Part II (continued)
A I R. Oterea.
Lightning's flash, and thunder's roll,
Swell the tumults of my soul.
To wicked Etee's (23) altar bear them,
With tooth of shark in piece-meal tear them;
Burn, consume, and feast my eyes
With the blazing sacrifice.*
[They retire, and Omai's followers fall into the snare.
SCENE IX. Oberea's Dwelling, (full of magical Instruments &c.) Oberea prepares to wreak her Vengeance on Ornai, but is counter-acted by Towha.
Hold! the fatal pooa (24) drop!
Taking Omai's life, you kill your friend,
For know, their vital threads I've interwoven
Strife, hate, contending emulation, Confirm their generous reconciliation,
And on that sordid wretch, his persecutor,
hurl thy indignation.
(23) An evil spirit.
* Human sacrifice in Otaheite.
(24) Pahooa, the weapon of an Otaheitean warrior.
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