The Mikado/Act I/Part VI

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The Mikado by W. S. Gilbert
Act I, part VI. Comes a train of little ladies
An aria from Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado. This piece is performed by the female chorus. Within the play this song is performed in Act One.


  
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!