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"The Old Guard" (1887)
Music by Robert Planquette (1848 - 1903)
Written by H. B. Farnie
ACT I - The Village Inn at Vaudrez-les-Vignes, near Macon in Burgundy, France.
- No. 1 - Conscription Chorus
- "In there, our young men draw, from the urn and by the law, lots, who shall conscript be, shoulder gun and service see! ..."
- No. 2 - Chorus and Song - Fraisette
- "Fraisette! Just look alive! Little care for us is shown; True 'tis, in ev'ry hive, there is sure to be a drone! ..."
- No. 2½ - Exit
- "Who will in the ranks quick fall, ready at their country's call, in their havresack mayhap, bâton of a mareschal! ..."
- No. 3 - Waltz Song - Marcel
- "Only a moment love was mine, yet drank I deep the draught divine! Only a moment and no more, yet she's my fate for evermore!"
- No. 4 - Diligence Chorus
- "From the coach they're getting down; now for news from Paris town!"
- No. 5 - Valse - Murielle
- "Wild brigands creeping, through thicket sleeping, lurk'd on our way to make us their prey! All round was lonely, all still..."
- No. 5½ - Exit
- "That we further news may hear, coachman! come and have some beer! ..."
- No. 6 - Duet - Fraisette and Gaston
- "All I have to give's my heart; take it, love, since we must part! Poor gift, I know, yet let it go, 'twill only live were'er thou art..."
- No. 7 - Air - Fraisette
- "Fare thee well, my humble home, where I slept beneath the eaves. It is no gilded dome my heart with sorrow leaves..."
- No. 8 - Finale Act I
- "Here they come! Here they come! Here they come! Here they come! Hark! the bugle, hark! the drum! ..."
ACT II - The Hall of the Château D'Artemare, that night.
- No. 9 - Entr'Acte
- No. 10 - Recruiting Song - Patatout(?) and Chorus
- "Now ladies, whom there's no resisting, just list to me, whilst you I'm 'listing, if so ye all would guardsmen be..."
- No. 10½ - Reprise and Exit
- "March, march away! March, march away! Shoulder to shoulder, ah it is gay! ..."
- No. 11 - Romance - Marcel
- "A soldier I, yet never knew heart-aching, 'tho on hard earth I've laid my weary head, not very sure, ma foi! of ever waking..."
- No. 12 - Song - Murielle
- "A lowly servant lass am I, all in the house supposed to do, to dust, sew, milk, wash, boil and fry, as well as put things in a stew! ..."
- No. 13 - Ci-Devant Chorus
- "To the rabble rout who rule our land, vow we hatred cordial and hearty; not forgetting him who heads the band, Corsican canaille ..."
- No. 13½ - Melodrame
- No. 14 - Concerted Number
- "Ah! she's very pretty! Ah! she's very pretty, tho' the girl seems ill at ease, bedizen'd thus! Ah! it is a pity..."
- No. 14½ - Melodrame - Chorus Exit
- "Ah! she's very pretty! Ah! she's very pretty..." etc.
- No. 15 - Duet - Fraisette and Marcel
- "Young, and divinely fair, to her trembling now, feignèd love and vow, shall I falsely swear? No! I'd rather break my sword..."
- No. 16 - Valse Chantée - Fraisette, Murielle, Gaston, Marcel and Chorus
- "'Neath the lamplight warmly glowing, all too soon the night is going..."
- No. 17 - Melodrame
- No. 17½ - Melodrame
- No. 18 - Finale Act II
- "Hail! the welcome danger that recalls me! ... (What a cursèd accident befalls me!) ... (For a time, at least, the tempest's o'er) ..."
ACT III - The Park of the Château D'Artemare, three days later.
- No. 19 - Entr'acte
- No. 20 - Chorus
- "Hang the kettle up to warm, and stir the brushwood fire! Here the village lasses swarm, with all that we require! Soldiers have such an air! ..."
- No. 21 - Song - Patatout and Chorus
- "A prudent girl, at fall of night, the shortcut home should always take; above all, if some village wight should see her in..."
- No. 22 - Duet - Marcel and Gaston
- "Soldier! alerte! Nor dream of home and beauty! ... That will be hard, but, captain, it is well! ... Sentinel! 'tis well! ..."
- No. 23 - Trio - Murielle, Marquis and Marcel
- "You give consent? .. Yes! .. 'Tis your intent? .. Yes! .. No room for doubt! .. I may not doubt, yet cannot make it out!"
- No. 24 - Rustic Air - Fraisette and Chorus
- "Tho' poor Fraisette in fine brocade and silk array'd be, and tho' he bade the servants all to call me lady! ..."
- No. 25 - Melodrame
- No. 26 - Melodrame
- No. 27 - Finale Act III
- "Duty bids me march away, Love's too true to bid me stay! Think not, comrades, that my dearer life ere shall make me falter in the strife..."
Note: Item 29 was composed by J. Crook, and contains 5 more verses, not included here.
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