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No. 14: QUARTET (Princess, Hilarion, Cyril & Florian)
"The world is but a broken toy"


Princess.
The world is but a broken toy,
Its pleasures hollow false its joy,
Unreal its loveliest hue,
  Alas!
Its pains alone are true,
  Alas!
Its pains alone are true.

Hilarion.
The world is ev'rything you say,
The world we think has had its day.
Its merriment is slow.
  Alas!
We've tried it, and we know,
  Alas!
We've tried it and we know.
Sylvia Cecil as Princess Ida, 1919
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All.
Unreal its loveliest hue,
Its pains alone are true!
Princess.
Alas!
All.
The world is but a broken toy,
Its pleasure hollow false its joy,
Unreal its loveliest hue,
  Alas!
Its pains alone are true,
  Alas!
Its pains alone are true!

Princess. Cyril. Hilarion. Florian.
      Unreal its loveliest hue,
  Unreal its loveliest hue, Unreal its loveliest hue, Unreal its loveliest hue,
Unreal its loveliest hue, Alas! Alas! Unreal its loveliest hue, Alas! Alas! Alas!
Alas! Alas! Alas! Alas! Alas! Alas! Alas! Alas!
Its pains alone are true. Its pains alone are true. Its pains alone are true. Its pains alone are true.

Exit Princess. The three gentlemen watch her off.

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