the Enemy of
Family; as I was coming out of the Palace with
precious Trust I found Han Kouè at the Gate,
me pass, and killed himself in my Presence ;
this I fled with my little Orphan, and could
nothing more safe than to bring him to your
know, Sir, that you were an intimate
of Tchao tun, and I make no doubt but you
take pity on his poor Grandson, and preserve his
have you left this dear Infant ?
under the Bananae-Trees.
afraid, go and take him and bring him
| || TCHING
be Heaven and Earth, the young Prince is
sings of the Orphan's Misfortunes.
yng says, that the whole Remains of the Family
is in this Infant, [He sings.] and as for
say he is the Cause of all the Misfortunes of his
suppose you don't know that Tou ngan cou,
that the Orphan has escaped, is going to destroy
Children who are about his Age, and
I was desirous of concealing
him at your
House, by which I shall acquit myself of all the
that I had to his Father and Mother, and
Life of all the little Innocents in the Kingdom:
I am in
the forty-fifth Year of my Age, and
Son born about the time of our dear Orphan ;
pass for little Tchao, you shall go and inform
me to Tou ngan cou, and accuse me of
concealed the Orphan that he seeks after : I
Willing to die with my Son, and you shall educate
of your Friend till he is old enough to
his Relations. What say you Of this Design?
not agreeable to your Taste?
do you say you are?
be at least twenty Years before this Orphan
revenge his Family; you will be then sixty-five,
I shall be ninety what Assistance can I lend at
Age? O Tching yng since you are willing to
your Son bring him to me, and go and inform
me to Tou ngan cou, and let him know that
in my House the Orphan he searches after ;
cou will come with his Guards and encompass
| || the Village; I shall
die with your Son, and you
educate the Orphan
of till he is able to revenge
his Family: This Design is farer than yours,
what do you say to
I like it very well,
but it will coSt you too dear;
let us immediately
give little Tchao's Cloaths to my
Son ; go and accuse
me to the Tyrant, and I and my
Son will die
I have said I am
resolved upon, therefore
don't offer to
oppose me. [He sings.] Yet twenty
Years and we shall
be revenged : Could I be so happy
as to Jive till that
Sir, you are yet
I am no longer what
I was, but I Will do as much
as I can ; follow my
YOU lived altogether
at ease, and l, without knowing
what I did, have
involved you in Misfortunes
What is it you say ?
-- A man of seventy like me must expect to die very soon, and to part a few
Days sooner is not very difficult. [He sings.
Sir, since you have
undertaken this Affair be sure
to carry it on,
don't go back from your Word.
Of what use are
Words that can't be depended upon?
If you have the
Orphan you will obtain immortal
Fame. [Kong sun
sings.] But, Sir, there is something
still behind; if Tou
ngan cou takes you up can you
undergo the and
endure the Torture
| || without naming me?
for if you do both I and my
Son must be put to
death, and all my pain will be
to see the Heir of
Tcbao die notwithstanding all this,
I know that the two
Families are nor to be: reconciled;
When Tou ngan cou
takes me up he will say a
things, call me old Rascal, old Villain:
Did know my Orders,
and conceal my
sworn Enemy to
destroy me? Tching yng fear nothing,
I'll make no Discovery ; do
you go and take care
of the Orphan; the Death of
an old Man like me
is a matter of less consequence.
[He sings, and Exit.
Things being as they
are there is no time to be lost,
I'll take my Son and
bring him to this Village, and am
glad I can rave the
Orphan by that means ; 'tis with
respect to me a kind
of Justice, but it is a great Loss
to the generous Kong
THE THIRD PART.
TOU NGAN COU, and
CAN little escape
me? I have fixed up an
Order, that if he is
not found in three Days, all
the Male Infants
under six Months old shall be put to
Death ; let somebody
go to the Gate of the Palace
and look about, and
if any one brings an Accusation
give me immediate
notice of it.