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The Rose of Persia


No. 24: Recit. and Madrigal
(Blush-of-Morning, Dancing Sunbeam, Yussuf & a Royal Guard)

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Blush. Sunbeam. Yussuf.
        What does it mean?      
  What does it mean?            
  What does it mean?   What does it mean?   What does it mean?
              Upon what hidden trap
                have I now stumbled?
        One moment Queen.
Then comes a thunder-
     
          clap.      
  And I lie humbled!   And I lie humbled!   And I lie humbled!
              So surely swings the
                pendulum of Fate
              That maketh joy and
                sorrow alternate!

All.
  Joy and sorrow alternate
    Ev'ry hour that passeth by;
  Till tomorrow fickle Fate
    May ordain you laugh or cry!
  Till tomorrow fickle Fate
    May ordain, ordain you laugh or cry!
  Joy and sorrow alternate
    Ev'ry hour that passeth by;
  Till tomorrow fickle Fate
    May ordain you laugh or cry!
  Till tomorrow fickle Fate
    May ordain, ordain you laugh or cry!
  So the clock that strikes the time
Rings at first a merry chime;

Blush. Sunbeam. Yussuf. Guard.
  Then to mock   Then to mock the   Then to mock the   Then to mock
    the marriage     marriage bell,     marriage bell,     the mar-
    bell, Tolls a   Tolls a melancholy   Tolls a melancholy     riage bell, Tolls a
    melancholy knell!     knell, a me-     knell, a me-     melancho-
  Tolls a melancholy     lancholy     lancholy     ly, melancholy
    knell!     knell!     knell!     knell!

All.
  Or the melancholy gong
    Tolls a solitary "Dong,"
      a dong, dong, dong!
  Then you hear the joy-bell ring
    Ring-a-ding-a-dong-a-dong,
  So the clock doth indicate

Blush. Sunbeam. Yussuf. Guard.
  Joy and sorrow   Joy and sorrow,   Joy and sorrow   Joy and sor-
    alter-     joy and     alter-     row
    nate!     sorrow alternate!     nate!     alternate!
  Ding,   Ding, ding,   Ding, ding, ding,   Ding!
    dong,     ding, ding,     ding, ding,      
    ding,     ding, ding,     ding, ding,      
          dong:     dong. Ding,     dong.
  Ding,   Ding, ding,     ding, ding,      
    dong,     ding, ding,     ding, ding,      
    ding!     ding, ding!     ding, ding,      
  So the clock   So the clock     dong! The clock   So the clock
    doth indicate     doth indicate     doth indicate     doth indicate
  Joy and sorrow   Joy and sorrow   Joy and sorrow   Joy and sorrow
    alternate.     alternate.     alternate.     alternate.
  The clock doth   The clock doth   Doth   The clock doth
    indicate, joy and     indicate,     indicate,     indicate,
    sorrow, joy and     joy     joy     joy
    sorrow,     and     and     and
    joy and sorrow     sorrow     sorrow     sorrow
    alternate.     alternate.     alternate.     alternate.
              Ding, ding, ding      
                ding, ding, ding      
  Ding, dong,   Ding, dong,     ding, dong,   Ding, dong,
    joy and     joy and   Ding, ding, ding,     joy and
    sor-     sor-     ding, ding,     sor-
                ding, ding,      
    row,     row,     dong.     row,
  Joy or sorrow.   Joy or sorrow.   Joy or sorrow.   Joy or sorrow.

Exeunt Yussuf, Soldier, and Blush-of-Morning.


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