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No. 13 - Opening Chorus Act II

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Chorus: From seventeen-ninety five,
To seventeen-ninety nine,
Republican France would dress for a dance,
In fashions extremely fine.
And keeping their style alive,
Arrayed in the garb we are,
The brave and the fair would probably wear,
In days of the Directoire.
The brave and the fair would probably wear
In days of the Directoire.
Ladies: The ladies accounted the smartest
Would put on a garb that was Greek,
As planned by some patriot artist,
Whose classics were sadly to seek.
And some of the beauties between us,
Who dressed by the classical rule,
Assumed a costume à la Venus,
Consisting of tights and of tulle.
We haven't the cheek to be so antique,
So this is our style of Directory Greek.
All: They haven't the cheek to be so antique,
So this is their style of Directory Greek!
Ladies (Incroyables): Nous sommes les Incroyables,
Men (Dandies): Nous sommes les Muscadins,
Ladies: Très belles et très aimables.
Men: Très élégants et très fins,
Ladies: Douces comme Cytherée,
Nous charmons les citadins.
Men: Nous, les jeunesse dorée,
Assommons les Jacobins.
All: Par les deux et les diables,
Ladies: Nous sommes les Incroyables!
Soldiers: When the Fatherland's in danger
From the legions of the foe,
We will go to face the stranger,
You will cheer us as we go,
As we tramp to the camp and the foe!
All: We come, we come to the drum
As it rattles rat-tat-tat-a-tat-a-tat!
Soldiers: We're a soldier band in heart and hand,
All: And we in our heart and hat,
So march to war and glory,
And a name in song and story.
That was the road that the soldier showed,
In the days of the Directory!
So march to war and glory,
And a name in song and story.
That was the road that the soldier showed,
in the days of the Directory!

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