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No. 1 - Opening Chorus

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Chorus: With brush in hand and palette gay
Our varied talents we display.
And some for Art, and some for fame
Are working hard to make a name.
But since as Artists all agree
It's best to work for L. S. D.
We paint to please the vulgar throng
For life is short and Art is long.
For life is short and Art is long.
Basses: The student plays a pleasant part
Who worships at the shrine of Art.
Tenors: And gets a chance, as artists do
To study lovely women too.
Basses: And gets a chance, as artists do
To study lovely women too.
Girls: In graceful pose, on canvas white
Her form and features we delight.
As sinner sweet or charming saint
To catch with aid of brush and paint.
All: With brush in hand and palette gay
Our varied talents we display.
And some for Art, and some for fame
Are working hard to make a name.
Maddox, Carbonnet & Apthorpe:
  From the Bois de Vincennes we return
A really artistic community
The beauties of Nature we learn
At every fresh opportunity.
Carbonnet: It's excessively pleasant to toddle
Through the cool of the forest and greenery
Coquetting with nice looking model
Or quietly sketching the scenery.
Violet, Rose & Laura:
  Though at present we're models unwedded
If the future to fortune should carry you
With our characters sober'd and steadied
We shall all be delighted to marry you.
Chorus: Here you will find in agreeable variety
Every shade of artistic society
Light-hearted students of Art and its mysteries
Innocent models and models with histories
Artists whose drawing a spoiling of paper is
Embryo Leightons who revel in draperies
Artists who paint from the naughty and nudey O
All can be found at this popular Studio!
The lazy, lucky artists who
Have really nothing else to do
But picnic in the woods away
Delight at painting thus to play
But those who duty never shirk
Remain at home and stick to work
For honest labour holds the keys
Of fame and fortune, bread and cheese.


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