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No. 29 - Finale Act III - Chorus - "She will, she won't."

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Ladies: She will,
She won't,
I think she will,
She won't!
I think she must and will consent
To pardon them.
I don't!
Ah! see, 'Tis she.
It is Her Grace the Queen!
Ah! well a-day!
She turns away,
No pity in her mien.
See now they kneel before Her Grace,
See now they kneel before Her Grace,
That justice may
For once give place on such a day.
She does not answer for a space,
They've said their say.
The frown is still upon her face,
She can't say nay!
She frowns!
She smiles!
She can't...
Say nay!
There's hesitation on her face,
She can't say nay!
Ah! smiles
Ah! smiles at last!
And now they come full fast,
She sets them free!
The danger is all past;
Now who hath seen
So good a Queen?
Perhaps Lady Anne will tell us what Her Grace did say!
Lady Anne: Listen! Listen! and I'll tell you!
There are ships on the rolling ocean,
And whenever the winds may blow,
Their crews with a blind devotion
Are hoping to meet with a foe,
But their hearts beat stout and steady
As they spy him across the sea!
And the men at the guns stand ready,
They wait for a word from me!
But the right most dear to me
Is the pow'r to set men free,
No pow'r, no might
Can compare with that right,
Saith Her Majesty to me, saith she!
Chorus: Long live our Gracious Lady,
Her Majesty the Queen!
   
Lady Anne: In the gray of the early morning,
As he strides to and fro at his post,
The sentinel halts to give warning
He has sighted the enemy's host.
His comrades are rous'd from their slumbers,
They stand to their arms with glee,
And are ready, no matter the numbers,
For their orders have come from me.
But the right most dear to me
Is the pow'r to set men free,
No pow'r, no might
Can compare with that right,
Saith Her Majesty to me, saith she!
Chorus: Long live our Gracious Lady,
Her Majesty the Queen!
Doris: Now blessings on the gentle hand
That can such grace bestow,
With clemency that doth command
The hearts of high and low,
And blessings on the sunny smile
That sends a hopeful ray
To bid misfortune bide awhile
And charms all care away.
The might of kings is better seen
When gentle deeds appear,
For she indeed is twice a queen
Who rules by love and fear, by love and fear.
And she shall rule this English land right royally,
A people free, on land and sea,
Shall serve Her grace right royally,
And now you see
That there is no denying
That time will show
What time can do for those who learn to wait!
Men: She's greater than the mighty, than
All: The mighty Jupiter!
Men: To all the gods that Athens knew,
All: Our Queen I do prefer!
Your voices raise
In songs of praise,
And let the city ring
With a welcome to Her Grace,
And a blessing on her face,
As lustily we sing!
Let Englishmen rejoice,
And sing with heart and voice,
Long live our gracious Lady Queen,
The sov'reign of our choice!
Let Englishmen rejoice,
And sing with heart and voice,
Long live our gracious Lady Queen,
The sov'reign of our choice!

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