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Olaf Liljekrans - Act 3 Scene 7 Post by :agreement Category :Plays Author :Henrik Ibsen Date :May 2012 Read :2352

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Olaf Liljekrans - Act 3 Scene 7


(ALFHILD appears near the tarn to the left; she carries a little bundle.)

I have wailed, I have wept, till my heart is sore; I am weary and tired, I can weep no more!

(Sinks down on a stone in the foreground.)

First to my father farewell I shall say!
Then into the mountains I make my way!
Down here I see Olaf wherever I go;
I must up in the heights to steel my mind!
I must deaden my grief, forget what I know,
And leave all the memories dear behind!

The life in my dream had so rosy a hue!
'Tis nothing but fiction, nothing is true,--
'Tis nothing but nonsense and shifting lies;
Naught can be seized and held in the hand.
Naught must be looked at with open eyes,
Nothing stands proof when we understand!

(The sound of trumpets is heard from the wood.)

My mother's heirlooms I take with me;
I shall bury them deep in the ground!
I shall bury them deep 'neath the tall birch tree,
Over yonder where Olaf I found!

(She opens her bundle and takes out a bridal
crown and other ornaments.)

This crown did my mother once wear on her head;
She too by the world then was tricked and misled,
She too then in love and its power believed.
Was she too so rudely deceived?
Was it only in jest that my father did sing
The pleasures that gladden the human breast?
Ah, then he should never have said anything;
His songs have robbed me of earthly rest;
His songs built a home for the ecstasies
Of life in my heart,--now in ruin it lies!

(The trumpets are heard again.)

Silver indeed is a metal of worth,
'Twill never crumble like autumn hay.
Were it hid for a thousand years in the earth,
It would still glitter bright, it would never decay!
The pleasures of life are like autumn hay,
And sorrow like silver that glitters alway!

(Ties the ornaments together in the bundle.)

A magic treasure I often recall,
From which dropped nine glorious pearls every night;
But no matter how many the pearls it let fall,
The treasure remained just as big and as bright!

A treasure of magic, this sorrow of mine,
And from it shall drip by night and by day,
Not nine,--but ten thousand pearls that shine,--
Yet the treasure shall never decay!--
Yes, the world has made me so wise,--so wise!
Once I followed the clouds in their flight,
Flew dreaming with them on their path in the skies,
And called them the swans of the light!
I thought that the trees spread their branches so wide,
That I might walk in the shade;
I thought there was life in the mountain side.
A sorry mistake I have made.
Now I know better;--for man alone
Can revel in joy, can suffer despair.
In tree and in flower, friend there is none,--
My sorrow alone I must bear.

(She rises.)

Away then! Up midst the ice and the snow,-- The grave is the only shelter below!

(She starts to leave.)

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Olaf Liljekrans - Act 3 Scene 8
THIRD ACT SCENE VIII(ALFHILD, LADY KIRSTEN, ARNE, WEDDING GUESTS, PEASANTS and SERVANTS from various sides. Later OLAF LILJEKRANS.)LADY KIRSTEN. There she is! Stand still, Alfhild! Do not try to escape,--else we shall shoot you.ALFHILD. What do you want of me?LADY KIRSTEN. That you shall learn soon enough.LADY KIRSTEN. (Points to her bundle.) What is this you are carrying?ALFHILD. My mother's treasures!LADY KIRSTEN. Give it here! See, see! A crown of silver! Indeed, Alfhild! If you are your mother's only daughter I am very much afraid the bridal crown will nevermore be needed in her family.LADY KIRSTEN. (To the Servants.) Bind her!

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Olaf Liljekrans - Act 3 Scene 6
THIRD ACT SCENE VI(LADY KIRSTEN, ARNE of Guldvik, WEDDING GUESTS, PEASANTS and SERVANTS from the right.)LADY KIRSTEN. See, here will we begin the hunt. Our people must spread about and search all around the tarn;--she shall come forth and then--woe upon her! no mercy or pity is there in my soul.ARNE. What will you do then?LADY KIRSTEN. Hold judgment upon her--right on the spot where she is found! All the damage she has done on my dominions I have power and authority to punish in accordance with reason and justice.ARNE. Yes, but what good is that? What is lost can not