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ACT I

No. 1: OPENING CHORUS
"Tripping hither, tripping thither"

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SCENE: An Arcadian Landscape. A river runs round the back of the stage. A rustic bridge crosses the river. Enter Fairies, led by Leila, Celia, and Fleta. They trip around the stage, singing as they dance.

1926 D'Oyly Carte Production
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Fairies.
Tripping hither, tripping thither,
Nobody knows why or whither;
We must dance and we must sing
Round about our fairy ring!
Tripping hither, tripping thither,
Nobody knows why or whither;
We must dance and we must sing
Round about our fairy ring!
Tripping hither, tripping thither,
Nobody knows why or whither;
We must dance and we must sing
Round about our fairy ring!

Celia.
We are dainty little fairies,
Ever singing, ever dancing;
We indulge in our vagaries
In a fashion most entrancing.
If you ask the special function
Of our never-ceasing motion,
We reply, without compunction,
That we haven't any notion!
Fairies.
No, we haven't any notion! any notion!
Tripping hither, tripping thither,
Nobody knows why or whither;
We must dance and we must sing
Round about our fairy ring!
Celia, Leila & Fleta, 1939
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1977 D'Oyly Carte Production
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Leila.
If you ask us how we live,
Lovers all essentials give—
We can ride on lovers' sighs,
Warm ourselves in lovers' eyes,
Bathe ourselves in lovers' tears,
Clothe ourselves with lovers' fears,
Arm ourselves with lovers' darts,
Hide ourselves in lovers' hearts.
When you know us, you'll discover
That we almost live on lover!

Fairies.
Yes, we live on lover!
Tripping hither, tripping thither,
Nobody knows why or whither;
We must dance and we must sing
Round about our fairy ring.
We are dainty little fairies,
Ever singing, ever dancing;
We indulge in our vagaries
In a fashion most entrancing,
Most entrancing, most entrancing.
Tripping hither, tripping thither,
Nobody knows why or whither;

At the end of chorus, all sigh wearily.


This MIDI song file was originally sequenced by Lea Frost and Colin Johnson.

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