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A wandering minstrel

Opera details:

Opera title:

The Mikado

Composer:

Arthur Sullivan

Language:

English

Synopsis:

The Mikado Synopsis

Libretto:

The Mikado Libretto

Translation(s):

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Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Nanki-Poo

Voice(s):

Tenor

Act:

1

Previous scene: As some day it may happen
Next scene: The sun whose rays are all ablaze

"The Complete HMV Mikado" (Gilbert & Sullivan) recorded 1917 Pts 3/4 HMV D3

Singer: Ernest Pike

"If you want to know who we are " solo by George Harrison (and Ernest Pike) and
"A Wandering Minstrel I " Sung by John Harrison

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

A wand'ring minstrel I--a thing of shreds and patches,
of ballads, songs, and snatches, and dreamy lullaby!
My catalogue is long, through every passion ranging,
and to your humours changing I tune my supple song!

Are you in sentimental mood?
I'll sigh with you,---Oh, sorrow, sorrow!
On maiden's coldness do you brood?
I'll do so, too---Oh, sorrow, sorrow!
I'll charm your willing ears with songs of lover's fears,
While sympathetic tears my cheeks bedew---Oh, sorrow, sorrow!

But if patriotic sentiment is wanted,
I've patriotic ballads cut and dried;
For where'er our country's banners may be planted,
all other local banners are defied!
Our warriors, in serried ranks assembled,
never quail--or they conceal it if they do--
and I shouldn't be surprised if nations trembled
before the mighty troops of Titipu!

chor: We shouldn't be surprised if nations trembled in alarm
before the mighty troops of Titipu!

And if you call for a song of the sea,
we'll heave the capstan round,
with a yeo heave ho, for the wind is free,
her anchor's a-trip, and her helm's a-lee,
hurrah for the homeward bound!

chor: Yeo-ho----heave-ho, hurrah for the homeward bound!

To lay aloft in a howling breeze
may tickle a landsman's taste,
but the happiest hour a sailor sees
is when he's down at an inland town
with his Nancy on his knees--yeo ho!
and his arm around her waist!

chor: Then man the capstan--off we go, as the fiddler swings us round,
With a yeo heave ho, and a rumbelow, hurrah for the homeward bound!

A wand'ring minstrel I--a thing of shreds and patches,
of ballads, songs, and snatches, and dreamy lullaby!
Lullaby!

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Gilbert & Sullivan for Singers: Tenor