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Sorry her lot - No. 5, Ballad
from Act I of the English opera H.M.S. Pinafore by Arthur Sullivan
Libretto: W.S. Gilbert

Role: Josephine, the daughter of the captain of the Pinafore, in love with Ralph, promised in marriage to Sir Joseph
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: soubrette
Setting: quarterdeck of the H.M.S. Pinafore, anchored off Portsmouth, England, late 1800's
Synopsis: Josephine expresses her sorrow at the situation in which she is trapped. She loves Ralph, who is a sailor aboard the Pinafore. However, as the daughter of a captain, her social position is far above that of a sailor. She fears that this class difference will prevent their love from ever being accepted.
Range: Tessitura:
E4 - A#/Bb5G4 - F5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Gilbert and Sullivan Archive (added 2000-07-24)
Sorry her lot, Josephine's aria from HMS Pinafore

Sorry her lot who loves too well,
Heavy the heart that hopes but vainly,
Sad are the sighs that own the spell,
Uttered by eyes that speak too plainly;
Heavy the sorrow that bows the head
When love is alive and hope is dead!

Sad is the hour when sets the sun--
Dark is the night to earth's poor daughters,
When to the ark the wearied one
Flies from the empty waste of waters!
Heavy the sorrow that bows the head
When love is alive and hope is dead!
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Soprano Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at Amazon.com and Sheetmusicplus.com.
Recordings:
none
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