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SCENE II. - Giuseppe Verdi, Don Carlos: Opera in Four Acts 
Don Carlos: Opera in Four Acts (New York: Fred Rullman, 1920). Metropolitan Opera House, Grand Opera, Libretto.
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Don Carlos and The Monk.
’Mid the cloisters of St. Just, where my great ancestor,
The mighty Charles, weary of glory and of pomp,
His days did end, I now do seek the calm
For which my tortured heart so vainly sighs;
But e’en amid the cloister’s gloom,
Naught can dispel the thought of her
So cruelly torn from me!
(Rising and approachingCarlos).
The woes of this world follow us,
E’en ’mid the cloister’s sacred shade;
In Heaven alone the troubled heart
Can peace enjoy.
(The Monkslowly and solemnly withdraws, passing in front ofCarlos.)
Carlos (drawing back in alarm).
That voice! An icy chill my heart pervades!
Oh, terror! I dreamed the mighty Emperor to see,
Shrouding his purple robes and panoply of gold
Beneath the monkish garb—
’Tis said that in these cloisters he at times appears!
(Without—his voice gradually becoming more and more distant).
In heaven alone the troubled heart
True peace can find!
That voice . . . my heart trembles . .
O terror! O terror!