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ACT II

No. 11: Introduction and Chorus

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Same Scene by Moonlight.

The Fairies, all but SELENE and DARINE, are discovered discontentedly watching the entrance to SELENE's bower.

Sopranos. Mezzos & Altos.
    For many an hour
Within her bower
  With Ethais philandering,
    Our excellent Queen
No doubt has been
  In roseate dreams,
    No doubt has been
  In roseate dreams meandering.
     
 
   
    So very unfit
We must admit
  Is anything but
    respectable!
  Is anything but
    respectable!
    So very unfit
We must admit
  Is anything but respectable!
    For many an hour
Within her bower
  With Ethais philandering,
    Our excellent Queen
No doubt has been
  In roseate dreams, In roseate dreams
    No doubt has been
  In roseate dreams meandering.
    As a matter of fact
A risky act,
  So obviously detectable —
     
 
     
  Is anything but
    respectable!
  Is anything but,
    So very unfit
We must admit
  Is anything but respectable!
    For many an hour
Within her bower
  With Ethais philandering,
    Our excellent Queen
No doubt has been
 
  In roseate dreams meandering.
    For many an hour
Within her bower
  With Ethais philandering,
    Our excellent Queen
No doubt has been,
No doubt has been
  In roseate dreams meandering.

All.
  A Fairy Queen who dares conventionality despise,
To put it very mildly, is exceedingly unwise.
Here is an act to which we cannot close our eyes,
And must excite our indignation and surprise.
    Our indignation, indignation,

Sopranos. Mezzos & Altos.
  And must excite our indignation
and surprise.
  And must excite our indignation,
indignation and surprise.
    For many an hour
Within her bower
  With Ethais philandering,
    Our excellent Queen
No doubt has been
 
  In roseate dreams meandering.
    For many an hour
Within her bower
  With Ethais philandering,
    Our excellent Queen
No doubt has been,
No doubt has been
  In roseate dreams meandering.

All.
  'Tis anything but respectable!
'Tis anything but respectable!
    So very unfit
We must admit,
  Is anything but respectable!

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