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Rimsky- Korsakov : Le Coq D'Or (The Golden Cockerel) - Hymn to the Sun
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THE QUEEN of SHEMAKÂ
All hail to thee, oh sunlight gleaming!
With joy I greet thy glad return,
My soul, of Eastern lands long dreaming,
thy loving message fain would learn!
Recall again each fragrant flower,
The valleys fair, and rich with dew,
Where throated birds, in raputre shower
Their wonted songs for ever new!
In raputre their wonted songs for ever new!

Say, when at night, those Eastern daughters
Intone a low lament of love,
The viol floats o'er distant waters,
While myriad stars peep out above,
Beneath the vveil enchanted lending,
With am'rous gaze and smile serene,
They wait for one, his footsteps wending,
To greet again some magic queen?
to greet again some magic queen?

The couch is set, in patience biding
The holy sacrifice of old;
To sacred arbour, softly gliding,
He shall enjoy your charms untold!
The couch is set, in patience biding
The holy sacrifice of old,
He shall enjoy your charms untold!
He shall enjoy, your charms untold!