The Mikado/Brightly dawns our wedding day

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The Mikado by W. S. Gilbert
Act II, part III. Brightly dawns our wedding day
The song Brightly dawns our wedding day was written by W. S. Gilbert for Gilbert and Sullivan's 1885 comic operetta The Mikado. It is the madrigal in Act 2. Note: In some productions, Pish-Tush may be replaced by the bass character Pooh-Bah for this song.

Yum-Yum: Brightly dawns our wedding day;
 
All:
Joyous hour, we give thee greeting!
Whither, whither art thou fleeting?
Fickle moment, prithee stay!
Fickle moment, prithee stay!

Pish-Tush: What though mortal joys be hollow?

Pitti-Sing: Pleasures come, if sorrows follow!


Yum-Yum:
Though the tocsin sound,
ere long,
                         
Though the tocsin sound,
ere long
Though the tocsin sound,
ere long.
Ding dong!
Ding dong!

Nanki-Poo:
Though the tocsin sound,
ere long,
ere long,
Though the tocsin,
sound, ere long,
sound, ere long.

Ding dong!
Ding dong!

Pitti-Sing & Pish-Tush:
Though the tocsin sound,
ere long,
Ding
dong! Ding dong!
Ding
dong! Ding dong!

Ding dong!
Ding dong!


All:
Yet until the shadows fall
Over one and over all,

Yum-Yum: Sing a merry madrigal,

All:
Sing a merry madrigal,
Sing a merry madrigal,
Fa la la la la, etc.
(Ending in tears)

Yum-Yum: Let us dry the ready tear,

All:
Though the hours are surely creeping
Little need for woeful weeping,
Till the sad sundown is near,
Till the sad sundown is near.

Pish-Tush: All must sip the cup of sorrow —

Pitti-Sing: I to-day and thou to-morrow.


Yum-Yum:
This the close of
every song,

This the close of
every song
This the close of
every song,
Ding dong!
Ding dong!

Nanki-Poo:
This the close of
every,
every song,
This the close of
every song,
this the close.

Ding dong!
Ding dong!

Pitti-Sing & Pish-Tush:
This the close of
every song,
Ding
dong! Ding dong!
Ding
dong! Ding dong!

Ding dong!
Ding dong!



All:
What, though solemn shadows fall,
Sooner, later, over all?

Yum-Yum: Sing a merry madrigal,

All:
Sing a merry madrigal,
Sing a merry madrigal,
Fa la la la la, etc.
(Ending in tears)

[Exeunt Pitti-Sing & Pish-Tush]