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No. 20 - Duet - "The Little China Maid"

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San Toy: As I'm a China maid,
And you're an Englishman,
How are you to carry
Me off if we marry?
I don't see how you can.
Bobbie: You needn't feel afraid
For like a vase or cup,
I'll pack you completely
And label you neatly
With "China, this side up."
San Toy: And so I'll go
Far over the sea
If you are with me
To guard from dangers
Of storm and strangers
Your little collection of China.
Both: (Bobbie's words)
  I vow, I vow,
To love you as I do now,
And I'll endeavour
To keep for ever
My little China maid.
San Toy: But when you have me there,
Entirely to yourself,
You'll shatter your passion
In porcelain fashion,
Or leave me on the shelf.
Bobbie: By all the Gods I swear
That I'll be always true;
Though Dresden or Sevres
May court me for ever,
I'll stick to Nankin blue.
San Toy: And so I'll go
Far over the sea
If you are with me
To guard from dangers
Of storm and strangers
Your little collection of China.
Both: (San Toy's words)
  Ah, vow
To love me as you do now,
Nor regret the price that you paid
When you would buy
(I cannot tell why)
Your own little China maid.

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