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THE DYNASTS ACT v
No, my dearest spouse, but we are together! (Calling out to the equerry.) Drive through Soissons—paSs the pavilion of reception without stopping, and don't halt till we reach CompiŁgne.
He sits down in the coach and is shut in, MURAT laughing silently at the scene. Exeunt carriages and riders towards Soissons.
CHORUS OF IRONIC SPIRITS (aerial music)
First 'twas a finished coquette, And now ifs a raw ingdnue.— Blonde instead of brunette, An old wife doffed for a new.
Shell bring him a baby,
As quickly as maybe, And that's what he wants her to do,
Hoo-hoo ! And that's what he wants her to do !
SPIRIT OF THE YEARS What lewdness lip those wry-formed phantoms there ?
Nay, Showman Years / With holy reverent air We hymn the nuptials of the Imperial pair.
The rain thickens to a mist and obscures the scene.
PETERSBURG. THE PALACE OF THE EMPRESS-MOTHER
___One of the private apartments is disclosed, in which the
Empress-mother and Alexander are seated.