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SCENE I. - 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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(TheKing’slibrary in Madrid. TheKingis absorbed in deep thought, and is leaning on a table full of papers, with two torches burning low. Dawn creeps through the window panes.)
Philip (as if dreaming).
She never loved me!
No, that heart so close to mine,
It has no love for me!
I can see her yet
Sadly looking down upon my snow white hair
The day she came here from France.
No, she has no love for me!
Where am I? Those torches are burning low!
The dawn is brightening my veranda . . .
It is daybreak.
Slowly my days are passing by!
Oh God! my languished eyes crave for sleep.
I shall sleep only in my royal mantle,
When my doom day has come,
I shall sleep under a black vault,
There in the graves of Escurial.
If the royal sceptre could give me
The power to read each heart,
As God alone can only see!
If the Prince sleeps, watchful is the traitor;
The King loses his sceptre, the consort, the honor!
(Goes back to deep thought.)