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No. 8 - Rondo - Katrina and Chorus - "The Village Well."

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Girls: 'Tis the hour we girls ne'er fail,
With a pitcher and a tale,
At the old draw-well,
At the old draw-well!
As the bucket slowly brings the water clear,
All the gossip we have time to hear.
And a lot they tell at the well!
[Katrina:] Heavy sometimes the oaken bucket,
And if the fellows pass this way,
From our hands they will quickly pluck it,
Hard work is very bad for girls, they say!
All: And we all of us say,
The bucket is extra heavy today!
Or otherwise we'd not allow
These young men to dally with us now!
'Tis the hour we girls ne'er fail,
With a pitcher and a tale,
At the old draw-well,
At the old draw-well!
As the bucket slowly brings the water clear,
All the gossip we have time to hear!
And a lot they tell at the well!
Katrina: E'en with men's help it is amazing
How long our pitchers take to fill!
Also when to our shoulder raising,
How apt these pitchers somehow are to spill.
All: Pitchers frequently will!
And all by themselves tip up and spill!
And then the fellows must remain
Just to fill our pitchers o'er again!
'Tis the hour we girls ne'er fail,
With a pitcher and a tale,
At the old draw-well,
At the old draw-well!
As the bucket slowly brings the water clear,
All the gossip we have time to hear!
And a lot they tell at the well! ah!

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