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ACT III

RECIT. & DUET - Lady Vernon & Sir George


SIR GEORGE.
  Alone — alone! No friendly tone
    To bid my heart rejoice.
  My son beneath the sighing sea —
My daughter dear estranged from me!
    No kindly voice
To say rejoice!
      Alone — alone!
LADY VERNON.
  Not whilst I live.
SIR GEORGE.
    Why kneelest thou to me?
LADY VERNON.
  Husband, forgive!
    A suppliant I to thee!
  'Twas I who urged our daughter's flight —
    Oh! how can I atone?
  Upon that wild and starless night,
    The culprit, I alone!
SIR GEORGE.
      Then it was thou!
LADY VERNON.
      My head I humbly bow.

SIR GEORGE raises her.

SIR GEORGE.
  Bride of my youth, wife of my age,
Who, hand in hand and page by page,
    Hast read life's book with me,
  Upon whose knee our son hath slept,
Together we have smiled and wept
    Over his grave — the sea.
  Until we quit life's chequered scene,
Love, let us keep our friendship green;
Friends we have always, always been,
    Friends let us always be.
     
LADY VERNON.
  Our years are spent, our heads are grey,
And slowly ebbs the tide away
    That bears us out to sea.
     
SIR GEORGE.
  I print a kiss upon thy brow;
We are too old to quarrel now;
    What have I left but thee?
What have I left but thee?
     
BOTH.
  Until we quit life's chequered scene,
Love, let us keep our friendship green;
Friends we have always, always been,
    Friends let us always be!
Friends let us always be!
Friends let us always be!

Exeunt.

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