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No. 18: SONG (Fairy Queen)
"Oh, foolish fay"

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Queen.
  Oh, foolish fay,
    Think you, because
  His brave array
  My bosom thaws,
I’d disobey
    Our fairy laws?
  Because I fly
    In realms above,
  In tendency
    To fall in love,
  Resemble I
    The amorous dove?
  Resemble I
    The amorous dove?
(Aside.)     Oh, amorous dove!
        Type of Ovidius Naso!
      This heart of mine
        Is soft as thine,
    Although I dare not say so!
Fairies.
      Oh, amorous dove!
        Type of Ovidius Naso!
Queen.
      This heart of mine
        Is soft as thine,
    Although I dare not say so!
Bertha Lewis & Leo Sheffield, 1926
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Evelyn Gardiner & Sydney Granville, 1939
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Queen.
  On fire that glows
    With heat intense
  I turn the hose
  Of common sense,
And out it goes
    At small expense!
  We must maintain
    Our fairy law;
  That is the main
    On which to draw –
  In that we gain
    A Captain Shaw!
  In that we gain
    A Captain Shaw!
(Aside.)     Oh, Captain Shaw!
        Type of true love kept under!
      Could thy Brigade
        With cold cascade
    Quench my great love, I wonder!
Fairies.
      Oh, Captain Shaw!
        Type of true love kept under!
Queen.
      Could thy Brigade
        With cold cascade
    Quench my great love, I wonder!

Exeunt Fairies and Fairy Queen, sorrowfully.


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

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