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ACT II - Scene 1

No. 12: INTRODUCTION & CHORUS OF PURITANS

DOROTHY VERNON's Door. RUPERT and the PURITANS are discovered, sheltering from the storm.


PURITANS.
    Hoarsely the wind is howling —
      Bitterly bites the blast —
    The midnight cat is prowling —
      The rain is falling fast —
        But what of that?
  We'll back ourselves against the howling wind
        And the nocturnal cat -
      At two to one, bar none.
RUPERT.
      And not a layer find
        Even at that.
PURITANS.
        Even at that.
RUPERT.
      The rain falls fast,
In icy blasts:
    It's the sort of day when people say
      It's much too bad to last.
PURITANS.
      But it lasts!
RUPERT.
      It lasts!
RUPERT and PURITANS.
      It lasts!


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