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No. 13: SONG (Marco)
"Take a pair of sparkling eyes"
Midi Symbol


Marco.

Take a pair of sparkling eyes,
Hidden, ever and anon,
In a merciful eclipse —
Do not heed their mild surprise —
Having passed the Rubicon,
Take a pair of rosy lips;
Take a figure trimly planned —
Such as admiration whets —
(Be particular in this);
Take a tender little hand,
Fringed with dainty fingerettes,
Press it, press it — in parenthesis; —
Ah! Take all these, you lucky man —
Take and keep them, if you can,
If you can!
Take all these, you lucky man--
Take and keep them, if you can,
If you can!

John Dudley as Marco, 1939
Marco

Giuseppe (Alan Styler) & Marco (Thomas Round) 1961
Marco & Giuseppe
Take a pretty little cot —
Quite a miniature affair —
Hung about with trellised vine,
Furnish it upon the spot
With the treasures rich and rare
I've endeavour'd to define.
Live to love and love to live —
You will ripen at your ease,
Growing on the sunny side —
Fate has nothing more to give.
You're a dainty man to please
If you're not satisfied, not satisfied.
Ah! Take my counsel, happy man;
Act upon it, if you can
If you can!
Take my counsel, happy man;
Act upon it, if you can,
If you can!
Take my counsel, happy man;
Act upon it, if you can,
If you can,
Act upon it, if you can,
Happy man, if you can!

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