“Quartet” from The Secret Garden, the original Australian Cast starring Anthony Warlow, Philip Quast and Marina Prior.
The song is just so poignantly beautiful.
The following is from the complete book.
SCENE TWO ARCHIBALD’S DRESSING ROOM
DR. CRAVEN comes into ARCHIBALD’S dressing room. ARCHIBALD enters and starts to pack.
DR. CRAVEN Archie, you must tell me what we are to do with Mary. She goes where she wants to go, and does what she wants to do. I cannot hope to succeed with Colin’s treatment if she is allowed to sneak into his room and disturb him. You must send her away before she undoes everything we have tried to do.
ARCHIBALD I can’t send her away, Neville. She has no one on the earth but me. Can’t you keep her outside? She likes the gardens, I believe.
DR. CRAVEN What are you doing, Archie?
ARCHIBALD I’m leaving, Neville. You have things well in hand here.
DR. CRAVEN Well in hand? Haven’t you heard anything I’ve just said?
ARCHIBALD And last night, [MUSIC CUE #20: QUARTET] I dreamed I walked through the maze to Lily’s garden, and saw Lily and Mary standing there. Mary, standing right there in Lily’s garden. I turned away? I couldn’t watch … I was afraid.
DR. CRAVEN WHY WON’T HE SAY WHAT HE WANTS, WHY MUST HE SPEAK IN DREAMS? WHY CAN’T HE SEE WHAT HE WANTS? TO DISAPPEAR, IT SEEMS.
HE SHOULD SEND THIS HAUNTED GIRL FAR AWAY, LEAVE THE HOUSE AND LANDS TO ME ….
(ARCHIBALD continues his dream, IN SONG.)
ARCHIBALD I WATCHED THEM WALK AROUND THE GARDEN SHE STOOD TALL, GROWN STRONG AND BOLD THEN THEY TURNED, AND ASKED MY PARDON I COULDN’T SPEAK, MY HEART GROWN COLD.
DR. CRAVEN WHY CAN’T HE SEE WHAT HE WANTS? HE WANTS THE PAST UNDONE. WHY CAN’T HE KNOW WHAT HE WANTS? HIS LOSING BATTLES WON. TO HAVE NEVER LOVED HER, NEVER KNOWN, HOW COMPLETE A LOSS CAN BE.
IF SHE COULD DISAPPEAR HE’D START AGAIN, AND LIVE LIKE OTHER MEN. HE COULD BE HAPPY THEN.
IF SHE WOULD DISAPPEAR HE COULD BE FREE, CUT OFF FROM PAIN AND LOSS, A BIT LIKE ME.
(LILY and ROSE appear.)
ROSE You can’t marry this Archibald. He’s a gloomy miserable cripple who hides himself away in that horrible house. You’ve said it yourself, he can’t believe you love him. And neither can I!
LILY No one is asking for your approval, Rose.
ROSE If you don’t care what happens to you, think about your children. Do you want your children to be crippled as well?
LILY I will marry him.
DR. CRAVEN ROSE. I CAN ARRANGE WHAT HE WANTS. DON’T DO THIS. HE’S LEFT IT ALL TO ME. DON’T WED HIM. NOW HE CAN HAVE WHAT HE WANTS. DON’T BED HIM. UNFETTERED HE WILL BE. DON’T DO THIS. SET HIM FREE SET HIM FREE?
TO WANDER THROUGH THE THROUGH THE WORLD WORLD LET HIM GO HIS LET HIM GO HIS LONELY WAY. LONELY WAY.
ARCHIBALD LILY AND THEN I LONGED TO JOIN THEM, KNOW THE PEACE THEY FEEL, NOW THAT I LOVE HIM THEIR JOURNEY DONE THEN I WOKE, ONCE I WILL LIVE FOR HIM MORE WITHOUT HER, KNEW I MUST LIVE JUST TO LOVE HIM. WANDER ON AND?
ROSE ON I GO. I WON’T FORGIVE YOU, WON’T SEE YOU LIVE THERE. LIFE TO FIND LILY, I SWEAR, I’LL NEVER SEE YOU.
DR. CRAVEN ROSE ARCHIBALD LILY JUST TO DO WHAT YOU DISAPPEAR WILL IS TO BE FREE, THEN, I’LL CUT OFF CUT OFF CUT OFF FROM NEVER LEAVE FROM PAIN FROM PAIN HIM PAIN CUT OFF FROM PAIN I’LL HELP HIM CUT OFF CUT OFF FROM CUT OFF FROM PAIN FROM PAIN PAIN DISAPPEAR NOW YOU DISAPPEAR HOW CAN I MUST LEAVE AND START LEAVE HIM HIM? AGAIN,
AND LIVE LIKE YES, YOU I’LL NEVER MUST LEAVE HIM LEAVE HIM. OTHER MEN, YOU MUST LEAVE LOSS NOR E'ER BELIEVE DECEIVE ME. HIM
HE COULD BE HAPPY THEN LILY BEHIND ME ROSE, I PROMISE. PROMISED. JUST TO NOW YOU LIVE UNSEEN, NEVER TO DISAPPEAR MUST LEAVE HIM LEAVE HIM IS TO BE FREE. YOU MUST NO, I WON’T BELIEVE DISAPPEAR LEAVE HIM ME. DISAPPEAR I AM DISAPPEAR I AM THINKING THINKING
ROSE/LILY. OF THE CHILDREN I AM THINKING OF THE CHILDREN I AM THINKING OF THE CHILDREN
(LILY and ROSE exit.)
ARCHIBALD I shan’t be gone long. Perhaps just till the autumn.
DR. CRAVEN And Mary?
ARCHIBALD I’ll write her a note from Paris.
DR. CRAVEN You wouldn’t be sending Mary away, Archie. Only giving her the education she deserves. I feel quite certain that Albert and Rose wouldn’t want the girl to grow up just wandering around.
ARCHIBALD Yes, I see. Well, then … perhaps you should look into a few schools. Someplace she could learn to sing would be pleasant. I’ll leave it all in your hands, Neville. Now, I’ll go look in on Colin and…
DR. CRAVEN Just see you don’t wake him.
ARCHIBALD In ten years have I ever awakened the boy?
DR. CRAVEN I’ll gather the staff so you can say good-bye.
ARCHIBALD Oh, for God’s sake, Neville. Just let me slip away. (Then realizing he has been too sharp.) I’m sorry. [MUSIC CUE #20A: THERE’S A MAN Transition] Tell them … (And then he can’t handle it.) Tell them whatever you always tell them.