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No. 28: ENSEMBLE & SONG (Rudolph)

"Hurrah! hurrah! hurrah!...
Well, you're a pretty kind of fellow"

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Chorus.
Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah!
Away to the wedding we’ll go
So summon the charioteers,
No kind of reluctance we show
To embark on our married careers.

(At this moment Rudolph, Ernest, and Notary appear. All kneel in astonishment.)

RECITATIVE.

Rudolph, Ernest & Notary.
Forbear! Forbear! Forbear!
This may not be!
Frustrated are your plans!
With paramount decree
The Law forbids the banns!
The Law forbids the banns!
Chorus.
The Law forbids the banns!

SONG – RUDOLPH.

Rudolph.

(Furiously.) Well, you’re a pretty kind of fellow, thus my life to shatter, O!
My little store of gold and silver recklessly you scatter, O!
You guzzle and you gormandize all day with cup and platter, O!
And eat my food and drink my wine – especially the latter, O!

Chorus.
The latter, O!
The latter, O!
Especially the latter, O!
The latter, O!
The latter, O!
Especially the latter, O!
Rudolph.
But when compared with other crimes, for which your head I’ll batter, O!
This flibberty gibberty
Kind of liberty
Scarcely seems to matter, O!
Chorus.
But when compared with other crimes, for which our heads he’ll batter, O!
This flibberty gibberty
Kind of liberty
Scarcely seems to matter, O!

Rudolph.
My dainty bride – my bride elect – you wheedle and you flatter, O!
With coarse and clumsy compliment her senses you bespatter, O!
You fascinate her tough old heart with vain and vulgar patter, O!
Although – the deuce confound you! – you’re unworthy to look at her, O!
Chorus.
Look at her, O!
Look at her, O!
Unworthy to look at her, O!
Look at her, O!
Look at her, O!
Unworthy to look at her, O!
Rudolph.
But even this, compared with deeds that drive me mad as hatter, O!
This flibberty gibberty
Kind of a liberty
Scarcely seems to matter, O!
Chorus.
But even this, compared with deeds that drive me mad as hatter, O!
This flibberty gibberty
Kind of a liberty
Scarcely seems to matter, O!

Rudolph.
For O, you vulgar vagabond, you fount of idle chatter, O!
You’ve done a deed on which I vow you won’t get any fatter, O!
You fancy you’ve revived the Law – mere empty brag and clatter, O!
You can’t – you shan’t – you don’t – you won’t – you thing of rag and tatter, O!
Chorus.

Of tatter, O!
Of tatter, O!
You thing of rag and tatter, O!
Of tatter, O!
Of tatter, O!
You thing of rag and tatter, O!

Rudolph.
For this you’ll suffer agonies like rat in clutch of ratter, O!
This flibberty gibberty
Kind of a liberty
’s quite another matter, O!
Chorus.
For this we’ll suffer agonies like rat in clutch of ratter, O!
This flibberty gibberty
Kind of a liberty
’s quite another matter, O!

( Rudolph sinks exhausted into Notary’s arms.)

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