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The Rose of Persia


No. 18: Song (Sultan with Chorus)

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Sultan.
  Let a satirist enumerate a catalogue of crimes
Though he label them the outcome of our shallow modern times;
    Yet a Persian Punch's pencil, in a prehistoric peep,
Would show us human nature just as shallow — or as deep.
  It is money more than manners nowadays that make a man;
And a man may make his money in such manner as he can;
    And the more he makes of it, the more his friends will make of him —
That has always been the way since human sharks began to swim!
      And cynics may complain
        That Society is mixed;
      But I gather in the main
        Its ingredients are fixed;
    And Society has always been a sort of "ginger-pop,"
The dregs are at the bottom, and the froth is at the top!
Chorus.
    And Society has always been a sort of "ginger-pop,"
For the dregs are at the bottom, and the froth is at the top!

Sultan.
  Now philosophy may frown upon the follies of the froth --
Where bounce has beaten brains and vulgar shoddy's counted cloth,
    Where sentiment is "silly," and politeness "out of date,"
And hearts, instead of golden, are a cheap electro-plate;
  But a woman is a woman, and a man is but a man,
And the froth has always floated ever since the world began;
    And the froth of human nature is the feeble-minded mob
Of animated fashion-plates that make the genus "snob."
      And cynics may complain
        That Society is mixed;
      I am ready to maintain
        Its ingredients are fixed;
    And the world of men and women is a social "ginger-pop,"
The dregs are at the bottom, and the froth is at the top!
Chorus.
    And the world of men and women is a social "ginger-pop,"
For the dregs are at the bottom, and the froth is at the top!

Exeunt Chorus and Executioner.


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