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No. 2 - Song - Cosmos and Chorus

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Cosmos: If there's anybody pining
For a reputation shining,
Or a fortune such as never yet was made,
Let him follow British legions
To the newly rescued regions,
For adventure or for travel or for trade!
Let the teacher philanthropic
Take a train across the tropic
To instruct the simple swarthy Soudanese,
For I'm sure that if he does he
Will enrapture Fuzzy-Wuzzy,
And will earn a pile of ivory in fees!
There's a very fine career
For the talent wasted here,
And the capital that wants to be increased;
You have only to embark it
For the newly-opened market,
For the bright and booming market of the East!
Chorus: There's a very fine career
For the talent wasted here,
And the capital that wants to be increased;
You have only to embark it
For the newly-opened market,
For the bright and booming market of the East!
   
Cosmos: But to aid the Oriental
On the moral side and mental
Of his progress to a higher mode of life,
The result I would arrive at
I can hint to you in private
Is to fit him with a winning Western wife!
So if any lovely lady wants a Pasha or a Kadi,
A Sirdar or an Effendi or a Bey,
I have specimens in plenty,
Down from seventy to twenty,
If you want them you have only just to say!
When a maiden fair and plump
Meets a matrimonial slump,
And her beauty cannot charm you in the least,
She has only to embark it
For the newly-opened market,
For the merry marriage market of the East!
Chorus: When a maiden fair and plump
Meets a matrimonial slump,
And her beauty cannot charm you in the least,
She has only to embark it
For the newly-opened market,
For the merry marriage market of the East!

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