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The Rose of Persia


No. 25: Septet (Scent-of-Lilies, Honey-of-Life, Heart's Desire,
Dancing Sunbeam, Yussuf, Hassan, Abdallah)

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Sunbeam.
  It has reached me a Lady named Hubbard
Proceeded one day to her cupboard,
    And openly went
With intent to present
  Her poor dog with a bone from her cupboard!

Scent.
  And the dog of that person named Hubbard
Accompanied her to the cupboard;
    But when they got there
They were plunged in despair —
  There was nothing at all in the cupboard,
      In the cupboard!

Others.
  There was nothing whatever at all in the cupboard!
Scent.
  Have you heard of that harrowing story?
Honey.
  I have — it's in my category!
Yussuf.
    And I!
Desire.
        So have I!
Abdallah.
          So have I!
Hassan.  
            So have I!
All.
  It's a horribly harrowing story!
    So that won't do for the Sultan
To make him rejoice and exult! An
      Unfortunate end
Will his temper offend
    So that won't do for the Sultan!

Desire.
  It is said a young lady named Muffet
(Selecting a seat on a tuffet)
    Was breaking her fast
With a modest repast
  When she suddenly fled from the tuffet!

Honey.
  She spied a she-spider beside her!
The spider beside her espied her!
    Beside herself she
Would undoubtedly be
  Having spied a big spider beside her!
      Beside her!

Others.
  Having spied a big spider, a spider beside her!
Sunbeam.
  Have you heard of that horrible story?
Desire.
  I have — it's in my category!
Yussuf.
    And I!
Scent.
        So have I!
Abdallah.
          So have I!
Hassan.  
            So have I!
All.
  It's a horribly harrowing story!
    So that won't do for the Sultan
To make him rejoice and exult! An
      Unfortunate end
Will his temper offend
    So that won't do for the Sultan!

Desire.
  Have you heard of the "Hey-diddle-diddle,"
That quaint zoological riddle,
    The Cat they accuse
Of invoking her "Mews"
  On a stringed instrument called a fiddle?

Honey.
 

At the cow, who was not an inert one,
The little dog laughed (what a pert one!);

    But oh, it is feared
That the dish disappeared
  With the tablespoon or the dessert one!
      Dessert one!

Others.
  With the tablespoon, tablespoon or the dessert one!
Sunbeam.
  Have you heard of that horrible story?
Desire.
  I have — it's in my category!
Yussuf.
    And I!
Scent.
        So have I!
Abdallah.
          So have I!
Hassan.  
            So have I!
All.
  It's a horribly harrowing story!
    So that won't do for the Sultan
To make him rejoice and exult! An
      Unfortunate end
Will his temper offend
    So that won't do for the Sultan!

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