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ACT 2

No. 2: CHORUS

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Enter MARAQUITA and the Gold Washers with their sieves and bags.

CHORUS:
The River! the River! the Golden Sand!
The flowing River!
We never return with an empty hand!
The Golden River!

WOMEN:
We show our feet,
Our ankles neat,
Our shoes away we fling,
And, free from socks,
We tread the rocks,
And trip it while we sing -

ALL:
The River! the River! the Golden Sand!
The flowing River!
Ah, who will return with an empty hand!
Ah, who will return with an empty hand!
Ah! the Golden River!

MARAQUITA:
Gold from a cave
Under the wave
The water sprite brings each day;
He sprinkles sand
With lavish hand,
Then merrily runs away.
Should he be wrath
Avoid his path
Where reeds bow low and quake;
"Let him pass by,"
The willows sigh,
"Ruin is in his wake!
Ruin is in his wake!"

ALL:
The River! the River! the Golden Sand!
The flowing River!
Ah, who will return with an empty hand!
Ah, who will return with an empty hand!
Ah! the Golden River!
The Golden River!

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