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No. 7: Song (Duke)
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Duke.
  Oh butcher, oh baker, oh candlestick-maker,
    Oh vendors of bacca and snuff —
  And you, licensed vittler, and public-house skittler,
    And all who sell sticky sweet-stuff —
  Ye barbers, and Messrs. the Bond Street hair-dressers
    (Some shave you, and others do not) —
  Ye greasy porkpie men — ye second-hand flymen —
    All people who envy my lot,
All people who envy my lot.
(taking up tambourine)
      Let each of you lift up his voice —
With tabor and cymbal rejoice
        That you're not, by some horrible fluke,
A highly-strung sensitive Duke!
          An over-devotional,
Super-emotional,
Hyper-chimerical,
Extra-hysterical,
Wildly-æsthetical,
Madly phrenetical,
        Highly-strung sensitive Duke!
A highly-strung sensitive Duke!

  You men of small dealings, of course praise your feelings
    There's no doubt at all about that —
  When a dentist exacting your tooth is extracting,
    You can howl like an aristocrat.
  But an orphan cock-sparrow, who thrills to the marrow
    A duke who is doubly refined,
  Would never turn paler a tinker or tailor,
    Or stagger a middle-class mind!
Or stagger a middle-class mind!
      So each of you lift up your voice —
With cymbal and tabor rejoice,
        That you're not, by some horrible fluke,
A highly-strung sensitive Duke!
          An over-devotional,
Super-emotional,
Hyper-chimerical,
Extra-hysterical,
Wildly-æsthetical,
Madly phrenetical,
        Highly-strung sensitive Duke!
A highly-strung sensitive Duke!

(Dances to tambourine accompaniment.)

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