LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK LIBRETTO ENGLISH TEXT 1932 by Dmitri Shostakovich

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Onward, onward, day after day! line up. Katerina remains sitting down, motionless. ) OLD CONVICT Hey, come on then - d'you hear me? We're leaving! The guards will beat you if you lag behind. D'you hear me? (Katerina slowly approaches Sonyetka, who is standing on the bridge by a broken parapet. ) SONYETKA Ah! CHORUS Oh, my God! What has happened? SERGEANT Don't move there! Quiet, damn you! SONYETKA Ah! (Sonyetka screams very loudly, but from a distance. ) Ah! SERGEANT Both of them must have drowned.

Hie! hie! hie! hie! hie! LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK 31 My relations, from the first, always had a mighty thirst, hie! Well, am I worse than the rest? I'll swill vodka with the best, hie! Hie! I can drink the whole night through, carry on the next day, too. All year round without a stop, go on drinking till I drop, hie! I shall go on drinking, but it makes me want to sing, hie! Hie! hie! hie! hie! hie! hie! Singing's fine, but one needs a little drink. And when there's nothing to drink, why then there's no song to sing.

Katerina! My curse on you forever! LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK KATERINA Ah, Sergei, wake up! ) SERGEI Why? What's wrong? What's wrong? KATERINA Sergei, Sergei! Over there, all ghastly, stands Boris Timofyeich! ) SERGEI That's nonsense, there is no one there, you must calm down, Katya. KATERINA I'm frightened, Seryozha! Oh, hold me tight and kiss me! Darling, dearest one! Hold me tightly in your arms. ) KATERINA (whispering) Listen, Sergei, Sergei! SERGEI What? KATERINA D'you hear? SERGEI What's the matter?

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