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No. 16: QUINTET (Lady Psyche, Melissa, HIlarion, Cyril & Florian)
"The woman of the wisest wit"


Cyril (Leo Darnton), Lady Psyche (Elsie Coram), Hilarion (Derek Oldham), Melissa (Catherine Ferguson) & Florian (Sydney Granville), 1921
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Lady Psyche.
The woman of the wisest wit
May sometimes be mistaken, O!
In Ida's views, I must admit,
My faith is somewhat shaken O!

Cyril.
On ev'ry other point than this
Her learning is untainted, O!
But Man's a theme with which she is
Entirely unacquainted, O!
acquainted, O! acquainted, O!
Entirely unacquainted, O!

All.
Then jump for joy and gaily bound,
The truth is found, the truth is found!
Set bells a-ringing through the air
Ring here and there and ev'rywhere —
Men.
And echo forth the joyous sound,
All.
The truth is found, the truth is found!
Men,
And echo forth the joyous sound,
All.
The truth is found, the truth is found!
And echo forth the joyous sound,
The truth is found, the truth is found! (Dance.)

Melissa.
My nat'ral instinct teaches me
(And instinct is important, O!)
You're ev'rything you ought to be,
And nothing that you oughtn't, O!

Hilarion.
That fact was seen at once by you
In casual conversation, O!
Which is most creditable to
Your powers of observation, O!
-servation, O!
-servation, O!
Your powers of observation, O!

All.
Then jump for joy and gaily bound,
The truth is found, the truth is found!
Set bells a-ringing through the air
Ring here and there and ev'rywhere —
Men.
And echo forth the joyous sound,
All.
The truth is found, the truth is found!
Men,
And echo forth the joyous sound,
All.
The truth is found, the truth is found!
And echo forth the joyous sound,
The truth is found, the truth is found! (Dance.)

Exeunt Psyche, Hilarion, Cyril and Florian , Melissa going. Enter Lady Blanche .

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