We Men Lyrics

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.

We Men Lyrics From The Musical Illyria


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