First performed at the Broadway Theatre, New York, 19 October 1896.
Cast of Characters
| BRIAN BORU (Ireland's Champion)
|| Max Eugene
| O'DONOVAN (his Foster Brother)
|| Samuel I. Slade
| O'CONNOR (his Standard Bearer)
|| Bruce Paget
| ERINA (O'Connor's Sister)
|| Grace Golden
| O'REILLY (an Irish Chieftain)
|| Fred M. Marston
| JOHNNY DUGAN (O'Hara's Rival)
|| John C. Slavin
| BABY MALONE (the Child of a Giant)
|| Amelia Summerville
| MONA (O'Connor's Betrothed)
|| Helen Brackett
| FAIRY QUEEN (the Spirit of Ireland)
|| Louise Margot
|| Annie Cameron
| PAT O'HARA (Brian's Henchman)
|| Richard F. Carroll
| ELFRIDA (an English Princess)
|| Amanda Fabris
| LORD EDWARD (Commander of the English Forces)
|| George O'Donnell
| FITZ-STEPHEN (a Knight)
|| Tom Ricketts
| EGBERT (Edward's Envoy)
|| Andrew J. Lynam
| OSWALD (an English Monk)
|| Fred Summerfield
| HERALD (Standard Bearer)
|| John Hendrick
| ATHELSTONE (a Messenger)
|| Ole L. Norman
ACT I - Wicklow Hills.
- No. 1 - Introduction and Chorus of Fairies - "The world is dreaming, the stars are gleaming, the moonlight streaming, the birds are still. The dew is weeping..."
- No. 2 - Song - Baby Malone - "Now if I wuz to tell ye the tinder age of me, you wudn't cease to wondher thot a child so large cud be; no infant had such tresses..."
- No. 3 - Song - O'Connor - "'Twas a glorious day and the fight was done, when a soldier fell on the field he'd won; he fell where he fought, his sword in his hand..."
- No. 4a - March and Chorus - "We are the guardians of beauty. To watch o'er Elfrida's our duty, though loyal to our land, the Princess doth command our homage..."
- No. 4b - Song - Elfrida and Chorus - "No gold can buy, nor jewels rare one tender sigh of maiden fair. No crown of King's, no treasure trove such joy e'er brings..."
- No. 5 - Song - Erina - "There's a lad that I know and I know that he speaks softly to me, the cushla machree. He's as straight as a rush and as bright as a stream,"
- No. 6 - Duet - O'Donovan and Erina - "There's a picture in my heart, that naught shall e'er displace; there's a picture in my heart of a young and lovely face..."
- No. 7 - Chorus - "We're simple Irish colleens, though fond of war-like joys, for our husbands an' our sweethearts are Ireland's sojer bhoys, Ah! Ah! ..."
- No. 8 - Song - O'Hara - "Oh, me name is Pat O'Hara, an' Oi'm bothered wid me legs. 'Tis me lift one gives me thruble, an that's worse than twinty plagues..."
- No. 9 - Jig
- No. 10 - Finale - "Strike the harp, raise the voice, sing the song of great Brian, and oft the rapt bard the glad theme shall renew. In peace mild and bounteous..."
ACT II - The Great Hall of Dublin Castle - (the English Headquarters).
- No. 11 - Male Chorus and Song - Fitz-Stephen - "Sing a merry roundelay..." & "An Englishman loves all good things to eat, his interior man most kindly to treat..."
- No. 12 - Ensemble - Erina, Egbert, Fitz. and Edward - "The open gates, their ships at sea, but signs of English treachery; 'twas well I conquered maiden fear..."
- No. 13 - Solo - O'Donovan - "A fool is he who dares to say what fate doth will he must obey; the life that he shall lead on earth was preordained before his birth..."
- No. 14 - Song - O'Hara - "Paddy had a wondrous pig that gave him good advice; he bought it from the fairies, a good deed was the price."
- No. 15 - March
- No. 16 - Duet - Elfrida and Brian - "Whene'er you leave, alone I grieve, ah! why away so soon? ... I have done wrong to stay so long. See now 'tis almost noon..."
- No. 17a - Chorus and Song - Brian - "Brian! Brian! good and true. Brian, Brian, long life to you! ... Let the sword in the scabbard ring; the helm be laid aside..."
- No. 17b - Valse - Elfrida and Ensemble - "Fill up the loving cup, fill up, fill to the brim; raise it high, drain it dry, to Brian, drink to him! ..."
- No. 18 - Duet - Baby and O'Hara - "If all the young gels wuz ducks in a lake, if all the young gels wuz ducks in a lake, shure the divil himself 'ud turn into a drake..."
- No. 19 - Finale Act II - "Pride goes before a tumble. Listen to thim shtumble. Yis, the coast is clear! Erina, ye kin enter here ... Quickly, e'er they wake..."
ACT III - Scene 1 - Irish Camp outside of Dublin. (Afternoon of the same day)
- No. 20 - Chorus - "Clink! Clank! Clink! Clank! Merrily sing the anvil's lay. Clink! Clank! Clink! Clank! Eagerly hearts desire the fray. Rivet and bolt..."
- No. 21 - Melodrama - "Wirra, weh! Wirra, weh! Wirra, wirra, wirra, weh!"
- No. 22 - Solo - O'Connor, with Chorus - "Where is thy heart, oh, Brian the brave? How couldst thou thy duty forget? Lost to thy country; to love a weak slave..."
- No. 23 - Melodrama - (after spoken dialogue:) "Strike the harp, raise the voice, sing the song of great Brian, in the hearts of his people lives Brian Boru."
- No. 24 - Solo - Brian and Chorus - "For Ireland! ... For Ireland! ... Unsheathe each trusty sword! Old Ireland! ... Dear Ireland! ... Shall know no foreign lord..."
- No. 25 - Solo - Erina - "All hope has flown, I am alone, held in captive chains. My heart doth sigh, for Brian cry; nothing now remains but thoughts of him..."
ACT III - Scene 2 - Old Dublin Street, with St. Patrick's Church and View of Dublin Bay.
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