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No. 15 - Act III Opening Scene

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Vizier: Prepare to receive
with a crook of your knees,
And a bow of forty-five degrees
A new made dignitary!
Tho' honor'd she be, she's not envied by me,
For her post is very far from fine.
From dangers mortuary,
Fanny: Officially appointed I
As story teller to the court;
To charm Aladdin I must try
With stories of the proper sort,
And my demise will soon ensue,
Should he be bor'd by one of these;
So I have come to learn from you
What stories will Aladdin please.
Girls: Let us a sample hear of your invention
Vizier: And now to their advice give close attention.
   
Fanny: "By my Grandma I've been told,"
Girls: No no no no no no no,
Stop where you are!
Fanny: "In the golden days of old!"
Girls: No no no no no no no,
That line we bar!
Fanny: "Once there liv'd a good young King,"
Girls: That will not do!
Fanny: You're not pleas'd with anything!
Girls: Try something new.
Fanny: Then listen while I sing of Love and Celestine!
"Where is Love," said Celestine.
Girls: A shepherdess was she.
Fanny: "Who is Love," said Celestine.
Girls: "Where may his dwelling be?"
Fanny: And then she heard with sad surprise
That Love is a lad in simple guise,
Fair and young with sightless eyes.
Girls: Dear eyes that never see.
Fanny: Soft and deep the maiden's sighs,
Girls: A tender heart had she.
Fanny: So sweet Celestine went forth to find
Young Cupid who sages said was blind.
"Ah!" Sighing, "Where is he?"
"Ah!" Sighing, "Where is he?"
That for the poor lad she ever might care,
Her cottage with him to share.
"Ah!" Sighing, "Where is he?"
"Ah!" Sighing, "Where is he?"
That for the poor lad she ever might care,
Her cottage with him to share.
Girls: Ah, sweet Love, lonely and blind,
She went to find.
Fanny: Far eastward and westward she went,
Love-tokens she eagerly sent.
Girls: Did Cupid ever reply,
By word or glances of eye.
Fanny: Not he, tho' she sought day by day.
Girls: Dan Cupid was ever away
Fanny: Ah!
All: Ever away, ever away,
Cupid was ever away.
Girls: For a year sought Celestine.
Fanny: But all in vain she sought...
Girls: Far and near sought Celestine.
Fanny: The seeking brought her naught,
When to her home she turn'd once more
A-weary of heart was she,
There stood Love beside her door,
There stood Love beside the door,
This is the moral of this little tale,
Girls: This little tale.
Fanny: ...little tale, this little tale,
Those who seek for Love must fail
All: Who seek for Love must fail,
Who seek for Love must fail,
For him in vain you'll search
the wide world through,
'Tis Love who must come to you.

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