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The Rose of Persia


No. 10: Ensemble with Dancers and Chorus

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Enter Hassan.

Rose-in-Bloom, Scent-of-Lilies, and Heart's Desire.
    Musical maidens are we
(We are three)
  And we deal in melodic frivolity!
    We sing and we dance,
And we crave for a chance
  To afford you a taste of our quality!
    Though damsels of lowly degree,
(As you see)
  We'll provide you with innocent pleasure —
      We're pretty maids,
Witty maids,
Step-dance and ditty maids,
  That is our accurate measure!
    Tho' damsels of lowly degree,
(As you see)
  We'll provide you with innocent pleasure!
      We're pretty maids,
Witty maids,
Step-dance and ditty maids,
  That is our accurate measure!

Rose.
  To sing my own praises I'm loth,
      But in both
  Song and dance I've experience ample;
      I'll play for you —
Stay for you —
Hours on top "A" for you —
  Listen to this, listen to this for an example!

Rose. Scent and Desire.
      O, listen to this, listen,
  Ah!   O, listen to this, listen!
  Ah! Ah! Ah!   O, listen! listen! listen!

Chorus.
    Musical maidens are they
(So they say)
  And provide us with innocent pleasure!

Honey. (entering).
    That our voices are clear as a bell —
You can tell —
  But of dancing I'll give you a sample;
      I'll trip for you —
Skip for you —
Twirl on toe-tip for you —
    Pray look at this for example!
Pray look at this for example!
      (She dances.)

Hassan.
    Though vowed to the habit of sloth
By an oath,
  I will give you, myself, an example
      Of Peri-like,
Fairy-like,
Steps light and airy-like —
    Pray look at this for a sample!
      (He dances with Honey-of-Life.)

Chorus joins the dance.

Women. Men.
  Dance and song   Allah! al-
  To joys of life belong!   lah! allah! allah!
  Song and dance   allah! al-
  A life of joy enhance!   lah! allah! allah!
  Both are fair which way you will!   Allah! allah! allah! al-
  So go, dull care,   lah! allah! al-
  So go, dull care, away!   lah! allah! allah!
  Both are fair!   allah!
  Dance and Song!   allah! allah! allah!
  Dance and song   Allah! al-
  To joys of life belong!   lah! allah! allah!
  Song and dance   allah! al-
  A life of joy enhance!   lah! allah! allah!
  Both are fair which way you will!   Allah! allah! allah! al-
  So go, dull care,   lah! allah! al-
  So go, dull care, away!   lah! allah! allah!
  Both are fair!   allah!
  Dance and Song!   allah! al-
  Dance and Song!   lah! allah! lah!

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