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No. 24: Finale

"Or I or he must die!"

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Mr. Wells.
Mr. Wells (Martyn Green) prepares to meet Ahrimanes, 1939
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Or I or he
Must die!
Which shall it be?
Reply!
Sir. Marmaduke.
Die thou!
Thou art the cause of all offending!
Dr. Daly.
Die thou!
Yield thou to this decree unbending!
All.
Die thou! Die thou! Die thou!

Mr. Wells.
So be it! I submit! My fate is sealed.
To popular opinion thus I yield!

Falls on trap.

Be happy all – leave me to my despair –
I go – it matters not with whom – or where!

Gong. All quit their present partners, and rejoin their old lovers. Sir Marmaduke leaves Mrs. Partlet, and goes to Lady Sangazure. Aline leaves Dr. Daly, and goes to Alexis. Dr. Daly leaves Aline, and goes to Constance. Notary leaves Constance, and goes to Mrs. Partlet. All the Chorus makes a corresponding change.

Men.
Oh, my adored one!
Ladies.
Beloved boy!
Men.
Ecstatic rapture!
Ladies.
Unmingled joy!

They embrace.

Sir Marmaduke.
Come to my mansion, all of you! At least
We’ll crown our rapture with another feast!

Aline, Alexis, Lady Sangazure & Sir Marmaduke.
Now to the banquet we press –
Now for the eggs and the ham –
Now for the mustard and cress –
Now for the strawberry jam!

Constance, Mrs. Partlet, Dr. Daly & Notary.
Now for the tea of our host –
Now for the rollicking bun –
Now for the muffin and toast –
Now for the gay Sally Lunn!
Now for the muffin and toast –
Now for the gay Sally Lunn!

All.

The eggs and the ham
And the strawberry jam,
The rollicking bun
And the gay Sally Lunn!
The eggs and the ham
And the strawberry jam,
The rollicking bun
And the gay Sally Lunn!
The eggs and the ham
And the strawberry jam,
And the rollicking bun!
The rollicking bun,
And the gay Sally Lunn,
And the strawberry jam.
Jam! Bun!
Jam! Bun!
Oh, the strawberry, strawberry jam!
Bun! Jam!
Bun! Jam!
Oh, the rollicking, rollicking, bun!

General Dance. During the symphony Mr. Wells sinks through the trap, amid red fire.

Bertha Lewis as Lady Sangazure and Henry Lytton as Mr. Wells c. 1930
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CURTAIN.

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