From Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance.

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Frederic has just discovered that Ruth was lying to him about her beauty. He denounces her, and she tries desperately to win back his favor...


Oh, false one, you have deceived me!

I have deceived you?

Yes, deceived me!
(Denouncing her.)

DUET -- Frederic and Ruth

You told me you were fair as gold!

(wildly) And, master, am I not so?

And now I see you're plain and old.

I am sure I am not a jot so.

Upon my innocence you play.

I'm not the one to plot so.

Your face is lined, your hair is grey.

It's gradually got so.

Faithless woman, to deceive me,
I who trusted so!

Master, master, do not leave me!
Hear me, ere you go!

My love without reflecting,
Oh, do not be rejecting!
Take a maiden tender -- her affection raw and green,
At very highest rating,
Has been accumulating
Summers seventeen -- summers seventeen.
Don't, beloved master,
Crush me with disaster.
What is such a dower to the dower I have here?
My love unabating
Has been accumulating
Forty-seven year -- forty-seven year!


RUTH                                  FREDERIC
     Don't, beloved master,           Yes, your former master
     Crush me with disaster.          Saves you from disaster.
What is such a dower to the        Your love would be uncomfortably
     dower I have here?               fervid, it is clear
     My love unabating                If, as you are stating,
     Has been accumulating            It's been accumulating
Forty-seven year -- forty-seven     Forty-seven year -- forty-seven year!


{At the end he renounces her, and she goes off in despair.

What shall I do? Before these gentle maidens
I dare not show in this alarming costume!
No, no, I must remain in close concealment
Until I can appear in decent clothing!

(Hides in cave as they enter climbing over the rocks.)

Song: Climbing Over Rocky Mountain

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