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A maiden fair to see

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H.M.S. Pinafore


Arthur Sullivan




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Ralph Rackstraw





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HMS Pinafore (The Lass that Loved a Sailor) : Act I: A maiden fair to see

Singer: Ernest Pike

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HMS Pinafore (The Lass that Loved a Sailor) : Act I: A maiden fair to see Russell Hunting

Rare Early Recordings Gilbert & Sullivan (1907)

? 2011 Symposium

Released on: 2011-08-02

Artist: Russell Hunting
Artist: Harry Dearth
Artist: Walter Hyde
Artist: Ada Florence
Artist: Markus Anderson
Artist: Ernest Pike
Artist: Bernard Turner
Choir: Studio chorus
Conductor: Studio Conductor
Ensemble: Imperial Infantry Band
Orchestra: London Orchestra
Composer: Arthur Sullivan

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The Nightingale
Sighed for the moon's bright ray
And told his tale
In his own melodious way!
He sang "Ah, well-a-day!"

The lowly vale
For the mountain vainly sighed,
To his humble wail
The echoing hills replied.
They sang "Ah, well-a-day!"

I know the value of a kindly chorus,
But choruses yield little consolation
When we have pain and sorrow too before us!
I love -- and love, alas, above my station!

A maiden fair to see,
The pearl of minstrelsy,
A bud of blushing beauty;
For whom proud nobles sigh,
And with each other vie
To do her menial's duty.

A suitor, lowly born,
With hopeless passion torn,
And poor beyond denying,
Has dared for her to pine
At whose exalted shrine
A world of wealth is sighing.

Unlearned he in aught
Save that which love has taught
(For love had been his tutor);
Oh, pity, pity me--
Our captain's daughter she,
And I that lowly suitor!

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Gilbert & Sullivan for Singers: Tenor