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No. 3: DUET (Scaphio & Phantis)
"Let all your doubts take wing"

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Scaphio.
Let all your doubts take wing —
Our influence is great.
If Paramount our King
Presume to hesitate
Put on the screw,
And caution him
That he will rue
Disaster grim
That must ensue
To life and limb,
Should he pooh-pooh
This harmless whim.
 
John Ayldon & John Reed as Phantis & Scaphio in 1975
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Phantis. This harmless whim,
Scaphio. This harmless whim,
Phantis. This harmless whim,
Scaphio. This harmless whim,
   
Both.
It is, as you say,
A harmless whim,
A harmless whim!

Phantis. (dancing)
Observe this dance
Which I employ
When I, by chance
Go mad with joy.
What sentiment
Does this express?
What sentiment
Does this express?

Phantis continues his dance while Scaphio vainly endeavours to discover its meaning.

Supreme content
And happiness!

Both.
Of course it does! Of course it does!
Supreme content and happiness.
Of course it does! Of course it does!
It's happiness.

Phantis.
Your friendly aid conferred,
I need no longer pine.
I've but to speak the word,
And lo, the maid is mine!
I do not choose
To be denied.
Or wish to lose
A lovely bride —
If to refuse
The King decide,
The royal shoes
Then woe betide!

Scaphio. Then woe betide!
Phantis. Then woe betide!
Scaphio. Then woe betide!
Phantis. Then woe betide!
   
Both.
The royal shoes
Then woe betide!
Then woe betide!

Scaphio. (Dancing)
This step to use
I condescend
Whene'er I choose
To serve a friend.
What it implies
Now try to guess;
What it implies
Now try to guess;

Scaphio continues his dance while Phantis is vainly endeavouring to discover its meaning.

It typifies
Unselfishness!

Both.
Of course it does! Of course it does!
It typifies unselfishness.
Of course it does! Of course it does!
Unselfishness!

Exeunt Scaphio and Phantis.

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