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No. 5: CHORUS

"Climbing over rock mountain"

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Chorus.
Climbing over rocky mountain,
Skipping rivulet and fountain,
Passing where the willows quiver
By the ever-rolling river,
Swollen with the summer rain,
The summer rain.
Threading long and leafy mazes
Dotted with unnumbered daisies,
Dotted, dotted with unnumbered daisies;
Scaling rough and rugged passes,
Climb the hardy little lasses,
Till the bright sea-shore they gain!
Scaling rough and rugged passes,
Climb the hardy little lasses,
Till the bright sea-shore they gain!

Edith.
Kate (Catherine Ferguson) Edith (Nellie Briercliffe) & Isabel (Ella Milne) c.1920
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Let us gaily tread the measure,
Make the most of fleeting leisure,
Hail it as a true ally,
Though it perish by-and-by.
Chorus.
Hail it as a true ally,
Though it perish by-and-by.
Edith.
Every moment brings a treasure
Of its own especial pleasure;
Though the moments quickly die,
Greet them gaily as they fly,
Greet them gaily as they fly.
Chorus.
Though the moments quickly die,
Greet them gaily as they fly.

Kate.
Far away from toil and care,
Revelling in fresh sea-air,
Here we live and reign alone
In a world that’s all our own.
Here, in this our rocky den,
Far away from mortal men,
We’ll be queens, and make decrees –
They may honour them who please.
Chorus.
We’ll be queens, and make decrees –
They may honour them who please.

1939 Production
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All.
Let us gaily tread the measure,
Make the most of fleeting leisure,
Hail it as a true ally,
Though it perish by-and-by.
Hail it as a true ally,
Though it perish by-and-by.
Let us gaily tread the measure,
Make the most of fleeting leisure,
Hail it as a true ally,
A true ally.

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