"Love Is a Story That's Old"
From the Comic Opera "The Madcap Duchess."
Music by Victor Herbert
Lyrics by David Stevens
Published 1920 by The Lawrence Wright Music Co.


[Verse 1.]
The story of Love has a pedigree
That dates from the primal birth,
As old as the ssands of the oldest sea,
As old as the hills of the earth.

Some tales we hear many times rehearsed
Are spoiled in the telling we know,
But this is the same as they told it first,
Ten thousand years ago!

[Chorus]
Love is a story that's old, old,
Love is a story that's old;
But the best one that ever was told, told,
The best one that ever was told.
For ages it has stood, you see,
On Time's dim page enrolled;
It's old because it's good, you see,
And good because it's old!
It's old because it's good, you see,
And good because it's old!

[Verse 2]
Wherever you turn you will hear the tale,
And ever the same it goes.
As old as the song of the nightingale,
As new as the bloom of the rose.

'Tis heard in the laugh of the merry maid,
The vow of the sighing swain;
They've told it before,
but are not afraid To tell it once again!

[Repeat Chorus]