Stephen Sondheim - Fosca's Entrance (I Read) Lyrics

2010 Broadway
Sondheim on Sondheim the Musical - Fosca's Entrance (I Read) Lyrics

I so enjoyed the novel by Rousseau.
Yes, it's wonderful. It's my favorite, really.
The character of Julie is a great mystery.
You should have kept the book longer to meditate over.

I do not read to think. I do not read to learn.
I do not read to search for truth
I know the truth, the truth is hardly what I need.
I read to dream.

I read to live. In other people's lives.
I read about the joys, the world
Dispenses to the fortunate,
And listen for the echoes.

I read to live,
To get away from life!

No, captain, I have no illusions.
I recognize the limits of my dreams.
I know how painful dreams can be
Unless you know they're merely dreams.

There is a flower which offers nectar at the top,
Delicious nectar at the top and bitter poison underneath.
The butterfly that stays too long and drinks too deep
Is doomed to die.

I read to fly, to skim -
I do not read to swim.
I do not dwell on dreams.
I know how soon a dream becomes an expectation
How can I have expectations?
Look at me.
No, captain, look at me -
Look at me!
I do not hope for what I cannot have!
I do not cling to things I cannot keep!
The more you cling to things, the more you love them,
The more the pain you suffer when they're taken from you...
Ah, but if you have no expectations,
You can never have a disappointment.
Forgive me. I must be mad to chatter on about myself like this to you.

I assure you -

No, forgive me, please...

But truly, there is nothing to forgive -

Have you explored the town?
It is remote, isn't it?
And provincial, don't you think?

Yes.

And everything so brown:
The streets, the fields, the river even,
Though there are some lovely gardens.
You do like gardens, I hope?

Yes.

Good, I can show you gardens.
And then of course there is the castle.
The ruined castle.

Ah.

I find it lovely. Probably because it's ruined,
I suppose.

I didn't know there was a castle.

I like to take excursions there -
When I'm in better health.
Perhaps you join me and my cousin
One day...

That would be delightful.
I don't believe I've seen a flower or a garden since
the day I arrived.

Thank you. How delightful.

I'm surprised you haven't seen our wonderful greenhouse.

Greenhouse?

Yes, we haven't had much luck with the vegetables this year.
But the gardenias and petunias are magnificent.

Oh look. There's a funeral procession. I suppose
they come here for flowers to adorn the casket.

It's good to know that the dead here -

Signora?

Doctor! Doctor! Help!

(From musical Passion)

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