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ACT II

No. 10: Chorus of Maidens

"On such eyes as maidens cherish "

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Ella Halman as Lady Jane
(c. 1950)
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SCENE. — A glade. Jane is discovered leaning on a violoncello, upon which she presently accompanies herself. Chorus of Maidens are heard singing in the distance.

Maidens. (off stage)

On such eyes as maidens cherish
Let thy fond adorers gaze,
Or incontinently perish
In their all consuming rays!
Or incontinently perish
In their all consuming rays!

Jane. The fickle crew have deserted Reginald and sworn allegiance to his rival, and all, forsooth, because he has glanced with passing favour on a puling milkmaid! Fools! Of that fancy he will soon weary — and then, I, who alone am faithful to him, shall reap my reward. But do not dally too long, Reginald, for my charms are ripe, Reginald, and already they are decaying. Better secure me ere I have gone too far!

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