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The Dove of Peace is a comic opera in three acts by Walter Damrosch and Wallace Irwin which opened at the Broadway Theatre, New York, on 4 November 1912.

Dramatis Personæ

HILDEGARDE TYLER a college girl
JUANITA MENDOZA a Spanish exile at Guam
WILLIE PETRUCHIO PERKINS the unkissed child of Peace
ARABELLA SMITHSON a New England type of pert professional waitress
HON. TERENCE DONNYBROOK a professional peace agitator
CAPT. PAUL JONES, U. S. N. a hero
SIR HANNIBAL HOBBS British Ambassador to Guam
McGINNIS a Bos'n, U. S. N.
DON RAMON CASAVA Crown Governor of Guam
SAFFRON KIDD Editor of the N. Y. Daily Chanticleer
GENERAL CORTEZ Official Clockwinder of Guam
HOPPY TODDY an Igarrote head-waiter
COUNT HASHIMURA Japanese Ambassador
BARON POPOFF Russian Ambassador
M. DE LA GARAGE French Ambassador
HON. Mr. WU TIN PAN Chinese Ambassador

MIDI Files

ACT I   -   Verandah of Hotel Spendmore, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

  • No. 1 - The Hen Chorus - "Empty hours of summer chatter, pitter patter, pitter patter, fascinating conversations wrecking neighbor's reputations! ..."
  • No. 2 - Dirge - Sir Hannibal and Men - "We bright children of Minerva, bound by fate to servant-hood, take our books and learn to rightly serve a Patron deftly..."
  • No. 3 - Ensemble - "Mark his bright and flashing eye, oh mark his thrilling beauty, held in check for ever by his manly sense of duty! ..."
  • No. 4 - Song - Hildegarde and Women - "Eve came to Adam's Paradise when Love was pure as dew, and she said 'I think the world is nice, it's all so bright...'"
  • No. 5 - Song - Donnybrook and Women - "Ha, ha, ha, ha!  When I was a lad in Kilkenny, sing Larry-down-derry-down-doo, there was none could conthrol me..."
  • No. 6 - Duet - Willie and Hildegarde - "Maiden, wilt thou walk with me? .. Love, where wouldst thou go? .. All through Cupid's tanglewood! .. Heart of mine, no, no!"
  • No. 7 - Duet - Arabella and Sir Hannibal - "'Twixt Briton and Yank there's an attitude frank of friendship o'er-stretching the seas, a brotherly bond and a memory..."
  • No. 8 - Song - Willie and Men - "Yo-ha! Yo-hey! Yo-hee! Yo-ho!  You show some surprise at our change of disguise, which you think shows remarkable nerve..."
  • No. 9 - Song - Hildegarde and Women - "Yo-ha! Yo-hey! Yo-hee! Yo-ho!  You seem at a loss when you see the red cross revealed by this sudden imprudence..."
  • No. 10 - Finale Act I - "O thank you kindly, my pretty dear!  I'll take you along as my volunteer! ... I'll follow this crowd to the ends of the earth, and ev'ry day..."
  • No. 11 - Second Finale - "I'll follow the folds of the stars and stripes in the faith of the land of glory, while the rattle-ti-boom of the volleying doom echoes forth..."

ACT II  -  Scene 1  -  Ramparts of Guam, overlooking tropical sea.

  • No. 12 - Song - Juanita - "Was ever maid of Spain more desolate than I?  Here destined to remain beneath a savage sky, where ne'er a ship goes by..."
  • No. 13a - Ensemble - "It's painful to the Yankee soul to spout a bit or shout a bit, but here's hooray for U.S.A., the land of grit and granite!  We're from Missouri..."
  • No. 13b - Madrigal - "Upon a castle-girded land, all in the middle ages, when heroes fought for lady's hand, but would not work for wages, for wages..."

ACT II  -  Scene 2  -  The Temple of Peace.

ACT III  -  Scene 1  -  Another part of the island of Guam.

ACT III  -  Scene 2  -  The United States Senate Chamber.

  • No. 24 - Song - Vice-President and Senators - "Since the dove with snowy wings .. settled on her peaceful nest .. all the disagreeable things .. of modern life..."
  • No. 25 - Song - Hildegarde & Women - "At last has downtrod woman taken wing from out the craven race of pullets; no more she eats assorted sick'ning sweets..."
  • No. 25a - Ensemble - Girls and Senators - "Oh! don't! Resist we won't!  Oh! don't! Resist we won't!  See, we bow and kneel to you!  Warriors should be chivalrous."
  • No. 26 - Ensemble - "Prisoners, stand up!  And you, my sweetheart:  It is my most unpleasant duty to sentence you as traitors! ... Have courage!  Do your duty!"
  • No. 27 - Ensemble - "Look! Look!  Behold yon flying thing with planes and wheel empirical!  It comes on magic wing, a miracle, miracle! ..."
  • No. 28 - Song - Donnybrook and Women - "When I left you studying botany on that lonesome cannibal isle, then I cursed the deep monotony of a peaceful state..."
  • Nos. 29 & 30 - Ensemble and Choral - "Three magic rings in the air I'll make, and bid the world from its trance awake;  Vanish, Dove, to some distant sphere! ..."
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