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ACT I -   The Gardens of the Duke of Alasia.

No. 1 - Opening Chorus

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Ladies: It's the birthday of Princess Marie,
Only child of the Duke of Alasia,
And her years are twenty-three,
But she still is fancy free,
Though the fairest of Europe and Asia.
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Men: It's the birthday of Princess Marie,
Only child of the Duke.
Ladies: For the birthday of Princess Marie,
With the roses of June we are laden,
But however sweet they be,
Not a rose upon the tree
Is a match for the beautiful maiden!
Roses of white, fairest of earth,
Welcome the bright day of her birth!
Roses of red, maiden-hair ferns,
Happily wed wish her returns,
Many happy returns.
Gardeners (basses): We are humble gardeners,
and cannot well rehearse in airy
Compliment a loyalty
that might be reckoned mercenary,
We have not the sentiments
that usually nerve a Tory,
So to show our homage we
have stripp'd the Duke's conservatory!
Gardeners (tenors): Here are glowing orchids,
growing royally and tropically,
Though they don't belong to us
we give them philanthropically,
Ensemble: Democratic are our views, but
though we do not want to gloss 'em,
None will grudge the fair Princess
her father's best Odontoglossum!
None will grudge the fair Princess
her father's best Odontoglossum!
Ladies: Roses of white, fairest of earth,
Welcome the bright day of her birth!
Roses of red, maiden-hair ferns,
Happily wed wish her returns.
Men: Roses of white, fairest of earth,
Welcome the bright day of her birth!
All: Hail! Hail to Marie,
Three times three! Three times three!
Hail! Hail to Marie,
Three times three! Hail to Marie!


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