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No. 10 - Duet - Molly and Fairfax - Toy Duet

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Molly: When I was but a tiny tot
My dollies were a lovely lot,
For one, a lady born and bred,
Could shut her eyes and move her head.
Papa! Mama! another talk'd,
And when you wound her up she walk'd,
But more than any other toy
I loved a little drummer boy.
Fairfax: Of course I know the sort you mean,
That drummer boy I've often seen.
Molly: For he beats a feeble rum-ti-tum-tum
When he hits his little drum-ti-tum-tum,
And his arms seem rather numb-ti-tum-tum,
As they rise and downward come-ti-tum-tum.
Both: Oh, the dear old toys, and the simple ways
Of those childish versery
Might be worsery,
Sweetly cursory
Nursery days!
   
Fairfax: I know I had a famous top,
A painted gun that used to pop,
A spotted horse that boasted legs
Exactly like four wooden pegs;
But though I own'd a box of bricks,
And crimson monkeys climbing sticks,
My infant joys were centred in
A nodding Chinese Mandarin.
Molly: Of course I know the sort you mean,
That Mandarin I've often seen.
Fairfax: For his bells will tinkle ring-a-ding-ding
When his head he'll gravely swing-a-ding-ding,
And his hands together bring-a-ding-ding
When you pull a piece of string-a-ding-ding.
Both: Oh, the dear old toys, and the simple ways
Of those childish versery
Might be worsery,
Sweetly cursory
Nursery days!
   
Molly: What jolly games I used to play
With little boys across the way!
We raced and romped as children do
I gave them backs at leap-frog, too!
We bowled our hoops and flew our kites,
At hop-scotch had some splendid fights;
But life was only quite complete
With Punch and Judy in the street.
Fairfax: How well its varied charms I know!
I've seen that Punch and Judy show!
Molly: Mister Punch comes up with root-ti-toot-toot
To the baby he's a brute-ti-toot-toot:
And his Toby makes him hoot-ti-toot-toot
And the beadle bids him scoot-ti-toot-toot.
Both: Oh, the dear old toys, and the simple ways
Of those childish versery
Might be worsery,
Sweetly cursory
Nursery days!

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