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No. 10a - Entr'acte

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No. 11 - Act II Introduction, Chorus, Ensemble and Song

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Ladies: Here on lord and lady waiting,
Court gallants and nobles all,
Ev'ry one importunating,
To and fro at beck and call;
Here on lord and lady waiting,
Court gallants and nobles all,
Ev'ry one importunating,
To and fro at beck and call;
Marie: No intermission, give exhibition
What good tuition, though hurried has brought,
And compensations, remunerations,
Pay for the patience with which you've been taught.
Contraltos: May we take your hat, your stick, sir,
Brush your clothes, sir, tie your shoes?
You will find we're very quick, sir,
Not a moment do we lose.
Sopranos: May we start to fetch or carry?
Stitch or fasten, tie and lace?
Ev'ry toilet necessary,
Powder puff for arm and face.
Here on lord and lady waiting,
Court gallants and nobles all,
Ev'ry one importunating,
To and fro at beck and call;
Here on lord and lady waiting,
Court gallants and nobles all,
Ev'ry one importunating,
To and fro at beck and call.
   
Marie: The simple maid from village green
Unused to rich attire,
Is not afraid of silken sheen,
To conquest she'll aspire.
Her fingers deft are never slow
To fashion a success.
From finest weft who does not know
A woman's forte is dress. Ah!
Ladies: Ah!
Marie: Ah!
Ladies: Ah!
Marie: Ah! Yes, though fashion often ranges,
We are equal to its changes
Though the waist prevailing's high up,
Or the skirt accepted short;
Alter bonnets, cap or head-dress,
Tuck or lace, confine, or spread dress,
Branching pull back, puff or tie up,
And improving quick as thought.
Ladies: Ah! Ah!
Ah! Yes, though fashion often ranges,
We are equal to its changes
Though the waist prevailing's high up,
Or the skirt accepted short;
Alter bonnets, cap or head-dress,
Tuck or lace, confine, or spread dress,
Branching pull back, puff or tie up,
And improving quick as thought.
   
Marie: On flounce or train the female mind
From babyhood is bent.
Her infant brain be sure you'll find
On dressing dolls intent.
A woman's will to change less apt
Than fashion's waywardness,
But dext'rous skill will soon adapt
Itself to change of dress. Ah!
Ladies: Ah!
Marie: Ah!
Ladies: Ah!
Marie: Ah! Yes, though fashion often ranges,
We are equal to its changes
Though the waist prevailing's high up,
Or the skirt accepted short;
Alter bonnets, cap or head-dress,
Tuck or lace, confine, or spread dress,
Branching pull back, puff or tie up,
And improving quick as thought.
Ladies: Ah! Ah!
Ah! Yes, though fashion often ranges,
We are equal to its changes
Though the waist prevailing's high up,
Or the skirt accepted short;
Alter bonnets, cap or head-dress,
Tuck or lace, confine, or spread dress,
Branching pull back, puff or tie up,
And improving quick as thought.

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