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    "Fair Moon, To Thee I Sing" Lyrics

    Gilbert & Sullivan

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    (Same Scene. Night. Awning removed. Moonlight. Captain discovered
    singing on poop deck, and accompanying himself on a mandolin. Little
    Buttercup seated on quarterdeck, gazing sentimentally at him.)

    Captain.
    Fair moon, to thee I sing,
    Bright regent of the heavens,
    Say, why is everything
    Either at sixes or at sevens?
    Say, why is everything
    Either at sixes or at sevens?

    I have lived hitherto
    Free from breath of slander,
    Beloved by all my crew —
    A really popular commander.
    But now my kindly crew rebel,
    My daughter to a tar is partial,
    Sir Joseph storms, and, sad to tell,
    He threatens a court martial!

    Fair moon, to thee I sing,
    Bright regent of the heavens,
    Say, why is everything
    Either at sixes or at sevens?
    Fair moon, to thee I sing,
    Bright regent of the heavens

    DIALOGUE

    Buttercup.
    How sweetly he carols forth his melody to the unconscious moon!
    Of whom is he thinking? Of some high-born beauty? It may be!
    Who is poor Little Buttercup that she should expect his glance to
    fall on one so lowly! And yet if he knew — if he only knew!

    Captain. (coming down)
    Ah! Little Buttercup, still on board? That is not quite right, little
    one. It would have been more respectable to have gone on shore
    at dusk.

    Buttercup.
    True, dear Captain — but the recollection of your sad pale face
    seemed to chain me to the ship. I would fain see you smile before
    I go.

    Captain.
    Ah! Little Buttercup, I fear it will be long before I recover my
    accustomed cheerfulness, for misfortunes crowd upon me, and all
    my old friends seem to have turned against me!

    Buttercup.
    Oh no — do not say "all", dear Captain. That were unjust to one,
    at least.

    Captain.
    True, for you are staunch to me. (aside) If ever I gave my heart
    again, methinks it would be to such a one as this! (aloud) I am
    touched to the heart by your innocent regard for me, and were we
    differently situated, I think I could have returned it. But as it is, I
    fear I can never be more to you than a friend.

    Buttercup.
    I understand! You hold aloof from me because you are rich and
    lofty — and I poor and lowly. But take care! The poor bumboat
    woman has gipsy blood in her veins, and she can read destinies.

    Captain.
    Destinies?

    Buttercup.
    There is a change in store for you!

    Captain.
    A change?

    Buttercup.
    Aye — be prepared!
    This song was submitted on August 7th, 2005.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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