MASKED BALL - THE SURPRISE

Written by: daver austin

MASKED BALL – THE SURPRISE

The final sweet phrase has sounded
Our dancers await by twos
All still in mask, impatient
To hear their sovereign’s news

Queen Adaelade, Ball Chancellor
Has watched the evening through
Her task, by long tradition bound
Select the reigning two

Her selection goes a wandering
But, at last, in regal voice
She points the Lady Persephony
And her lordly patrician choice

The pair, to wild acclaim, unmask
Selection, (all along) contrivance knows
Will be the Lady Persephony
And her *Cavalier of the Rose


*I couldn’t resist the last line’s reference to Richard Strauss’ Opera
Der Rosenkavalier.