Upon These Stones - Building the Barricade
[Enjolras is addressing the revolutionaries.]



Enjolras

Here upon these stones

We will build our barricade

In the heart of the city

We claim as our own!

Each man to his duty

And don't be afraid.

Wait! I will need a report

On the strength of the foe.



Javert [disguised as a rebel]

I can find out the truth

I know their ways

Fought their wars

Served my time

In the days

Of my youth!



Various Students

Now the people will fight

And so they might

Dogs will back

Fleas will bite.

They will do what is right



[Marius spots Eponine, who is dressed as a boy.]



Marius

Hey little boy, what's this I see?

God Eponine, the things you do!



Eponine

I know this is no place for me

Still I would rather be with you.



Marius

Get out before the trouble starts

Get out, 'Ponine, you might get shot



Eponine

I got you worried, now I have

That shows you like me quite a lot



Marius

There is a way that you can help

You are the answer to a prayer

Please take this letter to Cosette

And pray to God that she's still there!



[She walks to the Rue Plumet...]



Eponine

Little you know...

Little you care!



[...where she meets Valjean.]



I have a letter M'sieur

It's addressed to your daughter Cosette

It's from a boy at the barricade, Sir

In the Rue de Villette.



Valjean

Give me that letter here, my boy



Eponine

He said to give it to Cosette



Valjean

You have my word that my daughter will know

What this letter contains.



[He gives her a coin.]



Tell the young man she will read it tomorrow

And here's for your pains

Go careful now, stay out of sight

There's danger in the streets tonight.



[He opens the letter... and reads it.]



``Dearest Cosette, you have entered my soul

And soon you will be gone.

Can it be only a day since we met

And the world was reborn?

If I should fall in the battle to come

Let this be my goodbye

Now that I know you love me as well

It is harder to die...

I pray that god will bring me home

To be with you.

Pray for your Marius, he prays for you!''



[Valjean goes in, leaving Eponine alone.]