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No. 17 - Opening Chorus - Act III

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A Girl: Fair the cherry blossom blows,
Palest pink and deepest rose,
2 Girls: Pure as Fuji's sunlit snows
Gleam and glow!
3 Girls: Blossom-deck'd is ev'ry spray,
4 Girls: In the gentle breeze asway,
More Girls: Where the lights and shadows play
To and fro.
Fair the cherry blossom grows,
Yet it lives but one short day;
Come and see it while you may,
Ere it goes.
Cherry blossom, cherry blossom,
Live your day as fate decrees!
Bloom a-blowing,
Buds a-growing,
Petals snowing
In the breeze!
Sayonara, O Sakura!
Since tomorrow brings thy doom!
Tender-flowering,
Slender-towering,
Splendour-showering,
Cherry bloom!
Men: Hail, hail, Sakura!
We give thee pride of place,
As emblem of the fighting man,
The dauntless heart of great Japan
And her heroic race!
Hail, hail, Sakura
Who diest in thy pride!
May we upon the hard-fought field
Our lives, like thee, in glory yield,
And death be beautified!
Full Chorus: Hail, hail, Sakura!
We give thee pride of place,
As emblem of the fighting man,
The dauntless heart of great Japan
And her heroic race!
Hail, hail, Sakura
Who diest in thy pride!
May we upon the hard-fought field
Our lives, like thee, in glory yield,
And death be beautified!
Banzai, Sakura!
Banzai! Banzai! Banzai! Banzai! Banzai!

(continues through dialogue...)

No. 17a - Reprise (very quietly, beneath dialogue)

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