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Epilogue

This song is by Debra Byrne and Gary Morris and appears on the musical soundtrack Les Misérables - The Complete Symphonic Recording (1988).

Valjean
Alone I wait in the shadows
I count the hours till I can sleep
I dreamed a dream Cosette stood by
It made her weep to know I die.
Alone at the end of the day
Upon this wedding night I pray
Take these children, my Lord, to thy embrace
And show them grace.

God on high
Hear my prayer
Take me now
To thy care
Where You are
Let me be
Take me now
Take me there
Bring me home
Bring me home.

Fantine
M'sieur, I bless your name
M'sieur, lay down your burden
You raised my child in love
And you will be with God.

Valjean (interjecting)
I am ready, Fantine
At the end of my days
She's the best of my life.

Cosette
Papa, Papa, I do not understand!
Are you all right? They said you'd gone away.

Valjean
Cosette, my child, am I forgiven now?
Thank God, thank God, I've lived to see this day.

Marius
It's you who must forgive a thoughtless fool
It's you who must forgive a thankless man
It's thanks to you that I am living
And again I lay down my life at your feet.

Cosette, your father is a saint.
When they wounded me
He took me from the barricade
Carried like a babe
And brought me home to you!

Valjean
Now you are here
Again beside me
Now I can die in peace
For now my life is blessed

Cosette
You will live,
Papa you're going to live!
It's too soon, too soon to say goodbye

Valjean
Yes, Cosette, forbid me now to die
I'll obey, I will try
On this page
I write my last confession
Read it well, when I at last am sleeping
It's a story of those who always loved you
Your mother gave her life for you and gave you to my keeping

Fantine
On my own
Where chains will never bind you
All your grief at last, at last, behind you
God in heaven, look down on him in mercy

Valjean
Forgive me all your trespasses
And take me to your glory

Fantine and Eponine
Take my hand and lead me to salvation
Take my love, for love is everlasting
And remember, the truth that once was spoken
(Valjean joins Eponine and Fantine)
To love another person is to see the face of thrown.

Do you hear the people sing?
Lost in the valley of the night
It is the music of a people who are climbing to the light
For the wretched of the Earth
There is a flame that never dies
Even the darkest night will end and the Sun will rise

They will live again in freedom in the garden of the Lord
They will walk behind the ploughshare, they will put away the sword
The chain will be broken and all men will have their reward!

All
Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade is there a world you long to see?
Do you hear the people sing?
Say do you hear the distant drums?
It is the future that they bring when tomorrow comes!

Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade is there a world you long to see?
Do you hear the people sing?
Say do you hear the distant drums?
It is the future that they bring when tomorrow comes!

Ah!
Tomorrow comes!

Valjean and Fantine
But only on our own!

Music by:

Claude-Michel Schönberg

Lyrics by:

Alain Boublil Wikipedia16 (original lyrics), Herbert Kretzmer Wikipedia16 (English translation)

Recording of:

Valjean's Death

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