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No. 26 - Finale Act III

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Rip: From deep forest hoary,
Lift in awful glory
Mountains grey and old,
That myst'ry and tradition hold;
Never mortal daring
Thither reckless faring
E'er return'd the tale
(Save I alone) to tell!
Dutch tars dress'd so quaintly,
Dutch songs sounding faintly,
Tell that Hudson's band
Somewhere are at hand!
Chorus: He raves!
Alice: Oh! beware! take care, take care!
If so be thou wert, by the dark glen straying!
Never more thou'll wander there,
By the trancèd solitude spell-bound delaying!
Chorus: Here at length wilt thou find rest.
Alice: Let the long-forgotten past glide by,
Chorus: On thy daughter's loving breast,
Alice: From thee will the cruel phantoms...
All:   ...fade and die!
  Oh! beware! take care, take care!
If so be thou wert, by the dark glen straying!
Never more thou'll wander there,
By the trancèd solitude spell-bound delaying!
Here at length wilt thou find rest.
Let the long-forgotten past glide by,
On thy daughter's loving breast,
From thee will the cruel phantoms fade and die!

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