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No. 3: SONG (Dame Carruthers & Chorus)

"When our gallant Norman foes"
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Dame Carruthers.

When our gallant Norman foes
Made our merry land their own,
And the Saxons from the Conqueror were flying,
At his bidding it arose,
In its panoply of stone,
A sentinel unliving and undying.
Insensible, I trow,
As a sentinel should be,
Though a queen to save her head should come a-suing,
There's a legend on its brow
That is eloquent to me,
And it tells of duty done and duty doing.

The screw may twist and the rack may turn,
And men may bleed and men may burn,
O'er London town and its golden hoard
I keep my silent watch and ward!

Marjorie Eyre as Phœbe & Dorothy Gill as
Dame Carruthers, 1932

Dame Carruthers. Yeomen.
O'er London town    The screw may twist and the rack may turn,
  and all its hoard And men may bleed
O'er London town    and men may burn,
  and all its hoard O'er London town and its golden hoard
I keep my silent, silent watch and ward! I keep my silent watch and ward!

Dame Carruthers.
Within its wall of rock
The flower of the brave
Have perished with a constancy unshaken.
From the dungeon to the block,
From the scaffold to the grave,
Is a journey many gallant hearts have taken.
And the wicked flames may hiss
Round the heroes who have fought
For conscience and for home in all its beauty,
But the grim old fortalice
Takes little heed of aught
That comes not in the measure of its duty.

The screw may twist and the rack may turn,
And men may bleed and men may burn,
O'er London town and its golden hoard
I keep my silent watch and ward!

Dame Carruthers. Yeomen.
O'er London town    The screw may twist and the rack may turn,
  and all its hoard And men may bleed
O'er London town    and men may burn,
  and all its hoard O'er London town and its golden hoard
I keep my silent, silent watch and ward! I keep my silent watch and ward!

Exeunt all but Phœbe.

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