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No. 8 - Act II Opening Chorus

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Chorus: To these noble halls baronial
Come society's elite,
At their wedding ceremonial
Happy bride and groom to greet.
Bridegroom is of low democracy,
Just a little peasant lad.
This affords the aristocracy
Quite a chance for gossip glad;
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! ha, ha!
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!
So in fashion of society,
Shrug of shoulder, subtle leer;
Gossip with discreet propriety,
Lift of brows and smiling sneer.
Say the groom is but a menial;
Say the bride was compromised;
Idle prattlers find congenial
What this scandal has devised;
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! ha, ha!
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!
   
Marie: But hush the scandal and the sneer,
When once the bridal pair appear.
Chorus: Yes, yes! be still. Yes, yes! be still.
Elsa: And ingenuity employ
To wish the happy couple joy.
Chorus: Of course, we will. Of course, we will.
Basses: Wish the happy couple joy;
Tenors: We wish joy;
Basses: Of course we will, of course;
Wish the happy couple joy;
Tenors: We wish joy;
Basses: Of course we will, of course;
All: Yes, wish the couple joy,
Wish the couple joy,
Wish the couple, wish the couple,
Wish the couple, wish the couple joy!
Joy to you, joy! Accept congratulations;
We wish you well with fond solicitude.
Joy to you, joy! Profound felicitations;
May you be kept from all vicissitude.
Take, lovely bride, the little gifts we bring you.
Pardon their cheapness and simplicity.
Take, lovely bride, the wishes that we sing you,
For your unlimited felicity.
To these noble halls baronial
Come society's elite,
At their wedding ceremonial
Happy bride and groom to greet.
Bridegroom is of low democracy,
Just a little peasant lad.
This affords the aristocracy
Quite a chance for gossip glad;
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! ha, ha!
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!
Girls: Ha, ha, ha, ha!
Men: Ha, ha, ha, ha!
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!
Girls: Ha, ha!
All: Ha, ha!

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