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The Rose of Persia


No. 21: Chorus (with Solos)

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Chorus enter with Hassan, who is carried in still unconscious, and set upon the throne. He is dressed in Royal garments.

Chorus.
  Laughing low,
    On toe-tip!
  Finger so —
    On each lip!
  Whispering,
    (Undertone,)
  Set the King
    On the throne!
  King Hassan!
    Ho! ho! ho! ho! ho! ho!
  Laugh pian-
    Issimo. Ho! ho! ho!
Laughing low, On tip-toe,
Laughing low, ho! ho! ho! ho! ho! ho!
Ho! ho! ho! ho! ho! ho! ho!
  Hush, hush, hush, hush!
Ho! ho! ho! ho! ho! ho! ho!
Hush, hush, hush, hush!

They watch Hassan, who slowly begins to wake.

Hassan (opening his eyes).
  Where am I — where?
Vizier.
  Where art thou — where
But in thy palace rich and rare,
    Where none can say thee nay!
Chorus.
  Where everyone
Will rush and run
And race to get thy bidding done —
    We hear thee and obey!
We hear thee and obey!
We hear thee and obey!

Hassan (astonished).
  But hear me speak!
Physician.
  But hear him speak,
And other music's flat and weak
    Beside his golden speech!
Chorus.
  His lightest word
Is far preferred
Beyond the music any bird
    Could ever hope to reach!
  Beyond the music any bird
    Could ever hope to reach!

Hassan (more bewildered).
  Attend to me,
Executioner.
  Attend to him
And bring a goblet to the brim
    With Persian sherbet filled!

Sopranos & Altos. Tenors. Basses.
  And when he dips
  And when —   And when he
  His Royal lips,           dips
  Let dainty damask
    he dips
  His Royal lips,
  catch the drips His Royal lips, He dips
  That none of them are     his Royal, Royal
lips,
    his Royal, Royal
  spilled!   lips,
  Let dainty damask,   Let dainty damask,   Let dainty damask,
    dainty damask catch the drips that none are lost!     dainty damask catch the drips that none are lost!     dainty damask catch the drips that none are lost!
              Attend to him,
        Attend,   Attend,
  Attend,     attend,     attend,
    attend!     attend!     attend!

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