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ACT I

No. 1: Introduction and Chorus

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SCENE: — Fairy Land, which for the purposes of the opera, is supposed to be situated on the upper side of a cloud which floats over the earth. The scene represents a land of ideal beauty, with fountains, trees, waterfalls, &c. At L., is the Fairy Queen's bower.

DARINE is discovered on an eminence R.C., up stage, which overlooks gap in the cloud.

Darine.1
    Oh, world below!
      Oh, wicked world,
    Where sin and woe
      Lie all unfurled!
    Oh, world of shame,
      Of guilt and greed,
    Where joy in name
      Is woe indeed!
  May angels' tears be shed on thee,
Thou wicked world of misery!
      Thou wicked world!

As DARINE sings, Fairies enter from different approaches and fill the stage, NEODIE, ZAYDA, CORA, LILA, and others leading them.

Sopranos. Mezzo-Sopranos & Contraltos.
  May angels' tears be shed on thee,
Thou wicked world of misery!
  May angels' tears be shed on thee,
Thou wicked world of misery,
  Thou wicked world!   be shed on thee,
Thou wicked, wicked world of misery!

Darine.    
  Oh, picture to thyself a mortal crew
Sinning throughout their lives, as demons do!
Fierce wild barbaric shapes, all foul within —
Howling with hunger for more sin — for more sin!
    Fierce wild barbaric shapes,
      All head and tail;
    Some like red raving apes,
      Some clad in scale;
    Others like dead-fleshed ghouls
      With horny eyes,
    Squatting on black toadstools
      Of monstrous size!
All of them foul!
  All of them foul without and foul within!
  All shimmering2 in the lurid light of sin!

Chorus.
    All of them foul!
  All of them foul without and foul within!
All shimmering in the lurid light of sin!
    Oh, world below!
      Oh, wicked world,
    Where sin and woe
      Lie all unfurled!
    Oh, world of shame,
      Of guilt and greed,
    Where joy in name
      Is woe indeed!
  May angels' tears be shed on thee,
Thou wicked world of misery!

Sopranos. Mezzo-Sopranos & Contraltos.
  Thou wicked world,   be shed on thee,
Thou wicked, wicked,world of misery!
  of misery, misery, misery.   of misery, misery, misery.

Zayda.3
  Selene comes; as silvery moon serene,
Radiant with loveliness, our sister-Queen!

Enter SELENE.

Chorus.
  Pure as the air, sweet as the morning dew,
    Cometh our Queen!
  Bright in all eyes as Heaven's ethereal blue,
    Cometh our Queen!
  Spirit of love! as thou hast ever been,
Be to us evermore, oh sister-Queen!
    Be to us evermore,
Be to us evermore,
Oh sister-Queen!
Mezzos & Altos:
    Unsullied source
      Of tranquil joy,
    Pursue thy course
      Of pure employ —
Sopranos.
    Unsullied source
      Of tranquil joy,
Mezzos & Altos:
    Pursue thy course
      Of pure employ —
All.
  Pure as the air, sweet as the morning dew,
    Cometh our Queen!
  Bright in all eyes as Heaven's ethereal blue,
    Cometh our Queen!
  Be thou, as thou hast ever been,
Our all-beloved sister-Queen!
    Be to us evermore,
Oh sister-Queen,
Oh sister-Queen!
  Be thou, as thou hast ever been,
Our all-beloved sister-Queen!
    Be to us ever,
Be to us evermore,
  Our all-beloved sister-Queen!
    Ah! Our sister-Queen!
Notes:
1. This solo is given to Locrine who is discovered on stage in the libretto. Darine enters with the other fairies.
2. The libretto reads "glimmering".
3. This solo is given to Neodie in the libretto.

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