The Moon and I

Years ago when I lived in Texas, I belonged to a Gilbert and Sullivan theater group. If you love Gilbert and Sullivan operettas as I do, you will know that they are wonderfully funny and clever.

When we put on The Mikado, or The Town of Titipu (The most popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera), it was absolutely wonderful. My favorite song from the Mikado was “The Moon and I.”

Here it is, and each time I look up ar the moon, this is the song I remember:

“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 her 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!”

And each time I look up at the moon, I hear that song in my mind.

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