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The Rose of Persia


No. 16: Quartet (Scent-of Lilies, Honey-of-Life, Heart's Desire & Yussuf)

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Scent-of Lilies, Honey-of-Life, Heart's Desire.
  If you or I should tell the truth
    We all shall be executed,
  So won't you try, O noble-minded youth,
    To tell the truth diluted?
      As we all shall be thrown down a well,
  Pell-mell,
If the truth we tell,
(You and I as well),
In a heap down a deep dark well —

Yussuf.
  Well, well!
    We'll tell the truth diluted!
    Diluted! Diluted!

All. (to one another)
  As I'm loth that we both
Take a leap in a heap,
Down a steep and a deep, dark well,
Yussuf. Well, well?
All. We'll tell the truth diluted!
We'll tell the truth diluted!
      Just a little tarradiddle-iddle-id
Just a little tarradiddle-iddle-
diddle-iddle-id diluted!

Yussuf.
  As you and I, the truth to tell,
    Have naught but the truth to dread, dear,
  We'll let Truth lie at the bottom of a well —
    Or we shall be there instead, dear!
      As we all shall be cast down a well,
  Pell-mell,
If the truth we tell,
(You and I as well),
Very fast down a nasty well —

Scent-of-Lilies. Honey-of-Life and
Heart's Desire.
  Well, well,    
  We'll tell a fib instead, dear!   A fib!
  Instead dear!
Instead!
  Instead!
Instead!

All. (to one another)
  As I'm loth that we both
At the last shall be cast
Very fast down a nasty well,
Scent & Honey. Well, well?
All. We'll tell a fib instead, dear!
We'll tell a fib instead, dear!
      Just a little tarradiddle idyll fib instead, dear!
Just a little tarradiddle idyll
diddle-iddle idyll instead!

Girls. Yussuf.
        As I'm loth that we both
  Just a little tarradiddle idyll fib instead, dear!     Should be cast down a well,
        Very fast down a nasty well,
  Just a little tarradiddle idyll fib instead, dear!     We'll tell a fib instead, dear!

All.
  A little tarradiddle idyll fib instead!
    A little tarradiddle idyll,
Little tarradiddle idyll
  Little tarradiddle idyll fib instead, dear!

Dance and Exeunt.


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