Tuesday 5 November 2019
Tune of the Day: The Sun, Whose Rays Are All Ablaze
from “The Mikado”, arranged for flute and piano
This song is sung by Yum-Yum at the beginning of Act II in Gilbert and Sullivan's 1885 comic opera The Mikado.
The Sun, whose rays are all ablaze with ever-living glory,
Does not deny his majesty — he scorns to tell a story!
He won'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!
Thanks to Phil for suggesting this piece!