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No. 6 - Duet - Doris and Sir Philip - "How hardly fate"

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Sir Philip: How hardly fate with some of us doth deal;
Life has so very little joy to share,
That he who laughs at luck is bound to steal
The smiles of others to complete his share.
Oh! think not that some crime hath laid me low,
Or evil deed I would not dare to tell.
'Twas but misfortune, and 'tis better so,
For none can blame you if you wish me well.
Give me then, I pray you, give
One gentle word, that I may live
And so in gratitude contrive
Upon your charity to thrive.
Both: What I have I freely give,
If on a word or smile you'd live;
But how can any man contrive
On such poor charity to thrive?
   
Sir Philip: A beggar at your door I fain would be,
But begging for your pity, not your gold;
A word, a sign, a look of sympathy,
Are more, far more to me than wealth untold!
Be bountiful in smiles and words of grace,
That I may set them in the scale of life
Against the world's hard knocks, and for a space
Repair my courage to renew the strife!
A beggar I fain would be
For pity, not for gold.
Doris: What I have I freely give,
If on a word or smile you'd live;
But how can any man contrive
On such poor charity to thrive?
Both: What I have I freely give,
If on a word or smile you'd live;
But how can any man contrive
On such poor charity to thrive?

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