The Force of Destiny, Act IV, scene II
DON CARLO (off-stage)
I am dying! Confession! Save my soul!
DON ALAVARO (entering with drawn sword)
This, too, is the blood of a Vargas.
DON ALVARO (throwing down his sword)
I am damned;
but nearby there is a hermitage…
(Alvaro runs to the cave and knocks.)
Come quickly, to console a dying man…
Brother! in the Saviour’s name!
DON ALVARO (knocking harder)
LEONORA (within, ringing the bell)
(Leonora appears at the door.)
Rash man, flee from the wrath of Heaven!
A woman! This voice!
Ah no, a ghost –
LEONORA (recognising Don Alvaro)
What do I see!
You – Leonora –
It is really he…
I see you once again –
Do not come near me – these hands
are drenched with blood. Away!
What are you saying?
DON ALVARO (pointing to the grove)
There a man lies dead.
You killed him?
I did all I could to avoid fighting.
I had left the world for the cloister.
He found me, insulted me, I killed him.
And who was he?
(She runs towards the grove.)
Cruel destiny, how you mock at me!
Leonora is alive, and I must find her
only when I have split her brother’s blood!
LEONORA (crying out, from off-stage)
What a cry! What has happened?
(Leonora, wounded, enters supported by Father
She – wounded!
Even in his last hour, he could not forgive.
And he avenged our shame with my blood.
Not even with his death was the vengeance of God
Do not curse; humble yourself
before Him who is holy and just,
who leads us to eternal joys
over a road of tears.
Do not speak a word
of blasphemous wrath and fury.
while this angel is leaving us,
flying to the throne of God.
Yes, weep – and pray.
I promise you God’s pardon.
An outcast, a damned soul am I.
A flood of blood surges between us.
Weep and pray!
I promise you God’s pardon. Pray!
I cannot resist this voice any longer.
(He throws himself at her feet.)
Leonora, I am redeemed –
Heaven has pardoned me, has pardoned me!
LEONORA and GUARDIANO
Praise be to thee, o Lord.
LEONORA (to Don Alvaro)
Joyfully now I go before you,
into the Promised Land.
There, this strife cannot follow us,
and holiness will bless our love.
You condemn me to live on
abandoning me here on earth!
Only the guilty one, I see,
will escape punishment!
Made blessed through her martyrdom,
may she now rise to the Lord,
and may her death teach you to know
what faith means!
I wait for you in heaven. Goodbye!
Ah, do not leave me, Leonora, do not leave me…
And may her death, etc.
Ah… I go before you…Alvaro…Ah…Alvar…Ah!
She has ascended to God!