Front Page Titles (by Subject) ACT II. - The Works of Voltaire, Vol. IX The Dramatic Works Part 1 (Alzire, Orestes, Sémiramis, Catiline, Pandora) and Part II (The Scotch Woman, Nanine, The Prude, The Tatler).
ACT II. - Voltaire, The Works of Voltaire, Vol. IX The Dramatic Works Part 1 (Alzire, Orestes, Sémiramis, Catiline, Pandora) and Part II (The Scotch Woman, Nanine, The Prude, The Tatler). 
From The Works of Voltaire, A Contemporary Version, (New York: E.R. DuMont, 1901), A Critique and Biography by John Morley, notes by Tobias Smollett, trans. William F. Fleming. Vol. IX The Dramatic Works Part 1 (Alzire, Orestes, Sémiramis, Catiline, Pandora) and Part II (The Scotch Woman, Nanine, The Prude, The Tatler).
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The scene represents the same country; Pandora inanimate reclining in the alcove; a flaming chariot descends from heaven.
prometheus, pandora, nymphs, titans, etc.
- Ye woodland nymphs, rise from your fair abode,
- And sing the praises of the demi-god;
- Who returns from above
- In the chariot of love?
chorus of nymphs.
- Ye verdant lawns, and opening flowers,
- Ye springs which lavish nature’s powers;
- Ye hills that bear the impending sky,
- Put on your fairest forms to meet his eye.
- [Descending from the chariot, with a torch in his hand.
- Ravished from heaven I bring to happier earth
- Love’s sacred flame, more brilliant than the light
- Of glittering day, and to Jove’s boasted thunder
chorus of nymphs.
- Go, thou enlivening, animating soul,
- Through nature’s every work, pervade the whole;
- To earth, to water, and to air impart,
- Thy vivid power, and breathe o’er every heart.
- [Coming near to Pandora.
- And may this precious flame inspire thy frame
- With life and motion! earth, assist my purpose!
- Rise, beauteous object, love commands thee; haste,
- Obey his voice; arise, and bless Prometheus!
- [Pandora rises, and comes forward.
- She breathes, she lives; O love, how great thy power!
- Whence, and what am I? to what gracious powers
- Owe I my life and being?
- [A symphony is heard at a distance.
- Hark! my ears
- Are ravished with enchanting sounds; my eyes
- With beauteous objects filled on every side:
- What wonders hath my kind creator spread
- Around me! O where is he? I have thought
- And reason to enlighten me: O earth,
- Thou art not my mother; some benignant god
- Produced me: yes, I feel him in my heart.
- [She sits down by the side of a fountain.
- What do I see! myself, in this fair fountain,
- That doth reflect the face of heaven? the more
- I see this image, sure the more I ought
- To thank the gods who made me.
nymphs and titans.
- [Dancing round her.
- Fair Pandora,
- Daughter of heaven, let thy charms inspire
- An equal flame, and fan the mutual fire.
- What lovely object that way draws my eyes?
- [To Prometheus.
- Of all I see in these delightful mansions,
- Nought pleases like thyself; ’twas thou alone
- Who gavest me life, and I will live for thee.
- Before those lovely eyes could see
- Their author, they enchanted me;
- Before that tongue could speak, Prometheus loved thee.
- Thou lovest me then, dear author of my life,
- And my heart owns its master; for to thee
- It flies with transport: have I said too much,
- Or not enough?
- O thou canst never say
- Too much; thou speakest the language of pure love
- And nature: thus may lovers always speak!
- God of my heart, eternal power,
- Great love, enliven every hour;
- Thy reign begins, and may thy transports prove
- The reign of pleasure is the reign of love!
- But hark! the thunder rolls; thick clouds of darkness,
- As envious of the earth’s new happiness,
- Disturb our joys: what horrors throng around me!
- Hark! the earth shakes, and angry lightnings pierce
- The vault of heaven: what power thus moves the world
- From its foundations?
- [A car descends, on which are seated Mercury, Discord, Nemesis, etc.]
- Some rash hand hath stolen
- The sacred fire from heaven: to expiate
- The dire offence, Pandora, thou must go
- Before the high tribunal of the gods.
- Thou must to heaven.
- I was in heaven already,
- When I beheld the object of my love.
prometheus and pandora.
- Haste, offenders, haste away,
- Jove commands, you must obey:
- Bear her, ye winds, to heaven’s eternal mansions.
- [The car mounts and disappears.
- The cruel tyrants, jealous of my bliss,
- Have torn her from me; she was the lovely work
- Of my own hands: I have done more than Jove
- Could ever do: Pandora’s charming eyes,
- Soon as they opened, told me that she loved:
- Thou jealous god! but thou shalt feel my wrath,
- And I will brave thy power: for know, usurper,
- Less dreadful far will all thy thunders prove,
- Than bold Prometheus fired by hopeless love.
End of the Second Act.