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Act III, Scene I

If beauty bestows a single vision
to last a lifetime, and one lilting tone
must satisfy that longing breast alone,
so stricken, he refusing recision,
holds it dear in his heart, (an excision
of distractions the welcomed surgery),
disclaimed by friends certain its forgery,
Fate proffered...to Cyrano, a life mission.

His denial of the dalliances
arranged by a coterie of dashing
bon vivants, long accustomed to flashing
flesh, bacchanalian alliances,
scarcely concealed wifely contrivances,
this swift espousal of celibacy
following a lifetime's debauchery...
No! Yet, true love purity enhances!


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