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No. 9: Couplets (Selene, Darine, Sir Ethais, Sir Phyllon and Chorus)

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Ethais. When homage to his Queen a subject shows
    (A Queen that's duly crowned),
He puts his arm around
  That monarch's waist — like this, (Doing so).
And plants a very long and tender kiss
Sometimes upon her cheeks of creamy rose,
But, preferably, preferably just below the nose!
Chorus. There is some reason — so we must suppose —
Why preferably, just below the nose?
Phyllon. A still more binding process I propose:
    For though no doubt it's true
One single kiss might do,
  Administered like this, (kissing DARINE on cheek).
The pledge works more effectively, I wis,
When several dozen kisses he bestows —
Placed preferably, preferably just below the nose!
Chorus. I hope he'll tell us all before he goes
Why preferably just below the nose?
Darine. (aside to SELENE).
  A simple kiss a simple friendship shows.
    'Tis an insipid thing
That no delight can bring,
  Placed on the brow — like this. (kisses SELENE's brow).
Yet on these gentle knights' hypothesis
Some unexpected virtue 'twill disclose,
Placed preferably, preferably just below the nose!
Chorus. Some explanation certainly he owes —
Why preferably just below the nose!
Selene. Our outlook widens as experience grows.
    That form is quite unknown
In our ethereal zone —
  A kiss is but a kiss.
Yet if these knights be surely bound by this,
There is no need to ask them to disclose
Why preferably, preferably just below the nose.
Chorus. Still there's some reason — so we must suppose —
Why preferably just below the nose.
    Ah!
  Why preferably, why preferably,
Selene, Zayda, Darine & Chorus.
  Why just below, below the nose.

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