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No. 25 - Duet - Marie and Alexis - "Love and Duty?"

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Alexis: Twixt me and you
No throne shall intervene,
I'll win and woo
The woman, not the Queen,
My love shall be your treasury,
My arm the sceptre where your hand shall lean.
Marie: I may not reign
With your true heart for throne,
My way is plain,
My fate is not my own,
I must await a kingly mate
And lose the sweetest thing my life has known.
Alexis: Love or duty, crown or kiss,
Poison'd pomp or passion's sway,
Regal rank or lover's bliss,
Which of these shall win the day?
Marie: Since there lies no middle way
Twixt "I must not!" and "I may!"
Then my answer must be this,
Duty wins and love must pay.
   
Alexis: Ah, count the cost!
A throne is little worth
If love be lost
Whose kingdom is the earth!
Princess, beware, take care, take care
Lest love should break the heart that gave him birth!
Marie: Oh, tempt me not
From duty's storm and stress
To change my lot
For humble happiness!
The world I'd give to love and live
And peasant wife in place of great Princess!
Alexis: Love or duty, crown or kiss,
Poison'd pomp or passion's sway,
Regal rank or lover's bliss,
Which of these shall win the day?
Marie: Since there lies no middle way
Twixt "I must not!" and "I may!"
Then my answer must be this,
Duty wins and love must pay.
Alexis: Bitter strife of yea and nay.
Marie: Queenly crown and clinging kiss.
Both: Can there be no end but this?
Ah, the price that love must pay.


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