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Composer: Arthur Sullivan
Description: a sailor on the Pinafore, in love with Josephine
Voice Part: tenor
Vocal Fach: lyric tenor
Arias:
The nightingale...A maiden fair to see - from Act I. Range: 3G - 4A    Extras: Libretto entered by MIDI version by MIDI version by The Ultimate Tenor Aria Album (Version 2.0) by   -  Sheetmusicplus.com
The nightingale...A maiden fair, Ralph's aria from HMS Pinafore

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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