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No. 14: Finale Act 2

"Have pity, sir!"

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Rita:
Have pity, sir! To you I fly for aid.

Grigg:
(half-crying) I cannot help you, miss, I am afraid.

Rita:
Mercy! mercy! Help will soon be here.

Ladrones:
What does she say?

Grigg:
An Englishman, my dear,
Must for a female in distress be bold.
These pistols.

Grigg pulls out pistol and crosses to C. Rita breaks away and rushes to Grigg.

Now, come on!

She clings to him on C. He, with two pistols, melodramatically presented R. and L. The band flourish their daggers. José presents pistol.

All:
Down with them!
Down with them!
Down with them!

Enter at back Vasquez, in military dress, and a Spanish Officer. Soldiers appear on the rocks suddenly, pointing their guns at the Ladrones. Sancho brought up by two soldiers.

Vasquez:
Hold!

Rita clings to him, and he levels a pistol at Grigg; so also does the Spanish Officer. Grigg is now between two fires.

Officer:
Resistance is no use.

Grigg:
You've no excuse, you hear.
Resistance isn't any use!

José and Sancho:
Desert your captain?

All:
Never!

José and Sancho:
Then make one strong endeavour,
Present!

Officer:
I hold in my hand
A pardon for all in this robber band!

All lay down arms.

Grigg:
Your pardon is signed,
Now isn't that kind?
Enough to send a man out of his mind.
The pardon's for all,
Says the officer prim.

Officer:
Except for the Captain,
We don't pardon him;
Seize him! Quick, seize him!

Grigg:
Absurd! I'm not the Captain!

Inez, José and Sancho:
He's Captain!

Officer:
Then let him be shot!

Grigg:
(To Ladrones) You won't desert your Captain
When he speaks in such imploring tones? (They turn away.)
(Aside)
A lot of sneaks.

Officer:
Ah! Wretched man, don't aggravate your crimes.

Grigg:
Sir, I shall send a letter to the Times.

Vasquez:
Stop, Sergeant, stop;
This gentleman's known to me.
I'll speak for him; he's no Ladrone.

Grigg:
Thanks, noble Captain of the Spanish guard!
If you come to London,
There's my card.
Ladrones, farewell!
(To José) Goodbye you ugly fellow!
Now take me back again to Compostello.

Vasquez:
(To Ladrones) Join the soldiers!

José and Sancho:
There's my fist; We'll enlist!

Ladrones:
We'll all enlist!

Rita:
I'm free! I'm free!
Now sorrow and care,
Rejoicing, I banish,
I'm free as the air!
I'm free! I'm free!
Now sorrow and care,
Rejoicing, I banish,
I'm free as the air!

Rita:Vasquez: José and Sancho:
You're mine! you're mine!
I'm free as the air! We'll dance and sing,
You cannot be free!
I'm free as the air!We'll dance and sing
You cannot be free!
I'm free as air!With pleasure and pride!
For the fetters of Hymen
I'll rivet on thee.

Rita:Inez & Grigg: Vasquez: José & Sancho:
Ah!..... We'll dance and we'll sing, I'll ri- We'll dance, we'll sing,
.....with pleasure and pride, -vet, with pleasure and pride,

Rita, Inez, Vasquez & Grigg:
We'll dance,

José, Sancho, & Chorus:
We'll dance,

Rita:Vasquez:Others:Chorus:
I'm free, I'm free,You're mine, you're mine,We'll dance and we'll singWe'll dance, we'll dance
now sorrow and care,you cannot be free,Let the merry bells ring,We'll dance, we'll dance
Rejoicing, I banish,The fetters of HymenYes, we'll dance and we'll sing,We'll dance, we'll dance
I'm free as air,I'll rivet on thee,Let the merry bells ring,We'll dance, we'll sing,
I'm free as air,I'll rivet on thee,Let the merry bells ring,We'll dance, we'll sing,
I'm free, I'm free,You're mine, you're mine,We'll dance and we'll singWe'll dance and sing,
now sorrow and care,you cannot be free,With pleasure and pride,With pleasure and pride,
Rejoicing, I banish,The fetters of HymenAnd here's to the CaptainAnd here's to the Captain
I'm free as air,I'll rivet on thee,And here's to his bride.And here's to his bride.

Rita:Vasquez: José and Sancho:
You're mine! you're mine!
I'm free as the air! We'll dance and sing,
You cannot be free!
I'm free as the air!We'll dance and sing
You cannot be free!
I'm free as air!With pleasure and pride!
For the fetters of Hymen
I'll rivet on thee.

Rita:Inez & Grigg: Vasquez: José & Sancho:
Ah!..... We'll dance and we'll sing, I'll ri- We'll dance, we'll sing,
.....with pleasure and pride, -vet, with pleasure and pride,

Rita, Inez, Vasquez & Grigg:
We'll dance,

José, Sancho, & Chorus:
We'll dance,

Rita:Vasquez:Others:Chorus:
I'm free, I'm free,You're mine, you're mine,We'll dance and we'll singWe'll dance, we'll dance
now sorrow and care,you cannot be free,Let the merry bells ring,We'll dance, we'll dance
Rejoicing, I banish,The fetters of HymenYes, we'll dance and we'll sing,We'll dance, we'll dance
I'm free as air,I'll rivet on thee,Let the merry bells ring,We'll dance, we'll sing,
I'm free as air,I'll rivet on thee,Let the merry bells ring,We'll dance, we'll sing,
I'm free, I'm free,You're mine, you're mine,We'll dance and we'll singWe'll dance and sing,
now sorrow and care,you cannot be free,With pleasure and pride,With pleasure and pride,
Rejoicing, I banish,The fetters of HymenAnd here's to the CaptainAnd here's to the Captain
I'm free as air,I'll rivet on thee,And here's to his bride.And here's to his bride.

Rita:Inez:Everyone else:
La la la la
Ah!...La la la la la la la
Ah!...Ah!La la la la la la la la la la la la,
Ah!...Ah!La la la la la la la
Ah!...Ah!La la la la la la la la la la la la,
Now we'll dance and we'll sing,
I'm as free as air,...Now we'll dance and sing,
...dance, Now we'll dance and we'll sing,
...and sing.Now we'll dance and we'll sing,

End of the Opera.



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