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THE SUN (MOON) AND I or (THE SUN WHOSE RAYS) (Arthur Sullivan (m) / William S. Gilbert (l) ) The lyrics for this song are invariably modified in many performances. Lyrics as sung here by Valerie (Valérie) Masterson in the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, the 'Mikado' 1967. Also sung by: Leslie Garrett Jean Hindmarsh Deborah Rees Barbra Meister Margaret Mitchell Elsie Morison Marcel Nunia Rebecca Hains Lissa Angelina Donna Bennett Cathy Berberian Maureen Bell And many others The sun, whose rays are all ablaze With ever-living glory Does not deny his majesty He scorns to tell a story. He don't exclaim,"I blush for shame So kindly be indulgent." But, fierce and bold in fiery gold He glories all effulgent. I mean to rule the earth As he the sky We really know our worth The sun and I. I mean to rule the earth As he the sky. We really know our worth The sun and I. Observe his flame, that placid dame, The moon's Celestial Highness. There's not a trace upon her face Of diffidence or shyness. She borrows light that through the night Mankind may all acclaim her. And, truth to tell, she lights up well So I for one, don't blame her. Ah, pray make no mistake, We are not shy. We're very wide awake, The moon and I. Ah, pray make no mistake, We are not shy. We're very wide awake, The moon and I. Notes: Valerie Masterson was a well known English opera singer. Her voice, beauty and persona dominated many an operatic production. Many feel she was a woman defined by her delightful presence. She is perhaps best known for her work with Gilbert and Sullivan operettas but has also performed in other operas including Verdi's La Traviata and Handel's Messiah amongst others. Another area of specialty was French Opera. The 'Mikado', a two part comic opera, was first performed in London England in 1885. By some, the music was occasionally reported to be less than memorable. Despite this, several songs have emerged over time as well known favorites like THREE LITTLE MAIDS FROM SCHOOL ARE WE The operatic humour was regularly described as outstanding and well done. It was Gilbert & Sullivan's ninth of fourteen operettas. It is widely produced throughout the world in film, on stage and TV. The second 1967 film production of Mikado: Directed by: Stuart Burge Leads: Donald Adams / Philip Potter / Valerie Masterson / Peggy Ann Jones The first 1939 film production of Mikado: Director: Victor Schertzinger Leads: Kenny Baker / Sydney Granville / Marty Green / Jean Colin (Transcribed by David Story May 2014)

    


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