Oh, Is There Not One Maiden Breast?

Song Title : Oh, Is There Not One Maiden Breast?

Show Name : The Pirates of Penzance

Character Name : Frederic

Gender : Male

Age : Adult

Vocal Part : Tenor

Range : G3-Gb4 (optional Bb4)

Style : Ballad (Operetta)

Mood : Romantic, Desperate, Lonesome

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Frederic, an ex-pirate who has just returned to the normal world, begs for a group of maidens to take pity on him.

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FREDERIC
Oh is there not one maiden breast,
Which does not feel the moral beauty.
Of making worldly interest,
Subordinate to sense of duty.

Who would not give up willing
All matrimonial ambitions?
To rescue such a one as I
From his unfortunate position?
From his position.
To rescue such a one as I
From his unfortunate position!

DAUGHTERS
Alas, there’s not one maiden breast,
Which seems to feel the moral beauty.
Of making worldly interest,
Subordinate to sense of duty.

FREDERIC
Oh is there not one maiden here
Whose homely face and bad complexion,
Have caused all hope to disappear
Of ever winning mans affection

To such a one if such there be
I swear by heavens arch above you
if you will cast your eyes on me
However plain you’ll be I’ll love you,
However plain you’ll be.

If you will cast your eyes on me
However plain you’ll be I’ll love you,
I’ll love you. I’ll love, I’ll lo-o-ove you.

DAUGHTERS
Alas there’s not one maiden here
Whose homely face and bad complexion
has caused all hope to disappear
Of ever winning mans affection

FREDERIC
Not one?

DAUGHTERS
No, no not one.

FREDERIC
Not one?

DAUGHTERS
No, no.

MABEL
Yes, one!

DAUGHTERS
‘Tis Mabel!

MABEL
‘Tis Ma-a-a-bel!

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Written by Trevor Forry

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