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Braid The Raven Hair

This song is by Gilbert and Sullivan and appears on the album The Mikado (1985).

(Chorus of schoolgirls:)
Braid the raven hair
Weave the supple tress
Deck the maiden fair
In her loveliness
Paint the pretty face
Dye the coral lip
Emphasize the grace
Of her ladyship!
Art and nature, thus allied,
Go to make a pretty bride.
Art and nature, thus allied,
Go to make a pretty bride.

(Pitti-sing:)
Sit with downcast eye
Let it brim with dew
Try if you can cry
We will do so, too.
When you're summoned start
Like a frightened roe
Flutter, little heart,
Color, come and go!
Modesty at marriage-tide
Well becomes a pretty bride.
Modesty at marriage-tide
Well becomes a pretty bride.

Braid the raven hair
Weave the supple tress
Deck the maiden fair
In her loveliness
Paint the pretty face
Dye the coral lip
Emphasize the grace
Of her ladyship!
Art and nature, thus allied,
Go to make a pretty bride.
Art and nature, thus allied,
Go to make a pretty bride.

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