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The Sultan of Mocha is a comic opera in three acts by Albert Jarret with music by Alfred Cellier. It was first produced at the Prince's Theatre, Manchester between 16 November and 19 December, 1874, a run of 30 performances.

Dramatis Personæ

SHALLAH   (the Sultan of Mocha) John Furneaux Cook
CAPTAIN FLINT Henry M. Clifford
ADMIRAL SNEAK Frederick Mervin
PETER *** Roberta Erskine
DOLLY Bessie Emmett

Illustrated Music Cover

Musical Numbers


  • Prelude - Pastorale
  • No. 1 - Opening Chorus - "Here's three times three for the lads at sea who have lower'd the flag of Spain, and one more cheer for the girls on shore..."
  • No. 2 - Song - Dolly - "Let the lords of legislation, ha, ha, ha! ha, ha, ha!  write despatches for the nation, ha, ha, ha! ha, ha, ha!  Simple folk believe them true..."
  • No. 3 - Ballad - Dolly - "Ah!  Yes, 'tis my Peter home returning, with joy he greets his native shore.  For those delights all others spurning his Dolly must restore..."
  • No. 4 - Bolero - Dolly and Chorus - "With joy entrancing my heart is dancing, past grief enhancing, enhancing my present bliss - he is returning..."
  • No. 5 - Couplets - Sneak, Dolly and Flint - "Ah! do not think the gushing tide of love with frowns to turn aside, or deem the heart thy charms possess can yield..."
  • No. 6 - Trio - Flint, Sneak and Dolly - "Away, ere you your guardian's wrath inflame ... Revenge, ah, ah, we'll yet her spirit tame! ... O help, O help..."
  • No. 6 bis - Trio and Chorus - "How now, what's the row?  We're valiant and courageous, we show our manly phiz whene'er we hear there is a desp'rate scene..."
  • No. 7 - Ballad - Peter - "'Twas sad when I and Dolly parted, for she was fair and I was true, and we were well nigh broken-hearted when last we kiss'd..."
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  • No. 8 - The Pensioner's Chorus - "The Amarynthus was our gallant frigate nam'd; she bore brave Anson's colours at the main.  In many a tough sea-fight..."
  • No. 8 bis - The Toast - Peter - "The island tight we love so much with ne'er a fleet to beat her; the sailor lads that make her such, and the lass that waits for Peter."
  • No. 9 - Drinking Song - Peter and Chorus - "Thro' storms and thro; tempest the sailor steers, from truth never varies, from courage ne'er veers! ..."
  • No. 10 - Finale Act I - "We are sober, we are steady, for the voyage we are ready;  to the Tropics or the Mediterranean sea we'll sail away with Peter..."


  • No. 10a - Entr'acte
  • No. 11 - Song - Sneak - "I left my native land and dared the perils of the sea, and came out here a buccaneer or pirate bold to be..."
  • No. 12 - Duo - Peter, Sneak and Men - "Now tremble, now tremble, you traitor, you dark perpetrator of deeds that a mate or a tar should defy.  Come, now..."
  • No. 13 - Chorus of Slaves - "O, Caspian!  O, Caspian!  tho' gloomy the wave, and stern the deep shores that thy wild waters lave..."
  • No. 14 - Song - Dolly - "If I could rule all women's hearts, I'd so their spirits fashion that they should scorn the tyrant sex and spurn the tender passion..."
  • No. 15 - Soli - Flint, Dolly and Chorus - "But beware, for I swear that I'll sell you to the Grand Pasha. ... Nought I care, I'm aware that you'll sell me..."
  • No. 16 - Procession, and Sultan's Song - "Sultan am I, not a bit shy;  look at my eye, wary and sly, and upon my word I defy mighty and high kings far and nigh..."
  • No. 17 - Song - Flint - "Come buy, come buy, the prices try, they're beauties passing rare, the choicest lot that e'er was got to grace a Mocha fair..."
  • No. 17 bis - Slave Dance - Dolly - "Don't buy, don't buy, it's all my eye, they're neither rich nor rare, the shabbiest lot that e'er was got to grace a Mocha fair."
  • No. 18 - Duo - Sultan and Dolly - "Sweet Hannah or Alice, oh come to my palace and drink from the chalice of pleasure with me.  Oh, no, this young gal is afraid..."
  • No. 19 - Finale Act II - "So you'd better stay with me at Mocha, and be number 5 0 3.  You'll find me the wittiest joker from Greenwich to the Caspian Sea..."


Sketches of the revival at the Strand Theatre, London, in 1887.

External Links
The Sultan of Mocha at The Guide to Musical Theatre
Vocal Score at Musopen

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