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ACT I

No. 1: Chorus

"Ring forth ye bells"

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SCENE Exterior of Sir Marmaduke's Elizabethan Mansion, mid-day. The end of a large marquee, open, and showing a portion of a table covered with white cloth, on which are joints of meat, tea pots, cups, bread and butter, jam, etc. A park in the background, with spire of church seen above the trees.

1971 Revival
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Chorus of Villagers.
Ring forth, ye bells,
With clarion sound –
Forget your knells,
For joys abound.
Forget your notes
Of mournful lay,
And from your throats
Pour joy to-day.

Women. Men.
For today young Alexis –  
  young Alexis Pointdextre,
Is betrothed to Aline –  
  to Aline Sangazure,
And that pride of his sex is –  
  of his sex is to be next her,
At the feast on the green –  
  on the green, oh, be sure!

All.
And that pride of his sex is – of his sex is to be next her,
At the feast on the green – on the green, oh, be sure!
 
Women.
Ring forth, ye bells,
With clarion sound –

All.

Forget your knells,
For joys abound,
For joys abound.
Forget your knells,
For joys abound.

Ring forth ye bells,
With clarion sound,
And from your throats
Pour joy today.

Ring forth ye bells.
With clarion sound,
Forget your knells,
For joys abound.

Ring forth ye bells.
With clarion sound,
Forget your knells,
For joys abound.

Ring forth ye bells.
With clarion sound,
Forget your knells,
For joys abound.

Ring ye bells,
Ring ye bells,
Ring ye bells,
With clarion sound,
For joys abound.

Exeunt the men into house.

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