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ACT 1

No. 9: DUET - Rita & Vasquez

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VASQUEZ:
A guard by night, a guide by day
Upon the mountain wild,
The sacred sign protects the way -
May saints watch o'er the child!
May saints watch o'er the child!

RITA:
Oh, tell me, will he see my love?

VASQUEZ:
Thy lover he will not see.
Place all thy trust in Heaven above,
Pray Heaven set thee free!

ENSEMBLE.

RITA:VASQUEZ:
I'll place my trust in Heav'n above,Place all thy trust in Heav'n above,
Pray Heav'n set me free!Pray Heav'n set thee free!
I'll place my trust in Heav'n above
I'll place my trust in Heav'n above,Place all thy trust in Heav'n above!

VASQUEZ retires.

RITA: (sadly)
I only beg one grace,
Once more to see his face:
If never more,
If never more,
Why, then, be death my choice!

VASQUEZ: (within R.H.)
Rita!

RITA:
My name!

VASQUEZ:
Dear Rita!

RITA:
'Tis his voice!
I cannot see -
I faint - 'twixt hope and fear!
Vasquez!

VASQUEZ:
Dear Rita!

RITA:
Vasquez!

VASQUEZ: (re-entering)
I am here!

ENSEMBLE.

RITA:VASQUEZ:
My love, again to see theeMy love, again to see thee
Dispels the falling tear, Dispels the falling tear,
He comes, he comes to free me! Yes, I am here to free thee;
Ah, why then should I fear? Then banish all thy fear.

RITA:
A prison with you
Is no prison for me!

VASQUEZ:
For the moments too few
That are spent, love, with thee!

BOTH:
When the sun brightly rises o'er hill, dale, or lea,
There's hope in the morrow, ah! then we'll be free!
When the sun brightly rises o'er hill, dale, or lea,
There's hope in the morrow, ah! then we'll be free!
There's hope in the morrow, ah! then we'll be free!
There's hope in the morrow, ah! then we'll be free!
There's hope in the morrow, ah! then we'll be free!
Ah! then we'll be free.

Exeunt VASQUEZ and RITA.

During the last part of the duet BLAZZO has reappeared; he starts at seeing VASQUEZ and RITA, then cautiously descends, enters cave, and returns immediately, having secured the shepherd's costume which VASQUEZ has previously worn. He crosses stage quietly and exit at same exit L.H. Stage clear.

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