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The Rose of Persia


No. 21: Scena (Tutti)

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As they are thinking of another tale, enter Vizier, Physician, and Executioner.

Vizier.
  Hassan, the Sultan with his Court approaches!
All looking forward to your story!
Physician.
  I trust the Sultan won't be disappointed —
Executioner.
  For that means your execution!

Enter Chorus.

Chorus.
  Comes the King and all his Court
    Anxious to be testing
  If your story be the sort
    Tale that's interesting.
  If you've not yet got a plot
    He won't think you're jesting,
  You will perish on the spot,
   
Now isn't that interesting!

The Sultan enters.

Vizier.
  The royal Rose-in-Bloom unveiled approaches,
Let all men turn respectful backs upon her!

Rose-in-Bloom enters and goes to Sultan.

Sultan.
  Now, Hassan, we are ready for your story!
Remember, though the plot may not allow it,
I do command it have a happy ending — begin! begin!
Hassan.
  Ahem!
Sultan.
  Commence!
I am impatient!
Hassan.
  Ahem!
Sultan.
  Go on!
Hassan.
  Ahem!
(aside) Ah! happy thought — I'll try it!

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