The Mikado/Act I/Part VI

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GIRLS
Comes a train of little ladies
From scholastic trammels free,
Each a little bit afraid is,
Wond'ring what the world can be!

Is it but a world of trouble
Sadness set to song?
Is its beauty but a bubble
Bound to break ere long?

Are its palaces and pleasures <soprano
(Are its palaces and pleasures fantasies that fade?)<alto
Fantasies that fade?
And the glory of its treasures <soprano
(And the glory of its treasures shadow of a shade?)<alto
Shadow of a shade?
shadow of a shade?

Schoolgirls we, eighteen and under,
From scholastic trammels free,
And we wonder - how we wonder!
And we wonder - how we wonder!
What on earth the world can be!
What on earth the world can be!