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ACT 1

FINALE

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INEZ:
The sacred Hat
Which all Ladrones know,
Bring forth!
It on our Chief
We now bestow!

Enter procession over rocks, and from the cavern re-enter JOSÉ, then GRIGG in costume of Captain of Ladrones, then SANCHO. They take him round. In the meantime ESCATERO has placed the mat under the pikes, on which is placed the hat. PEDRO GOMEZ places hat on GRIGG's head.

Hat
CHORUS:
Hail to our Ancient Hat;
'Neath this our Chiefs have sat.
Kneel down upon the mat,
Hail! hail! Ladrones!
Take it, O martial spouse,
Wear it upon thy brows;
May it thy zeal arouse!
Viva! Ladrones!
Take it, O martial spouse,
Wear it upon thy brows;
May it thy zeal arouse!
Viva! Ladrones!

GRIGG:
'Tis far too big to fit my brows,
So thus I place the Hat;
(aside) I'm sure I heard her call me "spouse,"
What did she mean by that!

CHORUS:
Bow down! bow down with awe!
To the hat without a flaw!
Wear it! it is the law
Of the Ladrones!

VASQUEZ:
O worthy representative of royalty,
Let us depart; depend upon our loyalty.

GRIGG:
My friends, to leave you're free -

JOSÉ & SANCHO: (sharply to GRIGG)
No!

The Brigands stop VASQUEZ and RITA. JOSÉ and SANCHO whisper hurriedly to GRIGG.

GRIGG: (finishing it pettishly)
Yes - I know.
(Turning to VASQUEZ and RITA) I mean that when the ransom comes, you'll go!

CHORUS:
Not until the ransom comes!

Drums without.

BLAZZO:
Oho, there! Oho! The soldiers!

INEZ: (to VASQUEZ)
Traitor!

VASQUEZ:
Hold!

PEDRILLO rushes in by mountain pass, closely followed by soldiers. PEDRILLO runs to VASQUEZ.

VASQUEZ:
'Tis the boy!
(to Soldiers) Ground arms!
See, here is RITA's ransom - may I owe
For my own liberty?

INEZ assents. SANCHO and JOSÉ scowl.

RITA:
We're free to go?

GRIGG:
O happy pair!

INEZ: (offering her hand)
We're friends?

VASQUEZ:
Aye, from to-day! (Grasps her hand.)

INEZ:
Then we invite you, here, without formality,
Pray you accept our simple hospitality.
You both, I trust, will join in our carousals -

GRIGG:
Do, do.

RITA and VASQUEZ:
With pleasure.

INEZ:
Held for our espousals.

RITA, VASQUEZ, and GRIGG:
Espousals?

INEZ:
Mine and thine!

RITA and VASQUEZ:
"O happy pair!"

GRIGG:
But I -

INEZ: (imperiously)
Decline?

All raise their guns.

GRIGG: (helplessly)
Accept!

INEZ:
Good! As you were.

They all lower their guns, and then put them down.

GRIGG: (with cringing politeness)
I, such honour undeserving,
Would withdraw to set you free!
(aside) From my marriage lines I'm swerving,
Going in for bigamee!

INEZ: (with fierce determination)
I'll abate no jot or tittle
Of my right so just, so clear!
(changing tone to one of simpering affection)
Though at first you "love me little,"
You will "love me long," my dear.

SANCHO: (obsequiously)
Captain! my congratulation -
So delighted we have met.
(aside to GRIGG confidentially)
I'll retain my situation
In the present Cabinet.

JOSÉ: (fawningly).
Pray accept my deep devotion
To your personalitee.
(aside to GRIGG confidentially)
Should by chance there be promotion,
Captain! you'll remember me!

RITA:
At your honours I'm delighted,
You're indeed a lucky man.
(aside to GRIGG) When we're free - don't be affrighted,
We will help you - if we can.

VASQUEZ:
You're a very lucky fellow
Such a lovely queen to wed!
(aside to GRIGG) I'll return from Compostello,
Find you here alive - or dead!

CHORUS: (grandly)
You above us all shall tower!
You our leader brave shall be!
(aside to GRIGG confidentially)
In your ear - when you're in power,
I'm your friend, your friend remember me!

GRIGG:
From my marriage lines I'm swerving,
Going in for bigamee!

ENSEMBLE.

RITA: INEZ: VASQUEZ: JOSÉ & SANCHO: CHORUS:
When we're free
don't be affrighted
We will help you
- if we can.
Tho' at first you
"love me little",
You will "love me
long," my dear.
I'll return from
Compostello,
Find you here
alive - or dead.
Should by chance
there be promotion
Captain! you'll
remember me!
In your ear- when
you're in power,
I'm your friend,
remember me.

ALL:
You above us all shall tower!
You our leader brave shall be!
You above us all shall tower!
You above us all shall tower!
You our leader brave, our leader brave shall be!

They all go up and form themselves into groups. INEZ invites GRIGG to sit by her side. JOSÉ and SANCHO R. and L. of them. GRIGG rises and INEZ puts her arm on his shoulder affectionately.

INEZ:
Come! share my throne!

GRIGG:
I'll do what is correct.

RITA:
See! Such a picture! Such a grand effect!

VASQUEZ:
Magnificent!

BLAZZO brings forward the camera.

VASQUEZ:
A snapshot! Thank you!

RITA:
Stay!

INEZ: (to GRIGG)
Don't move!

RITA: (to GRIGG)
Now smile! your head the other way!

VASQUEZ:
Now! Ready! Done!!! Thanks! it will come out fine!

INEZ:
Ere you depart the photograph we'll sign!

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PEDRO: (holding up his hand)
And now, Ladrones! ere the rite is o'er,
Commence we "La Fiesta del Amor!"


PEDRO:
'Tis ruled our chieftain now a dance must do.

GRIGG:
Certainly, you'll see a step or two!

The dance known among the Spanish peasantry as "La Fiesta del Amor" commences.

["This dance," observes Senor d'Aubano in his charming work entitled "Footsteps in Spain," "is a vestige of the Moorish domination. It was probably associated with some Moorish religious ceremony." (Oeuvres d'Aubano, vol. x., cap. 10. "El Capitano.") (Burnand)]

The music for this dance was re-written during the run of "The Chieftain"

To the conclusion of the Finale.

Dance
CHORUS: (Only in First Edition)
Dance, now dance and sing,
Now dance and sing,
We dance and sing the summer night away!
Dance, now dance and sing,
Now dance and sing,
We dance and sing the summer night away!

Hail to the ring -
The wedding ring -
Ring about our tuneful lay!
We dance and sing, we dance and sing,
Dance and sing the summer night away!
Dance and sing!

After the dance with CHORUS they all advance, rising their cups and bottles.

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CHORUS:
Hail to our Queen!
And to our Chieftain by her side!
Health to the Captain!
Health to the Bride!

SANCHO: (to RITA and VASQUEZ)
You, noble pair, may misfortune never part!
Your health and your happiness, with all our heart!

CHORUS:
Viva! viva!
Viva! viva!

SANCHO:
And instead of a speech, if we don't presume too far,
We'll call for a song from our gay Hussar!

CHORUS:
From the gay Hussar!
Viva! viva!

VASQUEZ:
Let us lead a life of pleasure!
Let us tread a lively measure!
Time defying merrily!
Singing all so cheerily!
Drink to the gay Hussar!

CHORUS:
The gay Hussar!
The gay Hussar!

VASQUEZ:
At the trumpet call, boys, steady!
Ready at command, aye, ready!
Here and there a comrade lies,
Here and there a foeman dies,
Killed by the fierce Hussar!

CHORUS:
The fierce Hussar!
The fierce Hussar!

VASQUEZ:
Then, hey, boys! jolly let us be, boys!
Hey, boys! drink a bout with me, boys!
Till we go
To meet the foe
With a dash and a loud Hurrah!

Drink! drink! military measure!
Clink! clink! lead a life of pleasure!
Sing and drink,
Our glasses clink,
To the life of a gay Hussar!

CHORUS:
Then, hey, boys! jolly let us be, boys!
Hey, boys! drink a bout with me, boys!
Till we go
To meet the foe
With a dash and a loud Hurrah!

Drink! drink! military measure!
Clink! clink! lead a life of pleasure!
Sing and drink,
Our glasses clink,
To the life of a gay Hussar!

VASQUEZ:
Hark! hark! the trumpet call!
March! march! in line we fall!
'Tis the same old story, boys!
'Tis the same old story!
The trumpet call!
In line we fall!
'Tis the same old story, boys!
'Tis the same old story!
Farewell to sparkling glass!
Farewell! farewell!
Farewell to tearful lass!
Charge onward in serried mass!
Hurrah! for death or glory!

CHORUS:
Death or glory! Death or glory!

VASQUEZ:
Then, hey, boys! jolly let us be, boys!
Hey, boys! drink a bout with me, boys!
Till we go
To meet the foe
With a dash and a loud Hurrah!

CHORUS:
Drink! drink! military measure!
Clink! clink! lead a life of pleasure!
Sing and drink,
Our glasses clink,
To the life of a gay Hussar!
To the gay Hussar!
To the gay Hussar!

TABLEAU. RITA and VASQUEZ ascend rocks as if going off, the soldiers present arms. RITA turns to wave adieux to GRIGG and INEZ, as does also VASQUEZ. GRIGG takes a step forward as though he would like to follow, but his road is barred by SANCHO and JOSÉ, both politely bowing, with pistols. INEZ pulls him round to the throne on which he stands, SANCHO and JOSÉ guarding him.

CURTAIN.

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