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No. 8: Act I Finale

"Hail to the Ancient Hat!"

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After Dance, Inez descends to L. C. Sancho and Jose bring Grigg, R.C., the rest surrounding.

Inez:
(to Rita) Slave, take my robe.

Vasquez:
(aside to Rita) Obey her,
īTis our plan. (Rita receives shawl from Inez.)

Grigg:
I am the most unfortunate young man.

Inez:
The sacred hat which all Ladrones know,
Bring forth, it on our chief we now bestow.

José brings forth a very old and big Robber's Hat, shabbily and tawdrily decorated. It is brought solemnly forward. All kneel, except Inez and Grigg. Sancho places a mat for him.

HYMN OF THE CORONATION HAT

Ladrones:
Hail to the ancient hat!
īNeath this our Chiefs have sat,
Kneel down upon the mat.
Hail! Hail! Ladrones.
Take it, O martial spouse!
Press it upon his brows;
May it his zeal arouse.
Viva Ladrones.
Take it, O martial spouse!
Press it upon his brows;
May it his zeal arouse.
Viva Ladrones.

Grigg:
Of this old Hat, so old and worn
The royalty I doubt;
Its regal mark, my friends, is gone,
Behold, its crown is out!

Ladrones:
None but the Chief e'er saw
That the Hat had a flaw,
Wear it! It is the Law of the Ladrones,
Wear it! It is the Law of the Ladrones.
With sword and pistol now your Chief surround.
He's found and crown'd!
He's crown'd,
He's found and crown'd!
He's found,
He's found and crown'd!

Grigg:
I say to myself, my dear friend Grigg,
If safe I return I'd rather dig;
And take to a farm with horse and carts,
Than follow the arts in foreign parts.
Happy again, away from Spain, away, away from Spain.

Grigg: Ladrones:
So I'll take to a farm So care now departs
with horse and carts, From the robbers' hearts,
And dispose of the produce And we'll plunder the man
at the principal marts; coming home from the marts;
And rear up my lotAnd we'll feast on the grape
of little Griggs, and the little figs,
Who'll lead us a life with theirAnd caper and dance to the
nursery rigs. tune of gigues.

Rita:Vasquez:Grigg and Ladrones:
Yes, I Fear not,Dance a Round-a-bout,
am con- Rita,On the ground a-bout,
-tenttrust toAll this sound about
to be free,me; Tomor-nothing at all.
or a -row Dance a Round-a-bout,
captive,morn shall On the ground about,
if see All this sound about
with thee.thee free! nothing at all.

Inez:
(aside to José) Do you think that he can,
For our plan, be the man,
For if not, tell me what you have got for a plan?
Not a word must be heard
By a third,
Only two are to know,
Say it low, 'tis between me and you.

José:
(aside to Inez) I've made a vow,
Which I'll not repeat now,
You're aware when I swear,
I do make such a row,
And to swear isn't right,
For a robber's polite.
Let the day pass away,
And be happy tonight.

Inez: José:
Let the day pass away,
Let the day pass away,
And be happy tonight,
Let the day pass away,
And be happy tonight,
Let the day pass away,
And be happy tonight,
Let the day pass away,
And be happy tonight,
And be happy tonight,
Let the day pass away, Let the day pass away,
And be happy tonight, And be happy tonight,
ha! ha! ha! ha!ha! ha! ha! ha!

Grigg:Ladrones:
So I'll take to a farm So care now departs
with horse and carts, From the robbers' hearts,
And dispose of the produce And we'll plunder the man
at the principal marts; coming home from the marts;
And rear up my lot And we'll feast on the grape
of little Griggs,and the little figs,
Who'll lead us a life with theirAnd caper and dance to the
nursery rigs.tune of gigues.

Rita:Vasquez:Grigg and Ladrones:
Yes, I Fear not,Dance a Round-a-bout,
am con- Rita,On the ground a-bout,
-tenttrust toAll this sound about
to be free,me; Tomor-nothing at all.
or a -row Dance a Round-a-bout,
captive,morn shall On the ground about,
if see All this sound about
with thee.thee free! nothing at all.

Rita & Vasquez:Grigg:Inez, José
& Sancho,
Chorus:
My spouse,His spouse,
Ha! ha!
my cows,his vows,
Ha! ha!
my sows,our rows,
Ha! ha!
Ha! ha!Ha! ha!
Ha! ha!
Tomor-My spouse,
and my cows
His spouse,
and his vows
His spouse,
and his vows
-rowand my sows,
ha! ha!
and our rows,
ha! ha!
and our rows,
ha! ha!
shall setAnd my little,And our merry,And our merry,
me/thee free!little, little pigs!merry little gigues!merry little gigues!
My spouse,His spouse,
Ha! ha!
my cows,his vows,
Ha! ha!
my sows,our rows,
Ha! ha!
Ha! ha!Ha! ha!
Ha! ha!
Tomor-My spouse,
and my cows
His spouse,
and his vows
His spouse,
and his vows
-rowand my sows,
ha! ha!
and our rows,
ha! ha!
and our rows,
ha! ha!
shall setAnd my little,And our merry,And our merry,
me/thee free!little, little pigs!merry little gigues!merry little gigues!
Ah!My spouse,Our rows,Our rows,
yes,my sows,His vows,His vows,
to-my little, littleOur merry, merryOur merry, merry
-morrowpigs, My little,gigues, Our little,gigues, Our little,
shall seelittle, little, little,little, little, little,little, little, little,
me/thee free!little, little, pigs!little, little, gigues!little, little, gigues!

A sword is placed in Grigg's right hand, and a pistol in his left, he kneeling C. They place the hat over his head; it almost extinguishes him. The Ladrones raise their swords aloft. The girls stand in attitudes with tambourines. Rita and Vasquez apart. Sancho and Jose cross swords over Grigg's hat, standing on either side of him, and Inez places her dagger above the swords.

TABLEAU.

End of Act. Sunset effect.



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