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No. 11 - Duet - Marie and Alexis - "The Lady of the Castle in the Air."

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Alexis: When I build my splendid castle in the air,
Gallant knight and trusty vassal must be there —
Marie: Are there ladies there as well,
Noble dame or damozel,
In embroider'd gowns of samite or of vair?
Alexis: There are ladies there attendant on the Queen,
Who is quite the most resplendant ever seen —
Marie: Is she blonde or else brunette?
Alexis: Well, I haven't settled yet,
But your face is just about the shade I mean!
Marie: Is it really just the colour that you mean?
Both: She's the lady of your/my castle in the air,
So you/I know that she is good and fair!
When you/I meet her
you/I will tenderly entreat her
Not to let your/my heart despair!
Oh, the lady of your/my castle in the air,
You/I are/am sure that you/I will find her...
Alexis: reigning there!
Both: And perhaps my/your looking-glass 'll
show the face and eyes and hair
Of the queen who owns your/my castle in the air.
   
Alexis: I may meet the lovely lady of my dream
In a garden green and shady, by a stream —
Marie: Do you think she will appear
Quite so lovely when you're near,
For the ladies are not always what they seem?
Alexis: At her little feet in yearning
I will fall
And I'll offer her my burning heart and all —
Marie: If your heart she doesn't take?
Alexis: Then another house I'll make
With another lady waiting on the wall!
Marie: Do you think she'll care to wait upon the wall?
Both: If the lady of your/my castle in the air
Should inform you/me that she does not care,
You/I will/shall let her
wait and try to find a better,
If there is one anywhere!
Then the lady of your/my castle in the air
Alexis: Will discover that good men are rather rare,
And another pretty lass 'll
have a kinder heart to spare than
Both: the one who owns your/my castle in the air.


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