The Gondoliers

   

You are here: Archive Home > The Gondoliers > Web Opera > Act I

Nos. 7 & 8: RECIT. (Casilda & Don Alhambra) & QUINTET
"But, bless my heart...
Try we life-long"
Midi Symbol


Casilda.
But, bless my heart, consider my position!
I am the wife of one, that's very clear;
But who can tell, except by intuition,
Which is the Prince, and which the Gondolier?
 
Don Alhambra.
Submit to Fate without unseemly wrangle:
Such complications frequently occur —
Life is one closely complicated tangle:
Death is the only true unraveller!

1953 Production
Click on picture to enlarge
Casilda, Duchess, Luiz, Duke & Don Alhambra.
Try we life-long, we can never
Straighten out life's tangled skein,
Why should we, in vain endeavour,
Guess and guess and guess again?
Luiz.
Life's a pudding full of plums,
Duchess.
Care's a canker that benumbs.
All.
Life's a pudding full of plums,
Care's a canker that benumbs.

All.
Wherefore waste our elocution
On impossible solution?
Life's a pleasant institution,
Let us take it as it comes,
Let us take it as it comes!

Casilda. Duchess. Luiz, Duke & Don Alhambra.
Set aside the dull enigma,
We shall guess it all too soon;
Set aside the dull enigma,
We shall guess it all too soon;
Set aside the dull enigma,
We shall guess it all too soon;
Failure brings no kind of stigma — Failure brings, Failure brings no kind of   
Dance we to another tune!
Failure brings no 
    stigma
    kind of stigma Dance we to an-  
Dance we to another tune! Dance we to another tune!   other tune!
String the lyre and fill the cup, String the lyre and    String the lyre and fill the cup,
Lest on sorrow we should sup,   fill the cup, fill the cup, Lest on sorrow we should sup,

All.
String the lyre, fill the cup,
Lest on sorrow we should sup.
Hop and skip to Fancy's fiddle,
Hands across and down the middle —
Life's perhaps the only riddle
That we shrink from giving up!
Life's perhaps the only riddle
That we shrink from giving up!
Then take it as it comes,
Take it as it comes.
String the lyre, fill the cup,
Lest on sorrow we should sup.
Take life as it comes!

Exeunt all into Ducal Palace except Luiz, who goes off in gondola.

Archive Home  | The Gondoliers

Page Created 14 October, 2005

   
Previous Page Opera Home Top of Page Next Song Next Page Previous Song