The Yeomen of the Guard


Writers: Arthur Sullivan W.S. Gilbert


Act I

  1. "When maiden loves, she sits and sighs" (Phœbe) 1a. "When jealous torments rack my soul" (Wilfred) – see "Cut music"
  2. "Tower warders, under orders" (Crowd and Yeomen, solo Second Yeoman)
  3. "When our gallant Norman foes" (Dame Carruthers and Yeomen) 3a. "A laughing boy but yesterday" (Meryll); – see "Cut music"
  4. "Alas! I waver to and fro" (Phœbe, Leonard and Meryll)
  5. "Is life a boon?" (Fairfax)
  6. "Here's a man of jollity" (Chorus)
  7. "I have a song to sing, O!" (or, "The Merryman and his Maid") (Point, Elsie, and chorus)
  8. "How say you, maiden, will you wed?" (Lieutenant, Elsie, Point)
  9. "I've jibe and joke" (Point)
  10. "'Tis done! I am a bride!" (Elsie)
  11. "Were I thy bride" (Phœbe)
  12. Finale Act I (Ensemble) "Oh, Sergeant Meryll, is it true?" "To thy fraternal care, thy sister I commend" "The pris'ner comes to meet his doom" "M'lord, m'lord.... As escort for the prisoner" "All frenzied, frenzied with despair they rave"

Act II

  1. "Night has spread her pall once more" (People, Dame Carruthers, Yeomen)
  2. "Oh! a private buffoon is a light-hearted loon" (Point)
  3. "Hereupon we're both agreed" (Point and Wilfred)
  4. "Free from his fetters grim" (Fairfax)
  5. "Strange adventure" (Kate, Dame Carruthers, Fairfax, Meryll)
  6. "Hark! What was that, sir?" ... "Like a ghost his vigil keeping" (Meryll, Fairfax, Lieutenant, Wilfred, Point, Ensemble)
  7. "A man who would woo a fair maid" (Fairfax, Elsie, Phœbe)
  8. "When a wooer goes a-wooing" (Elsie, Fairfax, Phœbe, Point)
  9. "Rapture, rapture" (Dame Carruthers, Sergeant Meryll)
  10. Finale Act II (Ensemble) "Comes the pretty young bride" "Oh, day of terror!" "Leonard, my loved one, come to me" "I have a song to sing, O!"

A song with an asterisk (*) before the title indicates a dance number; a character listed in a song with an asterisk (*) by the character's name indicates that the character exclusively serves as a dancer in this song, which is sung by other characters.

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