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ACT I

No. 10: SONG - Rupert


RUPERT.
    I've heard it said,
And it may be read
  In many a trusty tome,
    How, when augurs met
On the parapet
  Of the walls of ancient Rome,
    As the two passed by,
Each winked an eye
  With a candour confidential,
    Or stroked his nose —
Which, goodness knows —
  But it isn't at all essential.
    For every man,
Since the world began,
  Had his idiosyncrasee,
    And to lunch off a moan
And dine on a groan
  With a trickling tear for tea —
    Well, it may suit you
From your point of view,
  But it doesn't at all suit me!
    As I don't rejoice
In a deep bass voice —
  Well, it doesn't at all suit me.
    Though the world be bad,
It's the best to be had;
  And therefore, Q.E.D.,
    Though it mayn't suit you
And a chosen few,
  It's a good enough world for me,
It's a good enough world for me.
Rutland Barrington as Rupert Vernon

  Examples show
That we needn't go
So far as to ancient Rome,
  For it just occurs
Unto me, good sirs,
There are humbugs nearer home.
  When you style the spheres
A vale of tears,
Don't you rather beg the question?
  Remember, bards,
It's on the cards,
It is nothing but indigestion.
  For every man,
Since the world began,
Had his little infirmitee,
  And is apt to mistake
What is only an ache
For profound philosophee.
  He is not the sphinx
He sublimely thinks,
But a man very much like me!
  Not a demon fell,
Or an archangel,
But a man very much like me.
  Though the world be bad,
It's the best to be had;
And therefore Q.E.D.,
  Though it mayn't suit you
And a chosen few,
It's a good enough world for me,
It's a good enough world for me.

Exeunt.


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