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No. 17: Quintette (Saphir, Angela, Duke, Colonel & Major)

"If Saphir I choose to marry"

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Duke (Harold Wilde), Colonel (Frank Wilson) and Major (Richard Andean) (1906-7)
Duke. (taking Saphir)
If Saphir I choose to marry,
I shall be fixed up for life;
Then the Colonel need not tarry,
Angela can be his wife.
(Handing Angela to Colonel.)

Duke dances with Saphir, Colonel with Angela, Major dances alone.

Major. (dancing alone)
In that case unprecedented,
Single I shall live and die —
I shall have to be contented
With their heartfelt sympathy!

All. (dancing as before)
He/I will have to be contented
With our/their heartfelt sympathy!

In that case unprecedented,
Single he/I will/shall live and die —
He/I will/shall have to be contented
With our/their heartfelt sympathy!
He/I will/shall have to be contented
With our/their heartfelt sympathy!
He/I will/shall have to be contented
With our/their heartfelt sympathy!

Duke. (taking Angela)
If on Angy I determine,
At my wedding she'll appear,
Decked in diamond and ermine.
Major then can take Saphir!
(Handing Saphir to Major.)

Duke dances with Angela, Major with Saphir, Colonel dances alone.

Colonel. (dancing)
In that case unprecedented,
Single I shall live and die —
I shall have to be contented
With their heartfelt sympathy!

All. (dancing as before)
He/I will/shall have to be contented
With our/their heartfelt sympathy!

In that case unprecedented,
Single he/I will/shall live and die —
He/I will/shall have to be contented
With our/their heartfelt sympathy!
He/I will/shall have to be contented
With our/their heartfelt sympathy!
He/I will/shall have to be contented
With our/their heartfelt sympathy!

Duke. (taking both Angela and Saphir)

After some debate internal,
If on neither I decide,
Saphir then can take the Colonel,
(Hands her to Colonel.)
Angy be the Major's bride!
(Hands her to Major.)

Colonel dances with Saphir, Major with Angela, Duke dances alone.

Duke. (dancing)
In that case unprecedented,
Single I shall live and die —
I shall have to be contented
With their heartfelt sympathy!

All. (dancing as before)
He will have to be contented
With our/their heartfelt sympathy!

In that case unprecedented,
Single he/I will/shall live and die —
He/I will/shall have to be contented
With our/their heartfelt sympathy!
He/I will/shall have to be contented
With our/their heartfelt sympathy!
He/I will/shall have to be contented
With our/their heartfelt sympathy!

At the end, Duke, Colonel and Major, and two girls dance off arm-in-arm.

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