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RECIT. (Counsel, Usher), CHORUS (Bridesmaids)
and SOLO (Plaintiff)

"Where is the Plaintiff...Comes the Broken Flower...
O'er the Season Vernal "

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The Usher (George Cook) hears an echo. (1960s)
George Cook
Counsel. (Recit.)
Where is the plaintiff?
Let her now be brought.
Usher.
Oh, Angelina!
Come thou into Court!
Angelina!
Defendant. (echo)
Angelina!
Usher.
Angelina!
Defendant. (echo)
Angeli-
Usher.
           -na!

Enter the Bridesmaids.

Bridesmaids.  

Comes the broken flower -
Comes the cheated maid -
Though the tempest lower,
Rain and cloud will fade!
Take, O maid, these posies:
Though thy beauty rare
Shame the blushing roses -
They are passing fair,
They are passing fair!

Wear the flowers till they fade;
Happy, happy be thy life, O maid!
Wear the flowers till they fade;
Happy be thy life, O maid!
Happy be thy life, O maid!
Happy, happy be thy life, O maid!

The Bridesmaids (1919-20)
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Bridesmaids

The Judge, having taken a great fancy to First Bridesmaid, sends her a not by Usher, which she reads, kisses rapturously, and places it in her bosom.
Enter Plaintiff.

Plaintiff.
Margery Abbott as the Plaintiff (1939)
Margery Abbott

O'er the season vernal,
Time may cast a shade;
Sunshine, if eternal,
Makes the roses fade:
Time may do his duty;
Let the thief alone -
Winter hath a beauty
That is all his own,
That is all his own.
Fairest days of sun and shade:
I am no unhappy maid!

The Judge, having by this time transferred his admiration to the Plaintiff, directs Usher to take the note from First Bridesmaid and hand it to Plaintiff, who reads it, kisses it rapturously, and places it in her bosom.

Plaintiff. Bridesmaids.

Fairest days of sun and shade:
I am no unhappy maid,
I am no unhappy maid,
I am no unhappy maid,
Unhappy maid.

Wear the flowers till they fade;
Happy be thy life, O maid!
Happy be thy life, O maid!
Happy,
Happy be thy life, O maid!

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