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The Rescue of the Princess Winsome_ A Fairy Play for Old and Young

The Rescue of the Princess Winsome_ A Fairy Play for Old and Young
Title: The Rescue of the Princess Winsome_ A Fairy Play for Old and Young
Release Date: 2006-04-08
Type book: Text
Copyright Status: Public domain in the USA.
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[Transcriber's Note: The songs in this book were set with the lyricsinterlinear with the sheet music. These have been put into lyric formin the text for legibility. A table of contents has been added forconvenience.]




The RESCUE
of the
PRINCESS
WINSOME



Frontispiece


The RESCUE
OF THE
PRINCESS
WINSOME

A FAIRY PLAY FOR OLD AND YOUNG


BY
ANNIE FELLOWS JOHNSTON

Author of "The Little Colonel Series,"
"Big Brother," "Joel: A Boy of Galilee,"
"In the Desert of Waiting," etc.

MUSIC BY
ALBION FELLOWS BACON

Colophon

BOSTON
L. C. PAGE & COMPANY
1908



1902
By L. C. Page & Company
(INCORPORATED)


1908
By L. C. Page & Company
(INCORPORATED)


First Impression, August, 1908

COLONIAL PRESS

Electrotyped and Printed by C. H. Simonds & Co.
Boston, U.S.A.

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Contents

ACT I.

ACT II.

ACT III.

Songs

Spinning Wheel Song

The Dove Song

Spin, Wheel, Reel Out Thy Golden Thread

Fairy Chorus




PUBLISHERS' NOTE

The Princess Winsome, the part taken by the "Little Colonel" in the playcalled "The Rescue of Princess Winsome" in "The Little Colonel's Hero,"has shared the popularity of the creator of the rle.

Appealing to children because of its association with their favoriteheroine, and to their parents because of its high moral tone and thebeauty of its lines, the play has found great favor among children'sclubs for their private theatricals, in many cases rivalling the successof the "Little Colonel" and her friends in obtaining funds forcharitable purposes.

In response to repeated requests, the publishers are glad to present theplay in separate form, making it more easily accessible to young amateuractors and actresses.

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"THE RESCUE OF THE PRINCESS WINSOME"

CHARACTERS ORIGINAL CAST
King Rob Moore.
Queen Allison Walton.
Prince Hero Keith MacIntyre.
Princess Winsome Lloyd Sherman.
Knight Malcolm MacIntyre.
Ogre Joe Clark.
Witch Kitty Walton.
Godmother Elizabeth Loyd Lewis.
Frog-eye Fearsome Ranald Walton.
Titania Elise Walton.
Bewitched Prince. Hero, the Red Cross Dog
Chorus of Fairies.
Flower Messengers

Morning-glory.
Pansy.
Rose.
Forget-me-not.
Poppy.
Daisy.

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"THE RESCUE OF THE PRINCESS WINSOME"

ACT I.

Scene I. In the Witch's Orchard. Frog-eye Fearsome drags thecaptive Prince and Princess to the Ogre's tower. At Ogre's command Witchbrews spell to change Prince Hero into a dog.

Scene II. In front of Witch's Orchard. King and Queen bewailtheir loss. The Godmother of Princess promises aid. The Knight starts inquest of the South Wind's silver flute with which to summon the Fairiesto his help.

ACT II.

Scene I. In the Tower Room. Princess Winsome andHero. Godmother brings spinning-wheel on which[pg 4] Princess is to spin Love's golden thread that shall rescue her brother.Dove comes with letter from Knight. Flower messengers in turn report hisprogress. Counting the Daisy's petals the Princess learns that her trueKnight has found the flute.

ACT III.

Scene I. In Witch's Orchard. Knight returns from quest. Blowsthe flute and summons Titania and her train. They bind the Ogre andWitch in the golden thread the Princess spun. Knight demands the spellthat binds the Prince and plucks the seven golden plums from the silverapple-tree. Prince becomes a prince again, and King gives the Knight thehand of the Princess and half of his Kingdom. Chorus of Fairies.

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"THE RESCUE OF THE PRINCESS WINSOME"

ACT I.

Scene I. Witch bends over fire in middle of orchard, brewinga charm in her caldron. Ogre stalks in, grinning frightfully, swinginghis bludgeon in triumph.

Ogre

Ha, old witch, it is done at last!

I have broken the King's stronghold!

I have stolen away his children twain

From the clutch of their guardsmen bold.

I have dragged them here to my castle tower.

Prince Hero is strong and fair.

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But he and his sister shall rue my power,

When once up yon winding stair.

Witch

Now why didst thou plot such a wicked thing?

The children no harm have done.

Ogre

But I have a grudge 'gainst their father, the King,

A grudge that is old as the sun.

And hark ye, old hag, I must have thy aid

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Before the new moon be risen.

Now brew me a charm in thy caldron black,

That shall keep them fast in their prison!

Witch

I'll brew thee no charm, thou Ogre dread!

Knowest thou not full well

The Princess thou hast stolen away

Is guarded by Fairy spell?

Her godmother over her cradle bent.

"O Princess Winsome," she said,

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"I give thee this gift: thou shalt deftly spin,

As thou wishest, Love's golden thread."

So I dare not brew thee a spell 'gainst her.

My caldron would grow acold

And never again would bubble up,

If touched by her thread of gold.

Ogre

Then give me a charm to bind the prince.

Thou canst do that much at least.

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I'll give thee more gold than hands can hold,

If thou'lt change him into some beast.

Witch

I have need of gold—so on the fire

I'll pile my fagots higher and higher,

And in the bubbling water stir

This hank of hair, this patch of fur

This feather and this flapping fin,

This claw, this bone, this dried snake skin!

Bubble and boil

And snake skin coil,

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This charm shall all plans

But the Ogre's foil.

[As Witch stirs and sings, the Ogre, stalking to the side, calls.

Ogre

Ho, Frog-eye Fearsome, let the sport begin!

Hence to the tower! Drag the captives in!

[Frog-eye Fearsome drags Prince Hero and Princess Winsome across thestage, and into the door leading up the tower stair. They are bound byropes. Prince tries to reach his sword. Princess shrieks.

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Princess

Oh, save us, good, wise witch,

In pity, save us, pray.

The King, our royal father,

Thy goodness will repay.

[Pulls back, wringing hand.

Oh, I cannot, cannot mount the tower!

Oh, save us from the bloody Ogre's power!

[They are dragged into the tower, door bangs and Ogre locks it withkey a yard long. Goes back to Witch, who hands him vial filled fromcaldron with black mixture.

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Witch

Pour drop by drop upon Prince Hero's tongue.

First he will bark. His hands and feet

Will turn to paws, and he will seem a dog.

Seven drops will make the change complete.

The poison has no antidote save one,

And he a prince again can never be,

Unless seven silver plums he eats,

Plucked from my golden apple-tree.

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Ogre

Revenge is sweet,

And soon 'twill be complete!

Then to my den I'll haste for gold to delve.

I'll bring it at the black, bleak hour of twelve!

Witch

And I upon my broomstick now must fly

To woodland tryst. Come, Hornd Owl

And Venomed Toad! Now play the spy!

Let no one through my orchard prowl.

[Exit Witch and Ogre to dirge music.

[pg 14]



Scene II. Enter King and Queen weeping. They pace up anddown, wringing hands, and showing great signs of grief. Godmother entersfrom opposite side. King speaks.

King

Good dame, Godmother of our daughter dear,

Perhaps thou'st heard our tale of woe.

Our children twain are stolen away

By Ogre Grim, mine ancient foe.

All up and down the land we've sought

For help to break into his tower.

And now, our searching all for nought,

We've come to beg the Witch's power.

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[Godmother springs forward, finger to lip, and anxiously waves themaway from orchard.

Godmother

Nay! Nay! Your Majesty, go not

Within that orchard, now I pray!

The Witch and Ogre are in league.

They've wrought you fearful harm this day.

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