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No. 21: RECITATIVE (Mabel & Frederic)
No. 22: DUET (Mabel & Frederic)

"All is prepared, your gallant crew await you...
Stay, Frederic stay!"

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Enter MABEL.

Mabel.
Frederic (James Hay) &
Mabel (Elsie Griffin)
1919
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All is prepared, your gallant crew await you.
My Frederic in tears? It cannot be
That lion-heart quails at the coming conflict?
Frederic.
No, Mabel, no. A terrible disclosure
Has just been made. Mabel, my dearly-loved one,
I bound myself to serve the pirate captain
Until I reached my one-and-twentieth birthday –
Mabel.
But you are twenty-one?
Frederic.
I’ve just discovered
That I was born in leap-year, and that birthday
Will not be reached by me till nineteen forty!
Mabel.
Oh, horrible! catastrophe appalling!
Frederic.
And so, farewell!
Mabel.
No, no! Ah, Frederic, hear me.

DUET.

Mabel.
Stay, Frederic, stay!
They have no legal claim,
No shadow of a shame
Will fall upon thy name.
Stay, Frederic, stay!
Frederic.
Nay, Mabel, nay!
Tonight I quit these walls,
The thought my soul appalls,
But when stern Duty calls,
I must obey.

Mabel. Frederic.
Stay, Frederic, stay!  
  Nay, Mabel, nay!
They have no claim,  
  But duty's name.
No shadow of a shame The thought my soul appalls,
Will fall upon thy name. But when stern Duty calls,
Stay, Frederic, stay!  
  I must obey.

Mabel.
Ah, leave me not to pine
Alone and desolate;
No fate seemed fair as mine,
No happiness so great!
And Nature, day by day,
Has sung in accents clear
This joyous roundelay,
"He loves thee – he is here.
Fal, la, la, la, Fal, la, la, la.
He loves thee – he is here.
Fal, la, la, Fal, la!"

Frederic.
Elsie Griffin & Charles Goulding
1926
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Ah, must I leave thee here
In endless night to dream,
Where joy is dark and drear,
And sorrow all supreme –
Where nature, day by day,
Will sing, in altered tone,
This weary roundelay,
"He loves thee – he is gone.
Fal, la, la, la, Fal, la, la, la.
He loves thee – he is gone."
Both.
Fal, la, la, Fal, la!

Frederic.
In 1940 I of age shall be,
I’ll then return, and claim you – I declare it!
Mabel.
It seems so long!
Frederic.
Swear that, till then, you will be true to me.
Mabel.
Yes, I’ll be strong!
By all the Stanleys dead and gone, I swear it!

Mabel & Frederic.
Muriel Dickson & John Dean
1933
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Oh, here is love, and here is truth,
And here is food for joyous laughter:
He/She will be faithful to his/her sooth
Till we are wed, and even after.
Frederic.
Oh, here is love, and here is truth,
Mabel.
Oh, here is love, and here is truth,
Frederic.
She will be faithful to her sooth,
Mabel.
He will be faithful to his sooth,
Frederic.
Till we are wed, and even after.
Mabel.
Till we are wed,
Frederic.
And even after.
Mabel.
Yes, even after!

Mabel. Frederic.
Oh, here is love, and here is truth, Oh, here is love, and here is truth,
And here is food for joyous laughter: And here is food for joyous laughter:
He will be faithful to his sooth, She will be faithful to her sooth,
Till we are wed and even after!  
He will be faithful to his sooth, She will be faithful to her sooth,
And after, Till we are wed and even after,
Even after! Even after!
Oh, here is love, and here is truth, Oh, here is love, and here is truth,
Oh, here is love, is love! Oh, here is love, is love!

FREDERIC rushes to window and leaps out.

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