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No. 7 - Entrée Act and Opening Ensemble

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Girls: Maids of honor to the Princess,
We are damsels most industrious;
Here all day we sew away
For our sweet Mistress so illustrious;
Oh! Sew all day and never tarry
On her robes of elegance;
For the Princess is to marry
With the ancient King of France.
Jane Seymour: Oh! Maids of honor most domestic,
Help the Princess with her trousseau;
It is right and quite polite
In damsels of the Court to do so.
Anne Boleyn: While the Princess, proud and haughty,
Hates the match, so it is said,
And displays a temper naughty
Just because she's to be wed.
Principals: But it is stitch, stitch, stitch,
And the thread and needle ply,
Yes, it's stitch, stitch, stitch,
For the hours too swiftly fly;
O! We must make the Princess lovely,
She is England's joy and pride,
So stitch away till the wedding day
Of the rare and radiant bride.
Girls: But it is stitch, stitch, stitch,
And the thread and needle ply,
Yes, it's stitch, stitch, stitch,
For the hours too swiftly fly;
O! We must make the Princess lovely,
She is England's joy and pride,
So stitch away till the wedding day
Of the radiant bride.
   
Men: Cavaliers of Henry's Court,
Noble lords and pages,
We go in for love and sport,
Do not pose as sages.
Yet we are but half the time
With the books you see,
Telling of the distant clime
Far across the sea.
Will Somers: Princess Mary has a notion
That she would fain know about,
Of the lands beyond the ocean,
Books she cannot do without;
Bring the charts and bring the maps!
Ready for inspection.
It will please her well perhaps
To find a big, a big collection.
Men: Then it is books, books, books,
'Tis a dull and endless strife,
Books, books, books, not for me a scholar's life.
I'd rather woo a pretty girl,
In some sweet shady nook
Than spend a single hour of life
On any printed book.
Ensemble: Then it is books...
Girls: But it is stitch, stitch, the needle ply,
Yes, it is stitch, stitch, the hours fly;
She is England's joy and pride,
England's joy and pride, she is our lovely bride.
Tenors: Any books, any books, any printed books
Sopranos: Stitch away, stitch away for the bride!
Yes, stitch away, yes, stitch away, away,
We stitch away, we stitch away.

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