When Gwendolen and Cecily learn that
neither Jack nor Algie is named
Ernest, they retire to the
house and the gentlemen attempt to woo them back with this song, set to Oscar Wilde's 1881
poem (for music) entitled so appropriately "Serenade." Only the first two verses are
needed before the ladies "Come down" as requested:
The western wind is blowing fair
Across the dark Ægean sea,
And at the secret marble stair
My Tyrian galley waits for thee.
Come down! the purple sail is spread,
The watchman sleeps within the town,
O leave thy lily-flowered bed,
O Lady mine come down, come down!
She will not come, I know her
O noble pilot tell me true
No! no! 'tis not the tangled dew,
The waning sky grows faint and
Media audio of "Lady Come Down"
Many thanks to Chris of the
Unofficial DJD Chronology Website
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