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Opening lines of some classic G&S patter songs


October 25. 2013 8:37AM
Associated Press

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(AP) How some of Gilbert and Sullivan's best-known patter songs begin:


From "The Sorcerer"


Oh, my name is John Wellington Wells


I'm a dealer in magic and spells


In blessings and curses


And ever-filled purses


In prophecies, witches, and knells.


From "H.M.S. Pinafore"


When I was a lad I served a term


As office boy to an Attorney's firm.


I cleaned the windows and I swept the floor,


And I polished up the handle of the big front door.


I polished up that handle so carefullee


That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!


From "The Pirates of Penzance"


I am the very model of a modern Major-General,


I've information vegetable, animal and mineral,


I know the kings of England and I quote the fights historical


From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical.


From "Iolanthe"


When you're lying awake with a dismal headache


And repose is taboo'd by anxiety


I conceive you may use any language


You choose to indulge in, without impropriety ...


From "The Mikado"


As some day it may happen that a victim must be found,


I've got a little list I've got a little list


Of society offenders who might well be underground,


And who never would be missed who never would be missed!


Associated Press


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