The Best of All Possible Worlds lyrics

by

Leonard Bernstein


[PANGLOSS, spoken]
Which just goes to prove that everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds. Of which, if I may say so, Westphalia is the center. 

(sung)
Look at this view! Mountains and towers!
Green meadows, too, bursting with flowers!
This is the heart of this best of all possible worlds
Quite the best part of this best of all possible worlds

[ENSEMBLE]
Yes, it's the heart of this best of all possible worlds
Much the best part of this best of all possible worlds

[PANGLOSS]
Our men are lean, handsome and active
Where have you seen girls morе attractive?
None has more gracе in this best of all possible worlds
No finer race in this best of all possible worlds

[ENSEMBLE]
No finer race in this best of all possible worlds
No better place in this best of all possible worlds

[PANGLOSS]
But best of all, we now convene
With keen anticipation
To watch a happy wedding scene
And have a celebration

[ENSEMBLE]
A happy celebration

[PANGLOSS]
All hail the groom
And bride, of whom
Our hearts could not be fonder
The love that reigns in Heaven above
Is mirrored in the marriage of
Candide and Cunegonde!

[ENSEMBLE]
Candide and Cunegonde!

[PANGLOSS]
Wherefore and hence, therefore and ergo
[ENSEMBLE]
Wherefore and hence, therefore and ergo

[PANGLOSS]
All's for the best in this best of all possible worlds

[ENSEMBLE]
All's for the best in this best of all possible worlds

[PANGLOSS]
Any questions?
Ask without fear
I've all the answers here

[CUNEGONDE]
Dear master, I am sure you're right
That married life is splendid
But why do married people fight?
I cannot comprehend it

[ENSEMBLE]
She cannot comprehend it

[PANGLOSS]
The private strife
Of man and wife
Is useful to the nation
It is a harmless outlet for
Emotions that could lead to war
Or social agitation
[CUNEGONDE & ENSEMBLE]
A brilliant explanation!

[PANGLOSS]
Therefore, it's true
No man may doubt it

[ENSEMBLE]
Therefore, it's true
No doubt about it

[PANGLOSS]
Marriage is blest in
This best of all possible worlds

[ENSEMBLE]
All's for the best in
This best of all possible worlds

[PANGLOSS]
Next question?
Deep though it be
There's none too deep for me!

[CANDIDE]
Since marriage is divine, of course
We cannot understand, sir
Why there should be so much divorce
Do let us know the answer

[ENSEMBLE]
Do let us know the answer

[PANGLOSS]
Why, marriage, boy
Is such a joy
So lovely a condition
That many ask no better than
To wed as often as they can
In happy repetition

[CUNEGONDE & ENSEMBLE]
A brilliant exposition

[PANGLOSS, CANDIDE & CUNEGONDE]
Wherefore and hence, therefore and ergo

[ENSEMBLE]
Wherefore and hence, therefore and ergo

[PANGLOSS, CANDIDE & CUNEGONDE]
All's for the best in this best of all possible worlds

[ENSEMBLE]
All's for the best in this best of all possible worlds

[PANGLOSS]
A brilliant exposition!
Q. E. D. 

[CUNEGONDE]
A brilliant exposition!
Q. E. D. 

[CANDIDE]
A brilliant exposition!
Q. E. D. 

[PANGLOSS]
All's for the best
All's for the best

[CUNEGONDE]
A brilliant exposition!
Q. E. D. 

[CANDIDE]
All's for the best
Q. E. D. 

[PANGLOSS]
A brilliant exposition!
All's for the best

[CUNEGONDE]
A brilliant exposition!

[ALL]
A brilliant exposition
In this best of all
Possible, possible, possible worlds!
A brilliant exposition!
Q!
E!
D!
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