Fantine's Arrest / Come to Me / Fantine's Death/ Lyrics

[Fantine is lying in a hospital bed, deliriously dreaming of her daughter Cosette]

[FANTINE]

Cosette, it's turned so cold

Cosette, it's past your bedtime

You've played the day away

And soon it will be night.

Come to me, Cosette, the light is fading

Don't you see the evening star appearing?

Come to me, and rest against my shoulder

How fast the minutes fly away and every minute colder.

Hurry near, another day is dying

Don't you hear, the winter wind is crying?

There's a darkness which comes without a warning

But I will sing you lullabies and wake you in the morning.

[Valjean enters]

[VALJEAN]

Oh, Fantine, our time is running out

But Fantine, I swear this on my life

[FANTINE]

Look, M'sieur, where all the children play

[VALJEAN]

Be at peace, be at peace evermore.

[FANTINE]

My Cosette...

[VALJEAN]

Shall live in my protection

[FANTINE]

Take her now

[VALJEAN]

Your child will want for nothing

[FANTINE]

Good M'sieur, you come from God in Heaven.

[VALJEAN]

And none shall ever harm Cosette

As long as I am living.

[FANTINE]

Take my hand. The night grows ever colder.

[VALJEAN]

Then I will keep you warm.

[FANTINE]

Take my child. I give her to your keeping.

[VALJEAN]

Take shelter from the storm

[FANTINE]

For God's sake, please stay till I am sleeping

And tell Cosette I love her

And I'll see her when I wake...

[She dies with a smile. Javert arrives]

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[BAMATABOIS]

Here's something new. I think I'll give it a try.

Come closer you! I like to see what I buy...

The usual price, for just a slice of your pie

[FANTINE]

I don't want you. No, no, m'sieur, let me go.

[BAMATABOIS]

Is this a trick? I won't pay more!

[FANTINE]

No, not at all.

[BAMATABOIS]

You've got some nerve, you little whore

You've got some gall.

It's the same with a tart as it is with a grocer

The customer sees what he gets in advance

It's not for the whore to say `yes sir' or `no sir'

It's not for the harlot to pick and to choose

Or lead me to a dance!

[He hits her with his stick, she claws at his face, drawing blood]

[FANTINE]

I'll kill you, you bastard,

try any of that!

Even a whore who has gone to the bad

Won't be had by a rat!

[BAMATABOIS]

By Christ you'll pay for what you've done

This rat will make you bleed, you'll see!

I guarantee, I'll make you suffer

For this disturbance of the peace

For this insult to life and property!

[FANTINE]

I beg you, don't report me sir

I'll do whatever you may want

[BAMATABOIS]

Make your excuse to the police!

[Javert enters, accompanied by constables]

[JAVERT]

Tell me quickly what's the story

Who saw what and why and where

Let him give a full description

Let him answer to Javert!

In this nest of whores and vipers

Let one speak who saw it all

Who laid hands on this good man here?

What's the substance of this brawl?

[BAMATABOIS]

Javert, would you believe it

I was crossing from the park

When this prostitute attacked me

You can see she left her mark

[JAVERT]

She will answer for her actions

When you make a full report

You may rest assured, M'sieur,

That she will answer to the court.

[FANTINE]

There's a child who sorely needs me

Please M'sieur, she's but that high

Holy God, is there no mercy?

If I go to jail she'll die!

[JAVERT]

I have heard such protestations

Every day for twenty years

Let's have no more explanations

Save your breath and save your tears

`Honest work, just reward,

That's the way to please the Lord.'

[Fantine gives a last despairing cry as she is arrested by the constables. Valjean emerges from the crowd]

[VALJEAN]

A moment of your time, Javert

I do believe this woman's tale

[JAVERT]

[VALJEAN]

You've done your duty, let her be

She needs a doctor, not a jail.

[JAVERT]

But M'sieur Mayor!

[FANTINE]

Can this be?

[VALJEAN]

Where will she end -

This child without a friend?

I've seen your face before

Show me some way to help you

How have you come to grief

In a place such as this?

[FANTINE]

M'sieur, don't mock me now, I pray

It's hard enough I've lost my pride

You let your foreman send me away

Yes, you were there, and turned aside

I never did no wrong

[VALJEAN]

Is it true, what I have done?

[FANTINE]

My daughter's close to dying...

[VALJEAN]

To an innocent soul?

[FANTINE]

If there's a God above

[VALJEAN]

Had I only known then...

[FANTINE]

He'd let me die instead

[VALJEAN]

In His name my task has just begun

I will see it done!

[JAVERT]

But M'sieur Mayor!

[VALJEAN]

I will see it done!

[JAVERT]

But M'sieur Mayor!

[VALJEAN]

I will see it done!

[VOICES]

Look out! It's a runaway cart!

Fantine's Arrest / Come to Me / Fantine's Death/ Lyrics From The Musical Les Miserables


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