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No. 22 - Finale Act II - "Ye Citizens of London."

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Chorus: Ye citizens of London,
Will all of ye stand still
And see a bold apprentice lad
Dragged off to Tower Hill?
Conspiracy in season is,
Beware your liberty,
In tyrant hand all treason is
Excuse for tyranny
Crook: Then will you let a comrade
To the block a victim go?
Chorus: No!
Crook: Then who will up and follow me?
What coward dare say no?
Chorus: Not I! Not I! Not I!
Clubs! Clubs!
All: To the rescue, to the rescue!
We've only once to die!
And soon we'll set the pris'ners free,
Or know the reason why!
To the rescue, to the rescue!
We've only once to die!
And soon we'll set the pris'ners free,
Or know the reason why!
With watchet and with quarter staff
Oppression we'll resist,
And he who has not bought a staff
Or stick must use his fist!
Who could refuse so fair a maid?
E'en cowards she'd compel
To follow her, there's ne'er a man
Who'd lead us half as well.
Crook: We'll follow you where-e'er you lead,
My lads, shall it be so?
Chorus: Yes!
Crook: Each London lad by doughty deed
His gallantry shall show!
Chorus: Ay! ay! Ay! ay! Ay! ay!
Clubs! Clubs!
All: To the rescue, to the rescue!
We've only once to die!
And soon we'll set the pris'ners free,
Or know the reason why!
To the rescue, to the rescue!
We've only once to die!
And soon we'll set the pris'ners free,
Or know the reason why!
Shelton: Arrest the lot!
The ward is teeming with conspiracy!
Ladies: Oh! why did you ever attempt to conspire!
Treason does not pay,
And when demagogues shout and to power aspire,
The prudent keep out of the way!
Revolution is shockingly bad for trade,
As all of you ought to know;
And what will become of you now? I'm afraid
To prison you'll have to go!
Doris: A coward crew!
I blush for you;
To prison you can go!
Ladies: Oh! oh! oh! oh!
Shelton: Why there he goes!
(Take careful aim.)
No pity show!
(Bring down the game!)
Nay, let him be,
Your pris'ner see,
Yes, yes, 'tis he!
Doris & others: And must I weep
To see you keep
The vow you swore to me?
Thou art so dear,
Life doth appear
As nothing without thee!
Thou art so dear,
Life doth appear
As nothing, nothing without thee!
As nothing without thee!
Chorus: Oh! why did you ever attempt to conspire!
Treason does not pay,
And when demagogues shout and to power aspire,
The prudent keep out of the way!
Revolution is shockingly bad for trade,
As all of you ought to know;
And what will become of you now? I'm afraid
To pris'n you'll have to go!
Principals: Thou art so dear,
Life doth appear
As nothing without thee,
All: without thee!
Beefeaters: Old England still can all her traitor foes defy,
All: He's lost!
Beefeaters: And on a thousand sturdy arms rely!
All: He's lost!
Beefeaters: While we her sons can nobly fight or die,
All: He's lost!
Beefeaters: can nobly fight or die!
Old England still can all her traitor foes defy,
All: He's lost!
Beefeaters: And on a thousand sturdy arms rely!
All: He's lost!
Beefeaters: While we her sons can nobly fight or die,
All: He's lost!
can nobly fight or die!

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