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No. 1 - Opening Chorus

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Old Woman: Ah!
Men: Where else but in Japan
Could one see so fair a view?
From the ancient shrine
'Mid the tufted pine
To the sea of sapphire blue.
'Tis here that Hana San
Fills the air with silver song
And the weary rest
By the song-bird's nest
For the road is steep and long!
All: Come forth from your hiding place,
Have we sought in vain your abiding place?
Come forth, O most fortunate!
Deem us not, we pray, too importunate!
Be not over-hard on us!
Sing that we may know that you pardon us!
Let us not wait in vain!
Oh, forget us not!
Weary are we of waiting!
Where else but in Japan
Could one see so fair a view?
From the ancient shrine
'Mid the tufted pine
To the sea of sapphire blue.
'Tis here that Hana San
Fills the air with silver song
And the weary rest
By the song-bird's nest
For the road is steep and long!

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