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Don J. 'Tis well; they sleep.,—Leporello! the key! the key!
Lep. There it is ;—that cursed key can open half the doors in Seville.
Don J. Now, haughty Don, spite of thy mandate, Leonora, the beauteous Leonora, shall be mine!
Lep. Leonora! the daughter of Don Pedro, the first Grandee in the city? Don J. The same! Lep. Are you mad? Don J. I'm in love.
Lep. That's worse. (Light appears at the window). Sir! Sir!
Don J.: What now?
Lep. Look! (Points to the window).
Don J. Ha! not yet retired: I am too early.
Lep. You are never too late on such occasions. Oh! that I dare tell you a piece of my mind!
Don J. Say on:—thy folly will divert my impatience.
Lep. Have you forgotten one Donna Elvira?
Don J. Elvira! who's she?
Lep. Who's she!—his own wife! and asks— Can't your Lordship call to mind a slight mishap you met with about three weeks ago?
Don. J. What was it?
Lep. You got married.
Don J. Ha! ha! true—that was the most serious accident that ever happened to me—but I'm quite recovered.
Lep. Recovered! that's very well for you; but with reverence to your Worship, I have a conscience.
Don J. Ha! ha!—a what?
Lep. A conscience. And, sooth to say, I am something scandalized at the life you lead.
Don J. 'Tis wondrous pleasant!
Lep. Pleasant! under favour, I have seen handsomer gentlemen than you, hanged for such pranks.
Don J. How, rascal!
Lep. How? why, with a cord,—vulgar hemp. I beg pardon.
Don J. Proceed, proceed!
Lep. I should never finish, were I to enumerate the catalogue of your vagaries — the head-roll would last till doomsday.
Don J. Am, I not right? I have a heart to be in love with all the world,—and, like Alexder, could wish me other worlds, that I might still love, still conquer.
Lep. I find your Lordship is no more afraid of perdition, than many other gay cavaliers; but I have scruples. People will be apt to say,' "like master, like man," and I may be hanged in your Lordship's company.
Don J. Be tranquil, Leporello; that's an honour you'll ne'er have courage to deserve.
Lep. I am not ambitious. ( The window is opened—Leonora appears).
Leon. 'St, 'st—
Don J. Hush! we have been discovered—
Lep. Discover'd! I'm a dead man! (Drops on his knees).
Leon. Octavio! Octavio!
Don J. Leonora! (In a subdued tone).
Leon. Dear Octavio, 1 dare not meet you yet. Depart, and read that note. (She throws doivn 'a Letter, and closes the windowj.
Don J. Good. She takes me for that favour'J upstart, young Octavio,—the light—quick!— ( Leporello discloses the Lanthorn, and holds it while Don Juan finds and reads the Note). "When 'tis time, my attendant shall apprise you. You know the signal." — The signal! s'death! I know it not.
Lep. For the love of life, let us leave the garden—she'll raise the house, and I shall be murder'd.
C Prelude without J. Don J. Ha! who have we here? Lep. It's all over!
Don J. Some serenading coxcomb. Curse on his intrusion.
(Octavio and Serenaders enter, and place themselves under the Window—Leporello creeps to the side amongst the trees, followed by Don Juan).
Come shining forth, ray dearest,
With looks of warm delight,
Like morning's beam of light!
Mild shines thine azure eye,
In which I droop and die.
Oh! let me hear that tongue, Love,
Whose music thrills my heart,
When souls in bliss depart.
Illume my ravish'd sight,
With morning's beam of light.
(At the close, the window is slowly opened. Don Juan appears listening, and Leporello crouching close behind him—Leonora appears on the Balcony).
Oct. The window opens. Begone! begone! Dan J. 'Tis himself,—Octavio! Leon. This must be some mistake. I have not heard the whistle.
Don J. The whistle! enough. \_Music.~\ ( Don Juan rushes after Octavio., who has sent off his Companions).
Don J. (Without). Villain, have I caught thee?
Oct. Ah! betrayed!
Leon. Ah! (Closing the window, suddenly the light disappears).
Lep. Here's goodly work! Heaven bless all serving-men from such a master as mine! Turn him loose with Belzebub, and he'll beat him at his own weapons—Ey!
( Don Juan enters hastily, with a Ribbon, to which is attached a Whistle ).
Lep. Which of you is kill'd—you, or the other?
Don J. I have obtained my object, but he escaped.
Lep. I wish I could escape.
fDon Juan draws near the window, and whistles ).
Lep. This will end in something unpleasant —the gallows, as like as not.
( The door opens—Maria appears).
Mar. 'St! 'si! Don Octavio!
Mar. My lady feared you had been beset by ruffians.
Don J. Soft—lead me to her.
( Goes in—door closed). Lep. Oh, that Octavio's sword had released me from this precious night-bird! While he lives, I must be faithful, in spite of my inclination. If I quit him without leave, he's so revengeful, he'd search all Spain to find me out, for the sole satisfaction of cutting my throat.
( Scuffle in the House, and voices—Leonora screams).
Hey! I thought so. I knew it! Oh! this is uo time for ceremony! I'm off.
(Leporello runs off by the gates).
Don P. Traitor, think not to escape. Leon. Help, help! I'll die sooner than quit my hold.
Don J. Foolish woman! be advised!— (Enter struggling, followed by Don Pedro).
Don P. Turn, turn, abandon'd villain, and meet a father's wrath,—a father's chastisement.
Leon. Oh, father! father!
Don P. You fly not hence unpunished.
(Many voices without). This way! this!— follow! follow!
Don J. If thou wilt perish, take thy destiny.
Leon. Oh! shield, protect him!
(Short and rapid combat.—Don Juan.. hearing the alarm, throws Leonora from him, and draws. Don Pedro falls.— Leporello rushes in, as pursued.— The voices again heard close without).
Lep. Fly! fly! we are beset on all sides.
( They scale the Wall—At the instant, Octavio and Party rush in with torches. —Maria and Servants enter from the House.'— Leonora sees the body of her Father, utters a shriek, and falls ).