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!