Monsieur de Pourceaugnac
SCENE I.--ÉRASTE, A LADY SINGER, TWO MEN SINGERS, several others
performing on instruments, DANCERS.
ERA. (to the MUSICIANS and DANCERS). Carry out the orders I have given you for
the serenade. As for myself, I will withdraw, for I do not wish to be seen here.
SCENE II.--A LADY SINGER, TWO MEN SINGERS, several others performing on
Spread, charming night, spread over every brow
The subtle scent of thy narcotic flower,
And let no wakeful hearts keep vigil now
Save those enthralled by love's resistless power.
More beautiful than day's most beauteous light,
Thy silent shades were made for love's delight.
Love is sweet when none our wills oppose;
Then peaceful tastes our gentle hearts dispose;
But tyrants reign, who gave us birth and life.
Ah! love is sweet when love is free from strife.
All who strive 'gainst love must fall;
Perfect love will conquer all.
Let us love with an eternal ardour!
Let parents frown, and try in vain to cure,
Absence, hardship, or cruel fortune's rigour
Will only strengthen love when true and pure.
First entry of the BALLET.
(Dance of the two DANCING MASTERS.)
Second entry of the BALLET.
(Dance of the two PAGES.)
Third entry of the BALLET.
(Four SPECTATORS, who quarrelled during the dance, now dance, sword in hand,
fighting all the while.)