We Men Lyrics. From Musical "Illyria"

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We Men Lyrics


by Viola, Orsino. From Illyria.


VIOLA
SUPPOSE SOME LADY, AS PERHAPS THERE MAY BE,
HAS CHANCE TO FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU.
YOUR HEART IS GIVEN SO IT'S EASY TO SEE
THAT HERS MUST BREAK, HOWEVER TRUE.

ORSINO
THIS LADY'S CASE BEARS NO RELATION TO MINE.
AND THOUGH IT'S SAD HER HEART MUST BREAK,
THERE'S NO COMPARISON TO MAKE
TO MY UNDYING ACHE.

WE MEN HAVE FEELINGS SO INTENSE.
OUR LOVE IS LOFTY AND IMMENSE.
BUT WOMAN, FRAIL VESSEL,
A MORTAR LACKING PESSLE,
COULD HARDLY HOPE TO WRESTLE WITH LOVE LIKE OUR OWN.
WE MEN ARE FASHIONED ON A FRAME
DESIGNED TO HOLD WITHIN IT PASSION'S HOTTEST FLAME
NO WOMAN COULD SUFFER
LIKE WE WHOSE HEARTS ARE TOUGHER -

VIOLA
WE MEN ARE OFTENTIMES TOO PROUD,
WE LOVE TO CRY OUR LOVE ALOUD.
WHILE WOMEN'S, UNSPOKEN,
LEAVES ONLY TEARS IN TOKEN
OF HOW THE HEART IS BROKEN -

ORSINO
WE MEN ARE BOLDER IN APPROACH
OUR LOVE'S A MATTER THAT WE'RE UNAFRAID TO BROACH.
WE SET LOVE IN MOTION
WITH SHOWS OF DEVOTION.

VIOLA
WE MEN MAY PROMISE ALL THE EARTH,
AND PROVE HOW LITTLE ALL OUR PRETTY WORDS ARE WORTH.
OUR TURMOILS AND TORMENTS
ARE MOSTLY PERFORMANCE.

ORSINO
NO WOMAN COULD CAPTURE
THE WRACK AND THE RAPTURE.
THE RUCKUS AND RUMPUS
WE MEN CAN ENCOMPASS IS
SOMETHING NO WOMAN
COULD KNOW.

(in counterpoint)
VIOLA
WE MEN HAVE NO NOTION
OF HONEST EMOTION
AND HEARTFELT DEVOTION.
BUT I KNOW

ORSINO
WHAT DO YOU KNOW?

VIOLA
I KNOW TOO WELL WHAT LOVE A WOMAN CAN FEEL.
I KNOW THEIR PASSIONS LIKE MY OWN.
AND I ASSURE YOU THAT THEIR LOVE IS AS REAL
AS ANY YOU OR I HAVE KNOWN.
MY FATHER'S DAUGHTER FELL IN LOVE WITH A MAN.
IN HER DEVOTION SHE WAS TRUE.
SHE FELT WHAT I MIGHT FEEL FOR YOU...
WERE I A WOMAN TOO.

ORSINO
But what happened to your sister?

VIOLA
SHE LET THE LONGING GROW INSIDE,
BUT KNEW THAT IT WAS UNRETURNED.
AND SO TO SPARE HER FOOLISH PRIDE,
SHE NEVER TOLD THE ONE SHE YEARNED TO TELL
AND SO THIS LOVE OF HERS WAS DOOMED
AND SO THE FLOWER OF IT BLOOMED AND FELL.

[Thanks to Sara for lyrics]




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