FIRST PART

Introduction

1. Arrival of Elizabeth at the Wartburg
a) The people and Landgrave Hermann welcome her
b) Address of the Hungarian Magnate and support by the chorus
c) Landgrave Hermann’s response
d) First interview between Lewis and Elizabeth
e) Children’s games and children’s chorus
f) The Chorus repeats the welcome

a) CHORUS
All welcome, the bride!
Thy beauty rare all else excelling,
Behold ye the pair our nation’s pride!
Their happy future
love foretelling,
Oh welcome, fair bride!
When, in thy silver infantcot,
Smiles o’er thy face came stealing,
God’s Angels sang to thee, thy lot
In golden dreams revealing.

HERMANN

Fair daughter, I welcome thee!
Come, let me kiss thee!
Thy father I will be!

b) HUNGARIAN MAGNATE
This fair maiden sweet treasure rare,
The pride, the blossom of our nation,
I now entrust unto your care.
Protect with parents’ fond affection,
This pure, beloved child’s sweet head!
So soon to grief and sorrow wed,
From home and from her mother borne away,
Oh may she learn, beneath your sway,
to fulfil her mission, her duties know.
Lest she miss her home and country, oh,
Bestow a parent’s care upon her!
Long may she reign and live in honour!
Our nation’s pride, its greatest treasure!

CHORUS
Long may she etc.

c) HERMANN
She shall not want a father’s love,
My heart shall e’er dictate my duty,
Until the bridal wreath of love
Shall deck her brow in all its beauty.
And as my son now kissed the maid,
His eye aglow with childlike pleasure,
When throned and seated side by side,
His bride shall be his greatest treasure!

d) LEWIS
Look around! Gaze on ev’ry side,
All will be ours soon, bonniebride!

ELIZABETH
The house is bright with sun-shine clear!
Greet ye at home
My mother dear!

e) CHORUS OF THE CHILDREN
Gaily we’ll play,
And pass the bright hours
Strewing thy way
With summer’s fair flowers.
Follow, we’ll show thee
The trout swiftly darting,
Nimbly below the wave
Pausing and starting!
When over green meads, on high,
Skylark is singing,
We’ll chase the butterfly
Daintily winging.
Deer of the forest green
Flee not before thee,
Thou shalt be forest queen,
All shall adore thee.
Gaily we’ll play
And pass the bright hours
Strewing thy way
With summer’s fair flowers.
Songs we will sing to you,
Tell fairy stories,
Joy to the bridal pair!
Gladly we hail you!

f) CHORUS
All welcome the lovely bride,
Behold the pair, our nation’s pride.
Long may she reign and live in honour!

2. Landgrave Lewis
a) Hunting Song
b) Meeting of Lewis and Elizabeth
c) The Miracle of the Roses
d) Prayer of Thanksgiving: Duet between Lewis and Elizabeth, assisted by the Chorus

a) LEWIS
From the verdant deep valleys reecho,
My horn loud reecho, thro’ woodlands resounding,
Loud reecho, melodious upborne,
Loud the hunter’s gay craft resounding.
I’ve rid me, I’ve freed me
From fetters of home,
Thro’ the woods I speed me,
Thro’ meads I roam.
I draw from my quiver
The lightning swift shaft,
And Dame Fortune doth favour
The hunter’s gay craft.
Ye native mountains and meads, that I’ve roamed o’er
Though my heart for the morn was yearning!
Thou, mine ancestral home, with the evening star,
To thee I am gladly returning!

b) But stay!
What glitters thro’ the leaves,
Can’t be the deer whose trace I lost?
Elizabeth!

ELIZABETH
My husband, I am lost!

LEWIS
Elizabeth! Why are thy cheeks aglow?
Thou tremblest at thy husband’s gaze, confess!
Where art thou going, late and unattended?
And what dost thou conceal, why such distress?

ELIZABETH
Beloved one, do not ask!

LEWIS
Hast thou offended?
Thy trembling tells me that thou hast misprized
My request, hast disregarded mine entreaty
No more to seek the homesteads, unadvised,
Of the wretched, to obey me, was thy duty!
What art thou carrying?
I pray thee, loose thy dress!
Art silent?

ELIZABETH
Obey! Oh stay! I will confess!
I gathered roses on my way,
Their scent and beauty led me on,
To stray far from my path.

LEWIS
And therefore dost thou shun
Mine eye?

ELIZABETH
Have mercy, oh have mercy!

LEWIS
Alas! Shame! and such lips should tell a lie?
Elizabeth! Elizabeth!

ELIZABETH
Have mercy!
Behold me at thy feet low kneeling!
Oh hear me, hear my heartfelt plea:
My thoughtless words, the truth concealing,
Led me to sin ’gainst God and thee!
Not flow’rs, not rose did I gather,
My way to you cottage I pursued,
With bread and wine for a dying father,
Whose helpless babes cry loud for food!

c) LEWIS
A wonder! Roses! fragrance rare
Pervades the silent evening air!

ELIZABETH
Oh God of Heaven, roses!

LEWIS
Tell me,
Discover solve this what bright light
Surrounds thy head!

ELIZABETH
I left our home with bread and wine
To succour those, who, helpless, pine,
And now they’re roses, I’m distraught!

CHORUS
A wonder God himself hath wrought!

LEWIS
A wonder! God, the Lord be praised,
And thou, whose soul’s without a stain!
Forgive me, love, forget the pain!

ELIZABETH
Trembling behold me, and upraised.

d) ELIZABETH AND LEWIS
Praise Him who us His blessing gave,
Wrought this great wonder!
He now shall lead us, he be our stave,
When we in darkness wander.

CHORUS
Thou shalt the joys
Of the Angels share,
Who art the rose’s
Emblem so fair!
Happy the homestead
Where thou dost rest,
All those around thee
Heaven hath blest.
Heaven discloses
Round thee its light
Wreath clustered roses
Open at thy sight.

3. The Crusaders
a) Chorus of Crusaders
b) Recitative of Landgrave Lewis
c) Lewis bids Elizabeth farewell
d) Chorus and March of the Crusaders

a) CHORUS OF THE CRUSADERS
To Palestine, that Holy land,
Where our Redeemer’s Cross did stand,
Oh thou, our chief, now guide us.
Ye Christians, follow us, do not nor wait:
This war your swords shall consecrate,
The heathen hath defied us,
God calls us!

b) LEWIS
My faithful vassals here assembled,
Before I leave you on the morrow,
Ye shall renew the oath of fealty,
And temper thus my farewell’s sorrow.
The heavenly call, from desecration
To free the Holy City has roused the nation
And struck with awe each Christian heart,
Tomorrow, I, alas must part,
Tho’ to leave all: wife and babes, Elizabeth!
Now swear on oath that as your mistree you will
Love and serve her: als loyal men, in woe and peril,
You shall from harm preserve her!

CHORUS
She knows but kindness: all suff’ring grieves her,
We swear allegiance, we will never leave her!
By thee we’ll stand,
In peril, weal or woe! etc.

c) LEWIS
Farewell sweet wife!

ELIZABETH
Oh tarry!
My joys too soon must perish,
Why from my side wouldst hurry
No hopes my heart may cherish!
Alas! I know full well, love,
That grief my lot shall be,
In vain the days I’ll tell, love,
Till thou return to me.
Oh! wherefore wouldst thou leave me?

LEWIS
Thyself, beloved, hast thaught me,
When earthly hopes deceive me,
When grief the world hath wrought me,
To bear’t with resignation.

ELIZABETH
From life’s sad destination
I fain would seek release,
In sorrow never sleeping,
For thee my spirit weeping,
What thoughts shall bring me peace?
Her sable pinions Hatred hath
Spread for dismal fight,
No star of hope shall lead me,
Nor comfort me at night.
I tremble shudder, fear me
Yet none is night to hear me
My heart, despearing, racked with fears,
Frenzied, breaks forth in tears!

LEWIS
Where is thy courage, is it dead?
Thy faith, love, whither is it fled?

ELIZABETH
Oh let me weep upon thy breast, love!
Gaze on thy children’s faces fair:
To know our secret they request, love
As though our anguish they would share.

CHORUS OF THE CRUSADERS
To Palestine, that Holy land,
God calls us!

LEWIS
Hearst thou that summons, love? Farewell!
Farewell! Now I must part from thee!

CHORUS
To Palestine, that Holy land,
Oh thou, our chief, now lead us!

LEWIS
Ye darling children, fare ye well!
God’s peace for ever with you dwell!

ELIZABETH
Dost go? – Oh God!

LEWIS
Remember me in prayer!
For I must go and do the work appointed.
Farewell, sweet wife!
Farewell!

ELIZABETH
He goes! Alas, he’s gone!
He’s gone from me for ever!

CHORUS
Ye Christians, follow, do not wait
In war your swords to consecrate,
The heathen hath defied us!
God calls us!

d) MARCH OF THE CRUSADERS
To Palestine, the Holy land,
Where our Redeemer’s Cross did stand.
God calls us!
To Palestine, that Holy land etc.
Oh thou, our chief, now guide us
To Palestine etc.

SECOND PART

4. Countess Sophia
a) Dialogue between Countess Sophia and the Seneschal
b) Elizabeth’s Lament
c) Elizabeth’s Banishment
d) Tempest

a) SOPHIA
Come! Have they informed thee, hast thou heard?
Among the slain they count my son!

THE SENESCHAL
Oh bitter tidings!

SOPHIA
Since my son did leave me, I’ve mourned
And wept for him as one who’s dead,
Presentiment did not, alas! Deceive me,
And now’tis certain what my heart did dread.
But now be’t done! Thoughts fostered in my breast,
Rare ripe; till they be deeds, I’ll never rest:
Mine be this land, mine be the sovereign’s power!
Away with her, who stole my crown, mine honour!

THE SENESCHAL
Is this thy order hast thou thought it o’er?

SOPHIA
Hast heard my will, thou knowst thy duty, ban her!
What? Has she wrought on thee her cunning art,
With devilish spells, be youthful heart?
Since from her doom this false one nought can save,
And since her passions vile thy heart have tarnished,
Away, away! go with her, be her slave,
Deceived one, share her lot: with her be banished!

THE SENESCHAL
Forgive me, Sovereign! What is thy behest?
I’ll do thy bidding, nor before will rest
I wait thy word!

SOPHIA
Then, do what now I bid thee:
Drive hence Elizabeth; of her I hate, now rid me!

b) ELIZABETH
Oh day of sorrow, day of anguish!
Beloved one, lost for evermore,
For whom my soul in vain must languish
And vainly Heaven my prayers implore.
Thou, whom in life my heart, my soul did cherish,
Fighting didst fall in foreign land!
Oh God! have mercy! else I must perish,
Hast thou withdrawn from me thy hand?

c) SOPHIA
Thy doom, at last, is sealed,
Thy days of pompous power have vanished.
Now I am sovereign, thou must yield:
Be thou, for ever, banished!

ELIZABETH
Wouldst send me hence, as beggarmaid,
From out this castle unattended?
Oh Hungary I'm a princess!
And of royal blood descended!
Thou mayst e’en hate me, not dishonour me;
Thus I claim, a sovereign’s honour!
And must I leave the home I love,
Where thoughts of happy days still haunt me?
Wouldst take what most my heart doth love?
Have mercy! my home here in this castle grant me!

SOPHIA
Thou knowst my will, obey, my wrath else fear!
Thou shalt away, for I am sovereign here!

ELIZABETH
This very night? Woe! my poor children, woe!
Oh grant me shelter within this house! one night!
See! angry clouds are gathering, swift their flight,
Loud thunders roll, the light’ning bright flashes.
Let me one hour watch o’er my children’s sleep:
Hark! round the house the rain in torrents lashes!

SOPHIA
Mine be this land! mine be the sovereign’s power!

ELIZABETH
Oh day of sorrow, day of anguish!
Beloved spouse, whom I have lost!

SOPHIA
Away with her, ’twas she usurp’d mine empire!
Tho’ fierce the light’ning flashes,
Thou shalt no longer stay,
Tho’ loud the thunder crashes;
The storm demands its prey!

THE SENESCHAL
Her voice so softly pleading,
My inmost soul doth sway,
My heart for her is bleeding
And yet I must obey!

ELIZABETH
As thou art mother, hear then
Nature’s voice pleading, grant her meed!
Have mercy, ah! not for myself,
For my babes I plead.

SOPHIA
No longer tarry. Hence, away!

ELIZABETH
Her heart is to the voice of pity dead!
My heart to sorrow, grief for e’er is wed!
Be thanked for all the days of gladness,
Thou happy home, which I must leave with woe!
Ye tears, relieve my heartfelt sadness.
Come darling children, we must go!

d) THE SENESCHAL
I closed the gates behind her fast,
The winds around the tower howl loud.

SOPHIA
At last I sway the sceptre.
Mine the power!

THE SENESCHAL
The tempest roars, the lightnings dart and flash
Around the roof. The castle’s bulwarks tremble
That is the wrath of Heaven!
Now, stormracked, the clouds, downsweeping,
Veil e’en night in darkness!
The clouds are rent!
The tower is struck and drown it crashed!

SOPHIA
Woe! Oh horror!

THE SENESCHAL
Lo! Around us roar flames of fire!
Oh terrorbringing night!

5. Elizabeth
a) Prayer
b) Dream and Thoughts of Home
c) Chorus of the Poor. Deeds of Charity
d) Elizabeth’s Death
e) Angel’s Chorus

a) ELIZABETH
Becalmed, the waves are flowing
On life’s perturbed sea,
The stars in azure glowing,
Drift o’er the flowering lea.
Fond memory still delighted,
Recalls those happy hours,
When, heart to heart united,
We culled life’s sweetest flowers.
If in your realms supernal
Thy spirit dwells in light,
Thy voice from stars eternal
Consoles me, in dreams at night.
But Thee, my God, I thank Thee, ere I die,
For trials sent, from sin us to deliver!
Rejoin our hearts, I feel my hour is night,
Rejoin our hearts in love no Death shall sever!
Watch o’ver my babes, and guard them day by day!
Those darling Children strangers took away,
If it be Thy will, bid me no more complain,
May they with honour bear their father’s name.

b) Fair childhood’s dream! fond memory
Sudden calls back times long since forgotten,
In golden vistas, I behold
My native land, its plains farspreading.
Oh Hungary, my native land! Thro’ azure glowing,
I feel my soul upborne on zephyrs mild,
I see my parents’ tears fast flowing
They’re weeping for their absent child.
Oh Father, be Thy blessing given
To my native land, like dew from Heaven!

c) CHORUS OF THE POOR
Behold her in a cottage dwelling,
The Saint, an Angel to the needy,
Sad hearts of heavenly comfort, telling,
At the sickbed’s watching full of pity!
The hung’ring thou didst feed with bread and wine,
Console the doubting soul with words divine.
Warm clothes thou gavest for the poorly clad,
And in thy presence all were glad.
The weary wand’rer at thy heart found rest,
And e’en the sinner’s brow thy hand carressed.
And those whom Death released from earthly toil,
Found thro’ thy goodness rest in sacred soil.

ELIZABETH
Take all and fear not for the morrow,
My cloak take, and this loaf of bread!

CHORUS
Elizabeth, thou Saint who helped the poor!
Oh who will comfort us in sorrow,
And give us food, when thou art dead?
His blessing rare, thy features bear,
Forget us not in thy sweet prayer!

d) ELIZAETH
Cool zephyrs fan the glade
And darkness deep o’er veils my yielding senses!
This is not earthly night!
A feeling of sweet bliss
Pervades my breast, I wake to newborn light.
The earthly burden yields,
I mount on wings to you bright
Fields in azure height,
Amid sweet songs of Angel’s heavenward soaring,
To realms of light!
Lo! radiance bright, breaks thro’
The clauds of night!
In heav’nly glory clad thy form I see.
Thou callst, beloved,
Soon I’ll come to thee!
Thy hand hath led me, Lord, I praise Thee,
Thou call’st and earthly sorrows end,
to Thee, who doth upraise me,
My spirit I commend!

e) CHORUS OF ANGELS
Her grief is o’er, her life of sadness,
Her body rests, she weeps no more,
Her soul upborne on wings of gladness,
With Angels bright to realms, of light doth soar.
And all the tears that once were flowing,
Are drops of mercy, heav’nly dew,
And heav’nly roses fair are bolwing,
Yea, where once but thorns of anguish grew.

6. Solemn Burial of Elizabeth
a) Orchestral Interlude. Repetition of the principal motives
b) Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen
c) Death-Chorus of the Poor and of the People
d) Procession of Crusaders
e) Church-Chours. Hungarian and German Bishops

a) Interlude

b) EMPEROR FREDERICK
I see assembled round the throne,
My vassals brave, in stately number,
Come follow me, to music’s solemn tone,
To where our Saint in Death shall slumber.
The rubber of her empire, they have fallen
By Heav’n’s high vengeance they’re for ever
banned
While she, our Saint, now near God’s throne doth
Stand pleading for us in Heaven in light eternal
There she will find her consort, him that fell
Amond the foremost fighting, grave your warrior.
Now come, I hear the solemn funeral knell:
Elizabeth! To her grave we’ll bear her!

c) CHORUS OF PEOPLE
Our way with sorrow treading,
Our hearts with anguish bleeding,
We come, the summons heeding,
The mournful tidings spreading.
Elizabeth! Elizabeth, the Sainted!
Be our protecting Saint in Heaven,
Who plead to thee with earnest steven!

d) CHORUS OF THE CRUSADERS
Thou, who in holy lands
Lost thy life thy God adoring,
Now see’st her heav’nward soaring
Released from earthly bondage.
We pray to thee, in mercy heed us,
Thy blessing shall to vict’ry lead us.

e) CHURCH-CHORUS
Decorata novo flore
Christum mente, votis, ore,
Collaudat ecclesia.

HUNGARIAN BISHOPS

Nova nobis lux illuxit,

Nova stella, quam produxit

Nobilis Hungaria!

GERMAN BISHOPS
Laeta stupet Thüringia
Fractis Naturae regulis,
Dum per Sanctae suffragia
Miranda fiunt saeculis.

THE WHOLE CHURCH-CHORUS
Tu pro nobis, mater pia,
Roga regem omnium,
Ut post hoc exilium
Nobis det vera gaudia! Amen!

THE END