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No. 4: RECIT. & DUET (Ruth & Frederic)

"Oh, false one, you have deceived me...
You told me you were fair as gold"

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RECITATIVE.

Frederic. Oh, false one, you have deceived me!

Ruth. I have deceived you?

Frederic. Yes, deceived me! (Denouncing her.)

DUET.

Ruth (Bertha Lewis) pleads with
Frederic (Charles Goulding)
1926

Frederic. You told me you were fair as gold!

Ruth. (wildly) And, master, am I not so?

Frederic. And now I see you’re plain and old.

Ruth. I’m sure I’m not a jot so.

Frederic. Upon my innocence you play.

Ruth. I’m not the one to plot so.

Frederic. Your face is lined, your hair is grey.

Ruth. It’s gradually got so.


Ruth. Frederic.
  Faithless woman, to deceive me,
I who trusted so!
Master, master, do not leave me!
Hear me, ere you go!
 
  Faithless woman!
Master, master,  
  Faithless woman!
Master, master,  
Do not leave me, do not leave me, Faithless woman to deceive me,
Hear me, ere you go! I who trusted so!
Master, master, do not leave me, Faithless woman to deceive me,
Hear me, ere you go! I who trusted so!

Ruth.
My love without reflecting,
Oh, do not be rejecting!
Take a maiden tender – her affection raw and green,
At very highest rating,
Has been accumulating
Summers seventeen – summers seventeen.

Ruth. Frederic.

Don’t, beloved master,
Crush me with disaster.
What is such a dower to the dower
I have here?

Yes, your former master
Saves you from disaster.
Your love would be uncomfortably fervid,
it is clear
My love unabating If, as you are stating
Has been accumulating It’s been accumulating
Forty-seven year –  
  Forty-seven year –
forty-seven year!  
  forty-seven year!
  Faithless woman, to deceive me,
I who trusted so!
Master, master, do not leave me!
Hear me, ere you go!
Faithless woman, to deceive me,
I who trusted so!

At the end he renounces her, and she goes off in despair.

Frederic.
What shall I do? Before these gentle maidens
I dare not show in this alarming costume!
No, no, I must remain in close concealment
Until I can appear in decent clothing!

Hides in cave as they enter climbing over the rocks.

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