Saturday, April 14, 2007

Linda Ronstadt sings "Poor Wandering One" from Pirates of Penzance

Duration 5:04



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from The Pirates of Penzance
(or, The Slave of Duty)


written by W. S. Gilbert


composed by Arthur Sullivan



Poor Wandering One


sung by Linda Ronstadt as Mabel


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FREDERIC. (in despair)
        Not one?

GIRLS.
        No, no--not one!

FREDERIC.
        Not one?

GIRLS.
        No, no!

Enter MABEL.

MABEL.
        Yes, one!

GIRLS.
        'Tis Mabel!

MABEL.
        Yes, 'tis Mabel!

RECITATIVE MABEL.
        Oh, sisters, deaf to pity's name,
                For shame!
        It's true that he has gone astray,
                But pray
        Is that a reason good and true
                Why you
        Should all be deaf to pity's name?

GIRLS. (aside)
        The question is, had he not been
                A thing of beauty,
        Would she be swayed by quite as keen
                A sense of duty?

MABEL.
        For shame, for shame, for shame!

SONG MABEL.

MABEL.
        Poor wandering one!
        Though thou hast surely strayed,
        Take heart of grace,
        Thy steps retrace,
        Poor wandering one!

        Poor wandering one!
        If such poor love as mine
        Can help thee find
        True peace of mind
        Why, take it, it is thine!

GIRLS.
        Take heart; no danger lowers;
        Take any heart--but ours!

MABEL.
        Take heart, fair days will shine;
        Take any heart--take mine!

GIRLS.
        Take heart; no danger lowers;
        Take any heart--but ours!

MABEL.
        Take heart, fair days will shine;
        Take any heart--take mine!

        Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah!
        Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah!
        Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah!
        Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah!

        Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah . . .
        Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah! . . .

        Ah ah
        Poor wandering one!
        Though thou hast surely strayed,
        Take heart of grace,
        Thy steps retrace,
        Poor wandering one!

MABEL. (GIRLS).
        (Poor wandering one!)
        Ah, ah, ah, ah ah
        (Poor wandering one!)
        Ah, ah, ah, ah ah
        (Take heart. Take heart)

        Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah
        Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah
        Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah
        (Take any heart--but ours)

        Take ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah (Take heart.)
        Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah (Take heart.)
        Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah heart
        Take mine.

        (Take heart, no danger lowers.)
        (Take any heart--but ours.)
        (Take) Ah-ah-ah
        (heart) Ah-ah-ah
        (Take) Ah-ah-ah
        (heart) Ah-ah-ah
        (Take any heart--but ours.)/Ah-ah-ah

        Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah

        Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah

        Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah

        Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah

        Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah

        Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah

        Ah ah/(Take heart!)


Exeunt MABEL and FREDERIC.


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Helen Roberts as Mabel 1939



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Mabel (Muriel Dickson) Edith (Marjorie Eyre) Frederic (John Dean) & Kate (Masie Baxter) 1933



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