SCENE: Whitsun-eve near Canterbury, the last of May. Moonrise. Interior of a spacious farmhouse. Casements at back open to the twilight. --A stair to left of centre leading to a gallery above, from which opens a door to an upper chamber. There is a remnant of fire in the open chimney-place left, with a settle against the landing of the stairway, making an ingle nook. Right, a dresser with a few pieces of Tudor silver and a pitcher of water. Rushes on the floor. -- Flowering boughs hung about. Door at back, centre.
Discovered at rise, ALISON and GABRIEL side by side at the open casement; GABRIEL with his viol. They sing softly together: he humming and occasionally chiming in with a deep note. At intervals there is sound of a cathedral bell from Canterbury.