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ACT I

No. 1: Chorus of Maidens

"Twenty love-sick maidens we"

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SCENE: Exterior of Castle Bunthorne. Young maidens dressed in aesthetic draperies are grouped about the stage. They play on lutes, mandolins, etc., as they sing, and are all in the last stage of despair . Angela, Ella and Saphir lead them.

Maidens:
Rapturous Maidens (1919-20)
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Twenty love-sick maidens we,
Love-sick all against our will.
Twenty years hence, we shall be
Twenty love sick maidens still.

Twenty love-sick maidens we,
And we die for love of thee!

Twenty love-sick maidens we,
Love-sick all against our will.
Twenty years hence we shall be
Twenty love-sick maidens still!

Saphir (Marjorie Eyre) Angela (Nellie Briercliffe and Ella (Blossom Gelsthorpe) (1929)
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Angela.
Love feeds on hope, they say, or love will die -

Maidens.
Ah, miserie!

Angela.
Yet my love lives, although no hope have I!

Maidens.
Ah, miserie!

Angela.
Alas, poor heart, go hide thyself away -
To weeping concords tune thy roundelay!
Ah, miserie!

Maidens.
All our love is all for one,
Yet that love he heedeth not,
He is coy and cares for none,
Sad and sorry is our lot!
Ah, miserie!

Ella.
Go, breaking heart,
Go, dream of love requited;
Go, foolish heart,
Go, dream of lovers plighted;
Go, madcap heart,
Go, dream of never waking;
And in thy dream
Forget that thou art breaking!

Maidens.
Ah, miserie!

Ella.
Forget that thou art breaking!
Angela (Beryl Dixon) Saphir (Beti Lloyd-Jones) and Ella (Mary Sansom) (c. 1960)
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Rapturous Maidens (c. 1950)
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Maidens.

Twenty love-sick maidens we,
Love-sick all against our will.
Twenty years hence we shall be
Twenty love-sick maidens still.
Ah, miserie!


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