From "Kismet"
(Robert C. Wright / George Forrest)

Mario Lanza

Also recorded by :
Stanley Black; Boston Pops Orch.; Sammy Davis Jr.;
Martin Denny; Alfred Drake; Percy Faith;
Eddie Fisher; Sergio Franchi; Lesley Garrett;
John Gary; Robert Goulet; Melanie Holliday;
Etta Jones; Howard Keel; Gloria Lynne;
Gordon MacRae; The Mastersounds; Johnny Mathis;
Vaughn Meader; Marie Michuda;
Julia Migenes-Johnson; Shelly Moore; Jim Nabors;
Sun Ra; David Rendall; Romantic Strings Orch.;
Don Shirley; Marilyn Hill Smith; Richard Tucker;
Jerry Vale; Sarah Vaughan; Jackie Wilson.

Dawn's promising skies
Petals on a pool drifting
Imagine these in one pair of eyes
And this is my beloved.

Strange spice from the south
Honey through the comb sifting
Imagine these in one eager mouth
And this is my beloved.

And when she speaks and when she talks to me
Music! Mystery!
And when she moves, and when she walks with me
Paradise comes suddenly near.

All that can stir, all that can stun
All that's for the heart's lifting
Imagine these in one perfect one.

And this is my beloved
And this is my beloved!


Kismet is a musical with lyrics and musical adaptation (as well as some original music) by Robert Wright and George Forrest, adapted from the music of Alexander Borodin, and a book by Charles Lederer and Luther Davis, based on Kismet, the 1911 play by Edward Knoblock. The story concerns a wily poet who talks his way out of trouble several times; meanwhile, his beautiful daughter meets and falls in love with the young Caliph.

The musical was first produced on Broadway in 1953 and won the Tony Award for best musical in 1954. It was also successful in London's West End and has been given several revivals. A 1955 film version was released by MGM.


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I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying
the really foolish thing that people often say
about Him [Jesus Christ]: "I'm ready to accept
Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't
accept His claim to be God."

That is the one thing we must not say. A man
who was merely a man and said the sort of
things Jesus said would not be a great moral
teacher. He would either be a lunatic -- on a
level with a man who says he is a poached
egg -- or else he would be the Devil of Hell.

You must make your choice. Either this Man
was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman
or something worse ....

You can shut Him up for fool, you can spit
at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can
fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God.
But let us not come up with any patronizing
nonsense about His being a great human
teacher. He has not left that option open
to us. He did not intend to.

-- From C.S. Lewis
(Author of The Chronicles of Narnia)

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