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No. 12 - Recitative (Attention pray) and Song 12a - Fairfax - Chivalry

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Takamini: Attention, pray!
And silence, if you please!
The Tea House Regulation Act decrees
By Section Seventeen, Sub-section Three,
That if a holder of a licence be
Found guilty after trial or before
Of disobedience to superior
Authority; by this enactment old
His Tea House and its contents must be sold;
And all indentures of his geisha too,
By public auction unreserved must go!
Such is the law!
Imari: It is! I made it so!
Takamini: My duty I must now proceed to do.
Lot Number One! Bring forth Mimosa San.
The Champion Geisha, pride of all Japan!
Chorus: Come forth, Mimosa, pride of all Japan,
Queen of the Tea House, O Mimosa San!
Katana: Oh, help me, comrade, ere it is too late,
To save Mimosa from this dreadful fate!
Fairfax: Stop! If your country you would not disgrace,
Give orders that this sale shall not take place!
Come, men, what code of honour do you hold?
Will you stand by and see a woman sold?

While nature with manhood endows us,
And beauty our pulses can fire,
There's never a sight that can rouse us
Like woman in danger most dire.
We ask not the why or the wherefore,
The wrong or the right of her cause--
When man has a woman to dare for,
Her weakness and need are his laws!
O men, by the hearts that are in us,
By chivalry, honour and right,
The wrongs of a woman must win us
Till death in her service to fight!
Chorus: O men, by the hearts that are in us,
By chivalry, honour and right,
The wrongs of a woman must win us
Till death in her service to fight!
   
Fairfax: No matter what nation may claim us
Or under what flag we parade,
A moment's inaction would shame us
When woman has need of our aid.
The veriest outcast and stranger
Appeals to our sympathies then;
Enough that a woman's in danger--
Enough that she's pleading to men!
O men, by the hearts that are in us,
By chivalry, honour and right,
The wrongs of a woman must win us
Till death in her service to fight!
Chorus: O men, by the hearts that are in us,
By chivalry, honour and right,
The wrongs of a woman must win us
Till death in her service to fight!

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