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No. 17: DUET (Melissa & Lady Blanche)
"Now wouldn't you like to rule the roast"


Melissa.
Now wouldn't you like to rule the roast
And guide this University?
Blanche.
I must agree,
'Twould pleasant be,
(Sing hey, a Proper Pride!)
Melissa.
And wouldn't you like to clear the coast,
Of malice and perversity?
Blanche.
Without a doubt,
I'll bundle 'em out,
(Sing hey, when I preside!)
Both.
Sing hey!
Sing hoity toity! Sorry for some!
Sing marry, come up, and her/my day will come!
Sing Proper Pride
Is the horse to ride,
And Happy-go-lucky, my Lady, O!
Lady Blanche (Bertha Lewis) & Melissa (Nellie Briercliffe), c. 1920

Blanche.
For years I've writhed beneath her sneers,
Although a born Plantagenet!
Melissa.
You're much too meek,
Or you would speak
(Sing hey, I'll say no more!)
Blanche.
Her elder I, by several years,
Although you'd ne'er imagine it.
Melissa.
Sing, so I've heard
But never a word
Have I e'er believ'd before!
Both.
Sing hey!
Sing hoity toity! Sorry for some!
Sing marry, come up, and her/my day will come!
Sing, she shall learn
That a worm will turn.
Sing Happy-go-lucky, my Lady, O!

Exit Lady Blanche.

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